Get ready to play a game of "Will the real Taylor Swift please stand up?" in this tricky and twisty sci-fi bonanza directed TSwift's visual assassin Joseph Kahn. The plot involves the pop star's current incarnation confronting cyborg replicant that's more than ready to break out her glass box and start kicking some ass on her behalf. Ready for it?
Either this video exists in a superfantastical world where the outlandish is the everyday, or Adam Levine is tripping his face off. You'll need to stay tuned to the end of this wild adventure to find out the answer.
"Look What You Made Me Do" may not settle the question of who the "real" Taylor Swift is, but it has a load of fun as she and director Joseph Kahn go for a multiple personalies concept played out in a series of massive set-pieces, each of which is bigger than most entire music videos.
Taylor Swift returns with a lyric videos delighting in their ability to reference Saul Bass, but mainly just delighting her massive fanbase who will devour this lyric video produced with her longrunning visual assassin Joseph Kahn.
A lonely, repressed business man finally throws cautious to the wind and lets loose at the office with some unfettered joy, thus transforming his entire world. Or, at least that's what he imagines he'll do.
The Grammys and the VMAs are probably the only two video awards most people care about — or, are the only ones the pass the "Does my mom know what this is?" test — and Taylor Swift has now won then both for "Bad Blood," directed by Joseph Kahn.
It's a fairy tale where Taylor Swift doesn't need to wait for any Prince Charming to save her in this latest epic collaboration with director Joseph Kahn. She just needs to decide to turn around and move on from her entanglements. That journey is anything but easy, however, as our heroine goes from the oceans edge to an icy peak and into a forest that's invariably filled with snarling dogs, menacing fire and malicious brances (note: I'd reference Evil Dead her, but why start the New Year that twisted, right?).
Can Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn do big and intimate at the same time in a video? Of course, they can. Welcome to Africa for this period piece where Taylor is a classic movie starlet falling into and away from her leading man, Scott Eastwood. Stay tuned through the end, since there's one last chance for romance at the fateful, yet chilly movie premiere.
And if you freeze frame that slate and get confused about it saying the director is G. Musterhausen and thinking Taylor is working with a dead man, you need to rewatch Kahn's "Knights Of Cydonia" and pay attention to the credits.
Welcome to EXTREME Girl Power. Taylor Swift, director Joseph Kahn and a seemingly countless amount of cameos — Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Lena Dunham, Hayley Williams, Hailee Steinfeld... you get the picture] — do in four minutes what Sucker Punch tried to do in about 110.
Wouldn't be surprised if the budgets were similar.
Not many have the ability to break the internet. Kim Kardashian, of course, but also director Joseph Kahn, who has unleashed the R-Rated fan-film homage to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers you never knew you wanted, while also opening a potential WW3 in fair use laws...
This latest "bootleg" from producer Adi Shankar, who previously made The Punisher as bad-ass as he always shoulda been, pivots on a perfect premise: What if you viewed the Power Rangers as the story of child soldiers enscripted to fight a horribly awful war, and what happens to those kids when they grow up amidst that insanity. Suddenly, a colorful and ridiculous TV show suddenly seems like downright evil.
Welcome to POWER/RANGERS, which lets Joseph Kahn loose to make the sci-fi gorefest that he should be getting millions upon millions to make for worldwide domination. Instead, you need to content yourself with this short freebie — which looks it cost a pretty penny — and hope you can handle Kahn Unbound. If you're a fan of his Spaghetti Western romp "Knights Of Cydonia" but wished it weren't boxed in by having to be a music video for Muse, this is for you. If you like your sci-fi with a touch of ultra-violence and just the right amount of ADD, this is for you. And, perhaps most importantly, if you're a fan of sticking a middle-finger to the many inconsistencies of copyright law, then this is definitely for you.
One entity apparently not enamored by this revisionist homage is Saban Capial Group, which owns the Power Rangers rights. Based on the flurry of takedown notices — see this explanation of DMCA legalities that foreced Vimeo to remove the video, — Saban seems to be deadset on getting it removed from the Internet, which of course means that it will just get bigger and bigger.
The real fun will come if and when Saban decides to use the courts to determine whether Power/Rangers is parody or satire, fan film or professional creation, or just another example of how the Internet is making copyright laws increasingly irrelevent and unenforceable.
Pity the fool who decides to ruin a fairy tale romance with Taylor Swift, because not only do you get banished from the palace — yes, palace — but you also find yourself in serious danger once she unleashes her inner She-Devil.