The blog Your It List has asked a bunch of cool tastemaker types to reveal their favorite things of 2010. They didn’t ask us for ours, but we’re going to share ‘em anyway. You’ve read Julie’s, now here’s Amelia’s …Favorite Film: This is a tie between two very different movies: “Black Swan” and “Blue Valentine.” Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” was frightening, over-the-top drama, literally a ballet within a ballet, put on screen. My mouth was agape practically the entire time and I shed tears on the subway ride home because I loved it so much.
On the flip side, “Blue Valentine” made me cry because it was just so heartbreaking. The movie is about an unhappily married couple (played by Michelle Williams and, yeah, yeah, Ryan Gosling) trying to grasp hold of what made them first fall in love, which is told in the film via flashbacks. To give the relationship incredible authenticity, the early scenes were shot first, with Ryan and Michelle only knowing some of their own lines (not the other’s) and improving the rest, giving the scenes and their rapport a fresh spontaneity. The later scenes were shot after the actors had gotten to know each other well, and were shot and re-shot over and over until the final products had a tired, worn-out feeling, just like the devolved marriage. And, I won’t lie, the movie’s much-talked about, briefly NC-17-rated sex scenes made me happy too.
Favorite Album: There was a lot of music I loved this year — Kanye West, Cee-Lo, Robyn, Vampire Weekend — but the album that has been on constant replay ever since I first heard the title track is Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More. Their music is joyfully sorrowful, if such a thing is possible.
Favorite Book: Rachel Shukert’s Everything Is Going To Be Great was so funny and affecting that it made me want to do one of two things — either: 1) write my own goddamn funny, affecting book already, or 2) just quit now and go become a dentist or something, because there’s no way I’ll ever write anything that funny and affecting.
Favorite Nail Polish Color: I don’t really have a favorite designer, so I decided to give a shout out to the nail polish color that has been on my fingers and toes 90 percent of the time in 2010 — Essie’s Fifth Avenue. An orange-red, it looks even better with the tan I got in Mexico last week.
Favorite TV Show: 2010 was the year I discovered two TV shows that had already been on the boob tube for a while, but quickly became my favorites: “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights.” I cannot choose which is my favorite between the two. Some days I need to be entertained by a cancer-stricken science teacher-turned-meth dealer and other days I can only be satisfied by two words: Tim Riggins.
Favorite Twitterer: I tend to unfollow people who seem like they Twitter all day long — for the most part, when there’s that much, most of it is boring. I like a conservative (in terms of volume) Twitterer, someone who tweets when they have something important to say. Like @kellyoxford, a sort-of pop culture blogger, who recently tweeted these gems:
Neck tattoos are a great way to say ‘I don’t know what to do with myself’ without saying a word.
The world won’t change until there is a tampon commercial that uses red fluid instead of blue fluid to demonstrate absorbency.
Do angels eat human hair pasta?
Favorite YouTube Video: Oh God, it’s just so hard to choooooooose. The Double Rainbow video. But my favorite YouTube video is a sentimental choice. Edie, a sweet dog, was scheduled to euthanized but just an hour before her little life would have ended, someone came to the shelter and adopted her. I love this video because it makes such a powerful statement about pet adoption.
What Are You Most Excited For In 2011? I’m excited to truly finish my book proposal (I will not let your hilarity deter me, Rachel Shukert!) and to sell it (positive mental attitude!) to a publishing house. I’m also hoping to travel a lot more — I just got back from Tulum, where I had the best time, and it reinvigorated my desire to see more of the world.
Who do you most want to smooch on New Year’s Eve? Honestly, I don’t think I want to kiss anyone! But, fine, if you’re going to force me — Ryan Gosling. Shocked?
What do you want the most as a holiday gift? I really NEED a new desk, but if money isn’t an option, I’ll take another kiss from Ryan Gosling, an Hermes watch, and James Bond’s original Aston Martin.