Top Ten Everything

Top Ten Movies

1.Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)*
2.2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3.Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
4.Pinocchio (1940)
5.Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987)*
6.Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978)
7.Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)*
8.The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth, 1982)
9.Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)*
10.The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger, 1948)

Top Ten Vidya Games

1.NieR: Automata (PlatinumGames, 2017)*
The most artistically accomplished JRPG of all time, probably.

2.The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo, 2000)
The weirdest Zelda game of all time, probably.

3.Final Fantasy VI (Squaresoft, 1994)
Honestly, FFVI would have a shot at a higher slot if Square would get around to releasing an accessible version that didn’t have some fatal flaw.

4.The Last Guardian (Sony, 2016)
Srsly it’s the best one, guys.

5.Mega Man X (Capcom, 1993)
Precision platforming, robot angst, etc.

6.Final Fantasy VII (Squaresoft, 1997)
It’s the most influential game in my life, for better or worse.

7.Super Metroid (Nintendo, 1994)
I keep on thinking I’m through with this game and it keeps on sucking me back in.

8.The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986)
It’s still something special. I keep second guessing my second favourite Zelda game, though.

9.Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami, 2004)*
This is a game where I can take out an entire squad of soldiers by spraying them with magic knock-out gas from a fake cigar while dressed as a scientist.

10.Resident Evil 2 (Capcom, 1998)*
My first survival horror. A recent replay has convinced me that, chunky PS1 graphics aside, it still holds up today.

Observations: I’m a total weeaboo who only falls in love with games from a Japanese developer.


Top Ten Classical Compositions

1.Johann Sebastian Bach – The Art of Fugue
Chamber Music?
You can make the case that Bach’s final, incomplete work is his driest and most monotonous, but its always carried a fascination for me.

2.Franz Schubert – String Quintet in C major D. 956
Chamber Music
Alternately idyllic and melancholic, Schubert’s quintet has haunted me since my teenage years.

3.Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde
The philosophy underpinning the libretto is bunk, and I tend to go through phases where the whole opera seems ridiculous. Nevertheless, it was another key musical experience of my teenage years that suggested to me the possibilities of the medium.

4.Olivier Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber Music
The story behind the quartet is interesting enough as it is: its unusual instrumentation (clarinet, violin, piano and cello) is due to those being the instruments Messiaen had on hand as a French POW in WWII. But it’s also one of the great Catholic works of the 20th century, expressing eschatological hope in a time of terror.

5.Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.2
Completely unsubtle romantic bloat and bombast at its best, and a good choice if you want something dramatic to listen to for Easter.

6.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni
Only contrarians don’t like Don Giovanni, perhaps the greatest work of musical theater of all time according to people who like to make statements like that.

7.Igor Stravinsky – The Rake’s Progress
With a libretto by W.H. Auden(!) and Chester Kallman, Stravinsky’s take on Mozartean opera complete with his characteristic rhythms and woodwinds is a delightful treat.

8.Bela Bartok – String Quartets
Chamber Music
I’m cheating a bit by treating all six of these quartets as a piece, but everyone seems to already do that, anyway.

9.Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty
I love it as much for its non-musical side as its musical one, but this is still some sumptuous stuff.

10.Alban Berg – Violin Concerto
If I’m gonna rep the Second Viennese School, this achingly beautiful, mournful concerto is probably as good as it ever got.

*I’ve decided to be nice and flag titles which contain content that is potentially objectionable, should someone interpret these as recommendations