I don't really make New Year's resolutions.
Mostly because I am exactly perfect the way I am, and wouldn't change a single thing about me.
But the meme du jour for the last day of the year seems to be either resolutions or "best of" type lists, with many people listing out what they are looking forward to in 2006 as well. I figure I'd just save some time and smoosh them all together in a single meme that covers Movies, Music, Television, and Travel... all those fun and exciting things that make life worth living.
Or something like that.
Movies 2005: I'm thinking that Crash was the best film this year. Other decent films would be Batman Begins, Serenity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Millions, Sin City, Wallace & Gromit: Cures of the Were-Rabbit, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. I haven't seen King Kong yet, so I'm not sure about that one.
Movies 2006: I think that I am most looking forward to Clerks 2, Superman Returns, Ultraviolet, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Lady in the Water, V is for Vendetta, and possibly The Da Vinci Code (which I thought was a pretty crappy book, but cannot WAIT to see Audrey Tautou on the screen again). And last, but certainly not least, ELIZABETH HURLEY returns to film after a two-year hiatus to appear in The Last Guy on Earth, which I am sure will be positively fabulous despite starring =shudder= Rob Schneider (holy shit how does that guy keep getting work?!?).
Music 2005: Absolutely everything in music this year was totally eclipsed by Depeche Mode's tour for their first album in four years: Playing the Angel. There was no other music in 2005.
Music 2006: Well, I'm assuming that the new a-ha album Analogue will finally reach the USA sometime in 2006. Other than that, I dunno... perhaps there will be new music from Keane, Pet Shop Boys, The Shore, and The Lightning Seeds?
Television 2005: New seasons of Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy pretty much consumed me this year. Other than that, I enjoyed My Name is Earl, Rock Star: INXS, Six Feet Under, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Daily Show. I suppose that Boston Legal, Battlestar Galactica and House should probably be in there too. Oh yeah, I should also be adding How I Met Your Mother as well, if only for Neil Patrick Harris's triumphant return to series television. Suit up!
Television 2006: I have no idea what's happening next year except a few teasers for the coming mid-season replacements. I liked Heather Graham when she guested on Scrubs, but her new show looks pretty crappy. Book of Daniel looks like a much improved and far more interesting take on the whole Joan of Arcadia concept. I am definitely tuning in to Four Kings, because I need another low-brow guy-humor show to pair up with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And won't there be a new season of Entourage as well? Other than that, please, please, please let Catherine Bell get a new show next season. Please.
Travel 2005: I thought that this was a fairly typical year for me... but I was wrong. The total number of miles I flew was down from both last year and the year before. I think I must be missing a couple trips to Europe or something? Oh well. I still qualified for Elite status on both Northwest and United Airlines, so I guess it's all good.
Travel 2006: If I were to have one resolution this year, it's to not travel. For just one year, I want to stay home and visit with my friends, ride my motorcycle, work on my book, and all the other things I haven't been able to do for way too long. This is, of course, totally impractical. There will be travel... I'm just hoping that there's less of it. A lot less.
And lastly, I think I'll take a moment to reflect on 2005...
It didn't suck as bad as I thought it would.
Though that's probably just because I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of walking on The Great Wall of China. Of all the things that happened this year, adding that to my "List of Things to Do Before I Die (That I Have Already Done)" was a defining moment for me.
Peace to everybody in 2006. Thanks for reading, and I wish only good things for you in the coming New Year.
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Ah, I envy you that wall-walk…I’m glad you got to do it.
Dear Dave, why can’t I sleep?
Crash rocked the casbah. But, for 2006, mark my words, Mission Impossible 3 will end up surprising everyone and turn out to be the best action movie of the year. Why? Two totally hot girls, Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead and a bad guy played by the best actor in the world, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sweetness.
have a good 2006, dave. and yeah i totally agree crash is awesome.
and if there’s one tv show i’d like to watch in 2006, it’d be nip/tuck season 4. and grey’s anatomy season 2. okay, so two shows.
i’m happy for you dave. enjoy 2006 as you have 2005. 🙂
Here’s to 2006 not sucking as bad as we think, either.
Happy New Year, Dave.
You weren’t in austin this month by any chance, were you? cuz I totally saw a guy who looked like you come into the store I’m working at. I mean, I kept staring at him because I thought maybe you HAD come to Austin.
But then I checked out his butt, and while nice, it wasn’t world class or anything, and you are always talking yours up, so I ass(haha get it)umed it was not you.
Well happy new year to you and let’s hope 2006 does not suck ass. 2005…I give it a 6, it had it’s ups and downs.
Dearest Dave…please write a book. MmmmThanks. Byeeee.
Happy New Year!!!
I have to agree 100% with you on the Depeche Mode show. Glad you saw the live show, too. I thought it was an amazing show and a great comeback (if you can call it that, since they have been around for 25 years now) with Playing The Angel.
As for movies this year, I am trying to remember which ones I saw, but can only think of the amazing MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, which I received on DVD from my daughter this year for christmas.
I did see CRASH and thought it was a very good film. Very much liked Brendon Fraser and Matt Dillon, as well as Terrance Howard and Thandie Newton’s roles.
I also have to admit that for as much of a media freak that Tom Cruise was this year, that didn’t dampen 95% of WAR OF THE WORLDS (the ending sucked ass, IMO). I thought the remake was done well and was rather entertaining.
Happy New Year to you and hope to keep up on your blog this year and not miss another one of your visits to SLC in 2006. Feel free to email me before you arrive and maybe we can enjoy some Big City Soup.
Best to you in the new year and all your new stuff and new-ish things and all that kind of newness.
Crash was horrible, by the way. I didn’t even like it the first time I saw it when it was called Short Cuts.
Hey dave! I wish you a happy new year! I really hope you get to ride your motorcycle more next year.
You left out THE OFFICE for your TV picks….that show made my 2005 complete!!! I love Elliott. Happy New Year.
Have you seen the Colbert Report? I was watching Jon Stewart one morning and was too lazy to click to something else when the show ended.
Colbert was pretty good. I gave him a shot the next day and was not disappointed then either — of course, Mark Cuban was on, and I always like watching billionaires who seem like normal guys.
Happy New Year.
What the heck is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia anyway? Never heard of it.
Dave2, thanks for brightening my dreary little life with your wit and charm. May you enjoy a fulfilling and enlightened 2006.
And may you get to stay home more so Barky doesn’t run away.
All the best to you, Dave!
yeah! Depeche Mode made 2005 worth it.