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Published on 05 Aug 2010 | over 6 years ago

softcelltainted22 presents
a Get Off My Lawn production...

This isn't quite the usual fanvideo I am known for; it's more of a film study set to music. Furthermore, I think it's actually more of an examination of human perception through film. With the raging popularity of the Twilight saga and the controversy surrounding it, I think it's important to consider the elements of our society that influence both its popularity and its controversy. Since the issue of rape and domestic violence is so sensitive and so hard to boil down to a clear black and white, I think the best way to do that is to look at the history of film and how the path was paved for these Twilight adaptations.

What I propose with this video is a study of the appeal of the "bad boy" image. What makes the Bad Boy character so attractive? Is it the media's portrayal of "fun danger" in the form of an irresistible roughneck? Or is the media simply feeding a craving we already had to begin with, simply documenting an existing trend?

The video itself might not be an easy one to watch. The content and clips used collectively blur the lines between desired violence, undesired violence, implications of rough sex and rape- but only because society itself blurs those lines. Our reaction to rape is typically not uniformly one way or the other. I believe that this is because each individual takes desired violence and rough sex into consideration in different ways and creates their own individual boundaries, complete with influence from personal experience and personal desire which, ultimately, leaves room for a great many grey areas. It has become hard for us all to agree on what is healthy and what is not.

My attempt to blur the lines in this video was a conscious effort. I used a mix of clips that I personally find sexy along with those I find wholly unsettling and uncomfortable to watch. A sub-study I propose within this video is not just why the bad boy image is so seductive but the look at WHY we will sometimes "needle" our partner to get a certain reaction out of them, as the song itself discusses.

Song: Johnny Get Angry by KD Lang (live)
*The applause, I felt, was important to keep in this as sort of a commentary on how we, the audience, view this kind of thing in the films we watch. Most of these films have been acknowledged by the Academy in some way or another- which truly shows how much the public embraces these depictions.

Films:
Red-Headed Woman
Closer
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Gone With The Wind
Memento
Kill Bill: Volume 2
The Shining
The Godfather Part II
BBC's Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Othello (1995)
Chicago
The Godfather
All The King's Men (2006)
Twilight
Atonement
Gilda
Cry-Baby
What's Love Got To Do With It

My intro video being set to Lady Gaga's "I Like It Rough" is strictly an ironic coincidence by the way, to those who noticed it. I created my new intro long before I came up with this idea.

I hope you enjoy this study. I hope it makes you think about this issue more than I hope it has entertained you. It is the kind of video I would only hope is entertaining from a technical aspect. This is probably the most controversial endeavor I have ever undertaken. As always, if you like this or any of my videos please BECOME A FAN on facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Off-My-Lawn-productions/264710973482

I do not own any of the clips or songs used in this video, no copyright infringement is intended.

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