2011 was a total shite year for frogbats everywhere. But besides that, let’s see what events shaped the flying amphibian landscape of nerdom.
Good news came with the firing of Benitez. Inter actually had a chance to play football once “Fat Man Benitez” as puppet Mourinho referred to him was gotten rid of!
Best shows on TV -
QI – funny, witty and well quite interesting! Stephen Fry acts as ringmaster and Alan Davies as his punching bag in this hilarious panel show featuring a interesting general knowledge factoids .
Game of Thrones – It’s Lord of the Rings with sex and violence. Plus it was filmed here in parts. The show proved to be better than anything I anticipated. The royal buttfur approves.
The Killing – I have resisted the temptation of seeking the original Danish version. The americans did good enough a job though it proved infuriating at the end. They should’ve ended it with a solution and started a new investigation the following year. Buttfur slightly ruffled but(t) pleased!
Transformers Prime – Yay a new TF cartoon but one which is dark and moody and well written and voiced. The toys are also far better than anything the movie has offered!
Modern Family and Community strengthened as best sitcoms on the box this year with their third seasons whilst Big Bang remained watchable but is so far lacking the spark of previous seasons. Surburgatory is growing in my esteem. Ringer and Revenge both were entertaining newcomers to the drama lite. Castle and The Good Wife continue to be watchable fluff whilst Person of Interest and Terra Nova disappointed, Dexter was perhaps the best of the better returning shows. Franklin and Bash was cute, and Downton Abbey was strangely addictive for an upstairs downstairs period soap opera. Boss was excellent and they did well to keep it to just 8 episodes. Mrs Brown’s Boys was idiotic but funny in parts – and played an interesting take on the post post modern self awareness that Community so artfully employs. Mad Men was soporific whilst Spartacus 0.5 proved that amped up sex and gore can almost hide the lack of a story. Mad Men in skirts aka Pan Am was a fail and I couldn’t even bring myself to watch American Horror Story (i’m a chicken). Boardwalk Empire was a bit boring but picked up towards its season’s epilogue.
The BBC kept up its greatest contribution to mankind (Sir David Attenborough) busy with a great new series Frozen Planet and Brian Cox sent me to bed completely baffled with Wonders of the Universe. If anyone claims to fully understand more than half of what’s on that show, don’t believe them.
I was so desperate for something decent to watch I downloaded movies from the forties! Otherwise, the Clooney / Gossling Ides of March was my favourite – when Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman are your supporting cast you know you have a great movie.
Drive – Beautifully shot and well acted, criminally short screentime for Christina Hendricks and her talents.
Puss in Boots – flawed but funny as hell! I love cats and they did a great job in keeping puss grounded in his kittyness. The golden egg jumpsuit… well that’s all I’m saying.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – great retelling of the Ape’s origins almost instantly cancelling out Tim Burton’s shite fest. Andy Serkis should be nominated at the very least!
In the comic book genre, Captain America, Thor and X-Men first class were watchable, relatively enjoyable but not amazing. The genre flipping Dale and Tucker vs Evil was pretty good and Paul was fun too. Kung Fu Panda 2… well didn’t finish even half the film so there… The Guard was fun whereas the Inbetweeners was a solid British retelling of American Pie – and it reminded me of tourists’ perspective when they visit a place like here. The Devil’s Double was well acted – but it was easy for Malta to act as 90′s Baghdad!