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18 May 2008 @ 12:43 am
Vid: Paranoid Android  
Vid: Paranoid Android
Artist: Radiohead
Source: Smallville
Warnings: Spoilers for all episodes including 7.20, adult themes, violence
Acknowledgments: A small army of people helped create this vid: radioreverie initially had the concept way back in January 2006 (and persisted in persuading me to make it!) and provided invaluable development advice throughout, brokenmnemonic gave me hope that I might finish one day, supacat selflessly (since she hates Radiohead) provided meta feedback on a near-finished draft and talitha78 gave me the kind of beta feedback that makes you want to jump around the room with joy. The vid wouldn't be the same without any of them.
Notes: This week we bid farewell to Smallville's Lex Luthor. This is my tribute to Michael Rosenbaum's superlatively nuanced embodiment of the iconic supervillain. I hope that this vid is as open to interpretation as his performance.
Download: from sendspace or direct download (50MB) or streaming at YouTube, BAM or Blip
Lyrics:Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
What's that, what's that

When I am king you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
What's that, what's that

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking squealing Gucci little piggy

You don't remember, you don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head man, off with his head man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does

Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height
Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height

That's it sir, you're leaving
The crackle of pig skin
The dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah

ETA: If anyone is having trouble playing the file, try this.
ETA2: If you are curious about the making of this vid, I have posted about this here.
 
 
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Paranoid Android, Radiohead
 
 
 
Naomi: Lex/Lionel by MsSullivanfrelling_tralk on May 17th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh that was brilliant, the best Lex video I've ever watched! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you!
Talitha: disprove Lex closeuptilttalitha78 on May 17th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
HAHA. Did you sleep at all?

I'm so excited to see this posted; I can't wait to see the reaction. I will be reccing, just as soon as I get my thoughts together. Squeeeee!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Did you sleep at all?
Umm... :)

Thanks for the last-minute reassurance! You were completely right about the credits.
Everywhere and Nowhereallzugern on May 17th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Dude! OMG. That was unbelievably intense. Absolutely brilliant. I'm kinda speechless. I'm gonna have to watch it over and over again.

LEX!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
:D :D :D

Oh, I'm so excited you liked it! Speechless is great!
serenography: LexNoirserenography on May 17th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
BOPPY! You have really outdone yourself with this one! It was a long download, but TOTALLY worth it. I was sitting there in awe of the whole "rain down" sequence, but then it smacked you in the face with that incredibly fast and well-cut closing sequence. You really did a wonderful job of showing Lex's descent and embracing of his cold, dark side - but still showing us some of his own conflicted feelings about the things he's done.
Truly amazing vid - and a lovely and outstanding tribute to our Lex Luthor. Bravo!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
It's ridiculously long, yes. I spent 3 months cursing myself for tackling a six-minute vid, but ... it was so perfectly Lex, someone had to vid it.

You really did a wonderful job of showing Lex's descent and embracing of his cold, dark side - but still showing us some of his own conflicted feelings about the things he's done.
Oh good! Well I wanted it to be as true to the show as possible and Lex has clearly had conflicted emotions right up until the end--it was important to keep that present.

Thank you!
Vicki: descendedmyownghost on May 18th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
"superlatively nuanced" is right, and this video shows exactly why it's right. wow, powerful.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
YAY! Thank you! I'm so glad it worked for you.
Heather: B/W Lex by violetsmilesmiss_tress on May 18th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I want to write you a long, flowery piece of prose to let you know how awesome this vid is and how much I liked it.

But I can't.

I can tell you that it actually made me a cry a bit. That's how moving this was.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Wow. That's amazing! Thank you.
mystical van of doom: sv lexvoldything on May 18th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm utterly blown away, omg this is so beyond perfect I don't think there are words!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
:) Wow, that's awesome! I'm so glad it worked for you.
tariel22: lex-darkness is comingtariel22 on May 18th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Hi! talitha78 led me here, and I'm so glad she did! What an amazing vid! Incredibly intense, it swept me up and left me spent, truly. When Lex's eyes first welled with tears, I found tears in my own, and by halfway through I was weeping. I actually found myself gasping at some of the images you included, and recoiling at others. What a fitting tribute not only to the tortured journey Lex has been on during these past seven years, but also to Michael's incredible performance as this compelling, impossibly complicated, brilliant character.

I'm blown away by your obvious skill in creating this vid, and I'm sure I don't realize the half of it. The sheer number and emotional impact of the images you chose is stunning, and the way they are interwoven with both the music and the lyrics of the song is masterful. Thank you so much for making this, and for sharing it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for the lovely feedback! I do understand what you mean about recoiling from some images--I think I made it deliberately 'ugly' in some places because I feel that Lex's internal world, the reality he lives in, is ugly and harsh and that's partly why he retreats into both humour and determined power-seeking. But I don't want to push my reading too hard--I mostly want people to find their own Lex in this vid, if that makes sense.

Your feedback has warmed my heart and reassured me that I hit my target with this vid. Thank you!
Becky: oh lex you used to be awesome :(sadface on May 18th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
*_____*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
Semi-Obsessive Me: viddingsol_se on May 18th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
WOW. That was just STUNNING!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) And thank you for the rec as well! *bounces*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! Flailing is flattering, I think. Though I seem to have created rather a lot of that... *glances around comments section anxiously*

I love your description of what you saw in the vid and I would LOVE to read your tl;dr thoughts!

our Lex, for all that he is, won't ever be able to escape his destiny
I know. *sniffle* I am really glad that came through--I wanted to capture that inescapability and the way Lex feels trapped at the same time that he actively embraces his destiny as an empowering move.

in so many ways it hurts. (and I mean that as the highest compliment)
*nods* Thank you! I can't say I'm 'glad' that it hurts because I'm not as sadistic as this vid might imply. ;) But I do think Lex's journey is tragic and it hurts and so the fact that this vid does too makes me feel I've made it true to Lex.
Satu: lex luthorlexandros on May 18th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Here via talitha78. It's great when a vidder makes you think of both the song and the source material in a totally new and different light. This is truly an amazing vid. Thank you for sharing! :)

p.s. Leeeeeeeeeeeeeex!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams* I'm delighted you got something fresh from this vid. Lex is such a well-known and much-discussed character--it's hard not to tread old water--so it's great that it gave you something new. Thanks for commenting!
Cris: Lex - darknessduskwillow on May 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeee K!
That vid is mind blowingly good!
It's brutal and so brilliant and layered as Lex himself!
And it works so well with the song, fantastic editing!
*thud*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Your icon is perfect too! *flails* (How good was that balcony rain scene? We both milked it!)

SO HAPPY you liked it, Cris! *twirls you*
daybreak777: sunrisedaybreak777 on May 18th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, wow, Bop! That was devastating. Whoa, I have difficulty coming up with a favorite part. Too many. :-) I think Lex walking down a hall in silhouette, or glimpses of Alexander, or the moments when he seemed hurting rather than simply evil. You really gave us glimpses behind the mask with this one.

I love that it has so much movement and energy! Better and better, you keep getting.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, DB! I'm delighted you managed to watch it so soon.

You really gave us glimpses behind the mask with this one.
It's fascinating hearing from a Season 7 viewer because it reminds me that we don't get to see behind the mask these days. We used to. In fact, there was a time when Lex was my pov character--and the pov character of a LOT of viewers. He was very sympathetic. I still find him sympathetic but only because I've been on that journey with him. But he pulled the mask down and we don't get to see his pain as often as we once did. In some ways it's easier because I'm not in his pain any more, but in other ways it's sad because it means he's out of reach... :(

I am glad you feel you got glimpses with this vid, though that wasn't my primary intention. I could have easily made a vid that 'woobied' Lex, but I tried to, instead, take the viewer inside his world. I hope that makes sense.

Better and better, you keep getting.
More and more like Yoda, you become! :p (Thank you!)

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i was always like thisbionic on May 18th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
UMMM...WOW. That was amazing and beautiful and kickass. I'm kinda speechless right now, and can't leave proper feedback, but. just.

WOW!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! Yay! Speechlessness is great. I'm so excited this vid had such an impact.