Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best 5 of 2012 – Television

I have to admit that I don’t often get a chance to watch a lot of television, almost none of it when it is actually broadcast.

That still doesn’t mean I haven’t picked out a few favorites.

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Worst 5 of 2012 – Comics

With a number of high points and low points, comics have had quite a year.  Here are a few of the events that I felt were “the worst.”

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Saturday Songs – December 29, 2012

This week, we go for something a little off the the standard.

Lindsey Stirling is a violinist who has made a mark on Youtube with her unique style.  here, she joins with vocalist Peter Hollens to perform music from the video game Skyrim.  What you hear is Peter Hollens on vocals along with Lindsey Stirling’s violin… and that’s it.

Worst 5 of 2012 – Movies

When I was trying to build my Best of list… and failed miserably to find 5 movies I would count as “best of 2012” I realized that there were far more movies that were, let’s face it, really not good.

Thus, I present my worst 5 of 2012 for movies.  Most of these I have seen on DVD, and most I have regretted doing so.

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The Problem with Best of 2012

Every year at this time, many web sites start to put out their Best of 2012 lists.  I had planned on being one of those web sites until I ran into a bit of a problem.

It turns out that even with DVD viewings, I have only seen four movies this year that I would put on a Best of list.  At least, only four movies that actually came out this past year.  Granted, I could put The Hobbit on that list, which would just make five, but I have not seen it yet (shockingly enough).  Thus, for me to complete the list I would have to put on a movie that was not quite up to snuff.

And, apparently, I have seen a ton of them.  In truth, I could probably put together a top 25 list of the crappy movies that I’ve seen.  Okay, maybe not a top 25, but I can easily fill a Worst five than I can a Best five.  I think that comes from my love of bad movies.  At least, those bad movies that are so bad they are good.

Take, for example, Iron Sky.  For those who don’t know this movie, it is an adventure that works off the premise that the Nazis fled Germany in 1945 and set up a base on the moon.  It is pure hokey nonsense, but it is fun pure hokey nonsense.  I have to admit that I did have fun watching it, but I would in no way consider it one of the best movies of 2012.  It could be one of the guilty pleasures of 2012, but not one of the best.

Which, naturally, shows the inherent problem of any best of list.  All lists are subjective.  If you thought that John Carter, Wrath of the Titans, Piranha 3DD were three of the best movies of the year, that’s your opinion (wrong as it is).  If you just follow what Michael Medved or Roger Ebert list as their best, then you run the risk of people called a poser.

As for me, I think I’m going to hold off on the best of list for films until I feel comfortable with the list I write up.  I will be working on Worst of 2012 lists for movies, along with a few television and comic lists.  Stay tuned for them.

Picks of the Week – December 26, 2012

After last week’s gigantic week, this week’s comics are a bit sparse.  Not counting Spider-Man #700, which I did not pick up because I am still bitter from One More Day (and I heard what the story was, too), I picked up a grand total of 6 comics.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Quote Of The Day – December 26, 2012

Gremlins

Gremlins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The worst thing that ever happened to me was on Christmas. Oh, God. It was so horrible. It was Christmas Eve. I was 9 years old. Me and Mom were decorating the tree, waiting for Dad to come home from work. A couple hours went by. Dad wasn’t home. So Mom called the office. No answer. Christmas Day came and went, and still nothing. So the police began a search. Four or five days went by. Neither one of us could eat or sleep. Everything was falling apart. It was snowing outside. The house was freezing, so I went to try to light up the fire. That’s when I noticed the smell. The firemen came and broke through the chimney top. And me and Mom were expecting them to pull out a dead cat or a bird. And instead they pulled out my father. He was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. He’d been climbing down the chimney… his arms loaded with presents. He was gonna surprise us. He slipped and broke his neck. He died instantly. And that’s how I found out there was no Santa Claus.

Kate (played by Phoebe Cates)

Gremlins

Bah, Humbug

There is nothing more frustrating than having to register a complaint about a lack of newspaper delivery by automated system.  The fact that this is the third time in a week makes even more infuriating.

Worse still, since it is Christmas, there is no actual person there for me to complain to, especially since this is the third time in a week we have not gotten the paper.

It is good to know that at least our neighbors received theirs, though.

Doctor Who

With the premiere of the new Doctor Who Christmas special only hours away (for those of us on the U.S., anyway), it seems only fitting that we take a look at something that most people in the U.S. don’t see… unless we’re total Doctor Who geeks and sought this out on Youtube.

Often, as part of the BBC’s Children in Need telethon, Doctor Who has presented a mini-segment.  One year, it was a bridge between the first series and the second, where the Doctor explains regeneration to Rose.  Another year, we actually get to see the Doctor meet himself, at least one of his past selves, as Peter Davison makes an appearance.

This year, the minisode (as they called it) acts as a set up for the Christmas special, laying the groundwork for that is to come.  The clip presented is also introduced by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

 

One More Day

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