The Shelf rings in the new year by waxing nostalgic about 2010's best and worst games and movies, and talk about what we're looking forward to in 2011. Will and Zack are joined by Emily and our old friend Lucas for this best/worst of ought ten show. The episode also has the distinction of being the only podcast you'll ever hear successfully segue between Gaspar Noé's brutal Enter the Void and Pixar's heartwarming Toy Story 3.
2010 was quite a year for film and we like our movies around these parts, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Shelf's "Best of 2010" film list comes in at a ridiculous 2200 words. True, we didn't make contact with extraterrestrials in 2010 (Peter Hyams and Arthur C. Clarke lied!), but we did get a year full of extraordinary films. Here are our few of our favourites.
2010 was, by all accounts, a pretty rad year in music. The Canadian indie scene continued to thrive, all while established Canuck bands like Caribou and Arcade Fire wowed us with new albums. Didn't the music establishment declare electronica and rock n' roll dead nigh a decade ago? And yet here we are, still rocking out. Hip-hop, too, (or rap music as the kids call it) continued its rebirth of sorts; a vibrant new sound that is still hard to pin down, but one that is devoid of unironic autotuning and top 40 aspirations. Since summing up a year in music is proving quite difficult in less than 100 words, I'll leave that task to the musical experts of the Shelf: Jess and Zack.
As we sit comfortably in our respective dork dens, let us take a look back at a rather interesting year in comics. The comic world was filled with ups and downs in 2010, here we'll share with you some of the highlights and our personal favourites of the year. We shall save the disappointments for another time... or a podcast.
We here at the Shelf decided that there was no better way to ring in 2011 than by compiling a list (A list at the end of the year?! What a concept!) of our favourite games of 2010. In an industry regularly dominated by triple A titles and billion dollar publishers, this past year proved to be a breakthrough of sorts for indie gaming. This is not to say that there weren't great blockbuster games this year - there were plenty - or that indie games weren't a forced to be reckoned with in years past. 2010 merely showed us all that good games are good games, period.
Despite what your grandma might say to try and trick you into watching reruns of Perry Mason, the true 'Golden Age' of television is right now and 2010 was an especially good year. Returning favourites like Mad Men and Dexter continued their hot streaks while AMC's new drama The Walking Dead kept us on the edge of our seat and prepared us all for the impending zombie apocalypse. In comedy, FX's Louie made us laugh AND think while Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC kept us all in stitches. That was a comedy, right?