Christina's Top List of 2007
I wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to 2007 (yea, it's been gone for two days now, and I realize I'm a little late).
So, here is a list of some of my favorites (and not-so-favorites) of last year...
Best Movie: Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" made rodents cute and cuddly and good chefs. Patton Oswalt from TV's "The King of Queens" stars as Remy, a budding rat-turned-chef, who helps a not-so-competent dish boy turn into the next Jacques Pepin. The graphics are incredible (don't blink as you take a ride down the Rhine or past the Eiffel Tower) and the human figures are only getting better.
Worst Movie I Paid For: "License to Wed" starring Robin Williams and Mandy Moore was hit or miss. Wait to get it on DVD. The jokes could come or go depending on your humor. The only redeeming factor was a hilarious look at plastic babies pooping in a department store.
Best DVD Rental: "Driving Lessons" starring Rupert Grint and Laura Linney was an under-appreciated coming-of-age film about a teenage boy who has a born-again Christian mother who lives with her divorced husband and a mute. Grint's character must look after an unemployed actress who teaches him the important things about life and love. It wasn't released in the Milwaukee area and it isn't in a lot of rental locales, but it's highly worth while and touching if you can find it.
Best Song: I found myself jamming out to Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" a little loudly in my car. But what can I say, the girl can sing. I don't know what Tony Romo was thinking, but he needs to get his head examined.
Song I Couldn't Get Out of My Head: Any song where Fergie starts spelling was engrained in my brain this year. Add it to the list of 'bananas', I'll never forget how to spell 'Fergalicious'.
Best New Restaurant I Tried: KA in Franklin gets my nod as the best new restaurant in the area. It's extensive martini list and great small plate items are great for after work or on the weekend with the girls. Be sure to try the apple/cranberry/walnut brie -- absolutely amazing!
Best Book I Read: It might have come out a few years ago, but Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook" was even better than the movie. I was crying for nearly two hours. I don't know if two hours of crying means a better story, but his character development and ability to make characters you care about is both touching and endearing and tugs at your own personal heart strings.
Best Moment: Um, like...getting engaged. So, I'm getting hitched in less than 50 days, but it wouldn't be unless I said yes on May 12, 2007. How can I forget that no one took any pictures and the waiter at the Cheesecake Factory who was like, "Dawg, did you just ask her to marry you? ...Right on..." I can't make this stuff up.
Worst Pop Culture Moment: Britney Spears. She's a train wreck. 'Nuff said.