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article imageOp-Ed: 2010: A Year in Review

By Matt Harding     Dec 31, 2010 in Entertainment
From politics to Hollywood, to sports and music, here's a look back at the best happenings (and people) of this past year: 2010.
This year was filled with many anticipated events: the Olympics, soccer's World Cup, the releases of new movies and music. Some of these things were ho-hum events to certain individuals (example: the World Cup for people in the U.S.). But, there were a few unforgettable events, and people, who stand out as the best of 2010.
The November elections
When midterm elections got into full swing late this past summer, Americans new, as Sarah Palin might put it, "Change was a' comin'." And, was it ever! The GOP won the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. In fact, 33 Palin-backed candidates won Congressional seats. With a shake up in Washington, this next political change was, in the opinion of many, a superb one.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed by Congress
DADT, the law banning gays in the military from serving openly, has been in place since 1993. That came to a halt December 22 when President Obama signed the bill into law. The House of Representatives had passed the repeal of DADT earlier in the year; the Senate passed it earlier this month.
While I am not a moviegoer, I do love watching movies. With Inception, Toy Story 3, and The Social Network being tops among this year's films, I'd like to point out a few in particular that caught my eye.
Hereafter
I absolutely love Clint Eastwood. He directed this flick about three people who, as IMDb puts it, "touched by death in different ways."
I Love You Phillip Morris
Another movie that grabbed my attention was this one, starring Jim Carrey opposite Ewan McGregor. "Incarcerated at the state penitentiary, con artist Steven Russell (Carrey) meets the love of his life: Phillip Morris (McGregor)," says the source on IMDb. That pretty much sums it up. With Carrey, the comedy is there. Yet, this movie isn't all laughs. Watch it for yourself!
Aside from the World Cup and the Olympics, were there any jaw-dropping games this year? Of course there were! While 2010 was another tough economic year, sports are always on the forefront of the minds of many. Entertainment via sport is highly contagious.
SuperBowl XLIV
SuperBowl 44 was an intense battle between two major offense-oriented teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints went on to beat the Colts 31-17, winning their first SuperBowl. Saints QB Drew Brees was awarded the MVP.
Roy Halladay throws a no-hitter
After pitching a perfect game earlier in the season, Roy Halladay become the second player to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs. He did so on October 6 against the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Division Series. Halladay became only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in postseason play, after Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
While people's musical tastes vastly differ, I'll try to cover all ranges of music with my four choices for the best albums and musicians of 2010.
Lady Gaga
While Gaga may not have put out an album during 2010, you wouldn't know it. She put out The Fame in 2008 and The Fame Monster in 2009. She's been on a two year long tour, going all over the world. She also has a new album coming out in 2011, Born This Way. Yes, things are looking bright for the native New Yorker. Her music keeps on getting better and better. Needless to say, fans are going goo goo for Gaga.
Recovery
Eminem's new album went straight up the charts. It continues to be as popular as ever. Songs from the album, released in June, are still constantly played on the radio. And, there's a reason for that. Take a look at my review of the album.
All the Women I Am
Reba McEnitre never fails to disappoint, especially with her new album. This is my favorite country album of the year. And, as they say in Texas, this isn't her first rodeo. All the Women I Am is Reba's 26th album. It is most definitely worth the listen.
The Only Exception
When it comes to new "rock", I normally cringe. But, this ballad may be the only exception. While the album was officially released in 2009, The Only Exception was released in February. Paramore does a phenomenal job with this song; lead singer Hayley Williams, who collaborated with Eminem and B.o.B this year, is the band's lead singer.
2010 has been a year filled with turmoil, as has every year since the beginning of time. But, much like there is turmoil every year, there is also joy. Important things and great things.
With 2010 coming to a close in less than 24 hours, look back on this fantastic year and get ready for 2011. It's time to start making those New Year's Resolutions!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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