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Best of 2004 2004/12/09

Posted by Dave in Reviews.
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Movies:
Of the 100 or so movies watched on TV, DVD, VHS tape and at the cinema, most were less than average this year. The most notable were:

Thriller:
'Feux rouges'
Cinematography:
'Respiro'
Thought-Provoking:
'Coffee and Cigarettes'
Animation:
'Finding Nemo'
Acting:
'L'Ultimo Bacio'
US American:
'Big Fish'

Shows:
'La Bohème' — brilliant!

Club:
'Buff', Glasgow — hilarious!

Books:
I somehow managed to get through some 30 or so books, most of which were regrettably forgettable.
Thought-provoking:
'Status Anxiety', Alain De Botton — I'd recommend anything and everything by De Botton!

Fiction:
'Star of the Sea', Joseph O'Connor

Factual:
'The Dark Heart of Italy: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy', Tobias Jones

Book Most Difficult to get into:
'A Short History of Nearly Everything', Bill Bryson

Most Annoying Book:
'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown — What a lot of fuss that nonsense created! More annoying than 'The Atkins' Diet' — and that's saying something! People: get a grip!~

Most Over-rated Book:
'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time', Mark Haddon

Television:
What can I say? No 'Fawlty Towers' or 'The Office'. No 'Houseparty', 'Blind Date' or other cheeze. The days of controversial Breakfast and Daytime shows, US American comedy ('Cheers', 'Frasier', 'Sex in the City' and 'Friends'), or other stuff ('LA Law', 'Ally McBeal', 'Columbo', Seinfeld, 'Sesame Street', ), and the 'Oprah'/'Donahue' thing seems to have passed.

It's all soaps, 'reality' and 'celebs' these days! Especially property renovation, relocation, gardening, cooking, lists (100 best this or that), or 'the X factor', 'Fame Academy', 'Strictly Come Dancing' 'Pop Idol' etc. — that's what's getting the press buzzing, the viewers and the controversy these days. Things seem to be getting worse IMHO.

The TV shows I haven't minded watching more than once are:
'Faking it'
'Grand Designs'
'Jonathan Ross'
'The Simpsons'
'BBC Learning Zone'
'Top Gear'
'Grumpy Old Men'

*enough already!*

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