Saturday, March 31, 2007

Judgement at Nuremberg

It is a very important, and significant, film. Very well made ... but more importantly, very important questions, the film goes well beyond the director's intentions (in "allmovie")

Friday, March 30, 2007

Elephant

Very nice film. See its review on "all-movie" and "Metametrics".

A low-key (slow? contemplative?) movie ... great choice of music, especially in the feature part (on the set of ... ), on DVD ... The director, "Gus Van Sant" is sort of strange, I liked his "Drugstore Cowboy" a lot, probably his best film. Also "Good Will Hunting" is good, although a bit ... superficial? I have not seen his "My Own Private Idaho", supposed to be a good film

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Iranian art and culure:

I believe we should watch this clip and keep our heads up and believe that it is a representative of our culture, why not?

OK, this is a very hard task to do ... I just watched an episode of PBS great performances on Daniel Barenboim ... it is beyond imagination, especially his knowledge of Beethoven's piano sonatas .... beyond imagination

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

EAR FARM -- 2006 top 15 albums

I only know 3-4 of the bands, but those that I know are good. Anyway, here is the "2006 LIST".

Observations from Iraq:

This is an excerpt from "morning edition --- Tuesday 3-27-07". I was impressed by the story:

An instructor here says U.S. soldiers can face even tougher choices.
Lt. Col. John Nagl wrote a book about fighting insurgents called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife.
He remembers working closely with an Iraqi police chief who provided valuable intelligence. Then, he learned that the man he had trusted was supporting the enemy — "providing weapons, ammunition, body armor to the insurgents in Fallujah who were then fighting the Marines. And against some of my soldiers."
Nagl said he found himself "faced with a horrible dilemma."
"What do I do to this police chief who has clearly risked his life to help us? Every time I think about it, I wonder if I did the right thing. But ultimately what I decided to do was — nothing. My assessment was that for Ishmael to stay alive this is the minimum he had to do — this is the minimum tax he had to pay to the insurgents."
Americans who once had a mission to completely transform Iraq now pursue the more modest goal of taking any support they can get.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Charlie Rose and Henry Kissinger

The second half of the show is talk with Henry Kissinger. It is really educational, he is totally in a different level:

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Hosein Alizadeh and Hamavayan

The performance was good, very good relative to other Persian music! The performers were very good!
Well, to be truthful, something bothered me ... a lack of genuineness, I am not sure ... But there were points of excellence ...

I think, Iranian music does not value time and creativity enough. They seem to take audience more or less for granted. The repetition is abundant, both in form and even more in content.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Natsuo Kirino: Grotesque

Today, "Fresh air" introduced this Japanese writer, Natsuo Kirino, and I am very curious to read her novels' translation in English. Apparently, she is a crime/noir writer. Her latest translated book is "Grotesque".

By the way, it is a nice feeling listening to "Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18 - mv 1.Adagio sostenuto" in the last hours of a year, before the start of a new year. A nostalgic feeling, remembering a year in flashes, ....

Good listens (from EARFARM)

It made sense after I listened to it a few times (loop mode on windows media player!):

Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Wash Jones"

This one is more hooky:

A Place to Bury Strangers - "Never Going Down"

Now, to completely change pace, did you know that there is a rock song of 63 minutes? Ultimate Doom-metal-progressive-rock masterpiece as some claim!!!
Read more on Allmusic and on EARFARM .
Here is a 10 minutes sample:

"Jerusalem (Pt. 4)" by Sleep

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Smart Bird?

I loved this short clip:

http://www.upchucky.net/flash-fun/smart-bird.html

The bird trainer looks very familiar ...

Kings and Queen

I am not a fan of French new wave cinema. I prefer a good US movie to a good French movie in general, but I liked this one:

Kings and Queen (2005): Allmovie and Metacritic

The director (in DVD interview section) praises American movies, and mentions that his idea of making this film has been to combine an American type, melo-drama, with a more comic approach! Anyway, he also mentions " Fran├žois Truffaut " a few times, the way made me curious to check him out. I am not sure I have seen any movie from Truffaut. have seen, a few years ago, "Breathless" (1960) directed by "Jean-Luc Godard" and screen story by "Truffaut". I did not remember that I liked it particularly ... I don't have a good impression from "Godard", too artistic for my taste ...

In contrast, this is supposedly a very good Turkish movie that I did not like much:

Distant (2002) : Allmovie

Unfortunately ?! I did not like "Capote" either ... what's my excuse for this one?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

South by Southwest

Here is NPR on upcoming 2007 festival:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=8914101

and it introduces a few picks. The official web site:

http://2007.sxsw.com/

Apparently, it features both music and film.

Friday, March 09, 2007

A couple of good movies

Both movies are on the low-budget, independent, side:

JuneBug: Great movie, a must see for someone who wants to know rural America

Pieces of April: Good, good, movie, in contrast has more an urban feeling,

Although both cases have curious similarities

Body Intelligence

As Lucy reflected on her outrageous behavior of the night before, the memory only served to draw her upward, like a flower toward the sun...