Clearly, both Ana and Thea are bananas, and in addition to reading and reviewing obscene amounts of books, we also obsess over multiple television shows, movies, video games, and all other manner of geekery. With that in mind, we needed to create ANOTHER list (we are list makers, yes we are) for our end of the year celebration. We give you our very own BEST OF THE REST (everything that isn’t a book).
Best Movies of 2011
To be honest, I am not a serious cinema-goer these days preferring to watch TV Shows – seriously, am I the only one who thinks that TV Shows are better written than most movies these days? This year I watched fewer movies than ever and this is why my list is so puny. As you can see, most of them are Super-Hero-related.
My top 4 movies of 2011:
4. X-Men First Class
Not a perfect movie by any means with the portrayal of Emma Frost being extremely sexist and the treatment of PoC characters being super problematic, this is the sort of movie that I enjoyed “despite of” instead of “because of”. And this is mostly due to Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Magneto.
Kenneth Branagh managed to do wonders with this movie – I loved the storytelling, the special effects, the whole relationship between Thor and Loki (my favourite character in the movie. Obviously) and Hawkeye’s cameo. Although Thor’s redemption was ultra fast and the romance was quite lukewarm (he has zero chemistry with Natalie Portman as the leading lady), I still enjoyed this movie a lot.
2. Captain America
If someone had told me before I watched this movie that I would end up LOVING goodie two-shoes Captain American I would have fallen off my seat laughing hysterically. And yet, this has become one of my favourite Super-hero movies of ALL TIME and it has made me review my own relationship with the concept of heroism. I loved every single thing about this movie, thought Chris Evans was perfect, the main female character is awesome and this is the final piece before the Avengers movie to come out next year. *Insert fangirl squee*
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
My favourite movie of the year was the last EVER Harry Potter movie. I thought it was brilliant and everything I wished for to end the Era of Awesome. All my favourite scenes from the book were there (Snape! Mrs Weasley! Neville Longbottom!) and I cried sad/happy tears when it was all over. What a way to say goodbye to Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Best TV Shows of 2011
I watch FAR TOO MANY TV SHOWS. I know I do. I spend most of my free time either reading or watching TV Shows. In 2011, I discovered 3 new awesome shows, missed Mad Men terribly and quit watching three shows that I used to love (The Vampire Diaries, House and The Office – I have no real reason for quitting them other than: I was bored). I started watching Grimm but it is not really a GOOD show – it irritates me that most female characters are there TO DIE or to be kidnapped or something. I might stop watching that one pretty soon as well.
A few continuing favourites were: Dexter, although this was my least favourite season of the show so far. Except for a few moments in the final episodes, the majority of the season was a snore-fest. Another snore-fest? The Walking Dead whose saving grace were the very last 5 minutes of the very last episode. Not exactly a ringing endorsement is it? Still, I will be back for MOARS next year. Other than these: Castle and The Mentalist continued to amuse me; Modern Family is still the best comedy on the small screen. Blue Bloods is cheesy as hell but I love it (please don’t judge me. I think I may have a thing for Tom Selleck’s moustache).
Finally, here’s my list of absolute favourites (you will probably notice that a favourite of 2010 is missing from this post. That’s because Downton Abbey – Series 2 will be on my Airing of the Grievances this coming Wednesday. Oh, yes, IT WILL):
5. Once Upon a Time
I was taken completely by surprise by this show. I was actually expecting Grimm to be better based on the trailers but I was so, so wrong. Although I think there are some logical flaws in the story, I am thoroughly enjoying the show and have high hopes for it. I especially love Snow and the Evil Queen – who are both great characters.
Another surprise was Revenge. I only started watching because many people we follow on Twitter were raving about it and its twists. And I have to say: I was glued to the TV from episode 1. It is a modern day reimagining of the Count of Monte Cristo with a female protagonist and it’s TV on crack. Seriously addictive. I am also an official shipper of Amanda and Nolan. I know, I know, I can already see my heart breaking.
3. Game of Thrones
Epic Fantasy brought to my screen by HBO: there was no way I wasn’t going to watch it, even though I am not usually a fan of grim and gritty. I was won over by the acting (Peter Dinklage knocked by socks off), the overarching story, the politics and the DRAMA. WHEN is winter coming?
2. Doctor Who: Series 5 and 6
Confession time #1: I had not watched a single episode of Doctor Who until last year which is even more ridiculous considering that I live in the UK. SO, at the end of 2010, I vowed that I would give it a go and I did. Starting with the reboot with Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who.
Confession time #2: I couldn’t stand Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who. Sorry, but I just couldn’t. So much so, I quit that season after 6 episodes and moved on to David Tennant.
Confession time #3: I love David Tennant. I really do and his Doctor Who was awesome but OMG, everything else about the show irritated me to no end. Billie Piper. The horrible special effects. The Daleks (sorry, I simply cannot take the Daleks seriously as threats to the entire Universe). The storylines. So, I quit after 6 episodes and to be honest, by then I thought that Doctor Who was simply not my thing and decided to quit the show altogether.
But then Thea insisted I gave Matt Smitth’s run a go. And folks, let me tell you: OH MY GOD.
Confession time #4: I love Matt Smith with the force of a thousand exploding Tardis. His Doctor is incredible, a mixture of jovial naivety and old ruthlessness. His comedy timing is perfect and his mannerisms are everything I hoped for a Doctor Who. Thus, he is by far, my favourite Doctor but I have the impression that this is not a very popular choice? Anyways, I thought series 5 and 6 had excellent episodes and storylines. I cried, I laughed, I shipped Rory and Amy very hard and I enjoyed these hours of TV to no end.
Confession time #5: My favourite thing about this current run of Doctor Who? RIVER SONG. As a female character, she is incredible and a force to be reckoned with. I love her story, her interactions with the other characters. She is hot, cool, awesome. Sometimes, I even wished she were the Doctor.
(I do appreciate that the show has its problems, especially when it comes to Amy Pond and this post from Phoebe North is pretty spot on and a highly recommended read.)
1. Horrible Histories
OK, so. This is probably where I lose any street cred I might have but my favourite TV Show of 2011 was a BBC show for children. Based on Terry Deary’s book series with the same name, the show features comedy sketches that are both hilarious and educational, all of it based on horrible – gruesome, gritty – historical facts. The awesome thing about the show is how clever they are in using modern TV Shows as basis to make parodies from. Like for example, Historical Wife Swap (a Viking swaps his wife with his Thrall’s) or MasterChef (an Aztecan cook makes a dish using crickets, and so on and so forth). Not to mention their catchy tunes when they make songs. I have spent countless hours on Youtube watching the old sketches; I have bought the DVDs. I listen to the songs ALL THE TIME. I am a woman addicted.
Dudes and dudetes, it is so good, it is the only children’s TV show to have won a British Comedy Award. I think the presenters are insanely talented especially Mathew Baynton and Jim Howick. The only down side is how I wished they had more sketches with the ladies because they are totally awesome too.
There is no way I can really convey how awesome this show is so I am going to SHOW YOU some of my favourite bits:
1. My favourite Horrible Histories song: Born to Rule (the four King Georges of the Georgian era – a spoof of a boy band song)
2. The song: King of Bling (Matthew Baynton as King Charles II and the Monarchy Restoration and a spoof of an Eminem song)
3. Another fab song: Literally (a band of Vikings talking about invading England in a Guns ‘n’ Roses spoof)
4. aBook sketch. The exciting new Roman invention
5. You’ve Been Artois’d! (A sketch with Jim Howick about a medieval prankster, spoofing Punk’d)
And that’s it from me! Thea will be posting her own list soon. What about you? Any TV Shows and Movies that rocked your world in 2011? Do share!