Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here we are again: My 'Best of 2009' Lists

The Best Music, Movies, TV, & Books of 2009 in my little world.

MUSIC
:
  1. Fun. - Aim & Ignite
  2. Brandi Carlile - Give Up the Ghost - {"I laid this suitcase on my chest so I could feel somebody's weight."}
  3. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  5. Jars of Clay - The Long Fall Back to Earth
  6. Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
  7. Derek Webb - Stockholm Syndrome - {"...we affix all their scars to our walls so there’s heartbreak for everyone"}
  8. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  9. Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
  10. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
  11. Switchfoot - Hello Hurricane - {"If it doesn't break your heart, it isn't love."}
  12. Thad Cockrell - To Be Loved
  13. The Mountain Goats - Life of the World to Come
  14. Monsters of Folk - s/t
  15. Wilco - s/t
  16. St. Vincent - Actor
  17. Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere
  18. Sara Groves - Fireflies & Songs
  19. Regina Spektor - Far
  20. M. Ward - Hold Time
Yet to Hear from 2009: Mew, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, Girls


MOVIES:
  1. Inglorious Basterds - dir. Quentin Tarantino
  2. A Serious Man - Joel & Ethan Coen - {"Just look at that parking lot."}
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson
  4. Antichrist - Lars von Trier
  5. Where the Wild Things Are - Spike Jonze
  6. Anvil - Sacha Gervasi
  7. Nine - Rob Marshall - {"You're just an appetite..."}
  8. Humpday - Lynn Shelton
  9. District 9 - Neill Blomkamp
  10. Avatar - James Cameron
  11. Observe & Report - Jody Hill
  12. Up in the Air - Jason Reitman
  13. The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow
  14. Watchmen - Zack Snyder
  15. Coraline - Henry Selick
  16. Up - P. Docter & B. Peterson
  17. Baader Meinhoff Complex - Uli Edel
  18. Sin Nombre - Cary Fukunaga
  19. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince - David Yates
  20. (500) Days of Summer - Marc Webb
Yet to See: A Single Man, Moon, Invictus, Precious, Sugar, The Limits of Control, In the Loop, Che & Summer Hours

DOCUMENTARIES:
  1. Anvil - dir. Sasha Gervasi
  2. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea - Ken Burns - {"Man can only mar it."}
  3. The Cove - Louie Psihoyos
  4. Food Inc. - Robert Kenner
  5. This is It - Kenny Ortega
Yet to See: The Yes Men Fix the World, & My Neighbor My Killer


On the TEEVEEs:
  1. Glee - {"We're not naming our baby Drizzle."}
  2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  3. Daily Show / Colbert Report
  4. South Park
  5. 30 Rock
Yet to (really) See: Mad Men (come on Hulu!)


BOOKS:
  1. Strength in What Remains - Tracy Kidder - {"...don't wait for people to feel like their lives are not worth living. Once they feel that way, how are they going to feel about another person's life?"}
  2. Animal Dialogues - Craig Childs - {"...people tell me at times they wish to get in touch with the animal spirit. I will tell you this about the animal spirit: it will tear you in two as quickly as it will bring you wholeness. It is not a thing of value or judgment. It is a thing of purity, and it will not take issue with either death or ecstasy."}
  3. Sacredness of Questioning Everything - David Dark
  4. Production Diary from the Heart of Darkness - Werner Herzog
  5. Million Miles in a Thousand Years - Donald Miller
Yet to Read: The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics, Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism), & How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read (though, clearly, I should just say I've read it)

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3 Comments:

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Morgan said...

Invictus was fantastic. Mew and Passion Pit would make my end of year lists if I ever made them. Just to let you know what you're missing out on ;)

 
At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Christy said...

You WOULD list the M. Ward record.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger didlake said...

My name is Nathan Didlake. And I approve of this listing.

 

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