Music

My Favorite Albums and Songs of the 2010s

My favorite albums of the decade:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, SKELETON TREE

2. Mount Eerie, NOW ONLY

3. Purple Mountains, S/T

4. Joanna Newsom, HAVE ONE ON ME

5. Sharon Van Etten, TRAMP

6. Julien Baker, SPRAINED ANKLE

7. Leonard Cohen, YOU WANT IT DARKER

8. Kanye West, MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

9. Tom Waits, BAD AS ME

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Lucinda Williams, DOWN WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE

12. Jason Isbell, SOUTHEASTERN

13. Bob Dylan, TEMPEST

14. Angel Olsen, MY WOMAN

15. Richmond Fontaine, YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO

16. Fiona Apple, THE IDLER WHEEL…

17. Charles Bradley, CHANGES

18. Bill Callahan, APOCALYPSE

19. John Prine, THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS

20. Damien Jurado, MARAQOPA

21. Courtney Marie Andrews, MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN

22. Phoebe Bridgers, STRANGER IN THE ALPS

23. Water Liars, WYOMING

24. Titus Andronicus, THE MONITOR

25. Sun Kil Moon, BENJI

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My favorite songs of the decade:

1. “Working Titles,” Damien Jurado

2. “Riding for the Feeling,” Bill Callahan

3. “Serpents,” Sharon Van Etten

4. “Margaritas at the Mall,” Purple Mountains

5. “Higgs Boson Blues,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

6. “Rejoice,” Julien Baker

7. “Scott Street,” Phoebe Bridgers

8. “Shut Up Kiss Me,” Angel Olsen

9. “Emmylou,” First Aid Kit

10. “You Want it Darker,” Leonard Cohen

11. “Table for One,” Courtney Marie Andrews

12. “On a Good Day,” Joanna Newsom

13. “Ways of This World,” Kelly Hogan (written by Vic Chesnutt)

14. “Relatively Easy,” Jason Isbell

15. “Hell Broke Luce,” Tom Waits

16. “Depreston,” Courtney Barnett

17. “When I Get to Heaven,” John Prine

18. “Head,” Lydia Loveless

19. “Foolishness,” Lucinda Williams

20. “Change for the World,”’Charles Bradley

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My Favorite Movies of the 2010s

My favorite movies of the decade, the ones I think about the most. I watched a lot of movies —probably a few thousand—and I’m sure I’m forgetting plenty of stuff I loved. I left TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN off because I don’t want to get into arguments about whether it’s a film or TV show, but it’s my favorite anything of the decade, century, whatever. I also limited myself to one from Paul Thomas Anderson in my top thirty-five, though he made three top ten masterpieces this decade.

FIRST REFORMED (Paul Schrader)

INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson)

CERTAIN WOMEN (Kelly Reichardt)

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Lynne Ramsay)

THE IRISHMAN (Martin Scorsese)

UNCUT GEMS (The Safdie Brothers)

SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola)

THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)

ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (Hong Sang-soo)

PHOENIX (Christian Petzold)

MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins)

CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami)

CAROL (Todd Haynes)

THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)

LEAVE NO TRACE (Debra Granik)

THE SOUVENIR (Joanna Hogg)

THE NICE GUYS (Shane Black)

MAPS TO THE STARS (David Cronenberg)

HIGH LIFE (Claire Denis)

LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig)

AMERICAN HONEY (Andrea Arnold)

THUNDER ROAD (Jim Cummings)

A BREAD FACTORY (Patrick Wang)

PERSONAL SHOPPER (Oliver Assayas)

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (The Coen Brothers)

MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)

THINGS TO COME (Mia Hansen-Løve)

THE LOVE WITCH (Anna Biller)

THE RIDER (Chloé Zhao)

CREED (Ryan Coogler)

DESTROYER (Karyn Kusama)

4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH (Abel Ferrara)

OUTSIDE IN (Lynn Shelton)

CHI-RAQ (Spike Lee)

BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater)

Others I loved: PHANTOM THREAD; THE MASTER; PETERLOO; HER SMELL; HAIL, CAESAR!; COSMOPOLIS; THE DAY AFTER; LET THE SUNSHINE IN; BASTARDS; PASOLINI; WELCOME TO NEW YORK; BONE TOMAHAWK; BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99; BLUE JAY; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT; GOOD TIME; BLACKKKLANSMAN; PARADISE TRILOGY; ANIMAL KINGDOM; IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK; COLUMBUS; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND; MEEK’S CUTOFF; BLADE RUNNER 2049; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET; SILENCE; SONG TO SONG; KNIGHT OF CUPS; A HIDDEN LIFE; TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN; CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA; THE LOBSTER; THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; AMOUR; SPRING BREAKERS; ELLE; ALWAYS SHINE; DRIVE; ONLY GOD FORGIVES; THE NEON DEMON; BERNIE; BOYHOOD; EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!; DREAMS OF A LIFE; OUT OF BLUE; ANOMALISA; IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY; JACKIE; ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; DJANGO UNCHAINED; A SEPARATION; RAY MEETS HELEN; WIDOWS; SULLY; THE 15:17 TO PARIS; THE MULE; BROOKLYN; MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; FRANCES HA; THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES; MISTRESS AMERICA; DE PALMA; LEMONADE; BLUE RUIN; GREEN ROOM; I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE; THE GREAT BEAUTY; THE IMMIGRANT; MANDY; CALVARY; GO FOR SISTERS; THE GRAND BUDAPEST MOTEL; MOONRISE KINGDOM; HOLY MOTORS; RUST AND BONE; TWIXT; BLEAK STREET; SUN DON’T SHINE; TAKE SHELTER; ENOUGH SAID; FROM THE HEAD; UNDER THE SKIN; THE UNKNOWN GIRL; NEBRASKA; IDA; THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL; CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?; THE FITS; ANNIHILATION; PRISONERS; FAST FIVE; GET OUT; THE LAST JEDI; NIGHTCRAWLER; ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE; PATERSON; THE GREY; LINCOLN; THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER; SUPPORT THE GIRLS; WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS; THE DEATH OF STALIN; RAW; ROAD TO NOWHERE; THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT; A STAR IS BORN; NOCTURAMA; THE INTERN; TRANSIT; KNIVES OUT; UNCLE DREW; VALLEY OF LOVE; BY THE SEA; GONE GIRL; THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO; MEMPHIS; UNCLE KENT 2; WIN IT ALL; HAPPY CHRISTMAS; I AM LOVE; CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

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My Favorite Movies of 2019

My favorite movies of the year so far… still lots to catch up on.

1. THE IRISHMAN (Martin Scorsese)

2. UNCUT GEMS (The Safdie Brothers)

3. THE SOUVENIR (Joanna Hogg)

4. HIGH LIFE (Claire Denis)

5. LITTLE WOMEN (Greta Gerwig)

6. A HIDDEN LIFE (Terrence Malick)

7. TRANSIT (Christian Petzold)

8. HOTEL BY THE RIVER (Hong Sang-soo)

9. ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD (Quentin Tarantino)

10. HER SMELL (Alex Ross Perry)

Others I really liked:

PETERLOO (Mike Leigh); ROLLING THUNDER REVUE (Martin Scorsese); ASH IS PUREST WHITE (Jia Zhangke); KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson); GRASS (Hong sang-soo); OUT OF BLUE (Carol Morley); BURNING CANE (Philip Michael Youmans); SWORD OF TRUST (Lynn Shelton); MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumbach); RICHARD JEWELL (Clint Eastwood); US (Jordan Peele); WILD ROSE (Tom Harper); DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (Craig Brewer); DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE (S. Craig Zahler); KNIFE + HEART (Yann Gonzalez); DOMINO (Brian De Palma); BETWEEN WORLDS (Maria Pulera); STATE LIKE SLEEP (Meredith Danluck); HIGH FLYING BIRD (Steven Soderbergh); PADDLETON (Alexandre Lehmann); THE KID (Vincent D’Onofrio)

Favorite performances:

Elisabeth Moss, HER SMELL; Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro, THE IRISHMAN; Adam Sandler and Julia Fox, UNCUT GEMS; Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke, THE SOUVENIR; Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, HIGH LIFE; Paul Walter Hauser, RICHARD JEWELL; Jessie Buckley, WILD ROSE; Ray Romano, PADDLETON; Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD; Da’Vine Joy Randolph, DOLEMITE IS MY NAME; Wendell Pierce, BURNING CANE; Lupita Nyong’o, US; Ana de Armas, KNIVES OUT; Kim Min-hee, HOTEL BY THE RIVER; Paula Beer, TRANSIT; Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, and Bob Odenkirk, LITTLE WOMEN; Ethan Hawke, THE KID; Zhao Tao, ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Still need to see & very excited about:

AD ASTRA

CLEMENCY

CHAINED FOR LIFE

THE FAREWELL

THE NIGHTINGALE

DIAMANTINO

INVISIBLE LIFE

PAIN AND GLORY

THE DEAD DON’T DIE

WAVES

BLACK MOTHER

THE BEACH BUM

PARASITE

FORD V. FERRARI

BOOKSMART

JOJO RABBIT

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

HUSTLERS

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

LITTLE WOODS

THE LIGHTHOUSE

MIDSOMMAR

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

DIANE

DARK WATERS

ATLANTICS

COLOR OUT OF SPACE

HOBBS & SHAW

CRAWL

JOHN WICK C3

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

HONEY BOY

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My Favorite Music of 2019

My favorite music of the year. Interested to see what I missed or just don’t know about, what endures and what changes, and to spend more time with some records I haven’t gotten very deep into yet.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Purple Mountains – s/t

Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance

Lana Del Rey – NFR!

Hallelujah the Hills – I’m You

Heather Valley – Desert Message 

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – Take Heart, Take Care

Karen and the Sorrows – Guaranteed Broken Heart

Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Molly Sarlé – Karaoke Angel  

Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron – Lost Wisdom, Part Two

Buddy & Julie Miller – Breakdown on 20th Avenue South

The Delines – The Imperial

The Paranoid Style – A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life

Joan Shelley – Like the River Loves the Sea

Other stuff I loved: 

(Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar; Alexa Rose – Medicine for Living; Bonnie Prince Billy – I Made a Place; Kate Teague – s/t EP; Ian Noe – Between the Country; Bill Callahan – Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest; Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out of Sight; Tom Russell – October in the Railroad Earth; Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars; Spencer Thomas – Hangin’ Tough; Craig Finn – I Need a New War; Heather Woods Broderick – Invitation; Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising; Rod Melancon – Pinkville; Jenny Lewis – On the Line; Bark Terminal Everything; Damien Jurado – In the Shape of a Storm; Mark Lanegan – Somebody’s Knocking; Kevin Morby – Oh My God; Will Johnson – Wire Mountain; Neil Young – Colorado; Jack Oblivion and the Dream Killers – Lost Weekend; Simon Joyner  Pocket Moon

 

Here’s a playlist with some of my favorite songs of the year: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3hCkzHw0WFMBGlalSRoAgi?si=_g-f-72oROOsqoJ5DcLSQw

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The Lonely Witness in Germany and France

The Lonely Witness came out in Germany from Polar Verlag this month. It’s beautiful. Thanks especially to my publisher Wolfgang Franßen and my translator Andrea Stumpf. Thanks also to Hanspeter Eggenberger for choosing it as Crime Novel of the Week in Zurich’s German-language national daily newspaper, Tages-Anzeiger!

The Lonely Witness also came out in paperback from Gallmeister in France. I love this cover from Mathieu Persan so much.

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1999

Been thinking about 1999 for a lot of reasons. What a year for movies. Here’s a list of my favorites from ’99, as well as a list of my favorites from ’99 in ’19. Some crossover. Lots I was disappointed by in ’99 that I love now (Eyes Wide Shut, Bringing Out the Dead, and Magnolia) and some I just hadn’t seen then. Lots I liked in ’99 that I don’t like now. Lots I haven’t revisited or given much thought to. Lots I still need to see and/or revisit.

My favorite movies of 1999 in 1999:
Ghost Dog
The Straight Story
The Limey
Three Kings
eXistenZ
Being John Malcovich
Ravenous
Office Space
The Blair Witch Project
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Princess Mononoke
The End of the Affair
Topsy-Turvy
Sweet and Lowdown
Jesus’ Son
Cookie’s Fortune
The Ninth Gate
Girl, Interrupted
Election
The Virgin Suicides
Boys Don’t Cry
The Cider House Rules
But I’m a Cheerleader
Man on the Moon
Sleepy Hollow
Ride with the Devil
American Movie
Dogma
GalaxyQuest
Mystery Men
Payback
Run Lola Run
A Walk on the Moon
For Love of the Game


My favorite movies of 1999 in 2019
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The Virgin Suicides
Ratcatcher
Bringing Out the Dead
Eyes Wide Shut
Ghost Dog
The Straight Story
The Limey
The Insider
Limbo
Magnolia
Rosetta
The Florentine
eXistenZ
Topsy-Turvy
Felicia’s Journey
Ravenous
Princess Mononoke
Cookie’s Fortune
The Matrix
Office Space
Being John Malcovich
The Iron Giant
Election
The Sixth Sense
The End of the Affair

American Movie

Notable movies left off: American Beauty, which was always terrible & is even more terrible now; Toy Story 2, which I’ve only seen in the last few years and is fine.


Need to watch/rewatch:
Time Regained
Titus
Life
To the Mission
Bowfinger
Summer of Sam
All About My Mother
Beau Travail
Julien Donkey-Boy
Wisconsin Death Trip
Holy Smoke
The Muse
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
8mm
Any Given Sunday
Audition
Wonderland
The Wood
10 Things I Hate About You
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Following
The 13th Floor
A Moment of Innocence
The Dreamlife of Angels
The Wind Will Carry Us
Humanité
The Green Mile
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My Favorite Films of 2018

Lots to still catch up on, but here are my favorite films of the year so far.

FIRST REFORMED (Paul Schrader)
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Lynne Ramsay)
THE RIDER (Chloé Zhao)
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (The Coen Brothers)
SUPPORT THE GIRLS (Andrew Bujalski)
THUNDER ROAD (Jim Cummings)
LEAVE NO TRACE (Debra Granik)
OUTSIDE IN (Lynn Shelton)
RAY MEETS HELEN (Alan Rudolph)
NANCY (Christina Choe)
LEAN ON PETE (Andrew Haigh)
MANDY (Panos Cosmatos)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (Christopher McQuarrie)
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (Orson Welles)
THE MULE and THE 15:17 TO PARIS (Clint Eastwood)
SHIRKERS (Sandi Tan)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Spike Lee)
REVENGE (Coralie Fargeat)
CAM (Isa Mazzei & Daniel Goldhaber)

Other films I liked:
SOLLERS POINT (Matthew Porterfield)
PRIVATE LIFE (Tamara Jenkins)
THE DEATH OF STALIN (Armando Iannucci)
GEMINI (Aaron Katz)
ANNIHILATION (Alex Garland)
ISLE OF DOGS (Wes Anderson)
BLACK PANTHER (Ryan Coogler)
BLOCKERS (Kay Cannon)
PADDINGTON 2 (Paul King)
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)

Still need to see/looking forward to:
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST; SWEET COUNTRY; THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT; LET THE CORPSES TAN; ONE CUT OF THE DEAD; DOUBLE LOVER; THE GREEN FOG; HAPPY AS LAZZARO; ROMA; DESTROYER; ZAMA; HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING; NEVER GOIN’ BACK; EIGHTH GRADE; SHOPLIFTERS; IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK; LET THE SUNSHINE IN; FIRST MAN; GLORIA BELL; THE FAVOURITE; FATAL PULSE; TRANSIT; THE COMMUTER; WIDOWS; BLAZE; CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?; SUSPIRIA; UNSANE; MADELINE’S MADELINE; CREED 2; SORRY TO BOTHER YOU; THE SISTERS BROTHERS; HALLOWEEN; THE OLD MAN & THE GUN; WHERE IS KYRA?; HOLD THE DARK; MOM AND DAD; JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC; SEARCHING; BURNING; POSSUM; A BREAD FACTORY

Favorite performances:
Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, and Shayna McHayle, SUPPORT THE GIRLS
Harry Melling, Tom Waits, and Zoe Kazan, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
Joaquin Phoenix, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Jim Cummings, THUNDER ROAD
Thomasin McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
Edie Falco, OUTSIDE IN
Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, FIRST REFORMED
Steve Buscemi, THE DEATH OF STALIN
Andrea Riseborough, NANCY, MANDY, and THE DEATH OF STALIN
Nicolas Cage, MANDY
Charlie Plummer, LEAN ON PETE
Kathryn Hahn, PRIVATE LIFE

My favorite first-time viewings of the year (of films not released in 2018):
PERSONAL PROBLEMS (Bill Gunn, 1980)
MOONRISE (Frank Borzage, 1948)
CLUNY BROWN (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)
TEA AND SYMPATHY (Vincente Minnelli, 1956)
CHOOSE ME (Alan Rudolph, 1984)
A NEW LEAF (Elaine May, 1971)
WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD (William A. Wellman, 1933)
SMITHEREENS (Susan Seidelman, 1982)
LOVE AND BASKETBALL (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000)
THE UNKNOWN (Tod Browning, 1927)

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