So 2010 is drawing to a close soon, so I thought just like most people (I assume) I would do a roundup of my favourite things of the year.
As you must of guessed by now I love all kinds of entertainment, whether it be TV, Film, Music or books. So I have done my roundup based on the programmes, films, books and songs that have wowed me during the year. There are no Top 10s here just random lists (basically because I have more than 10 favourites for each). Call me greedy but, entertainment wise this has been a great year I’d say.
So in no particular order here are my favourite songs/singles of the year:
Drake – Find Your Love – Great chorus, think it classes as one hit wonder now though.
The Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll – Thought at the time of release it would be one of the songs of the year, my view hasn’t changed.
Scissor Sisters – Fire With Fire – Sounding more Elton than Elton John, diverse comeback though.
Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars – Billionaire – Don’t act like you never sung it once during the year, a dreamers paradise of a song.
Twin Shadow – Castles in the Snow – released in the winter, this song is very dark and brooding. I like :-).
Alexandra Burke – All Night Long – After her 2nd single flopped she went back to the drawing board and came back with something decent, well done Burke.
Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith – Not In Love – Genius to get Smith involved, great tune to boot.
David Guetta Ft. Kid Cudi – Memories – Just a tune, Cudi is a bit hit and miss, but here he is all hit.
Kanye West Ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon – Gorgeous – Could and should be a single from West’s superb latest offering.
Cee Lo Green – Bright Lights, Bigger City – Great hooks and chorus, another that should be a single.
Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn – Bouncy and catchy, the album is great too.
The Radio Dept – Heavens on Fire – Indie bliss.
Bluetones – Carry Me Home – One of the most uplifting choruses of the year, also the lyrics ‘I’ve been told I’m too old and I know I’m not too bright’ really speak to me :-p.
Shy Child – Disconnected – They were tipped for big things this year but fell under the radar, this was a great tune though.
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun – Another killer chorus, just very easy listening.
Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind – Roping in Keys for this collaboration was genius by the Jigger man, anthemic.
Hurts – Wonderful Life – Depressing and broody, but probably the highlight of a much hyped but patchy album.
Jason Derulo – In My Head – Number One single from the new American R&B star in the making, very catchy and fresh.
Delphic – Halycon – How New Order could have sounded in 2010.
MIA ft. Jay Z – XXXO – Perfect collaboration, shame her album is meant to be average.
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me – Very radio friendly, destined to be a one hit wonder I predict.
Albums of 2010.
Truth be told I haven’t listened to as many albums as I should of this year, so this list is a little shorter.
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy OST – A match made in heaven.
The Bluetones – A New Athens – Britpop survivors come back with superb indie album with singles coming out of its ears.
Yeaayer – Odd Blood – Weird at first, but addictive on second to 50th listen.
Miike Snow – Miike Snow – I know it was released last year, but I listened to it this year so it counts. Great collection of ecclectic songs.
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History – An album you can listen to in one go, very fresh and radio friendly.
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Finally heard it last night, and was blown away. Its crazy and times but lyrically and production wise Kanye is ahead of the game again.
Also I have discovered some older music this year, which I have either read about or been recommend. Heres some of my favourites:
Sly and the Family Stone – Slick 70s soul with some great riffs.
Orange Juice – Doing The Smiths before the Smiths with less irony filled lyrics.
Kraftwerk – Old school electronic, show blueprints of so much music of the last 30 years.
With regards to films, I am going to split it into a best and worst, with obviously the best coming first.
Unstoppable – Good old school action/disaster film.
Buried – Clever story, with great performance by Ryan Reynolds.
The Expendables – Shamelessly 80s homage to action, with great cast and superb action sequences.
The A Team – A real cinema film, suprisingly good story and some great comedy throughout.
Monsters – Clever art house style monster movie, or is it? You decide.
Paranormal Actvity 2 – Nerve shreddingly scary, I have never been so scared by a film.
Toy Story 3 – Just big 3d animation fun, can’t recommend it enough.
Piranha 3D – Shamelessly corny and gory to the max.
Predators – Great homage to the 80s original with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
Frozen – Clever horror film, with simple plot but uses themes of isolation and terror extremely well.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil – I know its technically a documentary, but such a fun and moving tale of an old band struggling to make it in today’s jam packed music market.
Shadow of the Vampire – Great performance by Willem Dafoe, think of it like Nosferatu’s distant cousin.
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle – An impulse dvd buy, very American Pie in its comedy but very funny in its own right.
Worst films of 2010 –
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) – The remake which promised so much but delivered very little. Was decent on first watch but on repeated watches the makeup washes off and you are left with a run of the mill rehash.
Devil – Just boring really, and not at all scary.
Reeker – Just pants.
Saw 3D – Please stop now, it turns out they can get worse.
Train – Rehash of the average Midnight Meat Train, I preferred that to be honest even with the ‘talents’ of one Vinnie Jones.
Exit Through the Gift Ship – Much hyped but ultimately boring documentary.
Clash of the Titans 3D – No need for 3d and a good compelling story would have been nice.
Human Centipede (First Sequence) – Vile piece of cinema that has no meaning, uncalled for.
Films I wish I’d watched in 2010 –
Avatar – Just for the effects really.
The Social Network – Big Fincher fan, plus it had rave reviews across the board. Definitely on the dvd hitlist next year.
Inception – Missed the boat with it, but aim to see the dvd over Christmas.
Let Me In – Another film that had great reviews but no one wanted to see (sigh).
Television wise I have started to watch alot more new and old shows this year, heres some of my favourites:
Raising Hope – New Sky One show about a teenager raising a baby with his hick family, very funny, Has a flashing, crazy granny to boot.
Modern Family – Continued where it left off last series, probably the best comedy on TV at present.
Arrested Development – I was recommended this show ages ago and finally saw it earlier in the year. Absolute genius, with highlight being the character of Tobias Funke.
Twin Peaks – Apparently an inspiration for the X Files, very weird but compelling at the same time.
Psychoville – Original, and weird comedy from League of Gentlemen.
30 Rock – Another show I played catch with, watching 4 series before watching the new 5th series recently. Great fun comedy show, the heir to Friends US TV crown.
Supernatural – It should have ended with the 5th series finale, which was gripping but it has returned with a ropey at best 6th series.
The Inbetweeners – Not as brilliant as previous 2 series’ but rounded off quite well with great last episode. Bring on the movie.
Peep Show – Still as witty as ever having just returned for 7th series.
Hung – Great drama/comedy in the quirky Desperate Housewives mould, although this is about a male teacher/escort.
The IT Crowd – Continued its upward spiral with a solid fourth series.
The Office – Finally got to see this, and became compulsive viewing, a real TV gem.
True Blood – The second half of the 2nd series put the show on a new level I thought, and this upward trajectory was continued throughout the 3rd series with new characters and some great plotlines.
Now last but not least heres some books I enjoyed in 2010 (unless you have already given up by this stage).
Hollywood Monster – Robert Englund – The life story of Freddy Krueger told with great wit and verve.
You’re Entitled To An Opinion – David Nolan – The story of Manchesters favourite son, the late, great Tony Wilson.
The Black Panther Story – Steven Valentine – A bargain off amazon, a journalists account of the case to case the 70s murderer the infamous Black Panther.
Madonna: An Intimate Biography – J Randy Taraborelli – Very detailed and thorough account of one of the biggest pop stars of the last 25 years.
Renegade – Mark E Smith – One of the funniest books ever written, Smith’s humour and opinions are just gold.
The Fight – Norman Mailer – The greatest sports book ever written, without doubt.
Lucky Man – Michael J Fox – Superb read from his childhood dreams to coping with Parkinsons, recommended.
Room Full of Mirrors – Charles R Cross – A biography of the mysterious Jimi Hendrix, a great insight into a troubled mind.
Its Only A Movie – Mark Kermode – Pulls no punches, guide to Kermode’s journey into becoming a film critic.
Look Who It Is – Alan Carr – Very funny account of Carr’s rise to TV stardom.
Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby – Inspired me to write my own book, whether it happens or not who knows.
So there you have, theres my guide to 2010 I hope you enjoyed reading.
Think this could be the last blog of 2010, so hope you all have a great Christmas and remember check the weather.