This week Dave and Steel are joined by Steel’s old friend Aaron Peck, a real-life professional film critic. Together the three of them recap their holiday adventures with children, talk with Aaron about his expertise in running, reading, and reviewing films (Aaron shares his perspective on the best films of 2015), play great movie soundtrack music from The National, Van Morrison, Bill Conti, R. Kelly, The Who and Radiohead, and Aaron shares some book wisdom from Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself.
Expert Testimony: Aaron Peck
Aaron’s Best Books of 2015:
- Non-fiction: The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
- Fiction: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
- Most in need of a better ghost writer: My Story by Elizabeth Smart (with Chris Stewart)
Aaron’s Best Films of 2015:
All the new releases Aaron saw in 2015, ranked (1-120!).
Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013) [for Steel]
Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho, 2013) [for Steel]
The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2011) [for Dave]
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) [for Dave]
Lost the Plot
Unchained Melodies: Classic Tracks from Film Soundtracks
This week’s book wisdom came from legendary film critic’s Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself.
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