Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Film]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s Top 50 Films list for 2020. Needless to say, as it probably applies to most of you as well….I consumed ALOT of film content this year. In fact, by the time I realized that I was watching so many damn movies (about the time I wrapped up the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as much as Disney+ would let me anyway) around May, I set 3 goals, 2 of which I came just shy of meeting: The goals were to watch 100 newly released films, 365 films I have never seen, and add 500 entries into my Letterboxd diary for 2020 (to include re-watches, comedy specials, short films, & mini-series such as Tiger King, which I still love).

As of this writing (December 29th) I managed to watch 110 newly released films, 307 films I have never seen, and have added 405 entries into my Letterboxd diary. And while these numbers may change by the end of the year, I have a feeling that I may not be about watch 58 movies in the mere 60 or so hours left in the year. Time doesn’t work in my favor on this one. But alas, I feel like I came pretty close at set of goals that took no real effort on my part and isn’t really worth mentioned. Except that this my site, and I will do as I please. So there you have it. 2020 sucked, but there was some pretty damn good viewing.

And for the task at hand, and the reason some (any?) of you are here, is that 2020 had some pretty amazing new releases. Now, I feel it is only right to clarify that while Trainwreck’d Society is prestigious for many (none?) reasons, we do not follow the traditions of the Oscars. Even pre-pandemic, I was shamefully not seeing many movies in theaters. The majority of my movie viewing is done via streaming services as well as digital screeners. Thus, alot of these films may have actually been made, and in some cases released in outside of the U.S. markets, the year prior or even earlier. In the case of 2020, one film literally goes all the way back to 2012 (what a year!).

The reason for this disclaimer is basically because of just that. 2020 was a year that we all (should have) stayed home and watched movies in the discomfort of our own house. Thus, there were several films released digitally that very well could have not even seen the light of day if the demand for streaming content and shit to watch in our own domiciles wasn’t in such demand. Thus, many of the films listed below were actually credited on sites such as IMDb as being released in 2019, or even later. I believe there is even a 2015 in there.

Alas, it doesn’t matter. Each of these wonderful hand-selected films received a release of some sort in 2020, and more importantly, they are all wonderful. I hope you dig the list as in the time it took to craft it all together, I could have probably watched another film, and would have had to do this whole thing over again.

So Folks, please enjoy Part 2 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020!

 

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25. The Last Blockbuster

Directed by Taylor Morden

Written by Zeke Kamm

Starring Doug Benson, Lauren Lapkus, Samm Levine

 

24. Da 5 Bloods

Directed by Spike Lee

Written by Spike Lee, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, & Kevin Willmott

Starring Delroy Lindo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Clarke Peters

 

23. Up on the Glass

Directed by Kevin Del Principe

Written by Kevin Del Principe & Nikki Brown

Starring Nikki Brown, Chelsea Kurtz, Chase Fein

 

22. The Wall of Mexico

Directed by Zachary Cotter & Magdalena Zyzak

Written by Zachary Cotter

Starring Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado

 

21. Una Great Movie

Directed by Jennifer Sharp

Written by Jennifer Sharp

Starring JoNell Kennedy, Numa Perrier, Melissa Pino

 

20. Quezon’s Game

Directed by Matthew E. Rosen

Written by Janice Y. Perez

Starring Raymond Bagatsing, David Bianco, Rachel Alejandro

 

19. A Private Dancer in Mom’s Kitchen!

Directed by Bill Briles

Written by Bill Briles

Starring Bill Briles, Aleta Doroudian

 

18. The Taste of Betel Nut

Directed by Hu Jia

Written by Hu Jia

Starring Bingrui Zhao, Yue Yue, Shen Shi Yu

 

17. My Hindu Friend

Directed by Hector Babenco

Written by Hector Babenco & Guilherme Moraes Quintella

Starring Willem Dafoe, Maria Fernanda Candido, Barbara Paz

 

16. The World Without You

Directed by Damon Shalit

Written by Dan Pulick

Starring P.J. Byrne, Radha Mitchell, Lyndie Greenwood

 

15. Same Boat

Directed by Chris Roberti

Written by Chris Roberti, Josh Itzkowitz, & Mark Leidner

Starring Chris Roberti, Leah Rudick, Katie Hartman

 

14. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Directed by Charlie Kaufman

Written by Charlie Kaufman

Starring Toni Collette, Jesse Plemmons, Jessie Buckley

 

13. Drive Me to the End

Directed by Richard Summers-Calvert

Written by Richard Summers-Calvert

Starring Richard Summers-Calvert, Kate Lister, Eve Kathryn Oliver

 

12. Flint: The Poisoning of an American City

Directed by David Barnhart

Written by David Barnhart

Starring the unjustifiably wronged people of Flint, Michigan

 

11. Inside the Rain

Directed by Aaron Fisher

Written by Aaron Fisher

Starring Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Rosie Perez

 

10. Red Rover

Directed by Shane Belcourt

Written by Shane Belcourt & Duane Murray

Starring Kristian Bruun, Cara Gee, Meghan Heffern

 

9. Limbo

Directed by Mark Young

Written by Mark Young

Starring Richard Riehle, Lucian Charles Collier, Mandela Van Peebles

 

8. Soundtrack to Sixteen

Directed by Hilary Shakespeare

Written by Hilary Shakespeare & Anna-Elizabeth Shakespeare

Starring Scarlett Marshall, James Calloway, Jamal Hadjkura

 

7. Complacent

Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Written by Steven R. Monroe

Starring Cerina Vincent, Adrienne Barbeau, Kerri Green

 

6. Call Me Brother

Directed by David Howe

Written by Christina Parrish

Starring Christina Parrish, Andrew Dismukes, G-Su Paek

 

5. All Joking Aside

Directed by Shannon Kohli

Written by James Pickering

Starring Raylene Harewood, Brian Markinson, Burak Agan

 

4. Immortal

Directed by Jon Dabach, Tom Colley, Danny Isaacs, & Rob Margolies

Written by Jon Dabach

Starring Samm Levine, Jason Stuart, Robin Bartlett

 

3. Nobody Knows I’m Here

Directed by Gaspar Antillo

Written by Gaspar Antillo, Josefina Fernandez, & Enrique Videla

Starring Jorge Garcia, Millaray Lobos, Lukas Vergara

 

2. Escaping Freedom

Directed by Edd Blott

Written by Edd Blott & Patrick D. Green

Starring Patrick D. Green, Kelly Godell, Brian Adrian Koch

 

1. American Trial: The Eric Garner Story

Directed by Roee Messinger

Written by Roee Messinger

Starring Eric Garner, Esaw Garner, Anthony Altieri

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s Top 50 Films list for 2020. Needless to say, as it probably applies to most of you as well….I consumed ALOT of film content this year. In fact, by the time I realized that I was watching so many damn movies (about the time I wrapped up the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as much as Disney+ would let me anyway) around May, I set 3 goals, 2 of which I came just shy of meeting: The goals were to watch 100 newly released films, 365 films I have never seen, and add 500 entries into my Letterboxd diary for 2020 (to include re-watches, comedy specials, short films, & mini-series such as Tiger King, which I still love).

As of this writing (December 29th) I managed to watch 110 newly released films, 307 films I have never seen, and have added 405 entries into my Letterboxd diary. And while these numbers may change by the end of the year, I have a feeling that I may not be about watch 58 movies in the mere 60 or so hours left in the year. Time doesn’t work in my favor on this one. But alas, I feel like I came pretty close at set of goals that took no real effort on my part and isn’t really worth mentioned. Except that this my site, and I will do as I please. So there you have it. 2020 sucked, but there was some pretty damn good viewing.

And for the task at hand, and the reason some (any?) of you are here, is that 2020 had some pretty amazing new releases. Now, I feel it is only right to clarify that while Trainwreck’d Society is prestigious for many (none?) reasons, we do not follow the traditions of the Oscars. Even pre-pandemic, I was shamefully not seeing many movies in theaters. The majority of my movie viewing is done via streaming services as well as digital screeners. Thus, alot of these films may have actually been made, and in some cases released in outside of the U.S. markets, the year prior or even earlier. In the case of 2020, one film literally goes all the way back to 2012 (what a year!).

The reason for this disclaimer is basically because of just that. 2020 was a year that we all (should have) stayed home and watched movies in the discomfort of our own house. Thus, there were several films released digitally that very well could have not even seen the light of day if the demand for streaming content and shit to watch in our own domiciles wasn’t in such demand. Thus, many of the films listed below were actually credited on sites such as IMDb as being released in 2019, or even later. I believe there is even a 2015 in there.

Alas, it doesn’t matter. Each of these wonderful hand-selected films received a release of some sort in 2020, and more importantly, they are all wonderful. I hope you dig the list as in the time it took to craft it all together, I could have probably watched another film, and would have had to do this whole thing over again.

So Folks, please enjoy Part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020!

 

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50. Driven

Directed by Glenn Payne

Written by Casey Dillard

Starring: Richard Speight Jr., Casey Dillard, Maddie Ludt

 

49. Gold Dust

Directed by David Wall

Written by David Wall

Starring David Wall, David Wysocki, Kerry Wall

 

48. Girl with No Mouth

Directed by Can Evrenol

Written by Can Evrenol

Starring Elif Sevinc, Denizhan Akbaba, Mehmet Yilmaz Ak

 

47. Human Zoo

Directed by John E. Seymore

Written by John E. Seymore, John Crawford, & Selfin Morose

Starring Robert Carradine, Raw Leiba, Edward Hong

 

46. The Departure

Directed by Merland Hoxha

Written by Merland Hoxha

Starring Kendall Chappell, Grant Wright Gunderson, Jon Briddell

 

45. The Tent

Directed by Kyle Couch

Written by Kyle Couch

Starring Tim Kaiser, Shelby Bradley, Kyle Couch

 

44. Monstrous

Directed by Bruce Wemple

Written by Anna Shields

Starring Anna Shields, Rachel Finninger, Catharine Daddario

 

43. Expulsion

Directed by Aaron Jackson & Sean C. Stephens

Written by Aaron jackson & Sean C. Stephens

Starring Colton Tapp, Rosalie Fisher, Lar Park-Lincoln

 

42. Carol of the Bells

Directed by Joey Travolta

Written by J.C. Peterson

Starring RJ Mitte, Andrea F. Friedman, Donna Pescow

 

41. The Retreat

Directed by Bruce Wemple

Written by Bruce Wemple

Starring Grany Schumacher, Dylan Gunn, Ariella Mastroianni

 

40. The Half of It

Directed by Alice Wu

Written by Alice Wu

Starring Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire, Becky Ann Baker

 

39. No Such Thing As Monsters

Directed by Stuart Stanton

Written by Stuart Stanton & Karen Elgar

Starring Angel Giuffria, Georgia Crisfield Smith, Michaela Pascoe

 

38. I’ll Be Around

Directed by Mike Cuenca

Written by Mike Cuenca & Dan Rojay

Starring Sofia Grace, Sarah Lawrence, Jonah Ray

 

37. Horse Girl

Directed by Jeff Baena

Written by Jeff Baena & Alison Brie

Starring Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, Dendrie Taylor

 

36. The Dinner Party

Directed by Miles Doleac

Written by Miles Doleac & Michael Donovan Horn

Starring Lindsay Anne Williams, Alli Hart, Kamille McCuin

 

35. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Directed by Jason Woliner

Written by Jena Friedman, Nina Pedrad, Lee Kern, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham

Starring Maria Bakalova, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rudy Giuliani

 

34. Love in a Dangerous Time

Directed by Joss Refauvelet

Written by Ryan Willer

Starring Tyler Cole, Christanna Rowader, Kasey Lansdale

 

33. Goalie

Directed by Adriana Maggs

Written by Adriana Maggs & Jane Maggs

Starring Mark O’Brien, Georgina Reilly, Kevin Pollack

 

32. Sweet Parents

Directed by David Bly

Written by David Bly & Leah Ruddick

Starring David Bly, Leah Ruddick, Chris Roberti

 

31. Greatland

Directed by Dana Ziyasheva

Written by Dana Ziyasheva

Starring Arman Darbo, Bill Oberst Jr., Chloe Ray Warmoth

 

30. Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad

Directed by Matt Harris

Written by Matt Harris & Susan Brand

Starring John Buultjens, Maximillion Cooper

 

29. Palm Springs

Directed by Max Barbakow

Written by Andy Siara

Starring Cristin Milioti, Andy Sandberg, Peter Gallagher

 

28. Magnum Dopus: The Making of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Directed by Josh Roush

Written by Josh Roush & Liv Roush

Starring Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Schiaffo

 

27. Angelfish

Directed by Peter Andrew Lee

Written by Peter Andrew Lee, Luna Del Rosario, Patrick Lee, Ella Mische

Starring Princess Nokia, Jimi Stanton, Rosie Berrido

 

26. Homewrecker

Directed by Zach Gayne

Written by Zach Gayne, Alex Essoe, & Precious Chong

Starring Alex Essoe, Precious Chong, Kris Siddiqi

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. 50 ofolks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

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Well, here we are, Folks. Below is what could possibly be my very last end of year list ever. I mean, in digital print format anyway. It has been a wild dozen years, and it has been so much fun bringing these lists to my wonderful reader(s). This top 25 is pretty special because it includes so many of the artists that we have continued to showcase over the years, but there are also so pretty amazing new faces that will surely remain in the zeitgeist of whatever it is I do in the future after Trainwreck’d Society is nothing more than an encyclopedia of cool shit that existed from 2011-2021. Atmosphere, Lotte Kestner, The Sea The Sea, and of course, Blitzen Trapper, are just a few of the artists who have appeared on my lists over the years each and every time they put out a record. And I am not ashamed of this, as they all fucking rule, and I honestly don’t give a single fuck how biased that seems.

Speaking of biased, I actually had to re-edit the original introduction to this thing because I decided to break my own rules, and include Miel’s Tourist Season in the Top Albums list, even though it is technically an EP. I mean, do the rules really even matter anymore? Only megastars are putting out long form albums because they may actually make money from streaming, so fuck it. And this “EP” is hands down one of the best things I have listen to this year, with the exception of the top two albums, including one from our pal Honey Gentry who finally put our her first full length album!

So Folks, it’s been a real damn delight over the years. And if you find yourself looking into the third portion of the Trembath trilogy (whatever that may be), I may be able to provide you with these similar lists. But, until then, please enjoy the final installment of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 or 50 Albums of the year. Enjoy!

 

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25. Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah – L.A. Yesterday

 

24. Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween

 

23. The Furious Seasons – La Fonda

 

22. Lisa Loeb – A Simple Trick to Happiness

 

21. Thurston Moore – By the Fire

 

20. Sunset Canyoneers – Sunset Canyoneers

 

19. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

18. Berlin – Strings Attached

 

17. Car Sea Headrest – Making a Door Less Open

 

16. Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance

 

15. Belle and Sebastian – What to Look For In Summer

 

14. Ciaran Lavery – Plz Stay, BB

 

13. Megan Thee Stallion – Good News

 

12. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

 

11. Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guilde

 

10. Juice Wrld – Legends Never Die

 

9. Lotte Kestner – Covers Vol. 2

 

8. Bike Thiefs – Leaking

 

7. John Craigie – Asterik the Universe

 

6. The Sea Sea – Stumbling Home

 

5. Mac Miller – Circles

 

4. Grayson Capps – South Front Street

 

3. Miel – Tourist Season

 

2. Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes

 

  1. Honey Gentry – H.G.

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. My favorite batch of music this year was technically an EP, so it they won’t be showing up here, but I still implore you all to check out Miel’s Tourist Season, which is incredible. But 50 other folks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

 

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50. Joan Osborne – Trouble and Strife

 

49. The Jason Daniels Band – Downloads From the Universe

 

48. Brandy – B7

 

47. Pearl Jam – Gigaton

 

46. Kate MacLeod

 

45. Eels – Earth Dora

 

44. Felt – Felt 4 U

 

43. The Kid Laroi – Fuck Love

 

42. Iron Maiden – Nights of the Dead

 

41. Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By

 

40. Ted Russell – Down in the Den

 

39. Ezra Bell – This Way To Oblivion

 

38. Lucid Child – My Universe

 

37. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

36. Nick Cave – Idiot Praryer (Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace)

 

35. Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

 

34. Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut

 

33. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways

 

32. Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma, and Divorce

 

31. Ultimate Fakebook – The Preserving Machine

 

30. Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

 

29. Run The Jewels – RJ4

 

28. King Ropes – Go Back Where They Came From

 

27. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

 

26. Michael Baker – Salt

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 4: 25 – 1 [Exclusive!]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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Here it is Folks! Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 25 Songs of 2020. Some folks that you have seen over the last few days, and even the last few years, as well as some new faces that we are so proud to have entering the TWS zeitgeist. So please enjoy! And be sure to give these folks a listen!

 

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25. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

24. Warren G (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – And You Know That

 

23. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

22. Lisa Loeb – Doesn’t It Feel Good

 

21. YG – FTP

 

20. Miel – Must Be Fine

 

19. Tyla Yewah (feat. Post Malone & Tommy Lee) – Tommy Lee

 

18. Kate MacLeod – The Secret Forest Lament

 

17. Car Seat Headrest – Can’t Cool Me Down

 

16. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

15. Juicy J – Hella Fuckin’ Trauma

 

14. Bi-Product – Selfish Girl

 

13. Phoebe Bridgers – Halloween

 

12. Bike Thiefs – Hockey Dad

 

11. Juice Wrld – Wishing Well

 

10. Grayson Capps – Harley Davidson

 

9. Trae the Truth, T.I., Styles P, Mysonne Ink, Anthony Hamilton, Conway, Krayzie Bone, David Banner & Bun B – Time For Change

 

8. The Sea The Sea – I’ll Be Loving You

 

7. Joseph Demaree – Shattered Castles

 

6. Mac Miller – Circles

 

5. The Black Tones – The Devil and His Grandmother

 

4. Steven David McKellar – Don’t Ask Why

 

3. Blitzen Trapper – Sons and Unwanted Mothers

 

2. Honey Gentry – Valentine

 

  1. 1. Miel – Tourist Season

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 3: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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50. The Kid Laroi (feat. Juice Wrld) – Go

 

49. Lisa Loeb – This Is My Life

 

48. Ezra Bell – The Joke Was On Me

 

47. Fleet Foxes – Can I Believe You

 

46. Ted Russell Kamp – Home Sweet Hollywood

 

45. Open Mike Eagle – I’m a Joestar (Black Power Fantasy)

 

44. The Ultimate Fakebook – Sad Soldier

 

43. Alanis Morissette – Reasons I Drink

 

42. Run The Jewels – Holy Calamafuck

 

41. Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

 

40. Brandy – Baby Mama

 

39. Mac Miller – Good News

 

38. Atmosphere – She Loves My Not

 

37. Bradley Wik – I Started Killing Myself Years Ago

 

36. Passenger – Year on Year, Day by Day

 

35. Ciaran Lavery – I Was Drunk When I Made The World For You

 

34. Bright Eyes – Hot Car in the Sun

 

33. Phoebe Bridgers – DVD Menu

 

32. Heart Bones – Hurricanes

 

31. Megan Thee Stallion – B.I.T.C.H.

 

30. Emerald Comets – Isolation Daydreams

 

29. Eminem (feat. Juice Wrld) – Godzilla

 

28. Tom Speight – Dakota

 

27. Sadistik – Hell is Where the Heart Is

 

26. Anti Flag (feat. Tom Morello, De’ Wayne, Jalise Della Gary, Jordan Montgomery, – A Dying Plea Vol. 2

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 2: 75-51 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 2 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we have a ferocious blend of new and old school hip hop, so beautiful singer-songwriter tracks, and we even get a bit more metal than we have in the latter years. There are some repeats from yesterday’s, and even a couple within this list alone. Which if you are paying attention, could mean something for the list to come. And as we promised yesterday, the appearance of our first, and probably last, holiday song makes its appearance, courtesy of our dear friend and hilarious comedian Tommy McNamara, who may have actually turned this Grinch heart around on the idea of Christmas music. Or not. He’s just hilarious, and I really loved his Christmas EP.

There you have it, Folks. The first half of the list is out there. I’ll see you all tomorrow for Part 3!

 

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75. Bowling For Soup (feat. 10k.caash) – Erase Me (Kid Cudi cover)

 

74. Lucid Child – Dreaming in a Walking Land

 

73. Miel – Mean Something

 

72. Kurupt – Ain’t the Same

 

71. Iron Maiden – Sign of the Cross

 

70. Juan Tigre – Drama Bomb

 

69. Article (feat. Mark Boals) – You Run Away

 

68. Tremendous – Bag of Nails

 

67. Portugal the Man. & Weird Al Yankovic – Who’s Gonna Stop Me

 

66. The Furious Seasons – As a Matter of Fact

 

65. King Ropes – The Danger Zone (Ray Charles cover)

 

64. Michael Baker – Shed My Skin

 

63. Honey Gentry – If You Sit Very Still You Can Hear the Sun Move

 

62. Taylor Swift (feat. Bon Iver) – Exile

 

61. Lee Gallagher & The Halleluiah – Highway 10

 

60. Public Enemy – State of the Union (STFU)

 

59. Felt – Don’t Do Me Like That

 

58. Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do

 

57. Honey Gentry – The Bell Jar

 

56. Joseph Demaree – Floating on a Breath

 

55. John Craigie – Used it All Up

 

54. Tommy McNamara – That’s What I Know About Christmas

 

53. Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1

 

52. Bob Dylan – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

 

51. I’ll Be Holding

 

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2020 Part 1: 100-76 [Exclusive]

 

 

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 1 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we come out the gates hard with some recognizable faces, as well as some less familiar but equally as talented folks. From pirate themed party rock anthems, to 90’s darlings coming back around, to arguably the biggest hit of the summer, there is something for everyone in this first segment. And spoiler alert (sort of) you can bet that there will definitely be some returning faces in the days to come. And if you are a regular reader (Hi Dad!) of the site, you probably won’t have too hard of a time figuring out who they may be. I hope you all enjoy this eclectic mash up of indie folk, alternative rock bangers, and twerk anthems. See you tomorrow!

 

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100. Gabriella Metz – Awake

 

99. Nick Cave – Into My Arms (Live at Alexander Palace)

 

98. Miel – Columbus Day

 

97. Blink 182 – Quarantine

 

96. Joan Osborne – Boy Dontcha Know

 

95. Tommy Ashby – Blood Wolf Moon

 

94. Of Monsters and Men – Circles (Post Malone cover)

 

93. Brandy – Lucid Dreams

 

92. Collective Soul – The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)

 

91. Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

 

90. Mariah Carey (feat. Lauryn Hill) – Save the Day

 

89. Juice Wrld (feat. Halsey) – Life’s a Mess

 

88. Less Than Jake – Lie To Me

 

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87. Ben Bostick – Absolutely Emily

 

86. Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns – Oh Baby

 

85. The Avett Brothers – This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover)

 

84. Eels – Are You Fucking Your Ex?

 

83. The City Gates (feat. Francis Nothingwater & Alexander Donat) – Siegried 1969

 

82. Beyonce – Black Parade

 

81. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

80. Pearl Jam – Superblood Wolfmoon

 

79. Alestorm – Treasure Chest Party Quest

 

78. Sadistik – Canary In a Mine

 

77. Bob Katsionis – Boss Fight I: The Doctor

 

76. Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – WAP

Taking Your Violin Bowing Technique To The Next Level [Exclusive!]

 

Spicing up your bowing technique is the most fun and thrilling part of being a violinist. The long hours of practice, correct bowing, until you finally get used to the right technique are the most fulfilling part of the process.

There are a lot of bowing techniques you can do on your violin bow but we will focus on the most essential ones that can spice up the way you play. These are the sun ponticello, sul tasto, col legno, and ricochet. These said techniques have leveled up different violinists in their playing field which you can use as well to get you to the next level.

Sun Ponticello 

Moving the bow down to level with the bridge or to be right above the bridge means the Sun Ponticello. You may notice that when you execute this technique, the sound is totally different than the usual. It vibrates nicely, aiming for a higher pitch. It almost sounds like you are in some sort of horror movie. Thus, the haunting sound. You can control the volume of the sound by adjusting the pressure. 

Sul Tasto 

On the other hand, aligning your hand to the opposite side of the fingerboard creates the Sul Tasto. To achieve a serene, subtle, and rich sound, you may use this technique. This is commonly used on ethereal scenes, given the lower harmonics. Sul Tasto is the complete opposite of Sun Ponticello. 

Col legno 

The Col Legno is the Italian term for “with wood.” It is a unique bowing technique that literally means to play with wood. How do you do it? Turn your bow upside down and play using the wood or the side of the bow. 

There are different styles on how to play Col Legno. Like when doing long bowing, it is called “tratto.” Another style is similar to a percussion called “batuto.” 

Ricochet 

Similar to the percussion technique of Col Legno is another bowing style called Ricochet. It is also known as “jete.” In executing the Ricochet, you bounce the bow as it moves in a single path intentionally. You may notice that the upper part of the bow bounces more quickly while the middle part is slower. This is because of the physics part of the violin. One tip in doing the Ricochet is that the bow hair must be laid out completely flat. 

Conclusion 

If you have come to leveling up your bowing moves, then congratulations! You have come so far. From learning the basics, practicing, and sometimes failing, your journey is worth every hardship. And now that you have arrived in the advance part, we are glad to be with you every step of the way. 

These bowing techniques will deepen your commitment and passion for playing the violin. It can be difficult in some parts, but hey! Practice makes perfect. We hope that with these bowing techniques you can take your violin bowing to the next level. 

 

Visit https://fiddlershop.com/collections/violin-bows to learn more!

Project Superman: My 30 Movie Meditation on Nicolas Cage by Chris Eaves [Exclusive] – Brought to you by Super Geeky Play Date

 

Editor’s Note: So, our dear friend and resident film historian who should need no introduction, the great Christopher Eaves, is absolutely KILLING the quarantine. With “Project Superman”, Chris has ventured into a world that no man has ventured to before, I’m sure of it. He is a brave soul, and I am so excited to share this with you all. It’s a great read! But, hey, if reading isn’t quite your thing, our friends over at SUPER GEEKY PLAYDATE had the man himself break down the entirety of the project on their wonderful show. So check that out as well! Long live the Cage!

 

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BACKGROUND

I began this journey with a desire to better understand Nicolas Cage through his work as an actor – the roles he chooses, the choices he made with those characters and the people he collaborated with on these 30 films. Between 2011 and 2020 Cage released 30 movies through Limited Release, VOD and Direct to Disk platforms. I experienced these films in chronological order starting with Trespass (2011) and ending with Color out of Space (2020).

How did Nicholas Cage change over this 10-year period?

WHAT I LEARNED

Cage is drawn to flawed characters. There are very few heroes to be found, but characters who rise to be heroic for a moment. Cage is okay with being a villain. Cage has developed his own acting style referred to as – Nouveau Shamanic. This is a style which calls back to ancient human Shaman Culture where the tribes’ Shaman would wear a mask and through ritual attempt to reach deeper human truths. For Cage, this appears to be his approach with acting, by wearing the mask of his character to seek out those deeper truths. Cage being a method actor approaches his work in a way which forces him to find relatable experiences to bring out those deeper truths in the people he portrays.

While not every one of these thirty movies were great or even good, the Professional Actor and auteur Nicolas Cage was AMAZING in every single film.

 

THE FOUR GENERAL PILLARS OF CAGE

A CHILD MOTIVATION – Cage is saving a child. Typically, his own child but occasionally a child he has imprinted onto as being one of his own (Joe 214, Pay the Ghost 2015, The Humanity Bureau 2018). There are also a few examples of a Cage character being motivated by the death of his child or the death of a friend’s child (Kill Chain 2019).

CAGE IS A CRIMINAL – Cage is okay with being the villain. While this is not representative of many of these films, the data does show a good number of examples (Arsenal 2017, Dog Eat Dog 2016). In some cases (Running with the Devil 2019) Cage will play the protagonist but he is still playing a villain’s character. To which Cage’s villains’ actions carry story consequences.

CAGE IS A CRIMINAL BUT WITH A HEART OF GOLD – This directly ties into Cage’s searching for flawed characters – Criminals, outlaws, loners, people wronged by the world. They start off bad and are typically left still being bad, but by the end they have been made just a little bit better by their journey.

REVENGE – Cage is drawn to characters seeking Revenge and characters needing to avenge. The previous described pillars typically, but not always, result in a Cage character seeking out revenge to right the wrong either directly to or indirectly to someone else (Vengeance: A Love Story 2017, Dying of the Light 2015).

Revenge represents the largest segment of data followed by a Child Motivation.

COLLABORATION

Cage does not work with the same people. There are only two examples of Cage working with a director twice – Nick Powell (Outcast 2015, Primal 2019) and Paul Schrader (Dying of the Light 2015, Dog Eat Dog 2016). Most of the writers, directors and cinematographers are younger, being only their first or second films.

There is one wonderful anomaly to this – Elijah Wood. Cage acted with Wood in The Trust (2016). Cage would later star in Mandy (2018) and Color out of Space (2020) produced by Elijah Wood. This would be the greatest outcome in these three movies. The Trust, Mandy, and Color out of Space representative of three of the BEST CONSTRUCTED films as well as the MOST ENJOYABLE films to watch.

DISTRIBUTION

Many of these films do not have official budget numbers available. For the ones that do I took their average resulting in 10 million. I then applied that number to the missing date sets in order to obtain an estimated total budget for all 30 films of 448 MILLION. Using Box-office Mojo Worldwide Box-office date, these 30 films took via theaters – 68 MILLION GLOBALLY. This leaves a delta of 380 MILLION to be made up through Disk Sales, VOD Sales, and other distribution deals.

Top 5 Cage Distributors
RLJE Films – 6 Films
Lionsgate – 5 Films
Sabee – 3 Films
Momentum – 3 Films
Millennium Entertainment – 2 Films

ROTTEN TOMATO SCORE

The Critics Average RT Score – 32 Percent.
The Audience Average RT Score – 36 Percent.

CONCLUSION

Nick Cage is an auteur character actor.

Cage did not make 30 movies over 10 years for a paycheck. Although Cage does have eccentric taste – T-Rex skull, a castle, rare comics. Cage made 30 movies because he loves the craft of acting. Most of these 30 films have great concepts and moments of top-level film making. Cage typically lifts the material beyond what it is deserving. But this is a compliment to Cage’s ability as an actor. Paul Schrader reveals in an interview on Dog Eat Dog that the production was having difficulty landing William Dafoe due to a lack of money to pay him. Cage would pay 100,000 out of his fee directly to Dafoe to acquire that actor. This is not an action of a man who is only working for a paycheck.

Cage has continued to improve his craft managing incredibly manic characters to very serious characters.

RECOMMENDED FILMS

JOE (2014) – 9.5 (Best Film)
Outcast (2015) – 6.7
The Trust (2016) – 9.0 (My Favorite)
Army of One (2016) – 8.0
Mom and Dad (2018) – 8.0
Mandy (2018) – 9.2
Color out of Space (2020) – 8.2

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2011

 

Trespass 2011 (October 14) – 35m/10m BO

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 7.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics 10% – Audience 22%

  • Why is everything so tight when shot wide?
  • Ben Mendelsohn is a standout with an interesting second level motivation.
  • Setup is very much setup – pole.
  • Dir. – Joel Schumacher. Odd choices in structure. 
  • Location – New Orleans – Never feels like.
  • Distributed by – Millennium Entertainment.

 

2012

Stolen 2012 (September 14) – 35m/18m BO

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 7.0 (40m/60s)

RT – Critics 20% – Audience 34%

  • Josh Lucas is fun, but his motivation is dumb (stupid criminal who caused his own problem).
  • Plays more to thriller (The Game) then Heist (Thief). 
  • FBI vs Cage vs Lucas is fun.
  • Nick Cage loses his daughter
  • Setup for daughter is about 10 seconds – didn’t care outside of the trope.
  • Flat Direct to DVD look.
  • Dir. Simon West – Con Air, The Mechanic, The General’s Daughter – lacks personality.
  • Location – New Orleans – never feels like.
  • Distributed by – Millennium Films.

 

 

Seeking Justice 2012 (March 16) – 30m/12.3m BO

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 7.0 (40m/60s)

RT – Critics 28% – Audience 39%

  • Opens strong. Act 2 is bogged down.
  • Guy Pearce is a standout with some meat to his motivations.
  • Good action sequences.
  • Flat Direct to DVD look.
  • Fun with Secret Society but never goes deep enough like (John Wick)
  • Dir. Roger Donaldson – Dante’s Peak, The Bounty, Cadillac Man, The November Man – much less character then previous films.
  • Location – New Orleans – Never Feels like.
  • Distributed by – Anchor Bay Films.

 

2013

Frozen Ground 2013 (August 23) – 19.2m/5.6m BO

Movie – 7.0

Cage – 8.5 (20m/80s)

RT – Critics 61% – Audience 50%

  • Very serious film. No antics. 8mmesque
  • Nick Cage losing his adoptive daughter
  • True story.
  • Cage is outstanding with good support
  • Cinematography callout.
  • Dir. Scott Walker – Only Film
  • Location – Anchorage Alaska – Feels Like.
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate.

 

2014

 

Joe 2014 (April 11) – 4M/2.3M BO

Movie – 9.2

Cage – 10.0 (10m/90s)

RT – Critics 85% CF – Audience 68%

  • Beautiful cinematography.
  • Nick Cage loses his adoptive son
  • Rounded flawed characters – real.
  • Character driven.
  • Acting is fantastic from everyone.
  • Mud and Joe would be a great double feature.
  • Dir. David Gordon Green – Mud, George Washington, Halloween (2018) – Same auteurism.
  • Location – Rural Texas – Feels like.
  • Distributed by – Roadside Attractions.

 

 

Rage 2014 (August 12) – 25m/0m BO

Movie 8.4 Before Ending – Movie 6.8 After Ending.

Cage 8.0 (60m/40s)

RT – Critics 12% – Audience 28%

  • Flat Direct to DVD cinematography.
  • Nick Cage Loses his daughter
  • Cage is a gangster who got out to get back in.
  • The action gun sequences have style.
  • The Driving sequence is a fast cutting mess.
  • The ending reveal is cliché leaning into dumb given setup.
  • Dir. Paco Cabezas – Mostly TV
  • Location – Mobile Alabama – Never feels like
  • Distributed by – Image Entertainment

 

2015

 

Outcast 2015 (February 06) – 25m/4.8m BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 7.0

Cage – 9.0 (85m/15s)

RT – Critics 5% – Audience 22%

  • Action is fast cutting chaos. What’s happening?
  • Pee Peeing on Hayden Christensen.
  • Setup is tired (Gladiator still has best use from movies I have seen)
  • Cage’s accent is… something?
  • “I am the White Ghost” – Cage
  • Does Christensen and Cage speak Chinese or does China speak English?
  • Dir. Nick Powell – Primal (Cage) – Stunts, Second Unit Director Background – Fight Master on Gladiator.
  • Location – Yunnan province of China – kind of feels like
  • Distributed by – Entertainment One

 

 

The Runner 2015 (August 25) – 6m?/750t BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 7.0 (10m/90s)

RT – Critics 24% – Audience 23%

  • No over the top accent (Outcast).
  • Political thriller
  • Best capturing of New Orleans so far.
  • Story is allowed to breath with character moments
  • Dir. Austin Stark – Feature Directorial Debut.
  • Location – New Orleans – Feels Like
  • Distributed by – Alchemy

 

 

Pay the Ghost 2015 (September 25) – /2.9m BO

Movie – 7.2

Cage – 7.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics 10% – Audience 25%

  • Nick Cage loses his daughter? – trend developing in characters.
  • Some good spooky elements to horror
  • Good dynamic cinematography
  • That bird is bad CGI
  • Huge end act 2 exposition dump flashback. 
  • Dir. Uli Edel – TV Background
  • Location – New York
  • Distributed by – RLJ Entertainment

 

 

Dying of the Light 2015 (February 17) – 5m/698t BO.

Movie – 5.0

Cage – 7.0 (65m/35s)

RT – Critics 08% – Audience 15%

  • Act 1 structure is odd with time jumps
  • Good cinematography lighting but coverage is very standard.
  • Action is singles edited together – terrible.
  • Cage grows more manic as metal disease progresses.
  • Cage build sympathy for a rough character
  • Is Cage trustworth with mind failing – yes.
  • Anton Yelchin is middle of the road, straight face serious.
  • Great ending idea but boring build up – opposing men with different diseases.
  • Score is a cookie cutter paid for.
  • Dir. Paul Schrader – Taxi Driver, Transcendental Style, – not here?
  • Location – Virginia/Romania/Africa but shot in Romania/Australia – felt Romaniun only.
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate

Dark 2017 (same movie)

 

2016

 

The Trust 2016 (May 13) – 9m/322t BO

Movie – 9.2

Cage – 9.0 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 63% – Audience 29% 

  • Cage has a marvelous Mustache.
  • Not every movie needs to be a floating moving camera.
  • Cage has a tone of energy after a few more serious films.
  • “Are you refinancing your home to pay for a heist?”
  • Performances are outstanding
  • Cinematography is great looking.
  • Story is character driven. I understand what’s driving them even though this is a hyper real world.
  • Elijah Wood – Amazon. 
  • Dir. Alex Brewer/Ben Brewer – Young directors who have a voice
  • Location – Las Vegas 
  • Distributed by – Saban Films

 

 

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage 2016 (Oct 14) 40m/1.6m BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 6.0 (20m/80s) – very little screen time

RT – Critics 17% – Audience 30%

  • Narration from Journal written in a way no one from 1945 would write it from that time “it’s 1945”
  • ‘It’s a fight” – sailers run to watch – stupid.
  • Cage Narration – On what a Heavy Cruiser’s role is as a ship – weirdly placed. Who is Cage talking to?
  • Trying to build feelings for the crew before the ship sinks – standar crew doing crew stuff – imitating the officers, two crew members don’t like each other, Hardass XO, sailor needs to get back to his new fiance, ect.
  • Captain Cage is isolated from the rest of the crew in his own boat. Limited days with Cage to shoot?
  • In the water conversation about black people fighting for a country that doesn’t care for them.
  • I have no understanding of where these survive groups are in relation to each other.
  • Guy starts to throw up then is killed by a shark – not supposed to be funny I think.
  • Cage has very little screen time.
  • Dir. Mario Van Peebles – TV Background and Acting – 
  • Location – South Pacific Ocean
  • Distributed by – Saban Films

 

 

Dog Eat Dog 2016 (November 4)

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 

  • WTF is this movie?
  • Paul Schrader second team up – very different.
  • Style everywhere (natural Born Killers esk?)
  • Cage is Bogarte 

 

 

Army of One 2016 (November 15) ?m/353t BO

Movie – 7.1

Cage – 8.0 (95m/05s)

RT – Critics 25% – Audience 25%

  • WTF is this – good?!
  • Most manic Cage I have seen over such a long run time.
  • The released version of the film was recut by Bob Weinstein without Charles’s permission.
  • I am Gary Faulkner and I am the Donkey King. 
  • Dir. Larry Charles – Borat, Brüno, Religulous – has style and bizarreness.
  • Location – colorado/pakistan
  • Distributed by – TWC-Dimension

 

2017

 

Arsenal 2017 (January 07) ?m/41t BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.0

Cage – 7.0 (65m/35s)

RT – Critics 03% – Audience 17%

  • John Cussace and Nick Cage return together
  • Why is everything so tight?
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Bonding antics feel forced and clishi
  • The framing is off – everyone’s head extends past top but the movie is in the right aspect ratio 2:35:1
  • 33 minutes in Cage returns – 23 years later in the story but looks the same as the first scene.
  • Terrible writing – Buy me a shot line, no, was funny.
  • Cage is doing the best he can with dialogue.
  • Cussace is a cop? I missed something.
  • Cage returns at 49 min for 20 seconds
  • Fun reveal – but how does Cage keep his men’s loayate if he is such a bitch?
  • Slow motion style in a few sequences but doesn’t carry over overall – done to be cool. 
  • Dir. Steven C. Miller – many VOD films I don’t know – 
  • Location – Mississippi?/south – no one has an accent?
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate Premiere

 

 

Inconceivable 2017 (June 30) 13m/218t BO

Supporting Cage

Movie – 3.5

Cage – 6.0 (05m/95s)

RT – Critics 31% – Audience 63%

  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Gorgeous new woman in the main characters’ lives hates to have her photo taken – she is hiding – Yes – clishie yes.
  • Cage is a DR. MD.
  • 4 miscarriages – got an egg downer – new person in life is the doner? – Yes – shocking.
  • Flashbacks to woman and her kid and her killing of her husband 4 years ago.
  • “No, silly me” line delivery – rough.
  • Soap Opera Level Drama Twists
  • Is the mom the audience – asking the audience questions of why main characters are making their choices?
  • MD Cage’s Guest House is nicer than my real house. 
  • MD Cage’s child is in risk setup.
  • Film sets up mom had a drug issue in the past as why she might not be believable now but the audience knows friend is responsible – no doubt.
  • What happened to the bad lady?
  • Dir. Jonathan Baker – First Feature – 
  • Location – Cincinnati? – 
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate Premiere

 

 

Vengeance: A Love Story 2017 (September 15)

Support Cage

?/73t BO

Movie – 6.3

Cage – 6.0 (50m/50s)

RT – Critics N/A – Audience 28%

  • First 10 min – good stunt/mini shootout – terrible dialogue.
  • Villain Men – “I Spit on Your Grave”esk – played tragically in tone as one of the worst crimes but the Villain dudes are acting like it comical – A Clockwork Orange. 
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • The Lighting has been very good
  • A daughter is in danger of motivation. 
  • Action is better then a lot of prior – Dir. STUNT BACKGROUND?
  • A Catholic Priest recommended a Lawyer to the Mom of the Boys who rapped this woman. He says “this man helped the Vandican with 18 cases”
  • I get what trial scene is going for but does it hit you on the bead with it.
  • Woman jumps but Cage standing off screen saves her.
  • The editing makes it look like Cage saw a dead cat but kept driving.
  • Not a lot of stunts.
  • The Cage/Don end conversation would have been a better movie: the Lawyer who defends Villains and the Cop who kills.  
  • Dir. Johnny Martin – Stunt Coordinator background – 
  • Location –
  • Distributed by – FilmRise

 

2018

 

Mom and Dad 2018 (January 19)

Movie – 8.0

Cage – 8.5 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 

  • Style and personality and Self Aware
  • Boobs in young Nic Cage face
  • Zombies!
  • Not all shots need to be handheld shaky
  • Fun premise spin
  • Fun Cage!

 

 

Looking Glass 2018 (February 16) ?/80k BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6.5 (20m/80s)

RT – Critics 17% – Audience 11%

  • Good setup with photo without exposition on family background – kid is dead
  • Good creation of atmosphere around the motel – a mystery unfolding.
  • Film has style and interesting character actors. 
  • Takes it time but doesn’t meander – always feels like progress.
  • Cage deals with a dead daughter.
  • What’s the deal with Shelf – interesting.
  • Have you heard from Ben – so many times.
  • “You got a new microwave” Ben Shot Dead – what is going on? In a good way.
  • Bad line – “So that’s how Ben knew” – Scooby doesk.
  • Dir. Tim Hunter – TV background, Twin Peaks,
  • Location – California Desert – 
  • Momentum Pictures

 

 

The Humanity Bureau 2018 (April 6) 22m/0 BO

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 

  • Bad CGI Starting Off – Backgrounds!
  • Cage drives a El Camino as a government car?
  • Is this satire?
  • Exposition dump in boss office. Talking for the audience not for each other. These characters would already know all about their world.
  • Kid is annoying.
  • Dialogue is very very very direct. 
  • Kis is fucking annoying.
  • Kid is a reason for Cage’s motivation. 
  • Too clean and nonviolent to be exploitive but this is what this film genre is trying for.
  • If they stopped making cars 30 years ago, and coffee and stuff, what do people do in order to be considered productive?
  • How does the government work? Canada government?
  • How are there no lakes if there is still snow, therefore runoff and rain, therefor streams and pooled water – AKA Lakes
  • Why does everyone hellp the?
  • The kid is really fucking annoying. 
  • The Kid is Cages lost son – kill him!
  • Ending Revolution Means – something?
  • Dir. Rob W. King – lots of TV
  • Location – Nevada to Canada –
  • Distributed by – Minds Eye Entertainment

 

 

211 2018 (June 8)

Mandy 2018 (September 13)

Between Worlds 2018 (December 21) ?/0 BO

Movie – 6.8

Cage – 8.0 (80m/20s)

RT – Critics 29% – Audience 86%

  • Angelo badalamenti dit theme – also did music on Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive. 
  • Jim Agnew – ex producer on this and Rage (2014)
  • Aaron Collins an associate Producer – Production Manager on Dog Eat dog 2016
  • Written Produced directed by Maria Pulera
  • Cag is a very grease truck driver out of money.
  • “We dont hurt people down south” – Cameron Poe (Con Air) cousin?
  • “Wrestle a man gator”
  • Holding a photo “wife and daughter. Opps, they’re dead”
  • “What the hell, does that have to do, with being strangled?”
  • Not a shaky handheld camera – thank you!
  • Cage is strangling women so she can project her consciousness – woman needs to wear a turtleneck to hide hand prints.
  • Cage lost family. New family is motivation
  • Main acting is rough outside of Cage.
  • Sex Scene tjrow back to “The Rock” (1997).
  • Cage’s reactions to awkwardness of what daughter is up to – from the afterlife? 
  • Should Cage be shocked by the revelation given he buys into mom being able to throw her consciousness?
  • A third Nick Cage Sex Sceane?
  • Waterhouse scene while mom watches – sure…
  • “What do you expect, me to kill my wife”
  • Cage once again makes me feel through his acting. 
  • Dir. Maria Pulera –
  • Location – Mobile Alabama – 
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate/Saban Films

 

2019

 

A Score to Settle 2019 (august 02) ?/85t BO

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6 5 (15m/85s)

RT – Critics 15% – Audience 21%

  • While straightforward – Decent movie so far
  • “I’m going to make it up to you” – Cliche Cage out of jail after 19 years. 
  • Benjamin Bratt is always charming and professional. 
  • “Nobody is ever really out’ clishi
  • The Insomnia angle is interesting.
  • Awkward shootout at the parlor
  • Said he was doing it for his son. CGe bieves action but his character is selfish.
  • Like the tension with the bellhop in the room. 
  • I was really hoping the kid would just be gone due to Cage’s choice. Half cliche to have him pulled back in as he ODs.
  • I actually didn’t see that reveal. Half take back.
  • The dragon guy is an annoying villain. 
  • Dir. Shawn Ku – Movies I have not seen –
  • Location – Salem Or Area – Filmed in Bc 
  • Distributed by – RLJE Films

 

 

Running with the Devil 2019 (September 20)

?/60t BO

Supporting esk cage

Movie – 6.5

Cage – 6.5 (15m/85s)

RT – Critics

  • Long shot through club serves what purposes other arriving at cocaine?
  • Text descriptions over lauded character frames
  • Fishburne really likes cocaine and pegging. 
  • So many characters!
  • Traffic cloan. 
  • I’m so confused by what is happening.
  • Cage is following a cocaine shipment looking for where it is getting cut/short?
  • This mexican whit suited middleman is fun. 
  • What happened to the Goldberg/Fishburne storyline?
  • I really like the drug smuggling route story but everything else has been fat.
  • The Agent outering the snitch off the books for info really isn’t got to hold up cort?
  • Really forced moment to get rid of Cage – fall off cliff – sure?
  • Cage is back – shocking.
  • Agent’s fingerprints all over close. The boss is still around. What point?
  • Barry Pepper and Laurence Fishburne costar.
  • Adam Goldberg is always fun.
  • Dir. Jason Cabell – actor background. First solo directing and writer – 
  • Location – Albuquerque ? Filmed but showed space needle for location
  • Distributed by – Quiver Distribution

 

 

Kill Chain 2019 (October 18) UHD

Movie – 6.0

Cage – 6.8 (22m/78s)

RT – N/A

  • Titles are a TV show
  • Enrico Colantoni is wonderful.
  • Colantoni got the hooker killed still.
  • Some shaky camera
  • A lot of shaky cam now. All tight too. Motion sickness. 
  • Where’s Cage – I’m 40 minutes in and he has had 2 minutes of screen time but is on the poster 
  • Turned subtitles on for so much mubaling. 
  • What is happening – why is there a shootout between kids yelling “I love you”
  • Cage is back at the 47 min mark.
  • Lots of Cage sex scense at the back end of this marathon
  • “He’s not a killer” “your right” – but Cage killed the guy downstairs with pills?
  • Loops back around but doesn’t play any differently, different angle.
  • “An organization” movie.
  • So much single cut to a different single.
  • No way this “plan” works out being set in motion. So many variables out of Cages control. 
  • Distributed by – Amazon Studios
  • Location – Columbia –
  • Dir. Ken Sanzel – The replacement Killers writer and other tv stuff

 

 

Primal 2019 (November 8) 31m/40k BO

Movie –

Cage –

RT – Critics 38% – Audience 28%

  • That’s one bad CGI Cat!
  • The Pocher with a heart of gold.
  • Kevin Serge Durand is amazing! – Lost the Strain.
  • Kevin is in a Cage. I bet he’s primal?
  • Famke Janssen – of Golden Eye and Jean in X Men
  • This boat is more of a wearhouse. 
  • Kevin is amazing!
  • Monster locked in the house with people.
  • Why would the U.S. not send a military jet or ship or plane? Why is the world’s most dangerous man traveling on a mexican fighter? Such a convoluted explanation of why Kevin has to be on this boat.
  • What a stupid escape plan – faking his seger – which was a convaluted setup to begin with. 
  • “I’m not going anymore until I feed my animals”
  • Bad CGI monkeys – kills the cook
  • Cage was 82 Mechanic. Cage and Kevin both hate authority. But will one be a lovable asshole?
  • How does a movie filmed inside a closed indoor set cost 31 million?
  • Of course the kid interrupts Cage capturing Kevin. 
  • Always the NSA. What a dumb agent. 
  • Dir. Nick Powell – Outcast – Team up us back
  • Distributed by – Lionsgate
  • Location – Puerto Rico 

 

 

Grand Isle 2019 (Dec 06)

Movie

Cage

RT

  • Dr. Fraser Kran. 
  • I hate when beautiful women in movies say they’re ugly. 
  • That 8s some amazing hair Cage
  • Key Largo (1948) with a Supernatural tone8