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Films I Like: Good Time by Benny & Josh Safdie

Benny and Josh Safdie are great at making audiences uncomfortable. I’ve read countless reviews about how their films are tense and unrelenting. This is true, but they somehow manage to remain enjoyable. With its neon tinge and oscillations between loudness and silence, Good Time feels like a faster, unhappier Drive. Robert Pattinson delivers a solid performance as a character we’re not intended to like by the end of the film.

Albums I Like: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s magnum opus is among the most respected post-rock albums of all time for good reason. At times it is glacially slow, and at other times it moves with an energy rarely heard in music. The crescendos are beautiful and the sparse vocals are haunting. Of the many apocalyptic post-rock albums out there, none loom quite as large as this one.

Albums I Like: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky

The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is refreshingly succinct post-rock. As its title suggests, it’s optimistic—a departure from some of the more apocalyptic offerings that are frequently cited on “best of” lists. At times, it skirts close to the cliches of “inspirational soundscapes.” It is a remarkable achievement that the album does this without fully succumbing to those cliches.