Friday, March 30, 2007

Best Albums of 2006

2006 was a pretty good year for music, in my opinion. I managed to listen to a decent amount of new stuff and got into some good older stuff. The bad thing about music is that there's too much stuff from the past I need to hear, but they keeping coming out with new stuff too fast as well. Muse and Incubus both had pretty good new albums in Black Holes and Revelations and Light Grenades, and I got introduced to Sonic Youth with Rather Ripped, which definitely has me interesting in checking out their older stuff.

Best of 2006

6. Cursive - Happy Hollow

Happy Hollow doesn't come close to replicating the absolute brilliance of their previous release, The Ugly Organ, but it really isn't too fair to compare anything to one of my favorite albums ever. In between records, Cursive lost a cellist and added horns to their sound, and while they still sound distinctive, it just isn't as darkly interesting. They can still do good songs they're just missing an edge musically.

Not that that edge isn't as present as ever in the lyrics. The entire album is a brutal condemnation of the hypocrisies and evils of modern Christianity, and sometimes it sounds like Tim Kasher is being controversial for its own sake. He makes good points though, and this is overall pretty good indie rock.

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

A bit of a letdown, to be honest. The Chili Peppers pumped out two great albums in a row with Californication and By the Way, and we've been anticipating something new for four years, and then we learn it's a double album, and it ends up being a good two hours of music, but it's lacking that something that makes it great. It's possible it's just a fault with the multi-album format, it's harder to maintain a high level of quality for something that lasts that long. There are plenty of great songs to be found, but because of the sheer number, a lot of them blend together into solid, but unremarkable funky-pop-rock-whatever. None of it's bad, it's just stretched a little thin. Flea can still play bass like no one's business, and John Frusciante continues to hone his craft as one of the best guitarists in the world, and Anthony Keidis can actually sing these days. What they need to do next is go back to focusing on a smaller, more focused project. Not that they have to, with the mountains of money they must be swimming in.

4. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

Cee-lo, who I don't know much about, and Danger Mouse, who did the intriguing Grey Album, combine to form a band that isn't really hip-hop, but takes a lot of its best elements, adds in a distinctive, good voice and great, um... producing, and ends up making one of the best songs ever. No, really, "Crazy" is up there. It's just a good song. It's not the only one either, as every single track is at least catchy, and most are unique, well constructed, and truly interesting. I can see why it wouldn't be for everyone, but I enjoy the hell out of it.

I'll take the time now to explain how all the hip-hop-type stuff I listen too is weirdly related. Gnarls Barkley is comprised of Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse. Dangerdoom is comprised of Danger Mouse and MF Doom, and their album features Cee-Lo and Ghostface Killah. Demon Days by Gorillaz was produced by Danger Mouse and features MF Doom. I've been thinking about listening to some more rap lately and the first album to get that comes to find is the acclaimed Fishscale - by Ghostface Killah. Whatever.

3. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - So Divided

Trail of Dead fell out of the cushy position they had as a critical darling with Worlds Apart, which I thought was completely great (and introduced me to the band), and I couldn't really figure out why. I can see why someone would prefer Source Tags and Codes, but to say it's great and Worlds is bad... I just don't understand it. They're the same band. A little different, with less focus on songwriting and more on loudness and a bit of oddness, but still the same. So Divided was received a little better, though they still are far from where they were publically in 2002. I just hear a really good rock album, but I guess that's just me.

2. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

This and Gnarls Barkley show me that I'm becoming more and more of a sucker for bands that aren't what I usually actually listen to. I'm nowhere near knowledgeable enough to describe what this band is like and why it's good, all I can tell you is that I just love listening to it. The mix of vocals is unique and interesting, the style totally works, and they're not half bad at just playing some rock. I really should be able to explain it better, but you should just listen if you don't. Also, make you sure you check out "Dry Drunk Emperor", which you should be able to find online for free. Not only is it a good song, it's a great condemnation of the presidency of George W. Bush (he's horrible).

1. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Some feared their follow-up to Deja Entendu might be too accoustic. They were wrong.

The Devil and God is hard as hell. Except for a couple tracks, every song is a balance between soft and hard, light and dark, good and evil, as the title implies. The heavy parts are made more powerful by the contrast with the downplayed strumming before it. It's not as lyrically clever as they were previously, but it's stronger musically, in my opinion. It's definitely cemented itself in the pantheon of my favorite albums, like, ever. It helps that I first listened to it under optimal conditions, in a car with a like-minded friend as the sun went down in late Autumn. Set the tone perfectly.

I don't think it's fair that Brand New still gets lumped with other emo bands it used to be closer to musically, like Taking Back Sunday. They were like that once, but that was long ago, they started shifting a few years ago, and now they've gone even further. I'm interested in seeing how they continue to develop and seperate themselves from other bands.

Delayed Entries

Audioslave - Audioslave

I'm not a huge fan of the band, but I really do think this is a great album. It's just completely full of good, hard rock songs. People say good things about Superunknown but I'd say this is the best thing anybody in this band's done that I've heard. I guess they've broken up now, though.

Clinic - Walking With Thee

Weird band, very distinctive vocals and different kind of sound that still sounds like rock, even when their aren't guitars. I'm not always in the mood for something like this, but it's a good change of pace.

Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Their long-awaited double album, the first disk is pretty normal long, well-crafted prog metal, and the second is an epic, forty minute song (broken into several tracks) that sounds sometimes as much like the score to a musical as an album. Not really much metal there at all, but I really don't know what "normal" Dream Theater sounded like at that point, as Trains of Thought, which I got before this is supposed to be easily their hardest work. It doesn't really matter, it sounds good.

Dredg - El Cielo

I got into Dredg with 2005's Catch Without Arms, but I think I really fell in love with them with this. It has a lot of what made Catch great like the wonderful vocals and nice melodies combined with harder segments, but El Cielo is really more creative, different, and just better, I think. Just a fun listen at all times.

Gorillaz - Gorillaz

I didn't listen to Gorillaz much besides the singles until Demon Days, and that might have skewed me a bit, as a lot of people seem to prefer this, and I don't. It's still definitely very good though. It's a little less varied in sound and vocals than their follow-up, but has plenty of great hooks and sounds spread through the whole thing, and is just fun to listen to.

Longwave - There's a Fire

It's kind of hard to describe Longwave, since sometimes they're jamming in a totally dark, indie way, and sometimes it's pure pop rock. You should just listen to them and see what you think, since not many people do. They have elements of a lot of bands like U2, Interpol... I don't know, I don't really listen to bands like this a lot.

Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Between Opeth and Dream Theater, I should be able to get my fill of progressive metal for the rest of time. The guy's voice is seriously amazing, one minute he's giving you perfect death growls, and the next he's singing in a truly pleasant, normal tone. Hard, pounding metal combines with great musicianship and softer moments.

Porcupine Tree - Deadwing

They're only progressive, not metal, but since the guy produced Opeth at some point, I guess that's hardcore enough. It wasn't as well received as In Absentia, so I better check that out, since I think this is really good on its own. Some of the songs take a while but I'm never bored, it's very well crafted and plenty catchy in spots. Pretty damn good background music.

Radiohead - Kid A

I guess that since I liked this, I'll like pretty much anything Radiohead does. It's not rock music anymore, but it's still very interesting to listen to, and as electronic as it is, it still manages to seem to have a soul. I prefer their sound before the turn of the century, but it's still good now.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Best Movies of 2006

I saw several decent movies in 2006, such as The Good Shepherd (Well acted, interesting subject matter, way too slow), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Pretty much the right amount of stupid), Superman Returns (Admirably crafted but wallows in the superhero movie pit of too many special effects and not enough real action) and X-Men: The Last Stand (Entertaining but unfocused and far from the greatness of the second). I consider the five below to be the best of the year.

Best of 2006

5. A Scanner Darkly

They've made a bunch of movies based on Phillip K. Dick's writings, and they usually seem to turn out pretty good. Paycheck didn't turn out so hot, but I loved Total Recall and Minority Report, and I still haven't seen Blade Runner but from what I heard that was good too. A Scanner Darkly is a little different though, instead of just being a normal science fiction movie, it's a much more personal story, as it's based on Dick's own experience dealing with drug addiction. It has some cool futuristic ideas like the suits that distort the wearer's appearance to be unidentifiable, but instead of having big action scenes, it focuses on Keanu Reeves' character and his internal struggle.

Near the end the plot gets a little tighter and actually has a twist or two, but most of the movie is the discussion between him and his boss and doctors, and humorous interactions with his drug buddies Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr., who both excellently portray uniquely hilarious and disturbed characters. They're more outwardly crazy than Reeves, but his character's addiction to the drug that's filled the streets is deeper, and he handles his role well for someone whose acting is so universally derided. You can't mention the movie without pointing out the animation that's applied over the entire picture, and I think it doesn't only look cool but also serves to illustrate the strangeness of Reeves' world. It was mostly overlooked, and I think that's a shame.

4. Little Miss Sunshine

What's interesting about this movie is how, despite the somewhat depressing state of dysfunction this family is in, it still manages to come out in the end with a good feeling. I love well-executed dark humor, and this movie is filled with sometimes painfully hilarious jabs at how crappy normal life can sometimes be. You can feel this family's frustration with each other, but they are all able to stick it out in order to bring some happiness to their youngest member. I really liked the acting, everybody seemed perfectly cast in their roles and did them well. I'm not sure Alan Arkin's work was really Oscar worthy, but he was the source of a lot of the best laughs.

3. Casino Royale

This is, in my opinion, the best James Bond movie. In my opinion, that's also not saying a lot, but it's still a good film. The James Bond series has always been about stupid fun, big action scenes, some good-looking women, cool gadgets and a few laughs. This tries to be a little more of a real movie, and it's still got a lot of the James Bond silliness, but I still think its style fits in more with the current era. I was a bit skeptical of Daniel Craig as Bond, as he didn't look the part to me, but that's kind of the point. The new Bond has a rougher edge and maybe's a little more brutal than he used to be, and is very well handled by Craig's skills. The plot is differently paced than usual as well, there are some solid action scenes, but a lot of it is focused on the characters, and the entire last act is a little unusual. Some of the characters' actions don't make much sense in retrospect, but I'd say overall the writing is pretty solid, and it's nice to look at too. Secret lairs in exotic locations will always have their place, but this is what today's James Bond should be.

2. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Question: How does a movie that's based on improvisation and real people who haven't even seen a script get an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay?

Answer: By being insanely hilarious and popular to the point that they probably felt they should recognize it somehow. I never really saw Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show on HBO, but I feel like I probably should, since it's where the Borat character started. Cohen's a comedic genius, his ability to riff on people and get the perfect reactions out of them is amazing, in addition to just being great at creating a hilarious character. The movie has decent amounts of both planned out jokes and goofs on normal Americans that are played by ear, and it adds up to comedic gold. The theater was full and laughing its ass off the entire time. It's not the kind of movie that you talk about for its direction and contributions years later, but that's not what it wants to be.

1. The Departed

It's not the kind of movie I'd hang my hat on as a true, amazing, undisputed best picture of the year type thing, but it's still very good and deserving of this year's honor (Noting that I don't see a ton of movies every year). I'd like to see Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong movie it's based on, and see how much of The Departed really came from that directly. The plot is a rock solid crime movie filled with double-crosses and whackings, and it's set in the gorgeously filmed city of Boston. Everyone pulls of their accents well, and manage to create one of the strongest ensemble casts I've ever seen. DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson, Sheen, Wahlberg, Baldwin, and a good group of smaller names all bring their A game, and it's really just an exceedingly fun to watch affair. The world needs more movies featuring likable, good actors betraying and beating the crap out of each other.

Delayed Entries

Again, these are movies worth mentioning that were released before 2006 but I didn't see until then.

Citizen Kane

I wouldn't go so far as others as to call this the greatest movie ever made, although I can see where that distinction would come from. The directing and cinematography are amazing, every shot is beautifully planned and rendered. It really is a how-to video of interesting and meaningful filmwork. It's also brilliantly acted, all of the main players are good, and Orson Welles is great as both a young entrepreneur and an old curmudgeon. I think it definitely drags in the latter half, and I can't bring myself to honestly say I like it more than some less stately, but more enjoyable other movies.

Annie Hall

I've never been a huge Woody Allen fan, but this is definitely a terrific movie. The dialogue is very funny, and it creates a whole lot of things that will become staples of off-beat comedies in the future, like subtitled translations of what people are really saying, and breaking the fourth wall as the star directly confers with the audience. It's not just a comedy though, it's a well-filmed and acted story of love and how it can go wrong. It's not your typical story where everything turns out right in the end, it's a realistic examination of human relationships, and really admirable in its execution.

My guess is there's other movies that belong here that just haven't come to mind.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Best Games of 2006

It's a little late for yearly picks, but it took me this long to finish some of the games I wanted to play. No arbitrary number of selections, just my personal list of notable, great games. It came out to a round number anyway, but that's not a guarantee.

Best of 2006

5. Bully (PS2)

This is partly a feel-good choice, but I just really liked that Rockstar was able to put out a game this enjoyable, and you can't even kill anyone. Sure, you can beat the crap out of people and threaten them and hit them with bottle rockets, but no dying. Seriously, it's funny as hell, charming, and honestly a lot of fun to play.

4. Gears of War (360)

A lot of things about Gears are imperfect besides the graphics, making it really hard for a shooter, already limited by its genre, to do much better than this, so it's quite a rousing success. I wanted to play Gears for a long time, and then I got the chance, enjoyed it while it lasted, and then moved on. I marveled at the presentation. I laughed at a lot of things, like the probably-too-frequent glitching, the throwaway taunting dialogue ("Eat shit and die!"), the bizarre moment where Marcus and his pal turn from grizzled war vets into Vaudeville characters slipping down a wet incline, and the ridiculous carnage of a chainsaw to the face. I wondered about the lack of good weapon selection - there are two assault rifles, one of which blows; a shotgun I never saw as valuable since being in close combat was so dangerous; and a few situation-specific weapons that didn't have enough available ammunition to really spend time playing with. I also wondered why they tried so hard to make a completely harmless enemy like the Grub seem scary. I did have a lot of fun running for cover and shooting ugly dudes in the face, though.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

Twilight Princess is a great game that still manages to be overrated. When I hear Jeremy Parish say things like (slightly paraphrasing) "It's like Ocarina of Time, but much better," I literally cringe. Yeah, TP improves on OoT in a number of ways, most notably in graphics and difficulty of block pushing puzzles. But Ocarina of Time was freaking revolutionary. You can easily bring up how much A Link to the Past influenced that one, and I won't argue with you because I didn't play it, but OoT still set the formula for what three-dimensional Zelda games are, and more importantly, how three-dimensional action adventures in general are basically supposed to work. TP doesn't surpass that just because it managed to set the franchise record for most elements and mechanics directly lifted from previous games in the series.

I don't completely agree with Jeff Gerstmann's score, but he's totally right in his points that it's a well-designed, well-executed game that doesn't stray from a formula that's worked in the past but is maybe a little dated. And just because they haven't done voices in the past doesn't mean that's a defining Zelda characteristic. People said the same thing about Metal Gear Solid's camera until they realized the one in Subsistence was much better. I'm probably bashing my number three game too much, so I'll stop. Excellently crafted game, not the best.

2. Okami (PS2)

I kind of wanted this to be my game of the year, though I must admit it isn't. It is a tremendous game though. Amazing art, excellent use of traditional Japanese music sty le and storytelling, great level and gameplay design. Like Zelda, it was too easy, but at least it seemed to be challenging in spots. The faster pace of combat and more clever use of brush techniques instead of a large inventory made it more satisfying, and the final boss at least seemed daunting, even if it really wasn't. It really is a shame games like this don't get played, but at least the will of its developers lives on in SEEDS.

1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC)

No game from 2006 gave me more entertainment than Oblivion did. It's not just a quantity thing though, I didn't calculate this by hours of enjoyment. When it came out, I played the crap out of it, and I played the crap out of it again on two other occasions during the year. I still intend to go back and play the crap out of it some more, since there's plenty of quests I haven't finished. I haven't been a vampire, or even got that far in the main storyline. There's just so much to do and it's all so well realized. The melee combat is spotty in places but quite good for an RPG, the stealth is as good as you'd want, and the depth of the magic system is great. So much of the crap that you don't need is thrown out, but there if you want it. A lot of Morrowind fans preferred that game, and I won't argue against them because I didn't play it, but I can't imagine myself doing so, since Oblivion does so much in terms of the technology that it would probably feel ancient. It's not a big choice for favorite, but it's definitely mine.

Notable Exception

Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)

I had a great time with it, but as much as I liked it, I can't bring myself to include something that only lasted four hours in a real "game of the year" discussion.

Delayed Entries

These are games that were released before 2006 but I didn't get around to playing until then and warrant mentioning.

Beyond Good and Evil (PS2)

The fact that not enough people played it caused people who did to overcompensate by talking it up too much, which I contributed to. The same thing happened with ICO. Both very good games, both not quite deserving of their adulation.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (PS2)

I actually played the Special Edition, which came out in 2006, but I don't count rereleases. It rightly brought respect back to the franchise, as it's quite the slick, fun, challenging action game. The thing is, it has to reinvent itself a little more fully and seperate from the whole survival horror thing/vibe completely. That was cool when Resident Evil still sucked, but times have changed.

God of War (PS2)

Another good game I think is overrated by most. Yeah, the combat looks cool, but any joker off the street can pull off a sweet looking combo. Just because the animations look nicer doesn't make your combat deeper than a normal button masher.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)

Again, I actually played Subsistence, but I don't count rereleases. Great story, really good gameplay, I'm really glad I didn't have to play with the other camera (except for the final battle for some reason).

Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

The Colossus battles were totally, completely awesome, and the story was interesting, reserved, and well-presented. The rest of the game could have been better.

I actually played a ton of great games in 2006. A landmark year, really. I'll also do posts like this for music and movies, but not baseball moments of games or anything like that, for two reasons.

1) I don't watch enough non-Yankee games for it not to turn out horribly biased.
2) Even with just Yankee games, there weren't that many amazing moments last year. They left early in the playoffs, and it's kind of hard to have strong, memorable moments during the regular season, in fact, I can only think of one that really stands out, and it's not the five games in four days massacre of the Red Sox in August, which was horribly painful to watch. I've never seen so much mediocre pitching in such a short time.

No, I'm thinking of a game against Texas back in May, when they Yankees were behind 9 to 0 in the second and game back to win on their final at bat. It was amazing in several ways.

1) Obviously, the huge come-from-behind win.
2) I actually predicted this would happen when they were losing 9-0. Proof.
3) They won the game despite three of their starters being out with injuries (still leaving them with 6 all-stars, huge payroll, I know, shut up).
4) They actually had to come back twice. They took an 11-10 lead, but lost that and were down 12-11 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
5) Jorge Posada was absolutely ridiculous. He blocked the plate and got absolutely plowed by Mark Teixera, but he held on and saved the run. This isn't a huge deal, but he stayed in the game, and drove in five runs, including two on a walkoff home run that won it. It was the only time all season I actually shouted in joy when the Yankees won.

Anyway, yeah, that was the Yankees season.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

TV Lists

Updated 1/18/18

Best Shows of 2017
1. Twin Peaks: The Return
2. The Leftovers
3. Better Call Saul
4. The Deuce
5. The Good Place
6. Legion
7. Rick and Morty
8. Samurai Jack
9. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10. Review

Best Shows of 2016
1. Better Call Saul
2. The Venture Bros.
3. The Night Of
4. Game of Thrones
5. Stranger Things
6. Decker Unclassified
7. Bob's Burgers
8. Broad City
9. The Last Man on Earth
10. Agent Carter

Best Shows of 2015
1. Mad Men
2. The Leftovers
3. Better Call Saul
4. Game of Thrones
5. Justified
6. Rick and Morty
7. The Knick
8. Review
9. Jessica Jones
10. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Best Shows of 2014
1. Rick and Morty
2. True Detective
3. Game of Thrones
4. The Knick
5. Boardwalk Empire
6. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
7. The Legend of Korra
8. Community
9. Doctor Who
10. Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories

Best Shows of 2013
1. Breaking Bad
2. Game of Thrones
3. Boardwalk Empire
4. Justified
5. Mad Men
6. Parks and Recreation
7. The Venture Bros.
8. Treme
9. 30 Rock
10. Spartacus: War of the Damned

Best Shows of 2012
1. Mad Men
2. Parks and Recreation
3. Boardwalk Empire
4. Game of Thrones
5. Community
6. Justified
7. Louie
8. The Legend of Korra
9. Sons of Anarchy
10. Luck

Best Shows of 2011
1. Breaking Bad
2. Community
3. Justified
4. Homeland
5. Friday Night Lights
6. Boardwalk Empire
7. Game of Thrones
8. Louie
9. Parks and Recreation
10. Sons of Anarchy

Best Shows of 2010
1. Breaking Bad
2. Dollhouse
3. Boardwalk Empire
4. Mad Men
5. Community
6. Lost
7. Parks and Recreation
8. Terriers
9. The Pacific
10. The Venture Bros.

Best Shows of the 00s
1. The Wire
2. Futurama
3. Firefly
4. Band of Brothers
5. The Sopranos
6. Arrested Development
7. Six Feet Under
8. Deadwood
9. The Shield
10. The West Wing
11. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
12. Breaking Bad
13. Lost
14. Veronica Mars
15. The Venture Bros.
16. Pushing Daisies
17. Rome
18. The Office
19. Spaced
20. Scrubs
21. Mad Men
22. Dexter
23. South Park
24. Curb Your Enthusiasm
25. Friday Night Lights

Best Shows of 2009
1. Breaking Bad
2. Lost
3. Dollhouse
4. Kings
5. Sons of Anarchy
6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
7. Dexter
8. Mad Men
9. Pushing Daisies
10. Party Down

Best Shows of 2008
1. The Shield
2. Breaking Bad
3. Lost
4. Avatar: The Last Airbender
5. 30 Rock
6. Sons of Anarchy
7. The Venture Bros.
8. That Mitchell and Webb Look
9. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
10. Brotherhood

Best Shows of 2007
1. The Sopranos
2. The Office
3. Friday Night Lights
4. Dexter
5. Pushing Daisies
6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
7. The Shield
8. 30 Rock
9. Lost
10. Battlestar Galactica

Best Shows of 2006
1. The Wire
2. Dexter
3. Arrested Development
4. Veronica Mars
5. Deadwood
6. The Shield
7. The West Wing
8. Weeds
9. The Venture Bros.
10. The Office

Best Shows of 2005
1. Lost
2. Six Feet Under
3. Deadwood
4. Arrested Development
5. Veronica Mars
6. The Shield
7. Weeds
8. Rome
9. Avatar: The Last Airbender
10. The West Wing

Best Shows of 2004
1. The Wire
2. Deadwood
3. The Sopranos
4. Arrested Development
5. Six Feet Under
6. MI-5
7. Scrubs
8. The Shield
9. Angel
10. Black Books

Best Shows of 2003
1. The Wire
2. Futurama
3. Six Feet Under
4. Angel
5. The West Wing
6. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
8. Scrubs
9. The Shield
10. South Park

Best Shows of 2002
1. Firefly
2. The Wire
3. The West Wing
4. The Sopranos
5. Six Feet Under
6. Futurama
7. The Shield
8. The Office (UK)
9. Invader Zim
10. Scrubs

Best Shows of 2001
1. Band of Brothers
2. Six Feet Under
3. The Sopranos
4. The West Wing
5. Spaced
6. The Office (UK)
7. Futurama
8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
9. South Park
10. Curb Your Enthusiasm

Best Shows of 2000
1. The Sopranos
2. Futurama
3. The West Wing
4. Freaks and Geeks
5. Family Guy
6. South Park
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
8. Black Books
9. The Corner
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Best Shows of the 90s
1. Seinfeld
2. The Simpsons
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Twin Peaks
5. The Sopranos
6. Prime Suspect
7. A Bit of Fry and Laurie
8. Spaced
9. Babylon 5
10. Batman: The Animated Series
11. Mr. Show
12. The Critic
13. Rocko's Modern Life
14. Futurama
15. Star Trek: The Next Generation
16. House of Cards
17. Superman: The Animated Series
18. Dr. Katz
19. Jeeves and Wooster
20. The State
21. Mr. Bean
22. South Park
23. Doug
24. The New Batman Adventures
25. Family Guy

Best Shows Year by Year
1986. Blackadder
1987. Blackadder
1988. Star Trek: The Next Generation
1989. A Bit of Fry & Laurie
1990. Twin Peaks
1991. Seinfeld
1992. Seinfeld
1993. Seinfeld
1994. The Simpsons
1995. The Simpsons
1996. The Simpsons
1997. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1998. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1999. The Sopranos
2000. The Sopranos
2001. Band of Brothers
2002. Firefly
2003. The Wire
2004. The Wire
2005. Lost
2006. The Wire
2007. The Sopranos
2008. The Shield
2009. Breaking Bad
2010. Breaking Bad
2011. Breaking Bad
2012. Mad Men
2013. Breaking Bad
2014. Rick and Morty
2015. Mad Men
2016. Better Call Saul
2017. Twin Peaks: The Return

Monday, March 26, 2007

Music Lists

Updated 6/15/18

Best Albums of 2017
1. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
2. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
3. King Krule - The Ooz
4. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
5. Lorde - Melodrama
6. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
7. St. Vincent - Masseduction
8. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
9. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
10. SZA - CTRL

Best Albums of 2016
1. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
2. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
3. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
4. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
5. David Bowie - Blackstar
6. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
7. Solange - A Seat at the Table
8. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
9. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered
10. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Best Albums of 2015
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
6. Jamie XX - In Colour
7. Chvrches - Every Open Eye
8. Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
9. Beach House - Depression Cherry
10. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

Best Albums of 2014
1. Spoon - They Want My Soul
2. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
4. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
5. St. Vincent - Self-titled
6. Swans - To Be Kind
7. TV on the Radio - Seeds
8. The Antlers - Familiars
9. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
10. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds

Best Albums of 2013
1. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
3. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
4. The Flaming Lips - The Terror
5. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
6. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
7. Run the Jewels - Self-titled
8. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
10. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Best Albums of 2012
1. Grizzly Bear - Shields
2. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City
3. Beach House - Bloom
4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
6. Tame Impala - Lonerism
7. Grimes - Visions
8. Swans - The Seer
9. Twin Shadow - Confess
10. Burial - Kindred

Best Albums of 2011
1. Panda Bear - Tomboy
2. The Antlers - Burst Apart
3. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
5. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
6. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
7. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
8. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
9. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
10. James Blake - Self-titled

Best Albums of 2010
1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3. The National - High Violet
4. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
6. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
7. Beach House - Teen Dream
8. Spoon - Transference
9. Deftones - Diamond Eyes
10. The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth

Best Albums of the 00s
1. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
2. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Worlds Apart
3. Dredg - El Cielo
4. Arcade Fire - Funeral
5. Cursive - The Ugly Organ
6. Dredg - Catch Without Arms
7. Brand New - Deja Entendu
8. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
9. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
10. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
11. Portishead - Third
12. Department of Eagles - The Whitey on the Moon UK LP
13. The Antlers - Hospice
14. Muse - Absolution
15. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
16. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
17. Sigur Rós - ( )
18. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
19. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
20. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
21. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
22. Gorillaz - Demon Days
23. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
24. The National - Alligator
25. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Best Albums of 2009
1. The Antlers - Hospice
2. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
4. Fever Ray - Self-titled
5. Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
6. Brand New - Daisy
7. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
8. Drake - So Far Gone
9. Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP
10. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - The Century of Self

Best Albums of 2008
1. Portishead - Third
2. Fleet Foxes - Self-titled
3. Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
4. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
5. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
6. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
7. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
8. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
9. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
10. Clipse - Road to Till the Casket Drops

Best Albums of 2007
1. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. The National - Boxer
7. Apparat - Walls
8. Burial - Untrue
9. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
10. Kanye West - Graduation

Best Albums of 2006
1. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
2. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
3. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
4. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
5. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - So Divided
6. Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
7. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
8. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
9. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
10. Cursive - Happy Hollow

Best Albums of 2005
1. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Worlds Apart
2. Dredg - Catch Without Arms
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
4. Gorillaz - Demon Days
5. The National - Alligator
6. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
7. Sigur Rós- Takk...
8. Kanye West - Late Registration
9. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
10. Emery - The Question

Best Albums of 2004
1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
3. Madvillain - Madvillainy
4. Kanye West - The College Dropout
5. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
6. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
7. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
8. Interpol - Antics
9. Underoath - They're Only Chasing Safety
10. Emery - The Weak's End

Best Albums of 2003
1. Cursive - The Ugly Organ
2. Brand New - Deja Entendu
3. Department of Eagles - The Whitey on the Moon UK LP
4. Muse - Absolution
5. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
6. The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
7. The Wrens - The Meadowlands
8. Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
9. Opeth - Damnation
10. Jay-Z - The Black Album

Best Albums of 2002
1. Dredg - El Cielo
2. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
3. Sigur Rós - ( )
4. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
6. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
7. Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle
8. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
9. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
10. Sonic Youth - Murray Street

Best Albums of 2001
1. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
2. Gorillaz - Self-titled
3. Radiohead - Amnesiac
4. System of a Down - Toxicity
5. Daft Punk - Discovery
6. The Strokes - Is This It
7. The National - Self-titled
8. Starsailor - Love Is Here
9. Tenacious D - Self-titled
10. Incubus - Morning View

Best Albums of 2000
1. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
2. Radiohead - Kid A
3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
4. Deltron 3030 - Self-titled
5. OutKast - Stankonia
6. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
7. At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
8. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
9. Deftones - White Pony
10. The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia

Best Albums of the 90s
1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
3. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. Radiohead - The Bends
5. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
6. Incubus - Make Yourself
7. Portishead - Dummy
8. Nas - Illmatic
9. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....
10. Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
11. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
12. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
13. OutKast - Aquemini
14. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See a Darkness
15. Dredg - Leitmotif
16. Modest Mouse - This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
17. Slint - Spiderland
18. Ween - Pure Guava
19. Sigur Rós - Ágætis byrjun
20. Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
21. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
22. Beck - Odelay
23. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯A♯∞
24. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
25. Bjork - Post

Best Albums of the 80s
1. Pixies - Doolittle
2. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
3. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
4. The Cure - Disintegration
5. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
6. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
7. Joy Division - Closer
8. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
9. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
10. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
11. The Smiths - Self-titled
12. Prince - Sign o' the Times
13. R.E.M. - Murmur
14. Michael Jackson - Thriller
15. Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
16. The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
17. The Stone Roses - Self-titled
18. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
19. Gang of Four - Solid Gold
20. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
21. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
22. Sonic Youth - Sister
23. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
24. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
25. U2 - The Joshua Tree

Best Albums of the 70s
1. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
2. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
3. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
4. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
5. Neil Young - On the Beach
6. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
7. Joni Mitchell - Blue
8. The Clash - London Calling
9. Television - Marquee Moon
10. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
11. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
12. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
13. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
14. Brian Eno - Another Green World
15. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
16. Pink Floyd - Animals
17. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
18. Gang of Four - Entertainment!
19. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
20. Stevie Wonder- Innervisions
21. The Who - Who's Next
22. Patti Smith - Horses
23. David Bowie - Low
24. Neil Young - Harvest
25. Wire - Chairs Missing

Best Albums of the 60s
1. The Beatles - Self-titled
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Self-titled
3. The Beatles - Abbey Road
4. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
5. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
6. The Beatles - Revolver
7. Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
8. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
10. Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
11. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
12. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
13. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
14. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
15. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
16. The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
17. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
18. Nina Simone - Wild Is the Wind
19. Led Zeppelin - Self-titled
20. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
21. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
22. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
23. The Beatles - Help!
24. Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
25. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

Best Albums Year by Year
1963. Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
1964. The Beatles - Hard Day's Night
1965. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
1966. The Beatles - Revolver
1967. The Velvet Underground & Nico - Self-titled
1968. The Beatles - Self-titled
1969. The Beatles - Abbey Road
1970. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
1971. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
1972. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
1973. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
1974. Neil Young - On the Beach
1975. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
1976. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
1977. Television - Marquee Moon
1978. Wire - Chairs Missing
1979. The Clash - London Calling
1980. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
1981. Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
1982. Michael Jackson - Thriller
1983. R.E.M. - Murmur
1984. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
1985. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
1986. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
1987. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
1988. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1989. Pixies - Doolittle
1990. Sonic Youth - Goo
1991. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
1992. Ween - Pure Guava
1993. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
1994. Portishead - Dummy
1995. Radiohead - The Bends
1996. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....
1997. Radiohead - OK Computer
1998. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
2000. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
2001. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
2002. Dredg - El Cielo
2003. Cursive - The Ugly Organ
2004. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2005. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Worlds Apart
2006. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
2007. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
2008. Portishead - Third
2009. The Antlers - Hospice
2010. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2011. Panda Bear - Tomboy
2012. Grizzly Bear - Shields
2013. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
2014. Spoon - They Want My Soul
2015. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2016. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
2017. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Movie Lists

Updated 6/5/18

Best Movies of 2017
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2. Dunkirk
3. Baby Driver
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. Get Out
6. Thor: Ragnarok
7. Logan
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Best Movies of 2016
1. Hell or High Water
2. Green Room
3. 20th Century Women
4. Captain America: Civil War
5. Arrival
6. The Witch
7. The Invitation
8. Swiss Army Man
9. Sing Street
10. The Nice Guys

Best Movies of 2015
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. The Hateful Eight
3. Inside Out
4. Anomalisa
5. The Martian
6. Tangerine
7. Ex Machina
8. Steve Jobs
9. Creed
10. Bridge of Spies

Best Movies of 2014
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Under the Skin
3. Whiplash
4. Blue Ruin
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Nightcrawler
7. The Lego Movie
8. Gone Girl
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
10. The Raid 2

Best Movies of 2013
1. Her
2. Short Term 12
3. Gravity
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
5. The World's End
6. Inside Llewyn Davis
7. Upstream Color
8. 12 Years a Slave
9. Iron Man 3
10. Blue Jasmine

Best Movies of 2012
1. Django Unchained
2. The Avengers
3. The Act of Killing
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Looper
6. Lincoln
7. The Master
8. Argo
9. Zero Dark Thirty
10. The Raid: Redemption

Best Movies of 2011
1. Drive
2. A Separation
3. Beginners
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5. Warrior
6. 50/50
7. Super 8
8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
9. Hugo
10. Contagion

Best Movies of 2010
1. Inception
2. The Man From Nowhere
3. Toy Story 3
4. The Social Network
5. Winter's Bone
6. Shutter Island
7. Blue Valentine
8. The King's Speech
9. True Grit
10. The Fighter

Best Movies of the 00s
1. Memento
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. Amélie
5. Spider-Man 2
6. Tokyo Godfathers
7. Brick
8. City of God
9. Oldboy
10. Gangs of New York
11. Let the Right One In
12. Pan's Labyrinth
13. Minority Report
14. Wall-E
15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
16. Children of Men
17. Juno
18. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
19. Adaptation.
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
21. There Will Be Blood
22. A Prophet
23. You Can Count On Me
24. Ratatouille
25. Memories of Murder

Best Movies of 2009
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. A Prophet
3. A Serious Man
4. Mother
5. Mary and Max
6. The Informant!
7. Up in the Air
8. (500) Days of Summer
9. The Messenger
10. Moon

Best Movies of 2008
1. Let the Right One In
2. Wall-E
3. The Dark Knight
4. Milk
5. The Hurt Locker
6. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Happy-Go-Lucky
8. Waltz with Bashir
9. Taken
10. In Bruges

Best Movies of 2007
1. Juno
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Ratatouille
4. No Country for Old Men
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
7. Eastern Promises
8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
9. Lars and the Real Girl
10. Zodiac

Best Movies of 2006
1. Brick
2. Pan's Labyrinth
3. Children of Men
4. The Prestige
5. The Lives of Others
6. The Departed
7. United 93
8. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
9. Casino Royale
10. Blood Diamond

Best Movies of 2005
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2. Caché
3. Munich
4. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
5. A History of Violence
6. Batman Begins
7. Match Point
8. Grizzly Man
9. Good Night, and Good Luck.
10. The Constant Gardener

Best Movies of 2004
1. Spider-Man 2
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. The Incredibles
4. The Aviator
5. Primer
6. Collateral
7. Shaun of the Dead
8. Kill Bill Volume 2
9. A Very Long Engagement
10. Downfall

Best Movies of 2003
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2. Tokyo Godfathers
3. Oldboy
4. Memories of Murder
5. The Station Agent
6. Kill Bill Volume 1
7. X2: X-Men United
8. Finding Nemo
9. Mystic River
10. Touching the Void

Best Movies of 2002
1. City of God
2. Gangs of New York
3. Minority Report
4. Adaptation.
5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
6. Punch-Drunk Love
7. The Pianist
8. Spider-Man
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
10. The Bourne Identity

Best Movies of 2001
1. Amélie
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
3. Mulholland Drive
4. The Man Who Wasn't There
5. Donnie Darko
6. The Royal Tenenbaums
7. Spirited Away
8. Y Tu Mamá También
9. The Piano Teacher
10. Millennium Actress

Best Movies of 2000
1. Memento
2. You Can Count On Me
3. Snatch
4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
5. In the Mood for Love
6. Requiem for a Dream
7. Traffic
8. Gladiator
9. Almost Famous
10. Best in Show

Best Movies of the 90s
1. The Matrix
2. Fight Club
3. The Big Lebowski
4. The End of Evangelion
5. Princess Mononoke
6. L.A. Confidential
7. Pulp Fiction
8. Magnolia
9. The Usual Suspects
10. The Silence of the Lambs
11. Casino
12. The Shawshank Redemption
13. La Haine
14. Se7en
15. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
16. Fargo
17. Saving Private Ryan
18. American Beauty
19. Boogie Nights
20. Close-Up
21. Unforgiven
22. The Insider
23. Trainspotting
24. The Thin Red Line
25. Eyes Wide Shut

Best Movies of 1999
1. The Matrix
2. Fight Club
3. Magnolia
4. American Beauty
5. The Insider
6. Eyes Wide Shut
7. Being John Malkovich
8. All About My Mother
9. The Iron Giant
10. The Straight Story

Best Movies of 1998
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. The Thin Red Line
4. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
5. American History X
6. Rushmore
7. The Celebration
8. Perfect Blue
9. A Simple Plan
10. Out of Sight

Best Movies of 1997
1. The End of Evangelion
2. Princess Mononoke
3. L.A. Confidential
4. Boogie Nights
5. Chasing Amy
6. Good Will Hunting
7. The Game
8. Lost Highway
9. Funny Games
10. The Ice Storm

Best Movies of 1996
1. Fargo
2. Trainspotting
3. Hard Eight
4. Kolya
5. Bottle Rocket
6. Sling Blade
7. Citizen Ruth
8. Bound
9. Swingers
10. Mission: Impossible

Best Movies of 1995
1. The Usual Suspects
2. Casino
3. La Haine
4. Se7en
5. Braveheart
6. 12 Monkeys
7. Heat
8. Dead Man
9. Get Shorty
10. Kicking and Screaming

Best Movies of 1994
1. Pulp Fiction
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Léon
4. Three Colors: Red
5. Forrest Gump
6. Chungking Express
7. Pom Poko
8. Heavenly Creatures
9. Ed Wood
10. Three Colors: White

Best Movies of 1993
1. Schindler's List
2. Three Colors: Blue
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. True Romance
5. Dazed and Confused
6. Jurassic Park
7. Groundhog Day
8. Manhattan Murder Mystery
9. Gettysburg
10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Best Movies of 1992
1. Unforgiven
2. Porco Rosso
3. Glengarry Glen Ross
4. Reservoir Dogs
5. Malcolm X
6. Husbands and Wives
7. Hard Boiled
8. Aladdin
9. A League of Their Own
10. Dead Alive

Best Movies of 1991
1. The Silence of the Lambs
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
3. Raise the Red Lantern
4. Delicatessen
5. Slacker
6. Barton Fink
7. Only Yesterday
8. Point Break
9. Thelma & Louise
10. JFK

Best Movies of 1990
1. Close-Up
2. Cyrano de Bergerac
3. Miller's Crossing
4. Goodfellas
5. La Femme Nikita
6. Mo' Better Blues
7. Edward Scissorhands
8. Wild at Heart
9. The Nasty Girl
10. Dreams

Best Movies of the 80s
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Akira
3. Raging Bull
4. The Princess Bride
5. Back to the Future
6. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
7. Aliens
8. Once Upon a Time in America
9. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
10. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
11. Blue Velvet
12. The Verdict
13. Amadeus
14. The King of Comedy
15. Kiki's Delivery Service
16. Das Boot
17. The Land Before Time
18. Predator
19. This Is Spinal Tap
20. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
21. Come and See
22. Raising Arizona
23. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
24. The Thing
25. Airplane!

Best Movies of 1989
1. Kiki's Delivery Service
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. Do the Right Thing
4. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
5. The Killer
6. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
7. Say Anything...
8. Batman
9. Crimes and Misdemeanors
10. Uncle Buck

Best Movies of 1988
1. Akira
2. The Land Before Time
3. My Neighbor Totoro
4. Die Hard
5. The Vanishing
6. The Last Temptation of Christ
7. Dead Ringers
8. Bull Durham
9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
10. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Best Movies of 1987
1. The Princess Bride
2. Predator
3. Raising Arizona
4. Full Metal Jacket
5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
6. Wall Street
7. Angel Heart
8. Withnail and I
9. Evil Dead II
10. Wings of Desire

Best Movies of 1986
1. Aliens
2. Blue Velvet
3. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
4. Hannah and Her Sisters
5. The Fly
6. Stand By Me
7. Little Shop of Horrors
8. The Sacrifice
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
10. Labyrinth

Best Movies of 1985
1. Back to the Future
2. Come and See
3. Brazil
4. Shoah
5. The Color Purple
6. Pee-wee's Big Adventure
7. Ran
8. The Breakfast Club
9. After Hours
10. Re-Animator

Best Movies of 1984
1. Once Upon a Time in America
2. Amadeus
3. This Is Spinal Tap
4. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
5. The Terminator
6. Paris, Texas
7. Stop Making Sense
8. Ghostbusters
9. Blood Simple
10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Best Movies of 1983
1. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
2. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
3. The King of Comedy
4. Nostalghia
5. The Dead Zone
6. Trading Places
7. Scarface
8. Videodrome
9. A Christmas Story
10. À nos amours

Best Movies of 1982
1. The Verdict
2. The Thing
3. Blade Runner
4. Fanny and Alexander
5. Tootsie
6. Deathtrap
7. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
10. Gandhi

Best Movies of 1981
1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Das Boot
3. Prince of the City
4. The Evil Dead
5. Chariots of Fire
6. Reds
7. An American Werewolf in London
8. Time Bandits
9. Thief
10. The Great Muppet Caper

Best Movies of 1980
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Raging Bull
3. Airplane!
4. Ordinary People
5. The Elephant Man
6. Kagemusha
7. The Shining
8. The Blues Brothers
9. Dressed to Kill
10. Caddyshack

Best Movies of the 70s
1. The Godfather
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3. Annie Hall
4. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. The Godfather: Part II
7. Stalker
8. Blazing Saddles
9. Taxi Driver
10. The Sting
11. Manhattan
12. Young Frankenstein
13. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
14. The Last Picture Show
15. Network
16. Chinatown
17. The Conformist
18. All the President's Men
19. Alien
20. Barry Lyndon
21. The Deer Hunter
22. The Conversation
23. Days of Heaven
24. Patton
25. Jaws

Best Movies of 1979
1. Stalker
2. Manhattan
3. Alien
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Monty Python's Life of Brian
6. Kramer vs. Kramer
7. Being There
8. Tess
9. The Muppet Movie
10. The Castle of Cagliostro

Best Movies of 1978
1. The Deer Hunter
2. Days of Heaven
3. The Driver
4. Animal House
5. Halloween
6. Coming Home
7. Fedora
8. The Last Waltz
9. Midnight Express
10. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Best Movies of 1977
1. Annie Hall
2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
3. High Anxiety
4. A Bridge Too Far
5. That Obscure Object of Desire
6. Suspiria
7. Eraserhead
8. 3 Women
9. Equus
10. Julia

Best Movies of 1976
1. Taxi Driver
2. Network
3. All the President's Men
4. Rocky
5. Carrie
6. Marathon Man
7. The Omen
8. Logan's Run
9. Assault on Precinct 13
10. The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Best Movies of 1975
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2. Barry Lyndon
3. Jaws
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
5. The Man Who Would Be King
6. Dog Day Afternoon
7. Love and Death
8. The Mirror
9. Dersu Uzala
10. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Best Movies of 1974
1. The Godfather: Part II
2. Blazing Saddles
3. Young Frankenstein
4. Chinatown
5. The Conversation
6. A Woman Under the Influence
7. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
8. Murder on the Orient Express
9. The Front Page
10. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Best Movies of 1973
1. The Sting
2. Badlands
3. Serpico
4. American Graffiti
5. Paper Moon
6. The Spirit of the Beehive
7. The Exorcist
8. The Long Goodbye
9. Mean Streets
10. Sleeper

Best Movies of 1972
1. The Godfather
2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
3. Solaris
4. Aguirre, the Wrath of God
5. The Getaway
6. Dirty Money
7. Last Tango in Paris
8. The Candidate
9. Fist of Fury
10. Joe Kidd

Best Movies of 1971
1. A Clockwork Orange
2. The Last Picture Show
3. The French Connection
4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
5. Harold and Maude
6. Duck, You Sucker
7. Macbeth
8. Two-Lane Blacktop
9. Bananas
10. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Best Movies of 1970
1. The Conformist
2. Patton
3. Le Cercle Rouge
5. Two Mules for Sister Sara
6. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
7. Dodes'ka-den
8. Love Story
9. Tora! Tora! Tora!
10. Rio Lobo

Best Movies of the 60s
1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2. Harakiri
3. The Producers
4. The Graduate
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
6. High and Low
7. The Apartment
8. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
9. The Hustler
10. Army of Shadows
11. Rosemary's Baby
12. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
13. Hud
14. Le Trou
15. Bonnie and Clyde
16. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
17. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
18. Persona
19. Le Samourai
20. Repulsion
21. Goldfinger
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
23. Yojimbo
24. The Sound of Music
25. Play Time

Best Movies of 1969
1. Army of Shadows
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
3. The Wild Bunch
4. Take the Money and Run
5. Midnight Cowboy
6. Topaz
7. The Passion of Anna
8. True Grit
9. The Italian Job
10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Best Movies of 1968
1. The Producers
2. Rosemary's Baby
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
4. Bullitt
5. The Odd Couple
6. Hour of the Wolf
7. Once Upon a Time in the West
8. Night of the Living Dead
9. Planet of the Apes
10. Hang 'Em High

Best Movies of 1967
1. The Graduate
2. Bonnie and Clyde
3. Le Samourai
4. Play Time
5. Cool Hand Luke
6. The Dirty Dozen
7. In the Heat of the Night
8. Hombre
9. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
10. In Cold Blood

Best Movies of 1966
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3. Persona
4. The Battle of Algiers
5. Blow-Up
6. A Man for All Seasons
7. Batman
8. Au hasard Balthazar
9. How to Steal a Million
10. Torn Curtain

Best Movies of 1965
1. Repulsion
2. The Sound of Music
3. The Hill
4. Pierrot le fou
5. Doctor Zhivago
6. Red Beard
7. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
8. Red Line 7000
9. For a Few Dollars More
10. Loves of a Blonde

Best Movies of 1964
1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2. Goldfinger
3. Fail-Safe
4. Woman in the Dunes
5. Gertrud
6. The Pawnbroker
7. A Shot in the Dark
8. Kiss Me, Stupid
9. Becket
10. Topkapi

Best Movies of 1963
1. High and Low
2. Hud
3. The Great Escape
4. The Birds
5. Tom Jones
6. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
7. The Pink Panther
8. From Russia with Love
9. Charade
10. Contempt

Best Movies of 1962
1. Harakiri
2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
3. Lawrence of Arabia
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
5. Jules and Jim
6. Le Doulos
7. L'Eclisse
8. Knife in the Water
9. The Manchurian Candidate
10. Sanjuro

Best Movies of 1961
1. The Hustler
2. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
3. Yojimbo
4. One, Two, Three
5. Judgment at Nuremberg
6. Viridiana
7. A Woman Is a Woman
8. The Guns of Navarone
9. West Side Story
10. Last Year at Marienbad

Best Movies of 1960
1. The Apartment
2. Le Trou
3. The Magnificent Seven
4. The Bad Sleep Well
5. Spartacus
6. L'avventura
7. La Dolce vita
8. Breathless
9. Sergeant Rutledge
10. Psycho

Best Movies of the 50s
1. 12 Angry Men
2. The Wages of Fear
3. Rear Window
4. Vertigo
5. Wild Strawberries
6. North by Northwest
7. High Noon
8. Anatomy of a Murder
9. Sweet Smell of Success
10. Witness for the Prosecution
11. Rio Bravo
12. All About Eve
13. Paths of Glory
14. Seven Samurai
15. Sunset Boulevard
16. The Killing
17. A Man Escaped
18. Some Like It Hot
19. Roman Holiday
20. Marty
21. The 400 Blows
22. The Seventh Seal
23. Ikiru
24. Rififi
25. Ben-Hur

Best Movies of the 40s
1. Casablanca
2. Double Indemnity
3. The Big Sleep
4. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
5. Citizen Kane
6. Late Spring
7. It's a Wonderful Life
8. Mrs. Miniver
9. Rebecca
10. The Grapes of Wrath
11. The Bicycle Thief
12. The Third Man
13. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
14. A Matter of Life and Death
15. Arsenic and Old Lace
16. His Girl Friday
17. Children of Paradise
18. Notorious
19. The Red Shoes
20. White Heat
21. Sullivan's Travels
22. Rope
23. Rome, Open City
24. The Philadelphia Story
25. Yankee Doodle Dandy

Best Movies of the 30s
1. It Happened One Night
2. Duck Soup
3. Grand Illusion
4. Bringing Up Baby
5. M
6. The Rules of the Game
7. City Lights
8. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
9. My Man Godfrey
10. Stagecoach
11. Mutiny on the Bounty
12. Only Angels Have Wings
13. The Informer
14. The Adventures of Robin Hood
15. Modern Times
16. The Lady Vanishes
17. The Wizard of Oz
18. Young Mr. Lincoln
19. A Night at the Opera
20. L'Atalante
21. You Can't Take It With You
22. All Quiet on the Western Front
23. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
24. Grand Hotel
25. Platinum Blonde

Best Movies of the 20s
1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
2. Sherlock, Jr.
3. Nosferatu
4. Battleship Potemkin
5. Man With a Movie Camera
6. The Last Laugh
7. The General
8. Faust
9. Our Hospitality
10. The Passion of Joan of Arc
11. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
12. Metropolis
13. Seven Chances
14. Un Chien Andalou
15. The Cameraman
16. The Thief of Bagdad
17. The Kid
18. The Iron Horse
19. Three Ages
20. The Broadway Melody
21. Hangman's House
22. Wings
23. The Gold Rush
24. The Navigator
25. Blackmail

Best Movies Year by Year
1920. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1921. The Kid
1922. Nosferatu
1923. Our Hospitality
1924. Sherlock, Jr.
1925. Battleship Potemkin
1926. The General
1927. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
1928. The Passion of Joan of Arc
1929. Man With a Movie Camera
1930. All Quiet on the Western Front
1931. M
1932. Grand Hotel
1933. Duck Soup
1934. It Happened One Night
1935. Mutiny on the Bounty
1936. My Man Godfrey
1937. Grand Illusion
1938. Bringing Up Baby
1939. The Rules of the Game
1940. Rebecca
1941. Citizen Kane
1942. Casablanca
1943. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
1944. Double Indemnity
1945. Children of Paradise
1946. The Big Sleep
1947. Miracle on 34th Street
1948. The Bicycle Thief
1949. Late Spring
1950. All About Eve
1951. The African Queen
1952. High Noon
1953. The Wages of Fear
1954. Rear Window
1955. Marty
1956. The Killing
1957. 12 Angry Men
1958. Vertigo
1959. North by Northwest
1960. The Apartment
1961. The Hustler
1962. Harakiri
1963. High and Low
1964. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1965. Repulsion
1966. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
1967. The Graduate
1968. The Producers
1969. Army of Shadows
1970. The Conformist
1971. A Clockwork Orange
1972. The Godfather
1973. The Sting
1974. The Godfather: Part II
1975. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1976. Taxi Driver
1977. Annie Hall
1978. The Deer Hunter
1979. Stalker
1980. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1981. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982. The Verdict
1983. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
1984.Once Upon a Time in America
1985. Back to the Future
1986. Aliens
1987. The Princess Bride
1988. Akira
1989. Kiki's Delivery Service
1990. Close-Up
1991. The Silence of the Lambs
1992. Unforgiven
1993. Schindler's List
1994. Pulp Fiction
1995. The Usual Suspects
1996. Fargo
1997. The End of Evangelion
1998. The Big Lebowski
1999. The Matrix
2000. Memento
2001. Amélie
2002. City of God
2003. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004. Spider-Man 2
2005. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2006. Brick
2007. Juno
2008. Let the Right One In
2009. Inglourious Basterds
2010. Inception
2011. Drive
2012. Django Unchained
2013. Her
2014. Guardians of the Galaxy
2015. Mad Max: Fury Road
2016. Hell or High Water
2017. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Game Lists

Updated 6/16/18

Best Games of 2017
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch)
2. Prey (Multi)
3. Night in the Woods (Multi)
4. Nier: Automata (Multi)
5. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Multi)
6. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Multi)
7. Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
8. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
9. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (Multi)
10. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Multi)

Best Games of 2016
1. Doom (Multi)
2. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
3. Dark Souls III (Multi)
4. The Last Guardian (PS4)
5. Dishonored 2 (Multi)
6. Firewatch (Multi)
7. The Witness (Multi)
8. Titanfall 2 (Multi)
9. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Multi)
10. Hitman (Multi)

Best Games of 2015
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Multi)
2. Bloodborne (PS4)
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Multi)
4. Undertale (PC)
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBO)
6. Axiom Verge (Multi)
7. Lara Croft Go (Multi)
8. The Beginner's Guide (PC)
9. Her Story (Multi)
10. Broken Age (Multi)

Best Games of 2014
1. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
2. The Talos Principle (Multi)
3. Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Multi)
4. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Multi)
5. Shovel Knight (Multi)
6. South Park: The Stick of Truth (Multi)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (Multi)
8. The Fall (Multi)
9. Jazzpunk (PC)
10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Best Games of 2013
1. The Last of Us (PS3)
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
3. Gone Home (PC)
4. Bioshock Infinite (Multi)
5. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Multi)
6. Grand Theft Auto V (Multi)
7. Tomb Raider (Multi)
8. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
9. Saints Row IV (Multi)
10. The Stanley Parable (PC)

Best Games of 2012
1. The Walking Dead (Multi)
2. Dishonored (Multi)
3. Mass Effect 3 (Multi)
4. Fez (Multi)
5. Hotline Miami (PC)
6. Far Cry 3 (Multi)
7. Darksiders II (Multi)
8. Sleeping Dogs (Multi)
9. Journey (PS3)
10. Mark of the Ninja (Multi)

Best Games of 2011
1. Portal 2 (Multi)
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Multi)
3. Dark Souls (Multi)
4. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
5. Bastion (Multi)
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Multi)
8. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)
9. Saints Row: The Third (Multi)
10. Batman: Arkham City (Multi)

Best Games of 2010
1. Red Dead Redemption (Multi)
2. Mass Effect 2 (Multi)
3. God of War III (PS3)
4. Darksiders (Multi)
5. Bayonetta (Multi)
6. Limbo (360)
7. Civilization V (PC)
8. Fallout: New Vegas (Multi)
9. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
10. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Multi)

Best Games of the 00s
1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
2. Half-Life 2 (PC)
3. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
4. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando (PS2)
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
6. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2)
7. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
8. Resident Evil 4 (Multi)
9. Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Multi)
10. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Multi)
11. Okami (PS2)
12. Persona 3 (PS2)
13. Portal (Multi)
14. Assassin's Creed II (Multi)
15. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)
16. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
17. Bioshock (Multi)
18. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Multi)
19. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
20. Grand Theft Auto IV (Multi)
21. Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)
22. Battlefield 2 (PC)
23. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
24. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)
25. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)

Best Games of 2009
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
2. Assassin's Creed II (Multi)
3. Flower (PS3)
4. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Multi)
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Multi)
6. Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)
7. inFamous (PS3)
8. Left 4 Dead 2 (Multi)
9. Halo 3: ODST (360)
10. Red Faction: Guerrilla (Multi)

Best Games of 2008
1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Multi)
3. Left 4 Dead (Multi)
4. Braid (360)
5. Fallout 3 (Multi)
6. Far Cry 2 (Multi)
7. Persona 4 (PS2)
8. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
9. Bionic Commando: Rearmed (Multi)
10. Mirror's Edge (Multi)

Best Games of 2007
1. Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Multi)
2. Persona 3 (PS2)
3. Portal (Multi)
4. Bioshock (Multi)
5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
6. Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Multi)
8. God of War II (PS2)
9. Team Fortress 2 (Multi)
10. Mass Effect (360)

Best Games of 2006
1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Multi)
2. Okami (PS2)
3. Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)
4. Gears of War (360)
5. Bully (PS2)
6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN/Wii)
7. Guitar Hero II (PS2)
8. Tomb Raider: Legend (Multi)
9. Yakuza (PS2)
10. Hitman: Blood Money (Multi)

Best Games of 2005
1. Resident Evil 4 (Multi)
2. Battlefield 2 (PC)
3. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
4. Psychonauts (Multi)
5. Civilization IV (PC)
6. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
7. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (Multi)
8. Guitar Hero (PS2)
9. Call of Duty 2 (Multi)
10. God of War (PS2)

Best Games of 2004
1. Half-Life 2 (PC)
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
3. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2)
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)
5. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2)
6. Halo 2 (Xbox)
7. Far Cry (PC)
8. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Multi)
9. Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
10. Jak 3 (PS2)

Best Games of 2003
1. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando (PS2)
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)
3. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Multi)
4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Multi)
5. Beyond Good & Evil (Multi)
6. Call of Duty (PC)
7. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GCN)
8. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Multi)
9. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA)
10. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (PS2)

Best Games of 2002
1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
2. Ratchet and Clank (PS2)
3. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Multi)
4. Battlefield 1942 (PC)
5. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus (PS2)
6. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way (PC)
7. Soul Calibur II (Arc)
7. Timesplitters 2 (Multi)
8. 007: Nightfire (Multi)
9. The Mark of Kri (PS2)

Best Games of 2001
1. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2. Ico (PS2)
3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
4. Devil May Cry (PS2)
5. Silent Hill 2 (Multi)
6. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN)
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA)
8. Halo (Xbox)
9. Max Payne (Multi)
10. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)

Best Games of 2000
1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
2. No One Lives Forever (PC)
3. Deus Ex (PC)
4. Diablo II (PC)
5. The Longest Journey (PC)
6. Metal Gear Solid (GBC)
7. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
8. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Multi)
9. Pokemon Gold/Silver (GBC)
10. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Multi)

Best Games of the 90s
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
2. Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
3. Super Mario 64 (N64)
4. Half-Life (PC)
5. Super Metroid (SNES)
6. Star Fox 64 (N64)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)
8. Gunstar Heroes (Gen)
9. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (Multi)
10. Diablo (PC)
11. Kirby Super Star (SNES)
12. Starcraft (PC)
13. Thief: The Dark Project (PC)
14. Grim Fandango (PC)
15. Sam and Max Hit the Road (PC)
16. System Shock 2 (PC)
17. Full Throttle (PC)
18. Loom (PC)
19. Pokemon Red/Blue (GB)
20. The King of Fighters '98 (Arc)
21. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
22. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (Arc)
23. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (Multi)
24. Resident Evil (PS1)
25. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

Best Games of 1999
1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (Multi)
2. System Shock 2 (PC)
3. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (Arc)
4. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (Multi)
5. Super Smash Bros. (N64)
6. Silent Hill (PS1)
7. Star Wars Episode I: Racer (Multi)
8. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS1)
9. Medal of Honor (PS1)
10. Jet Force Gemini (N64)

Best Games of 1998
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
2. Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
3. Half-Life (PC)
4. StarCraft (PC)
5. Thief: The Dark Project (PC)
6. Grim Fandango (PC)
7. Pokémon Red/Blue (GB)
8. The King of Fighters '98 (Arc)
9. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
10. Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Arc)

Best Games Year by Year
1987. Maniac Mansion (PC)
1988. Metal Gear (NES)
1989. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (PC)
1990. Loom (PC)
1991. Solomon's Club (GB)
1992. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
1993. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)
1994. Super Metroid (SNES)
1995. Full Throttle (PC)
1996. Super Mario 64 (N64)
1997. Star Fox 64 (N64)
1998. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
1999. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (Multi)
2000. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
2001. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2002. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
2003. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando (PS2)
2004. Half-Life 2 (PC)
2005. Resident Evil 4 (Multi)
2006. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Multi)
2007. Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Multi)
2008. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
2009. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
2010. Red Dead Redemption (Multi)
2011. Portal 2 (Multi)
2012. The Walking Dead (Multi)
2013. The Last of Us (PS3)
2014. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
2015. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Multi)
2016. Doom (Multi)
2017. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Book Reviews

Updated 1/31/12

Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - 7/9/07
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - 7/23/07
The Deeper Meaning of Liff - 10/24/07
The Salmon of Doubt - 11/17/07
Max Brooks - World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - 2/27/08
Orson Scott Card
A War of Gifts - 3/31/09
Ender in Exile - 4/9/09
Stephen Colbert - I Am America (And So Can You!) - 11/21/07
Eoin Colfer - And Another Thing... - 7/14/10
Steven Erikson
Gardens of the Moon - 6/28/10
Deadhouse Gates - 11/25/11
Frank Herbert - Dune - 2/18/08
John Hodgman - More Information Than You Require - 6/22/09
Bill Maher - When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden - 9/23/08
George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones - 10/7/09
A Clash of Kings - 10/19/09
A Storm of Swords - 11/6/09
A Feast for Crows - 11/28/09
A Dance with Dragons - 7/22/11
Toni Morrison - Beloved - 6/14/08
Tim O'Brien - The Things They Carried - 6/20/10
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - 7/26/07
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit - 1/9/09
The Lord of the Rings - 4/27/09
The Silmarillion - 6/11/09
Kurt Vonnegut
Player Piano - 8/5/10
The Sirens of Titan - 7/1/10
Mother Night - 7/16/10
Cat's Cradle - 10/30/07
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater - 8/12/10
Slaughterhouse-Five - 11/16/07
Slapstick - 10/2/10
Jailbird - 12/19/11
Deadeye Dick - 1/31/12

300 - 7/26/08
The Acme Novelty Library
Number 18 - 4/5/10
The Killing Joke - 1/7/10
Bone - 1/10/10
Civil War - 6/29/07
Ex Machina
Book 1: The First Hundred Days - 4/15/09
Book 2: Tag - 6/18/10
Fantastic Four - Volumes 1-4 - 5/22/11
House of M - 4/23/10
Origin - 4/22/10
Preacher - 8/20/08
Sam and Max: Surfin' the Highway - 9/11/08
Scott Pilgrim
Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life - 3/8/09
Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - 3/12/09
Volume 3: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness - 3/26/09
Volume 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together - 3/30/09
Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Universe - 4/3/09
Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - 7/26/10
Volume 1: Those Left Behind - 4/7/09
Volume 2: Better Days - 4/10/09
Volume 3: The Shepherd's Tale - 8/14/11
Sin City - 7/25/08
Spider-Man - Maximum Carnage - 4/20/10
Volume 1 - 5/5/10
Volume 2 - 5/9/10
Volume 3 - 5/13/10
Latverian Prometheus - 6/10/10
Volume 1: Faith in Monsters - 5/15/10
Volume 2: Caged Angels - 5/17/10
The Walking Dead
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye - 3/22/09
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us - 4/19/09
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars - 11/29/09
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire - 1/29/10
Volume 5: The Best Defense - 1/30/10
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life - 6/16/10
Volumes 7-13 - 2/20/11
Volume 14: No Way Out - 8/13/11
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves - 1/8/12
Watchmen - 3/15/08
World War Hulk - 4/25/10
Y: The Last Man
Book 1: Unmanned - 12/31/07
Book 2: Cycles - 8/27/08
Book 3: One Small Step - 9/1/08
Book 4: Safeword - 9/10/08
Book 5: Ring of Truth - 9/15/08
Book 6: Girl on Girl - 10/30/08
Book 7: Paper Dolls - 12/6/08
Book 8: Kimono Dragons - 12/11/08
Book 9: Motherland - 3/14/09
Book 10: Whys and Wherefores - 3/19/09

Short Stories
Star Wars: Tales from the Empire - 7/7/09

Other Stuff
Random comics - 7/11/07
Characters of the decade: part 1 - 1/19/10
Characters of the decade: part 2 - 1/20/10
Characters of the decade: part 3 - 1/21/10