Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Plastic Bag

I hate it when we post back-to-back YouTube videos just as much as you perhaps do, Constant Red Giant, but sometimes it's necessary. Plastic Bag, a short film directed by Ramin Bahrani and narrated by the one and only Werner Herzog*, is, in a word, so completely amazing that it deserves its own entry in Funk & Wagnalls under "masterpiece."

On its surface a message about non-biodegradable trash (sorta like Joan Rivers), Plastic Bag achieves greatness thanks to Bahrani's masterful direction and, especially for me, Herzog's narration. Under their combined talents, Plastic Bag ascends to true art, questioning loyalty, purpose, and mortality. Plus, Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós provides the score.


* Werner Herzog has a voice more persuasive than a Jedi mind trick.

No comments: