Archive for September, 2005

Joseph Arthur – Even Tho (14th Floor)

The single isn’t representative of his work in general, lacking the bleak melancholy of his best. But who am I to complain? It is bound to go down well with the crowd who buy Jonathan Rice and James Blunt, especially broken hearted girls who fight back the tears while listening to mope pop on their iPod Shuffle as they wait for buses in the rain.

Last Days

This movie is not for slackers. It requires something often lost in Hollywood: thought and attention.

Oliver Twist

Polanski packs a lot into three hours, and the film snaps along, but his refusal to throw out much is its undoing. The novel is labyrinthine, stuffed with caricatures and deft plotting . But even at 130 minutes the characters struggle to breathe.