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Tyler’s Top Ten of 2015

10 Mar

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10. Love & Mercy

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David’s Top Ten of 2015

10 Mar

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10. The Big Short

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EPISODE 468: INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS 2015

7 Mar

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Tyler and David discuss the individual artistic achievements of 2015.

EPISODE 467: OSCARS 2016!

29 Feb

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Tyler is joined by Jason Eaken and Ian Brill to discuss the Academy Awards.

The BP Top Ten of 2015

27 Feb

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This list was compiled from the individual top ten lists of Scott, Josh, Aaron, Rita, Matt, Craig, Darrell, AlexanderSarah, Tyler and David. Each film was weighted according to its placement on each individual list. As such, a film that appeared on only two writers’ lists could still wind up on the finalized list if it placed particularly high. Conversely, a film could conceivably be on everybody’s list, but not make the final list, due to low point value.

Honorable Mentions: Steve Jobs, Youth, Clouds of Sils Maria, Tangerine, Phoenix

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Matt’s Top Ten of 2015

25 Feb

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10. Soaked In Bleach / Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (tie)

You can’t make a Kurt Cobain documentary I won’t watch. It’s just not possible. Somehow, despite being only a middling fan of Nirvana’s actual music, I’m totally obsessed with the Cobain narrative—sensitive logging town burnout picks up a guitar, gets famous, falls into a poisonous love affair, doubles-down on heroin, and dies. My appetite to revisit Saint Kurt’s journey through the Grunge Stations of the Cross is as insatiable and narcotic as Cobain’s own quest for self-immolation. And this year offered up two interesting, polar-opposite takes on the legend of Aberdeen’s favorite son.

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The BP Ten Worst of 2015

25 Feb

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This list was compiled from the individual bottom ten lists of Scott, Josh, Aaron, Rita, Craig, Sarah, Darrell, Alexander, Matt, Tyler, and David. Each film was weighted according to its placement on each individual list. As such, a film that appeared on only two writers’ lists could still wind up on the finalized list if it placed particularly high. Conversely, a film could conceivably be on everybody’s list, but not make the final list, due to low point value.

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EPISODE 466: TOP TEN OF 2015

25 Feb

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Tyler and David discuss their top tens of 2015.

I Do Movies Badly: Oscars vs. BPs

20 Feb

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Jim is joined by Joe Reid and Gavin Mevius to compare the Oscar nominees with the BPs nominees.

Rita’s Top Ten of 2015

20 Feb

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10. Magic Mike XXL

Despite its hip-hop heavy soundtrack and preponderance of naked male butts, the real charms of Magic Mike XXL are the same ones you’d find in a Hollywood musical from fifty or sixty years ago: great dancing, eye-catching spectacle, and charismatic performers sharing dynamic chemistry. Directed by Gregory Jacobs but shot and edited by Steven Soderbergh, XXL leaves behind the sometimes dour tone of its predecessor in favor of a feather-light, essentially conflict-free romp that celebrates the joys of sex, friendship, and artistic expression in equal measure. It’s also a visual marvel – if you want to see a compelling argument for the advantages of digital cinematography, pay attention to the gorgeous sequence set in a predominantly black strip club. Soderbergh makes dark-skinned actors performing in low light look stunning in a way that traditional film simply couldn’t.

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