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Pindrop + Singles ~ Passage
Pindrop + Singles ~ Passage
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Classic, 8 Aug 2013
This very generous CD offers The Passage's first album, Pindrop (1980) along with 14 tracks derived from singles issued between 1978-1980. Mainly a trio, The Passage employ a synthesised / electronic sound that has aged remarkably well. Dick Witt's limited, largely spoken vocals will immediately suggest Mark E Smith, but they are integral to material that is as dark and anxious as it is vibrant and unexpected. While this re-issue offers a better than fair sound quality, Pindrop's great drawback has always been the muddiness of its production. By the time the band had begun to fully understand its own strengths and limitations, and how to best employ the studio, its best opportunities to… Read more
Hal Hartley's Surviving Desire, special digitally &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Bob Gosse
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peak Hartley, 12 Feb 2013
For a brief period in the 1990s, with mega-quirky, dialogue-oriented films like Trust and Simple Men, Hal Hartley looked like he just might be the greatest thing since sliced milk. What happened? Maybe there wasn't a second gear, and the quirks became just a little too familiar and predictable, but a strong argument could be made that the short (55 minute) feature Surviving Desire represents the height of his not inconsiderable achievement. Twenty years on, it holds up very well as a hyper-ironic tale that is also strangely moving and true in its own odd way, and the film contains a dance sequence that it almost as delightful as the explosive Modern Love montage in Carax's Mauvais Sang… Read more
The Aki Kaurismaki Collection Vol.2 [1994] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Aki Kaurismaki
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of the Deadpan, 24 Dec 2012
Kaurismaki's sad comedies are probably closer to Chekhov meets Chaplin than they are to the modern Hollywood comedy. 'Little people' with relatively modest dreams fall into serious strife only to be liberated by the power of love. All three of these films feature one of the screen's finest actresses, the magnificent Kati Outinen. Drifting Clouds is likely the best of all Kaurismaki's fine comedies, with the loving couple, down on their luck, trying to inveigle their way into the restaurant business, but the delightful Take Good Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana, deserves to be much better known, pretty much the perfect encapsulation of the writer-director's acute early-60s (pre-sophisticated)… Read more