I am rigidly against ‘best of’ lists. I feel like they are a crutch for weak critics, and insincere at best. My reasoning? There is no way that you could get me to list my top 10 artists of the year, because my mood drastically shifts whatever objectivity I claim to have towards music/books/photography/comics/movies/etc. What can I say, I’m human. I expect critics to have the same conundrum. You should be passionate and introspective about your reactions to art. It should be impossible.
But, for the sake of getting to know each other and to create a time-capsule type post where I can go back in 5 years and make fun of myself, I’ll recount some of my favorite things from 2010. Please do the same, and share the link.
1. Favorite movie:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, with Inception nipping at its heels. This is a tough choice, but there is one movie that I saw opening night and waited years for and pre-ordered the physical copy of, and one that I blindly stumbled upon and loved it with ferocity. Win goes to Scott P.
2. Favorite musical event:
Pavement at the Paramount, without a doubt. I was emotionally prepared for a disengaged Malkmus and a band who had been forced to revisit music from a bygone era, totally bored by songs over fifteen years old. Instead, I saw a group of friends who seemed to be loving their material and actively enjoying their reunited moment, complete with smiles and banter. Also, I got to be in the front row.
3. Favorite comic:
Oy, why am I doing this to myself? This is torture. My knee-jerk answer is the Love and Rockets: New Stories volume 3 release, on the strength of “Brown Town” alone. I totally reserve the right to change my mind.
4. Favorite television show:
Community continues to be my favorite show. I already discussed why Abed is a favorite character of mine, and the exploration of different tones was appealing. Unsurprisingly, my favorite episode thus far is “Aerodynamics of Gender.” Watch it if you haven’t. Comedy gold.
5. Favorite political moment:
(specific) Barney Frank‘s fielding of a dumb reporter’s question in the aftermath of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal.
(overall) The growing importance of non-mainstream news channels in the dissemination of information and the demand for accuracy (see: continued dominance of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, the growing importance of Rachel Maddow, WikiLeaks, etc.)
6. Favorite older thing that I discovered this year:
Harry Nilsson, thanks to the documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). I don’t know how I lived my life without “You’re Breakin’ My Heart”.
7. Favorite book I read:
After Dark by Haruki Murakami.
(Another non-current pick, but my school load prohibited much recreational reading. Also, if you don’t like Murakami, we can’t be friends.)
8. Favorite webcomic:
Hipster Hitler. Making fun of hipsters is as tired as jeggings and Hamsters dancing to Black Street, but goddamn this comic makes me laugh.
9. Favorite photographer:
Jenny Jimenez. I feel nothing but envy when I look at how she beautifully brings the voyeur-like eye of a photojournalist to joyful occasions. It satisfies my need for beauty and curiosity at the same time.
10. Favorite journalist piece:
Lindy West’s review of Sex and The City 2. Go read it if you haven’t. I’d say you could thank me later, but the real accolades clearly go to Ms. West. She brings a feminist eye and a comedians wit to a review that caught the eye of many.