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2007: Year in Review

January 1, 2008

Movies

Movies I’ve seen in the theater:

  • Dreamgirls
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Children of Men
  • Zodiac
  • Blades of Glory
  • In the Land of Women
  • SpiderMan 3
  • Knocked Up
  • Ocean’s 13
  • 1408
  • Ratatouille*
  • License to Wed
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Hairspray
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Superbad*
  • Across the Universe
  • Halloween
  • Into the Wild
  • The Kingdom
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Dan in Real Life
  • American Gangster
  • Bee Movie
  • Walk Hard
  • Smiley Face
  • Enchanted
  • Juno
  • The Golden Compass
  • I am Legend
  • Atonement

* Seen while intoxicated, don’t remember much.

The Best:

Knocked Up

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If I ever wind up pregnant, it’s probably going to look a lot like this. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long, long time.

Lars and the Real Girl

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Ryan Gosling never ceases to amaze me, and Lars was no different. So this guy buys a life-size sex doll and makes it his girlfriend. Now before you start freaking out, he doesn’t have sex with the doll. The don’t even sleep in the same room. It was pretty funny too, for touching on some serious subject matter.

Juno

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I knew I would love it before I even saw it, so maybe I was a little biased, but this movie was just so frickin’ cool. I stood in line for over an hour to go to a free screening the day before it was released (and I didn’t even get in). Ellen Page deserves some kind of award. And Michael Cera needs to call me.

Honorable Mention:

Atonement

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I just saw this last night, so I haven’t had much time to reflect and process it, but I liked it, a lot. I’m sure most of you know about my irrational hatred of Keira Knightley, and I liked this movie anyway. I mean, she ruined Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride and Prejudice, which would have been fantastic without her. I saw an interview that she and James McAvoy did promoting the movie, and while she was being stupid as ever, James McAvoy mentioned that his favorite song to dance to was “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. I would have taken my bra off and thrown it at him through the internet if I could have.

The Worst:

License to Wed

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I like Mandy Moore, I like John Krasinski, I don’t like Robin Williams. Odd are I wouldn’t dislike this movie. But in retrospect, it was pretty craptastic. They lost me at the animatronic babies. And the ending was so sugary sweet I almost gagged.

Spiderman 3

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I believe I’ve already ranted about what was wrong with this movie, but suffice it to say, if you start promoting that far in advance, you’d better deliver. (I’m talking to you, Dark Knight).

Blades of Glory

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I do remember laughing when I saw this, and it’s not like I was expecting a masterpiece, but even trying to compare BoG to Old School or Anchorman makes it pretty clear that this was not one of Will Ferrell’s better movies. Speaking of, I just saw the trailer for Semi-Pro, which I’m pretty skeptical about as well.

Honorable Mention:

Halloween

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I don’t really see scary movies, so I don’t know how exactly it was that I ended up in the theater, watching this. I think I even remember uttering the phrase, “I kinda want to see that.” It was right after the Greek festival, so I must’ve been high on baklava. Anyway, as far as remakes go, it wasn’t too terrible. But when going through the list and trying to decide which movies I never want to see again, this was one. It probably has more to do with the fact that I don’t like to be terrified as much as it had to do with the movie itself. I’m not sure if Rob Zombie meant it to be funny, but it kinda was. Nobody wants to take little Mikey trick or treating so he massacres his entire family? Hmm. I mean, I know he was already a messed up evil psycho anyway, but come on. And why were all the teenagers having sex the instant they wound up alone together? And why were they giving Michael Myers HGH while he was in prison? Did you see it? He was seriously like 9 feet tall. Too many questions, and some questionable soundtrack selections land it firmly on the Worst list.

Books

Books I have read this year:

  • Suite Francaise by Iréne Némirovsky
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • I am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
  • The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • Songbook by Nick Hornby
  • Naked by David Sedaris
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

I’m sure I’m missing a few…but I can’t remember any more off the top of my head. I’ll have to edit this later. Updated.

The Best:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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I read it in less than 24 hours and forgot to eat. If any other book can do that it’s welcome to take the #1 spot.

The Lovely Bones

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I’m not going to lie, this is a pretty depressing book. The main character gets murdered by the crazy guy across the street, and the story is told in the perspective of her ghost as she watches her family cope with her murder. It was really, really good, but I was a blubbering mess.

I’m not going to do a worst for the books, because none of them were really bad. I tend to be choosy about the books I read, so I’m pretty sure they aren’t going to be complete crap. And if it turns out that way, then I just quit reading.

Music

I feel like a loser because I don’t really have a whole lot to say about music. But anyway, here are some albums that I’ve been listening to and enjoying:

Cease to Begin by Band of Horses

This is “Is There a Ghost” which is not my favorite track (See “No One’s Gonna Love You”) but they didn’t have a good video of it on Youtube, so you get this instead:

Neon Bible by Arcade Fire (as if everyone else isn’t already listening to it)

“My Body is a Cage”:

Challengers by The New Pornographers

Title track, probably my favorite song of the year:

I guess I could get all introspective and reflect on how I’ve changed as a person this year and blah blah, but that’s probably all bullshit anyway. As far as new year’s resolutions and all that jazz, whatevs. I probably wouldn’t keep them anyway. So I’ll just leave it at movies, books, and music because

“What really matters is WHAT you like, not what you ARE like. Books, records, films, these things matter! Call me shallow, it’s the fucking truth.”
-Rob Gordon, High Fidelity

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Travis permalink
    January 2, 2008 4:10 pm

    “…James McAvoy mentioned that his favorite song to dance to was “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. I would have taken my bra off and thrown it at him through the internet if I could have.”

    This will be at the top of my list of “best things said in 2008.”

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