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    A’E Finale 2008


    MOVIES I loved Sex and the City. As much of a chick-flick hater that I am, the movie was genuinely funny with an interesting plot.

    I hated Tropic Thunder, it was painful to sit through. Once again, Ben Stiller played a complete idiot.

    TELEVISION I loved Desperate Housewives, I feel like each season gets better and better with great cliffhangers and twists that keep you watching.

    I hated Wipeout. The hosts of this new game show tried really hard to be funny, and it wasn’t entertaining to see contestants struggle through obstacles.

    MUSIC I loved the Viva la Vida album by Coldplay. They are the best alternative rock band, and the best song is “Violet Hill.”

    I hated “Damaged” by Danity Kane, and “No Air” by Jordan Sparks. The lyrics are simply corny and meaningless.

    BOOKS I hated Twilight. The author is incapable of creating characters and developing a plot the way good novels are written.

    I wish I could read a good book, its been a while.


    MOVIES I loved “Iron Man;” it was great to see Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback. It doesn’t get the props it deserves because “The Dark Knight” came out only a few weeks later. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Tropic Thunder” were the funniest movies of the year

    I hated “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Quantum of Solace.” These sequels did not live up to their hype.

    TELEVISION I loved “Entourage.” It is the best show on television and Jeremy Piven might play one of the best characters of all time.

    MUSIC Jack’s Mannequin came out with a great CD, “The Glass Passenger.” Andrew McMahon went back to his Something Corporate roots on parts of the album, and it paid off.

    I hated Soulja Boy.

    BOOKS I haven’t read a book since High School.


    MOVIES I loved “The Dark Knight” because only Heath Ledger’s Joker can disturb (like, really) and amuse me at the same time.

    I hated that Warner Bros. postponed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince until next summer. I died a little inside.

    TELEVISION Despite everyone else’s hatred for Heroes season 3, I actually enjoyed it. Yes, it was a roller coaster ride like no other, but if I can hold my breakfast, then no problem.

    I initially hated The Secret Life of the American Teenager because the acting was just painful. The characters did grow on me though (and their acting improved a bit) so I looked the other way.

    MUSIC I’m not afraid to say, Britney Spears’ “Circus” was pretty good! It can’t get out of my head! Not to mention Dir En Grey’s “Uroboros” and Jack Mannequin’s “The Glass Passenger.”

    I hated “I Kissed A Girl” even though it just wouldn’t stop playing in my head, on my iPod, and on the radio.

    BOOKS I hated that I didn’t read any books released this year, though “Pitch Black” is sitting on my shelf. I think I’ll love it.


    MOVIES I loved “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” because it was one crazy night and the actors were pretty cool.

    I hated the thought that “Sex and the City” went on to become a movie so I didn’t watch it.

    TELEVISION I loved “Samantha Who” with Christina Applegate because she has amnesia and is trying to kick her bad girl side even though she can’t remember all the bad things she’s done.

    I hated “Gossip Girl” because it had too much unrealistic drama.

    MUSIC I love No Doubt and anticipate any new craze they plan for with their new album and would love to see them in concert next year.

    I hated The Killers’ last album and hope they can come up with something as good as their most known album “Hot Fuss.”


    MOVIES I loved “High School Musical 3” because it involved flamboyant dance routines and ZEfron’s muscular bare back.

    I hated “Twilight” because even though I didn’t see it, I can tell it’s totally overrated. (Dan Radcliffe > Robert Pattinson.)

    TELEVISION I loved Michael Phelps on “Saturday Night Live” because his acting was as bad as a class five peppah twista.

    MUSIC I loved Jonas Brothers’ “A Little Bit Longer,” Death Cab For Cutie’s “Narrow Stairs,” Girl Talk’s “Feed The Animals,” Jack’s Mannequin’s “The Glass Passenger,” Snow Patrol’s “A Hundred Million Suns,” The Killers’ “Day ‘ Age,” Keane’s “Perfect Symmetry” and Fall Out Boy’s “Folie A Deux” because the wait for all of these albums was totally worth it. Particularly JoBros, but overall this was a great year for music.

    “Hate” is too strong of a word, but I wasn’t too keen on Portugal. The Man’s “Censored Colors.” Slightly too mellow for my liking.

    BOOKS I will love “Tales of Beedle the Bard” because, in my opinion, J.K. Rowling has to drag out Harry Potter for as long as humanly possible.

    I will also love “Burning Up: On Tour With the Jonas Brothers” because, well, it’s a book on the Brothers Jonai — what’s not to love?


    MOVIES I loved “Sex and the City” because Carrie and Mr. Big can finally have their “happily ever after.”

    TELEVISION Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are hilarious on “30 Rock.” It is currently my favorite series on television. Liz Lemon is too cute in her psychotic, insecure and affable way while Jack Donaghy rocks.

    Paris Hilton’s “My BFF” on MTV. It’s the worst show ever and I hate that I watch it sometimes.

    MUSIC I loved Jack’s Mannequin’s “The Glass Passenger,” Neyo featuring New Kids On The Block’s “Single,””Kizuna” by Kamenashi Kazuya, and Kevin Rudolf’s “Let It Rock” with Lil Wayne. Christina Milian really surprsied me with her song “Us Against the World,” but I loved it.

    Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” too.

    BOOKS A timeless classic; Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.”

    the new Wall Street Journal website with its multimedia and slideshows. It’s a big improvement.


    TELEVISION I love “Prison Break.”

    I hate “Entourage” because I haven’t had HBO in a year.


    MUSIC I love Lykke Li. Her album, “Youth Novels,” was definitely a surprise for me and I wish her the most success. And I am not afraid to say I think she’s gorgeous. Also, her performing with Q-Tip was a definite bug out.

    I hate 50 Cent and his new game “Bulletproof: Blood on the Sand.” Youtube it and you’ll see what I mean. How we never gave him a call to win the War in Iraq for us I just don’t know.

    Also, it bothers me how M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” got so popular a year after the fact. I mean, all power to her and “Pineapple Express” was a great movie, but it was a great song before it was in those commercials.

    TELEVISION I still love “Pushing Daisies.” I adore Kristin Chenoweth. And I think it’s a shame that ABC is cancelling it. Another one bites the dust. Bryan Fuller does intend to continue the story in comic book form, but he really is the master of Great Television that No One Watches.

    I hate how JJ Abrams rules all. My life vanished with that island. It hurts. And yes, I hate the direction “Heroes” has taken this season. What the hell happened? Why is the Haitian the most interesting character and big-bad Arthur Petrelli an utter bore?

    MOVIES It was a great year for comic book movies in general. I still need to see The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man was great in general. Something does need to be said for how knockout good Dark Knight was, Christian Bale’s Bat-voice notwithstanding.

    And yes, Sex in the City was a good movie. Deal with it.

    Twilight, on the other hand? You will never see me near that movie.

    BOOKS The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
    is a book I’m really looking forward to reading over break. However melodramatic his prose can be.

    JOE TROLLO, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR ‘ APRIL WARREN, NEWS EDITOR MOVIES We loved “Wall-E.” It makes a powerful yet subtle statement on environmentalism and materialism in today’s society in such a way that children understand the message without being fully aware of what it means.

    TELEVISION NUMB3RS – It’s an interesting intellectual thriller that gives viewers incomparable insight into the more abstract applications of advanced mathematics.

    MUSIC Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” – The smooth and summery feeling of this song incites a contented emotion in listeners, compelling them to stop and listen to the underlying message about love in the song.

    BOOKS “Associated Press Stylebook” – The news section’s favorite guide to news writing.


    MOVIES I loved John Chan’s and Pam Hung’s “The Tired City,” one of the official shorts featured on YouTube’s “The Screening Room.” It still is incredible how much a short, sad story can, after all, be uplifting and endearing.

    I will probably love Wong Fu Productions’ “The One Days HK” DVD Collection because Wong Fu has an amazing artistic perspective. It’s still in transit and will probably arrive inconveniently during finals week.

    I didn’t hate but nearly fell asleep in the theater watching “Madagascar 2.” Sorry all, the talking animals don’t do it for me anymore! How about a compromise? I did download the soundrack?

    TELEVISION I loved Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Queen Latifah as Gwen Ifill, and of course, Bobby Moynihan as Mark Payne — How do you NOT smell that peppa up in HERE?!. “Saturday Night Live” definitely justified their 33rd year on air with the best skits.

    MUSIC I loved Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” Keane’s “Spiralling,” New Kids On The Block’s “Single,” Lykke Li’s “I’m Good I’m Gone”, and no doubt, Kevin Rudolf’s “Let It Rock” with Lil Wayne. Yes, one can’t get enough of (read: is a sucker for) dance hall hits, even if the lyrics aren’t stellar, and especially during Statesman productions. Cue the club pop refrain!

    BOOKS I loved “Paper Bullets” for Kip Fulbeck’s raw, honest and realistic tour into the male psyche.

    I loved “My Year of Meats” and Ruth L. Ozeki’s convincing fusion of the American meat industry and a documentarian’s circumfluent life.

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