2008 saw a black man get elected to the Presidency (heck yeah!). Gas prices peaked at a “do I really need to drive to get toilet paper?” price and was brought down to a “sure, I’ll pick you up from LAX” price. We went into a recession (gasp! Like no one knew that was coming). And the gay population legalized marriage in California, only to have that right unjustifiably revoked.
There was a pregnant man (though not really, because he used to be a woman), a rocker won American Idol (woot!), and a third-grader became mayor for a day in Monroe County, TN.
It was a year of regrettable trends: the porn mustache (or pornstache), the in-your-face opulence, the B-listers in bedazzled outfits on Dancing With the Stars, the Kanye West shutter glasses, the celebrity perfumes, the bondage-esque hooker heels, and Sarah Palin.
We also played the name abomination game with new gems like Nahla, Honor, Sunday, Zuma Nesta Rock, Bronx Mogley, Birdie, Sage, and Tripp (born to Bristol Palin (which fits nicely with the rest of the names in the family: Track, Trig, Willow, and Piper (a name I actually like))). What’s the record for the most parenthesis in one sentence?
2008 was also a year of great (and not so great) movies, television, and music. I have taken the liberty of making a list of my favourites (and least favourites) in these categories. Keep in mind that this list only includes things that I actually saw or heard. I’m sure there are many other great things that debuted in 2008 that I did not, unfortunately, get to experience:
2008 MOVIES THAT I LOVED:
- The Dark Knight
- Burn After Reading
- Funny Games
2008 SURPRISING MOVIE LOVE: Marley and Me
2008 MOVIE THAT I LOATHED: 88 Minutes
2008 NEW TV SHOWS THAT I LOVED:
(Not a lot to choose from because of the writer’s strike)
- Little Britain USA
2008 SURPRISING NEW TV SHOW LOVE: Stylista
2008 NEW TV SHOW THAT I LOATHED: 90210
2008 MUSIC ALBUMS THAT I LOVED:
- She & Him – Volume One
- The Dresden Dolls – No, Virginia
- Fujiya & Miyagi – Lightbulbs
- Belle & Sebastian – The BBC Sessions
- The Mirophones – The Glow Pt. 2 (rerelease)
2008 SURPRISING MUSIC ALBUM LOVE: Britney Spears – Circus
2008 MUSIC ALBUM THAT I LOATHED: Jordin Sparks – Jordin Sparks
What are your favourites?
-Erindescribably stoked for 2009