2010 Year End Wrap-Up


I can’t believe that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve already. It always seems that once Halloween is over, the rest of the year flies by at quadruple speed (this is two gears down from warp speed, FYI). Apparently, the turkey coma I acquired from our Thanksgiving meal hindered my posting frequency. After recuperating from this malady, I was then stricken with the panic that I had Christmas presents to buy, a holiday party to plan, and decorations to put up. My posts stuttered along. However, I was still watching a crap load (I am pretty sure this is the technical term—or is it a butt load?) of movies and TV shows. Diligently I took notes, and had the fullest intentions of writing their reviews, but it’s difficult to be motivated during the holidays…..Let’s just say you should expect a bunch of reviews after the New Year’s Eve hangover releases its dizzying grasp on me—most likely around January 2.

 

I don’t know what it is about the end of the year that makes us reflect upon the previous 364 days (or 365 in a Leap Year). We reminisce about our accomplishments—some people do this earlier in the form of the holiday card, but I tend to procrastinate and this doesn’t happen. We decide to set resolutions, and if we are lucky we keep them at least through January 3rd. It’s also the time where everyone and their pet chinchillas are making year-end movie lists—either “best,” “worst,” or nominations for some award or another. As you can imagine, all these lists and the idea of list-making is like heaven to me.

 

Naturally, I want to get on board the list train, too. But, with the saturation of “2010” lists out there, I decided to stick to what I know best: my queue. I scoured my posts to make my selections. After looking at the titles, I have to admit, I have very strange, very diverse taste in film and television. I’m kind of a media slut—I will watch basically anything that moves. In a little over 5 months, I have watched over 80 shows (this isn’t even counting individual TV episodes). With great care, I have picked out my favorite titles and the ones to avoid. So, without further ado, welcome to my end o’ the year wrap-up.

 

The Best: (in alphabetical order)

Being Human, series 1: Catch this BBC drama about a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost who share a flat before the American remake airs on SyFy and ruins this show’s good name. The billboards are up here—it’s not looking good.

Breaking Bad, season 1: Wow. I can’t say anything else about this show. Just wow.

IT Crowd, series 1-3: “0118 999 881 99 119 725 3.” Watch the show and that will make sense– and should induce laughter.

Megamind: This is just an all-around good movie—it has heart, humor, and only one shot of a wedgie being picked out of an ass (but somehow this shot is used in all of the ads…).

Planet B-Boy: I am not sure if the performers’ stories or their flipping awesome dance moves appeal to me more, but I dig it.

Sherlock: Honestly, this was one of the best shows I have seen, period. Everything about it works.

Sweet Land: Not only was this the first film I reviewed on my blog, but it is the one with the most heart. I just feel warm and fuzzy inside when I think about it.

Walking Dead: I know there is a lot of hype surrounding this show—but it’s one of the rare cases where a series actually lives up to the buzz.

 

The Worst:

The Back-Up Plan: I just hope J-Lo is better at with her new job as a judge on American Idol than she was in this “romantic comedy.” I use both of those words loosely. Very loosely.

The Crazies: I was warned about this film. I didn’t listen. Now I can’t get back the thirty minutes I invested in this film before I finally shut it off.

The Descent: Part 2 : Even the title of this film is stupid.

Hot Tub Time Machine : My reaction to the film is probably hard evidence that I am a grump. There are only so many penis jokes a girl can take.

Land of the Lost: Will Ferrell somehow ends up in both the “best” and “worst” list. I didn’t expect great things from this film, but I also didn’t expect this level of bad.

The Missing: Grrr. This film pissed me off more than any other I watched. I was extremely disappointed that it wasn’t original at all and seemed to rely on rather than refute stereotypes. That from the guy who gave us Willow (one of my favorite films of all time!).

Seven Pounds: I hate it when a film tries too hard to teach me “important lessons.” That’s what Wikipedia is for, right?

Timer: Normally, I try to give indie films a shot; but this one was pretty bad…which is a lot coming from someone who is currently watching (and enjoying) a Surreal Life marathon on hulu.

 

When I started this blog on July 27, 2010, I was hoping to whittle down my Netflix queue. It was overwhelming and I literally was unable to add titles to my queue. On July 30, I had 481 films in my queue and 202 in my watch instantly queue. Today I checked my queue totals. I currently have (drum roll please): 484 titles in my DVD queue and 206 in my watch instantly. Yikes. Methinks some spring cleaning is necessary in the next few days.

 

And while I haven’t knocked my queue down to a manageable level as I hoped I would (due to recommendations by friends and Netflix as well as my compulsion to add titles after I see a trailer that looks even vaguely interesting), I have really been enjoying this experience. I have seen so many cool shows that, before this started, had just been sitting, lonely, on my queue. But there are still a lot more there waiting patiently for me. Don’t worry, little shows, I will get to you—just probably not until the year 2020.

 

Have a wonderful New Year! As always, thank you so much for your time and comments!!


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