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Favorite Comics

Not at all; I liked Tintin a lot growing up but it doesn't hold up--unlike, say, Asterix--as it once did. Fun adventure stories, but little else. My favourite stories are, probably, The Castafiore Emerald, The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham's Treasure, The Shooting Star...

I actually haven't read the one that is supposed to be the most racist of all, Tintin in the Congo. One of these days.

5/5/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6

Marquee Moon
Trout Mask Replica

.. any reason this wasn't all one list?

4/26/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 5

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& Nico
London Calling

4/26/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 4

The Piper
The River

4/26/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3

From Her to Eternity
Shape of Jazz to Come (tough call)
Absolutely Free
The Black Saint

4/26/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 2

Endtroducing (tough call)

4/26/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 1

I haven't heard a good number of these :(.

The Magic City
The Velvet Underground (tough call)

4/25/2015 View
50 Greatest Voices

I love seeing Billie and Al Green rated so high; as well as blues singers such as Skip James who don't come up very much around these parts. I'd never heard of Amália Rodrigues but I'm listening to this, right now; not the aesthetic I'm accustomed to, but certainly interesting, and at times very moving.

Do any classical singers have a shot of making the list? Maria Callas, Placido Domingo, Jussi Björling, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, etc.

4/23/2015 View
Favorite movies

"Simply watching the camera watch something else becomes miraculous"

This reminded me of one of Kiarostami's relatively minor works, ABC Africa. An interesting and moving film, but the most memorable moments were his shots in which nothing happens and time seems to stop. His camera completely rewires the brain and the simple, borderline banal images begin to radiate with life and poetry.

He has that master touch.

4/16/2015 View
Favorite TV Shows

I like all the recent Sherlock adaptions-- the Downey Jr. films, Elementary (which suffers from unevenness), Sherlock. I really enjoyed the Conan Doyle stories growing up, and have read them all, but I think his giving Sherlock such a bland personality is responsible for making all these wildly different adaptions possible. It gives a lot of freedom.

4/16/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

It's a shame classical and pre-LP era music (Bix, Louis, Billie) are naturally out of the running. In any case, a lot of my favourites have been mentioned (A Love Supreme, Ascension, The Black Saint, & Nico, Highway 61, Exile, etc. I guess I have conventional taste). Here's a list I'm comfortable enough signing my name to, at least for the moment:

Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (1957)
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
Buddy Guy - A Man & the Blues (1968)
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! (1969)
Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971)
Sly & the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
The Clash - London Calling (1979)
The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1986)
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing... (1996)
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale (2006)

4/14/2015 View
Favorite movies

I read that the same way.

It's amazing how faith isn't just a theme in his work, but an actual structural line in his creative process (evidenced in Nostalghia, but also the close of Andrei Rublev and especially The Sacrifice).

4/11/2015 View
Favorite movies

Tarkovsky's interviews are invariably fascinating, and this website has four of them on Nostalghia. He deals with personal, interpretive and methodological matters. The interview with Gideon Bachmann is the best of them.

4/9/2015 View
Film Log

I saw a couple of episodes of Flight years ago and didn't take to it at all. I gave True Detective a go and stopped after two episodes; I don't think the perfect Alexandra Daddario even made her appearance. I didn't dislike it by any means, but my interest wasn't particularly piqued. I'm not at all familiar with Angels, I'll have to remember that one, thanks.

4/8/2015 View
Film Log

Great to hear! Can't wait to dive into them.

"The finale is one of the very few works of art that have reduced me to tears."

Now that's a kind of list I'd be interested in seeing from people.

4/8/2015 View