Favorite TV Shows:
I still firmly believe that television has so much more to offer than feature films. This year I continued to be addicted to Burn Notice, Fringe, Dexter and LOST. I love the chemistry between Fiona, Michael and Sam on Burn Notice. The show is fast-paced, smart, fun and it consistently delivers. Meanwhile, Dexter had me on the edge of my seat for all 12 episodes. And even though I'm still fuming mad about the ending, it was probably the best season since Season 1. John Lithgow was all kinds of creepy amazing. I might need therapy just to get over everything that show put me through this year!
These are all quality shows, but LOST is still at the top of my list. (Beware - minor spoilers to follow - stop reading if you haven't watched Season 5). Last year we got to see all the backstories about the island, including Dharma in it's prime, Danielle and the French shipwreck, the Temple, the Statue, and we got to see Charles Widmore's history with the island. We also got to see Faraday send a distress call across time into Desmond's brain (how cool was that?), saw how and why the Oceanic Six decided to lie about what happened, and how they all made the choice to be on the Ajira plane, we saw a heart-wrenching resolution to the Aaron plotline, saw the reappearance of the mysterious Ms. Hawking, visited The Lamp Post Station and spent a lot of time off-island. We even donned some polyester for the return of the 70s. My favorite episode though, was "He's Our You", when Sayid was faced with the choice of killing childhood Ben, before he grows up to become an evil manipulative villian. Sayid is one of my favorites, so I always like the shows that center around him, plus it had this pivotal point with Ben, and it brought up more issues about whether or not time can be changed, AND it had a flaming Dharma van. What's not to love? I can't wait for the final season to start, yet at the same time it's so bittersweet. It's the beginning of the end...
Other shows that I enjoyed, but might not have obsessively looked forward to like I did the previously mentioned shows were: The Office, Psych, Monk, and In Plain Sight, (and no, I don't work for the USA channel). I cried at the season finale of Monk, which was also the end of the show. It was some good closure. We also added Community, Royal Pains and Parks and Recreation to our viewing list. Parks and Recreation started out a little clumsy, but it has really taken off, and usually provides some pretty good laughs. Like I said, television is better than cinema right now, thus my unusually long TV viewing list.
However, four movies stood above the rest for me. J.J. Abrams consistently delivers good entertainment (LOST, Fringe, Cloverfield, MI:4) and he didn't disappoint with the new Star Trek film. I'm not even a Trekkie and I thoughroughly enjoyed it. I feel like I should write J.J. Abrams a personal thank you note for all the happy entertaining hours he's provided me with! I also recently saw The Blind Side and was so touched by this film, and was impressed with its honest, real, positive portrayal of Christian love. Funny enough, my top two favorites are animated children's films (not sure what that says about me). Coraline was a faithful adaptation of the creepy Neil Gaiman novel and it was a beauty of stop-motion animation magic. I loved every 3D minute of it! But hands-down, easily my favorite film last year, was the Pixar film UP. Words cannot describe how much I loved this film. In fact, it has warranted a multi-post article that I'm currently writing. So I will leave my comments for then. Bottom line - if you haven't seen it, go out and rent it right now!
Movies that were released in 2009 that I haven't seen yet, but really want to: Where the Wild Things Are, Drag Me to Hell, Paranormal Activity, Inglorious Basterds, Zombieland, Pirate Radio, Hurt Locker, A Perfect Getaway, Thirst, Sherlock Holmes, and Invictus.