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2014 - 2018 in Review (four year catch up)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 7, 2019 at 1:30 AM

2014 - 2018 in Review (four year catch up)


In 2015 I started an intensive screenwriting course, and in 2016 I started producing and directing a feature film; which curtailed my blogging. I’m nearly done with the film, so I’m finally back. I don’t think I’ll do much regular blogging in the future, but I will try to keep up my best of lists; mainly for my own recollection, and maybe someday my kids will find it interesting.

 

(All lists are for the years which I watched the movie, or TV show; heard the music, etc., not necessarily the year it was released.)



Best Movies


2014 - Calvary


The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (absolutely my favorite Studio Ghibli film)

The Lego Movie

The Horseman (2008)

Money Movers

Grand Budapest Hotel

Edge of Tomorrow

Fury

Snowpiercer

Starred Up

Locke

Inherent Vice

Song of the Sea (I also recommend Ondine, we almost named Cillian, Ronan, which comes from this myth)

Ida (best cinematography)

The Babadook

Broken Circle Breakdown (best soundtrack)

Noise (Australian film, 2007)

Red Hill

Nightcrawler

Force Majeure

What We Do in the Shadows

Her

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

The Great Beauty



2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road


Sicario

The Revenant

Ex Machina

Spy

Brooklyn

Inside Out

Tangerine

Rashomon (finally got around to watching this thanks to a Cracked sketch - I miss those)


(I’m sure I saw more films I liked this year - this is why I need to keep up my list)



2016 - La La Land


The Nice Guys

Hell or HIgh Water

Arrival

Jungle Book

Krisha

Hail Caesar

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Breaking the Waves

The Tree of Life

The Chaser

Memories of Murder (my favorite Korean movie)

Joint Security Area

House (1977)

Harakiri (1962)

The Sword of Doom

Kill! (Japanese film, 1968)

Fist Full of Dollars

For a Few Dollars More

The Good The Bad and The Ugly

 


Favorite Director I Woke Up to This Year

Akira Kurosawa

My favorite movies of his:

Sanjuro

Yojimbo

Seven Samurai

The Bad Sleep Well



2017 - Dunkirk (I drove to San Francisco to watch it in Imax 70 MM on a curved screen; then stopped on my way home in Sacramento to watch it again in Imax 70 MM on a flat screen - well worth it.)


The Florida Project

Lady Bird

Baby Driver

Wonder Woman

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (second favorite Star Wars film, second IV)

Coco

The Big Sick

The Breadwinner

Where is My Friends House

Wind River

Once Upon a Time in America

Duck You Sucker

We Are X

Logan

Thor: Ragnarok

Come and See (the most amazing use of a subjective perspective in film making, creating a near overwhelming sense of immersion)

KiKi’s Delivery Service

 


2018 - You Were Never Really Here


First Reformed

Paddington 2 ( then we caught up with Paddington, which was also great)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (such amazing animation, ground breaking)

They Shall Not Grow Old

Leave No Trace

Shane

The Stunt Man

Train to Busan

Big Deal on Madonna Street

The Human Condition (parts I - III)

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

Double Indemnity

A Serious Man

Death of Stalin

The Trip to Spain


 

Best - First 20 minutes are great, slowly descending into, I don’t think that was the best directorial choice, and ending in, I see way this is such an infamous disaster - 

Heaven’s Gate

 


Honorable Mentions (Maybe not the best, or not my favorite of the year, but I liked it and it’s worth a mention)

 

Isle of Dogs

Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Solo

Blow Out

It Follows

Don’t Breathe

Get Out

LIghts Out

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

The Lobster

Hannie Caulder

Deep Red

Heathers

 

 

Disappointments (Don’t hate them, just didn’t live up to my expectations)

 

Interstellar

The Rover

Birdman (an uneven film, some really great parts, some not so good)

Unbroken (a very disappointing screenplay from the Coen Brothers)

Trance

The Wild Bunch


 

Critically Acclaimed Films I Really Dislike


Boyhood

Under The Skin

Holy Motors

 

 

Still Need/Want to See


Winter Sleep

Heaven Knows What

8th Grade

Bad Times at the El Royale

The Rider

Roma

Zama

Sorry to Bother You

Annihilation

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Hereditary

Widows

Mid90s

The Favourite

First Man

The Sisters Brothers

The Gift

Room

Bridge of Spies

Legend

Train Wreck

Beasts of No Nation

Son of Saul

The Witch

Hacksaw Ridge

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Moonlight

Silence

Sing Street

Toni Erdmann

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri

Blade Runner 2049

Hostiles

Mother!

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The Beguiled

Phantom Thread

Mudbound

Crimson Peak

 

 

Best TV (Usually just listed the first year I started watching it, and assumed to still be on the list unless otherwise mentioned)


2014


True Detective

Dirk Gently (the British version)

Wallander (British version, though Norwegian version is good, just not as)

Silicon Valley

The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff

Peaky Blinders

Marry Me (unfortunately not picked up for another season)

Orphan Black

Broadchurch

Fargo

Key and Peele

Sopranos (finally watched the whole series)

 

We had stopped watching Homeland, having lost interest after it seemed the story had run its course, but started again and really like the direction it’s going.

 

Really getting tired of House of Cards - kept watching it because my wife wanted to, it keeps reeling me in now and again and then I get tired of it. If they hadn’t gotten rid of Frank in the penultimate season, I would have been done for sure; and that was before what came to light with Spacey in 2017; but now will watch the last season.


Stopped watching Orange is the New Black after the second season.

 

Gave up on Downton Abbey.

 

 

2015


Documentary Now

The Story of Film (Doc. series on Netflix)

Episodes

Master of None

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Better Call Saul

Last Man on Earth (it was weakening at the end, but I still wish they had wrapped it up instead of leaving it on a cliffhanger)

Peep Show (the last season apparently, sad to see it done)

Blunt Talk

Superstore


Finally couldn’t take anymore and stopped watching The Walking Dead after Season 6 Episode 8. The show is not good enough to put up with these mid-season breaks, etc. I will wait till it’s all done, and if the general consensus is that it ended well, all finish it. Not suffering another Lost.


 

2016


Son of Zorn (the show I’m most disappointed was cancelled)

The Grand Tour

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Lady Dynamite

West World

Flowers

Stranger Things

Adventure Time

Siblings



2017

A Very Secret Service

Glitch

One Mississippi (it is incredibly ironic and stupid that this show was most likely cancelled because Louis C.K. was a producer. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know why)

Deadwood

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and First Day of Camp (The Netflix Series)

Making History (another sadly not picked up for another season)

Powerless (ditto)

Chicken

Ozark



2018

Barry

Babylon Berlin

Maniac

Detectorists

Godless

Black Sails

Plebs

Money Heist

Castle Rock

A Series of Unfortunate Events

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (always one of my favorites, but this last season deserves a special mention)

The World Cup, and British Premier League (Go Wolves!)

Schitt's Creek

Great News

Dark

Mindhunter

Atlanta

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Gravity Falls

Haters Back Off

The Good Place

Norsemen

The Men in Blazers Show

 


Best Music

 

2014

 

The Collection - Ars Moriendi

Broken Circle Breakdown soundtrack

 

Not sure why I can’t really think of much new music from the last four years, I know that during this period I started getting back into 60’s and 70’s orchestral pop and soundtrack music like:

 

Ennio Morricone

Hugo Montenegro

Riz Ortolani

Lee Hazlewood

Matt Monro

Richard Harris

and the pre-disco Bee Gees


But again this is why I need/want to keep my lists more current

 

 

2015

 

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn; favorite song - Round About the Mountain

Baby Metal



2016

Tom Brosseau; favorite song - Cradle Your Device

Father John Misty

Postmodern Jukebox

Andre Rieu (super cheesy I know, but I love the youtube videos of his concerts)


 

 

2017

David Benjamin Blower - The Book of Jonah

The Avett Brothers

X Japan


 

2018

Ruen Brothers; favorite song - All My Shades of Blue

David Benjamin Blower (all the rest of the albums); favorite song - Be Still



Pod Casts (not according to any particular year)


The Bible Project

Nomad Podcast

Men In Blazers

American Fiasco

Exploring My Strange Bible

Start Up

EconTalk (still one of my absolute favorites)



Best Books

I need to read more - this is getting redundant - but I know I read more than this, and there’s a lot of books I started but got distracted and didn’t finish, but this is ridiculous.


2014


I Partridge - by Steve Coogan

Steam - by Terry Pratchett

Unbroken - by Laura Hillenbrand

Road to Serfdom - by F.A. Hayek

Every Good Endeavor - by Tim Keller

Grow Where You’re Planted - by Daniel Steigerwald and Kelly Crull

Dad is Fat - by Jim Gaffigan



2015

Rebel without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Independent Ed - Edward Burns and Todd Gold

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 - by Joseph Loconte

The Shepherd’s Crown - Terry Pratchett

 


2016

 

The High House: The Evenmere Chronicles (Vol 1) - by James Stoddard



2017


Apparently I didn’t read a single memorable book in 2017. I know I read a lot of kids books. This might have been the year I started reading through the Bible with the kids. I know I briefly tried to start reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to them, that lasted about two nights; they were not ready.


Well this is what happens when you start watching youtube videos on your iPad while putting the kids to bed instead of reading.



2018


Jewish Pirates in the Caribbean - by Edward Kritzler

Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972 - by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies

 

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