I have had a busy year (by “busy,” I mean that I have a child now, and although she spends half of the day sleeping, I can still use that as an excuse for not getting anything done). Because of this, my “best of” lists are not so much rankings of the quality of the numerous films, albums, and books I have enjoyed, but just a listing of the books and movies I did read/see, in order of when it happened (that is how “MacGruber” makes a list, although I also really liked it). I think I caught up on last year’s Oscar films by summertime, though, so I’m not that far behind.
Here are things that happened this year that I did happen to catch:
Movie: Super 8 — I liked it. You have to set a movie like this in the 80s, because with cell phones everything is less dramatic. “WHAT WAS THAT?” “HOLD ON, LET ME TAKE AND PIC AND THEN TWEET IT FOR AN ANSWER. AN ALIEN.”
Book: Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” — Also really liked it. We listened to the audiobook during a very long car trip, which was probably more fun than reading it since the SNL skits were played in their entirety. I really appreciated her theory that she stopped lactating because she ran out of episodes of “Entourage” to watch while pumping.
I have been reading Don Delillo’s “White Noise” for an embarrassingly long time (like, I think I started to read it before he finished writing it). I don’t know why. I really enjoy it, and would underline half of the lines if it were my book, but when it’s reading time I would much rather refresh my Twitter feed than read a book. I’m a dum dum. I did read through the Hunger Games series as quickly as possible, though, so I can finish books. Also I read “the Help” and loved it, but I think the movie looks bad. I enjoyed reading all of the criticism about it, though.
Music: Bombay Bicycle Club, “A Different Kind of Fix”: I actually bought two albums this year, the other was Mumford & Sons, which I wasn’t super into. Beady Eye was bought for me, and I liked it. But I heard this song on WNRN and loved it, and bought it immediately, and even if I bought a bunch of other CDs this would still be my favorite. It reminds me of the first Stone Roses’ album at times, and a bunch of other things that I like.
I actually heard a lot of new music this year, mainly because my roommate is that person who still buys albums. Mostly I spent my year listening to Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” the first Fleet Foxes’ album, and Belle & Sebastian’s “Write About Love” a thousand times each. I have my fingers on the pulse of yesteryear.
TV — Oh, “Friday Night Lights.” It’s one of those shows that I watched because I kept hearing how much everyone loved it, and since that’s how I watched “the Wire,” I figured that everyone wouldn’t steer me in the wrong direction. Good job, everyone! We blew through it. It had already ended by the time I watched it, but it can still count as this year since it ended this year. I loved so many of the characters (the plots weren’t always that great). I definitely am ready to handle a teenage daughter, thanks to Tami. And Baby, if you’re reading this, I WILL slap you if you hang out with a lifeguard who is too old for you and also has a girlfriend. Texas Forever.
I also watch Jason Katims’ other show “Parenthood,” and while I also like that, the storytelling isn’t that good and I feel like it’s a retelling of FNL storylines in a different reality. Also I hate Sarah Braverman. She is Tyra from FNL all grown up, making bad choices and waiting for someone else to fix it for her.
I watched the Emmy’s alone this year (as opposed to the other years when I had big Emmy-watching parties?), and I enjoyed it so much. I cried when Kyle Chandler won for playing Coach Taylor on FNL, shot off guns when “Downton Abbey” won all its awards, and live-tweeted and Facebooked all my emotions (I did not send most of them) because I was so emotional about it. So I realized then that I love TV. I used to be into the Oscars, but unless Will Forte is up for something, I will have not seen any of those movies until next summer. I keep up with TV in real time and it is my soul mate.
Which means that the top best thing to happen in 2011 (not related to real things in my life) is that “How I Met Your Mother” is on Netflix Instant (runner up is “Community” on HuluPlus, finally). I love HIMYM so, so much. It’s a show that rewards its audience. While I get exhausted watching shows that have more than 13 episodes a seasonsand last longer than 3 years, the current season has been really good and I’ve also enjoyed rewatching last season, which I thought was the worst one yet.
While I’m on the subject of the things I’m usually on the subject of, I get riled up about things that make no sense or seem to be looked over on shows like HIMYM and FNL that are so good at developing characters. My associate says that these things are done for story and they’re just TV shows, but I feel like they’re big holes in the reality of a fake world and someone on the show should have noticed. What I mean to say is, what the hell happened to Riggins’ Rigs, and why would the entire gang fly to Ted’s hometown to go to the wedding of his high school best friend that they weren’t friends with?
Other: Who Charted is my favorite podcast. Do yourself a favor and listen to Bob Odenkirk’s episode. NOW. I also like WTF a lot. I don’t give myself a lot of podcast time, so I tend to just keep up with those.