I'll always be a fan of music groups making movies. And it's not just a love for wacky classics like Help!, Headand The Spencer Davis Group's TheGhost Goes Gear. I saw Spice Worldin the theater twice, and continue to showcase it as a guilty pleasure. But not enough bands and artists follow in the Beatles' tradition, despite how perfect the concept could have been given the rise of the music video director as auteur back in the '90s. Why couldn't Spike Jonze's first film been a movie starring -- as themselves -- Weezer, Ween or The Beastie Boys?

Well, now I at least propose that OK Go should hit the big screen. The biggest thing on the internet yesterday was the band's latest video, a Rube Goldberg-inspired spot for the song "This Too Shall Pass" that's blowing minds all over the place. (I've embedded it after the jump, in case you somehow missed it.) To call it either ambitious or impressive would be an understatement. Those words couldn't even describe the band's prior web sensation, a video for "Here It Goes Again," better known perhaps as 'the treadmill video' for it's ingeniously choreographed stunt involving exercise machines. And this new spot makes that thing look as simple as "Star Wars Kid" as far as YouTube hits go.
So what could an OK Go movie look like? Given that the band is now known for one-take spectacles, they should definitely do something filmed in a single shot. How about -- since Hollywood loves adapting board games -- a Mouse Trap movie? Maybe get Aleksandr Sokurov to direct. For those who don't know the filmmaker, he's the guy who made the incredible single-take historical film Russian Arkback in 2002. With modern technology, it'd be very easy to cheat and make something that appears to be a single shot, a la Hitchcock's Rope (and parts of Children of Men and Terminator Salvation, right?). But OK Go would probably not be into such trickery.

OK Go has already made their film debut as the wedding band in I Love You, Man, so they're clearly not against being on the big screen. Other filmmakers I can see them working with include the Rube Goldberg-inspired directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Tim Burton and Nick Park, who could maybe do an animated OK Go movie -- the band's own Yellow Submarine?

What band, group or artist would you like to see make a movie?

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