|muse - knights of cydonia
||[Sep. 5th, 2006|06:19 pm]
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you know what i love about this video? everything.
from the laser-like glints off the armour at the beginning, to the ultra- kitsch naming* of the marital arts poses... it's all just great.
the blending of cult genres here is amazing, with westerns grafted into kung fu mixed with cheesy porn style acting
and of course, science fiction - in the form of not only lasers, but a semi submerged statue of liberty... in the desert. go go planet of the apes.
another thing that pleases me about all this is that cydonia is that weird little place on mars that all the crackpots claim contains structures made by men or aliens. then again, from what i've heard, the us army have some special technology that is meant to isolate man made structures (so they can find camouflaged items in forests and so on) and it says that the structures are man made too, so go figure. camouflaged tanks on mars? who knows...
but back to this video. i've heard people say that the bar scene is meant to be star wars cantina inspired...
but i'm just not sure it cuts it. at any rate i do like the montage of slapping and the fact that in the bar he drops his cards, only to have them held up again in the very next shot. hilarious. also, the holographic muse is a jukebox feature i would give my right arm for.
the lovely transitions from bar brawl to the raunchy foreplay to windmills to the slow motion man being thrown through a window is almost too much. and the hawk! oh the hawk. it's enough to make a child of the eighties weep. brilliant, that's what. seriously, i was at this point thinking one person can't take in much more in such a short space of time...
and then the sheriff arrived.
complete with white bull horns astride the hood, and what looks like rocket launchers strapped to the side of his beaten up car.
add in some tumbling down a staircase, discovering muse as a tiny hologram in what could only be described as "the old prospector's mine", and which further can only be described as such by someone willing to do so with a severe squint, and a touch of grizzly old prospector voice, caused by "the consumption".
the puzzled stare that accompanies the discovery of a cd is a cheers to the future, the bizarre almost kkk figures a scary reminder of the past and the stopping of a martial arts chop by what is at best, a pinch, reminds us all why you can't trust little girls in fights.
and of course just when you think this video might hit a plateau, the heroine turns up riding high and proud upon a pure white ... unicorn.
my mind spontaneously combusts.
i am reminded of a certain "krull" which was both the best and worst sci fi i have ever seen. it only ranks as best of course, because it was so amazingly bad. it was hilarious. i was in pain from laughing. to all who watched with me, i'm sure you remember that pain. i pity us all. but anyway, she turns up on a unicorn with a levitating cd and a crazy little guy that is not unlike a mongolian crossed with a space man, and of course, what i can only assume is one of the knights of cydonia, shiny metal armour, lasers, and all.
in return, when she is at the mercy of the hangman, who should turn up but he, on of all things, a motorcycle, wearing deliciously bizarre zorro style mask to boot.
what next you ask?
why a spaghetti western style brawl of course!
complete with laser pistols, karate chops, a backflip and flag waving fit for the F1, or your tuesday evening socialist get together. and of course, the villain is defeated by a cd. the ultimate defeat!
killed by music ... muse's music! huzzah to the world!
and just one more thing for all you detail freaks... the roman numerals that mark the date of the film. at the start, they are nonsensical, but at the end they denote 1981. i didn't get to enjoy the marvels of 1981, but in my mind i'll be content to believe that it was exactly like this clip.
peace out video watchers.
*the circle of death is particularly amusing, being not unlike ballet.