Well, it’s time for my first-annual Year In Review post. Here are my “Best Of…” movies, books, albums & songs, with a dash of miscellaneous commentary. Feel free to let me know your year-end faves as well.
March of the Penguins. Loved this film. Granted, I don’t get to see as many movies as I did back in the day (still waiting on Kong & Narnia), but this one was awesome. Who knew a film about penguins could embody so much humanity? You have to go rent this one.
Honorable mention: Walk the Line. An expose of the country legend, demons and all.
Best popcorn movie:
Batman Begins. I actually enjoyed this one more than Revenge of the Sith. True to the comic, this is the way the Dark Knight was intended: cold, calculating, reluctant…very little separates him from the villains he opposes.
Best TV show:
LOST. I know, I know…this is everyone’s watercooler show. But is there another program that does the “revealing while concealing” trick any better than LOST? Not since the X-Files heyday has a mythology been as gripping. Season Two has been great — the introduction of the “Tailies” has added a new layer to the show while not disrupting the continuity of last season’s plot. Is Walt still alive? Will we see Desmond again? What’s up with that horse & Kate? So many questions, and the answers just lead to more questions. I’m hooked.
Best Reality TV show:
The Amazing Race. If you’re not watching this show, the question is, “Why not?” In a genre dilluted with shows meant to degrade and dehumanize, the Amazing Race rises above the chaff. You don’t win this race by voting people out; instead, to win each leg requires communication, commitment and teamwork. The latest “Family” edition may have lacked the bite of earlier seasons, but look for a brand new season to return in February. This is great TV, my friends.
A Collision by the David Crowder Band. A masterful next step in their artistic evolution. An eclectic mix of different genres (punk, bluegrass, piano-driven ballads, anthem rock, etc.) with worship as their common denominator. Isn’t that what worship is about, a diverse people united to worship a common God? Throw in some groovy whistling riffs and a key-tar and you’ve got yourself a five-star album in my book.
1. X&Y by Coldplay. I was looking forward to this one for months, and it didn’t disappoint. Some are calling this their Joshua Tree, and I wouldn’t argue.
2. Wherever You Are by Third Day. A new set from my favorite Georgia rockers. Best track: Communion.
3. Pronto by Lost & Found. An acquired taste — quirky, raw and honest.
Colplay’s Fix You. Intimate. Anthemic. Sweeping. Rip-the-knob-off good. Everything you need from a good rock song.
Most annoying song I can’t get out of my head:
Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day. I liked it the first 400 times I heard it. Now it’s just getting old.
My Humps, Black Eyes Peas. This is the most vile, perverse piece of garbage I’ve ever heard. And it’s catchy.
I read Blue Like Jazz this year, and loved it, but I think it was released a year or two ago. So my book o’ the year goes to Jesus: A Novel by Walter Wangerin. I waxed eloquent about Wangerin on here a month or two ago, but he’s brilliant. And he might’ve outdone himself with this most ambitious work. With grad school reading, this one’s about the only ’05 release I knocked out this year, but it was a solid choice.
As I said, feel free to agree (or disagree). I’d love to hear your picks for the year’s best.