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  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   11 hours 35 min ago

    Yeah, great album (especially the last track)!

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   13 hours 4 min ago

    Woo, Viet Cong!

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   13 hours 55 min ago

    Well, kaplan, I think you need not worry so much about me passing you to grab 3rd as we both have to share concern about Puzzgal passing us both. Shall I see if I can find a couple of combat helmets for us to wear as she breezes over us? To tell the truth, I'm surprised I'm still in the 1+ films group!

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   13 hours 58 min ago

    Update 13
    Again, the order of the list remained largely static, with only 2 moves. Puzzgal leaped 3 spots into the 1+ films per day group to claim 5th and julesyoung again climbed one spot to take 18th from loonapick. We also had no ties. Good jobs all.

    As a group we logged 151 movies in the week, continuing the reduction in movies logged, for a total of 2898 films. For the next update on 31 May, the numbers for 1, 2 and 3 films per day are 151, 302 and 453, respectively. Happy viewing and see you next week! God willin' and creek don't rise.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 day 13 hours ago

    Yes, excellent album thank you!

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 day 13 hours ago

    Agreed :-)

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 day 14 hours ago

    Woo, Stateless!

  • Favorite movies   2 days 13 hours ago

    I agree; Inception constructs the dream as a world with sprawling architecture but fills it merely with your typical criminals and thieves. At best the enemies are a metaphor for antibodies and guilt or something like that, a dramatized story of subconscious occurrences against your will as a general category. The tragedy of Memento is more philosophical - not just rendering stick-figure conflicts in the subconscious, it pushes further into nihilism, the depletion of meaning and the loss of everything besides dogma and false memories to hold on to. It captures a much deeper alienation, both personal and anthropological. Basically, brainwashing by others is not as interesting as brainwashing by oneself or by necessity. I don't remember the Prestige very well but the Batman films are basically tales of corruption: Batman is not in reality particularly heroic, his only real feats being fighting crime that others can't fight (not difficult given superior capabilities) and then disappointing the public opinion, i.e., being indifferent to his political image. He is just a metaphor for the virtuous politician.

  • Favorite movies   2 days 21 hours ago

    I agree with many of the points you've mentioned; I've failed to find this sort of depth in other Nolan films though (however, I do like The Prestige a lot, and if nothing else, The Dark Knight is pretty fun). Some critics criticise Memento for its confusing structure, but the same applies far better to Inception in my opinion.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 4   2 days 22 hours ago

    I can't edit my comment so here it goes again:

    + Music for 18 Musicians
    White Light/White Heat
    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    Rock Bottom
    Novus Magnificat

  • Favorite movies   3 days 2 hours ago

    Walkabout is, like Badlands, about the difference between social construction and nature. People of a different kind join in a common journey only to prove that they are incompatible, because there is no way of connecting except through social construction, and the construction is either different or pretentious and destructible. The radio is a neglected character with his often philosophical verbal meanderings trying to connect with the modern world, not only unable to reach the indigenous but barely able to reach the modern themselves. The blistering alienation is shaded by a romantic and idyllic soundtrack, subtle humor, and touching final scenes of recollection whose images are narrated as if the movie was a documentary.

  • Favorite movies   3 days 3 hours ago

    Memento is probably inspired by Malick or Tarkovsky. The nonlinearity of the plot is a metaphor for the nonlinearity of our memories, making the film a sort of meditation on nostalgia and the emptiness of our lives without it. It is also an analysis of criminals, both the people who take advantage of Leonard and Leonard himself, since underlying his criminal behavior is his willingness to forget; underlying his victimhood is his inability to hold others accountable by remembering what they did. The investigative journey of the character takes up more of the film's time than his flashbacks, but the flashbacks acutely illustrate the entire basis for the journey, which comes to naught as the flashbacks are revealed to be vague and misleading but then resumes in opposition to nihilism.

    Some critics disliked the film for the reason that its structure is pretentious (deliberately and pointlessly confusing, ridiculous, intended to impress), but the inability to organize precisely what is going on is merely an aspect of the human condition. Like Travis Bickle, Leonard needs to get "organizized." As in Chinatown, the extensive search for meaning makes sense for a while but ends up leading nowhere. The existential despair associated with the emptiness of knowledge is being represented. The emotional experience of doubt is being represented to the fullest extent. Expecting there to be a giant reward for piecing the puzzle back together sets up a straw man. That is not the point of the film. The confusion puts us in the character's shoes: if we are fully engaging our empathy with him instead of trying to read the director's mind, we would do ourselves the favor of actually watching the film. In addition, the confusion leads to paranoia, exposing our original mistrust of females (femme fatales) and cops and the eternal alienation that comes from this indispensable mistrust of others. Because we all to a lesser extent have the mental condition that Leonard has, it eventually appears less like a science fiction film and more like a Tarkovsky film, as a stream of consciousness. As in Rosemary's Baby, there is a destruction of all avenues to existence leaving the main character nothing to hold on to except dogma.

  • Award Winning Music Professor Glen Gass Beatles Course & How Piero Scaruffi is Totally Wrong About The Beatles!   3 days 9 hours ago

    Re: Scaruffi

    To get (A) Laid you need (B) Fame. To get fame you start a (C) Controversy. So the Irrelevant Scaruffi Flaimed the Beatles for sex.

    In pubescent girls the Beatles evoke a visceral response. Estrogen floods their veins they "get wet" screaming to lose their virginity in privacy to a white knight. Critics seem to avoid this point: The Beatles are "hunks".

    The Beatles (without music) are sexually desireable. You could sell posters of the Lads to pubescent girls. They have regular features, the height build demeanor of a Saxon soldier. Subconsciously girls simply want their babies to "look" like the Fab4.

    Boys are sexual a year late. So boys don't generally argue with their sexual betters. Boys do respond to the Beatles Jungle-like rhythm. That "gotta dance even if ya don't now" feeling when a Beatle song entangles you.

    However boys more than girls are struck by Beatles sheer technical brilliance and discuss this. I was a musician and had mostly the same equipment as George. When I heard Harrison play I sold my equipment and started over.

    I can only describe Harrison's guitar as a Clean Sound. You hear it in the final chord of Love Me Do to throughout Twist and Shout.

    Of course the Band are an embarrassment of genius. It's common knowledge the Beatles went on to a Brilliant career.

    Ironically the Beatles were stopped by the jungle. A burned-out Lennon dragged this ragamuffin asian into the studio. McCartney had saved the band several times. Then Yoko shrieked. Like a speared monkey. It was over.

    One might argue the Beatles could have used their platform to bring about a real change to the social order. To bring out a rocking song titled something like:

    When Meritocracy Morphs into Tyranny.

    But when all was said and done John was dead, Paul wouldn't tell, George couldn't tell and Ringo was clueless and living in Monaco.

    If Scaruffi has a criticism it lies here, but not in criticism of their brilliant music.

  • Award Winning Music Professor Glen Gass Beatles Course & How Piero Scaruffi is Totally Wrong About The Beatles!   3 days 11 hours ago

    Re: Scaruffi

    To get (A) Laid you need (B) Fame. To get fame you start a (C) Controversy. So the Irrelevant Scaruffi Flaimed the Beatles for sex.

    In pubescent girls the Beatles evoke a visceral response. Estrogen floods their veins they "get wet" screaming to lose their virginity in privacy to a white knight. Critics seem to avoid this point: The Beatles are "hunks".

    The Beatles (without music) are sexually desireable. You could sell posters of the Lads to pubescent girls. They have regular features, the height build demeanor of a Saxon soldier. Subconsciously girls simply want their babies to "look" like the Fab4.

    Boys are sexual a year late. So boys don't generally argue with their sexual betters. Boys do respond to the Beatles Jungle-like rhythm. That "gotta dance even if ya don't now" feeling when a Beatle song entangles you.

    However boys more than girls are struck by Beatles sheer technical brilliance and discuss this. I was a musician and had mostly the same equipment as George. When I heard Harrison play I sold my equipment and started over.

    I can only describe Harrison's guitar as a Clean Sound. You hear it in the final chord of Love Me Do to throughout Twist and Shout.

    Of course the Band are an embarrassment of genius. It's common knowledge the Beatles went on to a Brilliant career.

    Ironically the Beatles were stopped by the jungle. A burned-out Lennon dragged this ragamuffin asian into the studio. McCartney had saved the band several times. Then Yoko shrieked. Like a speared monkey. It was over.

    One might argue the Beatles could have used their platform to bring about a real change to the social order. To bring out a rocking song titled something like:

    When Meritocracy Morphs into Tyranny.

    But when all was said and done John was dead, Paul wouldn't tell, George couldn't tell and Ringo was clueless and living in Monaco.

    If Scaruffi has a criticism it lies here, but not a criticism of their brilliant music.

  • 100 Greatest R&B Love Songs   3 days 14 hours ago

    je veux l'album

  • The 100 Greatest Albums Ever   4 days 2 hours ago

    I haven't heard their other albums, but will probably check them out soon!

  • The 100 Greatest Trance Songs   4 days 4 hours ago

    Hello friends, I am desperately looking for the name of a trance music that has a child drumming in the woods, and is coming people and a dj, to turn a mini rave.
    Does anyone know?

  • My Favorite Music   4 days 5 hours ago

    Listening to Mark Hollis' self-titled for the first time right now.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   4 days 9 hours ago

    You really should listen to Mark Hollis' solo album as well. It is absolutely stunning.

  • The 100 Greatest Albums Ever   4 days 14 hours ago

    Sure. I'm glad you brought it up. Have you heard El Oso? Maybe a little less outstanding than Ruby Vroom, but pretty great stuff nonetheless. It's a shame they're so unknown.

  • The 100 Greatest Albums Ever   4 days 16 hours ago

    The whole first half of the album is awesome, and the rest is good as well. I highly recommend revisiting it, and wouldn't be surprised if it made the top 100.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6   4 days 17 hours ago

    Perfect From Now On/The Good Son/Brilliant Corners/Marquee Moon/The Royal Albert Hall Concert/Untilted/Highway 61 Revisited/Ascension/Suicide/Fun House/Zen Arcade/Everybody Knows This is Nowhere/Trout Mask Replica/Sticky Fingers
    Edit: replaced Lorca with Perfect from Now On for the sake of diversity - too many Scaruffi picks and Starsailor is pretty much guaranteed for round 2.

  • The 100 Greatest Albums Ever   4 days 17 hours ago

    True Dreams of Wichita is my jam!
    It's a fascinating album that I haven't heard in ages.