While searching the Web for some pictures of bees
that might be useful for designing this site, found the following.
Better late than never… Here’s the set list from the chaotic concert by the Fiery Furnaces on January 15 at Chicago’s Empty Bottle.
At times, the Furnaces — brother and sister Matt and Eleanor Friedberger — seemed to be playing different songs at the same time … but somehow it held all together. With barely any pause between some of the tunes, the concert was like a collage of song fragments.
Which great foreign films never show up in the United States?
As a fan of those quirky movies by the great Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, I wondered, “What else do they make in Finland?”
In a semi-scientific quest for highly rated Finnish films, I looked up movies from Finland at www.imdb.com, which helpfully lets you see a ranking of the top-rated films from each country … top-rated, that is, according to the people who have voted at the Internet Movie Database. Not a definitive ranking, I know, but at least it’s a start.
First of all, it’s interesting to see that 2,325 films listed on imdb are Finnish productions or co-productions… of which only a handful have even been shown in the U.S.
The top films by vote are:
|132||9.1||Katsastus (1988) (TV)|
|50||9.1||Kahdeksan surmanluotia (1972)|
|150||8.6||Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960)|
|146||8.5||Kaasua, komisario Palmu! (1961)|
|144||8.3||Chavez: Inside the Coup (2003) (TV)|
|242||8.0||Calamari Union (1985)|
|2794||7.6||Mies vailla menneisyyttä (2002)|