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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Being Human I watched a little bit of Being Human, but it didn't hold my interest. I also gave Primeval and The Vampire Diaries a try, and was unimpressed. Somewhat better is Fringe. The concluding episodes of Smallville have been pretty good so far. I'm glad Chloe is back. But the show I most enjoy these days is Sanctuary. I liked Season Three so much I've rented Seasons One and Two from Netflix. The Season One DVD includes the original webisodes, but most of the webisode footage is also incorporated into the Season One episodes.

Every year, I make predictions on which movies will be best, based on how good the writers are. Here's what I picked for 2010.

My top picks:
  •  Iron Man 2, by Justin Theroux
  •  The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, by Luc Besson
  •  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, by Steve Kloves
  •  The Tempest, by Julie Taymor
  •  The Tree of Life, by Terrance Malick

Worth a look:
  •  Alice in Wonderland, by Linda Woolverton
  •  How to Train Your Dragon, by William Davies, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
  •  The Last Airbender, by M. Night Shyamalan
  •  Inception, by Christopher Nolan
  •  Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, by Emma Thompson
  •  The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni.

Iron Man 2 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One Inception How to Train Your Dragon

How did I do? Not too well. I failed to pick my favorite film of 2010, Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt. I did not like Michael Arndt's previous film, the well reviewed Little Miss Sunshine, but I loved Toy Story 3. I stand by my picks of Iron Man 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. Two other films on my list, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec and The Tempest, never played in a nearby theater. The Tree of Life was pushed back to 2011.

If I had it to do over again, I'd move Inception and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader into my top five list and drop entirely The Last Airbender and, under a new title, Nanny McPhee Returns. Turns out they were not worth a look after all.

In March, I'll let you know what looks good for 2011.

Copyright © 2011 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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