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Three of the Best Rock Concert Movies of All Time

07/31/2014

I like using iTunes’ shuffle mode, and every now and then, it pops up something I hadn’t heard in a while, giving me an Aha! moment, reminding me to spin a (virtual) disc that hasn’t been heard recently. Today, the one that set me off was Born Under the Punches, by Talking Heads. Listening to […]

For Sale: One Slightly Used Box Set of Twin Peaks on Blu-Ray

07/31/2014

The other day, I pointed out that Twin Peaks had been released on Blu-Ray. Having never seen the series, but having heard so many good things about it, I bought it. Well, I watched the pilot and the first two episodes, I realize this is not for me. From the hokey acting to the cheesy […]

Book Review: Give My Regards to Eight Street, by Morton Feldman

07/31/2014

Composer Morton Feldman was a voluble man, but he didn’t write much down. He taught and gave lectures, but his collected writings fit in this book, Give My Regards to Eight Street (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). At just over 200 pages, it contains articles about art and music, and liner notes and program notes for some […]

Twin Peaks Now Available on Blu-Ray

07/30/2014

Somehow, I missed Twin Peaks. It was on TV at a time when I wasn’t watching much TV. I was living in France, and, as a rule, I didn’t watch TV series dubbed in French (which was the case for most of them in the 90s, before TV by satellite and ADSL). When I heard […]

DVD Notes: The Forsyte Saga

07/27/2014

A few years ago, I watched the 2002 TV adaption of The Forsyte Saga with Damien Lewis. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) I was impressed by this series, which looks at an upper middle-class English family and the events that unfold as people in the family stop conforming to tradition. From a trilogy of novels by the […]

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“Shakespeare More Exciting than a TV Series” – Henry VI at the Avignon Festival

07/23/2014

Henry VI – Shakespeare’s three-part history play – is one of the Bard’s earliest works, and my only experience seeing it performed was not very positive. I spotted an article about a production at the Avignon Festival in France, that claims that the play is “more exciting than a TV series.” Performing all three plays […]

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