The Best of 2014: A Whole Bunch of Lists

Films

I succeeded at the movies this year, or at least watching them. Here is my top ten list (I will follow this up with a breakdown and explanations, because why not):

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Snowpiercer
  3. Lucy
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Enemy
  7. Locke
  8. Jodorowsky’s Dune
  9. Obvious Child
  10. The Raid 2: Berandal

Honourable mentions:

Boyhood; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Edge of Tomorrow; and Guardians of the Galaxy

TV Shows

I did not do well in regards television. I know of a great many shows I need to watch, and hope to see them dearly. Needless to say I feel confident in the first three out of my five main choices, while the “honourable mentions” are rather phoned in:

  1. The Americans
  2. Broad City
  3. The Legend of Korra (specifically season 3)
  4. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  5. The Flash

Honourable mentions:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and House of Cards

Music

It was a passable year music wise, and the albums I found to be the most rich, layered, and stimulating were:

  1. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  2. I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard
  3. This is All Yours by ∆ (alt-J)
  4. Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  5. 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole

Books

The year past was a bad one for me on the reading front—which is to say, I was not very proactive after, approximately, June. Regardless here are five books I found very thought provoking and compelling:

Podcasts

I delved deeper into all things podcasts and online radio in 2014, and this was in part a reason why my reading suffered—THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH TIME AND TOO MUCH MEDIA AND INFORMATION TO INJEST!—but, with that caveat made, here’s the podcast that were the most important to me:

  1. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
  2. iMIXWHATiLIKE.org
  3. Cinepunx
  4. My Name is My Name w/ APS
  5. Two Brown Girls
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