Ed Sheeran's dance phase shows no signs of relenting — except instead of letting a puppet strut its stuff, the moves are ceded to a Phillip Chbeeb who lets the rhythm move him through his day and to some unexpected heights.
I'm not the best with either Greek or Real Housewives mythology, so there's a chance I've got this all wrong. Maybe Lady Gaga isn't a modern day Icarus, who's been brought down from her artistic heights by money men and in-fighting executives. Maybe Bravo TV mastermind Andy Cohen isn't God, and the Housewives won't serenade us in the afterlife.
But, I am 100% certain this is 11 minutes of inspired insanity — and that includes the four minutes which are just credits. Shot on-location at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and featuring a cast of hundreds — we're talking models, Real Housewives, a Michael Jackson impersonator, Gandhi, and much — this opus plays like a compilation of every idea, big or small, that's struck Lady Gaga and her team since the mixed reaction to her Artpop launch.
And it's open-ended enough that you can run with whatever narrative you want: Take it as proof of Gaga's creative rebirth, or as messy self-indulgence. So long as you take it in, share it, and talk about it, I'm pretty sure it's mission accomplished for this master media manipulator.
What if director Colin Tilley was making video back in 1996? It's a good year to pick for this clever concept, since it's unlikely today's budgets could recreate the 1998 - 2000 heyday of massive hip-hop video budgets with toys way pricier than helicopters and golf carts.
If you're more of a bloody valentine kind of person, this new Lil Wayne romp into horror-erotic should get warm your heart. Director Hannah Lux Davis starts with a flooded bathroom but then gets progressively freakier, unveiling a steady stream of twisted s&m styles and props before climaxing with a bathtub of blood.