By Maggie Brundige, Editor
Movies of 2010
Most Popular: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, left viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting in suspense as Harry, Ron and Hermione work to destroy pieces of Voldemort’s soul. The special effects are phenomenal, with the fine details of computer-generate scenery looking so precise and delicate that the unreal looks realistic. The former child actors, now in college, have grown real acting skills and portray emotions well. With Voldemort’s immortality on the line, the movie is intense and the story-line is, as always, spectacular.
Best Quality: Toy Story 3
ears and laughter filled the theater as viewers watched Toy Story 3, a touching film that poignantly illustrated the transition from childhood to adulthood–and the toys that get cast off. Pixar’s animations were exquisite, and the story did a phenomenal job of relating to American families as they see their child go off to college. The film is nerve-wracking and adventurous as we follow the characters on their final journey.
Artists of 2010
Most Popular: KE$HA
“And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger, but we kick ‘em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.” These breakout lyrics made the song “Tik Tok” a 2010 phenomenon, while the energetic “Blah Blah Blah” on the album Animal expresses how she enjoys playing hard-to-get with guys. KE$HA’s spunky style and happy-go-lucky attitude what spoke to so many teenage fans.
Best Quality: Bruno Mars
Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire? Bruno Mars sure does. In his latest album ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans’ he starred in a repetitive song “Grenade” where he used constant repetition to express the lengths he would go for his love. Along with his piano playing Bruno Mars has proven he has natural musical talent.
Reality Shows of 2010
Most Popular: Jersey Shore Fist pumping, after-hour partying and casual hook-ups define the cast of Jersey Shore, which was so fascinating because it was so shocking. From cat fights to avoiding grenades–the show’s term for unattractive females–there was never a dull moment. The cast’s uncontrollable and sexual behavior is disturbingly entertaining, and the constant drama in the house kept the show intense, out-of-control and a cultural phenomenon. Best Quality: Buried Life What do you want to do before you die? Duncan, Ben, Jonnie and Dave star in the reality show Buried Life, which gives to hope to average people that they too can accomplish their dreams. The sophisticated show relates to all ages, is adventurous and daring, and above all, inspirational.
TV Shows of 2010
Most Popular: Glee
Exhilarating music and upbeat dancing is Glee’s forte. The combination of music and drama brought something new to the screen and quickly developed a cult following. The character’s diversity allowed to relate to diva Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), who was raised by two gay fathers; All-American boyfriend Finn; and fabulously gay and forever harassed Kurt. Michele’s vocal talent anchors a phenomenally talented cast, and the trendy lyrics and fast-paced dancing keep the show fresh and exciting.
Best Quality: Modern Family
The humorous show outshines other comedies, as characters of different cultural backgrounds form one family and learn to cope and adjust to one another’s lifestyles. Modern Family provides a important life lesson: no matter what race, gender or sexuality we may be, we all can get along like one big happy family.
Best Gadget of 2010
Most Popular: iPhone 4
The new and improved iPhone 4 has a camera with higher resolution, and the small 3″ by 5″ phone holds 720 PHD movies. The A4 chip increased the speed and resolution of the device. From searching websites to sending text messages, the iPhone 4 is one phone to rule them all.
Best Quality-iPad The iPad may be small in size, but it’s caused a big revolution. The touchscreen device can display books, e-mail, share pictures, play music and more, and it’s lightening fast. The large, flat screen is spacious, and the device itself is redefining home computers.