Music Video: Pitch Perfect’s “Since You Been Gone”

Start with the fact this is generally an average-to-well edited movie. During the big dance numbers, we get plenty of closeups and glimpses of each character, especially when a character is starting to sing. Still, the overall action is always well-established enough so when it pulls back to a wide/master shot, the viewer is not … Continue reading

How To Make Your Enemies Broadcast Your Criticisms of Them in 99 Easy Steps

About once a year I find myself obsessively watching the gorgeous “99 Problems” music video. Check out how the camera is always looking up or straight at Jay-Z, other than when the car is pulled over and we ‘see’ him the way the cop does, looking down at him. The one exception is when Jay-Z is performing; … Continue reading

Two Song Tuesday: A Dustland Fairytale and That Wasn’t Me

The Killer’s “A Dustland Fairytale” The song is lyrically evocative and nearly perfect. The video is a brilliant mix of nostalgia and realism; a short, musical S.E. Hinton story. It takes care not to villainize one character over another; both wrap up their hands as “the Devil” does, both have knives, both are victims of … Continue reading

Two Song Tuesday: Interpretations of The Decemberists’s O Valencia

The first installation of Two Song Tuesday is a repost from my now-defunct blog. Enjoy; more will follow. Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Natalie Wood put a timeless interpretation on an ageless tale. The Decembrists have their own take on star-crossed lovers, but after watching the original O Valencia music video, I found a more fascinating fan-made … Continue reading