Archive for June, 2007

Die Hard With Joy

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

  Die Hard was recently named the best action film by Entertainment Weekly. While I always disagreed with their lists, I can’t really disagree with this statement. In fact, I think I need to go a step further and say that Die Hard is one of the best films of all time. There’s so much […]

Classical Music Doesn’t Exist

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Watching Jeopardy usually means watching three people spew esoteric knowledge as quickly as their encyclopedic retrievals allow. Yet a couple nights ago I saw an episode that truly showed me what these fearless people fear most. Of the categories on the board, one was left utterly untouched until the very last moment when it became […]

The Zelig of Opera

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Woody Allen to direct LA opera – Yahoo! News Wood Allen is one of those guys who I admire for his classical music fandom. I mean, he commonly peppers his films with classical music excerpts. I especially remember two scenes of Mozart usage…one in Manhattan where two couples writhe uncomfortably on a balcony listening to […]

AFI 100 Best…The Sequel

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)    Pros: 1. Vertigo was moved waaaay up…into the top ten no less. 2. Nashville, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sunrise, and yes, I’m saying it….Titanic are in. 3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Jazz Singer, My Fair Lady, and An American in Paris are out. […]

Claire de Ocean

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

  I’m currently learning to play Claire de Lune, a movement from Debussy’s Suite bergamasque for piano. It’s a wonderful piece to play and listen to…Disney originally imagined docile swans swimming by moonlight to its strains for Fantasia before scrapping it. Moreover, it is immediately accessible to most people, a paragon of lyrical emotive pianism. […]