Since January 2012 is almost over, and everyone else's "Best of 2011" list has been gathering dust for a full month now, I thought I'd come late to the party and offer my on personal "Best Of" so you can get a sense of what I'm currently digging. These categories will be kind of random, so enjoy the ride.
I am not ashamed to admit it... I LOVED The Muppets. Sure, it was a big bowl of nostalgia porn for people like me who loved watching "The Muppet Show" when I was a kid. Sure, it is cheesy and corny. But, so what?! It's delightful with some really fun songs ("Man or Muppet" is my favorite, but "Life is a Happy Song" is also great). In other words, it is pure joy in movie form.
Runner Up: (Tie) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (probably the best "Potter" movie of the whole series) and The Help (I didn't think I'd like it... but they did a good job adapting the book).
Movies I Didn't See (But Want To): (In no particular order) (1) Moneyball (LOVED the book), (2) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, (3) Martha Marcy May Marlene, (4) The Tree of Life, (5) The Artist, (6) Meek's Cutoff, (7) Drive, (8) Take Shelter, (9) Hugo, (10) Super 8, (11) Cedar Rapids, (12) The Descendants, (13) Cerified Copy, (14) Midnight in Paris, (15) War Horse, (16) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Who knew I was such a populist? But, once again, I loved "Party Rock Anthem." I love when they "Shake That!" and so does my son (he goes into violent spasms, dancing, when that part comes on). (Source for the video is the "Literal MS Paint" channel on YouTube).
Generally, I'm not a Fantasy fiction fan, but this book (and the subsequent books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series) are so well written and so rich and layered that I couldn't help but love it. Unfortunately, I'm all caught up to the most recent book in the series, and it will probably be a few years before the next one is out. Oh well.
What other categories of stuff do you want me to name my "Best" of? What have I missed? What am I totally wrong about? Leave a comment and let me know.
1 Disclaimer: since I have two little kids, I see very few movies, particularly in the theater. I believe that I saw only 3 or 4 movies in the theater in 2011, so if you disagree with my "favorite," understand that I probably haven't seen your favorite movie.