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!