The 2014 Top Ten Issue

Top Ten in Screens

  • Top 10 Films of 2014

    Top 10 Films of 2014

  • Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

    Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

  • Gamer's Grammar: Top 10 Video Games of 2014

    Gamer's Grammar: Top 10 Video Games of 2014

    This was a weird year for games and that's entirely separate from the shameful debacle of Gamergate. With the next-generation consoles debuting in 2013, this "transition year" saw few noteworthy titles and a couple disappointing, big-budget ones. Many of the games on my top 10 list are first-person...

  • Eric Hatch's Top 10 Films of 2014

    Eric Hatch's Top 10 Films of 2014

    Eric Hatch is the director of programming for the Maryland Film Festival and a former contributor to City Paper. He also runs the best Twitter in Baltimore (@ericallenhatch). His list was attached with the note, “some years, obvious favorites pull to the top of the list . . . this is more of a...

  • Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films at the Senator Theatre in 2014

    Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films at the Senator Theatre in 2014

    “Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson, United States) “American Hustle” (David O. Russell, United States) “Chef” (Jon Favreau, United States) “Gone Girl” (David Fincher, United States) “The Lego Movie” (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, United States) “Interstellar”(Christopher Nolan, United States)...

  • Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films at the Charles Theater in 2014

    Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films at the Charles Theater in 2014

    “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater, United States) “Dallas Buyers Club” (Jean-Marc Vallée, United States) “Philomena” (Stephen Frears, United Kingdom) “A Most Wanted Man” (Anton Corbijn, United Kingdom) “Belle” (Amma Asante, United Kingdom) “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, United States)...

Top Ten in Music

  • Top 10 Non-Local Albums of 2014

    Top 10 Non-Local Albums of 2014

  • Top 10 Album Reissues of 2014

    Top 10 Album Reissues of 2014

  • Strum und Twang: Top 10 in country

    Strum und Twang: Top 10 in country

    It was a good year for country music. Sturgill Simpson took a lot of people by surprise with his psych-country space opera, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” a release that is doing a lot to reintegrate country and soul. Country music (at its best) is essentially soul music, with most of the...

  • Bangers And Thrash: Top 10 in Heavy Music

    Bangers And Thrash: Top 10 in Heavy Music

    This year’s top 10 looks a lot different that I’d expected it would a year ago, with long-time-coming albums from several classic bands and supergroups failing to impress, and various Baltimore-area records not making it out by press time. Still, there was plenty to take in this year: sludge vets...

  • BPM: Top 10 in Club

    BPM: Top 10 in Club

    Baltimore club music continued to percolate and permutate both in and outside the actual Baltimore area in 2014. These days, it’s possible that the majority of producers making tracks with a Bmore club formula reside in New Jersey, or even Europe. Still, reports of Baltimore club’s death in its...

  • Rap Sheet: Top 10 in Hip-Hop

    Rap Sheet: Top 10 in Hip-Hop

    Baltimore hip-hop has never had a definitive sound or an established mainstream star. And if that’s a problem for you, you can root for King Los, who this year shuffled from Bad Boy Records to RCA in his decade-long quest for major label glory, or Young Moose, who became an embattled local hero...

  • Blue Notes: Top 10 in Jazz and Blues

    Blue Notes: Top 10 in Jazz and Blues

    The jazz story of 2014 was the emergence of long-underrated saxophonist Mark Turner. After brilliant contributions to the Billy Hart Quartet, the cooperative trio Fly, and many others, Turner released his first solo album in 13 years in 2014. “Lathe of Heaven” recalls a younger Wayne Shorter in...

  • Booed Music: Top 10 In Avant-garde

    Booed Music: Top 10 In Avant-garde

    I listen to music from other places because the market supports it traveling across time and space cheaply but not my ability to do the same. I listen to music from the margins because I’m, for better and worse, suspect of popular acceptance. I seek out things that sound and feel a little off because...

  • Map Ref. 39° N 76° W Dec. 10: Top 10 in indie music

    Map Ref. 39° N 76° W Dec. 10: Top 10 in indie music

    It’s hard to point to any one trend—or any trends, really—in indie, because, as has been established here and elsewhere, the term “indie” really has no currency. The loose jangle of Real Estate and the stoney slackerdom of Parquet Courts (see both below) are indie, and so too are the wubbing R&B...

  • Debussy Riot: Top 10 in Classical

    Debussy Riot: Top 10 in Classical

    Creating a top 10 albums list for classical music is a rather odd task. Reviewing a year’s releases isn’t an accurate way of reviewing the best things that have happened in classical music that year. One of the best things I heard this year was the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s world premiere of...

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Records at Celebrated Summer

    Top 10 Best-Selling Records at Celebrated Summer

    Hurula, “Vi är människorna våra föräldrar varnade oss för” (Deranged Records) Accidente, “Amistad y Rebelión” (Halo of Flies) King Tuff, “Black Moon Spell” (Sub Pop) Fugazi, “First Demo”(Dischord Records) Morrissey, “World Peace is None of Your Business” (Harvest) Roomrunner, “Separate” (Accidental...

  • Schwarz's Top 10 in Music in 2014

    Schwarz's Top 10 in Music in 2014

    Schwarz is a Baltimore-based producer, DJ, and good-vibes facilitator who produced the “Already” EP with Abdu Ali (City Paper’s No. 5 local album) and Ferguson protest club song and City Paper’s No. 3 single of the year, ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot.’ Albums Gangsta Boo & Beatking, “Underground Cassette...

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Books at Ivy Bookshop in 2014

    Top 10 Best-Selling Books at Ivy Bookshop in 2014

    Daniel James Brown, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” (Penguin Books) Donna Tartt, “The Goldfinch” (Little, Brown and Company) Laura Lippman, “After I’m Gone” (William Morrow Paperbacks) Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See”...

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction, Nonfiction, and more at Atomic Books

    Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction, Nonfiction, and more at Atomic Books

    Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction at Atomic Books  Haruki Murakami, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” (Knopf) Andy Weir, “The Martian” (Crown Publishing Group) Rafael Alvarez, “Tales From the Holy Land” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing) Jack Kerouac,  “The Dharma Bums” (Penguin...

  • Noel Freibert's Top 10 Mini-Comics of 2014

    Noel Freibert's Top 10 Mini-Comics of 2014

    The editor of “WEIRD” magazine, the artist behind a number of brutally funny comics (most recently “Old Ground” #1), and frequent creator of compelling Floristree flyers picks the 10 best small-press comics of 2014. Carlos Gonzalez ,“Test Tube #3” (self-published) Lala Albert, “Janus” (Breakdown...

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