The single best performance I watched in 2016 was Sarah’s, but don’t tell her. It wasn’t polished, for god’s sake, but it had an immediacy that knocked me, and lots of other people, off our feet.
Top Ten Lists
I’m amazed, humbled, and grateful that you’ve found Moss Island and read what comes out of my head. Thank you. Here’s to the year ahead, and a glance behind at my favorite things in 2015.
My initial Christmas list came in at an unwieldy 42 items, including dramas, sitcoms, specials and movies. To impose some order, I decided that the wonderfully arbitrary Top Ten format would control, and I limited the scope to sitcoms. Even that was tough, but this list, like all top ten lists, should start conversations and tell you something about the author. It is not definitive, except in the sense that it captures what I thought was best at a (sober) moment in time.
Moss Island’s agonizingly whittled-down list of the greatest Christmas songs ever. The shortlist started at 40. These are the best.
A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records is a distillation of Phil Spector’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Wall of Sound, over-the-top but perfect as a Christmas confection.
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced his team would be adding a “dislike” button to Facebook, in response to repeated requests. For me, that would be the beginning of the end – I don’t know how much posting I’ll be doing if that change is enacted.
This collection is in the finest tradition of top-ten lists. Seemingly random and “aha-of-course” in equal measure. You’ll disagree and wonder how I could have possibly left out [your favorite theme song.] It’s probably because I’m a jerk, or because I have no taste.
These are not necessarily the “best” movies; I recently realized I tend to watch these on a seasonal basis – they feel most right and comfortable at certain times of year. In many cases, my impressions intermingle with my recollections of first watching the films.
Schumer’s comedy series Inside Any Schumer (the title works in a number of ways) just finished its third season. In my opinion, it’s the most consistently funny sketch series since The Carol Burnett Show. I compiled the following list of my favorite sketches.
Before Midnight A romance for grown-ups. Direction, writing and acting so good you don’t even think about the […]