Sunday, February 24, 2013

*My Gray Morning's Best of 2012*

Best Films

10. Moonrise Kingdom
Cutesy, but completely original

9. The Sessions
Iron lung is no joke...  & Helen Hunt - yowzah!

8. Argo
It's good even though you know how it ends. 

7. Young & Wild
A 2012 Sundance film- the title says it all.

6. Supporting Characters
This one stars my boy, Alex Karpovsky (I once sat next to him at a film screening). 

5. Safety Not Guaranteed
The dark horse film of the 2012. 

4. The Queen of Versailles
I was simultaneously entertained and dumbfounded

3. Your Sister's Sister
 2012 was a great year for Mark Duplass fans. 

2. Liberal Arts
Because I feel younger than I am.  

1. Flight
Denzel... nuff said. 

Best Albums (w/ my favorite track)

10. Voyageur - Kathleen Edwards
Empty Threat

9.  Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp - Public Enemy

8. How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? - Sinead O'Connor
Reason with Me

7.  Born & Raised - John Mayer
Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967

6. Young & Old - Tennis

5. Lonerism - Tame Impala
Be Above It

4. Clear Heart Full Eyes - Craig Finn
 Western Pier

3. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe  

2. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
Thinkin About You

1. The Idler Wheel... - Fiona Apple
Anything We Want

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty - Movie Review

Zero Dark Thirty (R) 157 minutes C
The Interrogation Locker 

Starring: Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong

Steve Coll wrote an interesting article in the February 7, 2013 issue of the The New York Review of Books.  Essentially, the article quoted several high ranking government officials stating their disdain for the exaggerated and potentially dangerous reenactment of interrogations techniques, counterterrorism and historical facts in the film Zero Dark Thirty.  When I saw the film I didn't know how much was exaggerated for Hollywood purposes.  But, I tend to agree that it doesn't necessarily send out a positive message when its entire premise is based on "this is how it went down." I'll be the first to say that fiction is fiction.  However, after the closing credits rolled I felt like I'd be okay if I never saw another  Kathryn Bigelow film.