Monday, December 31, 2012

Yearbook (Film): 2012


• 2010 - 2019 •
20102011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 •
• 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 •

• 4:44 Last Day on Earth / Abel Ferrara
• Almayer’s Folly / Chantal Akerman
• Attenberg / Athina Rachel Tsangari
• Cosmopolis / David Cronenberg
• The Day He Arrives / Hong Sangsoo
• The Deep Blue Sea / Terence Davies
• Holy Motors / Léos Carax
• The Kid with a Bike / Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne
• The Master / Paul Thomas Anderson
• Neighboring Sounds / Kleber Mendonça Filho
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia / Nuri Bilge Ceylan
• Tabu / Miguel Gomes
• This is Not a Film / Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
• The Turin Horse / Béla Tarr
• Two Years at Sea / Ben Rivers

Yearbook (Music): 2012


 • 2010 - 2019 •
20102011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 •
• 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 •

Actress / R.I.P.
Beach House / Bloom
Chromatics / Kill for Love
Cloud Nothings / Attack on Memory
Godspeed You! Black Emperor / ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Grimes / Visions
Laurel Halo / Quarantine
Julia Holter / Ekstasis
Japandroids / Celebration Rock
The Men / Open Your Heart
Spiritualized / Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Andy Stott / Luxury Problems
Swans / The Seer
John Talabot / ƒIN
Scott Walker / Bish Bosch

Index: Year-End 2012


I've contributed to many year-end list, polls, and features recently--for both film and music. So many, in fact, that I myself am having trouble keeping up. What you'll find below, then, is a simple index with descriptions and the appropriate link to consult each piece. Some are still still pending as the calender year is set to turn, but continue to check back as I update the links as the remaining features go live over the next week or so.

Film:
• Indiewire 2012 Year-End Critics Poll: [Personal Ballot] ~ [Complete Survey]
• Reverse Shot's Best of 2012:Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (#9) [Link]
• InReviewOnline's Top 20 Films of 2012: This is Not a Film (#6) [Link]
• DVDBeaver's DVD and Blu-Ray of the Year 2012: [Personal Ballot] ~ [Complete Survey] 

Music:
• CokeMachineGlow's Top 50 Albums 2012: The Walkmen (#43); Dustin Wong (#34); Laurel Halo (#28); Chromatics (#16) [Link] ~ [Staff Lists] ~ [Ghost Hardware Award for Best Use of Burial Drums]
• Village Voice Pazz + Jop 2012 [Personal Ballot] ~ [Complete Poll]
• PopMatters's 75 Best Songs of 2012: Spiritualized - "Song Long You Pretty Thing" (#40) [Link]
• PopMatters's 75 Best Albums of 2012: Julia Holter (#46); Andy Stott (#28); Godspeed You! Black Emperor (#16) [Link]
• PopMatters's 20 Best Reissues of 2012: Donnie & Joe Emerson (#20): [Link]
• Spectrum Culture's top 25 Songs of 2012: Bob Mould - "The Descent" (#5) [Link]
• Spectrum Culture's Top 25 Albums of 2012: Japandroids (#19) [Link]

DVDBeaver DVD and Blu-ray of the Year 2012


The good folks at DVDBeaver have tallied the votes for this year's DVD and Blu-ray of the Year poll, to which I've contributed for the second straight year. Unlike years past, however, they've unfortunately opted against publishing the individual lists submitted by each contributor. But as this has been a particularly great year for digital home video, I thought I'd share my personal ballot, as many essential discs, for one reason or another, are not as widely recognized in the results as other more prominent releases. So below you'll find my top ten selections for both the best DVDs and Blu-Rays of the past 12 months, complete with region breakdowns and contextual information. And be sure to check out the complete poll over at DVDBeaver. 

Top 10 SD-DVD Releases of 2012
1. Sokurov: Early Masterworks (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1989 – 1994) Cinema Guild; R1
2. Driver x4: The Lost and Found Films of Sara Driver (Sara Driver, 1981 – 1994) New Video Group; R1
3. Eclipse Series 34: Jean Gremillon During the Occupation (Jean Gremillon, 1941 – 1944) Criterion; R1
4. Casa De Lava (Pedro Costa, 1994) Second Run; R0 PAL
5. Jean-Luc Godard: Politique (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967 – 2010) Gaumont; R2
6. Eclipse Series 31: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1980 – 1992) Criterion; R1
7. Casting a Glance / RR (James Benning, 2007) Austrian Film Museum; R0 PAL
8. Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, 1966 – 1969) Criterion; R1
9. Confidence (István Szabó, 1980) Second Run; R0 PAL
10. California Trilogy (James Benning, 1999 – 2001) Austrian Film Museum; R0 PAL

Top 10 Blu-ray Releases of 2012
1. A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (Hollis Frampton, 1966 – 1979) Criterion; RA
2. The Mizoguchi Collection (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936 – 1946) Artificial Eye; RB
3. Trilogy of Life (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971 – 1974) Criterion; RA
4. Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953) Eureka / Masters of Cinema; RB
5. Lonesome (Paul Fejos, 1928) Criterion; RA
6. Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang, 1924) Eureka / Masters of Cinema; RB
7. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948) Olive Films; RA
8. We Can’t Go Home Again (Nicholas Ray, 1976) Oscilloscope Laboratories; RA
9. On the Bowery – The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1 (Lionel Rogosin, 1956 – 1964) Milestone; ALL
10. Ro.Go.Pa.G (Ugo Gregoretti, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, 1963) Eureka / Masters of Cinema; RB

Rants and Raves Section
Best Commentary Track: James Quandt, Stone (from Sokurov: Early Masterworks [Aleksandr Sokurov, 1990 – 1994] Cinema Guild; R1)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Record Review: The Evens - The Odds


When Ian MacKaye talks, people listen. See the countless music documentary spots, interview snippets turned SEO bait, and, when the former Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman deems appropriate, his eternally ideologic and politically passionate artistic output. It’s been six years since the Evens—the doggedly elemental duo of MacKaye and his wife and drummer Amy Farina—last released an album, while it’s now been over ten since the last Fugazi record. And it’s been even longer since MacKaye sounded engaged, even peripherally, with current indie trends. But god bless him for it: this is why we listen so intently when he steps to the mic or in front of a camera, because he doesn’t suffer fools, and when he opens his mouth it’s as if your wisest uncle has returned from sabbatical to drop hard knowledge on a family adrift from their spiritual roots, perspective altered by a media-saturated culture encouraged to keep their mouths shut and wallets open.