The Best and Worst of 2005
The last day of the year is a time for many things. For millions, it is a time for binge drinking, followed by what I like to call “pre-regret” behavior.
For me, right now, it is a time for sharing my favorites (and some least favorites) from the year gone by.
Please note that I only rate best and worst of things I actually saw, read, heard, or experienced—The Dukes of Hazzard movie and Joel Osteen’s book, for example, will not appear below. So with no further ado …
Best movie of 2005: Batman Begins, which rescued the Batman movie franchise from itself.
Best movie of 2005, runner-up: March of the Penguins, which employed stunning cinematography to show us the good, the bad, and the ugly of this amazing species.
Worst movie of 2005: The Legend of Zorro, which was my guilty pleasure of the year despite its horrible plot and worse dialogue.
Best TV show of 2005: "Lost," which continued to surprise viewers with dramatic plot twists and hidden clues.
Best TV show of 2005, runner-up: "The Colbert Report," which had moments of genius in its spoofs of shows like “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Best blog of 2005 (general):
Best blog of 2005 (music):
Best blog of 2005 (music), runner-up:
Best blog of 2005 (movies):
Best blog of 2005 (personal):
Best album of 2005: Steve Hackett’s Metamorpheus, which offered further proof, in the form of an orchestral concept album, that the guitarist who left Genesis in 1977 is a truly gifted artist.
Best album of 2005, runner-up: Dream Theater’s Octavarium, which proved that progressive rock with a metal edge is still alive.
Most catchy song of 2005: Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc.,” which to this day makes me shake my thang to its infectious groove.
Best political play of 2005: President Bush’s nomination of Teflon-coated John Roberts.
Worst political play of 2005: Some politicians’ calls for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Best book of 2005: Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, which breathed fresh, literary life into the tired vampire genre.
Best book of 2005, runner-up: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s America (The Book), which—although published in 2004—made me laugh through all of this year, too.
And last but not least …
Best blog readers of 2005: You, for visiting The Musings of David Amulet and being such a wonderful audience.
All the best to you in 2006. Happy New Year!