24 December 2014

Favorite Music from 2014

2014 Top Ten Albums

  1. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  2. Sinoia Caves - Beyond the Black Rainbow (Soundtrack)
  3. Aphex Twin - Syro
  4. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
  5. Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
  6. Röyksopp - The Inevitable End
  7. The Antlers - Familiars
  8. Kiasmos - Kiasmos
  9. Clark - Clark
  10. The Budos Band - Burnt Offering

Honorable Mentions:
...And Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
M. Geddes Gengras - Ishi
Moonface - City Wrecker
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Tacocat - Tacocat
TV On the Radio - Seeds
Tycho - Awake
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite


2014 Top 25 Music Tracks

  1. Röyksopp - Skulls
  2. Tacocat - Bridge to Hawaii
  3. Hundred Waters - Cavity
  4. The Antlers - Palace
  5. Aphex Twin - minipops 67 [120.2] [source field mix]
  6. Sinoia Caves - Sentionauts II
  7. Operators - True
  8. Owen Pallett - The Riverbed
  9. Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
  10. Tycho - Awake
  11. Noosa - Begin Again
  12. Kiasmos - Looped
  13. Arca - Thievery
  14. Clark - Winter Linn
  15. The Budos Band - The Sticks
  16. TV on the Radio - Happy Idiot
  17. M. Geddes Gengras - Passage
  18. Plaid - Matin Lunaire
  19. Cashmere Cat - With Me
  20. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - A Million Random Digits
  21. Moonface - Daughter of a Dove
  22. Rustie - Raptor
  23. Wolves in the Throne Room - Turning Ever Towards the Sun
  24. Interpol - All the Rage Back Home
  25. Porter Robinson - Sad Machine

09 December 2014

30 November 2014

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Dir. Werner Herzog
1998

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As depicted by Herzog, Deiter Dengler is a man with a traumatic past who nonetheless remains curious, optimistic and enlivened by the world. The final shot is ecstatic but also a gentle reminder of the mortality of man; even surrounded by his dreams, he stands in a graveyard.

01 November 2014

Monster's University

Dir. Dan Scanlon
2013

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We start and end on scene of near painterly tranquil. In between we're treated to cutesified grotesqueries (the birds in the first shot are soon to be revealed as three-headed, fang-bearing monsters) and the painful knowledge that just because you try hard at something, doesn't mean you'll get good at it. This message, a rare one in children's cinema, is delivered with a light touch: the autumnal imagery of the opening image sets the stage for a lot of softly lit near photoreal animation; but it's nevertheless conveyed deftly.

21 March 2014