The Sunbaked King

Yearend Series 2008: These Are A Few of My Favorite Things (I)

I know, I know. It’s past the first quarter of the year already. But there are some things you just cannot NOT do, you know?


Welcome to the Annual These-Are-A-Few-Of-My-Favorite-Things Awards. For the next two days, I shall regale you with a tribute to all things I loved in the year 2008. For the first day (which is today), we shall take a look into the visual and auditory media that have held my mind and my spirit in such rapture and awe. Without further ado, we begin with…

Favorite Song

The nominees are:

Burnin’ Up, Jonas Brothers
Lucky, Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat
A Little Too Not Over You, David Archuleta
Lovebug, Jonas Brothers
Touch My Hand, David Archuleta
My Hands, David Archuleta
Can I Have This Dance, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
Circus, Britney Spears
Crush, David Archuleta
You Can, David Archuleta

And the Favorite Thing Award goes to:

archuleta cover art from

You Can
David Archuleta

I don’t think it’s fair to have four of David’s songs in my top 10 and not make him bring home the bacon, do you? Archie surpassed the second placer (who, incidentally, was still him) by a small margin. Sorry, Britney, try again next year.

Show me that good things come to those who wait.

Favorite Movie

The nominees are:

Cloverfield, directed by JJ Abrams
Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.
The Happening, Mark Wahlberg, directed by M. Night Shymalan
Wanted, Angelina Jolie
Mamma Mia, Meryl Streep
The Dark Knight, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Wall-E, Pixar Animation Studios
Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller and a star-studded cast
High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens
Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen, James Franco

And the Favorite Thing Award goes to:


The Dark Knight
Christian Bale, Heath Ledger

The brilliant performance of Heath Ledger, the complex ethical and moral undertones surrounding the film, and pretty much the general kickass awesomeness of The Dark Knight put it way ahead of its competitors. I’ve watched a total of 31 films in 2008, give or take 3, and nothing expresses the “wow” factor more than this dark film of twisted heroism.

Why so serious? 🙂

Favorite TV Series, Reality

The nominees are:

The Amazing Race, Season 13: Nick and Starr win
American Idol, Season 7: David Cook wins
America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10: Whitney wins
America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 11: McKey wins
Hell’s Kitchen, Season 4: Christina wins
Top Chef, Season 4: Stephanie wins
Top Chef, Season 5: Hosea wins

And the Favorite Thing Award goes to:


America’s Next Top Model
Cycle 10

Among all the shows listed above, I only got ANTM Cycle 10 right. I picked Whitney from the very start, cheered her on even as she got in the bottom two so many times, dismissed rumors of fixing, and laughed as Tyra got her plus-sized model wish. If David Archuleta won American Idol… the award would have went somewhere else. (And really, I still do think The Amazing Race is the best reality TV show of all time.)

Tyra: Let’s not use “plus-sized,” let’s use “full-figured.”
Paulina: Let’s just call it “beautiful.”

Favorite TV Series, Drama/Comedy

The nominees are:

Well… I don’t think there’s any contest last year.
The Favorite Thing Award goes to:


Gossip Girl
Season 2

OMG you guys I can’t believe, like, I missed out on this!!1!! I mean, fine, missing the first season was sooooo L to the ame, but who cares, I’m back in!!! Loving Blair and Chuck and Serena and Eric and Lily and bleching Vanessa, and the entire Humphreys (really, who likes them anyways). Squeeek! Gossip Girl, include me in the email blast!!!1!!

You know you love me…

Favorite TV Series, Local

The nominees are:

Iisa Pa Lamang, ABS-CBN 2
Lipgloss, ABC 5
Pinoy Dream Academy, Season 2, ABS-CBN 2

And the Favorite Thing Award goes to:


Iisa Pa Lamang

One word: Isadora. With a villainess like that, who needs Claudine Barreto? I could watch an entire show with only Isadora plotting. The next best thing about the show are the dialogues. It’s as if the show decided at some point to stop pretending like it was a serious soap and embraced the innate campiness of Filipino soap operas. It utilized the usual soap opera conversation repertoire and cranked it up a thousand notches. Without such a show, you wouldn’t hear this:

Scarlet: Hanggang sa pool ba naman, sinusuot mo pa rin yang diamond necklace mo?
Katherine: Of course! Diamonds are forever… just like me.


That’s the first part. The next part deals with my favorite lifestyle treats.

The Annual Favorite Things Awards shall continue… after the break.


Filed under: Cinema, Geekery, The Couch Potato, TV, Yearend

3 Responses

  1. alfrenzy says:

    i have a feeling this is 100% kerwin biased criteria. haha.

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