For entertainment journalists who don't pore over Oscar prospects, the beginning of the year is always difficult because there's not a whole lot of interesting news, and not a lot of movies (good ones, anyway) to review or cover. And this week, even the new DVD and Blu-ray releases are pretty underwhelming. But as we explored at the end of 2010, the end of the year and the beginning of a new one has served as the subject – or at least the time frame - of many movies.

And after my girlfriend and I made an impromptu decision to watch 'The Apartment,' an iconic drama which happens to focus on three people finding their way through complicated relationships over the holiday season, Billy Wilder's film seemed perfect for 2011's inaugural edition of "Shelf Life."