Stephen King once again wraps up this year in pop culture. Rather than do separate lists for books, movies, tv shows, etc, he decided to consolidate it all into one 20 item list. The list was brought to my attention when I read an article by fellow examiner Jess D’arbonne that focused on his inclusion of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
As there are 19 other items to discuss (kind of fitting, if you think about it), let’s dig into his list.
20. Rumour Has It by Adele
19. The Walking Dead
Now this is what I’m talking about. I’m a fan of the comic, but I’m repeatedly blown away by how good this show is. Definitely worth checking out.
18. The Hour
This is one of the many shows that I’ve seen commercials for, but never actually watched.
17. Final Destination 5
This movie’s existence bugged me simply because the previous movie was called The Final Destination, implying that it would wrap up the franchise. To be fair, this isn’t the first franchise to do that, but it still bugs me. In any event, King points out that this is more or less a Road Runner cartoon. It may not be particularly deep, but it’s enjoyable for what it is.
16. The White Devil by Justin Evans
Haven’t read this one, though I did add it to my wish list. The Kindle edition is only $2.99. Considering how good the reviews are on this one, it’s a hard deal to beat.
15. Attack the Block Soundtrack
I remember seeing ads for this, and I wasn’t particularly impressed. That’s just me though, you should check it out for yourself as it may grab you more than it did me.
14. The Lincoln Lawyer
13. The Tree of Life
12. The Accident by Linwood Barclay
11. ABC’s Revenge
10. Crossers by Philip Caputo
9. Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
8. Ready for Confetti, Robert Earle Keen
7. The Debt
6. Sky Full of Holes, Fountains of Wayne
5. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
4. Sons of Anarchy
This show’s inclusion on the list should come as no surprise as King has mentioned on more than one occasion that he is a fan of the show. He was even featured as a guest star on the series a while back.
3. How Do You Do, Mayer Hawthorne
2. Margin Call
1. AMC’s Breaking Bad
I’ve heard from more than one source that this show is really good. I plan on checking it out myself one of these days.
As has been the case on several occasions, King discusses things that are outside my particular radar, which makes commenting on it a bit difficult. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, whether it be through a new author or new TV series, this list gives you a nice place to start, presenting you with more than a few ideas to consider in all realms of entertainment.