20. Best Advice for Movie Lovers In August, the scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon sounded an alarm: “If you go on Amazon and you see some great black-and-white film, and it’s going for $3, or any kind of foreign or obscure film, buy it, because it’s going out of print, and they’re not going to put them back into print.” Tens of thousands of films that were on VHS never made the jump to DVD or to Blu-ray, Mr. Dixon warns. And the brave new world of downloads (a.k.a. electronic sell-through) — well, tune in next year.
4. 马克·特纳四重奏(Mark Turner Quartet)，《天堂里的车床》(Lathe of Heaven)， ECM。这是次中音萨克斯手马克·特纳13年来第一次以领队身份推出专辑，他喜欢同小号手阿维沙伊·科恩(Avishai Cohen)奏出流畅的互动，在后波普规范中发现全新意义。他的作曲中有纯粹的神秘，由乔伊·马丁(Joe Martin)担任贝斯手，马库斯·基尔默(Marcus Gilmore)担任鼓手的节奏组亦是一丝不苟。
Contributing columnist Antoine Gelain is the managing director of Paragon European Partners. He is based in London.
Alternative fuels: For the first time since diesel-powered cars from Europe started arriving here in the 1950s, old first-person accounts about the joys of driving a diesel fall off to near zero. They are replaced by new first-person accounts about the joys of driving cars with ridiculously high horsepower like the 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellfire with 707 hp. Elsewhere: fuel-cell cars with their longer cruising range move center-stage, stealing the limelight from battery-powered cars.
Financial advisors and asset allocators who had been hoping to see some benefit this year from tactical strategies were also not spared the punishment of a capricious market. Of the top three tactical strategies in the country (Mainstay Marketfield, Good Harbor U.S. Tactical Core, F-Squared Premium AlphaSector Index), two had nearly imploded with double-digit losses while the third found itself under SEC investigation for misleading the public about its historical returns. The other giant tactical manager, Schwab’s $9 billion Windhaven Diversified Growth product, looks to end 2014 with a return close to zero. So much for tactics.
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