February, 2016 Archive

The Overlooked Triumph of “The Revenant”: Music

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

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 the National), creates a sonic tapestry that deepens the emotional impact ...

The Ugly Beauty of “The French Connection”

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

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. The movie is justly famous for its gritty adaptation of Robin ...

Movie Trailers Shine As Digital Stars

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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 is ironic given that a trailer promoting a film made ...

When Advertising Becomes Art

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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 paintings, sculptures, and immersive rooms, such as a recreation of a ...

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

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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 they once had. But they can create tent pole moments ...

The New OK Go Video Is a Brilliant Co-Brand

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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 from OK Go, a band that long ago set the standard ...

Keep Your Paws off Lady Gaga

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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 Lady Gaga demonstrates this reality. She exploded in popularity in 2009, ...

Will the Music Industry Enjoy an “Adele Effect”?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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 first seven weeks of release, 25 had sold 15 million ...

Every Day Is Black Friday

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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 buster sales. Eventually I stopped doing so, mostly because Black ...