Recommended Movies, TV & Music from the 1st Half of 2015:


Slow West (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 88%), Ex Machina (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 91%), Ida (from 2014)(Rotten Tomatoes Critics 96%), Locke (from 2014)(Rotten Tomatoes Critics 91%), and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (from 2014)(Rotten Tomatoes Critics 96%).

TV (in addition to Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Walking Dead, and The Americans):

Wolf Hall (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 100%), Fortitude (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 88%), The Missing (uk series; season one)(A.V. Club: B), Happy Valley (uk series; season one)(Rotten Tomatoes Critics 100%), Broadchurch (uk series; season two)(Rotten Tomatoes Critics 90% season one and 85% season two), Utopia (uk series; seasons one and two; U.S. David Fincher/Gillian Flynn version currently in production), Witnesses (Les Témoins) (french series; season one), Justified (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 100%), and Better Call Saul (Rotten Tomatoes Critics 100%).


Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (Pitchfork 9.3, Metacritic 90, AV Club A); Torres “Sprinter” (Pitchfork 8.0, Metacritic 81); Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit . . . “ (Pitchfork 8.6, Metacritic 88, AV Club A-); Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment “Surf” (Pitchfork 8.3, Metacritic 87, AV Club A-); Levon Vincent [self titled] (Pitchfork 8.3, Metacritic 85); Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp” (Pitchfork 8.1, Metacritic 81, AV Club B+); Twerps “Range Anxiety” (Pitchfork 7.5, Metacritic 70); Girlpool “Before the World Was Big” (Pitchfork 7.8, Metacritic 79); The Bad Plus Joshua Redman [self titled] (Metacritic 84); Los Hijos De La Montana [self titled]; The Drink “Company” (from 2014); Kamasi Washington “The Epic” (Pitchfork 8.6); and Screaming Females “Rose Mountain” (Pitchfork 6.7, Metacritic 77, AV Club B+).