Here are my five reasons for being grateful this holiday season:
5. Radiohead restoring my faith in grassroots capitalism by exposing the hollowness of bands and record labels who use single, catchy tracks to push entire albums of mostly crap and then try to sue their fans for stealing them.
4. Brett Favre, for proving me right in my arguments with family members: he is a superior quarterback to Steve Young (in the sports category Honorable Mentions go to Boston area sports — go Celtics! — and Jeff Van Gundy’s brilliantly honest color-commentary for ABC/ESPN).
3. Twin Peaks — The Definitive Gold Box Edition, DVD. Finally, the original Pilot Episode, and Seasons 1 and 2 in one place. Can I get a hallelujah, Diane?
2. HBO, On Demand: The Wire, Season 4. HBO is running season 4 of perhaps television’s greatest dramatic series all December — a splendid Christmas present for those who need a re-up before the 5th and final season begins in January.
1. Well adapted books. Beginning in early 2007 with the wide theater release of the Alfonso Cuaron’s magnificent Children of Men and culminating with the Coen Brothers’ triumphal return to cinematic greatness (two stories that explored the relationship between narrative, violence, and human meaning), the film industry has graced moviegoers with a steady output of well-made, entertaining films based upon books, fiction and non-fiction alike. Examples include Zodiac; Gone, Baby, Gone; Kiterunner; There Will be Blood; Atonement; and Charlie Wilson’s War. With Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi and William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition in the cinematic offings, one hopes that the standard will hold.
Christmas Wish List:
A Lost season 4 that lives up to its promise.
An end to 24.
A less-than-4-year hiatus before Radiohead’s next album.
A wardrobe malfunction at the 2008 Superbowl to distract us from the steady decline in the quality of the commercials.
Advanced screening passes to The Dark Night.
On earth peace, good will toward men.
Cinnamon J. Scudworth