Top 10: Favorite Movies of 2012

As a critic and film buff, I like getting into the habit of making year end lists, but I usually don’t get to see every movie I want to see by year’s end, mostly due to monetary issues. That’s why I usually make music lists instead; because it doesn’t cost anything and listening to ten three minute songs takes less time than watching ten two hour movies. This year I was able to keep up with some of the big movies of 2012, (but I still had some catching up to do, hence why this list is coming out later than usual) which is lucky for me since this was a really good year for movies. So to celebrate this achievement (and because I wasn’t able to make Ben from Canada’s year end podcast), I’m listing my 10 favorite movies of the year. Continue reading

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Top 10: Worst Hit Songs of 2012 (in my opinion)

Well, another year, another pile of pop schlock to shovel through. Last week I kept hyping up 2012 as the year that pop music changes for the better since there have been a lot of successful crossover indie hits, but I realize that change doesn’t occur overnight and like every year we still had a healthy dose of crap to put up with. This may have been the year of Gotye, Adele and fun., but this was also the year of David Guetta, Flo Rida and Rihanna, so it’s kind of a double-edged sword. Now every year has an equal helping of both good and bad music, and while the few good ones to come out this year were really good, they just made the bad ones look all that much worse. Just like how I got a good diversity from my best list, my worst picks of the year have a wide variety of flavors, from the annoyingly stupid, to the poorly written, to the skin crawlingly disgusting. Just like my last list, there are two criteria: they all have to come from Billboard’s year end list (with one exception), and no repeats from last year’s list. With that out of the way, grab your boots and shovels ladies and gentlemen; we’re digging through the Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2012 (in my opinion). Continue reading