movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Dec 18 2015, 04:05pm | 18 comments
For most of the past decade, people have been talking about how fragmented our culture is, and how rare it is for people to be watching the same things, or even watching shows at the same time on the same device. So it’s remarkable that, this year, we got a movie and an album that almost everyone cares passionately about: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Adele’s 25.
Adele’s new album is kind of boring, but it’s still an encouraging sign.
I’m staying off the fan/geek sites and only clicking on the non-Star Wars posts on this site, until after I see the film this Saturday. I’m highly encouraged by the headlines on all the reviews, though.
I couldn’t help but read a couple reviews. Especially those , like MaryAnns that I knew wouldn’t spoil anything.
I’m going tomorrow with my son.
Are you never gonna talk to me again if I confess that I’m willing to wait for Netflix or at least bargain morning shows of Star Wars and I think the couple of Adele songs I’ve heard are sooooo dull.
For example: The New York Times: “Best Star Wars Sequel in Ages — We Really Mean It This Time.”;-)
I was saddened to discover that this wasn’t the actual Times headline. :)
I’ll respond to your points one at a time:
(1.) I liked Star Wars a lot, but it’s no Mad Max: Fury Road.
(2.) Half my comments on Twitter these days are making fun of Adele’s “Hello.”
Finally! Someone agrees with me about Adele’s latest!
As a number of people have pointed out: If you’ve called him a thousand times and he hasn’t picked up, you’re a stalker.
And you’re repetitive. Ergo dull.
There’s nothing worse than a dull stalker.
Haven’t even heard it. There’s a whole lot of accessible music these days, so I mostly listen after recommendations by friends. Is it getting played a lot, by any chance?
Some stations are even foregoing Christmas music to play it.
And then there’s the up-to-the-minute playlist in stores…wish they were playing Prince’s Hit n Run 2 instead.
You’re also a stalker if you act out the lyrics to the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” Imogen Heap’s “Say Goodnight and Go,” or any of these other tunes. That doesn’t mean those songs (including Adele’s) aren’t well-written or well-performed. :-)
I don’t think Adele is doing anything particularly groundbreaking but I do think she’s an extraordinary singer. Voices like hers don’t come along everyday. YMMV.
That list isn’t complete unless it includes a song by Melissa Etheridge…pretty much any song by Melissa Etheridge.
I actually thought that “Every Breath You Take” was written specifically to be creepy and alarming, like “Possession” by Sarah McLachlan. Some people think it’s a love song,* but they think the same thing about “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”
I loved Adele’s last album, 21—I have a couple of tracks on my phone—but some of her songs are really stalkery.
*There was, of course, a hit cover version of “Every Breath You Take” with more romantic lyrics. I am not convinced that was a good thing.
There’s apparently no room for poetic license in US-UK pop music lyrics. Who knew?
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