Saturday, January 27, 2007

2006 Roundup

2006 was quite a year! I went on two vacations (possible because I've passed the five-year mark at work and got an extra week of holiday time!), one to the sunny south and one to the UK. I made some new friends, my roomie moved out, I joined a Stitch & Bitch group and the Queen Street Darts League, participated in the Knitting Olympics (the whole reason I started this blog in the first place), took a digital photography class (which was only half worth it), bought a new computer (The Metatron™) and a new printer and a carpet shampooer (ooh, big ticket items!), had foreign visitors, started dating someone awfully sweet, Dad had hernia surgery and then went through cancer treatments (all looks well - don't smoke kids!), and had three deaths in the family (it always seems to come in threes, doesn't it?). All in all, a pretty eventful year.

Where did my money go this year, otherwise?

Movies:
  • An Inconvenient Truth - it's obvious that this is what Gore really wants to do with his life, he's very engaging.
  • Brick - oooh, film noir coolness
  • Casino Royale - Best Bond Movie ever. No question.
  • Crank - like a giant video game, fun!
  • The DaVinci Code - I liked it better than most of the critics did, but it wasn't fabulous, just well adapted I think.
  • The Descent - scariest movie of the year. My heart didn't stop pounding until I'd been home for two hours.
  • The Devil Wears Prada - fluff
  • Flushed Away - goofy and fun!
  • The Fountain - hrm. It was beautiful, well-acted, looked fantastic, sounded fantastic... and left the entire audience wondering what the hell that was.
  • Good Night And Good Luck - beautiful
  • The Hills Have Eyes - taught me many things about what not to do in the desert
  • The Holiday - fluff, yes, but Jack Black was surprisingly good and Jude Law wasn't creepy!
  • The Illusionist - beautiful, Ed Norton is so engaging
  • The Lake House - less chick-flick-y than I expected, nice - but obvious that the original film was written after having read the Griffin & Sabine stories.
  • The Libertine - you'd have to be a Depp fan to enjoy it. Which I am.
  • Lucky Number Slevin - better than expected - but a stupid title
  • Man Of The Year - hrm. Interesting. Kinda what would happen if Jon Stewart really ran for president.
  • The Matador - hilarious, and Pierce Brosnan was so not hot...
  • Night Watch - odd, and not for everyone, but I liked it. I want to see pt 2
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - fun! Not as fun as the first one, but still fun!
  • The Prestige - also good, but of the two I preferred The Illusionist. But it gets extra points for having Nicola Tesla as a character. And more for having Bowie in that role.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - a lot of fun, weird too
  • Silent Hill - very much a video game in a movie format. But fun!
  • Superman Returns - hmm, well done!
  • Syriana - convoluted, but in a good way
  • Thank You For Smoking - SO FUNNY!
  • V For Vendetta - uneven but enjoyable
  • X-Men III - okay I guess, but it didn't grab me
  • Young Triffie's Been Made Away With - I haven't seen it on wide release yet, very Canadian
Gigs:
  • Belle & Sebastian with New Pornographers at The Docks - Great show. Horrible venue. I'll never see another show there again
  • The Dears and Jason Collett at Harbourfront - Went for The Dears, but it was Jason Collett who really impressed me.
  • The Editors with Tin Bangs and Lake Trout at the Opera House - Tin Bangs were so-so, Lake Trout were quite good, but The Editors were fantastic! Great show!
  • Spamalot - Fun! But there was a jerk sitting in front of me who seemed to think that laughing shouldn't be allowed, grr...
  • The Bowlie All-Dayer at Buffalo Bar in London, England - so many bands! I'd say Gresham Flyers and My Favourite Dress were my favourites though.
  • Regina Spektor with Only Son at The Phoenix - What a fun show! She's really cute...
  • Billy Connolly at Massey Hall - He sounded great at least - I had really sucky seats and couldn't see him at all...
  • Sloan at Koolhaus - An inconsistent show, sometimes fabulous and sometimes boring...
  • The Raging Butanes at the Black Swan - mmm, blues...
  • Ron James at the Convention Centre - what a funny little man!
CDs:
  • Beatles (1)
  • Belle & Sebastian (Tigermilk; If You're Feeling Sinister; Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant; The Life Pursuit - that's right, I'm stocking up)
  • Concrete Blonde (Walking In London)
  • Broken Social Scene (Feel Good Lost; Broken Social Scene)
  • Bruford (The Bruford Tapes)
  • Kate Bush (Kick Inside)
  • Captain (This Is Hazelville)
  • Dalbello (whomanfoursays; She; Whore)
  • Dead Can Dance (Serpent's Egg; Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun)
  • Death Cab For Cutie (We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes; You Can Play These Songs With Chords; Plans)
  • Delgados (Hate)
  • Neil Diamond (Gold)
  • Bob Dylan (Greatest Hits Vol 1)
  • Fiery Furnaces (EP)
  • Frausdots (Couture, Couture, Couture)
  • Futureheads (Futureheads)
  • Helio Sequence (Love And Distance)
  • Hidden Cameras (The Smell Of Our Own)
  • Iron & Wine (Our Endless Numbered Days)
  • Eddie Izzard (Definite Article)
  • Japan (Souvenir From Japan)
  • Mick Karn (The Tooth Mother)
  • King Crimson (Compact King Crimson)
  • Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet (Duper Sessions)
  • John Linnell (State Songs)
  • The Magnetic Fields (I)
  • Mono Puff (It's Fun To Steal; Unsupervised)
  • Van Morrison (Moondance)
  • Negativland (No Business)
  • Florent Pagny (Bienvenue Chez Moi)
  • John Peel's Festive 15
  • Postal Service (Such Great Heights EP)
  • Propaganda (A Secret Wish)
  • Pulp (Different Class)
  • Leon Redbone (Live 1992)
  • Rough Trade Shops (Indie Pop 1)
  • Rush (Gold)
  • Sigur Rós (Agaetis Byrjun; ())
  • Sing Sing (The Joy of Sing Sing)
  • Sisters Of Mercy (Floodland)
  • Skaface (Mamooska)
  • Skinny Puppy (12" Anthology)
  • Sloan (Never Hear The End Of It)
  • Sparks (Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins)
  • Cat Stevens (Gold)
  • Sting (Nothing Like The Sun)
  • They Might Be Giants (The Spine)
  • Throwing Muses (The Real Ramona)
  • Ultra-Lounge (Cocktail Capers)
  • Various (Choice Cuts; Now Hear This)
  • Wall Of Voodoo (Happy Planet)
  • Wings (Greatest)
DVDs:
Music:
  • Acquired Taste (sub-pop video collection)
Movies:
  • Afraid Of The Dark
  • Astronaut's Wife
  • Bollywood Hollywood
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Call Of Cthulhu
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (the new one)
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie
  • The DaVinci Code
  • Dick Van Dyke episodes
  • Don Juan Demarco
  • Lynch's Dune (collector tin)
  • Empire Of The Wolves
  • Flightplan
  • Gothic/Chiller
  • A History Of Violence
  • Johnny English
  • Lie With Me
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Life Of Brian
  • My Kingdom
  • Pink Panther Film Collection
  • The Professional
  • Snakes On A Plane preview disc
  • A Touch Of Pink
  • Undercover Brother
  • War Of The Worlds
  • Yellowbeard
TV:
  • Alexei Sayle seasons 1-3
  • 'Allo 'Allo seasons 1-4
  • The Avengers Set 2
  • Dr Who: Pyramids Of Mars
  • Dr Who 1996 telefilm
  • Dr Who Series 1 (with Mr Ecclesbum)
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
  • Little Britain Season 2
  • Lost Seasons 1&2
  • Space Above And Beyond
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Titus Volumes 1&2
  • Twin Peaks Season 1
  • West Wing Season 5

And now, I need to purge...

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