Monday, December 17, 2007

What have you been watching, reading, listening to?

David Byrne Reviews...
A Caetano Veloso concert. Caetano is at the top of my list of artists I hope to see in concert before I die (or, I guess, before they do). He's been at the top for a long time. Now that I've seen Tom Waits a couple of times, I'm not even sure who is #2. Who's on your list?

Oh yeah, here's some of what DB had to say about the show:
They changed some of the older songs, giving them spikier and more fractured textures, but it worked. Lyrically, the differences may be more radical; the older stuff is generally sweeter than this new batch of songs, more often filled with turmoil and testiness. But this initial feeling of disquiet leads inevitably to captivation — even the cries of “I hate you” were somehow beautiful. They weren’t snarled as a punk or Emo band would do, but sung almost sweetly, and with a bewildered sadness that somehow those heavily charged words and feelings are bursting forth — the sadness of watching yourself say you hate someone.

The New Batman Trailer

Best of 2007?
Metacritics gauges the critical reaction to films and has this list of the best-reviewed of the year:
1. Ratatouille
2. Killer of Sheep
3. No Country for Old Men
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5. No End in Sight
Any best-of list that includes both an animated film about a rodent chef and a documentary about the execution of the Iraq War is bound to have some apple-and-orange issues, but hey, wise guy, you try making a list.

The best-reviewed albums are here. As a sign of the times...Metacritics stopped compiling book review scores with the last installment of Harry Potter.

Weekend Box Office

1. I am Legend
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks
3. The Golden Compass
4. Enchanted
5. No Country for Old Men

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