Summer cinema season where you think you're going, baby? We listened to Carly Rae Jepsen, we did. All summer long. We watched "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and watched it online.
But we talked movies a cultural conversation driven by a hilarious hulk, an ironic Iran Man, a Dark Knight feared by Limbaugh, a talking/ pot-smoking teddy bear and magic boys who strip.
Summer's over. And this is crazy. But here are some winners Sum-Oscars, baby.
Best pictures: "Killer Joe." Southern Gothic, searing, sexual and scandalous. The Matthew McConaughey Decade continues. And "Beasts of the Southern Wild" seems even more timely during hurricane season.
Worst pictures: I'd say "Apparition," but they weren't even trying. "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter?" Seriously, how was this not going to suck? And "That's My Boy." Yup, Andy Samberg. There's your future Adam Sandler.
Movie of the summer: "Marvel's The Avengers" was everything a comic book movie should be big, broad, and loads of fun. Fangirls and fanboys worship writer-director Joss Whedon. And well they should. $1.5 billion in tickets sold worldwide.
Best kids movie: A lot of daughterless movie critics didn't get "Brave." But a lot of little girls, and a few of their movie-critic dads, did.
Best romance: "Ruby Sparks" didn't have a lot of competition, and not everybody got onto its wavelength, but this fantasy romance was sunny, silly and downright deep.
Biggest surprise: "Magic Mike," a down-and-dirty hit from Steven Soderbergh, a career exoneration for Channing Tatum. And finally, Matthew McConaughey can take his shirt off for a good reason.
Best indie film: "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Everything a no-budget film should be poetic, compelling, with a vivid sense of place.
Biggest indie hit: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" reached the under-served over-60 audience to the tune of $45 million.
Bloodiest: "The Expendables 2," and it wasn't even close. Hey, you pack all those moth-eaten '80s action "heroes" onto one screen, each has to have his own body count.
Biggest letdowns: "Rock of Ages" wasted a great, boozy Tom Cruise turn. And "Dark Shadows" found its audience it was just older and smaller than Johnny Depp/Tim Burton are used to.
Worst movie everybody saw: "Ted." It's a pot-smoking potty-mouthed stuffed toy, people. What, is it for folks who found "The Hangover" too mature?