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The timbre of the timber that falls when no-one is there to hear it
If you're the sort of person who sees only one movie a year, that movie is unlikely to be Dersu Uzala.
If you are a movie executive that piece of learning ought not to seem radical or new. It certainly isn't a function of the information revolution, and would have been as true when Derzu Uzala was released in 1976 as it is today. Yet it is the intellectual cornerstone of Anita Elberse's provocative new book "Blockbusters" which, while dismantling the New-Age canard of the Long Tail is otherwise far less overwhelming than the commentariat seems to believe.
The blockbuster hook is simple: if you are a global… Read more
Darren Aronofsky directed Pi, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. These are really good, unique, imaginative, unsettling films and I don't recall the audience sniggering during them. They feature extraordinary performances, notably from women of a certain type: small, bird-like creatures with dark eyes who are strung with piano wire: Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly being fine examples.
Aronofsky has made a new film: Noah. It is a Biblical epic. He has struck the tone a long way towards the Peter Jackson end of a spectrum which didn't exist before Peter Jackson invented it. He has taken large liberties with some aspects of the Genesis story, inventing rock-encrusted fallen… Read more
My first experience of Leonard Cohen was to see "Young Ones" hippy Neil look dolorously at the camera and say, "No-one ever listens to me. I might as well be a Leonard Cohen record".
I first came across Jennifer Warnes as she tag-team wrestled her way through the theme to "An Officer and A Gentleman" with Joe Cocker.
And there, were logic my constant and only companion, it would have ended. I can't really remember how I did come to get hold of this record, but it may have had something to do with a Stevie Ray Vaughan fixation I was going through at the time. I recall being dismayed to discover SRV's only playing credit was on the first track,… Read more