Everyone needs a coffee break. For some, that means actually drinking something laden with caffeine to push you through to the end of the day. For others, that break has little to do with java, and much more to do with a nice distraction from whatever is on your plate that particular day. According to the Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”
Our new recurring segment, Coffee Break, aims to give you just that. Small — albeit worthwhile slices of video content from the web — that should give you exactly what you need when you need to focus on something other than the task at hand.
Tyler, the Creator has been busy lately. In just over a week he’s announced a new TV show, Nuts + Bolts, dropped two new tracks, complete with a self-directed (as per usual) music video, and just yesterday it was announced that his new album Scum Fuck Flower Boy will be dropping on July 21.
In honor of the recent surge of new material from the rapper/producer/director, we’re shining a light on one of the inspirations behind the video for his highly-lauded track “She,” featuring none other than Frank Ocean.
Arriving off his sophomore album, Goblin, the slick yet creepy video for “She” was released just over six years ago in June 2011 and was directed by Wolf Haley himself. It playfully pays homage to the so-bad-it’s-good 1990 cult film Troll 2, further echoing the album’s title with the movie’s subject matter. Alongside other iconic movies famed for their WTF factor (The Room, we’re looking at you), Troll 2 is indeed so bad it spawned a documentary 19 years later which reflected on the making of the film, titled Best Worst Movie, no less.
Best Worst Movie is directed by the child star of Troll 2, who after years of embarrassment about the film, realized it had gained cult status for how infamously bad it was. The doc unearths just how confusing and troubled the Troll 2 film shoot was, thanks in no small part to a language barrier between the Italian-speaking crew and English-speaking cast (which was peppered with non-actors), a script that can only be called original, and the studio’s ultimate decision to change the title from Goblins to Troll 2, marketing the film as a sequel to Troll, although the two had no connection and there are in fact no trolls present in the movie.
So take a slightly longer Coffee Break today and check out both Troll 2 and Best Worst Movie, or in the least temporarily entertain yourself with the multitude of clips that are on YouTube. It truly has to be seen to be believed.
In case you missed it, check out a previous installment of Coffee Break in which Maya Angelou tells Dave Chappelle how she made Tupac cry.
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