1. Kanye West Premieres Cruel Summer Film at Cannes
Date: May 23
Last May, Kanye West premiered the film Cruel Summer, preceding the G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name. While the film still hasn't been released to the public, it's been described as an "immersive seven-screen experience" about a Lamborghini thief (played by Kid Cudi) who falls in love with "a beautiful, blind Arabic girl whose father will let them marry if he can help her see." Both in its concept and execution at none other than the Cannes film festival in France, the film was undoubtedly a huge art highlight of the year as a whole, in addition to Kanye's trajectory of expanding his artistic repertoire beyond rapping. The hype and press for the film were astronomical and maintained even more exclusivity than this year's release of the Nike Air Yeezy II. Hopefully we'll all get a chance to see the film in 2013.