TOP 10 EPISODES OF COMMUNITY

10. Comparative Religion - Season 1, Episode 12 

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9. Cooperative Caligraphy - Season 2 Episode 8

imageAll of this for a pen. Only Community could take a formulaic bottle episode and bring something new to the table

8. Intermediate Documentary Film-making - Season 2 Episode 16

imageI like to think of this episode as Pierce’s origins story. How & why he became the villain of Season 2. It was hilarious to see how easy it was for Pierce to push everyone’s buttons. Between Shirley trying to guilt everyone to reveal nonexistent information, Jeff flipping out about possibility of meeting his father, and Troy being scared speechless by his idol Le Var Burton, I can’t seem to pick the funniest moment. I also enjoyed seeing a little character development with Jeff and Pierce. (emphasis on a little)

7. Basic Lupine Urology - Season 3 Episode 17

image"Why do they always run". This episode had me in tears laughing the entire time. Not because it was the best episode of Community I ever saw, but because the writers completely nailed it. Every second of "Basic Lupine Urology" felt like an episode of Law & Order, and this is coming from a guy who’s seen a good deal of Law & Order episodes. Seeing Fat Neil apologizing for an unorganized office had me floored. The thing that amazes me the most is that the writers were able to fit everything neatly in a twenty one minute package.

6. Paradigms of Human Memory - Season 2 Episode 21

imageAs much as I want to rant about clip shows and how lazy they are, I won’t. All I will say is that the writers (like many times before) took clumps of crap and turned it into gold.

5. A Fistful of Paintballs/For a Few Paintballs More - Season 2 Episodes 23 & 24

imageWhen I first heard this was going to be a two parter, I was uncertain to say the least. I was one of the few that didn’t want the paintball epic “Modern Warfare” to be revisited. My Name Is Earl did the same thing with their amazing cops spoof and I hated the follow up. To make a long story short, I was wrong. After watching this amazing piece of comedy, I never doubted Community again.

4. Epidemiology - Season 2 Episode 6

imageEpic and Abba are two words I never thought I would say together in my life, but “Epidemiology” made it happen. Now everytime I hear S.O.S. or Fernando playing in the grocery store my mind goes straight to zombie apocalypse. Thank you Community.

3. Contemparary American Poultry - Season 1 Episode 21

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2. Remedial Chaos Theory - Season 3 Episode 3

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1. Modern Warfare - Season 1 Episode 23

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Catching Up - The Movies I Missed in 2012

Django Unchained:
I literally saw this the day after I posted my top 10 of 2012. Had I waited one more day Argo would not be my number 1. Django is by far my favorite movie of 2012. I have seen this movie four times and love it more everytime I see it.
P.S. Christoph Waltz should play in every movie Tarantino makes till the day he dies.

Catching Up - The Movies I Missed In 2012

Silver Linings Playbook -
I was not looking forward to watching this one. I mean I heard good things about it, but I was never a huge O Russell fan. Man was I wrong to doubt this movie. The story is touching & funny, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Coopers chemistry is perfect, and it makes me happy to see De Niro actually try in a movie again. If I caught Silver Linings Playbook last year, I guarentee it would have been in my top 5 at least.

Top 5 Coen Flicks

5. Fargo
4. Barton Fink
3. Millers Crossing
2. The Big Lebowski
1. No Country For Old Men

Honorable Mention:
Blood Simple
True Grit
O Brother Where Art Thou

BEST DIRECTOR SNUBS

Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained

Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master

Wes Anderson - Moonrise Kingdom

BEST PICTURE SNUBS

BEST PICTURE SNUBS

Moonrise Kingdom

The Master

Skyfall

5 SHOWS I WANTED TO LOVE IN 2012 (NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

Dexter - Season seven had such a great start and an even better finish. Its those blasted middle episodes that get ya everytime. This season is being praised as one of Dexters best season, but dont feel that. The story was all over the place, Terribly written characters were scrapped, which I’m fine with (but at least get rid of them a clever way), and its getting hard to see the difference between Dexter and his dark passenger. I would discuss boring Hannah, but if I did that I’d be here all day.

Weeds - I really hoped that Weeds would get it together in the final season. In some respects they did, but I hated the last episode and all its fastfowarding bs. What a great way to slow everything down. Most of that episode was spent explaining things.

Girls - Most articles I’ve read about Girls say that its a love it or hate it type of show. Well I’m here to say that I fit in the in between category. I liked this show, but i was nowhere near loving it. I wish I did though. Such a well written show.

Revolution - I loved the pilot, I hated the other episodes. End of story.

The Killing - I wanted to love this season so bad. I really did, but it was just too slow; even for the Killing. Maybe a new murder will do the show some good. And please writers make it one kill per season.

My Top 12 TV Shows of 2012

12. Legend of Korra - This is a childrens program that I’m not ashamed to watch. The best Nickelodeon has to offer and I cant wait for Book Two.

11. Justified - Season three of Justified was a little weaker than season two, but I kind of expected that. Still a solid season though.

10. Archer - I like to think of this show as a love letter to people who have grown tired of Fox’s Animation Domination lineup. (Excluding Bobs Burgers)

9. Mad Men - Season Five had a bit of a rocky start but quickly got back in the swing of things.

8. Parks and Recreation - What can I say about Parks and Recreation that hasn’t already been said. Such a brilliant show that just gets better with age.

7. Homeland - Its safe to say, I had high expectations for season 2 after being blown away by the first installment of Homeland. Those expectations were met for the most part. P.S. I nearly wet myself on the interegation episode.

6. The Walking Dead - A huge improvement after that train wreck of a second season. Season Three is definitely the best season to date.

5. Community - Season three was very uneven and without a doubt Community’s weakest season. The funny thing is I still cant think of a comedy series that topped our favorite study group this year.

4. Game of Thrones - Yes season two had some dragging spots and yes Ros the whore was given entirely too much screen time (might i add she wasn’t in frikin book), but Blackwater made up for it. Still one of the best series on TV.

3. Breaking Bad - I just dont get it. How does this show keep getting better and better? I’m beginning to think Vince Gilligan may have made a deal with the devil.

2. American Horror Story: Asylum - Still intriguing, still f-ed up, and still blowing my mind. Im probably one of the few that think Asylum is better than the first season.

1. Boardwalk Empire - Season 3 really sucker punched the crap out of me. I always liked Boardwalk Empire, but I was never in love with it. Until now that is. I will lose my mind if Bobby Cannavale and Jack Huston don’t get Emmy nods.

Honorable Mention:

Downton Abbey - Three years and still going strong, but I will never forgive the writers for killing off ——.

The Newsroom - The first five episodes were amazing. The last five… were pretty good too I guess.

Happy Endings - Top notch writing and Extremly funny, but the characters are just too unrealistic at times or just plain annoying.

The League - Season 4 was hilarious and lacking at the same time. If that makes any sense.

The Borgias - Season two was a great improvement from season one, but the Borgias still has its grating soapy tendencies.

TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2012 (THAT I’VE SEEN)

10. Safety Not Guarenteed

9. 21 Jump Street

8. The Avengers

7. Beast of the Southern Wild

6. Moonrise Kingdom

5. Looper

4. Dark Knight Rises

3. The Cabin in the Woods

2. Holy Motors

1. Argo

Honorable Mention:

Prometheus

Ted

Frankenweenie

(HAVENT SEEN SKYFALL, THE HOBBIT, OR LINCOLN YET)