Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"
Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"

In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis").

They also consider the tragedy of the "romantic lead trapped in an action hero’s body," Taylor Kitsch:

"At the start of 2012, Taylor Kitsch, the 'Friday Night Lights' star, seemed destined for glory. Then came 'John Carter,' which crash-landed. Next up: 'Battleship,' a movie based on a board game that played out as if it were based on a Michael Bay acid trip. A starring role in Oliver Stone’s 'Savage's failed to salvage this disastrous run. And just like that, a promising career seemed to lay in ruin."

The modern day Marilyn Monroe (male version), and People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum:

"it is surely obvious — even objectively provable — that Tatum, with his reversible name and his box-office potency, is the leading Sex Symbol of our times. He is the male Marilyn Monroe."

And the trashiest film of the year:

"'The Paperboy' embraces everything the year’s more tasteful films carefully avoided: lust, sex and all the mad desires that guide (or misguide) so many of our actions. In fact, despite — or maybe because of — all its sex, silliness, madness and jellyfish, 'The Paperboy' may have been the year’s least cynical film. It’s trash, yes. But it’s trash you can believe in."