December 31st, 2009
12:45 PM ET

2009: Hey, remember when ...

It's been a tough year for many people, and with a new year looming, it's natural to want to put the past behind us.  But let's end 2009 on a positive note.  What are your favorite entertainment memories from the past 12 months?  Movies that moved you, music that touched you, TV shows that delighted you, books that changed your life?

No need to slag other people's choices if you don't like them – just add your own.

Oh, OK ... if you simply must have an "arbitrary" list of faves to criticize, here are a few of my favorite things from 2009:

Movies: "Star Trek," "Up In The Air," "Pirate Radio," "Up" (I still have some movies to see!)

TV: "NCIS," "Numb3ers," "Men of a Certain Age," "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13" on SyFy (please, change the network name back!), the Kennedy Center Honors (especially the tributes to Springsteen and Brubeck)

Books: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Age Is Just A Number" by Dara Torres with Elizabeth Weil; "Agent to the Stars" by John Scalzi; "It's Good To Be The King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks" by James Robert Parish; "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman; "Green Metropolis" by David Owen; "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman; "Invisible Lines of Connection" by Lawrence Kusher.  (Obviously, some of these weren't published this year, but I read them this year, so they're part of my 2009.)

Live Performances: magician Jason Latimer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood; the Troubadour Theater Company in Toluca Lake, California.

May 2010 bring us all entertainment that brightens our lives, gladdens our hearts, challenges our minds, and sparks our imaginations.

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