Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Overlooked Triumph of “The Revenant”: Music

The Revenant was robbed. For all the Oscar nominations The Revenant has received, the movie was victim of a glaring omission: Best Original Score. The score, created by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto (with additional music by Bryce Dessner of … Continue reading

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The Ugly Beauty of “The French Connection”

An art teacher once told me that a beat-up pair of tennis shoes is a lot more interesting to draw than a brand-new pair. I thought of my art teacher’s advice as I re-watched The French Connection during Oscars weekend. … Continue reading

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Movie Trailers Shine As Digital Stars

With the 2016 Academy Awards fast approaching, Google has created a terrific piece of event-based content by ranking the popularity of the trailers for the Oscar Best Picture nominees. Google ranks The Revenant Number One based YouTube trailer views, which … Continue reading

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When Advertising Becomes Art

Advertising can sneak up on you in the most unexpected ways. Recently I visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art for the simple pleasure of discovering art. For hours, my family and I got lost in an exploration of well curated … Continue reading

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Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”: Art, Fashion, and the Record Album

The release of Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, is a testament to the enduring relevance of record albums even as people buy fewer of them year after year. Albums no longer possess any of the commercial power … Continue reading

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The New OK Go Video Is a Brilliant Co-Brand

I’ll bet you’ve never heard of S7 Airlines. But you’ll be hearing more about the Russia-based airline now that OK Go released a new video, “Upside Down & Inside Out.” “Upside Down & Inside Out” is the latest crazy video … Continue reading

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Keep Your Paws off Lady Gaga

Never underestimate Lady Gaga. The viral effect of digital has made it possible for artists to experience meteoric rises, falls, and rebounds within a matter of a few short years. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that … Continue reading

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Will the Music Industry Enjoy an “Adele Effect”?

When Forbes publishes its annual list of highest-earning musicians in December, Adele’s name will surely be on it. Her astronomical album sales, even surpassing the standards of the pre-digital era, will be a large part of the story. Within its … Continue reading

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Every Day Is Black Friday

For years I used to wake up in the dead of night the day after Thanksgiving and interview Black Friday shoppers while they stood in line, enduring cold weather as they waited for stores to reward their patience with door … Continue reading

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