Best Of June 2019
Each month we collect highlights in film and music, all in one place. Read full reviews by clicking the images or links below.
Hey, Ma - Bon Iver
Justin Vernon continues to rest in his comforts on “Hey, Ma,” the better of two singles he released earlier in June. Moving, bold, and musically flawless, it’s one of his most direct songs in years.
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As the debut of creators Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, The Last Black Man In San Francisco couldn’t be better. Exceptionally directed, and acted by Fails and Jonathan Majors, it’s an unmissable indie masterpiece.
ANIMA - Thom Yorke / Paul Thomas Anderson
The biggest surprise of the month came in an announcement that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke would be releasing a short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson along with his new solo album. They work together marvelously, with PTA highlighting his stylistic journey and Yorke there to soundtrack it, but ANIMA is a massive moment for the Radiohead frontman that can’t be missed.
Martin Scorsese’s second Dylan documentary sees him tearing away the “where did he come from?” shackles in favor of examining a specific period in the artist’s life. Featuring cameos from Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg and Sharon Stone, Rolling Thunder Revue is a fascinating mix of fact and fiction.
The Future Is Here - Sleater-Kinney
Drawing on 80s guitar tones and a washed-out drum background, Sleater-Kinney venture into slow-burn territory on “The Future is Here.”
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It seems like every time a new Toy Story comes out, we find ourselves wondering, “why?” In the case of Toy Story 4, Pixar has delivered a thoughtful, if somewhat unnecessary, conclusion to the series’ most conflicted character; It’s also a drop-dead gorgeous animated film.