Title Comment Comment Date Comment Link
Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me

If you're going to watch the lot I'll wait a few months to recommend more as you have a big list there.

12/19/2014 View
Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me

The reason I suggested Marketa Lazarova was because I was too stupid to check your 60s list, sorry. So scratch that as your rating is very high. I do like more than Tarkovsky. You can forget The Mirror and the albums you've heard (didn't realise you had Underwater Moonlight in pop). I was just lazily recommending and if you've seen it then it didn't matter. I wasn't really wanting you to rewatch anything.

I would like to write why I love Underwater Moonlight but I find it very difficult to describe or deconstruct music. It's one of my favourites - must've listened to it fifty times - but I can't explain it. Peter Watkins is an important filmmaker critical of establishments. La Commune (Paris, 1871) is about the socialist movement that he says the French education system have "marginalised". Shot like a documentary (it has reporters interviewing locals and people own TVs) and set entirely in a warehouse that represents the suburbs of the city. If you want to get an idea of his style his first two feature films Culloden (last battle on British soil in 1746 with a camera crew) and The War Game (speculative imaging of a nuclear war breaking out) are online.

I've got plenty of film recommendations but I was scraping the barrel for albums I didn't think you'd heard of. Do you use a database to keep track of films and albums you've experienced, like IMDb or RYM?

Not a big detail but I accidentally put Seamonsters as 1992 when it should 1991.

12/13/2014 View
Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me

Film
A Man There Was - Victor Sjöström (1917)
Marketa Lazarová - Frantisek Vlácil (1967)
Drowning by Numbers - Peter Greenaway (1988)
The Mirror - Jafar Panahi (1997)
La Commune (Paris, 1871) - Peter Watkins (2000)

Rock Music
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson (1974)
Chairs Missing - Wire (1984)
Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys (1980)
Deceit - This Heat (1981)
Seamonsters - The Wedding Present (1992)

12/12/2014 View
10 Paintings and others

I'm not knocking the appreciating or study of art from books. I won't see every piece by Bruegel but I can enjoy them work in books. I can also change my opinion of works I've seen later on the internet. I'm from Scotland which isn't a great place for art but then i'm not far from Europe.

10/12/2014 View
Paintings to See

I doubt I'll see all of them. I don't even know where they all are but I should see the ones in the big cities of Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. What can happen though is a painting has been temporarily moved or being restored when you visit. That happened with Bruegel's The Hunters in the Snow so I'll visit Austria again to see it. Where are you from? Not Europe i'm guessing.

10/1/2014 View
10 Paintings and others

I'll stick with a top 10 of ones i've seen. Books and the internet are a good guide for paintings to seek out but not really for appreciating. It can be hard to work out which version of a painting is the correct one and the small sizes of the pictures make it difficult to judge. I can say which paintings i'm most looking forward to seeing:

La charmeuse de Serpents - Théodore Rousseau
The Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli
The Hunt in the Forest - Paolo Uccello
Hunters in the Snow/ The Triumph of Death - Pieter Bruegel

9/29/2014 View
10 Paintings and others

Thanks. It would be a better selection if i'd visited more galleries in France or even been to Italy. This list is mostly made up of paintings i've seen in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. Hopefully i'll visit the Louvre next year.

8/30/2014 View
10 Paintings and others

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8/30/2014 View
Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2014

I'll leave it then, sorry.

2/8/2014 View
Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2014

I'll join in, but i don't have the counter on so i'll post in the message section how many i've seen.

2/5/2014 View
Most Haunting/Nightmarish Films (mid-revision)

I would never recommend Salo but i wouldn't dimiss it as schlock. It's Pasolini's vision of fascism and the complete control it can give some people. He must of felt unable to depict it in any other way. Probably a film better read about than seen.

5/5/2013 View
Greatest Albums of All Time (Rock & Jazz)

Sorry, i don't understand the comment you on my list.

Scaruffi really is quite an influence on you. If i recall rightly he also rates most of these highly. Maybe i'll follow your guide. Although i've liked weird stuff instantly (Gnaw Their Tongues, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra) and found some easy stuff just doesn't get me first time round (Bob Dylan, Slint). How often do you usually listen to a new album before you feel you given it a proper listen?

5/2/2013 View
Most Haunting/Nightmarish Films (mid-revision)

Have you seen Pasolini's Salo? I think a little part of my soul died after seeing that. Not the best film of his films to start with really. Takashi Miike's Audition had me shaking by the end. Todd Haynes' Safe is probably the film that most haunts me (and it doesn't contain any violence). The film that i've found to be the most nightmarish is on your list - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre*.

*Sorry for being pedantic but that's the correct title. The director spelled it wrong for the copyright.

5/2/2013 View
Vote: What are the Top 10 Black & White Visual Experiences in Film History?

Marketa Lazarová - Frantisek Vlácil (1967)
Woman of the Dunes - Hiroshi Teshigahara (1964)
Werckmeister Harmonies - Béla Tarr (2000)
Raging Bull - Martin Scorsese (1980)
The Cremator - Juraj Herz (1969)
Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
Tetsuo - Shin'ya Tsukamoto (1989)
Man with a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov (1929)
La Jetée - Chris Marker (1962)
Manhattan - Woody Allen (1979)

2/28/2013 View
Film fans: most shocking gap(s) in your viewing history?

Three and a half years later and i still have some major gaps:
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Top Hat (1935)
Sansho the Baliff (1954)
Le Samouraï (1967) - I counldn't even get this when i was in France
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Hoop Dreams (1994)

1/23/2012 View