Saturday, November 22, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
So I deleted my account.
And nothing extraordinary happened. Well, except for no longer wasting my time reading the rapidly posted links. Though I do still love a good cat video.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Most of the chapters present a cacophony of conversations, with characters talking over one another. It took some practice to figure out when conversations switched from one group to another, but at times, I felt like a fly on the kitchen wall, listening in as the aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, husbands, and wives gossiped about Mita leaving La Plata with the handsome Berto who resembled a famous movie start. Even the chapters which spoke from a single character's point of view managed to create that frenetic atmosphere of multiple conversations and ideas occurring at the same time.
And yet, I'm still not quite sure what the story was about. I enjoyed reading it for the challenge of understanding the chapters, but for my tastes, something was missing.
Betrayed by Rita Hayworth
by Manuel Puig
Dalkey Archive Press
trade paperback, 222 pgs.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
I like going through my books and CDs, and preparing lists: favorite horror books, favorite cast albums, sorting Elton John's albums in chronological order. So while driving to work this week, I've been listening to the soundtrack to a small French and Spanish language film called Celestial Clockwork, and a question popped into my head: what are my favorite soundtracks? Yesterday evening, I skimmed through my CDs, pulling all my soundtracks and scores from their home, and began the task of determining which I liked best. Now, to make something clear, I lump soundtracks and scores together for this type of list. Yes, a difference does exist, and my example is that Danny Elfman wrote the score to Batman, that dark fanfare that once you hear it stirring faintly in the background, you know that the caped crusader lurks somewhere close by; Prince, on the other hand, created the soundtrack album Batman to accompany the same movie. His album was very radio-friendly and even spawned the hit Batdance. With that in mind, this list contains the scores and soundtracks I listen to the most.
Celestial Clockwork: the story focuses quite a bit on opera, so the soundtrack features many songs from La Cenerentola from Rossini. But the soundtrack also offers some great French pop, Spanish pop, and the very industrial art-pop Sometimes I Eat Spiders.
Anima Mundi score composed by Philip Glass. The film itself serves as a quasi-documentary, featuring visuals of the animal world set to Glass' compositions, which to many may sound repetitive, but something about the music just fits so well with the visuals.
Saturday Night Fever: classic 70s music from Bee Gees. I know almost every song on here; they're all classics. Even Night on Disco Mountain.
Selmasongs by Björk, from the movie Dancer in the Dark. The songs represent Björk's take on movie musicals, and it's refreshing from the usual movie musical madness. And the soundtrack contains one of the best songs from a movie, in my opinion: A New World which I've featured on a past iTunes Saturday.
Sideways music composed by Rolfe Kent. The lite jazz score is the perfect companion to a story set in the Wine Country.
Mary Poppins. Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. I've loved this recording since I first listened to the lp my parents owned. (In fact, I think they still have it tucked away in their garage.) Feed the Birds still makes me teary-eye when I hear it.
The Illusionist score composed by Sylvain Chomet, and additional songs by Malcolm Ross. The film is both animated and without dialogue, relying on the music to assist with telling much of the story, and Chomet's score does that beautifully.
I could list many, many more recordings from Disney movies, but I think the short list above will do quite nicely. What are some of your favorites?