Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Listomania continues….

From Robert McCrum and the gang at The Observer: The 100 greatest novels of all time! The centre of the world may be in La Mancha, España.

(I have read just 18 of the lot.)

And from the other critics

The alternative press’s choice of the year’s films, from Village Voice’s Take Six. Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, Michel Gondry’s (and Charlie Kaufman’s) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lars von Trier’s Dogville are the top three.

Films from Taiwan, Iran and Senegal feature in the top ten, none from India anywhere in the list of 142 films.

Hi there. Been a while. As is becoming usual, eh? An eventful absence it was too.

Meanwhile, last year ended in a slam-bang tsunami that ensured that the vocabulary of a large part of the world’s population is enriched with at least one more word – albeit Japanese.

In celebration of the past year, here’s Time’s best and worst of the year. Zhang Yimou, Scorsese and Eastwood. There’s even Michael Mann’s Collateral, which, at a screening at Little Shenoys for a sparse audience, belied my enthusiasm for this American film maker. I found it stylish, obvious, clichéd and hollow.