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Adventures in Movie Watching 2010

Adventures in Movie Watching 2010

Right so here's my favourite 20 films of the year, please note this list is from December 2009 to December 2010 as I don't usually go to the cinema in December, so I catch up with these movies during the year. Anyway if you disagreed with my list of favourite albums prepare to be even more perplexed by this list.   20. MacGruber - dir. Jorma Taccone . Right so straight off I've lost a lot of you, but I thought this was great. Don't get me wrong a lot of the humour wasn't subtle in the least, but it made me laugh a lot. The film is actually too good parodying certain action films that there are large parts of the film that drag and are nonsensical, in the action movie tradition of "Did I just see that? Did someone actually think that was a good idea?", but this film also contains the funniest sex scenes of all time.

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My Year In Music 2010 - Top Ten Albums

My Year In Music 2010 - Top Ten Albums

* Each fave track has a link so you can listen to them*  My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 40 - 31 My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 30 - 21 My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 20 - 11 10. The Coral - Butterfly House A comeback of sorts after the departure of one of their guitarists Bill Ryder Jones, The Coral continue to be one of the best bands in Britain yet no one seems to ever notice. On this album produced by John Leckie, they add to their trademark sound, the song Butterfly House is pastoral folk pop for instance, and maintain their gift for undeniable melodies and hooks. Fave Track - 1000 Years 9. Best Coast - Crazy For You Fuzzy, lo-fi indie popsurf rock you say?....I'm in. An album that evokes, equally, sixties girl pop and early nighties guitar rock is always going to earn affection from me, both remind me of when I was thirteen and was a complete sucker for songs pining for someone or something stitched to melodies that won't leave your brain. This album reminded me

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My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 20 - 11

My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 20 - 11

* Each fave track has a link so you can listen to them*  My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 40 - 31 My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 30 - 21 20. Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone Another now-tro album that was produced by Jeff Tweedy and you can definitely smell his cooking on this album, a couple of songs could have fit on Sky Blue Sky quite nicely like title track You Are Not Alone but benefit more from someone older and with a bigger voice singing them. Fave Track - I Belong To The Band 19. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening An album that could have been crushed by the hype surrounding it when it was released managed to do that rare trick and be better than you hoped it could be. Having been a very late-comer to James Murphy's music (in doing this list I realise I ignore a load of bands because of hype!) I can't really compare it to his other releases but all I know is this is an album that you can constantly have on repeat and not get tired of it too quick Fave Tra

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My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 30 - 21

My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 30 - 21

So part two of four of my favourite 40 albums of the year. You may wish to read  My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 40 - 31 first. * Each Fave Track has a link so you can listen to it*   30. John Grant - Queen of Denmark Got to admit I knew nothing of the man before listening to this, I had heard of the Czars but never listened, and was also intruiged to hear a Midlake album I might enjoy after not really liking The Courage of Others. This album marries classic 70s singer songwriting but with nicely sharp and incisive lyrics and an amazing voice. Fave Track - Sigourney Weaver 29. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up! A covers album (well one original) of socially conscious soul songs from the 60's and 70's might not seem that great an idea on paper but it really works. Inspired by Barack Obama's 2008 election and the mood of the USA at the time, John Legend, The Roots and others set out to cover lesser known soul songs. While there is a Marvin Gaye cover, I was most

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My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 40 - 31

My Year In Music 2010 - Albums 40 - 31

This year I'm going to do a top forty list and then split it into four posts to get my blog entries up a bit. So here's 40-31 then. * Each fave track has a link so you can listen to them*  40 . Josh Rouse - El Turista In fairness this album could have been called "Let's Get Ready to Rumba" if Josh was from Newcastle, beacuse on this album he takes his inspiration from Spain rather than classic Americana or American pop. He covers Cotton Eyed Joe and on I Will Live On Islands evokes Paul Simon's Graceland, no bad thing you'd agree. Fave Track - I Will Live On Islands 39. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love I still can't get over that I don't really like this album too much, because it's probably their most confident album, so perhaps that's maybe why. As much as I enjoyed the God Helps The Girl album, I did tire of it pretty quickly and a lot of this album sounds too much like it or at least in the same vein. I really need t

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Shola's Top 20 films from the ones i saw in  2009....

Shola's Top 20 films from the ones i saw in 2009....

Right so here's my favourite bits of cinema I saw last year: 20. Looking For Eric - Dir. Ken Loach Ken Loach's love letter to mentally ill Man United fans (and lets face it there are even more after that Leeds result) begins the list. It really is what you expect from Loach - funny, gritty and heartwarming. 19. Adventureland - Dir. Greg Mottola The film for anyone who's ever had a shitty job according to the poster and that's probably what the studio and marketing men were hoping. From the director of Superbad, but more Freaks and Geeks really. No bad thing. 18. Fantastic Mr.Fox - Dir. Wes Anderson Yes that's right a Wes Anderson movie that wasn't my favourite film of the year! I know why some people get really pissed off with his style and movies, but I love them. But, for some reason, I just didn't get into this as fully as I have with his other films, and I did find bits of this a bit boring. But still it's great to see a kids fil

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