Posted by: ckckred | February 21, 2018

The 10 Best Films of 2017


The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky, one of 2017’s best films

A few weeks ago, I admitted to a couple of my friends that I thought 2017 was a lackluster year for movies, missing a film as grabbing as Son of Saul or Green Room. Yet after compiling this list, I’ve come to the realization that 2017 was actually a very solid year for cinema, providing us a number of pictures that provided intelligent looks at contemporary racism, class conflict, and social dysfunction. So, without further ado, here are my 10 favorite movies from the past year:

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Posted by: ckckred | December 31, 2017

What Was The Best Non-2017 Movie You Saw This Past Year?


Today is the last day of 2017, and while we’re all making resolutions for the next twelve months, I thought I’d look back at some of the favorite movies I saw this past year.  Though I’m still compiling my best of list for 2017, I did see a plentitude of great pictures from other years, whether it be films from classic Hollywood era or the Japanese New Wave.

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Posted by: ckckred | December 23, 2017

The 10 Best Albums of 2017


Like the past several years, 2017 has been particularly grueling, for reasons I don’t think I have to explain.  Yet bad times can bring out the best in music, and 2017 had no shortage of good albums.  So lo and behold, here are my 10 favorite albums of the past 12 months.

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Posted by: ckckred | November 2, 2017

October 2017 Round-Up


Another month over, another round-up written. This past October I managed to catch up on several new releases (most notably the Palm d’Or winner The Square), multiple documentaries, and a few classics I shamefully haven’t seen before.

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Posted by: ckckred | October 2, 2017

August and September 2017 Round-Up


Since I didn’t post my round-up for last month, I thought it would be best to incorporate the films I viewed in both August and September in a single list. These past two months I caught several new features, some classic pictures, and some other movies I’ve been meaning to see for a while.

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Posted by: ckckred | September 16, 2017

R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton

There are few actors who brought more electricity or magnetism to their roles than Harry Dean Stanton.  In the over sixty years he had been working as an actor, Stanton has had one of the most solid resumes in Hollywood, having starred in such work as Paris, TexasRepo Man, and Escape from New York.  Though in many of his films he played supporting or side characters, Stanton’s charisma made him often outshine his fellow costars, prompting the late Roger Ebert to declare, “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton… in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”

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Posted by: ckckred | August 2, 2017

July 2017 Round-Up


Another month, another round-up. This July, I managed to catch some more new releases as well and a few classic features.

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Posted by: ckckred | July 2, 2017

June 2017 Round-Up


Another month, another round-up.  This June I had seen more contemporary films than I had done so in the last several months (though “contemporary” really accounts for movies that have debuted within the last several decades), as well as some more revival screenings (for Love JonesRashomon, and Paint It Black).

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Posted by: ckckred | June 30, 2017

The Best of 2017 (Thus Far)


2017 thus far has proven to be a climatic year (though I said the same exact thing last year), yet we’ve received a good share of great media within the past six months. Admittedly I haven’t seen as many films from this year as I have wanted, which is why I didn’t compose a list for movies (though if I were to pick what had been my favorite picture of 2017 so far, it would be Terrence Malick’s Song to Song). To make up for that, I’ve doubled the number of TV programs and albums and surprisingly had a difficult time narrowing down the finalists. So here is some of my favorite entertainment of 2017; hopefully the next six months will be just as good.

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Posted by: ckckred | June 1, 2017

May 2017 Round-Up


Although I didn’t see as many films this month as I did during April, I caught a good share of movies in May, including several classic features I saw for the first time (AliThe Puppetmaster, and Yesterday Girl), two new releases (David Lynch: The Art Life and Alien: Covenant), and three rewatches (In the Mood for LoveDrive, and The Killer).

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