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  • The 100 best skijumpers of the 21st century   6 hours 33 min ago

    Jumpers climbing the list this season:

    Kamil Stoch (Up 1 place, from 12 to 11)
    Noriaki Kasai (Up 1 place, from 14 to 13)
    Severin Freund (Up 3 places, from 24 to 21)
    Peter Prevc (Up 2 places, from 26 to 24)
    Roman Koudelka (Up 6 places, from 37 to 31)
    Richard Freitag (Up 1 place, from 35 to 34)
    Stefan Kraft (Up 29 places, from 65 to 36)
    Jernej Damjan (Up 1 place, from 38 to 37)
    Michael Hayböck (Up 26 places, from 69 to 43)
    Anders Fannemel (Up 21 places, from 72 to 51)
    Jurij Tepes (Up 4 places from 56 to 52)
    Piotr Zyla (Up 2 places from 57 to 55)
    Rune Velta (Up 10 places, From 75 to 65)
    Marinus Kraus (Up 8 places, from 83 to 75)
    Markus Eisenbichler (New on list, from xx to 94)

  • MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART   6 hours 56 min ago

    Argh.. you forgot the best page by Bach! no.14! The unfinished fugue.
    The least satisying work in the art of fugue is maybe Contrapunctus 12 or 2. By they are even masterpieces on their own.

  • Why it's Hard To Listen To Trance.   7 hours 24 min ago

    This case is common in every country. First great to see you writing an article other than those lists. In my college, there are so many idiots like these who only support one genre of music. I hate them as you hate them.Birchmeier backpack sprayer I think a lot more.

  • Unconventional or Trendy Child Rearing/Birthing Techniques   8 hours 45 min ago

    That's interesting. Well, when bringing up a kid, don't assume you are going to spend all of your money. There are time-honored methods that can help you save. If you need help paying for your kids, you can get an installment loan.

  • Greatest Works of Art (Albums + Movies)   9 hours 42 min ago

    Re: Aeroplane... yeah, pretty damn devastating...

    Re: Perfect From Now On... I gave it a go last night, and it was at least as great as I remembered. I am considering 8.3+ at this time, but will also probably take another crack at it tonight. Of course, 8.8 would be great but 8.3 - 8.7 ain't too bad either :-)

    Re: films to revisit/check out... oh man, Brazil is one of THE masterpieces of cinema/art (especially The Final Cut). I dig Faces, and yes, definitely give those other ones a shot. Communications, Possession and Persona are each well past the point of incredible.

  • Greatest Albums Extended List [rated 7.8/10+] (in progress)   13 hours 37 min ago

    And The ArchAndroid.

  • Greatest Works of Art (Albums + Movies)   13 hours 43 min ago

    It's a rough list, I'm not sure about most of the 8.8 and 8.9 choices. Glad you liked it though :) Aeroplane is, I think, the only album that's ever made me cry more than once.

    Revisiting Perfect From Now On is absolutely essential! I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up in the 8.8+ range.

    Thanks for the recs, I've been meaning to check out Underground, Escalator, Communications, Possession, Persona and a bunch of other works high on your list. And there's an entirely separate group of works that I have to revisit which might have a chance at making it here (Faces, Brazil, all the albums in my "Under Consideration" list) So much to do! This will probably be an entirely different list by the end of the year.

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  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   16 hours 8 min ago

    The secret/fastest way I know is to:

    (1) dedicatedly accumulate experiences with lots of music (particularly that follows my/your criteria)

    (2) during this process, make sure to simply "be there listening" and really observe the elements at play in the music you are listening to. In particular, defining what type of experience/emotion(s) the artist is attempting to communicate, and any changes/elaborations to this as they are happening. And, while doing this, also noting the singular ways the artist is expressing these and whether or not this is extraordinary to you (depends a bit on historical knowledge/experience). If defining a full evocation is being difficult on a particular work, focus first on elements you can define, and keep working at the rest as you go/on subsequent listens. IMPORTANT: The earlier in the listening process that you really listen, observe and assimilate the elements at play, the less "work" you make for yourself later. For instance, if you accomplish it thoroughly on the very first listen, there is no or little "work" left to be done -- and all you have left is effortless enjoyment for all subsequent listens (doesn't mean you may not notice more in the future than you did earlier on, however!).

    (3) It's probably best to start with the "less challenging" works first or (if you're already experienced in music/art), perhaps going through them in date-sequence (from earlier years on up) is best. Either one seems to work, it just depends on which sounds more appealing to you.

    (4) If, after an honest effort of 1-3 is made towards a particular work you're still having trouble with it, move on to another work, with the intention of getting back to it later. Or, if you're determined right then and there to "get" it, listen to albums/songs that are its historical precedents (also, works it influenced later can help, particularly if they're "less challenging")

    (5) I also recommend listening to a revolving, alternating group of albums at a time. However many you can listen to 2 times in their entirety during, say, a 1-week span, then cycling through them over, say, 2 or 3 weeks. That way you don't get too "stuck" on one work, and you keep yourself moving, accumulating experience.

    If you have any questions along the way about what I find extraordinary about a particular work, feel free to ask!

  • Top 200 critically acclaimed movies from the last 5 years   18 hours 7 min ago

    Update 31/01.15:
    Out Rampart - In Still Alice

    Update 17/01-15:
    Out Starbuck - In Selma
    Out Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va où?") - In Tangerines ("Mandariinid")

    Update 14/01-15:
    Out Kinyarwanda - In The Lunchbox ("Dabba")
    Out Hell and Back Again - In American Sniper

    Update 01/01-15 (New year's update):
    Out The King's Speech - In At Any Price
    Out The Social Network - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out Inception - In Wild Tales ("Relatos salvajes")
    Out Black Swan - In A Most Violent Year
    Out True Grit - In Hanna
    Out Winter's Bone - In Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem ("Gett")
    Out Toy Story 3 - In The Way Way Back
    Out The Fighter - In The Raid 2 ("The Raid 2: Berandal")
    Out Incendies - In The Spectacular Now
    Out The Kids Are All Right - In Dark Horse
    Out Of Gods And Men ("Des Hommes et des Dieux") - In Spring Breakers
    Out Another Year - In To the Wonder
    Out Monsters - In Beyond the Hills ("Depa dealuri")
    Out 127 Hours - In J. Edgar
    Out The Town - In The Interrupters
    Out Carlos - In Locke
    Out The Ghost Writer - In X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Out In a Better World ("Hævnen") - In Blancanieves
    Out Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - In Joe
    Out Biutiful - In Parkland
    Out Meek's Cutoff - In Tracks
    Out Life, Above All - In Into the Abyss
    Out Kick-Ass - In Bless Me, Ultima
    Out 13 Assassins ("Jusan-nin no shikaku") - In Cloud Atlas
    Out Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ("Loong Boonmee raleuk chat") - In Disconnect
    Out Cyrus - In Monsters University
    Out Rabbit Hole - In Much Ado About Nothing
    Out Barney's Version - In The Place Beyond the Pines
    Out Shutter Island - In Prometheus
    Out Never Let Me Go - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Cave of Forgotten Dreams - In Under the Skin
    Out Alice in Wonderland - In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Out The American - In Unbroken
    Out Animal Kingdom - In We Are the Best!
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Please Give - In Gimme the Loot
    Out The Karate Kid - In Rampart
    Out Waiting for Superman - In Starbuck
    Out Four Lions - In Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va ou?")
    Out Somewhere - In Kinyarwanda
    Out Potiche - In Hell and Back Again

    Update 22/12-14:
    Out At Any Price - In Ida
    Out Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes") - In The Imitation Game
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In The Lego Movie
    Out Flipped - In St. Vincent
    Out Hereafter - In Foxcatcher
    Out Blue Valentine - In Paddington
    Out Hanna - In Pride

    Update 25/11-14:
    Out The Way, Way Back - In Nightcrawler
    Out How to Train Your Dragon - In Whiplash
    Out The Lego Movie - In Interstellar
    Out The Raid 2 - In Leviathan ("Leviafan")
    Out The Spectacular Now - In Birdman
    Out Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da") - In Force Majeure ("Turist")
    Out Dark Horse - In The Theory of Everything
    Out Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo") - In Citizenfour
    Out Spring Breakers - In The Babadook
    Out To the Wonder - In Mr Turner
    Out Restrepo - In Winter Sleep ("Kis uykusu")

    Update 19/10-14:
    Out Beyond the Hills ("Dupa dealuri") - In Gone Girl
    Out J. Edgar - In Tony Benn: Will and Testament
    Out The Interrupters - In Two Days, One Night ("Deux jours, une nuit")

    Update 7/8-14:
    Out Locke - In Guardians of the Galaxy

    Update 31/7-14:
    Out X-Men: Days of Future Past - In Boyhood

    Update 10/7-14:
    Out Blancanieves - In Life Itself

    Update 27/6-14:
    Out Joe - In How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Update 22/6-14:
    Out Parkland - In Edge of Tomorrow
    Out Tracks - In Locke
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Update 28/4-14:
    Out Into the Abyss - In Calvary
    Out Bless Me, Ultima - In The Raid 2
    Out Cloud Atlas - In Joe

    Update 4/4-14:
    Out Disconnect - In The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Out Monsters University - In Omar

    Update 19/2-14:
    Out Much Ado About Nothing - In All Is Lost
    Out The Place Beyond the Pines - In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Out Prometheus - In Tim's Vermeer
    Out Salt - In Big Bad Wolves
    Out Searching for Sugar Man - In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Out Secretariat - In Stranger By the Lake ("L'inconnu du lac")
    Out Tabloid - In The LEGO Movie

    Update 20/1-14:
    Out The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - In The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Update 5/1-14:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Saving Mr. Banks
    Out Kinyarwanda - In Wadjda
    Out The Last Mountain - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Oslo, August 31 ("Oslo, 31. august") - In Secretariat
    Out Louder Than a Bomb - In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Update 1/1-14 (New year update):
    Out A Prophet ("Un prophete") - In Rango
    Out Avatar - In We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Out Up in the Air - In Bullhead ("Rundskop")
    Out The White Ribbon ("Das Weisse Band") - In The Interrupters
    Out Inglourious Basterds - In Potiche
    Out The Secret in Their Eyes ("El secreto de sus Ojos") - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out An Education - In At Any Price
    Out District 9 - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out A Serious Man - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Up - In Flipped
    Out The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ("Män som hatar kvinnor") - In Into the Abyss
    Out The Hangover - In Hereafter
    Out I am Love ("Io sono l'amore") - In American Hustle
    Out Fish Tank - In Tabloid
    Out Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - In Blue Valentine
    Out Invictus - In Hanna
    Out Broken Embraces ("Los abrazos rotos") - In Resurrect Dead: Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out (500) Days of Summer - In The Wind Rises ("Kaze tachinu")
    Out Star Trek - In Kinyarwanda
    Out In the Loop - In The Way, Way Back
    Out The Messenger - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out Capitalism: A Love Story - In The Spectacular Now
    Out Fantastic Mr Fox - In Once Upon a Time In Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da")
    Out Sin Nombre - In Dark Horse
    Out Coraline - In Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo")
    Out The Maid ("La Nana") - In Spring Breakers
    Out Public Enemies - In To the Wonder
    Out White Material - In Restrepo
    Out Coco Before Chanel ("Coco avant Chanel") - In Beyond the Hills ("Dupa dealuri")
    Out Moon - In J.Edgar
    Out Crazy Heart - In The Last Mountain
    Out The Informant! - In Oslo, August 31 ("Oslo, 31. august")
    Out Mother ("Madeo") - In Blancanieves
    Out The Princess and the Frog - In Louder Than a Bomb
    Out Lebanon ("Levanon") - In Parkland
    Out Soul Kitchen - In Tracks
    Out Nine - In Bless Me, Ultima
    Out The Road - In Cloud Atlas
    Out A Single Man - In Disconnect
    Out This Is It - In Monters University
    Out Away We Go - In Much Ado About Nothing
    Out Brüno - In The Place Beyond the Pines
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In Prometheus
    Out The Secret of Kells - In Salt

    Update 17/12-13:
    Out Rango - In Her
    Out We Need to Talk About Kevin - In Inside Llewyn Davis
    Out Bullhead ("Rundskop") - In The Past ("Le passe")
    Out The Interrupters - In Prisoners
    Out The Blind Side - In The Great Beauty ("La grande bellezza")
    Out Potiche - In Nebraska
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In The Wolf of Wall Street
    Out At Any Price - In A Hijacking ("Kapringen")
    Out Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes") - In Rush

    Update 14/11-13:
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In Gravity
    Out Flipped - In Short Term 12
    Out Into the Abyss - In Captain Phillips
    Out Hereafter - In 12 Years a Slave
    Out Tabloid - In Philomena
    Out Baaria - In Blue is the Warmest Colour ("La vie d'Adele")
    Out Blue Valentine - In Dallas Buyers Club
    Out Hanna - In Enough Said

    Update 20/8-13:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Fruitvale Station
    Out Kinyarwanda - In Blue Jasmine
    Out Knowing - In Only God Forgives

    Update 20/7-13:
    Out How to Train Your Dragon - In Twenty Feet from Stardom

    Update 24/6-13:
    Out Where the Wild Things Are - In This is the End

    Update 30/5-13:
    Out Garbo: The Spy ("Garbo: El espia") - In Stories We Tell
    Out Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da") - In Mud
    Out Dark Horse - In Star Trek Into Darkness
    Out Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di renjie") - In Before Midnight

    Update 24/5-13:
    Out To the Wonder - In At Any Price

    Update 24/4-13:
    Out Watchmen - In To the Wonder

    Update 2/4-13:
    Out Restrepo - In In the House ("Dans la maison")

    Update 15/3-13:
    Out J. Edgar - In Side Effects
    Out The Last Mountain - In Stoker

    Update 6/2-13:
    Out Oslo, August 31st ("Oslo, 31. august") - In The Gatekeepers

    Update 12/1-13:
    Out Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - In Rust and Bone ("De rouille et d'os")
    Out Life During Wartime - In The Hunt ("Jagten")
    Out Louder Than a Bomb - In Headhunters ("Hodejegerne")
    Out Cloud Atlas - In No
    Out Prometheus - In War Witch ("Rebelle")
    Out Salt - In Kon-Tiki

    Update 8/1-13:
    Out Searching For Sugar Man - In Arbitrage
    Out Secretariat - In Oslo, August 31st ("Oslo, 31. august")

    Update 1/1-13 (New year's update):
    Out The Hurt Locker - In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
    Out Slumdog Millionaire - In Pariah
    Out Let the Right One In ("Låt den rätte komma inn") - In Please Give
    Out Waltz With Bashir ("Vals im Bashir") - In Four Lions
    Out Precious - In The Karate Kid
    Out The Dark Knight - In Polisse
    Out Milk - In Brüno
    Out Frost/Nixon - In Win Win
    Out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out Wall*E - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out Gomorrah ("Gomorra") - In X-Men: First Class
    Out The Wrestler - In Frankenweenie
    Out The Reader - In Excision
    Out Happy-Go-Lucky - In The Imposter
    Out Changeling - In The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut")
    Out The Class ("Entre les murs") - In Room 237
    Out Anvil! The Story of Anvil - In The Secret of Kells
    Out Departures ("Okuribito") - In Somewhere
    Out I've Loved You So Long ("Il y a longtemps que je t'aime") - In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Out Trouble the Water - In Rango
    Out Gran Torino - In We Need To Talk About Kevin
    Out Synecdoche, New York - In The Interrupters
    Out Summer Hours ("L'heure d'ete") - In Potiche
    Out Doubt - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out Man on Wire - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out Ponyo ("Gake no ue no Ponyo") - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Everlasting Moments ("Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick") - In A Simple Life ("Tao jie")
    Out 35 Shots of Rum ("35 rhums") - In Flipped
    Out Frozen River - In Into the Abyss
    Out Revolutionary Road - In Hereafter
    Out Iron Man - In Tabloid
    Out Shine a Light - In Baaria
    Out Rachel Getting Married - In Blue Valentine
    Out A Christmas Tale ("Un conte de Noël") - Hanna
    Out Of Time and the City - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Cloverfield - In Kinyarwanda
    Out The Baader Meinhof Complex ("Der Baader Meinhof Komplex") - In Knowing
    Out Goodbye Solo - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out Julia - In Where the Wild Things Are
    Out Trucker - In Garbo: The Spy ("Garbo: El espia")
    Out Revanche - In Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da")
    Out Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - In Dark Horse
    Out Wendy and Lucy - In Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie")
    Out Forgetting Sarah Marshall - In Watchmen
    Out Disgrace - In Restrepo
    Out Skin - In J. Edgar
    Out In Bruges - In The Last Mountain
    Out Che - In Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Out Me and Orson Welles - In Bullhead ("Rundskop")
    Out Standard Operating Procedures - In Life During Wartime
    Out We Live in Public - In Louder Than a Bomb
    Out Sugar - In The Blind Side
    Out Il Divo - In Cloud Atlas
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M. - In Prometheus
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Salt
    Out Food, Inc - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Hunger - In Secretariat

    Update 30/12-12:
    Out Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - In West of Memphis
    Out Pariah - In The Impossible ("Lo imposible")

    Update 18/12-12:
    Out Pineapple Express - In Django Unchained
    Out Please Give - In Les Miserables

    Update 14/12-12:
    Out Four Lions - In Zero Dark Thirty
    Out The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom") - In The Intouchables
    Out The Great Buck Howard - In Moonrise Kingdom
    Out The Karate Kid - In Barbara
    Out Polisse - In A Royal Affair ("En kongelig affære")

    Update 3/12-12:
    Out Brüno - In The House I Live In
    Out Tropic Thunder - In Life of Pi

    Update 23/11-12:
    Out Arbitrage - In Love ("Amour")
    Out Win Win - In The Master
    Out Waiting For 'Superman' - In Holy Motors
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In Skyfall
    Out X-Men: First Class - In Lincoln
    Out Frankenweenie - In The Sessions
    Out Bolt - In Silver Linings Playbook
    Out Burma VJ - In Flight

    Update 7/11-12:
    Out Holy Motors - In Argo
    Out The Imposter - In Frankenweenie

    Update 10/10-12:
    Out Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie") - In Looper
    Out The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut") - In End of Watch
    Out The Secret of Kells - In Arbitrage
    Out Somewhere - In The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - In Holy Motors

    Update 20/9-12:
    Out Rango - In The Imposter

    Update 6/8-12:
    Out We Need To Talk About Kevin - In The Dark Knight Rises

    Update 13/7-12:
    Out The Interrupters - In Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Update 24/6-12:
    Out Potiche - In Polisse

    Update 19/5-12:
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In Marley
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In The Avengers
    Out Flipped - In The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut")

    Update 17/4-12:
    Out Into the Abyss - In Monsieur Lazhar

    Update 6/2-12:
    Out The Secret Life of Bees - In Coriolanus

    Update 1/2-12:
    Out Hereafter - In We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Update 27/1-12:
    Out Tabloid - In Footnote ("Hearat Shulayim")
    Out Baarìa - In In Darkness ("W ciemnosci")
    Out Blue Valentine - In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Update 25/1-12:
    Out Hanna - In Pariah

    Update 20/1-12:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Pina
    Out Burn After Reading - In Potiche

    Update 6/1-12:
    Out Ballast - In Bridesmaids
    Out I.O.U.S.A. - In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Update 4/1-12 (New year's update):
    Out No Country For Old Men - In A Single Man
    Out There Will Be Blood - In The Stoning of Soraya M.
    Out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ("Le scaphandre et le papillon") - In My Week With Marilyn
    Out 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ("4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile") - In This Is It
    Out Persepolis - In Margaret
    Out Atonement - In Alice in Wonderland
    Out Juno - In Project Nim
    Out Into the Wild - In Warrior
    Out Michael Clayton - In Four Lions
    Out La Vie en Rose ("La môme") - In The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom")
    Out Eastern Promises - In Animal Kingdom
    Out Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In The Help
    Out Ratatouille - In The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito")
    Out The Kite Runner - In Like Crazy
    Out The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")
    Out The Bourne Ultimatum - In Food, Inc.
    Out The Band's Visit ("Bikur Ha-Tizmoret") - In Away We Go
    Out Lust, Caution ("Se jie") - In Higher Ground
    Out Taxi to the Dark Side - In Hunger
    Out Zodiac - In Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    Out Control - In Pineapple Express
    Out Sicko - In Please Give
    Out American Gangster - In The Great Buck Howard
    Out The Savages - In The Karate Kid
    Out Lars and the Real Girl - In Brüno
    Out The Darjeeling Limited - In Tropic Thunder
    Out The Counterfeiters ("Die Fälscher") - In Win Win
    Out You, the Living ("Du levande") - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out In the Shadow of the Moon - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out In the Valley of Elah - In X-Men: First Class
    Out The Great Debaters - In Bolt
    Out Mongol - In Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie")
    Out Paranormal Activity - In The Secret of Kells
    Out The Visitor - In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Out Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - In Somewhere
    Out I'm Not There - In Rango
    Out Hairspray - In The Interrupters
    Out No End in Sight - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out Charlie Wilson's War - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Chop Shop - In Flipped
    Out The Edge of Heaven ("Auf der anderen Seite") - In Into the Abyss
    Out Starting Out in the Evening - In The Secret Life of Bees
    Out 12 - In Hereafter
    Out Across the Universe - In Tabloid
    Out Waitress - In Baaria
    Out The Lookout - In Blue Valentine
    Out King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars - In Hanna
    Out Silent Light ("Luz silenciosa") - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Gone Baby Gone - In Burn After Reading
    Out My Winnipeg - In Ballast
    Out The Brave One - In I.O.U.S.A.
    Out Knocked Up - In Burma VJ

    Update 1/1-12 (not the new year update, yet):
    Out A Single Man - In Page One: Inside the New York Times
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M - In Buck
    Out My Week With Marilyn - In Shame
    Out This is It - In Goodbye Solo
    Out Alice in Wonderland - In Julia
    Out Warrior - In Trucker
    Out Death Proof - In Across the Universe
    Out Planet Terror - In Silent Light ("Luz Silenciosa")
    Out Four Lions - In Take Shelter
    Out The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom") - In Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    Out The Orphanage ("El Orfanato") - In Disgrace
    Out Animal Kingdom - In My Winnipeg
    Out The Help - In Skin
    Out The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito") - In The American
    Out Like Crazy - In Che
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Standard Operating Procedure
    Out Food, Inc. - In A Dangerous Method
    Out Away We Go - In Terri

    Update 20/12-11:
    Out Higher Ground - In Hugo
    Out Hunger - In The Kid with a Bike ("Le gamin au vélo")
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In War Horse
    Out Pineapple Express - In My Week With Marilyn
    Out Please Give - In The Help
    Out The Great Buck Howard - In The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito")

    Update 12/12-11:
    Out The Karate Kid - In A Separation ("Jodaeiye Nader az Simin")
    Out A Mighty Heart - In 13 Assassins ("Jusan-nin no shikaku")
    Out Brüno - In The Artist

    Update 26/11-11:
    Out Paranoid Park - In In the Loop
    Out Tropic Thunder - In Paranormal Activity
    Out Win Win - In Four Lions
    Out Waiting For 'Superman' - In The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom")

    Update 22/11-11:
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In The Descendants
    Out X-Men: First Class - In Le Havre

    Update 12/11-11:
    Out Bolt - In Melancholia

    Update 5/11-11:
    Out Burma VJ - In Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Out The Aerial ("La Antena") - In Like Crazy

    Update 17/10-11:
    Out Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie") - In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Out The Secret of Kells - In The Ides of March
    Out Somewhere - In Drive
    Out Rango - In Warrior

    Update 13/10-11:
    Out In the Loop - In Moneyball
    Out King of California - In 50/50

    Update 7/9-11:
    Out Love in the Time of Cholera - In Life, Above All
    Out Molière - In Higher Ground

    Update 18/8-11:
    Out You Kill Me - In The Guard

    Update 4/8-11:
    Out Flipped - In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    Out The Secret Life of Bees - In Super 8

    Update 16/6-11:
    Out Hereafter - In X-Men: First Class

    Update 5/6-11:
    Out Disgrace - In The Tree of Life

    Update 26/5-11:
    Out Goodbye Solo - In Midnight in Paris

    Update 8/5-11:
    Out Julia - In Meek's Cutoff

    Update 25/3-11:
    Out Trucker - In Win Win

    Update 14/3-11:
    Out Baaria - In Rango
    Out Blue Valentine - In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ("Loong Boonmee raleuk chat")

    Update 27/2-11:
    Out Burn After Reading - In Barney's Version

    Update 27/1-11:
    Out Across the Universe - In Incendies
    Out Vicky Cristina Barcelona - In In a Better World ("Hævnen")

    Update 23/1-11:
    Out How To Train Your Dragon - In Biutiful
    Out Where the Wild Things Are - In Blue Valentine

    Update 7/1-11 (correcting the years of release):
    Out Once - In Hereafter
    Out The Host ("Gwoemul") - In Disgrace
    Out This is England - In Goodbye Solo
    Out Lake of Fire - In Julia
    Out Offside - In Trucker
    Out Away From Her - In Baaria ("Baaria - La Porta del Vento")
    Out Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne") - In Burn After Reading
    Out Live and Become ("Va, vis et deviens") - In Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Out 300 - In Across the Universe
    Out I Served the King of England ("Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále") - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out An Unreasonable Man - In Where the Wild Things Are

    New year update 5/1-11:
    Out The Lives of Others ("Das Leben der Anderen") - In Crazy Heart
    Out Pan's Labyrinth ("El Laberinto del Fauno") - In Never Let Me Go
    Out The Queen - In A Single Man
    Out The Departed - In The Stoning of Soraya M
    Out Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - In This Is It
    Out Little Miss Sunshine - In Alice in Wonderland
    Out Babel - In Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    Out Volver - In Death Proof
    Out United 93 - In Planet Terror
    Out Letters From Iwo Jima - In The Orphanage ("El Orfanato")
    Out The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - In Animal Kingdom
    Out Apocalypto - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")
    Out Days of Glory ("Indigènes") - In Food, Inc.
    Out Dreamgirls - In Away We Go
    Out Little Children - In Hunger
    Out Children of Men - In Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    Out Flags of Our Fathers - In Pineapple Express
    Out A Prairie Home Companion - In Please Give
    Out Inland Empire - In Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne")
    Out The Death of Mr Lazarescu ("Moartea domnului Lazarescu") - In The Great Buck Howard
    Out Shut Up and Sing - In The Karate Kid
    Out Superman Returns - In A Mighty Heart
    Out Black Book ("Zwartboek") - In Brüno
    Out Notes on a Scandal - In Paranoid Park
    Out The Painted Veil - In Tropic Thunder
    Out The Wind That Shakes the Barley - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out Casino Royale - In Live and Become ("Va, vis et deviens")
    Out Neil Young: Heart of Gold - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out V For Vendetta - In 300
    Out The Last King of Scotland - In Bolt
    Out Thank You For Smoking - In Burma VJ
    Out Blood Diamond - In I Served the King of England ("Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále")
    Out Marie Antoinette - In The Aerial ("La Antena")
    Out The Science of Sleep ("La science des rêves") - In Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie")
    Out An Inconvenient Truth - In The Secret of Kells
    Out Cars - In Somewhere
    Out World Trade Center - In In the Loop
    Out Hollywoodland - In King of California
    Out Half Nelson - In Love in the Time of Cholera
    Out The Ground Truth - In Molière
    Out God Grew Tired of Us - In An Unreasonable Man
    Out The Heart of the Game - In You Kill Me
    Out Water - In Flipped
    Out The Devil Wears Prada - In The Secret Life of Bees

    Update 1/1-11:
    Out Crazy Heart - In True Grit
    Out Never Let Me Go - In Rabbit Hole

    Update 24/12-10:
    Out A Single Man - In I am Love ("Io sono l'amore")
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M - In Mother ("Madeo")
    Out Brick - In The Fighter
    Out This Is It - In Carlos

    Update 11/12-10:
    Out Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - In Black Swan
    Out Death Proof - In The King's Speech
    Out Planet Terror - In Monsters
    Out The Orphanage ("El Orfanato") - In Of Gods and Men ("Des hommes et des dieux")
    Out Animal Kingdom - In Soul Kitchen
    Out Quinceañera - In White Material
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Shutter Island

    Update 25/11-10:
    Out Food Inc - In 127 Hours
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In Another Year

    Update 23/11-10:
    Out Please Give - In Lebanon ("Levanone")

    Update 1/11-10:
    Out Away We Go - In The Social Network
    Out Hunger - In The Town
    Out Pineapple Express - In Never Let Me Go

    Update 28/10-10:
    Out Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne") - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")

    Update 15/9-10:
    Out For Your Consideration - In Scott Pilgrim vs The World

  • 100 Songs [work in progress]   19 hours 10 min ago

    Nice! I Know There's an Answer is one of my favorite songs. Street Fighting Man would be my pick for a Stones song too. Great choices.

  • Greatest Works of Art (Albums + Movies)   21 hours 4 min ago

    Dig the new list! If any rock album is a 10, Aeroplane is it! Hard to think of a more relentlessly emotionally significant album than that one. I'm about to revisit Perfect From Now On. Thinking it has an excellent shot at an upgrade (currently 8.2, but has been 8.3 and 8.4 before). I think I mentioned this before, but if you want to break out the cinematic equivalent to Trout Mask Replica (even if that's difficult to imagine), and therefore take a wrecking ball to cinema as you know it, I can hardly recommend Kusturica's Underground enough. Also, for music: Escalator Over the Hill is f-Ing incredible.

  • MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART   1 day 7 hours ago

    Depends on the day. Today it was 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13.

    Do you have a single favorite?

  • Film Log   1 day 16 hours ago

    Wow, thanks for your insight. I've got to check it out!

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 day 19 hours ago

    To answer your question: Yes, my criteria is the same as yours; I just needed confirmation on those pieces of advice. I've realized that in asking these questions, I'm beating around the bush in that I'm trying to find a faster way / secret to getting an album. I now know that what it will take is for me to just sit down and listen to an album at least a few times for a better understanding of the material, so, for now, I'm going to try to not ask these types of questions.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 day 20 hours ago

    I'm really just saying that the "feeling" part is more important than the ability to describe the feeling/emotion(s). Taking notes can be a useful exercise in helping one focus on the important aspects of what he/she is observing, and can make it easier to think with or sum up the experience, its content, themes, emotions, value, etc.

    I guess this might come down to a fundamental difference in "purpose" (or, criteria). Are you looking for the same (or similar) experiences with music that I am (as in, my criteria)? If not, what do you want to get out of music? What would your ideal music experience be?

    Re: # of listens ... I liked the Doors a lot on my first listen, but that was several years ago. It probably wasn't a true "9/10" for me until over 20 listens, but that came later and was "relative" -- it was relative to my experience with rock music at the time. If I heard it for the first time now, I would estimate I would be able to assimilate it very rapidly and consider it a 9/10 after only 1 or maybe 2 or 3 listens. The # of listens required is much more dependent on how much music/art you've experienced than the # of listens. Though, of course, in most cases, it takes a certain # of listens to just assimilate a whole album, it's different songs, emotions, themes, nuances, etc. But the efficiency of assimilating those is apparently determined quite a bit by one's prior experiences with music/art.

  • Albums that Scaruffi Underrates   1 day 20 hours ago

    His rating and review of Radiohead's In Rainbows is comical. His write-up mostly makes general statements, without providing any examples of what he's asserting:

    "Faust Arp [...] has been heard countless times in the history of pop music." When, and in whose work? He never says.

    "Bodysnatchers [is] reminiscent of pathetic attempts by the Beatles to reinvent themselves in the age of Cream." How so?

    "All I Need and House of Cards [are] moronic." What does he mean?

    "Any critic who hails this album as a masterpiece must be missing 99% of the music released in the same month." Were there even enough albums released in October 2007 for this album to make up only 1% of them?

  • MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART   1 day 20 hours ago

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  • MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART   1 day 20 hours ago

    One small prelude by Bach is better than all contemporary music, imho.
    Anyway, which are your favourite contrapunctus from BWV 1080, if I may ask?

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 day 22 hours ago

    Thanks for the recommendations, I've been itching to revisit Riot and, although I've heard Madvillany before, it was years ago. I'll put both on here in the "To Revisit" section :)

  • Favorite Music   2 days 14 hours ago

    Definitely not as perfect as Goat. Liar is amazing, though. Haven't heard Head yet but it's not better than Goat.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 days 18 hours ago

    I was looking at the advice you had given me the past few weeks and two particular things you have said are puzzling me: "feeling music is more important than describing it" and "you should take mental notes of the emotions and themes expressed when listening". It might just be me, but these views seem contradicting, and I don't know which one to follow (it's probable that I'm misinterpreting this). Another thing is that my skepticism is making me doubt I can get an album by just listening to it multiple times. I have said before that I don't listen to entire albums that often, but when I listen to a few songs from one, my lack of understanding them makes the doubt kick in even more. Would you mind telling me how long it took for you to get an album, something simple like The Doors or What's Going On? I know I've been asking this same question for a while now, so feel free to tell me if you're done answering it.

    Some recs:
    There's A Riot Goin' On - Sly & The Family Stone
    Madvillainy - Madvillain

  • List of Oscar nominated actors and actresses by date of death   2 days 21 hours ago

    Available on Netflix for the ten last
    Bold means Oscar nominated role
    Bold caps means Oscar winning role
    * means recommended movie

    LUISE RAINER


    LAUREN BACALL
    - The Forger, 2012
    - The Walker, 2007
    - Diamonds, 1999
    - Ready to Wear, 1994 *
    - A Foreign Field, 1993
    - All I Want For Christmas, 1991
    - Misery, 1990 *
    - How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953 *


    ROBIN WILLIAMS
    - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, 2014
    - Lee Daniels' The Butler, 2013 *
    - The Big Wedding, 2013
    - The Face of Love, 2013
    - World's Greatest Dad, 2009 *
    - Old Dogs, 2009
    - Shrink, 2009
    - August Rush, 2007
    - License to Wed, 2007
    - RV, 2006
    - The Big White, 2005 *
    - The Final Cut, 2004
    - House of D, 2004
    - Noel, 2004
    - Insomnia, 2002 *
    - One Hour Photo, 2002 *
    - Bicentennial Man, 1999
    - Jakob the Liar, 1999
    - What Dreams May Come, 1998 *
    - GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997 *
    - Deconstructing Harry, 1997 *
    - Flubber, 1997
    - The Birdcage, 1996 *
    - Jack, 1996
    - Jumanji, 1995
    - Mrs Doubtfire, 1993 *
    - Toys, 1992
    - The Fisher King, 1991 *
    - Dead Again, 1991 *
    - Hook, 1991
    - Awakenings, 1990 *
    - Dead Poets Society, 1989 *
    - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1988
    - Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987 *
    - Popeye, 1980 *


    JAMES GARNER
    - The Ultimate Gift, 2006
    - The Notebook, 2004 *
    - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 2002
    - Space Cowboys, 2000
    - Twilight, 1998
    - Maverick, 1994 *
    - The Castaway Cowboy, 1974
    - The Great Escape, 1963 *
    - Move Over Darling, 1963 *
    - The Children's Hour, 1961 *


    RUBY DEE
    - A Thousand Words, 2012
    - Video Girl, 2011
    - Baby Geniuses, 1999
    - Cop and a Half, 1993


    MARTHA HYER
    - The Night of the Grizzly, 1966
    - The Sons of Katie Elder, 1965 *
    - The Carpetbaggers, 1964 *
    - Houseboat, 1958 *
    - Sabrina, 1954 *
    - Down Three Dark Streets, 1954


    JOAN LORRING


    BOB HOSKINS
    - Snow White and the Huntsman, 2012 *
    - Made in Dagenham, 2010 *
    - Doomsday, 2008
    - Outlaw, 2007
    - Hollywoodland, 2006 *
    - Paris, Je T'aime, 2006
    - Mrs Henderson Presents, 2005 *
    - Son of the Mask, 2005
    - Unleashed, 2005
    - Vanity Fair, 2004 *
    - Beyond the Sea, 2004
    - Den of Lions, 2003
    - Maid in Manhattan, 2002 *
    - Enemy at the Gates, 2001
    - Cousin Bette, 1998
    - Hook, 1991
    - Mermaids, 1990
    - Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988 *
    - A Prayer for the Dying, 1987
    - The Long Good Friday, 1980 *
    - Zulu Dawn, 1979 *


    MICKEY ROONEY
    - Erik the Viking, 1989
    - Leave 'em Laughing, 1981
    - The Black Stallion, 1979 *
    - Pete's Dragon, 1977
    - It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, 1963 *
    - Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961 *
    - The Last Mile, 1959
    - The Bridges at Toko-Ri, 1954 *
    - The Big Wheel, 1949
    - Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, 1946


    PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
    - A Most Wanted Man, 2014 *
    - God's Pocket, 2014
    - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2013 *
    - The Master, 2012 *
    - A Late Quartet, 2012 *
    - The Ides of March, 2011 *
    - Moneyball, 2011 *
    - Jack Goes Boating, 2010
    - Pirate Radio, 2009 *
    - Doubt, 2008 *
    - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, 2007 *
    - Mission: Impossible III, 2006 *
    - CAPOTE, 2005 *
    - Along Came Polly, 2004
    - Cold Mountain, 2003 *
    - 25th Hour, 2002 *
    - Punch-Drunk Love, 2002 *
    - Almost Famous, 2000 *
    - The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999 *
    - Flawless, 1999
    - Happiness, 1998 *
    - Next Stop Wonderland, 1998
    - Boogie Nights, 1997 *
    - Twister, 1996 *
    - When a Man Loves a Woman, 1994 *
    - Scent of a Woman, 1992 *
    - Leap of Faith, 1992

  • Film Log   3 days 3 hours ago

    Thanks! Verdoux is wonderful: a black comedy, cynically casting an eye on moral hypocrisies and capitalist ideology. Yet, for its bleak vision of the world, Chaplin's performance is a surprisingly elegant, gentle and graceful. His aesthetic choices throughout--such as performance, narrative structure, etc--are inseparable from his politics, making the film all the more complex, and suspending the viewer in a place of uncertainty. Chaplin has always been, in one way or the other, a socially engaged artist (e.g. The Gold Rush is at its best and funniest when it is also at its most biting, as in the shoe eating scene), and I think the fact that he did slapstick has unfortunately damaged the perception of the sharpness and intelligence of his work. Verdoux, however, is particularly sophisticated and undeniable. It's amazing to see how much more he could be than just a tramp; a really great film, one of his best, I'd say.

  • Favorite Music   3 days 4 hours ago

    Goat is awesome. Mouth Breather always sounds amazing to me. I hadn't listened to it since at least a couple of years ago, actually. Listening to it now, it's even better than I remember.

    Are Head and Liar as good as this?