2011: The Year in Review Alright, alright – I wouldn’t be Movie frakkin’ Martin if I didn’t share with ya what I liked most (and disliked most) about the year that’s about to end, am I right or am I right?
So, just like last year, I’ll start with my Top 10 films of the year and then pepper in some other goodies, OKRRR?
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10 Best Films of the Year: (in alphabetical order)
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Honorable Mention:The Adjustment Bureau
Best Animated Film:The Adventures of Tintin
Best Directors: David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Mills (Beginners), Lars von Trier (Melancholia), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Best Body:Shame’s Michael Fassbender
Best, Sexiest Chemistry: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau
Best Comeback: The Muppets
Best Fight: Kristen Wiig and that little c--- (her words) in Bridesmaids
Best Sidekicks: Dogs (Uggie in The Artist, Cosmo in Beginners, Snowy in The Adventures of Tintin)
Best Supporting Actors: Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult)
Can’t Wait to See More of– Female: Paula Patton, from Jumping the Broom and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Can’t Wait to See More of– Male: Eddie Redmayne, from My Week with Marilyn
Should’ve Had a Better Year: Ryan Reynolds
Best Use of Angela Bassett:Jumping the Broom
Worst Use of Angela Bassett: Green Lantern
Best Supporting Actresses: Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Breakthrough Performance – Female: Jessica Chastain (The Debt, The Help)
Breakthrough Performance – Male: Joel Edgerton (Warrior)
Best Hair: Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love
Best Look (tie): Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best, Coolest Name: Ryan Gosling’s in Crazy, Stupid, Love (say it, everyone: Jacob Palmer)
Most Badass: Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
Worst Hair (tie): Chris Hemsworth in Thor and Emma Stone in The Help
Worst Sequel:The Hangover Part II
Best Actors: Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ewan McGregor (Beginners), Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy)
Best Actresses: Viola Davis (The Help), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Photos: Warner Bros. (Crazy, Stupid, Love); Paramount Pictures (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol); Walt Disney Pictures (The Help); Focus Features (Beginners).
This is quite probably the easiest choice I’ve had to make all year: Adele’s “Someone Like You” is the song of the 2011.
Yeah, it’s reaching an uncomfortable level of ubiquity (it’s been made fun of on SNL, to great effect – GTS), but Adele’s beautiful, career-landmark ballad deserves to be heard time and time again, if anything because she felt it and she wrote it and she shared it. It’s really possibly the rawest of her songs in terms of emotion, and if you have a pulse and two wits about ya you know what I mean and why I chose it (it does what music is supposed to do...relate and move listeners while allowing them to sing along, so to borrow a phrase: winning!).
Oof, and that gorgeous video.... Well, see for yourself:
Scream All You Want... We’ve seen the poster, and now it’s time for a trailer– and for us to definitely go right ahead and call Ridley Scott’sPrometheus (which stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron) a sort of Alien prequel, alright.
R.I.P. Cheetah Well, he lived a good life and he made many people smile, but now, sadly, he’s gone: Cheetah, the chimp from the 1930s Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, has died at age 80.
The Hollywood legend passed away on Christmas Eve after suffering kidney failure the week before.
Cheetah had been living in Florida, where he’d retired in the ’60s.
Keep the Faith, Mars-ians! Kristen Bell wants us to remain hopeful a movie based on her dearly departed show Veronica Mars will happen some day.
Or at least such a project isn’t off the table for her.
“We are still working on it,” she recently said. “We are – we, like the few people involved that have it in our hearts [including show creator Rob Thomas] are still assessing all of our options and game-planning it.”
Bell says that the creative team still known on the powers that be’s door every so often, championing the movie, but that money may be getting in the way, as it would.
“The reality is we need a few million dollars to do it and that’s a lot of money. It’s difficult to convince a studio to take a risk when you’re proposing to them to make a movie of a television show that’s been off the air for four years.”