8 items from 2014
You may have noticed that snow is falling, like, everywhere. In cities. In the countryside. On cedars. It’s a snow day! Well, not for us grown-ups, who have to go to work and pay the bills and do laundry and wake up every morning barely even recognizing the face we see in the mirror. But for kids, today is one of those magical days when the universe decides that school is canceled. To mark this special occasion, a pair of administrators at Durham Academy in North Carolina created a snow day announcement video. Or rather, “music video,” since they »
- Darren Franich
Composer Max Richter was born in Germany, and moved to the UK as a child. As a founding member of the contemporary classical group Piano Circus, he commissioned and performed music by composers including Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Julia Wolfe. On the solo albums that followed, he collaborated with the likes of actress Tilda Swinton, musician Robert Wyatt and DJ/ producer Roni Size. In 2008, the Royal Ballet commissioned him to compose the music for Infra, choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with whom he later worked on the chamber opera, Sum (2012). Richter's work has featured in films such as Shutter Island (2010), and he penned the original soundtrack to Waltz with Bashir (2008). He has also provided music for several art installations, including rAndom International's Rain Room at the Barbican. In 2012, Richter »
- Leah Harper
There's just time to see all those weighty Oscar-nominated films you never quite got around to seeing earlier. So how come watching so many of them feels like having to do homework?
This is the time of year when everyone is frantically trying to catch up with the Oscar nominees they never quite managed to see: Nebraska; Inside Llewyn Davis; 12 Years a Slave; August: Osage County. You know what I'm talking about. Films of import. Films of substance. Films that demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hollywood has a conscience. Films that star Meryl Streep.
This is no fun. This is homework. Take in more than one of these films in a 48-hour period and your nervous system starts to shut down. The same thing happened with last year's crop: Lincoln; The Master; Zero Dark Thirty. These were all films of import. Films of substance. Films that mattered. »
- Joe Queenan
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Earl Lynn Nelson: Favorite Recording Group – The Eagles; Favorite song by Van Morris – Brown Eyed Girl; Televisions Series – Longmire is a pretty good new one, but still love my Law and Order: Svu; Bones, NCIS, CSI, Big Bang Theory, “who done it to comedy”. City: I am always been fond of New Orleans since I lived there for many years; Country: Iceland was an adventure which I enjoyed; Favorite Author: James Joyce; Favorite Book: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man; Science – Chinese Soft Landing on the Moon; Technology – Electronic.
Lavallee: You worked with a dragon with two heads this time out. As Martha’s muse, could you discuss her working style and how she has evolved as a filmmaker over three features….and seeing that backdrops are such important elements in her films, are you surprised you ended up in Iceland? »
- Eric Lavallee
It’s already a fantastic event but now it’s got even better with the announcement that modern legends of film and film-making Richard Dreyfuss and Terry Gilliam are set to attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February.
Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. The announcement of these high-profile guests continues the remarkable legacy of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival of securing the biggest names in international cinema talent to attend the festival each year.
The festival runs at venues throughout Dublin from February 13th – 23rd 2014. The jam-packed lineup for the full festival programme will be announced on January 20th, »
- Dan Bullock
Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfuss and renowned filmmaker Terry Gilliam will attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this February. Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. Richard Dreyfuss will attend the festival for a screening of his latest film, Cas & Dylan. He will participate in a Q&A session following the massively popular Jameson Cult Film Club screening of one of his most famous films, Jaws, which will be a must-attend event for film lovers. Tickets for the Jameson Cult Film Club are always one of the hottest, most-sought after tickets of the Festival. Cas & Dylan, Dreyfuss’ latest film, is directed by Jason Priestley »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way.
1. Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)
It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison »
My alienation from current pop is almost complete; the only 2013 Top 40 material I enjoyed enough to play repeatedly was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, from an album released in 2012. So I am officially a cranky old fart. But there are more and more of us, and maybe fellow COFs will find this list useful. By the way, crossing that border of alienation made me think more than ever that saying my lists are of the "best" albums is nearly absurd, hence the new headline.
1. Wire: Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
This is my favorite Wire of this century thanks to more emphasis on Colin Newman's brooding. When allied to their chugging motorik beats, it's irresistible to me. There are still some uptempo burners that recall their beginnings in punk, and some more whimsical though still musically solid songs, but it's Newman's dark musings that made me play this repeatedly.
2. Kitchens of »
8 items from 2014
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