Best Of The “Best” Lists



Seeing that I’m strangely fascinated with the end of this decade, I’m really enjoying all of the lists and essays that are springing up online.  All of them trying to explain this cra-zay past ten years.


Time Magazine called it “The Decade From Hell” and although they named me Person Of The Year in 2006, I find it hard to disagree with them. After all this was the decade that 9/11, George Bush’s first term, Creed and teenage acne all hit me at once. But seeing as how this was the first decade I can remember from start to finish, I can still appreciate the finer things the ‘aughts had to offer…and so can other people!

Here are hand picked portions of some “Best Of” lists that are worth a look (if only for arguments).

New York Magazine Best of the 00’s

Movie of the Decade – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


TV Show of the Decade – The Sopranos

Articles to read –

When TV Became Art“- interesting article on the schizophrenic quality of TV this decade

…this was most centrally and importantly the first decade when television became recognizable as art, great art: collectible and life-changing and transformative and lasting. As the sixties are to music and the seventies to movies, the aughts—which produced the best and worst shows in history—were to TV.

A Million Little Cultural Pieces” – Blow-by-Blow pop culture time line

December 19 (2001): First of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films opens. Exposes rich, endless gold mine that is geeks.

The A.V. Club Best Of The Decade

Best Late Night Comedy Show The Daily Show / The Colbert Report

Best Video Game – Bioshock

Craven played this one so here is his take:

“This game feels like a Disney animator took a bunch of acid and decided to create a twisted “uptopia” gone bad…then threw it all underwater just for kicks. Reminded me of the college days huddled around a Gamecube playing Resident Evil with Mitch and trying not to pee myself. Little demon children tailed by giant robots now scare the hell out of me.”

Best Music – Kanye West “The College Dropout“, The White Stripes “White Blood Cells

Articles to read –

The best bad movies of the ’00s – This list might be my favorite for it’s dead on inclusions of The Wicker Man and The Happening. How’d it get burned?!?!

…The spectacle of Cage running around on the island, shrieking “Bitches!” and punching women full in the face, makes The Wicker Man a howlingly good time.

It’s always worth bringing up The Wicker Man if only to post the video that was god’s gift to YouTube. Enjoy the bear-punching-women goodness.


About the Author: Mitch is the resident music wrangler, lifestyle guru, and all-around well connected LaxAllStars insider. The lacrosse playing ended but the friendships never did. Known as the prima-donna of the writers. Still not sure about this whole “internet” thing. Would love to be called “Sir” without the following: “You’re making a scene”.


    • RC-
      As someone who once took a mechanical engineering class and isn't from Idaho I feel I can provide an expert opinion on this matter for you.

      The Wire can be enjoyed as a mini series as each season focuses on a different portion of Balmer e.g. the war on drugs, the docks, the educational system. Although there are recurring characters, each season of The Wire can stand on its own.

      The Sopranos conversely focus on the issue of family and what it means to be a man in every season. Six seasons of Tony Soprano existing, which is precisely why critics refer to the series as the longest movie ever. More than the length, the show was shot like movie giving it a film like quality which a lot of other shows have followed i.e. The Wire, Lost. Sopranos in essence gave birth to these shows because networks realized a well developed story a larger than normal budget for television could flourish.

      In this way, The Sopranos is a far more important show than The Wire.

      But is it better? They are both classified in the new canon of quality television and debating art is for the coffee houses in New York, probably in Williamsburg Brooklyn. That, however is a cop out answer.

      Having seen both in their entirety the better show is The Sopranos. Tony's character is one of the most complex, most interesting, and most developed to ever grace the tiny screen. “What fucking kind of human being am I, if my own mother wants me dead?” Not going to get that dialogue from any other show on television, network or cable.

      P.S. if the Bioshock 2 teaser trailer doesn't haunt your dreams, you're probably a cold blood killer (at least 93 kills to your name).

      P.S.S. For my senior thesis (a fiction piece obvi) I intended to model the tone and mood after BioShock but later realized I'd have a better chance of emulating Hemingway.

      P.S.S. Mitch, how dare you post the ending to The Sopranos. I almost threw a controller at my computer like it I the first time I watched it three years ago.