An Album I Wanted To Love But Didn't
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Explosions In The Sky) did nothing to grab me.
This Year's Favorite Albums
The Best Band I Really Should Have Discovered Years Ago
A Book I Finally Got To
A Canticle For Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Great Work Of Fiction I Read
Shadow Of The Torturer (Gene Wolfe)
Movies I Wanted To Love But Didn't
Pan's Labyrinth, like all of Del Toro's stuff, misses the mark. Tone, plot, violence (both real and fantastic) -- they aren't mixed properly. The souffle does not rise. Also, Corpse Bride is a huge disappointment.
The Most Fun I Had At A Movie Theater
Plan 9 From Outer Space and The Apple at the So Bad It's Good Film Festival monthly screening. It made me late for work the next day, but it was a great time in a shitty theater. The Apple must be seen by all to be understood.
This Year's Favorite Films
Ratatouille, Once, Hot Fuzz. These are my trifecta, all near-perfect. Of rentals, Funny Games (a really painful film that HATES its audience and their expectations) had the most impact -- and Take Care Of My Cat is very sweet.
This Year's Favorite Songs
KC did not listen to old music this year. No good goddamn KC.
This Year's Song
"Avalanche" (Thea Gilmore): rumbling, angry, under-boiling passion behind a calm veneer.
The Funniest Thing I Saw
Internet meme junky.
Everyone drifts here, all the time. It's impossible to drive straight.
Best Decision Of The Year
Quit my job/went back to school.
Epiphany Of The Year
Living according to others' expectations will suffocate me, yet here I still drown.
Most Embarrassing Addiction
I really don't owe you this, but...