We had a really remarkable week of content on the Jiba. If you’re a fan of Whedon, this week’s most popular post was Joanna’s ode to Buffy, 115 Reason Why We Love ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In the week’s second most popular post, we looked at the 5 Favorite Films of 35 Celebrities to determine who among them was our Movie Soul Mate. Cindy continued her phenomenal Mindhole Blower series, with her first look at a television show: 20 Facts About “Game of Thrones” That Might Leave You Crippled, a Bastard or a Broken Thing . Meanwhile, each week, I attempt to tie a historical list into the current week’s box-office report, and this week, the failure of John Carter inspired this list: 10 Films Considered Box Office Failures that Weren’t Actually Box Office Failures.
We also took several stabs at cleverness this week. I loved Joanna’s list of The 20 Most Arresting And Nightmarish Images Of Darren Aronofsky’s Career and then, independently, Courtney and I made similar jokes on the same day with The Best Peepers, Snuggle Pups, Cans, Fun Bags, Pillows, Honkers, Headlights, and Balloons from Stephen King’s Oeuvre and the 8 Best Shots of Annie’s Boobs. I also attempted to introduce a new meme on Pajiba — Danny Trejo’s ‘Hey Girl’ Meme — but failed to recognize that our readers either don’t know what a meme is or aren’t terribly interested in them.
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Science Don’t Lie: Dudes Dig Brunettes over Blondes. What about new twists on old monsters? TK gave us Six Classic Monsters That Are Being Reborn In The Most Awesomely Ridiculous Way Possible, and if you’re a fan of GIFs, here’s 25 of them to remind you that the Evil Dead franchise is still the best horror movie series to date. Courtney also attempted to squick us out with The Celebrity Sex Tapes No One Asked for (but that totally exist). Agent Bedhead also looked at the 11 Worst Movies of Willem Dafoe’s Career, where we learned that Boondock Saints is the Insane Clown Posse of Movies.
But, there’s a lot more to Pajiba than lists. Our coverage of SXSW this year has been curtailed because staffers keep having babies, so we’ve been focusing on only the good so far. There were three movies out of the festival that are absolute must see flicks in 2012: Cabin in the Woods, The Raid and Matthew Lilard’s directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World. Another movie that debuted at SXSW and shot to the top of the box office this weekend was 21 Jump Street. Over a month ago, Pajiba became the first online outlet in the country to post a review of the film (verdict: mixed).
There were also smart pieces. We had some gems in the think piece category this week. Steven Lloyd Wilson wrote a moving piece on Technology and the Future of Books and then Dan turned right around and wrote a fantastic piece on the Psychology of Letting Go of Our Favorite Cancelled Series. Genevieve also explored the battle between musicians and politicians over licensing of music. If you missed it, Rob Payne also had a terrific post on Errol Morris and his upcoming interview with Donal Rumsfeld.
We had some great television coverage, too. Joanna continued her weekly recaps of “Justified,” TK reviewed the season’s penultimate episode of “The Walking Dead,” Sarah recapped NBC’s Thursday night line-up (and the return of “Community”) and we started the week with a review of HBO’s highest-rated original movie in eight years, “Game Change.”