140. That’s how many movies are attributed to John Ford over his 50 years in Hollywood. It’s an absurd number, almost impossible to imagine. How does one compare a filmmaker who was prolific to this extreme to someone as stingily unproductive as Terrence Malick? Indeed, and this is the most amazing part, even though most of us has never seen even half of these films (many are lost), what we are left with are at least a few dozen unassailable masterpieces. For a man who was tireless, obviously overworked, tied to a studio system which had him churning out picture after picture at breakneck speed for decades, John Ford managed to compile an unparalleled list of unqualified successes.
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New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year.
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Calvin Harris’ latest single, “Feel So Close”, is as close to a full-blown dance-rock anthem as you can find, which is why the track has been picking up significant play in the past month. Following “Bounce”, which featured a great guest spot from Kelis, his latest video is more life-affirming than club-jumping, but sets Harris up nicely for his to-be-determined album which is due by the end of the year.
If you were hoping that Noel Gallagher’s split from Oasis would liberate him from the meat-and-potatoes approach to Britpop advocated by little brother Liam, you need to just keep waiting. Though Noel was an Oasis member more prone to experimentation, this new a-side just brings us back to one of the weaker moments on Don’t Believe The Truth—only with a horn section. Recycling is one thing, never finding a natural sense of flow is another. His lament that “it’s a pity that the sunshine is followed by thunder” is offset when you flip the 7” over and hear him admit that “I don’t care for the sunshine.” The up-tempo b-side “The Good Rebel” is supposed to be an update of the Beatles’ single “Rain”, though you’ll probably enjoy the song more if you forget about this little delusion of grandeur. Noel’s choices of a-sides have always been iffy, so the lackluster nature of The Death of You and Me really shouldn’t concern anyone.
Jarrod Gorbel found great success with his previous band, the Honorary Title, but he was burned out with the band format, changing line-ups and pressures that made him feel as though he was drifting ever farther away from his musical goals. So, Gorbel wisely chose to get back-to-basics rather than continuing on an unsatisfying career treadmill. Gorbel says, “all of those experiences made me realize how far away I’d gotten from who I really was, as a person and an artist.”
The singer songwriter has thus gone solo on his latest EP, Bruises From Your Bad Dreams, released back in February, creating a batch of tunes that are spare and folky, but eminently rich and satisfying. Of his creative approach, Gorbel says, “I’ve always preferred albums with a lot of atmosphere, where production is rich and layered, but you can still identify what each instrument is doing.” That’s highlighted beautifully on this new video directed by Adam Neustadter of EP song “Miserable Without You”, which is rendered utterly charming through it’s comic art animations. The tune also features Nicole Atkins, in a lively duet.