Plenty of music video directors have gone on to make great films. But what if they were to make a great film based on one of their videos? That's kinda the concept behind a list over at JoBlo.com titled "Music Videos That Should Have Been Movies." Many of my favorites are on there, such as Jamie Thraves' video for Radiohead's "Just," Jonathan Glazer's video for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights," and Garth Jennings' video for Blur's "Coffee & TV" (pictured above and watchable after the jump). The last of these is said to be one for the kids, but I'd probably be first in line for a feature-length movie about a milk carton on a mission.
Most of the videos included are quite enigmatic, and JoBlo's Mike Sampson admits that for some he simply wants answers, which could be revealed in the longer format of a narrative feature. Haven't we all wondered what the heck is going on in Mark Romanek's video for Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"? And why's that guy in the "Just" video just lying there? Then there's the more easily adaptable videos, such as Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher". I think they've already somewhat made that movie, titled My Tutor, and there's even a remake on the way, but I'd still be interested in Hot For Teacher: The Movie, directed by Judd Apatow, at Sampson's suggestion. There are countless videos that would make interesting films. The first to pop into my head were two from Smashing Pumpkins. Both "1979" and "Today" could each be made by either Richard Linklater or Gus Van Sant. And here's two films that could be combined for one sweet post-apocalyptic adventure: Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" and 2Pac/Dr. Dre's "California Love". As far as more modern videos, I'd like to see features based on Cassettes Won't Listen's video for "Paper Float", Gnarls Barkley's video for "Going On", and Justice's video for "Stress".
With everything from Disneyland theme parks to toys being adapted into movies, why not music videos? Feel free to comment either here or over at JoBlo with your own suggestions.