Reviews by DBJC
Erik Satie
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I love Satie. I love French impressionist piano music. Therefore, it is only natural that I would like this album. The only problem is that if you listen to it through iTunes, it doesn't separate the pieces, so you have to listen to all three "gnosiennes" and "gynopedies" at once. But other than that, I love the tempos that this pianist takes. Some take it way to fast it sounds rushed. But the tempo for the gynopedies are right on the head.
Lana Del Rey?
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I added a question mark next to her name because I didn't expect to listen to Lana Del Rey. Or listen to her ENTRE album. Continuously. But I love the fact that her music isn't overlaid with all the "poppy" stuff that I usually hear in pop music. It has nice instrumentals that I love to here in music. It kind of reminds me of trip hop without being trip hop. It's not trip hop, but that's not the point. I did have to get used to her voice, but I think that Lana's crooning matches the subject of her music. Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. Especially as an intro to her music and her voice.
A Literary Work of Art
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This is the first official book that I've read by Toni Morrison. I tried reading Beloved by her as well, but couldn't settle myself into the strange plot, but I didn't give up on her! So I read this one, and I was blown. Absolutely blown. There is such poetry in her words that makes you ache with both beauty and sadness. The way that she places images into your head, the way that she phrases her sentences so that tragedy and confusion is closely interlaced brings out more emotions that you know you head. This book as definitely risen to my favorite's list, especially since the main character, an 11 year old girl just wants to be beautiful. To have blue eyes. For the longest time when I was a child, I thought that having blue eyes was also beautiful and I also wished that I good and bad. I would recommend this book to everyone and I would recommend that others who have already read it to re-read it. If you get a chance, buy a copy.
Shadow and Bone
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It's been a while since I've read a good YA fantasy and this hit me right in my hopes and dreams. It's very creative with a world that's based on Russian folktales (if you find Leigh Bardugo's Pinterest you'll get a better idea) but above all it's engaging and hard to put down. Of course there's romance in it (but that's expected for a YA book) but the book isn't based around that romance. I recommend reading it to get the full idea of the whole thing. It's definitely not a book that will leave you disappointed. This is the FIRST book of the series. The next book is called Siege and Storm.
Okuribito
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I read a short summary of this movie before I watched it and heard that it won an Academy Award. Okay, cool. But I wasn't expecting what I was expecting. Oh man, it was so much more. It was BRILLIANT. For such a fragile subject, this movie tells a story with much beauty that is completely palpable and understandable. It's a Japanese movie, yes, but the idea of death and the concept of death being unclean is an international idea. I didn't have problems understanding the characters or the realization that character had. Why didn't I watch this movie sooner?