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December 1st, 2014, 01:09 PM
Ok folks...all your best of, Movies-TV-Music lists. Time to roll up your sleeves and weigh in.

Edgar Wright and John Waters Reveal Their Top 10 of 2014 Lists; Show Love to BOYHOOD and MAPS TO THE STARS

Read more at http://collider.com/edgar-wright-john-waters-top-10-films-2014/#8PUhsb6AYrVWAxtv.99

December 5th, 2014, 05:49 PM
The 50 Best Films Of 2014

The 30 Best Trailers Of 2014

The 50 Best Posters Of 2014

December 11th, 2014, 03:09 PM
Sight & Sound's Best Films of 2014 (http://www.bfi.org.uk/best-films-2014?utm_content=buffere01c4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

I've seen 1 of them.

December 11th, 2014, 03:12 PM
Edgar Wright's 10 Favorite Films Of 2014 Include 'Boyhood,' 'Interstellar' & 'Under The Skin' And More (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/edgar-wrights-10-favorite-films-of-2014-include-boyhood-interstellar-under-the-skin-and-more-20141201)

Edgar Wright’s Favorite Films Of 2014 (in no particular order)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Under The Skin
The Lego Movie
Edge Of Tomorrow

December 11th, 2014, 03:13 PM
David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars' Tops John Waters' 10 Best Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/david-cronenbergs-maps-to-the-stars-tops-john-waters-10-best-films-of-2014-20141201)

John Waters’ Top 10 Films Of 2014
1. Maps To The Stars
2. Charlie Victor Romeo
3. The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq
4. The Smell Of Us
5. Gloria
6. Who Took Johnny
7. L’il Quinquin
8. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2
9. Violette
10. The Films Of Joanna Hogg (“Unrelated,” “Archipelago,” “Exhibition”)

December 11th, 2014, 03:15 PM
Just noticed JD already posted a link that links to Waters and Wright's best of lists. Apologies.

The Playlist's 15 Best Film Scores Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-playlists-15-best-film-scores-of-2014-20141202)

December 11th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Best Of 2014: The 17 Most Thrilling Action Sequences Of The Year (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/best-of-2014-the-17-most-thrilling-action-sequences-of-the-year-20141204)

Good list, based on what I've seen.

December 11th, 2014, 04:05 PM
The 20 Worst Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-20-worst-films-of-2014-20141208)

December 12th, 2014, 05:42 AM
Hard to know exactly when a movie counts as 2014 or not. I read one of the lists above and they included multiple movies released in late 2013 so I don't know. And a movie might be 2013 in North America and not hit Europe until 2014. The Wolf of Wall Street would probably be #1 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) and Snowpiercer would be in there somewhere, but I kept it simple and checked my IMDB rating history and if the movie wasn't labeled as a 2014 release I didn't include it.

My top movies of 2014:

1. Edge of Tomorrow
2. Interstellar
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
6. 22 Jump Street
7. Predestination
8. Captain America 2
9. Godzilla

Couldn't find a 10th that I thought was more than average, so I'll leave it at 9. I don't think I watched a whole lot of movies released in 2014. Certainly no hidden gems. Or maybe I watched a bunch and simply didn't rate them on IMDB, with my rotten brain I unfortunately stand no chance of remembering them on my own :)

December 12th, 2014, 07:09 AM
Favorite metal albums this past year:

Sabaton - Heroes
Allen/Lande - The Great Divide
Arch Enemy - War Eternal

December 12th, 2014, 11:12 AM
The Worst Films Of 2014

Luc SkyBomba
December 12th, 2014, 11:19 AM
movies... i seen xmen, was that 2014? Almost finished snowpiercer but fell asleep. It was like 3am tho. I'll finish it eventually but it was great. I started Under the Skin and was liking it. Waiting for Grand Budapest Hotel to be $10 before I get to see that one. Hopefully I'll be getting Guardians for xmas so I can see that one finally. Others I need to see... Lucy, Cap 2. Oh, I saw Noah. That was alright.

music... only bought 3 albums this year

1. aesthetic perfection - til death: the only one of the 3 that i still listen to consistently
2. slipknot - gray chapter: really missing Paul and Joey
3. combichrist - we love you: feels like a transition album, but if Andy wanted to do metal he should've just started a new band and left combichrist alone

The birthday massacre just released Superstition recently. Hopefully I get that for xmas too, but from what I've heard on youtube the album sounds great.

December 12th, 2014, 11:23 AM
Film Comment's Best Films of 2014 (http://www.filmcomment.com/entry/20-best-films-of-2014)

Film Comment's Best Unreleased Films of 2014 (http://filmcomment.com/entry/20-best-unreleased-films-of-2014)

December 12th, 2014, 11:53 AM
My favorite book of 2014 was The Martian by Andy Weir.

December 14th, 2014, 01:54 AM
My Top Albums (In no particular order)

1. Swans-To Be Kind


2. Aphex Twin-Syro

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTo7WhEbOklBgYY5BCI65bp_nyZtz3up DIOV2fkjZtAQWX9FYjinA

3. Current 93- I Am the Last Of All the Field That Fell

4. Behemoth-The Satanist
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRlz78uCUZvxmUjx63giC4xqSAxArGye wjMYoFXIOW4TSqOUh8-

5. Godflesh-A World Only Lit by Fire

6. Crowbar-Symmetry In Black
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPNAlhSgGUFYkmLvLIppw5uOrF_UR1q QiBXvpMYhfZuP2AVy5N

December 16th, 2014, 10:42 AM
The Best Movie Posters of 2014 (https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-best-movie-posters-of-2014/)

December 16th, 2014, 12:02 PM
The 20 Best Movie Posters Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-20-best-movie-posters-of-2014-20141215)

December 17th, 2014, 02:29 PM
Blu-ray.com Reviewers: The Best of 2014 (http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15683)

December 18th, 2014, 06:10 PM
Loved and Lost: 20 People and Shows We'll Miss from 2014
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/news/loved-and-lost-20-people-and-shows-well-miss-from-2014#S7bEevGSfKB1p65v.99

Luc SkyBomba
December 18th, 2014, 09:34 PM
JD and adgy...

i wanna know your guys' best of the bests with honors lists

December 19th, 2014, 09:00 AM
Will get to work on it...

December 19th, 2014, 10:52 AM
You talkin' about movies?

Luc SkyBomba
December 19th, 2014, 11:23 AM
You talkin' about movies?

anything dudes!

December 19th, 2014, 04:05 PM
Worst of 2014, the Kings F & B boss decides to do away with the "Early Bird" special. This was great. 2 hot dogs and 1/3 a tub of peanuts. wtf?

December 19th, 2014, 09:10 PM
The Fifteen Best New Comics Of 2014

December 19th, 2014, 11:12 PM
Ok. So top ten MUSIC choices.

A year when so many sentimental faves put out new stuff. PM5K/Slipknot/Sevendust etc...yet, while all of it was fun while it lasted, not too many were good enough to make the end of the year lists.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/Mastodon-Once-More-Round-the-Sun_zps42752643.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/Mastodon-Once-More-Round-the-Sun_zps42752643.jpg.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/orangegoblin_zps977ccfcd.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/orangegoblin_zps977ccfcd.jpg.html)

Mastodon:Once More Around the Sun
Orange Goblin: Back From the Abyss

Both entirely AWESOME examples of STONER rawk. Mastodon trending towards math rock, while Orange just goes all CRANK IT TO 10!!!!! Different sides of same coin.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/acefrehleyspacedinvader_zps7b97715a.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/acefrehleyspacedinvader_zps7b97715a.jpg.html)

Ace Frehley:Spaced Invader

Kinda have a thing for Ace. Kiss was my buttered bread as a kid. I like Anomaly better song wise, but Ace is clearly having fun here and his guitar/vocals haven't sounded this good in a while. Enough to put this on the list in a fairly weak year.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/nazarethrockandroll_zps8a206901.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/nazarethrockandroll_zps8a206901.jpg.html)

Nazareth:Rock and Roll Telephone.

Oh Nazareth...just one of the MANY bands I teethed on who SHOULDA BEEN!!!! The end of an era. Frontman Dan McCafferty has c.o.p.d. and can no longer tour. This is his swan song. And it's a fine way to close the curtain.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331121/FNM-MF_zpsede73fc2.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331121/FNM-MF_zpsede73fc2.jpg.html)

Faith No More:Motherf_ _ ker(single)

Cheating here. But I cannot begin to express just how awesome it is to have new music from them. Give it a listen. A LOT. What seems odd and Patton-centric catches yer ears after a bit and is a tremendous sign of things to come.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/donnieviewhitealbum_zps1abb89e7.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/donnieviewhitealbum_zps1abb89e7.jpg.html)

Donnie Vie:The White Album

Yeah, kinda cocky title wise. Look, there is no greater tragedy to me than the complete ignorance of Enuff Z'Nuff by the general public. Mislabeled as a 'hair band' they trudged on creating some of the best melodies and moving 'POP' songs since Cheap Trick, and dare I say it...the Beatles. Unfortunate, and nasty split later, the singer and primary songwriter shows up with this. Unpolished and raw...but the rough beauty is on display.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/acdcrockorbust_zps6b0a2c7d.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/acdcrockorbust_zps6b0a2c7d.jpg.html)

AC/DC:Rock or Bust

Shame about Malcolm. Probly a goodbye cd. Not a bad way to go. Reminds me of Flick of the Switch and Fly on the Wall...both horribly underrated.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/kixrockyer_zps37c44331.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/kixrockyer_zps37c44331.jpg.html)

Kix:Rock Your Face Off

Well this was a surprise. A band I adored in my youth, that represented my love of hooky/chorus catchy pop rock not only came out with new music...but it did not let the side down. Full of atitude and piss and vinegar that puts 'new' music to shame...This shoulda placed higher but the top 3 actually turns out to be too solid to crack.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/Monster-Magnet-Milking-the-Stars_zpsa77a7faa.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/Monster-Magnet-Milking-the-Stars_zpsa77a7faa.jpg.html)

Monster Magnet:Milking the Stars

A remake of my top cd of last year 'The Last Patrol', this experiment is a completely different animal. The songs barely resemble the originals and while Last Patrol represented the perfect balance of MM's pop power and spacey stoner meanderings, most of the songs here are stripped bare and show a side never represented. Difficult to embrace, yet hard to forget...I'm a longtime MM fan and I do not think they have ever been more interesting


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/leftovers_zps6f1d094c.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/leftovers_zps6f1d094c.jpg.html)

The Leftovers(HBO):Original Soundtrack

man...1 and 2 are so easily swapped. This st is overwhelming. Just the most oppressive and heart rendering music from a terrific show. Like no other soundtrack I can think of, it is impossible to listen to without remembering specific instances. I have said it elsewhere...this soundtrack deserves 'co-star' status because it is such a part of the fabric of the show.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331119/primustop10_zpsc3c0c3a6.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331119/primustop10_zpsc3c0c3a6.jpg.html)

Well. Here we are. Pretty predictable if you know me. One of my fave childhood memories warped even further by one of my fave character/artists. Unlistenable and earworming at the same time. This is one that will stay in regular rotation for the unseeable future.

And, I do not go to a lot of live shows, so I will cover that here.
The best...and only live show I witnessed


It was life changing.

Luc SkyBomba
December 20th, 2014, 08:44 AM
that's what i'm talkin about JD!

December 21st, 2014, 07:13 PM
I watch way too many movies six months later on HBO or in airplanes, so I probably can't make a 2014 movie list any time in 2014.

I am in the process of making sure I listened to all the 2014 CDs I bought, but right now I have 9 solid candidates, although I won't feel too bad if the bottom three get knocked out. Spoiler alert: Sweden is so heavily represented that it is ridiculous, and it can get worse.

Television I will try to do at the same time, although it is hard to do when so many of the good shows are on for all of 10-13 episodes six months ago.

Sports: Gee, I wonder.

Books: I have James Ellroy's new book ready to start once I finish something else which is going really slow. Or maybe I should take a break, since it is a book of 200 year old short stories. Anyways, I am very confident that despite not having read it yet that the James Ellroy book is the best book of 2014. I wonder if there will be short sentences heavy on alliteration.

December 22nd, 2014, 10:51 AM
Gonna wait until the year is over before I do my lists. Mostly because I'm trying to fit as much **** in as I can at the end here.

December 23rd, 2014, 02:54 PM
The 21 Best Performances Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-21-best-performances-of-2014-20141217)

December 26th, 2014, 12:28 PM
2014 was kind of a down year for movies. Usually this is my favorite time of the year for movies, but everything I've seen so far has ranged from okay to meh. There were a couple of good blockbusters (Gaurdians/Edge of Tomorrow). Honestly the only movie I really enjoyed from this year was probably the Raid 2.

True Detective wins best everything in 2014 for me.

December 29th, 2014, 11:28 AM
OK Comics’ Top Twenty Graphic Novels Of The Year (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/12/28/ok-comics-top-twenty-graphic-novels-year/)

Almost all non-Marvel/DC stuff.

December 29th, 2014, 02:36 PM
The Most Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-most-overrated-and-underrated-films-of-2014-20141222)

December 30th, 2014, 09:09 AM

December 30th, 2014, 09:40 AM
Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Graphic Novels Of 2014 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/12/30/bleeding-cools-11-best-graphic-novels-2014/)

December 30th, 2014, 09:54 AM
Art Of The Title Illustrates 10 Best Credit Sequences Of 2014 (http://www.artofthetitle.com/feature/top-10-title-sequences-of-2014/)

December 30th, 2014, 10:21 AM
Rolling Stone Critic Peter Travers Reveals His Top 10 Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/rolling-stone-critic-peter-travers-reveals-his-top-10-films-of-2014-20141230)

Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers’ Top 10 Films Of 2014
1. Boyhood
2. Birdman
3. Foxcatcher
4. Selma
5. Gone Girl
6. Whiplash
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Unbroken
9. Under The Skin
10. Interstellar

I've seen 2 of those.

Luc SkyBomba
December 30th, 2014, 11:36 AM
Rolling Stone Critic Peter Travers Reveals His Top 10 Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/rolling-stone-critic-peter-travers-reveals-his-top-10-films-of-2014-20141230)

I've seen 2 of those.

i seen half of one and want to see 2 others... target won't drop the price on grand budapest hotel!

December 30th, 2014, 11:40 AM
Rolling Stone Critic Peter Travers Reveals His Top 10 Films Of 2014 (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/rolling-stone-critic-peter-travers-reveals-his-top-10-films-of-2014-20141230)

Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers’ Top 10 Films Of 2014
1. Boyhood
2. Birdman
3. Foxcatcher
4. Selma
5. Gone Girl
6. Whiplash
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Unbroken
9. Under The Skin
10. Interstellar

I've seen 2 of those.

Half of those never played here (besides maybe the artsy one-off theatre downtown?), I will be seeing Unbroken this week, but I've seen the other 4.

December 30th, 2014, 05:25 PM
The Best Scores of 2014 (http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=13882)

December 30th, 2014, 08:56 PM
The Best Scores of 2014 (http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=13882)

This list contains what may be the most egregious oversight I have ever seen in a year end list.
The best score of 2014 is clearly Los Angeles Kings 3, New York Rangers 2 [2OT]

December 30th, 2014, 09:33 PM
Too many good seasons...most of the fx stuff, I will kinda miss Chozen. TV was great, again. And I don't need to point out most, but here's a few VERY underrated tv shows.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/First%20album%20of%202013/The-Leftovers-Music-from-the-HBO-Series-Season-1_zpsd9523328.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/First%20album%20of%202013/The-Leftovers-Music-from-the-HBO-Series-Season-1_zpsd9523328.jpg.html)

Just epic. Tragic and dreadful. With a soundtrack that just swallows your soul.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331124/rectify_zps002c6e2a.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331124/rectify_zps002c6e2a.jpg.html)

Season 2...so deliberately slow. And oppressive. Yet, full of sad desperate hope. If this don't move ya...you got no soul.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331124/hellonwheels_zps443f014c.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331124/hellonwheels_zps443f014c.jpg.html)

Another show you shoulda been watching. Just better every season and should finish at the top of it's game next season. Anson Mount...should be a star.

December 31st, 2014, 09:46 AM
Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics Of 2014 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/12/31/bleeding-cools-11-best-comics-2014/)

Gonna start working on my lists today, hopefully. Assuming the office stays relatively quiet.

December 31st, 2014, 10:50 AM
Alright, here's my Best Comics of 2014. Limited to stuff I buy monthly, as opposed to TPBs because it would have been impossible to do that way. I'll link to the first TPB when possible, in case anyone is interested in buying.

15. Southern Bastards Volume 1: Here Was a Man (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632150166/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1632150166&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=E77ZABSZIEN3URBH)

14. Wytches (no TPB yet, only 3 issues in)

13. Moon Knight Volume 1: From the Dead (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785154086/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0785154086&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=ODBYOB4O3XBP3IJJ)

12. Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607066114/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607066114&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=3DKUESAONFKRPFFV)

11. The Fade Out Volume 1 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632151715/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1632151715&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=LSHUY53RVAMUMVO5)

10. Trillium (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401249000/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1401249000&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=QWIBDAMNPDWVRQJG)

9. East of West Volume 1: The Promise (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607067706/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607067706&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=LC7PUX3MKVLZJYWD)

8. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 1: Getting the Band Back Together (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785184945/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0785184945&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=RPNZF2HCAXOJJDMV)

7. Rachel Rising 1: The Shadow of Death (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1892597519/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1892597519&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=EPYW3KTGNXSMVZ4B)

6. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/078519021X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=078519021X&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=RBTXGSB66JMQRW7Y)

5. Saga, Vol. 1 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607066017/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607066017&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=D4R4PFN4PWTUBKPZ)

4. Velvet Volume 1 TP (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607069644/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607069644&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=4NFRQVOQSPBGGMHM)

3. Sex Criminals Volume 1 TP (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607069466/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607069466&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=5PIH74T3NF42SLWR)

2. New Avengers Volume 1: Everything Dies (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785166610/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0785166610&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=LMALO7EIXLWEM7RS)

1. Lazarus Volume 1 TP (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607068095/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1607068095&linkCode=as2&tag=oneofgodsownp-20&linkId=KLZMGZRTTPUDVKDJ)

Mostly Image books because Image makes the best comics.

January 1st, 2015, 12:08 AM
i seen half of one and want to see 2 others... target won't drop the price on grand budapest hotel!

Weird. For Boxing Day up here, it was at WM and Amazon for C$14.xx. Surprising since we're usually behind you on sales.

January 1st, 2015, 12:20 AM
I have my top 10 favorite movies list for 2014, but I'm missing almost 10 movies for my best of 2014 list. :(

Favorite Videogame OST: Child of Light.
Favorite Movie Score: Interstellar.
Favorite TV Score: GoT/POI from Ramin Djawadi

More to come!

Luc SkyBomba
January 1st, 2015, 01:55 AM
Weird. For Boxing Day up here, it was at WM and Amazon for C$14.xx. Surprising since we're usually behind you on sales.

Target probably figures that a wes anderson fan will pay any reasonable amount to buy one of his movies

January 1st, 2015, 01:33 PM
My favorite movies from 2014:
1) Interstellar. Best IMAX movie ever?
2) Edge of Tomorrow
3) Captain America Winter Soldier
5) Lucy
6) Maleficent
7) Grand Budapest Hotel
8) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
9) Lego Movie
10) Snowpiercer

Best TV Comedy: Silicon Valley
Best TV Drama: GoT
Best TV Horror: TWD
Best TV Sci-fi: Continuum
Best TV fantasy: Lost Girl
Best new TV Drama/limited: True Detective
Best new TV series: The Flash
Best TV turn-around: Agents of Shield. Big thanks to Cap movie.
Best TV death(s): GoT had so many shockers

January 3rd, 2015, 11:36 PM
2014 Top Music

Here is the first part of my 2014 Top Music list, which is really a 2014 Top Hard Rock and Non-Growly Metal list, since I barely went outside the genres in terms of new releases and none of that made the cut. The albums that did make my list were not all that heavy as a whole this year, but one notable exception did chart very highly. Live albums and compilations are not allowed in the official list, but I did pick one best album for each category.

German bands were well represented as expected, including one that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. America, not so much, barely beating out Bulgaria and Australia. BULGARIA AND AUSTRALIA! But Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Queensryche all had huge comeback albums last year, and Symphony X and Kamelot are due next year, although neither of those two would make my list with their latest releases. Then again, England only makes an appearance as the name of a bonus track by a band from the other side of the Channel.

Give your pieces of furniture random individual names and get lost in a giant warehouse with a plate of $1.99 meatballs, to honor Sweden for dominating the top of the list in 2014 like they dominated face plants following Stanley Cup winning goals.

First, a couple groups of runners up that I feel deserve a mention. In no particular order:

Bloodbound - Stormborn (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Power Metal)
Brainstorm - Firesoul (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Power Metal)
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Power/Speed Metal)
Pretty Maids - Louder Than Ever (DEN http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Flag_of_Denmark.svg/22px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)
Sinbreed - Shadows (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Power Metal)

Five good, solid metal albums. Brainstorm's best album in a while. Bloodbound is finally trying to move beyond generic (if highly listenable) metal anthems. Gamma Ray and Pretty Maids are still cranking them out, while Sinbreed is an up-and-comer.

With a slight edge over the previous batch:

Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Progressive Metal)
Primal Fear - Delivering The Black (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Speed Metal/Power Metal)
Project Arcadia - A Time Of Changes (BUL http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg/22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Melodic Power Metal)
HammerFall - Revolution (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Power Metal)

Evergrey seems to be back on track, taking better advantage of Tom Englund's quietly intense vocals than they had been lately. I could have used a song or two that really jumped out at me though. Maybe I just need a few more listens.

Primal Fear is the master of good, pure, solid metal, this time stepping it up with something more creative and dynamic that serves as their second best album. Love One Night In December.

Project Arcadia (with one previous album) picked up vagabond Urban Breed (actual name) and backed up his strong vocals quite admirably with some very enjoyable melodic power metal. I can see them making some great albums, assuming Breed manages to stay with them.

HammerFall tried to branch out with their previous album, but threw out the baby (insanely catchy power metal) with the bathwater (endless lyrics about warriors and metal). Going back to their bread and butter, they produced a solid album with some definite standouts.

The Last Three Out:

#13 - Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army (USA http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Hard Rock)
#12 - Lynch Mob - Sun Red Sun (USA http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Hard Rock)
#11 - Unisonic - Light Of Dawn (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Melodic Power Metal)

I stopped paying attention to Skid Row after Sebastian Bach left, but took a chance on a very cheap 5-song album they released last year, and they followed it up with a 7-song album (two songs are covers) this year. Unlike the string of forgettable songs that Bach has been wasting his fantastic voice on, Skid Row has produced some quality aggressive hard rock. It does not feel remotely dated, while still sounding like the same band. I thoroughly enjoyed the cover of Rats In The Cellar at the end. They made it fit right in with their originals.

George Lynch brought Lynch Mob back a few years ago with original vocalist Oni Logan and I am a sucker for hard rock with a tinge of blues in it. Lynch is just fantastic with the guitar on this and picks his spots for extended solos very well. Logan's bluesy voice sounds pretty much as good as it did on the Wicked Sensation album so very long ago.

Unisonic is a melodic power metal band that brought the two original big names of Helloween back together to make ear crack with Kai Hansen's shredding guitar and Michael Kiske's distinctive voice. So utterly, utterly listenable. I really may have slotted it too low, but there is an album in my top 5 in the same style, doing it even better.


Top Live Album:

Scorpions - Unplugged Alive In Athens (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Hard Rock)

I fall asleep to the sound of acoustic guitars when it is just chords being strummed at a constant slow pace, but I do enjoy it when the musicians are actually picking away at notes at a decent speed, especially with some hammering and bending. You don't need to see the DVD to know that the Scorpions are just having a party, playing outdoors in the Greek moonlight, taking a good mix of songs from throughout their career and making them sound new. Klaus Meine is 66 and his voice has barely lost a step. Some of the faster songs, like Blackout and Hit Between The Eyes, did have to be rearranged a bit. A small classical strings section backs the band up, and guest singers pop in on a couple of songs to make it more of a special event. Just plain fun.


Top Compilation Album:

Lullacry - Legacy 1998-2014 (FIN http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/Flag_of_Finland.svg/22px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Gothic Metal)

Ten years ago, Nightwish brought gothic metal band Lullacry with them on their US tour, allowing me to see a Finnish band with a female singer named Tanja open for a Finnish band with a female singer named Tarja. It was an excellent show that I was lucky enough to see at both local imitation blues shacks, especially since Lullacry never left Europe again and have now put a cap on their career with this two disc compilation. They only made five albums, with the first one impossible to find and the last one not all that great, but I loved the middle three. The heavy rock songs were great, the emotional ballads even better. The compilation itself is excellent, mixing some of their best songs in with covers and live versions. The bands covered - Kiss, The Cult, Wasp, Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails - pretty much explain the sound of Lullacry, especially the first three. Both the hard rock and bare acoustic ballad versions of Crucify My Heart, the rare song with two completely different very successful versions, are included, along with a new song and several unreleased ones.


Actual Top 10 tomorrow...

January 4th, 2015, 10:19 AM
2014 Top Music


Actual Top 10 tomorrow...

Great job, man. Somehow I had missed Unisonic, gotta check that out right away surprised: Looking forward to the top 10!

January 4th, 2015, 11:33 AM
I missed so many movies in 2014. I'll have to do a better job in 2015. I suspect that some of the 2014 films I eventually see might end up on this list, so I guess I'll just keep editing this post. You can see from my omissions that there were a number of significant 2014 films I haven't seen yet. It seems like I enjoyed a few films a heck of a lot more than most people!

Favorite Movies of 2014 (probably in order):

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Under the Skin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
Cheap Thrills
The Wind Rises
Godzilla (2014)
The LEGO Movie

January 4th, 2015, 11:50 PM
2014 Top Music
Part II (first part is on the previous page)

Here is the second part of my 2014 Top Music list, where the main event begins and Sweden gets more attention than that time H&M stores started popping up in America. Get out your lingonberries, but first have some strudel:

Top 10 of 2014:

#1 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) 0 - Xandria - Sacrificium (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Symphonic Metal)

A female-fronted symphonic metal album that is strong throughout and finds the perfect balance in terms of the orchestration, keeping it from overwhelming the band and pulling it back considerably during the guitar solos, allowing them to actually stand out. Great operatic vocals from their fourth frontwoman in three albums. Xandria also shined in the brief set they were allowed on the recent Sonata Arctica tour.

#9 - Sister Sin - Black Lotus (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Hard Rock)

Just as Nightwish brought Lullacry to my attention, Doro took Sister Sin with her to the imitation blues shack two years ago. The band is pure in-your-face attitude, spitting aggression in their music, in their lyrics, and in their stage presence. While none of the songs on Black Lotus reaches the level of Fight Song or The Chosen Few from the last album, the musicianship has taken a huge step forward. Liv Jagrell's snarling vocals only let up when she branches out herself on the relative ballad The Jinx. My only complaint is that with just nine songs, the album lets up after less than 40 minutes.

#8 - Wolf - Devil Seed (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Power/Speed Metal)

The best straightforward metal album of 2014. Pure aggression with zero loss of clarity, just a well-oiled buzz saw, and a vocalist with a unique tone that makes Wolf stand out from the... um... pack. On Devil Seed, Wolf sticks to what they do best and just do it better than they have before, especially on the standout tracks Skeleton Woman, Shark Attack, and Killing Floor.

#7 - Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown (GER http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Power Metal)

This album would have been nowhere the list the first time I heard it, but every time I listen to Space Police, it seems to grow on me more. Yes, the pure power metal Edguy of Mandrake and Hellfire Club is better than this Edguy, but Tobias Sammet still managed to craft eleven very catchy songs for what is essentially now his side project. The silliness continues to increase, but it fits with the songs and even if that spirit also resulted in a cover of Rock Me Amadeus, Edguy acquits themselves surprisingly well there. Space Police has a good amount of variety in its songs and more than a few memorable tracks, from both title tracks (seriously, they couldn't decide on Space Police or Defenders Of The Crown) to the best cheesy 80's hard rock song of 2014 Love Tyger and the semi-progressive epic The Eternal Wayfarer. Sammet sounds fantastic and the rest of the band is not half bad themselves when they get their moments.

#6 - Within Temptation - Hydra (NED http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/20/Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Symphonic Metal)

When I read the press release touting the upcoming release of Hydra, I was expecting the ultimate sellout album. Four of ten songs had guest vocalists singing with Sharon Den Adel, and each of them seemed to be chosen to target a different market, especially in the US. One of the guest vocalists was a rapper. ONE OF THEM WAS A RAPPER. The bonus disc had a few covers... of recent light rock and pop songs. While the covers are mostly miss, the actual album is fantastic symphonic metal, including and especially the songs with the guest vocalists. And We Run, the song with the rapper (Xzibit) not only works, it is a highlight. Sharon Den Adel remains the best female vocalist in all of hard rock and metal, and it really isn't very close. For a band to make the reaches that Within Temptation made on Hydra and succeed to this degree is extremely impressive.


#5 - Voyager - V (AUS http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b9/Flag_of_Australia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Progressive Metal)

I used to love progressive metal and power metal almost equally, but over the last several years, so much progressive metal began to turn me off as with songs that were 12+ minutes long for no reason, the inclusion of gratuitously random unusual instruments and background sounds, and slower than slow songs that crawled forward like a dying animal. For me the song always comes first, and these bands were more interested in showing how progressive they were. Voyager not only puts the song first, they stuff it with what is missing from so much progressive metal - life. V is pure joy start to finish, highly melodic but always unique. I swear there is a tinge of Duran Duran in there. You can analyze the composition of the songs, but first you will want to just sit back and enjoy them over and over.


#4 - Allen-Lande - The Great Divide (NOR/USA/FIN http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/Flag_of_Norway.svg/22px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/Flag_of_Finland.svg/22px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Melodic Heavy Metal)

This was another album I was a little hesitant about. Amazing metal vocalists Russell Allen (of Symphony X) and Jorn Lande had made three very good albums together, but guitarist and songwriter Magnus Karlsson (of Primal Fear) had stepped down, replaced by Timo Tolkki. With Stratovarius having turned things around immediately following Tolkki's departure and The Great Divide getting reviews that described it as a step down, I was not expecting to be impressed. I was impressed. Very impressed. The Great Divide is such total listening pleasure, full of melodic catchiness and the best vocals Lande and Allen have each produced in a long time.


Wait a second, I promised more Sweden than Bjergen Kjargen, from Kneurgen, near the Joergen Fjords, and so far there have only been two blue and yellow flags in my top ten. Well hop in your Koenigsegg CCX and fire up the Du Galma, Du Fria on the radio, because the Swedes are sweeping the podium. It's a crayfish party! Yes, that's a thing.

#3 - Dynazty - Renatus (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Melodic Power Metal/Hard Rock)

Is this the best album of 2014 from a Swedish band that previously made three hard rock albums that were a little cheesy but then decided to get considerably heavier and produced an album stacked from start to finish with incredible songs? In a word, no. But it is a relentless series of perfectly polished power metal songs, thick with sound throughout. The power and melody are both turned up to eleven and I cannot wait to hear the entire album performed live in September.


#2 - Sabaton - Heroes (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Power Metal)

I have three favorite bands. One broke up more than a decade ago to make Christmas music and form individual bands that are decent but do not begin to compare. No more albums, no more concerts. Well, except for that first concert in 13 years they are having this summer that I will be taking in with 80,000 of my closest friends. The second band tours every few years, once taking their own plane that the singer can fly, and puts on an incredible show, but they are never going to make another A+ album. Then there is Sabaton, who have been touring the US so frequently that I can't remember the last time I saw them without already having a ticket for the next time I would see them. They can still make an A+ album, and they proved it with Heroes.

Like most of Sabaton's oeuvre, all the songs of Heroes are about war, but while the lyrics do not break new ground (although this time they are focused on individual soldiers from a variety of nations), Sabaton has expanded their musical palette considerably. They worked some pipes into To Hell And Back and actually pull off a ballad that still manages to feel heavy in The Ballad Of Bull, while still delivering the hammering of Night Witches and the ripping guitars of Resist And Bite. So many tracks stand out and the more I listen to Heroes, the more I think it may actually surpass The Art Of War as Sabaton's best album.


My top two 2014 albums are separated by inches and it took me a while to choose between them. I decided I was probably biased somewhat toward Sabaton since they are one of my favorite bands and I also might have wanted to put a heavy band on top after how few were in the list. But, while I listened to Heroes once almost every single weekday at work for six straight weeks, the #1 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) album made it eight weeks.

#1 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) - Heat - Tearing Down The Walls (SWE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Hard Rock)

Some months ago, I was at a concert with a lot of bands and getting very hungry and even more tired of standing for so long, when it came time for the final band of the night. I had heard of Heat (officially spelled H.e.a.t for some reason) from them being mentioned obsessively on the website I use for hard rock news. At one point I had played an embedded YouTube clip and then followed along to two more songs. All three were painfully slow AOR ballads. Expecting that, I was so close to leaving. But I was there, so I might as well hear one song.

I had to respect them for using "The Heat Is On" from Beverly Hills Cop as their intro music. Then they played an awesome hard rocking song with a ridiculous amount of energy. So I stayed for more. Another fantastic rock song. And I realized that those three songs I had heard must have been from the other band with gratuitous periods between letters that the site is obsessed with (W.E.T.). I stayed for the whole thing and it may have been the second best concert I had ever seen for a band I had never heard before (behind... Sabaton). I don't know if I have seen any band with that much energy. The lead singer might need Ritalin.

I bought the album the next day (and ordered the other three on Amazon). Having only heard the first album and a little of the third, Heat was definitely more an AOR band than a hard rock band before Tearing Down The Walls. The first album should be the soundtrack to an early 80's PG-rated action movie.

But Tearing Down The Walls amps it up considerably, with shredding guitars and furious but perfectly melodic vocals. Every single song is fantastic, from the leadoff rockers Point Of No Return, Inferno, and A Shot At Redemption, to piano ballad All The Nights and power ballad Tearing Down The Walls, to the pure sugary goodness of Emergency and the sublime closer Laughing At Tomorrow. And the whole time, the slight tinge of heaviness above standard melodic hard rock helps make the album feel completely fresh and not remotely tied to an earlier era. One of the songs is notorious for having a major riff that sounds like a certain Britney Spears song, but that doesn't matter because the song is so good. Also, the lead singer, who joined the band on the third album, won the Swedish version of American Idol. Sure, he sang Run To The Hills there, but I get to proudly say that my favorite album of 2014 involves the winner of Swedish Idol! I hope so badly that the Simon Cowell of the show is Bjorn Borg.



Luc SkyBomba
January 5th, 2015, 10:25 AM
\m/ great lists!

January 5th, 2015, 08:00 PM
Well if I were to nominate best top 10 on 2014 yours would be at the number one, great job. Glad to see some of my favorites on the list too. Gonna have to check out a bunch of these albums, many bands I've never heard of or bands I had no idea had a new album in the past year. Was never a big fan of Within Temptation for example but that song is very catchy, will have to give the album a few spins.

January 6th, 2015, 01:04 AM
Well if I were to nominate best top 10 on 2014 yours would be at the number one, great job. Glad to see some of my favorites on the list too. Gonna have to check out a bunch of these albums, many bands I've never heard of or bands I had no idea had a new album in the past year. Was never a big fan of Within Temptation for example but that song is very catchy, will have to give the album a few spins.

Thanks. Took me a good while to write all that (while I watched lots of football), but I think it came out well. Got me to really listen to some of my newer CDs a few extra times to where some of them clicked a lot more (Voyager and Edguy especially). Your list helped spur me on a bit since you had two of my eventual top four. I went with Dangerous for the Within Temptation song because the guitar part was so addictive; I'd recommend Paradise, the song they did with Tarja Turunen, next off that album. My favorite song of theirs is Shot In The Dark from the previous album.

I didn't want to overload the page with YouTube videos, so the songs I would have picked for the other four bands would have been Xandria - Nightfall, Sister Sin - Chaos Royale or Au Revoir, Wolf - Skeleton Woman or Shark Attack, Edguy - Defenders Of The Crown or Love Tyger or Eternal Wayfarer. Picking the one song for the top 6 was pretty hard for most of them. I mean, Night Witches!

After this, any movie or TV list I make is just going to be straight bullet points of titles only.

January 7th, 2015, 04:29 PM
And now for something completely different


Luc SkyBomba
January 8th, 2015, 01:02 AM
And now for something completely different


didn't even know there was an Atlas Shrugged 3...

January 8th, 2015, 09:25 AM
didn't even know there was an Atlas Shrugged 3...

Neither did audiences, from what I hear.


January 10th, 2015, 11:08 AM
The Top 10 books I read this year (they mostly didn't come out this year, mind you!) (In no particular order).

1. PYM by Mat Johnson


2. The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
by Alex Ross


3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


4. Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler


5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


7. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers


8. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


9. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice


10. Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt


January 12th, 2015, 12:04 AM
So I got to see Foxcatcher, and I was surprised by how damn good it was. I'll admit that the first 5 minutes of Steve Carell being on screen all I could see was Michael Scott with a bad makeup job. After those intial 5 minutes though Carell's performance won me over big time. Give that man the Oscar!

January 12th, 2015, 08:40 PM
Too many good seasons...most of the fx stuff, I will kinda miss Chozen. TV was great, again. And I don't need to point out most, but here's a few VERY underrated tv shows.

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Just epic. Tragic and dreadful. With a soundtrack that just swallows your soul.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331124/rectify_zps002c6e2a.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331124/rectify_zps002c6e2a.jpg.html)

Season 2...so deliberately slow. And oppressive. Yet, full of sad desperate hope. If this don't move ya...you got no soul.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331124/hellonwheels_zps443f014c.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331124/hellonwheels_zps443f014c.jpg.html)

Another show you shoulda been watching. Just better every season and should finish at the top of it's game next season. Anson Mount...should be a star.

Ok...revision time. I want to round up to 5 in the tv category.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/First%20album%20of%202013/themissing_zpsc6aaeb79.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/First%20album%20of%202013/themissing_zpsc6aaeb79.jpg.html)

Man. Just one great testament to loss and sadness. The acting was terrific across the board, with Tcheky Karyo just owning it. James Nesbitt is now eternally on my 'if he's in it, i'll watch it' list. No punches pulled.

and hell

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/First%20album%20of%202013/black-sails1-300x300_zps109672bd.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/First%20album%20of%202013/black-sails1-300x300_zps109672bd.jpg.html)

My fave show of last year...it was on so long ago I forgot it was in 2014.

January 12th, 2015, 08:51 PM
and movies...

I didn't see a lot of stuff that fell in the cracks last year, like Borgman and a lot of smaller flicks...but of the ones I actually saw.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/First%20album%20of%202013/boxtrolls_zps2ce10f4e.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/First%20album%20of%202013/boxtrolls_zps2ce10f4e.jpg.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331125/TuskNewPoster_zps5f1a787b.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331125/TuskNewPoster_zps5f1a787b.jpg.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331126/dawnotpota_zpsbd1f0aeb.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331126/dawnotpota_zpsbd1f0aeb.jpg.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331127/zillagod_zps201b7fcb.png (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331127/zillagod_zps201b7fcb.png.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331128/lego_zpsf842675d.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331128/lego_zpsf842675d.jpg.html)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331129/thatswhat_zps0555ff24.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331129/thatswhat_zps0555ff24.jpg.html)

And I told ya when I saw it...Movie Of The Year

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/rtbstrd1331/rtbstrd1331130/Snowpiercer-Movie-Poster-Chris-Evans_zps8d061189.jpg (http://s27.photobucket.com/user/rtbstrd1331/media/rtbstrd1331130/Snowpiercer-Movie-Poster-Chris-Evans_zps8d061189.jpg.html)

January 13th, 2015, 10:57 AM
According to my Letterboxd account, I only saw 18 movies that were released in the calendar year of 2014, so I'm limiting my list to 6 titles. I do want to do a list of 10 best movies I saw for the first time this year later, though. Anyway, my top 6 for 2014 in no particular order:


Guardians of the Galaxy

Cold In July


The Raid 2: Berendal

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Under The Skin is listed as a 2013 movie, otherwise that would have been on my list. Either #1 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) or #2 (http://letsgokings.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) .

January 13th, 2015, 11:20 AM
Alright, it didn't take as long as I expected so here are my favorite movies I saw for the first time in 2014, regardless of release date:

10) Excision

9) Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

8) Mary & Max

7) Interstellar

6) Cold In July

5) Kotoko

4) The Raid 2: Berendal

3) Guardians Of The Galaxy

2) The Act Of Killing

1) Under The Skin

Honorable mention:

Adam's Apples
Cuban Fury

January 21st, 2015, 12:22 PM
Joe Hill's Best Of lists.

Favorite Reads - 2014 (http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com/post/106723070492)

Favorite Viewing - 2014 (http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com/post/106614971172)

Favorite Music - 2014 (http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com/post/106442280192)

His book lists are usually full of stuff that sounds like it'd be worth checking out. I think it was his Best Of list last year for books that got me into Tana French. very thankful for that.

August 12th, 2015, 12:15 PM
I thought I'd revisit this now that I've watched a lot more movies listed as from 2014.

Original list:

1. Edge of Tomorrow
2. Interstellar
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
6. 22 Jump Street
7. Predestination
8. Captain America 2
9. Godzilla

Updated list:

1. Edge of Tomorrow
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service
3. Interstellar
4. Birdman
5. Whiplash
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. The Imitation Game
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
9. Nightcrawler
10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Went from a sort of lack luster list of movies to a great one, in my opinion. Had to leave a whole bunch of good ones off the list too.

August 16th, 2015, 01:16 PM
So inspired by my overdone 2014 hard rock and metal music list, I went and made one for 2004 (I have the rankings but have not written it up, so at this point it may end up with my 2015 list). I want to try to get another one in, and since I will be stuck in a car for many hours on a trip in September, I need to decide what year to do so that I can fill in some gaps in my library in time for that. However, I realize I made a mistake by doing 2004 (10 years before 2014 list) instead of 2005 (10 years ago now). So, should I do...

1994 - 20 years from previous list - may include some grunge albums
1995 - 20 years from actual year - may include some female vocalist groups that are closer to regular rock
1988 - Pattern already messed up - epic battle of three of my all time favorite albums

I may or may not just give a special notice to the stuff that does not fit with the rest in 1994/1995 (although if there never was grunge, these 1994 bands would probably have been considered metal). Some of my favorite metal bands were just entering their prime in 1994/1995 (almost all the rest are later), whereas a 1988 list will be very 80s hard rock heavy outside of two of those top three albums.

I think I will also have a 2015 top 10 concert performances list.

Anyways, if you enjoyed my overdone 2014 music list, please vote: 1994, 1995, or 1988. If you don't want to clutter this thing up, send me your vote via the little message box that comes when you give karma, because my personal message mailbox is pretty much full.