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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Nineties Madness: Honk if you like oinking

Yeah, I had forgotten about this until Girish got nostalgic.

Babe: Pig in the City vs Underground
Dudes thr so crazy. Underground is facile, not to mention politically dubious, as an allegory, but as a movie about the joys of getting crunk, it's unparalleled (I mean Arthur has a terrible soundtrack). But I guess the reason why there's aren't more good drinking movies is that they're iffy substitutes for actual drink. And actual drink is an iffy substitute for talking animals. The Babe movies are among the few post-Chaplin flicks that are made by their moralism, so call this a moral victory.
Winner: Babe: Pig in the City

Goodbye South, Goodbye vs Kundun
Ooh, tough one. How do compare a great film about just hanging out with one in which every action is world-historical? Answer: you pick the one that's world-historical.
Winner: Kundun

Taste of Cherry vs Backbeat
Not much of a contest. The Kiarostami entry should've been The Wind Will Carry Us; this rigorous piece of moping can't compete with HOMO LENNON~!
Winner: Backbeat


40 favourite songs of the Nineties, #36: DJ Shadow, "Midnight in a Perfect World"

Those who still insist Shadow doesn't make great individual tracks should take another ten listens to this. It's a whole, and it sure tastes organic.

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