When Josh was only 5 years old he came across a vision on the television that would stick with him for the rest of his life. It was of a man constructing a glove with knives on the fingers. As he watched this movie he became frightened as the man with a green and red shirt, fedora hat, and knives on his fingers started chasing a girl through a boiler room, scraping the knives on metal objects causing terrible screeching sounds. He quickly ran into his bedroom and crawled under the covers. As he sat there he grew curious and poked his head out from under the covers turned the T.V. on and watch the remainder of the film and the rest is history. From then on Josh Browning was a horror movie fan, and refuses to let go of his childhood obsession with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger and all the other great horror movie icons. Also at a young age Josh's mother turned him on to music. A product of the 80's Josh grew up with the likes of Prince, Billy Joel, The Police, and Rick Springfield, just to name a few. Music also had a tremendous effect on Josh's life. In high school he began playing the drums, and has since moved on to playing bass, guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin. Josh has been in a few bands, most notable are the bands Three, and Compound F, both fairly popular his home town of Panama City, Florida. Josh now writes and records his own music, and is trying to make a name for himself as a songwriter. In May 2005, Josh married his high school sweetheart Jenny Lou Strickland. They have been a couple for going on 11 years and have been married 4. Josh lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, 2 dogs, and cat. On a typical day you can find Josh sitting at his computer playing his guitar, or catch him at a theater seeing a movie, or at the Naro Expanded Cinema renting movies to put into his storage locker of a brain.
This is my list of films, albums, and other things I felt like making a note about this year and decade. I will only be talking in depth about some of my top choices on my list because if I talked about all of them this would be a very long post. So, let the countdown begin!
Favorite Films of 2009
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1. Inglourious Basterds – I am a major Tarantino fan, and if you listen to the radio show you know that. I have to say this is his best work since Pulp Fiction. I am not Jewish and don’t know a ton about the Holocaust, but this film made me want to stand up and cheer at the end. It is Tarnatino at his best. I CAN see why people wouldn’t like the film, it is very dialogue driven, (which is no surprise to a Tarantino fan) and it is mostly in subtitles, so you are reading through most of the movie. But I personally don’t think that took away from the picture. Most definitely my favorite film of 2009.
2. Friday The 13th – I am a big hater of remakes, especially when there was nothing wrong with the original. But in this case I thought is was remade very well. Friday is my favorite slasher series and I have always had a profound love for Jason Voorhees, so when I heard they were revamping it I was heartbroken, but went to the theater anyway and walked away very satisfied! They kept everything that was important in the original and gave you some new stuff as well. Alot of people hate on Micheal Bay movies but I have to say that this remake put Rob Zombie’s Halloween to shame.
3. Star Trek – I am not a Star Trek fan, and never have been. But, J.J. Abrams – the man behind some of my favorite T.V. shows (Lost, Alias) – took Star Trek and totally reinvented the series. The story in this film takes everything you know about Star Trek and gives it a whole new beginning, so you don’t have to know anything about the original to enjoy this film. I thought that in itself was amazing!
4. District 9 – Didn’t know anything about it, went and saw it and loved it! Enough said!
5. Zombieland – I love Woody Harrelson.
6. Trick R Treat – Most under rated horror film of the decade…in my opinion.
7. (500) Days of Summer – I love Zooey Dechanel.
8. Religulous – The funniest documentary I have ever seen!
9. Terminator Salvation – Alot of people hated it! I loved it!
10. Away We Go – Got mixed reviews but I thought it was funny as hell, and in a world where Will Ferrell movies are getting stupider by the minute, this comedy is serious at heart, but still didn’t stop me from laughing my ass off. The opening scene alone is worth renting the DVD!
Worst Films of 2009 (I can’t even talk about these film they are all just too terrible! AND I WILL NEVER GET THOSE HOURS OF MY LIFE BACK!!!)
1. Max Payne
2. The House Bunny (while this film actually came out in 2008 it was the first movie I saw in 2009. Not a good way to start the year!)
3. The Unborn
4. The Uninvited
Top 5 Albums of 2009
1. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love – It took me a while to get into this album, and it even took me seeing them perform it live to really appreciate what they accomplished with this record. Not only a musical masterpiece but a literary masterpiece as well. Once you get engulfed in the concept of the record you are hooked. While a lot of people and critics are not liking this album, I feel they are just missing the point. I myself, like records that you can put on and listen to from start to finish and this is a great album for that very reason, you cannot turn it on and not finish it.
2. Converge – Axe to Fall – the only record this year that I turned on, listened to the first song and said to myself “Fuck! This is gonna be a bad ass record!” and it delivered! Converge never fails to impress me.
3. Iron and Wine – Around The Well – I love Sam Beam! He writes some of the most poetic and sad songs I have ever heard, and that makes me happy!
4. A.F.I. – Crash Love – I love the fact that A.F.I. have embraced becoming a POP band and still kick ass and take names.
5. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You – Call it folk, bluegrass, country, rock, soul, whatever. I call it great music.
Artist I thought I would never be listening to in 2009
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Lady GaGa. – I have to say I am so intrigued by her that it is not even funny. I think she is hilarious, talented, shocking and hot. If she is a hermaphrodite I don’t care!
Favorite Films of the Decade (I am only going to speak about the first 2, the others are in no particular order!)
1. Almost Famous – Quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I love music and I love movies about music and or bands. So many great quotes, ” I am a golden God!” , ” Rock Stars have kidnapped my son!” , “Don’t take drugs!” This film really hits the soft spot of my heart and this scene alone is one of the reasons why. It brings a tear to my eye every time she says “You are home.”
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2. Across the Universe – If it were not for this movie I would have never become a Beatles fan, and I am sooo glad I did. I thought this film really captured the era and what the Beatles’ music meant to people. A musical, yes. A girlie movie, no. Quite possibly my second favorite movie of all time!
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. Kill Bill vol. 1&2
5. Grindhouse Planet Terror & Death Proof
6. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
7. The Dark Knight
8. Lost in Translation
9. Friday the 13th
10.Into the Wild
12.There Will Be Blood
13.No Country For Old Men
18.Walk The Line
And last but not least………I was very sad to hear that Michael Jackson passed away this past year. Even with all the crazy things that have happened to him as of late, and him earning the name Wacko Jacko, it is completely undeniable that he was a major part of my life and provided the soundtrack to a lot of memories that I cherish, and helped shape a generation. He truly was the King of Pop and he will be missed.
As will the talented Patrick Swayze! Point Break is one of the best films EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P. guys.
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