(fe) la vie
This is my most intimate fanedit so far. It’s my bible, the meaning of me. Every frame, every lyric, every transition, every glitch is me. It goes so far down my own rabbit hole that even I don’t understand it fully and I don’t think I ever will; because I am changing, learning new things about me and the universe every day so the meaning of the thing will change along every time I watch it. My friend, who is the only person to have seen it so far, has pointed out a few things in it that made me facepalm for not having understood them, even though I created the damn thing. But ultimately, it’s not some artsy fartsy piece of art; it’s a trashy assemblage of mostly Michael Jackson’s awesome awesomeness. It’s meant to make you tap your foot to the rhythm!
Using Michael Jackson’s creations and adding to it my own interpretation, assembling pieces of my puzzle which even I don’t understand. And I feel fine with that.
Excellent, fun edit which I thoroughly enjoyed. I watched with my daughter who's also a huge MJ fan and she was delighted. I think the broader thematic elements in play went over her head but I don't think that mattered one iota. There were a few times where the music and the visuals didn't quite gel for me but that was rare and of course, subjective. Overall this is a really fun experience. The way we move past tragedy and sadness is to get the f*@# up and dance. I love that.
I was looking forward to watching this. I like giving experimental films a chance every few years. (so I'm not a fan of those, but have watched my share, just putting that out there) Being an MJ fan (and being able to say I saw him twice in concert) also intrigued me. And reading all these reviews, I was prepared to be blown away.
I was not.
Maybe the other reviewers aren't exposed to much film of this manner. Maybe there's a coolness factor because this type of mash-up isn't very common. It just didn't do it for me. If there were more subtle points behind the use of imagery and songs, it was lost on me.
What really took me out and bothered me and leads to my more leaning-to-the-negative is this:
the point where the editor uses MJ from Thriller, the zombie dance sequence. And uses a different piece of music. IMO, the music (any music) should have been in sync with the dancer's moves. MJ was a very accurate dancer, in terms of rhythm. And the editor puts him at odds with the beat of the chosen, different song. But only slightly. It's just off.
It's an experience and I'm sharing where the experience subjectively turned me off.
Funky, cosmic, and meditative.
Blueyoda's your interstellar DJ/cabbie, and be prepared for the possibility he'll drop you off somewhere other than where you left.
There is little that I can add to the previous reviews other than this is one of the best fanedits you've probably never seen, so change that. Now.
Don't watch and try to understand, just watch and immerse yourself in the journey.
I won't rate on the narrative because that is too complex an issue, and video quality is irrelevant in a project such as this other than to say it is as good as it needs to be.
Watching (fe) la vi was a transcendent experience for me. The images, sound and music washed over me. I found the film to be peaceful, sad, profound, beautiful, complex and fulfilling. Whether or not blueyoda likes to label it as such, this is a truly artistic piece of work and reflects the depth of creativity and imagination of its creator. I felt the personal nature of the work very strongly while I was watching it – I may not have been able to understand the story behind every nuance, but I enjoyed the knowledge that this strange and bewildering mixture of images and sounds each has a personal meaning for blueyoda, and has been chosen for a specific reason. I never felt the need to know exactly what that was – but there is a journey here, and it allows the watcher to project their own wishes/desires/fears into the narrative. Therapy through artistic expression in the true sense. Thank you for sharing this piece of yourself with us blueyoda, the experience will stay with me. It is bold, honest, and engrossing.