Lana Del Rey released a 30-minute soft-focus short film called Tropico today. Here it is. I got to the part where she recites "Howl"; if you make it through the entire thing, please report back with highlights. (NSFW.) [Vevo]
Do you enjoy beautifully shot videos of a bright red drill breaking through thick ice, into the sparkly bubbling lake below, and featuring an occasional flash of bare Finnish-musician butt, en route from sauna to lake? Videos set to well-timed, moody jazz horns? Videos that feel like they must mean something about this time of year and how you'll get through it? Do you enjoy those? Oh, but you do, you will.
I think something like 5-10 minutes in the sauna is nice, then a break, then in again, into the lake, sauna, lake, air, beer, sauna and so it goes on for hours and hours.
A few weeks ago, Los Angeles filmmaker Jessie Kahnweiler released the short film Meet My Rapist onto the internet. It's a dark comedy that begins with Jessie encountering her rapist at a farmer's market, and then attempting to get through her day as he follows her—first to a job interview, then to meet up with a friend, for dinner with her parents, and finally for a therapy session. It's uncomfortable to watch, even when you're laughing. Jessie and I talked this week about her movie and her 94-year-old grandma's online shopping habits.
Emma: Hey, Jessie! I thought it might be helpful to hear you explain [...]
The moral of this ad for being born a Coppola fancy clothing is when you are all out of good ideas, go get drunk at a party and then try to get hit in the head with a champagne bottle. That will shake things up! (The Coppolas do not make actual champagne so you're on your own with that one.) Unrelated… or is it? Yes, it is: here's a 22-minute rap that is pretty great for at least the first five of those, which might say something about how long songs should be.