Top 50 Albums Of 2018

Another year in the books and a ton of music has been added to the catalog of sonic enlightenment. These 50 albums were my favorites this year, and it’s fine if you don’t agree. I continue to try to branch out some, but my wheelhouse is pretty well-defined at this point. You’ll notice a lot of the stuff near the top is familiar territory for … Continue reading Top 50 Albums Of 2018

Best Concerts of 2018

2018 was a great year for live music. This year we hit a couple festivals in Chicago and around the country. I would estimate I saw 150 sets of music and I skipped all of January being busy with other things. Seeing bands or solo artists perform is always a good way to spend a couple of hours, but the ten below were really special. … Continue reading Best Concerts of 2018

MoviePass We Hardly Knew Ye

Around this time last year, MoviePass was creating quite a buzz. A subscription for going to the movie theater was the latest in the game, and for $10/month, it seemed too good to be true. Around Thanksgiving they started an even better deal-$90/year. Well, as a movie-loving person there’s no way I could pass that deal up. Since then I’ve seen 27 movies with the … Continue reading MoviePass We Hardly Knew Ye

Top Movies Of 2017 (Better Late Than Never)

I finally saw the last movie I was waiting on yesterday, and I’ve adjusted my list accordingly. I saw a lot of 2017 releases, and I’ve decided that instead of doing a top ten, I’ll just rank them all. I hate it when the critics lists come out and half the movies no one has seen because they only played in NY and LA. I’m fortunate to live somewhere that gets most movies, but even I sometimes have to wait until they’re available on Amazon or iTunes to watch them.

First, here’s a quick list of movies I didn’t get to see. I’m not counting A Fantastic Woman, because I’ll be seeing it soon at the Music Box Members screening next month.

Stronger

Battle Of The Sexes

The Glass Castle

Raw

Wind River

Valerian

Kedi

Brigsby Bear

The Square

Norman

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Downsizing

Darkest Hour

All The Money In The World

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected)

Brawl In Cell Block 99

Most of these are available streaming in some way, but I haven’t had time to view yet. I’m most upset about The Square and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. I love the work of both directors and I’m sure I will enjoy these movies once I see them.

Now onto my list:

60. Song To Song

Directed by Terence Malick, starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Natalie Portman.

59. Baywatch

Directed by Seth Gordon, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron

58. A Ghost Story

Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

57. The Little Hours

Directed by Jeff Baena, starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Micucci, and Dave Franco

56. The Bad Batch

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa

55. Killing Gunther

Directed by Taran Killam starring Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Colbie Smulders

54. Landline

Directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, John Turturro, and Edie Falco

53. Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Lietch, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

52. War For The Planet Of The Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves, starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson

51. Kong: Skull Island

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson

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