Hey, it’s almost the end of the year, and that means one thing to me.
Rating a bunch of stuff that happened over the last twelve months.
Nothing like crunching the numbers, and debating the ratings of all kinds of fun stuff that has entertained us over the year. Today’s post is super easy. I’m going to rate the best of the last year, and you can chime in too. It’s been a great year for all kinds of stuff. Let’s see what stood out in my world.
It wasn’t a great year of movies for me. There were only a few contenders, including Inception and Shutter Island. But the top of the short stack for me was The Book of Eli, which came out in January. It’s just…delicious. Post apocalyptic wasteland? Check. Denzel Washington being a handsome gunslinger/ninja, protecting the last remaining Bible on Earth? Check. Gary Oldman being…well, Gary Oldman? Double check. Memorable twists and allegories that make a great movie? Aces.
Most Disappointing Movie
Alice in Wonderland. Not even Helena Bonham Carter’s extra bulbous head can save this movie. How can a film that looks so visually striking turn out so boring? This movie actually makes Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory look like fun, and that movie made the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory look amazing. So that’s what we’re dealing with here.
Unlike movies, 2010 was a good year for books for me. Not all of these were necessarily released in 2010. I just read them in 2010. I stumbled on The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat while looking for another book, and was engrossed in some of the strangest unsolved cases of mental disorders. Rachel Held Evans released Evolving in Monkey Town, and Jon Acuff released Stuff Christians Like, one of the highlights being my name among the acknowledgements. I also interviewed Bruce Shieman for his memorable book An Atheist Defends Religion, and Jason Boyett about O Me of Little Faith. I’d tell you to go right out and buy Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw, but you can get all of his stories for free from his website. Score.
June 2010 conclusively kicked such insane numbers of colons that July had to have an emergency colonoscopy. December is really going to have to step it up if it wants to unseat June.
Best Worship Music
At Catalyst, I heard Gungor sing Beautiful Things, a band and song that I had never heard. At first, the irregular tempo and lyrics made me cringe, but by the end of the song, I was cringing in delight. Obtain this album by any means necessary, even if that entails clubbing a leprechaun in the street to get a copy…which hopefully, it will.
America. Maybe you thought Germany or China would take the prize this year. But, yeah right. Now, we may not have the best economy, best industry, best health, best currency, best weather, best food, best art, best health, or best hygiene, but America is greater than the sum of its parts. So we win.
Best of My Blog
My personal favorite post on my blog (and judging from your reactions, one of yours too) came this summer, my post on the real meaning of taking God’s name in vain, A Really %*#@ Great Bl*g Post.
The post that surprised me the most with the insane number of reactions was about yoga and Christians, At Least You’ll Be Really Relaxed…in Hell.
And my most surprisingly controversial post was about how sex scandals in the church affect all of us, The End of Men.
Ever since I ditched the pit of despair that is Intense Debate, you have been deprived of knowing who are the most frequent commentors. However, I still hold the key to this secret. David, you are my top commentor, with 214 comments and running since April 2010. No one else is even close. I salute you, good sir, for your mighty levels of dedication and commenting stamina!
And I’m not making calls on best sports teams or athletes, because those don’t matter…So, tell us about your favorite books, music, movies and blogs of the year.