@jus10p @jahan1ne Really? I thought it was good. 6 hours 28 min ago
@Videostatic Summertimes blues in @JakeBugg "There's A Beast And We All Feed It" video | Bob Harlow, dir http://t.co/DZMy7Cj7VM @Somesuchandco 1 day 12 hours ago
@A_Listermann I'm smart though, no DUI's, if I need a ride, Ill let Bieber drive @justinbieber @calscruby http://t.co/JvGuYqscIR 1 day 2 hours ago
@JosephKahn GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is loaded full of 70s rock. It is genetically impossible for any middle aged white guy not to love it. 1 day 11 min ago
@iamdiddy In life, you don't want to be stuck in traffic.. Create your own lane 1 day 7 hours ago
@iamdiddy #lastnight wit my bro richie_akiva friends till da END!!! http://t.co/JdaIObApsP 1 day 23 hours ago
@davidguetta RT @ushuaiaibiza: Thank you for making @davidguetta amazing. See you Monday August 4th @ushuaiaibiza. Tickets at http://t.co/t0B5eb0rQH htt… 1 day 8 hours ago
@iamdiddy Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. 1 day 5 hours ago
@JosephKahn RT @PerezHilton: Best Celeb A$$ In The Business! Round & Plump, They Can't Be Trumped! http://t.co/iYzwUqc9Ar http://t.co/fQoiL7ZKtE 9 hours 14 min ago
@Videostatic O' Death with @beck in "Heart Is A Drum" video | Sophie Muller, dir http://t.co/5eweJco2zr http://t.co/uSWIkGyaar 17 hours 19 min ago
@jus10p @jahan1ne Well... thats not bad. 6 hours 21 min ago
@A_Listermann RT @RIVETING_ENT: We are very happy to be working with @ladygaga on the visuals for #cheektocheek with Tony Bennett. http://t.co/wS4vwvp3Bx 15 hours 31 min ago
@dougstern So @NRA's lead attorney shot/robbed MULTIPLE people back in 1960s! #ShockedNotShocked http://t.co/knccR0OdFU 15 hours 55 min ago
@_AbleAndBaker props coming in thick and fast for @remycayuela's new project for @Tensnake! massive thanks to @Videostatic, @the_video_post & @imvdb 15 hours 29 sec ago
@questlove Eh @jimmyfallon were you punking us today? Is this Leto in disguise? #FallonTonight http://t.co/y6G8m7OWPp 1 day 2 hours ago
@A_Listermann RT @RIVETING_ENT: Studio flow today w/ @calscruby Thanks for the hospitality tarikfreitekh #calscruby #music #studiohttp://t.co/VMK3Raer1 day 1 hour ago

Roger Ebert And The Greatest Music Video Ever Made

A Tribute To Roger Ebert

It was just yesterday that I read Roger Ebert's "Leave Of Presence," an announcement that he'd be  stepping away from the day-to-day grind and only review those movies he truly loved. Most likely, he loved them all. Even the bad ones. Maybe especially the bad ones if it inspired a great column or classic spat with his also departed sparring partner, Gene Siskel

Anyone who writes about visual media owes something to Roger. Anyone who needs to wade through the good, the bad, the ugly and consider it all on their own individual terms could learn something from his career. And the fact he finally stepped away mere days before he passed — even after battling cancer for years, losing his jaw and the ability to eat and speak — is a testament to what it took to pull him from his calling.

There's not really a music video angle here, except of course, there is...

Roger Ebert didn't discuss music videos very much. Movies and music videos are two very different entities: A typical movie in the theater asks for $10 and two hours of your undivided attention. A music video barely asks for four minutes and hopefully some of your attention. Bad movies are to be flagged and avoided. A bad music video? In the internet age you can make up your mind in a few seconds and move onto the next one. Smaller stakes, as they say.

He did coin the phrase Semi-OMV (Semi-Obligatory Music Video) in his Movie Glossary, describing an approximately three minute movie sequence in which "a song is played at top volume while movie characters experience spasms of hyperkinetic behavior and stick their faces into the camera lens." So, clearly, he saw his fair share of bad videos.

A better and more telling example has to do with Grand Rapids, MI; a city that was named by Newsweek to a list of Top 10 Dying Cities. The fine folks of Grand Rapids decided to show some life and filmed a massive, one-take lip-dub video: 5,000 people taking over the city for a lipdub of Don McLean's "American Pie."

That cover video — made by proud Mid-Westerners who weren't about to be told by some NYC magazine people that they occupied a dead city — was the one that Roget Ebert publicly declared "The Greatest Music Video Ever Made." Not "Thriller." Not some artsy, high-concept video. A lipdub — possibly the lowest form of music video, but done here on an epic scale by regular people with something to prove — was the greatest music video ever made.

And that's a beautiful fucking thing.

R.I.P. Roger Ebert.

Tags: Blog

Recent Tweets