There are a lot of lists going around about Top 10 films of the year, so I wanted to ask a bunch of film people to list their Top 10 “something else.” No movies, but their 10 favorite/best/notable things of 2009:
Cameron Bailey, co-director, Toronto International Film Festival
1. Tate Omar Daohui Bailey. My son. Born April 12, 2009. Maybe no one else cares, but to Carolynne and me this was the top event/person/gurgling mess of ’09.
2. Sunday, Sept. 13. Day 4 of TIFF 09. Chris Rock/Oprah/Tel Aviv and much, much more!
3. Patrick Watson show in Toronto, Dec. 12. Sweet heartbreaking music, killer visuals… and I’m not even all that indie.
4. Sundance 2009. A vintage year. Gotta hand it to them.
5. Every other episode of Mad Men. Frustratingly inconsistent, but when it hit, it hit like a dirty martini.
6. Michael Jackson’s death. The most miraculous popular resurrection of the year.
7. Mark Kermode/Simon Mayo BBC podcasts. I don’t usually giggle in the supermarket, but…
8. The inauguration. One brief shining moment followed by 24-hour cable frothing.
9. Film festival karaoke. Pusan still rules, but it’s rapidly taking hold in Toronto, New York, etc. The great equalizer.
10. Chinese wish lanterns. Discovered them at midnight, New Year’s Eve in Barbados. Best fx I saw all year.
1. but does it float
(An entry every couple of days, each comprised of a handful of images related by theme or artist. Superbly curated.)
2. This isn’t happiness
(There’s no way Peter Nidzgorski (http://x818.com/), probably one of the most widely viewed tumblrs out there, ever sleeps. His roving eye is everywhere. Images range widely in quality and motif but are nearly always interesting – and occasionally astounding. Now and then bordering on NSFW. Via RSS, this is relentless: 30, 40 or more images dribble in throughout each day. But as addictions go, it’s a healthy one.)
3. If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
(Tom Sutpen and crew document an alternative history of the 20th century.)
4. The Casual Optimist
(I subscribe to a lot of book design feeds. Too many, probably. Dan Wagstaff strikes a perfect balance between well-chosen reproductions and concise bits of news and tips for even further browsing.)
5. Shorpy + The Big Picture
(Big, wide, hi-def photography. Shorpy: Early, early 20th century, four or five a day. Big Picture: Hot off the wires, gathered in thematic batches of 30 to 40 but posted only about once a week or so. Both: Amazing.)
6. Contemporary Art Daily
(As the British say, it does exactly what it says on the tin.)
7. Gig Posters + Mondo Tees Blog + not a movie poster.
(May be an unfair grouping, but for whom I wouldn’t know. Various retro sensibilities inform the work of a slew of new designers. Gig Posters will come at you in single batches of about 50, which makes for easy skimming; as for the other two, posts are less frequent but worth the wait.)
9. A Journey Round My Skull
(Will Schofield says it best himself: “Unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature.”)