Staffer’s Hottt Lists

Venus staffers dish up their favorite movies, music experiences, female directors, indie designers, and even “adjectives to revive” of 2005.

MY TOP 5 MOST AWESOME MUSIC EXPERIENCES OF 2005
by Kristina Francisco, Sounds editor

1. Watching Deerhoof in 100-degree weather at Chicago’s Intonation Fest — being dirty and sweaty and about to die of dehydration but still loving every minute of the set.

2. Throwing a show featuring a favorite, the Blow, in my boyfriend’s basement on a cold fall night.

3. Seeing Bloc Party and realizing that, sometimes, all the hype can be right on point.

4. Finally seeing M.I.A. on her first American tour after listening to Arular for days (then, after the show, talking nonstop about how hot she is).

5. Getting first listens to great albums and interviewing musicians who totally intimidate me, all in the name of Venus.

MY TOP 5 FANTASY SEX BOMBS
by Jen Hazen, Sexy editor

1. Daisy and Violet Hilton, 1920s conjoined twins and musicians. Gorgeous ladies who were notorious for their heartbreakin’ ways.

2. Debbie Googe, bass player of My Blood Valentine. Her bass lines carried the band’s music into another realm that no band can ever emulate.

3. Parveen Babi, 1970s Bollywood actress. Stunning beauty, relentless rebel.

4. Ming Tsai, chef and host of Simply Ming. Simply do me … and then cook for me!

5. Edie Sedgwick, icon. Impeccable style and huge doe eyes make her irresistible.

TOP 5 INDIE DESIGNERS I’D GLADLY HAVE BLOWN MY RENT MONEY ON IN 2005
by Emilie Zanger, DIY editor

1. Rena Tom (jewelry) renatom.com

2. Elizabeth Dye (clothing) elizabethdye.com

3. Sans Couture (jewelry) sanscouture.com

4. Little By Jenny (clothing) littlebyjenny.com

5. Pink Loves Brown (paper goods) pinklovesbrown.com

TOP 5-ISH TV COMEBACKS
by Krystal Hagan, staff TV guru

1. Neil Patrick Harris: Doogie Howser, M.D., has finally shown up on a somewhat successful sitcom — the Friends-inspired How I Met Your Mother.

2. Henry Winkler/Scott Baio/Jason Bateman: Arrested Development can finally erase Joanie Loves Chachi and The Hogan Family from our collective memory.

3. Matthew Fox: “Foxy” — last seen as hottie big brother Charlie on Party of Five — is now the hero on Lost. Two hit shows? He must’ve used those numbers to win the TV lottery.

4. Ellen DeGeneres: Her biography should be titled “How to Go From Vilified Lesbian Poster-Child of Everything That’s Wrong With America to Lovable Morning Talk Show Host in Less Than 10 Years.”

5. Drea de Matteo: One season, her skankily dressed character is getting whacked on The Sopranos. The next, she’s resurrected and gettin’ her skank on as the sister on Joey. It may be typecasting, but it’s damn good typecasting.

TOP 5 MOVIES OF 2005, PERIOD
by Rebecca Flint Marx, Film editor

1. Head-On

2. My Summer of Love

3. The Constant Gardener

4. 2046

5. Junebug

Honorable Mention: Capote

TOP 5 MOVIES THAT ARE NOW PLAYING IN THE SEVENTH RING OF HELL
by Rebecca Flint Marx, Film editor

1. Must Love Dogs

2. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

3. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera

4. Eros

5. Monster-in-Law

(dis)Honorable Mention: Pretty Persuasion

TOP 5 GUILTY FILM PLEASURES
by Rebecca Flint Marx, Film editor

1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

2. In Her Shoes

3. Herbie: Fully Loaded

4. Asylum

5. 9 Songs

TOP 5 WOMEN DIRECTORS
by Rebecca Flint Marx, Film editor

1. Alice Wu, Saving Face

2. Lucrecia Martel, The Holy Girl

3. Agnès Jaoui, Look at Me

4. Angela Robinson, Herbie: Fully Loaded and D.E.B.S.

5. Nicole Kassel, The Woodsman

Honorable Mention: Niki Caro, North Country

TOP 5 MOVIES TO FEATURE DOPEY MEN WE LOVE
by Rebecca Flint Marx, Film editor

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Martin Freeman

2. The Squid and the Whale: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeff Daniels

3. Thumbsucker: Lou Pucci

4. My Summer of Love: Paddy Considine

5. The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Steve Carrell

Honorable Mention (tie): Happy Endings: Jason Ritter; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Noah Taylor

TOP 5 NON-FUSSY ADJECTIVES TO REVIVE IN POPULAR LEXICON (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
by Ling Ma, Reads editor

Blasé: Referring to the character trait of breezy nonchalance, this lively wisp of a word summons to mind sophisticated Salinger-era teenagers of WASP culture.

Cheshire: Synonymous with mischievous, this adjective recalls the suave canary-eating grin of the cat from Alice in Wonderland. Since it is technically unregistered as an adjective, a sample sentence might read as follows: “As Edith’s Cheshire brown eyes twinkled hardily in the moonlight, Alfred understood the extent of her nefarious passions.”

Luxe: Conveying the idea of luxury as an adjective as opposed to a noun may be economical, but it’s also sooo very luxe.

Passive-aggressive: This word may already be pretty well used, but given its potentially infinite multi-purpose applications, I’m surprised it isn’t used more. This adjective is especially applicable towards: President Bush, youth-targeted marketing, and the annual “Shape issue” of Vogue.

Winsome: A more innocent, inadvertently charming version of the feel-good “charismatic,” being winsome entails something rare: a healthy lack of irony.

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