Friday, January 4, 2008

Entertainment Roundup for 2007

Thanks to the convenience of my PalmPilot, over the years I’ve taken to documenting the movies I’ve seen. This year, it finally dawned on me to also use it to keep track of books, concerts, and theater shows I’ve taken in as well (duh!).

I thought it would be fun for posterity to also begin posting this list annually at my blog.

As you go through the list below, keep in mind that with a family, full-time job, and my cartooning, I have little time for much leisure activity. (Fortunately, drawing is generally very conducive to watching DVDs, though not movies with subtitles!) So you’re not going to see a lot of first-run films here.

I’ve also selectively included movies I’ve caught on television. Generally, these are indy or first-run movies I watched in their entirety, usually uncut, on a movie channel.

Among the movies I’ve seen this past year, I’d rank Breach, Hot Fuzz, and The Queen as my favorites, along with the Actor’s Gang Theatre Group’s presentation of “Titus the Clownicus.” Also enjoyable were Dreamgirls, Hairspray and Superbad. Most disappointing or overrated: Tallegeda Nights, Shrek the Third, and Bee Movie.

And so without further ado, here’s my complete 2007 list!

BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Spirit Archives, Vol. 19
The Zen of Sushi by Trevor Gorsin (1/07)
Meanwhile...: The Biography of Milton Caniff by R.C. Harvey (9/07)
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
Spent by Joe Matt (08/07)
The Poor Bastard by Joe Matt (08/07)
Mary Perkins, On Stage, Vols. 2 and 3
Spirit Archives, Vol. 20
Spirit Archives, Vol. 21

THEATRE/CONCERTS:
"Gulliver's Travels," Actor's Gang (07/14/07)
"Titus the Clownicus," Actor's Gang Play (08/18/07)
Cheap Trick Tribute to Sgt. Pepper, Hollywood Bowl Concert (08/11/08)
"Cinderella," South Bay Civic Light Opera (12/8/07)

FILM
:
Dreamgirls (1/1/07)
Clerks 2 - DVD (1/5/07)
Jarhead -DVD (1/6/07)
Tallegeda Nights - DVD (1/20/07)
Crazy N the City - DVD (2/215/07
Extras (1) - DVD (2/16/07)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham - DVD (2/20/07)
Wiggles (in concert) - (3/10/07)
Extras (2) - DVD (3/14/07)
Fighting for Love (Asian) - DVD (3/16/07)
On the Waterfront (TCM) - (3/28/07)
Beijing Rocks - DVD (4/3/07)
Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny - DVD (4/12/07)
Fiddler on the Roof - play (Ray's school)
UCLA Dynasty - DVD (05/19/07)
Hollywoodland - DVD (05/19/07)
Spider-Man 3 (05/26/07)
Shrek the Third (05/28/07)
The Queen- DVD (06/21/07)
Breach- DVD (06/23/07)
Ratatouille (06/30/07)
Lyrics & Music- DVD (06/27/07)
Miss Potter - DVD (06/29/07)
The Good Shepherd- DVD (07/03/07)
Linda Linda Linda- DVD (07/06/07)
The Good German- DVD (07/07/07)
Extras - DVD (07/15/07)
Hairspray (07/21/07)
The Simpsons Movie (08/14/07)
Hot Fuzz - DVD (08/29/07)
Superbad (09/22/07)
Knocked Up - DVD(10/13/07)
Blades of Glory (10/15/07)
Everything is Illuminated (10/19/07)
Bee Movie (11/12/07)
Darkon - IFC (11/12/07)
Enchanted (11/25/07)
It Had to be You - DVD (11/26/07)
How to Murder Your Wife - DVD (11/30/07)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - DVD (12/1/07)
As You Like It - DVD (12/8/07)
Walk Hard (12/27/07)
Little Miss Sunshine - DVD (12/29/07)

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