The Year in Cool 2008

Yeah, yeah, I’m late with it. So what, monkeys? Chill out. It’s not as if you waited with bated breath on this specific post in this particular pocket of the the blogoshphere anyway.

So, 2008. What a year, right? False starts, R&Beef, hip-hoppers getting their asses kicked, oversensitive obese people, an overrated superhero movie — where to begin? What was worthy of being deemed Air Conditioning‘s Coolest of ’08? You’ll just have to click ahead to see, homie!

Person of the Year

Hands down, this belongs to my friend, the wonderful and incomparable ScriptGirl. Each week, SG brought us the news of the latest script sales and deals, and gave most people outside the industry an idea of how decisions made in Hollywood.

SG’s videos grew in popularity, and while some may attribute that solely to her drop-dead gorgeous looks and ample bosom, I think the wit and creativity displayed in her report’s trademark animated interludes played a major part as well.

Since we did a piss poor job of updating last week, here is SG’s final video of ’08, The Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 Shot ScriptGirl Christmas Gag Reel & Clip Show! Enjoy!

Most Popular AC Blog
Batman 3 Movie Posters

Let’s be real, monkeys. The only reason people went to see The Dark Knight was because of Heath Ledger, and he gave one hell of a performance. I expect him to posthumously take the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in February because he fucking deserves it. But the rest of the flick … ehhh, whatevs.

Still, enough of you went to see The Dark Knight enough times to make it the second highest grossing movie of all time (domestic & before inflation). So it’s no surprise that when I posted about some very realistic looking fan-made Batman 3 posters, that post became the single most popular entry on AC.

The posters are very cool, and I’m still in love with the Harley Quinn design. I am pretty pissed that Josh MC at DeviantART did not have the decency to say anything after I gave him props and numbers click-through links to his page. But it’s okay. Karma is a bitch, and I’m sure Hollywood will thief his ideas and not have the decency to offer him any compensation.

Film of the Year
Slumdog Millionaire

As much as I liked it, no, I didn’t choose Sex & The City. And yeah, I didn’t blog about this. So what? Slumdog Millionaire was the true best film of ’08, a contemporary fairy tale about love, life, and destiny. Directed by Danny Boyle, the film told the story of story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating — how could this poor, uneducated street kid know so much? And even more pressing, what is his real motivation for being on the game show?

Slumdog Millionaire is an excellent film, and if there’s justice in the world, this will rack up a lion’s share of Oscars come February.

Oh yeah. Frieda Pinto. Yum. Jai Ho!

Album of the Year
808s & Heartbreak

The hip-hop generation is funny. We complain about artists not branching out, people always saying the same shit and presenting us with the same type of derivative fuckery over and over and over again. So when Kanye West, one of the genre’s most creative talents and a force of nature in entertainment in general, decided to forsake his original plan of dropping A Good Ass Job and instead gave us 808s & Heartbreak, a minimal emo treatise on love and loss, people gave him the side-eye.

WTF is this! many cried. Even Stephen Colbert went in on Kanye, telling him to stand in line behind the Obama girl as the voice of this generation. What fools. Everyone was so wrong. 808s is a masterpiece, an experiment in pop music that successfully conveys the pain and despair that accompanies the loss of love — whether that be romantic love or the love of a family member.

There are many great songs on 808s: “Love Lockdown” is a minimalist treasure, “Say You Will” is masterfully melancholy, and “See You In My Nightmares” is appropriately spooky. But the gem is the Young Jeezy-assisted “Amazing,” which it truly is. Two of the most boastful figures in hip-hop reveal the chinks in their armor on a dark, pounding track that 90s era Scarface would’ve blacked out over.
Amazing, indeed.

Catchphrase of the Year
“I am better at this than you.”

There were many contenders for this one. T-Baby’s “How the fuck do we ‘posed to keep peace” and SG’s “You can’t sell it if you don’t write it” were certainly in the running.

But when I think about the phrase that I adopted and damn near used daily, the phrase that totally encompassed my attitude about you, you, and yes, even you, I had to go with Diablo Cody’s declaration of superiority.

Understand, she had been building up to this for a while. People hated on her for winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Juno. People hated her fake name. People hated her tattoos. Finally, reaching the breaking point, Ms. Cody wrote a scathing blog on her MySpace page going at her detracters. But it was that one sentence, that declaration — I am better at this than you — that shut everyone down. And if you didn’t want to accept it, well, there’s proof, home skillet. Remember, her fake name is on an Oscar.

Coolest Moment of ’08

C’mon, you didn’t think I’d put something else here, did you? Negro, please. My President is Black. How cool is that?!

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