SureFireWinner @rainierstar Adam on Marilyn Denis Show Toronto
I'm rendered speechless sometimes when I watch Adam on TV. I saw people in the audience whose faces just lit up watching him, and I am sitting here just beaming as I watch how at ease, how confident, how sweet this man is. No matter what he is asked, he just lays it all out on the table with a smile and without any hiccups in his presentation.
His aura in undeniable! This man is a game-changer and I am so very excited about watching this unfold. ILHSFM!!!!
What does "rickroll" mean in this context? I don't get it.
It is just 9:30 AM where I live, and I've had the chance to watch the video twice. Once early this morning after cleaning up the results of my dog deciding to crap and pee all over the house during the night, and once now.
I see that consensus has emerged on the list already. I hope I haven't already forfeited my right to comment because the video has been out for a grand total of six hours. I guess I'm about to find out.
I was REALLY excited about this video and I confess to being a little disappointed. I am a writer and like kryptoman68, that may be most of my problem. This is just my opinion and it doesn't mean I don't like the video or hate Adam or whatever the hell it's supposed to mean. As kryptoman68 pointed out, it's just that I can't watch movies anymore without thinking "get me rewrite." The storyline here is so half-baked, and as much fun as the video is, it could have so much more with a fully drawn story concept. And I can't stop thinking about that. So I hope you will indulge me.
The nature of the institution in which Adam is imprisoned is unclear. Is it a prison? Mental hospital? Work camp? Gulag? How did Adam end up there and how long has he been there? A brief glimpse of a dossier or computer screen or wanted poster could have conveyed so much interesting context here.
Why is a little imaginative context important? Because after the first few seconds, the video becomes unexpectedly unmenacing. Because while we see the constant observation, we're dropped into a situation that appears static and is thus uninteresting. Adam himself is interesting to look at, of course, but since we don't know anything about him, we have no sense of any real stakes.
Is he a rebel leader desperate to run to his band of merry men? Is he here to liberate these people? Is he an iconoclastic loner who is worried that he is going to be shocked or drugged to make him like these people? He doesn't seem particularly worried so why should we be on the edge of our seats?
Adam becomes part of the group ... he takes a look around but finds not so much as a hint of any kindred spirits ready to rebel. It seems that everyone but Adam is a mindless beaten-down drone. No one so much as side-eyes Adam as he marches around singing at the top of his voice or crushes his pills to release the beautiful blue crystals. No guards rush in to beat him; no one is punished at any time.
Why does it matter? Because imagine how much more powerful it would have been if, say, someone with a little spark, someone Adam had tried to befriend with the touch of a hand or a look, had been taken away and Adam could hear them being tortured? And then he or she had come back a mindless drone like all the others ... and then he found a message scrawled in his cell that said "YOU'RE NEXT."
Yes, how much more powerful would that have been, knowing that the consequence of conformity and the numbing drugs was the crushing of the individual spirit? And knowing that that was Adam's inevitable fate unless he found a way?
In writing this is called a setup and it becomes more of a problem when the rebellion actually starts. Without any setup, we don't know what Adam has in mind or why does anyone would choose to follow him. As they rush for freedom, what do they think is going to happen? What are they risking? Their freedom, their sanity, their lives?
This lack of a setup also steps on the message of the song ... because it makes the video all about Adam. Without the setup, the people are not the agents of their own liberation. Adam is. And as a result, when the transformation comes, it seems too easy. All you have to do is follow Adam, and you will be transformed into a fabulous person. The guards with their white gas just fall back and disappear, and somehow the fence is gone and everyone dances madly without any work whatsoever on their part.
All that said ... I loved the colorful transformation and the mad dancing, and Adam's great smirk at the end. Just wish getting there had worked better.
Here goes nothing. I'm going to press Post Reply. Please don't hate me.
Juniemoon, congrats on your risk-taking, lol. Loving everyone's opinions, very interesting.
OK, I LOVE THIS VIDEO. It may top FYE, even, and I'm not a sci-fi-fanatic, not even a little bit. Here's my take.
Setting - This is a reflection of a society, controlled, normative environment, where everyone lives. Eat, sleep, work; day in, day out. Routines and technology makes things "safe" and "easy", which for most people is enough. They don't feel the need to break the rules, they just exist. For this reason it is also unmenacing.
Adam's role - IMO it's not Adam's chosen role to set them free, he's just being himself; looking at things and society from a different (left of center) perspective and maybe asking himself questions: "Why do we eat these pills?" "Is this all there is to life?" "Who has set these rules and why do they get to decide and surveil us?"
Decision - Perhaps he is bored, needs to test his limits, to see if there's more and decides not to take his pills/nourishment, which also leads him to question the mundane work at the bridge. Crushing the pill let's him see a glimpse of something else, something MORE. He needs to make something happen, for himself, this is no longer enough, he needs to paint with his own colours and he makes a break for it.
Breaking out of the system - Why others follow him? Same as in real life; most people need someone to take the first step, to show them the way, to make them believe it can be done. It may not be easy, there may be obstacles on the way, but you will be happier, more fulfilled even if you just try. Like, being out and proud? Everyone has to make that choice for themselves, but it's easier, when there's already a path which to follow. Live your life to the fullest, carpe diem.
Gate & guards - Seeing the possibilities and strongly believing in that vision (Adam seeing the colors before) makes it easier to create a forcefield for oneself and be whatever/whoever you want to be. Adam is not acting as a "savior" to the others; just representing how you can change your life, keeping your eyes & mind open for any situation and making it work for you. The dance-scene just works better visually with more people in it, lol.
Which, in Adam's case, results in wild dance-rave in rainbow colors. How appropriate. 8-)
STAGE TUBE: First Look - Adam Lambert's 'Never Close Our Eyes' Video
Adam Lambert has released a new video for his latest hit, "Never Close Our Eyes." The futuristic, sci-fi themed film was inspired by the novel "1984." In a recent interview with Billboard.com Lambert spoke about the video: "There's a little sci-fi energy to it. It's very cinematic. It was inspired by a couple different films. It was a fun shoot. We did it in one day and it was great. The director is Dori Oskowitz and he's awesome." Check it out below!
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crazylady: login" again and then I will get the "redirecting" message at the top. Weird, huh
May 14, 2013 12:58:36 GMT -5
butterfly: I also have to login twice, such as crazylady.
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crazylady: Sorry you are having the same login problem, butterfly, but at least I am in good company! At least we can log in! I'd panic if I couldn't! LOL
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maitospf: crazyladym...happening to me too!
May 15, 2013 19:42:49 GMT -5
ayleim: Just checking - so there were NO Adam-sightings in the performance show right? Then I don't have to worry about being near the TV later tonight, I can just listen from the kitchen. :D
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Q3: The second log-in is part of the security system to protect the site from hackers. If you want to avoid it, select the option to keep me logged in.
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vivlite: Good to know about the log-in option..I kept wondering if I was imagining things when I had to log on twice..whew..
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vivlite: Gotta stop down here more often..
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crazylady: Q3, thanks for the update on the login process! Really appreciate it!
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maitospf: Yes thank you Q3. Thought I was jinked there for a minute
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maitospf: Woops - sorry! jinxed (the ghosts of my english teachers would haunt me for not proofreading, so there you you go) ... 8-|
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minnie12: this is great, Sauli deserves the support. There's no negativity here and that's nice.
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May 18, 2013 0:48:25 GMT -5
minnie12: Nice to see all the pics of Sauli and his friends. Has a lot of female friends. Goes out a lot with Ade?
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blueberry: A tech question. When I post, I'm stuck in BB Code, can't get back to Preview. Any ideas? I have Preview as default in my profile, but that doesn't help.
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Q3: blueberry. there should be a two labels on tabs at the bottom of the REPLY box -- one labeled Preview and one labeled BBCode. Can you see these or are they gone?
May 19, 2013 2:08:40 GMT -5
blueberry: Q3, I can still see the labels, but when I click on the Preview label, nothing happens. And every time I start a new post, it automatically takes me to BB Code. Otherwise it doesn't matter, but posting pictures would be easier in Preview (copy+paste).
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JazzRocks: Q3 - I forgot where I click to make a contribution to Atop.
May 19, 2013 10:30:45 GMT -5
Q3: Oh in the site conversion the link to support ATop went away. I will restore it.
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JazzRocks: Thanks Q3.
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