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  1. My Favorite Movies Of 2013

    Honorable Mentions:

    Oblivion - I know, I’m crazy. This was actually in my top 10 until I saw Wolf Of Wall Street. I absolutely loved this movie, in full screen IMAX, 70mm. I honestly don’t know if it will have the same impact on a tv but it’s just so damn beautiful.
    Joseph Kosinski has a visual style all is own. I enjoyed looking at TRON, but the story just didn’t stack up. Oblivion has some of the most beautiful visuals you will ever see, and Cruise is the perfect man for it.

    Ain’t Them Bodies Saints - Rooney Mara was in 3 big time movies this year and this was her best performance. I always love seeing Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck does his quiet toughguy role well. It’s visually stunning, very Terrence Malick but the story actualy makes sense. Don’t expect action, it’s a story about people.

    The Way Way Back - 2013 was the year of the Coming of Age movie. Spectacular Now, The Boys Of Summer, and the Way Way Back all came out in the span of just a few months. While the previous 2 were both great, The Way Way Back is exactly what I want out of these stories.

    The Wolf Of Wall Street - This movie. It’s just wild. Three hours that flew by. Hill was great, but Leo is as good as he gets. There’s a (very long) scene I still can’t believe he pulled off. Comedic gold.

    Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McDonaughey is the best. Have you see True Detective on HBO? Incredible. I really enjoyed DBC, and he was fantastic as the homophobic red neck who contracts HIV and becomes a drug dealer.

    The Act Of Killing - How this movie got made, I’ll never know. You’ve never seen anything like it before and you likely never will. I saw the 2 hour and 45 minute cut, and I could have kept watching. It’s such a strange story.

    Top 10 Of 2013:

    10. The Wind Rises - Was lucky to see Hayao Miyazakis “last” film when it showed for a week in LA. If you’re a fan of his previous work, (and if you aren’t, what’s wrong with you) make sure you see this when it makes it way stateside in Feb. Although you’ll likely have to listen to the dubed over American version. The animation is as beautiful as ever.

    9. Mud - Jeff Nichols 2012 film Take Shelter was one of my favorites of the year, and this years Mud was a worthy sucsessor. Another coming of age story featuring young boys on the run, but my main man McConaughey ties it all together. Beautifull filmed in Arkansas.

    8. Short term 12 - This is a perfect indie movie. It’s funny, shows you a part of the world we all ignore, and punches you in the throat. Brie Larson is just so strong, and all the kids; but most particuarly Marcus, are just amazing. See this movie.

    7. Nebraska - I love Will Forte. Watch MacGruber again. It’s hilarious. and I was very excited hearing about Paynes next film. It took me about 15 minutes to understand why this was in black and white, and it all clicked. The supporting cast is fantastic; and the ending is one of the most beautiful of the year. 

    6. Before Midnight - The conclusion to one of the most incredible film trilogies, and easily the most romantic movies of all time. Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and now Before Midnight follow Jesse and Celine though…their entire lives. We were there when this couple met, broke up, grew up, got married, had kids, and are trying to be married. Richard Linklater shoots these movies in almost real time in these giant 20 minute shots that feel so natural between Hawke and Delpy. If you haven’t seen any of these, DON’T start with the third. Grab your significant other and watch them back to back to back.

    5. Captain Phillips - The most intense movie of the year. Yes more than Gravity. Paul Greengrass takes Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi (where did they find this guy?!) and shove them inside a tiny rescue vessel. The places he’s able to put and ways he uses the camera are just so claustrophobic. The suspense starts 5 minutes in and doesn’t end till the credits.

    4. 12 Years a Slave - I never want to watch this film again, but I’ll never forget it. Why do so many movies aim to make us depressed?! An all star cast, particularly the lead Chiwetel Ejiofor is incredible. Some of the brutal violence just lasts longer than you would like, Steve McQueen really puts you in the middle of the suffering.

    3. Inside Lewyen Davis - The biggest “snub” this year at the Oscars by a mile. I’m always excited for Coen brothers movies; and add live music, Isacc, Mulligan, Timberlake and I was sold before I entered the theater. The soundtrack is amazing. Movie is funny, dark, and touching at time. John Goodman being scared by a cat is legendary.

    2. Her - A lot of people didn’t see this because they didn’t like the trailer; when I saw it I couldn’t have been more excited. Phoenix in a Spike Jonze movie about evolving technology. Scarlett Johansson has the perfect voice for his AI lover, and it has the best soundtrack of the year.

    The world that Jonze is able to create; blending scenery for Shanghai and LA, he’s created a not so different future that feels almost to real.

    1. Gravity - You didn’t see gravity in full frame 70mm IMAX 3D? Then you didn’t see it. The script isn’t perfect, and yes the ending is a little convoluted; but this movie is a visual masterpiece. Alfonso Cuaron is a genius, Children of Men is a masterpiece, and Prisoner of Azkaban is the best of the Harry Potter collection.

    The way that he is able to create his long shots, the scene doesn’t cut for a full 15-20 minutes, setting the movie in near real time. It’s beautiful. Perfect integration with CG and the actors faces. Hoping to see this again in theaters because it will never be the same at home.

  2. Movies of 2013

    I saw 64 movies in 2013. Top 10 coming soon…

    Seen:

    Spring breakers

    Nebraska

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Frances Ha

    Before midnight

    The spectacular now

    Fast and furious 6

    This is the end

    Monsters U

    The heat

    The lone ranger

    Pacific rim

    The conjuring

    Stoker

    Only god forgives

    Blue jasmine

    Blackfish

    Mud

    The way way back

    Short term 12

    The hunger games

    Gravity

    Frozen

    Thor 2

    The place beyond the pines

    Captain Phillips

    12 Years a Slave

    About time

    Elysium

    Man of steel

    The Wolverine

    Now you see me

    The great Gatsby

    Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2

    Despicable me 2

    Drinking buddies

    Prince avalanche

    Star trek into darkness

    The to do list

    World war z

    Identity thief

    Iron man 3

    Oz the great and powerful

    Oblivion

    Rush

    Warm bodies

    Pain and gain

    The wind rises

    Aint them bodies saints

    Coffee Town

    Dealin’ with idiots

    Clear history

    out of the furnace

    inside lewen davis

    the hobbit

    anchorman 2

    American hustle

    Her

    Wolf of wall street

    The kings of summer

    A.C.O.D

    World war z

    The act of killing

    Secret life of walter mitty

     

    Need to see:

    All is lost

    Leviathan

    Beyond the hills

    Upstream color

    Stories we tell

    Computer chess

    Drug war

    Side effects

    Like someone in love

    The angel’s share

    To the wonder

    In the house

    Pieta

    The bling ring

    Byzantium

    Im so excited

    Sun don’t shine

    Much ado about nothing

    Fruitvale station

    Crystal fairy & the magical cactus

    War witch

    In the fog

    A hijacking

    The hunt

    Prisoners

    Enders game

    Blue is the warmest color

    Don jon

    Kick ass 2

    The bulter

    Mama

    The croods

    Riddick

    The lifeguard

    The grandmaster

  3. /song of the day/

    shai hulud - reach beyond the sun

    good god!

  4. Pixar short - La Luna

  5. nbcparksandrec:

It had to be done.

    nbcparksandrec:

    It had to be done.

    (Source: queendunham)

  6. finally saw Book of Mormon last night and oh how incredible it was. two of my favorite things, making fun of religion and musicals. characters constantly chanting “fuck you god,” pointing out just how high handed, worthless and arrogant missionaries are, and all sorts of singing and dancing. The south park guys are really on top of their game with this one.

  7. /song of the day/

    pianos become the teeth - i’ll get by

    new video for their best song off “the lack long after”

  8. /song of the day/

    matt and toby - what plays in my head

    the first single off the new album from the ex-emery duo. I’ve spent many good hours listening to their records, this sounds pretty promising if you can look past the religious jargon.

  9. /song of the day/

    thrice - words in the water (Live, Final Show)

    I was lucky enough to be at this show, and out of the 30+ times I’ve seen this band this was by far the greatest. Can’t wait to get this record.

  10. D.C. 101 with Professor Andrew Dwyer

  11. Name: So Cold
    Artist: Further Seems Forever
    Album: So Cold - Single

    /song of the day/

    further seems forever - so cold

    Chris is back, and their new album is out Oct 23rd.

    seeing them at house of blues anaheim oct 28th.

  12. /song of the day/

    ENSLAVED - Thoughts Like Hammers

    off RIITIIR out sept 28th.

  13. makedoandmend:

Tumblr people! Reblog this post to win a limited edition screen printed cover version of our new record. Make sure you have a way for us to contact you through your Tumblr, otherwise we can’t notify you that you’ve won!
And don’t forget to pick up Everything You Ever Loved at http://www.allinmerch.com/product/MDAMALBUM.html 
Tour Dates:w/ La Dispute, Title Fight 9/20 - London, UK @ The Garage 9/21 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix 9/22 - Amsterdam, AN @ Sugarfactory 9/23 - Paris, FR @ Batofar 9/24 - Zurich, CH @ Abart 9/26 - Vienna, AT @ WUK 9/27 - Stuttgart, DE @ Universum 9/28 - Munchen, DE @ Backstage 9/29 - Berlin, DE @ Postbahnof 9/30 - Hamburg, DE @Knust 10/2 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island 10/3 - Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp 10/4 - Cologne, DE @ Stollwerck 10/5 - Cortmund, DE @ Visions Party
w/ Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm10/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class 10/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Unitarian Church 10/20 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs 10/21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground 10/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 10/23 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel 10/24 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern 10/25 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub 10/26 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
w/ Touche Amore 10/31 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo 11/1 - Brisbane, AU @ Sun Distortion Studios (All Ages) 11/2 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel 11/3 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel (All Ages) 11/4 - Canberra, AU @ Tuggeranong Youth Centre (All Ages) 11/7 - Perth, AU @ YMCA HQ (All Ages) 11/8 - Perth, AU @ Amplifier 11/9 - Melbourne, AU @ Reverence Hotel 11/10 - Melbourne, AU @ Phoenix Youth Centre (All Ages) 11/11 - Adelaide, AU @ Enigma Bar (All Ages)
makedoandmend:

Tumblr people! Reblog this post to win a limited edition screen printed cover version of our new record. Make sure you have a way for us to contact you through your Tumblr, otherwise we can’t notify you that you’ve won!
And don’t forget to pick up Everything You Ever Loved at http://www.allinmerch.com/product/MDAMALBUM.html 
Tour Dates:w/ La Dispute, Title Fight 9/20 - London, UK @ The Garage 9/21 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix 9/22 - Amsterdam, AN @ Sugarfactory 9/23 - Paris, FR @ Batofar 9/24 - Zurich, CH @ Abart 9/26 - Vienna, AT @ WUK 9/27 - Stuttgart, DE @ Universum 9/28 - Munchen, DE @ Backstage 9/29 - Berlin, DE @ Postbahnof 9/30 - Hamburg, DE @Knust 10/2 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island 10/3 - Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp 10/4 - Cologne, DE @ Stollwerck 10/5 - Cortmund, DE @ Visions Party
w/ Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm10/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class 10/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Unitarian Church 10/20 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs 10/21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground 10/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 10/23 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel 10/24 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern 10/25 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub 10/26 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
w/ Touche Amore 10/31 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo 11/1 - Brisbane, AU @ Sun Distortion Studios (All Ages) 11/2 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel 11/3 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel (All Ages) 11/4 - Canberra, AU @ Tuggeranong Youth Centre (All Ages) 11/7 - Perth, AU @ YMCA HQ (All Ages) 11/8 - Perth, AU @ Amplifier 11/9 - Melbourne, AU @ Reverence Hotel 11/10 - Melbourne, AU @ Phoenix Youth Centre (All Ages) 11/11 - Adelaide, AU @ Enigma Bar (All Ages)
    High Resolution

    makedoandmend:

    Tumblr people! Reblog this post to win a limited edition screen printed cover version of our new record. Make sure you have a way for us to contact you through your Tumblr, otherwise we can’t notify you that you’ve won!

    And don’t forget to pick up Everything You Ever Loved at http://www.allinmerch.com/product/MDAMALBUM.html 

    Tour Dates:

    w/ La Dispute, Title Fight
    9/20 - London, UK @ The Garage
    9/21 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix
    9/22 - Amsterdam, AN @ Sugarfactory
    9/23 - Paris, FR @ Batofar
    9/24 - Zurich, CH @ Abart
    9/26 - Vienna, AT @ WUK
    9/27 - Stuttgart, DE @ Universum
    9/28 - Munchen, DE @ Backstage
    9/29 - Berlin, DE @ Postbahnof
    9/30 - Hamburg, DE @Knust
    10/2 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
    10/3 - Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
    10/4 - Cologne, DE @ Stollwerck
    10/5 - Cortmund, DE @ Visions Party

    w/ Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm
    10/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
    10/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Unitarian Church
    10/20 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
    10/21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
    10/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
    10/23 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
    10/24 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
    10/25 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
    10/26 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

    w/ Touche Amore
    10/31 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
    11/1 - Brisbane, AU @ Sun Distortion Studios (All Ages)
    11/2 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel
    11/3 - Sydney, AU @ Annandale Hotel (All Ages)
    11/4 - Canberra, AU @ Tuggeranong Youth Centre (All Ages)
    11/7 - Perth, AU @ YMCA HQ (All Ages)
    11/8 - Perth, AU @ Amplifier
    11/9 - Melbourne, AU @ Reverence Hotel
    11/10 - Melbourne, AU @ Phoenix Youth Centre (All Ages)
    11/11 - Adelaide, AU @ Enigma Bar (All Ages)

    (Source: makedoandmend)

  14. /song of the day/

    converge - aimless arrow

    first song of their new album “All We Love We Leave Behind” out october 9th.