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my top 10 films of 2014...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 15, 2015 12:04pm | Post a Comment
One of my absolutely favorite things to do is to watch films in theaters. I have been obsessed with movies since I can remember anything. I still remember seeing E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and  Empire Strikes Back for the first time in the theater. I also remember seeing films like Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Safe, The Ice Storm, Se7en, Edward Scissorhands, Heathers & Dazed and Confused for the first time in the theater. These are the kind of movies that stay with me over the years. But I also remember that first experience of seeing them for the first time in the theater. I remember seeing Ice Storm on a second date. I remember seeing Trainspotting with some of my best friends the summer after I graduated from college. I love that feeling of getting out of a movie theater and getting excited at just the thought of watching the movie all over again. This list below is the movies that I enjoyed the most from 2014. These are the movies that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The movies I will go back to and rewatch again over the coming years.
I have been disappointed by so many films this year. I had high expectations for Birdman and Foxcatcher. But I was so disappointed by these films. I really didn't like much about either of them and have no plans to revisit them. I have also learned how different our reactions can be to certain movies. Some of my friends have loved Birdman and Foxcatcher. And they have hated Gone Girl and Interstellar. But this is just how films work. It is obvious that some films are just not meant for everyone and it is OK for us to have different reactions to these great movies of the year. It does not mean these movies are any less great. I have been trying to watch as many films as I could these last couple of months. But I still have not had time to watch everything I wanted. I still need to see The Imitation Game. But I really can't wait any longer to finish my top ten. So here it is. And remember this is just my top ten. It is not your top ten. I don't claim for these to be the ten best films of the year. They are simply my 10 favorite films of they year. Go see some movies and see what happens.

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2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 11, 2015 10:43pm | Post a Comment
boyhoodWe are right in the middle of Oscar season right now. Here are some dates to be ready for. The Golden Globes just took place on Sunday 1/11. Boyhood & Birdman won the big awards at the globes as expected. Oscar Nominations come out this Thursday 1/15. The Oscar ceremony takes place this year on Sunday 2/22. The SAG Awards are on Sunday 1/25. So you still have some time to catch up and watch some movies. So see these movies in the theater if you can! But some of these movies are already out on Blu-ray and DVD. Guardians of The Galaxy is out now. It will for sure get some technical nominations and maybe some how sneak into the best picture race if miracles happen. The Grand Budapest Hotel is also out now and this movie will most likely be nominated for Best Picture. Boyhood is also out now and will for sure be nominated for everything and maybe win Picture, Director, Best Supporting Actress & Screenplay. I will be so very happy if Boyhood wins everything. The movie was awesome and my favorite of the year. I have loved Linklater for a long time now and I think about this movie almost every day since I saw it. Gone Girl is another of my favorites this year and I will not be totally shocked if it is left out of the best picture race but I am hoping it gets in there. I also am really hoping that Nightcrawler sneaks into the best picture category in the place of Whiplash or Foxcatcher. But I don't think it will. Gone Girl comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/13. Whiplash comes out 2/3. Force Majeure Nightcrawler come out 2/10. Birdman, Foxcatcher, Life ItselfTheory Of Everything all come out on 2/17 the week of the Oscars! Interstellar comes out 3/10. Selma and Imitation Game do not have release dates yet.

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my top 50 albums of 2014...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 11, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Brad's Top 50 Albums of 2014

douglas dare#1 Douglas Dare - Whelm (Erased Tapes)
There are always a couple of albums like this every year. And I always just patiently wait for them. I just never know where they are gonna come from. I loved this album after the first listen. This album would clearly end up on the top of my most listened to albums of the year. Which naturally makes it my favorite. It is one of those albums that I prefer to listen to by myself since I am never sure if anyone is gonna like it as much as I do. Your favorite albums are the ones you keep going back to. The ones you want to start over as soon as they end. This is that album for me. An album I will always have close to my heart. This album is basically just Douglas stripped down bare with his songs and his piano. It is beautiful and heartbreaking. A fantastic debut album.



mac demarco#2 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
Mac DeMarco's second album was one of my favorites of 2012. Here he is again with his fantastic third album. I am still not exactly sure why I can't stop loving this dude. I actually will forget how much I love him until I go and put on his albums again and then fall in love all over again. This new album is another perfect mellow pop album. Perfect for a lazy day. It gets under your skin and becomes part of you. There is just no denying the talent of this dude. I can't help but feeling sometimes that he has somehow tricked my into liking him. You seriously can't help but love this album. There is nothing upbeat about this album. However it still manages to make me so happy every time I listen to it.

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2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 13, 2014 04:06pm | Post a Comment

american hustleOur favorite time of year is here once again. The Oscar nominations come out on this Thursday January 16th. The Golden Globes ceremony took place on this last Sunday. The Oscars will take place on Sunday March 2nd. So if you have not seen some of the movies we will be listing here you still have some time to see them before the Oscars. I really think that 12 Years A Slave is the best made movie of the year. It is a beautiful film to look at. It might be a difficult movie for some to watch. But I found American Hustle much more difficult to sit through. I am still not fully sure why the Academy loves David O. Russell so much. I will admit that I was worried going in because of how much I disliked Silver Linings Playbook last year. But American Hustle is a much better film, I will admit. I just wanted it to be better than it was. I really think it should be between Nebraska and 12 Years A Slave for the big award this year. I enjoyed watching Gravity, but I just don't think it holds up against the other movies out this year. But you really need to see all these movies to make up your own mind. Her, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Nebraska, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers ClubBlue Jasmine are the movies you absolutely must watch if you like movies. And if you want to prepare yourself for the Oscars.
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I am not really expecting any big shocks this year in the nominations, but I always hope that there will be. I hope that this year David O. Russell will be left off the Director list like Ben Affleck was last year. Or that a movie like Lone Survivor or The Spectacular Now sneaks into the best picture race. Her was another one of my favorites of the year. I was so happy it won Best Screenplay at the Globes. I think it has a good chance at the Oscar for that category. And I hope it sneaks into the Director and Acting categories.

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my top 10 films of 2013...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2014 03:20pm | Post a Comment

NEBRASKA Alexander Payne
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IN A WORLD...LAKE BELL
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Her Spike Jonze
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12 Years A Slave Steve McQueen

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