Here go some of my favorite things of ’07, in no particular order:
Flight of the Conchords: This is by far my second favorite comedy of the year. (we all know what takes top honors and I won’t bore you with it again). If you guys haven’t seen it then you really really should. It is a comedy that airs on HBO that is about A New Zealand pop group duo (Jemaine and Bret) who come to NY to get their big break. We get to come along and see them try to survive in NY and we get to see their dimwit manager try to get gigs for them. What I like about this show is the hilarious little comments and remarks that the characters say. I must admit, my favorite thing about the show is that Jemaine and Bret break into song in the funniest moments. I love the hysterical lyrics that they put to their songs. Another thing that stands out is Mel, their one and only stalkerish fan. She is so creepy as is her husband for driving her around to stalk the band. I knew I wasn't alone in liking this show (I quote it all the time with some friends who watch it too) but I was giddy to find out that two of my favorite comedy writers, Mindy Kaling and Gene Stupniski, were loving on it too. Matt got me the season 1 dvd for Christmas and I am so excited for him to see what I am always talking about. I dare you guys to watch it and not have the hilariously catchy tunes stuck in your head. (UPDATE: Matt has now watched four of the episodes with me and he has his Jemaine impersonation down packed! I love it!)
Juno: This movie was my favorite movie of the year. Matt and I got to go watch a free screening of this a little bit ago and we both absolutely loved this movie. The movie is about a sixteen year old (Ellen Page) who gets pregnant and decides to give her child to a couple who can’t get pregnant (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) and the trials she faces in having to grow up. The cast in this movie is great. I always love Jason Bateman in everything he does and this was no exception. Michael Cera is also in this movie and plays the adorable Paulie Bleeker, the guy who gets Juno pregnant. The added bonus in this movie is not only that it has heart but it also is extremely funny with lots of quotable lines. It’s a small independent movie but it is out in most major theatres around the valley…You know what? Talking about it is making me want to go watch it again. I wonder if Matt is up for it. I bet he is. He is so boss. He is the cheese to my macaroni.
Friday Night Lights: I think I talked about this on here before but, man, I want to slap myself for not finding this show sooner. I kept hearing about all the critical acclaim it was receiving last season and bloggers I respect were all over this show and I kept putting it aside and thinking “ugh, I don’t want to watch another teenage drama..and this one is about football, ugh”. But it’s so not that, you guys. It is about more than that. Kyle Chandler is awesome as Coach Taylor and Connie Britton is the perfect counterpart to play his wife Tami. The show is not just about them but they always seem to hit it out of the ballpark whenever they are on screen. The writing on this show is impeccable and the acting is so real that it’s hard to believe that these people are actually …well, acting. Matt Saracen (the backup quarterback that was thrust into the scene by becoming first string qb) is nice to watch on tv. This character is the sweetest, nicest, most honest high school character I have seen on tv. He is so insecure of himself and just ah, Zach Gilford plays him so well. And let me not forget to talk about Tim Riggins…Riggins, that lost soul. He’s just wow. (It’s ok, I’m not a perv. He plays a high schooler but he’s played by Taylor Kitsch who’s like 26 so it’s totally ok). I can’t wait for the strike to be over so I can see what else this show has in store. As Jenna Fischer once said, let’s end this strike for Riggins!
note: The season 1 dvds are like dirt cheap at Target. I got it there for like $19.99 awhile ago (that is cheap for a one hour drama tv show) and I saw that it was still that price when I was Christmas shopping. Shoot, I should have given it away as Christmas presents. Ah, well. You all have jobs. Go buy it. You won’t regret it.
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark: I’m just really loving this nail polish right now. It’s a really dark purple, almost black and I just love the way it looks. I like to be girly but its cool to be able to show your dark side if only on your nails! (gah, I’m lame-dash-o) But really, I just think it looks cool and it complements the clothes I wear. If I’m wearing something girly and pink then this totally brings me back from being in fru-fru land.
Michael Cera: Not only was he in one of my all time favorite shows, Arrested Development, but he was also in two of my favorite movies of the year, Juno and Superbad. This Canuck plays all his comedy roles straight faced and with such innocence that just always seems to crack me up. Whether it be him singing/harmonizing to get himself out of a room of smoked out potheads or him being adorably in love with his high school bff, there was never a moment that Michael Cera was on screen and I didn’t have a smile on my face. (I wanted to include my favorite Michael Cera clip from Arrested Development, but alas, I didn't find it on youtube...will update when found) . UPDATE: And found! This show is so great! A special thanks to MB for putting that up for me. You, my friend, are a gentleman and a scholar
Paley Fest: I am so glad Andrea and I discovered Paley Fest last year. Paley Fest is a two week television and film festival that is thrown by MTR (Museum of Television and Radio).
(Disregard the part where it asks for your email. Just hit the play button)
The festival consists of panels of your favorite tv shows. It is a very personal experience as the panels are held at the Director’s Guild of America and only a couple hundred tickets are sold. Each night is a celebration of a different tv show. Andrea and I were fortunate enough to get tickets to The Office panel at Paley last year. I must say this was one of the highlights of my already great year. Not only did we get to sit in on the panel, but we got to chit-chat with all of the cast members (minus John) and it was just amazing. The tickets for this particular panel sold out in like 5 minutes in the presale! We were lucky to get tickets because we bought a membership to MTR, which allowed us to get presale tickets for members. I just received the email for this coming year’s Paley Fest and although they didn’t release the info on all of the night’s panels, I did find out that there was going to be a Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girls and the much anticipated Judd Apatow panel. They will release the info on the other panels later in January, but I am already 99.9% sure I will be going to the Apatow, Chuck and Pushing Daisies panels (depending on the date and on if we get tickets…cross your fingers for us).
The rest of the best: I know this is a blog about our likes and interests so I’ll keep this one short but my best-est most favorite-est thing of ’07 was getting married to Matt! I had so much fun at my wedding and wish we could do that all over every year. It’s awesome knowing that you have your best friend to share the rest of your life with. Like I mentioned earlier, he is the cheese to my macaroni, the Jim to my Pam, the Seth to my Summer…and the list goes on! Ok, I'll stop so this doesn't get lame or offensive.