Hello, people! So now 2012 has come and gone and the world didn´t end (I´m really disappointed, just so you know. I was totally counting on this). Anyway, another year is over, a year in which the first half was AWESOME (*my projects all got an A! I was in love! I lost 10 kg! It was so cool*) and the second half was totally horrid (*I got dumped! I failed an exam which was so important that now I have to extend my studies for a whole year! *Damn you, structural design!* And then my study support got cancelled!*).
The second half was not all bad, of course, many good things happened, too, like me discovering Sherlock (aka my new *OHMYGODIMSOINLOVE* TV series) or Jab Tak Hai Jaan which was not at all as bad as I feared or that I finally got to see my family in Poland again (for several reasons I haven´t been there for four years). I learned a lot. For example that I am much more persevering than I thought and that I don´t give up and that a mom is the best thing ever when you are so down that you think you will never get up again.
All in all, it was an experience, like every year of course and it was all worth it but to be honest, I hope 2013 will end better. So: Farewell, 2012, I hope you had a great time. I did. (In the first six months, anyway).
(Not all of the things listed here are exclusively 2012 but this is a list about Me In 2012 (hey this should be a thing! A title or something) and the things I saw/read/felt in 2012 I think it can go excused.)
Most Shocking Event: Shah Rukh KISSING!!! On Screen!!!
I just pretend it never happened. Ever. I can´t believe myself that I´m saying this, after all I like to see myself as this modern, open and tolerant girl but IT WAS JUST SO INAPPROPRIATE. I don´t know why I feel so strongly about it, maybe it´s the fact that there are some things which better remain to the imagination. Maybe it´s because I felt kind of disappointed by Shah Rukh. After all, didn´t he always say that he would never ever kiss on screen?
I felt like he was letting me down. As hard as it is to admit, I always felt kind of proud about the fact that he doesn´t kiss on screen. Be it out of respect for his wife or that he just feels awkward about it, he stood to his principles and didn´t bend over backwards just to satisfy someone. After the screening as I left the theater I couldn´t shake the slightly cynical, bitter feeling that just because his career doesn´t go so well right now... he kinda... sold himself. To the industry. To the audience. I don´t know. Maybe I´m too harsh on him. Maybe
it´s just me. :??? But Shah Rukh: Please, please, never again!
Unexpected - But Not So Secret - Crush Of The Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Co-relating with my Favourite TV Series (see below) Benedict totally swept me off my feet. Because let´s face it: he is really not my kinda guy. Tall but slender, not to say skinny, with an angular face, with small, pale eyes and hands and feet which are too big for the rest of his body. But. BUT, PEOPLE. No matter, how you see it, he´s hot. Like, really, really hot. And he´s got nice hair. And he has this whole "smart is sexy"- thing going on. And he has a deep, deeeep voice. And he looks like a fairy prince. Okay, stop. Before I start to drool all over my notebook. I can´t really explain it. I think it´s one of those thing that you have to experience for yourself (like so many, many other people have. After all, they even got a nickname).
Most Hated Person Of The Year: My Structural Design Professor (AGAIN)
(WARNING: Unreasonable rant ahead)
One day this man is gonna kill me, I swear. My life would be so much easier without him. Or to be more specific, his chief assistant who is The Real Boss around the whole department. He hates students. Or me. Or the whole world. And I hate him. We hate eachother. If I would have to name my archenemy it would be him.
Most Annoying Person Of The Year: Katrina Kaif
For almost ruining JTHJ for me. I don´t have anything against Kat personally, I do think she is really pretty and in her interviews she comes across as a nice and polite person but the woman CANNOT EMOTE TO SAVE HER LIFE. I think Katrina is great in a role which doesn´t require much more than being a pretty set accessory and for kicking butt in the songs (because say what you want, Kat is a great dancer), films like Tees Maar Khan or Namastey London but in a full-on romantic, epic drama? Please. No way am I gonna believe that Kat is suffering tormenting pains of a broken heart. Or that she is in love with Shah Rukh. And it doesn´t help much that everytime Shah Rukh makes a move on her she looks utterly disgusted. And it also doesn´t help much that *Fishface* (who gets botox with 28? Seriously.) is facing the "King Of Romance", who is EMOTING HIS HEART OUT. (If you don´t shine like a lightbulb, you will get overshadowed by default). Nice try, Kat, but why on earth you thought that you could cut it will forever be beyond me.
Girl Crush Of The Year: Ileana D´Cruz
Ileana just stole my heart in Barfi! She was SO beautiful, SO expressive and yet SO subtle that I totally fell in love with her. I understand that script wise, it made more sense that Barfi ended up with Jhilmil because Shruti had her chance early in the movie and she just missed it (and she also failed the lamp-test! Which was, like, DUH!) but oh my God, did she made me feel it. Her heart was broken and so was mine, I just couldn´t help it but root for her ´til the very (bitter) end.
Ileana also totally out-acted Bunny in Julayi who was rather meh in it. She had so, so little to work with, practically nothing but she made me remember her character longer than the movie (which I forgot about, like, five minutes after it was over). She also was SMOKIN` HAWT in the songs.
Funniest Movie Of The Year: The Emperor´s New Groove
I love, love, looove Disney. I grew up on it. My childhood is made up of ice pop and reruns of The Little Mermaid. I think I have seen every Disney movie several times. Yet somehow this little movie went past me and I saw it just a few months ago when I was back at home together with my ten year old cousin. She didn´t like at all but I was roaring with laughter. The movie is filled with witty and hilarious dialogue. I love the humour in it but I can understand that it´s not everyone´s cup of tea. But I think that The Emperor´s New Groove is a delighful little comedy which should be way more appreciated.
Here´s my favourite scene: Yzma´s brilliant plan to kill Kuzco:
"Coolest" Movie Of The Year: The Cabin In The Woods
Between The Avengers and this, it will always be The Cabin. Because it´s Joss Whedon + horror. Intelligent horror. And Sigourney Weaver. Also: Best ending since a long time. And a bloodbath. I looove bloodbaths. And every one knows that mermaids are a serious issue. Have you never read Harry Potter?
Everyone knows. Even Sherlock.
It´s just a really good movie, okay?
Favourite Movie Of The Year: Skyfall/Brave
Skyfall was AWESOME. It was perfect. Ever since the innocent age of seven when my dad let me watch Goldeneye with him, I have been a devoted fan of the Bond-franchise. Liking spy films in general with all the gadgets, world-conquering villains and impossible missions in exotic locations is of course an advantage to liking the Bond films. My favourite Bond was always Pierce Brosnan. I had a mega crush on him when I was eleven and I thought they couldn´t be serious when they cast Daniel Craig as the new Bond. As always, I was so wrong. Craig´s Bond is not only more badass than all the other Bonds put together, he also has feelings. And yes, I sound totally like a girl here, head full with rainbows and unicorns but I love the new Bond for this exact reason. He is weak. He cares. He is human. He can squish you with his little finger but he does not feel indifferent about it. What I always found a little boring in the earlier Bond movies was the fact that there was no character development whatsoever. Every movie starts from point zero. In the "new" Bond however there seems to be progress. Change. In "Casino Royale" Bond found and lost his true love. "A Quantum Of Solace" was about dealing with the anger and grief that comes from losing someone you love. Skyfall however is about starting anew, though battered and scarred, more broken than before but also wiser and more experienced. Also: The cinematography. The title song. Javier Bardem as the most gay villain ever. The deserted island. Q. M as The Ultimate Bond Girl. (Although I will miss Judy Dench so, so much). Skyfall seems to be more than ever fetermined to get Bond back to his roots with Monepenny, the Aston Martin etc. but it´s a good merge IMO. We now have a Bond who knows where he comes from but is not afraid to go ahead.
I expected so much from "Brave" at first watching that there was no other way than to be disappointed. It took a while to understand the real meaning behind this movie and really appreciate it. Pixar, you strike again. (That makes Pixar: 10, Me: 0). On the surface your usual Disney-Princess-Story-fare, "Brave" is a small in scale (but only compared to the other Pixars and certainly not in regards to the animation which was simply breathtaking) film about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It´s a great movie to see with your mom (as I did and it reminded me so much of many of our fights together when I was a growing up!) and as usual, Pixar did not disappoint.
Most Heart-Wrenching Movie Of The Year: 3
Why? See here.
Most Disappointing Movie Of The Year: Don 2
Several reasons. For extended explanation see here.
Most Favourite Soundtrack: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Although I admit that the movie has its highs and (many, many) lows, I thought that the soundtrack was perfect. Like always with A. R. Rahman´s music it took a while to grow on me but after I saw the movie I was totally in love with it. Maybe it was the combination with the visual, with the story and emotions behind it, but a couple of weeks later and I still listen to them almost nonstop.
My favourite. Also: SRK and Katrina nailed the choreo. I don´t care what every one says, I really, really dig the picturisation of Ishq Shava even if it´s just because that SRK and Kat have at least a teenytiny bit of chemistry here.
Most Favourite Song: Vaana Vaana Villuvayi
Cherry + Tamannah + Rain? Please. How could I not like it?
Most Favourite TV Series: Sherlock
Oh Gosh, Sherlock. Although never being a fan of crime stories, be it books, TV or cinema, I always had a soft spot for The Greatest Detective Of Our Times (TM). Although liking some several adaptations as well as the Robert Downey Jr. movies I never felt that they really did the books justice. Until I came across Sherlock. Since this is "Your Favourite Series Of The Year" I could spend many, many words of how awesome/creative/amazing/gorgeous/funny/AWESOME (OMG it is so awesome) this series is but that, of course, would be boring. Instead I´ll show you how awesome it is:
I think it perfectly sums it up. Watching only at your own responsibility.
*(Gosh, we really do need a season 3, don´t we?)*
Most Favourite Web Series: The Lizzie Diaries
Discovering vlogs was one of my favourite things to do this year ( I know. But I am always late to the game). I also always wished for a modern adapation of Jane Austen books. It has been tried before in a lovely and intelligent way with "Lost In Austen" which was funny and delightful and charming all at the same time and which you should totally watch when you are as near a fan of Jane Austen as me.
But it never was as refreshing and experimental as with TLD. I really like their modern spin of this well-known story (I especially appreciate their take on Lydia and Mr. Collins and Kitty is just awesome) and the actors are perfect. They try really hard to maintain the essence of the story but they also point out the flaws in it which is really welcome since I always had a few problems with it. Anyway, If you´re an Austen fan and have two to five minutes to spare you should check out:
Plus: Eye Candy Galore! Bing, Darcy and OMG!Wickham are unbelievably easy on the eye.
Special Tribute For Ending In 2012:
The Twilight Saga
Oh Twilight. The books at least had some UST. And Bella had something of a personality. Edward wasn´t such a douche. And Jacob didn´t take his shirt off every five minutes. Well, I guess that 24 is just simply too old to really appreciate the Twilight movies. They are completely and utterly devoted to make little thirteen-year-olds cry with joy not to interest mature and adult 24-year-olds like me. But - as I stuck with the books until the very (disappointing end) - I thought that I should prove my loyalty and see Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Well. What does it say when the only moment that I was really paying attention was the war sequence? Oh my God, I thought, they finally did something daring and new with that franchise! As they ripped Carlisle´s head off I cried out "NO!" in shock and despair. I was finally, after five movies, finally emotionally invested. But then it was all just a dream sequence and everything was boring again. And I can´t even blame it on the fact that since I read the books I knew what would happen and therefore the plot can´t be exciting for me. Harry Potter, anyone? Lord Of The Rings? I even liked the mess that was "Eragon" more than this. They at least had dragons. But, anyway, it is over now. I feel accomplished. I have read every book and I have seen every movie in the cinema. I may have made fun of Robert and Taylor and couldn´t care less about the Dooms Day that was the Fallout Of "Robsten" (but I DO know the nickname!) so no one can say I´m a bad fan although I secretly lost interest halfway through. HAH! So, farewell, Twilight, let´s hope that Stephenie Meyer never has a dream again.
Oh Gossip Girl. How I loved your schemes, your elitist snobbery, your fashion and your version of New York. You were my new Sex And The City only better because your characters were more fashionable AND age appropriate. I will never forget how I loved to hate Vanessa. Or how I envied Serena for her hair. The way I shipped my heart out at the whole twisted affair that was Chair. My beloved couple. Halfway through season 4 they became the only reason I watched you. I rooted for them, I cheered for them, I cried and suffered along with them. And in the end... DAN WAS GOSSIP GIRL!? That was the most stupid and most disappointing COMPLETE change of character ever. It changed his whole arc! So he was a calculating, manipulative and coldhearted douchebag not only during most of season 5 and the whole of season 6 but THE WHOLE TIME?! And you´re trying to tell me that he did all that just because of his "eternal and undying and deep looouuve" for Serena? How stupid. And how stupid (but character appropriate) for Serena to not only forgive him but marry him.! I´ll just pretend that never happened. My series ended in Central Park with the wedding of Chuck and Blair. After all, at the end of season 6, did anone really care who Gossip Girl really was?
That was it for this year, people! I hope you had fun reading last year´s list and I wish everything good and happy for you in 2013.