A new Taylor Swift era…

So as I am sure most of you know Taylor Swift recently released a new track titled “Look what you made me do” and she premiered the music video last night at the VMA awards. The release came after much speculation and a social media wipe from the artist’s side. She wiped her social media pages clean and started posting very strange snake content. Ahead of the official release, there was already a vibe surrounding this new era of what is T. Swift up to…

I first heard a snippet of the song when Shonda Rhymes released a teaser video of her new TGIT season. She used the song as a background to her teaser content. At first, I thought ok, it seems different. Let me hear the rest of the song before I decide. I watched the music video last night and I must say, my feelings are very mixed. The song and record are created around the concept of her reputation, which in itself is not odd for an artist in the limelight. Their reputations are always under scrutiny and we do live in a very judgmental society. So I understand her wanting to speak out about her reputation.

The video takes on a rather synical approch. There are so many signifiers of the end of the ‘old’ Taylor Swift. She repeats many of the characters she has previously played in old music videos and makes so many refrences to stories that she has been involved with in the past year. There is a reference to her feud with Katy Perry, the incident with Kim and Kanye West and even a reference to her recent law suit which she won. There is no doubt that the video is beautifully crafted- which all Taylor Swift videos have in common. (Remember her trip to Africa for wildest dreams?)

It is clear that Taylor worked very hard on the minor details within the video. Many of them are not even visible on first glance but after the third or fourth time watching the video, it becomes clear how many Diggs the star is stabbing at her past. It is a really brilliant music video. There is so much to look at and it is clear that this video was not made on a small budget. I get it. I understand that she felt like it was time to speak out about all the shade she has been receiving from all ends. However, part of me is sad that she is trying so hard to kill off old Taylor- I loved old Taylor. 1989 was and still is one of my favorite records to date. That music inspired me so much and I still listen to it on a regular basis.

I understand that there comes a time where stars feel like they need to evolve and grow. However, Taylor Swift has always represented such positivity within the industry- a trait which should always be encouraged. So I am not completely sure of why she felt she needed to make this music so dark? Having said that, the video is really brilliant and clever. T.Swfit always manages to bring some wit into her work and this is no different.

All I can say is that the next Taylor Swift era looks like it is going to be one hell of a ride…

Have a look at her video on her VEVO channel 🙂

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

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What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies?

Hi guys,

TV is taking over the world. As TV becomes more raw, more honest and way more twisted the act within itself is becoming an addiction… I just finished the first season of the series ‘Big Little Lies’ which seems to have made a big splash in the TV world and I have very mixed feelings about this whole spin of lies… First, when I started the series I was unaware that the series is based on a book of the same name. Now that I know this bit of information a lot of what was bothering me on TV seems to make sense. Which is why this is going to be part one of ‘What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies” Part two will cover a review of the book- so keep a look out! But back to the series…

As TV becomes more raw, more honest and way more twisted the act within itself is becoming an addiction… I just finished the first season of the series ‘Big Little Lies’ which seems to have made a big splash in the TV world and I have very mixed feelings about this whole spin of lies… First, when I started the series I was unaware that the series is based on a book of the same name. Now that I know this bit of information a lot of what was bothering me on TV seems to make sense. Which is why this is going to be part one of ‘What’s the Big deal about the Little Lies” Part two will cover a review of the book- so keep a look out! But back to the series…

My first thought- amazing cast! The amount of talent in this show is crazy. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodly and Zoe Kravitz all work together so well. I felt like their chemistry was so real it almost felt as if there was trouble in real life which represents how talented these woman really are. The kids were also great. it must have been a difficult situation for these kids since the theme of the show is so intense. For me, the kids brought the TV element to the show. Without them, It would have felt very TV movie like rather than series.Reese is one of my favourite actresses. The way she takes on a character is beautiful. She never loses her essence but always brings the character to life. It was exciting watching her on the small screen. We are also trained to view Nicole as a movie screen actress however she brought such elegance to an obviously troubled character. It made for some fascinating TV time.

Reese is one of my favourite actresses. The way she takes on a character is beautiful. She never loses her essence but always brings the character to life. It was exciting watching her on the small screen. We are also trained to view Nicole as a movie screen actress however she brought such elegance to an obviously troubled character. It made for some fascinating TV time.

Although the cast was brilliant, I have some issues. From the moment the series started, I felt it had a very slow pace. There seemed to be a lot of driving up and down for the characters. So much screen time was spent in cars. If the cast were not busy driving, they were busy dreaming. And while I am all for a dream sequence or even a fantastic flashback, I felt confused. There were too many moments where I caught myself wondering what was the reality, what was a flashback and what was a dream? Towards the middle of the series, I decided to view the car trips and reality and the beach bits as a dream since that was the only thing really lining up for me.

I think the story was really captivating. This whole perfect exterior and messed up interior theme is so relatable and so relevant. I feel that in the past TV and film was all about escapism and glamour. Now, in the 21st-century artists want to tell real stories. They want their audience to feel the story rather than dream about it. There were such intense themes explored in the show. Rape, the struggles of being a single parent, Money and the terrifying world of marital abuse. It sometimes felt too much. ‘Big Little lies’ is a big story to tell… however, I feel that it would have translated better to a movie rather than a series which was filled up with characters driving back and fourth.

Overall, I have watched worse TV, but would I rush to watch a season 2? Maybe not, I would prefer to read the book and find out what the characters are doing without all the driving. Which is precisely what I intend to do….

Reading glasses on….

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx