Movie and Music Recommendations for 2013

Top Films of 2013
This has been the best year for film that I can remember. Ever. The Academy Awards are going to be quite challenged. It’s tough but here are my top three films of the year so far. 

1. Dallas Buyer’s Club. Just a great script, cause, pacing, and some of the best acting you will ever see. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both hit this so far out of the park that I think they should win the respective acting awards. And of course the incessant pictures of Marc Bolan and T. Rex music had me hooked too.

2. Gravity. It was everything a film should be: Suspense, drama, human emotion, surprise, loss, salvation and great cinematography. The acting was good too but the real prize was how lost we all felt in space.

3. Blue is the Warmest Color. No, not because of the lesbian scenes. Well. Actually, they were quite clinical. It’s because this film is so different than an American love story. Now the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, does kind of Steve McQueen all scenes be they eating, drinking, smoking, talking, licking, etc. but this portrays the real life drama of his characters. Never does one fall so hard in love only to be so devastated when it ends. Is it just me or was the color blue really present in every scene? Yes, Adèle Exarchopoulos deserves an Oscar.
I also loved Prisoners, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Philomena, Place Beyond the Pine and more I can’t think of right now. Elysium was not bad by the way. I can’t wait to see August, Osage County. If it’s half as good as the play, it will be great.
Top Albums of 2013
What a great year for music as well as film. Here are my top three albums and some honorable mentions. 

1. The Arctic Monkeys, AM. I’ve always liked this band and here there are again, on their fifth album knocking it out of the park. It’s bluesy, Grinderman style pop that hooks you in from the beginning. It’s also Q’s album of the year but I loved it from day one.

2. Joseph Arthur, The Ballad of Boogie Christ. I’ve tried for years to get into a complete JA album. Every song is great. Mentored by Peter Gabriel and befriended by Lou Reed, what more do you need to know.

3. Wire, Change Becomes Us. Amazing Wire. The last of the punk bands who have reinvented themselves into damn good alternative rock. Their 13th album brings them back to form. Love Bends is a phenomenal song.

Some other great albums were the National’s Trouble Will Find Me, Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Darkside’s Psychic and Queens of the Stone Age’s Like Clockwork.

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