ok, i covered my favorite books and music of the year already. now for tv and movies.
let’s start with tv:
three shows continually captivated my attention this year, and caused my wife and i to sit in front of our tv:
and, the office
i also think the writing on 30 rock is absolutely brilliant.
i watch other shows, but those few are the ones that deserve a tip o’ the hat, imho.
and, the movies i think deserved four-and-a-half, if not five, stars this year:
ratatouille. best animated flick in years, i think. amazing portrait of the creative struggle. funny and sweet.
waitress. off-beat comedy of the year. brilliant, wicked, unique, insightful, fun. keri russell deserves some kind of award for this one.
into the wild. read the book, wasn’t sure i’d like the movie (because i liked the book so much). but sean penn did an exquisite job of capturing the internal struggle and search of the real-life main character, without being too obvious about it. great small parts by quite a few A-list actors. who knew vince vaughn could actually act?
ocean’s thirteen. this one is a stretch, to include on this list. but i loved the first movie, and was so disappointed in the second, that i think the actors and writers deserve props for bringing back the quality in this third installment.
surf’s up. when you take your kids to a lot of kid movies, as i do, finding a pearl in the oyster like this movie is cause for celebration. fanastic, funny, sweet, insightful. and great voices.
hairspray. seriously, made me want to sing and dance. and almost redeemed john travolta.
what did i miss?