Grant’s Album of the Year 2013: “The Greatest Generation” by The Wonder Years

“Pop punk…is a fusion music genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music to varying degrees …The music typically combines fast punk tempos, chord changes, and loud guitars with pop-influenced melodies and musical themes.”

                -“Pop punk” entry on Wikipedia.org

There was any number of wonderfully challenging and underappreciated albums in the year 2013. Post-hardcore stalwarts letlive. gifted us with the violent, blisteringly ambitious The Blackest Beautiful. Kanye West abandoned the lush, multilayered bombast of his previous records for the spastic, industrial-tinged insanity that was Yeezus. Old-school emo (of the Sunny Day Real Estate/Texas Is the Reason variety) saw a mini-revival of sorts in wonderful releases such as Have Mercy’s The Earth Pushed Back or Whenever, If Ever by The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (yes, that is their honest-to-God name.) Also, Miley Cyrus realized that she had a really long tongue and wanted to show everybody.

We as a nation are still recovering.

We as a nation are still recovering.

Yet for all these wild experiments and throwbacks in genre, the record that I grew to love the most, that touched me deepest, that hasn’t really left my car stereo since June, belongs to that most evergreen of musical genres. The one built on simple chords and fast drums and huge choruses. The genre that birthed blink-182, the band that was arguably the entry point into music for every male aged 18-25: pop-punk.

It might also bear mentioning that a yearly tradition of mine is picking up the new Warped Tour compilation. The Warped Tour is an all-summer-long music and skateboarding festival, sponsored by footwear giant Vans, and is a showcase for primarily punk and hardcore bands, though they’ve got a place for damn near everything these days. Every year, before the tour, they release a compilation: 2 discs, 25 songs a piece, each song from a different band that will be on the tour that summer. And while these releases have become mired in a few too many shitty br00t-core bands lately, I know that there will always be at least one song from one band I’ve never heard of that will rock my world. Of course, they also serve the function of allowing me to listen to bands I’ve heard of but never really considered, or more importantly, reintroduce me to bands I had previously written off. The Wonder Years is just such a band.

The Greatest Generation is the third in a trilogy of loosely connected albums, starting with The Upsides and followed by Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. The connection is more thematic than anything, albeit with a few callbacks to other Wonder Years songs sprinkled throughout, and chronicles singer and lyricist Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s anxieties about growing up and his struggles with depression.

Not like I can relate or anything.

Not like I can relate or anything.

Of course, catchy, fast-paced songs about anxiety and broken hearts are par for the course in the pop-punk, and thought I’d heard some Wonder Years songs prior and enjoyed them (“Don’t Let Me Cave In” and “I Was Scared and I’m Sorry” in particular), I wasn’t convinced they were distinct enough to hold my attention for a whole album. That is, until I heard “Cul-de-sac,” an impassioned goodbye to a childhood friend who’s succumbed to drug and alcohol addiction. Over frantic drumming and roiling guitars, the chorus zings back and forth from proclamations as defiant as “I’m letting go!” to as defeated as “I thought my kids would call you uncle/I thought we’d never be alone.” Does it reinvent the wheel musically? Absolutely not. But the band demonstrated a tightness in their musicianship that I hadn’t heard before, a tightness that supported the already strong lyrics in such a way as to really, really get to me. So, to quote Gandhi, I Spotified that shit.

Fun Fact: Gandhi never said that. I lied.

Fun Fact: Gandhi never said that. I lied.

The Greatest Generation opens with a musical curveball in “There, There” (no, not the Radiohead one) which is easily the softest song in The Wonder Years’ repertoire, as Campbell gently croons “I’m sorry I don’t laugh at the right times” over a bed of gently strummed guitars. Even when the song picks up, it maintains a soothing melancholy (if that makes any sense.) It’s short but sweet, and easily one of the album’s highlights, though it soon gives way to more familiar territory with “Passing Through a Screen Door.” Another gem on an album filled with them, its rollicking punk rhythms are also home to the lyrics (and the bridge) that hit me most squarely in the chest on the whole record:

Jesus Christ, I’m 26/All the people I graduated with/All have kids, all have wives/All have people who care if they come home at night/Well Jesus Christ, did I fuck up?

In fact, Campbell’s lyrics have a way of using specific details to create universal emotions, whether he’s invoking times and places by “Staring out at snowplowed mountains/In the parking lots of churches” on “We Could Die Like This” or remembering how “My mother wore her sundress on the day that she got married” on the frantic, heartfelt “Teenage Parents.” And though the music slides from loud to quiet to manic to soft, it does so organically, a trait best embodied in “The Devil in My Bloodstream.” Opening over a somber piano keys, Campbell ponders how “We wiped out all the buffalo/Around the turn of the last century,” before around the two-minute mark he lets his existential angst surge forth, bellowing “I bet I’d be a fucking coward!/I bet I’d never have the guts for war!” It’s a track the really serves as the cornerstone of the album, a meeting place of all its musical and thematic ideas.

The Wonder Years also wrote The Greatest Generation with big-ass refrains in mind and a will to use them. Strangely enough, they stick majority of their most memorable in the bridges, whether it’s the steady thump of “I was just happy to be a contender/I was just thankful for anything” from “A Raindance in Traffic” to “Dismantling Summer’s” soaring “If I’m in an airport/And you’re in a hospital bed/Well, then what kind of man does that make me?” Unorthodox placement or not, that these songs manage to be so catchy and kick so much ass would be achievement enough in its own right. But The Wonder Years pull the hattrick of bringing it all back around in “I Just Wanna Sell Out My Funeral,” a seven-minute epic that starts out as a brilliant song in its own right but  at the 3-minute mark starts bringing all the other songs on the album together with jaw-dropping unity.

Though the ease with which these melodies connect might suggest that the tracks blend together, that is certainly not the case, though a couple of songs (“We Could Die Like This”, “The Bastards, the Vultures, the Wolves”) don’t do quite enough to distinguish themselves in the face of such other infectious melodies. In fact, the album’s only real bum note is “Madelyn”, a ballad for a girl haunted by the same demons as our Campbell’s. It’s as excellent lyrically as everything else on the album, but it adopts a jangly folk-song approach that the band isn’t well-versed in enough musically and that Campbell lacks in his range vocally to pull off.

Still, these are minor quibbles on what will no doubt be seen as a masterpiece of the genre. For as close as this album lives with despair, The Greatest Generation is successful not because it wallows in it, but because it knows it and has come through the other side. It knows what it’s like to have been low and to be stuck and to struggle and struggle and struggle just to get out of that place. The Wonder Years know the cautious optimism that comes with getting yourself to a better place, but also the uncertainty of what comes next, and on The Greatest Generation, they convey that knowledge with warmth and understanding. As well as some kick-ass tunes.

After all, as the final strains of “The Devil in My Bloodstream” goes: “I wanna be strong/But it’s not easy anymore

I think I’m actually gonna use a star rating system for albums. And that rating is…

4.5 out of 5

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Recommended Tracks: “There, There”, “Passing Through a Screen Door”, “Dismantling Summer”, “The Devil in My Bloodstream”, “Teenage Parents”, “Cul-de-sac”, “I Just Wanna Sell Out My Funeral

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A Word About Music Reviews

I love music. I know damn near nothing about it, but I love it so. Not to be a corporate shill, but if I was going to be, I’d have to promote the shit out of Spotify Premium. (Even with some valid criticism that’s been thrown the company’s way.) For only $10 a month, it allows you to stream damn near anything on any device, and for people like me, it completely blew the doors off of my already voracious appetite for any and all music I might have even a passing interest in. I think that I have a pretty eclectic taste, with a vested interest in genres ranging from pop-punk to heavy metal to post-hardcore to hip hop to industrial to alternative country to all sorts of nonsensically-named subgenres.

 
Because I love music so much, I’ve thought of doing some reviews for it, but I’ve been hesitant. When I say I know nothing about music, I mean I don’t really understand how it works. I’ve taken several music theory classes in my life and somehow managed to absorb none of it. Whenever my musician friends use terms like ‘dynamic range’ and ‘polyrhythms,’ I nod politely and try to ignore my hemorrhaging brain. When I’m at rehearsals for musicals and hear the musicians relay instructions like, “We play 1 on the downbeat,” I try to complete my work as quickly as possible, lest I suffer an aneurysm. “What’s so complicated about playing guitar?” I think to myself. And then I watch someone play guitar, and I say nothing.

 
I have difficulty hearing bass lines. I have trouble telling strings from synthesizers. I don’t notice what all the instruments are doing because I ‘m too busy focusing on the guitar, or the vocals, or the piano, or that awesome drum bit in the bridge. I think I was 17 when I figured out a bridge was in musical terms. And I tend to get my music news from outlets such as Alternative Press and AbsolutePunk.net, which, depending on how plugged in you are into any given scene, is either laudable or laughable.

 
But then I think about an album like this. And how nobody I know listened to it. And you should totally listen to it. And I should write a review about that album so other people will hear about it and maybe listen to it. And I will. But not right now. I want to review another album. But so I just want you to know that when I write a music review, I may not be able to tell you what each instrument is doing that makes a song so cool – at least not accurately. Instead, I’m just going to try and tell you what an album made me feel – which is what I normally listen to music for anyway. Of course, going that route runs the risk of writing the sort diarrhetic hyperbole that gushes from Pitchfork Media every day because seriously, fuck those guys. Maybe calling their writing ‘diarrhetic hyperbole’ means I’m already there. Maybe I’m getting off track.

 
The point is: there’s some albums I’d like to talk about, and I’d like to talk about them using words I understand. I guess I’m saying that I hope those words are understandable.

All of the Things That Are Movies

Hey folks! Sorry for the absence of blogs lately. After my last blog post in November, I took a trip to Portland. And then I got sick. And then Thanksgiving came around. And I was sick through Thanksgiving. And then not too long after that, I had Christmas down in Africa. And while I was watching movies the whole time, I started to do that thing where I thought about how to write the blog posts… without actually writing them. Which is a bad habit. So, sorry. My bad. I hope to put up some more substantial blogs soon, but in the meantime, this is a simple one to start the new year with. I hope you enjoy it!

The following is something I’ve done since 2011: a list of all the new movies I’ve seen in a given year. That is, all the movies I hadn’t seen before, new or old. In this instance the year is – was – 2013. This list covers movies that I saw from beginning to end, with only a slight margin for some missing minutes (late to the movie, had to use the bathroom, etc.) If I started watching a movie but stopped, it doesn’t count. If I caught the second half of a film but not the first, it doesn’t count. This includes movies I saw in a theater, on video, via streaming, on a plane, on television, whatever. In order for a film to qualify for the list, it has to be feature length, meaning it is at least 60 min (1 hour) long.

To clarify some of my idiosyncrasies to people:  I list the films by their name, year made (if applicable), their MPAA rating, and their running time (first by total minutes, then by hours and minutes, because I am weird.) In instances where a film shares its name with (an)other film(s), whether it’s a remake, another adaptation of the same material, or simply a coincidence, I place the year in which the film I saw was released (Stateside) into these brackets: [XXXX] In instances where a film has no MPAA rating, I affix it with ‘(NR)’ which means ‘Not Rated.’ In the case of running time, I put down whatever version of the film I saw first, be that the theatrical cut, director’s cut, extended, unrated, and so on. Any other cuts I saw afterwards are not listed.

Finally, on some of the films, next to the MPAA rating I have put a ‘B’ or a ‘W’, B for ‘Best’ and W for ‘Worst.’  This is a pretty broad shorthand, though, and I feel I ought to explain it a little better. ‘Best’ covers films that I felt were the best made, or the most moving, or that did something that really surprised me, or that I liked the more I thought about them, or that I was pleasantly surprised by, or that I simply had a really good time with. On the other hand, ‘Worst’ would imply films that I really, really hated from beginning to end, and in a few instances it does. But more often than not, ‘Worst’ covers films that I started dislike more and more after the fact, even if they had some good elements (which they usually do.)

Also, if it seems like some newer films are missing from the end of the list, that’s due to my time out of the country. I will catch up on many of these new films when I return to the States in a few days’ time.

My list this year is 185 films, which is up 50 from last year (135). How many films would you think you saw this year? What were your favorites? Your least favorites? Which of my ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ choices do you agree with, and which ones to you think make me a blithering idiot? Have at it!

1.       Withnail & I (R)B 107 min (1 hour and 47 minutes)

2.       The ‘burbs (PG) 101 min (1 hour and 41 minutes)

3.       Promised Land [2013] (R)B 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

4.       The Howling (R) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

5.       Zero Dark Thirty (R)B 157 min (2 hours and 37 minutes)

6.       Gangster Squad (R)W 113 min (1 hour and 53 minutes)

7.       Indie Game: The Movie (NR) 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

8.       Killer Joe (NC-17) 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

9.       The Last Stand [2013] (R) 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

10.   Broken City (R) 109 min (1 hour and 49 minutes)

11.   Glengarry Glen Ross (R) 100 min (1 hour and 40 minutes)

12.   Notes on a Scandal (R) 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

13.   Hitchcock (PG-13)B 98 min (1 hour and 38 minutes)

14.   The Hunted [2003] (R) 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

15.   Rampage [1992] (R) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

16.   The Fountain (PG-13)B 96 min (1 hour and 36 minutes)

17.   Blue Chips (PG-13)B 108 min (1 hour and 48 minutes)

18.   Explorers (PG) 109 min (1 hour and 48 minutes)

19.   Flirting with Disaster (R) 93 min (1 hour and 33 minutes)

20.   To Live and Die in L.A. (R) 116 min (1 hour and 56 minutes)

21.   Stand Up Guys (R) 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

22.   Bullet to the Head (R) 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

23.   Requiem for a Dream (R) 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

24.   Anna Karenina [2012] (R) 129 min (2 hours and 9 minutes)

25.   The Sessions (R)B 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

26.   Warm Bodies (PG-13) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

27.   Se7en (R) 127 min (2 hours and 7 minutes)

28.   Fritz the Cat (NR)B 78 min (1 hour and 18 minutes)

29.   The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (R) 77 min (1 hour and 17 minutes)

30.   American Pimp (R)B 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

31.   Fire and Ice (PG) 81 min (1 hour and 21 minutes)

32.   Very Bad Things (R) 100 min (1 hour and 40 minutes)

33.   New York, I Love You (R) 103 min (1 hour and 43 minutes)

34.   Side Effects (R) 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

35.   Cruising (R)B 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

36.   The French Connection (R) 104 min (1 hour and 44 minutes)

37.   Four Rooms (R)B 98 min (1 hour and 38 minutes)

38.   From Dusk Till Dawn (R) 108 min (1 hour and 48 minutes)

39.   A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

40.   The Evil Dead (NC-17) 85 min (1 hour and 25 minutes)

41.   Jack Goes Boating (R)B 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

42.   …But I’m a Cheerleader! (R) 85 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

43.   Deadhead Miles (R) 85 min (1 hour and 25 minutes)

44.   360 (R)B 110 min (1 hour and 50 minutes)

45.   V/H/S (R)W 116 min (1 hour and 56 minutes)

46.   The Gift [2000] (R)B 112 min (1 hour and 52 minutes)

47.   Side by Side [2012] (NR)B 99 min (1 hour and 39 minutes)

48.   5 Centimeters Per Second (NR) 62 min (1 hour and 2 minutes)

49.   Great Directors (NR)W 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

50.   Tales from the Script (NR) 105 min (1 hour and 45 minutes)

51.   These Amazing Shadows (NR)B 88 min (1 hour and 28 minutes)

52.   Hoop Dreams (PG-13) 170 min (2 hours and 50 minutes)

53.   The Imposter [2012] (R) 99 min (1 hour and 39 minutes)

54.   Special [2008] (R) 81 min (1 hour and 21 minutes)

55.   Bottle Rocket [1996] (R)B 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

56.   Deliver Us from Evil [2006] (NR) 101 min (1 hour and 41 minutes)

57.   Blindness [2008] (R) 121 min (2 hours and 1 minute)

58.   Four Lions (R) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

59.   The Human Centipede: First Sequence (R) 92 min (1 hour and 32 minutes)

60.   The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (NR) 88 min (1 hour and 28 minutes)

61.   Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG) 130 min (2 hours and 10 minutes)

62.   The Boys in the Band (R) 119 min (1 hour and 59 minutes)

63.   Making the Boys (NR)B 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

64.   American: The Bill Hicks Story (NR) 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

65.   Permanent Midnight (R) 88 min (1 hour and 28 minutes)

66.   The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) 100 min (1 hour and 40 minutes)

67.   Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 (PG-13) 76 min (1 hour and 16 minutes)

68.   Shotgun Stories (PG-13)B 92 min (1 hour and 32 minutes)

69.   The Hole [2012] (PG-13) 92 min (1 hour and 32 minutes)

70.   Following (R) 69 min (1 hour and 9 minutes)

71.   Memento (R)B 113 min (1 hour and 53 minutes)

72.   Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 (PG-13) 76 min (1 hour and 16 minutes)

73.   The Croods (PG)B 98 min (1 hour and 38 minutes)

74.   Spring Breakers (R) 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

75.   Sling Blade (R)B 135 min (2 hours and 15 minutes)

76.   Matinee (PG)B 99 min (1 hour and 39 minutes)

77.   Trance [2013] (R) 101 min (1 hour and 41 minutes)

78.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) 110 min (1 hour and 50 minutes)

79.   The Philadelphia Story (NR) 112 min (1 hour and 52 minutes)

80.   The Hunger Games (PG-13) 142 min (2 hours and 22 minutes)

81.   Pain & Gain (R)B 130 min (2 hours and 10 minutes)

82.   Mud (PG-13)B 130 min (2 hours and 10 minutes)

83.   Seabiscuit (PG-13) 140 min (2 hours and 20 minutes)

84.   Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 130 min (2 hours and 10 minutes)

85.   The Great Gatsby [2013] (PG-13)W 143 min (2 hours and 23 minutes)

86.   Me and You and Everyone We Know (R) 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

87.   The Comedy (NR)B 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

88.   Man on the Moon (R)B 118 min (1 hour and 58 minutes)

89.   Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)W 132 min (2 hours and 12 minutes)

90.   From Up on Poppy Hill (PG) 91 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

91.   Wide Awake (PG) 88 min (1 hour and 28 minutes)

92.   Jade (R)B 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

93.   Epic (PG) 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

94.   Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 128 min (2 hours and 8 minutes)

95.   The Hangover Part III (R) 100 min (1 hour and 40 minutes)

96.   Hollywoodland (R)B 126 min (2 hours and 6 minutes)

97.   After Earth (PG-13) 100 min (1 hour and 40 minutes)

98.   A Late Quartet (R) 105 min (1 hour and 45 minutes)

99.   The Rabbi’s Cat (NR)B 89 min (1 hour and 29 minutes)

100.                        This Is the End (R) 107 min (1 hour and 47 minutes)

101.                        Man of Steel (PG-13) 143 min (2 hours and 23 minutes)

102.                        The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (NR) 120 min (2 hours)

103.                        That Guy …Who Was in That Thing (NR)W 88 min (1 hour and 28 minutes)

104.                        Black Dynamite (R) 84 min (1 hour and 24 minutes)

105.                        Monsters University (G) 110 min (1 hour and 50 minutes)

106.                        Rules of Engagement (R) 128 min (2 hours and 8 minutes)

107.                        World War Z (PG-13)W 116 min (1 hour and 56 minutes)

108.                        The Heat (R)B 117 min (1 hour and 57 minutes)

109.                        Full-Tilt Boogie (R) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

110.                        Comic Book: The Movie (PG-13) 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

111.                        The Lone Ranger [2013] (PG-13)B 149 min (2 hours and 29 minutes)

112.                        Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (R) 89 min (1 hour and 29 minutes)

113.                        To the Wonder (R) 112 min (1 hour and 52 minutes)

114.                        Lost in La Mancha (R) 89 min (1 hour and 29 minutes)

115.                        Despicable Me 2 (PG) 98 min (1 hour and 38 minutes)

116.                        Pacific Rim (PG-13)W 131 min (2 hours and 11 minutes)

117.                        Turbo (PG) 96 min (1 hour and 36 minutes)

118.                        R.I.P.D. (PG-13) 96 min (1 hour and 36 minutes)

119.                        RED 2 (PG-13) 116 min (1 hour and 56 minutes)

120.                        The Wolverine (PG-13) 129  min (2 hours and 9 minutes)

121.                        Only God Forgives (R) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

122.                        2 Guns (R) 109 min (1 hour and 49 minutes)

123.                        The Passion of the Christ (R) 127 min (2 hours and 7 minutes)

124.                        Elysium (R) 109 min (1 hour and 49 minutes)

125.                        Planes (PG) 92 min (1 hour and 32 minutes)

126.                        Heckler (R)W 80 min (1 hour and 20 minutes)

127.                        The People vs. George Lucas (NR) 93 min (1 hour and 33 minutes)

128.                        Much Ado About Nothing [2013] (PG-13) 109 min (1 hour and 49 minutes)

129.                        PoliWood (NR) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

130.                        Kick-Ass 2 (R)W 103 min (1 hour and 43 minutes)

131.                        Jobs (PG-13) 128 min (2 hours and 8 minutes)

132.                        The Butler (PG-13) 132 min (2 hours and 12 minutes)

133.                        The Paperboy [2012] (R) 107 min (1 hour and 47 minutes)

134.                        Downfall (R)B 156 min (2 hours and 36 minutes)

135.                        Safe [2012] (R) 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

136.                        The World’s End (R) 109 min (1 hour and 49 minutes)

137.                        Blue Jasmine (PG-13) 98 min (1 hour and 39 minutes)

138.                        The One [2001] (PG-13)W 87 min (1 hour and 27 minutes)

139.                        Mickey • Donald • Goofy: The Three Musketeers (G)B 68 min (1 hour and 8 minutes)

140.                        The Grandmaster (PG-13) 108 min (1 hour and 48 minutes)

141.                        Detachment (NR)B 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

142.                        Dredd (R) 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

143.                        Senna (PG-13) 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

144.                        Riddick (R) 119 min (1 hour and 59 minutes)

145.                        The Bling Ring (R) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

146.                        The Family [2013] (R) 110 min (1 hour and 50 minutes)

147.                        Super [2011] (R) 96 min (1 hour and 36 minutes)

148.                        The Road [2009] (R) 111 min (1 hour and 51 minutes)

149.                        The Night They Raided Minsky’s (PG-13)B 99 min (1 hour and 31 minutes)

150.                        In a World… (R)B 93 min (1 hour and 33 minutes)

151.                        Rush [2013] (R) 123 min (2 hours and 3 minutes)

152.                        Don Jon (R) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

153.                        Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)B 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

154.                        Gravity (PG-13) 90 min (1 hour and 30 minutes)

155.                        Enough Said (PG-13)B 93 min (1 hour and 33 minutes)

156.                        Captain Phillips (PG-13)B 134 min (2 hours and 14 minutes)

157.                        Evil Dead II (R) 84 min (1 hour and 24 minutes)

158.                        Y tu mamá también (R) 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

159.                        The Act of Killing (NR)B 115 min (1 hour and 55 minutes)

160.                        Sólo con tu pareja (NR)B 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

161.                        Escape Plan (R) 115 min (1 hour and 55 minutes)

162.                        A Little Princess (G) 97 min (1 hour and 37 minutes)

163.                        Bad Grandpa (R) 92 min (1 hour and 32 minutes)

164.                        The Counselor (R) 117 min (1 hour and 57 minutes)

165.                        The Hunt [2013] (R) 115 min (1 hour and 55 minutes)

166.                        Byzantium (R)B 118 min (1 hour and 58 minutes)

167.                        Ender’s Game (PG-13) 114 min (1 hour and 54 minutes)

168.                        Sorcerer (R)B 121 min (2 hours and 1 minute)

169.                        A Band Called Death (NR) 96 min (1 hour and 36 minutes)

170.                        Room 237 (NR) 102 min (1 hour and 42 minutes)

171.                        Troll 2 (PG-13) 95 min (1 hour and 35 minutes)

172.                        Best Worst Movie (NR) 93 min (1 hour and 33 minutes)

173.                        Thor: The Dark World (PG-13)B 112 min (1 hour and 52 minutes)

174.                        All Is Lost (PG-13)B 106 min (1 hour and 46 minutes)

175.                        12 Years a Slave (R)B 134 min (2 hours and 14 minutes)

176.                        About Time (R)B 123 min (2 hours and 3 minutes)

177.                        After Porn Ends (NR) 94 min (1 hour and 34 minutes)

178.                        The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)B 146 min (2 hours and 26 minutes)

179.                        Frozen [2013] (PG) 108 min (1 hour and 48 minutes)

180.                        Oldboy [2013] (R) 104 min (1 hour and 44 minutes)

181.                        How to Survive a Plague (NR) 110 min (1 hour and 50 minutes)

182.                        Miller’s Crossing (R)B 115 min (1 hour and 55 minutes)

183.                        The Untouchables (R) 119 min (1 hour and 59 minutes)

184.                        Before Sunrise (R)B 105 min (1 hour and 45 minutes)

185.                        The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) 161 min (2 hours and 41 minutes)