Click Talks TV

Now that the TV season is coming to a close, we thought it the perfect time to reminisce on some of our favorite shows this year, as well as pour one out for anything cancelled or ending. Feel free to hit up the comments and tell us about some of your favorite TV shows!

Mac

Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” – While I’m not a huge fan of sword & sorcery in book form, slap that stuff onto the small or silver screen and I’m first in line. This show has everything you could want in an epic fantasy story, minus a Kraken and names you can pronounce/spell/remember. Dinklage is THE MAN and deserves all the Emmy’s for this show.

“Justified” – Timothy Olyphant, skinny as he is, is such a badass you can’t help but just laugh every time he hurts or insults the redneck populace of Harlan county. With characters like Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder, this ode to the dirty South, complete with constant Bourbon swilling and amazing guest stars, is by far one of the most rewarding on TV.

“The Walking Dead” – The first season and a half is a little slow going, considering the massive escalation of zombie antics in the comic series, but the last half of season two is absolutely fantastic, with a wicked cliffhanger for fans of the comics. Plus, I really enjoy the “Where’s Carl?” “Not in the house, that’s for sure.” memes that are floating around.

“Dexter” – Dude, it’s a show where the serial killer is the center of attention. I mean, this is “CSI” meets “The Punisher”, and Punny isn’t getting his own series any time soon, so violent revenge is in the hands of our favorite blood spatter expert. This show also has excellent Big Bads each season.

The New “Friends” – I don’t know which of these is my favorite, but the group dynamics between these sets of friends are hilarious week in and week out, minus Chevy Chase. He’s the only one that’s worn me down, but the rest of the cast make up for it. In no particular order: “How I Met Your Mother,” “Happy Endings,” “Cougar Town,” “Community,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

AND ON AND ON: “Supernatural”, “Breaking Bad”, “Spartacus”, “Bones”, “Suits”, “Alphas”, “Eureka”, “Leverage”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Castle”, “House of Lies”…

Dinah

Cougar Town

I think the shows I’ll miss the most this summer are my beloved sitcoms: “Cougar Town” (R.I.P. Big Carl), “Happy Endings,” “Modern Family,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory.” They’re just such fabulous little half-hour nuggets of happiness and laughter. As for the hour-long dramas, I’ve really come to enjoy “Grimm,” “The Good Wife,” “The Finder,” “Revenge,” “Ringer,” and, I’ll go ahead and admit it, “Hart of Dixie” (sue me, it’s adorable).

All of that said, I love the summer TV season, and have been bouncing off the walls waiting for USA’s “Suits” to come back all year. Gabriel Macht + Gina Torres = BADASS AWESOMENESS. I am also excited for the return of SyFy’s “Alphas” and “Eureka.” And of course, there’s my summer obsession, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I haven’t had time to recap the last couple of seasons, but my love for the show, the choreographers, the “jidges,” Cat Deeley, and all the wonderful, wonderful dancing remains as strong as ever. I really can’t wait for it to start up again!

Emily

Downton Abbey

“Downton Abbey” – Absolutely fell in love with this series within the first 5 minutes of episode 1. The cast is brilliant, Maggie Smith’s one liners make me smile every time. Beautiful scenery; even with all the crazy that happens in their world, who would’t want to live at Downton Abbey!

“Sherlock” – Besides the obvious draw of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Sherlock draws me in with each episode. It’s wonderfully shot and marvelously entertaining. Who knew a modern day Sherlock could capture a world’s attention?

“Gilmore Girls – Completely missed seeing this series until it had ended, but I’m finding myself making my way through the entire series a second time (all hail TV on DVD!). The quick quips and personal stories are fun and touching, and just makes me want to live in Stars Hollow amongst all it’s quirky inhabitants!

“Castle” – Let’s be honest, Nathan Fillion is awesome. I love the stories, the mysteries, the characters. Just love.

“Scandal” – Found myself sucked in almost immediately, and quite unsuspectingly. Have not missed an episode since.

“Bones” – The unusual murders and stories that the writers bring to this series keeps me endlessly entertained. I’m always happy to put on episodes from older seasons as I work around the house.

Scott

Girls

“Game of Thrones” – Insanely compelling every single week. It makes me wish there were more than just 13 episodes per season.

“Girls” – Yeah, yeah… I hear all the haters of this show, but they’re wrong. Lena Dunham’s creation is a nearly-perfect example of just how crazy life can be during your twenties.

“A Day in the Life” – This show is exclusive to Hulu Plus and that makes me worry that it’s really underseen. Produced and narrated by Morgan Spurlock, every week is a great look behind the scenes of one person’s life over the course of 24 hours. From celebrities to mayors of small towns, they’re all compelling.

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” – I tried to resist it for as long as possible, but I have to just come out and admit it. I’m a Brony. I like to tell people it’s because I have a three-year-old girl, but it’s really not. I’m just a Brony and I can’t fight it. Oh and if you think this show is just for kids, you’re crazy. Need proof? Check out this awesome article on Topless Robot about the 10 Nerdiest Easter Eggs in the series. Yay!

Kim

Scandal

I watch an insane amount of television… not normally when its on the air, I have to catch it later online when I’m having insomnia… but TV is killin’ it right now with amazing writing, casts, and the production value has been stellar. Here are my latest obsessions:

“Scandal” – Shonda Rhimes, I bow to thee. If you haven’t seen this show, block out 7 hours of your day because you will want to see every single episode available the second the first episode ends. It’s got more tension and storyline pay off than Grey’s or Private Practice, and you can’t help but want to be a Gladiator in a suit right along with them. DOPE show!

“Homeland” – Claire Danes is a bi-polar CIA agent whose hunches about a POW being turned against the US, turn out to be not so crazy, but people don’t believe her. It’s scary because I have a sneaking suspicion its not too far from the truth of how it really goes down… There is literally nothing better. And the jazz score…It simplifies the tension. Amazing.

“Revenge” – I was waiting for a sudsy, soapy, campy thriller of a show, that also happens to have an intriguing storyline… Melrose Place left such a void. And this group delivers. I’m sorry, but NOBODY does a death stare like Madeliene Stowe. That woman looks at you and your veins ice over!

“House of Lies” – Don Cheadle as a lying, womanizing, genius, crisis management bad-ass who leads a team of equally dysfunctional business-school geniuses? Yes please. Add in his odd relationship with his psycho ex-wife, and his son who loves dressing up in girls tank tops and listening to Britney Spears and Barbara?! Like really? I’m watching this.

“Suits” – I love lawyer shows, and this one is finally unique! A kid with a photographic memory who has taken the bar for OTHER PEOPLE dozens of times, finds himself hired by a law firm. His boss finds out his secret, and the way they negotiate their relationship as friends and as boss and employee is really cool. And I love any show with Gina Torres, especially as a no-nonsense boss. Yes.

“Shameless” – There are no words to truly express the twisted depravity that is evident on this show. But its just soooo good. William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum are deliciously good actors.

“Dexter” – Everybody knows this show is amazing. I don’t really need to explain, frankly.

I could go on…I watch everything…But these are the without fail have to watch every week favorites.

Dre

Breaking Bad

It’s a little known fact that I do not watch current television. In the true spirit of online, I get most of my on-screen entertainment from Netflix (I can’t seem to keep up with Hulu’s windows of episode availability). That said, I see most shows after they’ve generated quite a bit of buzz, either by streaming on Netflix or watching TV on DVD box sets. Most recently, I’ve blown through all available episodes for “Breaking Bad” and I’m currently watching “Roswell” for the very first time. A big fan of “Weeds,” I thought that the gateway had been opened for the world of meth manufacturing and distribution with BB. I was SO wrong. “Breaking Bad” takes drug drama to ecstatic new highs and dark deep lows- I love it! As far as “Roswell” is concerned, I’m a little surprised that I’m so late to the party on this one. The show basically marries two of my other 90′s favorites- “The X-Files” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and I told William Sadler (“Sheriff Valenti”) as much when I moderated a round of phone interviews for him, recently!

Julie

Parks and Recreation

“Parks and Recreation” – I’ll admit, it wasn’t love at first sight. However, that quickly changed once season two came around. I found the cast additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott to be brilliant, and before I knew it, I was being charmed by Leslie Knope’s adorable nature and laughing my arse off at Ron Swanson’s isms.

“Colbert Report” – My weekday evenings are nothing if spent sans Stephen. Every night I’m amazed at his ability to remain on-point while delivering comedic gold that often brings me to tears. The man is a true talent. I’d also like to utilize this opportunity to urge you to purchase his latest children’s book, “I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)”.

“Breaking Bad” – I began my journey with this brilliant show via Netflix. I consider myself lucky for this, as I have NO IDEA how anyone has watched this show with week-long gaps in between each episode. Needless to say, I dedicated many a late night to taking in its majesty. The suspense, surprises, and stellar performance from Bryan Cranston are just a few of the reasons why it’s one of my all-time favorites.

“Girls” – Such an honest portrayal of the early 20′s! Some of the scenes are so awkward I can hardly stand it. Its raw humor and fresh perspective have me excited to see what the rest of the season will bring!

It would also be a lie for me to talk TV without mentioning my newest Netflix obsession, “Friday Night Lights”. My best friend insisted that I give it a go, and I haven’t looked back since. In fact, anytime I’m with my fellow-Friday-Night-Lights-Lovin’-Clickster Dre, there is a 100% chance that you’ll hear us dish out our best Texas accent, ya’ll. CLEAR EYES. FULL HEARTS. CAN’T LOSE!

Tyler

Workaholics

There are two shows that I never missed a new episode of this year, “The League” and “Workaholics”. “The League” is being renewed for a fourth season and in line with the football calendar, doesn’t air until the fall, thus I am stuck watching reruns on Netflix. Season 3 was the bomb dot com, catch up if you haven’t started, you have the entire summer. I was in that same boat for “Workaholics”, but season 3 starts May 29th, so “LETS GET WEIRD!” I haven’t been this excited for a new season of a comedy show since “Chappelle’s Show: Season 2″!

Haley

Revenge

This was one of the hardest posts for me to write yet, as I am at all times watching approximately 10-15 television shows. My Hulu queue is constantly growing and I have to admit I am somewhat ashamed of my television show addiction. My top three however go in this order:

“Revenge” – I live for this show in almost as dedicated a fashion as Emily VanCamp lives for Revenge.

“Modern Family” – Not only does this show provide me with a good laugh, but it’s helped me solve many problems in life by simply asking myself: WWPDD? – What would Phil Dunphy do?

And lastly,

“Gossip Girl” – This show has lasted for several years in my heart and I pray for a few more. But will it last? Only time will tell.
XOXO, Gossip Girl.

Tommy

The Big Bang Theory

There was a whole lot of quality TV this past season. From ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” putting a new twist on the childhood stories we grew up with, to “Game of Thrones” finally returning and transporting us to a beautiful but frightening fantasy universe once again. The one show that I must mention, however, is “The Big Bang Theory”. No other show delivers as consistently, in my opinion. Every week I find myself laughing out loud and waiting to see what will happen in the romance between Leonard and Penny. We all tend to root for the underdog, and there’s no underdog quite like the geeky guy trying to get the pretty girl. Add in the neurotic Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s annoying but hilarious quotes, the mama’s boy Howard Wolowitz, and the lady shy Raj Koothroppali and you’ve got a recipe for laughter. This is one of those shows that will go down as one of the great sitcoms of our time. If you’re not watching this show, you should be!

Jackie

New Girl

Like a lot of the Clicksters, I watch an inordinate amount of television, but here are some of my favorite shows that are currently on or just wrapped up the season:

“Game of Thrones” – A classic tale filled with adventure, love and power struggles as seven noble families fight for control of the Iron Throne in this epic fantasy where no one (including small children based on last week’s episode!) is safe. Just when you think you have this show figured out, a beheading, dragon or even a smoke monster will come into frame making it a must-see week after week.

“New Girl” – Sit back with a “Nick Miller Manhattan” (straight bourbon in a plastic cup) as you follow the antics of four charming but often clueless 30-somethings who live in a larger than life loft in LA. The West Coast version of “Friends,” this show is hilarious with pithy pop culture catchphrases a plenty from “Backslider” and “Fancy Man” to “White Fanging” and “Underpants Captain” (Just wrong).

“CBS News Sunday Morning” – Sunday morning would not be complete without Wynton Marsalis trumpeting in the day and Charles Osgood as his soothing voice introduces stories about bird migrations, shelling and other human interest stories that I and every other 84-year-old love. It’s basically “60 Minutes” without the indictments.

“Smash” – Who will play the lead in a new Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe? Drama on-stage and off, this riveting musical drama from Steven Spielberg stars Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, along with relative newcomers Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee. Team Ivy all the way!

“House Hunters International” – If you need to know what the options are for a Paris loft or what does that Domincan Republic beachfront getaway really cost, this is the show for you. One day!


This week Click Communications celebrates FIVE years in business. Conceived by one young couple that married expertise in marketing and publicity, our online agency was born with a humble one-client roster. Now, just a half decade later, Click Communications has grown to include 11 full-time staff members, and delivered outstanding results to nearly 20 clients. As the fifth anniversary is traditionally commemorated with gifts of wood, we stoked the fires beneath each of our employees to share exactly where and what they were doing five years ago.

Dinah

Dinah McLean

In April 2007 I was offered a fantastic promotion at Ticketmaster, where I’d worked for seven years. I came home to discuss the offer with my husband and our conversation eventually revealed that I was actually ready for a change at a new company, ideally one that offered a short commute and an upgrade in gear—as well as a fun and challenging professional growth opportunity, of course. As fate would have it, he happened to be right in the process of converting his freelance work into an agency, and how cool would it be if the agency offered online publicity AND marketing services? I very quickly ran some projections (like I do), set up our first set of goals, and the next thing I knew we had a business license and were designing a logo to put on our first sales deck. We haven’t stopped moving since.

Mac

Mac McLean

I had left the company of Terry Hines & Associates in the Fall of 2006, after 7 1/2 years of film promotions within an agency.  In April of 2007 I was freelancing for another agency, something I hadn’t done since the mid-ninties when I was working in concert production.  I was primarily handling the online outreach for Buena Vista Home Entertainment, along with a random odd job here and there when Disney came to me one day and said “You know, if you were a company, we could hire you directly.”  By the first week of May, Click Communications was up and running.

Dre

Dre Birskovich

Five years ago I was hustling between a bunch of part time jobs and just running myself ragged. Originally,I had wanted to escape the 9 to 5 grind behind a desk and have more freedom during the day, but I ended up working more hours just trying to make ends meet having little to no free time. Finding Click was true kismet. Finally, I could be gainfully employed with a salary and benefits, and I could work in my sweatpants without someone looking over my shoulder every minute of the day!

Emily

Emily Ronkar

Five years ago I had been living in L.A for 2 years, and was working as an assistant at a publicity/promotional agency based in Burbank. I was living in Toluca Lake with 2 roommates and had not yet acquired my heart; my Schnauzer/Jack Russell puppy, Lucy.

Scott

Scott Neumyer

Five years ago, I was about six months away from joining Click. I was wasting away in a job (and industry) that I’d grown tired of and couldn’t find a viable way to make interesting again. Then I met Mac and finally got the chance to do my dream job.

Jackie

Jackie Cavanagh

Five years ago, I was living in New York and working on the David Bowie-curated High Line and a new television show with a relatively unknown cast that would premiere later that summer…Mad Men.

Tyler

Tyler Gagnon

At this time 5 years ago I had just returned from a year of living in Alberta, Canada outside of Banff National Park. Leading into the summer I got my first taste of Hollywood as a Production Assistant on the independent film, American Primitive. The film starred Stacey Dash (Clueless) and was a great way to spend the summer on Cape Cod before heading back to college after a year on snowboarding hiatus.

Julie

Julie Camberg

Five years ago I was living in Huntington Beach and working as the Store Manager at Buffalo Exchange, a resale clothing store in Costa Mesa. This was a wonderful time for me, as I was living with some of my best friends and adding to my wardrobe almost daily with sweet vintage finds from work. Little did I know, years later I’d be given the opportunity to meet Mac and Dinah and work for an amazing company like Click. I look forward to reflecting on Click’s accomplishments fives years from now!

Kim

Kim Veasey

Five years ago I was working at a PR firm in Beverly Hills, preparing Ocean’s Thirteen to go to the Cannes Film Festival with the entire cast, ramping up the PR campaign for The Orphanage, a Spanish-launguage film from producer Guillermo del Toro, as well as starting the awards campaigns for The Bucket List, I Am Legend, The Assassination of Jesse James and Michael Clayton. Michael Clayton was one of the best campaigns I’ve ever worked on…People loved the film, hanging out with George Clooney at screening events didn’t suck, and it ended the following year in an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton. Best time ever!!

Haley

Haley Lierman

Being the baby at Click, it will surprise no one that five years ago I was still in High School. It was cheer competition season and I was suffering through two-a-day practices to make sure no stunt was left unperfected, and spending the rest of my days dreaming about heading off to college a whopping 20 miles away! Unfortunately around this time senioritis got the best of me – I was more focused on my prom dress than my work!

Tommy

Tommy Gardner

I had recently gotten out of grad school and was working as an assistant manager at GameStop in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. It was a fun job! I got to talk video games and movies with people all day (being able to borrow any game I wanted wasn’t half bad either!)


Happy Birthday to US! This week, Click Communications celebrates 5 years in business. What started as a simple solution for providing online outreach for publicity campaigns has grown to encompass digital marketing efforts and social media strategies as well. As our capabilities have expanded, our commitment to our Work Hard Play Hard ethic has only deepened. Join us in a trip down memory lane as our staff recalls their individual Top 5 Favorite Campaigns or Moments Since Working with Click!

Mac

1. Click’s Comic-Con Survival Guide.  I have been the resident nerd in most companies I worked at for most of my life.  Being able to create this guide was sheer glee for me and it’s something I look forward to creating and sharing with everyone every year.  I’ve already got a list going for this year’s issue!

2. You’re Hired!  Beyond “allowing” interns to work for us in a previous agency, I had never actually interviewed and hired anyone before starting Click.  While sifting through mounds and mounds of ridiculous resumes can be a little disheartening, we have been insanely lucky in hiring such great people throughout our five short years and it’s been a pleasure working with them all.

3. Visiting Pixar, Winston, ILM and the ARL.  When you’re as big a film nerd as me, getting to see where some of the greatest design work is created is spellbinding.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Pixar multiple times for UP and Ratatouille, and the miniature work for the UP house was incredible.  At Winston studios, I got to see some of the Hammer Drones and a piece of the War Machine armor long before it was supposed to be seen.  ILM is littered with props from so many favorite childhood films like Innerspace.  The Animation Research Library is one of the coolest places to visit because you can see everything from an original frame from Steamboat Willie to clay maquettes from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

4. Star Trek, LOST, Voltron, Inglourious Basterds.  Red carpets and press events can be exciting, disastrous or boring, depending on a variety of factors, but some of my favorite moments have been meeting the geeks and Hey It’s That Guy actors.  So being able to hang out and talk with folks like Bruce Greenwood, Gregg Henry, Zoe Bell, Michael Emerson, Robert Forster, Kevin McKidd and Seth Green have definitely been highlights.

5. Meeting Optimus Prime.  While working on The Transformers, we were able to secure press for a lunch with Peter Cullen.  I’m not a professional writer, so adequately defining the sense of awe and wonderment when I got to sit with him for a lunch is a challenge.  He was magnificent.

Dinah

Click Turns One!

1. Telling our family & friends that Mac & I were forming a company together and having them all unanimously respond, “It’s about time.”

2. Locking in clickcommunications.com. You never know, when you name your company, if you’re actually going to get the URL you want for your site. We had to bid on ours in an auction, and when we won it I jumped up & did a giddy little happy dance right where we were working… which happened to be in the basement restaurant at the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle. It just made things that much more official.

3. Our 1 Year Anniversary celebration. We made t-shirts, drank tequila shots out of limes, saw Iron Man. The first year flew by in a flash, but it still felt epic.

4. Runway for Life 2008. We worked this event with Disney, and it was a pretty typical talent-handling sort of affair. Except at this one, I got to meet Jon Hamm.

5. Click’s Comic-con Survival Guide. Every one of them. It’s highly unusual for a PR agency to create something—we usually just promote things. But we’re a creative, passionate bunch here at Click, and our Survival Guide really shows our clients & press partners what geeks we really are. Making the Guide is my favorite thing we do every year, and it just keeps getting better and better.

Scott

Iron Man

1. Iron Man – Just an enormous campaign for a movie that truly kicked off the Marvel Movieverse. My largest campaign to date and still one of the most fun.

2. Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown – Classic films coming to Blu-ray that gave me the chance to chat with legends like Pam Grier and Robert Forster.

3. Chillerama – My favorite genre (horror) and getting to work directly with the four directors was insanely fun.

4. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Amazing film and a campaign with tons of awesome features, angles, and talent.

5. Avatar – It was a ton of work, but well worth it for such a great film and campaign.

Emily

Comic-Con 2009

1. Streamy Awards – it was challenging, interesting, and fun; it was such a great experience working so closely with all the Click teamsters on this event.

2. Comic Con 2009 – My first ever Comic Con, it was overwhelming, exciting, fun, and a little magical. We attended parties, spent time with our amazing press and just had a blast being amongst “our people”.

3. Scarface Blu-ray Premiere – It was like being a part of history, 30 years after its initial premiere, seeing the cast/filmmakers sit and tell stories of their experience was a truly wonderful Hollywood moment.

4. Tinker Bell campaign – It involves so much work from so many different people/departments, and is so wonderful to see something succeed so well. Having now worked on all four Tink campaigns to date, it’s fun to know that I’ve been there from the beginning.

5. TV on DVD – I start working on the titles in January, and finish around November; it’s hours upon hours of time spent pushing through title after title, and at the end it’s such an epic sense of accomplishment

Dre

1. Emily performing the Hoedown Throwdown from the Hannah Montana Movie for the very first time at a Click backyard BBQ. (She still knows it! Ask her for a show next time you see her.)

2. Attending Comic Con with the Click Clique for the very first time in 2009 and staying at the Hotel Del Coronado – can you say Adult Pool?

3. Attending the press day at Pixar for the Blu-ray & DVD of Wall-E. They REQUIRE employees to participate in 4 hours of extra-curriculars every week!

4. Getting my groove on during an African Dance lesson with some fabulous mommies during our Lion King blogger day.

5. I am most proud of my dual campaigns for the theatrical 3D and home entertainment releases of Disney’s The Lion King. With an extended timeline, I packaged assets and rolled them out using creative ideas that have since been adapted for other campaigns, and resulted in one of the company’s largest campaigns to date!

Jackie

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

1. Back to the Future Trilogy: 25th Anniversary Edition – One of the hardest secrets I have ever had to keep as a publicist was when I first saw the never-before-released Eric Stoltz film footage months before street date. It was like going back in time and in the words of Marty McFly, I knew that “history is gonna change” when we released that clip. Interest was so high online that it temporarily shut down several sites. The campaign culminated with an international press conference and cast reunion event – complete with the ultimate DeLorean cake from Ace of Cakes. Who knew it would be my “density” to help promote one of my favorite childhood films?

2. Scarface Limited Edition Blu-ray – “The world is yours” in PR when you have the opportunity to work with A-List talent and an iconic film. The campaign included a fan art contest limited edition hand-crafted humidor, multiple features and a party with the “Mang,” himself, Al Pacino! From the talent Q&A to a special performance by Ludacris and tasty treats from Border Grill chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Clicksters, including myself, really enjoyed living large in Tony Montana’s world…for one night.

3. The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray –
Achievers united when the cast was brought back together for this special release of the 1998 Cohen Brothers cult comedy at the 10th anniversary of Lebowski Fest Thousands of costume-dressed fans descended on the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York to worship at the temple of The Dude. The love and White Russians were freely flowing at the sold out event where the boisterous crowd did not hesitate to chime in with their favorite quotes and give multiple standing ovations for the cast during the 45 minute chat. For those who couldn’t attend, the campaign included a live feed of the Q&A via LiveStream.

4. Fast Five – Concerts and screaming fans at premieres are nothing compared to the roar of engines revving at Nascar. The campaign included the Fast Five 225 race at the Chicagoland Speedway with Tyrese and Jordana Brewster and has the distinction of being the loudest event I have ever worked. It was as exhilarating, fast and fun as the film, itself.

5. “Lost”: The Complete Collection – A collector’s edition set filled with a hidden disc, a BD-Live master’s degree program for die hard fans at Lost University and the new 12-minute episode “The New Man in Charge” was a fitting way to say good bye to the series that redefined television. The campaign included the box unveiling, interviews with Michael Emerson and the opportunity to watch some of the bonus features at the Lost props auction where fans could take home everything from Dharma Initiative can goods to that creepy Squirrel Baby. However, I still have questions…

Tyler

Scarface

1. Scarface has been my favorite campaign to assist with during my time here at Click. This campaign was a great learning experience on multiple fronts, from targeted research to working my first red carpet event!

2. The Lion King 3D Blu-ray release, working on a giant campaign such as this gave me insight into what Click Communications is capable of doing and trust me it is A LOT!

3. Danny Phantom was my first campaign that I got my feet wet in experiencing being a lead publicist. It was my first opportunity to draft a targeted pitch list and create assets to be pushed out across the web!

4. Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo, Ho Mateys Away! My first Disney pre-school title where I was the lead publicist. With help from our senior staffers, they taught me a great deal of how to handle bigger promotional items and proper asset roll out.

5. The Muppets, this was just a fun campaign to assist on, with all the hilarious parody clips, Muppet interviews and other creative assets.

Julie

Click Clique

1. Meeting my fellow Clicksters for the first time. We all got together to wish Brigid a fond farewell (tear), and I was just tickled at how warm and welcoming everyone was. I felt an instant connection to the team, and have since learned so much from all of them. We’re like a little family and everyday I am inspired by their hard work and commitment to one another and our clients. A gal can’t ask for much more than that from her fellow teammates.

2. 2011 Comic-Con Survival Guide. I became a Clicker at the end of June of last year, which meant we were in the thick of prepping our annual Comic-Con Survival Guide and kits. It was my first big project for Click, and it took a lot of work from all of us. I remember looking at the final edition of the guide and thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe my name is tied to such a masterpiece!”

3. Working the Scarface party. This marked my first encounter with a red carpet event, and boy was I over the moon. It was such a fun event to work with the rest of the gang, and being able to enjoy a Q & A with the cast, Scarface-themed cocktails and a performance by Ludacris was pretty much…the bees knees.

4. Scorpion King 3 press junket. I enjoyed working this event because it was my first press junket, and I learned a lot! I even got to sit in on some of the talent interviews, which was both interesting and enjoyable. That Bostin Christopher is a hoot!

5. Working on campaigns like I Don’t Know How She Does It, Lady and the Tramp, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While my contribution to these campaigns were more administrative, I always enjoy putting together party kits for our press. They’re hard work, and require lots of organization, but seeing posts of kiddos in mustaches and pirate gear makes it all worth it. Adorable!

Kim

Dumbo

1. Dumbo – I wasn’t allowed to watch Dumbo when I was little for some reason (I’ll have to ask my Mom about that one haha) so I wasn’t familiar with the story or the movie. This campaign really allowed me to learn and understand why it was such a beloved classic! We had such great activities I had a “Week of Dumbo” rollout, fun contests and features, and Webex sessions with the restoration team!! This was my first really huge campaign at Click and I enjoyed every minute of it!

2. Prep & Landing – This campaign was like the little engine that could!! We didn’t have much but clips and contests and yet people LOVED this short and cute little DVD. I had MAD requests for it, and it just goes to show you that if people like the story (and it helps that it was holiday season appropriate!) then they will promote it. The clips were hilarious too!!

3. Cars 2 – I had worked at Pixar Animation Studios during the theatrical run of this film so it was nice to be on the other side, and also work on the home entertainment release. I had a TON of assets and Q&A’s and clips and activities and contests and slideshows, and character interviews, and talent interviews… I mean you name it, we HAD it for this campaign. And since it was such a beloved franchise, the press and bloggers were incredibly receptive. It was a lot of work, but it was fun to bookend my time at Pixar by working on the film one last time.

4. I Don’t Know How She Does It – I have no idea how she does it! Haha, the fun things we were able to do with this title from the Best Apps for Mom’s, to the mom kits for the Career Mom and the Mom On The Go (shout out to Julie and Haley for help with those!) made it a truly fun campaign! We had so many responses, I had never seen that many entries for our contests before! One site had over 10,000!! And while I’m still not quite sure how SJP does it, I’m glad we were able to engage our mommy bloggers with a film they ALL completely related to.

5. Texas Killing Fields – This title was a tough subject, with a great cast, and yet it was still at times a tough sell. The main reason why I enjoyed it so much was that it got me back to working in theatrical PR which I remember fondly.

Haley

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Campaign: This was the first campaign where I was able to put my true gift in life to good use: shopping. Finding cost effective yet entertaining items is clealry my calling.

2. I Don’t Know How She Does It: Once again, an opportunity to put together a kit for moms that involved a merchandise hunt. Of course, I am no mother, and I honestly don’t know how they do it, so input from Dinah was crucial.

3. Holiday Gift Guide: Researching sites with holiday gift guides was a ton of work. And while there were times I thought it would never end – you wouldn’t believe the amazing gifts I found while searching through hundreds of Holiday Gift Guides!

4. Lady and the Tramp: There were so many adorable promotional items and widgets being rolled I couldn’t help but fall in love like I was under the influence of my own bella notte.

5. The Hunger Games – Just proposing ideas for this amazing movie had me more excited than I have ever been. I can’t wait to see what comes of it!

Tommy

Phineas & Ferb: The Perry Files

So many cool things have been happening since I started with Click 3 months ago.
1. I’ve really enjoyed working on “Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files”, it’s a really funny show that’s just as appealing to adults as kids.

2. I’ve also really been enjoying working on a lot of the “New to Blu-ray” titles. A lot of them are older movies that I grew up watching, such as High Fidelity, Adventures in Babysitting, and Judge Dredd.

3 & 4. Going to see John Carter and The Hunger Games with the Click team on release day was a great experience as well. It’s great to go see new films with others who are equally enthusiastic about them.

5. Speaking of new films, I can’t wait to go see The Avengers with everyone this Friday. It should be amazing!


To say the Click Team is excited to see The Hunger Games would be an understatement. We have a plan to gather in Pasadena, have some snacks and see the film together on opening day. But perhaps no one is more excited than our own Haley Lierman, who penned this ode in anticipation. Enjoy.

Hunger Games Poem

Time to pack up your arrows, and pick up your bow

Grab your mockingjay pin and your orange pack in tow

Say farewell to your friends, your loved ones, and kin

Because 7:30 this Friday the Games will begin.

You’ve been drawn from all districts of the City LA

And now the lottery’s made clear that it’s your turn to play.

You can’t run or hide, so paint on your flames

And get your bad ass to the Click Hunger Games.

You have only a minute to grab your pack

(And it’s no combo pack with a BD stack).

If you’re lucky you might get yourself away from the zoo

Before Mac the Career will dice you in two.

Find water, a weapon, and maybe some food–

If you can’t find all three, you probably are screwed.

Dinah’s got a bow, and it your turn to run

Because with that in her hands she’s already won.

Tyler, oh Tyler, let’s be honest, he’s dead

Julie took him out with knife to the head.

Kim’s now got a sword but there’s no time to discuss.

If we stick around she’ll go Zelda on us.

Emily and Tommy: we know they’re a team

Much like Thing 1 and Thing 2, we know they can scheme…

Jackie’s got explosive experience; I hear she’s the best

But Dre, she’ll sneak up on you while you’re taking a rest.

Game Maker Scott, he can’t be ignored

Because he’ll kill us all if the Capitol’s bored.

We’ll fight to the death!… After we eat some good food

In Pasadena on Friday, the games will conclude.

And I hope that survival is your favorite flavor

Because history proves the odds AREN’T ever in your favor.


Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and everyone will be out wearing green (or pinching those who aren’t) and it’s no different here at Click! Today, we gathered the lads and lassies and put together some of our favorite Irishy moments in film to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.  It’s said he drove all the snakes out of Ireland, which makes him ultimately responsible for Anaconda.  And, for that, we thank you.

Dinah

The Commitments

If you want to confuse and delight people at your St. Patrick’s Day party this year, spin The Commitments soundtrack. “What’s with the Aretha and Otis? Where’s the U2? Where’s the Dropkick Murphys?” they’ll wonder (assuming they have limited knowledge of Irish rock. Most people do). Because no one expects the music that sounds like it’s bleeding soul could have come out of Dublin, and yet that’s the beauty of The Commitments. In 118 minutes you watch a band come together, be amazing, fight, and ultimately fall apart, and it’s equal parts hilarious, poignant, and brilliant. Most of all, because they exclusively cover badass soul classics, it totally rocks. When they finally get “Mustang Sally” right, it’s kind of shocking. The “Try a Little Tenderness” finale will break your heart—the band is too volatile to last, but the music is so beautiful it will last forever. Because the best thing about The Commitments is that while the band falls apart and the movie ends, we still have the soundtrack to be our comfort. And, of course, to confound our friends for many St. Patrick’s Day parties to come.

Mac

The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

My favorite Irish lads are the MacManus twins from The Boondock Saints. Two brothers righting wrongs in their Boston neighborhood through vigilante justice while being chased by Willem Dafoe in one of his quirkier roles. While fairly juvenile, it’s infinitely rewatchable and sports some inventive violence and hilarious bits of dialogue, including an excellent scene where the brothers argue about the benefits of needing a rope as part of their vigilante arsenal.

Emily

Waking Ned Devine

Quick-witted, clever, fun, full of Irish charm, and life –describes not only this film, but the characters in it. (Well, except Ned). This movie makes me smile and long for a quaint village life. Set in a lovely Irish village near cliffs so beautiful I could sit and ponder the meaning of life for days and never tire of looking out to sea, even through torrential rain. Everything about this movie makes me wish I was Irish. So raise a glass to Ned, Slainte.

Julie

Rudy

I grew up watching Rudy alongside my dad and brother, and in the 257 times we watched this beloved underdog-story full of heart and determination, we would always find ourselves inevitably drenched in tears. Sports fan or not, this movie speaks wholeheartedly and honestly to anyone who’s ever dared to dream big. The scene where Charles S. Dutton’s character, ‘Fortune’, convinces Rudy not to quit in reminding him that he’s “five feet nothin’, a hundred and nothin’”, makes me feel like I can do pretty much, anything. And, of course, that glorious final scene. A stadium ringing to the brim with chants of “Rudy…Rudy”. Rudy running on the field. Rudy sacking the quarterback, and being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates. No, I am not crying. (Yes, I am) Go Fighting Irish!

Dre

Circle Of Friends

Circle of Friends made such an impact upon my first viewing during my adolescence! Sure, I went to see it because of clean-cut cutie Chris O’Donnell, but the unlikely girl getting the guy scenario certainly had its appeal as well. Minnie Driver’s extra pounds for the role of Benny are LONG gone, but I still get the heeby jeebies every time I see Alan Cumming on-screen after his portrayal of the skeevy Sean Walsh. I bought this one as a previously viewed VHS from Blockbuster. It’s time it made it to Blu-ray, no?
“I know I may look like a rhinosarous, but I’ve got quite a thin skin, really. So just be a bit careful with me, or I’ll flatten ya.” – Minnie Driver as Bernadette ‘Benny’ Hogan

Tyler

Kill The Irishman

Based on true events, mob enforcer and Irishman, Danny Greene, was a local hero and the first man to successfully stand up to the Cleveland mob. When Greene cuts his ties to the mafia and begins moving in on their territory, the Cleveland mafia places a large bounty on Danny’s head. In the summer of 1976, 36 bombs went off in a turf war that eventually crippled the Cleveland mafia. This movie has a pretty legitimate cast (Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, & Ray Stevenson) and is a new must-see for St.Paddy’s day.

Jackie

Once

That famous Irish charm is in full force with this modern day musical. Set on the streets of Dublin, a street musician and a Czech immigrant create songs together throughout a memorable week as a unique love story unfolds. The film features the hauntingly beautiful song “Falling Slowly” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Scott

The Leprechaun

As Click’s resident Horror Geek, I have to go with the Leprechaun films (especially the original). Warwick Davis’ performance as the evil, menacing Leprechaun and the way the films balance comedy and horror is just perfect. Don’t believe me? Well, I actually sat through all six of them in one marathon session!

Haley

The Luck Of The Irish

I grew up surrounded by Disney Original movies and thus loved all of those corny and terrible hits – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Smart House, Johnny Tsunami, and of course, The Luck of the Irish. Not only did Ryan Merriman’s terrible Riverdance make me fall head over heals at 13, but it made me understand that the Irish truly had it all…strong families…potatoes…and gold. Lots of gold.

Kim

In Bruges

I loved the comedic timing of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason…it was a dark film with a dash of humor. And Colin wasn’t hard to look at either!

Tommy

The Town

I’m Irish. I’m a male. I’m from New England. I’m a Red Sox fan. Right now, you’re thinking: “You know, you would probably love a movie about a bunch of tough Irish guys from Boston who plan a heist on Fenway Park!” Ok, so maybe you weren’t thinking that. Regardless, The Town is my favorite Irish movie. It has it all. Bank robberies, shootouts, romance, police raids, car chases, you name it. This is one of those rare movies that you can’t help but root for the bad guys. During one of the bank robberies, I found myself cheering them on. “Yea! Shoot that innocent person! Steal that money that people worked hard for! Drive like a madman and endanger peoples lives!” So either I have issues, or this is just a smart, well crafted flick. I’m gonna go with the latter, even with my obvious hometown bias.


Now that we’ve bid a fond farewell to 2011 and rung in the new year, we here at Click thought it would be the perfect time to look back on 2011′s amazing offering of cinematic goodness.

Below you’ll find our favorites, our most anticipated, films we wish we’d seen, and a variety of other movie lists. Enjoy and please let us know some of your favorite movies from 2011 in the comments!

Dinah

Attack the Block

“After much hemming & hawing I’ve finally come up with my Top Ten for 2011. If it was really amazing & not on this list, then I probably haven’t seen it yet.

10. Captain America – My favorite comic book movie of the year gave us great performances, iconic imagery, and Alan Menken’s fantastic “Star Spangled Man.” I’m as tired of “The Origin Story” as any other comic book fan, but I thought this one was really nicely done.

9. Moneyball – I think of this engaging film as either “The Movie That Made Me Actually Like And Admire Jonah Hill As An Actor” or “The Movie That Used Economics And Baseball To Make Me Think Of My Business Differently.” Considering my previous feelings about economics, baseball and Hill, these are high achievements indeed.

8. Drive – I watched a lot of big budget, action-oriented fluff this year that was intended to be basic mind-numbing entertainment—which I generally enjoy—that made me feel impatient and frustrated. Like, I paid a sitter for this? Drive, on the other hand, was slow, deliberate, suspenseful and mesmerizing and I was engrossed the whole time. Add a killer soundtrack and you’ve got one hell of a movie.

7. Bridesmaids – Not the funniest “girl comedy” of the year, but the funniest comedy of the year, period.

6. Hugo – This reminded me so much of a Jeunet film it was a little disorienting that it was actually in English. A beautiful, whimsical love letter to film making and the best 3D I have seen so far. Really lovely.

5. The Adventures of TinTin – The characters were beautifully rendered, the art detailed and surprising, the story was pure adventure fun, and the animation—particularly the physicality of the characters—was nothing short of genius.

4. Rango – The art, animation, characters & story were also brilliant in Rango. On top of this it was dark, sly, silly, cheeky, wicked and clever. Plus, the music actually blew my mind at times. Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” with banjos? YES.

3. Crazy, Stupid, Love – I really loved this romantic comedy for its wit, style and performances. I also thought it offered a perspective on the tired old rom-com formula that was at once fresh and mature, and I really appreciated that.

2. Attack the Block – I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the theater to see this film; I walked out feeling like I’d just gotten off one hell of a ride. This is what a good movie should do—suck you in, get you immersed in a world, then take you on an adventure you never saw coming. Extraordinary.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – In the end, this wasn’t just a movie; it was an EVENT. And how many times can you say that? Return of the Jedi? Return of the King? After 10 years of Harry Potter I didn’t want the adventure to end, but I couldn’t wait to see it all go down. For me, the concluding film delivered in a way that was no less than epic.”

Mac

Drive

“1. Drive – I loved everything about this movie, from the kick-ass soundtrack to the surprising acts of violence. Gosling and Brooks turned in some amazing performances, considering the fact that I’m not a huge fan to begin with.

 

2. Tucker and Dale vs Evil – I actually saw this in 2010, but it finally released this Fall. This is by far one of the funniest genre-bending horror flicks I’ve ever seen. I thought Behind the Mask was pretty clever, but the chemistry between Tudyk an Labine as misunderstood hillbillies really made this movie outstanding.

3. Rango – This is probably one of the best westerns and animated flicks I’ve ever seen. While we were watching it, I just kept clapping with glee at the excellent inside jokes, inappropriate comments, epic score and superb animation. When the credits rolled, it seems that what made this film so unique was that all of the talent behind it were all best known for their live action work, which really translated well to the medium.

4. The Adventures of Tintin – I have been a fan of the comics for over 25 years. Seeing this get such an amazing adaptation from the minds behind The Goonies, Lord of the Rings, Shaun of the Dead, Doctor Who and so many others was a pure joy. While it wasn’t a straight-up retelling of the Unicorn storyline (no Professor Calculus or shark submarine?!) it had an amazing amount of Easter eggs referencing other adventures. Plus the opening credits are superb!

5. Attack the Block – I love the seedier side of London and taking that genre and inserting some unique alien creatures into it for some creative monster-fighting scenes was a real treat.

Honorable mentions for other thoroughly entertaining flicks include (in no particular order): Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hugo, Harry Potter: The End, Captain America, Moneyball, Source Code

Scott

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Top 13 Horror Movies of 2011:
1. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Absolutely terrifying, especially if you’re a parent.
2. Attack The Block – More Sci-Fi than horror, but it totally counts.
3. The Woman
4. Black Death – If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s currently on Netflix Instant.
5. Contagion – If you don’t think this is a horror film, you’re crazy. It’s completely horrifying.
6. Stake Land
7. The Innkeepers
8. Insidious
9. Fright Night
10. Troll Hunter
11. I Saw The Devil
12. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
13. Chillerama

 

Dre

Skateland

“It’s awful, but I just haven’t gotten to the theater to see too much this year. Really, it’s an embarrassment to admit that the top 5 movies that I’ve seen from 2011 include Fast Five (I think I was having a heart attack for about 75% of the run time) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (SHUT UP. It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G to watch the bots in slow motion- Thank You, Mr. Bay!). I know I’ve not seen NEARLY enough. I acknowledge that. It is with this acknowledgement that I present:

 

The Top 10 Movies I Wish I’d Seen in 2011

10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – This really needs to be seen on a big screen. Not sure my 40′ will do it justice, but I’m still interested. Andy Serkis (“Gollum”) is a monkey, now? Awesome.

9. Soul Surfer – Girl surfs with one arm. I have a hard time trying to paddle out with two arms. These kinds of stories help inspire me to be a more active participant in life. I’m sure AnnaSophia Robb is wonderful, but let’s face it, it’s been WAY too long since we’ve seen Dennis Quaid (and in board shorts, no less!).

8. Bad Teacher – Because I’m ready to see Cameron Diaz as a train wreck, even for a little while. I anticipate some colorful language in this movie, and that appeals to me as well. Jason Segel and JT seal the deal. Is this on Netflix, yet?

7. Friends With Benefits – Yes, I saw it’s not-so-distant cousin, No Strings Attached, so I guess I could say that in a way, I have seen this movie. However, Ashton Kutcher’s little boy bangs hold no candle to the hotness of JT. Patricia Richardson, too? I think I saw the wrong version of this movie.

6. HappyThankYouMorePlease – Totally looks like my kind of love story- eff’ed up, crazy, real people with dreams and misconceptions. Doesn’t hurt that Josh Radnor is totally easy on the eyes and his depiction as a “tortured” writer shouldn’t be too far of a departure from his incredibly endearing Ted Mosby on “How I Met Your Mother.”

5. Skateland – Anyone that has seen my Facebook profile photo knows how seriously I take roller skating. I have no excuse as to why I haven’t seen this movie. I have serious guilt.

4. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Ryan Gosling, I apologize. I hope this won’t change how we feel about each other. I WILL see it. It’s just, well, Emma Stone is awesome, and I just don’t know that I’m ready to see you two together just yet, but I’m getting there. Call me.

3. Beginners – How did I miss a talking dog movie? Seriously, this movie has 3 of my favorite things: a cute dog, a cute boy, and a gay man. Is that a roller skating scene I see in the trailer? Crap.

2. The Ides of March – There might still be one theater in Orange County that is still playing this movie. I’m going to try and see it before the end of the year. I’m sure we have some award-winning performances, here.

1. The Tree of Life – It’s messed up, right? I mean, no one can really explain this movie to me in a way that makes any kind of sense, so I pretty much think I HAVE to see it.

May 2012 make the best show yet- Happy New Year!”

Jackie

Shame

“Here are a few films that impressed me in 2011:

 

The Tree of Life – Dinosaurs aside, Director Terrence Malick captures the essence of childhood in this hauntingly beautiful metaphysical meditation on existence as seen through the eyes of a family in 1950s Texas. It feels more like a modern art installation than a movie which may leave some audiences frustrated, but the subtlety of sights and sounds in this film is simply moving.

Shame – Michael Fassbender’s arresting performance about a man consumed by his sex addiction pushes the envelope as it takes you on a private journey to hell where pain supplants pleasure in this profound tale of self-abuse from director Steve McQueen. The film also features the acting talents of Carey Mulligan whose rendition of “New York, New York” will leave you raw.

The Muppets – A childhood favorite, director James Bobbin infuses laughter and light back into the beloved franchise that looks at what happened to the Muppets in this latest installement. Life will indeed be a “Happy Song” as you are reacquainted with the cast of characters from Kermit to Camilla the Chicken through snappy songs and dance numbers that keep a smile on your face.

The New York Times documentaries – Page One: Inside The New York Times and Bill Cunningham New York – Both films offer engrossing “fly-on-the-wall” looks at one of the most influential newspapers in the world. Page One starts in 2009 during the demise of daily newspapers throughout the nation and how the Times attempts to adapt into the digital age and maintain its integrity while battling smaller budges and the rise of new media. Bill Cunningham New York showcases the life and work of the irresistibly charming fashion and society photographer for the paper.

Midnight in Paris – This delightfully wistful story from Woody Allen fulfills the dreams of anyliterature lover who has ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time to 1920s Paris. The romantic comedy follows a screenwriter struggling to finish his first novel in Paris when he encounters an antique car that whisks him to a bygone era of parties and cafes frequented by the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, Gertrurde Stein and Picasso every night at midnight.

War Horse – Spielberg is back to form in this epic tale about a horse’s journey from the green pastures of Devon to the trenches of World War I as he looks to be reunited with the boy who loves him. An instant classic.”

Julie

The Help

The Help – As a lover of all things vintage, the costumes alone had me drooling the entire way though this early 1960′s-based film. I’m sure I proved to be rather annoying to those who shared this cinematic experience with me, as I was oohing and aahing with each and every wardrobe change. But, even more importantly, I was brought to tears multiple times throughout this film as I marveled at the unyielding spirit and courage of ‘Aibileen’, ‘Minny’, & ‘Skeeter’. Also, do yourself a favor and give the soundtrack a listen: Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. YES, PLEASE.

I’d also like to note how much fun it was seeing Drive with my fellow Click clique. Combine Dinah’s laugh, Mac & Tyler’s delight at the surprising gore-filled scenes, Gosling-induced giggles and squeals with my fellow female Clicksters, and that pretty much equals the best time at the movies all year.

Honorable mentions:
The Tree of Life
Take Shelter

On my “to watch” list:
The Artist
War Horse
The Iron Lady

Emily

Midnight In Paris

“In no particular order:

 

Midnight in Paris – despite my general dislike of Woody Allen the actor, this totally made me appreciate him more as a director. Felt wonderfully content and somewhat oddly fulfilled after watching this movie.

Crazy, Stupid, Love – this movie was one marvelously pleasant surprise after another. Nerdy girl-crush on Emma Stone grew immensely, Ryan Gosling proved that he’s hot AND funny, and the whole experience just made me smile.

Like Crazy – went in knowing virtually nothing about this film, came out in love with a movie that proved that happy endings and beautiful movies are not mutually exclusive. It was raw, funny, and heart wrenching; and hit a little close to my tiny, stone heart.

Paul – because Simon Pegg ALWAYS makes me smile; Nick Frost was a fabulous added bonus, and not going to lie, funny alien fart jokes are highly entertaining.

Super 8 – Spielberg, Abrams, aliens, awesomeness, epic train crash….yes please.

Bridesmaids – awkward, funny and touching in so many ways. So many amazing female comedians, and wonderful surprises. ( “You are no longer my number three!”)

Beginners – you had me at Ewan McGregor. One of the most charming love stories I’ve seen in years.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 – an epic finale, it was exactly what I wanted it to be. I laughed, I gasped, I may have even squeezed out a tear or two.

The Help – if you are one of the 12 people in America who has not seen this film, remedy that immediately.

The Debt – this movie kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was an action movie, a thinking movie, and brilliantly pulled together.”

Tyler

Super 8

SUPER 8 – Felt like a classic Spielberg flick completed with Abram’s directorial talent. The entire package of why I go to the movies. This is my number one movie of 2011!

Thor – Just a fun action packed flick, good movie if you look past the weak love story.

X-Men – First Class: Very cool to see how my favorite Super Heroes became X-Men.

Drive – This movie is pretty much on everyone’s list, from the opening credits to the edge of your seat action sequences, you can see why Nicolas Winding Refn won best Director at Cannes.

Tree of Life – A solid performance by Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, but the cinematography is what puts this movie as one of my favorites of 2011.

Moneyball – After reading the book it was really fun to see Jonah Hill’s adaptation of Peter Brand, who is actually Paul DePodesta in the book. Hill demonstrates his quality acting chops by progressing from comedic roles to a more serious character. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brad Pitt give the typically solid performance in this film that stretches your thinking in what constitutes a solid player investment.”

Haley

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – Naturally, I would have included every single Harry Potter in this, along with books, the audiobooks, the theme park, all my memorabilia, and the actors who played the characters, but since we are limiting this “favorites” list to movies that came out this year, the movie alone will have to do. Not only was it an amazing movie, but also the perfect finale to what has been my happy childhood of Harry Potter. The first book came out when I was nine and the last movie when I was 22… tear. And yes I dressed up for the midnight premiere. Every. Single. One. Not just this one.

 

Bridesmaids – Unfortunately in the past I have been sexist toward my gender and often thought that most women are, in general, not that funny. But after seeing Bridesmaids I had a renewed sense of pride that there are women out there who are undeniably WAY funnier than men. I apologize to womankind for my previous assumptions and I can only pray that there will be an equally amazing sequel.

Drive – I’m not sure whether it’s my obsession with Ryan Gosling (I like to start each morning by visiting this site, or the bloody head stomping in the elevator that made this movie so memorable, but I might even say I loved it. Or him. I often confuse the two.”

Kim

The Descendants

Like Crazy – This film was the most beautiful and romantic film I saw this year. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones gave spellbinding performances as a couple who found each other and then tried to make it work after her VISA is revoked and she’s forced to return to the UK. It showed the tough and beautiful parts of a young relationship. I was crazy about this film!

 

The Descendants – I’m a George Clooney fan. Who isn’t? But this film was incredible. He gave a heartfelt and real performance as a Dad coming to grips with his wife dying all while trying to check back in to his daughter’s lives. Set in Hawaii, the scenery of the islands isn’t at all the star of the film, that honor would go to Shailene Woodard, the oldest daughter with a stubborn streak and a dirty mouth. She needs to win something this awards season. Amazing. And look out for a scene with Judy Greer that will make you cry just looking at her face. That woman can say a line with her eyes. AMAZEBALLS. I’ve seen it 3 times.

Bad Teacher – Hate all you want, but this was Cameron Diaz at her inappropriate comedic best. Given that I’m a TK (Teacher’s Kid) I totally found it funny on a whole other level.

Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen hit it out of the park with this fabulous film set in one of my favorite cities in the world. Owen Wilson is slightly charming, and Rachel McAdams makes you hate her, but its the supporting cast with Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Corey Stoll (unrecognizable!), Alison Pill and Adrien Brody… I was so taken with the way they transported you to a 1920′s Paris. FAB!!

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright. The showdown in the kitchen was pretty great, as was watching as Ryan Gosling’s Stephen slowly lose control and attempt to gain it back, all while losing his political and moral compass. Kinda makes you scared about our politics in this country these days. Truly great acting.

Hanna – I saw this at a special screening this past Spring, and Saoirse Ronan and director Joe Wright introduced it. I had no idea what to expect, but nothing prepared me for what I saw! Set in Europe with crazy action scenes, this vivid and violent film made me never want to cross Saoirse or Cate Blanchett in a dark tunnel or creepy old abandoned children’s theme park in Munich ever in life!

Crazy. Stupid. Love – By the time I got around to watching this film, I had already heard how it ended. But it didn’t ruin the film at all… Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling are such an odd pair, but this film was one of the most enjoyable I saw all year. And I love me some Emma Stone anytime!

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – I wasn’t ready for this. I watched it by myself at like 11:30pm and was frankly rather tired. Boy did I wake the hell up. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. The action is outstanding, Simon Pegg is comic relief and Jeremy Renner added just the right amount of bad ass. I normally can’t stand Paula Patton (she annoys me in every bimbo hair-flipping role she’s in), but I fully enjoyed her ass-kicking scenes. So much fun. I have seen it more than once and plan to see it once or twice more. No one makes action films like this anymore!

Moneyball – I’m from the Bay Area so trust me I’d heard this story before. But the film was excellent! Even though I’m a Giants fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and predict Brad Pitt will most certainly be nominated for Best Actor!

The Help – This film was powerful, funny and poignant. Viola Davis is heartbreaking, Octavia Spencer is FIERCE, and it’s got my girl Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain (the hardest working actress this year, 6 films!!) “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” (Cue tears, buckets and buckets of tears!)

Also, honorable mention to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you haven’t seen the Swedish version or read the book, you may be lost the first 25 minutes, but things really heat up after Mikhail and Lisbeth meet about 40 min in. Not quite as good as the Swedish version but still really really good. Trent Reznor’s score is RIDICULOUS. I’m buying the soundtrack. Tomorrow.”

Cindy

The Tree of Life

Drive – Almost everything about this film is cryptic, from Ryan Gosling as the protagonist with no name, to the laconic exchanges he has with love interest Carey Mulligan. It makes the impact of the spikes of violence all the more grisly. Revenge is best served bloody.

The Tree of Life – I won’t claim to understand everything about this movie, and certainly the Sean Penn sequences felt extraneous, but director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki are, in my esteem, one of the finest filmmaking duos to grace the visual medium. The experience of watching the film is nothing short of spiritual.

Moneyball – This is great year for Brad Pitt as he turned in two extraordinary performances in Tree of Life and Moneyball. This film got me invested in baseball and sabermetrics. What? Yeah, that’s saying a lot.

Lion King 3D – I’m normally opposed to the 3D craze, but I’ll make exceptions to see one of my favorite childhood films on the big screen again. The story is timeless and the songs just as sing-alongable.

Crazy, Stupid, Love – This is the unexpected gem of the year with some surprise casting (Josh Groban, anyone?) Plus it’s rare for a comedic drama to surprise an audience with such an unexpected twist. If you haven’t seen it yet I won’t spoil it. If you’re still on the fence then I have just six words: Ryan Gosling shirtless and yoked, y’all.

Conan The Barbarian – Ok, this wasn’t my favorite film for the story, if you know what I’m saying. This Dothraki can do no wrong in my book. Especially when clad in merely a loincloth.”

Happy viewing in 2012 from all of your friends at Click!


Every day the staff here at Click are finding and sharing links they find interesting. Some are industry relevant, some are just good for a chuckle. We’ve decided to collect a handful of them to share.

- Ready for one more holiday link? John Scalzi tells us 8 Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Holiday Music.

- Here are some great tips on How To Work From Home When Caring For Young Children from Saving Money Today.

- We here at Click love video games so we’re stoked to share Geekologie’s The Definitive Zelda Timeline (According to Nintendo).

- Are you already aching for more American Horror Story? Well, if you want a clue into season two, Ryan Murphy says you should look very closely at the penultimate episode of season one.

- Roger Ebert thinks he knows why movie revenues are dropping.

- This Is Why We Fight. Adorbs!

- And, finally, your New Year’s weekend Moment of Zen: What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Happy New Year and have a great weekend!


Every day the staff here at Click are finding and sharing links they find interesting. Some are industry relevant, some are just good for a chuckle. We’ve decided to collect a handful of them to share. With Christmas only two days away, this version is a rapid-fire, link-heavy Special Christmas Edition!

- NYMag’s Vulture examines What Movies You Should and Shouldn’t See With Your Family on Christmas.

- Scheduling your Christmas TV watching? Zap2It.com has you covered.

- Slate details The Man Who Told A Christmas Story.

- Want to read a 100-year-old letter to Santa that was found hidden in a chimney in Ireland. Thanks to the powers of the Interwebs, you can now do just that.

- Lisa Bettany gives you 10 Tips for Taking Great Holiday iPhone Photos.

- mental_floss breaks down 11 Memorable Christmas Episodes.

- Alonso Duralde literally wrote the book on Christmas movies. Here he writes A Very DVD Obscura Christmas: 10 Holiday Movies You May Never Have Heard Of.

- Flavorpill provides both their 10 Favorite Anti-Christmas Movies as well as 10 Truly Weird Holiday Albums.

- Jacob S. Hall details The Cinematic Evolution of Santa Claus.

- And, finally, Your Christmas Weekend Moment of Zen: The amazingness of Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis.

Happy Holidays and have a great weekend!


Every day the staff here at Click are finding and sharing links they find interesting. Some are industry relevant, some are just good for a chuckle. We’ve decided to collect a handful of them to share.

- Could the studios behind Twilight and The Hunger Games really join forces to become a Mega-Studio-Of-Unstoppableness?! Maybe.

- Stephen King fans need to check out the awesomely interactive website for Bag of Bones before the TV premiere.

- The holidays are here! Check out 10 Actors Who Have Played Saint Nick!

- The Cabin in the Woods is finally going to get a release in 2012 and it looks like it now also has an official website.

- Check out the 8-Minute Trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

- i09.com will tell you How to Rediscover the Obscure TV Shows and Movies that Made Your Childhood Weird.

- BadAssDigest.com breaks down how David Fincher has changed the sound of movie trailers.

- And, finally, your Weekend Moment of Zen: Every Instrument in This Song is From an iPad App:

Happy Friday and have a great holiday weekend!


Every day the staff here at Click are finding and sharing links they find interesting. Some are industry relevant, some are just good for a chuckle. We’ve decided to collect a handful of them to share.

-It’s never too early to expose your child to the ways of the Force; stimulating visuals, such as a Jedi Quiet Book will help your child engage with Star Wars early in their development.

-To quote the tweet of our Clickster, Scott Neumyer: “Amazing to think how many of us are tweeting RIP to Steve Jobs from our iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products. Changed the world.”

-We are thrilled to hear that “Arrested Development” is making a return!  Bluth Frozen Bananas for everyone!

-Who likes green eggs and ham?

- And finally, because you’ve worked hard this week, we give you TWO Weekend Moments of Zen!

Because we all remember the magic that came with our first trip to Disneyland.

And if ONE baby animal is adorable, what does that make a dozen?!

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Have a great weekend!