Cultural New Year’s Resolutions

This is the year I give up on Glee. Really.

Glee, Glee, Glee. WTF? With a season where a student (Artie) speaks to teachers about how they need to have sex, Puck begins a creepy relationship with his baby’s adopted mother (a temporary teacher and Rachel’s birth mother), and a Christmas episode where the glee club puts on a painfully executed old-timey Holiday special, it’s not going to get better. Or get cancelled. So, it’s time that I just stop watching.

  • Finally begin my letter-writing campaign to stop Jane Seymour and her Open Hearts necklace campaign of evil. (This includes her mural on South Street!)
  • I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me five years to see the 2006 Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. So before the tour moves on from Philadelphia on January 14th, I need to see it again. It is a nontraditional jukebox musical that celebrates the history and music of the Four Seasons. Starring the pitch-perfect Brad Weinstock (Frankie Vallie), Philly-native Brandon Andrus (Nick Massi), Colby Foytik (Tommy DeVito), and Jason Kappus (Bob Gaudio), it is a wonderful production that will make you dance in your seat.
  • I need to stop lying about watching Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and Justified (I think saying that I watch them somehow makes me feel better about myself and my taste) and just get caught up.
  • Same for Homeland.
  • Manage my expectations for huge movies opening in 2012: Prometheus (the Alien prequel), Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Spielberg’s Lincoln, Pixar’s Brave, the zombiefied World War Z, Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby, and—I’m so flippin’ excited—The Hobbit.
  • Stop talking about how much I hate Glee.
  • 1997 was the year of volcano movies: Volcano and Dante’s Peak. 1998 was the year of two asteroid movies: Armageddon and Deep Impact. 2012 will the year of Snow White. So with two productions, Snow White and the Huntsman (with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron) and Mirror Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), I must try my damndest to not take sides. Though, after seeing the not-terribly-promising preview for Mirror Mirror, this might be imminently difficult.
  • Go see Philadelphia Theater Company’s The Scottsboro Boys, which includes several original Broadway cast members and uses Susan Stroman’s (The Producers) original direction and choreography. This production of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) final collaboration—which received 12 Tony nominations—will be the first since its Broadway run.
  • Fight the urge to go see The Hunger Games dressed as a golden cornucopia.
  • What are yours?