Indiana Jones

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Here are all the movies featuring archaeologist Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. The first 4 were directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by George Lucas. I’ve seen the first 3 more than once. I also read 3 of the novels. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 -> 3.5 (+) Indiana […]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list. I have added soundtracks that I heard first in 2019. The big winner of 2019 is Randy Newman for his delightful Toy Story 4. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2019 Toy Story 4 Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel     How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World […]

DC Extended Universe

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Here’s an update to this list. DC has announced a couple of exciting movies and some question marks. Man of Steel 2013 -> 4.5/5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 -> 4/5 Suicide Squad 2016 -> watched the first half Wonder Woman 2017 -> 5/5 Justice League 2017 -> 4.5/5 Aquaman 2018 -> 4.5/5 […]

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Here’s an updated version of this list. Here are my mini-reviews of the first 5 movies. As usual, Marvel has announced a bunch of exciting movies for the next couple of years. Iron Man 2008 -> 4.5/5 The Incredible Hulk 2008 -> 4/5 Iron Man 2 2010 -> 4/5 Thor 2011 -> 4/5 Captain America: […]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list. I have added soundtracks that I heard first in 2018. The big winner of 2018 is Lorne Balfe for his masterpiece Mission: Impossible — Fallout. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2018 Mission: Impossible — Fallout Avengers: Infinity War Freaks     Ocean’s Eight Soul     Solo: […]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list. I decided to add some to the bottom of the list, going back to 1959. Many of the old soundtracks are from John Barry or Henry Mancini. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Justice League Blade Runner 2049     Pitch Perfect […]

Star Trek

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Here’s an update to this list. The Original Series I don’t read all of these but I do pick up the ones that are written by authors I know or look particularly interesting. I’ve also reread a few of the best older ones. Spock Must Die! by James Blish 1970 -> 2/5 The Entropy Effect […]

Best fantasy novels by decade

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2020s Matt Haig The Midnight Library Robert Jackson Bennett Shorefall       Claire North Notes from the Burning Age       Jo Walton Or What You Will 2010s Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Julie […]

Best science fiction novels by decade

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2020s Adrian Tchaikovsky The Doors of Eden Becky Chambers The Galaxy, and the Ground Within       Marina J. Lostetter Noumenon Ultra       Robert J. Sawyer The Oppenheimer Alternative       John Scalzi The Last Emperox […]

Tie-in books

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Here’s an update to this list. Novels Best of the best ENT: Rise of the Federation — Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett VOY: Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer VOY: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #1 — Casting Shadows by Jeanne Cavelos B5: The […]