Today it was Beck’s new album “Morning Phase.” At the first listen last week, I thought it was a little derivative of “Sea Change,” but after a while, now that I’m familiar with it, it has its own distinct sound. And the whole thing is very good, all the way through, no dud tracks.
I usually don’t like vocals in music I write with but his were unobtrusive and I can concentrate very well.
I almost always listen to music when I write, but it could make good working music for any task since it’s almost always instrumental. So I might as well link what I listen to when I write here, for my own reference and for yours. A lot of times I listen to the same album over and over until I hate it, then rotate.
Today I listened to Makeup And Vanity Set’s 88:88. It’s synth-y and cool and it’s good for the “suspense thriller” part of a story I’m working on. I hate the inserted dialogue in soundtracks (I always do—why do they do that?), but they’re only like 30 seconds long, total, over the whole album. The short movie it’s based on is worth looking up.
Whew! I really blasted the last few in at the end, but this year I almost matched last year’s number—42 movies, to last year’s 44. I treated the Christmas week like my own personal film festival, minus the partying, except when I partied.
Anyway, as I do every year, here are my (brief) thoughts about all of them. I remark if I put any spoilers into the opinions right next to the title.
To make the ratings a little clearer: I’d recommend seeing anything considered “Solid” or above. Watch the others at your own risk.
Here’s what I saw, ranked for when you want to find it after the “read more” link:
Man of Steel
White House Down
Liked A Little:
Pain & Gain
Now You See Me
The Way Way Back
Only God Forgives
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Place Beyond the Pines
Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
World War Z
The World’s End
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Out of the Furnace
This Is The End
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street