- Video Collection 93-99
Can (Still) Dance
decade has come and gone, and Madonna, of all people, is reigning
supreme as one of the few consistently great superstars. While
her former (singing) partner Prince has gone through embarrassing
name changes and other personal crises, Madonna has kept her
own name and reputation in tact. She has managed to rebound
after being slammed by the critics and the public over her
Sex book fiasco and even managed to clean up her tawdry image
just in time to become a mother and respectable film star.
Perhaps Prince, Symbol, the Artist (or whatever his name is
this week) should've gone to Madge for advice before reneging
on his marital and business contracts. All things considered,
she has done better than most celebrities in her own business
and personal life, in developing her own record company and
NOT getting married.
who was once criticized so harshly by feminists, Madonna has
beaten many of her male counterparts to the Millennium finish
line. Who would've thought that sweet and innocent types George
Michael and Michael Jackson would have more trouble than Madonna
in keeping their noses clean? She may have had tighter competition
among those of her own gender (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston
and Celine Dion come to mind), but one has to wonder who has
shown the most range and artistic growth than Madonna herself.
brings me to M's latest commercial release, Madonna: The
Video Collection 1993 - 1999, that hit the store shelves
on Tuesday. This second "greatest hits" video compilation
is similar to her Immaculate Collection of 1990, in
that it overlooks her film-related music videos. Although
there is one exception to this fact, however, with the inclusion
of the retro lollipop "Beautiful Stranger" (her company Maverick
owns the rights to its parent Austin Powers soundtrack). This
whimsical video is probably the funniest and most upbeat video
in this collection. Had it not been tagged on at the end,
the weighty nature of the other videos would have cost this
collection some points. It's always nice to end on an up note,
after all, as her live MTV performance clip of "Vogue" certainly
demonstrated on the previous Immaculate installment.
disappoint me was the omission of an entire year of
Madonna's work. 1992 may have not been a good year for her
(it wasn't for me either), but why "compromise artistic integrity"
by scrapping "Justify My Love", "Erotica" and "Deeper and
Deeper" altogether?! Granted, there would have to have been
a warning label attached, but isn't controversy what Madonna
has used to her best advantage in her nearly two decade career?
If anyone who doesn't know of Madonna's past (if there is
such a person) were to watch her "Human Nature" video, for
instance, would they know exactly what her "absolutely no
regrets" comment was being attributed to? Plus, the thought
of a kinder, gentler Madonna in 2000 makes me want to throw
proud to have gotten an early glimpse of the making of one
of her best videos of the 90's, "Bedtime Story" in working
as a Production Assistant for the digital effects company
that was involved in the project. I remember being dazzled
by the creative process itself in watching the director slowly
bring the storyboards to life. It was then that I realized
Madonna was a true and devoted artiste. As if the brilliant
editing of "Take a Bow" and amazing desert cinematography
of "Frozen" aren't additional proof one needs in realizing
just how she has won all those MTV moonmen!
other criticism I had in watching these "mini-movies", is
that Madonna overuses slow-motion photography way too much.
The visuals aren't dramatic enough, right? The two clips that
I found myself agitated by this effect the most was in "Love
Don't Live Here Anymore" (God, did I ever hate this version!
At least she had the sense not to include the carbon-copy
"I Want You") and "Nothing Really Matters" (should've never
been a single - and what the hell does the video have to do
with the song?!) The one antidote to the sluggishness of such
videos is "Ray of Light", of course...Could that be the reason
it won Best Video of 1998?
must tell you, one viewing of the previously-unreleased-in-the-US
(she loves those Brits like I do) video for "Drowned World"
was all I needed to give this collection a four-star rating.
Her depiction of what her crazy famous life is like is riveting
and intense. Needless to say, this four minute piece of distorted
reality is every bit as effective as the two hour Madonnafest
called Truth or Dare was.
way that Madonna has been underrated in the 90's is that she
has been inclusive of all people. She has represented Gays
("Vogue"), Blacks ("Secret"), Asians ("Rain") and most of
all Latinos (her duet with Ricky Martin "Be Careful" looks
to be her next single). Madonna seemed to really come into
her own this decade. She has professed to becoming more comfortable
in her skin by discovering spiritual truth and in not forgetting
where she came from. When she sings "I feel like I just got
home" and we see her on the dancefloor at age 40, we ourselves
feel more empowered to do more with our own seemingly mundane
lives. Who could ask for a better teacher to bring us into
the 21st century? We know from the "Bad Girl" video what direction
not to go in, that's for sure.
4.0 out of