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  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    But the lyrics of Slow, Deep and Hard add to the black humour/intensity of the songs, no? And the lyrics of TMR are awesome! I'm surprised the lyrics of Hwy 61 didn't make much of a difference in rating, I thought the 9.2 was partly because of them?

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    I think it might be even better infact ;)

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    We simply disagree. Your comparisons have little to do with what I said. In my opinion the lyrics are of marginal importance, I did not say they were of no importance. FAR more important (on my criteria) is the feeling/emotion of delivery. If Bruce Springsteen could manage to deliver the exact same emotions and compositions with only the lyrics about cat food, then yes, the album would be amazing! :-) The lyrics would probably be even better than they are now (which is mediocre by most standards of poetry/literature). I'm half-kidding.

  • Favorite albums   1 week 3 days ago

    Thanks for posting A Umbra Omega – Dødheimsgard (2015) here. I just checked it out based on your ranking and it's quite impressive! Possibly among the very best of the decade!

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    As a note, due to the topic, Scaruffi tends to also think little of the importance of lyrics, otherwise wouldn't his list look much different? How could, say, Bringing it all Back Home (perhaps the greatest example of lyrics in the history of rock) be a mere 6.5?

    "My bias is towards the music, not the lyrics: it is called "rock music", not "rock literature". And there's a reason: as literature, it is worth very little. Even the greatest rock lyricists are, at best, mediocre poets. No surprise, therefore, that i rarely mention the lyrics of a song. The overall feeling is, in general, much more important than the literal message." --Piero Scaruffi

    Now it occurs to me that I don't know how you get almost the exact same rankings if you're applying such weight to lyrics when he is not. But whatever...

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    The River would not be great if the lyrics were about cat food.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    I agree the lyrics are good; I was not implying that they were not. "the lyrics" still refers to what you think of the lyrics, because if you think less of the lyrics it is still the lyrics' fault for not being different. For example if I ask you, "Do you dislike oranges because of the taste," I am not implying that I do not like the taste or that the taste is objectively bad. And if I ask whether you cannot read because of the sun I am talking about your perception of the sun and not the sun itself.

    Anyway, I disagree that lyrics are not important because the lyrics are equally part of the music. The voice is an instrument. That would be like saying the guitar is not important. If you don't interpret the lyrics then you are not interpreting the music. The emotions that are being delivered depend on what is being expressed. If you don't take in the lyrics you aren't colliding with what is in the music. Songwriting talent in the conventional sense is what doesn't matter: the lyrics don't have to be poetic and stand on their own. You are not looking for "beautiful" lyrical substance, but you are still looking for substance. I don't think The Mother of Virtues can be an 8/10 if you don't understand what it is lyrically about. Where does the emotion come from? One will try to figure out in too subjective a way, and map it on to dreamlike territory. By listening to the lyrics you are fully respecting the art for what it is and all it can be. If the lyrics were terrible on Songs of Leonard Cohen but everything else stayed the same it could become a 6/10. In my mind this is obvious.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    Or The River or Slow, Deep and Hard, Zen Arcade or, technically, Trout Mask Replica (though they're brilliant in how imaginatively non-sensical they are and even make sense in some absurd parallel universe!). Very few rock albums are truly extraordinary lyrically. Joanna Newsom's Ys, Bob Dylan's Hwy 61 are examples of 2 stand out exceptions, but even those aren't rated where they are in my criteria by their lyrics -- the lyrics only make a marginal difference in the rating.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    That would explain the high rating of Kick Out the Jams then.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    No, the lyrics in music are not especially important (from a musical standpoint) and can hardly change anything about a rating for me -- it's much more the emotional delivery of the lyrics that's important. Plus, that album has better lyrics than most rock albums... It wasn't so much a downgrade as simply finding I've probably slightly overrated it after my recent revisits of 8.3 - 8.7 works, as well as comparing it to other 7.8 - 8.2 albums.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    re: the Songs of Leonard Cohen downgrade, is it because of the lyrics?

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    That's an awesome analysis. TBH, I never thought of the album that way. I'll definitely be relistening to it with this in mind. Now that I think about it, I definitely didn't pay as much attention to the second half and its relation with the first one, unlike Fun House which I've listened to dozens of times.

    I don't think music necessarily has to have "meaning" to be better though. Just my opinion.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    The dead end in the second half of the album is not a flaw though. The repetition and frustration are hidden functions of the conventional pop and rock music that the album seizes and uses as language. While its function is to create sexual energy, it only leaves the people perverted and frustrated and egotistical (see: boy bands, reality TV shows, and the film Nashville). The singer deconstructs this reality in a detached, not really terrifying or menacing, way. He is a product of his time, he is using the fact that it is 1969 to his popular advantage. He is pathetic but at the same time his mind gives him, and everyone else, the power of sexuality which can't be stopped, providing a basis for his ego and subliminally driving pop culture, which gives him a social place in it. The album replaces the exuberant idealism of the mainstream music with realism, retaining the bouncy rhythms and sounds and sexually suggestive lyrics that animate it, as if by influence. The pop music is inherently anticlimactic. It appears to reach everyone but doesn't reach deeply. The distorted guitar appears out of nowhere to expose the actual mind state and in reality modulate it. It contradicts and converges at the same time.

    In contrast Fun House has fewer things to say on any level. The catchiness has less or equal meaning and the musical (e.g. instrumental) and lyrical choices have less meaning. The Stooges is not just about sexuality but about the relationship between culture and the individual and about existence. Also, you are supposed to find some humor in it.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    Hmm, I'll be revisiting both Fun House and the MC5 album soon. From what I remember though, Fun House had a great sense of groove that added more "depth" to the sound rather than just the intensity of MC5.

  • Favourite Wrestling Matches   1 week 4 days ago

    I watched Nakamura v Okada, I thought it was a 3.5, only the second half of the match was interesting, although I did like the finish a lot. I'm not a huge fan of Nakamura, his weird mannerisms kind of ruin the seriousness of Japanese wrestling, like that silly foot thing he does in the corner.

  • 80's and 90's Children's TV Shows   1 week 4 days ago

    The children of green knowe
    The box of delights
    Sport billy
    Rhubarb and custard
    Heathcliff
    Jossies Giants
    Stookie
    Number 73
    Vicky the Viking
    Chorton and the wheelies
    Bag puss

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    Re: Fun House a 7.5 ... It's very difficult to rate it higher than that with the albums that are above it. There's no question its electrifying. Many albums are. Emotionally, its more invigorating than many albums, but all of those above it include more depth in their content and are more significant/amazing overall (imo). Kick Out the Jams is a good emotional comparison, however, MC5's masterpiece -- either an 8.5 or 9 -- surpasses it in both pure intensity and the (anti) compositional depth of its pieces, which are falling off the rails/exploding in manic furies, the guitars and rhythms colliding in fissions and free form collapsing structures. Comparatively, Fun House is rather basic/not as dynamic, and doesn't have as much to offer past its surface intensity.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    For years I considered their self-titled superior and will be revisiting it soon to see if it returns to the same heights (I had it 8/10 before recently downgrading, and had Fun House at 7.5 for years before temporarily upgrading it to as high as 8.5, then 8, and now back to 7.5). Currently, I go back and forth on which is better, and right now I find the difference marginal between them. They're great for different reasons. Obviously, Fun House is much more relentlessly invigorating/violent, and currently I marginally favor that mode over The Stooges' merits, but again, I need to revisit.

  • Favorite albums   1 week 4 days ago

    "I don't know." I can understand :P Those are all great tracks (I think the album is generally more consistent in the first three-quarters, but there are a few highlights in the last quarter as well.)

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 4 days ago

    I love The Stooges and all, but Fun House is far more consistent: the second side of The Stooges doesn't live up to the promise of the first. Meanwhile, the opening trio of Fun House is pretty badass but the album just keeps accumulating in intensity, reaching breathtaking peaks in each of the last four tracks. I was honestly kinda disappointed to see AH lowered its rating to 7.5.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 5 days ago

    What do you think of "The Stooges"? I think it's much better than Fun House.

  • Songs based on Pachelbel's Canon   1 week 5 days ago

    Matisyahu- One Day : the guitar picking in the background has a similar chord progression

  • Top 200 critically acclaimed movies from the last 5 years   1 week 5 days ago

    Update 18/06-15:
    Out Rampart - In The Look of Silence
    Out Starbuck - In Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Update 28/05-15:
    Out Into the Woods - In Good Kill
    Out Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va où?") - In 99 Homes

    Update 15/05-15:
    Out Kinyarwanda - In Mad Max: Fury Road

    Update 24/02-15:
    Out Hell and Back Again - In The Duke of Burgundy

    Update 17/02-15:
    Out The Last Mountain - In Timbuktu

    Update 13/02-15:
    Out Twenty Feet from Stardom - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out This Is the End - In Rampart
    Out Spring Breakers - In Starbuck
    Out Beyond the Hills ("Dupa dealuri") - In Into the Woods
    Out Disconnect - In Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va où?")
    Out Monsters University - In Kinyarwanda
    Out Much Ado About Nothing - In Hell and Back Again
    Out The Place Beyond the Pines - In The Last Mountain

    Update 05/02-15:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Mommy
    Out Gimme the Loot - In Red Army

    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

  • Best books (that I've read)   2 weeks 10 hours ago

    w/r/t Middlemarch: Yes, incredible novel. Eliot has a very strong grasp of human psychology and it adds a remarkable level of believably to her characters. After reading the novel I feel like I really know these characters, which as far as I'm concerned is the mark of a great writer. I was worried going into it that it would be dry but the effort of reading it was definitely paid off. There's a scene in the middle of the novel where Ladislaw attends the same church service as Dorothea and Casaubon--not a word is spoken between the characters during this scene yet it still managed to be one of the most emotionally intense scenes I've ever come across in a novel. There are scenes worthy of Tolstoy here. I continually found myself running across passages that rung so elegant and true that I was nodding in agreement. So yes, Eliot is great.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 1 day ago

    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.