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  • 80's and 90's Children's TV Shows   1 week 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 days ago

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

  • Songs based on Pachelbel's Canon   2 weeks 4 hours ago

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

  • Best books (that I've read)   2 weeks 2 days 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 3 days 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.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 3 days ago

    The Color of Paradise is like a combination of Nostalghia (which is like Taxi Driver) and The Wild Bunch with a little bit of Rosemary's Baby, Red, Funny Games, and even Lost Highway (the beauty of the village and nature being like that of women). I'll naturally write a review some day.

  • Favourite Wrestling Matches   2 weeks 4 days ago

    I haven't seen it yet, I will watch it though, can't see it being less than a 3 unless something is drastically wrong, even though I don't seem to be as enamored with Nakamura as every one seems to be.

    It's fantastic to meet another Japanese wrestling fan, I really didn't expect it, this list was mainly for my use, is this is a plus.

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Update 16
    McJoJo broke the tie with dashforcover, claim a solo 4th place. Mamushka watched enough films to join the group viewing 1 or more films per day. Julesyoung reclaimed 12th from mightysparks, showing 13th place is a lucky number again! Good jobs all.

    As a group we logged 150 movies in the week for a total of 3367 films. For the next update on 21 June, the numbers for 1, 2 and 3 films per day are 172, 344 and 516, respectively. Happy viewing and see you next week! God willin' and creek don't rise.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Tamburlaine=the Marlowe play? What did you think of it? I've only read Dr Faustus, which I loved.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 4 days ago

    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.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 4 days ago

    "More time for reading"<----Where's your reading log then :P

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   2 weeks 4 days ago

    Yes, it was my first full experience with his work (I've seen a portion of The River). A great director, indeed. I'll have to check out Goodbye Dragon Inn!

  • Greatest Ever Youtube Videos   2 weeks 5 days ago

    This should make your list easily:
    https://youtu.be/Xy2L3dHWZkI

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   2 weeks 5 days ago

    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.

  • Greatest Albums of All Time (Rock & Jazz)   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks Im sure its missing a lot more than those too. Its just a casual list. I'm not sure when Ill get around to doing a real 7.3 - 7.7 list. I'm more focused on polishing up this one and filling it out first.

  • Greatest Albums of All Time (Rock & Jazz)   2 weeks 5 days ago

    The 7.3-7.7 list is missing Desire and Yes, and If You're Feeling Sinister is already on the pop list.

    Are you gonna start adding other albums in that range to the list as well, which have never been on the 7.8+ list and are not pop or from the 2000s either?

  • Best decade for Movies   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
    There Will Be Blood
    Spirited Away
    No Country for Old Men
    Hero
    Lost in Translation
    Mulholland Drive
    Yi Yi
    Brokeback Mountain

  • 100 Favorite Albums of the 1990s   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Exactly, pretty much every album they've done has made some sort of an attempt to distance itself from what they've done before. I find it incredible that a band is still releasing material that sounds fresh and unlike anything else out there nearly 30 years after they started. It's a testament to the pretty incredible artistic integrity and genius of Gira & co. and the great chemistry the band as a whole has honed over the years. Surely one of the most impressive discographies in rock history. Not to mention that they sound even better live...

    Yeah I love Swans :P

  • 100 Favorite Albums of the 1990s   3 weeks 3 hours ago

    Yes, Children of God is also a great one. You're right, I think Jarboe made a big difference in the change of their sound, plus the decreasing participation of guitarist Norman Westberg, who was responsible for all the feedback-drenched guitar of the earlier albums. Probably the most impressive thing about Swans is the number of different directions the band went through in little more than a decade, plus their recent revival. It's what makes the debate about their "best" album so interesting; it's difficult to compare Filth to White Light to Soundtracks for the Blind, etc.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   3 weeks 5 hours ago

    I firmly agree. It dares us to challenge what "art" is as opposed to mere entertainment in a very Warholian manner. As an athletic feat it is of course unparalleled ;)

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   3 weeks 5 hours ago

    Actually, I think the Blair Witch Project-ian shaky handheld cinematography and the understated but brilliant Bill Murray-ian lead performance elevate it to at least 7.4/10.