Title Comment Comment Date Comment Link
Film 1955

How about East of Eden, Kiss me Deadly, Lola Montes, Floating Clouds, Pather Panchali, Tales of the Taira Clan, Yang Kwei Fei, Ordet, Smiles of a Summer Night...

10/3/2008 View
100 Greatest Paintings of All Time (pics)

Great stuff! Last time i looked, with link from Scaruffi's site, The Last Supper was not the Leonardo Da Vinci version but some pale imitation.

12/11/2007 View
Albums ranked: the 00s

Oh, i wasn't classing you in with critics' reviews! It's just i'm a bit suspicious of some music mags' ratings (too dependent on coolness and awareness of how they will be perceived). You're obviously genuine.

11/25/2006 View
All films I've seen - listed by cinematographer

Very interesting. Good to find Miyagawa, Muller and Nykvist, though i think their best work is missing. How about Storaro, Chris Menges, Almendros (or have i missed them?- harder to spot when not alphabetical). Glad you put Peter Greenaway as from Wales. I'm irritated that he's often listed elsewhere as born London (including by David Thomson, in his dictionary of film, in spite of my having corrected him!) In fact Chris Menges has been living near here in Wales for some time.

11/23/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 00s

ps; i'm glad you like Springsteen (strangely underrated these days?) and The White Stripes is one of the very few modern bands i've been impressed with, admittedly i've only got the one album.

11/23/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 00s

Sorry, i don't want to put a dampener on your pleasure. It's just for me clearly a 4 star not 5 star album, and i think some of the more orgasmic reviews have been a bit o.t.t, partly cos it's Dylan. But you lie back and enjoy!

11/23/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 00s

The plagiarism was taking lyrics from an American civil war poet- uncredited.

11/22/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 00s

Very interesting. Much as i enjoyed parts of Modern Times- the first and last tracks are excellent- it's surely been overrated generally. First for the plagiarism, which has been too easily excused, and second for the ponderous Nettie Moore and relatively uninspired centre, and weak When the Deal goes Down. It's certainly pleasant and i prefer his older voice, but nothing earth-shatteringly original.

I'm a middle-aged fogey, well behind the times, but i did like White Blood Cells a lot so intend to get more White Stripes.

11/22/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 70s

Really? He's so out of fashion (cos of Di and Disney, it seems) and due re-appraisal. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the obvious starter, Tumbleweed and Capt Fantastic growers. Give Caribou a miss. Blue Moves was the crossroads, flawed but full of possibilities, after which he was never the same again; drugs/the backlash about being gay etc...

11/20/2006 View
Albums ranked: the 70s

Good to see 2 of the very best- Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town- so high. But where is Elton? Now come on!

11/20/2006 View
My favorite classical works, Top 1000

Quite extraordianry to come up with 1000! And plenty of food for thought, new things to explore. Good to see Double Life of Veronique, others by Preisner, + Once upon a Time in America. I'd have picked more Sibelius, Puccini, Verdi, but just taste...

11/20/2006 View
Best Albums of the 90's

Thanks for this very interesting list. I'm trying to be less of an old fogey and catch up with so many things; i've missed out on so much (and also been so disappointed/disenchanted with lots of famous, recommended and chart stuff over the years, i virtually gave up on music completely.) Last month, I almost bought In the Aereoplane over the Sea unheard from Amazon, lured by the cover, concept and comments, then was deterred by hearing snatches, but will give it another go, presume it may be an acquired taste?

11/19/2006 View
My favorite movies, Top 1000

I can't help finding the weight of recent films somehow oppressive. Only 12 films before 1950 (the first half of cinema history)!!

11/19/2006 View
Who is the greatest lyricist? (not including Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen)

Is Dylan really that great a lyricist? Now having to plagiarise isn't he? And being excused! I rate Cohen, but can't help thinking most pop-rock lyrics don't really stand up on their own merits, are overrated. Can someone suggest the Dylan songs with his best lyrics (forgetting the music), to check out.

11/19/2006 View
THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME (The Top 5: SUPREME MASTERPIECES)

ps; Funeral- Arcade Fire has been sitting in my standby list for buying at amazon for a little while, as i thought it sounded very promising (didn't want to overload my basket), so with your rating, looks like i should go for it!

11/19/2006 View