Mandy’s Media Monday – Top Ten of 2007

Since we are all pretty much media junkies here at genre X, the idea of putting together our own individual 2007 Top Picks lists filled us with a collective joy. I’m sure each of us could have easily come up with more extensive lists, but for the sake of you, our readers, we have limited it to just our top ten. So without further ado, here are my favorites from the past year (in no particular order)…

  • Planet Earth – I never would’ve thought I would be so enamored of a Discovery Channel series, but Planet Earth is truly amazing. Not only is it incredibly educational and beautifully filmed, it instills in its viewers a true appreciation of this planet we call home.
  • Tin Man -This Sci-Fi channel reworking of Baum’s classic tale was wildly popular with viewers when it first aired in December 2007. Tin Man is a captivating modernization of the land of Oz which pays homage to the original tale in a very honorable fashion. For all of you who do not get the Sci-Fi channel, the DVD of this mini-series is scheduled to be released in March.
  • Twin Peaks : Definitive Gold Box Edition – All I have to say is its about time! I have no idea why it took over 15 years to offer this cult classic in its entirety on DVD, I’m just glad that its finally happened. I would be one happy camper if only they had thrown in the show’s prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but I guess I can’t be picky.
  • Noisettes / What’s the Time Mr. Wolf? – Noisettes are a trio out of the UK that offer up some refreshingly solid rock. Shingai Shoniwa’s voice is like an amazing Karen O, Chrissie Hynde, Grace Slick hybrid and their songs are a bluesy punk rock bag of goodness.
  • Pink Martini / Hey, Eugene!I’m a giant fan of everything Pink Martini puts out, but this album is actually their strongest to date in my opinion. Its hard to truly encapsulate Pink Martini in a sentence or two, so I’ll just say if you are into classical or world music, lounge singers, musicals, or jazz then you need to check them out.
  • The Rosebuds / Night of the Furies – Night of the Furies was in heavy rotation for months in my car last year – its like candy for your ears. The Rosebuds resurrect 80’s Brit pop with a little help from their friends the Shout Out Louds.
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys by Hal and Gonn Iggulden – This book can be found on many Best of 2007 lists and with good reason – its a beautifully nostalgic manual for adventurous souls, both boys and girls. Yet another one of my “I wish I’d thought of it first” titles!
  • Un Lun Dun by China MievilleUn Lun Dun has a little bit of everything – quirky,endearing characters; mystery; adventure; fantastical lands and creatures plus wonderfully entertaining illustrations to accompany you throughout your read. Its the kind of book that makes you sad when you’re finished because whatever you read after it will not even remotely compare.
  • The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam By Ann Marie Fleming – This graphic novel adaptation of the movie Fleming made about her great-grandfather’s absolutely amazing life is quite possibly the best graphic memoir I’ve ever read. She successfully translates a film to print and the tale she tells is entertaining and awe inspiring.
  • Goodreads – I know we’ve already featured Goodreads, but I love it so much I had to include it in my top ten. Social networking exclusively through books? Its any bibliophile Gen Xer’s dream come true. Once you’ve signed up, please join our genre X Goodreads group!



Bravo, Mandy. This is a wonderful list! In fact, I’m listening to the Rosebuds right now as well. I grabbed the disc off the shelf as soon as I saw the cover art by Marci Washington. If we were making a top ten list of contemporary artists, she would undoubtedly be on mine. You should browse her site if you haven’t already:

I especially love her description of her current work:

“It’s like I’m illustrating a novel that doesn’t exist. If it did, it would probably be a lot like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or Bleak House- novels which function as social commentary as well as beautiful romantic epics.”

(Oh yeah, and your other nine items are great ones, too.)

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