At the intersection of Hope and music stardom stands Celine Dion, aspiring for universal appeal. On one hand we get Ne-Yo and breakdancers, but also magical storylines with athletetes and street artists, and even a girl communicating via sign language. And if you don't spot the giraffe, that just means you didn't watch the whole way through to the "Incredible" end.
This '80s fantasia has Chromeo's Dave 1 as the magic man, able to turn store mannequins into lovely and lively women redy to get down with him and special guest Toro y Moi. Or, maybe they're just creepy dudes who have a thing for the non-animated ladies. Either way: It's a blast.
The camera glides like a ghost through a moment in time at a motel. There's a missing girl, a fugitive and a twist, but it's more about the technique of long tracking shots that makes this feels a bit like the sequentially interconnected multiversal masterpiece Slacker, but with everything happening nearly all at once.
"True North" surely shares some inspiration with the Replacements classic spinning vinyl video, but director Zach Merck focuses more on the listener here than the platter. A young punk puts on the new Bad Religion and loses himself to the music, finding inspiration and community. Which is surely the way it's always been and always will be for bands like this.