of course, there is great subjectivity in saying “these were the best movies and tv shows of 2008”. with that understanding…
the tv shows that regularly captured my imagination this year were (there are a few others i usually watch, but these are my favorites): the office 30 rock the amazing race lost (yes, i still like it, and can’t wait for it to return in a few weeks!) heroes
this is totally cool. someone (a guy named Matthew Belinkie of OverthinkingIt) spent a lot of time finding inspirational speeches in movies, then slicing and dicing them into one 2 minute monologue.
you’ll recognize many of them, and it will make you smile.
and here’s a transcript of most of what’s said (though it seems the first bit, at least, isn’t in here):
Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I’m not going home. We’ve come too far! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You’re going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that’s fine, we’ll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That’s how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you’ve got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You’re like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death… that’s the Chicago Way! Who’s with me? Clap! Clap! Don’t let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let’s fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Independence Day!
here’s a fun little quiz. when i was on vacation, my wife and the other couple we were with all sat down and tried to do this together (and still got less than half of the answers — we probably got about 40%, i’d guess). the point of the quiz is to guess the movies based only on the letter from the movie poster. remember, since the letters are from the posters, they’d be letters from the actual film titles (which is really helpful). clicking on the letters brings up the actual movie poster — so don’t click unless you can’t figure out the answer.