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Best Of 2010
12/22/10 at 01:39 PM by Jonathan Bautts
In case you missed it, here is my end of the year list for 2010:

FILM

2010 started off slow and, despite the efforts of my favorite director (Nolan) and Pixar, landed the worst summer season in recent memory. Thankfully, it finished with a bang, and this is probably the first time I can ever remember not being disappointed by at least one of the major award contenders.

01. Inception
02. The Social Network
03. Toy Story 3
04. The King’s Speech
05. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
06. 127 Hours
07. The Fighter
08. Black Swan
09. The Town
10. Buried
11. Let Me In
12. Kick-Ass
13. Fair Game
14. Iron Man 2
15. Shutter Island
16. Never Let Me Go
17. Exit Through The Gift Shop
18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I
19. Get Him To The Greek
20. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
21. TRON: Legacy
22. The Kids Are All Right
23. Robin Hood
24. The Book Of Eli

HONORABLE MENTION
The Crazies
Edge Of Darkness
Greenberg
The Losers
The Other Guys
Predators
Red
Unstoppable

NUMBER OF FILMS SEEN IN THEATERS IN 2010
37

TV

Mad Men has become my current favorite show, and this season was one of its best. The Pacific was a great followup to Band Of Brothers, as expected, while Community currently is on a creative run like I've never seen in a comedy before. Modern Family is close behind, Lost's end was good but disappointing, Rubicon was tragically canceled, and The Daily Show continues to be the most important show on television. Now hopefully I can find the time to start on Breaking Bad.

01. Mad Men
02. The Pacific
03. Community
04. The Daily Show
05. Modern Family
06. Lost
07. Rubicon
08. Parks & Recreation
09. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
10. The Walking Dead
11. The Colbert Report
12. Better Off Ted

HONORABLE MENTION
30 Rock
Bored To Death
How I Met Your Mother
The League

MUSIC

This year was a fabulous year for music in nearly every genre. I listened to more hip-hip than ever before, while Jimmy Eat World officially replaced Linkin Park as my favorite band.

01. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
02. Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
03. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
04. Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
05. Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
06. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
07. Greg Laswell – Take A Bow
08. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
09. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
11. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
12. House Of Heroes – Suburba
13. Vampire Weekend – Contra
14. Against Me! – White Crosses
15. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
16. The Classic Crime – Vagabonds
17. Alter Bridge – ABIII
18. Underoath – Ψ (Disambiguation)
19. Cary Brothers – Under Control
20. She & Him – Volume Two
21. Four Year Strong – Enemy Of The World
22. Story Of The Year – The Constant
23. Angels & Airwaves – LOVE
24. Fair – Disappearing World
25. Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
26. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
27. Eminem – Recovery
28. The Rocket Summer – Of Men And Angels
29. Hellogoodbye – Would It Kill You?
30. The Graduate – Only Every Time
31. Joshua Radin – The Rock And The Tide
32. Janelle Monαe – The ArchAndroid
33. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots
34. 10 Years – Feeding The Wolves
35. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
36. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
37. Valencia – Dancing With A Ghost
38. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mojo
39. The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever
40. The Damned Things – Ironiclast
41. Jσnsi – Go
42. Tokyo Police Club – Champ Dusty
43. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico
44. The Black Keys – Brothers
45. The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards
46. Terrible Things – Terrible Things
47. The Morning Of – The Way I Fell In
48. B.o.B – B.o.B Presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
49. Brandon Boyd – The Wild Trapeze
50. Steel Train – Steel Train

EPs
01. Lovedrug – EP: Part I/Part II
02. Switchfoot – Eastern Hymns For Western Shores
03. Circa Survive – Appendage
04. Audrye Sessions – An Otherwise Perfect Day
05. Raining And OK – Living Like A Ghost
06. Keane – Night Train
07. Meg & Dia – It’s Always Stormy In Tillamook
08. States – Line ‘Em Up
09. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People
10. The Wedding – Distance
11. Alexisonfire – Dog’s Blood
12. Lydia – Assailants
13. Cold War Kids – Behave Yourself
14. Charlotte Sometimes – Sideways
15. Jason Mraz – Life Is Good

FILM SCORES
01. Hans Zimmer – Inception
02. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network
03. Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy

SOUNDTRACK COMPILATIONS
01. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
02. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

MUSIC VIDEOS
Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
Janelle Monαe – Cold War
Motion City Soundtrack – Her Words Destroyed My Planet
New Found Glory – Truck Stop Blues
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
She & Him – In The Sun
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun

MOST OVERRATED (THAT I'VE HEARD OF/LISTENED TO)
The Glee Cast
The National
Neon Trees
Mumford & Sons
Sufjan Stevens
Taylor Swift

MOST UNDERRATED
Alter Bridge
The Classic Crime
Fair
Greg Laswell
Lovedrug
Janelle Monαe

FAVORITE LYRICS
Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack)

SADDEST BREAKUP
Copeland

HAPPIEST REUNIONS
Something Corporate
Yellowcard

MOST WELCOME MAINSTREAM BREAKOUTS
The Black Keys
Florence + The Machine
Bruno Mars
Phoenix
Vampire Weekend

TOP CONCERTS
Motion City Soundtrack @ HOB Anaheim (02.15)
New Found Glory @ HOB Anaheim (03.21)
John Mayer @ Staples Center (03.25)
Something Corporate @ Bamboozle Left (03.28)
Muse @ Honda Center (09.23)
Eminem @ Epicenter Twenty Ten (09.25)
Jimmy Eat World @ The Wiltern (09.29)
Circa Survive @ HOB Anaheim (11.04)
Yellowcard @ The Glass House (11.13)
Almost Acoustic Christmas @ Gibson Amphitheatre (12.12)

NUMBER OF CONCERTS ATTENDED IN 2010
31

MOST ANTICIPATED FOR 2011
Blink-182
Coldplay
Death Cab For Cutie
Foo Fighters
Incubus
Jack’s Mannequin
New Found Glory
Switchfoot
Thrice
Yellowcard

HONORABLE MENTION: ALBUMS
Bad Books – Bad Books
Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms
Stacy Clark – Connect The Dots
Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Good Old War – Good Old War
The Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Guster – Easy Wonderful
Interpol – Interpol
Lakes – The Agreement
John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
Lifehouse – Smoke & Mirrors
Ludo – Prepare The Preparations
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Mκlιe – The Masquerade
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Minus The Bear – Omni
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
The National – High Violet
The New Pornographers – Together
Norma Jean – Meridional
OK Go – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
The Republic Of Wolves – Varuna
Robyn – Body Talk
Rihanna – Loud
The Roots – How I Got Over
Senses Fail – The Fire
Spoon – Transference
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz
Weezer – Hurley
Wolf Parade – Expo 86
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Fall Movie Picks
08/15/10 at 12:54 AM by Jonathan Bautts
I just got done reading the new Entertainment Weekly and the fall release schedule is packed with sweet goodness. It should have little trouble making up for a pretty pathetic year thus far which included one of the worst summers in recent memory, despite the trifecta of awesomeness (Inception, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim). Here's my top picks of what to watch out for:

The Contenders
127 Hours (Nov 5)
Black Swan (Dec 1)
Blue Valentine (Dec 31)
The Fighter (Dec 10)
HappyThankYouMorePlease (TBA)
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows (Nov 19)
The Social Network (Oct 1)
The Tree Of Life (TBA)
Tron: Legacy (Dec 17)
True Grit (Dec 25)

Middle Of The Pack
Biutiful (TBA)
Buried (Sept 24)
Catfish (Sept 17)
Due Date (Nov 5)
Hereafter (Oct 22)
Let Me In (Oct 1)
Never Let Me Go (Sept 15)
The Rum Diary (TBA)
Somewhere (Dec 22)
The Town (Sept 17)

Potential Sleepers
The American (Sept 1)
The Company Men (Oct 22)
The Debt (Dec 29)
Fair Game (Nov 5)
How Do You Know (Dec 17)
It's Kind Of A Funny Story (Sept 24)
Jack Goes Boating (Sept 17)
Machete (Sept 3)
Red (Oct 15)
Waiting For Superman (Sept 24)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Sept 24)
Tags: Fall, Film, Movie, Preview, 2010
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