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1990-1999 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

131 films

Chronological

Subject to constant change.

Books 01. The Cipher, by Kathe Koja (1991) 02. Grimscribe: His Lives and Works, by…

  • Passage of Venus
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • Buffalo Running
  • Human Figure in Motion
  • Woman Walking Downstairs

The Essentials / My Favorites

540 films

Chronological. Always evolving.

Top 10 Fantômas. Louis Feuillade, 1913-1914 Intolerance. D. W. Griffith, 1916 He Who Gets Slapped. Victor Sjöström,…

  • Certified Copy
  • The Last Airbender
  • Road to Nowhere
  • Shutter Island
  • Two Cabins

2010-2019 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

145 films

Subject to constant change. Chronological.

  • Daguerrotype
  • Bitter Money
  • Creepy
  • Silence
  • 31

2016's Top 10

10 films

Global premiere dates.

10 favorite albums of the year

  • Bring It On
  • The Captive
  • Code Unknown
  • Crocodile
  • The Gift

2000-2009 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

133 films

Subject to constant change. Chronological.

Books 01. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith (2000) 02. Antwerp, by Roberto Bolaño (2002) 03.…

  • Hollow Man
  • Scream 3
  • Crocodile
  • Urban Legends: Final Cut
  • Pulse

Contemporary Zeitgeist

89 films

A work in progress.

near-term extinction // climate crisis // ecological catastrophe // biodiversity collapse // screens and avatars //…

  • Prince of Darkness
  • Spacy
  • Lifeforce
  • Terrorizers
  • Inferno

1980-1989 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

155 films

Top 10 ranked. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. It, by Stephen King (1986) 02. Songs of a Dead Dreamer,…

  • Dante's Inferno
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • The Invisible Ray
  • House of Dracula

Cosmic Pessimism

66 films

Vibes and/or philosophical & thematic implications. Key thinkers: Schopenhauer, Lovecraft, Ligotti, Cioran, Thacker, Trigg, Meillassoux.

"Both moral and metaphysical pessimism point…

  • The Black Cat
  • He Who Gets Slapped
  • Fantômas
  • Citizen Kane
  • Ruthless

100 (1/4 through 2021)

100 films

The annual tradition continues.

A Twitter thread.

  • Awakening of the Beast
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • The Bread and Alley
  • The Conformist

1970 - 1979 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

165 films

Chronological.

Books 01. Hubert Selby Jr., The Room (1970) 02. Stephen King, Rage (1977) 03. José Donoso, The Obscene Bird…

  • Zodiac
  • Panic Room
  • Gone Girl
  • Fight Club
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Finch

11 films

Ranked. Subject to change.

  • Gone Girl
  • White Bird in a Blizzard
  • Jersey Boys
  • Welcome to New York
  • Jauja

2014's Top 10

10 films

Global premiere dates.

Favorite albums of the year