Posts Tagged ‘best of 2009’

A weird year for movie titles?

January 13, 2010

I don’t see many movies the year they come out so I can’t say much about the great ones that came out this past year. What I saw that I liked: In the Loop; Inglourious Basterds; and, to a lesser extent Up, The Hangover and (500) Days of Summer, the last of which seems to come up more than any movie I’ve ever watched when discussing romance, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. with friends. I’m sure there are other movies out there like it, but I can’t think of any. I enjoyed Adventureland, too, but not as much. (Incidentally, I saw three of those movies on airplanes, which tells you something about my moviegoing habits.)

So I can’t say much about the great movies of the past year other than I think that Up wasn’t as good as everyone led me to believe. I thought that Wall-E was better I think I like The Incredibles more, as well. What I have noticed is the year in movie titles. Below the jump is a list of what I’m talking about:


Favourite videos of 2009

January 2, 2010

I, like millions of others, was taken aback by Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, but every time I look at it again I become ashamed. The video suffers from diminishing returns and that contributes to my shame. I watch it now and her voice lacks the power I thought I heard the first time. Also, she misses several notes and struggles with the lower register ones. The video is so clearly manipulated for effect it makes me wonder how I fell for it the first time. I want to be clear: I am happy that Boyle has made a name for herself. After all, she’s not a terrible singer at all. And she’s actually pretty good on the clips I’ve heard from her recent CD. But, in a way, she’s the flip side of the Brittany Spears coin. She’s successful because of her looks. A 30 year old Susan Boyle doesn’t sell 1 million CDs and definitely doesn’t garner 30 million sets of eyes on her Youtube clip.

How’s that for an intro. Anyway, I use that to direct you to an alternative to Britain’s Got Talent and that’s Ukraine’s Got Talent. Rather than sing a standard above average, this woman creates a new world. It’s as if she’s animating a film before our eyes. The shots of the crowd show tears streaming down faces and I suspect they cry for two reasons: 1) they are witnessing a singular creative talent, in a way as ephemeral as singing, but much more creative. 2) The artist creates this world so effectively that eventually the people are absorbed into the story she tells. She reminds them of the horrors of war as she’s dazzling them with the beauty of art. It is a remarkable piece of work. (videos after the jump) (more…)