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  • #255956

    Warbodog

    Looks like these lists are prematurely going up already, so what were some of your favourite things released in 2010-19, off the top of your heart?

    Whatever self-imposed rules you like, to keep things from getting out of hand. I’ve gone top 5 by category, in chronological order.

    Telly (ruthlessly narrowed down)

    Doctor Who series 5-6 + 50th + Heaven Sent (2010-15)
    Breaking Bad seasons 3-5 (2010-13)
    Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle series 2-4 (2011-16)
    Black Mirror series 1-2 + White Christmas (2011-14)
    Inside No. 9 (2014-18)

    Films (didn’t see many, I’ll catch up over time)

    Melancholia (2011)
    The Imposter (2012)
    Predestination (2014)
    Interstellar (2014)
    Arrival (2016)

    Books

    China Miéville, Kraken (2010)
    Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery (2010)
    Alan Partridge, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan (2011)
    Robert Shearman, Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman (2012)
    Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, Providence (2015-17)

    Albums

    Chromatics, Kill for Love (2012)
    Dead Can Dance, Anastasis (2012)
    Ghost, Infestissumam (2013)
    2814, Birth of a New Day (2015)
    Steven Wilson, Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)

    G&T users

    Jawscvmcdia
    RamesesNiblickTheThird
    Better Dead Than Smeg
    Warbodog
    Jawscvmcdia (2)

    N.B. Please don’t spend longer working this out than it deserves.

    #255957

    quinn_drummer

    TOP 5 WANKS

    16th March 2011 at 23:02
    29th October 2013 07:34
    01st August 2016 19:57
    22nd August 2016 14:15
    12th February 2018 21:41

    #255958

    Warbodog

    There’s still time to beat it, don’t call the shots yet.

    #255959

    quinn_drummer

    Think I can replace my top 5 in the next 6 weeks? Challenge accepted.

    #255960

    Dave

    Top ten years:

    2011
    2013
    2012
    2019
    2010
    2018
    2014
    2015
    2017
    2016

    (in no particular order)

    #255962

    Warbodog

    I deserve this.

    #255964

    quinn_drummer

    TOP 5 QUICKLY DERAILED THREADS

    THIS ONE
    THIS ONE
    THIS ONE
    THIS ONE
    IDEA FOR AN EPISODE

    #255967

    Nick R

    To get it back onto the rails again:

    TOP THREE RED DWARF SERIES:

    XI
    X
    XII

    #255968

    Warbodog

    TOP VI

    V
    IV
    I
    VI
    III
    II

    Which can be remembered by the simple acronym: ‘viviviiiiii.’

    #255969

    Warbodog

    Belatedly realised what Nick R was doing there. I can’t even follow my own rules when I get too excited by the prospect of putting things in order.

    #255970

    MANI506

    I wish Brooker/Cunk/Shitpeas would come back and do a 2010swipe

    #255971

    bloodteller

    Couldn’t think of a Top 5 for everything, so here’s my Top 1s.

    TV

    -Red Dwarf X

    FILMS

    -The Meg

    BOOKS

    -This one cookbook that has a great recipe for coconut rice

    ALBUMS

    – I didn’t listen to any (this isn’t an album title. i genuinely didn’t listen to any)

    GAMES

    -Undertale

    G&T USERS

    – Not sure I can pick a favorite, most of you are excellent

    #255972

    Ben Saunders

    Favourite thing I found: A tenner down the back of an arcade machine
    Favourite thing I lost: My virginity

    #255973

    Dave

    I found a Twix in my coat pocket. That was a pretty amazing day.

    #255976

    Warbodog

    Top 10 screwball conspiracy theories: 2010s edition

    – Flat Earth (reprise)
    – US weather control programs causing earthquakes and typhoons in Asia
    – Stephen Moffat’s BDSM agenda
    – My sister-in-law worries that I might be an international spy
    – British comedy DVDs contain Illuminati symbolism if you draw triangles around the characters’ eyes
    – The Mandela effect is parallel universes, not you having a fallible memory and being crap at geography
    – Pizzagate before it stopped being funny
    – Mesas are the stumps of giant trees from when there used to be giants knocking about
    – Dinosaurs didn’t exist
    – The Red Dwarf Special is about Cats

    #255977

    Ben Saunders

    The entire Zeitgeist documentary opening with the claim that because the words SUN and SON are similar, Jesus is actually the SUN of God, meaning we all actually worship the sun, even though that connection only works in English and definitely does not work in Hebrew or any other ancient language that was in use at the time the texts were written, and……………………………………………………………………..

    #255978

    Pete Part Three

    TV
    Breaking Bad
    Line of Duty
    The Trip
    The End of the F***ing World
    Better Call Saul

    (If we were doing single episodes, Give and Take would be in here)

    FILMS
    Whiplash
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    The Last Jedi
    Skyfall
    Interstellar

    (I don’t actually think it’s been a banner decade for movies)

    I got bored if listing stuff.

    #255979

    Veni

    Television
    – Red Dwarf X/XI/XII
    – The Boys
    – The Amazing World of Gumball (You read that correctly)
    – Boardwalk Empire

    Summary: Most TV programs from this decade were terrible.

    Movies
    – Kingsman: The Secret Service
    – Joker
    – The Wolf of Wall Street
    – The Hateful Eight
    – Guardians of the Galaxy/Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    – Blade Runner 2049

    Summary: The first-half of the decade were god-awful for movies, but went out on a high note.

    Worst Celebrity Deaths:
    – Rik Mayall
    – Alan Rickman
    – Robin Williams
    – Gary Coleman (My mom met him and had a lot of very nice things to say about him)
    – Harold Ramis

    Books:
    – Pft

    Video Games:
    – Telltale’s The Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2
    – Fallout: New Vegas
    – Red Dead Redemption 2
    – The Stanley Parable

    Summary: Best decade for gaming so far.

    Overall: Early 2010s were mostly horrible, but got better and better.

    #255981

    Warbodog

    Thanks for joining in.

    I thought there was an abundance of good to great TV. I kept it brief, but could have added Sherlock series 1-2, Psychoville, Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters + specials, An Idiot Abroad (I got bored of the K-man after though), Limmy’s Show, Community seasons 1-3, Red Dwarf (mainly X), Detectorists, The Leftovers, Broadchurch series 1 (series 2 abominable), True Detective season 1 (been struggling to get through season 2 all year), Better Call Saul, Taskmaster, Fleabag, Westworld (still not bothered to watch season 2 though), Stranger Things and The Handmaid’s Tale good if overrated, Killing Eve, Peep Show and Always Sunny even if their best was last decade, James Acaster’s Netflix specials, bits of Derren Brown, and documentaries from Louis Theroux, Planet Earth II and all that lot. Loads of stuff like Game of Thrones I didn’t get around to.

    #255992

    MANI506

    I find it difficult to believe that anyone would think the second half of the 2010s was better than the first. 2012 had the queen and James Bond jumping out of a helicopter, Red Dwarf X and The Darkness Hot Cakes.

    #255995

    Warbodog

    2012 also had Derek though.

    #256007

    Pete Part Three

    2016 had Life on the Road. 2019 had After Life. Swings and roundabouts.

    Mid-Morning Matters would have probably made my list, but I thought the first series was much better than the second. Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish made me laugh probably more than most shows.

    I don’t really sample many videogames any more, but i tend to buy one which I’m sure I’ll love, and then play it for months. For that reason, my choices for this decade are incredibly narrow.

    Breath of the Wild
    Red Dead Redemption 2
    Pikmin 3
    Mario Kart 8
    Super Mario Maker (Wii U version; much preferred being able to look at the TV while using the gamepad).

    #256008

    Dave

    The Last Of Us and Portal 2 belong in any top-ten games list, and they both came out this decade.

    Honestly though, there is just *so much* of everything these days – TV, movies, games etc. – that I struggle to put together a decent list for this year, let alone this decade.

    #256025

    Ben Saunders

    In the first half of the 2010s, Steven Moffat still controlled Doctor Who and George Lucas still controlled Star Wars. Before the dark times. Before the Empire… before Chibnall. All was well in the world.

    Portal 2, fuck yeah, one of my favourite games of all times.

    Trouble with me is I don’t watch or play new things very often. Best shows I watched in recent memory were all of Classic Who, Star Trek TOS, TNG and DS9. Worst show I watched in recent memory was Star Trek Voyager.

    Best games: Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed (2012), Golf With Your Friends (2016)
    Worst games: Crash Bandicoot remake (2017), Spyro remake (2018)

    #256026

    Warbodog

    I can see how games would keep getting objectively better every decade (I’m just not into games), but older TV and especially older films, books and music are still competitive or have the edge of originality, so it’s more worth your time seeking things out that you might like than just watching something that’s on. Contenders for my best film of 2019 are all from the 50s-70s so far.

    I haven’t thought about worsts, I’ll usually quit and move on rather than suffer. Outcasts (2011) was one of the most boring things I’ve ever inexplicably sat through every week. BSG prequel Caprica didn’t go anywhere. Broadchurch series 2. Gervais’ Derek and Gervais/Merchant’s Life’s Too Short. New X-Files arc episodes and Jonathan Creek series 5. Timewave.

    #256030

    Warbodog

    I suppose the very worst TV would be incoherent YouTube rants and late-night text-in channels where people lose the last of their dole money playing roulette.

    #256031

    Darrell

    The ten year decline in physical media being given some damn respect makes this decade a write off, particularly as within a few short years people will be screaming for it to come back.

    #256032

    bloodteller

    Done my Top 1s, here’s my Bottom 1s.

    TV

    -Black Mirror

    FILMS

    -Toy Story 4

    BOOKS

    -Simon Pegg’s autobiography

    GAMES

    -Duke Nukem: Critical Mass

    G&T USERS

    – RamesesNiblickTheThird

    #256034

    Veni

    Should’ve called the thread “Top of the Tens”

    I’d like to hear your take on Black Mirror bt

    #256037

    bloodteller

    Black Mirror, more like Crap Mirror

    ^my take on Black Mirror

    #256038

    Warbodog

    Did you watch the early ones when it used to be good? It was especially funny if you’d already been following Charlie Brooker’s scathing take on the world from his earlier shows and columns and got to see a sarcastic sci-fi extrapolation of what he thought about us all. Jesse Armstrong’s one was a more serious take, but good too.

    The well of ideas seemed to run dry after a while though, while I think Inside No 9’s stayed just as strong.

    #256041

    Ben Saunders

    The only thing I’ve bought on physical media in the past five years is Red Dwarf XI, and I’ve watched it twice

    #256042

    Ben Saunders

    So much more convenient to just have a folder on my D: drive named Star Trek

    #256049

    quinn_drummer

    Should name your D Drive ‘Enterprise’. Come on Ben, that’s staring you in the face

    #256057

    International Debris

    Some TV shows I’ve enjoyed:

    Red Dwarf
    Doctor Who
    Killjoys
    Agents of SHIELD
    Stranger Things
    Orphan Black
    Psychoville
    Inside No. 9
    Fleabag
    Sherlock
    Fringe
    The Expanse
    Years & Years
    Would I Lie to You?
    Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters

    Some films I’ve enjoyed:

    2036 Origin Unknown
    Cold Skin
    Radius
    The Endless
    The Void
    ARQ
    Crimson Peak
    Southbound
    Equals
    Synchronicity
    Interstellar
    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
    The One I Love
    Boyhood
    Coherence
    Under the Skin
    The Borderlands
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    Upstream Colour
    Skyfall
    Frances Ha
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
    Jeff, Who Lives at Home
    Super 8
    Kill List
    Beyond the Black Rainbow
    Troll Hunter
    Most of the Marvel ones

    Trying to condense my music list down from about 200 was hard:

    The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
    Desperate Journalist – In Search of the Miraculous
    Underworld – Drift Series 1
    Confluent Phase – Ad Astra
    Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
    Max Richter – Three Worlds
    Paul Draper – Spooky Action
    Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts
    2814 – Birth of a New Day
    HOLOVR – Trace Realm
    Archive – The False Foundation
    The Future Sound of London – Environments (vol 4, 5, 6 and 6.5)
    The Angling Loser – Arena Of Apprehension
    Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
    Chvrches – Every Open Eye
    Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
    Tangerine Dream – Mala Kunia
    James – La Petite Mort
    Foxes – Glorious
    Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
    Autumn of Communion – 1 & 4
    Charli XCX – True Romance
    David Bowie – The Next Day
    Lorde – Pure Heroine
    Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
    Karl Hyde – Edgeland
    Wire – Change Becomes Us
    Roddy Woomble – Listen To Keep
    Therapy? – A Brief Crack Of Light
    Jack Anderton – Vale
    Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes
    A Winged Victory For The Sullen – A Winged Victory For The Sullen
    The Glimmer Room – A Diary Of Occurrences

    Some books I’ve enjoyed:

    Kate Atkinson – Started Early, Took My Dog; Life After Life; A God in Ruins
    James Goss – Doctor Who: City of Death; The Pirate Planet; The Krikkitmen
    A.L. Kennedy – Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse
    Alistair Reynolds – Doctor Who: Harvest of Time
    Peter Ackroyd – The History of England (vol. 1-5)
    Haruki Murakami – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    Tom Holt – Doughnut; When it’s a Jar; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages
    Bill Drummond – 100
    Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall; Bring Up the Bodies
    Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
    Michelle Paver – Dark Matter
    Elisabeth Tova Bailey – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
    Emma Donoghue – Room
    Patrick Barkham – The Butterfly Isles

    G&T users I’ve enjoyed:

    None of you, you bunch of bastards.

    #256059

    Warbodog

    Snap on a lot of those films and books/authors, I’m sure the rest are good too. Other 2010s books I gave full marks to, since I keep a comprehensive reading record like some kind of Art Garfunkel:

    – Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans, Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth
    – Brian Greene, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
    – Stewart Lee, How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian
    – Richard McGuire, Here
    – Alan Moore, Jerusalem
    – Ryan North, B^F: The Novelization of the Feature Film
    – Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie: Expanded and Updated Sixth Edition (pre-mortem)
    – J. F. Roberts, The True History of the Black Adder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend
    – Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
    – Mary Doria Russell, Doc

    Loads more I enjoyed from this decade, I’m just overly picky with the elite ratings.

    ~~~~~

    My best of the 2010s not from the 2010s! Because that’s useful!!!

    Telly: Battlestar Galactica (2002-09 / watched 2010)
    Film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989 / 2011)
    Book: Edgar Allen Poe, The Complete Stories (1832-49 / 2017)
    Album: The Who, Who’s Next (1971 / 2010)
    Game: Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf gamebooks (1984-85 / 2013-14)

    #256061

    International Debris

    since I keep a comprehensive reading record like some kind of Art Garfunkel

    Yes, my lists were created from a quick scour through my Goodreads, IMDB and Discogs collections. Sod actually remembering things.

    #256090

    Ben Saunders

    Best musical releases:
    Angels & Airwaves – Love (2010)
    Angels & Airwaves – Love: Part Two (2011)
    Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker (2014)
    Angels & Airwaves – …Of Nightmares (2015)
    Angels & Airwaves – Chasing Shadows (2016)
    blink-182 – Neighborhoods (2011)
    blink-182 – Dogs Eating Dogs (2012)
    Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare (2010)
    Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage (2016)
    Crywank – James Is Going to Die Soon (2010)
    Editors – The Weight of Your Love (2013)
    Editors – In Dream (2015)
    Editors – Violence (2018)
    From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now (2016)
    The Front Bottoms – The Front Bottoms (2011)
    The Front Bottoms -Talon of the Hawk (2013)
    The Front Bottoms -Rose (2014)
    The Front Bottoms -Liberty and Prosperity (2015)
    The Front Bottoms -Needy When I’m Needy (2016)
    The Front Bottoms -Back on Top (2015)
    The Front Bottoms -Going Grey (2017)
    Now, Now – Neighbors (2010)
    Now, Now – Threads (2014)
    Odi Acoustic – Time Is A Stranger (2011)
    Reel Big Fish – Candy Coated Fury (2012)
    Skellys – Graverobber (2019)
    Smith & Burrows – Funny Looking Angels (2011)
    Sombear – Love You In The Dark (2013)
    Tancred – String & Twine (2011)
    Tancred – Capes (2011)
    Tancred (2013)
    Tancred – Out of the Garden (2016)
    Tancred – Nightstand (2018)
    Toh Kay – Streetlight Lullabies (2011)
    Toh Kay – The Hand That Thieves (2013)
    Tom DeLonge – To the Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends (2015)
    Beatles remasters if I had to cheat

    Worst musical releases:
    blink-182 – California (2016)
    blink-182 – Nine (2019)
    Green Day – ¡Dos! (2012)
    Green Day – ¡Tré! (2012)
    Green Day – Revolution Radio (2016)
    Now, Now – Saved (2018)

    I keep thinking of more before I go to hit Submit, but I think that’s about it.

    #256092

    MANI506

    As an old misfit from the 90s I think the Manic Street Preachers have had a third glorious decade with three differently themed albums depending on how much you wanna puff out your chest. Great to see Paul Draper coming back strong too. Think I’ll have to check out some of these albums if I get spotify premium back anytime soon.

    #256098

    Ben Saunders

    Editors supported Manic Street Preachers a couple years ago. I decided not to go because I couldn’t name a single Manic Street Preachers song and Editors were only going to do a 40 minute set.

    #256100

    Warbodog

    Best podcasts and radio, back when I used to listen to those:

    As It Occurs to Me series 2-3 (2010-11)
    Adam and Joe on 6 Music (finished about 2012)
    The Bugle: post-independence, pre-collapse (2012-14ish)
    Good Omens radio adaptation (2014; don’t need to see the TV version after that)
    The ParaPod (2015-17?)

    Worst disgusting ‘foreign muck’ food not appreciated:

    Fried pigeon in grotty Egyptian cafe that gave me food poisoning (2010)
    Crispy duck tongue snack on a stick in Taiwan (2010)
    Insect medley in Thailand (2011)
    Meongge (sea squirt) sashimi in South Korea (2012)
    Balut (egg with the partially developed embryo in it) in the Philippines (2013)

    #256101

    MANI506

    When I found out it was the tenth anniversary of AIOTM I’ve been listening to them all again.

    #256118

    quinn_drummer

    I’m not sure I can trust anyone that puts Neighborhoods above Nine (or any other blink album for that matter) and who can’t name a Manic’s song (you probably know more than you realise) – sorry Ben. You’re dead to me.

    #256130

    Darrell

    To be pedantic, very little of Adam & Joe on 6Music was broadcast this decade. 3 shows in 2010 and about a dozen in 2011 was all it was? Really I’d say the show was 2008-2009 and the rest was rigor mortis.

    #256132

    Ben Saunders

    Nine is actually some of the worst shit I’ve ever heard, it’s really embarrassing to listen to mark hoppus working with outside songwriters and singing about xanax and shit, they might as well replace him with a robot at this point with the amount of effects they put on his voice. Neighborhoods has Wishing Well, After Midnight, Even If She Falls, Kaleidescope etc

    #256133

    Warbodog

    I associate Adam and Joe most with doing a data entry job in 2008-09, but there was a brief golden period in 2011 – maybe even the same week – when A&J and AIOTM nearly made me lose it in public (Taffin + overlong sketch about Richard Herring being mistaken for the bloke who motorcycled around the world with Ewan McGregor).

    Podcasts have quite a low bar for excellence anyway, especially now they all just seem to be interviews.

    Oh…

    I forgot about Dwarfcasts, didn’t I? Those belong on the list, I remember the X immersion being especially enjoyable.

    #256134

    quinn_drummer

    Neighborhoods has Wishing Well, After Midnight, Even If She Falls, Kaleidescope etc

    From that list only Even if She Falls is any good, the rest is shite!

    #256135

    Ben Saunders

    I also forgot Fighting the Gravity as a standout. But tbh I like every track, some are weaker than others but none of them are anywhere near as bad as shite like Darkside or Blame It On My Youth. The stuff on Neighborhoods sound like, actual songs. With verses. And riffs. Something people sat down and wrote, not stuff a computer spat out. Hoppus has really forgotten how to write lyrics especially in recent years, Skiba at least keeps things interesting. But listening to blokes pushing 50 singing about being Teenage Satellites or Kings of the Weekend without a hint of irony or introspection just makes me feel uncomfortable. The video for Darkside makes Mark and especially Matt look like the kind of guys who shouldn’t be allowed within 100 feet of a primary school, let alone allowed to film at one and fraternise with the kids there.

    #256136

    International Debris

    As an old misfit from the 90s I think the Manic Street Preachers have had a third glorious decade with three differently themed albums depending on how much you wanna puff out your chest.

    I found the late ’00s ‘revisiting past eras’ approach a bit underwhelming (although Journal is a decent album in its own right), but the recent three albums have really reignited my love for them again. It’s not very often I feel I’ve lost one of my favourite bands only for them to jump back up in my estimation again.

    Great to see Paul Draper coming back strong too.

    So overdue, as well. Basically felt like the proper follow-up to Six, just 20 years later.

    #256137

    Ben Saunders

    I sort of use Twitch streams in the place of podcasts, in that they’re generally just background stuff really, unless something really interesting is happening in them or I have nothing better to do at the time

    #256138

    Warbodog

    That Blink-182 video just looks like wholesome kids’ entertainment crap to me, I don’t see the dark implication. Is the Brass Eye ‘Paedoph-Isles’ climate real now?

    #256139

    International Debris

    Beatles remasters if I had to cheat

    That’d be a double cheat, as they came out in 2009.

    #256140

    RealBigOleDummy

    Geez …. time for these lists already? Well, I guess so as my dear sweet Sister already has the damn xmas decorations up!!!

    Full disclosure, I’m old as f*** and don’t do much these days except watch old movies and play games. Retired life DOES have a few upsides ;D

    Games:

    Number 1 with a bullet = The Witcher 3

    2.= The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings

    3. Cuphead

    TV. I don’t really watch tv but ….

    Red Dwarf XII
    Red Dwarf XI
    Red Dwarf X
    American Dad (pick a year)

    Movies :

    John Wick

    Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2

    John Wick 2

    John Wick 3

    Captain America Civil War

    Comics :

    Doomsday Clock (by a mile)

    Books:

    Extremely sorry to say that nothing I’ve read in the last 10 years has either stood the test of time or even been particularly memorable. Sorry state of affairs for Science Fiction imo.

    #256141

    Nick R

    That’d be a double cheat, as they came out in 2009.

    Ben could be referring to the Sgt Pepper, White Album and Abbey Road anniversary remixes instead of the 2009 remasters?

    #256144

    International Debris

    Getting remixes and remasters mixed up is a capital offence where I come from, so I hope not.

    #256145

    MANI506

    Then maybe you shouldn’t be living heeeerrrreeeee

    #256146

    Warbodog

    If you counted remasters/remixes/best-ofs of old material as current, then you could also count your favourite old films and TV shows when they remaster them in higher definition every decade or two. Should be its own category, really, but do your own rules.

    – Red Dwarf I-VI on Blu-ray (“2019”)
    – Why Pink Floyd…? over-the-top boxsets + The Cure 3CD Deluxe Edition remasters (“2010-11”)
    – The Sandman Omnibus, Vol. 1 (“2013”)

    #256149

    Ben Saunders

    I meant the remixes. I’m SORRY.

    #256305

    Manbird

    Television:

    1. Deutschland ’83, ’86
    2. Black Mirror (series 1-3, plus White Christmas)
    3. Ash vs. Evil Dead
    4. 1992, 1993
    5. Red Dwarf X, half of XI (Samsara, Give & Take, Officer Rimmer) and XII (Mechocracy, M-Corp, Skipper)

    Films:

    1. Loveless
    2. Phoenix (2014 film)
    3. Hard to Be a God
    4. Hell or High Water
    5. Bone Tomahawk

    And the world events I personally consider define the decade (presented objectively without endorsement or condemnation):

    1. The Arab Spring
    2. Trump’s Presidency
    3. Russia’s annexation/reunification with Crimea
    4. Brexit
    5. War in Yemen

    #256308

    Darrell

    Did series 4 of Black Mirror fuck everyone’s mum or something?

    #256309

    Dave

    Series 4 had some great episodes in, I thought. Even series 5, while maybe a little bit lacking in bite, had some good ideas and at least one really decent episode.

    I think it’s that usual thing of a show no longer being so new/under-the-radar and most people not being in the ‘discovery’ stage by that point, so there’s usually some sort of backlash at that stage as part of the natural cycle. I think a lot of it comes from critics needing to find a new ‘hot take’.

    #256310

    Darrell

    I haven’t got around to s5 yet (I am very tortoise-like with modern TV) but I thought s4 had some of the best stuff they’d ever done, and with no duds. ‘Metalhead’ was amazing.

    #256311

    Dave

    Yeah, they really pushed to try and do some different things with s4 and it mostly worked really well, I thought.

    Honestly, Bandersnatch has been the only major misfire for me, and that’s more in a “failed experiment” sense.

    #256312

    Darrell

    Bandersnatch is a fun little FMV game really. It’s like a modern version of an interactive CD-ROM or a Sega CD kind of thing. I know the PR revolves around it being A Proper Episode (TM) but it’s closer to Night Trap or Toonstruck than it wants to admit. And it’s a great example of what it actually is, even if it’s not a great example of what it’s pretending to be.

    #256316

    Dave

    Yes, I think I agree there. It failed on the level of being a satisfying narrative experience but worked as a game.

    #256325

    Pete Part Three

    Yes, that was pretty much my experience with Bandersnatch.

    Season 5 was…not good. The final episode with Miles Cyrus was horrendous in conception and execution.

    Loved USS Callister and Hang the DJ from Season 4. Metalhead was OK, but not really sure what it was saying to be honest. The rest were all a bit wobbly.

    #256326

    Dave

    The Miley Cyrus episode was weak (oddly, my Netflix showed me that first of the three) but I thought the other two were ok.

    A shame, as the Cyrus one had potential and I thought it might go in quite a different direction at first.

    #256327

    Pete Part Three

    I had problems with how the other two ended, but they were watchable for the most part, although I don’t think I’d revisit them anytime soon. I got to the bit with the car chase in the Miley Cyrus one and wondered what the hell I was watching.

    #256328

    Dave

    It just gets utterly silly at the end, like it turns into an episode of Scooby Doo or something.

    #256335

    Darrell

    Metalhead’s a pastiche of Duel but the truck is replaced by a fictional Boston Dynamics style robot. That’s basically all it is, but it’s done as well as its inspiration.

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