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Category: Best of 2014

Counting the Cost: The Theme of Sacrifice in the Films of 2014

If you’ve been following along, you may have seen the 12 or so best of 2014 lists I’ve made so far this year. Lists are fun and often easy ways to think about what popular culture has been consumed and at times can lead to deeper insight about what we enjoyed and why we enjoyed it. Sometimes various themes and trends can be noticed and in thinking about the movies I’ve seen this year one theme has appeared across a fairly wide margin of movies. I wanted to reflect on… Read more Counting the Cost: The Theme of Sacrifice in the Films of 2014

Top 30 Albums of the Decade (so far)

I recently recorded a podcast with one of my good friends (check it out here) on it we discussed our ten favorite albums of the decade thus far. In preparation for it, I decided to go further and put together a bigger list of my favorite albums. To hear my process and thoughts on many of them make sure you download the podcast either at the given link or on iTunes. And feel free to leave a comment with your own ten. 30. Beirut “The Rip Tide” 29. Jenny Lewis… Read more Top 30 Albums of the Decade (so far)

Top Films of 2014

Alas my favorite films of the year, I hope you enjoy it, I’ve spent quite some time considering and writing about each one. Again, do not take these as recommendations, they are reflections of my taste and what I see as great. Before we continue I must of course lay out a few I haven’t had the chance to catch up with that would have had a chance to be contenders: Two Days, One Night; Leviathan; Nightcrawler; Mr. Turner; Love is Strange; Citizenfour; Starred Up; A Girl Walks Home Alone… Read more Top Films of 2014