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The best of 2007

Before planning everything you’ll change about your life in 2008, take some time to reflect on the splendor of 2007. Harry Potter getting naked, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, YouTube debates, Stephen Colbert for president, Britney Spears’ downfall, comeback and downfall – oh, the glory.

The Daily Cougar staff members have compiled a list of what we feel are the best of the best – albums, films, books and more. We’ve covered everything that made this year better, or at least more interesting, than the last.

John Arterbury

Editor in chief

Movie: The Lives of Others

Album: None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock

Book: Against the Day (paperback), Thomas Pynchon

Citizens: The Burmese monks

Pop-culture moment: When The View co-host Sherri Shepherd realized the world is round.

Deanna Mendoza

Sports editor

Film: The Simpsons Movie

Album: The Con, Tegan and Sara,

Live performance: M.I.A., Verizon Wireless

Moment: Shasta and the Oregon duck

Arts and Crafts Project: Googly-eyed assorted nuts

Pumpkin carving: PumpKim

Newsroom impression: Sousan Hammad

Bumper Sticker: "My other car is a dragon"

Christian Ochoa

Managing editor

Film: The Darjeeling Limited

Album:†Neon Bible, The Arcade Fire

Live Performance: Girl Talk, the Engine Room

Political moment: Wide stances

Catch Phrase: "Don’t tase me, bro."

Guilty pleasure: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Kelsie Hahn

Next in line

Film: Of the three I saw, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Album: Dark Passion Play, Nightwish

Live performance: Video Games Live, Houston Symphony

TV Show: Flavor of Love: Girls’ Charm School

Pop-culture moment: Drew Carey ends his first episode of The Price is Right with the traditional appeal to spay and neuter your pets.

Kim Thai

News editor

Film: Ratatouille

Live performance: Rachael Yamagata, Verizon Wireless

TV show: 30 Rock

Moment: When my pumpKim got second place for best celebrity impersonation. Two people competed.

Column: Rumor Humor

Mayra Cruz

Assistant news editor

Film: Grindhouse

Live performance: Incubus, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Moment: Surprising Kim by entering a pumpkin carved with her face on it for Halloween – and photographing the entire thing.

Quote: "Happy birthday, you bastard."

Ruth Rodriguez

Features editor

Film: I don’t watch movies.

Album: Rise Above, Dirty Projectors

Live performance: Best of Bond, Houston Symphony

Citizen: Old Greg

Caitlin Cuppernull

Life ‘ Arts editor

Film: No Country For Old Men

Album: Live at Massey Hall, 1977, Neil Young

Live performance: Gillian Welch, Ryman Auditorium

Citizen: Deanna Mendoza

Bumper sticker: "My other car is a dragon"

Sousan Hammad

Opinion editor

Film: Children of Men

Album: La Radiolina, Manu Chao

Live performance: Marcel Khalife, Stafford Center

Citizen: Me

Political moment: Three-way handshake among Presidents George Bush and

Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Mariah Davis


Film: Hairspray

Album: The Sun and the Moon, The Bravery

Live performance: The Exies, Scout Bar

Citizen: Stephen Colbert

Pop-culture moment: Anna Nicole Smith’s death

Christian Palmer

Staff writer/ production

Film: The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Album: Costello Music, The Fratellis

TV show: Mad Men

Citizen: Anderson Cooper

Pop-culture moment: The Iggy fiasco

Hurricane: Humberto (more like dumberto)

Austin Havican


Film: Paris, Je T’aime

Album: Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective

Book: Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007

Live performance: VietNam, The Mink

DVD release: Days of Heaven

Music video: "Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Alternate Version)," Kanye West

Bar: La Carafe

Pop-culture moment: Miss South Carolina’s map speech

Scott Gonzales

Staff writer

Movie: Knocked Up

Album: Neon Bible, Arcade Fire

TV show: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Live performance: Bloc Party, Warehouse Live

Song: "Some Surprise," The Cake Sale

Mike Damante

Staff writer

Film: Sicko

Album: I-Empire, Angels and Airwaves

Live performance: Alicia Keys, MTV Video Music Awards

Citizen: Dennis Kucinich

Pop-culture moment: South Park doing a parody of the show To Catch a Predator

Song: "New Dark Ages," Bad Religion

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