In the year since the release of their (and oh, how this term makes me cringe) "rock opera" American Idiot, Green Day have been pumping a steady stream of anti-Bush, anti-war nuggets into popular culture. Not only have they been getting away with incredibly incendiary feats of provocation, but it's almost like nobody who should be mad about it even knows it's happening. They've sold a ton of records, but if they're trying to have a real ideological impact, they may be losing the (pun intended) war.
Maybe that frustration is the driving force behind the clip for Wake Me Up When September Ends, which, according to this triumphant press release from Green Day's record company, hit number one on MTV's TRL this week. Directed by Samuel Bayer (he made Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, as well as all of the other videos from this Green Day album), the seven-minute mini-film stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell as two young all-American lovers, seperated when he joins the army. You can watch it at Crooks and Liars, a political blog with tons of video footage. Considered as a short film, I think in its own way it's one of the most powerful and interesting things I've seen in a while.