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!


More 10 Favourite Youtube Videos

My never-ending frustrating state of boredom has caused me to start watching Youtube religiously again.  This made me remember my “Top 10 Favourite Youtube Videos” that I posted way back in February.  Looking at my extremely long list of favourites, I decided to make another Top 10 List of youtube videos.  Because honestly, new and great stuff will keep on coming, and my list is forever changing.  Hopefully I can share some videos that people have never seen, that make you laugh, or perhaps make you think I’m a complete loser.  Or if I’m lucky, all three.  Enjoy!

10. Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise, NielCicierega/PotterPuppetPals

Oh man, the first time I saw this I was probably in grade 11 or 12.  So yeah, a few years ago.  The first of the Potter Puppet Pals videos that I saw was the “Bothering Snape” video, and from there my friends and I were a bit obsessed.  I’m a big Harry Potter fan, and I just adore these parodies.  They create great twists for my favourite characters, and they are delightfully funny.  This one is by far my favourite, and I can bet that if you watch it, you’ll be singing ♫Snape, Snape, Severus Snape♫ in your head for the rest of the day.

9. If Movies Were Real, Smosh

I often have conversations like these with my friends, and I really enjoy how this showed that movies would never work if they were realistic.  It’s funny, it’s fresh, and my gosh, that tune they play between shots is freaking catchy.  They have a video game one as well that is just as funny (though if you’ve never played some of the games, you probably wont get all the jokes). 

8. ♫Perfect Bathroom Trip SONG♫, RhettandLink

This song really reminds me of a few people from the program I just graduated.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty clean person, I always make sure to wash my hands before touching food, when I’m done doing my business, if I sneeze/cough.  I think some people get a bit carried away though, and this song just made me laugh my ass off.  It’s creepy, it’s catchy, and it’s just really an epitome of the mindset of some paranoid people I know.  No wonder kids these days are allergic to anything – everything is ultra sanitized so the body can’t learn to defend itself from anything.  On another note, Rhett (the tall guy with the facial hair), is yummy.  Oh!  Totally check out another great video by them, it’s the T-Shirt War Music Video.  It’s really impressive, and very well done.

7. Night of the Living Douche, RandumbProd

If anyone watched any of the Stupid Mario Brothers videos from the video I posted last time, then you may recognize some of the actors.  It’s Dane’s channel (who plays Ash in SMB), and since they’re all friends, they all work together.  This again, made me think of some people I know.  I’m sure you’ve met someone out there, probably in high school or college, who dresses like this, acts like this, and is a complete douche bag.  I never understood why girls thought they were attractive, and this video makes a reference to that.  If this were a real movie, I would totally see it.  The other videos on their channel are so hilarious – and they are so refreshingly different.  I have a weird sence of humour, and these guys definitely do too, no wonder I love them.

6. Hot Kool Aid, juliansmith87

Julian Smith is one interesting character.  His videos are always a little surreal, a bit dark sometimes, and often uncomfortably hilarious.  These videos remind me of Kids in the Hall (did anyone in the states ever watch that?), but maybe Kids in the Hall on crack or something.  This video just made me and Ryan laugh our butts off, and I just had to share it.  Not sure if it’s for everyone, but it’s definitely my kind of weird humour. 

5. The 2-2 Blues, Brentalfloss

I actually had the pleasure to go see Brentalfloss with a few buddies of mine back in June or July I believe.  He’s a really nice guy and really funny, so that was a great experience for me.  He does a lot of video game songs – for example “What if Dr. Mario Had Lyrics?”.  If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the 2-2 Blues.  If anyone out there hasn’t played Super Mario Bros (which should be no one), 2nd world is the water world.  Anyways, the 2-2 Blues is a bit different than his other ones.  It’s kind of funny, but mostly it’s just a really nice version of the song, and I think he did an amazing job with it.

4. Batman Parody: The Dark Knight is Confused. Key of Awesome #8, barelypolitical

I don’t watch all the other barelypolitical videos, but I love the Key of Awesome.  They do really funny parodies of a bunch of different artists, or things in the media.  Every week a new music video comes out, and they always put so much work into it.  This is one of my favourite ones (but it’s so hard to pick).  I really like the Dark Knight, and even though it’s a great movie, of course there are plot holes, and I’m not one of those people who get offended when someone makes fun of something I like.  Most likely I’ll join in too.  These videos are great and I really recommend checking the other ones ot.

3. TRAPPED IN A VLOG!, tobuscus/tobyturner

Ahh Toby Turner, one of my internet crushes.  Not ashamed to say it, he’s a deliciously good looking guy and he’s hilarious.  This is one of my favourite of his videos, but they’re all really great.  He’s also one of the few people on the internet where I can watch their vlogs and not get bored.  He just finds a way to make them entertaining, which is why I keep coming back to watch them.

2. Platoon of Power Squadron – Episode 1/Part 1, pineappleboyfilms

I posted the first episode and first part of the series, though all episodes and parts are great.  It’s about four roommates with super powers, and what can be more awesome than that?  They’re well written, and you can tell with each episode that a lot of work has been put into it.  I’m really excited for the fourth one to come out, which may be within the next few weeks if we’re lucky.  They’re not very long, so if you have less than an hour to kill, I’d really recommend watching all parts of this series.

1. Life Off & Netti Pots, wheezywaiter

I couldn’t pick just one video of Wheezywaiter’s.  They are all hilarious.  There was about a month in the summer before I moved home when I had absolutely nothing to do because I didn’t have cable anymore, I was done my placement, all my movies were packed and all my friends were busy or being flakey (things never change eh?  oh wells).  I spent that month watching all of his videos.  That doesn’t sound like much, but look at his channel, he’s got 384 videos as of today.  I was very entertained.  These two are a bit older, but they’re still hilarious.  I just love how many inside jokes he’s accumulated – whether it be his sky bank, his whale tank, his clones, the coffee, eating beards, Michael Phelps, his drunken swearing mother, Ty the Regular guy, his though microphone, the handstands or the ability to time travel – they’re all hilarious.  Watch a few and I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  I’m proud to say that I’m a beard lover.