Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My Favorite 18 Movies/Shows of 2018

These are my 18 favorite movies/shows of the year. Not the best or most popular, that's for critics and box office receipts, these are just the ones I liked of those that I saw. 

A couple 2017 movies (and one from 1968) are here because their 2018 home video releases were worthy of inclusion. The lines between box office/streaming/home video are beginning to blur, this list will be all yearly releases, no matter the format, from now on. Listed alphabetically.

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey - 4k
  • Annihilation - Theatrical/4k
  • Avengers Infinity War - Theatrical/4k
  • Black Panther - Theatrical/4k
  • Blade Runner 2049 - 4k
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Theatrical
  • Deadpool 2 - Theatrical/4k
  • The Endless - Blu-Ray
  • Hereditary - Theatrical/Blu-Ray
  • It - 4k
  • Legion Season One - TV/Blu-Ray
  • Mission Impossible Fallout - Theatrical/4k
  • The Shape Of Water - 4k
  • Star Trek Discovery Season One - TV/Blu-Ray
  • Star Wars The Last Jedi - 4k
  • Thor Ragnarok - 4k
  • Upgrade - Theatrical/Blu-Ray 
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor? - Theatrical/Blu-Ray

Sequels, reboots and adaptations that did not suck. While these didn’t make the year end list, I found all to be more entertaining than reviews would have you believe.

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp - Theatrical/4k
  • Incredibles 2 - Theatrical/4K
  • Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - 4k
  • Sicario 2 Day of The Soldado - Theatrical/4k
  • The Equalizer 2 - Theatrical/4k
  • The Predator - Theatrical/4k
  • The Strangers: Prey At Night -  Blu-Ray
  • Tomb Raider - Theatrical/4k
  • Venom - Theatrical/4K

Things I still haven’t gotten around to but will soon:

  • Ralph Breaks The Internet - Theatrical/4K
  • Crazy Rich Asians - Theatrical/4K
  • Isle Of Dogs - Theatrical/Blu-Ray

My Favorite 18 Albums of 2018

These are my 18 favorite releases of the year. Not the best or most popular, that's for critics and sales receipts, these are just the ones I liked of those that I heard. Listed alphabetically.

  • Coheed And Cambria - Vaxis - Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures 
  • Conception - My Dark Symphony EP 
  • Dead Letter Circus - Dead Letter Circus 
  • Disconnected - White Colossus 
  • Ghost - Prequelle 
  • Haken - Vector 
  • The Intersphere - The Grand Delusion
  • Kingcrow - The Persistence 
  • The Mars Chronicles - Origins 
  • Mass Sky Raid - Science Or Fiction 
  • Midas Fall - Evaporate
  • Mystery - Lies And Butterflies 
  • The Pineapple Thief - Dissolution 
  • Redemption - Long Night's Journey Into Day 
  • Riverside - Wasteland 
  • Spock's Beard - Noise Floor 
  • Subsignal - La Muerta 
  • VOLA - Applause Of A Distant Crowd 

Favorite Live Albums/Box Sets/Reissues of 2018: 

  1. Steven Wilson - Home Invasion - Blu-Ray/CD 
  2. Rush - Hemispheres 40th Anniversary Box Set - Blu-Ray Audio 
  3. Marillion - Clutching At Straws Deluxe Edition - Blu-Ray Audio
  4. Yes - Live At The Apollo - Blu-Ray 
  5. Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere... - Blu-Ray  
  6. Opeth - Garden Of The Titans - Blu-Ray/CD 
  7. Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine Live - DVD/CD 
  8. Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won - Blu-Ray Audio 
  9. Alan Parson Project - Eye In The Sky - Blu-Ray Audio

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Remembering JOHN LENNON on his birthday (video)

#johnlennon #thebeatles #rockfile
John Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.
Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.
Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.
As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

source: Wikipedia


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Remembering STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN on his birthday (video)

#stevierayvaughan #srv #rockfile
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. Often referred to by his initials SRV, Vaughan is best known as a founding member and leader of Double Trouble. With drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, they ignited the blues revival of the 1980s. With a career spanning seven years, Vaughan and Double Trouble consistently sold out concerts while their albums frequently went gold.
Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and briefly lived in Graham, Texas. The younger brother of Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie started playing guitar at the age of seven and soon after formed several bands that occasionally performed in local nightclubs. At age 17, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin to pursue a career in music, joining groups such as Krackerjack, the Nightcrawlers, and the Cobras. In 1977, he formed Triple Threat Revue, a band that regularly performed around Austin and eventually evolved into Double Trouble. In 1982, Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, catching the attention of musicians David Bowie and Jackson Browne. Bowie asked Vaughan to play on his upcoming studio album Let's Dance and Browne offered the band free use of his personal studio in Los Angeles to record an album.

In March 1983, veteran record producer John Hammond Sr. of Epic Records signed Vaughan and Double Trouble and released their debut album, Texas Flood in June of that year. While successfully touring, the group released the albums, Couldn't Stand the Weather (1984) and Soul to Soul (1985), the latter of which featured keyboardist Reese Wynans. Although his career had progressed successfully, Vaughan checked into a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to give up a cocaine and alcohol addiction and returned to touring with the band. In June 1989, they released In Step, which earned them a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Performance. On August 27, 1990, Vaughan died in a helicopter crash following a performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Vaughan derived his uniquely eclectic yet intense style from a variety of musical genres. He was influenced by blues musicians including Albert King, Freddie King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, as well as rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack. His guitar playing, for which he has received wide critical recognition, reflected the pentatonic blues scales. He ranked number seven on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists" and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, the same year a memorial statue in his honor was erected in Austin's Auditorium Shores park. Vaughan is widely considered one of the greatest musicians to come from the state of Texas.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Happy Birthday STING (video)

 #sting #thepolice #rockfile
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born 2 October 1951), better known by the stage name Sting is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police and for his subsequent solo career.
Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating distinct elements of jazz, reggae, classical, New Age, and worldbeat into his music. As a solo musician and member of the Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, three Brit Awards – winning Best British Male in 1994, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

source: wikipedia