Golden Age of Pop Culture

I'm a big movie and video game fan, and I feel like this year (particularly the last half) has been one the best quality-wise in both industries. I didn't watch very many movies in 2003 or the beginning of 2004, but in the past three months I've watched and loved The Terminal, Garden State, I (Heart) Huckabees, and The Incredibles. And there are lots more movies around the bend that are getting rave reviews.

And in the gaming world, I've seen three different covers of three different magazines with the words “Best Game Ever???”, referring to, of course, three different games. Of course, one was Halo 2 and another was GTA: San Andreas, so we must take this with a grain of salt, but still – Far Cry, Half Life 2, World of Warcraft – all fantastic games, again in the past few months. Doom 3, of course, tanked big time, but hey, the graphics were still unreal…

Hopefully the positive elements of this trend will stay strong – yes, there's always mostly crap coming out (I understand Alexander and National Treasure are the latest examples), but crap can mostly be ignored. It's those handful of gems that make the whole business of pop culture worth salvaging.

–YY

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