As I alluded to in the worst list, 2019 was a great year. But is it the best of the decade for film? And that answer is….yes. When this year started, I wasn’t even certain that this was going to be a good year, let alone great. But the more I stand back and look at this year as a whole, I can’t deny. As the year went only, the content quality was consistently exceeding my expectations. There were a lot of damn great movies this year. This is the best film year I’ve ever covered doing these entertainment threads. Hell it might be one of the best ever in the box office era if I think long and hard about it. Like as good as years like 1985, 1994, 1999, 2009 to name a few of the all-time great box office years for film. It only made crafting this list all the more harder. Like my honorable mentions candidates would make the best list proper in other years. And then some of these best list choices would make it into Top 3 as well if this was 2015 or 2011, two of the weaker film years from this decade. What a way to end my film reviewing on this site. In case you missed my announcement on the decade end list, I've relaunched my blog. I'm moving on from writing on this site, for good this time. It's been a hell of a ride and I can't thank you all enough. Once again if you missed the link to my blog, well here you go: http://mediamanbobeh.blogspot.com/ Anyway, let's prolong this even further with a larger than usual list of honorable mentions. Now onto the last proper 2019 list. We're counting down one last time! CLAPPY'S TOP TEN BEST FILMS OF 2019 Thank you all for reading. I Love You 3000.
Hey so this topic is as good as any to make this announcement in. Some of you already know what this is about from a conversation on Discord last week. But to those of you who missed it, well here ya go. I've got two more lists I plan to do. The Best Films of 2019 and The Best Hit Songs of the 2010's. I was originally planning to do a Best/Worst Films of the 2010's list, but honestly, there is no real surprises. I don't have a definitive best film of this decade. I have multiple. And if you guys want to know what the five best films of this decade are....well here ya go: And my worst film of the decade isn't even a contest. It's my worst film of 2019, The Haunting of Sharon Tate. I did a damn good job explaining why its terrible there and I really don't feel like repeating myself again. Probably one of the top three worst movies I've ever seen. The Devil Inside (2012) is second in case anyone wanted something else to hold them over. But I wanted to take the time to mention that what I posted on the first page is really self-fulfilling. You'll be seeing a lot less of me around these parts after I'm done with those last two pieces. I mean obviously, real life priorities already make me come on a lot less these last six years or so. But honestly the main reason I still come around here is due to the friends I still keep up with from here and my writing. And my writing is now moving back to blog form (again): http://mediamanbobeh.blogspot.com/ It's back! I plan to update this blog again in an effort to get recognized once more from one of the publications I plan to apply to. I mentioned to y'all once I got an interview with /Film awhile back. And it was thanks to that blog. I really want to follow through with my ambitions to write for a major publication so I'm going to give this a second chance with my music and movie reviews. Already got multiple projects in the works to keep me around that blog for quite some time. I already shared a couple updates like the obligatory welcome back post and I shared a music year end retrospective (The Worst Hit Songs of 1974). Hell, I'm planning a few crossovers with other content creators (the obligatory Wumbo crossover is obligatory) as well kind of like I do around here. So don't consider this a goodbye. Consider this as me moving on. I've already stated that I don't believe in people "leaving forums" because you can always login. Either way, I'm moving on from these types of year end threads since I've got a blog for that now and if you want to read those, I'll gladly appreciate it. But I promise I'll fulfill my final two lists. It really helped inspire me to pursue this venue again after years of wondering what ifs. And to that, I say thank you all for reading.
Ever since I started doing these year-end threads, my personal takes on movies in general for the year have been a roller coaster ride of quality. The odd numbered years have been mostly bad while the even number years have been mostly good. So with that being said, how do I feel about 2019 for cinema? It’s very complicated. I’m not calling it a bad year for movies. Honestly, if you want a general take, it was a great year. More about that when it comes to the best list. But Cinema 2019 will not be remembered for its quality to me. It will be remembered as the year the general public has finally spoken up. To paraphrase one of the box office sites I go to, Boxofficeprophets.com, we as a society now have multiple formats to view movies. We now have theaters offering us deals to pay to see unlimited movies. More and more lesser known studios are starting to take their projects to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu instead of giving them theatrical releases. And you know who this is affecting the most of all? The Box Office. 2019 box office returns were not kind to any studio not named Disney; which has adapted incredibly well to the times that its scary how much bigger they are going to get. Multiple properties outside the Mouse House bombed in major ways. Domestic returns on established money earners from the past underperformed. Sequels, remakes, reboots, adaptations, etc. are no longer guaranteed to get greenlit after seeing some of the financials from this year. The general public is finally speaking up after all these years of me pondering if they ever will want more original material. 2019 may be a year of underperformance, but I feel like this is a good thing. It will get more studios to try new things or build something from an established property into something even bigger like Marvel Studios did with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Who knows what will happen from this point forward, but I think it’s about time we stopped being satisfied with the status quo. And with said change coming, it’s about time I change with the times too. Original movies from streaming services are finally capable of qualifying for my year end lists. I’ve slowly integrated them in the past if they had theatrical releases, but I think it’s about time to fully allow it to happen. So let’s start with some dishonorable mentions: CLAPPY'S TOP TEN WORST FILMS OF 2019 Thank you all for reading. Best films list coming next month. As well as the decade list. I sure am doing a lot of writing.
I think most of the revivals were due to feeling reinvigorated by Total Drama again. Only to lose interest in them when I realized how much work I'd put in to each and every pilot to make it excellent. But thank you so much for remembering the good ole days of Spin-off Action. Determined to someday find the old stuff on the tv.com archives and share them again. Someday. Happy 10 years man! So proud of you for everything that you do for this site. Love ya man.
Let me keep this short and sweet. WE ARE LIVING IN A TELEVISION RENAISSANCE! What a time it is to be alive for new and exciting ways to reinvent how we view television. From streaming our shows to binge-watching a series in a matter of hours thanks to streaming, we are definitely living in the best timeline to watch television in ways we couldn’t have imagined twenty years ago. And honestly, that’s why it was that much harder to write this best list. Because I had to make so many painful cuts and I had to keep watching more 2010s shows so I didn’t miss anything else. And I’ll be honest, I probably missed a lot of stuff that you guys are going to point out in the comments and replies. So I’ll save you all the trouble and put it on my constantly growing watch list when I have the time to keep watching more and more shows. So with that being said, here is what this tasteless idiot thinks are: CLAPPY’S TOP TWENTY BEST SHOWS OF THE 2010'S
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So yeah. How was the 2010s for music? Honestly, it will be interesting to look back on this decade years and years from now. It just went through so many phases. From the club boom to the biggest years of pure pop music since the 90s to self-serious pop to trap music. Lord knows what trend is coming up next. This decade has had so many identities that I can't really define it. But man, did Billboard get this decade end list right. For all my problems I've had with their year end lists the last couple years, these definitely feel like the 100 biggest songs of the 2010s. Good job Billboard. Every dog has its day and credit where credit is due. This is absolutely a worthy decade end list. So worthy that in all honesty, I liked more than 50% of this decade end list. Which made crafting the worst list that much harder because most of these songs really didn't make previous worst lists. Which gave me a little more room to work with. What will the 2020's bring us? Don't have a clue, but I’ll sit back in eager anticipation of what’s to come. Because that’s what I do. I follow pop culture and even if I’m not on this site five to ten years from now, I’ll still be following entertainment closely. And because this is a decade end project, just like I am with all the other formats of entertainment on this thread, this will be a Bottom 20/Top 20. Because I’m going that extra step to make this final big project all the more significant. So we are counting down! CLAPPY'S TOP 20 WORST SONGS OF THE BILLBOARD 2010'S DECADE END LIST (that's a mouthful of a title)
2019. The year of the bops.
Can’t wait to see “One Time” top the Best List.
2017 For the record, this is the last of these I'll be doing. I'm going to let my thoughts on 2018 simmer a little longer so I can really see how well that list will last the test of time. TV: Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing except switching up my writing style. My television lists will always be the most self-critical just because I always feel like what I write isn't good enough. That's another reason why I don't do yearly television write ups. Just because I know I'll nitpick them to hell even if everyone else enjoys them. That being said, doing these decade end retrospectives really made me realize I only want to write about shows that have had enough seasons to really judge it as a whole instead of doing season by season. That's why binge-watching is really the right way to go about doing television write-ups. Just because analyzing episode by episode leaves you knowing at least half the picture. Music: Honestly, my worst list is good. For the longest time, I thought to myself that "Strip That Down" would be the one song I'd place on there in hindsight. But now that hindsight is long enough, I wouldn't. "Strip That Down" is the new number eleven though. But as for the list itself, I would just make a couple changes: 10. Look At Me! 9. Look What You Made Me Do 8. Body Like a Back Road 7. Mi Gente 6. Rake It Up 5. I Don't Wanna Live Forever 4. Believer 3. Tunnel Vision 2. Treat You Better 1. Issues So yeah, for starters, I'm starting to soften a tad on Look What You Made Me Do and Body Like a Back Road. Two of the biggest punching bags for everybody from this year. I'm starting to get a slight admiration for LWYMMD because Taylor really put herself out there with this trainwreck. And Body Like a Back Road is the sort of mind numbing awful levels of stupidity that I'm really starting to miss in a music climate where a lot of the songs are starting to sound the same. Both songs are still terrible enough to make my worst list, but god bless they at least stuck out. Meanwhile, that ZAYN song has only gotten worse in two years to leapfrog four songs. Didn't expect it to be a career killer for him as his career has practically flopped. And that Kodak Black song has also leapfroged a couple songs because seriously fuck this guy. I can only hope that his career sputters out real soon because he is toxic garbage. As for the best list, that's where I would easily make the most changes. Not like it's all bad or anything, but a lot of the hits from this year have just aged better. So here's my updated best list. 1. Bounce Back 2. DNA 3. Starboy 4. 24K Magic 5. Sign of the Times 6. Closer 7. Water Under the Bridge 8. Caroline 9. Congratulations 10. Something Just Like This So where do I start with these changes? My thoughts on Starboy and Closer aging as greatly as they have are well documented. Nothing against Water Under the Bridge, which doesn't hold up as a top level Adele song like I once called it. But I do stand with me still liking 25 better than 21. Caroline really is a great song that I still appreciate two years later. And then we have the two new entries to this list. Congratulations is the song that made me finally get Post Malone. I love it. One of the best songs of his career. And then there is the third great Chainsmokers song that I mentioned previously. Yes it rips off the drop from Roses. So what? I like ripoffs depending on the circumstances. Yes Chris Martin's lyrics don't make any damn sense. So what? I love the utter ridiculousness of Batman and his fists and Spider-Man's control. But Jesus does the whole song come together towards the end with that drop and guitar solo. Seriously one of the most underrated moments in a pop song this decade. It's one of the weirdest collaborations of this decade and yet somehow they bring out the best in each other. Movies: And the last round of major changes I would make. Like I said last post with doing a rankdown for music years, I'm doing the same with movies. But early spoiler, I was way too hard on this year. Mostly with the best list. That best list I wouldn't change a damn thing except pointing out that this is one of the better best lists of this decade. So no need to redo it. However, that worst list though. It's beautifully written yes, I'm quite proud of how much hard work I put into it and how great my points were. But there is some re-ranking that must be done. 1. Flatliners 2. The Emoji Movie 3. The Snowman 4. The Dark Tower 5. The Mummy 6. Death Note 7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 8. The Greatest Showman 9. Justice League 10. Fifty Shades Darker So yeah, the top five isn't changing. But the more I recollect my thoughts, Death Note deserves to be on this list proper. What a god awful adaptation of my favorite anime. Fuck you Netflix. And fuck you again for still going forward with a sequel. You've already hurt me enough with the terrible original. Pirates 5 sucks hard. Move it up another spot. Fifty Shades Darker still deserves to be on this list because it's a part of probably the worst trilogy of the 2010s. The Greatest Showman is a weird pick for this list, but the huger it becomes, the more I can't ignore it any longer. It's a terrible piece of manipulative cinema that paints one of the lowkey scum entertainers of the world as a great person, even though that same guy highlights people with abnormalities for money. The songs are overrated more so than Frozen. Hugh Jackman isn't as good as people make him out to be. The only slight positive is that Zac Efron and Zendaya have lowkey good chemistry together, but they both deserve better than this movie. And Justice League makes this list because I rewatched it a few months ago and it really doesn't hold up. At all. I remember @Dr. WhoBob saying not too long after I posted that 2017 worst list that he was happy to see Justice League not mentioned on there because it wasn't all that bad. And to that I say, rewatch it again like I did. The production problems that this movie went through really stand out harder. There are two polar opposite direction styles that clash with each other terribly. What we end up getting is DC trying to make a Marvel movie and it becomes all the more apparent after rewatching. The comedy is bad. The Flash is annoying. Superman is not as interesting as this movie so badly wants to make him out to be. Steppenwolf is one of the worst/most forgettable villains in any superhero movie ever. I'm glad DC has turned the corner these last two years (and with Wonder Woman the year prior), but seriously rewatch Justice League again. I think we were trying way too hard to paint a positive picture for a movie that honestly deserves to be scorned more than Batman v Superman (not more than Suicide Squad, which is the worst DCEU movie. Period.). And that puts an end to my revisits of 2016 and 2017. I'll see you all in a few weeks with the Worst Hit Songs of 2019; whenever Billboard gets around to posting that year end list will play the key factor as to when that list goes up. So until then, thanks for reading and I'll see you guys soon.
So Season 1 was actually really good. Was the plot was a little contrived? Yes. But it’s an adaptation of a seemingly unadaptable Dr. Seuss property. I didn’t have high expectations for it to begin with. But the series makes up for it by being quite imaginative. I think Seuss would be quite proud of how the team behind this (Ellen DeGeneres was one of the many involved as producer) made the final product. It has his sense of creativity and vision. And yeah there are pop culture references, but unlike basically every Seuss movie adaptation, the ones here are really damn clever. Also Negi’s comment about it being basically an animated version of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is 100% correct. But add that in with really imaginative locations, incredibly clever writing, great voice actors, and beautiful animation (they really put those millions to great use, this is some of the best hand drawn animation I’ve seen in years). Highly recommend.
Yeah I’m with Wumbo on this one. I really enjoy Todd’s new reviewing style as well. This review wouldn’t even make Todd’s top five best videos from this year. Potentially top ten if we are including OHW and Trainwreckords too. It’s been that strong of a year to me in terms of Todd content. That being said, I absolutely enjoyed this review too. Despite changing his style up a bit, it’s still good to see Todd make angry reviews of very bad pop song. Along with the side by side of the “Dumb and Dumber” clip, my favorite part was Todd pointing out “That motherfucker is scared of the dark.” as the reason Lewis Capaldi is sad about her being gone at night.
So I've been thinking about doing one of these again since its been three years since I last retrospected my previous year end lists. What better time than now to go ahead and get a head start on that: 2016 Movies: Jesus. What a worst list. Honestly, wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole because everything on that list is practically perfect rankwise, although Suicide Squad would definitely be a super close number eleven. Even Norm at number one. Which has become a recurring meme from yours truly. It's still the worst animated movie of the 2010s. Yes, even worse than The Emoji Movie. The best list on the other hand. I know one change I would absolutely make. Moana was at #10. I still love Moana, don't get me wrong. But one of my honorable mentions should have taken that spot instead. And honestly, it should have been very high on my best list. Like #4 if I could rerank it. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. What an amazing movie and honestly I like it more than This Is Spinal Tap in regards to music industry mockumentaries. Check it out if you haven't yet. TV: Wouldn't change a thing about the rankings themselves, but note to self. Never do a ranking with all GIFS ever again. What an eye sore. Music: Saving the biggest thing I would redo for last. Because good lord was I overly negative about 2016 in regards to hit music. Like don't get me wrong. This was a bad year. But it was not nearly as bad as I made it out to be. I'm not going to reveal where I would rank it in regards to the decade because I'm saving a decade end rankdown for movies and music for my decade end project. But if you want what 2016 was in hindsight quality wise, except worse? Well that was 2018 in a nutshell. 2016 didn't deserve the scathing torching demolition I gave it. A 30 something long dishonorable mention list? How over the top. It was still one of the lower years of this decade quality wise though. And honestly, the worst list needs a little revision: 10. One Call Away 9. Hide Away 8. Sit Still, Look Pretty 7. Just Like Fire 6. Pop Style 5. Unsteady 4. Lost Boy 3. i hate u i love u 2. Treat You Better 1. PILLOWTALK So as you can see, number one and number two are still locked in place. Honestly, those are two of the worst songs of this decade to me. But everything else? Absolutely different. i hate u i love u is supremely insufferable. Lost Boy has become more of a joke. Unsteady and Just Like Fire still suck big fat ones. And clearly, my thoughts on Daya's Hide Away are still bad, but Sit Still Look Pretty is the even more vapid song. Hearing it at work more has done it no favors. Such an obnoxiously insufferable song. But man did I undersell how much I hated Pop Style in that thread. My hatred goes far beyond that Chaining Tatum line. It's just a monotonous bore of a song. And Jay is barely given a damn thing to do and Kanye's guest verse SSSSUUUCCCCKKKKSSS. And One Call Away is such an utter bore. 2016 may have been the year that Batman v Superman killed Superman's character, but at least he has character. Unlike the joke that was Charlie Puth in 2016. Such a hack of a song. As for the best list? Honestly, most of those rankings are still the same. Maybe shuffle around a spot or two. Although with one noticeable change, so here is that updated: 1. I Took a Pill in Ibiza 2. Stressed Out 3. Roses 4. Into You 5. Starboy 6. Can't Feel My Face 7. Closer 8. In the Night 9. Sorry (Beyonce) 10. Wildest Dreams You read that right. I've finally come fully around to embracing Closer. All I needed was a few years away from the song to really embrace it for the slightly hacky, yet millenial anthem that it truly is. Love the song. The Chainsmokers fifteen seconds of fame may finally be over with all of their underperforming songs on the charts as of late, but they have undeniably three great songs to their names. Not even going to go over how so many of my honorable mentions don’t hold up three years later. For example, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “Side to Side” were on there in 2016. Wouldn’t even come close if I completely redid it now. Coming up next? 2017. Stay tuned for that.
Maybe if you didn’t post the same vapid comment over and over and over and over and over again, people would stop speaking out about it? Just a thought. Great list as always Wumbo. Can’t wait to see what’s on the best list for this supremely nostalgic year to me.
Of all the animated movies Disney has in their library, I have never seen their Madagascar rip-off, "The Wild". That changed tonight. Wow.
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