Showing posts from 2016

Top 20 Films of 2016

Here are the 20 best films of 2016 as of April 20. I have yet to see a handful of highly anticipated films, so this list will change over the next couple of weeks.

1. Manchester by the Sea
2. Arrival
3. The Lobster
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
5. The Invitation
6. Nocturnal Animals
7. Moonlight
8. The Witch
9. They Look Like People
10. La La Land
11. Lion
12. The Edge of Seventeen
13. Little Sister
14. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
15. The Conjuring 2
16. Sully
17. Don't Think Twice
18. Synchronicity
19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
20. Hacksaw Ridge

Top 20 Films of 2015

Here the 20 best films of 2015. For the record, I never saw Carol or The Danish Girl.

1. Spotlight
2. The Big Short 3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4. The Revenant
5. Sicario
6. Trumbo
7. Ex Machina
8. Steve Jobs 9. 45 Years
10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
11. Beasts of No Nation
12. The Stanford Prison Experiment
13. The End of the Tour
14. Jurassic World
15. Avengers: Age of Ultron
16. Bone Tomahawk
17. Room
18. Anomalisa
19. Mistress America 20. Brooklyn

Best of 2015

Here are my nominations for the best performances of 2015. It's worth noting that I still haven't seen films such as Carol, The Danish Girl and Creed. 2015 has been a down year cinematically after a handful of fantastic years. My "award winners" are highlighted and italicized.

Best Feature Film:
-45 Years
-The Big Short
-Ex Machina
-The Revenant
-Steve Jobs

Best Director:
-Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs
-Alex Garland, Ex Machina
-Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
-Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
-Adam McKay, The Big Short

Best Actor:
-Tom Courtenay, 45 Years
-Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
-Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
-Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
-Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actress:
-Greta Gerwig, Mistress America
-Brie Larson, Room
-Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
-Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
-Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor:
-Christian Bale, The Big Short
-Steve Carell, The Big Short
-Benicio Del Toro, Sicario
-Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Top 20 Episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

We're three episodes deep into season 11 of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," and it's pretty clear that the show has lost some of its wit and originality, but nevertheless the show is a must watch when new material is inevitably released. While the show has been moved to FXX (it previously aired on big brother FX), the ratings have actually grown, likely because of better access to obscure channels and the internet popularity of the show.

Listed below are the 20 best episodes of one of the best television comedies of all time, and it was extremely hard to narrow the list to 20 (and to rank them for that matter). Each episode has specific reasons for being on this list. The great part about this show is that there are key moments in each of these episodes that have stuck with me to this day, whether that be Chardee MacDennis, Mac Day, salting "Gail the Snail," bisexual truckers, the fictional Wolf Cola or the infamous Brian LeFevre.

Season 10 didn&#…

Top 15 Episodes of "Portlandia"

The sixth season of IFC's "Portlandia," a hilariously random television series that first aired in 2011, officially began last night. The show, usually set in Portland, Oregon, is as hit-and-miss as any show on television, but when the show hits it sticks. In honor of Fred Armisen and Carrie Browntein, here are the best 15 episodes of their outlandish and original television comedy. The first five seasons can currently be viewed on Netflix.

Rather than give away important information about each episode listed below, you can watch and enjoy on your own. You will no doubt notice only one episode from season five, and that is simply because it is the weakest season to date. The show probably peaked midway through season four, but perhaps Armisen and Brownstein have something left up their sleeves.

1. Season 3, Episode 1 - "Winter in Portlandia"
2. Season 3, Episode 4 - "Nina's Birthday"
3. Season 2, Episode 1 - "Mixologist"
4. Season 4, Epi…