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My Favorite Movies of 2019!

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My Favorite Movies of 2019!
It only took me two months longer than it should to compile this totally pointless list that for some reason I feel compelled to put together every year. 



Top Twelve of 2019

Because I watched a fuck ton of movies, I've got a few different groups...let's kick it off with the most obvious, the ones folks typically list as part as such an endeavor - the best flicks that were released in 2019.  As always, there are plenty I haven't seen from last year since I don't actually go to the theater that often...such is life.  Instead of strictly ranking them, I've put them in three groups.

Super Duper Good!!!Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
Parasite
Jojo Rabbit
They Shall Not Grow Old

Still Pretty Damn Good!!
Booksmart
The Irishman
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel

Also Good, But Slightly Less So!High Flying Bird
Cold Pursuit
Long Shot
The Highwaymen



Top Five of 2018 (that I didn't get a chance to see until 2019)

You know what happens every year?  You finall…

Beach Slang - The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine, 2020)

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Beach Slang
The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City
Bridge Nine
2020


Rating: 7 ball point crooks out of 10

There’s really no reason to beat around the bush with Beach Slang - they sound just like the Replacements*...specifically late-era Replacements.  I know it’s cool to talk shit about those last couple of Replacements records, but they are both fucking fantastic and you’re depriving yourself pretending they aren’t.  If it makes you feel better to think of them basically as Paul Westerberg solo records instead, you do you – but that doesn’t make them any less terrific.  I had to triple check that my favorite song, “Tommy In The 80s,” wasn’t actually a Replacements b-side that somehow I’d forgotten about.  Even better, that track is an anthem about Tommy Keene, specifically created because Beach Slang frontman James Alex wanted to create a song about one of his idols ala the Replacement’s anthem “Alex Chilton.”  And if all that isn’t enough, the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson is apparently even…

PHOTOS: Jawbox / Hammered Hulls at the Cat's Cradle - 2/1/2020

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Jawbox








Hammered Hulls





Jawbox / Hammered Hulls at the Cat's Cradle - 2/1/2020

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Jawbox
With Hammered Hulls
The Cat's Cradle
2/1/2020

Despite being a big fan since their first record "Grippe," I never got to see Jawbox their first time around.  I'm still particularly salty about a gig that happened at the Cradle back in 1994 or 1995 when it was them and Sunny Day Real Estate that my friends attended and didn't tell me about beforehand.  Say what you will about the potential downfalls of the internet, but I don't miss the days of living only a couple of hours away from a club but having no way to know who is playing other than word of mouth.    

Jawbox reformed last year and played a handful of shows around the country, and I almost drove to one of the gigs in DC just in case it was my only chance to see them.  But I fucking hate driving to DC, it's as boring as the drive to Wilmington but three hours longer and frequently with bad traffic. Sometimes one's laziness pays off, and in this case that band you want to see is now performing o…

January 2020 movie update

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January 2020 movie update!

Shall we run the movie challenge back again?  Is it really challenge, or am I just documenting the movies I would be watching regardless?  Who's to say.  
I tackled 35 movies in January, which means we're starting the year off right with a plus four margin.  See the details below...
Best of the month (new): John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Best of the month (previously seen): Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Worst of the month: Master Of Disguise (2002)
Worst of the month (MST3K edition): Santa Claus (1959)
Best stand-up of the month: Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019)
Well, that was goddamn depressing: Capernaum (2018)
I have a sneaking suspicion this isn't actually the end: Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Interesting glimpse at what 1980 Hollywood thought was punk: New Year’s Evil (1980)
What's so special about the cheesemakers? Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1969)

The rest:
Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Phase IV (1974), Linda Ronstadt:  The Sound Of My Voic…