I don’t have the energy to make proper “top whatever” lists of movies and songs and albums these days. Indeed, see me bloggingheadsing about the trouble with such lists. But my general sentiments about 2009 in cinema are very close to what Dave Weigel puts together here.
That said, I have a number of disagreements with his nonsensical tweets of 2009 list. A ladder that stretched all the way to the sun would be a very tall ladder indeed. Hence an extremely wobbly once. Thus, “shake it like a ladder to the sun” means to shake it a lot—there’s no nonsense here. Additionally, “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do” strikes me as a pretty banal lyric. New York as “concrete jungle” is a common metaphor and the sense of limitless possibilities is clear. The insertion of an “of” into the line seems moderately ungrammatical but not at all nonsense. And of course Lady Gaga’s “Ra Ra, ah-ah-ah! Roma, ro-ma-ma!” is a declaration of solidarity with the gypsy (i.e., Roma) people.
Meanwhile, my list of “annoying names by bands that are pretty good of 2009″ is unquestionably led by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who probably should have called themselves The Pains or Pure at Heart. That said “The Tenure Itch” is a great song title.