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Year-end films…

Or, I didn’t watch any films this year

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In trying to determine what movies I’d seen this year so I could make a year end list, I realized that I have only watched 10 (!) movies in theaters all year, many of which have no right being on anyone’s year-end list. The following is a list of movies I paid to see (please, don’t laugh):

Ironman
The Dark Knight
Harold and Kumar
Wall-E
Wanted
Cloverfield
Incredible Hulk
Hellboy 2
Baby Mama
Be Kind, Rewind

In a year that was ostensibly pretty good for films, or so it seems, at least four of these almost certainly would’ve made my final list (Ironman, Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, and Wall-E). So I can say that, even with the embarrassingly low amount of films I’ve actually seen, I feel like I’ve seen some of the better ones of the year (I have long been bored by traditional Academy films; read: Brokeback Mountain, Charlie Wilson’s War-type films that typically extend themselves toward some greater meaning).

Bullets:
– After I saw Wall-E, I went on a pretty rampant diatribe about why it’s not nearly as spectacular as the reviews and my friends were claiming that I have since, at least somewhat, taken back. I still think there are a number of Pixar films that are better but this was pretty great.

– The Dark Knight was as great as everyone said if a little long and wasteful of a lot of Two-Face story that should’ve been used for the third installment

– Ironman was my favorite film of the year, hands down. It was great and might be the best superhero movie of all time (at least it should be in the discussion)

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My late, half-assed 2008 top 10

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So in an effort to keep up with publications everywhere and not look like a total slacker, here’s my list of top ten albums of 2008

1. TV On the Radio – Dear Science,
2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
3. Portishead – Third
4. Bun B – II Trill
5. Bonnie Prince Billy – Lie Down In the Light
6. M83 – Saturdays=Youth
7. Wale – Mixtape About Nothing
8. Hot Chip – Made In the Dark
9. Lindstrom – Where You Go I Go Too
10. Erykah Badu – New AmErykah

Because this is coming so late, I’m not going to give too much of an explination into why each one of these landed as they did. However, I will give you some

Bullets:
– TV On the Radio was the pull-away favorite
–  I didn’t listen to any albums more than Bun B or Bonnie “Prince” Billy. They probably shouldn’t be that high but have grown on me exponentially
– Erykah Badu and M83 were both late entries and albums that exploded onto my radar. They’ve both since faded but were strong enough to make my top 10

Ultimately, this was a really strong year for music. Though TVOTR was my outright favorite, I’d say that this year didn’t supply all that much in the way of “great” music but was, top to bottom, one of the best years in recent memory for “very good” music.

Top movies to come

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