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Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:13 PM
(Last updated on Friday, January 1, 2010 10:27 PM)
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies and Music of the Decade
 by Fëanor

(UPDATE: Umm, apparently I can't count. I have now removed the 11th song from my list of the top 10 best songs of the decade. D'oh.)

OK, time for the final roundup! (I didn't bother doing a "best comic books of the decade" because I haven't been reading them long enough to be able to choose.) Happy New Year, folks, and Happy New Decade. Let's hope these new ones are better than the old ones!

Top 10 Movies of the Decade
  1. The Fountain

  2. Brick

  3. Sunshine

  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  6. Pan's Labyrinth

  7. A Town Called Panic

  8. The Hurt Locker

  9. Memories of Murder

  10. The Hours


Top 10 Songs of the Decade
  1. "Something in the Way of Things (in Town)" - The Roots (Phrenology)

  2. "The Way We Get By" - Spoon (Kill the Moonlight)

  3. "The Union Forever" - The White Stripes (White Blood Cells)

  4. "Love Love Love" - Mountain Goats (The Sunset Tree)

  5. "Here I Come" - The Roots (Game Theory)

  6. "The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)" - The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love)

  7. "Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes (Elephant)

  8. "Runs in the Family" - Amanda Palmer (Who Killed Amanda Palmer)

  9. "Will You Smile Again for Me" - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Worlds Apart)

  10. "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes (Icky Thump)


Top 10 Albums of the Decade
  1. The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists

  2. The Woods - Sleater-Kinney

  3. The Crane Wife - The Decemberists

  4. Game Theory - The Roots

  5. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead

  6. Kill the Moonlight - Spoon

  7. The Tipping Point - The Roots

  8. Who Killed Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer

  9. Baby 81 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

  10. Bachelor No. 2 - Aimee Mann
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 04:43 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Comics of 2009
 by Fëanor

  1. Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D - Along with All-Star Superman, this is Grant Morrison's ultimate Superman story. It also provides some beautiful and insightful commentary on stories in general.

  2. Final Crisis - Easily the best huge multiverse event miniseries ever. Epic, brilliant, and breath-takingly imaginative.

  3. The Unwritten - A beautiful and stunning commentary, not just on the Harry Potter series, but also on fiction in general, and its incredible power over reality itself.

  4. The Umbrella Academy: Dallas - If you thought the first Umbrella Academy miniseries, written by a rock star, was a fluke, the follow-up should convince you otherwise. If anything, it's more stunning, darkly funny, mind-blowing, and creative than the first.

  5. X-Men: Magneto - Testament - A supervillain origin story that turns into a devastating examination of the worst act of villainy ever committed in the real world. It's the rare comic book that I can confidently describe as "important," and this is one.

  6. Scalped - Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera's brutal crime noir thriller set on an Indian reservation continues to be one of the tensest, most exciting, and most intelligent books on the stands.

  7. Irredeemable - Mark Waid imagines a world whose "Superman" snaps one day and decides to do all the unthinkable, incredibly destructive, horrifically evil things that Superman would never do. The result is an extremely unsettling and engrossing story set in an exciting new universe.

  8. No Hero - In this series, Warren Ellis continues the examination of the superhuman that he began in Black Summer, and that he is currently still working through in Supergod (a series which failed to make this list for no other reason than the fact that only two issues have come out, so I didn't think I'd seen enough of it yet to include it). It's a dark, but rather painfully realistic, visualization of humanity, and of how the world might change if people could really have super powers.

  9. Comic Book Comics - A smart, engrossing, and extremely irreverent history of comic books cleverly and appropriately presented in comic book form. Fun!

  10. Criminal - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue their incredibly impressive, artful, and entertaining crime noir series. One of the best parts is the essay in the back on other noir-related topics.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 06:50 AM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies of 2009
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

Keep in mind these lists are based only on the movies I saw, and I didn't get to see nearly as many movies as I would have liked, including a number of films that were considered excellent by many critics.

  1. A Town Called Panic

  2. Where the Wild Things Are

  3. Moon

  4. Revanche

  5. Herb & Dorothy

  6. Not Quite Hollywood

  7. Coraline

  8. Avatar

  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  10. Sherlock Holmes
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 07:56 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Music of 2009
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

I chose to split my music lists up into both songs and albums because there were some great albums without any stand-out songs, and some great songs that came out on albums that were otherwise lackluster. I tried to avoid listing a lot of songs by the same artist because that's boring. And that's about it for rules. Enjoy!

Top 10 Songs of 2009
  1. "The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)" - The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love)

  2. "Motherless Child" - Clutch (Strange Cousins from the West)

  3. "The Rake's Song" - The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love)

  4. "Abraham Lincoln" - Clutch (Strange Cousins from the West)

  5. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" - Morrissey (Years of Refusal)

  6. "Spinning in Daffodils" - Them Crooked Vultures (Them Crooked Vultures)

  7. "Quintessence" - Mastodon (Crack the Skye)

  8. "Gunman" - Them Crooked Vultures (Them Crooked Vultures)

  9. "Dull Life" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (It's Blitz!)

  10. "The Dead Can't Testify" - Billy Talent (Billy Talent III)


Top 10 Albums of 2009
  1. The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists

  2. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

  3. Strange Cousins from the West - Clutch

  4. Crack the Skye - Mastodon

  5. Billy Talent III - Billy Talent

  6. To Lose My Life - White Lies

  7. Horehound - The Dead Weather

  8. Swoon - Silversun Pickups

  9. There Is No Enemy - Built to Spill

  10. Years of Refusal - Morrissey
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 06:08 PM
(Last updated on Friday, January 1, 2010 10:42 PM)
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies of 2008
 by Fëanor

(UPDATE: It came to my attention that The Brothers Bloom was released in 2008, so I had to alter this list somewhat.)

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

Keep in mind these lists are based only on the movies I saw, and I didn't get to see nearly as many movies as I would have liked, including a number of films that were considered excellent by many critics.

  1. The Hurt Locker

  2. In Bruges

  3. The Brothers Bloom

  4. The Dark Knight

  5. Appaloosa

  6. Phoebe in Wonderland

  7. Before the Fall

  8. Burn After Reading

  9. Iron Man

  10. The Chaser
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Monday, December 28, 2009 07:52 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies of 2007
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

Keep in mind these lists are based only on the movies I saw, and I didn't get to see nearly as many movies as I would have liked, including a number of films that were considered excellent by many critics.

  1. Sunshine

  2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  3. No Country for Old Men

  4. In the Shadow of the Moon

  5. Encounters at the End of the World

  6. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

  7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  8. Ocean's Thirteen

  9. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

  10. The Pixar Story
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Monday, December 28, 2009 07:28 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Music of 2008
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

I chose to split my music lists up into both songs and albums because there were some great albums without any stand-out songs, and some great songs that came out on albums that were otherwise lackluster. I tried to avoid listing a lot of songs by the same artist because that's boring. And that's about it for rules. Enjoy!

Top 10 Songs of 2008
  1. "Salute Your Solution" - The Raconteurs (Consolers of the Lonely)

  2. "Runs in the Family" - Amanda Palmer (Who Killed Amanda Palmer)

  3. "A-Punk" - Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)

  4. "Craters on the Moon" - The Mountain Goats (Heretic Pride)

  5. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay (Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends)

  6. "1,000,000 Died to Make This Sound" - Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band (13 Blues for Thirteen Moons)

  7. "Maiden, Mother & Crone" - The Sword (Gods of the Earth)

  8. "Round the Hairpin" - The Long Blondes ("Couples")

  9. "1,000,000" - Nine Inch Nails (The Slip)

  10. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2" - My Morning Jacket (Evil Urges)


Top 10 Albums of 2008
  1. Who Killed Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer

  2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

  3. Gods of the Earth - The Sword

  4. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay

  5. 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons - Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band

  6. "Couples" - The Long Blondes

  7. The Slip - Nine Inch Nails

  8. Fasciination - The Faint

  9. Feed the Animals - Girl Talk

  10. Ghosts I-IV - Nine Inch Nails
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Sunday, December 27, 2009 08:22 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies of 2006
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

Keep in mind these lists are based only on the movies I saw, and I didn't get to see nearly as many movies as I would have liked, including a number of films that were considered excellent by many critics.

  1. The Fountain

  2. Pan's Labyrinth

  3. The Departed

  4. Wordplay

  5. An Inconvenient Truth

  6. This Film Is Not Yet Rated

  7. VHS - Kahloucha

  8. Who Killed the Electric Car?

  9. Half Nelson

  10. The Science of Sleep
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Sunday, December 27, 2009 08:20 PM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Music of 2007
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

I chose to split my music lists up into both songs and albums because there were some great albums without any stand-out songs, and some great songs that came out on albums that were otherwise lackluster. I tried to avoid listing a lot of songs by the same artist because that's boring. And that's about it for rules. Enjoy!

Top 10 Songs of 2007
  1. "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes (Icky Thump)

  2. "Let It Die" - Foo Fighters (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)

  3. "American X" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Baby 81)

  4. "Red Rabbits" - The Shins (Wincing the Night Away)

  5. "You Can't Stop Progress" - Clutch (From Beale Street to Oblivion)

  6. "Fly Trapped in a Jar" - Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank)

  7. "Oh My God, Whatever, Etc." - Ryan Adams (Easy Tiger)

  8. "Bodysnatchers" - Radiohead (In Rainbows)

  9. "Don't You Evah" - Spoon (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

  10. "Love Is Blind" - Annie Lennox (Songs of Mass Destruction)


Top 10 Albums of 2007
  1. Baby 81 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

  2. From Beale Street to Oblivion - Clutch

  3. Wincing the Night Away - The Shins

  4. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse

  5. In Rainbows - Radiohead

  6. The Con - Tegan & Sara

  7. Era Vulgaris - Queens of the Stone Age

  8. Fire up the Blades - 3 Inches of Blood

  9. The Dethalbum - Dethklok

  10. Curses! - Future of the Left
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Saturday, December 26, 2009 11:11 AM
Best of the Double Nothings: Best Movies of 2005
 by Fëanor

One of a series; I'll be posting at least one entry every day for the rest of the year. They'll all show up under this tag.

Keep in mind these lists are based only on the movies I saw, and I didn't get to see nearly as many movies as I would have liked, including a number of films that were considered excellent by many critics.

  1. Brick

  2. Good Night, and Good Luck

  3. A History of Violence

  4. Syriana

  5. Our Brand Is Crisis

  6. Munich

  7. Grizzly Man

  8. Downfall

  9. League of Ordinary Gentlemen

  10. Batman Begins
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