The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

2016 craziness leads to brilliant and funny music videos

Now, this fake Japanese commercial for Trump is spot-on and hilarious. But the seriousness and inevitably silliness of a campaign that started out with 20+ candidates and now has our … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

DANCE OFF by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis opens with … Idris Elba!

Does it get any better than Idris Elba? No. No, it does not. This is another solid music video by Macklemore, who’s smart for (a) giving Ryan Lewis co-billing, (b) … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Student makes insanely great 007-style musical opener for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Star Wars – Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back” Homage (Title Sequence) from KROFL on Vimeo. This is a special kind of music video: a blockbuster title sequence song, made … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jimmy with the Good Hair

James Corden didn’t forget the funny here. He fully committed: great cinematography, great writing and pacing. The whole package. That’s the secret to comedy: you have to close your eyes … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

SO WHAT’CHA WANT by the Beastie Boys is even better with muppets

The real question isn’t whether adding muppets improves this song. The question is why muppets make it insanely great. Here’s my theory: contrast always works, and using muppets maximizes the … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

The four secret purposes of music videos

Why do music videos still exist now that MTV is dead? The old answer, back in the day, was a simple formula: (a) Band makes a music video (b)¬†Gives said … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hard and Complex versus Impossible and Bizarre

This is about why Flappy Bird was such a surprise hit, Taylor Swift’s newest mega-video is meh and why your favorite movies, novels and video games work when others fail. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 2 Comments
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