favorite list two,000 twelve end of media collect

Most likely, top 10 lists are bad for the ego and intelligence, so I’m just doing a little round up. None of this is in any particular order, although if it appears first, it’s probably a good thing as it likely means it’s been lodged at the forefront of my memory.

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Favorite films: 

The Master, Amour, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Skyfall.

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Most disappointing films: 

Prometheus, Cloud Atlas, The Grey (although this doesn’t really count, since I couldn’t finish it.)

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To-See List:

Safety Not Guaranteed, This is Not a Film, Searching for Sugar Man, Compliance, Pitch Perfect, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Looper, Take This Waltz, Wuthering Heights, Red Hook Summer, Argo, Flight, Wreck-it-Ralph, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Anna Karenina, Promised Land, Hitchcock, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Lincoln, Starlet, Cabin in the Woods, Samsara, Holy Motors, The Invisible War, Shut Up and Play the Hits, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Best Total Ripoff:.

Howard Shore’s Death of Gandalf music used in the Man of Steel teaser.

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Favorite albums:

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…, Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold, Tame Impala – Lonerism, Grizzly Bear – Shields, The Robert Glaspar Experiment – Black Radio, Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas, Chairlift – Something, Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Beach House – Bloom, Ty Segall – Twins, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. City, Mac DeMarco – 2, Diiv – Oshin, Actress – R.I.P.
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Most disappointing albums:

WHY? – Mumps etc., fun. – Some Nights, Yeasayer – Fragrant World, G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer, The XX – Coexist.

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Possibly good but def over rated, sue me:

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange, Jessie Ware – Devotion, TNGHT – TNGHT, How to Dress Well – Total Loss, Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d City,  Passion Pit – Gossamer.

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Most Ironically Aptly Named Album:

Mumford & Sons – Babel.

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Why though:

Bloc Party – Four, Captain Murphy, The Bob Dylan Interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, Jay-Z in every movie trailer, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2 Chainz, Any of the Titans, not leaving the novel Cloud Atlas alone, Total Recall, the website of Total Recall that might be spelled with a “k,” the first half of The Hobbit.

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Favorite Books released in 2012:

Mary Ruefle – Madness, Rack, & Honey: Collected Lectures, Natasha Trethewey – Thrall, Jordan Seng – Miracle Work,  Ashley Farmer – Farm Town (chapbook). (I read a lot this year, but most of them were books I am still reading, most of them poetry, or older books, so this list is short.)

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Quickest Created Meme:

Binders Full of Women

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Justin Bieber on backup illustrations

The need for Immigration reform is for most informed citizens at this point, a no-brainer. To prove this, Rep. Luis Gutierrez presented a poster of pop sensations and sorta-power couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber and asked the House to identify who the immigrant is. The answer, Gutierrez explained, is the Canadian-born Bieber, rather than Gomez who had lived in America all her life, yet of the two of them, she would be the only one subject to inspection under current Arizona laws.

Gutierrez  also made some other celebrity pairings from other realms of the media such as the NBA’s Jeremy Lin and Tony Parker (“Clearly Lin sounds kind of foreign, while Tony Parker sounds American to me. But I’m not an Arizona police officer who would know that Jeremy Lin was born in Los Angeles and Tony Parker, oops, you’re up. Belgium.”)

So there you have it: A congressman, Selieber, Jermey Lin, and CSPAN working together in harmony to make excellent points.

Once again

it seems I’ve resolved to blog regularly.

But not before seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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How simple can magic get?

Pretty simple.

 

 

The Waters Saw You; They were Afraid

 

 

know Whom you serve

 

 

 

It don’t make sense

the kinda psychretroGrade A plus plus delic funk vibes that are str8 dank buggin’ out this record.

SO PArceptive

Somehow took me until now to crack open Orwell’s 1984, and maybe it’s just a coincidence that a few days later, SOPA/PIPA freaked the free thinking world out enough that Wikipedia decided it needed to step in with their nationwide exercise in hypothetical imagination. “The Information Age” is a common phrase for the current generation, but seeing the commodity itself get witheld from the public was a sight to behold. Sometimes it was appropriately frightening. Other, rare, times it was actually entertaining.

Orwell’s foresight was embodied not only in his work, but in his life. Winston, his character in the novel, dealt with the same catch-22 that he did: that if anybody found his writings in the present state of things, it would be destroyed, and if things changed, nobody would find it relevant. While he was working on his novel, I wonder if fiction was already starting to be compartmentalized intellectually and tossed aside as pseudo-reportage on real contemporary issues. I wonder if he knew how accurate his diagnosis was, and also the apparent futility of his medium: the fiction novel.

Perhaps the world that we now live in, the world that allowed SOPA/PIPA to even be seriously proposed and manifested as a real threat, could have been amended earlier due to a culture that corporately took works of literature and art seriously. Work that was engaging about these current issues decades ago. It seems like many people on the sidelines who like to think they have a realistic perspective on these issues don’t think the internet can really be censored. However, it’s safe to assume Orwell wouldn’t be one of them. Reading has always been crucial, but now, maybe it should also be called dire.