Like so many bloggers out there, it’s time for me to post my 2008 year in review. To keep it simple, I’ll list my best and worst picks in each category.
I have two little caveats. First of all, I’m behind on my year-end movie viewing, so there’s a lot of awards fodder that I have yet to see – Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon… So I’ll be focusing on what I’ve actually seen. And for my worst on each list, I will sometimes be focusing not so much on the worst thing, but perhaps the most disappointing. You’ll see what I mean.
This one has to be a tie, as both films were just unbelievably good. The former was a simple love story that tugs at the heart, with visuals so stunning you wonder, “What can they do next?” The latter was a tightly wound action masterpiece, with a performance by Heath Ledger that deserves a posthumous Oscar. Dual brilliance!
Worst movie of the year – Vantage Point
I’m fairly certain that when the director was putting this action thriller together, his intention wasn’t to make the entire audience crack up. And yet that’s what was happening all around me as we saw this stinker.
Best DVDs we rented – John Adams (TV) and Young @ Heart (movie)
John Adams was a real surprise. I’d heard all the good reviews but was unprepared to be so enthralled with…history. And for movies there was nothing more enchanting than a group of senior citizens breathing new life into classic rock in Young @ Heart.
Worst DVD we rented – The Advocate
Not even the naked tush of Colin Firth could save this horrendously bad and bizarre tale of people who put animals on trial for witchcraft.
Best TV show of the year – Lost
I loved me some Battlestar Galactica, but with so few episodes actually airing in 2008, I have to give the edge to the full 4th season of Lost which took things in exciting new directions between flash-forwards and the revelations about the Oceanic 6. “JIN!!!!”
Worst TV show of the year – Heroes
Yes, I know it can’t really be the worst when you think about horrible reality shows on E! and VH1, but this one was by far the biggest disappointment. Poised for a huge comeback (or so we were told) it merely fizzled out with the same lame crap they did in season 2. When a sophomore slump turns into junior junk, it’s time to throw in the towel.
Best album of the year – Funplex by The B-52’s
For a band that’s been around this long, it was a blast to see them come out with something so amazing and fun. But I’ll give an honorable mention to Adele’s 19 which was a real find.
Most annoying song of the year – “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
Yeah, I’m not going to be buying an album unless I know it’s pretty good (the wonder of the iTunes revolution). So I’ll pick this song as the one that grates on my nerves every time I hear it. An SNL parody didn’t help matters much.
Best book I read this year – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
To call a book life-changing is high praise, but in this case it fits the bill. In the last 6 months we have really changed our lives in small ways towards purchasing and eating local food and it’s been awesome.
Worst book I read this year – Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
This was not only totally opposite what I expected from reading the cover, it just was annoying. Our book club managed to talk about it for about 20 minutes before we were ready to set it aside and gab about things in life that are actually interesting.
Favorite new game of the year – Thurn und Taxis
I like the pace, style and myriad choices this game offers. Relatively easy to learn and most satisfying. Good times!
Worst game situation of the year – An opponent gets the “Heavenly Halo” card in Killer Bunnies
Argh! It kind of makes you want to kill their bunny. Except you can’t. (I’ll explain this game further in an upcoming post.)
That’s my list – how about yours? Are there some real winners for the year I just haven’t seen/read/heard yet?