Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The List: 2008

Stuck at home with January's chill laying a blanket of ice across this intersection of the Texas plains and Hill Country, I've decided to dash off a list of my 2008 favorites. I'm making no attempts at real criticism or even serious evaluation. I'm not even attempting to restrict myself to things new in 2008 (though I try). These are simply things that were "new" to me in 2008 and touched me or made me think enough that I felt the desire to share them here. I admire technique, but I'm also of a subjectivist school of thought when it comes to the arts. So please don't waste space telling me I'm "wrong" about something that touched me, but please feel free to share the things that you encountered on your journey through 2008. Here, in no particular order, are some Fave 5's of 2008.


  • Tropic Thunder
  • Wall*E
  • Iron Man
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Dark Knight
  • Fringe
  • Life on Mars
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Eli Stone
  • Mad Men
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • All Art is Propaganda by George Orwell
  • Indignation by Philip Roth
  • Only by the Night by Kings of Leon
  • Viva la Vida by Coldplay
  • Death Magnetic by Metallica
  • Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
  • Consolers of the Lonely by The Raconteurs
Honorable & Dishonorable (aka Guilty Pleasure) Mentions: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Election 2008, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser, The Daily Show, "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, Step Brothers, Guns n' Roses' Chinese Democracy, Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, the return of Journey with Filipino Steve Perry sound-alike, Born Standing Up by Steve Martin, Kath & Kim, Allison Krauss & Robert Plant (and T-Bone Burnett)'s Raising Sand, Tina Fey

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