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Ted’s Movie List for 2013

Since the early 1990s, I’ve been rating every movie I see according to the DTMTBD system: how it compares to Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. DTMTBD  is my movie equivalent of what sports statheads call a “replacement-level player” – what you could expect to pick up off the waiver wire if your starter went down. I’m still catching up on a lot of 2013 releases, but here’s what I’ve got so far.

Best Movies of the Year

  • Gravity
  • Before Midnight

Much Better than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Warm Bodies
  • This Is the End
  • We’re the Millers
  • The Heat
  • Pain and Gain
  • American Hustle
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The World’s End
  • Iron Man 3
  • Much Ado About Nothing

Better than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Elysium
  • Trance
  • Admission
  • Clear History
  • The Fast and Furious 6
  • Anchorman 2
  • The Great Gatsby

About as Good as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Captain Phillips
  • World War Z
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • The Hangover 3
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

Worse than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Identity Thief

Much Worse than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Man of Steel

Ted’s Top Music of 2013

Albums

1. Kanye West, Yeezus
2, Flaming Lips, The Terror
3. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
4. Keith Jarrett Trio, Somewhere
5. Kurt Vile, Walking on a Pretty Daze
6. Ke$ha, The Warrior
7. Mazzy Star, Seasons of Your Day
8. Steven Price, Gravity Original Sountrack
9. Washed Out, Paracosm
10. Mountains, Centralia
11. Daughter, If You Leave
12. Tegan & Sara, Heartthrob
13. Moby, Innocents
14. Bibio, Silver Wilkinson
15. Flaming Lips,  Peace Sword
16. Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
17. Ke$ha, Deconstructed
18. Dawes, Stories Don’t End
19. Goldfrapp, Tales of Us
20. June Tabor, Quercus
21. Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest
22. Rye, Woman
23. Tim Hecker, Virgins
24. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
25. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Singles
1. Ke$sha with Pitbull, “Timber”
2. Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, “Cruise (Remix)”
3. Boards of Canada, “Reach for the Dead”
4. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
5. Robin Thicke et al, “Blurred Lines”
6. Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
7. Kurt Vile, “Air Bud”
8. Flaming LIps, “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)”
9. Kanye West, “Bound 2”
10. DJ Earworm, “United States of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)”

Ted’s Top Books for 2012

Here are the 2012 book releases I read and enjoyed this year. I’ve posted my 2012 comics list separately.

  • Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
  • T. M. Luhrmann, When God Talks Back: Understanding the Evangelical Reltionship with God
  • Fred Stoller, My Seinfeld Year (Kindle single)
  • Nick Hornby, More Baths Less Talking
  • Rupert Sheldrake, Science Set Free
  • John Scalzi, Redshirts
  • Paul Krugman, End This Depression Now!
  • Garry Marshall, My Happy Days in Hollywood (get the audiobook!)
  • Jackson Galaxy, Cat Daddy
  • Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism
  • Justin Cronin, The Twelve
  • Warren Littlefield, The Top of the Rock
  • Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
  • Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Ted’s Top Comics for 2012

  1. Guy Delisle, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
  2. Anthony Bourdain et al, Get Jiro!
  3. Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth, Lost DogsThe Underwater Welder
  4. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples, Saga
  5. Ellen Forney, Marbles
  6. Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother?
  7. Harvey Pekar & JT Waldman, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me
  8. Brian Michael Bendis et al, PowersAvengers, New Avengers, Ultimate Spiderman, Takio & Scarlet
  9. Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead
  10. Bill Willingham et al, Fables

Ted’s Movie List for 2012

Since the early 1990s, I’ve been rating every movie I see according to the DTMTBD system: how it compares to Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. DTMTBD  is my movie equivalent of what sports statheads call a “replacement-level player” – what you could expect to pick up off the waiver wire if your starter went down.

Best Movies of the Year

  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Magic Mike
  • Chronicle

Much Better than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • The Hunger Games
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • Haywire
  • Life of Pi
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Better than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Wanderlust
  • Ted
  • The Secret World of Arietty
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Django Unchained
  • Argo
  • Looper
  • The Man with the Iron Fists
  • The Five-Year Engagement
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Friends with Kids
  • The Campaign
  • Men in Black III

About as Good as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Rock of Ages
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Avengers
  • Brave
  • Skyfall
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Prometheus

Worse than Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

  • Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Bachelorette

Ted’s Top TV of 2012

1. Breaking Bad

2. Louie

3. Mad Men

4. 30 Rock

5. Girls

6. Childrens Hospital

7. Game of Thrones

8. Parks and Recreation

9. The Mindy Project

10. Community

11. New Girl

12. Justified

13. The Amazing Race

14. The Colbert Report

15. The Daily Show

16. Top Chef

17. Pardon the Interruption

18. The Layover

19. NFL RedZone

20. The Office