Your Five Friday Lists for December 20–24

Let’s rank stuff!

Will Leitch
3 min readDec 24, 2021


In our never-ending search for a Friday rubric we can stick with, we’re going to rank five things, every Friday. We will attempt to stick to rankings of things that have some sort of connection to the news of that week, but we can’t guarantee anything. Want us to rank something? Put it in the responses, or email us at

Aaron Sorkin-penned movies

  1. The Social Network (2010)
  2. The American President (1995)
  3. A Few Good Men (1992)
  4. Moneyball (2011)
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
  6. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
  7. Malice (1993)
  8. Steve Jobs (2015)
  9. Molly’s Game (2017)
  10. Being the Ricardos (2021)

As a general rule, the stronger the director — and the more cutthroat the director is about culling Sorkin’s worst instincts and focussing on what he does uniquely well — the better the movie.

My Personal Top Five Bands on Spotify Wrapped

  1. Wilco
  2. Dinosaur Jr.
  3. Drive-By Truckers
  4. Spoon
  5. R.E.M.

In case you had any doubt about my personal demographic information.

Matrix movies

  1. The Matrix (1999)
  2. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  3. The Matrix Resurrected (2021)
  4. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

It’s OK if you don’t remember the second and third movies and just skip the Wikipedia entries for them.

Odd Bowl Sponsors for the Games Played in the Next Seven Days

  1. San Diego County Credit Union
  2. Wasabi



Will Leitch

I write about these tumultuous times 2x a week. Author of five books, including “How Lucky.” NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin.