Certainly not me, that 2015 was going to go down as the year in which I didn’t, in which I couldn’t.
I didn’t watch all the films and movies in a timely, efficient fashion – because I couldn’t. Madonna occupied more head space than ever, and rightfully so (long live the Queen!). The competition from live music (Taylor Swift! Janet Jackson!) was fierce, but not as fierce as that of TV, which offered a whopping 21,000 options, the lot of which did draw my curious attention (alright, so I am exaggerating on that number, but, then again, there was a heckuva lot of s--- to watch on the tube and beyond this past year...).
And I, honestly, had better, cuter, realer entertainment in my life this year, so there: No regrets at all that I haven’t yet seen Carol.
Here’s the first part of what I thought stood out in the year that almost was. Merry Christmas, everybody!
Best Duo: Mistress America’s Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke
Best Hair: Rose Byrne’s in Spy
Best Line: “Chewie...we’re home,” said by Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Look: Blake Lively’s in The Age of Adaline
Best Presence: Sam Elliott in I’ll See Your in My Dreams and Grandma
Best Trend: Female directors doing it for themselves (Pitch Perfect 2’s Elizabeth Banks, By the Sea’s Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Worst Trend: Bypassing theatrical releases in favor of iTunes or On Demand. Hollywood, if a movie gets made, release it how it’s meant to be seen, at least for two weeks to give us ample opportunity to see it
Best Use of Amber Heard: The Danish Girl
Most Eh Use of Amber Heard: Magic Mike XXL
Cutest: BB-8 (#obvs)
Let’s: Keep featuring minorities in leading or featured roles!
Let’s Not: Have Emma Stone play a minority she has no business playing, like in Aloha
Most C’mon!: Biopics that skimp on the bio parts (Steve Jobs)
Most Confounding, Yet Eye-catching: The heels Bryce Dallas Howard wears in Jurassic World
Most Disappointing: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Most Surprising (tie): Room’s Jacob Tremblay and women of a certain age (I’ll See Your in My Dreams’ Blythe Danner, Grandma’s Lily Tomlin)
Most Ubiquitous: San Francisco (really, the City by the Bay was in just about every other movie this year – and last, if ya think about it)
Most Welcome to the A-List: Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl)
Most Welcome: Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man
Most Welcome Back: Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa
Most Come Back to Us, Honey: Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door was totally beneath her)
Most Who Knew He Could Act: Trainwreck’s LeBron James
Most Who Knew He Was So Funny: John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters)
Most Whoa!: Chris Hemsworth’s...big contribution to Vacation
Should’ve Had a Better Year: Chris Hemsworth (Blackhat, Vacation, and In the Heart of the Sea did not work)
Can’t Wait to See More of – Female (tie): Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Daisy Ridley, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Can’t Wait to See More of – Male: John Boyega, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Worst Movie (tie): Hot Pursuit (for being patently bad) and Aloha (for not being better)
Photos: NewYorker.com (Mistress America); Collider.com (Pitch Perfect 2); Universal Pictures (Steve Jobs); Fandango.com (Ant-Man); Sony Pictures (Aloha).