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my top 50 albums of 2017

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 28, 2017 03:30pm | Post a Comment


shout out louds

#50 Shout Out Louds - Ease My Mind (Merge)

These guys first got me under their spell more than 10 years ago when Our Ill Wills came out. I am now a fan for life and always find it comforting to drift back into a new Shout Out Louds album. This music soothes the soul and lulls you into a different place. At least it does that for me. I don't know how else to describe it other than being Swedish indie soft rock.

Soccer Mommy

#49 Soccer Mommy - Collection (Fat Possum)

This was not the best year for band names. But I really think all the good band names might be taken. But you really should not judge a band by its name. I really don't like the names of at least half the new bands that I like. This band reminds me of the indie rock jangly twee days of K Records. Which always makes me happy. They are like Veruca Salt meets The Softies. I am still forever stuck in the '90s and there are plenty of bands still playing music like the '90s never ended.

2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2017 04:17pm | Post a Comment
moonlightWe are once again deep into Oscar season. The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, January 24th. Jackie and I tend to obsess about these awards all year long. But the time has come to put down our final predictions for the Oscar nominations. I do my best to see all these films every year in the theater. I have seen all the films I am predicting for best picture except for Fences and Silence. My favorite film of the year was 20th Century Women. I will be so happy if it gets nominated for anything on Tuesday. But the only thing I am really predicting it for is best screenplay. Another personal favoritela la land of mine is Nocturnal Animals. I am hoping it gets a couple of nominations like it did at the Globes and BAFTAs. But Tom Ford's last film A Single Man only got one nomination for Colin Firth. Everyone seems to be predicting La La Land to win best picture and take home the most awards of the night. But I will be hoping that the film is divisive enough to help Moonlight win best picture and best director. The Oscars are on February 26th and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There really is no way that we will have another #oscarssowhite year. Films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences are just too good and acclaimed to be ignored. Below you will find our predictions for the bigger categories. We each listed one alternate for each category. Best Picture could be 5-10 nominees. I am predicting there will only be 8 this year.


Best Picture

brad jackie
Moonlight La La Land
La La Land Manchester By The Sea
Manchester By The Sea Moonlight
Arrival Lion
Lion  Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water Hell Or High Water
Nocturnal Animals Fences
Silence Captain Fantastic

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my top 10 films of 2016

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 2, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Brad's Top Films of 2016

I really can't imagine my life without movies. I have been obsessed with them since I can remember being obsessed with anything. Movies are great to escape into. Especially this year. I never got around to posting my top 10 films of 2015. I just didn't get a chance to see everything I wanted to by the end of the year. But I did make a list. So here is my top 10 of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, The Martian, Sicario, Brooklyn, It Follows & The Diary Of A Teenage Girl. The end of the year is always too packed with good films so it is hard to catch up with everything. But I did try and see almost everything this year. I had high expectations for La La Land and Jackie. And I know most people loved those movies. They just didn't do it for me this year. I really tried to like Jackie and I certainly did love some things about it. But I think the more I thought about it the less I liked it. This top ten is what I have seen and loved this year. These are the movies that have stayed with me. The movies that I can't stop thinking about. The movies that I will return to and revisit in the years to come. It was really hard to put these movies in order. I did love all of them. It just kind of depends on my current mood which I liked better. I really liked a lot of movies this year. I really liked Green Room, Julieta, Deadpool, The Neon Demon, Love & Friendship, Miss Sloane & Loving. They all could have easily been on this list too.

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my top 50 albums of 2016

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 17, 2016 01:41pm | Post a Comment
















ondeadwaves#1 onDeadWaves -
onDeadWaves (Mute)
This is one of those albums that I fell in love with right away. Some albums take a while to grow on me. I have to listen to them multiple times before I know for sure that I am going to love them. But this album got deep inside me right away. I was in love after the first song. I am a sucker for dream pop or anything that reminds me of the 90s Mazzy Star or Julee Cruise. onDeadWaves are sort of like Mark Lanegan or the Tindersticks meets Mazzy Star or Galaxie 500. It is dark and dreamy but has a lightness to it that is hard to describe. It puts me in a good mood every time I listen to it. Just try and listen to the song "Blue Inside" and not fall in love with this album. I can't get enough of this album. It is always the best when an album like this seems to come out of nowhere. It makes it feel like destiny for it to find you and makes you feel all good inside.

merchandise#2 Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound (4AD)
I really fell for these guys after their last album from two years ago. After The End was an album I spend a lot of time with in 2014. So I had high hopes for this new album. I just love the singer in this bands voice so much. It has got such a cool dark tone to it. Sort of like the cool British dudes I fell in love in the 80s and 90s from bands like Felt, Modern English, & Cindytalk. This is another album that I kept going back to this year. "Shadow Of Truth" was the song that really got me on this record. 4AD is the perfect label for this band. I could totally imagine them performing a song on one of the This Mortal Coil albums.

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Oscars Do-Over: How We'd Change the Awards

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2016 04:18pm | Post a Comment

creed movie

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed

Brad: Some of us take the Oscars very seriously. Probably more serious than they should be taken. But The Academy Awards really do mean something.

brokeback mountain blu-rayThey validate actors and actresses and make them feel special. But they also reward the films and roles that we as fans find important. It really does mean something to see somebody who looks like you win an award. Or to have somebody play a role that looks like you.

It was important for Brokeback Mountain to get a best picture nomination in 2005. It really did mean something as a gay man to see a movie like that get nominated. I am certainly not a gay cowboy. But I will take what I can get.

Billy: Are you sure you’re not a gay cowboy? But yes, I agree. Of course Crash ended up winning over Brokeback Mountain, and that movie was just so-so, but we digress.

Brad: I still remember when John Singleton got nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1991 for Boyz n the Hood. I remember thinking back then that times were changing! This was 25 years ago, and times have still not changed much. They have changed a bit. But in the last couple of years, we seem to be going backwards.

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