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While most organizations put out a top list of the year's best poodle names or the year's most memorable nail polish colors, The New York Times Magazine has a different (read: strange) tradition.
For the past five years, they have ended the year with a series of short films. Each has a running theme, and the short, around one-minute-long films are over the top, but kind of fabulous. This year's theme: kissing. And we loved every melodramatic, overacted silent minute of it. Not to mention it featured all of our favorite, and this year's best, actors. Produced by Elaine Constantine, the series features Benedict Cumberbatch
, Reese Witherspoon
, Steve Carell
, Rosario Dawson
, Kristen Stewart
, Chadwick Boseman, Shailene Woodley
and many more.
Past years' themes have featured Actors Acting
, a Touch of Evil
, Making a Scene
and our particular favorite Wide Awake
. (Seriously, if you've never watched Rebel Wilson transform into the beautiful mermaid she is supposed to be in her Wide Awake
film, you've never really lived.)
9 Kisses feels like the end of every '80s movie (think: Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful) and our entire childhood with all the feels.
Solitary moments. Few words, background sounds. You feel as if you are secretly watching these people, couples, competitors, adversaries in a moment when they didn't know anyone else was around. Raw emotion in every scene. Sheer joy, elation, triumph. New York Times Magazine, you may have an awkward tradition, but keep it up, we love it.
I had to watch them all twice to try to choose my favorite. I couldn't do it.
Check out this year's short films and tell us which one is your favorite.