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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This past week, the music-video OG Romain Gavras — the man who directed M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” Justice’s “Stress,” Jamie xx’s “Gosh,” DJ Mehdi’s “Signatune,” and a whole lot of other really great videos — came out with his new movie The World Is Yours. It’s a French gangster movie about a guy who just really, really wants to leave the criminal life behind and become a freeze-pop distributor in Morocco. It’s got music from Jamie xx and SebastiAn, and it’s also got a scene where the Last Shadow Puppets’ Miles Kane leads a bunch of drunk, shirtless Scottish drug traffickers in a singalong of Robbie Williams’ “Angels” in a Spanish karaoke joint. Great movie. It’s on Netflix now. Fuck with it. This week’s picks are below.

5. The C.I.A. – “Oblivion” (Dir. Joshua Erkman & Star Rosencrans)

Sometimes, making a great music video is just as simple as taking a band, making them look cool, and doing strobe-light shit with the editing.

4. Noname – “Blaxploitation” (Dir. Alex Lill)

It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with actual blaxploitation cinema, at least as I understand the term. But Noname really just made a point about societal racism and fear of black children, and she did it with a Honey, I Blew Up The Baby homage. Amazing.

3. Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” (Dir. Hannah Lux Davis)

A thing I need to know about this video: Is Cool Mom Kris Jenner in on the joke? Is she consciously lampooning her own public persona? Or did she just do all this because she knew she’d get more attention for it? We’ll probably never know the answer, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

2. The 1975 – “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” (Dir. Warren Fu)

A fun, trippy, inventive video with a single gaping flaw: If you found yourself trapped in a dream that you were David Byrne in Stop Making Sense, wouldn’t you just go with it?

1. Rosalía – “BAGDAD” (Dir. Helmi)

Nobody in 2018 was better at music videos than Rosalía, so it’s fitting that the year winds down with this: A weirdly beautiful and evocative visualization of the “drowning in tears” idea.