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Our Top 10

It was a crazy year. There were times when each one of us thought we wouldn’t make the 50. There were times when we wanted to quit. But we all stuck it out and accomplished 50 books and 50 films each! Here are our top 10s:

Pete’s Top 10 Books:
1. Scott Pilgrim (Volumes 1-6) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
2. Cairo by Chris Womersley
3. Sin City series by Frank Miller
4. Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home by Sam Calagione
5. NOS-4R2 by Joe Hill
6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
7. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
9. Kick Ass series by Mark Millar & illustrated by John Romita, Jr.
10. Death And The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

Pete’s Top 10 Films:
1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
3. Oblivion
4. The World’s End
5. Jack Reacher
6. The Lego Movie
7. Wild Target
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Searching For Sugar Man
10. Moonrise Kingdom

Brigette’s Top 10 Books:
1. Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland
2. The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
3. Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy
6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
7. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
8. The Witch Of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
10. Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest

Brigette’s Top 10 Films:
1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
3. Jack Reacher
4. Wild Target
5. The Lego Movie
6. Nancy Drew
7. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
8. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. Searching For Sugar Man

Morgan’s Top 10 Books:
1. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
2. The Listmaker by Robin Klein
3. Out Of The Woods by Lyn Gardner
4. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
5. The Prophet Of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
6. Wednesdays In The Tower by Jessica Day George
7. Turtle In Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
8. A Tangle Of Knots by Lisa Graff
9. Peter Nimble And His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
10. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Morgan’s Top 10 Films:
1. The Lego Movie
2. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
3. Nancy Drew
4. Saving Mr. Banks
5. Maleficent
6. Ramona and Beezus
7. The Croods
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
9. The Addams Family
10. Muppets Most Wanted

Gable’s Top 10 Books:
1. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
2. Shouldn’t You Be In School? by Lemony Snicket
3. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
4. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
5. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
6. Pippi In The South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
7. Spiderweb For Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright
8. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
9. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket
10. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Gable’s Top 10 Films:
1. The Lego Movie
2. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
3. Back To The Future III
4. Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian
5. Paris When It Sizzles
6. The Goonies
7. Elf
8. Ramona and Beezus
9. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
10. Vertigo

This will be our last post. We have decided not to do another year of We’re all really glad we did it, but felt it left little time for other pursuits. We will, however, be keeping up our Facebook page where you can join in on our annual Oscar party and keep up with what we’re reading and watching.

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Pete and Brigette Review Love Actually

Love Actually

love actually

Pete: I’m a proud fan of this film. It has become a tradition for my wife and I to watch it on Christmas Eve. My favorite character is Colin Frissell and he has the best line: “I am Colin! God of Sex! I’m just on the wrong continent, that’s all.” I’d recommend drinking at least a couple of Brewery’s Christmas Ales whilst watching this modern-age classic.

Brigette: This is the film I watch every Christmas Eve. I look forward to it every year. And one year I will learn to make banoffee pie.

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Pete and Brigette Review Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes


Pete: Seldom is a sequel (or is this a prequel?) better than the original, or first in the series. Fortunately this is one of those rare cases. The film has a great balance of action and morality. I truly enjoy films that end up with me asking the question of what I would have done if put in the same situation. The commentary on politics, war, and the environment are brilliantly threaded throughout. I’d recommend this to all talking apes. I’d suggest downing a few of Short’s Brewing Company’s Good Humans Double Brown Ales whilst pondering the questions raised in this film.

Dawn OTPOTA village

Dawn OTPOTA tree

Brigette: I think this has been the best Planet Of The Apes film yet. It was unexpectedly heartfelt and the only issue I had with it was that war couldn’t be avoided in the end.

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Pete and Brigette Review Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow


Pete: Simply put this is a blend of Ground Hog Day, Saving Private Ryan, and Alien. Despite that, it was much better than I’d anticipated. Simply put this is a blend of Ground Hog Day, Saving Private Ryan, and Alien. Despite that, it was much better than I’d anticipated. Simply put this is a blend of Ground Hog Day, Saving Private Ryan, and Alien. Despite that, it was much better than I’d anticipated. Cruise, Blunt, and Paxton were all brilliant. I’d recommend Great Raft Brewing’s Brewery’s All My Tomorrows Saison, just take one sip every time Major William Cage has to “reset”. The Quad-Tilt-rotors were the architectural highlight for me.


Brigette: Another very entertaining Tom Cruise film. I’m beginning to have a real appreciation for his dedication to his craft. It was important to him that his character have a bit of humor to him and I think this absolutely made the film. This film would appeal to a broad audience as there is something in it for everyone.

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Pete and Brigette Review Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Pete: Marvel continue to do exactly what their name states. The only major issue I had with this film was the camera work on some of the action scenes early on were choppy and difficult to focus on. Apart from that it was entertaining without being overly patriotic and provided a great message. Architecturally; The S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ is proof that evil people like working in poorly designed buildings. I’d recommend sipping on Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.’s Franklin Land Trust Preservation Ale.

Captain America TWS archi-detail SHIELD HQ

Captain America TWS SHIELD HQ wind tunnel

Brigette: A very entertaining comic book adaptation with plenty of heart. Steve Rogers grows on me more and more. Nice change of pace for Robert Redford too.

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Pete and Brigette Review The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Pete: A totally enthralling film that is as exciting and well executed as it was charming. If I were forced to pick one writer/director as my favorite Wes Andersen would be my prime candidate. In my opinion this is Ralph Fiennes’ finest performance. Extra points for having Harvey Keitel appear without exposing his junk. There was some fantastic architecture, scenery, and models employed in making this film but if I had to pick one, I would have to say the Hotel’s elevator interior. I’d recommend Pipeworks Brewing Company’s Budapest Gambit Imperial Witbeer with this film.


Brigette: Wes Anderson films just make me happy. They have a message of love and they look so pretty. This one is no exception and I think it was one of Ralph Fiennes’ best roles. And the fact that the DVD extra is “How To Make a Courtesan au Chocolat” is the icing on the cake!

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Pete and Brigette Review The To Do List

The To Do List

to do list

Pete: In most ways this was a better than expected film. It addressed the issues around sex and relationships whilst growing up in a humorous way, yet gave enough respect to a topic that is often glossed over with too much comedy. I’d recommend it to anyone who is about to finish high school, or has children that are. I’d recommend Moon Dog Brewery’s Perverse Sexual Amalgam Wild Sour Ale with this film. My favorites architectural detail had to be the Boise Pool.

The To Do List Archi Boise Pool

Brigette: This film is like American Pie but the main character is a girl and smart. It was a great film to watch with Pete because it contained humor he enjoyed and I could enjoy the female perspective. And I LOVED the parents in this film! Not enough great parents in films.

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Pete and Brigette Review Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive


Pete: This is more a piece of art than a film. If you only ever watch one film in your life it needs to be this one. I’m going to seek out more films by Jim Jarmusch. I’d pair Alewerks Brewery Company’s Lover’s Greed Wild Ale with this film. There was a lot of architectural eye candy in this film. Here are a few of them:


Jack White’s House

OnlyLoversLeftAlive-archi Adams House

Adam’s House (feel free to piss in the garden)


Michigan Theater turned parking lot

Brigette: I know what you’re thinking. But, Brigette, this is a Jim Jarmusch film which means it’s going to be all weird and avant garde. And I’m totally over that whole vampires-in-love nonsense. The genre has been overdone. And I would say to you: Just watch it, you won’t be sorry. This was the only film I really wanted to see this year and it did not disappoint. The soundtrack is just as awesome and we’ve put most of it over on Spotify for you to listen to. The other 2 songs can be found on YouTube here:
Little Village by Bill Laswell
Harissa by Kasbah Rockers

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Pete and Brigette Review Carrie


Carrie poster

Pete: I only vaguely remember the 1976 version but from what I can remember I’m not entirely sure this version did Stephen King’s 1974 novel a better service. I think the pure rage that Carrie White experienced was slightly better handled in this more recent version, but the story was changed to portray a more understanding and modernized student group, that weren’t all hell bent on persecuting her. Because of this the explosion of rage came across as unexpected over-reaction and allowed little affinity for her outburst. Carrie’s quickly learned control of her telekinesis (which was a change from the novel) only made her more malicious and vengeful, also making it harder for gaining any sympathy. I would recommend that most people read the book and if you were to watch a film of it, try the 1976 version. I’m yet to see the 2002 film or the stage musical (really?). I’d pair Aviator Brewing Company’s Hogwild IPA with this film. Favorite architectural detail: Carrie’s house.

Carrie archi detail White family house

Brigette: Loved Julianne Moore in this role. Didn’t think Chloe Grace Moretz pulled off the role of Carrie, though. Didn’t think this film needed remaking, but curiosity got the best of me. I preferred the 1976 version and am seriously considering reading the Stephen King novel, which I’m sure is better than either of them. But the thing I hate the most about this film is the message it sends about bullying but did like the message that sewing your own clothes can be super cool.

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Pete and Brigette Review The Purge

The Purge


Pete: I thought this was going to be at least three times scarier than it actually was. However, it did make me think about social issues more than I thought it would. The premise was slightly ridiculous, but the film was put together well enough that it was not too difficult to swallow. The actors’ performances were convincing enough and that only helped the cause too. I’m a fan of most Ethan Hawke films; this is another one he can be proud of. I am looking forward to the sequel (and possible prequel). I’d pair Ironfire Brewing Company’s Six Killer Stout with this film.

Brigette: Home invasion films really freak me out, so I was really not looking forward to this one. Luckily for me, it turned out to be more of a dystopian future film than a horror film. It wasn’t the best executed film, but it did pose some interesting questions. I’m not sure I want to see The Purge: Anarchy, but the proposed prequel is definitely on my list as it promises to tell how the Purge came to be.

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