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Tyler’s Favorite Films of the Decade by tylercoenrrea
January 1, 2010, 12:52 am
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And what a decade it was.

10. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In all honesty the whole trilogy belongs up here as one movie. But just like Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II the second is the best. Here are the three reasons why: Gollum, Helm’s Deep, Sam’s Speech.

9. Wall-E

The best animated film of the decade. Storytelling at it’s greatest and evidence that Pixar is one of the most creative powers in the business. Truly a remarkable film that reminds us we don’t need celebrity voices, crude humor, or pop culture references to reach children.

8. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino lets his love for cinema and bloody chaos rule the screen in an orgy of artful violence and Asian culture. One of the most entertaining films this decade, it’s filmmaking at it’s greatest.

7. The Hurt Locker

The Platoon of the 2000’s, this is the first great film about the Iraq War. No political message, no cliches, just a story about the men who stare death in the face and call it their job.

6. Children of Men

A mesmerizing look at hope in the face of anarchy. Expertly crafted with long takes, Alfonso Cuaron presents to us a science fiction tale strung together with human emotion, enchanting characters, and a world on the brink of destruction.I know it’s said a lot but this is a “one-of-a-kind” film.

5. Elephant

I’m having trouble describing the emotions of how I can praise this film. It’s a haunting portrayal of a high school and its moments leading up to an unsuspected act of violence. The camera gracefully follows a random selection of students and their interactions with each other just as their lives will be shaken by the events. Gus Vant Sant’s boldest and argubly greatest film to date as he doesn’t ask questions about the tragic lives of teenagers but simply shows us the dark abyss from which they cannot escape.

4. Requiem For A Dream

Hey kids, you don’t wanna do drugs. But don’t take my word for it, just ask Mr. Aronofsky here, in fact he’s got a little film he would like to show you. It will numb your senses, and take all your fears and trials and shove them into a pit of acid. Then it will make you watch the lives of these four individuals as they deteriorate into worthless, meaningless experiences. You’ll cry. Believe me, you will cry.

3. Slumdog Millionaire

There is nothing wrong with this movie. Everything is perfect about it and it will be remembered for years to come.

2. No Country For Old Men

Upon first seeing this film I had no idea what to think of it. This was unlike any Coen brother movie they had ever made so I was confused. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. Tommy Lee Jones’ apocalyptic words stayed in my head for days, and soon I began to realize I loved this film. Dark, disturbing, and nodding its head at hopelessness, the Coen brothers have not topped themselves yet. A movie that will stay in your mind forever and that’s what makes it great.

1. Oldboy

If you have not seen this film do yourself a favor and see it as soon as possible. Asian filmmaking is strongly generated by their powerful and creative storytelling. Oldboy is proof of that. A twisted tale of revenge that would have been a disaster in the hands of an American director (we’re looking at you Spielberg). Everything about Chan-wook Park’s masterpiece is brilliant, from the brutality to the emotinally wrecking plot. Beautifully shot and perfectly acted, this is a film that is years ahead of it’s time. It will be studied for years to come and if you can stomach the dark places it descends you will experience a film like no other.

Honorable Mentions:

Gangs of New York

The Dark Knight

The Fall

The 25th Hour

There Will Be Blood

Cast Away

Best In Show

Adaptation

Inglorious Basterds

– Tyler Correa



Tyler’s Top 5 Albums of the Decade by tylercoenrrea
December 27, 2009, 12:03 am
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-by Tyler Correa-

5. Wolfmother (2006) – Wolfmother

A mixture of folk, metal, alternative and a strong resemblance to the classic rock vibe, this band from Australia is a major accomplishment of talent. With it’s the mesmerizing voice of Andrew Stockdale and the band’s overflowing creativity, Wolfmother is one of the decade’s most fascinating albums. With lyrics that closely follow along the influences of folk music, Stock dale and his fellow Aussies remind us why rock can be so fun.

4. Audioslave (2002) – Audioslave


Take Rage Against The Machine and replace lead singer Zack de la Rocha with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and you got Audioslave. Cornell’s powerful voice mixed with Tom Morello’s stylish guitar rhythyms was a match made in heaven. Their style, suggested as a mixture of 70s hard rock and 90s alternative, is what made their self-titled debut a modern day masterpiece. The album ranges from many different tracks some hard, rocking songs such as “Cochise” and “Show Me How To Live” and the hauntingly quieter pieces like “What You Are” and “Like A Stone.” Their songs dived into the issues of abuse, rejection, and death. Audioslave was a short-lived band with rockers from the 90s who were given a second chance in another decade. They did a fine job.

3. Night Ripper (2006) – Girl Talk

Gregg Michael Gillis, a Pittsburgh DJ, who goes by the stage name Girl Talk is proof that mash-ups and digital sampling is not only a way to mix tunes but a form of art in its own right. Using over 200 samples from different tracks, Gillis creates an ongoing, unstoppable ensemble of music never keeping the same beat for longer than a minute. Not only does Night Ripper offer a variety of diverse beats, it also juxtaposes familiar rhythms of catchy rock and pop songs and the foulest of all foul-mouthed rap lyrics to create a satire on musical taste. Maybe not a satire, but a statement about the state of our listening habits, attention span, and tolerance of trashy lyrics for the sake of a good beat. Either way it’s looked at, Night Ripper is the work of a pioneer in both the DJ culture and the music industry.

2. Black Holes and Revelations (2006) – Muse

What I love about Muse is their unique sound. Unlike many other bands, they are unpredictable and pure talent through and through. Black Holes is beautifully crafted work of music. Bold, original, and brilliant, Muse’s creativity runs wild in the album that almost redefines a genre. Everything runs smoothly on a rough line of electric rhythm and hard rock. Black Holes is Muse’s best album because it provides them the certain freedom many bands forget is what makes their style unique. Not a single song sounds the same and Muse is a powerhouse of creativity and artistic integrity.

1. Oracle Spectacular (2008) – MGMT

Who the hell is this band? Everyone was asking the same thing. Exploding with their smash hit “Kids,” MGMT made a splash into the mainstream world. What’s strange about MGMT, at least to me, was their sound. I didn’t think much of it. But after a few days, “Kids,” “Time To Pretend,” and “Electric Feel” could not leave my head. Their music is almost intoxicating and in a very good way. MGMT isn’t my favorite band but Oracle Spectacular is my favorite album of this decade. It’s a stylish blend of funk, electronica, and pure joy. A breath of fresh air in a genre that needed some life in it, MGMT is a wonderful group of artist who I hope continue their ongoing quest of originality.

Honorable mentions:

It’s Blitz! (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

The Fame (Lady Gaga)

With Teeth (Nine Inch Nails)



5 albums that altered my music taste forever… by matthewgoodnght

-By Matt Perdue-

Five albums form this past decade that have changed and formulated my taste in music to what it is today:

Enema of the State (1999) – Blink-182

Okay, so this 1999 release hardly makes it into this last ten years, but well worth mentioning. Blink-182 was the first band I ever fell in love with, their punk rock riffs, pissed-of n’ sassy attitude, and crude humor made a place in my heart for years to come. To this day they’re still one of my favorite bands. If you listened and liked this album, check out their proceeding album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003) – Coheed and Cambria

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was my introduction to Coheed and Cambria, and it couldn’t have been any better of one. Coheed is a progressive rock band known for the main singer’s high-pitched vocals and melodic guitar riffs. Behind their enigmatic lyrics lies a story, a space-opera epic about the lives of Coheed and Cambria and their doomed children. Each song and album is in chronological order telling this story known as The Amory Wars. With their unique sound, Coheed and Cambria has much more to offer than you’d ever expect from your typical band of musicians. If you like what you hear, check out their freshman album The Second Stage Turbine Blade, and keep an eye out for their upcoming “prequel” album The Year of the Black Rainbow.

Son I Loved You at your Darkest (2005) – As Cities Burn

I was never a fan of screamo, metalcore, or hardcore music until my best friend introduced me to As Cities Burn, a screamo/alternative rock band that acted as my gateway into finding a taste for music of the sort. As Cities Burn acted as a middle-ground between what I liked and what I didn’t have a taste for: screamo. For someone who is not into screamo, Son I Loved You at Your Darkest is a very listenable sound. They do not hurt your ears or tarnish your heart like say Job for a Cowboy, but they scream enough for your musical heart to develop a taste for screamo. If you dig this and get a taste for it, check out the band Blessthefall for a very gentle “step up”, from there you can explore what you do or don’t like.

Kaleidoscope (2009) – DJ Tiesto

For the most the decade, all of the above has summed my taste in music until this fall, when a good friend of The Mixed Tape, DJ Flavio, introduced me to DJ Tiesto with his latest album: Kaleidoscope. Most of the songs on the album being feats with other artists, this album will sure have something you like on it, whether it be pop, electro, or trans, DJ Tiesto will keep you dancing till the sun comes up. Along with this discover of electro and techno, I have discovered other artists including Deadmau5 and pretty much anything I can dance to.

Honorable Mentions

Fortress (2008) – Protest the Hero

A Canadian, calculated metal/rock band with beautiful, operatic vocals who created an album I can’t stop listening to.

Hot Fuss (2004) – The Killers

This was my in to indie rock and roll, and is one of my top four favorite bands of all time, and will probably be come known as one of the greatest bands ever.

Give Up (2003) – The Postal Service

One of those albums that just has a spot in your heart for years to come.

What albums impacted you this decade? Comment below.

-Matt