Lana Del Rey's "Tropico" is more ambitious that almost any other music video you've seen this year — and not just because it's 30 minutes long. Director Anthony Mandler and Ms. LDR create their a sort of Pop Bible here, starting with creation and a Garden of Eden, with Jesus, John (Wayne), Marilyn (not Manson) and Elvis (certainly not Costello) peering down from up high.
And that's just the first couple minutes before the Fall... The rest is much more sinful, believe me.
Consider this a must-watch, especially if you have an appetite for a proudly blasphemous and cracked artfilm that should tickle fans of Tony Scott and Oliver Stone's more visionary works.
There's a last days of Xanadu vibe here, with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake all alone at the top of the world, surrounded by the baubles that come with great wealth and success — an effect that's further emphasized by the periodically slurred-down audio.
Anthony Mandler continues to be the go-to director for the new generation of pop divas and this video for Selena Gomez is a good example of how he's able to mix-up introspection with wide open vistas and exotic, yet familiar touch.
Taylor Swift is a regular girl doing regular things - hanging out with her bestest friends, going to the beach and acting age-appropriately silly. Of course, not every 'regular' girl gets a weekend beach house in Malibu and Anthony Mandler creating an artfully Instagram selfie look for the whole thing. The vibe is fun and light with no boys allowed until the joyous party at the very end. Personally, I couldn't help wondering where the stylist got all the hats.