My Recommendations
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recommended double features

here is where I'll put some of the best albums/films I've listened to/seen on a month by month basis
I'll try to keep the list short. click on the links for my reviews.

2012
NOVEMBER
Film:
Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

2011
NOVEMBER
Film:
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

OCTOBER
Film:
Take Shelter (2011)

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Catching Hell (2011)
Moneyball(2011)

AUGUST
Film:
Change-Up(2011)

JULY
Film:
Best That Never Was (2010)

MAY
Film:
Hesher(2011)
Tillman Story (2010)
    - good documentary that tells the real story of pat tillman
Fantasia(1940)
    - ushered in the best decade in film history. when was the last time you saw it? time to revisit it.

Music:
Bombino - Agadez

APRIL
Film:
Source Code (2011)

MARCH
Film:
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

FEBRUARY
Film:
Social Network (2010)

JANUARY
Film:
King's Speech (2010)

2010
DECEMBER
Film:
Up Series - 7, 14, 21, 28

NOVEMBER
Film:
Glass Wall (1953)

AUGUST
Film:
Middle Men (2009)
    - good flick about a piece of internet history
Other Guys (2010)
    - good comedy that touches on economic issues of today's recession
Ikiru (1952)
    - excellent film about regret, death, human nature and more. absolutely essential.

JULY
Film:
Inception(2010)
    - brilliant mind-bender which is also beautiful to look at.
Dark Knight (2008)
    - second time i've recommended this one. it's still good.

JUNE
Film:
They Live (1988)
Insider(1999)

MAY
Film:
Score(2001)
Duel(1971)

APRIL
Film:
Caged(1950)
Foxy Brown (1974)
Kick-Ass(2010)

MARCH
Film:
Ball Of Fire (1941)

FEBRUARY
Film:
White Ribbon (2009)
Shutter Island (2010

JANUARY
Film:
Star(1952)
JCVD(2008)
Book Of Eli (2010)

2009
NOVEMBER
Film:
Design For Living (1933)

Music:
Blak Roc - Self-Titled

NOVEMBER
Film:
All The Heaven Allows (1955)
Tall T (1957)

OCTOBER
Film:
Paranormal Activity (2009)
Zombieland (2009)

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Jennifer's Body (2009)

AUGUST
Film:
(500) Days Of Summer (2009)

JULY
Film:
Orphan (2009)

JUNE
Film:
Food Inc. (2008)
    - must see for those who don't already know where their food comes from
Away We Go (2009)
    - great balance. krasinski is awesome.
Moon (2009)
    - good for sci-fi fans
Roman Holiday (1953)
    - classic love story with an adult ending
Targets(1968)
    - precursor to the ending of the aptpupil novella

MAY
Film:
Star Trek (2009)
    - best of the film series and wipes the slate clean
Dirty Harry (1971)
    - seminal film, ushered in the new western
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    - over 20 years old?! great stuff

2008
DECEMBER
Film:
Sudden Fear (1952)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

NOVEMBER
Film:
Shop Around The Corner (1940)
Baraka (1992)

OCTOBER
Film:
Quarantine (2008)
Safety Last! (1923)
 

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Written On The Wind (1956)

AUGUST
Film:
Cimarron (1931)
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
    - solid noir with three great performances and a good love triangle plot.

JULY
Film:
Step Brothers (2008)
    - mckay, ferrell, and reilly team up for a hilarious and childish film.
Dark Knight (2008)
    - a modern classic that melds high and low art very well.

JUNE
Film:
Faust (1924)
Happening (2008)
Act Of Violence (1948)
A Map For Saturday (2007)

MAY
Film:
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)
Iron Man (2008)

APRIL
Film:
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
You Can't Take It With You (1938)

MARCH
Film:
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
    - stunningly impressive silent film. great performances, great direction, pulls it off completely.
In Bruges (2008)

FEBRUARY
Film:
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    - definitive western. interesting how the good guy is named ransom and the bad guy is named liberty.

Music:
Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth (2008)
    - not an amazing album, but it mixes cambodian rhythms and vocals with surf and rock and jazzy instrumentations for a fun album overall.

JANUARY
Film:
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2007)
    - great picture about a woman and her roommate who seek out an illegal abortion
Funny Games (1997)

Music:
Magnetic Fields - Distortion (2007)

2007
DECEMBER
Film:
Paths Of Glory (1957)
Juno (2007)

Music:
One.Be.Lo - R.E.B.I.R.T.H. (2007)
V.A. - Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack (2007)
Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild Soundtrack (2007)

NOVEMBER
Film:
Michael Clayton (2007)
    - good suspenseful and well-executed film.
Lions For Lambs (2007)
    - smart film about the state of domestic/foreign affairs in today's america.

OCTOBER
Film:
Last Laugh (1924)
    - murnau masterpiece. thoughtful, sympathetic, great performance.
Hombre (1967)
    - great paul newman film

SEPTEMBER
Film:
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
    - great and under-rated early noir
North By Northwest (1959)
    - one of hitchcock's most enjoyable and methodically-paced films.
Stardust (2007)
    - great comic/fantasy film in the vein of princess bride. a classic.
Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

Music:
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (2007)
Animal Collective - Feels (2005)

AUGUST
Film:
Black Snake Moan (2006)
Corporation (2003)
    - great documentary about the role and history of the corporation.
Invasion (2007)
Lord Of War (2005)

JULY
Film:
Karate Kid (1984)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

JUNE
Film:
Knocked Up (2006)
    - great comedy, for fans of 40 year-old virgin, there's something about mary and pot humor
Hud (1963)
    - from the director of norma rae and hombre. well-shot and acted, worth checking out if you don't mind a slightly slow film by today's standards.

Music:
Various Artists - Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Soundtrack)
    - enjoyable even for people who don't generally like hip-hop

MAY
Film:
Rear Window (1954)
    - voyeurism, impotence, and a hot blonde - classic hitchcock.
Borat (2006)
    - an examination of american culture which happens to be extremely funny

Music:
Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
    - reminds me of the beatles, and i haven't said that since i heard oasis and their shameless copycat routine

APRIL
Film:
Breaking Away (1979)
    - great coming of age film, basically a must-see

MARCH
Film:
Imitation Of Life (1959)
    - sirk does it again

FEBRUARY
Film:
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
    - for fans of smart writing, preston sturges and classical music.
Find Me Guilty (2006)
    - for fans of my cousin vinny, movies based on true stories and comedies with some well-done drama
Half Nelson (2006)
    - watch it for two very good performances and interesting character dynamics
Genesis (2004)
    - peaceful film for fans of march of the penguins, microcosmos, life on earth, baraka, winged migration, etc.

Music:

JANUARY
Film:
Jesus Camp (2006)
Godfather (1972)
Godfather Part II (1974)
Lord Of War (2005)
Rocky II (1979)
    - watch this one if you liked any of the others in the series. this is the best of the six.

Music:
Emanon - Waiting Room (2005) - there are at least three solid tracks on this one that are worth checking out: pseudo, the world don't sing, and it seems.

2006
DECEMBER
Film:
Road Warrior (1981)
Chinatown (1974)
Out Of Time (2003)

Music:
Borat Soundtrack (2006) - yeah it's got a couple joke songs and clips from the film that might get old after repeated listenings (though that hasn't happened yet...), but the majority of the soundtrack is quality music from eastern europe. the cd has some added video content which is quite funny.
Mamadou Diabate - Behmanka (2004)

NOVEMBER
Film:
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Fountain (2006)
Octopussy (1983)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Borat (2006)
Pusher (1996)

Music:
Orbital - In-Sides (1996)

OCTOBER
Film:
Departed (2006)
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
 

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Aviator (2005)
 

AUGUST
Film:
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
 

JULY
Film:
Benchwarmers (2006)

Music:
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (2002)

APRIL
Film:
United 93 (2006)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Music:
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Deltron 3030 (2000)

MARCH
Film:
Block Party (2005)
Cache (2005)
Summer Camp (2006)
Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005)
Celebration (1997)

Music:
Ali Farka Toure - Red & Green (2005)

FEBRUARY
Film:
Walk The Line (2005)

Music:
Outkast - Aquemini (1998)

JANUARY
Film:
Squid And The Whale (2005)
Munich (2005)
 

2005
DECEMBER
Film:
Pi (1998)
Enemy Mine (1985)

Music:
Binary Star - Masters Of The Universe (2000)

NOVEMBER
Film:
Jarhead(2005)

Music:
System of a Down - Mezmerize (2005)
Amadou and Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako (2005)
Blackalicious - Craft (2005)
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (2005)

OCTOBER
Film:
North Country (2005)
Il Mostro (1994)
Saboteur (1942)
Oldboy (2003)

Music:
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (2005) - better than i anticipated. though not produced entirely by jon brion, it definitely feels like it has his fingerprint. the orchestration and production are quite good and her vocals compliment it well. a pleasant surprise.

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Breaking Away (1979)
Norma Rae (1979
Dirty Dozen (1967)

Music:
Amadou and Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako (2005) -- fucking great world music. check out salif keita, tinariwen or ali farka toure if you dig this. proves once again that mali is producing the best music from the continent.

AUGUST
Film:
Pappillion (1973)
Narrow Margin (1952)
Steve McQueen Boxset

Music:
Autechre - Incunabula (1993)
One Be Lo - s.o.n.o.g.r.a.m. (2005) -- fucking brilliant hip-hop.
Amadou and Mariam - dimanche a bamako (2005) -- fucking great world music. check out salif keita, tinariwen or ali farka toure if you dig this. proves once again that mali is producing the best music from the continent.

JULY
Film:
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)
Cincinnati Kid (1965)
War Of The Worlds (2005)
Music Is The Weapon (1982)
Island (2005)
 

JUNE
Film:
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Big Lebowski (1998)
Tarnation (2003)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

Music:
Edan - Beauty And The Beat (2005)

MAY
Film:
Fargo (1996)

Music:
B12 - Time Tourists
Nic Armstrong And The Thieves - Greatest White Liar (2005)

APRIL
Film:
Thieves' Highway (1949)
Born Rich (2003) documentary
Night And The City (1950)

Music:
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien/Dan The Automator - Deltron 3030 -- the first half of this album is just brilliant. he mixes up long tracks and shorter interludes quite well to complete the futuristic mood of the piece. this album is every bit as good as most of dr. octagon's "Dr. Octagonecologyst," and comparable in sound and feel.

MARCH
Film:
A Red Bear (2002)
Always A Bridesmaid (2000)
Hostage (2005)
Destry Rides Again (1939)

Music:
Mylab - Mylab (2004)

FEBRUARY
Film:
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Graduate (1967)
Bend of the River (1952)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Music:
Soundtrack - Pieces of April (2003) -- not one song cracks four minutes and that's a good thing because each song leaves you wanting more. it's probably the most un-manly music i have, but it's quite good. the film is also good and uses the music entirely as diegetic music, save for one song. it's interesting because the film doesn't call attention to the music at all, rather it allows the music to stay understated and seep into you subconsciously.

JANUARY
Film:
Capricorn One (1978)
My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003)
Far Country (1954)

Music:
Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. (2002) -- some of the same guys who are in !!! (chk chk chk), overall this album is probably better than the !!! album (louden up now).
Jim Gaffigan - Doing My Time (Comedy) -- this guy is hilarious. i was first introduced to his work in 2001 while melanie and i were on the trip and i was blown away by his routine. he does a lot of the same material here, but i have a bad memory and it's all so funny that listening to it over and over isn't a problem. check this guy out, you will like him... guaranteed.
Fugazi - Instrument (1999) -- great (mostly) instrumental album.
 

2004
DECEMBER
Film:
Tin Star (1957)
Kanto Wanderer (1963)
Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Girlhood (2003)
A Christmas Story (1983)
 

NOVEMBER
Film:
Stage Fright (1950)
Dial M For Murder (1954)
Last Seduction (1994)
Saw (2004)
Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Music:
Taraf De Haidouks - Band Of Gypsies (2001)
Talib Kweli - Beautiful Struggle (2004)
Eminem - Encore (2004)

OCTOBER
Film:
Lost Weekend (1945)
Die Hard (1988)
Alien (1979)
Deadline (2004)
Big One (1997)
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Music:
Set Fire To Flames - Telegraphs In Negative/Mouths Trapped In Static (2004)
Four Tet - Dialogue (1999)

SEPTEMBER
Film:
Friday The 13th (1980)
Slacker (1991)
Raising Arizona (1987)
My Life As A Dog (1985)
This Gun For Hire (1942)
Producers (1968)
Open Water (2004)

Music:
Rokia Traore - Bowmboi (2004) i'm hardly a world music expert, but in my experience the music coming out of mali is as good as anything else on the continent, and this is one more example of that. definitely worth a spin if you're at all interested in world music.
Orbital - Blue Album (2004) not their best effort, but a step up from 'the altogether' and the first song on the album is very good. not a bad way to bow out at all. just pretend track seven doesn't exist.
Orb - Bicycles And Tricycles (2004)

AUGUST
Film:
Songs From The Second Floor (2000)
Predator (1987)
Collateral (2004)
Evil Dead (1981)

Music:
David Byrne - Grown Backwards (2004)

JULY
Film:
To Have And Have Not (1944)
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)
Boogie Nights (1997)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)
Double Indemnity (1944) if you want to know what film-noir is watch this or gun crazy, they're great and indicative of the genre.
Gun Crazy (1949)
City Of God (2002)
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)
Corporation (2003)

Music:
Danger Mouse and Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life (2004)
Soundtrack - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)
echobrain - glean (2004) Has shades of alice in chains, soundgarden, stp, post-rock, etc. it's worth checking out.

JUNE
Film:
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Fog Of War (2003)
Crimson Gold (2003)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Miracle (2004)
Stray Dog (1949)

Music:
Beastie Boys - To The Five Boroughs (2004)
Non-Prophets - Hope (2003)
Team Shadetek - Burnerism (2004) similar to autechre's LP5 in a lot of ways. it's on warp and it's only 5 or 6 bucks so it's pretty recommendable for the price.

MAY
Film:
Stone Reader (2002)
Cobb (1994)
Das Experiment (2001)
Thesis (1996)
American Movie: The Making Of Northwestern (1999)
Rififi (1955)

Music:
Magnetic Fields - I (2004)
Black Keys - The Big Come Up (2002)
Jello Biafra - Spoken Word Album #6 - Become The Media (3 CDs) (2000)

APRIL
Film:
Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War (2003)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Graduate (1967)
Battle Of Algiers (1965)
Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Music:
David Cross - Its Not Funny (2004)

MARCH
Film:
Seventh Seal (1957)
Vanishing Point (1971)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Taste Of Cherry (1997)
Hearts And Minds (1974)