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  1. I may be echoing a previous post, but here is what I deem to be the biggest problem with this film:
  2. Interesting review. The more I think about this movie, the less I find myself liking it. And initially I walked out of the movie having REALLY enjoyed it.
  3. This seems to be my only problem with the movie.
  4. What is the URL for your blog ?
  5. Websites, likes books or movies, are merely a medium. They are not in themselves artwork. For instance, if a book contains a fictional story, then that story is art. If on the other hand, it is a non-fiction book, then there's no art involved. The book itself (i.e. pages bound together) is not art. In the same way, websites sometimes contain artwork in the form of stories or paintings(see www.2advanced.com), but the websites themselves are not art. They are merely a medium through which one is able to portray art.
  6. Damn it. I typed out a nice long reply and received an error after submission. Grrrr
  7. An act doesn't have to directly involve others to be evil. When an artist paints an image of a rotting corpse, I consider this evil. Not because the image may offend others (that shouldn't be his concern) but because it is a concretization of his values (which is what art is), which are evidently evil. If an artist derives pleasure from painting an image of that kind, that is evil.
  8. Ditto. Sat there bored out of my mind waiting for it to end, and when it did, I was left confused and bewildered. He's succeeded in doing something evil. Nothing to be appreciated there.
  9. Grant

    Classical music

    Yes, as you've described it, she too found it malevolent. I struggle to see that in the fifth though. Perhaps it's somewhat evident in the 9th, but even that ends on a triumphant note.
  10. Grant

    Classical music

    Yeh, just gave the 3rd a listen. Didn't really do anything for me. So far, the 2nd is my favorite by a country mile. Oozes emotion and power in certain parts.
  11. Grant

    Classical music

    Just to let you guys know, I'm actually preferring Sibelius' 2nd to his 1st at the moment. Seems to be a bit more melodic.
  12. Grant

    Classical music

    Just bought Sibelius' symphonies 1 to 4. Will let you guys know what I think.
  13. Grant

    Classical music

    I actually watched his performance on Youtube last night. Absolutely incredible. I didn't end up buying his album though. For $10 you get the Grieg and the Schumann (which I already have) concertos and it wasn't with the same orchestra as he performed with in that video, so I wasn't sure how great the recording would be. I opted for an $8 album instead which got great reviews on Amazon (not sure how much that means). It has the Grieg, Mendelssohn's 2nd and Liszt's 1st - none of which I had.
  14. Grant

    Classical music

    Yeh, I'm reluctant with solo violin pieces. I haven't quite grown used to the violin as a solo instrument, but stick 10 of them in an orchestra and I love it. I tend to prefer the piano as a solo instrument, but I will give those pieces a try. There's a number of pieces on my list that I haven't actually listened to yet. Many of them came on the same album as other pieces I purchased. Do you think Berlioz's Fantastique is a must?
  15. Grant

    Classical music

    I actually like the 2nd movement especially. I'm a sucker for a great adagio. Here's all the music I've bought in the past few months since my classical music addiction began: http://www.grantshapiro.com/playlist.gif Let me know if you think I'm missing any critical pieces And yeh, I have a few duplicates of the pieces I love.
  16. Grant

    Classical music

    So, I went by your recommendations here and bought Grieg's Concerto, Liebestraume and Bach's Jesu. All 3 are incredible, especially the concerto. Thank you.
  17. Grant

    Classical music

    As for a philosophy-based approach to the music, while I'm probably not qualified enough (as I haven't read much about music as it relates to philosophy) to speak about this yet, I'd say you have to interpret the emotion (if any exists) that the composer is attempting to convey in their music. From Rach's 2nd concerto, I get a feeling of immense benevolence. He takes the listener on a journey of struggle and hardship, ending in great triumph.
  18. Grant

    Classical music

    I've only recently, in the past 3 months or so, started listening to classical music again, after not having actively listened to it in around 12 years (when I was around 12 too). At that young age, I appreciated only a few pieces and not to the extent that I can appreciate them today. I had never listened to Rachmaninov though. 12 years later, I can now say with absolute certainty that Rach's 2nd concerto (with his 3rd concerto and Tchai's 1st concerto trailing closely behind) is the greatest piece of music I have ever heard. It does what all great music should do. It strikes hard at an emotional level. I'm also a sucker for beautiful melodies and it offers that in bucketloads. I must say that the first couple times I heard it, I was not all that crazy about it, but after listening to it attentively a few times, I grew in love with it. The emotions that Rach has sewn into the piece are deep, raw and full of power. The feelings I get from listening to it actually resembles the emotions I felt while reading Atlas Shrugged. A sombre/melancholy story with bits of light here and there, ending in a climax of great release and immense grandeur. Perhaps you haven't heard a good performance of the piece? Give Earl Wild's interpretation a try. I'm a sucker for the 2nd movement (although I love all 3 equally for different reasons): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG6Y-6cWVno...feature=related
  19. Grant

    Classical music

    I'm curious, have you listened to Rach's 2nd and 3rd concertos yourself? If so, did they appeal to YOU? If yes/no, why/why not?
  20. The Wachowski brothers? Ugh...No. They did The Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer and wrote the V for Vendetta screenplay. They weren't involved in 300. I don't see them being suited to directing Atlas Shrugged. As for the potential Dagnys, the only reasonable choice I see there is Blanchett. Keira Knigthly? Oh HELL no. I don't think Roberts and Theron are suitable either.
  21. Well, efficiency's a non-factor with regards to its proper role, since only a proper government is able to uphold and maintain a police force, army and judiciary bound by an objective law. A market is completely incapable.
  22. In providing services outside the realm of the protection of individual rights, I'd say it's inefficient by its very nature. There's no program (health care, social security, roads etc.) that the market couldn't and definitely wouldn't do better. A bunch of 'selfless' central planners are never as efficient as selfish for-profit businessmen.
  23. Yep, pretty much what I said.
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