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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:
Justin Timberlake

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.”

BEST CD:
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

BEST CD:
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.

BEST CONCERT:
Marilyn Manson’s
Grotesque Burlesque

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 this year.

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.
Marshall 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.

BEST FASHION:
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

BEST CD:
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.

BEST CONCERT:
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:
www.triumphtheinsultcomicdog.com.

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 Crow Flies
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 with them.

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 out there.

Kelly Marcella - Campus Life Editor

BEST THEATRE:
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 red-white-and-black attack.

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:
The Walrus

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:
Jenny Gear

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."
Enough said.

Paolo Zinatelli - Deputy Editor

 

 

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