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My Favorite Albums of 2018.

January 8, 2019

Alphabetically:


boygenius


Lucy Dacus – Historian


Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today


Dream Wife


Mastersystem – Dance Music


Pinegrove – Skylight


Rue Royale – In Parallel


Soccer Mommy – Clean

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My Favorite Movies of 2018.

January 7, 2019

Alphabetically:


Avengers: Infinity War


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Black Panther


Deadpool 2


A Futile and Stupid Gesture


The Guilty


Incredibles 2


Isle of Dogs


Love, Gilda


The Miseducation of Cameron Post


Solo


Tag


White Tide: The Legend of Culebra


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Recent Viewings.

January 2, 2019


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Six short stories about the old west. Coen-style. I dug it. Some shorts are obviously better than others, but the whole movie was quality. Check it.
A


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We need more Fred Rogers in the world. Just an amazing, uplifting life and movie. Please see it.
A


Robocop

How am I just now seeing this? I don’t know. This movie is nuts. I live tweeted it here.
B


Die Hard

Also, how am I just now seeing this? It’s crazy. This movie is so great. I loved it. And I live tweeted it here.
A


Bird Box

I’m not sure why this is getting so much hate. Overall, I thought it was a great movie. It’s pretty intense, interesting, and unique. It reminded me a bit of A Quiet Place. I was a little let down by the ending, but it’s most definitely worth checking out. Especially good as a Netflix original.
B


Venom

I thought this was just okay. I like comic book movies, some of them a whole lot, but this was just too silly, or something. I don’t know. Meh.
C

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Recent Viewings.

October 29, 2018


Eighth Grade

I thought this movie was fine. It’s a nice glimpse/reminder of what it’s like to be in such an awkward stage of life. I’d heard this movie being praised over and over again, and while there are some really great moments, it’s not really one of those life-changing movies, to me. The thing that really needs to be praised here is Elsie Fisher. She was fantastic. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Also, my absolute favorite parts of the movie were the ones that included Jake Ryan. He was seriously hilarious. I would’ve loved to see more of him. Worth seeing for the performances by these kids.
B


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Don’t get me wrong, this was a fun movie, but it mostly just felt like a gimmicky reason to show the “technology” (cgi) of changing the sizes of things. So, visually, it’s really cool, but there isn’t a ton of substance. Except for Michael Pena. Anytime he’s on screen is gold. So, fun? Yes. Great new installment to the Marvel Universe? Meh.
B


Incredibles 2

Incredible! No, seriously, I loved it. It’s just an all-around great movie. Comedy, drama, action… and it’s surprisingly grown-up for a Disney/Pixar movie. Like you’re not going to watch it.
A


Sorry To Bother You

Man, I really wanted to like this movie. I didn’t. It starts off decent, but never quite gets to the level of quirkiness I was hoping for… then it just gets weird. Very, very weird.
D


Under the Skin

I had no idea what this movie was about. I’m still not sure I do. But I dug it. It’s slow, and creepy, and weird. It’s not for most people, but I had a good time trying to figure out what exactly I was seeing.
B


Oculus

This is a legitimately good horror movie. The non-linear storytelling makes it cool and unique. It’s not going to knock your socks off, but I was pleasantly surprised.
B

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Recent Viewings.

September 26, 2018


Arizona

I had fun with this movie. There are some great characters and cameos, some really funny moments, and some pretty creepy ones, too. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s worth watching, if just to see a darker (yet still hilarious) side of Danny McBride.
B


Blue Iguana

I love Ben Schwartz. I love Sam Rockwell. This movie is worth seeing, if just to watch them. It’s really nothing all that new, but it’s got some pretty funny scenes, and some fun performances.
C


Mandy

The first half of this movie is pretty slow, and weird, and just kinda meh (although it looks really cool). The second half is crazy, and awesome (and looks really cool). Duh, Nicolas Cage is fantastic. Worth seeing for the second half.
B


Tully

I liked this movie. It feels very true-to-life. It’s got some funny parts, and some not-so-funny parts, and the ending makes it pretty unique, for a film of this type. It’s not something you’ll be dying to see twice, but I think it’s worth checking out.
B


Hereditary

I’ll just be honest, I don’t get the hype. I’ve seen this called the scariest movie of the year, and it’s just not. It’s not really scary at all. At best, it’s creepy for the last 30 minutes or so. The first half of the movie is more like a slow drama. All that to say, I did like the movie. It was interesting. It was thought-provoking. It was… creepy. I definitely like it more after giving it some time (and watching a youtube explanation of things). It’s not as mind-blowing as I was expecting, but it’s a movie worth exploring.
B

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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2018.

August 27, 2018


White Tide: The Legend of Culebra

This is maybe the most well-made documentary I’ve ever seen. The look of it is unique and fantastic. The story is nuts, and the way they tell it is a lot of fun. It’s quite funny, too. See it when you can.
A


Love, Gilda

I only knew Gilda for her SNL characters, so it was cool to learn more about her life. She was a pretty complex person, and she kept a ton of diaries/journals, self-recordings, and videos, so pretty much the whole movie is told from her own voice, in one way or another. Possibly my favorite doc of the weekend. Definitely recommended.
A


Three Identical Strangers

This is a crazy story. It’s most definitely worth looking into, whether you watch the movie or not. It’s one of those strange tales that just keeps getting stranger and stranger. I feel like it went a little long (the last thirty minutes or so were a bit tedious), but overall it was a good watch.
B


The Guilty

This was my favorite overall movie of the weekend. Real-time, one dude, one room (pretty much). Great writing and great acting. It’s a foreign film, so there were subtitles, which potentially made it better. I’m not sure. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I won’t be surprised if this gets remade for an American audience.
A


Hot Summer Nights

This was a really stylized, well-made movie. The acting was fantastic. The soundtrack was great. It was fun. I wasn’t 100% into the story at all times, which is the only thing that was lacking to me, but it’s definitely worth seeing.
B


Bloody Birthday

80’s horror b-movie. It’s terrible. I mean, TERRIBLE. Quite a fun watch.
B


Phantom Cowboys

This is tough to quickly describe, but it’s basically a documentary that follows three young men from small, blue-collar towns in different parts of the country. The whole thing was shot over almost a decade. It’s interesting to see where they want to go as “kids” and where they end up as adults. It’s kinda like a real-life Boyhood, with three unique subjects. It’s a very beautiful, interesting character study. Worth checking out.
B


The Miseducation of Cameron Post

This movie could’ve been very depressing. And I guess, really, it still is, but there is a good deal of comedy throughout that makes it bearable (and, at times, hilarious). The acting is fantastic, showing off some new faces that I’m sure we’ll see more from. I feel like the ending could’ve been a little better, though I’m not sure what that ending would have looked like. Anyway, see it.
A


Bisbee ’17

This is probably one of the most unique documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s part doc, part acting auditions, part reenactment/narrative, and even part musical (probably my favorite part). The subject matter is tough, dealing with immigration, racism, and buried history in small-town Arizona. It’s hard to really explain what all happens in this movie, so if you get a chance, just check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
B


Hearts Beat Loud

This was a nice break from all the seriousness of most of the docs we saw. Overall, it’s a feel-good movie, with some great music, and fun characters. It’s got a lot of heart(!), and I may have teared up a couple of times. Who knows? I’m sure it’ll be on Netflix or something real soon.
B


Suspiria

What did I just watch? This thing is crazy. And they’re remaking it? This thing is crazy.
C

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Recent Viewings.

August 22, 2018


Deadpool 2

I didn’t LOVE Deadpool the first time I saw it. I liked it fine, but I just didn’t know what I was getting into (I liked it much better after a second viewing). With Deadpool 2 I knew what to expect, and I DID love it. It takes all the quirkiness and silliness and randomness of the first one and pushes it even further. The new characters were cool. The music is fantastic. Visually it’s fun. It’s just a good, solid, hilarious superhero movie.
A


Avengers: Infinity War

No surprise here, really, but this movie was awesome. I loved seeing all the different movies and characters finally intertwine. I do wish we could’ve had some Ant-man silliness, but I’m sure his absence was done on purpose for some reason. The characters were great, the humor was there, the action was fantastic. These are just good, fun movies. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
A


Heaven Adores You

This is an excellent documentary about the life and music of one of my all-time favorite musicians, Elliott Smith. If you know anything about him, you know it’s a sad story, but there are glimpses of light. If you like Elliott at all, this is definitely worth seeing.
A


The Discovery

This is a Netflix original movie that’s been in our queue for forever. We finally gave it a go. And I really liked it. It’s dark, and interesting, and curious. The cast is fantastic, and as “out there” as the ending is, I dug it. Worth checking out.
A


Ocean’s 8

This movie’s fine. It’s an Ocean’s movie. It’s clever. It’s got some good twists and turns. It’s not as funny as expected, but the cast is great. Worth seeing, sure, but nothing new.
C


If I Leave Here Tomorrow

This is a well-made documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd. If you like them, see it. If you don’t, nah.
B

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