A Look Back at 2010

This won’t be an extremely long “Looking Back” post, partially because I’m writing in this immediately before I post it, and because of that, I have limited time to write.  Another reason it won’t be too long is because this year was a blur to me.  I will be doing a “looking back” sort of post when my 1 year anniversary for my blog, so I don’t want to take too much away from that.  Also, I almost didn’t post this because Saber “stole” my idea on her blog here.  I suppose by stole I mean used an idea that I had, in which she didn’t actually know I had the same idea.  And considering its such a broad idea, it was never really “mine” to begin with.  Yeah.  Thievery afoot up in here.  But I decided I wouldn’t let that stop me, so here are some of my favourite (and least favourite) moments in 2010.

The Best and Worst Films I Paid to See in 2010:
The best is hands down Inception.  This movie blew my mind away, I think my head exploded when I was at the theatre.  I’ve seen some crappy movies throughout the years, and this is one of the few that I’m very happy I paid to see it in the big screen.  This is totally the type of movie that just gets me excited – it makes you think, it’s got loads of action, and an amazing cast.  This film was amazing in my opinion, and I definitely need to buy it soon.

The worst that I paid to see in theatres I have to say was Alice in Wonderland.  I know, I know, some people are probably asking “whaaaaattt?”.  I love Tim Burton, and I love Johnny Depp, but I have to be honest, I’m really getting tired of them working together.  It’s just boring me.  It’s not like it’s Edward Scissorhands where they were still learning to work together, it was fresh, it was new.  This film felt stale and boring to me.  I also had to the unfortunate experience of having to pay to see it in 3D, which did absolutely nothing for the film.  So that extra few dollars still makes me a little bitter.  I don’t remember the whole film, I was bored for the first half, and I remember throwing M&Ms at some rude teenager who was using their phone for the first half of the movie with the stranger sitting next to me who was also bored.  Though it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever paid to see in theatres (definitely nowhere near close), it was the worst for this year.  Maybe that’s because I didn’t see much in theatres this year, I’ve been very picky with what I’ll actually pay to see.

The Best Book I read in 2010:
I’m going to have to say Fool by Christopher Moore.  Now, granted, I didn’t read that much this year, I was very busy reading school notes and blogs and stuff that aren’t “novels” per se.  However, I am happy to have read this book.  It’s a hilarious take on King Lear, through the eyes of the Fool (the Jesters are always the best characters by far).  I love the way he changes the story a bit, it made it felt new and unique, but still familiar.  I love the raunchy humour, it sounds like the stuff my friends and I say to each other.  This book is hilarious, if you have a good sense of humour I’d really recommend this book.

The Best Moment in Television in 2010:
Now, keep in mind, I don’t watch a lot of TV shows anymore.  This year I only really kept up with one show, and that was 24.  So by the powers of elimination, yeah, it’s going to be from 24.  Not to say there weren’t other amazing moments in TV this year, like the LOST finale – which I’ve heard mixed things about.  If I watched LOST it may be up here.  But I didn’t, I watched the amazing show 24, so yeah…  Anyways, this season was awesome in my opinion.  My favourite moment though came from the episode “11:00am – 12:00pm”.  Now for anyone worried about spoilers…skip ahead to the next bolded section.  Jack is chasing Dana Walsh, whom he holds partially responsible for killing Renee.  There is a lot more leading up to this point, but to save time and space, I’ll leave it at that.  The moment that I freaking loved this season though, is when he’s got her cornered, and he has a gun pointed to his face.  She looks at him and asks “What can I do?” in attempt to prevent him from shooting her.  He looks at her, and says “Nothing…nothing”, and then BAM!  Shoots her in the face!  I was very excited, I hated her character (such an awesome performance though!). 

The Best CD I bought in 2010:
Brentalfloss.  He’s from youtube, and makes songs about video games using their music.  Sounds cheesy, and it kind of is, but I love it.  Here’s a link to my favourite song of his from his CD.  On another note, my favourite CD I got as a gift was the Josh Groban cd Illuminations.  Thanks Ryan! :)

The Best Hangout Spot in 2010:
I’m gonna say Second Cup.  I didn’t start going here until the summer after I moved home.  Then Ryan and I decided to pretty much move in, we were there so much anyways.  I just really like the people who work there, every single person I’ve met that works there is really nice, super friendly and easy to talk to.  Plus they’re all really interesting, so it’s been nice to talk to them.  Also, I’ve had a lot of fun moments with my friends in Second Cup, so yeah, I likes it there. 

The Craziest Person I Met in 2010:
The Russian Spy Lady from work.  She thought she was being cyberstalked, so she refused to give us her information when she wanted to order something from our kiosk – which is impossible.  Yeah, she was messed.  Oh, and there was also the drunk guy on the bus from London who was yelling at everyone and rubbing up against me.  Yeah, he’s up there in the crazy factor.

Now, there are lots of things from the last year that I adore.  Like the youtube videos I watch.  But since I’ve been doing top 10 lists of those (found here, and here), I think I’ll save the videos for those lists.  Also, I have tons of favourite blog posts from the past year, but I think I’ll also save those for my 1 year anniversary post.  I like things to be organized and flow nicely.  Yay for anal retentiveness!

2010 has been an interesting year.  There have been both amazing things, and terrible things.  It was in this year that a member of my family passed away, it was in this year that a number of influential people passed away.  The BP oil spill happened this year, numerous natural disasters, suicides, war.  It makes it hard to remember the good things.  And though I’m very happy this year is over, I am  happy that I graduated my program, have met a number of amazing people from school, work, on the internet, and around my neighbourhood.  This year brought me some very happy moments and for those I am thankful.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Years, don’t celebrate too hard ;).  Happy New Years!

12 thoughts on “A Look Back at 2010

  1. Inception is totally the movie of the year! I went to see it 3 times, 3 days one after another, It’s as you said mind-blowing movie, the type that makes the adrenaline to kick your blood. I absolutely loved it and Leo was great!
    Lovely post Cherlyn, but I was mostly impressed with Inception! Sorry for being silent, now I’m back and will be visiting you often! Hugs!

  2. I so agree with the photo about New Year’s Resolutions. I can’t remember if I had one last year and if I kept it. LOL But this year, I am full of optimism that I can adhere to my list! Thanks for wishing me good luck. :D Happy New Year once again, dear Cherlyn! :)

  3. Gotta agree with Tom, I love seeing a mention of Jack Bauer on someone’s best of list. The scene you described was one of the best in the series. It was the moment Jack crossed one of his own lines and killed just for vengeance. It was powerful TV and Keifer Sutherland pulled it off perfectly.

    • I absolutely agree – it’s not my #1 favourite, but it’s probably on my top 10. It sent shivers down my spine, Kiefer really packed a lot of emotion this season, and this scene was no exception. I loved it :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Happy New Year!

  4. I still have to see Inception and I’m going to look for Fool for my son who would love it. I would too if I could ever get an extra moment to read a book (I have a pile backing up). I’m coming here for all my media advice from now on because I think we have the same tastes. I didn’t like Alice in Wonderland either, but then again, I’m one of those rare non-Johnny Depp fans (my best friend would get me for saying that about the love of her life). I did love Edward Sissorhands though.

    Happy New Year!!

    • I’m the same way with books, I have a huge pile that is looking ominous, but I’m sure I’ll get through it (one day). If you ever want any movie suggestions I got lots, not sure if they’ll all be hits with you or not, but I’m sure a few will be :).

      Happy new year!

  5. I’m so glad you decided to do this even after the whole mind reading or “stealing” incident haha. I liked your idea to do the best and worst of some things, gives a nice perspective!

    I have heard amazing things about Inception and I can’t wait to see it!! (It’s already on my must see list) Crazy Russion lady sounds like one of those fantastic memorable customer moments.

    I’m looking forward to your one year anniversary post, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!

    P.S. I miss your top 10 lists, they are inspirational.

    • Lol I figured I wouldn’t let some mind-reading get in the way of my post.

      Yes, see Inception – like right now. It’s sooo good!

      I know I need to do more Top 10 lists, they’re awesomesauce – I”ll try to do more!

  6. Cherlyn, I am very happy to see Jack Bauer on anyone’s list but it’s great to see him on yours. I really stopped by today for two reasons. One is to say Happy New Year! The second, to thank you once again for allowing me to feature your poetry on my site. It’s been four months since I first started Poetic License and it is time to feature all four months together in one post as I will continuously do three times a year.

    Please stop by once again on January 3rd to see the eight new poems and to see the tri-annual magazine with your poem featured once again. I hope you like it. Thanks again.

    • Jack Bauer always has a place on my lists ;) Teehee.

      Happy New Year to you as well! And thank you for featuring my poetry on your site, it’s an honour :) If you ever want any other poems for Poetic License I’d love to participate again!

      I’ll definitely stop by on the 3rd! :) Happy new year!

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