2018 in Review: Top 10 Films

The year 2018 gave us a few of the best superhero movies of all time, some truly audacious debuts and breakthroughs, and a couple of followups from directors whose prior breakthroughs went on to win Best Picture. Here are some honorable mentions:

Avengers: Infinity War
(dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo)

Black Panther
(dir. Ryan Coogler)

BlacKkKlansman
(dir. Spike Lee)

Eighth Grade
(dir. Bo Burnham)

Mandy
(dir. Panos Cosmatos)

The Old Man & the Gun
(dir. David Lowery)

Private Life
(dir. Tamara Jenkins)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(dir. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman)

Sweet Country
(dir. Warwick Thornton)

You Were Never Really Here
(dir. Lynne Ramsay)

2018 in Review: Top 10 TV Episodes

(thumbnail image courtesy of The Wrap)

To kick off my 2018 in Review, I wanted to go over my ten favorite episodes of television to air last year, ranging from prestige dramas to experimental comedies to good old-fashioned sitcoms. But first, ten honorable mentions, arranged alphabetically:

Barry
“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going”

Black-ish
“Purple Rain”

BoJack Horseman
“Free Churro”

The Deuce
“We’re All Beasts”

Homecoming
“Stop”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
“We’re Going to the Catskills!”

Saturday Night Live
“John Mulaney / Jack White”

South Park
“Tegridy Farms”

Trust
“Lone Star”

Westworld
“Akane no Mai”

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite episodes of television from 2018, starting on the next page.

Top 25 Albums of 2016

If music is as therapeutic to me as it is to everyone else, then 2016 gave music a new level of importance in all of our lives. It was a bad year, but at least we got some great albums out of it. Here are my favorite albums of 2016.

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Capsule Reviews: November 2016

Contrary to what some of my political opponents may tell you, I am but one man. And as one man, I have a hard time writing about every album that crosses my desk (I don’t actually have a desk at the moment but bear with me). Capsule reviews, named after their inventor Arthur J. Capsule (presumably), allow me an avenue around the boundaries of being a single human being. Here are five short reviews of noteworthy albums from November 2016 that I just wasn’t able to write about in length at the time.

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