Haven't talked at all about Christmas, so here's a quick rundown. It was fine. Quiet. Most of it consisted of playing Zelda on my DS puncuated by the odd turkey sandwich. I got Resistance 2 (good game), Dexter: Season One (best season of the show, one of the best debut seasons of any show I've ever seen in fact) and Family Guy: Season 7 (sadly, pretty laughless for the most part- and I used to be a big fan). We also managed to get a puppy on Christmas Eve, though that was more a quirk of fate. He's a sheepdog, and we called him Axel (NOT after the singer, after former Munster rugby legend Anthony "Axel" Foley). The pup pretty much made my christmas. Other than that I got bored easily, being away from my friends. I probably should have enjoyed the break a little more though, as all seeing my friends has done is darkened my mood. I mean, I love them all to bits, but trying to know where you stand with them can be difficult. I'm just sick of being single, I guess, but being attracted to a girl who'll probably never see you the same way gets you down. I'll be fine after a week or two.
Sorry bout that, but this is really the only place I can vent nowadays...
2008- What was it good for?
Side-splitting stuff. Glad to see it's hit such a chord on the other side of the Atlantic, although I will say that being Irish, you do get that little but extra from it. Some will debate how much of a comedy it really is, but if you like your humour black, you will find much to enjoy, with an ending that doesn't provide any easy answers and is quite striking in it's seriousness and brutality. It's all anchored by three leading men at the top of their game and although Farrell is (deservedly) grabbing all the attention, Brendan Gleeson and the magnificent Ralph Fiennes are as good, if not better. Already a cult hit, there's been no funnier film this year
Runner-up: Burn After Reading
Best 2007 Leftover:
No Country For Old Men
I often bemoan the fact that Ireland get films so much later than the States, meaning I have to include them in the following years list. This was the best film that arrived late on these shores and probably the only film of the year that gave my number one a run for it's money. Not much neds to be said about it that hasn't before, it certainly didn't win those Oscars for nothing and is proving itself to be a modern masterpiece, as it's a film I can still go back to and enjoy (watched it again on Friday). One For the ages. Look out for 2009's list featuring Slumdog Millionaire!
Runner-up: There Will Be Blood
Worst Film Of The Year:
So many likely candidates, seeing as I dislike about 65% of the films I see, but this was head and shoulders above the rest of them. To paraphrase my review, if a film doesn't hold your attention and make you forget all of your little problems, it has failed as an entertainment media. Laughable preformances, laughable effects and laughable plot= laughable film. So bad, it's bad
Disappointment of the Year:
Quantum Of Solace
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad and I certainly wasn't expecting it to be better than Casino Royale. In fact, it exceeded my expectations at first, so low were they. But the more I let it sink in, the bigger a disappointment it seemed to me. Throwaway Bond is still a good night at the movies but it was all a bit insubstantial for my liking. I'm a bit apprehensive about what direction they're planning on taking the franchise, after being excited at first. I should keep the faith...
Runner-up: Trophic Thunder
Performance Of The Year:
Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight)
The best words I've heard used are mesmirising and hypnotic. You simply can't take your eyes off Ledger as he gives a master performance in acting, creating the definitive screen Joker and one of the greatest screen villains of all-time. For once, the hyperbole is justified, and it makes it all the sader that we'll never see this bright young actor again. At least he went out the best way possible
Runner-up: Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)
which all brings me nicely to...
Film Of The Year:
The Dark Knight
I see some of you have fell slightly out of love with this. And I can understand that. It is flawed, even if the ones people point out don't bother me. If I'm honest, selfishly, I'm glad some people have fell off the bandwagon, one which I've been on so long, I practically built it. And this film, still remains head and shoulders above all the rest from the year for me. And that includes the 2009 Oscar hopefuls I've seen. It may have something to do with my love for the character, which has lasted all my life, but also the fact it is a fantastic film regardless and the finest superhero film of all time, dealing with mature issues that the genre usually baulks at. It is the Batman film that I never thought I'd live to witness. It's all brought together by the wonderful Christopher Nolan, a visionary in every sense of the word and a terrific ensemble cast from the wondefully subtle performance by Bale as the conflicted Batman to Aaron Eckhart's heartbreaking turm as the doomed DA Harvey Dent. I pray for Oscars, but regardless, this film's legacy will outlive all others from this year. The most groundbreaking and important film of the year by far...
Film's Person Of The Year:
For bringing Batman to the big screen so spectacularly and creating one of the best sequels of all time. All hail a director who deserves his due
And Some Random Stuff:
Best Director: Chris Nolan
The Not As Bad As Feared Award: Indy 4
Best Film Soundtrack: The Dark Knight's
Best Scene: Interrogation Room Scene (TDK)
Best Line: I'm A Dog chasing Cars, I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! (The Joker)
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Coen Brothers
Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
Biggest Surprise Of The Year: How Well Mamma-Mia did over here (it beat out TDK for christsake!!!)
Most Anticipated Movie Of 09: Watchmen
Disappointment of the Year:
Day And Age- The Killers
They bottled it. As one of the few that liked Sam's Town, I looked forward to what direction The Killers would take next. The single "Tranquilize" seemed to hint at an exciting new direction. Even the first one from Day And Age, "Human" seemed to suggest they were veering towards more experimental territory. Instead, we get an album I like to term "Hot Fuss-lite". An album where they aimed for the floaty, breezy charm of their first effort, but failed as this album will certainly not be remembered as long or as fondly as their debut. They aimed for throwaway pop but it was almost too throwaway, making the whole enterprise feel curiously lazy and half baked. It's still worth it for some moments of genius however. "Losing Touch" is a great opening track. "I Can't Stay" is both experimental yet the kind of breezy pop they were aiming for. And as for Spaceman...
Single Of The Year:
Spaceman- The Killers (Day And Age)
Ask anyone what they thought of Day And Age and you'll usually get a reponse along these lines- "it's not great but Spaceman is f*cking brilliant!!". And it's true. The one single on the album that ranks alongside their other heavy hitters from previous heights, it's a jumpy, energetic tune. Forget the proposperous lyrics, it's immenitily dancable and a piece of radio friendly fare that it's offically ok to like
Runner-up: Hot N' Cold- Katy Perry (no, I'm not kidding, don't judge me)
Worst Album Of The Year:
Viva La Who Gives A Sh!t- Coldplay
Runner-up: Whatever the name of Fall Out Boy's new one is
Album Of The Year:
Chinese Democracy- Guns N' Roses
Controversial, but utterly predictable. Don't worry people, my review is biased, hence, why it's called a REVIEW. Whatever your views on the gestation period for the album, the fact remains that this is actually a pretty decent album with some phenomenal tunes. While all the other comebacks this year consisted of washed up rockers attempting to cash in on the same crap they've been delivering for years, Axl created a sound that was both fresh and contemporary while still having that same swagger that propelled a bunch of young rockers inspired by their bluesy roots to the top of the world. Sure, it's a little older and mellower, but Axl still has much of his trademark venom, shown in songs such as the standout "Sorry". His vocals anchore the album and help it find peace in a wall of guitars. Definetly a grower, the album takes time to sink in but it's all worth it, as those that take time to scratch the surface will find the best hard rock album of the decade. Let's hope there's more to come (just not as long this time)
Burn It: Catcher In The Rye
Music's Person Of The Year:
Runner-up: Joe Satriani for suing Coldplay
More Random Stuff:
Best (i.e. hottest) female artist: Katy Perry
Most overrated band: MGMT
Disappear without a trace in 09: The Script
Most Anticipated Album of 09: Tax Evasion On The Horizon- U2 or... Animal Collective
Only 3 categories here:
Episode of the Year:
Selfless- Prison Break
Many of us thought Prison Break had lost it. Season 4 started off shakily and even I, was none too impressed. However, around episode 5 it started to pick up again and with each episode, the series became more and more like must watch tv again. Then came arguably it's finest hour, Selfless, not only the best episode from season 4, but arguably the best episode of Prison Break Ever. Let's hope that the rest of season 4 will follow suit when it returns and the show gets the sendoff it deserves
Runner-up: About Last Night- South Park
Actor Of The Year (TV):
William Fitchner- Alexander Mahone (Prison Break)
Was the only reason to watch the show at long streches of time this year, Fitchner gave a master****as the ruthless former agent and his partnership with Scofield that was hideouly underdeveloped the previous season was finally utilised.
Runner-up: Michael C. Hall- Dexter (Dexter)
Show Of The Year:
I only discovered this in September of last year and was instantly blown away. A compelling lead, incredible scripts and a twisting plot with plenty of black humour. It soon became one of my favourite tv shows. Although it peaked in season one, season three was still by far the best thing on tv this year.
Runner-up: Top Gear
And Finally- randomness Randomness
Best blog I wrote this year: Probably my Dark Knight review
Best blog: Any of Shadow's more humouress ones
Member Of The Year: alp1981
Noob of the Year: They all suck nowadays
Best Thread of the Year: Stark's Pond on the South Park boards as always
Best Editor: Drewshack
Most Missed Member: Josh
Person Of The Year: Barack Obama
Sporting Highlight of the Year: Munster vs New Zealand
there's probably more but I've had enough. I'm just off to have a smoke with my flatmate on the roof
oh and i've seen The Wrestler. It's good. But a tad overrated