Sunday, October 30, 2011

Perhaps the most romantic music video ever made

"The End of the World" by Matt Alber. Beautifully shot and sung. And that kiss!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Good Uses For Beautiful People

Many music videos employ models, but they are usually little less than eye candy.  Here are two that unashamedly use beautiful people, but elevate their use to something greater than the sum of pretty parts.

The first is the brilliant, sex-positive "All The Lovers" by Kylie Minogue.  She is the goddess Aphrodite (the name of her album) who causes all the beautiful people to shed their clothes and engage in rampant lovemaking.  The climax (no pun intended) is amazing, and from start to finish the cinematography is top notch.

The second is an oldie, George Michael's "Freedom 90".  By employing notable models of the day, he makes an interesting comment on his own fame (and regrets).  It was one of the first music videos to have people other than the singer lip-sync the words, and where the artist does not even appear.  This was quite revolutionary in the late 80's/early 90's.  The jukebox, jacket, and other props are echoes of his "Faith" period, all of which are destroyed so that he can move forward, older and wiser, into his "Listen Without Prejudice" period. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

When Good Scenes Happen to So-So Films (1)

Immortal Beloved is not a great film (what do you expect from the director of Candyman?), but there is a great scene that is paired with the "Ode To Joy". I remember being blown away by this scene when I saw it in the cinema (though it would have been better without the constant cutting back to frail Beethoven. We get it! He's moved and ill.).

To me, it is a great illustration of both our insignificance (cosmically speaking) and how we can infuse our lives with meaning with beauty and by considering our place in the universe.

Don't Ask, Don't Harmonize

How did I never know about this wonderfully subversive, hilarious routine from "Hair" (1979)? Presenting the sexual fluidity in such a funny way without overt comment is amazing. Never would be done today in such an effective and innocent way. Bravo M. Forman!