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    You said you'd wait... 'Til the end of the world.

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    Ex-musician on the global road for over a decade, ex-worker of two jobs for seven years, ex-republican, ex-democratic socialist, ex-evangelical. Interests: Film, an invigorating sermon, a great class, a challenging book, snow skiing, roller blading, sky diving, things that bring PEACE in a BUSY BUSY world. Currently seeking a Sabbath. Always desiring to learn and experience more, gaining insight from the knowledge of others.

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    I am back to Faust.
  • Favorite movies
    Bergman Stan Brakhage Kieslowski Dreyer von Trier Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Kristian Levring Thomas Vinterberg Susanne Bier Aki Kaurismäki Lukas Moodysson Gaspar Noé Ki-duk Kim Majid Majidi Paul Thomas Anderson Lynne Ramsay Haneke Winterbottom Coppola Murnau Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Nimród Antal Martin Scorsese Brian De Palma Theo Angelopoulos Tom Tykwer Joel & Ethan Coen Clint Eastwood Magnolia, Apocalypse Now, Dogville, Sunrise, Ordet, Citizen Kane, Babettes Feast, Pieces of April, In This World, Tarnation, Lilya 4-Ever, The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days... Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz) Head-On (Fatih Akin) In My Skin (marina de van) Lord of the Rings.... All kinds of documentaries..... ...and non-cheesy horror! (Them, The Strangers, Vacancy, Inside, Calvaire, [REC], Eden Lake, Mum & Dad, Martyrs, Haute Tension, P2, and I will NEVER watch The Exorcist AGAIN! never!!)
  • Favorite music
    Iron and Wine, Bon Iver, Beirut, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, U2, Glassbyrd, I'm From Barcelona, Loney Dear, Nyles Lannon, M. Ward, Innocence Mission, Portishead, Son Lux, Moby, The Postal Service, The Choir, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, The Waterboys (basically only one album), Sixteen Horsepower & Woven Hand, Nick Cave, Michael Knott, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Sundays, 10,000 Maniacs, Blonde Redhead, Coldplay, and most things disco and zydeco!!
  • Favorite creative writing
    McLaren Bell Buber Buechner Manning Copeland Apostle Paul
  • Favorite visual art
    Redon. Brakhage. Chagall. Hofmann.

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  1. Has it been noted in this forum that the IMDb message boards are going dead in two weeks? I know it is the last place one should go for serious discussion, or rather good discussion, but it's also the quickest and the easiest. IMDb basically announced that the bulk of what was happening on their boards wasn't positive. I find this move highly interesting.
  2. Both of the docs "Lost Soul" and "The Otherworld" are available on Netflix, and they each give off a Herzogian vibe. In both films, Stanley himself is as important as the subject matter of the film. He is an odd one, a mystic -- and the delivery of his stories is worth your time.
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    I stumbled upon these guys (this guy?) a few months ago via NPR First Listen. The new CD is "Darling Arithmetic," and it is fabulous, acoustic-driven folkie type stuff. Great melodies, passion with restraint, Bon Iver-ish perhaps. I stumbled across a YouTube video of an acoustic "Everything I am is Yours," which just had the lead singer on acoustic with a - gasp - harpist(!) - again, lush. Beautiful. It made sense. What didn't make sense to me was the discovery of some of their older tunes, which rock, and even sound a bit like the Black Keys.("Occupy Your Mind.") I'm going to have to fully check this band out - I'm loving everything I've heard from them so far. Any fans here?
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    The Helio Sequence

    I have been listening to this a lot at work. I have no idea how two guys could ever pull this together live.
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    Wilco - Star Wars

    I really love this recording. I haven't been a close follower of Wilco over the years, but I have liked the bit that I've heard here and there. I have a great cover of "How to Fight Loneliness" that my friend and I play at least once a week - one of our favorites to play live. What really surprises me when listening to Star Wars is how often the lead singer reminds me of Thurston Moore. Sometimes I think this is what Sonic Youth might sound like if they kept things in standard tuning and had an alt-country background. Is that a strange observation? Is that comparison true to past Wilco recordings?
  6. Oh my word, SP. Thank you for that -- one of the more fun articles I have read in a while.
  7. I want to see it, Ken -- for what it actually is, I guess -- but I also wish that there were a movie out there that had the guts to dig into Scientology as well as that old South Park episode did. I originally thought this might be that doc, but in reading about it, it isn't.
  8. Did anyone here at A&F see this? Does anyone know of a way to still see it?
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    I saw an interesting note on Daniel Stamm's wikipedia page and thought to share it in this thread - Laugier has confirmed in an interview that he is currently in the middle of negotiating the rights for Martyrs to be remade in America.[15] It will be directed by Daniel Stamm, director of The Last Exorcism, and written by Mark L. Smith, writer of Vacancy. The film comes from the producers of Twilight. The producer of the film has said he would like Twilight actress Kristen Stewart for the film,[16] though her presence in the film was later denied by Stamm.[17][18] Stamm has said "[The original film] is very nihilistic. The American approach [that I'm looking at] would go through all that darkness but then give a glimmer of hope. You don't have to shoot yourself when it's over."[17] In a 2014 interview, Stamm revealed he had left the project after the budget had been reduced, stating, "I think they're now back to making the movie for like $1 million, really low budget, which I think you could almost do, it's just there's this philosophy in Hollywood that you can never go back budget-wise. As a filmmaker you are judged by that. And then there's also this concept I was unaware of called plateauing, where if you're a filmmaker who makes two movies in the same budget bracket, that becomes your thing. You are the guy for the $3 million movie, and then that's all you do. And so my agents wouldn't let me do the $1 million movie, because then that's it for you, you'll supposedly never get that bigger budget". [19]
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    Bathtub Songs

    Hey man, congratulations! If it screens in Detroit, let me know, OK?
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    The Babadook (2014)

    Once again, I haven't seen anywhere near enough films to make a list this year. I saw The Babadook based on other year-end lists, and on my love of the genre in general. That said, I can easily see it going into someone's Top Ten, or Top Three, or whatever in any given year. It's the kind of movie that I would love to see a good writer dive into. I do not think The Babadook works completely as linear story, nor do I believe it works simply as straight symbolism. It represents what only "good" film can do -- it makes you grapple with what it actually is. That, while at the same time, making you want to think more about its characters and what they've been through -- whether they've been through it in reality, or just in their head, or perhaps a little bit of both. It's that fine line between the reality of the story and its intricate symbolic layers that makes me want to rank it along some of my other favorite horror films (Eraserhead, Amer, Pop Skull, Lovely Molly, etc)
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    The Babadook (2014)

    This. Wow, I can't wait to see this one again.
  13. I finally got to give this a listen. By the third or fourth song, it was in the background while i did other things. Maybe it was that I also (again, finally) had just given the new St. Vincent a first listen. Or maybe it's due to my recent visits to Youtube, where I've spent a fair amount of time lately watching U2 circa 1983 or so... Or maybe it was just an off day, and i need to try it again after a while -- but I found nothing here that stood out. Nothing that made me want to listen again. And I say this not only as a huge fan, but one that even likes "Magnificent" and quite a few of their "recent" songs and sounds. I can easily say that no matter how many times I do end up listening, I don't like the production. I don't like the mix. Bono's voice is too high, and the instruments and effects are over-separated. When you see U2 live, you get one huge sound. This mix sounds like four guys from the band, and a few others too, all in different rooms. I don't like it.
  14. About three weeks ago, I got my very first Android -- my first touchscreen phone of any kind. And as of tonight, I've used this phone to not only download my first album via torrent, but I have recorded the whole event here using only my voice. Wow, am I feelin saavy or what. Listening to the first two tracks, and at this point I'm believing it to be my favorite solo recording to date -- by my favorite artist. :-)
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