Solid Gold Hits: The Second Breakfast Years

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Well, folks, it’s the end of an era. As I’m sure you gathered from his epic send-off yesterday, Second Breakfast is hittin’ that long, dusty trail and heading on to greener pastures. In over four years of writing for this site, Chris never missed a Sunday, and, well, that’s dope as hell. I’m extremely proud of the work my brother (nepotism!) has done here. It’s been a privilege to watch Chris grow as a writer, transforming from a reasonably handsome duckling into the beautiful swan we all know and love today. I’ll sure miss reading his insight, enthusiasm, and occasional curmodgeonliness every week, but what kind of brother or boss would I be if I wasn’t happy he got to leave with a bang, on his own terms? A crappy one, that’s what. So in the interest of making the next family get together as pleasant as possible: well done, kid.

Sentimental guy that I am, I’ve compiled a list of, yes, Solid Gold Hits. Every week for four years leaves a hefty backlog–there’s so fucking much, you guys–but here are a few of my favorites. I’m sure that Chris’ list would be different, but I am the Boss, and I’m older, so…tough.

Disc One: 2016

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

The Last of the Unplucked Gems

A Mythology for America

The Word ‘Naff’ Comes to Mind

A Valentine’s Love Note to ‘The Wrong Trousers’


Disc Two: 2015

London-Cannon Films Christopher Lee, John Carradine, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price

London-Cannon Films
Christopher Lee, John Carradine, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price

The Martian…Yeah!

Death, Dinosaurs, and Disaster

An Ode to the B-Listers

Second Breakfast Gets Furious (and Experiences Several Other Emotions)


Disc Three: 2014



On the Banality of Violence

Desayuno Segundo Presenta Una Doble Funcion De Santo!

The 2014 Academy Awards

The Lego Movie is Perfect


Disc Four: 2013

Danmarks Radio

Danmarks Radio

Second Breakfast Re-Watches ‘A Knight’s Tale’ (Again)

The 10 Best Changes Peter Jackson Made to ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Second Breakfast Fangirls (verb) About ‘The Hunt’

Great Movies That Take Place in Scotland, and That Aren’t ‘Braveheart’ or ‘Trainspotting’


Disc Five: 2012


‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Second Breakfast Reviews a Foreign Movie!

Movies That Scared the Ever-Loving Bejeepers Out of Me

Introducing Second Breakfast: ‘Predator 2’


And there you have it: the only good reviews Chris has ever written. Everything else is just, *sigh*, just awful.

In all seriousness, though, I think these are a good cross-section of Chris’ talents as a writer. This may have been overly sentimental and downright self-indulgent of me, but hey, that’s what big brothers are for. I hope you check some of these out.

I’ve rambled on enough at this point. On #brand as ever, I’ll bow out with a Tragically Hip reference: “looking for a place to happen, making stops along the way.” Thanks for making this one of your stops, kid. I’m proud of ya.

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