Neon Wet Dreams in Cross-Shaped Forms Pervade The Weeknd’s “Party Monster”

Like some new-fangled version of La Dolce Vita (a somewhat grandiose comparison, to be sure), the video for The Weeknd’s “Party Monster”(directed by the equally diminutively named BRTHR) is all about accenting the simultaneous addiction and aversion to decadence, and all the fleetingly glorious distraction it can provide. Featuring all the …

With the Death of Franca Sozzani Comes the Death of Vogue Italia As We Knew It

Vogue Italia has long been known for its avant-garde, forward-thinking aesthetic and editorial slant. And this has, in large part, been thanks to its former editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, who has died at age 66 after battling a year-long illness. As editor of the publication since 1988, Sozzani’s contributions to the …

Glimmers of Good Acting Don’t Make Up for the Fact That You Could Just Watch “National Anthem” Instead of Jackie

It’s the movie and performance no one can seem to stop talking about. Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in her aggrieved widow state is Oscar bait if ever there was such a thing. As Pablo Larraín’s first major mainstream movie, the director doesn’t over-interpret Noah Oppenheim’s script enough to steal the …

A Tiger Occasionally Appearing Is the Most Exciting Thing About Lana Del Rey’s “Honeymoon” Video

Just when you thought Honeymoon as an album was buried in honor of Lana Del Rey’s imminent next project/casually unspoken world tour, footage for the complete “Honeymoon” video–formerly just a teaser for the song–goes and gets released. And while the pacing of the video is a standard sort of slow …