• Cinephilia

    2016 [in Film]

    As with last year, I don’t really see the point in building any suspense when it comes to sharing my favorite films. It’s not like you’ve been holding your breath, wondering what I’m going to say. (And if you have, thanks for being such a big fan. And sorry for the lack of ceremony here…) The best film of 2016, far as I’m concerned, is Moonlight. Exceptional in every aspect, it is the nuanced yet powerful story of a boy becoming a man and the forces – internal and external – that shape him. Where Boyhood relied on a gimmick (albeit an impressive one) to chronicle one character’s life, filmmaker Barry…

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    2015 [in films]

    When you’ve seen 160 films in the span of 365 days, you’d think it’d be easy to pick your favorites. You’ve seen enough that the cream should theoretically rise to the top, leaving all the mediocre movies to fade into memory. I suppose when I get down to it, that’s true. I can tell you what my favorite movie of the year was without contest: Brooklyn takes the top spot for me (how’s that for not burying the lede?). Behind that, there are several front-runners for something close to a top ten, which I’ve expanded on below. It’s after that where things get murky. I liked a lot of movies…

  • City Stories

    2014 [on stage]

    One list I didn’t craft in 2013 was a list of shows I’d seen since moving to New York, most likely because I only had a half a year to draw from and didn’t make it to many at all (Broadway tickets are expensive!) So when I started to pull together a list of what I saw in 2014, I decided to add in 2013, too. Looking back, it makes for quite a variety of shows – straight plays and musicals, big hits with big stars and lesser-known, just as impressive productions. It still kills me I’m a train ride away from all this talent, and at just a week…

  • Bookish

    2014 [in books]

    While I’m proud of the bazillion movies I watched this year (and promise I’ve posted all I’m going to post about them!), I realize as I look back at the list of books I read just what all that time in front of a screen cost me. I have only have nine books on the list for 2014; in 2013, I managed to fit in fifteen. Still not terribly impressive given all the time I had off that year, but better than this year’s sad showing. I ascribe this year’s low number to a few factors: for one, I find myself in a constant state of content over-saturation. There is always a…

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    2014 [in films], part ii

    I recently posted the first fifteen films in my top 20 of 2014 – find them here. Below are the final five of that list, the films I both enjoyed above all and found the most critically compelling. I’ve mentioned I didn’t find it a banner year in releases, but I suppose that’s not entirely true; looking at these five films now, I can see in each a real accomplishment of storytelling – my consistent appreciation of each is the solid script they’re crafted from – reminding me yet again how much a fan I am of great filmmaking. Without further ado, here they are – the best films of 2014, according…

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    2014 [in films]

    I saw a headline recently that the domestic box office fell 5% in 2014, the lowest number of tickets sold since 1995. It’s not terribly surprising, what with the myriad ways one can see a film these days that don’t involve heading out to a theater. But more, I have to wonder if the dip in ticket sales has also to do with a somewhat lackluster year of releases. Wherein most years I’m chomping at the bit by August for the fall and winter releases – the awards bait typical of the end of the year – I found myself scrambling to drum up half a dozen films to get…