Monthly Archives: December 2008

Top Ten Films of 2008 (mine)

1. “The Dark Knight”
2. “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”
3. “Milk”
4. “Rachel Getting Married”
5. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
6. “Frost/Nixon”
7. “The Visitor”
8. “Man on Wire”
9. “Wall-E”
10. “Dear Zachary”
Honorable Mention: “Valkyrie,” “In Bruges,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Pineapple Express,” “Burn After Reading,” “Be Kind Rewind,” “The Bank Job,” “Iron Man,” “The Wackness,” “Synecdoche, New York,” “Young@Heart,” “Definitely, Maybe”

Top Ten TV Shows of 2008 (mine)

1. “The Shield” (FX)
2. “Mad Men” (AMC)
3. “The Wire” (HBO)
4 (tie). “The Daily Show”/”The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
6. “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)
7. “The Paper” (MTV)
8. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
9. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX)
10. “Morning Joe” (MSNBC)

Good to Know

The other day, Brandeis University’s newspaper, the Justice (both my alma maters)sent out an e-mail blast re-assuring us all that Brandeis’ endowment is safe, despite the havoc wreaked on Jewish philanthropy worldwide by Bernie Madoff.
Apparently the Shapiro family- which has its name on the student center, the admissions center, a large freshman dorm, and probably a dozen other buildings on campus- lost a large part of their fortune in the fraud. The university itself, though, had no money tied up with Madoff. Which means that they’re much better run than the New York Mets.