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In the comments to an earlier entry, rockinlibrarian provided a link to Entertainment Weekly's Top 1000 New Classics, listing a bunch of stuff from the past twenty-five years. She said she was surprised it hadn't been made into a meme yet, so I'm going to do that now. Anyone who wants to can feel free to follow suit, although I doubt anyone will.


Bold the ones you've seen in their entirety, and italicize the ones you've seen part of.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
- Since it's all one story, I guess it can count as one movie, even though that's not how it was shown at the theater. It's not my favorite fantasy series, but the idea that fantasy movies that are largely faithful to the source material could actually be successful is a great thing.
3. Titanic (1997) - I saw most of it on the bus, and while I don't quite get all the hype, what I saw of it wasn't bad. I think the economic liberal in me appreciated the theme of class injustice, even though it was presented in a pretty heavy-handed manner.
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995) - I can't say I'm a fan of Tim Allen, but it was enjoyable and groundbreaking. Unfortunately, part of the ground it broke led to a gazillion copycat CGI films in which things that don't talk in real life have adventures, but I guess that's just the way things go.
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988)
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Matrix (1999)
- Another one I saw on the bus, and I thought it was pretty good, even though I don't remember it all that well. From what I remember of the premise, it was interesting, but was there really any need for the computer simulation of everyday lives when all the ruling beings needed was their energy? Oh, well. Maybe I've forgotten a crucial point, but it kind of doesn't make sense to me in the same general way that religion doesn't.
13. GoodFellas (1990) - Wow, this was that new? I honestly didn't realize that.
14. Crumb (1995) - bethje and I watched this, and we found Crumb as a person to be more interesting than Crumb's art.
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
- Yeah, my dad rented it one time. It's pretty stupid, really. Apparently, if an agent has only one client, he'll become really successful for no apparent reason. That's what I got out of it, anyway. Show me the money!
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler's List (1993)
22. Rushmore (1998)
- My mom loved this movie, and took my each of her three kids to see it separately. I liked it, but I kind of thought it didn't go much of anywhere.
23. Memento (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986) - I kind of think I should see the Alien films, but so far I haven't.
28. Wings of Desire (1988)
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally... (1989) - Never seen it, but Beth hated it, which doesn't exactly make me want to see it. Granted, she hates other movies that I like, but somehow I doubt this would fall into the same category as the Star Wars series.
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club (1999)
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
34. Fargo (1996)
- I think I liked it, but I can't remember it too well. As far as Coen Brothers movies go, I preferred The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? [1]
35. The Incredibles (2004) - Another one that I think I probably should see
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
40. Speed (1994)
41. Dazed and Confused (1993) - I saw a little bit of it, but it just struck me as a bunch of dumbass kids doing drugs.
42. Clueless (1995) - My sister rented it, okay?
43. Gladiator (2000) - Is this the one where Russell Crowe defeats another gladiator by throwing a phone at him?
44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988) - I think I saw all of it, anyway? I can't quite remember.
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997)
48. Scarface (1983)
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) - A definite favorite of my junior high and high school years. (That's not when it came out, but it's when I saw it.) That was back when there were still some fresh ideas in spoof films, instead of just references for the sake of references.
53. The Truman Show (1998) - I liked it, but I remember my dad pointing out that the ending seems to be setting Truman up for a fall. I mean, he's used to the whole world revolving around him, so trying to make it in the real world would almost certainly turn out to be incredibly difficult.
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There's Something About Mary (1998) - I never got the appeal of the Farrelly Brothers. Hey, what this guy thinks is hair tonic is actually semen! Isn't that hilarious?
58. Ghostbusters (1984) - I still haven't watched my DVD copy of this. I probably should.
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
63. Big (1988) - I liked it, although I can't help agreeing with my mom that Tom Hanks often acted younger than the kid was really supposed to be.
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)

67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
73. Office Space (1999)

74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - Another one where I THINK I saw the whole movie, but I can't remember for sure.
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
- Beth hated the Evil Dead movies, but I liked them pretty well.
84. Sideways (2004) - From what I've heard, it consists of people sitting around and drinking wine. Doesn't exactly make me want to see it.
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002) - Sorry, but a movie about horny frat-boy types doesn't suddenly become good when it's in a foreign language.
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - While I did find it amusing, I think the EW comment on it pinpoints a large part of what bothered me about it on first viewing. It often seems to present Napoleon as someone to laugh AT, but I couldn't help but sympathize with him.
91. Back to the Future (1985)
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989) - I'm pretty sure I saw part of this in school.
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)



Okay, on to TV shows. For these, I'm going to italicize the ones where I've seen at least one episode, and bold the ones for which I've seen a lot of episodes.

1. The Simpsons, Fox, 1989-present - It remains my favorite show. It's interesting to remember all the controversy that arose when the show was new (I was reminded of it by a book I'm reading, David Bianculli's Teleliteracy), when now the main controversy is whether it's overstayed its welcome. I can see the arguments of the people who think it has, but I'll definitely be sorry to see it go when it finally does. I've seen every episode, not counting the Tracey Ullman shorts.
2 The Sopranos, HBO (1999-2007)
3 Seinfeld, NBC (1989-98)
4 The X-Files, Fox (1993-2002) - A lot of people I knew in college were big fans, so I watched it with them every now and then. I liked the stories and the mythology, but wasn't that interested in the characters.
5 Sex and the City, HBO (1998-2004)
6 Survivor, CBS (2000-present)
7 The Cosby Show, NBC (1984-92)
8 Lost, ABC (2004-present)
9 Friends, NBC (1994-2004) - This is kind of a gray area, really, as I've seen more episodes of it than I'd care to admit, but I don't think it was a large percentage of the episodes they actually made.
10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The WB (1997-2001); UPN (2001-03) - Actually, I'm not sure I've ever seen a complete episode. What I have seen never really held my interest that much. Too soap-opera-ish, perhaps.
11 The Wire, HBO (2002-08)
12 South Park, Comedy Central (1997-present) - When this was at the height of its popularity, I thought the commercials and what people said about it made it sound pretty bad. But I think the few episodes I actually watched made pretty astute satirical points. Maybe if they'd tried to sell it that way instead of focusing on the farting and cursing, I would have gotten into it. I don't know.
13 Freaks and Geeks, NBC (1999-2000)
14 The Daily Show, Comedy Central (1996-present)
15 The Oprah Winfrey Show, Syndicated (1986-present)
- Oprah sucks, but I guess I can't deny her influence. In fact, that's part of WHY she sucks.
16 Arrested Development, Fox (2003-06) - Very cleverly written show, with attention to detail and continuity that you rarely see on TV. I've seen the entire series (not that this was much of a feat, since it only had three seasons).
17 The Office (U.K. version), BBC2 (2001-03)
18 American Idol, Fox (2002-present) - Yeah, it's kind of a guilty pleasure, and a tradition for Beth and me.
19 ER, NBC (1994-present) - I think I tried to watch it once, and found it incredibly boring. I've never been a particular fan of doctor shows.
20 Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox (1990-2000)
21 Roseanne, ABC (1988-97)
22 The Real World, MTV (1992-present)
23 The West Wing, NBC (1999-2006)
24 Star Trek: The Next Generation, Syndication (1987-94)

25 Miami Vice, NBC (1984-89)
26 Chappelle's Show, Comedy Central (2003-06)
27 Law & Order, NBC (1990-present)
28 The Larry Sanders Show, HBO (1992-98)
29 The Shield, FX (2002-present)
30 Late Show With David Letterman, CBS (1993-present) - I don't watch any late-night shows all that much, but I like Letterman. I think it's largely because of his self-deprecating sense of humor, and his ability to turn the failure of a bad joke into a joke itself.
31 The Civil War, PBS (1990) - Yes, I realize I probably should see this, especially considering the fact that I have a history degree.
32 Gilmore Girls, The WB (2000-06), The CW (2006-07)
33 My So-Called Life, ABC (1994-95)
34 24, Fox (2001-present)
35 CSI, CBS (2000-present)
36 thirtysomething, ABC (1987-91)
38 Beavis and Butt-head, MTV (1993-97) - I never watched it when it was actually current (I didn't have cable, and thought what I'd heard about it sounded too crude). Watching it later, I loved the video commentary, but wasn't as keen on the actual cartoons.
39 Six Feet Under, HBO (2001-05)
40 Mr. Show, (HBO, 1995-98) - Another one for which I've seen every episode.
41 Frasier, NBC (1993-2004)
42 L.A. Law, NBC (1986-94)
43 Late Night With Conan O'Brien, NBC (1993-present)
44 Jeopardy!, Syndicated (1984-present)

45 Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO (2000-present)
46 Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC (1993-99)
47 30 Rock, NBC (2006-present)
48 Ally McBeal, Fox (1997-2002) - I saw a few episodes of it when my mom watched it.
49 Twin Peaks, ABC (1990-91) - I have it on my Netflix queue. I wasn't interested in it when it first aired, but now that I've seen and enjoyed Eraserhead, I'd like to watch it.
50 Baywatch, NBC (1989-90), Syndicated (1991-2001) - I don't think I've ever seen an episode of this all the way through, but I've seen parts of it before.
51. Melrose Place, Fox (1992-99)
52. Felicity, The WB (1998-2002) - My mom used to watch this, and I can't say I have any idea why. The Pink Ranger was in it.
53. Will & Grace, NBC (1998-2006)
54. Moonlighting, ABC (1985-89)
- I think I saw the first episode, anyway.
55. Pee-wee's Playhouse, CBS (1986-90) - The fact that the guy goes to porno theaters doesn't change the fact that this was an excellent show.
56. Desperate Housewives, ABC (2004-present)
57. The Amazing Race, CBS (2001-present)
58. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC (1992-present) - The most popular AND most annoying of the late-night hosts. I've discussed this with Beth, and I think a large part of what's irritating about Leno is that, while Conan and Letterman have a lot of self-deprecating humor, Leno seems to have a very high opinion of himself.
59. Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi (2003-2008)
60. Xena: Warrior Princess, Syndicated (1995-2001) - Nah, never got into those intentionally campy Sunday afternoon shows. I found it amusing when someone (possibly on the alt.tv.simpsons newsgroup?) was talking about how many anachronisms there were on the show. Like, it takes place in ancient Greece, but Caesar and Cleopatra appeared at one point. Let's disco dance, Hammurabi!
61. The Office (U.S.), NBC (2005-present) - I've seen the entire first season, but only a few episodes after that. I'll probably catch up on it at some point.
62. House, Fox (2004-present) - I'll usually watch the new episodes with Beth. It's a good program, and I've seen it mentioned that it's really more of a mystery show than a medical show, so I guess my usual distaste for doctor-related TV doesn't apply.
63. Mystery Science Theater 3000, Comedy Central (1989-96), Sci Fi (1997-99) - I wish I had watched this more often back when I still could.
64. The Osbournes, MTV (2002-05)
65. Family Guy, Fox (1999-2002, 2005-present) - I've been watching this regularly for a while now. It can be hit-or-miss, but I think the hits are usually hard enough to make up for the misses. I do think that, as of late, Seth MacFarlane has been putting his A game into American Dad. But I don't know that the general public cares, any more than they did when Matt Groening and company were putting THEIR best work into Futurama. In fact, Futurama didn't even make this list. What's up with that?
66. Grey's Anatomy, ABC (2005-present)
67. Planet Earth, Discovery Channel (2007)
68. Jackass, MTV (2000-02)
69. The Colbert Report, Comedy Central (2005-present) - I don't watch it that often, but I find it amusing whenever I do. I prefer it to its parent, The Daily Show.
70. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS (1996-2005)
71. Friday Night Lights, NBC (2006-present)
72. NewsRadio, NBC (1995-99) - Beth was a big fan of this show, and I know she has at least one of the DVD sets. I'll have to watch that at some point.
73. Oz, HBO (1997-2003)
74. Wiseguy, CBS (1987-90)
75. Project Runway, Bravo (2004-present)
76. In Living Color, Fox (1990-94)
77. The Golden Girls, NBC (1985-92)

78. I'll Fly Away, NBC (1991-93)
79. The Comeback, HBO (2005)
80. King of the Hill, Fox (1997-present) - I watched this when it was new, but I'm not sure I ever really got it. Does that mean it was too intelligent for me? Eh, probably not.
81. Murphy Brown, CBS (1988-98)
82. The Hills, MTV (2006-present)
83. Absolutely Fabulous, BBC2 (1992), BBC1 (1994-2004)
84. Northern Exposure, CBS (1990-95)
85. The Kids in the Hall, HBO (1989-92), CBS (1992-95) - Beth and I are working our way through the DVD's now. We're currently on the third season.
86. Prime Suspect, ITV (1991-2006)
87. Deadwood, HBO (2004-06)
88. Malcolm in the Middle, Fox (2000-06) - Another one that I used to watch pretty regularly, but found a little tedious after a while. Beth and I have a joke that every episode involves a clown being beaten up. I think this might have actually only happened once, but that KIND of thing is always happening on the show. And They Might Be Giants no longer do the score, anyway.
89. SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon (1999-present)
90. Dawson's Creek, The WB (1998-2003)
91. Mad Men, AMC (2007-present)
92. The Ben Stiller Show, Fox (1992-93)
93. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Bravo (2003-07)
94. Married...With Children, Fox (1987-97)
95. Designing Women, CBS (1986-93)
96. The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated (1989-94)
97. Party of Five, Fox (1994-2000)
98. MacGyver, ABC (1985-92)
99. The Bachelor, ABC (2002-present)
100. Saved by the Bell, NBC (1989-93) - Possibly the best example of train wreck TV there is. It's so bad in just about every respect that you can't help but watch it.



Albums come next. EW apparently hasn't gotten around to writing about these yet, but the list is up, so I might as well offer my own comments. This time, I'm putting the ones I've heard in bold. I guess there isn't really anything to italicize. I'm sure there are many on the list from which I've heard one or two songs, but who cares?

1. Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (1984)
2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill (1998)
3. Achtung Baby, U2 (1991)
4. The College Dropout, Kanye West (2004)
5. Madonna, Madonna (1983)
6. American Idiot, Green Day (2004)
7. The Blueprint, Jay-Z (2001)
8. Graceland, Paul Simon (1986)
9. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (2007)
10. In Rainbows, Radiohead (2007) - I never got into Radiohead, although "Paranoid Android" is a pretty good song.
11. MTV Unplugged in New York, Nirvana (1994)
12. Stankonia, OutKast (2000)
13. You Are Free, Cat Power (2003) - I have to wonder if I'd like Cat Power (I've only heard one or two of her songs, as far as I can remember), although I might actually be more interested in Chan Marshall as a person, because she sounds like someone who's cute and crazy at the same time. I heard that there was a concert where she played a few songs and then hid behind her piano.
14. Disintegration, The Cure (1989)
15. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem (2000) - I've never listened to any of his albums, but I actually like Eminem. His songs are catchy. You know what I'm sayin'?
16. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985) - Tom seems to belong to that peculiar set of musicians whom other musicians love, but the general public isn't as keen on (see also: Captain Beefheart [2]). I guess he's a decent songwriter, since I've heard covers of his songs that I've liked, but I can't really get past his gravelly voice when he sings his own stuff.
17. Odelay, Beck (1996)
18. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest (1990)
19. Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé (2003)
20. Tidal, Fiona Apple (1996) - Actually, I MIGHT have heard this entire album, since my sister used to play it a lot. I think a large part of her appeal is that her voice really doesn't sound like it should be coming out of her body. Sort of like Rick Astley, only even weirder.
21. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey (2005)
22. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul (1989)
23. The Soft Bulletin, The Flaming Lips (1999) - I don't know that I'd rate it this highly, but it is a good album. Actually, I'm reminded of a dream I had a little while ago, in which somebody made me feel like I was stupid for not knowing the words to "She Don't Use Jelly." I tried to tell them that I liked the Flaming Lips, but was really only familiar with their more recent stuff, which is more or less true.
24. Come On Over, Shania Twain (1997)
25. Turn On the Bright Lights, Interpol (2002) - The little I've heard of them gives me the impression that they have a cool enough sound, but it's the same on pretty much every song. I will allow for the possibility that I'm wrong, however.
26. Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan (1997)
27. Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)
28. Illmatic, Nas (1994)
29. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson (2004)
30. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses (1987)
31. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake (2006)
32. Life's Rich Pageant, R.E.M. (1985)
33. As I Am, Alicia Keys (2007)
34. Is This It, The Strokes (2001)
35. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (1995)
36. CrazySexyCool, TLC (1994)
37. The Moon & Antarctica, Modest Mouse (2000)
38. Raising Hell, Run-DMC (1986)
39. Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Crow (1996) - I think she's overrated, but I'll admit to not having heard that much of her music. "Soak Up the Sun" is pretty annoying, though.
40. Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
41. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers (1984)
42. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan (1993)
43. Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys (1989)
44. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams (1998)
45. If You're Feeling Sinister, Belle and Sebastian (1996) - Hey, an inclusion on this entry with which I can agree whole-heartedly!
46. Homogenic, Björk (1997)
47. Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair (1993) - I prefer whitechocolatespaceegg. There's some good stuff on Guyville, but I think it gets attention more for its explicit language than its actual song quality.
48. American IV: The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash (2002)
49. A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay (2002) - I think Coldplay sounds boring just based on their name, and their music hasn't done anything to change my mind.
50. Sounds of Silver, LCD Soundsystem (2007)
51. The Score, Fugees (1996)
52. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon (2007)
53. King of America, Elvis Costello (1986)
54. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson (1989)
55. It Takes a Nation of Millions..., Public Enemy (1988)
56. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco (2002) - I haven't heard much by Wilco, but they do deserve credit for their collaborations with the Minus 5.
57. Harvest Moon, Neil Young (1992)
58. Surfer Rosa, The Pixies (1988) - I see how it is, EW! Pick a band I actually like, but list my least favorite of their albums! I do appreciate the energy of SR, and maybe it was their most influential record, but it really doesn't hold a candle to Bossanova. It seems to be the general critical opinion that the Pixies' early work was best, but I've seen a few people (including Dave Grohl) mention "Motorway to Roswell" as one of their favorites, so maybe I'm not alone in preferring their later stuff.
59. Ray of Light, Madonna (1998)
60. Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Pavement (1994) - Pavement is a band that's pretty popular among people who like a lot of the same stuff I do, but that I never got into. That's not to say that their music isn't fun, but it never really grabbed me.
61. Paid in Full, Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
62. OK Computer, Radiohead (1997)
63. The Joshua Tree, U2 (1987)
64. Mama's Gun, Erykah Badu (2000)
65. Elephant, The White Stripes (2003)
66. The Chronic, Dr. Dre (1992)
67. Metallica, Metallica (1991) - I tried to download this on Napster, but...oh, never mind, that's an old joke, and my name isn't Jay Leno.
68. Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris (1995)
69. Give Up, The Postal Service (2003)
70. My Life, Mary J. Blige (1994)
71. Rock Steady, No Doubt (2001)
72. 1984, Van Halen (1984)
73. The Queen is Dead, Smiths (1986) - I have a greatest hits collection of theirs that I like, but I've never checked out any of their regular albums.
74. Play, Moby (1999)
75. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen (1984)
76. Heartbreaker, Ryan Adams (2000)
77. Dummy, Portishead (1994)
78. Vs., Pearl Jam (1991)
79. Let It Be, The Replacements (1984) - Another band that has a fair amount of fanbase overlap with other stuff I listen to (TMBG even wrote a song about them), but that I could never really get into.
80. Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera (2006)
81. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails (1994)
82. Grace, Jeff Buckley (1994)
83. Learning to Crawl, The Pretenders (1984)
84. Low-Life, New Order (1985)
85. Home, Dixie Chicks (2002)
86. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine (1991)
87. All Eyez on Me, 2Pac (1996)
88. So, Peter Gabriel (1986)
89. Bachelor No. 2, Aimee Mann (2000) - I've heard a few Aimee Mann albums, but not this one.
90. Toxicity, System of a Down (2001)
91. Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins (1993)
92. The Writing's on the Wall, Destiny's Child (1999)
93. Either/Or, Elliott Smith (1997)
94. Synchronicity, The Police (1983)
95. Trap Muzik, T.I. (2003)
96. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, PJ Harvey (2000)
97. Britney, Britney Spears (2001)
98. Transatlanticism, Death Cab for Cutie (2003)
99. Live Through This, Hole (1994)
100. Faith, George Michael (1987)



Our next category is books, and even though I probably spend more time reading than I do watching movies or TV, there really isn't that much on the list for me to put into boldface. (In case you haven't figured it out yet, the boldface means I've read it.)

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000) - I was wondering why they chose this one in particular, but I guess it deserves its place, even if only for the return of Voldemort.
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000) - I've never really had the desire to read any of his books, despite his TMBG connection.
16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986) - Who brought the cat?
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000) - Wait, so they chose one book from the Harry Potter series, but here they're counting three books as one? Oh, well.
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
97. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004) - While I did find it quite funny, I'm not sure whether it belongs on a list of New Classics. It's not like a textbook spoof was really anything new by the time it came out. But I liked it, so hey.



Finally, video games! This isn't the last list on the EW page, but it's the last one that I can make into a reasonable meme. For this one, I'm going to bold the ones I've played, and italicize the ones I've seen played. As I suggested in my last entry, as someone who enjoys video games but isn't very good at them, video gaming is definitely a spectator sport for me.

1. Tetris, PC (1985)

2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, N64 (1998) - Hey, isn't this the game that split the Zelda timeline? This bothers the continuity nerd in me, but it still looked like a quality game.

3. Doom, PC (1993) - I've never played it, but I can't deny its incredible popularity.

4. Super Mario World, SNES (1991) - Not to disparage this great game in any way, but isn't Super Mario Bros. 3 much more deserving of this position? At least as far as I can remember, its release was a bigger event. It also introduced the map screen, the ability to fly, and even the Koopalings. As much as I like Yoshi, I don't think his introduction is anywhere near as significant to the series as much of what originated with SMB3.

5. Guitar Hero, PS2 (2005)

6. Street Fighter II, SNES (1991) - A good game that still comes up in conversation every now and then. Hey, did anyone ever actually play Street Fighter 1? :P

7. Super Mario Kart, SNES (1992) - Trying to work characters from one genre of game into another can often be an exercise in futility, but it definitely worked here.

8. GoldenEye 007, N64 (1997)

9. Grand Theft Auto IV, PS3 and Xbox 360 (2008)

10. Metal Gear Solid, PlayStation (1998)

11. Halo: Combat Evolved, Xbox 360 (2001)

12. Super Mario Galaxy, Wii (2007) - I haven't played this game, but what I've heard of it makes it sound good, so I can't say it's not deserving of a spot on the list. Is it really more deserving of being one of the only two traditional Mario games (Super Mario Kart doesn't count) on here than SMB3, though? For that matter, if we're going all the way back to 1983, isn't the ORIGINAL SMB eligible? Considering that I can only see three games from before 1990, I think there's a definite new-game bias at work here. If you're going to include Zelda and Metroid games, don't the originals deserve mention? That's not to say that the first games are always the best (in fact, considering that I've never seen anyone win the original SMB, I'm inclined to think it might have been too hard), but when you're talking classics, I think it would make sense to put them on the list.

13. Final Fantasy VII, PlayStation (1997) - I prefer FF6, but I'll admit that this game was the bigger deal, attracting more people who hadn't previously been interested in RPG's to the genre. I was kind of bothered by the more modern setting, but I guess the series had sort of been going in that direction for a while. Even the first one had WarMech, after all. When I played this several years ago, I think I only made it as far as the space rocket. I really should get back to it someday, but I don't have my own PlayStation.

14. Resident Evil 4, GameCube (2005)

15. Chrono Trigger, SNES (1995) - No objections here. Awesome game!

16. Gran Turismo, PlayStation (1998)

17. Sim City, Macintosh and Amiga (1989) - I had it for the PC, actually. I enjoyed it, but it got really hard after a little while. Everyone was asking for more stuff, and complaining that the taxes were too high. Lousy Sim Republicans. :P Speaking of which, how come The Sims isn't on here?

18. Half-Life, PC (1998)

19. Sid Meier's Civilization II, PC (1996)

20. Gears of War, Xbox 360 (2006)

21. StarCraft, PC (1997) - My brother used to play this a lot, and the voices got on my nerves after a while. There are only so many times you can hear, "You wanna piece of me, boy?" before it starts to grate on you.

22. Super Metroid, SNES (1994) - When my brother rented it, I don't think he made it past Kraid. It did look like a worthy successor to the original Metroid, but why isn't that on here?

23. Deus Ex, PC (2000)

24. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, PlayStation (2000)

25. Shadow of the Colossus, PS2 (2005)

26. God of War, PS2 (2005)

27. Soul Calibur, Dreamcast (1999)

28. BioShock, Multiplatform (2007)

29. Final Fantasy III, Famicom (1990) - Okay, let me get this straight. On a list of classic games in an American magazine, you choose the one that didn't even make it to the States until it had already been out in Japan for over fifteen years. I haven't played much of it yet, so I don't know that it's not deserving of classic status (and I know it's the first FF game to allow for class changes, which must be worth something), but I would think other entries in the FF series are more deserving.

30. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Xbox (2003)

31. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Dreamcast (2000)

32. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, PlayStation (1997)

33. Metroid Prime, GameCube (2002)

34. Tomb Raider, Multiplatform (1996) - AKA, "Whoa, Get a Load of Those Gazongas!"

35. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, PlayStation (1996)

36. Star Wars: TIE Fighter, PC (1995)

37. Tekken 3, PlayStation (1998)

38. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Multiplatform (2007)

39. Contra, NES (1988) - Wait, they're choosing the ORIGINAL Contra? Isn't that a bit unusual for this list?

40. Okami, PS2 (2006)

41. Tecmo Super Bowl, NES (1991)

42. Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, PC (1991)

43. Psychonauts, Xbox (2005)

44. Silent Hill 2, PlayStation (2001)

45. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Multiplatform (2003)

46. Perfect Dark, N64 (2000)

47. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Multiplatform (2006)

48. WipEout, PlayStation (1995)

49. World of Warcraft, PC (2004)

50. Madden NFL 2005, Multiplatform (2004)


[1] When a sentence ends with a title that ends in punctuation itself, are you still supposed to put a period after it?
[2] I haven't heard that much of Beefheart, but I do quite like the song "Candle Mambo."
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