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A nice homage to vintage, thriller title sequences (or actually vintage, thriller trailers) is to be found in the video for Kanye West's new track Paranoid featuring Rihanna. The video directed by Nabil Elderkin owes a lot to a LOT of references, but I guess that's what homages are all about.

Lets count them, shall we! Start with Nosferatu, add a little Fallen Angel (thanks Art of the Title Sequence ), toss in some Sin City, and all those great '30s-'50s sci-fi and horror thrillers. The story line is a little weak, but the typography, production design and referential, l0-fi styling is lovely. There's been a trend in hip-hop videos in the past few year that likes to "visualize" the lyrics with on-screen typography. That stuff is usually pretty arbitrary, decorative and dull, so it's refreshing to see it here, with an unexpected historical slant (as well as some relationship the theme of the tune... uh, I think).  Not sure if Kanye "art directed" - apparently he often does.

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