Happy Friday! Thank you all for joining us for our week of 2013 Staff Picks. We hope you enjoyed reading about our picks as much as we enjoyed picking them! As a special Friday treat, here are our favorite movies, music, and graphic novels from 2013:
The East directed by Zal Batmanglij
This movie is equal parts gripping and terrifying. Watching Sarah infiltrate, and ultimately empathize with, an extreme activist collective is thrilling and makes for a movie that leaves you thinking long after it has ended. – Katie
The Massive, Vol 1 by Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson
Environmental activists struggling to find meaning in a post environmental crash world. Their sister ship is missing, governments have collapsed, new and old ways of life are the new norm. What does an activist do when they’ve failed in their mission? Expertly researched and written by Brian Wood, one of comics most talented and diverse writers. Smart and relevant. – Kelly
Amour directed by Michael Haneke
This is a deeply moving and beautifully acted film. This film depicts the harsh realities of illness, aloneness, and death for an elderly couple who are deeply in love. – Beth
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
All at once a ghost story, on becoming a man, fathers and sons, and finding ones place in a sometimes very bleak and unforgiving world. This haunting tale of an expecting husband who spends his days alone underwater repairing an oil rig of the coast of Nova Scotia will stay with you long after the book is finished. Beautifully written and drawn by Jeff Lemire. One of the best graphic novels of the year. – Kelly
We The Common by Thao
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are known for their infectious, rollicking folk melodies that are heavily-tinged with sorrow and longing. Their new album is no exception — making it the perfect sunny-day album to play on repeat. – Katie
The Manhattan Projects, Vol 1 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra.
Science. Bad. This romp through an alternate history is all at once intriguing, hilarious, disturbing, and riveting. Join a very angry Einstein, a deranged Oppenheimer, FDR in a jar, and other historical figures shown in quite a different light. This ongoing series is a sciencedelic trip at the dawn of the Atomic Age, told through the eyes of a master story teller at the top of his game. – Kelly
You can get a print out of our full list of 2013 Staff Picks or you can stop by the Central Library to see our display!