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Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)

Don't you guys sometimes sing along to music!? Lots of pleasure in that..!

6/20/2015 View
Film Log

That's the one. It's highly entertaining. One reads more for the thrill, I think, than any kind of psychological depth, or intricate human understanding. The central character is especially compelling and larger than life. My favourite Marlowe play is probably The Jew of Malta, which hilariously skewers just about every faith, revelling in its own audacity, repugnancy and absurdity. Both that and Tamburlaine are astonishingly free of moral considerations.

6/15/2015 View
Film Log

I considered it, but it felt a little silly to recount--for example--individual, six line Dickinson poems... To quickly summarize: Waiting for the Barbarians, Emma, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Dickinson, Marvell, Dryden and Pope... Marx, Chomsky (always!), Tamburlaine, Jñānēśvarī... Supplemented by Bach, Verdi, Ornette Coleman, and A$AP Rocky.

6/14/2015 View
Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)

Great seeing Tsai's name, is this the first film of his you've watched? I should revisit his oeuvre. The one that is clearest in my memory is surprisingly the most narratively mundane, Goodbye Dragon Inn. Magic.

6/13/2015 View
Film Log

Not a one... But it's certainly not a field I have any knowledge about; I'd be surprised if there weren't some worthwhile titles. I just haven't seen them.

You like Bollywood?

6/9/2015 View
Film Log

A number of the popular ones, more than I can remember. Titles include: Lagaan, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Devdas, etc...

Gorgeous actresses.

6/9/2015 View
Fave literature

I didn't enjoy Importance at all, but that may not be Wilde's fault entirely. I saw a National Theatre screening of it and the sound was poorly done; everything seemed too loud, and consequently grated to the point I considered walking out. Although I clearly understood everything, there is no doubt this aspect had a negative impact on the entire experience. That said, I didn't find it funny at all; the humour just seemed really dated. I don't even remember the specifics of the narrative very well.

6/5/2015 View
Favorite TV Shows

Sorry! Missed this post. My favourite season of Sherlock is easily the second. I think all the episodes are strong and sufficiently different from one another (the introduction of Irene, the psychological terror of Baskerville, the machinations of Moriarty). I like all of the episodes, but the first season is probably the weakest. Lots of interesting, and comic, moments--mostly centered on character development--but it's still finding its feet in terms of narratives. The third season is good, but I had some minor demurrals, such as episode 1 having no plot. The overarching villain was great, though, and I've liked the development of the Mycroft/Sherlock relationship.

Re: his lack of knowledge in the books; my memory is a bit hazy, but if I remember correctly that's alluded to in S01E03 when Sherlock doesn't know some utterly mundane and universal fact about astronomy.

6/4/2015 View
Fave literature

Yes to Chekhov! One of my favourites. I'm very interested in Olivier's Uncle Vanya... Sadly, I haven't seen any dramatizations of Chekhov's plays.

While I'm here, I recommend Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians. I just reread it the other day (literally, it's only ~150pgs) and it was absolutely astonishing. One of the greats.

6/3/2015 View
Film Log

Not for many years; none grabbed my interest. They were often (always?) painfully formulaic and saccharine, in terms of both plot and style. Maybe I saw the wrong ones.

5/30/2015 View
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

Not Available
& 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