I happen to really like the latest Kanye West track, "Power." Partially because there's a King Crimson sample, but also just because it's a great piece of music. Last night, Kanye dropped what I guess could best be described as a video teaser. Take a look at this snippet:
Pretty cool, and different. I like the whole "painting come to life" aesthetic he's got going on. It's nothing new in the world of film though. This teaser video got a bunch of us talking about art coming to life in film at the MTV News meeting this morning. There are a few really easy ones... and then some that aren't so obvious. Which ones can you think of offhand? Ponder that, then hit the jump to look through some of our own favorites.
Every Painting And Photo Everywhere / "Harry Potter" series
"Harry Potter" is the blindingly obvious choice. Everywhere you look in every one of those movies, there's some painting or photograph that is fidgeting uncomfortably or commenting on whatever wackiness is happening in the vicinity. I'm thinking Kanye watched a ton of "Potter" before putting together his "Power" video.
Vigo the Carpathian / "Ghostbuster 2"
Here he is, folks! The scourge of Carpathia! The sorrow of Moldavia! Vigo the Butch!!! Errrrrr... no. That's not right. Vigo the Carpathian!!!!!!! Yeah. Vigo is the Big Bad in "Ghostbusters 2," the malevolent spirit of a dead warlord trapped in a priceless painting. His only route to freedom is Dana Barrett's baby; his spirit will possess the infant and then, presumably 20 or so years later, he'd be old enough to start wrecking the world again. Good thing the Ghostbusters are around to stop him.
V-J Day in Times Square photo / "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
On the run from the evil Pharaoh Kahmunrah's (Hank Azaria) soldiers, Larry (Ben Stiller) and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) trap them inside a famous photo taken in New York City at the tail end of World War II. Larry loses his cellphone in the process; at the end of the movie, during the credits, we see Joey Motorola find and take apart the phone, hinting that he invented the technology. It's not true, but it is art come to life.
Ugly modern art / "Beetlejuice"
Late in the movie, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) stages a wedding with the goth, young ghost-lover Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder). But he needs witnesses, right? Since the Deetz family won't willingly participate, the 'Juice animates Delia D's terrifically ugly modern art monstrosities.
Robin Williams' afterlife / "What Dreams May Come"
I'm not going to lie. "What Dreams May Come" is a LOUSY movie. But it's beautiful. Robin Williams' afterlife is like a living painting. Much of it is informed by his surviving wife's artwork. Turn on the movie, turn the volume all the way down and enjoy the eye candy. The entire flick feels like art come to life.