Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

Girls On Film: social commentary or sexual fantasy?

One of the most chauvinistic videos ever made: Girls on Film by Duran Duran. An essay. For this Friday’s post we’ll be taking a look at a video which marks the start of two separate strands we’ll be developing over the coming months. Firstly, we’re going to be taking a serialistic look at Duran Duran, one of the great videos bands of the 80’s. And secondly, it marks the first of a series of posts looking at some of the more controversial videos ever made, videos that sparked debate, ruffled feathers and achieved a high level of notoriety. Taken from Read more »

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Today, February 24th, we say goodbye to a beloved figure: Harold Ramis and we celebrate the movie “Groundhog Day”. If you are still trying to place him, you will probably remember him as “Egon” from the movie he co- wrote “Ghostbusters” Recently, Paul wrote a post about “Ghostbusters” which you can find here: http://musicmiscellaneous.com/2014/01/31/how-about-a-little-music-songs-for-busting-ghosts-to/  Ramis was renown for acting or writing famous comedy classics like “Ghostbusters”, “Caddyshack”, “Analyze this”, “National Lampoons Vacation” (oh! I will do a post about that movie!) and the movie I am going to focus on now: “Groundhog Day”,  Directed by Ramis (who also wrote the screenplay). Read more »

Big City Nights: Daft Punk and the brilliance of Spike Jonze

Big City Nights: Daft Punk and the brilliance of Spike Jonze

The partnership of two giants: Daft Punk and Spike Jonze and their epic unforgettable video. We here at MVD have many favourite videos, and as you can imagine we have had numerous discussions on the subject. And there is one video that, when it came up, we realised was in both of our top 10’s. Top 5’s in fact, and maybe even top 2 or 3 of all time. Both Daft Punk and Spike Jonze are giants in their respective fields and have accumulated two wonderful bodies of work in the courses of their careers. However, this video, released in Read more »

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

When Harry Met Sally – Love and Friendship

“When Harry Met Sally” the eternal dilemma: can men and women be just friends? And the fantastic way this movie takes us on a quest to solve that mystery. Valentine´s Day has come and gone and during the weekend it was all over the place. We didn’t celebrate Valentine´s Day in Colombia before, but now with globalization, the internet, having the same t.v. comedy series airing on the same channels all over the world, and with it also being a huge business and marketing opportunity, it is practically impossible not to “succumb” to the temptation. I know it is mostly Read more »

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

Together but apart: Two pop tales for St. Valentine’s Day.

A look at Renee & Renato´s “Save your love” and the hardships of long distance relationships and the tragedy of being separated on Valentine´s Day. So it’s Valentine’s day, a time for love to be declared, for romance to blossom, for those already in love to shower their partners with flowers and affection. If you have someone special in your life it is a day to let them know just how special they really are. And what I want to do today is take a look at two great pop romances, but two that have a common thread – that Read more »

Weapon of Choice: One more reason to love Christopher Walken

Weapon of Choice: One more reason to love Christopher Walken

“Weapon of Choice” is one of the greatest videos ever made, we deconstruct it and also discuss the dance master that is Christopher Walken. I think it is time I start talking about my favorite videos. If I can watch “Nothing´s gonna change my love for you” over and over, then it is time I write about a video I DO enjoy. And instead of it being a soundtrack (music collaborating with a film), it is the other way around (an actor collaborating in a video). it is also perfect.   I remember the first time I saw this video. The Read more »

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

We Couldn’t Get Closer Than This: The videos of The Cure and Tim Pope

In depth look at the videos and relationship between The Cure and director Tim Pope. For this post I want to take a look at a creative relationship between a band and a director that is a hugely significant one in the history of the pop video, as well as being a big part of my life when I was a teenager. The Cure were always one of the more interesting and inventive groups of the 80’s and indeed were one of the first ‘alternative’ bands to really crossover in to the mainstream. During their heyday they were an ever-present Read more »

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Our tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday February 2nd was a sad day. One of my favorite actors died of an apparent overdose in New York City. I would like to write my first “outtake” post about him and show you my favorite scenes staring him and say that like many, I will always wonder what roles he left “unplayed” and how he would have interpreted someone. He was credited on over 63 films, but of those there are several that have classic soundtrack: “Magnolia”, “Almost Famous”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” among them. I have chosen a song from “Almost Read more »