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Does Kanye’s New Film Make You Want To ‘Runaway’?


This past weekend was all things Kanye West related since his video short film for "Runaway" debuted on three different networks simultaneously. Twitter was certainly abuzz with people's opinions of the film directed by Kanye who described it as an "overall representation of what I dream," along with what he described as a modern version of such classic music films as Prince's Purple Rain, Pink Floyd's The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Slow down, 'Ye.

For what it's worth, I thought he did a good job directing, I thought Selita Ebanks did a great job portraying the phoenix who fell to Earth, and I laughed very hard once I saw Hype Williams with writing credits for a film that had at best 10 lines of dialogue. Shot on location in Prague, this film most certainly shows the softer, fashion-obsessed Kanye, as he strolls about sockless in exquisite loafers and tuxedo jackets with no denim in sight. Interestingly enough, I liked the film better the second time I watched, it but that's mainly because I loved the costume design (bravo Phillip Lim) and the music, much of it not leaked on 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Fridays, was not multi-collaborator rap, but soulful futuristic beats. I still don't entirely get the whole ballerina thing regarding "Runaway," a track I'm only beginning to appreciate more, nor am I sure if the phoenix is a representation of his career--is he literally chasing after it in the end?--but in short, I really liked this more than I expected to. Take a peek at the entire film below, and be sure to leave your various opinions about it in the comments.


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  1. Sorry but I just cannot devote 34:32 minutes of my life to Kanye. Ill wait for the condensed remix version.

  2. I love art...some will like it, some won't, and some will think it's pointless altogether but I like the direction Kanye seems to be going in. Like most, it will take a couple more views to really deliver my interpretation but I applaud the effort.

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    over 30 minutes there is no way I am watching this again. Wasn't worth it at all. I see Gaga made folks step up they game. Fans tried to tell rappers they were being boring but I guess it took a blond from the upper east side for them to realize it.

  4. I was out when I heard Nicki Minaj speaking at the beginning. Sorry, I just couldn't take it.

  5. Favorite line: "...as he strolls about sockless..."
    'Ye is clearly too cool for tube socks. I enjoyed it. Safe to say he won't ever have "rapper-turned-actor" in front of his name, but it was good. It was interesting. For all the detractors, nobody else in the genre is producing work like this. A little bit of a reach in general, but it's produced a shit ton of dialog, debate, and hell, it made these Gucci Mane-raised hip hoppers think. Finally.

  6. It was a lot. I loved the dinner scene, but felt that whole ballerina extension was too long. I, too, applaud Kanye for going there and doing something so amazingly creative and different (and highly influenced by other cinematic greats). I applaud him. I do have a question: the phoenix had to sleep with him in order to ascend again? I'll have to rewatch again, soon. The feminist in me screams, nay! LOL But good job, Kanye. And thanks for not having too much dialogue. THANK YOU 🙂 lol

  7. I love the film. The art direction (by artist Vanessa Beecroft) is AMAZING and the cinematography is simply beautiful. I agree with Delmar, the ballerina scene was a bit long for me. Actually the whole film was a little long, I had to watch in individual chunks, but I did enjoy the beauty of it all.
    (MJ float was weird.)
    I'm doing a post about the video for my weekly Music Friday posts but I'm so anxious to share it now, I don't know if I can wait until Friday!

  8. Wasn't really that impressed with the video, but I will say this, the most stunning part of the video for me was the long dinner table of Black people in white. Very Daughters of the Dust-like, and beautifully shot.

  9. i think Kanye is a genius producer but i think he needs to stay in his lane cuz this was a pretentious piece of crap

  10. Oh, how quickly we demand creativity and "something new" but downplay journeys outside the box. I suppose there wasn't enough bottle poppin' and booty shaking. Or...maybe he needed to pull out the monkey ass chains and wear baggier pants. Gotcha.
    Egotistical though he may be, Ye's a troubled, publicly self-critical only child and now, orphan. He doesn't hide his faults. He's bound to have quirks and issues, lol. But again...I applaud the discourse this has spawned. Thanks again for posting...

  11. Chris Alexander, No need for the hyperbole,- one can critique Kanye’s work without endorsing “bottle poppin” as you suggest.
    The problem with Kanye’s work is that it shows a lack of nuance, subtlety, or sophistication. He tries so hard to make urbane artistic statements, but his end products often seem juvenile and pretentious. First year art student fare at best.
    I don't knock his interests or creativity, but his work is unsophisticated.

  12. I really enjoyed the music. Using women to depict much of his inner turmoil was beyond ironic. This video lends great fodder to psycho-analyze Kanye if that's your thing

  13. It's funny someone mentioned Gaga because I agree this video is like her in a nutshell all flash, no substance. And you don't have to create a movie to be artistic, the music is the art form. There are rappers who create such vivid imagery with their words, they don't need this nonsense, Nas, MF Doom, Black Thought, Outkast, their skilled in the art of language.

  14. I wonder if anon @11.48pm on October 25 can refer us to something sophisticated?



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