Tentative Top Tens for 2014

If you’re a regular reader of Coulda Been a Contender (and that’s a big if), you know I don’t really complete my Top Ten lists until around September of the next year. I like some remove from the end-of-year list boom and awards season fever, and it gives me a lot more time to catch up on everything I missed. But it seems wrong not to release some sort of list, so I’m going to tentatively present my Top Ten movies and albums. I don’t keep up with reading or TV as much as I like, but I’ll go ahead and throw in a book and show at the end. Neither of them are from this year, but whatever.

I’ll write plenty about most of these when I do the actual Bummys, or I’ve already written about them. If I have, the link to what I wrote will be in the title.

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Movies

10. Ernest & Celestine
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
7. Interstellar
6. The Lego Movie
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Blue Ruin
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Snowpiercer
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Albums

10. Crimson Cord, Propaganda
9. There’s a Light, Liz Vice
8. 1989, Taylor Swift
7. Platinum, Miranda Lambert
6. The Art of Joy, Jackie Hill Perry
5. Stay Gold, First Aid Kit
4. Borderland, John Mark McMillan
3. Rise, Trip Lee
2. Are We There, Sharon Van Etten
1. Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs

Best Book I Read This Year

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best TV Show I Watched This Year

The Wire

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Quick Take: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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The best thing I could say about Tokyo Drift is that, in a premise that was rife with possibilities for terrible Asian stereotypes, the movie mostly dodges any hints of racism. What the movie does not dodge is premise fatigue. We get it, Fast/Furious– you like cars. It doesn’t help that Drift doesn’t have the star power of Paul Walker or Vin Diesel. Instead, Lucas Black stars, and he’s terribly charmless and annoying. So far, the series has just gotten worse. Not a good sign.

Quicker take: Maybe it’s a parody?