Notes: Most of these "bests" started in 2009, but some came out in late 2008 and became more popular in 2009. I saw a lot of great, "older" movies and tv shows, but I tried to keep things around late 2008/2009. Things are arranged in no particular order.
Made for picspammy.
Best in Music
+ Keane - Perfect Symmetry. I actually saw them in concert and they were phenomenal! They're releasing a new EP soon, look out for it! Favorite songs: Lovers are Losing, Pretend That You're Alone
+ Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S. This was your prom music, wasn't it? The music was catchy and you know you loved it. Favorite songs are obvious: Low, Right Round
+ Regina Spektor - Far. I LOVE REGINA SPEKTOR. This year was a big Regina Spektor year for me. I played her albums over and over again. Favorite song: Laughing With
+ Lady GaGa - The Fame Monster. I think I can declare Lady GaGa the best music artist of the year. She's so fabulous and creative. She's also incredibly nice, too. Favorite song: Bad Romance
+ Franz Ferdinand: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. You know, I don't think I ever figured out if T: FF was its title or just T. But anyway, FF doesn't fail to deliver. They have more less-upbeaty songs this album which is a nice change. Favorite songs: Katherine Kiss Me, Twilight Omens
+ Florence and the Machine - Lungs. She is probably the best "discovery" I've made this year in terms of music. Her music is very catchy and creative. Favorite songs: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), I'm Not Calling You A Liar, Kiss With A Fist
+ The Lonely Island - Incredibad. Their music is hilarious, and actually good too. If you haven't heard any of their music yet, go to youtube. Their videos are great. Favorite songs: Like a Boss, I'm On a Boat
Best in Movies
+ Up. I was crying within the first ten minutes, I swear. I saw it in 3D, which I shouldn't have because those glasses were annoying as heck, but it didn't diminish the movie. It was credibly beautiful. Pixar makes the best movies. Plus Russell reminds me of my little brother.
+ Star Trek. I saw this MONTHS after everyone else did, and I'm sad I didn't see it in theatres. I can't wait for the sequel. No wonder Star Trek has such a huge fandom.
+ Slumdog Millionaire was in my 2008 picspam too, but man oh man did it explode in 2009. Good for it. I love Dev Patel and I'm glad this film has been such a great success.
+ I saw Bright Star by myself and to be honest I was underwhelmed when I saw it. However, when I thought about it after I realized it was a beautiful film in terms of everything.
+ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is probably on here because I'm such a huge HP fan. I loved the movie until the last 10 minutes or so (before it was hilarious) and somehow those ten minutes just killed everything.
+ Go Emily Blunt! The Young Victoria was probably the greatest thing I saw this year. It was SO beautiful and interesting and dramatic and everything. GO SEE IT. I also decided to see Sunshine Cleaning because of Emily and it wasn't the most exciting movie, but it teaches a lot of lessons and both Amy Adams and Emily are fantastic in it.
+ I don't think I need to say anything about Inglourious Basterds because you've all seen it. Quentin Tarantino is a bad ass. I loved Brad Pitt in it. All the characters were awesome and I wish it was longer. Can QT make it like Kill Bill and have a part two?
+ It is Pirate Radio in the US, but I enjoy The Boat that Rocked much better. It had a great soundstrack, obviously. It was also HILARIOUS. As you can see from the poster, it has a pretty amazing cast.
Best in TV Shows
+ I don't need to say anything about Glee either because you've all seen it. It's everyone's favorite show, and the season's not even done yet.
+ Misfits was advertised as "Skins meeting Heroes," and I thought it was the most stupid thing I had ever heard of in my life. However, I gave it a chance and it's an incredibly good show with great acting and a storyline that actually moves. It has been renewed for a second series and I hope they lose the jumpsuits because they are fug.
+ In the past, if anyone asked me which cancelled tv show I'd bring back, I answered Wonderfalls, but I think from now on I'll say Kings. God, it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL to be the most amazing thing ever. Interesting storylines with great actors. Thanks for killing, NBC.
+ Although it started off very slow, the latter half of Gossip Girl has been ~intense. The last episode was probably the best ever.
+ To be honest, I started watching White Collar because Matt Bomer is cute. Then I realized he was Bryce Larkin! Sadly, he's gay, but a girl can dream. All the characters are really smart, down to the very secondary characters. There is also some major bromance between Neal and Peter. I like it.
+ Modern Family is the most hilarious comedy since ever. PLEASE WATCH IT if you haven't yet.
+ I thought Dollhouse was pretty stupid after reading the sypnosis, but decided to give it a shot as it was going into its second season because three BSG characters were in it. It's so addicting. I'm so sad it's cancelled, and I love how it got 1000000x better once it was actually cancelled.
+ Not going to lie, FlashForward is usually very boring until the last 20 minutes of it. I'm dying to know what happens, though, so I will continue watching. Also for John Cho.
+ USA probably has the best tv shows this year. In Plain Sight is so good. I want it to come back now. I've waited way too long. I'm so sad Monk is gone, but I like how they ended it. Finally, Monk is somewhat happy, haha. Psych remains as hilarious as ever, and again, the bromance is the awesome.
+ I know Battlestar Galactica has been around since 2004, but I saw most of it in 2009. It's probably my favorite tv series because it's so comprehensive and intricate. It has the best writing ever. Please start watching it if you haven't yet. (BTW: Can you guess my favorite character?)
+ Merlin is an addicting lolfest of awesome. It's gotten so much more intense in teh second season and has lost some of its lolfest, but definitely not any of its magic (har har har). I love its cast too. &hearts
+ SKINS!!! Although I miss Gen. One so much, Gen. Two is very well done. Series 4 is so close right now. I can't wait.
Best in Entertaining
+ It's entertaining just looking at Henry Cavill and Rupert Grint.
+ BSG gets another spam because it is that amazing. Seriously, all these actors should get Oscars. I love them so much, especially Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park.
+ Angelina Jolie and Emily Blunt. &hearts &hearts &hearts
+ Talullah Riley, Amy Adams, and Carey Mulligan. GORGEOUS.
+ I've watched and rewatched most of Romola Garai's work this year. She went into the spotlight with Emma, but my favorite performance of hers will always be from Daniel Deronda. Glorious 39 is coming out soon in the US and I hope it wins her many many awards.
+ If you don't like Lady GaGa or at least one of her songs, you're lying to yourself. She is the most creative entertainer out there right now. She has so much talent. She's also such a nice and smart person.
Best in Life
+ 2009 is also the year where I started college!!! at UC Berkeley. I took these photos while wandering around the huge campus.
Can you guys tell that my fingers got tired after a while? I also did this at 1AM in the morning so all typos/weird stuff are explained by that.
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