the sometimes awesome works of Joseph Kahn

My friend Tony sent me a link to the video for Muse‘s Knights of Cydonia today. I couldn’t stop watching it. It’s a mashup of nearly every single genre there is.

No wonder they had a competition, giving away posters of the fictional film to those who could spot the references 15 major motion pictures in the clip. See how many you can pick before you click on the link.

So after watching it a few times, I’m like who the hell directed this? Maybe they’ve got more awesome stuff out there for me to watch.

The answer is Joseph Kahn, and whilst he’s directed a lot of stuff, most of it is, well quite commercial. Like Britney Spears’ Toxic for example. ‘Nuff said.

But, trawling through the plethora of clips on his site turned up a few gems. The Fox Sports – Cyborg clip is fantastic. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link on YouTube to embed, but you can click thru to it. So we’ll have to settle for the companion Fox Sports ad – Knights:

Knights are always cool. Maybe one day they’ll get to fight some ninjas!

His third best is probably the ad for solon:

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1807822025281420635&hl=en-AU

Yes, he’s also made a movie (unlike Chris Cunningham). Unfortunately, its Torque. Which I actually watched all the way thru. Apparently, its meant to be trashy, but I just found it tragic.

Still, he seems to have the chops sometimes, so there’s always hope he’ll put out another gem in some format soon.

UPDATE – talkin’ to Tony this morning, there’s one simple, but awesome clip I missed:

UPDATE UPDATE! The more I dig, the bigger fan I become. I’d forgotten about this awewsome Chemical Brothers clip, and who’s the director?

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