The 21 Best Films of the 2010s (so far)

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50/50 (2011)
IMDb: 7.7
Metascore: 72

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

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A Separation (2011)
IMDb: 8.4
Metascore: 95

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

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Birdman (2014)
IMDb: 7.9
Metascore: 88

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

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Black Swan (2010)
IMDb: 8.0
Metascore: 79

A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

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Drive (2011)
IMDb: 7.8
Metascore: 78

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

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Six Underrated Albums of 2015

Other Lives, Rituals
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Stillwater, Oklahoma-based atmospheric indie rockers invoke names like Alt-J, Fleet Foxes, and early Radiohead.
 

Ultimate Painting, Green Lanes
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Formed by James of Veronica Falls and Jack of Mazes, this duo crafts simple and true ’60s and ’70s-inspired guitar pop.
 

Ryley Walker, Primrose Green
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An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter whose music bridges similarities with Tim Buckley’s, Sandy Bull’s, Davey Graham’s and John Martyn’s.
 

Zun Zun Egui, Shackle’s Gift
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Bristol-based band blending an eclectic mix of genres.
 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
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Freaked-out psychedelic madness by way of Melbourne, Australia.
 

Bop English, Constant Bop
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Colorful retro pop from White Denim frontman James Petralli’s solo project.

EL VY

My dad told me to check these guys out. A quirky musical collaboration between National vocalist/lyricist Matt Berninger and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.

Love & Mercy

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“When you listen to Pet Sounds, use earphones in the dark, and you can hear everything.”

Though I’ve long known that Pet Sounds is considered one of the greatest albums ever recorded, it was not until I watched a film called Love & Mercy that I ever gave the record a proper listen.

The movie depicts two eras in the life of the Beach Boys’ musical genie Brian Wilson. The mid-60s version, played by Paul Dano, is a young man overflowing with sonic inspiration, and hints at the shadow that will eventually swallow Wilson for a while. John Cusack plays the man in the 1980s, when he has become zombified by a mad doctor who badly mistreats Wilson’s mental disease.

While both eras of the picture are compelling, it was the sections that focused on the Pet Sounds sessions that intrigued me the most and made me seek out these songs. I now listen to the album on repeat on my long walk to work, letting it’s whimsical melancholy wash over me like a harmonic ocean.

The movie is worth seeing if only to give you a chance to hear life with new ears.