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FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: LOU REED -- Worst to Best albums
« on: October 19, 2019, 05:02:29 PM »
Always felt there was a huge quality drop off between the Velvets and Lou’s solo discography, not that it’s all bad, just never enough to really pull me in. I owe The Blue Mask another listen for sure. I’ve always found John Cale’s solo work richer and more varied, but he doesn’t have 10% of the street cred.,for whatever reason.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: What you LISTENING to?
« on: October 18, 2019, 10:35:42 PM »
The single version of “Outdoor Miner” is much, much better than the version on “Chairs Missing”, which, in turn, is the weakest of their albums from the late 70’s.

I would suggest “Pink Flag” as their best LP and “Blessed State” as their best track.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Woody Allen ... Best to Worst...
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:42:31 AM »
Bananas is insanely high on this list, and Blue Jasmine insanely low. I will need to give some thought to how I would rank his movies, but I sense a wide divergence from this ranking.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Museum of the OVERRATED
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:39:06 AM »
I think my biggest concern with all the fashionable Godard hatred is that it tends to minimize his very few serious contributions to film art. Contempt & Pierre Le Fou are masterpieces, while Band of Outsiders and Breathless are rather dull, but with moments of inspired brilliance worthy of experiencing. I’d just hate for him to be dismissed out of hand, without giving the devil his due.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: What you LISTENING to?
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:31:59 AM »

I’ve always loved their first three albums, but iTunes finally has their early singles available as MP3’s. Dot Dash is great, Our Swimmer is another one that’s a lot of fun. Thrilled to scoop up those non-LP tracks at long last.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: What you WATCHING?
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:13:11 PM »
Which “It” the one with Clara Bow I hope, she was so much better than Tim Curry.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Museum of the OVERRATED
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:10:01 PM »
Oliver Stones steals the prize.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: What you READING?
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:17:46 AM »
Short Story:

 “Am Strande Von Tanger” by James Salter

Been keeping his magnum opus “A Sport & A Pastime”, stowed always. Something to look forward to reading, when I have the time. Everything I’ve read by him so far has been excellent.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Another Side of Bob Dylan
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:48:47 PM »
I’ve never been a big fan of this one (as if to confirm your point). “To Ramona” is stellar in composition and execution, and who doesn’t like the delightfully barbed “It ain’t me, babe”? On the whole, there’s a rough and ready feeling to the production and performances, undermining what could have been a much more fluid transition between his final proper folk album and his first proper rock album. I’ve always thought of it as little more than a missed opportunity.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: What you READING?
« on: October 15, 2019, 11:03:06 AM »
This morning:

A little Gary Snyder while I waited for my BLT at the cafe. Last time I was in that situation it was Michael McClure, and I found myself missing his sense of the absurd, not very fair to Mr. Snyder.

Gary Snyder: a sinecure for p. whalen

Michael McClure: the flowers of politics (I)

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Ten Best Films
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:53:50 AM »
For me personally, Ran, Rashoman, and Yojimbo all do a better job of holding my interest, and I think of Ikiru and Stray Dog as having more depth and personal resonance. I’ve never really connected with 7-sam and it might be simply because I saw so many countless derivative works before watching it. Didn’t see it until I was over thirty, by which time the premis seemed very tired.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Ten Best Films
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:01:17 AM »
(I notice you gave D.W. Griffith a wide berth.)

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Ten Best Films
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:58:20 AM »
I can’t stay away from the films I listed. When compared to the list you’ve provided, it pales in significance, but seeing The Godfather just 2 or 3 times in my lifetime is plenty. 2001 in particular has scenes that are agonizing to watch. As if those monkeys aren’t ugly and irritating to begin with, the soundtrack seems determined to match the onscreen action. Seven Samurai could hardly be more important in the history of cinema, but I can think of plenty of Kurosawa films I’d rather sit down to watch today.

I’ve never found a distinct correlation or conversion-rate between importance and enjoyment.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Re: Ten Best Films
« on: October 14, 2019, 06:25:37 PM »
Ansley, I’m not sure I know how to be objective. I certainly don’t think these are the ten most important films, but definitely ten films that I never tire of. I suppose I’d call them a list of favorites.

FILM/TV/MUSIC/Art etc... / Ten Best Films
« on: October 14, 2019, 05:23:17 PM »
Rather childish to think anyone’s predilections can be defined in a list of ten, but humor me:

Mine are:

#1. “The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford” (2007) by Andrew Dominick
#2. “Crimes & Misdemeanors” (1989) by Woody Allen
#3. “Barry Lyndon” (1975) by Stanley Kubrick
#4. “Monsieur Verdoux” (1947) by Charles Chaplin
#5. “Rushmore” (1998) by Wes Anderson
#6. “Broadcast News” (1987) by James L. Brooks
#7. “Days of Heaven” (1978) by Terrence Malick
#8. “Nights of Cabiria” (1957) by Federico Fellini
#9. “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) by Carl Theodore Dreyer
#10. “The Bridge on The River Kwai” (1957) by David Lean

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