Wednesday, December 17, 2014

*HOW DID WE END UP HERE??? THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE - SMELLS LIKE BALLS...

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I feel like I'm finally ready to post my picks for the best films of 2014 now, even though INHERENT VICE still hasn't opened yet here in The Chi, but I'm overly confident that I'll love it so it's automatically getting the #2 spot in advance...

Feel free to click on any image below for maximum viewing pleasure... Ok then, here are my choices for------------->

THE BEST FILMS OF 2014


                                   15) YOUNG ONES (dir. Jake Paltrow)


                                 14) THE DROP (dir. Michaël R. Roskam)


                          13) MAPS TO THE STARS (dir. David Cronenberg)


                              12) INTERSTELLAR (dir. Christopher Nolan)


                          11) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (dir. James Gunn)


                                  10) FOXCATCHER (dir. Bennett Miller)


                                      9) GONE GIRL (dir. David Fincher)


                                    8) NIGHTCRAWLER (dir. Dan Gilroy)


                                     7) THE ROVER (dir. David Michôd)


                           6) ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (dir. Jim Jarmusch)


                       5) THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (dir. Wes Anderson)


                                     4) ENEMY (dir. Denis Villeneuve)


                               3) UNDER THE SKIN (dir. Jonathan Glazer)


                           2) INHERENT VICE (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)


                  1) BIRDMAN or (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
                                         (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)


Monday, December 15, 2014

*IF EVERY ROAD, COMES BACK TO YOU - COME BACK TO ME...



Even though it probably won't be appearing on my year-end list for best films, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM still has a lot going for it... First up is the casting of the exquisitely beautiful and equally talented, ginger-haired actress JESSICA CHASTAIN, who I've been quite infatuated with since first seeing her in THE TREE OF LIFE...

Then of course there's the blissed-out original score by SON LUX (aka Ryan Lott), a NY-based musician primarily known for his many Electro releases... The track "No Fate Awaits Me" features dreamy guest vocals by FAUX FIX and even though it's the second song on the official soundtrack, it actually appears much later in the film at a choice romantic moment... Let this goodness wash over you...

Monday, December 8, 2014

*OUTSIDE OF ME, IN SPITE OF WE - I SHOWED YOU THE DARK...

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As per usual, this next list is always a real sum bitch to narrow down, but I did the best I could here and ended up with thirty stellar releases that I was genuinely impressed with this year... That being said, here are-------->

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2014 (...THE REST)

                                    20) MELVINS "Hold It In" (IPECAC)


  19) TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS "Gone Girl (soundtrack)" (COLUMBIA)


        18) INVENTIONS (Matthew Cooper & Mark T. Smith) "Inventions"
                                           (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)


             17) BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE "Piano Nights" (IPECAC)


            16) THOM YORKE "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" (SELF-RELEASED)


                                    15) FKA twigs "LP1" (YOUNG TURKS)


                              14) DUM DUM GIRLS "Too True" (SUB POP)


          13) ANGEL OLSEN "Burn Your Fire For No Witness" (JAGJAGUWAR)


            12) CLIFF MARTINEZ "The Knick (Original Series) (soundtrack)"
                                                (MILAN RECORDS)


                                  11) BRYAN FERRY "Avonmore" (BMG)


                             10) WARPAINT "Warpaint" (ROUGH TRADE)


              9) MICA LEVI "Under the Skin (soundtrack)" (MILAN RECORDS)


                             8) THE ACID "Liminal" (MUTE/INFECTIOUS)


                           7) DEAN BLUNT "Black Metal" (ROUGH TRADE)


    6) EDWARD KA-SPEL & PHILIPPE PETIT "Are You Receiving Us, Planet
                                               Earth?" (RUSTBLADE)


                       5) EARTH "Primitive and Deadly" (SOUTHERN LORD)


                  4) JANE WEAVER "The Silver Globe" (FINDERS KEEPERS)


                    3) LANA DEL REY "Ultraviolence" (UMG RECORDINGS)


                    2) ST. VINCENT "St. Vincent" (LOMA VISTA/ REPUBLIC)


                                   1) FUTURE ISLANDS "Singles" (4AD)



HONORABLE MENTIONS & STRONG CONTENDERS

ANJOU "Anjou" (KRANKY)
BEAK> "+" (INVADA)
BONGRIPPER "Miserable" (GREAT BARRIER RECORDS)
GOAT "Commune" (SUB POP)
JJ "V" (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
LEYLAND KIRBY "Breaks My Heart Each Time" (APOLLO)
LIARS "Mess" (MUTE)
MAX RICHTER "The Leftovers (Original Series) (soundtrack) (WATER TOWN)
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM "Celestite" (ARTEMISIA)
ZOLA JESUS "Taiga" (MUTE)

I KNOW YOU'RE LATE, BUT I NEED ANOTHER TASTE...

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So even though this blog looks like it's been left for dead, I would still like to post a few year-end lists this month, highlighting my favorite albums and films of 2014... First up are------->

THE BEST HIP HOP/R&B ALBUMS of 2014

                                15) DIE ANTWOORD "Donker Mag" (ZEF)


              14) BLACK MILK "If There's a Hell Below" (COMPUTER UGLY)


           13) BLACK KNIGHTS "Medieval Chamber" (RECORD COLLECTION)


                        12) SHABAZZ PALACES "Lese Majesty" (SUB POP)


                       11) THEOPHILUS LONDON "Vibes" (WARNER BROS.)


           10) GHOSTFACE KILLAH "36 Seasons" (SALVATION/TOMMY BOY)


             9) GIRL TALK & FREEWAY "Broken Ankles EP" (DATPIFF.COM)


                       8) TREE "TheMCTREEG EP" (SCION AV PRESENTS)


       7) PRINCE & 3rdEYEGIRL "PlectrumElectrum" (NPG/WARNER BROS.)


               6) HOMEBOY SANDMAN "White Sands EP" (STONES THROW)


   5) KID CUDI "Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon" (REPUBLIC)


                       4) ROME FORTUNE "Small VVorld" (DATPIFF.COM)


                3) FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB "Piñata" (MADLIB INVAZION)


                2) THE ROOTS "...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin" (DEF JAM)


                        1) PRINCE "Art Official Age" (NPG/WARNER BROS.)