I’m not sure what I was expecting to find when I was presented with a music video that had been directed by writer/director/actor/producer/madman Tommy Wiseau. I guess, honestly, I expected it to be worse. In a world where the art of a music video has fallen away, people have decided to try for either really weird, really cheap, or ironic music videos. Something tells me securing Wiseau to direct this video did all three for indy-rock group Corsica Arts Club. The video for their song, “California I Follow,” seems to make several visual and thematic references to Wiseau’s one and only film, The Room, but all-in-all it’s a simply-shot party scene for the band to play to.
The song feels pretty generic in the realm of indy-rock, which could be why the band thought the cult-status of Wiseau would be a plus for their video. What Wiseau has dubbed “Romeo & Julliette The New Generation” seems to tell the story of a couple at a party who fight, and then make up. All the while the band plays on in Wiseau’s own brand of underwear and varsity jackets that advertise Wiseau’s web series The Neighbors.
Oddly dressed, quickly shot, sloppy acting, canned editing effects, and random bits of slow motion all fit in Wiseau’s wheelhouse, but actually fit in the world of music video pretty well. Wiseau’s own brief appearance in a weird costume with a nonsense bit of dialogue from The Room is odd and forced, but doesn’t completely derail the rest of the video like one would expect from him.
Anytime someone sees the name Tommy Wiseau, they expect a trainwreck to follow. Just look to The Room or The Neighbors to confirm that, but funny enough if all Tommy had to do was point a camera at something and not write a script, try to act at all, or pretend he knows how human beings behave in any way. Maybe Tommy has finally found his calling in ironic indy rock music videos.
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