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Today is my birthday, and if you guess how old I am, you’ll win uh, I don’t know. A hundred points.

But since I am turning the magical age of _____ today, I thought it might be time for you guys to know me a little better as I write much of the crap you see on here every day.

Most internet sites are faceless walls of text and pictures, and you don’t really know who’s behind them. This isn’t my life story, but since we’re a media site, I thought I’d share with you my top three favorite movies, TV shows and video games in order for you to know that side of me a little better. They explain much about my personality, and feel free to judge me if you like.

Also, if you guys want, feel free to give me your top 3’s for each as well. It’s be cool to get to know you better too.

Movies

3. The Fast and the Furious

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Everyone has the movie they love even though they know it’s fundamentally terrible. Some will pick Red Dawn, others Top Gun, but as I come from a different generation, it’s The Fast and the Furious.

When I was sixteen, this movie rocked my world as I was really into the whole tuner scene and inspired me to pimp out my Ford Focus to be a sex machine. Thankfully that plan didn’t get too far before I wised up and didn’t start putting tribal decals on the side of it.

The film itself is one giant movie quote, with every line an instant classic. Sometimes my friends and I will put it on and narrate the entire thing just for old time’s sake. “One of the things that we knows is, it’s not how you STAND by your car, it’s how you RACE you car.”

2. Gladiator

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Gladiator was I believe the first R-rated movie I ever saw, as I grew up in a rather strict household that banned all forms of violent media. And what a first movie it was.

Yes, the violence is still brutal to this day, but fortunately, Gladiator has an amazing story to go along with it, and I don’t think my own views and the Best Picture Oscar have ever aligned themselves to such a degree before.

The only downside to the film is that both Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe seemed to have peaked with it, something most aptly demonstrated recently by Robin Hood. But man, I can go back and watch their first adventure together an infinite amount of times.

1. Memento

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I hated Memento the first time I watched it.

I think I was about sixteen, and when that car screeched to a halt at the end and the credits rolled, I was like “wait, what?” But I think the first time through, that’s the reaction everyone has.

Since then, it’s become my go-to pick when anyone asks me my favorite movie. I must have seen it 20 times by now, as it’s become the movie I always recommend when I meet anyone uninitiated to its greatness. It’s so smart, so well written and acted that I have yet to find anything that even comes close to it, and it turned me on to Chris Nolan before he ever got near a batmobile.

Also, my biggest pet peeve in the world is when people list this under their favorite movies on Facebook, and spell it “Momento”

(Runners Up: Love Actually, 300, The Prestige)

Video Games

3. Halo 3

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I’ve been playing a lot of Modern Warfare 2 the past few months, but only recently have I realized that it’s really made me miss Halo 3. Combat in MW2 just seems so repetitive. You have a dozen guns that shoot bullets at different speeds for different distances, and if you see a guy before he sees you, you almost always will get the kill.

Halo 3 is different. I can play this game for years and still see just absolutely ridiculous scenarios that I didn’t even know where possible. I once swung a hammer, killing a guy on a Mongoose, and sending the flaming wreck speeding across the map to kill someone else. I once through a stick grenade into a grav lift, only to have it randomly stick to an enemy plane flying by. The game is full of moments like these, and you’ll see new ones for as long as you’re playing.

As to which game requires more skill, I can’t rightly say, but all I know is that I’ve had a blast for years with Halo 3, even though my enthusiasm for MW2 is currently winding down.

2. Mass Effect

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Mass Effect was the first game that convinced me that video games were on track to surpass movies in terms of immersiveness. I fully believe that if enough people discover this game, and a film adaptation is made of it CORRECTLY, it could very well be this generation’s Star Wars. The universe is there, people just need to find it.

The galaxy that’s been created here is massive, with alien races’ histories detailed more than you would ever think possible or necessary. What really made the game great was the story and the characters, as the best part of it wasn’t the combat, but rather the “boring” talking parts you would normally skip in other games.

It was an almost scary feeling to actually bond with my crew, and real emotions surfaced when I had to make a tough call on who to sacrifice or when a romantic flirtation finally blossomed into something more. You had an additional connection to your character because you could make them from scratch, any race, any gender, and they really did feel like your own as you progressed through the game. Mass Effect is the future of gaming, and mark my words this series will change everything if it keeps on its current path of greatness.

1. Super Smash Bros. 64

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I have been playing this game for over ten years now, and it still doesn’t get old. It’s quite possibly the greatest video game ever created, with the most amount of replay value I’ve ever seen. You can spent a decade perfecting its art, and then still meet someone who can utterly destroy you.

Smash Bros. is an almost perfectly balanced fighting game, as if you’re good enough, you can beat any character with any other character given the right tactics, even Jigglypuff. It’s that sense of fairness and balance that’s lacking from the newer installments of the game, with so many characters it’s bound to be uneven, and level after level where you’re constantly fighting some crazy shit happening in the arena rather than your opponents. Don’t even get my started on the new “fatalities.”

But the original is a return to a simpler time, and is the only game I can still pick up at any given moment and it never feels dated or any less fun.

(Runners Up: Starcraft, Perfect Dark, Grand Theft Auto III)

TV

3. Lost

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Despite how it may have or have not ended, there is no show I’ve ever seen that was as physically addicting as Lost. Watching the first season on DVD was like doing hard drugs. It was bliss, but then got chills when I realized I would have to wait for more.

After that, I had to watch week to week, and every new episode managed to answer a question while adding three more. Over the years we really go to know the characters, and the series is full of emotional moments of love, death and everything in between.

Sure it’s all because of magic light or something, but whatever, the six year journey was one I’ll never forget, and I’m not sure how any other show will ever have a mystery that lives up to this one.

2. The Wire

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I was skeptical of The Wire at first, and it even took me an entire season and a half to like it, but once I realized its genius, I was hooked forever.

There is no better written or acted drama on television, EVER, and its Emmy snubs alone prove the case for those awards being worthless.

No, I’ve never lived on the streets nor been involved with any narcotic gangs, but by the time the show was over, I felt like an expert, and had grown to love all the miserable, f*cked up characters on the show. HBO produces a lot of quality, but The Wire is far and away their best effort to date.

1. Arrested Development

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Sometimes, I sit around and am literally sad that this show doesn’t exist anymore. It’s perfect. It is a perfect piece of popular culture. Many will say it was killed too soon, but I say three seasons is probably good, as the show was never stretched into badness like many other quality comedies (The Office).

It’s without a doubt the smartest show ever written. Each episode is packed with joke on top of joke on top of joke, most of which you won’t even recognize until about your third or fourth viewing.

Brilliant writing combined with not one or two, but an entire stable of memorable and hilarious characters, and there just isn’t any comedy that’s ever come close to it in television history.

(Runners Up: Battlestar Galactica, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Undeclared)


  • BoomShakaLaka

    So.. I take it you’re 25/26… if either one is correct… I’ll take 50 points please.

    BTW.. Props for Memento and The Wire…

    Really, nothing better has come out in the past 10 years to really compete.

  • Zer0point

    Good list. Today’s my birthday too lol

  • ash

    You’re 25.

  • Levance

    fav 3 movies
    3. Goonies- my fast and the furious
    2. LOTR Trilogy- just can’t count them as one and all around badass
    1. star wars a new hope – the movie that sparked my nerdiness

    Fav 3 games
    3. Gears of war 2- Marcus Fenix enough said
    2. World of warcraft- MMORPG king and ultimiate nerd game
    1. Legend of Zelda Orcarana of time – best game ever hands down

    Fav 3 tv shows
    3. Dexter- i love you Micheal C. Hall
    2. arrested D- most under rated show of all time
    1. the simpson- same last name as me been around almost my whole life and though not as good as the old days still going strong

  • @ Zer0point

    Happy Birthday!

  • ROSS

    Fave movies
    3 Indiana Jones and the last crusade
    2 Batman
    1 The Dark Knight
    Fave Games
    3 Modern Warfare 2
    2 Halo 3
    1 Metal Gear Sold 3
    Fave TV shows
    3 30 Rock
    2 LOST
    1 Smallville

  • Bashman

    Movies
    1. The Matrix
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. Akira

    Video Games
    1. God of War
    2. Ico
    3. Metal Gear Solid

    TV
    1. Lost
    2. Scrubs
    3. The Sopranos

  • 25 years old. 100 points!

  • lalo

    Happy birthday!!!!! you’re 23/24

  • XenoIrish

    just turned 29?

  • SF

    You’re 24

  • MBC

    Tough to narrow each category into 3 selections, but based on how I felt when I first saw/played them:

    3.Empire Strikes Back
    2.Shawshank Redemption
    1.Boondock Saints

    3.Mass Effect
    2.Secret of Monkey Island
    1.StarCraft

    3.Star Trek:Next Gen
    2.Futurama
    1.Arrested Development

    Happy Birthday, good picks.

  • Sion

    fav movies
    3. The Goonies
    2. Shaun of the Dead
    1. Lord of the Rings

    fav Games
    3. Fallout 3
    2. Mass Effect 2
    1. Star Wars; Knights of the Old Republic

    Fav TV shows
    3. Top Gear
    2. The Simpsons
    1. The Wire

    I am guess at 24 years young?

  • Jessikat

    27. Happy Birthday! Have a good one!

  • illeaturfamily

    im sayin 23

  • Then you’re 23?

    Movies
    1. Star Wars EP V
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. The Matrix

    Video Games
    1. Metal Gear Solid
    2. Fallout 3
    3. Call of Duty 4 MW

    TV
    1. Firefly
    2. Seinfeld
    3. Dexter

  • Crazysruzz

    Movies
    3. Memento
    2. L. A. Confidential
    1. The Shawshank Redemption

    Video Games
    3. Chrono Cross
    2. Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    1. Grim Fandango

    TV
    3. Futurama
    2. Avatar: The Last Airbender
    1. LOST

  • Sideshow

    Movies

    3. Sunshine (2007)
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    1. The Dark Knight

    Video Games

    3. Goldeneye 64
    2. Crysis
    1. Battlefield 1942

    TV

    3. Deadwood
    2. Futurama
    1. Top Gear

  • Bigdog

    Happy Birthday man, nice list.

    Mine is in a week so I say you are 27 cause I was also about 16 when Fast and Furious came out.

    Movies:
    1) Braveheart
    2) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    3) Armageddon

    Video Game:
    1) Zelda: ALttP
    2) Super Mario RPG: LotSS
    3) NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

    TV:
    1) The Outer Limits (Can anyone give me a ‘second’ on this?)
    2) Lost
    3) Jericho

  • Velovan

    Not a bad list there. Here’s mine:

    Movies

    3. LotR Trilogy
    2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    1. SW: Empire Strikes Back

    Video Games

    3. World of Warcraft (the ultimate social MMO)
    2. Super Mario Bros. 3 (probably the best game ever made)
    1. Half-Life & Half-Life 2 (HL’s single player > Any other shooter)

    TV

    3. Battlestar Galactica
    2. Arrested Development
    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Firefly would have probably bumped BSG if it had lasted longer than 2/3 of a season.

  • matt

    Movies- this one is hard but this week in no particular order
    1. Boondock Saints
    2. 300
    3. Zombieland

    T.V.- This one is basically impossible
    1. Rescue Me
    2. Sons of Anarchy
    3. The Shield
    I have to include Dexter
    Books- Can’t really do video games because I’m not a nerd (Yeah that’s sarcasm)
    1. The Tommyknockers
    2. The Childrens War
    3. The Shining

  • The 2,334,275,002nd most interesting man on the planet

    @Sideshow
    Sunshine is awesome, and would be one of my favorites if it wasn’t for that crazy guy at the end. That was a little much for me!

    Movies
    3. There Will be Blood
    2. The Matrix
    1. Gladiator

    Video Games
    3. Resident Evil 2
    2. Madden 02
    1. Halo: Combat Evolved
    (obviously don’t play many games anymore)

    TV
    3. Rome
    2. 24
    1. Seinfeld

  • Mumu

    Happy Birthday^^

    Movies
    3. All the Indiana Jones movies, yea including crystal skull<..<

    Tv Shows
    3. Better Off Ted
    2. X-Files
    1. House

  • Mumu

    Happy Birthday^^

    Movies
    3. All the Indiana Jones movies, yea including crystal skull<..<

  • Films:

    3. Rushmore
    2. Memento
    1. Original Star Wars Trilogy

    Video Games:

    3. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    2. C&C: Red Alert 2
    1. Fallout 3

    (Red Dead is steadily climbing though. I just hate that it feels so much like GTA in the West)

    TV:

    3. Flight of the Conchords
    2. 30 Rock
    1. The NFL

    Bands: (You totally should have had this as a category!)

    3. Underworld
    2. Coldplay
    1. The Prodigy

  • Sideshow

    @ The 2,334,275,002nd most interesting man on the planet

    i know what you mean about the guy at the end. i find that every time i watch it though that i appreciate the way the ending was presented with the blurriness and loud screetching noises. it makes the following scenes feel more relieving than depressing and semi joyful. also, probably the best matched score to a movie. one of those movies that just leaves you in a mood for the rest of the day.

  • Sam

    I would guess you’re 23.
    Movies:
    1. Fight Club
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. The Incredibles
    TV shows
    1. Lost
    2. The Simpsons
    3. The Wire (hearing you talk about it actually made me want to see it so thank you)
    Video Games
    1. CoD 4
    2. Super Mario Bros. 3
    3. Uncharted 2

  • Wizard Face

    Happy birthday! my guess is 24.

    Movies:
    1. Baseketball
    2. High Fidelity
    3. Rolling Kansas

    TV Shows:
    1. 30 Rock
    2. How I Met Your Mother
    3. Drive

    Games:
    1. Final Fantasy 9
    2. Zelld Ocarina of Time
    3. Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition Remix

    Bands:
    1. Streetlight Manifesto
    2. Bad Religion
    3. Pegasuses XL

  • Blackpill

    Movies:
    -Orange Clockwork.
    -2001.
    -The Matrix.

    Games:
    -Resident Evil 4.
    -S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
    -GTA San Andreas.

    TV:
    -Lost.
    -The Prisoner (Original).
    -Twilight Zone (Original).

    And it would be such fun idea for a new section here, I mean, if you have access to some famous people that make his Top Five, including as well his 5 favorites books, actors, porn actress, whatever.
    Love the site.

  • EJ

    I was in the Navy on a ship when Memento reached us. I can honestly say I was the only one on the ship to like it, and the truth is they liked it well enough until the last 5 minutes, then declared their hatred for a “stupid movie” after it ended (began?). I love that film to death, and I think I’ve seen just about Guy Pierce movie since, and many before (Hello Prisilla!)

    I second Arrested Development. I saw it for the first time when IFC started playing it. Best. Show. Ever.

    Oh, and one who misspells “threw” probably shouldn’t throw stones at those who misspell “Momento.”

  • J5

    Congrats on the birthday, hope it’s a blast, as for the age guess I’m going with 26/27 based on the fact that memento came out in 2000 & you were 16 when you saw it…..even though you could’ve seen it at home later on. Either way, I’m right, so I would appreciate my 100 points in small bills in a breifcase complete with attaching hand cuff, to be delivered at Tucson Electric Park. You will dump the package into a trash can and walk away. Tell no one. You will be watched. Good day.

    As for the list:

    Movies –
    3. The Shawshank Redemption
    2. Memento
    1. The Cable Guy (I dont care what anyone says, this movie is GOLD and also the inspiration for my XBL gamer tag)

    Video Games –
    3. Sega NHL Hockey ’93
    2. Tie Between GTA San Andreas & Red Dead
    1. Fallout 3

    TV Shows –
    4. The Boondocks
    3. Spartacus: Blood & Sand
    2. Seinfeld
    1. Arrested Development

  • Parker Jammstein

    Going with 25, points are irrelevant

    Movies:

    3) Gladiator (I agree. Robin Hood was absolutely dreadful.)
    2) Night of the Living Dead
    1) Dead Alive

    Video Games
    3) Mario Party
    2) Super Smash Bros.
    1) Any Pokemon game. They’re addictive.

    Shows:
    3) Family Guy
    2) 24
    1) The Twilight Zone (original). Rod Serling probably took shits that had more potential than most Hollywood scripts. He’s the man.

  • J5

    @ Blackpill

    Books –
    5. Napalm & Silly Putty (George Carlin)
    4. Hells Angels (Hunter S. Thompson)
    3. The Wu Tang Manual (RZA)
    2. Any Dexter book
    1. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (HST, agian)

    Actors –
    5. Chrisitan Bale
    4. Edward Norton
    3. Robert DeNiro
    2. Leonardo DiCaprio
    1. Jack Nicholson

    Porn Actresses –
    5. Jenna Jameson (Pre-plastic duck face)
    4. Chasey Lain (90’s porn at it’s finest)
    3.Stormy (in the words of Borat she has very nice “Plastic Chests”)
    2. Kobe Tai
    1. Kim Kardashian (only cause she’s in one, not because of the actual movie itself….that thing was TERRIBLE.)

    Now that I’ve answered these and proven my firmly held place amongst the degenerates & pervs, who’s next?

  • Lagrange

    Movies:
    Matrix
    The Lion King
    Back to the Future

    Video Games:
    Tony Hawks Skateboarding 2
    Final Fantasy 7
    The Day of the Tentacle

    TV:
    Futurama
    Veronica Mars
    Arrested Development

    But I love many TV shows and movies, so I don’t really know if it’s fair to pick from them.
    The only two names, which really stand out in the world of movies, video games and TV shows are “Arrested Development” and “The Day of the Tentacle”.

    Everyone who hasn’t experienced these two is not ready to die yet.

    cheers, Lagrange

  • NLYosh

    Top 3:
    Movies
    3.High Fidelity
    2.Pulp Fiction
    1.Godfather Pt. 1

    Games
    3.Oblivion
    2.Resident Evil 2
    1.Ocarina Of Time

    TV
    3.Twilight Zone
    2.The Wire
    1.Arrested Development

    Great post!

  • Wildlife

    Movies:
    3.The fifth element (guilty pleasure)
    2.The Shawshank Redemption
    1.The usual suspects

    Video Games
    3. Final Fantasy 9
    2. Kingdom Hearts (all of them)
    1. Anything to do with SMB

    TV shows
    3. That 70’s Show
    2. Arrested Development
    1.Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • andrew

    @ Wizard Face

    Oh my god, Rolling Kansas is pure genius. Nice pick.

    “We all hate you. Also, some enraged farmer has stolen your wheelchair.”

  • kongobong

    Movies:
    Sin City
    T2
    Dark Knight

    Games:
    God of War
    Metal Gears Solid
    Fifa

    TV:
    Lost
    Scrubs
    Dexter

  • andrew

    Oh and happy birthday Paul. Love the site. Go have a pint, you’ve earned it.

    While I’m at it:

    Movies:
    Pulp Fiction
    Aliens
    Shaun of the Dead
    Ed Wood
    (Can’t settle on 3…call it a 4-way tie)

    Games:
    Modern Warfare 2
    Black
    Goldeneye
    (Jeez, notice a pattern in that one?)

    TV:
    Futurama
    Twilight Zone
    Probably a toss up between Arrested Development and the first 11 seasons of the Simpsons. Hard to pick one.

  • Mr Jim

    Movies

    3. Wall-e
    2. Toy Story
    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Video Games

    3. Super Mario 64
    2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
    1. Banjo Tooie

    TV

    3. LOST
    2. Dexter
    1. Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • Velovan

    @ Wildlife

    Damn right, glad to see someone else here put Buffy in its rightful place.

  • BrockSamson

    I’ll give this a try I guess…

    Movies:
    3. Ravenous

    2. Equilibrium

    1. Starship Troopers
    (Blood, gore, giant alien bugs, spaceships, big guns, b-movie dialogue and actors, blockbuster-level special effects, co-ed shower/sex scenes and N-P-fucking-H! This movie has everything that is fun about movies all in one place. Though I am a huge fan of the novel by Heinlein, I saw the film several years before books began to interest me in the way that they currently do. I will not excuse how badly Verhoeven butchered a Grand Master’s wonderfully crafted piece of literature, but the movie is truly something to behold on its own. Sometimes its nice to pop in a DVD and be able to completely turn off your brain.)

    Games:
    3. Final Fantasy X

    2. Marvel vs. Capcom 2

    1. Counter-Strike (Any of its several incarnations)

    TV: (Strictly live-action shows)
    3. Sons of Anarchy
    (Although it appears to be on the verge of becoming monumentally boring)

    2. Flight of the Conchords

    1. Trailer Park Boys (So addicted to this show and I don’t even know why)

    I like all of your guys’ lists, too. Soo many memories simultaneously triggered. I gotta admit, Paul, when I opened this article I was bit skeptical, but it was a really fun read along with the comments.

  • BrockSamson

    Anyone ever seen Ravenous, by the way? Such a strange movie, but I’ve always liked it. The score is amazing.

  • The Mutt

    Movies:
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    The Maltese Falcon
    Tarzan and His Mate

    TV:
    Star Trek
    Lost
    The Daily Show

    Video Games:
    I’ve never played a Video Game.

    I can’t help it. I’m old!

  • Alright, I’m about to head out for the night, but to all those who said 23, points all around!

    Good hearing from all of you. Feel free to comment this much on any post on the site! haha

  • chelsea

    so, fast and the furious “rocked your world” 2 years after it came out? i knew you were younger than me from previous posts, but geez… now i feel older (i’m 25)

    i notice a lot of people put memento down as one of their top 3 favorite movies and i AM going to criticize…. i like that movie a lot. i understood it the first time i saw it and then bought it and made everyone watch it… however, i will say it is not a GREAT movie. it was told backwards, that’s it…. that is the only thing that sets it aside from most generic movies of that sort. the acting was bleh and story is pretty laughable…. watch it again in a couple years, after you’ve seen more movies… you might agree. the usual suspects is a very similar movie that is FAR superior (still not in my top 3, but excellent).

    here are mine, and you can tell i understand guilty pleasures as much as the next person.

    MOVIES
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    2. Star Trek
    1. Moulin Rouge

    GAMES (not a huge gamer, but i play sometimes)
    3. MarioKart
    2. Spyro the Dragon
    1. Super Mario Bros. 3

    TV (this is super hard, i could list a top 50)
    3. Arrested Development
    2. Dexter
    1. LOST

  • Velovan

    @ The Mutt

    The Wii was invented for people who are too old/young to play video games 🙂

  • Ben

    Happy birthday! Unreality is amazing!

    My fave 3 movies:
    3. The Prestige
    2. Children of Men
    1. Memento

    However, I think the BEST movie of all time is The Dark Knight. If you could show someone who had never seen a single movie, and this was the only one they’d ever see, I think TDK perfectly embodies everything great about cinema: the action, explosions, acting, writing, cinematography – it’s a perfect balance of all the elements.

    My fave games:
    3. Fable II
    2. Half-Life 2
    1. Mirror’s Edge

    Mirror’s Edge deserves to be way more popular than it is. Everyone who has played it has fallen in love with it, and I think it deserves to be remembered as a cult classic in the vein of Psychonauts or Beyond Good and Evil. I don’t replay games very often, but I’ve played through Mirror’s Edge at least 8 times.

    Fave TV
    3. 24 (I admit, the old seasons were far better)
    2. Chuck (I know you aren’t watching this show, but you must. I consider the 2nd season one of the best single seasons of tv this decade)
    1. Community

    If you aren’t watching this show, you need to get on board immediately. It’s one of the best-written, well-acted comedies I’ve ever seen. It does an amazing job of switching between different types of humor, and no matter what comedic style you prefer, Community has it. Its themes and jokes are as eclectic and strange as its characters. And Alison Brie (of Mad Men fame) is really hot.

  • Ben

    @Blackpill

    Lol, “Orange Clockwork”? Strike that, reverse it.

    Add an ‘A’ in front and you’ve got yourself a winner.

    Btw, as much a classic as the Kubrick film is, the European (original) edition of the novel is far better and very different thematically. Not to be a snob, but I’m a bit of a dystopian junkie.

  • Madison

    @ Ben

    A Clockwork Orange is probably my favorite movie of all time.

    And the only difference between the European and American novel is an extra chapter in which Alex is reformed. That’s it. It also happens to be one of my favorite books. Thematically, there is nothing different from the movie. Did you read it?

    Also, Children of Men is probably my 2nd favorite movie ever, so nice choices.

  • Nick

    Films:

    3 – The Hurt Locker
    2 – The Lives of Others
    1 – Casablanca

    Games:

    3 – Fallout (the original and best)
    2 – Planescape: Torment
    1 – Deus Ex (it’s all about the pc gaming, kids)

    TV:

    3 – The Shield
    2 – Dark Angel (hey, I can like crap too)
    1 – Southland (if Band of Brothers counted then it would be on the list)

    I was gonna say Mad Men but then I realised that would just be for Christina Hendricks.

  • Ben

    @Madison

    I actually wrote my thesis on the Americanization of the novel into both the U.S. edition and the Kubrick movie, so I’ve read it many a time. And the fact that Alex is reformed drastically changes the message. The Kubrick/U.S. versions state that ultimate evil is incurable (these versions are more of a cynical commentary on human nature).

    The legendary “final chapter”, however, shows Alex looking back on his previous exploits as foolish and immature as he yearns to settle down and raise a family. This makes the book into an allegory about teenage phases, not the bleak social criticism one typically thinks of.

    The movie is a classic, to be sure (aren’t all Kubrick films?), but it is dramatically different from its origin.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday! I can’t say exactly how old you are but I believe you’re between the ages of 15 to 75. I don’t mean to insult you if you’re actually 90, or 10 😉

    Anywho, my favorite things are:
    Movies:
    1 – War of the Worlds
    2 – The Rocker
    3 – Alien vs. Predator

    Video Games:
    1 – Halo 3 (Halo Reach soon enough ^_^)
    2 – Trials HD
    3 – Team Fortress 2

    TV
    1 – Just For Laughs: Gags
    2 – Survivor
    3 – The Simpsons

    I’m really not much of a movie or TV person, it took a good 5 minutes to make those lists 😛

  • Laura

    Well first off, happy birthday! High five for Arrested Development! I reference this show multiple times a day, and when I found a guy at work that knows the show, we constantly do our chicken calls (coo coo ka chaaa!). Seeing how I’m the youngest there by 10 years, I take what I can get. I’m afraid I just blue myself.

    Memento is in my top three as well. Literally got a migraine after watching that. I’ve never paid attention so much before in a movie. Other favorites are Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Goodfellas. It’s hard to pick your top 3 movies. Is it based on re-watchability? (is that a word?). I’m an N 64 girl, so Golden Eye and Mariokart defined my later childhood. Star Fox for when I was a kid.

    Arrested Development of course is number one. Alias (JJ is the man) and 30 Rock.

  • Madison

    @ Ben

    Fair enough. I took your comment to mean that the book and movie were drastically different, depending on the version.

    I agree that the theme changes a bit based on that final chapter, but I think it’s impossible to ignore the condemnation of rehabilitation as a measure of justice.

    I’d be interested to read that paper, to be honest with you!

  • grandmort

    My Favorites:

    Movies:

    3. LOTR Trilogy
    2. Blade Runner
    1. Seven

    (Runners-up: Fight Club, Gladiator, Die Hard and many more…)

    Video Games:

    3. Metal Gear Solid – Snake Eater (and then all other MGS)
    2. Ace Combat 04 – Shattered Skies
    1. God of War (all of them)

    Runners-up: SSX (first one), Resistance Fall of Man (first one) and Kid Chameleon (Sega System- yes, I’m old!)

    TV Shows:

    3. Twin Peaks (Like I said, I’m not 25!)
    2. Seinfeld
    1. Lost

    Runners-up: Sex & The City, The Twilight Zone (original) and The Prisoner (original)

  • Henry

    Whoa whoa, you mentioned Undeclared, but not FREAKS AND GEEKS?! WHAT?!

  • Brimley’s Diabetes

    Movie

    #1 Good Will Hunting
    #2 Beerfest
    #3 I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

    Games

    #1 NCAA Football Series
    #2 Streets of Rage 2
    #3 Blades of Steel

    TV

    #1 Snuff Box
    #2 King of the Hill
    #3 South Park

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  • Favorite movies:
    3. Star Wars New Hope/Empire Strikes Back
    2. Nightmare Before Christmas
    1. Oldboy
    (Lord of the Rings:RotK, The Matrix, Princess Mononoke)
    Favorite Games:
    3. Halo 1(campaign) 3 (multiplayer)
    2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    1. The Legend of Zelda (ocarina of time/majoras mask/twilight princess)
    (Super Smash Bros-Brawl, Pokemon Red/Blue, God of War 1-2)
    Favorite TV Shows:
    3. 30 Rock
    2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
    1. Firefly
    (The Office Seasons 1-3, Ergo Proxy, Venture Bros)

  • Mackeaveli

    Movies:

    3. Lord of the Rings
    2. Star Wars (original trilogy)
    1. Saving Private Ryan

    (special mention Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gladiator, Matrix and Aliens)

    OK not original, but my favs

    TV:

    3. Dexter
    2. The Wire
    1. Star Trek

    Games:

    3. Civilization
    2. Counter Strike Source
    1. Modern Warfare

    (Diablo 2, Left for Dead, Doom, XWIng, Battlefield 1942)

  • Deodorant

    Movies:
    Donnie Darko, Mulholland drive, The Road
    Games:
    The Neverhood Chronicles, Grim Fandango, Portal

    I barely ever watch TV, so i’ll skip that one.
    Anyway, i guess this just says i’m a giant snob.

  • Dave

    Happy 26th birthday Paul!

  • Prof. Frink

    Movies:

    3. Saving Private Ryan/Happy Gilmore
    2. V for Vendetta
    1. Gladiator

    (Training Day, Dark Knight, Euro Trip)

    Video Games:
    3. Perfect Dark
    2. Assassins Creed 2
    1. You know it…

    TV:
    3. South Park (until recently)
    2. Scrubs
    1. Anything not Lost

  • ashik

    Happy birthday. Been a regular to the site nearly 2 years now (18 months?).

    Fav movies:
    3 The Fountain – Only if you really get it, and most people don’t.
    2 Robocop – only the originial. Makes me happy everytime. Love that arronofsky going to be directing the new one.
    1 Shawshank Redemption – Never gets old.

    Fav Games
    3. Starcraft
    2. BioShock
    1. Halflife 2

    Fav Tv Shows
    4. Have to the list the Wire!
    3 Firefly
    2 Deadwood
    1 Breaking Bad

    I hate Lost. I’ve seen every single esipode. And it’s a show I countinue to hate. I even hated myself for finishing the show. I’m going to read the sites final words on it on this site and hopefully that might change my mind. I don’t even understand how I managed to watch something I hate. But I did.

  • SickP

    I’ve been coming to this site and relating most of your posts. I turn 26 in July.

    I think it seems everyone seems to think they’re the same age as you.

    I’d like to know, but the answer might ruin the relationship felt to the masses.

  • Blackpill

    @ Ben & Madison

    I agreed whit Madison. The book and the movie are very similar. And the extra chapter is completely useless, pussy and ruin the message. A Kala.

  • Veesh

    Movies
    1. Kill Bill
    2. Love, Actually
    3. Brick

    Video Games
    1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    2. Banjo Kazooie
    3. Left4Dead 2

    TV
    1. Arrested Development
    2. Summer Heights High
    3. Party Down

  • Cameron

    Movies:
    East Of Eden
    After Hours
    The Departed

    Video Games:
    Fallout 3
    Demons Souls
    Ocarina Of Time

    TV:
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Wire
    LOST

  • Levi

    Movies:

    28 Days Later
    Shoot Em Up
    Fight Club

    Runners up: Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Goldmember, Sin City

    Games:

    Mass Effect
    Crysis
    Fear

    Runners up: Goldeneye (N64), Half Life 2, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

    TV:

    South Park
    Mythbusters
    Dragon Ball Z

    Runners up: Avatar, the Last Airbender, The Simpsons, Flight of the Conchords

  • C

    Yikes you are all kids…

  • Levi

    Yikes there is a creepy old man on this site.

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  • Iseut

    Hahaha! funny people bothered to do the maths, and that so many people wrote a comment. it’s even funnier I am reading this quite a while after it’s been posted.

    but then again, i am on of those people who never saw memento cos they thought it was a keanu reeves movie with microchips or smth like that involved. lol

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