My top 10 of the year in film, music & books

1)    127 Hours

2)    Mother and Child

3)    The Ghost Writer

4)    The Kids are All Right

5)    Solitary Man

6)    The Social Network

7)   Inception

8)    Please Give

9)    Love & Other Drugs

10) Nowhere Boy

There’s nothing as powerful, or controversial as Precious from last year.  And there were certainly other movies I liked,  like Never Let Me Go and Ben Affleck’s The Town that were good, but not as pleasurable as those listed above.

Music of 2010

I don’t go to nearly as many shows as I used to, but for the second year in a row, I did attend Coachella Music Festival in Southern California, which is an amazing amalgamation of (mostly) indie rock bands current and past, and along with Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, is the preeminent rock festival in America.

1)    Phoenix live at Coachella, Indio, CA, April 19, 2010[image-1]

2)    Gorlliaz  Plastic Beach

3)    Beach House Teen Dream

4)    PiL performing “Public Image” live Coachella , Indio, CA, April 17

5)    Silversun Pickups, The Ritz Ybor, June 2010

6)    Deerhunter, “Helicopter”

7)    Pavement, live at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 30, Hollywood, CA

8)    Tame Impala, “Solicitude Is Bliss”

9)     Phantogram, Eyelid Movies

10) The National, High Violet

Best Books/Reads of 2010

I always read way more books about politics and public policy than fiction, but I do try to read as much creative writing as possible, hence the fact the novels I did read are at the top of my list.

1)    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen[image-2]

2)    Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

3)    Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens

4)    Chronic City By Jonathan Lethem

5)    The Ask By Sam Lypsyte

6)    The Promise by Jonathan Alter

7)    Common Nonsense by Alexander Zaitchek

8)    Although of Course you end up Becoming Yourself: A road trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

9)    The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley

10) New Yorker magazine August 16, Sleeping with Weapons:Why did John Lurie Disappear? by Tad Friend

Regular readers of this space know that on occasion, I like to leave the world of politics and go off topic to write about sports, movies, or other issues that are fun to pontificate on.

So pardon my chutzpah, but since this is nearly my last posting of 2010, I thought for fun I'd offer up a list of my favorite films, musical events and books of 2010.

Films of 2010

Admittedly, this is an incomplete list, as I’’m writing this on December 17, when arguably the best films of the year haven’t been released in Tampa Bay (like Black Swan, The Fighter, and The King’s Speech all getting loads of love by critics are just coming out today or in upcoming weeks).


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