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Top Films of 2022

Posted: February 24, 2023 in Uncategorized

2022 was a good year for films…though it was also the year of “your movie is too long”. I saw 57 films this year. Here they are, my top films of 2022 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Top Gun Maverick
Everything Everywhere All At Once
RRR
Tar
The Fabelmans
After Yang
The Northman
The Banshee of Inisherin
Emergency
Decision to Leave

Honorable Mentions

All Quiet on the Western Front, Aftersun, The Woman King, Knives Out: Glass Onion, Apollo 10 ½, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, NOPE, Hustle, Belle, Kimi, Marcel the Shell, Three Thousand Years of Longing, Women Talking

Previous lists: 200720082009201020112012201320142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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Top Books of 2022

Posted: February 3, 2023 in Uncategorized

It’s time for my top lists of the year. I’ll only be doing Books and Films again this year, it’s where I spend the majority of my entertainment time (games are work). I wasn’t able to invest the time needed to make a Concerts (Obviously) or Albums list, that’s not saying I didn’t listen to new music and see shows, just I didn’t invest the time I feel is needed to make a list.

We will start this year with books, this one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). I read/listened to 126 books this year, a new record for me! So here are my top (recommended) books of 2022,  in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction, Bolded are my TOP 3. There are a lot because, I read a lot!

Non Fiction 

  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • How to Raise an Antiracist
  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
  • Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age
  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention- and How to Think Deeply Again
  • And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States
  • Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
  • Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
  • Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City
  • A Black Women’s History of the United States
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Humankind: A Hopeful History
  • How to Stand Up to a Dictator
  • The Backyard Adventurer

Fiction

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  • Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)
  • Dune Messiah (Dune, #2)
  • The Cartographers
  • Project Hail Mary
  • Little Women
  • Pachinko
  • Upgrade

Older List: 2015201620172018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Top Films of 2021

Posted: March 10, 2022 in Uncategorized

2021 was a good year for films…though it was also the year of “your movie is too long”. I saw 74 films this year. Here they are, my top films of 2021 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Inside
Dune
CODA
Licorice Pizza
Little Fish
Drive My Car
Don’t Look Up
Old Henry
The Lost Daughter
C’mon C’mon
King Richard
The Power of the Dog
A Quiet Place Part II

Honorable Mentions

The Last Duel, Last Night in Soho, Mass, The Suicide Squad, The Mitchells vs the Machines, Belfast, The Harder They Fall, Raya and the Last Dragon, West Side Story, The Green Knight, Nightmare Alley, Encanto, The French Dispatch

Previous lists: 200720082009201020112012201320142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Top Films of 2020

Posted: February 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

2020 was a meh year for films…it was meh year for everything. I saw 59 films this year. Here they are, my top films of 2020 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Judas and the Black Messiah
Tenet
Promising Young Woman
Mosul
Minari
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Mank
One Night in Miami
The Forty Year Old Version
Another Round
Emma
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Soul

Honorable Mentions

Onward, Martin Eden, Never Rarely Sometimes Always. Sound of Metal. Small Axe: Mangrove, Wolfwalkers, The Half of It, The Nest, Bad Education, Nomadland

Previous lists: 200720082009201020112012201320142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Well everyone else was making top lists of the Decade, so here is mine. There are rules: 1) The film had to be on a previous list, so even if I saw a better film after if it wasn’t on the list I can’t use it 2) List them in a non specific order 3) 23 films total

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Boyhood (2014)
The Social Network (2010)
The Act of Killing (2012)
The Look of Silence (2014)
Drive (2011)
Short Term 12 (2013)
Ex Machina (2014)
What We Do In the Shadows (2014)
Nightcrawler (2014)
Birdman (2014)
Whiplash (2014)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The Master (2012)
Beast of the Southern Wild (2012)
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010)
The Death of Stalin (2018)
Parasite (2019)
Sing Street (2016)
Get Out (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)
Into the Spider Verse (2018)
Restrepo (2010)

2010: 3, 2011: 1, 2012: 3, 2013: 2, 2014: 7, 2015: 1, 2016: 1, 2017: 2, 2018: 2, 2019: 1

 

Top Films of 2017

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Life, Uncategorized

2017 was a good year for films, some really great movies came out. I saw around 50 films this year, and only had a few left on my want to see list. So here they are, my top films of 2017 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Get Out

Baby Driver  

Dunkirk

The Big Sick

Phantom Thread

Blade Runner 2049

Logan Lucky

The Post

Wind River

Lady Bird  

Thor: Ragnarok

Darkest Hour  

Star Wars:The Last Jedi

 

Honorable Mentions

The Disaster Artist, Three Billboards, Call Me By Your Name, The Meyerowitz Stories, Stronger, Okja, Score, The Florida Project, Molly’s Game, Columbus, Goodtime

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Top Films of 2015

Posted: February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

2015 was a really solid year for films, I saw probably the most new films ever this year (80+), most were really solid, some were great, some were awful. While there wasn’t a single film that got a perfect score from me this year, there were some great ones as well as some really interesting ones that (some interesting ones that didn’t quite make the list Victoria, Tangerine). It really was hard to pick a top film as there were 4 films tied for the top, but I picked the one I just kept coming back to. So here they are, my top films of 2015 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Inside Out

‘71

Room

Ex Machina

The Revenant

The Look of Silence

Spotlight

What We Do In the Shadows

The Big Short

Beasts of No Nation

Creed

Dope

Honorable Mentions

Sicario, The Martian, Star Wars 7, The Gift, Steve Jobs, Bridge of Spies, Kilo Two Bravo, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Mr Holmes, Clouds of Sils Maria

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Top Albums of 2015

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Life, Uncategorized

What an awesome year for music!! Wow some really amazing albums and the top spot was a big battle between 3 great albums. But here in no particular order are my top 13 (#1 in bold)!

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

 

The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home

MuteMath – Vitals

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Madeon – Adventure

Nero – Between II Worlds

The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It

Muse – Drones

Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

The Front Bottoms – Back On Top

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Honorable Mentions

Yo-Yo Ma – Songs from the Arc of Life, My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall, Cage the Elephant – Tell me i’m pretty, Born Ruffians – RUFF, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, Zedd – True Colors, Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind, Son Lux – Bones, Approaching Nirvana – Notes, Tiesto – Club Life

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Top Books of 2015

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hello dear friends and welcome to the newest category of my top lists! This one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). Reading came back into my life in a big way this year, while I’ve always enjoyed reading, I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to over the last few years. So in 2015 I set the goal of reading 25 books, I blew that away. I read/listened (yay being an auditory learner) 61 new books! So here are my top books of 2015, in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction.

Non Fiction

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull

Reality Is Broken – Jane McGonigal

Drive – Daniel H. Pink

Artful Making – Rob Austin & Lee Devin

Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas

The 5 Languages of Appreciation – Gary Chapman

David & Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

How Successful People Think – John Maxwell

The 80/20 Manager – Richard Koch

Switch: How To Change Things When Things are Hard – Chip & Dan Heath

Thrive – Arianna Huffington

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor

The Aviators – Winston Groom

Fiction

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Circle – Dave Eggers

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Top Concerts of 2015

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Life, Uncategorized

Welcome dear friends to another year of top lists, back by demand from like one person! This year we will be adding yet another list, books! Now these aren’t books that came out in 2015 but books I’ve read, more explained when we get there. To start though let’s take a look at my top 13 concerts of 2015! (Remember there is no ranking other than the #1 which is bolded)

Sufjan Stevens

Die Antwoord

The Decemberists

Alabama Shakes

The Maccabees

Mumford & Sons

Gogol Bordello

Flogging Molly

Death from Above 1978

We are the City

Eisley

Copeland

Punch Brothers

Previous lists: 2012, 2013, 2014