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  • White Stripes -

    White Stripes: White Blood Cells
    Go from "The Same Boy You've Always Known" to "We're Going to Be Friends" and the spell will be complete. (****)

  • Joan Osborne -

    Joan Osborne: Righteous Love
    Woman has the voice of an angel. An AVENGING angel. (***)

  • Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

    1979
    Smashing Pumpkins: Adore

    Also, "To Sheila": one of the most beautiful songs ever written, played, sung. (****)

  • Jackson 5 - I Want You Back

    I Want You Back
    Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection

    There's some schlocky crap on this disc, but the good shite more than makes up for it. Ah, Michael, Dude. I choose to only remember the cute loveable kid with the voice and the moves on "Hullabaloo"...

  • Various -

    Various: Songs of Almodovar
    What woman doesn't want to star in one of Pedro's movies? Put this one on and you're instantly Carmen Maura or Penelope Cruz... (****)

  • Chet Baker - The Thrill Is Gone, But Not For Me, There Will Never Be Another You

    The Thrill Is Gone, But Not For Me, There Will Never Be Another You
    Chet Baker: The Best of Chet Baker Sings

    Someone once told me this was music to fuck by. Hmmm. Maybe. But I'm convinced that Gabriel dropped his trumpet to Earth and Chet picked it up; carrying the music of the spheres was too heavy for this angel and between the heroin and the open window, he finally had to get some relief. No one has ever delivered "You Don't Know What Love Is" with more of a broken heart. His playing will leave you weak; his voice is thin, but true. (*****)

  • Faithless - Insomnia

    Insomnia
    Faithless: Reverence

    If you're looking for REAL house/Trance music, this is the SHIT. I've been listening to it regularly since 1996 when it made it from London to the states, and it is still the most glorious dance album I own. FOOKIN' AWESOME. (*****)

  • Joshua Bell - Various

    Various
    Joshua Bell: The Red Violin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]

    Overwrought. Scenery-chewing. Emotionally draining. Put this one on when you're REALLY feeling sorry for yourself, and you can envision the opera based on your heartbreaking life. (****)

  • Gustavo Santaolalla - Lago Frias

    Lago Frias
    Gustavo Santaolalla: The Motorcycle Diaries [SOUNDTRACK]

    Haunting and inspiring, like all the best roadtrips. (*****)

  • Van Morrison - Into The Mystic

    Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison: Moondance

    Play it at my damn funeral. Tha's all I'm sayin'... (*****)

  • Gabriel Yared -

    Gabriel Yared: The Lives of Others
    Common wisdom tells us to relax or we'll look like hell. Turns out, tension and beauty do coexist. Gabriel Yared, who did the fine score for "The English Patient" (the film of which I was never a fan) has created some of his best work yet. Put it on when you're driving to your next job interview. You'll feel like your real employment is for the C.I.A. and the people you're about to meet don't have a clue how much of their future depends on you. (*****)

  • Björk - Human Behavior

    Human Behavior
    Björk: Debut

    She's a rebel. An ancient elf. An arctic sprite. Modernica incarnate. My adoration for this avante savant knows no bounds. Slap this disc on LOUD for some nekked housecleanin' and skeer the neighbors but good. (*****)

Watch This

  • Atonement
    Forget what all the pr wonks are saying about this being a "Sweeping love story" - this is a story about the horrors that befall everyone when someone tells a whopper. Saoirse Ronan as 13 year old Briony Tallis lives a life of regret and remorse after destroying several lives, including her own. She is chilling in the role - as is Vanessa Redgrave as the dying Briony. This story will follow you out of the theater and into your life. I watched this in 2007 and as of Feb 08 I still haven't been able to shake it.
  • Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
    A story that makes you squirm and brings into sharp focus core issues of privacy and freedom of artistic expression - not just in 1984 Berlin, but in Big Brother's, uh, I mean the current administration's America. What happens when what you say, what you do, even what you think can be cause for complete ruin - from the soul outwards. The most important and beautiful film I've seen in years. Possibly ever.
  • Barton Fink (1991)
    A genius delivery on the age-old warning of "be careful what you wish for." The best movie I've ever seen that depicts the comic horror of a writer gone mad with block and all the heinous things he'll agree to in order to remove that block. Forget Texas Chainsaw Massacre: John Goodman's turn in this pic is truly the most terrifying character in cinema. The Coen Brothers' Masterpiece.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (Anniversary Edition) by Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Stanley Adams, and Elvia Allman (DVD)
    The best opening credits ever. I challenge any woman to stay dry-eyed upon hearing the first strains of Henry Mancini's accordion at the top of Moonriver...
  • Motorcycle Diaries
    Walter Salles, Gael Garcia Bernal are Alberto Grandado and Che Guevara, respectively, in their teenage years. The motorcycle trip they took across South America and learning about its people and their trials, up close and personal, formed the basis for Che's ideology. It's a breathtakingly beautiful film, an inspirational story, with compelling performances by Bernal and Salles and a gorgeous score by Gustavo Santaolalla.
  • Chinatown
    Robert Towne and Roman Polanski collaborate on the most classic, heartbreaking, funny and darkly accurate noir comment on the shady history of the ever-parched Los Angeles of the 1930s and beyond. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway are the star-crossed lovers in a twisted who-dunnit-to-whom-and-why. There's a million reasons why it's my #1 favorite film of all time. But the only one that counts is, it's a fucking great movie. /Users/ldavies/Desktop/B0000014XW.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

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