Saturday, December 27, 2008

Feeling listless?

Check out the Guardian’s eclectic and irregularly numbered “The Year 2008 in Lists.“

Grace's Pick: Black Guy Asks Nation For Change #

Our Favorite Headlines From The Onion. My runners up include Commas, Turning Up, Everywhere and Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences.

Grace's pick: Shotgun Betty #

Top 10 TV Moments. Mad Men’s Betty Draper, standing on her perfectly manicured lawn in a nightie, cigarette in mouth, calmly taking shot after shot at her neighbour's pigeons with a BB gun.

Grace's pick: Nicolas Sarkozy: Good God, man, will you put her away just for a second? #

12 Biggest Douchebags of the Year. Other listees include Sarah Palin's advisors and A banker. Any banker. Any banker at all.

Grace's pick: Nas versus Bill O'Reilly#

Six Rock Star Feuds. "The Fox News gob called Nas performing at a Virginia Tech tribute concert 'vile'. Nas retorted by picketing Fox's building with a 600,000-plus petition accusing the news channel of racism. Oh, and burning them in song: 'The only black man that Fox loves is in jail or a dead one.' Nas for the win!"

Grace's pick: Pneumatic cattle gun #

Five Most Inventive Movie Weapons. Javier Bardem's low-tech cattle gun in No Country for Old Men wins the prize. All he needs “is a compressed air canister, a fetching haircut and a pneumatic ram to go poking holes in doors, foreheads and logic.”

Grace's pick: Nostril-hop #

Five New Musical Genres, Only One of Which We've Made Up. An "exceptionally rowdy Colombian strain of gangsta rap, so called because the basslines shake you so much your nostrils wobble."

Grace's pick: Sir Ben Kingsley & Mary-Kate Olsen #

Six Odd Film Couples. For appearing opposite each other in The Whackness. Sir Ben is a double listee this year for having also appeared with Penelope Cruz.

Grace's pick: All The Young Dudes, by Mott The Hoople #

Five Best Music Moments on a Film Soundtrack. From Juno. You know you’re getting old when the music of your youth has morphed into tacky nostalgia tracks and then into kids' hip new discoveries.

Grace's pick: Mamma Mia! #

Eight Most Ridiculous Film Plots of the Year. “Which one of these three men could be Sophie's father? If only there was some reliable, scientific way of finding out. She can't get a DNA test, of course, because Abba never wrote a song about that.”

Grace's pick: Roseanne #

Five Maddest Celebrity Blog Posts. Roseanne for writing: “Angelina Jolie and her vacuous hubby Brad Pitt make about forty million dollars a year in violent psychopathic movies and give away three of it to starving children trying to look as if they give a crap about humanity….” Runner up: Kanye West’s ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME post.

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