In honor of the new year and the world’s impending doom in 2012, we have decided to wrap up 2011 with a reflection on some of our favorite things. Enjoy!
Best New TV Show: “Happy Endings”
Guys, why are all of you not watching this yet? “Happy Endings” is seriously the funniest new comedy that we’ve seen on TV in years, and yet not nearly enough people have gotten on board yet. Make this show your new year’s resolution, because it consistently delivers the most laughs of any sitcom on TV right now. All six of the characters in the friend group are fully developed and managed not to become caricatures while still being insanely quirky. Also: Damon Wayans Jr. of the Wayans family comedy dynasty (also was Coach in the pilot of “New Girl” before “Happy Endings” got picked up for a second season) is in it. You guys! Guaranteed comedy gold! Get on this!
Best Returning TV Show: “Sons of Anarchy”
So, while critics may remain divided on how this season went, we most definitely bought every second of the fourth season of SOA. This show, while being about a criminal biker gang, is actually a character driven drama. And the character development this season was phenomenal. Jax and Tara, played by Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff, delivered amazing performances. Their growth as a couple was so believable, and their relationship really deepened and felt so, so real. Additionally, we finally learned more about both Clay and Gemma, and delving into Clay’s psychopathy was absolutely fascinating. Though the club is at its most dysfunctional point in the series, we feel like we know them all a little better. Also the Hamlet-esque plot that was kind of glossed over for a season or two reemerged with a vengeance. FINALLY.
Our Favorite Music Video: “The Lazy Song”
This is our favorite music video for being one of the most entertaining of the year without relying on anything high-concept or special effects. Instead, Bruno Mars and the Poreotics (the monkeys, and Season 5 winners of America’s Best Dance Crew) do a smart and simple dance that perfectly reflects the song. As ABDC Fans, we always appreciate it when we can see past winners being successful, and Poreotics was a perfect choice since they were a crew known for their sense of humor. Basically, we just really love this video, and it makes us want to be best friends with Bruno Mars. He just looks so chill and fun!!
Our Favorite Single of the Year: “Super Bass”
Like everyone else, we spent much of 2011 learning every single word to “Super Bass” and telling people, “somebody please tell him who the eff I is.” Without Nicki, how would we have ever known that was all we were supposed to say? Basically this song was the only thing we listened to in the car. Ever. Also Nicki Minaj single handedly made female rappers cool again. So thanks Nicki, for everything. We are so excited to see what you do in the future! Deuces y’all.
Favorite Viral Video: SNL Writers’ room performs Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”
So Taran Kilam, a new featured performer on SNL, did this video at 4:30 a.m. in the writers’ room the week that Robyn came to perform on the show. He meticulously recreates the “Call Your Girlfriend” video, which you should really watch first to fully appreciate so that you can understand how perfectly he captures the spirit of Robyn’s video… because it’s perfect. In every way. Personal favorite: the guy who refuses to get into it, seen at the end.
Favorite Summer Movie: Bridesmaids
What even needs to be said? These ladies are all comedic geniuses, and we loved the relationship between Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph’s characters–it was great to see a movie centered around a female friendship that was simultaneously the funniest of the year. Also everyone thinks this movie is funny, we know guys and girls alike who both liked it. It was really the perfect summer blockbuster.
Favorite Oscar Contender: Hugo
We’ve already discussed this, but Hugo is a great film for movie lovers young and old. The Oscar race this year is a little lackluster, and we believe that this is the movie that manages to strike the best balance between entertainment, art, and heart. It is quality a quality film and great entertainment! It reminds everyone why we love cinema!
Favorite Movie That Should be an Oscar Contender: 50/50
Why was this not a bigger hit?? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen were both fantastic (we thought 50/50 had both of their best performances to date). The movie was incredibly touching and we were fully invested in all of the characters. Also Anna Kendrick was in it. For those of you who don’t know, she is secretly the biggest star of the Twilight franchise. Even though she is only in like 5 minutes of the first movie, she soon after became a monster success, and proceeded to be one of our new favorite people to watch. She was so funny in this movie, and her relationship with Joseph Gordon-Levitt was so sweet and believable. Guys, just go see this movie. For real.
Favorite Feel-Good Movie: The Muppets
THIS MOVIE MAKES EVERYONE HAPPY. Seriously. EVERYONE. Go see it if you haven’t already. Also, Bret from Flight of the Conchords wrote the magnificent original songs, including “Life’s a Happy Song” and “Man or Muppet,” which is seriously one of the best songs to be featured in a movie in years. We love both the Muppets and Flight of the Conchords, so whoever thought of this collaboration was an absolute genius. Bret for Best Original Song Oscar!
What We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2012: The Hunger Games
We are absolutely obsessed with these books, and cannot wait for the first movie to come out! Jennifer Lawrence was fabulous in Winter’s Bone so we’re confident she can pull off Katniss, and the trailers that we’ve seen look amazing. We will definitely be seeing this at midnight of March 23, and we may or may not be counting down the days.
Thanks for reading us–we are really enjoying writing this so far. Feel free to let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices, and we’ll see you for more in 2012!
- Countdown: Top 100 Songs of 2011 (Part 4: 39 – 1) (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
- Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Close Out the Year in Song (screencrave.com)