End of the year "best of" lists are allegedly becoming passe - NPR seems to be eschewing them altogether this year (at least as far as books are concerned) - but I'm a list maker, damn it, and I gotta be me. At least I'm compiling everything into one big list as opposed to making one for each category; this is both for our mutual convenience and because even though I'm free of the yoke of grad school, I still don't have as much free time to spend soaking in the various pop culture media as I'd like. I'd have a hard time populating a Top 10 Movies of 2013, for instance, because I don't think I got out to see 10 new release movies in the past year (and although I bet they'll be great, it will be some time before I get out to see stuff releasing now like American Hustle, Her, or Nebraska).
So with little regard for order or medium, here are some brief words about what rose to the top of whatever pile in which it happened to be in 2013. Maybe not the "best" of 2013, per se, but the stuff I enjoyed the most:
bandes dessinées, but Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover's (too infrequent!) series about a female thief working on the side of the angels (when it suits her) is fun, exciting, and often laugh out loud funny. The only comic series so far I've followed faithfully in digital form, and then ponied up for again to get the nice-looking hardcover collection from Dark Horse. As they say on the netwebs, shut up and take my money.
Gravity - I generally hate 3D, but for once it seemed like a crucial part of the experience and not just a ploy to jack my ticket up another $5. The plot was fine and all - certainly entertaining and intense - but I wonder if it plays nearly as well in just two dimensions (I mean, I felt I was missing out as is by not seeing it in IMAX)? Regardless, Gravity was proof that the scariest movies have nothing to do with monsters or body horror and everything to do with tension. I hope Sandra Bullock gets nominated for the various awards.
And yes, I own a Wii U. I like it. Shut up.