Nov. 26, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
This is only PART 1 too. I have to admit, as I've gotten older (I'm 32 now) I see most of these "cool" things that I used to covet in years past as a lot of clutter. Why get a powermat phone charger when I have one that works perfectly well? Why get a Vader Laserpointer when I don't have any practical (or impractical) use for such a thing. Some people never lose touch with wanting this sort of stuff- and I don't begrudge anyone that choice. But for me, there's so much more I want to do with my time and money, and collecting clutter has dropped down my list towards the bottom. Happy Holidays, kids.
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
that's a pretty cool machine. i guess it just plugs directly into your television. they should make one for sega master system/genesis.
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
There's one that is a combo NES, SNES and Genesis machine, but it had horrible reviews saying it barely worked, so I decided against including it. Want something that plays the original Sega games. That was my system! Alien Syndrome!
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST
The VHS covers book is amazing. About to hit part II and III. Then off to fry this giant bird. See you and t-man soon.
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST
And I'm going to Jack off to it all day
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST
Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King!! This oversized book showcases art used in and on Stephen King books. full color, 11 × 15 inches, 448 pages, over 500 illustrations, over 30 pages of double-page foldouts.
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
that is easily rectified...
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
be thrilled to get a Kevin Smith book for Christmas.
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST
The Up soundtrack is only available in digital format. iTunes and Amazon both have it.
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST
hold on... On what planet did Howl's Moving Castle come out on before Princess Princess Mononoke? <P> And where did this "The Japanese Disney" come from?
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST
This list is amazing. Thanks for doing all the foot work, man :)
Nov. 26, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
And that's with the original official consoles. Freaking kids and their knockoffs, emulators and virtual consoles.
Nov. 26, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST
For the win.
Nov. 26, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST
See your link.
Nov. 26, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST
Once again, you didn't put in the Harvey Comics collections! Five volumes - CASPER, RICHIE RICH, HOT STUFF, BABY HUEY and THE HARVEY GIRLS! Amazon.com has them all! PLEASE buy!
Nov. 26, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST
You guys want good comics? Try Scalped and Lucifer. Those two comics are some of the best. Period. Fuck Losers. Thats bullshit.
Nov. 26, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST
by Richard Holmes. It's basically stories about how back in the day of English romanticism, the jury was still out on so many sciences that any quack with a vision and a TON of bravery and willing to experiment on themselves, could make absolutely incredible discoveries. The review in Time magazine alone had me howling with laughter at some of the stories therein. http://www.amazon.com /Age-Wonder-Romantic-Generation-Discovered/dp/ 0375422226
Nov. 26, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
It's a cool idea, but I looked it up on Best Buy dot com and found the following bit of information: "requires receivers for each device, receivers not included" in the 99.99 price point. As such, the Powermat is a useless "invention," IMO.
Nov. 26, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST
I want it! I want it! I want it! but 185 is pretty damn expensive! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Nov. 26, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
Fantasy Freaks and GAming geeks and The Simpsons - unauthorised.
Nov. 26, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST
by George Newman
It works but half the time it doesnt start up right. you have to remove and replace the game several times to get it all to work. <p> Maybe they designed it on purpose like that, so it would resemble your old system woes.
Nov. 26, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
animated TV special from the '70s - anyone else remember that
Nov. 26, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST
I wanted to let you know I am dedicated to NOT clicking on any of the amazon links in this article. You may have to buy your christmas presents with your own money!
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
STOP clicking them. If you want something from amazon, be ABSOLUTELY sure you go around the link and get it without AICN getting any link credit. </BR> This way, eventually, these shitty articles will go away. </BR> We did it to scriptgirl, we can do it again!
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST
because he closes the TB for his "Hercvault" posts. Why? </BR> Because he's not interested in our opinion, or getting us to interact with his mentions of recommendations. </BR> The article exists SOLELY as a means for him to try to get extra $$$, period. </BR> At least Harry and Quint encourage people to interact, critique, provide suggestions. </BR> As inscrupulous as people think Harry is here, I think Herc is the worst overall. </BR> He's a 12 year old girl with his moist-pantie love for everything Joss Whedon, he shits on good shows like Supernatural, and bores the FUCK out of all of us with his constant ratings articles. </BR> There's just zero journalistic integrity.
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST
...y'know, to make up for yours.
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST
to perform the same function as the Western Digital Media Player, not just the Blu-Ray player. Also, it can stream Netflix now.<p>The slim will be available in a 250 gb version soon, for 50 bucks more, but it's better just to get the cheaper 120 gb version and then install your own drive.
Nov. 26, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST
What? No love for Wes Anderson's "Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox" from Rizzoli. http://www.amazon.com/Making-Fantastic-Mr-Fox-Anderson/dp/0847833542/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259278515&sr=1-3 This and the "Heads on...Wild Things" book from McSweeney's are two of the most informative peeks into two unique filmmakers processes and easily two of the best films of 2009. Not to mention they are both gorgeous books.
Nov. 26, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST
It deserve to crush Up in the best animated feature category. Of course it won't. But it's easily the better film. And at this rate Anderson is going to end up in the pantheon of unique and great filmmakers. I don't think he has made anything that I didn't think wasn't excellent, or at least approaching excellence. Yes even Life Aquatic.
Nov. 26, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST
reboot of the Star Trek franchise (sorry AsimovLives) the art of the movie has to make this list. I've been fascinated by filmmaking starting as a young child and the preproduction of a film is the most intriguing to me... seeing the evolution of ideas as dozens, sometimes hundreds, of creative minds attempt to bring a story to life always gets to me." <p> Oh Quint. There was nothing wrong with the artwork designed for Star Trek but the story it was designed for? Plenty wrong there. Add a TV movie look and complete lack of cinematic sensibility and I'm still amazed why people rate this film so highly.
Nov. 26, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST
Wes Anderson...mang, I can't wait to see that movie! Wonka is my favorite musical of all time, and was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so Dahl has good marks in my book. And I'm with you IndustryKiller, Anderson has yet to make a film that I found less than wonderful. I'm glad to be hearing so much positive word about Fantastic Mr. Fox online, though I can't say I expected anything less.
Nov. 26, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i always open a new browser window and go to amazon directly if i see something i want. it has nothing to do with not wanting to give AICN money, i'm just weird that way.
Nov. 26, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST
I have had mine since the beginning and i have yet to have ONE problem, plus its online is free, i guess i am just lucky:P
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST
by future help
1080...? please. Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST
Seriously...I finished it two days ago after a marathon reading session. I loved this book! I think it is one of his best. I put it up there with The Stand, IT, and, and this is hard for me to say....The GREAT Dark Tower Series. This book is King at the top of his game, no doubt. I loved it!!! And as a side note to all the people who were doggin the last three Dark Tower Books I just have three words for you...You Are Idiots:> Seriously Quint, Under The Dome is fantastic. Good recomendation!
Nov. 26, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST
They're really Minnesota Twins players?
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST
I'll let you in on a little secret before i bought my TV 3 years ago a 1080p Sharp Aquos(which is fantastic by the way) i did A LOT of research, but apparently not enough, because after i bought the TV i did more research and found out you do not get TRUE 1080p unless the tv is 52 inches or bugger! so anything smaller that says 1080p is just a marketing scam, go for 720 if your going smaller than 52 inches you wont know the difference and you will save a few hundred bucks.
Nov. 26, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST
by future help
for only a day or two...that IS news to me. thanks.
Nov. 27, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
Nov. 27, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST
PS3 Check. Something Wicked This way Comes. The rest is utter rubbish.
Nov. 27, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Quint- this feature has become something I look forward to every year. Great job as always and thank you for such a wonderful annual treat!
Nov. 27, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST
But fictional: Shadows on a wall - Ray Connolly It is hilarious and exciting and suspenseful. I loved it!
Nov. 27, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST
Scriptgirl! what the fuck ever happened to that titty bouncing cue card reading youtube misery?. Almost end of the year, time to round up the failures of the last 12 months. She ranks high in my list
Nov. 27, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST
...that with the disappearance of Scriptgirl, her biggest supporter in her talkbacks, John T. Chance, has also vanished.
Nov. 27, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST
That one review that is ripping on Elizabethtown doesn't get to retroactively stereotype characters with a billion times the nuance.
Nov. 27, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST
Although that particular title cut off is hilarious.
Nov. 27, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST
Over a year I believe. But as I went down and saw other items, I realized it was not suppose to have only brand new stuff.
Nov. 27, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST
Nov. 27, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST
WE DONT WANT HER BACK HERE
Nov. 27, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST
Tits are on my mind nevertheless...
Nov. 27, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST
Nov. 28, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
pretty much every year. Well done, sir, well done.
Nov. 28, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
by Desk of Steel
As heard on the Howard Stern channels on Sirius, It's a Red Peters Christmas. Very histerical stuff! http://tinyurl.com/y8ddpr5
Nov. 28, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
Quint, great job with the soundtrack list. It would mirror my own with the inclusion of the STAR TREK II CD released by FSM earlier this year. Merry Christmas and happy shopping everyone! P.S. I like the Vader laser pointer (hint, hint)
Nov. 28, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST
...but The Beatles In Mono Box Set is far superior to the stereo one. Yes, you're missing three albums (technically only two, the only "Beatles" songs you're missing from Yellow Submarine are the six tracks from the score which weren't composed by any of the four, the other six tracks leading off Yellow Submarine are available elsewhere in the set). And I agree with the quality of Let It Be and Abbey Road. But there are three major differences you didn't take into account. One: Mono is what John, Paul, George and Ringo helped mix. They had nothing to do with the stereo mixes except for the last two albums. As such, there are many noticeable differences between the stereo and mono mixes as they were often times different takes altogether. Two: The sound quality. There is a higher compression rate on the stereo set to make them sound louder. This is bad. Moving on. Three: The packaging. The discs contained in the mono box are literally same the packaging that the original UK albums came with only shrunk down to CD size. It truly is incredible. Speaking from experience, I can say I was skeptical about getting the In Mono box. Once I got it in my hands (and compared them to the Let It Be and Abbey Road releases I got later), the difference was clear. If you're gonna pick up The Beatles this holiday, go with the mono. You are in for a treat.
Nov. 28, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST
Here are the problems, as I see them, with these sets. One, the surviving members and their families DID approve the stereo remasters. So arguing against them from that standpoint is kind of a moot point. Two, if the mono versions are better then there should only be ONE SET. In it you would get all the remastered mono albums along with the original two stereo albums. Also along those lines, why different packaging for the two sets? So, three, this logically leads to the conclusion that it's all just one last, giant cash grab. For the cost involved, just don't listen to what anybody else is saying. Buy the set you're most comfortable with and be happy about it. If you read a selection of reviews you'll find that a vast, VAST majority of people are very satisfied with the sound and packaging of both sets anyway.
Nov. 28, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST
I don't think it's a terrible film. It's still entertaining and filled with Andersons own idiosyncratic film-making style. My problem is that it's just not even close to as good (great!) as his other films. Neither is Darjeeling Limited, but I still put it above Life Aquatic. However, I agree with you that he's in a place all his own, or maybe neighboring Spike Jonze, in the pantheon of modern film makers.
Nov. 28, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST
...contributors to make extra money? Is it personal? Have they done something mean to you? Don't you like this site and the contributions they make to it? Because if they haven't and you do, then you should absolutely make the effort to use the links provided when purchasing from Amazon. Jealousy and envy will get you nowhere, haters (and probably somebody working for another movie site).
Nov. 28, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST
I'd group Michel Gondry in with those two fellas. The Kaufman connection lends a natural comparison between Jonze and Gondry, but I think Science of Sleep is what really pulls Gondry into the same realm as Wes Anderson's more recent work.
Nov. 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST
http://tinyurl.com/yajvklm Complete as it contains 2 cds worth of cartoons not printed included in the 672 page book. I can see the need for the individual books if you have a favorite "type" of New Yorker cartoon. But if you're just checking them out this is definitely the book to go with.
Nov. 28, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST
I agree for the most part as Sunshine is very near my favorite film (easily in my top ten). But I'd like to see a few more films from him before I can be sure. I really didn't like Be Kind Rewind and I dig both of the lead actors immensely. Although, really, I guess Spike hasn't made a ton more films than Michael - his films just "speak to me" more clearly. I love both of their "Directors Series" quite a bit, though.
Nov. 28, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST
Reprint collections in softcover are NOT comic books, children. They're just NOT. But by all means keep buying them if you want to see the comic industry die.
Nov. 28, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST
Thanks for the tips, Quint. Man, I've got a lot of shopping I need to do!
Nov. 28, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST
I can't imagine a worse gift for geeks, really.
Nov. 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST
Yeah, I can't imagine anyone buying that.
Nov. 28, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST
Nov. 28, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST
They aren't periodicals, they're collected editions. And quite honestly they may be the only thing keeping the industry alive. A vast majority of the monthlies are over priced and generally suck donkey balls. But by getting people into comic book and/or book stores to buy tpb we may just be able to get/keep them interested enough in monthlies to stop the industry from killing itself. I mean really, when a monthly is $4.95 to $6.95 per issue and filled with ads, but you can buy a trade with no ads for $12.95 to $19.95, what do you really think most people are going to buy?
Nov. 28, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST
"But the books are only $2.95 or $3.95" Really? And how much spandex are they wearing? Saved the world yet this year? Found an alternate universe yet? Most monthlies are overpriced, regurgitated crap these days. And I've been buying them since 1980, so don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
Nov. 29, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST
Suck donkey balls? I thought it was the dick that was pre dominantly sucked... However I do agree with you
Nov. 29, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST
He says something like, "Hitler wants an everlasting army to take over the world. He's welcome to it. But I want the grail itself. Hitler can have the world but he can't take it with him. I'm going to be drinking my health after he's gone the way of the dodo." <p> So, he plans to take the cup and become immortal. But how on earth does he plan to keep that cup out of Hitler's hands? The cup doesn't make someone superhuman, and a 12 year old from Brooklyn is stronger than Walter Donovan and could wrestle that cup out of his hands. His plan is idiotic.
Nov. 29, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST
And better in my opinion.
Nov. 29, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST
I think Donovan planned to have Hitler drink from the wrong cup just like how Elsa killed Donavan.
Nov. 29, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST
the CD archive is absolutely worth it to geeks as it contains every comic by Charles Addams for The New Yorker.
Nov. 30, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
Well, maybe it's amazing but I am a geek and I'd rather have anything on that list chosen at random. Great list, by the way. I hope to one day to actually be able to purchase things again.
Nov. 30, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST
Nov. 30, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST
David Cross's I DRINK FOR A REASON, and Eugene Mirman's The Will To Whatev's
Dec. 1, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST
It is an incredible read... "Peter and Max" by Bill Willingham should have also made it.
Dec. 1, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
It's a neat idea, but the power mat isn't a competent realization of that idea. I'd recommend reading up on it a bit if you're thinking if purchasing, there's lots of negative feedback and it's pretty on the nose.
Dec. 1, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST
Is downright hilarious. My fav stand up by far. "Well the butterfly looks good so I think were in good shape." LOL brilliance.
Dec. 2, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST
Erm is it jsut me, or is King's new book basically the same story as the Simpsons movie ? lol
Dec. 2, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST
That was the only superlative that seemed appropriate. Thanks Q, you just saved me a shit load of stress and research and trips to the zombie-filled mall. Happy holidaze!
Dec. 2, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST
It's not just you, you're actually the billionth person to make that joke. Way to be behind the curve.
Dec. 2, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST
for christmas. A paperback copy of A Game of Thrones because one of these guys has to read it before the show airs so we can have at least one of you guys frothing at the mouth for this like i am. It really should be Herc since that's his territory but anyone... anyone at all... JUST READ IT. You'll thank me later.
Dec. 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST
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Dec. 8, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST
I. Hate. Him. Can't believe this guy has already had his own TV show and starring role in a movie. No justice in this world. Samsung BDP1600 is great, but for a few bucks more, you can get the BDP3600 with wireless networking right out the box and 7.1 analog audio outputs.