Bryan’s Year In Review 2008

Articles | Dec 10th, 2008

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Another year is quickly ending. Its been a memorable year for many things, especially in music and movies. I think there were better album releases this year than last year. So without further delay, heres my Year in Review 2008. Hope you enjoy it and please comment and let me know what you think.

Music

Top 15 Albums of 2008:
1. The Levellers Letters from the Underground
2. Gaslight Anthem The 59 Sound
3. Kaiser Chiefs Off With Their Heads
4. DeVotchKa A Mad and Faithful Telling
5. Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead
6. The Pogues Just Look Them Straight In The Eye and Say….POGUE MAHONE!
7. She & Him Volume 1
8. Great Big Sea Fortunes Favour
9. Grand Archives Grand Archives
10. The Kooks – Konk
11. Flogging Molly – Float
12. Millencolin Machine 15
13. Billy Bragg Mr Love and Justice
14. Pennywise Reason To Believe
15. Plan 9 – Manmade Monster

Worst Albums of 2008:
Anything that is: screamo, emo, whiny mall punk, and nu-metal

Top 5 Soundtracks of 2008:
1. The Dark Knight Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
2. Wall-E Thomas Newman
3. Music from the TV Series Long Way Down V/A
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall V/A
5. Assassination of Jesse James Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Best Song in a movie:
*tie* You Got To Do Something & Inside Of You Infant Sorrow aka Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)

Worst Song in a movie:
“Another Way To Die” – Jack White & Alicia Keys (Quantum of Solace)

Best Soundtrack from 2007 I Forgot To Mention:
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Top 10 Concerts of the 2008:
1. The Pogues/ Billy Bragg/ William Elliot Whitmore Roseland – NY
2. Gaslight Anthem Caf Metropolis Wilkes-Barre, PA
3. Flogging Molly The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
4. John Williams Boston Symphony Hall – Boston, MA
5. Great Big Sea SOPAC South Orange, NJ
6. DeVotchKa Terminal 5, NYC
7. Pennywise/ Strung Out / Authority Zero Irving Plaza – NY
8. The Cure MSG NY,NY
9. The Kooks/ Morning Benders Terminal 5, NYC
10. She & Him Webster Hall, NYC

Worst Concert Experiences in 2008 (not based on performances):
Kaiser Chiefs Webster Hall, NYC
Mighty Mighty Bosstones/Dropkick Murphys Starland Ballroom, NJ

Top 5 Most Overrated Bands/Artists:
1. Green Day
2. The Hold Steady
3. Radiohead
4. Kanye West
5. Coldplay

Band Im Sick of Hearing about Already:
Vampire Weekend

Dumbest Venue Setup Ever:
Starland Summer Campout Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

Funniest Album of the Year:
Austrian Death Machine – Total Brutual

Funniest Concert Photo I shot this year:
Jim of Pennywise flipping me off

Bands Im Sick of Seeing on Magazine Covers:
Forever The Sickest Kids
Fall Out Boy

5 Band Reunions I HOPE to see in 2009:
1. The Smiths
2. The Kinks
3. The Jam (full lineup)
4. The Misfits (original lineup)
5. Screeching Weasel

Bands/Artists I Want To See in 2009:
1. The Levellers
2. Tom Waits
3. The Specials
4. Billy Bragg
5. Hard-Fi

Movies

Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2008 (movies that I have seen):
1. Dark Knight
2. Wall-E
3. Iron Man
4. Religulous
5. Tropic Thunder
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
7. Quantum of Solace
8. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
10. Step Brothers

Top 5 Worst Movies of 2008:
1. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skulls
2. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
3. Wanted
4. Nick and Norah’s infinite Playlist (NOT Zach and Miri Infinite Playlist haha)
5. Vantage Point

Top 5 Movies That I havent seen that Id probably like:
1. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
2. Role Models
3. Eagle Eye
4. Appaloosa
5. Transporter 3

Biggest Movie Disappointment of 2008:
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skulls

Best Documentaries of 2008:
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Funniest Character in a Movie This Year:
Kirk Lazarus (Tropic Thunder)

Most Painful Movie to Sit Through:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Top 10 Movies Im looking forward to in 2009:
1. Angels and Demons
2. Transformers 2
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
4. Terminator: Salvation
5. X-Men: Origins: Wolverine
6. Bruno
7. Public Enemies
8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
9. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
10. Fanboys

Top 10 DVD Releases of 2008:
1. Lost: Season 4
2. Iron Man: Ultimate 2-Disc Edition
3. Long Way Down
4. Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director’s Cut)
5. Wall-E
6. Walt Disney Treasures: Donald Duck Volume 4
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
8. Family Guy Volume 6
9. Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)
10. Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition

TV

Top 10 Best Shows of 2008:
1. The Shield
2. Lost
3. The Office
4. The Unit
5. Prison Break
6. Family Guy
7. The Soup
8. Fringe
9. Californication
10. Real Time with Bill Maher

Runner-Ups:
1. Burn Notice
2. Ghost Hunters

Biggest TV disappointment of 2008:
Heroes

Best Mini-Series of 2008:
John Adams

Most Anticipated Mini-Series of 2009:
Pacific

Most Shocking TV Finale:
The Shield

Worst Obama Impersonation:
Fred Armisen

Most Underrated TV Series:
The Unit

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