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The 1st Annual JKIRE Awards!

Welcome to the 1st Annual JKIRE Awards! They’re just like the Golden Globes except the winners are only chosen by one person. And there isn’t a statuette for the winners. This is for television, movies and other media that came out in 2011.

Best New TV Series – Shameless
I didn’t even see this one coming, and it blew me away.

Best Movie – Hanna
The movie itself is amazing, and the music puts it over the top. Note, I only saw maybe 10 movies in the theater this year, so there’s a good chance if you comment “But what about ____?” I didn’t even see it.

Best Podcast – How Did This Get Made?
I didn’t start listening to Improv4Humans until after the new year, so I have to give this one to Paul Scheer and friends. I pretty much listened to every episode back to back on my trip to Chicago, and it’s the primary reason I saw the Crank movies, which are so awesome.

Best TV Show Based Around Something I’m Not at All Interested In – The League
I don’t care about football outside of its widespread popularity means the existence of nice stadiums all over the country for drum corps to rehearse and perform on. I care even less about fantasy football. And yet, I love The League. Maybe I have the earwolf network to blame, as my addiction to that ‘family’ of comedians has conditioned me perfectly to enjoy The League.

Best Sci-Fi TV Show – Fringe
Of course.

Best non-Sci-Fi TV Show – Breaking Bad
Hands down. Faces off.

Best non-Sci-Fi TV Show that isn’t on AMC – Justified
This only loses to Breaking Bad because last year was only the second season, so I don’t have as big of an attachment to the characters yet… Then again I’ve been watching since premiere night, and came late to Breaking Bad. Hmm…

Best Animated Film – …
I didn’t see any animated films this year. I really want to see Tintin though.

Best Sci-Fi Film – Thor
I love ancient alien stuff, and Thor is all about that. Captain American was about another favorite topic, Nazi Pseudoscience Research, so that was pretty great too.

Best Documentary TV Show – Ancient Aliens
See Best Sci-Fi Film. I love this stuff!

Best Reality Competition Show – Top Shot
Shooting challenges, and throwing rocks. Doesn’t get better than that, show that actually tests people’s real skills! Not just balancing on things while holding other things, and stuff like that. It helps that they use exploding targets a large percentage of the time.

Best Actor – Bryan Cranston
Crazy good. Crazy, crazy good.

Best Actress – Kaitlyn Dever
Awesome on Justified, very funny in Last Man Standing, and she was probably the best thing about Bad Teacher. I would give this to Saoirse Ronan, but she was only in one movie. They’re both amazing for how young they are, I am really looking forward to seeing more of their work over the years, and I am 100% sure that neither of them will end up being out of control divas.

Best New TV Comedy – Wilfred
I heard about this show from my friend Ben when we were chatting at the Stanford DCI show this summer. He made it sound great (from what he knew about it from commercials) so I got a hold of a copy for us to watch as soon as possible. We were hooked. Perfect companion for…

Best TV Comedy – Louie
So. Damn. Hilarious. I can’t get enough. It’s easy to forget since it was on during the summer, and there were only a handful of episode (I was about to give this award to Community, which really is equally as deserving). This show and Community are the only sitcoms I plan on owning every season on DVD/Bluray. And so far, so good.

Best Animated TV Show – Archer
FX is solid all around, basically. The bonus three pirate episodes at the end of the summer were fantastic. I’m really glad it’s back as of last Thursday, and is as strong as ever. Regular Show and Adventure Time are tied for a somewhat close second place.

Best Comedy Actors – Jon Benjamin and Patrick Warburton
Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Jon Benjamin Has A Van. Archer, Family Guy, Rules of Engagement, Skylanders. The sheer amount of awesome these two guys put out is astounding and I can’t get enough. Now that I think of it… Throw in Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer. Four way tie!

And that concludes the 1st Annual JKIRE Awards! If you have any suggestions for other categories, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!


All About Steve

This episode of How Did This Get Made? on Earwolf (with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael) made me want to see it just to experience the craziness.

Unfortunately it wasn’t until months later (today) that I was able to get a hold of a copy. Thank you Lone Tree Library!

I already knew most of the plot, and all the best jokes, from the HDTGM episode, so I didn’t feel like I needed to give it my full attention. I think that’s the main reason I kind of enjoyed it. Some of their criticisms had to do with Sandra Bullock’s physicality, which I didn’t see since I only looked up at the screen for about 5 minutes of the whole time. But yeah, I should probably handicap the movie for only listening, and say that it was half as enjoyable as I enjoyed it.

I actually thought the “I found the deaf girl and she’s okay, aside from being deaf” line was really funny. Also there was one, and only one, scene where it was pretty obvious that the director was like “Okay Ken, you can improvise a couple of lines here!” he was funny, but it didn’t really fit with the rest of the movie. The whole movie didn’t really fit with the rest of the movie…

The movie came out a few months after the Hangover came out, and since it stars Bradley Cooper as the titular Steve (I think I just like the word titular) I’m sure they tried to bank on that as much as possible as evident by Ken Jeong’s presence on the DVD cover. However, I thought it was fitting that the DVD itself says “rental exclusive.” Was this movie ever actually for sale on DVD? I’m not sure I’m curious enough to actually find out. (I gave in, it did come out on DVD and is only like 7 bucks on Amazon. You may as well buy it on Amazon instant video for the same price though, because the DVD’s special features are a couple of movie trailers. If you absolutely must watch this movie, you should check your local library first)

Other Sandra Bullock movies that came out that year? The Proposal and The Blind Side. I haven’t seen the Blind Side, but the Proposal is much better. The Blind Side is probably better too, because of that Oscar thing. Kind of similar to how Natalie Portman starred in No Strings Attached and Black Swan within a few months. However, she was also in Hesher and Thor within a few months of that. Portman wins.

Anyway, the plot is ridiculous every step of the way, but it’s a good bit of fun to have playing in the background while you do more important things. Check out the HDTGM episode linked at the start of this article, and you will enjoy it even more.

Thanks for reading!