8/15/2014

Eros (2004) ***

The first segment by Kar Wai Wong is typical of his style - gorgeous production design and cinematography, slow and melodramatic (I like him but am not enamored the way most are). The middle segment by Steven Soderbergh is decent and amusing, in line with some of his other more indie projects like FULL FRONTAL and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. I found the final segment by Michelangelo Antonioni to be the most pointless and bland.

8/05/2014

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) **** [Ape-a-thon Pt. 3]

Spoon 'They Want My Soul' (2014) ****1/2

Even from just one listen, it's clear that this album is excellent and will make my Top 20 of the year. But sadly, I have to deduct a 1/2 * (almost went for a full star) from what could have been a perfect rating (and album) because of the atrocious mastering (and likely engineering - screw you, Dave Fridmann) job (Howie Weinberg is usually great, what happened?). See the screenshot below and hold back the bile that rises in your throat.