As every yahoo with a keyboard is doing their list of the best of the year, and I figure that I am at least as smart as the average jerk out there, and way more opinionated, I am inspired to do my list of the year's best, plus maybe a few things that annoyed the crap out of me. Be warned: this post will have no Miley and no Rihanna, no Tiger Woods and no Michael Jackson. Enough already.
Best movie- I actually have not seen a lot this year, which is out of character; of what I did see, I loved Up best, and then Star Trek and I Love You Man get honours for best entertainment value. Honourable mention to Julie and Julia and Duplicity. Stuff I am eager to see - Avatar, Precious, Up in the Air.
Best TV show -Torchwood: Children of Earth: while technically a miniseries, this was far and away the best thing I saw on the tube this year, it was exciting, emotional, horrifying and ultimately heartbreaking. The human side of science fiction, think Children of Men but better (and if you haven't seen Children of Men, get off your ass and go rent the dvd now). Honourable mention to 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory for making me laugh a lot.
Best New TV show - Better Off Ted: fast and funny, and probably cancelled by the time you read this. It gets crappy time slots because the morons at abc are too busy promoting dreck like The Bachelor and Find My Family. Screw 'em.
Best album - Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted, with honourable mentions to Pink's Funhouse and Rosanne Cash's The List. Clarkson's album started out the year with an early release and I am still playing it at home. And on my ipod when I run. And in the car. From My Life Would Suck Without You to pretty much every other track, this is pop perfection.
Best concert - Fleetwood Mac. I luuuv Stevie Nicks.
Best book - The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb. This came out at the very end of 2008, which means most of us read it in 2009, especially as is four bazillion pages long. Smart, well written, a modern epic of love and maturity and acceptance and growth. Yes it goes off on long tangents, and they are fantastic. Runner-up was Steve Henly's How I Became a Famous Novelist, because it made me laugh.
Best architecture - check out the beauty pictured above - while my opinion is not objective, as I volunteer there, this is the smashing new Art Gallery of Alberta. And it is awesome. See more at http://www.youraga.ca/
Best gadget - Kindle!
Best dog - Alfred, granted not new in 2009, but really, is there any doubt here? The little furball rocks. Honourable mention to my stepdog Quinn.
Best moment of the year - getting engaged to K - yes, it was impromptu during breakfast at Starbucks in Portland, and yes as I hear constantly, it was more of a mutual suggestion than a romantic proposal, but what the hell, we did it, however we did it works for us, and we are thrilled and going forward (and by the way, hit Tiffany the same day)!
That's it... on to 2010!