I just found this video last night, and it’s quite great. Despite all of my music criticism snobbery, The Police are great, and I find Sting to be a very interesting figure in today’s musical landscape. Yes, “Wrapped Around Your Finger” is quite a slow Police song that has been neutered by Sting and the group that’s supporting him. But Rufus Wainwright’s voice is as stunning as always, and his voice is damn perfect for this song. Can we get an entire LP of Rufus doing Police songs please?
- 12 Years a Slave (McQueen, 2013) 8
- The ABC’s of Death (2012) 5
- A Band Called Death (Covino, Howlett, 2013) 8
- Bronson (Refn, 2008) 7
- Cloud Atlas (Tykwer, Wachowski, 2012) 9
- *The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012) 10
- Europa Report (Cordero, 2013) 5
- Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (McNaughton, 1990) 7
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lawrence, 2013) 7
- Pacific Rim (Del Toro, 2013) 6
- Paranormal Activity 3 (Joost, Schulman, 2011) 2
- * Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) 9
- *Room 237 (Ascher, 2013) 9
- Sharknado (Ferrante, 2013) 4
- *This is The End (Goldberg, Rogen, 2013) 8
So sure, he’s winking here a little, daring viewers to take this thing seriously – especially those fucking-on-the-bike shots – and adjusting a certain kind of CMT Americana (John Ford landscapes spruced up with CGI; horses running like they’re in a beer commercial) until it feels uncomfortably sincere. But if “Bound 2” is in part a song about transcending all the bullshit in our lives and falling in love, no matter how corny that shit might look from the outside (especially if you’re a scowling art-rapper like circa-2013 ‘Ye), then give him credit for turning his entire tasteful aesthetic into something corny and easy to clown, and daring viewers to clown him. For once, Kardashian, who seems pretty self-aware, gets to be in on the joke. Hell, she’s the inspiration for this guard-down clip.
Unfortunately, as people get older, there’s a tendency to stop being culturally curious. On one level, it’s understandable: Hey, we’ve got to worry about kids and families and jobs and debt—we don’t have time to care about the new Janelle Monáe album. But the problem comes when we start telling ourselves that we don’t need to bother with the new stuff—that our old stuff is inherently better than what’s being released now. That’s ridiculous. Being territorial about the pop culture from one’s formative years—to delude oneself into thinking it’s somehow superior to other generations’—is the worst kind of self-absorption.
I’ve been reading R.J. Smith’s The One: The Life and Music of James Brown and after looking through James Brown’s catalog on Spotify, I decided to cut the shit and make my own playlist of James Brown’s music. It’s nothing but the singles he put out from “Please Please Please” in 1956 to the singles he put out in 1981. There’s some bad stuff here and there, and having some of his best songs split into two parts does make for an odd listen. But it’s fantastic to scan through the playlist and see Brown’s progression through the years. I personally find his material in the early seventies to be his best. I could have scaled the playlist down and just covered the big hits, but I decided to include it all. There’s 419 tracks and it goes on for twenty hours. I assume this would make for an interesting shuffle too…
WALKING DEAD “Internment” (Episode 4.5) Review
This season’s Walking Dead has been fantastic, and I can’t quite pin down why. It’s becoming very obvious that the group will not be able to stick around the prison that much longer, the place has ended up holding the group back and now with another threat taking hold inside the walls, they won’t have a choice but to move out soon.
Hershel has become the greatest character here with his faith holding him together. Although I was mildly convinced that he was going crack in the latest episode. He’s become the heart of the show, but he won’t be able to carry the burden of dealing with the sick people for much longer.
The season has been slow, but it’s been interesting. Unlike season two’s “we’re all stuck at Hershel’s barn and feel like bitching back and forth” that went on for far too long, this season is taking it’s time and it makes the tense moments even stronger. When the zombies crashed the gates, it was heart racing. The feeling of something lurking around the corner has been strong, and now we know that The Governor is just around the corner…
I understand that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I just can’t get on board with almost anything that Chris Richards writes about here.
I think the lyrics are some of the strongest qualities of Arcade Fire, and while Reflector doesn’t have the consistent strength of The Suburbs, I still find plenty of songs here quite fantastic from a lyrical standpoint.
And so what if “Porno” could be a song I could play in front of my parents? What kind of criticism is that?
Here’s a list of every film I ended up watching in October, with my rating next to it. * next to a film means I’ve seen it before. Since it was October, most of these movies are horror films (and most of them not very good).
- All Good Things (Jarecki, 2010) 4
- Amour (Haneke, 2012) 7
- Being Flynn (Weitz, 2012) 4
- Bloody Sunday (Greengrass, 2002) 6
- Branded (Bradshain, Dulerayn, 2012) 3
- Captain Phillips (Greengrass, 2013) 9
- The Counselor (Scott, 2013) 4
- Detachment (Kaye, 2012) 8
- Devil (Doedle, 2010) 4
- The Fourth Kind (Osunsanmi, 2009) 1
- Funny Games (Haneke, 1998) 8
- Giallo (Argento, 2009) 3
- *Halloween (Zombie, 2007) 7
- *Halloween II (Zombie, 2009) 2
- Hostel Part III (Spiegel, 2011) 3
- House of The Devil (West, 2009) 5
- I’m Still Here (Affleck, 2010) 7
- Iron Man 3 (Black, 2013) 7
- I Spit On Your Grave (Zarchi, 1978) 4
- Kick Ass 2 (Wadlow, 2013) 5
- *King Kong (Jackson, 2005) 9
- The Lords of Salem (Zombie, 2013) 4
- Maniac (Khalfoun, 2012) 4
- Movie 43 (2013) 3
- *The Nightmare Before Christmas (Selick, 1993) 9
- *Scream (Craven, 1996) 7
- *The Shining (Kubrick, 1980) 10
- Silent House (Kentis, 2011) 4
- The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998) 9
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II (Condon, 2012) 3
- V/H/S/ (2012) 4
- World War Z (Forster, 2013)
- *Young Frankenstein (Brooks, 1974) 8
- Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford, 1939) 7
I don’t have dreams in my sleep very often, but I had one last night and it was one of the most awkward sexual dreams I’ve ever had. Yes, I’ve had some sexual dreams in the past, but there was something about the one I had last night…
Normally, I don’t even dream, much less something sexual. Most of the sexual dreams I’ve had were very scattered or confusing (like sex with someone I’d rather not, or other people watching [is that normal?]). This dream was clear, but it was also obviously passionate and done out of love…
I didn’t automatically remember my dream, and it seemed to pop up while at work. Having this powerfully emotional dream pop into my brain at work wasn’t the best of places, and then on top of that, I had Arcade Fire’s “Porno” on repeat in my head. The song is easily the darkest Arcade Fire song, and it was extremely conflicting to have a song where Win Butler croons, “got a feeling something’s wrong with me” To put it shortly, I somehow ended up being very conflicted by the end of the day…. Part of me deeply scared to end up with anyone, and part of me wants nothing more… “Tell me please/ I’m not over it”: another line sang perfectly from Win Butler on “Porno”
The theorizing about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining tends to overlook its dominant theme: addiction.
Dissolve’s movie of the week is The Shining. I’ve loved this film for years, and it’s easily my favorite horror film of all time. I know I’ve seen it 20+ times. Nathan Rabin’s essay puts the view of alcoholism back into focus, even though I personally loved this year’s Room 237 documentary, I understand the point being made in this essay. King’s dealings with alcoholism makes The Shining and it’s sequel Doctor Sleep some the most personal books he’s ever written. Although I found Doctor Sleep didn’t hit the mark and dragged more than it should have. Rabin gets it right when he states that the horror of alcoholism is at the core of the book, and film is another animal that’s more about the horror of isolation and the demons in Jack Torrance.