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Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« on: October 19, 2009, 04:32:04 PM »
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Watch This: Spike Jonze and Kanye West Make a Short Film
by Jessica Barnes; Cinematical

Most people look at Kanye West as a bit of a joke these days, and to be fair he's responsible for most of the damage to his own reputation as an egomaniac and a bit of a blowhard. But I guess it takes the directorial genius of Spike Jonze to remind us that there's probably more going on underneath Kanye's surface than we give him credit for, and no matter what you may think of West he does have pretty good taste in his pop culture 'associations' -- and the latest is an 11-minute short film directed by Jonze that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Fest earlier this summer and is now available online.

Unfortunately I can't really tell you much about it, because frankly, you have to see it to believe it. But here is what I can tell you: the film is titled We Were Once a Fairytale and it starts out with Kanye being his usual drunken and obnoxious self (though luckily Taylor Swift is nowhere in sight). But keep in mind this is Jonze's short, and as to be expected, things take a very strange (and somewhat disturbing) turn.

Hopefully the success of Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are this weekend means we will be seeing more from the director this year, because this short reminds us that there's nobody that makes movies like Jonze -- not to mention that he does the impossible with this short: he makes Kanye West seem almost human.

Warning: Things get a little NSFW.


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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009, 05:26:38 PM »
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Sometimes I can't believe I used to be a guy that would stick up for someone like Kanye, and i don't really want to think Jonze would participate in this kind of self indulgence. However, it doesn't matter Spike Jonze fucking annihilates stylistically. Jonze is a genius, he may be one of the few who could pull this off.  I actually laughed out loud when Kanye threw up those paper hearts or whatever, roses. who knows.  Not sure if that was the intended reaction, but at least it a reaction, i guess.  Anyhow, it was neat, it's obvious Kanye is trying to artfully say something like "GUYS, I'M VULNERABLE AND WEAK TOO " and i don't think this makes him look human, i think it makes him look desperate.  "Everyone Like me!" is what this screams, "but, i got the hippest director around, they'll respect me now!" type of thing  I don't find this risque or going out on a limb, as far as Kanye's part goes. But, the film itself and spike's hand hold focus fiasco he's got going there is fucking neato.  It was interesting.

Kanye: "hey, I have a shit load of cash, and people who "know stuff" (puts up quotation marks with hands) about film said, you're the shit.

Spike: Oh, yeah, Jon Brion mentioned something about you. You pay in cash right?
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009, 06:06:52 PM »
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Jonze stole that from Ghostboy... who may or may not have stolen it from someone else... but "...great artists steal" anyway.

As for Kanye's role in it, this was made before his assholish outburst, sometime in January.

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 07:12:18 PM »
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Prior to January of this year, Kanye has been a media whore.

He has always had Some outburst, some year, several ignorant statements/actions before 2009.
 
But, yeah, obviously this isn't much of an acting stretch for him.
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009, 05:43:56 PM »
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"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Kanye West."

Haha!
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 06:17:20 PM »
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"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Kanye West."

Haha!

It wasn't finished. What leaked wasn't necessarily complete. Should be on iTunes pretty soon.
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2009, 12:43:56 AM »
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Since the youtube link is gone here is a decent quality version on vimeo

http://vimeo.com/7132913

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2009, 02:07:03 PM »
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SHORT, AMAZING BEHIND THE SCENES CLIP

http://vimeo.com/7298787

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009, 09:46:05 AM »
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kanye west bores me to death. I feel like Mugatu in Zoolander when it comes to Kanye West. Doesn't anyone realize what a fucking bore this guy is? I feel like I'm going crazy. His attitude is a monument to self delusion only comparable to the self delusion of the pitchfork morons who write long articles on this douchebag as if it was necessary.

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2009, 01:19:20 AM »
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I really liked it.

if I didn't know who kanye west or spike jonze was I would like it. sure, it reminds me of something I'd have wanted to make when I was 17, but that's a headspace where we think and jonze creates.

good short.

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2010, 03:01:55 PM »
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watched this a couple of days ago and it's excellent.  And y'all need to show Kanye more love.  Easily the best artist in pop music for the 00s.

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2010, 04:10:27 AM »
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what the fuck are you talking about
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2010, 09:52:00 AM »
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I'm talking about how this movie by Spike Jonze and the career of artist Kanye West are both of very high quality.

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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2010, 02:21:25 AM »
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Easily the best artist in pop music for the 00s.

i was talking about this part... what the fuck does it mean
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Re: Spike Jonze & Kanye West - We Were Once a Fairytale
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2010, 02:24:57 AM »
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kantye sux!
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