Seemingly spent from months of pimping
dozens of Oscar-season hopefuls, the big studios often try to hide their
creatively challenged or otherwise flawed releases in the annual
cinematic wasteland known as February.
It’s been a trying six months for those of us in the human race who prefer to get along, which makes Leon Logothetis’ The Kindness Diaries a welcome balm in an era of such impossible-to-ignore division and violence.
My 10 favorite albums of 2014 (minus
Beyoncé’s last-minute 2013 surprise, the fascinating new D’Angelo
record, which I’ve only listened to a handful of times since it dropped
Dec. 15, and the new Spoon, which, though reliably stellar, sounds
pretty much like the last five Spoon albums since D’s last one, Voodoo, hit 15 years ago).