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Options January 1, 2016: Oho!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Hawkwind  Warriors   Options Warrior on the Edge of Time  Cherry Red  2013    '75  0:00:00 ()
Hawkwind  Motorhead   Options Warrior on the Edge of Time  Cherry Red  2013    '75 - RIP Lemmy!  0:01:32 ()
Spaceheads  Time Tunnel   Options A Short Ride on the Arrow of Time  Electric Brass  2015      0:04:39 ()
Rafael Toral  Space Collective Two Live - Side B   Options Space Collective Two Live  Notice  2015  Cassette  from a live set at All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2012, duo of Toral performing with drummer Afonso Simões.  0:08:22 ()
Pierre Bastien  Oho   Options Blue as an Orange  Morphine  2015  LP  Silent Motors: wheels, gears, an overhead projector and a screen!  0:20:59 ()
Storm Bugs  New Resolutions   Options New Resolutions  Storm Bugs  2015    http://stormbugs.bandcamp.com/album/new-resolutions-cash-back  0:25:52 ()
Ultravox  Herr X   Options Vienna 12"  Chrysalis  1980  12"    0:28:34 ()
Shackleton  In Norwegen Ganz Verwegen   Options Deliverance Series, No. 3  Woe To The Septic Heart!  2015  12"    0:34:55 ()
Bruno Spoerri  Cheese and Chocolate   Options Memories  Everest  2015  LP    0:42:33 ()
Irmin Schmidt & Bruno Spoerri  The Seven Game (Ring Of Smile - Reversed)   Options Electro Violet  Mute  2015    from Toy Planet '81 - from the 12 CD box set!  0:52:06 ()
 
Aaron Moore  Drought Harp   Options Alrealon Musique Presents: -:::From A to U::: (V/A)  The Wire  2016      1:11:21 ()
Keith Seatman  A Specific Function   Options Around the Folly and Down Hill  K.S. Audio  2014      1:15:38 ()
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald   Electric Garden (Original Mix)   Options Borderland  Tresor  2013      1:20:40 ()
Fatima Yamaha  Nightcrossing   Options Imaginary Lines  Magnetron  2015  LP    1:33:25 ()
John Baker  COI Technology Pavilion   Options The Vendetta Tapes  Buried Treasure  2015      1:35:56 ()
Tapes Meets The Drums Of Wareika Hill Sounds   Datura Mystic (Dub)   Options Datura Mystic  Honest Jon's  2015  12"    1:45:24 ()
Orchestre Laye Thiam  Sanga Té   Options Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings from the 70's  Analog Africa  2015      1:49:32 ()
 
DJ Kolt & DJ Perigoso  Perseguição   Options Calor No Frioo  Principe  2015  12"  from Blacksea Não Maya 12"  2:10:39 ()
Monolake   Alto   Options I A  Imbalance Computer Music  2015  12"    2:11:46 ()
Heatsick  Dream Tennis (Young Marco mix)   Options Sorry For The Late Reply  Safe Trip  2015  LP    2:21:52 ()
Francis Juno  Template   Options Tomorrow's Nostalgia  Hula Honeys  2015      2:27:24 ()
Datasette  Worms   Options Datasette  Ai  2008      2:30:37 ()
Kamixlo  Paleta   Options Demonico EP  Codes  2015  12"    2:37:32 ()
Phase Phorce  Faces Of Life   Options Phase Phorce  Djax-Up-Beats  1993  12"    2:38:51 ()
Fingers Inc.  I'm Strong   Options Another Side  Alleviated  2015    '87  2:42:23 ()
Steve Poindexter  Born To Freak   Options Steve Poindexter EP  Musique  1989  12"    2:47:23 ()
Automatic Tasty  Thinking Out Loud   Options The Joys of Departure EP  Photic Fields  2013  12"    2:53:31 ()
 

Listener comments!

Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:02pm Mayuko:

Happy new year!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:04pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I'll take Lemmy for $1000, Alex.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:05pm Dean:

If I weren't listening right now to a Bruckner symphony, I'd tune in. Seems to me Lemmy would approve.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:05pm jeff-m:

just remembered it was friday
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:05pm fleep:

We say goodbye, we say hello. Goodbye Lemmy, hello 2016. And greetings, DB and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:07pm steve:

ahoy Daniel and friends
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:16pm Daniel Blumin:

Happy 2016, everybody! Greetings, steve, fleep, jeff, Dean Bruckner, Ken, Mayuko and the lurkah massive!
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:17pm Dean:

Greetings. How did you know Anton was my dad?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 9:19pm JakeGould:

Mayuko is a Fembot?
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:25pm Daniel Blumin:

Dean, but the resemblance!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:27pm Mayuko:

This Pierre Bastien new stuff is so so good!! And Yup, Jake, except that I was manufactured in Japan.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:31pm Dean:

If resemblance is the measure, then I'm Quentin Tarantino's son (or dad, not sure...).
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:32pm Mrs P.:

Happy New Year to you and your listeners Daniel.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:33pm Daniel Blumin:

Thanks, Mrs. P! Backatcha!
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:34pm Tracy:

Doodles!!!! Aa and I are listening while we cook and we are loving the ultravox!!!!!!!!!! xoxo
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:35pm (Eyepatch) Fox:

Lemmy was one of two people I was aware of that had the same crappy birthday I do. The other is X-Ray Burns.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:39pm Daniel Blumin:

Happy cooking, Tracy + Aa! Hope you kept the New Year's lei!!!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:39pm Daniel Blumin:

Xmas Eve, eh Eyepatch?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:42pm Uncle Michael:

Greetings.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:45pm (Eyepatch) Fox:

Daniel - Indeed.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:45pm Daniel Blumin:

Happy 2016, Uncle Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:46pm melinda:

hola!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:47pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Daniel...to you too, and all assembled, as well.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:47pm (Eyepatch) Fox:

Thank you for this set, Daniel. I honestly keep thinking I'm stoned.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

February 29 must be a weird day to have for a birthday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:48pm Uncle Michael:

Sorry I missed the Ultravox. I saw that iteration of the band play live once.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:49pm Dean:

I know somebody born on February 29. She's in her forties, but she seems ten or eleven.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:49pm Daniel Blumin:

melinda! welcome to 2016! Eyepatch, we try to serve - get the contact high minus the inhalation...
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 9:50pm Daniel Blumin:

Uncle Michael, that's dope! Where?
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:50pm Tracy:

My Mum was Ultravox's first bass player.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:50pm melinda:

Thanks Daniel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:51pm Uncle Michael:

In Lawrence, Kansas. I think they were opening for XTC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:51pm cklequ:

Happy belated Boxing Day.
This Bruno Spoerri .....................
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 9:54pm coelacanth:

greetings Daniel and all
Happy "New Year"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:54pm Uncle Michael:

Checking dates it wasn't the XTC show or the Buzzcocks show. Ultravox must have headlined a show there.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:55pm Dean:

I caught Ultravox! with John Foxx at, iirc, the Starwood in Hollywood.
  Fri. 1/1/16 9:56pm Dean:

The same venue, by the way, where I heard/saw Hawkwind with Calvert.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:56pm Uncle Michael:

I never saw them with Foxx.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 9:58pm Uncle Michael:

I'm tempted to go get my ticket stub box and see if the Ultravox stub is in there.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:00pm P-90:

New Year's greetings, DJ Daniel and assembled Bluminions!
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:07pm jeff-m:

http://www.hickerphoto.com/images/1024/abstract-aerial-art_40234.jpg

very pretty view of a Lake Superior island
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:07pm ! I X Key !:

!
My New Year's resolution is to be better!
(o:
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:12pm ! I X Key !:

I did the watch on the new Star Wars! It was a movie! That's all I have to say about the new Star Wars!
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:14pm Tracy:

Yayz! My favorite musician--Aaron Moore! Thanks for a lovely show, dastardly doodles!!!!!! x x x
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:17pm Uncle Michael:

Going through stubs and finding them for shows I don't remember going to...I blame alcohol.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:19pm RB3:

This is classic wfmu and exactly why I listen. Keep this going in 2016.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 10:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

We will miss Lemmy in the Krell Labs. He was an intense - but a steady hand @ the machines.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:23pm Chop Scott:

Sir Blumin! Happy rotation of the the calendar==CHEERS!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:24pm Daniel Blumin:

p-90! Happy New Year! ! I X! I'll give a full review and accounting when I get to see the bastid! Bon appetit, Tracy! Dastardly Doodles salutes you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:29pm Uncle Michael:

I do *not* remember seeing the Gogos in 1981.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:29pm Daniel Blumin:

RB3, thankee kindlee!!! Chop Scott! Happy new re-beginnings!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:30pm Daniel Blumin:

Maybe this ticket was just planted, Uncle M!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:31pm steve:

dam this is a great track, how the heck did i miss this
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:31pm Uncle Michael:

Perhaps. I'm going to say so.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:32pm Dean:

I *do* remember seeing The Eyes (with Charlotte Caffey later of the Go Gos, not to mention Don Bonebrake of X) at The Masque.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:32pm steve:

ive been going through my records this evening as i clean my shelves. no "i don't remember buying this..." but a good couple cases of "why the heck did i buy this?!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 10:33pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko: Great! Higher quality Fembot parts.

@DanielBlumin: Yup, they rereleased “Star Wars” in movie theaters in 1981. Those were pre-VCRs as common things days. That was the best way to catch it again. And I hated “Return of the Jedi” when I saw it opening weekend in 1983. Just cutesy pandering teddy bears and junk. The thing with “The Empire Strikes Back” is it was a more mature story. Then they decided that didn’t work (?!?) despite critical acclaim and went the “Disney” route which why the sale to Disney makes all the sense in the world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:33pm melinda:

Electric Garden sort of makes you want to dance and fall asleep at the same time. Nice mix.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:33pm Caroline McNeill:

Happy New Year!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:36pm melinda:

I lost interest in the Star Wars series after Empire Strikes Back. Can't recapture the excitement of seeing the first one as a young kid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 10:37pm JakeGould:

@melinda: Exactly.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:38pm ! I X Key !:

!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:39pm Daniel Blumin:

Carloline! Backatcha!
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:42pm Daniel Blumin:

Papa Steve, this is all for the best! Now the question is what shows did you miss that you are still stabbing yourself in the leg for, Dean & all? Like you had something better to do at the time but what a failure of judgement... Exhibit A - how dare I miss Opal???
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:45pm Uncle Michael:

I didn't go see Lindsey Buckingham play solo a few years back. I regret that.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:46pm Dean:

I missed Zeke because I was sick. What a dumb excuse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:47pm melinda:

George Clinton did a concert in a park in Coralville, IA when I lived nearby. I don't know why I didn't go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:50pm Uncle Michael:

George did a free show a half hour from here this summer and I didn't go. I wish I had but I've seen some great P-Funk shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 10:50pm Andrew Waterloo:

I was 5 when Jedi came out. So I liked it because of childhood biases.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:51pm Dean:

"I don't know why I didn't go." Yes, you do, Melinda. You just don't want to confront the reason.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:53pm melinda:

@Dean: lazy or lacked transport.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:53pm Bill C:

4 films on every critic's year end best lists I walked out of. I must be losing touch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:53pm melinda:

It was over 20 years ago so it's kind of fuzzy.
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:54pm Dean:

@melinda: See?! Makes perfect sense.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:55pm ! I X Key !:

I missed the end of my college education, because & then I was in the Church of Scientology, where you feel fully conscious while being brainwashed & mind-controlled, for real, & they were like, the college you went to isn't the same college you went to, it was bought by the psychs & everything,

I was like it's not like I'm brainwashed, but it's true
  Fri. 1/1/16 10:56pm Dean:

I skipped my high school graduation, opting instead to work. I just flat out didn't want to go through that bullshit ceremony with my asshole classmates. Also, I wasn't looking forward to the firecrackers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 10:56pm Ike:

Feliz año nuevo.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:57pm (Eyepatch) Fox:

I think of myself as being pretty lucky I wasn't introduced to Scientology when I was in my early 20's. I would have eaten all that shit up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 10:57pm steve:

im still investigating why i missed Autechre in Brooklyn a few months ago... what the heck better things could i possibly have been doing?
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 10:59pm ! I X Key !:

Why the feck else would you have shet like that flashing through your mind?
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:00pm Bill C:

What did everyone see in the new Mad Max? It was awful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:01pm Ike:

Shows that I regret missing? Too many to count. The Ex & $75 Bill at Monty Hall might be the most recent. Heck, I could easily add Autechre to that long list.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 11:02pm melinda:

Bill C what other critics' pics did you walk out on?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:04pm JakeGould:

@(Eyepatch)Fox: Have to be honest, !IXKey! goes off on these random Scientology posting binges spurred by nothing we have done here. I’m dead to it already.

@!IXKey!: I don’t know what your deal is or even if what you are posting is true, but seriously… Chill.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:04pm Bill C:

Melinda: It Follows, Mistress America, Hard To Be A God
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:04pm slawooy:

that story was on me
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:05pm JakeGould:

@BillC: I heard that “Fury Road” was good, but at the same time it’|s just more and more reboot nostalgia. I’d like to think that there would be new things out there. I mean “The Matrix” blew my mind when it came out because it was such a new idea on screen and it was years since I saw a new idea like that.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:07pm Bill C:

Yes I agree. I really liked Ex Machina, original and thought provoking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:08pm Andrew Waterloo:

I liked Fury Road.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:10pm JakeGould:

@BillC: Sounds cool. For me I went to see “The Force Awakens” simply because I had the day off, the theater near me still had impulse buy tickets up for sale for the first show on opening day… And why not?

It wasn’t a bad movie, but it affirmed to me what every film after “Return of the Jedi” was: It’s just childish pandering without any attempt to be mature or grow the characters. It’s like whatever the next film is you already know there is a gajillion things on screen that were made just to create new toys and junk. That really was not the case of the 1977 original or even “The Empire Strikes Back.” Those two films were like maturish young adult science fiction. These new films just pander to preteens and teens with no signs of maturity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:13pm brendanswfmuaccount:

I still haven't seen the new Star Wars but it seems more like pandering to people who were kids when the originals came out and the generation after than teens.

Favorite movie of this year was probably The Forbidden Room. Guy Maddin rules.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 11:14pm ! I X Key !:

Alcohol drains you of vitamins B1 & D

Also I think a rather good hangover cure other than supplementing B1 is also a tea of dandelion & peppermint!

B1, dandelion, peppermint!

Of course water
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:15pm Bill C:

I haven't seen the new Star Wars but I have heard people echo your thoughts, especially about creating new toys to buy. I would like to see the Forbidden Room. I'll Netflix it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:17pm JakeGould:

@brendanswfmuaccount: “The Force Awakens” is targeting a very specific market: People who saw the originals 30+ years ago and their children, nieces and nephews. There’s something fairly “evil” about the marketing of this film since it’s clearly a tentpole designed to prop up the sale of more ancillary product. Meaning there are plot points in this film that are simply not addressed… Unless to decide to go out and spend more money on comics and novels. I find this really bad; it’s not a movie it’s an indoctrination into a brand.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:17pm Andrew Waterloo:

I thought Force Awakens allowed for a bit more depth in the newer characters and chewbacca while phoning in Han and Leia. They could have given some personality to the bad guys in Uniform
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:19pm JakeGould:

@AndrewWaterloo: I was very happy to see Chewbacca get more depth, but the film is simply not self-contained to it’s own world and clearly something that is selling an eco-system of merch. Including more Wookiee items.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 11:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The Russian story checks out: www.rt.com...
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:21pm Dean:

The problem with most (all?) film is that filmmakers don't know anything about film.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:22pm Bill C:

Has anyone seen Hateful 8 or Revenant yet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:22pm JakeGould:

@Dean: You mean filmmaking or actual film? The first “Star Wars” was great because it lifted tons of stuff from great sources. The new “The Force Awkens” just regurgitates it’s own story.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:22pm Bill C:

I wish I could say you were wrong, Dean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:23pm JakeGould:

I think that Russian drunk saw “Hateful 8” and had a shot overtime someone said, “Fuck!”
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:23pm Bill C:

Hahaha
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:24pm Dean:

@JakeGould: I mean both. The first "Star Wars" was for me the last straw (which is ALMOST an anagram for Star Wars, dammit). Utter incompetence from beginning to end.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:24pm Andrew Waterloo:

Tarantino just likes to say that word.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:25pm Dustin:

Really diggin this!
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:25pm Dean:

Once driving north from Oakland toward home a guy in the car next me stopped me and shouted, "Hey! You're Quentin Tarantino!" I wasn't, and to this day I remain not him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:26pm JakeGould:

@Dean: Eh. I think anyone haying the 1977 “Star Wars” that intensely needs to have a few more shots of vodka.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:27pm Bill C:

That could of been good or bad. QT is quite the polarizing figure.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 11:27pm Daniel Blumin:

Yeah, Dustin! It's a keepah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:28pm brendanswfmuaccount:

I'm actually seeing 8 Hateful 8 Furious tomorrow. I'm sort of agnostic to Tarantino so we'll see how it goes.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:31pm Dean:

@JakeGould: Gin's my preference, but it's not usually in the mix. I don't hate "Star Wars," but I do resent having to wait in line for what seemed to me to be a half-assed effort. Give me an afternoon with Lucas (or Spielberg or Hitchcock or Bergman or Fellini, etc.) and I'll educate them about cameras and projection of images.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:31pm Andrew Waterloo:

Tarantino is a lot like George Lucas. Their both big on nostalgia and they both tend to stuck on their own obsessions. The difference though is Lucas likes his mat paintings, and Tarantino likes his verbal assaults and ultra violence in atypical settings.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:34pm Bill C:

Dean, who are your favorite directors?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:35pm JakeGould:

@AndrewWaterloo: George Lucas made exactly 3 good films, “THX 1138,” “American Graffiti” and “Star Wars.” And with “Star Wars” he figured out he created the goose that laid the golden egg and that was it. Did you see his Charlie Rose interview where he said he sold his films to “white slavers” and—despite his billions in wealth—claims he only continued to make “Star Wars” films because Hollywood would not let him make anything else? The guy is literally nuts. He’s friends with DePalma, Coppola and Scorsese and he says something like that about being denied the ability to make non-“Star Wars” films? Loony.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:37pm Dean:

My favorite directors: Kubrick (partly nostalgia, partly a true admiration for his understanding that film has nothing to do with acting), Diane Kurys (lovely stuff, very little happens), and, unashamedly, whoever directed "Blazing Saddles," which is the very pinnacle of cinematography. I can't imagine anything better fitting the medium.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:39pm Dean:

So, weirdly, at least two directors whose names being K-U...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:39pm JakeGould:

@Dean: So you mean Mel Brooks in the case of “Blazing Saddles?” But Kubrick I’m sick of. So sterile and perfect but utterly soulless; h’s a director I liked in college but past that I can’t stand him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 11:44pm steve:

oh yes... a fine start to the new year Daniel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:45pm Ike:

We can agree on Kubrick, @Jake -- of the Kubrick films I've seen, the only one I like is "Dr. Strangelove", because his characters are such awful, wretched, appalling human beings that I don't even want to spend time w/them unless they're being fully mocked in a 100% satirical context. All his characters are soulless and horrible. In "2001" it's clear Kubrick likes the murdering HAL a hell of a lot more than the humans, who aren't fortunate enough to get much in the way of characterization.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:46pm Dean:

Yes, @JakeGould, and I completely sympathize with the "soulless" characterization. I liked him pre-college as well as post- (saw 2001 at Hollywood's Cineramadome in '78), and I still enjoy 2001, Strangelove, Barry Lyndon, and Clockwork Orange. The Shining, however, was an utter letdown, largely because Nicholson is such a dick. But the soulless factor is important: consider Ryan O'Neill in BL. Kubrick must have chosen him precisely because he is incapable of acting. And it works marvelously. The guy's a placeholder. Any high school thespian would have performed better than him. But strong performance on film 1) is nearly impossible, and 2) runs counter to the point of film, which is to splash projections on a wall.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:48pm Bill C:

I always liked Tarkovsky and Michael Powell. Also the composition of Michael Mann and Terrence Malick
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:49pm Dean:

OTOH, I remember standing in line at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. for the premier of The Shining. Two circumstances stand out: Todd Rundgren was also in line, and I first learned that Ian Curtis had committed suicide. The latter pissed me off, because I was looking forward to hearing Joy Division live in LA.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:51pm JakeGould:

@Dean: So are you involved in film production?
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:51pm Bill C:

I understand what you are saying but Peter Sellers and Malcolm McDowell did stand out. So did Vincent D'Onofrio.
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:54pm Dean:

@JakeGould: Not in the least, obviously. @Bill C.: Yes, PS and MM sort of mess up my theory. VD, however, really...? He was Full Metal Jacket's Ryan O'Neil, as far as I'm concerned. Knows nothing about acting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:55pm JakeGould:

I like John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Robert Bresson and Goddard. I see any of their films and I like what I have seen even if I hate the film.
Avatar Fri. 1/1/16 11:56pm Daniel Blumin:

Thanks, steve! Holy Moly have I missed a lot on this here comments page! But I must run - Happy 2016, y'alls!
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:56pm Dean:

And I love "Frank Film," for what it's worth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:57pm JakeGould:

@Dean: Utterly no idea what “Frank Film” means, but since I disagree with pretty much all of what you have posted I’m fine with that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 1/1/16 11:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, DJ DB. Enjoy the rest of 2016!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 1/1/16 11:58pm JakeGould:

@DanielBlumin: G’night kind sir!
  Fri. 1/1/16 11:58pm Bill C:

I don't know about that. VD was fantastic as the villain in The Cell, a very underrated horror film from about 15yrs ago.
  Sat. 1/2/16 12:00am Bill C:

Cassavetes was great. Chinese Bookie is on my all time list.
  Sat. 1/2/16 12:02am Dean:

@JakeGould: Don't let disagreement spoil an enjoyable half hour or so. FF won an Oscar for short films c.1973. It's a real pleasure. Look it up.
Avatar Sat. 1/2/16 3:29pm Daniel Blumin:

Regret to have missed all this film talk! Thanks, Ken and JakeG!
Bestest to all in the year 2016!!!
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