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Outside of films and TV shows, my hobbies include playing video games, reading, listening to music and writing. Pretty standard stuff but then I have deep interests in all of the things I've listed.
Since my favorite films will be listed on this site, I'll be adding my favorite things from other mediums over time. However, I will explain my rating system and reviews. I'm currently reviewing my top 100, to let people know why it's those 100 that made the cut out of the 500+ I've seen. To keep things balanced, I will also be reviewing some of my least favorite films.
Now for the ratings:
5 stars- I will never give any film 5 stars, simply because films are subjective and I do not believe in perfection in subjective fields. To quote Oasis "True perfection has to be imperfect. I know that that sounds foolish but it's true."
Paradoxically, I find a perfect film flawed for having no flaws, yet an excellent film needs a flaw. If I did believe in perfect films, the closest to such a stage would be films like Juno, The Dark Knight and A Clockwork Orange.
4.5 stars- The best rating I give, to monumental films. It's films like these that make me glad I involve myself with the medium. These are films such as Grease, Death Proof and Play Misty For Me.
4 stars- Excellent film. May not be an instant rush out and see it kind of film but it definitely has quality. Not to be overlooked and should be strong contenders for a must see list.
Titles like that are Bubba Ho-Tep, Phone Booth and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
3.5 stars- Very good film. Not something to head out to the cinema to see straight away but shouldn't be knocked back if you have the time and money. Head out to see films like Domino, Spanglish and Ghostbusters 2.
3 stars- A good film. Every film I want to see starts off with this as a rating (unless I have a stronger desire to see it, IE. Dark Knight, Juno). Depending on what goes on in the movie, it can go higher, lower or stay on the level. Doesn't make it a bad film if it can't go higher as it is able to meet my expectations of a good time. This applies to films like Diamonds Are Forever, In Good Company and Wayne's World 2.
2.5 stars - An average film. Has something keeping it from being disappointing but not quite as enjoyable as expected. Worth renting possibly, TV is definitely the way to go. Rentables include Dead Ringers, Jason X and Aeon Flux
2 stars- Disappointing. Usually reserved for films that are saved by the acting of the supporting cast or have an interesting premise but poor acting. Films to be cautious of include The Devil Wears Prada, S.F.W and Dreamcatcher.
1.5 stars- Anything this rating and below, I will not own. This is for films that might have a few funny scenes or one or two good actors/actresses doing something decent. Films of this nature are Evolution, The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Dude, Where's My Car?
1 star- Dreadful. Lacking one or the other of the pre-requisites of a 1.5 star film. Films that need to be thrown away are films like The Master Of Disguise, The Village and Ghost Ship.
0.5 stars- The lowest rating I'll give, to films that fill me with such hatred I curse the films and maybe the directors or cast. Films to run like Hell from are B.A.P.S, 13 Gantry Row and Manos, The Hands Of Fate
0 stars- Never will give that rating. In the same way there that there is no perfect film, there is no such thing as an entirely flawed film. Bad films often serve such uses as target practice, coasters, vengeance gifts for enemies or inspirations on how NOT to make films. And best of all, these films are excellent fodder to be riffed on by Michael J. Nelson at Rifftrax. Or Mystery Science Theater 3000 if that show is ever resurrected in any form. And films that suit these purposes? Somersault, White Chicks and Elektra.
Since lists can't be done for these, I will list Top Tens for other film related items.
Top 10 People I Want To See Biopics On:
1. Martin Scorsese- a great director, a prolific man and hey, for all those Hollywood types, he had drug problems. Isn't that what you want from most biopics about figures from modern times? But mostly I would want to see this for an incident that happened years ago. Scorsese nearly overdosed on cocaine and ended up in hospital, with Robert De Niro coming to see him and telling him they just had to make a certain movie. That visit, Scorsese said, saved his life. The movie that came about from that visit? Raging Bull.
2. Bill Hicks- supposed to be something on the way, until confirmation, I'm sticking with this choice.
3. Richard Pryor- see above
4. Stevie Nicks- and for the love of God, keep Lindsay Lohan away from it. Luckily, Stevie herself STRONGLY vetoed her involvement.
5. Alfred Hitchcock- supposedly, Anthony Hopkins was in talks to play him at one point. Anyone know what's going on? I hope he is, that's a smash hit right there.
6. Stanley Kubrick- all these conflicting accounts of his life, there's just so much to learn about him.
7. Daniel Johns- OK, it might play better down here in Australia but the biography I've read of the band is fascinating.
8. David Bowie- the man's an icon, who WOULDN'T want to know what antics he got up to?
9. Dusty Springfield- well, there was a musical so why not a film?
10. Orson Welles- because he deserves better than being the focus of Me And Orson Welles. Zac Efron? Seriously? Do you really hate Orson that much?
Top 10 Sequels I Want To See Made:
1.A second Grindhouse feature- already in talks, but I'm hoping to see Werewolf Women Of The S.S go from beyond a trailer to a feature film. Five words: Nicholas Cage as Fu Manchu. I'm sold.
2. Another Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie- I've thought of a way it could work as a series or another film. Either way, they need to be brought back. NOW.
3. TMNT 2- yes, there's another live action film on the way but that's supposedly a reboot. TMNT was great! Maybe they could bring Shredder back and make him more like the 2003 animated incarnation
4. An Incredible Hulk sequel- yes I know he's going to be in The Avengers but I'd love to see Hulk take on The Leader like it was hinted and I doubt he'll be in The Avengers
5. Unbreakable 2- the best thing M. Night Shyamalan ever did was give us Unbreakable. I don't care if he returns or not, I want to see more.
6. The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe- as I say in the book section below, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy wasn't a bad adaptation. Just get Edgar Wright to direct and you're set.
7. A second Incredibles- of all the PIXAR films, this has the biggest potential for multiple stories. Plus, more villains. Always a good thing.
8. Starsky And Hutch 2- if they could get four seasons of shows, they can do a second movie. And why not?
9. Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator- again, as below in books, this is being overlooked. Besides, Burton and Depp do so well together. Hopefully they'd reunite for this.
10. A second Simpsons movie- probably being thought of, but I'm still putting it here. The first was very good, just hoping the second does more to mix it up and change the series.
Top 10 Favourite Film Franchises
1. Batman film series (best installment- The Dark Knight)
2. Back To The Future (best installment- Back To The Future Part 2)
3. Star Wars (best installment- Return Of The Jedi)
4. The Godfather (best installment- The Godfather)
5. The Evil Dead (best installment- Army Of Darkness)
6. Indiana Jones (best installment- Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade)
7. Saw (best installment- Saw)
8. James Bond (best installment- Goldfinger)
9. A Nightmare On Elm Street- (best installment- A Nightmare On Elm Street, 1984 version
10. George A. Romero's Living Dead series (best installment- Dawn Of The Dead)
Top 10 Least Favourite Film Franchises
1. I Know What You Did Last Summer (point to stop at- well, it should never have started)
2. The Punisher (point to stop at- again, there shouldn't be any)
3. The Madea Simmons films (point to stop at- once again, never should have gotten off the ground)
4. Air Bud (point to stop at- seriously, why did anyone make any of these?)
5. Final Destination (point to stop at- probably after the first but that wasn't very good either. I'd rather watch YouTube compilations of the more interesting scenes)
6. Urban Legend (point to stop at- again, maybe the first but that's poor too)
7. Bring It On! (point to stop at- after the first. This didn't need sequels at all)
8. Jeepers Creepers (point to stop at- again, after the first. Oh God, that second one was so horrible it's an abomination)
9. Cruel Intentions (point to stop at- just skip the "second one" altogether, it's a prequel with an ending that makes no sense. The third isn't that good either though so maybe just stop at one)
10. American Pie (point to stop at- after the third, when they tack on that "American Pie Presents" crap. I hear there are talks of a "true" fourth movie being release but no other information)
Nintendo Entertainment System
1. Super Mario Bros. 3- that should be no surprise, almost everyone with a NES would have had this at one point. Great soundtrack, loads of powers and the ability for two players to complete the levels make it one of the greatest of the older generation games.
2. North And South- despite the time period and the events surrounding it, I still love this game. Cute sound effects and comical touches add an extra layer of fun.
3. The Legend Of Zelda- a real challenging game and one that would lead to one of the greatest franchises in the history of gaming.
4. Mega Man 3- the first game that allows you to use Rush and had the best Robot Masters. Bring on number 9 for the Wii!
5. Maniac Mansion- a game that taxed your mind and sent chills up your spine. Why no one has made a third in the series for the latest consoles, I'll never know.
Honorable mentions go to Trog, Batman, Castlevania, Metroid and Snake, Rattle And Roll.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past- my absolute favorite Zelda game of them all. Great music, graphics and a load of mystical items to collect from the bosses. A true gem.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles In Time- what more could a Turtle fan ask for? The final fight with Super Shredder is one of the more interesting boss battles in an older generation game.
3. Super Mario World- it gave us Yoshi. 'Nuff said.
4. Mega Man X- it has the kind of soundtrack you want to own on CD and Mega Man gained really cool abilities throughout. A great step for the franchise.
5. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest- OK, the first DKC may have pushed the graphics bar a little higher but number 2 introduced Dixie Kong and had better locations. Still, all 3 games are fantastic.
Honorable mentions go to Super Mario Kart, The Adventures Of Batman And Robin, Lemmings, Super Star Wars and Super Mario All Stars
1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron- the amount of detail put into this game is staggering. Would lead to two great sequels for the GameCube.
2. Goldeneye 007- the emphasis on stealth is what sets this above most other first person shooters and the multiplayer is still fun today.
3. Mario Party 2- arguably has the best minigames of the three MP games on the 64 and introduced the dueling mode. Mario's done it again.
4. Super Mario 64- opened up whole new worlds for gaming and gave Mario new abilities still being used to this day.
5. Donkey Kong 64- so much to do and all of it enjoyable. Throw in a fun multiplayer and you have yourself a wonderful game.
Honorable mentions go to Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire, Perfect Dark and The Legend Of Zelda: The Occarina Of Time
1. Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader- a sequel right on-par with the first one for the N64. Start blasting away on the Death Star and never look back.
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee- bigger and better with a wider range of characters and new locations to clash on. Only rivaled by sequel Brawl for the Wii.
3. Pikmin- great environments and some good puzzle solving with unusual bosses. I wish they'd make a third for the Wii.
4. Luigi's Mansion- about time Luigi got a non-educational game to himself! Letting him play Ghostbuster gave players a chance to break away from the regular Mario style (not that there is anything wrong with it) and let Luigi establish himself.
5. Mario Kart: Double Dash- the best one yet. Two players teaming up to take out other players is genius and the multiplayer is just as awesome as ever.
Honorable mentions go to Metroid Prime, Super Mario Sunshine, Pokemon XD: Gale Of Darkness, Resident Evil Zero and Mario Party 5.
1. Wii Sports- simple yet clever. One of the best games to demonstrate what the Wiimote was created for. Fun for the whole family. No, really.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl- a truly inspired one player mode and the addition of some surprising characters (Solid Snake and Sonic The Hedgehog in particular) make this the best one yet.
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii.- A testament to "ask and ye shall receive". I must have been good all year round because this game is quite the reward. Multiplayer madness with old school style. The Koopa Kids are back after a long period of rest and new power-ups to play with. May not be game of the year but it makes the top five for damn sure.
4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed- it may be available for every console but the Wii offers a great duel mode and the ability to use your Wiimote like a lightsaber. What more could you ask for?
5. Mario Kart Wii- may be lacking the great concept from Double Dash but makes up for it with the Wii Wheel and motorcycles (ok they may not be that different but it leads to the possibility of Mario branching out to other vehicles in other installments and renaming it Mario Racing.)
Honorable mentions go to Trauma Center: Second Opinion, Super Mario Galaxy, Spider-Man 3, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess and C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation- Hard Evidence.
Game Boy/Game Boy Colour
1. Super Mario Land 2- it introduced Wario and gave us some very interesting locations and powers. Some of what was seen here should be made canon in the console games.
2. The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Seasons- giving Link a break from Hyrule, he gained a new weapon to control the weather and with that, the best handheld Zelda game was born (sorry, Link's Awakening.)
3. Tetris- killer music and a simple, yet addictive, premise. A prince of puzzle games that goes unparalleled.
4. Donkey Kong- goes beyond being a remake by including loads of levels and a little more thought required to get to each level's end. Sensational fun.
5. Kirby's Dream Land 2- Mario's great everywhere but on the Game Boy, Kirby was your main man. His animal friends and his "Mega Man" ability made this a superior sequel in every way.
Honorable mentions go to Mega Man, Wario Land, Super Mario Land, Pokemon Crystal/Gold/Silver and The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle.
Game Boy Advance
1. Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace- about time someone remembered Mysterio. Best thing about this game besides good graphics? You could do most of the levels in any order. Best handheld Spider-Man game made so far.
2. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong- another great entry in the series starting with Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong, Jr. Cute sound effects and new challenges await anyone wanting to play.
3. Ultimate Spider-Man- console version is excellent too but if you want side scrolling Spidey and you've already got Mysterio's Menace, grab this. Playing as Venom is always good in my book.
4. Star Wars: Apprentice Of The Force- it's like playing the three Super Star Wars games again, only all together. Graphics are just as good.
5. Mario And Luigi: Superstar Saga- nice humor and it's good to see a Mario RPG on a handheld. Now if only someone could port Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars from SNES over to DS...
Honorable mentions go to Pokemon Emerald/Ruby/Sapphire, The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, Wario Land 4 and Super Dodgeball Advance.
1. New Super Mario Bros- should come as no surprise, a Mario game being at the top. Excellent graphics, worlds reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. 3, great new power-ups (love the shell) and it even has minigames. Nintendo, make a sequel. NOW.
2. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- clever. Just clever. Solving crimes and then clashing in the courtroom with well written stories and running gags. Excellent franchise. Hopefully it will grace the Wii one day (but Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law might not be a bad substitute).
3. Mario Party DS- the series has always had fun games and it doesn't stop here. This time around, some games require use of the DS built-in microphone and are actually pretty good. Add in boss battles and you have a grand ol' time.
4. Sprung!- sure it's a dating sim, but it's fun. It's funny and different. What more do you need?
5. Mario Kart DS- yep, another Mario game. And it's a great one. More items, missions, clever level designs and something for the old school fans with the Retro Cup. Playable on your own, much more enjoyable with friends.
Honorable mentions go to Castlevania: Dawn Of Sorrow, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime: Hunters and Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures.
1. Star Wars: Battlefront 2- the multiplayer alone would be worth a purchase. Being on the front lines taking out Rebels or Stormtroopers is so satisfying. And this time around, you can play as famous characters. A must for any Star Wars fan.
2. Ultimate Spider-Man- I love the comic and the game is a treat for fans. It has free roaming play like Spider-Man 2, cameos from other heroes, cutscenes designed like a comic and the game even became the basis for one of the latest arcs in the comic. Best of all? You can play as Venom. Sign me up.
3. Star Wars: Knights Of the Old Republic- best thing about this game is the possibility of being good or evil and it actually has an effect on the game. Another worthy branch of the Star Wars franchise.
4. Batman Begins- the emphasis on stealth and the ability to use your surroundings to strike fear into those around you are things I like to see in a game. And it's Batman. 'Nuff said.
5. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance- sure it isn't much different than other MK games but that's not a bad thing. Also, I can't get enough of using Sub Zero's sword to stab people in the chest.
Honorable mentions go to Halo, Spider-Man 2, The Godfather, The Simpsons: Hit And Run and The Sims: The Urbz
1. Left 4 Dead- my new favourite Xbox 360 game. THE best AI I have ever seen, brilliant graphics and sounds and so varied in campaigns. Multiplayer is the way to go and the sequel is just as great. I cannot recommend this game enough. Go. Buy. NOW.
2. Bioshock- stunning. Absolutely stunning. Another game which allows the player to be good or evil. PS3 owners can access it too and one wonders how Bioshock 2 can improve on such wonder (but why the hell did you drop Sea Of Dreams as a subtitle guys?)
3. Condemned: Criminal Origins- Intense. The best word to describe this game. Close range combat against unpredictable enemies with only a few items around you as your arsenal. Fantastic.
4. Dead Rising- inspired by Dawn Of The Dead? The ability to use almost anything against zombies? Is it too good to be true? No it isn't, it's all here in this glorious game. If you don't have a 360 (try and avoid the Wii port. It's not too bad but cuts a few great things from this version) you won't be able to access this greatness. If you do, you'd probably know exactly what I'm talking about.
5. Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy- sure it won't take you a while to get through all the levels, it's fun. And that's what counts the most. Traveler's Tales have hit upon a winning formula with the Lego games. If you can, though, try and get Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, as the first game is only available on the 6th gen consoles.
Honorable mentions go to Transformers: The Game, Dead Or Alive 4, Halo 3, The Godfather 2 and Gears Of War
1. Sheep, Dog 'N' Wolf- based on the Looney Tunes characters Ralph and Sam, you have to devise clever ways to steal sheep. Fresh, comical and original. Exactly what I like to see.
2. Theme Hospital- like The Sims but focused on vocations rather than personal lives. Funny touches, nice and colourful graphics and it's easy to get into the swing of. Highly recommended.
3. Point Blank- leaps right out of the arcades and straight to the console, giving you more reason to stay at home rather than feeding a machine. A large variety of tasks and great series mascots make the entire line something to look out for if you're feeling retro.
4. Crash Bandicoot- the original is still one of the best in the series. Lush visuals and great sounds, just signs of things to come.
5. Tekken- terrific fighter with fast moves and a great soundtrack. Yoshimitsu rules!
Honorable mentions go to Hogs Of War, Spider-Man, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, Silent Hill and Final Fantasy Origins.
1. Resident Evil 4- RE is a great franchise and this one continues that great tradition. Moving locations actually worked in their favour this time around. RE 5 has a lot to live up to.
2. SingStar Rocks (applies to franchise in general)- if you're going to sing, do it at home and do it with this series. Rocks is especially good due to the tracks (although the Australian release is questionable. I don't mind The Veronicas but calling 4ever a rock track is like calling Radiohead a pop group.)
3. Lego Batman- it's a Traveler's Tales game and it's Batman. Mix the two together, and you have greatness. Bonus points for not basing it around any particular movie or story and for extra levels.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3- the one player mode is nice but the multiplayer is where it's at. Launching energy based attacks has never been so much fun (with the obvious exception of the Super Smash Bros. series.)
5. Buzz! The Mega Quiz (applies to whole franchise)- wonderful voiceovers, wide range of questions and loads of different rounds. Hitman and Pass The Bomb are standouts. Hopefully the PS3 titles are even better.
Honorable mentions go to X-Men Legends 2, Psychonauts, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Devil May Cry and Kingdom Hearts.
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum- I want to give Mark, Kevin, Arleen and Paul a big hug for returning to the Batman franchise. Old friends reunite to present a game worthy of the World's Greatest Detective. It's not just beating up thugs, it's finding clues and solving riddles. Bring on Arkham City!
2. Assassin's Creed- oh my stars and garters, this is one of the most beautiful games I have ever seen and the plot is excellent. The emphasis on stealth and the unique "lives system" make this more desirable. Only one term can very accurately describe this: must-have.
3. Ghostbusters: The Videogame- two new great PS3 games in 2009? What are the odds? Well, when you deal with Batman and Ghostbusters, you expect no less. Guys, if that third film falls through, I certainly will be happy with this. Biggest praise: all important voice actors are back. Can't beat that.
4. Resistance: Fall Of Man- the best exclusive game for the PS3. The multiplayer is fantastic and the weaponry is interesting.
5. Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe- sure it doesn't do much different than any other installment but play as Green Lantern, Captain Marvel or use some of Sub Zero's new tricks (Ice Nugget freaking rules) and tell me you're not having fun.
Honorable mentions go to Army Of Two, Timeshift, The Simpsons Game, Haze and Condemned 2: Bloodshot.
Worst Games I Have Ever Played
1. Custer's Revenge (Atari 2600)- evil. This game is pure evil. Doing unspeakable things in games is a little more common these days but those games often have consequences or at the very least, your character is a bastard anyway. There is no excusing this. Raping a Native American woman tied to a pole is the only objective. I only played this so that I could say with truth that I have played the worst game ever made. All I did was push start, move to the right once and then turned it off. I count that as playing it, therefore I can say it sucks. Gamers get enough trouble as it is, we don't need filth like this. Whoever designed it needs to be shot. Right now. Through the head.
2. Pac-Man (Atari 2600)- how the hell did you screw this up, guys? Pathetic graphics by the console's standards and just bleeps and bloops for sound. If you're retro, get Ms. Pac-Man or Jr. Pac-Man.
3. Fight Club (Xbox, PlayStation 2)- the licensing curse strikes again with this awkward fighter. Do the world, the film, Edward Norton and Chuck Palahniuk a favour and walk right past it.
4. Dragon's Lair (Nintendo Entertainment System)- why is there a health bar if most things kill you in one hit? And why does Dirk move so slowly? Do you want to be completed, Dragon's Lair? Doesn't seem like it.
5. The Da Vinci Code (Xbox, PlayStation 2)- combat in a puzzle game, based on a book/film with little action? Someone must have been reading a different book, I don't see how they ended up making the game they made. Stick to the book. The film is optional.
Others to avoid are Family Dog, the Army Men series, Kung Fu Chaos, Super Cricket and Beavis And Butthead.
Games I Want To See Made Into Movies
1. Phoenix Wright
2. The Legend Of Zelda
3. Trauma Center
4. Assassin's Creed
5. Mega Man
7. Killer 7
8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
9. Maniac Mansion
Of course, I think the rights to these should be kept under wraps until Uwe Boll is dead and his grave urinated on. He is public enemy number two of video games (if you're a gamer and you don't know public enemy number one, I don't know what to say.)
Sequels I Want To See Made
1. Left 4 Dead 3 (Xbox 360)
2. A sequel to Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii. And please include Simon Belmont, Mega Man or the Lemmings.)
3. Condemned 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
4. Another installment in the Eternal Darkness series (Wii ideally, since the first was for GameCube)
5. Knights Of The Old Republic 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, maybe Wii even?)
6. Psychonauts 2 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, maybe the Wii with some funky mechanics)
7. The Godfather 3. (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
8. Star Wars: Battlefront 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)
9. Another Deja Vu (preferably on Wii)
10 Pikmin 3 (Wii)
1. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (all consoles and handhelds)
2. Army Of Two: The 40th Day (PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360)
3. Assassin's Creed 2 (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)
4. No More Heroes (Wii)
5. Mario And Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)
6. The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
7. Trauma Center: Under The Knife (DS)
8. Pikmin 2 (GameCube/Wii)
9. Saw (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360)
10. Resident Evil 5 (Xbox360/PlayStation 3)
Top 10 Franchises
2. Legend Of Zelda
3. Star Wars
4. Mega Man
9. Resident Evil
Top 5 Books
1. Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Rob Grant and Doug Naylor)- not just a mere tie-in to one of my all time fave shows, this serves as an explanation to how and why Lister ends up on Red Dwarf, it alters events from the show to make it work better and it's deep and philosophical. I've read this countless times and the sequel Better Than Life is almost as good as this. Magnificent.
2. The Shining (Stephen King)- I've mentioned my love of the book in my review of the film but I'll say it again. It's my favorite Stephen King book, he's my favorite author and I don't care how different the book and film are. The film is more intense with its protagonist, the book has a back story and ties in better with the idea that the father is a man of sympathy. Both excel at what they try to do.
3. Trouble (Jesse Kellerman)- the son of two good writers delivers an outstanding second book with this one. A Fatal Attraction-esque tale with good twists and turns and characters I like. Sunstroke was a good first book (they aren't in a series, just so we're clear) and I eagerly await his third book.
4. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)- it took me a while to track this one down but it was worth double my time and effort. We see the aftermath of the death of a beloved girl (no that isn't a spoiler) and we get to know what she's feeling up in Heaven. It doesn't shove the Heaven idea down our throats either, allowing us to make up our own minds. The movie will be out in 2009 and it's the movie I want to see most.
5. The Firm (John Grisham)- John Grisham writes good law thrillers and this one's hard to put down. Story may not be entirely original but it's handled well and Tom Cruise even did a respectable job in the film adaptation (and that's saying something)
Other noteworthy books include Casino Royale (Ian Fleming), Nightmares And Dreamscapes (Stephen King), Stupid White Men (Michael Moore), Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) and The Darwin Awards (edited by Wendy Northcutt, applies to whole series).
Top 5 Disappointing Books
1. Hannibal Rising (Thomas Harris)- like the rest of the books listed below, it's not an awful peice of trash. That said, we were better off not knowing Hannibal's origin. The mystique is now gone. And the film is very much a letdown too.
2. Dreamcatcher (Stephen King)- to be my favorite author, you have to have at least one bad book. Dreamcatcher, you fill the requirement. You want a better SK book about aliens, Tommyknockers is that book.
3. Metro Girl (Janet Evanovich)- again, not without merit, but I didn't buy into the love/hate relationship of the leading man and woman. Bogs down too much of the story. She's better off without him.
4. Revenant (Mel Odom)- I love the Buffy series but this is too mundane. Another female warrior added really doesn't do much for me. If you want a good Buffy read, I suggest Tempted Champions, the Wicked Willow trilogy or The Book Of Fours
5. The Colarado Kid (Stephen King)- sorry Stephen, but this mystery didn't leave me wanting to know the answer. Didn't capture my interest too much.
Others that let me down include The Beach House (James Patterson), Last Human (Doug Naylor), A Painted House (John Grisham), Prey (Michael Crichton) and Shinkei (Gillian Rubenstein).
Top 10 Authors And Their 5 Best Books
1. Stephen King: The Shining, Nightmares And Dreamscapes, Gerald's Game, Danse Macabre and Firestarter.
2. John Grisham: The Firm, A Time To Kill, The Brethren, The Runaway Jury and The Client.
3. James Patterson: Along Came A Spider, Cradle And All, Jack And Kill, Kiss The Girls and When The Wind Blows.
4. Janet Evanovich: Three To Get Deadly, High Five, Visions Of Sugar Plums, Four To Score and One For The Money.
5. Jeffery Deaver: The Vanished Man, The Empty Chair, The Bone Collector, Twisted and The Coffin Dancer.
6. Ian Fleming: Casino Royale, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Dr. No and You Only Live Twice.
7. Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat, Interview With The Vampire, Vittorio The Vampire, Blood Canticle and Pandora.
8. Virginia Andrews: My Sweet Audrina, Garden Of Shadows, Flowers In The Attic, Petals On The Wind and If There Be Thorns.
9. J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.
10. Tara Moss: Split, Hit, Fetish, Siren, Covet
Top 10 Adaptations I Want To See Start Production
1. Trouble (Jesse Kellerman)- see above for reasons why.
2. Gerald's Game (Stephen King) why has this one been overlooked?
3. My Sweet Audrina (Virginia Andrews)- or a Flowers In The Attic remake, whatever.
4. Deception Point (Dan Brown)- I've probably lost most of you at this one, due to Dan's polarizing effect but it isn't a bad read. Could make a decent film, better than Da Vinci Code at any rate.
5. The Brethren (John Grisham)- because I like John's work and it was a great read. Nothing more to add really.
6. Vittorio The Vampire (Anne Rice)- see Number 5, replace John with Anne.
7. Dawn Of The Dreadfuls (Steve Hockensmith- well, it'll probably be adapted eventually since Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is in production but I'm enjoying the book so why not?
8. Cat And Mouse (James Patterson)- because it's set before Roses Are Red, which is rumored to be in development.
9. The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe (Douglas Adams)- OK, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy lacked punch but it wasn't all bad. Gives them the chance to do better next time around (plus, it's my favorite of the series so far. Only have to read Mostly Harmless now and that new one)
10. Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl)- because otherwise, people will forget about it and it isn't that bad a book.
Top 10 Adaptations
1. The Silence Of The Lambs (Thomas Harris)
2. The Shining (Stephen King)
3. Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)
4. Misery (Stephen King)
5. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
6. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
7. Casino Royale (Ian Fleming)
8. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (J.R.R. Tolken)
9. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
10. The Firm (John Grisham)
As for why A Clockwork Orange and Fight Club aren't listed, well, I haven't read the books yet so it's unfair to make that kind of judgment. I intend to though, just have to find them.
Top 10 Book To Film Adaptations On My Must See List
1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1. (J.K. Rowling)
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl)
3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [both versions] (Stieg Larsson)
4. Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
5. Bag Of Bones (Stephen King)
6. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (Seth Graham Smith)
7. Needful Things (Stephen King)
8. One For The Money (Janet Evanovich)
9. The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolken)
10. My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
Top 10 Books To Buy
1. If Chins Could Kill (Bruce Campbell)
2. Death Star (Michael Reaves and Steve Perry)
3. Genius (Jesse Kellerman)
4. Queen Of The Damned (Anne Rice)
5. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
6. Fight Club (Chuck Palahnuik)
7. Mostly Harmless (Douglas Adams)
8. Hot Six (Janet Evanovich)
9. Lucky (Alice Sebold)
10. The Last Command (Timothy Zahn)
Top 10 Series/Franchises
1. Harry Potter (J.K Rowling- 7 books, several spin offs and a prequel story)
2. Star Wars (Various authors- countless books and stories, still growing)
3. James Bond (Ian Fleming then various authors- countless books and stories, more on the way)
4. The Darwin Awards (Wendy Northcutt, editor- 5 volumes so far)
5. The Dark Tower (Stephen King- 7 books, a short story and several comic book prequels being handled by different people at Marvel)
6. Alex Cross (James Patterson- 15 books, the 15th will see official release in 2009. No word on any more after that but why wouldn't there be?)
7. Lincoln Rhyme (Jeffery Deaver- 8 books so far and a couple of short stories)
8. Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich- 14 books so far, 3 novellas and a short story)
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer- 5 books by Douglas Adams, the 6th installment has been commissioned, to be written by Eoin Colfer. There is a posthumous collection of previously unused material, but not really a book in the series.)
10. The Lord Of The Rings (J.R.R. Tolken- 3 books, though it is a sequel to The Hobbit so could be 4 books, depends on your point of view)