Neil Drumming
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

No disrespect to Paul Hunter or Hype Williams, but it’s nice to know there are still music-video directors with more than bodacious Beyonces and boogying Britneys in their viewfinders. With the exception of Spike Jonze’s kid-populated ode to the Notorious B.I.G., or Chris Cunningham’s pimp-parodying clip for Aphex Twin’s ”Windowlicker,” the first three DVDs in Palm Pictures’ ”Directors Label” series are refreshingly devoid of champagne, hoochie mamas, and other MTV conventions. Showcased instead — in videos and short films — are Jonze’s sk8er boi guerrilla tactics, Cunningham’s dark, queasy visions, and frequent Bjork collaborator Michel Gondry’s whimsical dream mining. There’s no denying the timelessness of classic Jonze clips like the Beastie Boys’ ”Sabotage” and Fatboy Slim’s ”Weapon of Choice” (here with commentary from Christopher Walken). Still, the neurotic Gondry comes off most endearing, thanks to a lengthy two-part documentary that even features his mother. Some might call it oeuvre-kill. Jonze: B+; Gondry: A; Cunningham: B

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