Friday, 14 February 2014

EDITOR'S PICKS: Tyrone recommends cool options for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure

Let the buzz begin! It's good to know that locally TALLAWAH isn't the sole media entity avidly anticipating this year's Academy Awards, slated for March 2. This just in: from Feb. 28 leading up to Oscar night, Television Jamaica will air some of their favourite Oscar-winning films plucked from their archives. No word yet on which pictures have made the final cut, but rest assured they'll make for golden viewing pleasure.

ALBUM: Taking the Long Way  Artist: The Dixie Chicks
The multiple Grammy Awards that the Dixie Chicks picked up for Taking The Long Way in 2006 speak volumes of the first-rate craftsmanship and powerful songwriting that makes the record standout as the best of the decade-plus career. From the gritty defiance of "Not Ready to Make Nice" to the poetic charm of "Silent House" and "Favourite Year", the most radical trio in country-music history deliver tunes haunting in their aching melancholy and food-for-though comfort.

BOOK: Amsterdam  Author: Ian McEwan
A delicious satirical novel brimming with delightful twists and turns, Amsterdam (Nan A. Talese) is McEwan's 1998 Booker Prize-winning morality tale that deftly chronicles a successful modern composer, an officious newspaper editor and the feisty, gorgeous woman (now deceased) they both fell for. Brilliantly engineered and marvelously entertaining, it's an awe-inspiring story about reflection and quiet inner revolution.

FILM: Mud  Director: Jeff Nichols

With its mythic river setting and overtones that deliberately evoke Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Mud is an engrossing and solidly acted drama about a man on the lam (Matthew McConaughey in the titular role) and the woman (Reese Witherspoon) he's desperately seeking to reunite with. When two kids discover his hideaway, Mud solicits their assistance to make the reunion happen, but the girl may have other plans. McConaughey, considered the favourite to cop this year's Best Actor, anchors the film with a deeply felt performance that lingers long after the credits roll.

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