In my last 2009 post (or post about 2009, actually), I gave a grim look at the previous year. But, I got to thinking: why not make a list of the 10 best things of 2009. So, here we go!
10. Lady Gaga
Her first hit song was "Just Dance". From the first time I heard the song, with it's techno beat and infectious rhythm, I was hooked on Gaga. Her other singles, Pokerface (see above), Paparazzi, Love Game, and Bad Romance were also hits. What is it about Lady Gaga? Well, she can sing and play instruments, which is more then alot of singers can do today. She's talented. And those outfits... I expect Lady Gaga to be even bigger in 2010- and in the future, will we see her next to Michael Jackson as the Queen of Pop?
I didn't get a chance to see this movie in theaters, but i did on Blu-ray. Maybe it hit home because I just lost my grandma. But this movie was excellent. Until I saw Princess and the Frog, it was the best animated film of the year.
8. Sherlock Holmes
I saw this film in 2010, but it came out in 2009. And boy, was it good. The mystery was intoxicating, and the performances, most notably from Robert Downy Jr as the title character and Jude Law as Watson. See my review later this week for a full review.
7. 2009 World Series
What started as a new season with a brand-new stadium ended with the Yankees' 27 World Series title. It was a great day, not only in baseball, but in America when the Yanks won. I hope the winning streak will continue to next season. But it is the Yankees, so why hope...?
6. V Pilot
Who knew a show about Aliens could be so good? The pilot was intense and shaped the rest of the series well. I can't wait until the show returns in March. Will the Vs end up taking over the world? Or will they be defeated?
5. Monk Series Finale
One of my favorite show ended in 2009. Not only did we find out who killed Trudy and why, but we got closure on all of the characters. And yes, I teared a little at the end. But it was a happy ending, and that's something we needed.
4. Star Trek
At first, I thought Star Trek was stupid. It's been labled as a show for nerds since it began. I was curious when I found out JJ Abrams was doing a Star Trek movie and I kept seeing commercials for the movie, especially during Lost and Fringe. Then when it got nothing but good reviews, I decided to see it. I was blown away at how interesting it was. I loved every minute of it, and Star Trek was one of the very best movies of 2009. Too bad the crapfest that was Transformers beat it at the Box Office, as well as a few other crappy films.
3. Princess and the Frog
Princess and the Frong was not just the greatest animated movie of the year. It was the greatest movie of the year, period. I was so happy to see Disney's return to hand-drawn animation. I just hope it does better at the Box Office. (See my review of the movie later this week).
Fringe was something new that I started watching. And though it took some time, it became addictive. I'm proud to announce that Fringe is now my second favorite show on TV, right after Lost. The alternate universe, the monster of the week... it's just so interesting and fun. I really hope it's not canceled like Pushing Daisies. A gem like this doesn't always show up on TV. Plus, then my days with Fox are done.
1. Lost Season 5
What can I possibly say about this season that these videos from the Season 5 finale can't show you?
Friday, January 1, 2010
Thursday, December 31, 2009
*Editor's Note: January Marked the start of "Bring Me That Horizon" thanks to all those who have read for making this year a great start! I llok forward to brining more columns next year, and will do my best to stay on schedule!
When I think about the Year 2009, I could say a lot. But really, two words sum it up micely:
Last year, the economy was begining to fail. John McCain lost the 2008 election to Barack Obama (sorry to go all politcal on you, but that was bad for me). I was hopeful that 2009 would be much better.
But I was wrong. In 2009, the economy got worse, with people losing jobs, people losing money, and businesses failing. It looked pretty bad.
We also lost so many people. I lost my grandmother to Pancreatic Cancer less then 2 months ago.
Not to mention Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Ted Kendedy, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Swazye, Ed McMahon, and countless others.
We also witnessed the overhyped Swine Flu, or H1N1 Flu. Since it emerged, there have been about 4,000 deaths. Yes, only 4,000. You think the way the media hyped it, we lost 400 million due to Swine Flu. Of course, you should always be practicing healthy habits, and if anything, this "pandemic" will increase these habbits.
On the more positive side, new things have emerged. We have some great TV shows, like FlahsForward and V. We also saw the emersion of Twitter, Bing, Hulu, and the continued stregthening of Facebook.
I could go on and on, but why do that, when Yahoo can do it for me? They have a nice column about 2009 in review that you might want to check out. It goes deeper into what I have been saying and offers commentary on other Stuff. So, click here!
Immediately following New Years Day, come back and I'll say what will make 2010 a much better year. A New Year's Worth Celebrating!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Seeing as how we have 1 more week of GH until the end of the year, my GH Weekly Roundup: 2009 Edition will go for another week so we can fit in all of this weeks action into the column.
We left off at the arival Of Dominic. When he first arrived, he held Michael, Morgan, and Carly at gunpoint in the woods. He also mentioned he was from Bensonhurst, which immediately made me suspect he was the infamous Dante we have been hearing about for so long, who was the lovechild of Sonny and Olivia.
Speaking of lovechild, it was revelaed that Ethan was actually Luke's child with Holly Sutton, who made a surprise appearance in Port Charles. Not long after hearing this, Luke disappeared. But little did we know where he was...
It was soon revealed that Dominic was actually an undercover cop who got a position in the Corinthos organization to bring down Crime Lord Sonny Corinthos, even though Sonny is actually Dante's dad. So this puts all of them into an odd position. Olivia is in the greatest pain, for she knows that Dante is Sonny's son and doesn't want to see anyone get hurt. As the investigation goes on, and on, and on, and-well, you get my point- things get even worse.
The big sumemr story invloved 2 murders- the mayor's mistress, and Claudia's baby. Both were ingeniously intertwined, making for a great summer thriller, though we could have used less teens...
Mayor Floydd was haing an affair when his wife found out. Enraged, she tried killed the mistress and got rid of the evidence. The mistress did not die, however. She was operated on by Matt, and died in surgery. Robin, with Patrick's aid, decided to investigate who tried to kill the mistress, and failed. At first, they suspected the mayor himself. When they acused him of the murder, Alexis had the mayor arrested, and Andrea swore revenge. Later, they suspected the culprit was Andrea Flodd, but didn't have enough proof to back it up. They spent the summer trying to prove her guilt.
Meanwhile, on one dark night, an emoptional Michael, Kristina, Carly, Claudia, and Alexis were all driving on Harbor View Road, near the mayor's house. There was an accident, and Claudia was driven off the road, where Carly came to her rescue. The accident caused her baby to die in the hospital. Michael believed it was him, and even confessed to the cops he was the cause of the accident. Jason got him out of jail, but Michael left the country with Kristina and went to Mexico to hide.
Andrea saw this as the perfect oppurtunity to get revenge on Alexis. She blamed Alexis for the accident, and Alexis lost her job and was facing murder criminal charges. In reality, Kristina caused the accident, and Alexis tried to protect her daughter by taking the wrap for the murder. Nikolas used his power to make the charges "go away".
Jason and Sam went to Mexico to bring them back, as the teens faced Jerry. What was Jerry planning to do? Well, we knoe Claudia was so grief-stricken that she wanted Jerry to go after them to "make them pay". But what was Jery going to do? We can only imagine, because Jerry got away after leaving Jason for dead. Luckily, Sam came to the rescue and nursed him back to health. He was feeling so much better that the two former lovers had sex. Finally, the Jasam reunion!
Jason and Sam rescued Michael and Kristina and brought them home. Meanwhile, Sonny and Claudia were growing closer, and Sonny's feelings for Olivia were put on hold. Morgan and Dominic were also becoming good freinds. At least they had a nice summer!
Speaking of nice summer, we were also introduced to Kareoke night at Jakes. This was used many times, and I can say that it has made some great and memorable episodes.
After the craziness of summer died down, we found out that Luke was kidnapped by Helena, who was then kidnapped by Valetine Cassidine. They formed an alliance and escaped together to the relative safety of Port Charles. But he was never heard of again...
Next week, we'll get into the season of sweeps, starting with The Carinval.