Ranking the Parks & Recreation Seasons

Parks & Recreation was aight. It was basically a nicecore version of The Office (US) with extremely bad politics. That does sound really bad when you put it like that. There were fun moments, episodes, and strong characterizations in the early years. As the years went on, the show got progressively less good, and that is mostly reflected in the rankings of the seasons. Continue reading Ranking the Parks & Recreation Seasons

Ranking the Richard Linklater Films

UPDATED: 6/9/2022

ONGOING FLUID PROJECT (ie: to be updated continuously yet sporadically)

Unwatched: It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, Waking Life, Tape, Fast Food Nation

Films to Re-Watch Before Placement:  A Scanner Darkly

16. Last Flag Flying

Continue reading Ranking the Richard Linklater Films

Ranking the Justified Seasons

Our Justified Coverage
Ranking the Justified Seasons
Ranking the Justified Big Bads
Ranking the Appearances of Deadwood Actors On Justified
Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances
The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Justified was one of the most fun shows of this century. It is a rare television show in the modern that understands the basics of television programming (TV is supposed to be fun) but that you can still execute it so well that it feels like something more than just a way to get audiences to watch commercials.
Continue reading Ranking the Justified Seasons

Ranking the Justified Big Bads

Our Justified Coverage
Ranking the Justified Seasons
Ranking the Justified Big Bads
Ranking the Appearances of Deadwood Actors On Justified
Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances
The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Justified loved their “Monsters of the Season” structure for their show and employed it each season with minimal variation. This article will rank them. Continue reading Ranking the Justified Big Bads

The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Our Justified Coverage
Ranking the Justified Seasons
Ranking the Justified Big Bads
Ranking the Appearances of Deadwood Actors On Justified
Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances
The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Rules: I am making some very strict restrictions for who could qualify for this very important. The character could not have ever been in the main cast. The character could never have been the big bad of a season. They also had to appear in more than one season. Do these rules seem arbitrary? Yes? But it’s my list. Continue reading The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances

Our Justified Coverage
Ranking the Justified Seasons
Ranking the Justified Big Bads
Ranking the Appearances of Deadwood Actors On Justified
Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances
The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Justified evolved into a show that featured primarily serialized stories where very few characters of any significance popped up only once. Some of the rare ones who did though were genuinely great. Here are the eleven best examples of one-off characters on the show.
Continue reading Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances

Ranking the Appearances from Deadwood Actors in Justified

Our Justified Coverage
Ranking the Justified Seasons
Ranking the Justified Big Bads
Ranking the Appearances of Deadwood Actors On Justified
Top 11 Justified One-Off Appearances
The 10 Best Justified Supporting Characters

Beyond its star, Timothy Olyphant, Justified recognized what a fond idea it would be to cast so many actors from Deadwood. More films and television programs should do this. Here is how I rank their appearances on Justified. Continue reading Ranking the Appearances from Deadwood Actors in Justified

Ranking the Frasier Seasons

Frasier kind of feels oddly forgotten and overlooked as one of the great sitcoms of the last forty years? Maybe my perception is skewed a bit, but it just seems the show does not get discussed or referenced as much as it should in comparison to some other huge hits from that time period. Whatever. Anyway, here is how I rank the seasons. Continue reading Ranking the Frasier Seasons

The NBA Book Canon

Okay, I am cheating here. This is a film and television website/blog. BUT HEAR ME OUT. NBA books are the essentially this long informal serialized series that reminds me of A Song of Ice & Fire (only if they were written better than what Martin puts out). The Palace Intrigue dynamic is just electric. The catty drama is insane. So, in honor of the  HBO ’80s Lakers Series that is inspired by Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, I figured I would begin this project.

(Now, amusingly enough, said book on the Lakers is not now, nor scheduled to be included. It is frankly quite mid. As you will see, a single volume on a franchise meant to cover many years is often an inadequate combination.)

***LIKE ALL LISTS ON THIS WEBSITE: THIS LIST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED AS I READ MORE NBA HISTORY***

 

Continue reading The NBA Book Canon

Ranking the Christopher Nolan Films

“Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.”

Christopher Nolan is a fascinating director. He is perhaps best understood by comparing his first film (Following) and his most recent film, at the time of original publication (Tenet). Both films best capture what he seems to value most in movies: mood & atmosphere. He is not a plot-detailed oriented director. At least, there is little to no evidence to suggest he values that. He cares about the feeling watching a movie gives you. The story of his films is the pull between that desire to pursue focusing on a film’s vibes and Hollywood conventions that focus more on plot and traditional means of characterization. The results have been mixed to say the least but rarely boring. Continue reading Ranking the Christopher Nolan Films