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  • Music Ratings & Notes   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Agree with all of that! Amazing how it becomes, from song-to-song, a series of explosive psychotic episodes, each seemingly connected -- almost a "stream of consciousness" or out-of-control "monstrous metamorphosis".

  • Music Ratings & Notes   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I love Fontanelle and agree with your high rating of it. Wonderful album, the vocals, the instruments, even the compositions are all brilliant. Haven't listened to it since forever. Will do very soon.

  • Favorite albums   2 weeks 2 days ago

    It's gradual although there is a big difference between the top 3 and the bottom 3

  • Media Log 2015   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I don't know exactly, it's been years since I watched the non-director's cut. But it is additional material, and it's not worthless extras -- what's added is increased intensity, and it's what the director wanted, but apparently the censors couldn't handle it... there might never be another mainstream film that is so vulgar and vividly insane in its violence... it's incredible that it was even made by a "Hollywood" director, and then to get widely released is unbelievable really...

  • Media Log 2015   2 weeks 3 days ago

    How much does the additional material in the Director's Cut raise the rating for you by the way?

  • Media Log 2015   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Sounds close to my general recollection of it. "Intense/Invigorating" that's for sure! And boy, that last section of the film in the penitentiary...

  • My Favorite Music   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Don't forget MJongo!

  • Media Log 2015   2 weeks 3 days ago

    It was great. The constant attacks on television programs (the disturbing sitcom parody "I Love Mallory", the exploitation of violence on "American Maniacs" [Robert Downey Jr gives quite an entertaining performance], the editing style of the film which imitates the way television tries to hold viewers' attention) aside, it was quite a breathlessly intense experience. The last half hour in particular is one of the most invigorating sequences ever. And it was cool how visually the film represented its characters' mindsets. It's a bit of a smug and shallow film by my general standards but for what it's trying to do, it's brilliant.

  • Favorite albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Are there any significant gaps in quality at certain points on your list or is it very gradual from top to bottom? Do you find Rock Bottom, VU and Nico and say, The Doors, far superior to the lower regions of your list, or still very close?

  • Favorite albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Anytime! And I'm sure, judging by your intelligence and heightened ability to extract insights from these works, there will be more down the road :-)

  • Favorite albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Yeah, I agree, and thank you for your responses.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Also, I think its important to be able/willing to change one's opinion/criteria if necessary, and not get too stifled by past observations in evaluating art. So I think its admirable that you're doing that, because it can be a difficult decision to make sometimes (every time?)

  • Greatest Rock Albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Glad to be of assistance! :-)

  • Greatest Rock Albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    AH's revisit of Happy Sad made me check my notes and find a typo! Thankfully, I did a quick scan and found no other errors (except those of judgement: )).

  • Greatest Rock Albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Cool, it all makes sense now :) I also agree that Who's Next accomplishes a rather similar feat through different means and evocations (particular it's foray into electronics).

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Btw, ever get the feeling that our conversations are a lost rough draft from the original script for Dogma?

  • Media Log 2015   2 weeks 3 days ago

    What did you think of Natural Born Killers?

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Bergman's use of distinctly medieval theatrical forms does not, for me, vindicate the fact that the film unfolds so plainly, and so simplistically. It's probably no coincidence that I found the few mystery and morality plays I've read to be dreck. I think The Seventh Seal and The Silence are comparable insofar as they are both emphatically about the silence of God. That the former has it's roots in dramatic traditions is dead on, and this is partially why I favour the latter. As you write, everything is portrayed literally and in the foreground: this lack of subtlety and sophistication is the film's greatest flaw.

    I think we are in agreement about the nature of the film, though we obviously differ in our evaluation.

  • #2 Singles In The UK   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Thank you - I try to keep up with the charts every week so I have no idea how I missed that one!

  • Favorite albums   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Regardless, I do want to say that, overall, this was an interesting conversation, and partially because of it, I revisited What's Going On some 15 times and considered it even more closely! :-)

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I'll dispatch Kush. She's a huge fan of good 'ol Rut.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    ^This. I was going to respond but this pinpoints it better than I probably would have.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Bruegel's painting suffers from a tremendous lack of Rutger Hauer. I've been petitioning the world's top art restoration experts to correct this oversight on part of the artist, but I have yet to receive a response.

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I actually prefer The Silence as well, but it's not really fair to compare the two; they're two very different languages of cinema.

    The Seventh Seal is basically a minstrel act. As in medieval and Renassiance era minstrel shows or even Noh theater, the major themes are personified by costumed actors, the allegorical content right in the foreground and potrayed literally.

    The Silence is more akin to Persona in that it is primarily concerned with the unspoken, or the "negative imprint".

  • Film Log   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Well, sounds to me like you "get" his paintings, despite limited exposure. I've always found The Seventh Seal to be doing a very similar thing with film art.