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January 2nd, 2011

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04:47 pm - Good Media From 2010
From my PoV, 2010 was a fairly dismal year for movies – oddly, the best year I know of for movies was 1999. The best movie I've seen this year was Moon, but it was grim enough that I have no interest in ever seeing it again. Other than that, there were a number of vastly overrated films like Inception, and a whole bunch of fluff. However, it did well in other areas.

My two favorite authors both had new books out this year – Alastair Reynolds' Terminal World was complex and enjoyable, with an interesting (if not particularly difficult to figure out) locational twist, and was a very humane book that I quite enjoyed.

Also, while P.C. Hodgell's previous novel To Ride a Rathorn was not, in my opinion, up to the very high standards of her previous books (although it was by no means bad), this year's Bound in Blood was excellent, and I greatly look forward to her next book – her having a solid and solvent publisher should definitely help there be more of these books.

Two other books that I really enjoyed were the anthology Godlike Machines (I avoided reading the story by Stephen Baxter, just like I avoid all of his work, but the other five stories were excellent), and Empress of Eternity by L. E. Modesitt. I haven't read much by Modesitt, and most of it I considered fairly disposable, but this book was both very enjoyable and gave a nice sense of deep time and a good sense of the possible diversity of future humanity.

Covert Affairs is likely the best new show of 2010 – it's far from great, but it's fun mostly inoffensive fluff.

In Plain Sight continues to be excellent and for me is definitely the best show currently on the air – not my favorite, although I like it, but the best acted and written, and with a complexity of human relationships that I've only seen on one other show, the sadly short-lived, but excellent show Journeyman.

2010 was also when I started watching The Vampire Diaries, which started out dismally for 7 or 8 episodes (which we saw in reruns to our great dismay).

In any case, when talking about media, it's worth considering how wretched modern copyright law is - What Could Have Been Entering the Public Domain in 2011

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Date:January 3rd, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
I recently watched season 1 of In Plain Sight, and now I'm surprised I haven't heard more about it. It's so good! (I'm waiting on the season 2 DVDs.)
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Date:January 4th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
I think one reason you haven't heard much about it is that it doesn't lend itself well to fanfiction. I've seen a few shows like this, they are all ones which explore the character's emotional lives and relationships in sufficient depth that there's not really much to do with stories.
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Date:January 3rd, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
You missed Alice in Wonderland. That was the best movie of the year, IMO.

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