Ana's Best Albums, Songs, and Movies of 2008

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Best Album

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago: This album will never get old for me. It's so simple and beautiful … or simply beautiful!

Girl Talk – Feed the Animals: I love nostalgia and so much of this album was a trip down memory lane … just fused with this year's radio hits. Plus, anyone that can mix Jay-Z with Radiohead and not fuck it up deserves some cred.

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular: Is this not on anyone's list?

Calexico – Carried to Dust: My first taste of Calexico and I was super impressed. I love the variety of influences and styles you hear in their songs.

Lykke Li – Youth Novels: It really didn't take much for me to get into Lykke Li. I heard "Tonight" and instantly wanted more. It's been love ever since.

Best Song

Kings of Leon – Closer: This is probably one of my most listened to songs of 2008. I only wish it wasn't the opening track to their album cause it made the rest of the album pale in comparison.

Calexico – Man Made Lake: Perfect example of how Calexico should be writing music for soundtracks and are just extremely talented overall.

Bon Iver – Flume: This song is proof that you don't need much more than a simple acoustic guitar rhythm and beautifully piercing vocals to write a great song. Heck, your lyrics don't even have to make sense!

TV on the Radio – DLZ: There is so much I love about this song: the drums, the vocals, the lyrics—everything! Clearly why it's on my top five songs of the year.

Coldplay – 42: Definitely my favorite track off Viva La Vida. Great lyrics and perfect music that's as emotional as the lyrics.

Best Movie

Be Kind Rewind: This movie pays homage to some of the best but does so in a quirky/fun and totally Gondry way.

Cloverfield: It's more the shock at how much I enjoyed this that made Cloverfield land on my top 5. I was expecting a mediocre movie at best, but found that it was tastefully done for a movie about a huge monster attacking New York City. I'm just glad I didn't see it in theatres otherwise all the shaking might have made me vomit.

Dark Knight: Does this even need to be justified?

In Bruges: I can't believe how much I liked this movie as well. I honestly went into it barely knowing anything and left it thinking: that was awesome! It totally made me develop a new found respect for Colin Farrell and was one of my most highly recommended movies of 2008.

Step Brothers: This was like the new Dumb and Dumber to me. And Dumb and Dumber is about as funny as it gets (sort of).

Half Note is a guest-blogger here on PMA. Read her blog, The Daily Eargasmfor her other music picks.