Entertainment Weekly Special Double Issue: The New Classics

There was a definite need to be entertained. I’ve mulled over the dreaded end this whole brouhaha about oil price, I unknowingly induced myself to nervous twitches.


I couldn’t find a book, I couldn’t find a movie I haven’t seen and I couldn’t find anything to purchase enough for the few pennies I have in my pocket. It’s terrifying. So the first thing a human had to do is find something free – bookstore. Right, a bookstore. Somewhere to escape and read anything that will take me away and suspend certainty that it’s unequivocally the end of the world – enter, Entertainment Weekly Special Double Issue June 2008.


It features The New Classics. It dives deep to anything and everything that’s pop in the entertainment business for the past 30 years. For one, I’ve never provided a feedback or a review about a magazine but I’ll give this one a shot (mostly jut an overview) knowing that there are several prevalent pursuits of leisure that actually shaped the world – one way or another.


Movies (Top 5 out of 100)

1.    Pulp Fiction – 1994

2.    The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy  – 2001to 2003

3.    Titanic – 1997

4.    Blue Velvet – 1986

5.    Toy Story – 1995

–      Out of the top five out of 100, four I agree with (I still have to see Blue Velvet, I must have been sick or got stuck under a rock when that came out). Although there are a handful of personal faves that should have been on the top five, still, this is too broad a topic one can easily shrug as acceptable.


My Personal Faves out of the Top 100

1.    Saving Private Ryan – 1998

2.    Moulin Rouge – 2001

3.    Edward Scissorhands – 1990

4.    Schindler’s List – 1993;  back-story: I had this movie for a review for my Social Science class. The teacher’s an idiot. She did not understand half the things I wrote about and gave me a C; I wanted to gas her … up until now.

5.    A Room With A View – 1986; I was a child when I saw this on tape, to everyone’s surprise I raved about it. They thought I was too young to even understand

6.    Fight Club – 1999

7.    Brokeback Mountain -2005

8.    Full Metal Jacket – 1987

9.    Gladiator – 2000

10. Rain Man – 1988


My Own New Classics That Didn’t Make The Cut… I wonder why

1.    Empire Of The Sun

2.    E.T.

3.    The Karate Kid

4.    Far and Away

5.    Big


Television (Top 5 out of 100)

1.    The Simpson – (1989-present)

2.    The Sopranos (1999-2007)

3.    Seinfeld (1989-1998 )

4.    The X-Files (1993-2002)

5.    Sex And The City (1998-2004)


–      Out of the top five, I agree with three (I wasn’t into the Sopranos and Seinfeld because the momentum was never reallly created). I’ve been pleasantly marooned to several series that are included in The New Classics yet I can’t find anything in particular that I can put my anchor on. I can pick a few faves but nothing resonates as much as my favourite local shows like:

1.    John and Marcia

2.    Palibhasa Lalaki

3.    Abangan Ang Susunod na Kabanata

4.    Ating Alamin

5.    Ora Engkantada


However, some of the items listed did bring smiles and I honestly did (do, for the first on the list) follow them.

1.    The Simpson (1989-present)

2.    The Sopranos (1999-2007)

3.    Seinfeld (1989-1998 )

4.    The X-Files (1993-2002)

5.    Sex And The City (1998-2004)   


Music (Top 5 out of 100)

 1.    Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution; 1994

2.    The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill; 1998

3.    Achtung Baby – U2; 1991

4.    The College Drop Out – Kenye West;2004

5.    Madonna – Madonna; 1983


–      Out of the top five, I agree with two (Lauryn Hill and U2 … if I can just find my copy). There are 100 albums on the list and I have a handful that I surely will put on top if I was the one who made this.

1.    MTV Unplugged in New York – Nirvana; 1994

2.    Odelay – Beck; 1996

3.    A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay; 2002

4.    Turn On The Bright Lights – Interpol; 2002

5.    Crazy Sexy Vool – TLC; 1994


Some I wish made the cut

 1.Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand; 2004

2.Hot Fuzz – The Killers; 2004

3.Eraserheads Anthology

4.The Lord Of The Rings The Return Of The King – soundtrack by Howard Shore; 2003

5.Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – soundtrack by John Williams; 2004


Books (Top 5 out of 100)

1.    The Road – Cormac McCarthy; 2006

2.    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – should I even tell you who wrote it?; 2000

3.    Beloved – Toni Morrison; 1995

4.    The Liars Club – Mary Karr; 1995

5.    American Pastoral – Philip Roth; 1997


–      I won’t say much except, I’m buying the other four that I don’t have a

copy of. And I’ll tell you later what’s up with the rage.


I Hope This Also Made The Cut

1.    My Story – Dave Pelzer

2.    Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

3.    Bag Of Bones – Stephen King

4.    Trip To Quiapo – Ricky Lee

5.    Twisted Series – Jessica Zafra


Reading through the vast collections of The New Classics, each painstakingly put together, appraised and considered, I wonder how the team went through this calvalcade . How in the world do you take the world’s pulse and put them into paper? It’s a marvel to even think of the enormity of research and brainstorming that was put here.


This is a very good read. It makes me want to kick myself for being so paranoid about the world I know, it might be the end, but at least good things came out of it.


I feel much better now.