scrollhaven (scrollhaven) wrote,

Top 20s

I was recently asked to list my top 20 movies, TV shows, books, comics and games. I don't have them in any particular order, and I'm sure I've missed some that I'll be headslapping about later, but I thought I'd share.

This was hard, because I've got a lot. I feel like this is a good smattering from all over the place of my cinematic enjoyment.

  1. Brazil (Terry Gilliam)

  2. Fight Club (David Fincher)

  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)

  4. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest)

  5. Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

  6. Three Kings (David O. Russell)

  7. Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)

  8. To Catch a Thief (Hitchcock)

  9. The General (Buster Keaton)

  10. The Gold Rush (Chaplin)

  11. Yojimbo (kurosawa)

  12. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)

  13. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Miyazaki)

  14. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)

  15. The Big Lebowski (Coen Brothers)

  16. Snatch (Guy Ritchie)

  17. The Shining (Kubrick)

  18. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

  19. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)

  20. Dark City (Alex Proyas)

TV Shows:
This was hard because I just don't watch much TV. Therefore, there's a lot of nostalgia on this list.

  1. Max Headroom

  2. Knight Rider

  3. The Prisoner

  4. Simpsons

  5. Family Guy

  6. Original Star Trek

  7. Firefly

  8. Kids in the Hall

  9. Mr. Show

  10. Freaks and Geeks

  11. Bruce Timm's Animated Batman

  12. Disney's Duck Tales

  13. Disney's Tale Spin

  14. Futurama

  15. Northern Exposure

  16. X-Files

  17. The State

  18. South Park

  19. The Muppet Show

  20. 3-2-1 Contact

And here was where I found out I don't read nearly as much as I act like I do. And when I do read, I read comics (see below). I'm sure I've forgotten a couple major works here. This is also where I think my taste is the worst - I like a lot of pulpy trash.

  1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

  2. Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)

  3. Neuromancer (William Gibson)

  4. Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)

  5. Diamond Age (Stephenson)

  6. A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)

  7. Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

  8. The Cheese Monkeys (Chip Kidd)

  9. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

  10. Small Gods (Terry Pratchett)

  11. Dragonlance (Weis & Hickman)

  12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)

  13. The Conan Chronicles (Robert E. Howard)

  14. A Fine and Pleasant Misery (Patrick McManus)

  15. The Odyssey (Homer)

  16. Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond)

  17. Ed Emberley's Big Purple Drawing Book

  18. What do People do All Day? (Richard Scarry)

  19. The Way Things Work (David Macaulay)

  20. Griffin and Sabine (Nick Bantock)

I love comics. But I hate superheros. There is one (1) superhero-ish comic on this list, and that's probably Tom Strong. Hm.

  1. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)

  2. Nausicaa (Hiyao Miyazaki)

  3. Ghost in the Shell (Shirow)

  4. Bone (Jeff Smith)

  5. Liberty Meadows (Frank Cho)

  6. Bloom County (Berkeley Breathed)

  7. Knights of the Dinner Table (Jolly Blackburn)

  8. Tom Strong (Alan Moore)

  9. Dirty Pair (Adam Warren)

  10. Tintin (Herge)

  11. Jimmy Corrigan (Chris Ware)

  12. Peanuts (Charles Schultz)

  13. Understanding Comics (Scott McCloud)

  14. Calvin and Hobbes (Watterson)

  15. Little Nemo (Winsor McKay)

  16. Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis)

  17. Ronin (Frank Miller)

  18. Preacher (Garth Ennis)

  19. Eightball (Daniel Clowes)

  20. The Complete R. Crumb

I took this as tabletop, role-playing, computer and arcade games. All over the place here.

  1. Dungeons and Dragons (tabletop)

  2. Trivial Pursuit (board)

  3. Betrayal at House on the Hill (Avalon Hill)

  4. Chez Geek (card)

  5. Kill Doctor Lucky (Cheapass Games)

  6. Starcraft (Blizzard)

  7. Dungeon Siege (video game)

  8. World of Warcraft (Blizzard)

  9. Secret of Monkey Island (LucasArts)

  10. Star Control 2 (Accolade)

  11. Nethack

  12. SpaceQuest (Sierra)

  13. Chrono Trigger (Squaresoft)

  14. Final Fantasy Tactics (Squaresoft)

  15. Castlevania: SoTN (Konami?)

  16. Tetris

  17. Apples to Apples (card)

  18. Scrabble (board)

  19. Spyro the Dragon (video game)

  20. Fallout (Interplay)

There you have it. If anyone at all ever benefits from these lists, then my work here is done. Also, if anyone is curious about any one of my choices, feel free to ask me about it.
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