A few years ago I started getting back into Survivor and was looking for a good season to watch. I’m fairly certain this was before the Survivor Reddit community ranked seasons and certainly before the other resources you can easily find today. At the time I found a blog (that I can no longer seem to find) that I used as my guide to watching seasons. It had a starry background reminiscent of old web designs, and while it was fairly in line with my own Survivor tastes, it sometimes recommended seasons I didn’t enjoy as much as others and often revealed who won the season in the write-up. I actually don’t mind knowing who wins since a lot of what makes Survivor great is how a winner got there and all the crazy strategies and players along the way. But at the time I wished there had been a “Best Seasons of Survivor” list more in line with my own opinions that didn’t reveal the winner of the season. And so here it is.
I’ve broken it down into overall top ten, and marked the seasons with returning players in case people either don’t want spoilers for other seasons or just prefer seasons without returning players. Then, I’ve added four seasons to supplement those returning player seasons in case you don’t want to watch them (look for the line separation).
Here are my top ten Survivor seasons (in no particular order):
A lot of people say that Jason Bourne is just like all the other movies in the series. I understand what they mean. Jason Bourne follows the same basic plot as the other movies in the quadrilogy and there are a number of sequences in Bourne movies we see again and again. However, even though the majority of films are directed by Paul Greengrass, just because a movie mimics the same scenes we’ve seen before, doesn’t mean all the scenes are equally good. There is a variation in quality and innovation from Bourne movie to Bourne movie. So I’ve broken down four of the most common types of sequences you see in Bourne movies and looked at the best and worst to help illustrate why Jason Bourne doesn’t work as well as its predecessors. (Please note: I’m just going to ignore The Bourne Legacy. K? OK.)
One of the most important elements in story is conflict. If you don’t have a conflict in your story, no one will want to watch it. And creating conflict in a story can be complicated.
It’s easy to create good guys being pursued by bad guys (like T1000 chasing John Connor in Terminator 2, or the Fratelli’s chasing the Goonies), but creating conflict between your good guys (and even within themselves) while they are being pursued is more difficult.
To help get an idea of how stories utilize conflict, I’ve broken down conflict in a movie that excels at it. Here are four sources of conflict in Blood Diamond:
Movie quotes are my life. If I can find someone who will quote a movie with me week after week, that person and I are going to be firm friends. I think about movie quotes so often that it seems fitting I share some of my favourites. Sometimes I write a little explanation why, sometimes I let the quote stand for itself.
Here are twenty of my favourite movie quotes (in no particular order):
Awhile back a friend and I were talking about our favourite movie score. To supplement the discussion I decided to gather up a shortlist. My initial shortlist was 66 tracks long. I started to condense the shortlist into a top ten. I only had two rules: I could only pick one track per movie, and it had to be a movie score track, rather than a soundtrack song (as in, instrumental music written for the movie rather than an already published song included in the movie).
As I narrowed the list I realized I was choosing movies that meant the most to me. In the end I wasn’t looking for my favourite overall movie score, but a track from a movie that encapsulated scenes, or moments, or overall feelings from movies I loved. When I finally showed my top ten list to my friend he didn’t recognize a lot them. So I decided to write up what made those tracks meaningful to me.
So spoiler alert: In some cases I not only had to describe the foundation of the movie, but the overarching plot or themes as well. Some of the tracks were more involved than I thought. I tried to remain away from spoilery plot details wherever possible, but in moments where the movie score track accompanies the climax / ending, that was unavoidable. I’d also like to note that I only have very basic music training so where I’m talking about the music itself, I’m simply doing my best to communicate how the music makes me feel.
Here are my top ten favourite movie score tracks (in no particular order):