Zeke’s 2013 Year in Review – Music
2013 Song of the Year – Let It Go (Frozen Soundtrack)
2013 Album of the Year – Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
Zeke’s 2013 Year in Review – Movies and Television
2013 Movie of the Year – Frozen
2013 TV Series of the Year – Game of Thrones
2013 Episode of the Year – Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
Zeke’s Year in Review – Wrestling (Indy Edition)
2012 Wrestler of the Year – El Generico.
2012 Tag Team of the Year – The Super Smash Bros
2012 Pay-Per-View/Event of the Year – Chikara King of Trios
2012 Match of the Year – Johnny Gargano vs AR Fox vs Ricochet vs Akira Tozawa (DGUSA)
2012 Story of the Year – Kevin Steen vs ROH.
Zeke’s Year in Review – Music
2012 Song of the Year – PSY: Gangnam Style
2012 Album of the Year – Muse: The 2nd Law
Zeke’s Year in Review – Movies and Television
2012 Movie of the Year – The Avengers
2012 TV Series of the Year – Sherlock
2012 Episode of the Year – Doctor Who: The Snowmen
aniRAGE Year In Review: Zeke on Music
This year was, in all truth, a great year for music. But for me personally, I found it to be more about discovering older music rather than embracing some of the newer works released. That being said, I do have a choice for both Album of the Year and Song of the Year. I also have an honorable mention, which would have won album of the year, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Song of the Year: Ceelo Green – F**k You.
When he was just the vocal talents of Gnarls Barkley, I thought he was an amazing talent. And his newest Solo Album “The Lady Killer” only proves that. I might be tempted to go ahead and give him album of the year…but honestly I haven’t heard the album yet. However, his song F**k You is so damn catchy and so damn true! It starts off with something that just about everyone can understand: heartbreak. He goes on and on about everything that he tried to do to please the girl of his dreams, but to no avail. However, what makes this song really great is that instead of being a sappy song about unrequited love, he goes on to say “Ya know what, Fuck You”, and moves on. Very inspirational in a very catchy, very awesome package. If you haven’t heard this song, check it out. And it’s Radio-Friendly version “Forget You” isn’t too bad either.
Album of the Year: Scott Pilgrim vs The World Soundtrack and Original Score.
Ok, so maybe I’m starting to get a bit biased, with Scott Pilgrim winning awards in Video Game, Movie, and now Music. But regardless, this is a very catchy album. There are a lot of great songs on these albums, and all of the “original” songs that Beck wrote are performed both by Beck himself, AND by Sex Bob-Omb. And truth be told, I like the Sex Bob-Omb versions better. The only strike against this album is that it doesn’t include Brie Larson’s cover of Metric’s “Black Sheep”, which was amazing. Again, another cover from the movie that I enjoy better than the original (though that being said, the originals are all good). While it may seem like cheating to give the award to both the Sound Track and Musical Score, in my mind they go hand in hand, and I even went in and edited it on my MP3 player so that they are the same album. Even the small little techno remixes that make up generic background music are catchy, and I find myself zoning out while listening to them. Next thing I know, my work is done, or my drive is over, and I feel pumped. Definitely a great set of albums to pick up.
Honorable Mention/Album I Discovered in 2010: Chevelle – Sci Fi Crimes.
This album, which isn’t eligible for Album of the Year since it came out in 2009, did something that is a rarity. There is not a single track on this album that I don’t like. From begining to end, I love it. Usually I deem an album “great” if I like at least half of the songs on it. Previously, the album that was doing the best as far as song I disliked was Rise Against’s album “Appeal to Reason” where I only disliked one song. With zero songs ever getting the skip, this album has taken the top spot in my book. I knew of this album upon it’s release, but I didn’t really listen to it in it’s entirety until 2010, so I gets my Honorable Mention award, coupled with “Best Album I Discovered in 2010” award. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Chevelle, or this album, do yourself a favor and pick it up.
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Zeke’s Top Movie of 2010
There were a lot of excellent movies that came out this year, and even some that are still slated for release. However by far there is one that stood out among all the others in my eyes. It may not have the best of any one thing, and may not be up for a million awards when all is said and done…but this is the only movie I have willingly paid money to see multiple times.
That movie is Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
By no means is it the perfect movie. Say what you want about certain casting choices, it’s editing, it’s sound track…really anything you want. But at the end of the day, this movie gave me the most entertainment a movie has given me in a very long time.
This is also the first movie I have ever watched and gone to immediately find not only the soundtrack, but also the musical score. That was a big a part of the movie as anything else.
The movie has quite a following behind it, and often times I wonder if I’m merely falling for the hype, and loving it for things that don’t even exist. However, whenever this happens, I merely pop the bluray into my PS3 and take it for another spin, and I remind myself all over again why I love it.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I implore you to go see it. Will it be the best movie you have ever seen? Will it change your life? Will it cure cancer and solve world hunger and bring world peace? Nope, but it will entertain the hell out of you.
Zeke’s Games of the Year:
As part of the aniRAGE Year In Review, this will list my picks for Games of the Year. I have seperated them into 5 categories:
- Major Releases, or games that came out this year that were sold at full retail price, and were full fledged games.
- Downloadable Games, games that you downloaded off of X Box Live or Playstation Network, typically at a low price. In this category I also disqualified re-release games, and concentrated on purely original games.
- Free Games, usually in the form of flash-games in a web browser.
- Mobile Games, games found (typically) exclusively on phones and other mobile devices.
- Downloadable Content, add-ons purchased to the game to expand it’s playability and unlock new features.
Major Releases: Red Dead Redemption.
This game came out with a LOT of fanfare, and a ton of hype. It was by a well-known and respected studio. It promised a lot, and in my opinion delivered on it to a T. Some people aren’t huge fans of open-world games like this, but even those that I talked to that played it found it very fun and entertaining. It’s musical score, it’s dialogue and characters, it’s story, and it’s game play were all superb. There were very few games that were released this year that met, and exceeded, the hype to their release. In that category, Red Dead Redemption shines.
Downloadable Games: Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.
I don’t think I have had that much fun with a 10 dollar game in a long, long time. Usually I’ll grab one of these off the PSN, play through it once, and then forget about it. But I played through this game so many times, and dragged so many people in on it with me. It has a high replay value, and it’s multiplayer is great. The only gripe about the game is it’s lack of online multiplayer, but in the end, it’s much more fun to play in-person anyway.
Free Games: Robot Unicorn Attack.
How do you take Unicorns, Rainbows, Fairies, and the British band “Erause” and make it cool? Throw in robots, of course. This game is so simple, and so utterly outlandish that it’s addicting. It’s one of the few games that I’ll actually keep the sound on for, because strangely the song fits the game so well. In fact, when I play muted I find that my scores go down drastically. If you haven’t played this game yet, you’ve done yourself a massive disservice. Go do it. Now. It’s free.
Mobile Games: Angry Birds.
This one is almost a no-brainer. You have birds, who are angered, and pigs, who steal their eggs. And thus the birds fling themselves at high speeds towards the pigs. HOLY CRAP is it addicting. The fact that you have different stars that you can achieve, which ups it’s replay value, and the creators are constantly pushing out new levels and content, it’s just amazing. The game is available on just about any mobile device you pick up (if it runs Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platform). If you haven’t had a chance to play this game, well hold on tight, because PC and Console versions are in the works.
Downloadable Content: Borderlands – The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.
There have been many games that are rooted in comedy, but rarely in these the storylines are hackneyed and secondary. Few games series come to mind that make it’s humor a central aspect of the story, while still keeping it fresh and compelling. Sam and Max comes to mind. This game took the core of the Borderlands games, which is to run around and blow the crap out of ANYTHING that isn’t you, and kicked it up a notch. New guns (I guess eleventy billion wasn’t enough), new missions, new characters, and a big boost on the level cap made this add on a must-have for all players of the game. I haven’t had a chance to full take in the newest DLC, but honestly Borderlands has had the best DLC content of any game I have played. And this one just took it to a new level of awesome. If you have Borderlands, make sure to get this game. And if you don’t have Borderlands, go out and get it. And then get this DLC. You won’t regret it.