Monthly Archives: December 2002

TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2002:

TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2002:
1. “Road to Perdition” (Sam Mendes)
2. “Gangs of New York” (Martin Scorsese)
3. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (Alfonso Cuaron)
4. “CQ” (Roman Coppola)
5. “Secretary” (Steven Shainberg)
6. “The Kid Stays in the Picture” (Nannette Burstein/Brett Morgan)
7. “The Cat’s Meow” (Peter Bogdanovich)
8. “Kissing Jessica Stein” (Charles Wurmfeld)
9. “Adaptation” (Spike Jonze)
10. “Punch-Drunk Love” (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Honorable Mention: “Changing Lanes” (Roger Michell); “8 Mile” (Curtis Hanson); “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (Sam Jones); “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (Peter Jackson); “Roger Dodger” (Dylan Kidd); “The Rookie” (John Lee Hancock); “Signs” (M. Night Shyamalan); “Storytelling” (Todd Solondz); “Tadpole” (Gary Winnick); “24 Hour Party People” (Michael Winterbottom).
The Worst: “Bowling For Columbine” (Michael Moore); “Death to Smoochy” (Danny DeVito); “Full Frontal” (Steven Soderbergh); “Hollywood Ending” (Woody Allen); “Vulgar” (Bryan Johnson).
Movies That I’m Sure Are Excellent, But I Haven’t Seen Yet: “About a Boy,” “About Schmidt,” “Auto Focus,” “Barbershop,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Chicago,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Far From Heaven,” “Human Nature,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “The Pianist,” “The Quiet American.” I’ll be writing a more in-depth Year in Review later this month, for American Dreamer.

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TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2002:

TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2002:
1. Wilco- “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
2. Norah Jones- “Come Away With Me”
3. Bruce Springsteen- “The Rising”
4. Bright Eyes- “Lifted: Or, the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground”
5. Ben Kweller- “Sha Sha”
6. Eminem- “The Eminem Show”
7. Andrew W.K.- “I Get Wet”
8. Interpol- “Turn On the Bright Lights”
9. Moby- “18”
10. N.E.R.D.- “In Search Of…”
Honorable Mention: Beck, “Sea Change”; Coldplay, “A Rush of Blood to the Head”; Counting Crows, “Hard Candy”; John Mayer, “Room For Squares”; OK Go (self-titled); The Streets, “Original Pirate Material”; James Taylor, “October Road.”

TOP TEN TELEVISION SHOWS OF

TOP TEN TELEVISION SHOWS OF 2002:
1. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
2. “The Sopranos” (HBO)
3. “Pardon The Interruption” (ESPN)
4. “Six Feet Under” (HBO)
5. “24” (FOX)
6. “The Shield” (FX)
7. “Law & Order” (NBC)
8. “Oz” (HBO)
9. “Project Greenlight” (HBO)
10. “The Osbournes” (MTV)

WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT

WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT WORTHY!: Over the holiday I finally got to drink a beer I’d wanted to try for years: Arrogant Bastard Ale. But even better than the name is the monogram on the bottle:

This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory – maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you its made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing the words as you read this

I like ABA, but I find it funny that their ad campaign is considerably more memorable than their beer.

PRESS FOR SALE: The New

PRESS FOR SALE: The New York Post’s Keith Kelly reported on Friday that New York Press, my favorite publication in the city, has been sold by founder Russ “Mugger” Smith for $5 million to a syndicate led by media veterans Charles Coletti and Doug Meadow. The new owners’ first act was to fire longtime editor John Strausbaugh (author of “Rock ‘Til You Drop”) and promote erstwhile Managing Editor Lisa Kearns.
Smith, who will continue to write the “Mugger” column, had reportedly been facing family pressure to get out ever since the 9/11 attacks, and had previously rebuffed an advance from noted right-wing hedonist and former NYPress columnist Taki Theodoracopulos, who went on to co-found The American Conservative magazine along with Pat Buchanan. The new owners promise that the paper’s editorial content will remain unchanged, and I sincerely hope that some of the paper’s more unconventional writers (Christopher Caldwell, Jim Knipfel, and especially Armond White) escape the transition with their jobs intact.