I feel like, as someone who occasionally blogs, I should write about my favorite whatevers for the past year — maybe the past decade. Lots of folks have made some great lists. Lists about movies. Lists about TV shows. Lists about… well, lots of forms of entertainment.
I’ve done year end lists before, but, honestly, I don’t have the best memory. I’ve seen lots of movies I like, read lots of good books, and watched lots of excellent TV over the year and the decade, but it’s tough to pick favorites. Honestly, I don’t even know what movies I saw this year. Saw a lot of them, though. And watched a hell of a lot of TV. Way too much. Didn’t read enough, tough.
I dunno, here are Five of My Favorite Entertainment-Type Things That Came Out This Past Decade (In No Particular Order)…
Doctor Who – Just been watching the freaking two day marathon on BBC America leading up to David Tennant’s final appearance as The Doctor tonight. (The Brits saw this on January 1st — between this and the cool accents, I’m quite jealous.). I used to hate Doctor Who — the original series — as a kid. It was on PBS, and it just freaked me out. Weird video and film combos, creepy cheap fx, etc. I think I’ll revisit them one day. The new one, though? Love it. So over the top and fun and weird and emotional — and rarely making a lick of sense. It’s the most entertainment I get from staring at the television.
Batman Begins/The Dark Knight – Holy shit! Batman kicked ass in the movies this past decade! Well, wait… when did the last shitty Batman movie (Batman and Robin) come out? Ah, forget it, I’m not looking it up. These two rule. Christian Bales is a great Batman/Bruce Wayne, and, well, we all know that Heath Ledger’s Joker ruled… yeah, these are stellar flicks.
Y The Last Man – From issue one to issue sixty, so many great stories featuring a world where all the males die, save one fella and his monkey. It’s a great road story with many surprising detours and lots to say on male/female relations and just humanity as a whole. Scary, exciting, funny, heartbreaking — great stuff.
Arrested Development - Funniest sitcom ever! I had no idea I liked Jason Bateman! And every other actor was just perfect. Such a hilarious, layered, and wacky-ass show. I revisit all three seasons once in a while. Great show to just watch in a marathon.
When You Are Engulfed In Flames – David Sedaris’s books of essays are always terrific, fast reads. This is the latest one, and it might be my favorite. As funny as his others overall, but with a little more gravitas throughout. His work has really inspired my own writing — not in ways that might be apparent, he is successful and acclaimed after all.
I left out and forgot so much. David Egger’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius came out in 2000, I think. That book blew my damn mind, finding hope in humor in an almost unbelievably tragic situation. The Battlestar Galactica remake with the Olmos was great up until maybe the last half of season four — and even then it was still really good. I loved Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums just keeps getting better with age. Jeff Smith’s all-in-one Bone collection was released this decade, and it’s such an amazing work of cartooning, adventure, and fun. The novel It’s Superman! by Tom De Haven was one of my favorite versions of Superman’s origin ever (the character works so good in the 1940s), as was Mark Waid and Lencil Yu’s comic mini-series Superman: Birthright — a more modern take. Oh, crap! And Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly’s All-Star Superman — perfection! The Shield is maybe the best cop show I’ve ever seen, though I’m not through it yet. Fell by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith — twisted and glorious. Did Transmetropolitan by Ellis and Darick Robertson come out this decade? What about Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon’s Preacher? If so, they should be on a best of list. Baaaah…
I’m forgetting so much.
Ah, this is why I suck at these lists. I really enjoy being entertained, though.
Lots of shit this past decade, and I’m glad it’s over — but there were some good times, too.