#RIPBillHicks (Dec 16, 1961 – Feb 26, 1994)

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It’s pretty difficult to think its been twenty years since a great American patriot, philosopher & stand-up comedian Bill Hicks died. For those who are unfamiliar with his art & comedy, do yourself a favor and seek it out. He was a shining light of truth in the darkness of Reagan America. He was a real comic’s comic who played from his fucking heart. His passion for justice & thirst for knowledge continue to inspire me on a daily basis. Sadly, much of what he railed against has only metastasized in the intervening years since his passing. When you listen to him talk about Bush I it could just as easily be about W.

There’s lots of  albums to listen to, loads of videos to watch and a great documentary (AMERICAN – THE BILL HICKS STORY).

This clip is a great introduction while also serving as a perfect distillation of his world view.

#RIPBillHicks

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  1. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Gorfein’s Cat steals the show.
  2. LEVIATHAN – We are all vegetarians now.
  3. A TOUCH OF SIN – Once Upon a Time in Modern China.
  4. 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Unflinching look at the past.
  5. THE GREAT BEAUTY – Once Upon a Time in Modern Italy.
  6. FRANCES HA – Millenials can be damn funny too.
  7. UPSTREAM COLOR – Well worth the wait from PRIMER.
  8. VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR – Typical Canadian Lesbian thriller.
  9. COMPUTER CHESS – Brilliant slab of odd 80’s delight.
  10. SPRING BREAKERS – Conflicting emotions & dazzling visuals.
  11. POST TENEBRAS LUX – Best home movie ever.
  12. HER – My favorite post-apocalyptic hipster horror movie.
  13. BASTARDS – Elliptical genius crime flick.
  14. THIS IS MARTIN BONNER – Not one false note.
  15. GRAVITY – Best 3D roller-coaster ride ever.
  16. NEBRASKA – Honest road movie about growing old.
  17. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR – Just a confused teen in love.
  18. STRANGER BY THE LAKE – Beware of good-looking sharks.
  19. YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET – Acting as life.
  20. IN A WORLD… – So damn funny.
A great year for movies is one where it’s tough to put together a Top 20 without leaving lots of highly-deserving films.
– HONORABLE MENTIONS – 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, ANCHORMAN 2, MUSEUM HOURS, REALITY, MUD, GIMME THE LOOT, BORGMAN, EUROPA REPORT, 12 O’CLOCK BOYS, TO THE WONDER, LION ARK, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
– MOST OVERRATED MOVIES – THE ACT OF KILLING, AMERICAN HUSTLE, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES & Anything with a superhero in it.
– WORST MOVIES OF THE YEAR – RUNNER RUNNER, DIE HARD 4, EVIL DEAD, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, THIS IS 40, IDENTITY THIEF, MAN OF STEEL
– BEST UNRELEASED MOVIES – ASPHALT WATCHES, A STRANGE LITTLE CAT, STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, TOM AT THE FARM – to name just a few gems I can’t wait to revisit in 2014.