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  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    The joining of director Tim Burton with Stephen Sondheim's songs and lyrics in the new film adaptation of Sweeney Todd is "the perfect marriage of maker and material," says the perfect-ten PopMatters review. They have come together to create "the best film of 2007. It is an outright masterpiece, a work of bravura craftsmanship by a man whose been preparing for this creative moment all his directorial life."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood and the Sweeney Todd film soundtrack have both made the list of the Allmusic’s favorite soundtracks from 2007. "Greenwood’s tense, coiled score mirrors the eerie emotional undercurrent to the film, pulling suppressed feelings to the surface, often with an almost operatic sense of drama," says Allmusic. "This is magnificently unsettling music, whether it's used within the film or heard on its own terms—either way, it's impossible to forget after it's been heard."

    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    The Baltimore Sun calls Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd "ineluctably involving," pointing to the lead actors, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, for their ability to "bring superhuman intensity to the fallible creatures in a gory fable." The Sun gives the film an A- and credits Depp for filling Sweeney with "a spectral intensity from the outset. And when he clicks with Bonham Carter's Mrs. Lovett as a potential mate ... an aberrant electricity leaps out between them."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    There Will Be Blood receives an A review from E!'s Chris Farnsworth, who cites the film's "compelling" story and a "fascinating performance" by Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role.

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    "It’s hard to capture the greatness of There Will Be Blood by merely recounting the plot," says MSNBC, "and it would do the film a disservice to give away its delicious twists and surprises. Suffice it to say, then, that the film triumphs ... [I]t’s a movie that people who love movies will discuss, argue over, and rewatch for years to come."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    The popular syndicated radio show Acoustic Café has named Wilco's Sky Blue Sky among the year's best albums. You can hear the title track off the album on this week's program.

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    There Will Be Blood tops the list of the indieWIRE poll of more than 100 critics looking at the year's best in cinema. The film earned the critics' votes for Best Picture, Best Director and Screenplay for Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Performance for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit. Paul Dano also garnered the number four slot for Best Supporting Performance.

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    The Christian Science Monitor recommends HBO's The Wire as a Pick of the Week, calling the show "a profoundly thoughtful meditation on the modern American city, its institutions, and the underclass." The New York Times concurs, calling it a "sublime epic of urban realism." Season Five doesn't get underway for another couple weeks, so in the mean time, both papers suggest catching up with Season Four, out now on DVD.

    Journal Topics: Reviews Television
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    There Will Be Blood has earned three Sierra Awards from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS): Best Score for Jonny Greenwood, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit. Sweeney Todd has made the Vegas critics' Top Ten list of the year's best films and received a Sierra Award for Best Costume Design, by Colleen Atwood.

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    The new soundtrack to the film Sweeney Todd earns five out of five on BroadwayWorld.com's holiday roundup list of the year's best CDs. "This recording is a 'must-have!'" raves the review. It "is just glorious," writes Naomi Plume. "The performances grab you in a whole different way than you would expect," she says. "I am also happy to report that [orchestrator] Jonathan Tunick and [conductor] Paul Gemignani deliver up their usual 'magic'!"

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    NPR listeners have had their say: Wilco's Sky Blue Sky is one of the year's best CDs. The album, released in May, is still holding sway with listeners, whose votes placed the record in the top five, in the company of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Feist, and the White Stripes.

    Journal Topics: Radio Reviews
  • Thursday, December 20, 2007
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    Time Out Chicago's film staff lists There Will Be Blood among the year's best. Hank Sartin, the magazine's film editor, places the "sprawling yet intense epic" on the top of his list, and the film writer Ben Keningsberg says Daniel Day-Lewis "gives the performance of the year."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews

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