2009 – things I have liked

This year I have liked many things. I’m not going to do one of those top ten round-ups, just a big hodge podge jumble of the bits and pieces I have enjoyed. Rather than the pristine event that is Christmas Dinner, this blog is more akin to the foodfest that is Boxing Day – all the leftovers rammed into a bizarre meal that still manages to conjure a smile. In no particular order then, good things from my 2009:

The Horrors

What a band, what an album, what a Glastonbury set. Just watch this.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Michael Clayton

Bought in 2008, but this year it has been my most-watched film by a long long way. A real thinker.


Better than Skins? I think so.


Today I noticed that my daughter was making funny noises which oddly ressembled the sounds my wife makes in bed. When I asked her what she was doing she said “I’m pretending to be mommy from last night.” I was on a business trip last night. FML.

The Guardian website

The Pianist

The first film to make me cry since The Land Before Time.

Too Many Sebastians


Curb Your Enthusiasm

Too funny.

Richard P. Feynman

“Don’t you have time to think?’ is a collection of this Nobel prize winning physicist’s letters. Apart from showing how incredibly talented he was as a scientist, there are  also some unbelievably poignant letters between Feynman and his first wife, who was dying of TB whilst he worked on the Manhattan Project. This finishes a letter he wrote to Arline after she died – “Please excuse me not mailing this – but I don’t know your new address”.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Roald Dahl is a genius.

I’ve probably missed quite a few things, but all the important ones are there. Happy days, happy Christmas and happy new year to you all.