Thursday Top Ten

spidey top tenUnless you’ve been hiding from the Internets over the past couple of days you’ve probably heard the Spider-Man movie franchise, at least as we know it right now, is over.

Sony Pictures and director Sam Raimi have parted ways over creative differences and the studio now plans to completely reboot the franchise by returning Peter Parker to high school.

Although there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about this new direction (please, please, please, please don’t aim strictly for the emo-Twilighters!), and I could easily make a list of those, I’ve decided to be optimistic and look instead at the positive possibilities a new Spider-Man franchise creates.

There are at least ten good reasons why this reboot might be good for the Web-Head in the long-run. Let’s take a look…

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best of the year list 20092009 was a bit of a down year at the movies, but there was plenty to see if you knew where to look. When thinking back over the course of a year you always search for patterns. This was a year for films about soldiers (four made my list), high quality animation (the top two found their way here, but there were other contenders), and the strongest year for science fiction in recent memory (including three who earned spots). Throw into that mix my favorite drama of the year, and a spot-on teenage coming of age comedy, and maybe 2009 wasn’t such a bad year after all.

I tried my best to see everything but a few slipped by me including Broken Embraces, Red Cliff, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and A Single Man. And I’ll take a moment to give a shout out to a pair of films just missing the cut in Sin Nombre the Coen Bros. A Serious Man.

But enough about what didn’t earn a spot. Let’s get on to the list…

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michaelbay_500bigAnother year, another list. After hours of cramming movies, I’ve come to what I think to be a list of ten great movies. I haven’t been able to see everything I oughta have before making this list, like Broken Embraces, Doctor Parnassus, A Single Man or the White Ribbon. And I’d like to cheat and mention three more films – (500) Days of Summer, The Box and Tokyo Sonata – as my almost-made-it-picks. They’re not far from the top ten, and on another day they just might make it. I also need to clarify that the picture to your right is most definitely intended to be sarcasm.

But with all that aside, let’s begin.

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So yeah…. Cap’n swiped Captain America from me, so that’s out, but there’s still ample comic goodness to be talked about. I could spend waaay more time than you’ve got on this almost-a-holiday on Invicible Iron Man, Thor, Incredible Hercules, etc. etc, but I’m going to go a different route. My list is aimed at stand-alone comics and mini-series, along with what has fast become my favorite cross-title event in ages… Everything on this list is a damn fine read, so get your Christmas gift money burn list ready to go with my half of the Top 10 Comics You Should Have Read in 2009…

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Rather than give you all ten at once, we’ve broken the list into two parts. After the jump you will find my half of the top ten comics you should have been reading in 2009, with alphamonkey’s take coming later. Just for clarification, we’re talking about ongoing single-issue monthly titles or mini-series (not graphic novels), which hit comic shelves in 2009. Clear? Good. Enough chit-chat! Let’s get onto the list…

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sesame street top ten

Today’s top ten includes an eight foot bird, a guy who lives in a trashcan, a vampire, an imaginary creature, a super-hero, and a robot. Now, I ask you, where else are you going to find a list like that? Given the show’s recent milestone, today’s list looks back on the best classic Sesame Street characters (sorry folks, no Elmo).

Note: The list does differentiate between Sesame Street and The Muppets so, though I love them dearly, don’t expect to see Gonzo or Fozzie here (though you can expect a certain Sesame Street News reporter to make an appearance).

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It’s Thursday, must be time for a list. Let’s see, today let’s do… TV-show theme songs! I tried to stay away from some of the more obvious choices such as MASH, The Brady Bunch, or Hill Street Blues (though I was only slightly successful). And with apologies to The Rembrandts, I also decided against including Friends on the list. And despite my best efforts I couldn’t find a way to slide in Ally McBeal, Wild Wild West, or Twilight Zone. The hardest cut of all however was Joss Whedon’s Firefly which just missed the cut. But enough rambling on what didn’t make the list, here’s what did…

10. WKRP in Cincinnati

Forever coloring my visions of Cincinnati as a place filled with well-intentioned imbeciles (the Bengals didn’t help either) WKRP was one wacky work place comedy. The opening theme, called “WKRP In Cincinnati Main Theme”, was composed by Tom Wells, with lyrics by series creator Hugh Wilson, and performed by Steve Carlisle, and can still get my toe a tappin.’

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Despite the fact that Spider-Man 4 is looking to start shooting early next year it seems the choice of villain (or villains?) is still up in the air. The magical tubes are still all-a-flutter gossiping about the likes of Kingpin, Kraven, Carnage, or The Lizard as possible baddies. Seeing how no one wants a repeat of Spider-Man 3 (*shudder*) I thought I would offer a few suggestions on Spidey foes the franchise might want to steer clear of. Here they are, the Top 10 Spider-Man Villains no one wants to see on film…

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10. Scorpion “Guy used to fight with a scorpion tail. You know…he used to throw his butt at you.” That about sums it up, doesn’t it?

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In case you missed it Curb Your Enthusiasm reunited the cast of Seinfeld for last night’s episode, appropriately titled “The Reunion.” I missed it, but seeing how it was a reunion of a show I didn’t really watch on another I’ve never seen, that’s not all that surprising. For you Seinfeld fans though, here’s a clip, and if you can handle the hurdles HBO has set in place, you can

Curb Your Enthusiasm – The Reunion

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TV’s new Fall Season seems to be upon us. There are plenty of new shows. There are also more than a few who were dragged out back and unceremoniously capped in the back of the head and dumped in shallow graves. I’m still a bit bummed with the fact that both Life and Pushing Daisies got the chopping block, but there are still plenty (at least ten) which are returning and are worth watching (including a couple returning tonight). Is this a top ten you are sensing? I think it is.

Before we begin let me take a moment to give a shout out to NBC’s Chuck which only misses the cut because his return won’t happen until Spring of 2010. Damn you NBC!!!! (And you wonder why you didn’t get a single show on the list) Okay, having gotten that short rant out of the way, now on with the list…

10. Dollhouse

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