PHIL/GEEK/PHIL


2008 Best Of – Film Edition

BEST IN FILM

Rachel Getting Married (USA) (for anne hathaway. for jenny lumet’s flawless script, and inspired cinematography)
Entre les Murs (France) (for authenticity and the desire to generate a debate)
Wall-E (USA) (for being a perfect movie, and pixar’s best to date)
The Dark Knight (USA) (for making batman play out like Nietzche)
Up the Yangtze (Canada/China) (a truly compelling documentary)
La Graine et le Mulet (France) (for the most genuine characters this year)
The Edge of Heaven (Germany/Turkey) (for being true  to human emotions and confirming Fatih Akin’s supremacy)
The Band’s Visit (Israel) (for the sheer simplicity of its story and message).
Happy-Go-Lucky (UK) (for Mike Leigh vision, script and Sally Hawkins’ fantastic performance)
Changeling (USA) (for eastwood’s masterful directing, avoiding any superflousness and focusing on the characters)
Synecdoche, NY (USA) (for awaking the existential demons in me — and making me say “what the fuck@#!@” again at the movies)
Let The Right One In (Sweden) (for being original, moving and creepy at the same time — and having the creepiest scene featuring house-cats)

Update ( January 15) – New films added to the list
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionnaire

NOTE : there are films I have yet to see and that could end up in this list : Slumdog Millionaire, Doubt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon… If needed, I will post an update as soon as I have seen them, in early 2009.

ALSO : non-2008 releases that graced my eyes and ears

Delicatessen (France)
Some Kind of Monster
(USA)
Into the Wild (USA)
4 minutes (Germany)
12 angry men (USA)
Network (USA)

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2008 Highlights – Music Edition

The list is not in any preferential order — Song previews will expire eventually, so don’t be bummed if you get an error message — If you read this off facebook, you may not be able to see the music player.

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HIGHLIGHTS IN MUSIC : Live and/or Recorded

Portishead (album: third — for being gently psychadelic and violently catchy at the same time)
Radiohead
(live tour and best b-side ever — for being the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life and giving us the gift of Bangers and Mash)
The Luyas
(album: faker death — for being so delicate you could break them)
Parlovr
(album: parlovr and live shows — for being the catchiest act in town)
Deerhunter
(album: Microcastle — for being just great)
Aimee Mann
(album: @!#!@$ Smilers — for being  both compelling and lyrically fascinating)
Sigur Ros
(live tour : despite my general disinterest in their last album, their live show delivered the most emotional 10 minutes I’ve ever experience in my concert-going life)
Benjamin Biolay
(album: Trash YéYé and live tour —  for being so subtle and referential on his new record, and for delivering a surprisingly rocking live performance) (myspace)

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ALSO : Non-2008 releases that graced my ears

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Philip Glass – Glassworks , Symphony #3 & Kronos Quarter Performs Philip Glass
Panda Bear – Person Pitch
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Bob Dylan – Modern Times

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