[Return to homepage]

I am an obsessive list maker when it comes to my musical and film tastes, so I thought I would use this page to post some of my lists of favorites. Still to come: Best Noir Films, and Favorite Jazz Albums of all time.

First up. I am a fan of what is called free jazz or improvised music. This is essentially the most far-out or avant-garde form of jazz. Here is my list of Top 20 free jazz albums of 2021. All of these albums are available to listen to on Bandcamp. Check them out and let me know what you think! My list of all-time favorite free jazz albums is still to come.

1-Anthony Braxton: 12 Comp (ZIM) 2017

2-Pat Thomas & The Locals: Play the Music of Anthony Braxton

3-fluke-mogul / Liberatore / Mattrey / Mendoza: Death In the Gilded Age 

4-Edwards / Lisle / Serries / Webster: Peck and Fleet

5-Almeida / Gibson / Melo Alves / Trilla / Vicente: Dog Star

6-Brice / Golding / Kaiser / Moore / Prévost: The Secret Handshake with Danger, vol. one

7-Maneri / Kalmanovitch / Jacobson / Osgood: Variations on No Particular Theme, Pt. 1

8-Rosaly / Warelis / Lumley / Dikeman: Sunday at De Ruimte

9-Abrahams / Thomas / Thomas: Words Fail

10-Fail Better!: The Fall

11-Carneiro / Zingaro: Elogio das Sombras

12-Camila Nebbia: Corre el río de la memoria sobre la tierra que arrastra trazos, …

13-Garcia / Pitsiokos: Uanmortaim

14-Adoct: Ouvre-Glace

15-Satoko Fujii: Moon On The Lake

16-Martínez / Fernández / Guy: Bosque de niebla

17-Combat Astronomy: Shamanic Insurgency 

18-Castrillón / Castrillón / Muruaga: Ärnär 

19-Jazz from the Underground Nightclubs of Aotearoa

20-Parkins / Rasmussen / Sawyer: The Glass Triangle 

Here are my all-time favorite punk albums:

1-Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

2-Ramonesmania

3-The Clash-London Calling

4-Nirvana-Nevermind

5-Dead Kennedys-Plastic Surgery Disasters

6-The Stooges-Raw Power

7-Husker Du-Candy Apple Grey

8-X-Under The Big Black Sun

9-Minutemen-Double Nickels On The Dime

10-Misfits-Walk Among Us

11-Black Flag-Damaged

12-Bad Brains

13-Fugazi-Repeater

Here are my 27 favorite Western Films of all time.

1-The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

2-McCabe And Mrs Miller

3-The Wild Bunch

4-A Fistful Of Dollars

5-Django Unchained

6-The Outlaw Josey Wales

7-Once Upon A Time In The West

8-The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

9-The Great Silence

10-My Darling Clementine

11-Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid

12-Dead Man

13-The Tall T

14-Django

15-Rio Bravo

16-The Ox-Bow Incident

17-True Grit (1969)

18-Tombstone

19-Winchester ‘73

20-The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

21-Ride in the Whirlwind

22-The Shooting

23-Death Rides A Horse

24-No Country For Old Men

25-The Big Gundown

26-Ride Lonesome

27-Blazing Saddles

Here is my list of 55 greatest Horror Films of all time. I cheated and counted Alien and Aliens as one film. I decided that the David Lynch films, Eraserhead and Inland Empire, even though I love them both, are not horror movies. I also decided not to include any of the Japanese kaiju movies. They deserve a separate list.

1-Alien/Aliens

2-Psycho (1960)

3-The Thing (1982)

4-The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

5-The Exorcist

6-The Shining (1980)

7-Hereditary

8-Jaws

9-The Ring (2002)

10-Halloween (1978)

11-The Cabin In The Woods

12-Silence Of The Lambs

13-Dracula (1931)

14-Frankenstein (1931)

15-Get Out

16-Suspiria (1977)

17-Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

18-Audition

19-Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

20-Near Dark

21-Re-Animator

22-Pulse (2001)

23-Carrie (1976)

24-Sinister

25-The Fly (1986)

26-Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

27-The Loved Ones

28-The Evil Dead (1981)

29-Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980)

30-Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

31-Kwaidan

32-28 Days Later

33-Prince Of Darkness

34-Wicker Man

35-Train To Busan

36-The Mist

37-Poltergeist (1981)

38-The Birds

39-Hellraiser

40-The Wolf Man (1941)

41-Let Me In

42-Ugetsu

43-[rec]

44-A Quiet Place

45-The Descent

46-Bird Box

47-The Night House

48-Black Sunday (1960)

49-Nosferatu, The Vampyre (1979)

50-It Follows

51-Night Of The Demon

52-In The Mouth Of Madness

53-The Host

54-Masque Of The Red Death

Honorable Mention: The TV Series Hannibal and the miniseries Haunting Of Hill House were both amazing, and if they were movies would have been high on this list.

Special Honorable Mention: Sharknado, because Sharknado.