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.
- INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Gorfein’s Cat steals the show.
- LEVIATHAN – We are all vegetarians now.
- A TOUCH OF SIN – Once Upon a Time in Modern China.
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Unflinching look at the past.
- THE GREAT BEAUTY – Once Upon a Time in Modern Italy.
- FRANCES HA – Millenials can be damn funny too.
- UPSTREAM COLOR – Well worth the wait from PRIMER.
- VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR – Typical Canadian Lesbian thriller.
- COMPUTER CHESS – Brilliant slab of odd 80’s delight.
- SPRING BREAKERS – Conflicting emotions & dazzling visuals.
- POST TENEBRAS LUX – Best home movie ever.
- HER – My favorite post-apocalyptic hipster horror movie.
- BASTARDS – Elliptical genius crime flick.
- THIS IS MARTIN BONNER – Not one false note.
- GRAVITY – Best 3D roller-coaster ride ever.
- NEBRASKA – Honest road movie about growing old.
- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR – Just a confused teen in love.
- STRANGER BY THE LAKE – Beware of good-looking sharks.
- YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET – Acting as life.
- 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.