Sunday, October 14, 2007

The first true sign that I have become some kind of movie blogger. 

Once upon a time, I was a comics blogger with the occasional bit of movies, all expressed almost exclusively with vulgarity. Now I'm some kind of movie blogger (expressed almost exclusively etc) who doesn't even mention comics anymore, due in large part to a dwindling weekly subscription list and the stone cold truth that anything I'd have to say about comics is already being said elsewhere, and better.

So this is what makes my transition real: I've been tagged for a meme by a movie blogger, that scoundrel Lapper. It goes like this:

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”. Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

You can leave them exactly as is.

You can delete any one question

You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change “The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…” to “The best time travel novel in Westerns is…”, or “The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…”, or “The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…”.

You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”.

You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

The initial statements/questions:

My parent is: NONE.

1. The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers.

2. The best romantic movie in historical fiction is…Cold Mountain.

3. The best sexy song in rock is…Gloria, by Patti Smith.

My parent is: Mr. Lapper, previously mentioned. Also: scoundrel. Here's his stuff.

1. The best epic song (over six minutes in length) in rock is... How Soon is Now, The Smiths

2. The best mockumentary movie in comedy is... Best in Show ("He went after her like she was made out of ham")

3. The best End of the World movie in Science Fiction is... The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Here we go:

1. The best epic song (over six minutes in length) in rock is... "November Rain," Guns N' Roses. C'mon, "Hey Jude" and "Freebird" (but only when it's over the last minutes of The Devil's Rejects!) are a bit obvious.

2. (Mockumentary = deleted. Quite the dead end, that.)

3. (the mutant) The best End of the World concept album in Science Fiction is... Year Zero, by Nine Inch Nails. Considering how extensively Trent Reznor and co. built their world, calling it a mere concept album may not be enough. It's a staggeringly thorough and compelling piece of fiction.


Tom the Dog: If I were running an entertainment magazine, this is the guy I'd hire to write about TV. Also, his real name is actually Tom Collins. Talk about predestination.

Johnny Bacardi: Because his record collection makes me feel inadequate. I promise the alcohol-related names thing is completely coincidental.

Marc Bernadrin: Because he's not a real blogger until he's done some of these.

Have at.

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