and now, the best of 2006, part 3: the movies and tv
the best movie of 2006: drama
the departed. has there ever been a cast like this? leonardo dicaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin. i was on the edge of my seat for 3 straight hours.
the best movie of 2006: comedy
little miss sunshine. it’s not exactly a comedy. it’s a dramady. but a movie that makes me laugh this much, AND makes me cry, AND causes me to be stunned by the beauty and complexity of human relationships, AND makes me think about god: well, that just has to win this category. i rented this again this past week. jeannie and i are gonna have to own this one, i think.
the best thing about tv in 2006
getting dvr (digital video recorder — like tivo). got it for my birthday at the end of may, right after the regular season for everything ended. so i really didn’t put it to use until this past fall. but — oh! — my tv viewing will never be the same. i never think about tv until after the kids are in bed. i never channel surf. i never have to choose between two shows i really want to watch. and i don’t watch commercials anymore, unless i forget that i don’t have to!
best tv show of 2006: comedy
the office. one of the few absolutely must-see comedies ever produced, imho. owned the two seasons of the british version on dvd, and have never missed an episode of the american version. love it, love it, love it.
best tv show of 2006 that i’m a tiny bit embarassed to admit i watched
the biggest loser. i started watching it because a youth worker i know, matthew mcnutt, was a constestant (of sorts — he wasn’t a regular contestant). but i got hooked on the stories. the show annoyed me to no end, but i dvr’d it and watched it every week.
honorable mention (because i don’t watch it regularly, and don’t dvr it): mtv’s yo mama. yeah, i can hardly believe i’m admitting this.
the best of 2006, part 4: family moments
the best of 2006, part 5: the blogs