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  • Best movies of the 2010s (that I've seen)   3 weeks 19 hours ago

    I was curious about this too so I asked him about it once, and he pretty much told me that on the recent yearly pages he's only seen the movies that he's written up reviews for. The rest are just the collective opinions of critics he likes. (I suspect that his book lists are like this too.) Before I learned that I just assumed that Scaruffi was some sort of super-human who never slept.

    All the movies listed by the decade up until the 90s he's claimed to have watched, however.

  • Best movies of the 2010s (that I've seen)   3 weeks 20 hours ago

    I don't understand his system; how come his one man operation suddenly changes for cinema: "The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine." It's a sharp deviation from the norm... And he absurdly has almost 550 films listed from 2014 alone, it makes me wonder if he even sees the majority of the films he rates. Any insights?

  • Best movies of the 2010s (that I've seen)   3 weeks 20 hours ago

    Re: Birdman ... Looks like Scaruffi just got pissed off at it (or something like that) and knocked it down to 6/10. Not that it matters, just a curiosity. I did have reservations about its depth, and in particular, (approximately) the last 1/3 of the film (didn't mind it, but wasn't thrilled about the direction it took either). I'll have to see it again. Doubt I'd drop it that far, however...

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   3 weeks 23 hours ago

    Von Trier's Europa has got to be in the running for "most underrated film" (at least of the 90s)... a truly astounding work...

  • Favorite Movies   3 weeks 1 day ago

    His attitude may not make him appear as the most open-minded critic but I think it works well when he uses it in a positive way. And he focuses on all genres of art, which is pretty cool. As for art making us better people, I agree with you: experiencing an artwork is entirely subjective. Art's purpose, I feel, is not to preach, though it can (and some of the best art does do it) inspire and--what's the phrase Carney uses?--"rewire our nervous systems" to a certain extent, at least for a while (examples of such works for me would be A Man Escaped, It's a Wonderful Life, Play Time, etc.)

    I don't find the blog interesting either. I read about the Mark Rappaport case, and I found it odd and hypocritical of him to knowingly do that, especially considering that Mark Rappaport is one of the artists he champions. I guess it is similar to what he said about Cassavetes' character: people aren't perfect, even if they promote high ideals in their work.

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I been searching this for awhile. What I can remember is that the cartoon looks to be in the 80's or 90's. It's about having fun on or near the beach. One of the characters is a boy genius who created a female robot. If anyone can help I would really appreciate it.

  • Favorite Movies   3 weeks 1 day ago

    What I like about Carney is that he's a throwback to the likes of F.R. Leavis and the aristocrats before him. A highly cultivated sensibility, no tolerance for anything less than brilliance. There's material to disagree with, but it makes me think and consider my own convictions. He was an important figure in expanding my interest in art beyond film. I don't, however, subscribe to the idea that art makes us better people. It can, but it can also not: inner, not outter, resources are responsible for that.

    The redirected link is really strange, and sudden... his mailbag can be accessed from a third party blog: It's especially puzzling because the redirection would mean someone has taken deliberate action: I see no reason for Carney to deep six his own material, nor is there any motivation for administration to redirect to a blog highly critical of their actions. I don't really bother with his Inside BU blog, btw, and his taking hostage of Mark Rappaport's material is morally indefensible no matter how many times he plays the "gift" card.

  • Favorite Movies   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Carney's site is pretty inspiring, especially his thoughts about how art can affect one's life. He does contradict himself quite a bit, but still I've been trying to get familiar with the works he recommends, hoping I'll see what he sees. By the way, a curious thing: the link is now redirecting to Carney's blog! WTF happened?? Has the site finally been taken down?

    The "Greatest Works of Art" would probably be my version, yes, but if I focused more on the "What it means to be human" aspect, that might narrow it down slightly to works which I'd consider the most spiritually uplifting.

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  • Favorite Movies   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I love that list! His mailbag and interviews--more so than his books, which can be fairly tendentious--have had a pronounced influence on the way I view art and, consequently, my life. Perhaps due to his influence, and the fact that he chose a number of canonical works, there would be a number of overlaps: the self-portraits of Rembrandt, the late Mozart concertos, the late Henry James, Proust, Shakespeare's tragedies, Louis Armstrong, the operas of Verdi, Cervantes, Emerson, etc would all fight for a spot on my list.

    I'll just informally mention the names that come to mind first, without overlapping Carney's list. Some of them had a pronounced impact on my life, others are simply beloved works: the paintings of Caravaggio (my portal to the visual arts), the late works of Beethoven (9th symphony, quartets, sonatas, Missa solemnis, etc), the collected poetry of Robert Frost, The Wire, Seinfeld, John Coltrane's masterpieces (A Love Supreme, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, Ascension, Impressions... Kind of Blue :)), Mozart's late symphonies and the Da Ponte operas (above and beyond all: Figaro), the films of Andrei Tarkovsky (especially Zerkalo and Nostalghia), the Apu trilogy, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums, San Soleil, A Man Escaped, Anna Karenina, Michelangelo's Pieta, Francis Bacon's triptychs, Chopin's Preludes & Nocturnes, Chekhov's short stories ("The Student" may be the most perfect piece of writing of all time), the poetry of Herbert, Moby Dick, Middlemarch, the Taj Mahal, the political writing of Noam Chomsky, the cookbooks by Marcella Hazan (especially Essentials) and Richard Olney's Simple French Food...

    Obviously the last few entries don't count as art, but it's a fun little exercise... though given that I'm not putting tons of thought (or rigid parameters, which is how I can get away with listing the entire outputs of some artists while a single work by others) it's reasonable to assume it would change in a few minutes. I presume your "Greatest Works of Art" would be your version of such a list. I'd be interested to learn what you think of Carney's site.

  • 2014 albums   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Haha, I can see the point you're making, that's an interesting way of looking at it.
    re: "better appreciated by youngsters"...yes, I definitely appreciate it, but the production still puts me off a bit except in the tracks which I mentioned where it is a strong point. The likes of Blank Space and Wildest Dreams aren't that bad either I guess. Maybe even Welcome to New York, though I keep going back and forth on whether it's a silly and inconsequential track or a perfectly euphoric pop song. What do you think of her previous albums?

    Also, a recommendation: Encarnado by Juçara Marçal. An amazing guitar record, with a great vocal performance.

  • Favorite movies   3 weeks 2 days ago

    It is, more than either Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive!

  • Favorite Movies   3 weeks 2 days ago

    What would your own version of such a list of artworks look like, particularly focusing on works which you find uplifting and/or were important to you, perhaps in shaping your personality and philosophies in some way?

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks, I've never seen that Notke one! Fascinating indeed! I'll add them!

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks, I dont think I've heard that one, I'll add it!

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Alfred Schnittke - Concerto for Piano and Strings (1979)
    The recording by Constantine Orbelian with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra is phenomenal: It is paired with Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony (also incredible) on an album called "Dedicated to Victims of War and Terror".

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  • Songs based on Pachelbel's Canon   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Just playing around with Let It Be Me by the Everly Brothers, same 1 V vi iii IV I IV V progression. Actually for all the times people use it for weddings it would be a great transition.

  • Songs based on Pachelbel's Canon   3 weeks 2 days ago

    How about Let It Be Me, by the Everly Brothers?

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Guys I need help figuring out which animation this is. I was born and bought up in Dubai and this was aired on CH33 during the early 90's. There was maybe a season or two max it had. I can only remember bits and pieces. Where these heroes used different spacecreft to travel. I am not sure if they were doing time travel or not. But definitely there was something like a portal that these machine went through and then they turn out to be completely different place. And I feel even the villains had similar machines. I know that the machines included a frog, a crab (or was it a scorpio not sure), all metallic robots. These heroes would drive these machines like a spacecraft. The main focus was these spacecraft. Please help in identifying this.

  • 2014 albums   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Max Martin's lyrics reveal a sleazy eroticism laden with shameless sexual metaphors that are embarrassingly bi-polar and better appreciated by youngsters.

  • Favorite movies   3 weeks 3 days ago

    No, but it looks interesting.

  • Favorite movies   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Have you tried Inland Empire yet?

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   3 weeks 3 days ago

    i saw this silent animated video on tv.i don't know its name.i searched for it so much but i couldn't find doesn't have any dialogues only background music..
    In a forest there's a little boy and a little girl.They live on the oppsite sides of the forest and both of them feel lonely because they don't have anyone,always alone..
    The little boy has white hair and is surrounded with skelton dogs.he is like jack frost or something anything he touches beomes cold,frozen and loses life and when he buries a living thing(like a dog) after a few moments it comes out of the burial alive but in skelton form.
    The little girl in contrast is a symbolism of life who is surrounded by living(dogs) anything she touches comes back to life(grass,flowers,tress).
    once they both of start walking towards the opposite direction from where they live and find ecah other.the girl first scared hides behind the tree,the boy moves forward and toches her hand but the girl pulls back because her hand becomes cold and freezing cause of his touch and runs away.the boy follows her and he is followed by numerous skelton dogs..the place they step becomes lifeless and covered by snow.when the boys comes to her she becomes so scared of the snow and lifeless land and start crying the boy observes how living lose teir life cause o him and his skelton dogs leave place with sadness.the girl notice the a small skelton dog was left takes it the boy and the land that lost life comes back to life with her every step.she reaches him and hand over the skelton dog and also tries to reach him,the boy now knowing about himself runs away...

    when the boy comes to her she runs away, when she comes to him he runs away..
    when the boy touches things lose life,when the girl touches comes to life..

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   3 weeks 3 days ago

    are there any intersting old anime movies..