Guilty Pleasures of the Year:
Indiana Jones (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) It was so bad! But it was totally hilarious and enjoyable. Also Mama Mia
Funniest Movies of the Year:
Death at a Funeral. Runners-up: Tropic Thunder and Mama Mia
Most Unintentionally Funny Movies of the Year:
Indiana Jones and Mama Mia.
Most Impressive Acting:
Meryl Streep in Doubt. Wow.
The What's-Next? Award (those I can't wait to see more from):
Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett and Don Cheadle. I love them in just about everything.
Most Brilliant Comedian:
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.
Biggest Disappointments (movies I was expecting to like more than I did):
August Rush. (I knew it was going to be corny, but I knew people who really liked it. I was surprised by just how bad it was.)
Also, The Other Boleyn Girl. (I thought the eye candy of pretty dresses and pretty actors would make up for any deficiencies in the script. I was wrong.)
Best Surprise (movie I was expecting to like less than I did and which ended up blowing me away):
The Visitor and Doubt. I was expecting to like them, but they surpassed my already-high expectations.
Most Forgettable Movie
Deception. I picked up the DVD in Blockbuster and was reading the back when Adam told me we'd already seen it. Oh, yeah.
Although they don't top my list of favorite individual movies, heist/con movies are my favorite movies as a genre. The best one I saw this year was Ladron Que Roba a Ladron.
Most Overrated Award
Heath Ledger/The Dark Knight.
I know some people will hate me for saying this. Was Heath Ledger's performance good? Absolutely. Was The Dark Knight a great movie? Absolutely. But I don't think either actor or movie are deserving of the complete worship they have received.
Most Gratuitously Lingering Shot
Hugh Jackman dumps water over himself toward the beginning of Australia. Yes, he's a very good-looking man. But the lingering slowness of the shot only made me laugh.
Sexiest On-Screen Moment
Sorry, Hugh. This one goes squarely to James McAvoy leaning on a table in Atonement. I don't know why it was so sexy, but I wasn't alone in thinking so. Jana and I saw it together, and we about melted in our seats from seeing it.