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Jazz Anyone? about 3 years ago
Bitches Brew is one of the best albums ever made. Miles never listened to Sketches of Spain after it was recorded, he heard a spanish anthem one day and decided to make an album in that vein. For miles, it wasn’t a landmark album, he didn’t take a large part in writing it, after it was finished he rather dismissed it and moved on. Comparably, porgy & bess is more favorable to me. Bitches Brew is the best.
Comparison with Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return) about 3 years ago
Throughout the whole of The Return I was constantly thinking of Ivan’s Childhood. The younger of the brothers “Ivan” in The Return was almost a mirror of unforgiving, independent, and distrustingly cynical nature as Tarkovsky’s Ivan. Was the same character name a coincidence? I think not. It seems clear throughout his long and mindful shots and almost dream like scene-scapes, Zvyaginstev is playing homage to Tarkovsky. Zvysginstev’s dialogue and character’s were so strongly characteristically russian, what I love about russian film and literature. The universal chord Zvyaginstev strikes at such basic and simple resourcefulness at survival skills was all-encompassing in its scope. The relationship of the brothers was so real. The father was brilliant, so cold and loathsome. This film is deeply sincere to Zvyaginstev by the end one cannot help but FEEL his artistry. Brilliant!