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Oscar Predictions

Just over an hour until the show. Time to make my official predictions!

Best Actor:
Will Win: George Clooney, The Descendants
Should Win: George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Should Win: Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress:
Will Win: Viola Davis, The Help
Should Win: Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Should Win: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Animated Film:
Will Win: Rango
Should Win: I honestly don’t even care…

Best Art Direction:
Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: The Tree of Life
Should Win: The Tree of Life

Best Costume Design:
Will Win: Jane Eyre
Should Win: The Artist

Best Director:
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Should Win: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Documentary:
Will Win: Paradise Lost 3
Should Win: I don’t even know

Totally skipping over the shorts because I don’t care about them.

Best Film Editing:
Will Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Should Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win: A Separation
Should Win: A Separation

Best Makeup:
Will Win: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Should Win: Harry Potter

Best Musical Score:
Will Win: War Horse
Should Win: Hugo

Best Original Song:
Will Win: Man or Muppet, The Muppets
Should Win: Man or Muppet

Best Sound Editing:
Will Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Should Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Sound Mixing:
Will Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Should Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Visual Effects:
Will Win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Should Win: Harry Potter

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will Win: The Descendants
Should Win: The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
Will Win: Midnight in Paris
Should Win: Bridesmaids

And finally, Best Picture
Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Midnight in Paris

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Golden Globes Predictions!

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Help

Best Actress – Drama: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Best Actor – Drama: George Clooney (The Descendants)

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Artist

Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Animated Feature: Rango

Best Foreign Language Film: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zallian (Moneyball)

Best Original Score: The Artist (Ludovic Bource)

Best Original Song: “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs)

Best TV Series – Drama: Homeland

Best Actress – Drama: Claire Danes (Homeland)

Best Actor – Drama: Kelsey Grammer (Boss)

Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical: New Girl

Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)

Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Best Miniseries: Downton Abbey

Best Actress – Miniseries: Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

Best Actor – Miniseries: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)

Best Supporting Actress on TV: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Best Supporting Actor on TV: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

 

Instead of a liveblog this year, I’ll be livetweeting. Follow @amandawysocki for up-to-the-minute tweets. Tomorrow, I’ll expand on the tweets in a blog post recapping the awards!

The Secret Circle

Here is the main thing I have learned from supernatural TV shows. I clearly need to move to a small town if I ever want to meet a vampire, witch, or werewolf.

The Secret Circle is yet another supernatural teen drama, which seems to be what The CW now specializes in. Its premiere held 100% of The Vampire Diaries’ viewership, which is basically unheard of.

Here’s the gist of the show: Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson of Life Unexpected) is a 16-year-old girl who has to move in with her grandmother (Ashley Crow, a.k.a. Claire’s mom on Heroes) in a small town in Washington. Cassie’s mom just died in a house explosion and Cassie is devastated. When she moves to Chance Harbor, everyone knows who she is and is very excited to meet her. It’s almost reminiscent of Twilight when everyone is instantly in love with Bella Swan. Except Cassie isn’t quite as boring of a character. She’s got more spunk.

So, there are five teenagers in particular we meet in the first episode. There’s Nick, the creepy guy who lives next door to Cassie and somehow opens her curtains even after she shut them. Diana, the nice girl who instantly wants to be Cassie’s bestie. Adam, the potential love interest for Cassie, but feels conflicted because he’s dating Diana. Faye, who is described as the “resident bad girl.” This is made even more clear when she walks in slow motion while “bad girl music” plays. It’s as cheesy as it sounds. And Phoebe, who is given little to do except be Faye’s lackey.

Then there are the adults. Cassie’s grandma, of course, seems like the traditional, awesome grandmother typically portrayed on these shows. Faye’s mother is the school principal and seems to be drastically different from her bad-girl daughter. In the last scenes, however, it becomes apparent that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Diana’s dad is super creepy and it’s basically shown that he killed Cassie’s mom. Then there’s Adam’s dad, who owns the Boathouse (the hang-out spot in Chance Harbor) and is a drunk who likes to talk a lot about fate. He also tells Cassie that he loved her mom and that he thinks her and Adam are destined to be together.

Those are all the major characters. Now, on to the plot.

The show opens with Cassie getting a flat tire and talking to her mom on the phone. After she hangs up the phone, Cassie’s house mysteriously bursts into flames and her mother dies in the fire. Cut to Cassie moving in with her grandma. When she starts school the next day, everyone seems to know who she is and wants to tell her how pretty she is. Seriously, nearly every character mentions it. Mysterious things seem to happen, like Cassie’s combination lock mysteriously opening and her curtains coming open after she shuts them.

After her first day of school, Diana invites her to the Boathouse. Faye corners Cassie and she decides she wants to leave. As Cassie is trying to get her car to start, the engine starts smoking and then bursts into flames. She also can’t get the door unlocked. Adam comes out to try to save her as Faye and Phoebe watch. Clearly, it’s implied that Faye is the one trapping her in the car. Cassie eventually gets the door unlocked and the fire goes out. Later, Diana confronts Faye and says they need to be careful about their power.

Yep, all the teenagers we’ve been introduced to are practicing witchcraft and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to complete their “circle.” Now that Cassie is there, they are more powerful than ever. They tell Cassie about her abilities and naturally, she doesn’t believe them. Later, Adam finds her in the woods and they make drops of water levitate. They also almost kiss. It’s supposed to be super romantic, but is mainly really cheesy. Now that their circle is complete, however, the six teens are much more powerful. Faye, especially, is thrilled by this. She goes for a walk one night, making light bulbs go out and starting massive thunderstorms. Quickly, the storm gets out of control and is only stopped when Cassie helps her.

Cassie’s grandmother believes the children might be practicing again and goes to Faye’s mom, the principal. Faye’s mom assures her that she doesn’t think the kids are practicing and she would know since she’s around them all day. Cassie’s grandmother doesn’t seem to be entirely reassured, but lets it go. Apparently, something terrible happened 16 years ago when all the current teens’ parents were practicing witchcraft. Each of the current generation of teens lost a parent in the accident. Cassie’s dad, Adam’s mom, Faye’s dad, Diana’s mom, and no one really cares about the other two yet. By the end of the show, though, it becomes clear that Faye’s mom does in fact know about the practicing and is in cahoots with Diana’s evil father to encourage it. Diana’s evil father confronts Adam’s awesome drunk dad and basically uses his power to pretend drown him as a warning that he needs to stop talking to Cassie. It’s very evil and cheesy.

The show is created by Kevin Williamson (of Dawson’s Creek and The Vampire Diaries fame) and is very reminiscent of his other shows. It is a very cheesy teen drama like Dawson’s Creek with the supernatural elements of The Vampire Diaries. It isn’t the worst show I’ve ever seen. Britt Robertson is spunky and adorable as Cassie. Some of the other teens aren’t completely boring. Ashley Crow is her usual kickass self. The biggest problem is that it takes itself too seriously. The music, in particular, makes many of the plot points very heavy-handed. Every time we see Diana’s dad, the music gets super ominous. It’s just a little bit over the top. Many pilots tend to be this way, though, because they have to set up so many things. I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt because I do see some potential here. If it weren’t in such a crowded timeslot (against Person of Interest, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and Bones), it would most likely be on my fall schedule.

Emmy Predictions

Before the show starts, I might as well add my two cents to all the Emmy predictions out there. I’m just going to go through and do the biggest categories. I haven’t seen any of the miniseries or movies nominated, though I think Mildred Pierce will probably sweep those categories.

Comedy:

Outstanding Comedy: 

Nominees: Glee, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory

Will Win: Modern Family. This is such a critical darling and for good reason. It’s a fantastic show and a win would be well deserved. However…

Should Win: Parks and Recreation. This is really the only category where I’ve legitimately seen every episode of each of the shows. I love all of these shows. People who know me well know all about my intense Glee and Big Bang Theory obsessions. However, those shows both had uneven seasons. The Office is past its prime and 30 Rock suffered quite a bit this year. Modern Family also had its poor episodes. Parks and Rec was hands down the most consistently funny show of this category (I honestly would rather see Community win, but it didn’t get nominated). There are moments from this past season that had me rolling on the floor laughing and it was just the strongest of these six.

Lead Actor, Comedy:

Nominees: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Steve Carell (The Office), Louis C.K. (Louie), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Will Win: Steve Carell. It’s his last season portraying Michael Scott, which has become an incredibly beloved character. He’s also never won an Emmy in this category. It’s inevitable.

Should Win: Jim Parsons. He won last year and was just as fantastic this year. Even though Sheldon was front and center in too many episodes this season, Parsons was never unwelcome. I would also love to see Johnny Galecki win because he is really hilarious and is often overshadowed by Parsons.

Lead Actress, Comedy:

Nominees: Laura Linney (The Big C), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Tina Fey (30 Rock)

Will Win: Laura Linney. She made cancer funny. That’s nearly impossible to do, but she pulled it off and she did it well.

Should Win: Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope is one of the funniest characters on TV right now. The character started as a rip-off of Michael Scott, but Poehler has managed to put a completely different spin on the character. She seems naive at times, but she’s really just idealistic. More than anything, she’s a strong woman who has high aspirations. I want to be besties with Leslie Knope and Poehler deserves all the credit for that. She’s fantastic.

Supporting Actor, Comedy:

Nominees: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Will Win: Chris Colfer. I have a feeling that the Modern Family guys are going to cancel each other out and I just don’t foresee Jon Cryer winning it. He could very well win just for not being Charlie Sheen. However, Colfer has really been in the spotlight a lot this season for the bullying storyline and his wonderful relationship with Blaine (Darren Criss). I think he has the most momentum and might pull it off tonight.

Should Win: Ty Burrell. As much as I absolutely adore Chris Colfer, the majority of the scenes where he really shined this year were dramatic. He wasn’t given the opportunity to show off his comedic skills most of the time. I don’t watch enough of Two and a Half Men to know about Jon Cryer. However, Ty Burrell is a total scenestealer on Modern Family. Phil is possibly my favorite character and Burrell really hasn’t been recognized for that. I would love for this year to be his.

Supporting Actress, Comedy:

Nominees: Jane Lynch (Glee), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Kristen Wiig (SNL), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

Will Win: Jane Lynch. She’s the freaking host. It’s just kind of awkward if she doesn’t win.

Should Win: Julie Bowen. She has to play the “straight man” a lot of the time, which can be a very unforgiving role. However, when Bowen is given the chance to be the goofy, outgoing one, she is absolutely hilarious. She has amazing comedic timing and does fantastic with the role of Claire.

Drama:

Outstanding Drama Series:

Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Dexter, Game of Thrones

Will Win: Mad Men. When the Emmys loves something, they consistently reward it. Mad Men has won the past three years and will likely win for the fourth time.

Should Win: Friday Night Lights. This is one of the best shows in recent television history. It has never been nominated for Best Series and this was its final season. The only Emmy it has ever won is for Outstanding Casting and it deserves so much more than that. FNL has had five mostly consistent seasons. The only exception was the ludicrous murder plot from the second season, but other than that, it has been absolutely exquisite. Anything less than a win is an absolute travesty.

Lead Actor, Drama:

Nominees: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Will Win: Steve Buscemi. Period shows are like crack to the Emmys and pretty much any awards show.Buscemi has received a lot of critical praise and after his Golden Globes win, he has a good shot at winning here as well.

Should Win: Kyle Chandler. Look at everything I just said about Friday Night Lights. Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor is the moral center of this show. He has never been recognized by the Emmys and that needs to change tonight.

Lead Actress, Drama:

Nominees: Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)

Will Win: Kathy Bates. She’s going to win because she’s Kathy Bates. The Emmys tends to be ridiculously unimaginative with their picks in this category (look at last year’s win for Kyra Sedgwick). Bates is one of the most unimaginative picks for this category, so she’s a safe bet.

Should Win: Connie Britton. Once again, Friday Night Lights. It’s amazing. Britton is phenomenal as Coach’s wife Tami and she needs to be recognized. Now.

Supporting Actor, Drama:

Nominees: John Slattery (Mad Men), Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Walton Goggins (Justified), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Will Win: Peter Dinklage. All the buzz is behind him and he is reportedly amazing in Game of Thrones.

Should Win: John Slattery. To be fair, he’s the only one whose performance I’ve actually seen, but he is fantastic. I really love Roger on Mad Men and Slattery does a great job with him.

Supporting Actress, Drama:

Nominees: Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Margo Martindale (Justified), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Will Win: Archie Panjabi. She won last year and I think she’ll probably win again this year.

Should Win: Christina Hendricks. Joan is fantastic and Hendricks does amazing with the character. She’s absolutely gorgeous and sexy, which she ties into her character. Her sense of humor is fantastic. She’s basically just a badass and deserves to win.

Hello again!

I swear I have not abandoned this blog! In the five months since I last updated, I finished my junior year of college, went to Europe for the first time in my life, worked at my regular summer nerd camp, and started an internship and my senior year. That didn’t leave room for much blogging time. However, with the nature of my current internship, I need some time for self-care and movies and television have always been my favored outlet. I’m going to attempt to update three times a week, but I might get behind. I promise it will not be five months again, though.

I decided to refine my focus a little more, though. In all honesty, I’m not a huge music person. I know what I like and am constantly listening to that, but I don’t have the same passion about that as I do with movies and TV. Occasionally, I might throw in a post about a music video or song that EW recommends, but I will probably not do any full album reviews (unless it’s an artist I actually know and feel confident writing about). I’m also going to expand to some TV shows that EW does not specifically recommend. I’m planning on a full fall preview of TV with my ridiculous schedule included (I’m attempting to follow 26 shows this season). I’ll also keep up my liveblogs of the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars.

This week, I’ve got plans to review the Sons of Anarchy fourth season premiere, The Millionaire Matchmaker, and Suits. There is also the possibility of a liveblog of the True Blood season finale, provided I can catch up before Sunday and find a house with HBO. We’ll see. Stay tuned!

My Top 10 of 2010

My list is going to be just a litle bit different from Entertainment Weekly. I’m not including any books on my list. I read a lot, but my favorite books I’ve read this year were not published in 2010. I’m only including one song. I’m not really a music critic. I know what I like and what I don’t. This is going to be very movie and TV heavy because that’s what I know best. Movies and TV are my passion and this list will reflect that.

10. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Over the summer, I decided to give late night TV a shot and I can’t stand Jay Leno or David Letterman, so I moved on to Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson. Since then, I have hardly missed an episode of either of them. In Kansas City, Craig Ferguson is on an hour after Jimmy Fallon, so I get a wonderful 2-hour block of laughter. They’re both so random and hilarious. I love Craig’s repartee with his robot announcer Geoff. I love the random games Jimmy plays with audience members and his guests. They’re both absolutely wonderful and I love my nights with them.

9. The Daily Show

This should really go without saying, but Jon Stewart is phenomenal. His coverage of the midterm elections was fantastic, as usual. But the reason I loved him more than ever this year was his advocacy for the 9/11 First Responders health coverage bill. Stewart is at his best when he is passionate about a cause and he was completely spot-on with this. In particular, his last show of the year was fantastic. When he was interviewing a group of 9/11 First Responders, it was hard to remember that he’s a comedian and not a legit journalist. If you have not seen this episode yet, you absolutely must watch it.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Read the post I wrote about it. I love Harry Potter. I love this movie.

7. The Big Bang Theory

I’ve also written about my love for this show in the past couple of weeks. I love these nerds and my love grows every time I watch them.

6. Modern Family

This is one of the top three funniest shows on TV right now. I gave my mom the first season for Christmas and we started rewatching the episodes tonight. There’s at least three laugh out loud moments in every single episode. The humor never goes too over the top. The characters balance each other out extremely well. Plus, it’s one of the most well-written shows on television right now. If you haven’t watched it yet, do it. You won’t be sorry.

5. Black Swan

My favorite of the Best Picture contenders for the Oscars. Absolutely phenomenal. For more detail, check out my post from a week ago.

4. Friday Night Lights

This show has been virtually flawless for four seasons. This season was no exception. I dare anyone to watch the episode where Matt buries his father and not cry. The cast is phenomenal and horribly underrated. The younger actors on it have such bright futures in acting. Plus, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton have the best marriage on television. The fifth and final season airs this summer. I’m both looking forward to it and completely dreading it. I’m not ready to say goodbye to this show.

3. “Little Lion Man,” Mumford & Sons

I can’t really explain why I love this song so much. All I know is, it got me through this summer. I blared it at work every time I heard it. I blast it in the car whenever I can. I just love to sing along to it. It’s completely beautiful and I adore it.

2. Toy Story 3

I was five years old when the first Toy Story came out in theaters. Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang have been a part of my life for 15 years. I went to the midnight premiere when TS3 came out and it was mainly college-age students there. We were all there to reconnect with our childhood friends as we watched Andy deal with going away to college and leaving his childhood behind him. The young children who saw the first Toy Story in theaters are now going through the same issues as Andy. As usual, Pixar addresses this in a completely poignant way. Anyone who says they didn’t cry at the end of this movie is either lying or has a heart made of stone.

1. Community

This is arguably the funniest show on television right now. Every episode is absolutely hilarious. There might be a dud or two in there, but even the duds have their funny moments. The show has evolved since the pilot into the best representation of parody on television right now. Any genre of film or television is up for grabs and the writers don’t shy away from anything. In the first season and a half, the show has at least five instant classic episodes. Any show that will film a stop-motion Christmas special is amazing. This is pretty much the best show people aren’t watching right now.

EW’s Top Ten of 2010

I decided to look at Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Must List for the year as a single entity. Everything on it has been mentioned in previous issues and I have blogged about a majority of the things on the list. If I haven’t watched, read, or listened to it, I’m not going to offer commentary on it.

1. The Social Network

EW: “Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin turned Facebook’s origin story into a fast, funny masterpiece. Thanks to zippy dialogue and a sparkling cast, Network was this year’s can’t-stop-talking-about-it sensation.”

My opinion: There’s a reason this is on nearly every top ten list for the year and has won a ton of Best Picture awards from the various critics circles around the country. It’s an amazing movie. As far as writing, acting, and directing go, it’s nearly flawless. The score is phenomenal. It’s the frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars and deservedly so.

2. Modern Family

EW: “Coming off last year’s stellar debut, the ABC sitcom found an excellent groove between hilarious and endearing. With its outrageously charming ensemble and an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, we can only ask: May we always be part of this Family?”

My opinion: This is tied with Community for the funniest show on TV right now. All of the actors are absolutely hilarious. The writing is always spot-on. Every week, I tune in and expect to laugh my ass off. I am almost never disappointed.

3. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

EW: “A follow-up to The Corrections, Franzen’s huge, lush novel about a marriage is also a fully formed portrait of our time.”

My opinion: I have not read this yet. It’s nearly 600 pages long and I just haven’t had the time to get into yet. My mom said it’s really good, though.

4. The Kids Are All Right

EW: “This keenly observed family drama was better than just all right: It was a remarkable portrayal of an unconventional domestic life.”

My opinion: I have this from Netflix right now. Expect a review in the next 24-36 hours.

5. The Walking Dead

EW: “In a mere six episodes, the first season of AMC’s horror hit put most new TV shows to shame. Get past the zombie kill shots, and what really makes Dead work is its still-breathing protagonists, the best cast of freaked-out survivors since that show about the island.”

My opinion: Absolutely not. I watched the first episode and I really was unimpressed by it. To be fair, though, I can’t get past the blood and gore. The sight of blood makes me queasy, so I spent most the pilot wanting to vomit.

6. Speak Now, Taylor Swift

EW: “Forget the guys she may or may not be singing about (Taylor Lautner? John Mayer? Kanye West?). The 21-year-old’s slyly produced smash album is a surprisingly grown-up study of romance, regret, and heartbreak.”

My opinion: Aw, hell no. I will give it to her that it wasn’t as awful as I had expected it to be. However, she keeps writing the same song over and over again. I liked her first album, but I’m more than ready for the Taylor Swift phenomena to end.

7. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

EW: “After last year’s VMA antics, West was bent on releasing one of 2010’s best albums. And with a roster of greats assisting his own poignant rhymes and masterful production, he did just that.”

My opinion: I have not listened to the full album yet. I plan on doing so in the next few days, so I will form an opinion then.

8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

EW: “Skloot set out to discover how one dead woman’s cells ignited a scientific revolution. The resulting book is part medical thriller, part ghost story, and impossible to put down.”

My opinion: I hadn’t even heard of this book, but from the description in EW, it sounds intriguing.

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

EW: “Bleak and paranoid, the seventh Potter movie could’ve been a slog. But director David Yates transformed Hallows into vivid entertainment, with thrills, chills, and genuine humanity.”

My opinion: As I wrote in my last post, I adored this film. I firmly believe it belongs on this list. My favorite of the big blockbuster movies this year.

10. Mad Men

EW: “AMC’s ‘60s-era drama has long operated at a slow boil, but this year reaffirmed that Mad Men is always worth the wait. Between Kiernan Shipka’s breakout performance as Sally, the not-long-for-this-world Miss Blankenship, and Don’s surprise proposal in the October finale, season 4 may be the series’ best yet.”

My opinion: This is arguably the best dramatic series on television in quite some time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s right up there with The West Wing, Veronica Mars, and Friday Night Lights. Trust me, that’s extremely high praise in my book. However, the cracktastic twist in the finale this year kind of hurt my opinion of the overall season. Ignoring the proposal that came out of left field, though, watching the Don Draper’s downfall and eventual “rebirth” was absolutely fantastic.

Coming tomorrow: My own top 10 list