Best Television Series
A Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)
Take HBO, whose television series are amazing, and give it one of the best fantasy franchises out there. Is anybody really surprised that this is the best series of the year, particularly for me, a longtime fantasy aficionado?
A Game of Thrones has its campy moments, for sure, but it manages to get the feel of the books just right. It also rectifies some of the hindsight issues with the books, such as the too small role for Tyrion (he doesn’t come into his own until midway through the second book, at least) and the extra foreshadowing of actual events that occur. All this in and well-shot visuals, including one of the coolest intros ever. Excuse me while I wipe up the fanboy drool.
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks (2010)
You know when a movie is good? When it does something that you never thought was possible. Documentaries, and to a lesser extent sports movies, usually take themselves so seriously and earnestly that there’s little space for humor. Winning Time breaks that mold. Reggie Miller in particular is a huge ham, and is a great interview. This is the best form of documentary, that film that’s able to educate, analyze, and entertain all in one go. I know it sounds boring, but it truly is one of the best sports movies I’ve seen, period.
This is the best science fiction film I’ve seen since District 9, and one of the most unique. Only one actor ever appears on screen, and he not only carries the movie, but he plays a great part in a simultaneously subtle and transparent film. There’s obvious homage to 2001: A Space Oddyssey throughout this movie, but this movie does it better. 2001 is long, boring shots telling an infeasible story and eventually devolving into incomprehensible psychedelia. Moon is a tight-quarters think film that says something socially.
The Fighter (2010) - Was all ready to blow this off as another overrated Philadelphia sports movie. Couldn’t. One of the better sports movies out there.
Perfume: The Story of Murderer (2006) - Sometimes over-the-top plot, but truly interesting storytelling style and gorgeous visuals.
Rabbit Hole (2010) - One of the rare indie movies these days that doesn’t feel cookie cutter.
G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) - I should have listened to everyone else and avoided this, but the nostalgia made me see it anyway. Not good bad, not campy bad, not even action bad, this was straight up boring and terrible.
What Dreams May Come (1998) - This vision of the afterlife is true not to our religious culture, nor to our secular culture, but takes the worst parts of both.
Sunshine (2007) - What an overblown piece of trash. Cliche after cliche kept me from ever taking this movie seriously.
Cannibal: The Musical (1993) - This isn’t completely fair to compare this student film to Hollywood, but this was really, really unfunny.
And, of course, here’s the full list of movies and TV shows I’ve seen, with links to my reviews.
The Sound of Music: The hills are alive with the sound of Nazis
Deadwood: Season 2 - Further information for those cocksuckers
30 for 30 reviews: Without Bias, Muhammad and Larry
30 for 30 reviews: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks, The Legend of Jimmy the Greek.
30 for 30 reviews: The Guru of Go
The Best of 2010 New-to-me Movies
What Dreams May Come - A Nightmare\
The fucking last season of Deadwood
Cannibal! The Musical: The Review
Cool Hand Luke: An Icon's Icon
Traitor: I'll watch anything with Don Cheadle in it
Never Say Never: Why I Cried During the Justin Bieber Movie
Wall Street: Charlie Sheen's not the crazy one here
Sunshine: Sans lollipops and rainbows
Moon: 2001 brought to 2009
30 for 30 reviews: Silly Little Game
30 for 30 reviews: The 16th Man
30 for 30 reviews: Run, Ricky, Run
Amadeus: Rock me, Salieri
X-Files Season 2
What Netflix has done for my TV consumption
The Office: Season 6
Ken Burns' Baseball
GI Joe: The Rise of Horrendous
The Pacific: As laconic as the ocean it's named after
The Beaver: Not as dirty as it sounds
Perfume: The Story of Age Differentiation
Lust, Caution: Review, Words
A Game of Thrones TV Show: HBO does it again
X Files: Season 3
The Odd Couple
30 for 30 reviews: Unmatched
30 for 30 reviews: House of Steinbrenner
30 for 30 reviews: The Birth of Big Air
Rabbit Hole: Not the kind of euphemism you're expecting
30 for 30 reviews: Pony Excess
30 for 30 reviews: King's Ransom
30 for 30 reviews: The U
The Fighter: Contender and then some
30 for 30 reviews: The Band that Wouldn't Die
30 for 30 reviews: Winning Time
30 for 30 reviews: Straight Outta L.A.
30 for 30 reviews: No Crossover
30 for 30 reviews: June 17th, 1994
30 for 30 reviews: Small Potatoes
X Files Season 4 and 5
Lord of the Rings Trilogy