Skinemax: The Lure Of Adolescent Nostalgia

In the description for this hyper-nostalgic audio-video mix, Smash TV explains that “Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes. It’s long form entertainment for short attention spans.” Adopting the type of frantic quick-cut edits that were a hallmark of early MTV (and now the lynchpin of every shameless Hollywood director from Michael Bay to Brett Ratner), Skinemax draws on the spirit of analog film scores and visual repetition to reshape such familiar material into a strange new soup.

What’s mesmerizing here is how this stream-of-consciousness editing blitz becomes a series of memory triggers: Weird Al Yankovic’s frozen facial expression in UHF and Christina Ricci’s dead stare in The Addams Family; Emilio Estevez mugging for the camera in Maximum Overdrive and Sylvester Stallone’s near-comedic performance in Judge Dredd. It’s all dormant memory sludge that, once prompted, comes rushing back to the surface with mixed results.