Sunday, January 06, 2008

A Late List

Seeing as 2008 hasn't yielded any milestones yet, here is a list of a few of my favorite movies/albums/books/websites of 2007.

Best Movies I Saw In Theatres*
3:10 To Yuma
American Gangster
Live Free or Die Hard
No Country For Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Kingdom
The Simpsons Movie

*I like to go see movies in the theatre as often as possible. Downloading movies and the quick turnaround from big screen to DVD is making the in-theatre experience almost unnecessary, which is a shame.

Great Albums I Bought*
Albert Hammond Jr. - Yours to Keep
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Handsome Furs - Plague Park
The Hives - The Black and White Album
Julie Doiron - Woke Myself Up
Matthew Good - Hospital Music
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Patton Oswalt - Werewolves and Lollipops
Radiohead - In Rainbows**
Spaceblood - Spaceblood
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
The White Stripes - Icky Thump

*I still buy CDs. The whole Napster revolution is several years old now. If you like an artist, I think you should support them. The downloader mindset of "sticking it to the man" and "stealing from the rich" is pretty selfish. Just because you can steal, doesn't always mean that you should.
**Yes, I sprung for the limited edition discbox set.

The Books I Read*
"Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser
"I Am America (And So Can You!)" by Stephen Colbert
"Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk
"Into The Wild" by Jon Krakauer
"The Areas of My Expertise" by John Hodgman
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

*I don't read a lot of new books. Nor do I read as much as I'd like. These are simply a few books that I can remember reading and enjoying over the course of last year.

Best of the Web
An internet talk radio show devoted to horror movies. The show is hosted by two guys from Kentucky, Uncle Bill and the Creepy Kentuckian. Deadpit's combination of news, reviews, comedy and honesty make for a very entertaining show. I had all but given up on the horror genre before I found this show.

SModcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier of View Askew Films. Each podcast is an extended informal conversation between the hosts and occasional guests. If you're a fan of Kevin Smith's movies (ie: Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, etc.) then you will enjoy this podcast.

Is It A Good Idea To Microwave This?
American college students and their destructive microwave adventures.

Hopefully we can all look forward to a prosperous and enjoyable 2008.