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2003 In Review

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As 2003 slips over the dam of time, it is therapeutic to pause the flow for a moment of reflection on the year’s superlatives and milestones. Now is the time for one and all to weigh in:

Media Whore’s Top 20 CD’s of 2003
Better late then never. The list is quite diverse in musical styles I have to say. From pop to hip hop to alt rock – it’s all there. 1. Rufus Wainwright – “Want One” – This is just a…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 16, 2004 03:41 PM

Now THAT’S a List
We have an impressive list of superlatives for 2003 right here. But if you want the grandest list of all lists for 2003 superlatives, you’ll just have to check in at Fimoculous. It’s just sick – in a good way….
Posted in Blogcritics on January 12, 2004 04:11 PM

Media Whore’s Top 20 Tunes of 2003
These are the songs, that I couldn’t stop playing in 2003. They may not be the best songs of the year, but I was addicted to them for some reason or another. 1. “Crazy In Love” – Beyonce 2. “Just…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 11, 2004 03:33 PM

Cringe Inducing Cinematic Moments, 2003
Those scenes that just won’t go away.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 8, 2004 11:30 AM

No Matter What You Heard Top 11 Albums of 2003
No Matter What You Heard presents its best indie rock, electro, and hip hop of 2003.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 4, 2004 01:39 AM

Top 10 of 2003
It has been a while everyone–sorry! Hopefully in 2004 I will be able to become more active in the blogcritics community. Finals are over at school, the new year is upon us and that means it is top 10 list…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 1, 2004 08:01 PM

Nine for Mortal Men Doomed to Die
The year in music, or at least nine albums’ worth of the year in music.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 1, 2004 11:44 AM

The Five (or Six) Best Albums of 2003
A short compilation of the year’s most meaningful music.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 04:36 PM

Best Guilty Pleasures of 2003
A different kind of music list.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 03:16 PM

Dew Processed: Top 5 Movies
You didn’t have to love the movie for it to make the list…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 10:41 AM

top 10 movies
The top ten films I watched in 2003.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 09:30 AM

The Festive Fifty 2003
This year’s Festive Fifty – the antidote to predictable end-of-year best singles lists – throws up its usual mix of David Gedge, Mark E Smith and Half Man Half Biscuit, and is none the worse for that.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 09:00 AM

BookLinker’s Best of 2003
Now that the days of holiday excess (barring New Years) are behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to present you with BookLinker’s Top Ten Book Picks of 2003. On to BookLinkers Top Ten 2003 Books! 10). The Complete…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 12:37 AM

Top Ten for Small Business in 2003
Read about the Top Ten positive developments for the small business sector in 2003.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 10:52 PM

The Year that was
Here in no particular order are the bestthingies we wanted to rub oil on in the past year: Movies: (I’ll note I’ve not gone to any cinemas in the past year, nor the year before that, and it shan’t be…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 08:17 PM

Most Appalling in 2003
Most Appalling of 2003 After getting an idea from Eric Olsen, I was thinking… There are many choices for most appalling person, place or event of 2003. Coming in at the wire, there?s the warning from FBI to beware of…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 06:43 PM

Best In Television 2003
1. Angels In America – An amazing journey. 2. Alias – Started out shaky; it’s now full throttle. 3. MI-5 – The British are back. 4. Arrested Development – Comeback of the year – Jason Bateman. 5. Gilmore Girls…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 03:59 PM

AF&O’s Best TV of 2003
All Facts and Opinions’ take on the year’s best in TV.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 12:11 PM

AF&O’s Best Films of 2003
All Facts and Opinions’ take on the year’s best in movies.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 12:01 PM

AF&O’s “Best Books I Read in 2003”
All Facts and Opinions’ take on the year’s best in books.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 11:52 AM

AF&O’s Top Five Albums of 2003
All Facts and Opinions’ take on the year’s best in music.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 11:35 AM

Kate’s Best Films of 2003
1. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola) 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson) 3. The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy I) 4. All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green) 5. Man on the Train (Patrice…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 11:03 AM

Top Ten Software of 2003
From the folks over at Small Business Computing comes this list of the top 10 software products during 2003 (all prices in US dollars): 10. Google Toolbar and Deskbar – The free toolbar gives all-the-time access to Google, the Web’s…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 12:34 AM

Top Ten Albums of 2003
1. Fountains of Wayne- “Welcome Interstate Managers” 2 (tie). Led Zeppelin- “How the West Was Won”; The Beatles- “Let It Be… Naked” 3. Dave Matthews- “Some Devil” 4. The Jayhawks- “Rainy Day Music” 5. Damien Rice- “O” 6. Warren Zevon-…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 12:22 AM

The Top Ten Films of 2003
1. “Big Fish” (Tim Burton) 2. “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (Peter Jackson) 3. “Kill Bill: Volume One” (Quentin Tarantino) 4. “Lost in Translation” (Sofia Coppola) 5. “School of Rock” (Richard Linklater) 6. “Elephant” (Gus Van Sant)…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2003 12:19 AM

The 30 Most Shameful Events of 2003
In no particular order:
Posted in Blogcritics on December 29, 2003 10:16 PM

Best in Film 2003
1. Lost in Translation – Perfect directing, acting and script. 2. American Splendor – Hope Davis should be huge. 3. Finding Nemo – Ellen made this movie. I speak whale too. 4. House of Sand and Fog – Ben…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 29, 2003 02:48 PM

Remember To Stay Demented!
It’s time for the year end countdown that really matters: The Dr. Demento Show Funny 25! As with the last couple of years, I’ve used this to update my own tabulation of the TOP 100 (or so) DEMENTED HITS (from…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 29, 2003 09:13 AM

The Theory’s Top Releases of 2003
All in all it was a good year for music.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 28, 2003 06:05 PM

Things Said To Me This Year, Worst and Nicest
Best said for 2003 with tips for 2004.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 28, 2003 03:58 PM

Springsteen Tops 2003 Tour $$
The Boss and His Band were BACK in 2003: Springsteen and his E Street Band made $115.9m on 47 shows, including 13 stadium shows in the New York area. The figures put him second only to the Rolling Stones for…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 27, 2003 06:31 PM

2003: The Year Reality Spanked Entertainment
Another feature in the MSNBC year in review section – in this one I tried to figure out what the top stories were in entertaniment and realized there were a few top stories with one thing in common: reality wouldn’t…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2003 04:40 PM

The Year In Dead People
Keen observers will note I haven’t been as omnipresent as usual here over the last several days. Besides a new baby and Christmas, I have been working on year-end stories for MSNBC. This one is a whopper – profiles on…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2003 04:26 PM

British Blog Awards — Witty, Earthy and Wise
The Guardian has published its list of the best British weblogs of 2003. The article notes: “All the blogs mentioned here are exceptional. They are a testament to the growing richness of British blogging. They demonstrate great design, good writing…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2003 11:29 AM

Cranky’s Favorites for 2003: Jazz
A weird year (for me) for jazz and instrumental music. I spent a lot of time combing through the bins in used record stores (did you know that Keith Jarrett has put out, like, a million records?), so the CD…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2003 10:10 AM

Cranky’s Favorites for 2003: Pop & Rock & Whatever
Ok, we’re almost at the end of the road. Dick Clark will apply the magic faerie dust…the ball will drop and we will finish off that bottle of champagne.But before that happens…before you get sick of eggnog, the A Christmas…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2003 09:58 AM

The rest of 2003
As is always the case, I make my list and then immediately remember half a dozen other worthy items that should have been on it. Lists are, really, kind of pointless – they’re almost totally dependent on your mood at…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2003 12:50 PM

Blown Speakers & Unit Movers
Another late December, another List of Big Faves.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2003 09:59 AM

Big Lists Of 2003
Hey ya! In 2003, OutKast was top of the pops, 50 Cent changed the game and indie-rap champions Little Brother released the most enjoyable rap album of the year.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2003 02:06 AM

Songs That Changed Radio?
Sean Ross, who used to be editor of Billboard’s Airplay Monitor, has picked the songs he thinks changed radio this year – do you agree? Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, “Picture” – It wasn’t being worked aggressively to radio, but…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 21, 2003 03:15 PM

© 2003
Here it is, finally, my top 10 list of CDs for 2003. This was a lot harder than it has been in past years. I usually find one album that stands so far out from the rest that it’s obvious…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 19, 2003 06:21 PM

The Year in Picturephones
Mac Diva wrote an interesting and thought-provoking post on the issue of picture phones and privacy yesterday. The spread of these phones is being driven by creative and novel applications. Piturephoning.com has a fascinating list: — Women have been taking…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 18, 2003 10:05 AM

Top 5 Tools a Small Business Can’t be Without
Here are the Top Five Tools that radically changed my business in 2003….
Posted in Blogcritics on December 18, 2003 12:50 AM

No Matter What You Heard Best EP of 2003
It’s that time of year when lists are expected of us bloggers. Though my list for best albums of the year is nearly complete, I thought I would give props to the best EPs that battled for playing time this year. So here is the first installment in the No Matter What You Heard best-of series.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 17, 2003 09:41 PM

Book of the Year
Am I the first blogcritic to post a Book of the Year award for 2003? Probably, but then, this isn’t a book of the year award in the sense of what-was-the-best-book-that-came-out-this-year. The only qualification to be eligible for my Book…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 17, 2003 02:15 PM

Top Ten Albums of 2003
1. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism Ben Gibbard had a big year and you can’t doubt the quality of the Postal Service (which appears later on my list) but this album is by far the best album of the…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 12, 2003 01:39 PM

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.