The Top 50 Films of 2019

Posted by Greg on Dec 5, 2019 in Movies

Maybe we’re being charitable but this year felt like an amazing year in filmmaking. We never like rankings or lists and quite frankly we were tempted to just list them in no particular order much like our albums, but alas, the temptation overtook us. Listed below are the Top 50 Films of 2019:

50. Downton Abbey
49. Brittany Runs a Marathon
48. A Hidden Life
47. Fighting With My Family
46. The Disappearance Of My Mother
45. An Elephant Standing Still
44. Alita: Battle Angel
43. Us
42. Rocketman
41. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
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Film of the Week: Give Me Liberty

Posted by Greg on Aug 30, 2019 in Movies

If you see one movie this year make sure it is Give Me Liberty, the latest film from Kirill Mikhanovsky. Not sure who he is? No worries, he probably expects that. But after this film, you will most certainly know his name. Written by Mikhanovsky and Alice Austen and released via Music Box Films the film is complex, hilarious, infectious and completely unpredictable. What carries the film is its many moving performances and its novel use of comedy. Equal parts frenetic, frank and familiar, Give Me Liberty is one of the best depictions of marginalized communities we have ever seen. Read more…


New Release Friday: Black Grapefruit – Fade/Forget

Posted by Greg on Jun 28, 2019 in Movies


Quite simply, we’re agog over Fade/Forget, the new album from Portland duo Black Grapefruit. A stirring amalgam of R&B, pop and alternative music, the duo possess the kind of sonic gravity that makes one stop and wonder: so this is what perfection sounds like? Vocalist Randa Smith and multi-instrumentalist Brian Dekker are equal parts dynamic, engaging and downright irresistible. Read more…


Must Watch: Mumford & Sons’ 12 Years Strong

Posted by Greg on Apr 25, 2019 in Movies, Music

Our favorite video platform, Vevo, and one of our favorite bands, Mumford & Sons, have released the film “Mumford and Sons: 12 Years Strong,” a documentary that provides behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s US Delta tour. One of the highlight’s of the film is an exclusive live performance of current single “Forever” featuring Americana multi-instrumentalist Jerry Douglas. That is one of just many memorable tunes, as is a look back at the 2012 album Babel and the making of their current album Delta.

Whether or not you like or appreciate Mumford & Sons, 12 Years Strong is an absolute must-watch and easily the best thing we’ve viewed this week.


Top Films of 2018

Posted by Greg on Dec 31, 2018 in Movies

Let this be known: We have yet to see A Star is Born and quite a few other big films of 2018, but without further ado, here’s our list. Read more…


Goyo: The Boy General Opens in NYC Today

Posted by Greg on Sep 21, 2018 in Movies

Today in New York City, a big budget historical biopic from the Philippines opens in theaters. Goyo: The Boy General focuses on the latter months in the life of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals of the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. Read more…


Our 50 Favorite Films This Year

Posted by Greg on Dec 26, 2017 in Movies

1. Dunkirk
2. The Lost City of Z
3. Lady Bird
4. The Florida Project
5. The Shape of Water
6. Get Out
7. Columbus
8. Dawson City: Frozen in Time
9. Call Me By Your Name
10. Faces Places
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Top 10 Movies So Far This Year

Posted by Greg on Jul 25, 2017 in Movies

1. Dunkirk
2. The Lost City of Z
3. Get Out
4. Colossal
5. The Hero
6. T2: Trainspotting
7. Okja
8. Logan
9. John Wick: Chapter 2
10. Split


Top 20 Films of 2016

Posted by Greg on Jan 25, 2017 in Movies

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, it’s time for me to put together my list. Now admittedly, I did not gat around to seeing as many films as I wanted to this year and unfortunately have yet to see many of the major movies garnering awards attention but hey there are only so many hours in the day. Foremost of those omitted and not yet seen are: Arrival, Moonlight, Silence, Hell or High Water and Lion. So perhaps this is a flawed list but below are the top 20 films I saw this year.

1. La La Land
2. Manchester By The Sea
3. Toni Erdmann
4. Fences
5. Patriots Day
6. Sully
7. OJ Made in America
8. Hacksaw Ridge
9. Jackie
10. 20th Century Women

11. Hidden Figures
12. Nocturnal Animals
13. A Man Called Ove
14. Hail Caesar
15. Hunt for the WIlderpeople
16. The Witness
17. Hooligan Sparrow
18. Captan Fantastic
19. Florence Foster Jenkins
20. Loving


Side Effects Starts Promising, Ends Ridiculously

Posted by Greg on Feb 9, 2013 in Movies

Leave it to provocateur Steven Soderbergh to muck up a potentially tremendous film. Side Effects, the latest from the director of Traffic, Haywire and countless others, takes a potentially convincing story and railroads it to pieces. How exactly the film has gotten such rave reviews befuddles me. Read more…

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