Anyway, below are my highlights of the year in Film and TV. Think of it like the Oscars with 100 % more dreaminess (and 600% more Gosling)!
The Trip. Bridesmaids is probably the most laugh-out loud funny movie, but The Trip is more profound. The movie follows British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a culinary tour of England, while both men deal with disappointments in their lives and career. It's an interesting exploration of male friendship, but lest you think it's too serious it features some pretty funny sequences like Coogan and Brydon's dueling Michael Caine impressions.
Friends With Benefits. I really liked the first part of this movie, which seemed like romantic comedy satire. But it eventually turns into a regular rom-com at the end. Sort of like a friend who is all cynical about love until they get a girlfriend or boyfriend and then you have tolerate their lovey-doveyness with a straight face. However, I enjoyed the performances by Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson as Kunis's hippy mom, and Woody Harrelson as Justin Timberlake's coworker (who puts a whole new spin on the "gay best friend" role) enough to recommend it.
Crazy Stupid Love. If this movie had just been about Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's character, it probably would have been my favorite. Their romance seemed sweet and naturally evolving and Emma Stone is super funny. However, the Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore storyline, which is the bulk of the movie, seemed a little bit too contrived and treacly.
his abs though!
Parks and Recreation. This was a close call category. I was tempted to go with Zooey Deschanel's Jess from New Girl, because I love Zooey's quirky vintage style. But let's face it, she's dressed that way forever. On the more-realistic end, I pretty much wished I owned everything Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) wears on The Office. She has a cute and modest business wardrobe that doesn't looked picked out by a stylist. However, I had to give it to Leslie, who went from a boxy, Hilary Clinton-esque wardrobe to more a more structured and feminine look. Several times this season, I have thought to myself "I want that shirt," so well played Leslie!
Beginners. Sorry Uggie, but I haven't seen The Artist yet. It's hard not to fall for shaggy Arthur, especially when he's proposing marriage to Ewan MacGregor in subtitles.
Jessica Chastain, who appeared in six movies this year; almost as many as Gosling and Fassbender combined!
Jane Eyre. It's hard not to have a thing for Rochester. He's dark, brooding and rebellious. But not in a shiny vampire way, more in a smart and anachronistically enlightened about class and gender equality.
Midnight in Paris. He is almost cute enough to convince me to read The Sun Also Rises.
silk Scorpion jacket? Look in the mirror, do you see Ryan Gosling's face and body staring back at you? No? You look like a dork. But maybe you can still get your money back?
Inglorious Basterds and Burn After Reading. But I'm usually less impressed with his dramatic work like the Curious Case of Benjamin Button or Meet Joe Black. Maybe I just don't like those movies. However, this year he gave impressive performances in both the Tree of Life and Moneyball.
Drive. There is really only one right answer here. Awesome score. Cool new wave-y synth pop songs. I'm obsessed with "Under Your Spell" by Desire.
Ides of March. In order of their dramatic gravitas: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright, George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, and Max Minghella.
Our Idiot Brother. A family comedy about a down-on-luck former organic farmer (Paul Rudd) and his three sisters (Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, and Elizabeth Banks). Best of all, Adam Scott is in it!
Drive. What can I say about this movie other than it's just cool? Director Nicholas Winding Refn does a great job of creating atmosphere. The soundtrack is awesome (as noted above). There are lots of really good performances and memorable scenes in it. If you haven't seen Drive yet, I should also point out it's pretty violent.