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Ten Overshadowed Performances

Life isn’t fair. Sometimes you just don’t get your due. Often that involves people cutting in line, unplanned pregnancies, or surprise hurricanes. But sometimes it is you giving a great acting performance only to have your work covered up by someone that everyone paid attention to more. You could call this the “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”

Obviously, this is not every performance that has ever been overlooked. If you can think of one, leave it down in the comments, or yell at me on Twitter.

Art Mullen Justified Nick Searcy

10.)    Nick Searcy as Art Mullen on Justified Read more…


Ten Disappointing Movies- A Mexican Standoff

If there’s one thing film nerds can be accused of, it’s perhaps letting themselves get their expectations a little too high when it comes to the craft they love. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. If The World’s End winds up stinking, I am going to absolutely devastated, and probably inconsolable, liable to be lured out of my sorrow cocoon only by high-quality chocolate and cuddles.

Comic book movies get the blunt end of this stick especially, and I’m going to try my best to prevent this list from getting overwhelmed with spandex and Shakespearian actors collecting a hardy paycheck. Because of this Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 will not be appearing on this list. But they’ll probably be on the next one.

Also not on this list is Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as that is the easiest cop-out answer to this question. That being said…

Pearl Harbor Movie Poster

10.)    Pearl Harbor Read more…

Top Ten Comic Book Movies- A Mexican Standoff

I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while, but held off until Man of Steel came out to see where it would place on this list. Turns out the movie stinks, and, as you can read at length in my review, it will certainly not be appearing here.

Just about every film blog has their own version of this, so it’s about time I chimed in on the debate because, hey, I, too, like Internet traffic.

Hopefully you’ll see some things here that you haven’t elsewhere, or at least will enjoy hearing from someone who doesn’t talk about the comics BECAUSE THESE ARE MOVIES AND NOT COMIC BOOKS.

I keep this list mostly in the superhero vain, so you won’t find projects like Persepolis or Ghost World here, no matter how interesting they may be. You also won’t find Watchmen, Burton’s Batman films or any Superman films at all, mostly because I don’t think they hold up well or are even very good.

Also, only one film per franchise, so Nolan’s Batman films can only claim one spot on this list.

Movies I Haven’t Seen: Any of the Blade films, Punisher: War Zone, and anything past the first ten minutes of The Amazing Spider-Man


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Top Ten Actors Playing Themselves- A Mexican Standoff

There seems to be something freeing about an actor portraying themselves. Sometimes it allows them to create a neat little sub-character out of themselves. The best example of this is Carl Weathers’ incredibly frugal turn as Carl Weathers on Arrested Development. Also of note is Bill Murray in Zombieland, which is a twist that was spoiled for me so now I’m spoiling it here for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Oh, vengeance is sweet.

There’s also the very fun incarnation of this where a celebrity gets a rare chance to subvert their public persona for laughs. Ricky Gervais has basically made a career out of this, on shows like Extras, giving us scenes that delight us with giddy glee, like Daniel Radcliffe unfurling a massive roll of condoms clad in a boyscout uniform, which is, admittedly, exactly what anyone would carry around if they were Harry Potter.

Unfortunately, that Extras shoutout means it won’t be showing up on this list, but I hope I’ve assembled enough good stuff here to still make it worthwhile.

Tobey Maguire Tropic Thunder

10.)    Tobey Maguire, Tropic Thunder Read more…

Top Ten Fictional Companies- A Mexican Standoff

The following, as you may have been able to discern from the title as you are most likely a keen traverser of the Internet and thus can put two and two together, is a list of the best companies to be found in fiction. If I missed one, feel free to yell at me in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe so you can really give it to me.

Reaper Cast Workbench

10.) The Work Bench, Reaper Read more…

“Better Than Bladerunner”- Top Fifteen Uses of Voiceover- A Mexican Standoff

Voiceover is a mechanic that I hate. Most of the time, it’s superfluous and annoying and really just only explains the absolute obvious, pandering straight down into the audience’s faces. Personally, it turns me off.

That’s why proper use of the mechanic should be awarded. It’s not without its merits. Sometimes it’s necessary to understanding the plot, while others use it for an added injection of comedy. It can be a handy feature, but only if used correctly. The items on this list will be immortalized for their not being as bad as the voiceover from Bladerunner.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The entire genre of film noir has been discounted from this list, as the vast majority of its films contain voiceover and it’s all so strikingly similar that it’s hard to differentiate them. That being said, on with the list…

Mean Girls

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Top Ten Alcohol Moments in Media- A Mexican Standoff

This list comes about in tribute to this weekend’s debut of Iron Man 3, where children of all ages can line up to learn lessons about honor and courage from an absolute dick and functional alcoholic. Unfortunately for Tony, this section means he won’t be included on this list, even though the “Demon in a Bottle” run of his comics set alcohol as his greatest foe because, well, name another one.

This Mexican Standoff covers everything, from best new alcohols to best uses of alcohol as a narrative device. Basically, anything involving alcohol could potentially belong on this list.

*Disclaimer: As if it needs to be said, I don’t condone alcoholism or alcohol abuse, but rather discourage its use as a way to rid you of your troubles or as a substitute for breast feeding. Drink in moderation, drink responsibly, and never drink alone- KL*

Parks and Recreation

10) Parks and Recreation, The Whole Department, Snake Juice Read more…

Top Ten Depressing Comedies- A Mexican Standoff

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down a well and die.”- Mel Brooks (probably, who knows if I can trust the Internet)

I don’t quite know what draws the line between comedy and tragedy- jokes I suppose- but I do know that the two intersect more often than you’d think, and I simply can’t pass up the opportunity to use a Mel Brooks quote.

Comedy and tragedy have a closer relationship than we initially believe. There’s a reason we find out later on that many of our favorite comedians suffered greatly with depression. Behind all good funny, there’s something inherently sad. Here’s a list of items that lets the sad shine through a bit more than normal…

Community Troy Birthday

10) Community Season 2 Episode 10- “Mixology Certification” Read more…

Ten Worst Parts of Ten Great Works- A Mexican Standoff

Sometimes, even in something that you love, there is that one thing that will always bother you. A moment, or a scene, or a character that just nags at you and will never let you go. Sometimes it totally tanks a work, while other times it becomes the thing you fast forward through on a rewatch.

What spurred on this article was revisiting the seminal television program Scrubs, one of my all-time favorites, which, for better or worse, ran for a strong eight seasons and one final, abysmal, wholly forgettable and redonkulous ninth season. Most of the main cast disappeared and a new batch of less-than-stellar young people rushed in attempting to fill the void left by the absence of J.D. and Glenn Matthews (The Janitor, for those of you not well-versed on Scrubs lore for some reason).

The show also shifted from being about doctors, to being about people who wanted to be doctors and thus I have deemed it “Med School” and consider it another show entirely, one starring the brother of James Franco.

I’ve ranted about this enough up here that this particular item won’t be included on the list, but know it is there in spirit.

(Side note: The thirteenth book in the Series of Unfortunate Events epoch would be on here if I didn’t fear the interminable wrath of my friend Paige should she find out. If you see this… Hello, Paige. Please don’t hit me.)

arrested development martin short

10) Arrested Development– Martin Short Read more…

Top Ten Pet Owners- A Mexican Standoff

In the real world, many perfectly normal, standard people own many perfectly normal, standard pets. Lots of white people with lots of dogs.

But this is the media. The Liberal media. Here, we don’t have WASPs that own pets, we have pet owners who own wasps for pets. Ash Ketchum has elemental rodents. Ozymandias has a strange tiger-moose thing that is probably explained in the comics but I didn’t read that noise.

Keep in mind that these are not the ten best pet caretakers, but really just ten awesome people who happen to own pets…

Commander Shepard Femshep

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