BEST OF 2012! Part Two
Pilbeam, the Space Pirate Queen, Radiophile and Gizzy B put their heads together to wrap up 2012 with a list of their BEST OF 2012 picks!
Best Movie of 2012: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, aka The Avengers!
The build-up and excitement leading up to its release was almost better than the film itself, but for once, it actually lived up to the hype for me! The cast was flawless, the writing better than I could have ever hoped. This was the only movie that I went to the midnight sceening for, and in the opening weekend alone I watched it three more times. *cough* What?? IT WAS REALLY, REALLY GOOD, OKAY.
Best Television Show of 2012: Elementary, my dear Watson!
I admit, I was initially skeptical when I heard that CBS was doing a Sherlock Holmes series set in the USA. But then I heard that my immortal queen Lucy Liu was cast as Watson, and it was too late, I was invested. I’ve never rooted for a show to be successful more than I have for Elementary, and fortunately, it has done incredibly well. While the “case of the week” never seems to rise beyond your run-of-the-mill procedural, Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes and Liu’s Watson are beautifully written, and their relationship/chemistry on the show is to die for.
Best Read of 2012: Marvel’s Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction and drawn by David Aja!
I’m still quite new to comics, and the decades upon decades’ worth of canon has always been a big obstacle for me. (I always want to know EVERYTHING when I read/watch something, and with Marvel comics that’s basically impossible unless you’re Stan Lee.) But Hawkeye is a great read, regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with any of the other Marvel comics. The main characters are Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (aka Hawkeye and… Hawkeye), and the stories are both self-contained and components of a bigger arc. The Hawkeye/Hawkeye team-up is perfect, and the writing is hilarious and clever and moving. Aja’s art is also beautiful; any of the covers would make a great poster.
Best Character of 2012: Steve Rogers/Captain America
I’m trying really hard not to make every pick in this list related to Marvel, but… I… can’t… think of a character I loved more than Steve Rogers/Captain America. Many of the deleted scenes from The Avengers were all centered around Steve adjusting to life in the modern world, and seeing how utterly, completely ALONE he was gave added context to his somewhat grim personality in the film. He lost everyone and everything he ever knew in the blink of an eye, but he rose up to become the leader everyone needed, because it was the right thing to do. … I’m mostly talking about Cap from the movies, but he’s been pretty great in the Avengers comics this year, too. (Here’s one of my fave moments.)
Best Apocalypse of 2012: Hostess
The Hostess snack company shut down, resulting in the death of the Twinkie (ironically, one of the few things that everyone said would survive the apocalypse).
Best Blog/Website of 2012: Pinboard
This is going to be a boring one for most, but: I signed up for Pinboard this year, and it has been a game changer. I’m somewhat obsessive when it comes to keeping a record of things, so being able to organize everything I read/watch/etc. on the Internet has been wonderful. I’ve tried several other free bookmarking services before Pinboard, but for some reason, I was never able to get into the habit. I think the fact that Pinboard is so minimalist helped, as well as cool features like tag bundles/searches and subscriptions. Also, the guy who runs it is hilarious and worth following on Twitter (@Pinboard).
Best Viral Video of 2012: Filmography 2012
A beautiful remix of 300+ movies from this year created by the incredibly talented Gen Ip.
Best Plot Twist of 2012: Gossip Girl
I don’t even watch the show, but the series finale of Gossip Girl has GOT to be the best plot twist of 2012. I barely know what it’s about, but from what I’ve gleaned there’s a lot of drama stirred up by an anonymous blogger only known as “Gossip Girl.” Anyway, NOBODY SAW THIS COMING, I’m sure. Well played, writers.
Best Twitter of 2012: @SirPatStew, the Twitter of Sir Patrick Stewart, aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Sir Patrick’s Tweets are a shining beacon of joy and delight in the dark fathoms of Internet space. If you need any convincing, consider the following:
Best Discovery of 2012: STAR TREK (☉‿☉✿)
Several months ago, I happened to catch the 2009 film on TV. I watched it for the first time since I saw it in theaters, remembered how good it was, and then it all kinda spiraled out of control from there. Still working my way through The Original Series (and swooning over 1960’s William Shatner), and counting down to Star Trek Into Darkness. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of May 2013 alive (Iron Man 3 and Star Trek back to back?!), but if I don’t, know that it’s how I would have wanted to go.
Worst of 2012
There were a lot of awful, awful things to happen in 2012, and I really couldn’t pick the “worst” of any of it unless I narrowed it down to a relatively small scale. But definitely one of the grossest things to read this year was Tony Harris’ rant on “fake geek girls” — specifically the ones who cosplay in order to prey on poor, defenseless “real” male geeks. But! The upside to this was seeing the backlash from other writers/artists in the comics industry, as well as this beautiful comic.
Gizzy B’s Picks
Best Movie of 2012: The Dark Knight Rises and Hugo
First of all, let me say that there were so many damned good movies this year, but for the sake of brevity I’ll narrow it down to two. My two favorite films of this year were The Dark Knight Rises and Hugo. The Dark Knight Rises was an outstanding conclusion to the Nolan trilogy and exceeded all of my expectations. Not just from the point of view of a Batman fan, but also purely from a storytelling perspective, it was incredible. Hugo was also an amazing film. It was touching, beautifully filmed, and a soulful tale that speaks to the heart and history of film making. It was a true homage to the beauty of film.
Best Television Show of 2012: American Horror Story Asylum
Wow, this is a difficult one. I have to go with American Horror Story Asylum. This show with each season speaks to the horror fan in me. It captures all of the different elements of horror and is not afraid to go to that scary place that often times storytellers are too frightened to explore. The show has atmosphere, it’s provocative, clever, creepy, and has wonderfully written dialogue. Also, any chance to see Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto at odds is utterly delightful.
Best Read of 2012: Don Juan by Lord Byron
I had been meaning to read Don Juan for years and finally got the chance. I loved it. Byron truly had a way with words and was able to tell an entire epic story through poetry which is admirable, to say the least. Byron’s phrases are smooth, they roll right off the tongue and aren’t without their own humor, wit, and social commentary. For anyone who is looking to get into the classics, I highly recommend it.
Best Character of 2012: John Blake from The Dark Knight Rises
He fulfills every hope I had for the conclusion of the trilogy, and is in all sincerity a dream come true. He’s Robin played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. It’s as if the God of Fangirl Dreams said, “Here, Giselle, you can have this one.” Thank you, gracious fangirl god. Thank you.
Best Apocalypse of 2012
The apocalypse where I, Emperor Giselle of the Universe, have actually taken over the world and all of you are right now in Matrix style pods feeding me your energy so that I can be eternally young. And you don’t even realize it! MWA HA HA. MANIACAL LAUGH.
Best Toy of 2012: Smartphone
I finally caved in and got a smart phone, a Motorola something or other, and I pretty much consider it a toy. On it I have discovered some Adult Swim App that allows me to play their games for free. I have spent more time playing games on my phone than I am proud to admit.
Best Blog/Website of 2012: Celebs That Copy Brandy
It is so damn random, I love it. It also proves, without a doubt, that for years people high and low have been copying the singer. The worst offender is the Queen of England! Even people from the past have copied Brandy. Have no fear, the 90’s are not dead, people. They are alive! Through Brandy!
Best Viral Video of 2012: Batman Blows His Cover
My favorite video this year is Batman Blows His Cover.
I love all of the Batman parody videos by Front Page Films, and this one is by far is the best. Pete Holmes has a hilarious rendition of the caped crusader and watching him try to explain his way out of a tight situation is one of the funniest experiences on the internet. Make sure to check out their other parodies of the dark knight, and especially their “Doctor” series.
Best Plot Twist of 2012: American Horror Story Asylum
SPOILER ALERT FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY ASYLUM. When Dr. Thredson revealed that he was Bloodyface I could not have been more shocked. Very rarely does a plot twist surprise me and this one truly did. I, in all sincerity, stood up from my very comfy chair and declared, “No fucking way,” when that was revealed. The way in which the truth was uncovered was also a delicious because it was slowly revealed, making the moment even more enjoyable. I tip my hat to the writers of that show and to Mr. Quinto for giving me one of the biggest shocks of 2012.
Best Twitter of 2012: @Lord Voldemort
I love this parody account because it makes Lord Voldemort seem like the greatest sassy gay friend ever. He also bashes on Twilight quite a bit. Need a hag, sir, because I volunteer as tribute?
Best “I was wrong” Opinion of 2012: Vampire Diaries
I will be the first to admit if I was wrong about something. In fact, I am delighted often times when I’ve assumed something is awful and it turns out I could not have been more off. At this point, I will humbly offer my deepest apologies to Vampire Diaries. I was one of the first naysayers to this show and could not have been cattier when describing it. After hearing people I respect talking about how good the show is I finally sat down and watched the first episode. Two days later I emerged from my room and had finished the entire first season. It’s so damn good and addictive. Mea culpa, Vampire Diaries, mea culpa!
Worst of 2012
Where the hell were all of the “End of the World” parties that ought to have occurred? What a missed opportunity! I would have thrown one, but I was too busy being lazy and memorizing the teaser trailer for “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Here’s to 2013 being bigger and better than its predecessors!