Christmas movie(s) #1: Lord of the Rings trilogy
The best reason to watch Lord of the Rings is because hobbits make me happy cry. The best reason to watch Lord of the Rings extended edition is Eowyn and Faramir.
I got an amazing Secret Santa package from bottlesandbangles! She sent pomegranate Burt’s Bees lip balm, pretty note cards that are just my style, a cool little blanket (which, along with the cute mittens, is perfect since it finally got chilly enough here that I need to bundle up a bit), a CD I’m really excited to listen to, Pattie Boyd’s autobiography (George always was my favorite Beatle!) and a copy of Sense and Sensibility in Spanish! Becoming proficient enough to read it will be one of my New Year’s endeavors.
This was such a thoughtful package - I love it! Thank you so much Jenny!
Possibly my greatest achievement. Definitely the best thing I did today.
I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. I do not crave security. I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.
There were also some people I really loved this year.
Lupita Nyong’o: I thought 12 Years a Slave was very good, but for various reasons not one of the year’s (or even Steve McQueen’s) best. But Lupita Nyong’o was outstanding and mesmerizing. All the awards to her and hopefully many more substantial roles.
Michael B. Jordan: He gave one of the performances of the year in Fruitvale Station and I finally got to his seasons of Friday Night Lights. All the roles to Michael B. Jordan too.
Lola Creton: I watched Goodbye First Love earlier in the year and immediately followed it up with Bluebeard because I just had to see more of her. She’s also the reason I made seeing Something in the Air a priority on one of my NY trips. She expresses the inner life of her characters better than almost any other actor I can think of, which makes her luminous.
Cristiano Ronaldo: CR7 is basically single-handedly responsible for getting Portugal to the World Cup, and by extension it’s thanks to him that I have tickets. Bless you and your feet and your head, and your seeming ability to will things into happening by the sheer force of your personal determination sir!
Aamer Rahman: Aamer’s reverse racism bit seems to be going around a lot. It’s dead on and amazing, although I’m partial to Workshops for Whitey. He bluntly talks about depressing truths and the results are hysterical. I would very much enjoy it if Fear of a Brown Planet could infiltrate America.
Tom Hiddleston: Resistance is futile.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson: Their friendship makes me absurdly happy. When I’m having a shitty day I YouTube their interviews because it’s like getting a happiness injection. Speaking of which…
Peeta: If you don’t like Peeta we probably can’t be friends.
Sansa Stark: If you don’t like Sansa we definitely can’t be friends.
Robb Stark: SOBS hiccups
Year end lists have their merits, but the Top 10 format is silly. Maybe someone liked 17 movies the most this year. Why be shackled to the tyranny of numbers that are divisible by 5? In that spirit, these are things I liked this year, unranked and free of the pressure to include a specific amount of them.
Music that made an impression on me despite my almost total apathy about new bands because I’m old and still think The xx and Yuck are the hottest new shit:
The Bones of What You Believe-Chvrches
Days Are Gone - Haim
Silence Yourself - Savages
Night Time, My Time - Sky Ferreira
Trouble Will Fine Me - The National
Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
Books worth the hardcover price (even though I got one of these these from the library):
The Flamethrowers - Rachel Kushner
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots - Jessica Soffer
My favorite movies of the movies I actually had access to (honestly, Blue is the Warmest Color just opened here and our “indie” theater is currently showing Catching Fire):
Much Ado About Nothing
Something in the Air
Upstream Color (despite not wanting to rank things this is hands down my favorite film of the year)
Post Tenebras Lux: I’m only 7 minutes and 17 seconds into this, but if the rest of the movie holds up I’m sold.
Top of the Lake: Not a movie. Still one of the best things I saw this year.
Please excuse me while I weep for joy at the beauty and terror of this draw.