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The Best of 2008, 2: Web Video and Music

December 31st, 2008 | Jonathan Gray

Continuing with my Best Of 2008:

Web Video

10. “Too Drunk to Fuck.” I had my vid watching orgy in late 2007, but one of Luminosity’s 2008 offerings helps explain visually why Family Guy will never rival The Simpsons: Lisa and Marge are just so much better than FG‘s women.

9. “Talk to Your Parents About Voting Republican.” I’ve already posted about this, in the context of its political message, but I’m also a fan of its parodic attack on the earnestness of Talk to Your Kids videos that assume older people know better.

8. “Piece of Me.” Obsessive24’s vid about Britney Spears is excellent, and a 3m21 essay on celebrity exploitation and obsession.

7. Fox News Calls Ohio. I saw this after the fact, but it’s a sweet moment, as Brit Hume and Karl Rove see the writing on the wall, and Lurch delivers the news to the bald master of evil.

6. “Yes We Can.”’s video defined viral, and though I still laugh at its inclusion of some pretty C rate celebs (“hey look, there’s Ashley from Fresh Prince of Bel Air!”), it laid down a gauntlet to Obama’s contenders that they’d have to deliver online. They didn’t, and they lost.

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The Alphabet Meme Chronicles

November 27th, 2008 | Jonathan Gray

(First, note the new design and look. On Thanksgiving, let us all give thanks to the “silent” member of The Extratextuals, Ivan Askwith, who makes the whole thing possible and recently updated our Word Press. Thanks Ivan)

Caught up in a fervor of alphabetical list making, I decided to follow up on the Alphabet Meme with a list of best television shows. There’s a slight bit of cheating involved at S/Z (ooo — very Barthesian, no?), but I couldn’t bring myself either to nominate Zoey 101 as the only Z show I know, or to choose between the two best shows in TV history, both of which inconveniently begin with S. I also went only for series or continuing shows, not one-offs (sorry, 28 Up). Without further ado:

The Amazing Race

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Cosby Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Freaks and Geeks

Goodness Gracious Me

Hockey Night in Canada

Iron Chef America

Jack & Bobby (neat idea, not super, but the J’s give little competition)

The Kingdom (the Danish one, not the American atrocity)


The Muppet Show

Northern Exposure

The Office (I’ll go with the American one, though Brit one gets a gold star too)

Pushing Daisies

Quantum Leap


The Simpsons

The Twilight Zone

Ulysses 31 (old school cartoon. Still have the theme song in my head)

V Graham Norton

The Wire (sorry, West Wing. You picked a bad letter to begin with)

The X-Files

Yes, Minister

Zesame Street

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The Alphabet Meme

November 23rd, 2008 | Jonathan Gray

I love lists. Love seeing other people’s lists, and love making my own. So Bob Rehak’s circulation of “The Alphabet Meme” grabbed my attention, and I had to play.

Follow the second link there for the full rules, but the basic point is to list your best/favorite film of each letter of the alphabet. I’m breaking the original rules a bit to get Star Wars and Lord of the Rings into only one competition each, but, hey, we play fast and loose over here at The Extratextuals. Also, as with all these lists, this is what I feel at this moment in time; ask me next week, and I’d likely give different answers. So don’t add Of All Time to the list. I feel particularly conflicted right now about leaving out Breakfast Club, Citizen Kane, Exotica, Fargo, Hoop Dreams, and Heat). That said, appropriately the list begins with a legitimate Of All Time favorite:

After Life

Batman Begins

Cinema Paradiso

Donnie Darko

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Godfather II


The Insider

Jacob’s Ladder


The Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Manchurian Candidate (Sinatra, not Denzel)


Once Upon a Time in the West


Quiz Show (hey, Q’s are hard)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Star Wars trilogy (first one, not the Jar-Jar one)



The Vanishing (the Dutch/French original)

Wonderland (by Michael Winterbottom, not the American one)

X-Men 2

Young Guns


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