The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

My 2011 Faves

As is the tradition here's my favourite bits of media from 2011...

Film = I did manage to watch a lot of films at least in 2011, but only two got the coveted (yeah, right) 5/5 from me. The first was inevitable for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and the other was Drive. It's an easy choice though as to which felt like the most interesting and original of the two, so Harry... no! Drive is definitely the one for 2011. A couple of excellent songs on the soundtrack also.

TV = 2011 was a little disappointing as far as TV went. It was the year that Misfits fell to a mere shadow of its former self, after its brief two-season blaze of glory. Futurama continued its return, but was a mixed bag with some soaring highs and crushing lows. Beavis and Butthead also returned, gave a reason for MTV to exist again, and was actually so good it was as if they hadn't gone away (but I've only watched a handful of episodes so far). Mythbusters mostly continued its excellence. Also kudos to Bang Goes the Theory and Click, both of which really pulled themselves out of a rut with some great science and tech journalism. And some last minute kudos to Black Mirror, particularly the final episode, which was mind-blowing. The programme that kept me coming back for more though was the not new but still awesome The Big Bang Theory. I even found myself watching repeat after repeat (when Lu added it to Sky+ via E4). So despite not being new for 2011, BBT still gets my vote, due to an absence of anything new and decent enough.

Album = 2011 was very much a musical disappointment, although I suffered lots from not having enough time to listen and more so discover new music. I was hoping it would be another 2010, in that I would discover via iTunes that I had listened to a lot more music from 2011 than I remembered, but it wasn't to be. It continues to reinforce my view that music has gone down the toilet. Out of what I did listen to Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto was the only album that remotely floated my boat, so there you have it.

Game = Games suffered more than anything in 2011, because of the time required to play them. In fact now I have at least the one kid I suspect I'm going to have to mostly kiss my games life goodbye (priorities 'n stuff). Not such a tough thing, because there are so few games that I really enjoy now. Curiously I've only seen reviews of the year for games, and they're a bit mixed (too many samey sequels). Although in defence of 2011, there were a handful of seemingly excellent small independent games (or so I heard). In fact in some ways I felt a lot like Shamus Young in terms of the games I missed. I'm semi-addicted to Deus Ex: Human Revolution currently, which is fun but not quite outstanding. Something did hook me though, and that was the retro Terraria, which proved that gameplay rules. I lost several weeks to it, and ultimately got about as far as I wanted to. I owe a big debt of thanks to Devster (a Polish Steam friend) who both recommended it and helped me through it.

Book = I had a real surge of reading, for me at least, in the middle of the year, courtesy of both iBooks and the Kindle app. Biographies and factual books were very much at the fore in the shape of Will Hadcroft's The Feeling's Unmutual: Growing up with Asperger Syndrome (Undiagnosed), Mark Beaumont's The Man Who Cycled the World, Kate McCann's Madeleine, and Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test. The clear favourite though was Ed Stafford's Walking the Amazon, for just being an incredible tale.

So those were my favourites of 2011. What were yours?
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