best of year

Best of 2011

MOVIES 1) Meek’s Cutoff A slow-motion picture by anybody’s estimation, with lots of long takes where nothing much happens, that is nevertheless filled with tension. Reichardt gives the audience choices. Do you care about these people enough to feel anxious about what will happen to them? Does the hubris of the whole American enterprise render […]

Best of 2010, Such As It Is

MUSIC 1. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be: I listened to this album more than any other this year. 2. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest 3. Frankie Rose and the Outs – s/t:   Songs that aren’t really songs but moody, catchy, frequently beautiful experiments. Self-aware, too:  “Think about the empty space…” 4. MGMT – […]

Favorites of ’09

Movies: 1. Wendy and Lucy This came out last year, but I saw it in ’09 and no other movie affected me as much. 2. Coraline 3. Adventureland 4. Ponyo 5. House of the Devil 6. Up 7. Drag Me To Hell I’ve slacked off on movie viewing this year.  Still need to see:  Antichrist, […]