My top 5 albums of 2009

This is the top 5 I’ve been waiting for the most so I saved it for last. I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 5 ___ of 2009! My top 5 albums of the year are of course my opinion. I haven’t listened to everything out there so if you have your faves please share!

NUMBER FIVE

(500) Days of Summer- Soundtrack

The movie (500) Days of Summer made it to number three on my Top 5 movies of 2009, and its soundtrack of course comes in at number five. I rarely notice the music in movies, but with this one it seemed to play such a big part that I couldn’t avoid it if I tried. Whenever I hear the Hall & Oates song, You Make My Dreams now, I think of Tom while he’s happily in love and doing an Enchanted-esque song and dance through the park. The Smiths helped them find a common bond in the elevator while Tom was listening to them and Summer could hear through his headphones. There was quite a few other gems including, Us and Hero by Regina Spektor and Bad Kids by the Black Lips. Here’s “Us” by Regina Spektor:

NUMBER FOUR

New Moon – Soundtrack

While I didn’t see the move, nor do I intend to, I heard a lot about the greatness of this album. It surprisingly features some great bands like The Killers and Thom Yorke. The album is great for working. It’s songs are excellent but not distracting enough that you feel the need to sing along and therefore become distracted. This soundtrack deserves all the hype it’s getting and I highly recommend it! I give you “Meet Me on the Equinox” by Death Cab for Cutie:

NUMBER THREE

Metric – Fantasies

Though this isn’t the best album by Metric, it’s still good enough to make it to number three. I may be judging it a little more harshly because it came out so early in the year and the awesomeness factor has died down a little, though. The songs are solid, catchy and quality is top-notch as with any Metric project. They’re one of my favourite groups and if they continue putting out solid albums like this one I’ll continue to promote the heck outta them. Here’s what I think was the last single from the album. Simple but great video – “Sick Muse”:

NUMBER TWO

Dragonette – Fixin to Thrill

Dragonette’s Fixin to Thrill just so happened to be my first album review on In Sean’s Opinion. The gist of what I think of the album is there, so all I’ll say is that this is a catchy, uplifting mix of songs that will beg you to come back for more. I linked to “Fixin to Thrill” before so now I’ll throw to “Gone too far”:

NUMBER ONE

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

I wasn’t a big fan of Franz Ferdinand before this album but they’ve certainly converted me. This album made for a great companion during the commute into school and work earlier in the year. In fact, I tend to relate a lot of music to experiences, not always feelings. If I close my eyes, this one puts me on the streetcar in the early morning, and walking up Spadina to my internship. If you’re fortunate enough to listen to the remixed version of the album it adds a whole other dimension to the listening experience. Here’s the video for “Ulysses”. Not my favourite song on the album, but a great video:

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My top 5 movies of 2009

Time for my second “top 5” and these are my favourite movies of the year. I’m not a proper critic, but I see a tonne of movies and feel I can judge them fairly well. My criteria is random, just as it is for anything, but I think it’s a good mix and maybe one or two you wouldn’t think would make a top five. Let me know what you think and while you’re at it, share your own! Enjoy!

NUMBER FIVE

Zombieland

Zombieland, the movie starring Woody Harrelson and the carbon copy of Michael Cera, was not a movie I was expecting to enjoy as much as I did.

It started off well with the survival rules. At that point I realized this wasn’t going to be the typical zombie flick. The zombies actually seemed secondary, which is ironic given the name of the movie.

I recommend this one because it’s funny, exciting and doesn’t drag on like so many movies are guilty of doing nowadays.

NUMBER FOUR

I love you, man

I Love You, Man didn’t make my top five because of anything other than it made me laugh pretty much the entire time. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel have the chemistry for that hilarious bromance/ odd couple vibe.

If I may be critical for a bit, the story itself is a bit lame. I mean come on, who doesn’t have at least one friend of the same sex? Also, Segel’s character pretty much comes out of nowhere and by the end of the movie is his best friend.

Flawed, yes; Oscar contender? No. I’m not judging this movie based on its cinematography. Like I wrote, it made this list because it made me LAUGH.

NUMBER THREE

(500) Days of Summer

I’m not the biggest romantic comedy fan, but (500) Days of Summer had me interested from the get-go. Having Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka Tommy from 3rd Rock from the Sun!) and Zooey Deschanel make up this on-screen romance, was a great fit. The soundtrack, featuring artists like Regina Spektor, The Smiths, Black Lips and Hall & Oates was a perfect mix and makes for easy listening. What drew me into the movie most, however, was the non-chronological order that everything takes place. If they’d decided to make it the typical way, it might’ve been your run-of-the-mill movie with good stars and soundtrack, but this way it kept me thinking and invested in the characters. This one should win some awards when it comes time, and I’ll be rooting for it!

NUMBER TWO

UP

What a fantastic and flawless adventure of a movie, brought to you by the fine folks at Disney-Pixar. UP was not a movie I was originally interested in. I saw the previews in theatres and thought, “How could a man floating in a house, be funny or interesting?” The more previews I saw, the more interested I became. Eventually I couldn’t wait to go see it.

This movie is a roller coaster of comedic genius and extreme sadness. I’ve never felt so sad watching a cartoon in my life as I did during the scenes of Carl recollecting his past. That one part of the movie made it an instant favourite in my books. On the comedy side of things, the two animals, Dug and that bird I can’t remember the name of, were HILARIOUS! Everything they did got a laugh out of me.

If you haven’t seen UP you should. It’s a definite classic by Disney-Pixar and dare I say their best adventure to-date.

NUMBER ONE

The Hangover

I truly thought I was over the whole, lets get drunk and have a crazy time with lots of stupidity happening kind of movies. Apparently not.

The Hangover, starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, sees these guys head to Vegas for a bachelor party for their buddy. As you can tell that guy isn’t in any of the previews, so I think it’s a non-spoiler to say he was left somewhere while they went on their bender.

Since it’s called “The Hangover”, we don’t get to see much of what happened the night before (except for some very very very gross pictures at the end). It’s a movie about these three guys who are trying to retrace their steps so they can find the groom-to-be. As they figure out what went wrong the night before they end up trying to find a home for the baby, who happened to be in their hotel room; return a tiger to a very angry owner who loves Phil Collins; and finally get tased “in the face”.

I was in pain after watching this movie. I literally missed some scenes because of over-excessive laughing. This movie may not be for everyone, but if you think you can take it, you’ll love it.

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