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December 09, 2009


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LarryK -

When will you put out your top 50 of the 'Aughts list? I can't wait.

I notice you didn't put Glee on your best show list. Interesting but defensible - I don't think the political critique they talked about a while about it legitimate, but it's still a show with a fair share of groan-inducing moments. As far as existing show, The Office has kept up its mojo from previous years and taken the show in a new and interesting direction (how does a likeable young guy change to become a boss?).

Now, as far as movies go - Funny People was a nicely provocative choice (picking a critical flop and all). Personally I would've gone with The Room (came out in '03 but became a phenomenon this year) but okay, it's got some great moments. My problem with Funny People wasn't that Adam Sandler was unlikable or that the idea of him getting better was necessarily a plot-killer; my problem was that the movie was so conflicted about whether it wanted to focus on Seth Rogen or Adam Sandler and it didn't really do a great job of analyzing either (which it needed to do for the sake of its ambition). But the movie had a lot of good points, especially the "Ray Romano/Slim Shady" showdown.


Kdid - you must have missed the Top 50 list (pay attention!) - in any case here it is


I would revise it now - for instance, I forgot "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" came out in the last decade, and it would definitely be on there (maybe top 10). Also a great indie called "The Dish" about a small town in Australia that played a role in the first Moon landing (both from about a decade ago so they slipped my mind).

As for Glee - I haven't seen it. The only new show I've seen is the first couple episodes of Modern Family, which I liked but then lost track of.

Was Funny People a critical flop? If so that's ludicrous - it was smart and funny, hard to believe critics would turn against it en masse (unless it's an anti-Apatow backlash). I thought the focus was pretty clearly on Adam Sandler, not Rogen, and while I agree the movie presented him in a kind of conflicted, not clear cut way I think that was the point - this was someone who looked like he might evolve, but then....didn't, when the pressure lifted. Seems realistic to me, if you're a mega star who's used to getting whatever you want.

I take back what I said about The Hangover - I think I may have laughed harder at The Room, but only in a "OMG, this is so horrible, did they really just say that?" (or did I really just see that?) kind of way. Still, "The Room" doesn't belong on anyone's "Best Of" list.

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