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Best and Worst Films of 2010 Addenda

Posted by Charles Reece, January 24, 2011 02:11am | Post a Comment
I just saw these on video, but each should go on my respective lists.

Best of 2010:

winter's bone poster sam smith

Debra Granik's Winter's Bone more or less takes Raymond Chandler's basic story structure for his Philip Marlowe books but sets it in the Ozarks with a teenaged girl as the detective. Ree Dolly goes hunting for her missing father, who's put their house up for his bond. If he doesn't show up for his hearing, the family will be homeless. As with Marlowe, Ree gets the shit kicked out of her, discovers a much more involved plot and it all ends with the initial mystery not being so important. There's plenty of haggard femme fatales, I guess, but Granik doesn't do much with shadows, so I wouldn't exactly call this hillbilly noir. Instead, Granik subtly uses the hardboiled template to tell the story without becoming postmodern pastiche -- i.e., without the winking of, say, Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang or Brick. So this unfortunately knocks Jackass 3D off of my list of 11 films.

Crud:


Jay and Mark Duplass are known for their mumblecore style and are favorites of Sundance, so that should've warned me off from watching this shit, but I gave Cyrus a chance. John is a lonely lump of a man who's been masturbating for the past 7 years since his divorce. His best and only friend is his ex, who makes him come to a party where he gets drunk and acts like an ass. Molly is a chubby-chasing MILF who finds this oaf's idiocy appealing for its authenticity. Granted, its authentic in the sense that the story takes place in L.A., where drunken, loud-mouthed narcissists who want to talk about themselves to anyone standing around are a dime a dozen. But why is this appealing to Molly? Well, because she's got an Oedipal thing going on with her obese, asshole son, Cyrus, so maybe John reminds her of him. If the fantastic message had been if you're not blessed with a beautiful face, you might be lucky enough to have Marisa Tomei as a doting mom, the film might've moved past the low bar set by the standards of Sundance, but the brothers Duplass aren't perverse enough for that. Instead of exploring incest (which is always interesting), they provide wish fulfillment for cloddish types who can't rely on an interesting personality or wit to get them through life. This is, of course, the same terrain mined by Judd Apatow, only with intentionally dull lines and a constantly moving camera to give a patina of realism. Authenticity by rote.

My Best of 2010: Music Picks by Kelly

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 13, 2011 08:45pm | Post a Comment
Howdy and Happy New Year, one and all. I've spent about a week and half, that is the first week and a half of 2011, listening only to the music I purchased last year and I've come up with a list of stuff that I am not only not sick of but ready to live happily ever after with. Here's what I love the most, my best picks for music released in 2010, and you know it's gotta be firm 'cause it's all I've been living on. Let's go:
sun city girls funeral mariachi album cover
Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi (Abduction)

This is the kind of record that you listen to repeatedly, one side at a time. I think I must have replayed side one at least five times before moving on to play side two again and again --- it's just a mesmerizing and solid piece of work, enchanting and haunted by an astounding breadth of world music influences (no doubt culled from field recordings, transmissions and the like Sun City Girls has gifted to the public via their Sublime Frequencies label, which pretty much makes them, alongside Mississippi Records, the Smithsonian Folkways of our generation). This release is held even more dear by the fact that it is the last Sun City Girls record due to the death of drummer and vocalist Charles Gocher Jr. in 2007. It's also a limited release, so get it while you can. In fact, it's the "get it while you can" of 2010.

Sun City Girls - "Blue West" from Funeral Mariachi


my top 12 movies of the year...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2011 04:25pm | Post a Comment
I have been trying to get this list together for weeks now, but I had a lot of work to do! Lots of movies to see. I just saw Blue Valentine and The Fighter this week and they both ended up on this list -- I figured they would, but I obviously had to see them first.

Before you get all mad about my list, remember that these are "my" favorite movies of the year. This is not what I believe are your favorite movies of the year. Movies are a very personal thing for me. They can affect us all differently, and some of my favorite people in the world often don't agree with me on what are the best films of the year. Everyone is different. These are the movies that made me cry, the movies that made me think, the movies that I could not get out of my head weeks after seeing them. My favorite place to see a movie is in the theater, and that is where I saw every movie on this list.

There were also movies I like that didn't end up on the list -- for example, I really did like the most recent Harry Potter movie. It was my favorite in the series, but I don't think it necessarily belongs on this list. And I really did like The Social Network -- it's just not something I fell in love with. I have no desire to see it again. When I really love a movie I usually want to watch it again, and I just don't think The Social Network deserves all the attention it is getting. I also really think it was too soon to make a movie about facebook. The King's Speech also missed this list. I love Colin Firth and I did enjoy the movie, but I just don't think it was one of the best of the year. It didn't have a personal effect on me. On the other side of things, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were both amazing in Blue Valentine. The movie was tragic and beautiful and I really will never forget it. I can't get it out of my head. Never Let Me Go was similar in that way; Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley were all amazing, and it got me all sorts of emotional.

Amoeba Hollywood Top 50 Dvds of 2010

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 5, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment
Check it out...here are Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Best Selling Dvds and Blu-rays of 2010. These are the Dvds and Blu-rays that you loved this year! DVD and Blu-ray sales were combined to compile this list. Scott Pilgrim is #1!!!

1. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

scott pilgrim vs the world

2. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

let the right one in

3. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

exit through the gift shop

4. AVATAR

avatar

5. HURT LOCKER

hurt locker

6. THE ROOM

the room

7. BLACK DYNAMITE

black dynamite

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Amoeba Hollywood Top 100 Albums of 2010...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 4, 2011 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Without further ado, here are the Top Best Sellers at Amoeba Hollywood in 2010!


1. THE BLACK KEYS-BROTHERS

black keys brothers

2. ARCADE FIRE-THE SUBURBS

arcade fire suburbs

3. SADE-SOLDIER OF LOVE

sade soldier of love

4. XX-XX

the xx xx

5. VAMPIRE WEEKEND-CONTRA

vampire weekend contra

6. THE NATIONAL-HIGH VIOLET

national high violet

7. OZZY OSBOURNE-SCREAM

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