December 31st, 2006

Portrait

Hold onto nothing as fast as you can

So 2006 is almost over. In fact today is the last day. I bet you didn't know that, but it's true. This is nice, because it means there's a party to go to tonight. Considering I've been going stir crazy since I got back to Chicago on Monday, this is very good news. I mean, I've gone out and run errands and stuff, but that doesn't stop boredom and the mean reds when I'm hanging out at home at night. Things'll pick up now that the quarter is starting, but I can't help but wonder if this is what my life will be like when I move later this year and don't have school to throw me together with people.

The Mean Reds could be a cool band name. Catch the reference?

But 2006 was a good year. Made a lot of new friends. Became closer with many existing (but relatively new) friends. Tried out the corporate world. Tried out a new city in Seattle. Explored Chicago. Spent a lot of money with very little income. Saw some good shows- 10 "real" shows, 2 in-stores, 2 festivals, and a gospel brunch- but not as many as I'd like, and certainly not as many as I would've seen in Boston. The Neko Case show in March and the T&G festival in September were tops though.

So tomorrow or Tuesday I'll list my top albums of the year. Today I figured I'd maybe do something on film but, as usual, I only saw a few new films in 2006. Eleven in fact, by my count. Here's a little off-the-cuff ranking:
  1. Little Miss Sunshine
  2. V For Vendetta
  3. Casino Royale
  4. A Scanner Darkly
  5. The Illusionist
  6. Monster House
  7. The Science Of Sleep
  8. Superman Returns
  9. Marie Antoinette
  10. X-Men: The Last Stand
  11. Running With Scissors
Pretty crappy year, huh? I'd only rate the top three as better than "okay". Hmmm... when was the last good year? 1999 or 2000 I think. Eep. There's a few things I still need to see: Volver and The Prestige are definites (but probably wait for DVD at this point), and then the Curse of the Golden Flower and Pan's Labyrinth look somewhat promising. And Inland Empire, nominally a 2006 release, comes out in Chicago in late January.
 
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