Sunday, April 21, 2013

Level Five - King Crimson

Good but not essential, according to

Mexicans will like to know that some of the tracks were recorded in their country.

John Osborne Plays 1: Look Back in Anger, Epitaph for Geroge Dillon, The World of Paul Slickey and Déjàvu

According to Wiki and academic reviews, Look Back in Anger changed British theater. That's a statement I can't qualify. The only think I can say is that Look Back in Anger is probably the first literary work about the British lumpen, a class that would become the majority in the last 50 years. Irvine Welsh and Hooligan, just to mention two examples, cannot be explained without John Osborne's work.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Best of Alemayehu Eshete

From the booklet:

Alemayehu Eshete, an Ethiopian musical legend, comes crom Addis Ababa. His powerful contribution to Ethiopian music is unparalleled. He was one of the first to record music to vinyl in Ethiopian, and is the winner of Tchaikovsky award at the International Music Festival in Dresden, Germany
The songs on this CD have made Alemayehu an icon of Ethiopian music. AIT Records considers it a pleasure to present the best Alemayehu's music -a snapshot of the greatest work from his vast repertoire. All music on this CD has been masterfully produced and rearranged by Ethiopian's leading producer and musician Abegasu Kibreworkk'shiota.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Godfather III - Francis Ford Coppola

Bad lights and a convoluted plot are not enough to tarnish the first two installments of The Godfather.

I don't think that Sofia Coppola's acting is particularly bad. More precisely, I think she's so bad that she actually performs her role (a girl who doesn't really know anything about her father's business and her role in life) very well.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Godfather II - Francis Ford Coppola

Had it been filmed in the 2000s, The Godfather II  would hlave been split in two movies (one with the Vito Corleone prequel, starred by Robert De Niro, and the other one with the Michael Corleone sequel, starred by Al Pacino). The fact that it was a single 200 minutes movie shows, I think, two things:

1. Hollywood filmmakers learned to live with the fact that we are not able to focus on anything longer than 90 minutes. Blame it on the Internet, on Twitter, on public schools, or on anything. The fact is that our attention span is much shorter than it used to be.

2. Hollywood filmmakers found a way to rip us off our money: sequels, prequels, pre-sequels, and all that is nothing else but a formula to make people pay more.