Archive for April, 2006

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Kekexili comes out of the Chinese neo-realist tradition. But unlike recent films like Blind Shaft or The World, Kekexili feels a lot more commercially-minded. Maybe it is the minimal but effective string score. Maybe it’s the shot of desperate men on a wild goose chase disappearing right before our eyes like magic. Maybe it is […]

Yundi Li at UCLA

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

When you’re one of the greatest pianists in the world at the moment, you can play to one of the great venues in the world, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and expect to get a few curtain calls. Well, all Yundi Li got was one at Thursday night’s concert during which he played an encore of a rather […]

Friends With Money: TV at the Movies

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Friends With Money is wonderful little film that is about conversations in cars, kitchens, restaurants, living rooms, and shops. It is about how money and happiness are not the same and how friendships can transcend class. It is about how open-ended all of our lives are with no one answer or goal that can be […]

Thank You For Smoking

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

The new film Thank You For Smoking is a film about talking. Our main character, Nick Naylor, tells us that his job is to talk. And he does that pretty much throughout the entire film, never letting anyone do any thinking on their own. The beauty of this talking though is that he flatters you […]

Winter Quarter 2006 Report

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

After the first three months of 2006, I guess it’s time to report the best of the first quarter of 2006. Or is that a bit to compulsive? Oh well.  Music  1. The Knife – Silent Shout (although I’ve now heard this many times as it has lost its novelty, it definitely fulfills the Bjork-Northern […]