January 3, 2018My annual Media Wrapup, mostly all the media I consumed fully during the year. Disappointing stuff in grey, Stuff that met expectations in black, really good stuff in red, really great stuff in red and bold. (Each category name has the count and then how the count differed from the year before.)
Movies at the Cinema (4 (-2))
Wonder Woman, The Dark Crystal, Blade Runner 2049, The Last JediAlways surprised to see how rarely I get to the cinema. Seeing "The Dark Crystal" on one of the last 2 70MM prints was amazing, hadn't seen it before.
Movies on Video or Streaming (33 (--))
What We Do in the Shadows, Raise the Red Lantern, Mistress America, There Will Be Blood, Make Happy, Backbeat, The Third Man, Henry and June, The Commitments, Dave Chapelle: Age of Spin, Louis CK 2017, The Matrix, Old Baby, Get Out, Rory Scovel Tries Standup for the First Time, Ladyhawke, Enter the Dragon, Immigrant, Whisky Tango Foxtrot, Quest for Fire, Bringing Up Baby, Ghostbusters, Iron Sky, Blade Runner, Baby Driver, Arrival, Trolls, Chappie, Atomic Blonde, Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, The Maltese Falcon, Stooger Things"What We Do in the Shadows" and "Baby Driver" are stronger than average 4s, and it was nice seeing some of my all time favorites "Backbeat" and "Henry and June" with Melissa.
TV Show Seasons (10 (-2))
Black Mirror Season 2, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Better Off Ted Season 2, Girls Season 6, Better Off Ted Season 2, Drawn Together Season 1, Difficult People Season 1, Black Mirror Season 3, Game of Thrones Season 7, Rick and Morty Season 3"Black Mirror" is the real standout here; it's like the twilight zone for our time. Rick and Morty has some greatness too it as well, and for similar reasons.
Books (32 (-24))
Dangerous Visions, The Alchemist, This Is It, Predisposed, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Norse Mythology, Front-End Developer Handbook 2017, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, Capek: 4 Plays, Master and Commander, Giggling Into the Pillow., The Doors of Perception, Taking Care of Red, eat pray love, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, Consciousness Explained, Bull, Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, Priestdaddy, Kingdom Hearts II, Soft & Cuddly , Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Breakout: How Atari 8-bit Computers Defined a Generation, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Disrupted, Men Without Women, Essays After 80, The Old Soak and Hail and Farwell, Insanely Great, Bhagavad Gita, Quotes Every Man Should KnowLess reading done this year, though I made up for it a little with the new Audiobook section... I reread "Consciousness Explained" - it wasn't as jaw dropping as it was in 2000 or so, but it still gets nod as one of my top 5 ever books... "Bull" is a great retelling of the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, worth checking out. "Priestdaddy" was excellent as well, and Sedaris' "Theft by Finding" stuck with me.
Audibooks (12 (+12))
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Staring at the Sun, From Bacteria to Bach: The Evolutions of Minds, The Righteous Mind, Nothing to be Frightened Of, Talking It Over, Making Money, Love, Etc, Malagash, The Brothers Karamazov (abridged), Vacationland, Down and Out in Paris and LondonSo here's where I made up for my lack of books - and I actually think the format led me to take on some heavier tomes than I might have otherwise. "Staring at the Sun", with it's tales of therapy and dealing with mortality, really reintroduced me to the "theraputic hour". I'm going to lead a discussion group on "The Righeous Mind". Speaking of mortality, "Nothing to Be Frightened Of" and its dealing with the subject keeps it as one of my top 5 books and me fall in love with Julian Barnes' writing, which lead to "Talking It Over" (and its sequel "Love, Etc". "Malagash" by Joe Comeau, about a precocious coder teen coping with the impending death of her father by trying to write a computer virus that can act as his virtual ghost really stuck home.
Comic / Graphic Novel (10 (+1))
Vision 1: Little Worse Than a Man, Vision 2: Little Better Than a Beast, Deadpool Killiistrated, Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe, Punisher Kills Marvel Universe, Misc Star Trek comics, Mouth Baby, Boy's Club, Michael Rosen's Sad Book, Great Lego Sets: A Visual HistoryJames Harvey's "Mouth Baby" is disturbing and genius and great.
Video Games (9 (+8))
Lady killer in a Bind, Star Fox Zero, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, GTA: VC, Ghostbusters (2009), Super Mario Odyssey, Desert Golfing, Mario Party: The Top 100, Blaster Master ZeroI made a deliberate effort to play more games this year. It was great showing Smooth Moves to Melissa. Super Mario Odyssey was brilliant- really getting into the physical kinetics of stuff, which is why I play games. Blaster Master Zero was a satisfying retroromp during Christmas break.
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