This past weekend was all things Kanye West related since his
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.