best of the year

18 Dec

Best of lists are part of Christmas. Well, seeing as I have the power to publish my own opinions, here are my topper picks for the year…

Best Record
The Killers – Sawdust
Ok, it’s a B-sides n rarities comp. But The Killers are simply so far ahead of anything else out there right now.

Best Film
The Bourne Ultimatum
A fantastic, pant-wetting finale to a brilliant trilogy. Paul Greengrass is the best director in the world right now. Period.

Best TV Show
South Park
Nothing is quite as smart or as funny (worthy mentions: QI and Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe were brilliant again this year).

Best Book
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Incomparable thrilling last book to a quite stunning series. Easly as good as the hype suggested.

Best Podcast
Guardian Unlimited’s Football Weekly.
This is exactly why MoTD is a waste of everyone’s time. Intelligent, witty, and much, much better than The Times’ Liverpool-obsessed effort. James Richardson is twice the presenter Lineker is (worthy mention: No Agenda with John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry).

Best Radio Show
Start the Week
Basically the Review section from the weekend’s broadsheets. With added Andrew Marr (worthy mention: Russell Brand).

Best Video Game
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Just, and I mean just ahead of Halo 3. The graphics and combat in COD4 are unmatched (worthy mention: other than Halo 3, I’d say Bioshock).

Best Gadget
XBOX 360
XBOX leads the way online. XBOX Live is unmatched, and the 360 offers far more quality games than either the Wii or PS3 (worthy mention: New iPod Nano – new form factor and new features. Now the true iPod classic).

Best App
Twitteriffic
Twitter is by-far the most enjoyable social networking site. It’s simple and genuinely co-operative. And I don’t agree with Dave Winer, simplicity is intrinsic to twitter’s appeal. Leave it alone.

Best Political Blog
Obsolete
A tricky one this, but septicisle’s analysis of the media – not to mention the abundant bile – is a joy to read (worthy mentions: Reading Mike Power is much better than scouring the net yourself. Mr. Eugenides still compels. And Ministry of Truth is still capable of brilliance).

Best Non-political Blog
scaryduck
Should be read everyday.

Best Politician
Alex Salmond
It’s hard not to admire the way the SNP leader has captured Holyrood. Even if he is an opportunist and a seditious git (worthy mentions: Vladimir Putin and David Cameron) (Note. this is not an endorsement).

Best Newspaper & Website
The Guardian
No other paper is quite as creative with formats and online offerings.

Best Magazine
Private Eye
Still completely essential (worthy mentions: The Week and Monocle).

Best sportsperson
Lewis Hamilton
I’m not into F1 at all. But you can’t argue – it was a phenomenal first year for the McClaren rookie (worthy mentions: Kaká, Kumar Sangakkara, and Christino Ronaldo were brilliant in 2007).

I may add to this list.

16 Responses to “best of the year”

  1. fish@politicalpenguin.org.uk November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am #

    McLaren dude, McLaren. 😉

  2. fish@politicalpenguin.org.uk November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am #

    McLaren dude, McLaren. 😉

  3. mikepower@gmail.com December 18, 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    Shucks! Ta mate :)If I get around to making any lists I promise you’ll be number one on the ‘top bloke’ list 😉

  4. mikepower@gmail.com December 18, 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    Shucks! Ta mate :)If I get around to making any lists I promise you’ll be number one on the ‘top bloke’ list 😉

  5. anja@illmann-walker.com December 19, 2007 at 8:58 am #

    Best film “Pirates of the Carribean” – that’s for sure. :)Best book – agree.Best record HIM “Venus doom” ;)Best TV Show “Bauer sucht Frau” (Farmers looking for wives) 🙂

  6. anja@illmann-walker.com December 19, 2007 at 8:58 am #

    Best film “Pirates of the Carribean” – that’s for sure. :)Best book – agree.Best record HIM “Venus doom” ;)Best TV Show “Bauer sucht Frau” (Farmers looking for wives) 🙂

  7. aaronsheath@gmail.com December 19, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    The latest Pirates film was rubbish. Sorry, but it was really, really bad. The second one wasn’t much good either.“Bauer sucht Frau” sounds cool. Why don’t you do a list?

  8. aaronsheath@gmail.com December 19, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    The latest Pirates film was rubbish. Sorry, but it was really, really bad. The second one wasn’t much good either.“Bauer sucht Frau” sounds cool. Why don’t you do a list?

  9. anja@illmann-walker.com December 19, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    Can’t be bothered, too busy being pregnant. ;)”Bauer sucht Frau” was really fun to watch, even PP liked it. LOL

  10. anja@illmann-walker.com December 19, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    Can’t be bothered, too busy being pregnant. ;)”Bauer sucht Frau” was really fun to watch, even PP liked it. LOL

  11. null@childfacsimile.biz December 19, 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    Thanks. I’m highly honoured. 🙂

  12. null@childfacsimile.biz December 19, 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    Thanks. I’m highly honoured. 🙂

  13. aaronsheath@gmail.com December 20, 2007 at 7:19 pm #

    Hey septicisle,No worries. Just keep going in 2008!

  14. aaronsheath@gmail.com December 20, 2007 at 7:19 pm #

    Hey septicisle,No worries. Just keep going in 2008!

  15. ashoksoni@hotmail.com December 31, 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    pirates is not that bad a film. my son loves it and Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow has plenty of charm.

  16. ashoksoni@hotmail.com December 31, 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    pirates is not that bad a film. my son loves it and Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow has plenty of charm.

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