Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

That's right, folks. It's the last day of holiday break. The last day we get to sleep til noon (check), eat lunch in bed (check), and surf the internet for hours on end (check). No, tomorrow marks the day of the endless semester. Each hour crammed with stress, homework, and reheated leftovers. No more time for cooking, socializing, or sleep. It's a sad, sad day.

But before we say good-bye, let's take a quick look back at the great moments of Holiday Break '11. Some great films came out to finish off (and make up for) a rather lackluster year. I got to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which, I must reiterate, was incredible. Fincher did a great job with this remake based on the book by Stieg Larsson. Mara Rooney will surely have some Oscar-buzz soon enough. 

I discovered some great shows that came out this past year, including New Girl feat. the lovely Zooey Deschanel and Happy Endings feat. a slew of hysterical comics, some from SNL. I also got to rewatch some old favorites including Arrested Development (check this one out!) and Parks and Recreation which is still a favorite of mine. This show continues to grow and improve as the seasons progress.

There were, naturally, some disappointments that came along the way. Our Idiot Brother was... well, idiotic. There were a few chuckle-worthy moments, but that's about it. Sad. I recently saw 30 Minutes or Less which was an extreme letdown. They crammed as many curse words as humanly possible into this film. Why? I've been asking myself that since the credits rolled. I normally find Jesse Eisenberg to be sweet and adorable in that puppydog kind of way, but he tried WAY too hard to be a badass in this role. It was pathetic.

I also found some great new music over the past month. Florence + The Machine is a new favorite. I'm semi-obsessed with her voice right now. It's gorgeous. In fact, if you want to check out a good performance, look up the New Year's episode of SNL. Her performance is spectacular. The new Skrillex EP also came out which was (of course) amazing. The song "Bangarang" is a personal favorite. If you want to review 2011 more in-depth, check out my earlier blog entries!

So, good-bye holiday break! It's been fun, but... we really need to move on. I'm hoping for the best with 2012. There's some promising new releases coming out this year. We can only hope they'll shine brighter than those "idiotic" ones last year. 

More to come.

-K

 

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