ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Best of 2003: Editors' picks
2003 was a year of ups and downs in the entertainment world. Lawsuits against
music downloaders went up; CD sales went down; Box office hit Finding Nemo
went up; terrible sequels for Tomb Raider and Charlie’s Angels went down;
Demi and Ashton went up; J-Lo and Ben went down; Gay-themed television shows
went up; and Paris Hilton — well, she went down to get up.
For all these ups and down, the editors at The Gazette would like to focus
on the brighter spots of the past year, and so, we look back on the best of
Arts & Entertainment to showcase our top picks of 2003.
BEST SNL HOST:
While decked out in an omelette get-up, Justin sang Britney’s “I’m
a Slave 4 U,” battled it out with an egg-suited mascot and lured breakfast
patrons to “Bring it on in to Omeletteville.”
Jack Johnson — On and On
Johnson’s follow-up to Brushfire Fairytales reaffirmed his reputation
as a talented singer-songwriter by offering more addictive tracks like “Traffic
in the Sky,” “Holes to Heaven” and “Taylor” to
calm the most spastic of people.
BEST JAILBAIT: Hilary Duff
At the tender age of 16, this baby Britney has pervaded the realms of both
the big and small screens, making her one of the most widely known teen celebrities — well,
next to multi-millionaire twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, of course.
Lori Mastronardi — A&E Editor
A Perfect Circle — Thirteenth Step
APC’s latest offering has all the elements of truly powerful music: exquisite
emotion, driving guitar riffs and the beautiful, haunting sound of Maynard
James Keenan’s voice.
BEST TV SHOW: Paradise Hotel
Way to bring reality TV back to where it should be! All the catfights, drama
and contrived twists made for some damn exciting television this summer.
Manson sure knows how to put on a show, and he’s been doing just that
in promotion of his latest CD, The Golden Age of Grotesque. From the robotic
burlesque chicks to the Mickey Mouse parodies, the GB was definitely a highlight
Megan O’Toole — A&E Editor
BEST CONCERT: The Flaming Lips
at the Metropolis, Montreal
Ultra-gracious Wayne Coyne, animal suits, gigantic balloons, puppets, a sexy
venue and hot Montrealers made this the concert/party of the year.
BEST REALITY TV:
America’s Next Top Model
Bitchy divas, runway walk and make-up competitions, and Tyra Banks leading
it all; reality TV usually sucks — this shit was good.
BEST AWARDS SHOW:
MTV Europe Music Awards
A performance by Kraftwerk and Best Video went to the Floria Sigismondi-directed “Untitled” by
Sigur Ros. Europe IS cooler than us.
Brian Wong — A&E Editor
WORST CHANGE TO THE WAVE MENU:
Losing the club sandwich
When some three-headed, near-sighted leprous schizophrenic
monkey wearing a bowler hat and loafers singing the Soviet anthem replaced
the tasty club sandwich with the california turkey club wrap, I couldn't
hold hold back my tears of sad, sad sorrow.
BEST COP MOVIE: NARC
A gritty cop flick with the biggest and scariest Ray Liotta
character I've ever seen; this guy made me happy I'm not a drug dealer in Detriot.
Wait a minute...
COOLEST NEW BAR: The Salt Lounge
Another nightspot where I might be able to talk to a girl - I hope.
Bellamy - News Editor
BEST REALITY TV SHOW: Paradise Hotel
Watching the guests prance around in the tropics twice a week provided me a tabloidesque
escape from suburbia. However, my anger towards Toni and Amy sometimes got
the best of me.
BEST NEW BAND: Evanescence
Good gothic rock. This group created a genre of
their own by mixing hard, drop D guitar work and the haunting, heavenly voice
of 21-year-old vocalist, Amy Lee.
The colour combination of baby pink and black
This look reminds me of Parisian
sophistication. I like to pair black leather with pink-beaded camisoles.
Ribbons with these colours are also key.
Dallas Curow - Photo Editor
Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
This three-disc live CD with accompanying
DVD was long overdue. The shows, recorded in the summer of 1975, showcase
Zeppelin at their very best.
The Dixie Chicks - Air Canada Centre
I took my girlfriend to this concert as an anniversary gift. It wouldn't have
been my first choice, but it turned out to be a very entertaining show -
I don't think I've ever heard the ACC that loud. It was a fun time, my girlfriend
loved it and I reaped the benefits.
BEST TV SHOW:
Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
This Japanese game show on Spike TV is hilarious. Contestants play crazy
games which end with painfully hilarious results.
Ian Denomme - Sports Editor
BEST WEB SITE:
Upon entering the Web site, proceed to the
link entitled "poop!" and Triumph will personally poop on any Web site
you direct him to. Take, oh I don't know, the Western Web site for example.
Watch Triumph deposit a curly round doggy dropping right smack on top of
Western's lovely logo.
BEST CD: Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Released in 2002,
but still selling like crazy this year, American IV: The Man Comes Around is
brilliant. The fact that Cash was still putting out albums of this calibre
right up until his death this year is incredible and inspiring.
BEST BOOK: Ann Marie MacDonald - The Way the
The Way the Crow Flies is an absorbing and entertaining book. This is the kind
of novel that is impossible to put down.
Laura Katsirdakis - News Editor
BEST TV SHOW: 24
After an amazing second season, Jack Bauer & Co. are back
to their old tricks in season three. Jack's knocked out his partner, Kim's
still hot and Tony's been shot in the head. No other TV show is as riveting.
BEST MOVIE: Terminator 3
Easily my favourite flick of 2003. The story, the
effects, the wit - "Your levity is good. It relieves tension and the fear of
death." And of course, the TX. You owe it to yourself to see this movie.
BEST WEB SITE: Milfhunter.com
The name says it all. For pure hilarity, check
out the profile of each "milf." For more fun - albeit pornographic - snag the
movies. You won't regret it.
David Lee - Sports Editor
BEST SONG COVER: "Hurt"
You don't see a lot of notable Nine Inch Nails covers, especially something as
classic and suited to Trent Reznor as The Downward Spiral's "Hurt." The late
great Johnny Cash managed to take the already haunting song and make it his
own. The cover itself will go down as a classic, permanently enshrined as one
of the country legend's last efforts.
BEST MOVIE: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Director Peter Jackson
has created a world that is sure to go down in cinematic history.
BEST SERIES FINALE:
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
As an episode itself, it kinda sucked - but it put
closure on one of the best shows ever on television.
Emmett Macfarlane - Editor-In-Chief
BEST MOVIE YOU WISH WAS YOUR OWN LIFE: Lost in Translation
Bill Murray and
Scarlett Johansson light up the screen and make you wish you could get lost
BEST CANCELLED TV SHOW TO COME BACK TO AIR:
Family Guy That's right you heard me. Word on the street is that Fox is bringing back TV's most lovable, stupid, drunk and homicidal characters. It's about time.
BEST NEW CANDY: Glossette Caramels
Unfortunately for these tasty treats, their "limited time offer" seems to make
them hard to find. Regardless, they are still the best sugar kick for your buck
Kelly Marcella - Campus Life Editor
Tie: Henry V and Kiss Me, Kate
My love of theatre was rekindled this year, leaving me little time to discover
plays I wasn't in. Props to Chris Lockett's MacBeth - scheduling conflicts
kept me from auditioning.
BEST CD: The Clash - London Calling
I don't buy many new CDs but this was
by far the best one I bought all year. I did like Radiohead's Hail to the Thief
and Matthew Good's Avalanche, though.
BEST MOVIE: Lost in Translation
Shamefully, I only went to two movies this year, most recently when I realized
I couldn't name the last movie I'd been to. When I finally remembered, I gave
the nod to Lost in Translation (no offense, American Wedding).
Dan Perry - News Editor
BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM:
Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Two great albums from Big Boi and Andre 3000 in one package, including
the catchiest song of the year, "Hey Ya."
BEST ROCK ALBUM:
The White Stripes - Elephant
That thudding low-toned guitar riff is still stuck in our heads. Long live the
BEST COMIC ACTOR: Will Ferrell
From Old School to Elf to his banana-swallowing appearance on The Daily Show,
Ferrell is on his way to one of the best post-SNL careers of anyone. You're
my boy, Blue!
Mark Polishuk - Opinions Editor
BEST MOVIE: Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo includes a wide spectrum of humour, colour and plot, and managed
to win hearts of all ages. Who wouldn't want to own a tropical fish after watching
this movie, DUDE!
BEST MUSICAL: The Lion King
This Broadway musical was the most entertaining spectacle of music and costume
ever. With intricate costumes and talented singers, sitting in the front row
was the best spot to be.
BEST MUSIC: Canadian rock bands
Canada has come a long way in the music industry and is currently taking over.
With bands such as Theory of a Deadman, Forty Foot Echo, Three Days Grace and
Our Lady Peace, how could you not love Canada?
Alison Stolz - Sports Editor
BEST MOVIE TO SEE WHILE ON SOMETHING:
28 Days Later Though any movie is supremely entertaining when you're out of your mind, this one dealt with killing zombies and featured eerie, airy and creepy music. Artistic and blurred cinematography also helps.
BEST HAIL TO THE THIEF SONG: "Backdrifts"
Or "Scatterbrain." Or "2+2=5." Ah fuck it.
BEST NEW CANADIAN MAGAZINE:
It's still figuring out its identity, but this New Yorker wannabe is slowly finding
its way onto coffee tables of the artsy and intellectual Canadian folk.
Anton Vidgen - News Editor
BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
Nelly Furtado - "Powerless"
Nelly's comeback is a celebration in itself, but
this colorful homage to folk music old and new makes it the coolest party the
year has seen on the small screen.
BEST FASHION: 1980s revival
Anything that results in bringing hot pink back
into the stores is obviously sent from God and since it also includes legwarmers,
I know He must be hearing my nightly prayers. Thank you, Lord.
BEST CONCERT: Belle and Sebastian - Massey Hall
Between the Jackson 5 cover, the mass audience participation and the universally pleasing set list, it was the greatest show on earth.
Maggie Wrobel - Campus Life Editor
BEST CANADIAN IDOL CONTESTANT:
She was from Newfoundland, had lots of teeth and expressed more emotion on stage
than all of her competitors combined.
BEST NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST:
Scott Feschuk of the National Post
He gets to watch TV for a living and write about how stupid celebrities are.
Does it get any better than that?
BEST T-SHIRT SLOGAN : "Vote Jesus."
Paolo Zinatelli - Deputy Editor