MIX/VHS | Week 029

Our HOPE is that this Mother’s Day Weekend, you are spending your time with your Mother, thanking for her for he selflessness and undying love. BUT! If you have some time after that, be sure to check out this great collection of weekly recommendations from MIX/VHS!

 

Mother’s Day

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WATCH IT HERE!

I think this video is shared by Mothers and Sons alike each year at Mother’s Day. I’ve seen it dozens of times but it makes me laugh every single time. My brother and I were about as different as two kids could be and whenever we attempted something like this, the result was very much the same. I think about anyone out there with a sibling can relate to this video. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

–  Jeremy

Foxygen // Upon a Hill

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I love this little video for Foxygen’s track Upon a Hill, from their most recent release ‘Hang’. Directed by Alessandra Lichtenafeld, and shot on 16mm, the short features capes, spiderweb, and spooky puppet creations by Yuliya Lanina. It’s short, sweet, and to the point, and I love every second of it. Sam France is number one, and proves it with an air of old Hollywood drama in this video. Give it a watch for sure.
– Sloane

Wednesday with Godard

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Man sees rain. Man wonders where rain comes from. Man goes on journey to find God. That’s it. Love the simplicity Wednesday with Godard exudes, both in story and in style. Existential and darkly funny as all get out, I saw this short during the SXSW Animation Shorts screening, and have been thinking about it ever since.

–  Spencer

The Shoes // Time to Dance

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WATCH IT HERE!

I don’t know if Jake Gyllenhaal loves playing serial killers, or if his perfectly vacant eyes just draw those kinds of roles to him, but his ability to fit that archetypical, silent and brooding role is on full display here. Directed by Daniel Wolfe, this video for The Shoes’ Time to Dance feels wandering and almost nonsensical in it’s examination of a fencing-masked murderer. Instead of answers, explanations, or even attempts to rationalize the behavior, the video takes on a nihilistic feel as we watch the killer live an ordinary, if solitary, life occasionally punctuated by the brutal deaths of hip New Yorkers. For fans of Nightcrawler and fencing.

–  JJ

From Beyond

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WATCH THE TRAILER HERE!

Fresh off of the success from 1985’s cult classic Re-Animator, director Stuart Gordon returned to the Lovecraftian, B-level horror foray with “From Beyond.” The film is about a scientist who creates The Resonator – a machine that bridges our dimension with some other new and unknown dimension. Think the love child between Hellraiser and “Poltergeist.” The film is campy, demented, perturbed, corny, and undeniably fun. Not enough films exist in this B-Movie horror genre that are as balls-out, unapologetic, and ripe with talent as From Beyond, and that’s a shame, people! The film has excellent special effects, cinematography, and direction – but the film shines most through veteran character-actor Jeffrey Combs’ terrific performance, which I could not take my eyes off of. The film is not without it’s flaws (looking at you, dialogue), but it is very much a crazy, demented ride that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

–  Jake

Piece, Peace

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Piece, Peace is an excellent 2D animated short by Park Jae In. The story follows the smallest of some sort of dog-ish/humanoid family. After seeing the result of expansion at the loss of a resident, the main character begins to knock of others one by one. A cute (and decidedly dark) little animation that deserves a watch!

–  Felix

Like this mix? Tell us what you think in the comments below, and let us know what you’re recommending for us to watch this week!

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