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I forgot my password for this blog. And I forgot about having an image. So now I have just enough time to just key everything in. I thought about doing reviews but there’s so much I’ll be more interested to see if there’s anything here anyone even cares to talk about.
Biggest takeaway? I watch A LOT of TV now. Partly because we’re home more with the baby and also just – so – many – shows.

MOVIES
Interesting to note the year began and ended with Star Wars. I am not apologizing or unhappy for that.

1 – Star Wars – The Force Awakens
2 – The Wolfpack
3 – Attack the Block
4 – Boyhood
5 – Bolshoi Babylon
6 – Rocky – I’d never seen it before
7 – Hail Caesar!
8 – Up
9 – Spy
10 – Maze Runner – Scorch Trials
11 – Becoming Mike Nichols
12 – Big Eyes
13 – Imitation Game
14 – The Avengers 2 – Age of Ultron
15 – 10 Cloverfield Lane
16 – Deadpool
17 – The Lobster – I really liked it
18 – OJ Made in America
19 – Dig
20 – Die Hard
21 – Stanford Prison Experiment
22 – Lucy – didn’t get it
23 – Room
24 – The Big Short
25 – The Insider
26 – Spotlight
27 – Eddie the Eagle
28 – Jiro Dreams of Sushi
29 – The Girl on the Train
30 – Green Room
31 – Highlander
32 – Captain America – Winter Soldier
33 – Joy
34 – Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
35 – St. Vincent
36 – The Witch – sooo creepy and good
37 – Hitchcock/Truffaut
38 – Doctor Strange
39 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – I really admire JK Rowling
40 – Arrival – a beautiful story about accepting your fate
41 – Keanu – saw it night before George Michael died
42 – 20 Feet from Stardom
43 – LaLaLand – eh
44 – Hateful Eight
45 – Rogue One – I liked it
46 – The Departed

TV
This is new but necessary I think to see where I’m spending my entertainment time. I just listed everything in no particular order.

1 – Fargo
2 – Making of a Murderer
3 – Jeopardy
4 – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
5 – Sherlock
6 – Downton Abbey
7 – Man in the High Castle
8 – Family Tree
9 – Angie Tribeca – delightfully stupid
10 – Catastrophe
11 – War and Peace
12 – With Bob and David
13 – iZombie
14 – The Grinder – RIP, truly sad it’s not renewed
15 – Fresh Off the Boat
16 – Elementary
17 – X-Files
18 – blackish
19 – Better Call Saul
20 – The Walking Dead – brutal, I don’t know if I can handle watching psychotic bullies now that we have one as President-elect
21 – Last Week with John Oliver
22 – Chicago Tonight
23 – Mr. Robot
24 – The Americans
25 – Love
26 – People v OJ Simpson
27 – Grantchester
28 – Call the Midwife
29 – The Night Manager
30 – Silicon Valley
31 – Orange is the New Black
32 – Game of Thrones
33 – The Mindy Project – so much better on Hulu
34 – Veep
35 – Late Show with Stephen Colbert
36 – Late Late Show with James Corden
37 – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
38 – Brain Dead
39 – Dancing on the Edge
40 – The Good Place
41 – Night of
42 – Westworld
43 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
44 – Poldark
45 – 60 MInutes
46 – BSG – we started rewatching. On S2.
47 – Drunk History
48 – The Crown
49 – Fleabag
50 – Gotham
51 – Search Party
52 – Black Mirror

Shows I started and stopped watching. Why do they all begin with “M”?
Mercy Street
Mozart in the Jungle
The Muppets

BOOKS
I read more than last year but still not up to my pre-baby numbers.

1 – A Swiftly Tilting Planet/Madeleine L’Engle
2 – Home Fires/Julie Simmons
3 – Sketchnote/Mike Rohde (for work)
4 – Call the Midwife/Jennifer Worth
5 – Allegiant/Veronica Roth – I had it and struggled to just finish it
6 – Rose Under Fire/Elizabeth Wein
7 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child/JK Rowling
8 – The Girl on the Train/Paul Hawkins
9 – Mapping Inner Space/Nancy Margulies (also work)
10 – Grand Canyon – Fodors, Frommers, National Geographic
11 – Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon – Fodors, Frommers, National Geographic
I read enough that they count.
12 – Life Hacks – Dan Marshall
13 – Life of Pi/Yann Martel
14 – Eleanor and Park/Rainbow Rowell
15 – Who Moved My Cheese?/Spencer Johnson
16 – Black Dove, White Raven/Elizabeth Wein

 

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I googled “pop culture” and this came up. Actually this came up because I googled “entertainment”.

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I quite like both and I think I’ll be going with the “I’m feeling lucky” approach to images for the rest of the year because searching and formatting is such a huge time suck.

Last year – well it was last year. There was a huge dip in my consumption for a lot of different reasons we don’t need to get into here. In the spirit of the starting anew and clearing out the old I’m going to just list the movies and books of 2015. No reviews – otherwise this wouldn’t be happening at all. What I am going to do for 2016 is add the TV shows I’m watching/streaming because I am definitely watching a lot.

MOVIES
January

1 – Wedding Crashers
2 – The Odd Couple

March
3 – Singin’ in the Rain

April
4 – It Follows
5 – Woman in Gold

May
6 – Edge of Tomorrow
7 – Finding Vivian Maier
8 – Atari – Game Over
9 – Mad Max: Fury Road

June
10 – Best in Show
11 – Non-Stop
12 – Spy
13 – X-Files – Fight the Future

July
14 – John Wick
15 – Minions
16 – Inside Out
17 – Inside Llewyn Davis
18 – Stanley Kubrick – A Life in Pictures
19 – The Winning Season

August
20 – The Babadook
21 – Inside Man
22 – Drag Me to Hell
23 – The Giver
24 – Trainwreck
25 – Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work
26 – Man from U.N.C.L.E.

September
27 – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation
28 – The Source Family
29 – Muscle Shoals

October
30 – Who Killed the Electric Car?
31 – Black Mass

November
32 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
33 – American Sniper
34 – The Martian

December
35 – Spectre

BOOKS

May – really, I didn’t read anything until MAY, the dates are when I finished
1 – Simon vs the Homo Sapiens/Becky Albertalli
2 – Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnance
3 – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
4 – The Messenger/Lois Lowry
5 – Wonder/RJ Palacio
6 – Son/Lois Lowry
7 – Diaper Free/Ingrid Bauer
8 – Stories I Only Tell My Friends/Rob Lowe
9 – A Wrinkle in Time/Madeleine L’Engle
10 – Love Life/Rob Lowe
11 – Ready for a Brand New Beat/Mark Kurlansky
12 – A Wind int eh Door/Madeleine L’Engle
13 – Modern Romance/Aziz Ansari

Out of this whole list the only entry I didn’t remember is Non-Stop. Liam Neeson is an air marshall trapped on a plane with a forgettable story line. There you have it. One big thing I check off my to do list. Happy New Year!

books

1 – State of Wonder/Ann Patchett
2 – Give Me Everything You Have/James Lasdun
3 – Run/Ann Patchett
4 – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls/David Sedaris
5 – Case Histories/Kate Atkinson
6 – Life After Life/Kate Atkinson
7 – In the Pleasure Groove/John Taylor (Duran Duran)
8 – Frankenstein/Mary Shelley
9 – The Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde
10 – The Importance of Being Earnest/Oscar Wilde
11 – Fodor’s China
12 – Frommer’s Ireland
13 – Rick Steves’ Ireland
14 – Picture This – This is How Pictures Work/Molly Bang
15 – Hyberbole and  a Half/Allie Brosh
16 – The Book of Life/Deborah Harkness
17 – Two Weeks in the Midday Sun/Roger Ebert
18 – Bel Canto/Ann Patchett
19 – The Pot and How to Use It/Roger Ebert
20 – Wicked/Gregory Maguire
21 – The Giver/Lois Lowry
22 – Cat Sense/John Bradshaw
23 – Gathering Blue/Lois Lowry
24 – Yes Please/Amy Poehler

my movies december 2014

108 – Playtime – first Tati, effervescent
109 – Die Hard with a Vengeance – familiar, stupid fun
110 – Sleepy Hollow – inner gothic teen
111 – Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire – it’s always on
112 – Cedar Rapids – great Wire joke
113 – The Book Thief – diluted, saccharine adaptation
114 – Pride and Prejudice – all things Austen
115 – Rush – surprisingly engaging, tense
116 – Mr. Dynamite – more a love letter
117 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – please watch it
118 – Crazy Love – seriously, crazy people
119 – Wild – expected, fine, unsurprising
120 – And Then There Were None – more enjoyable Christie
121 – Obvious Child – hard-to-like, juvenile lead
122 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – campy classics continue
123 – Arsenic and Old Lace – a family favorite

my movies november 2014

99 – Gone Girl – a great gimmick
100- Birdman – weird, deep comedy
101 – Jonestown – I’d no idea
102 – Casablanca – family holiday favorite
103 – Whiplash – best of 2014 (decade?)
104 – Bad Words – excellent swearing technique
105 – Big Hero 6 – simply adorable
106 – Nebraska – Payne always delivers
107 – Hello Ladies – painfully, hilariously awkward

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91 – Gone with the Wind – saw in theater
92 – Asphalt Jungle – didn’t quite engage
93 – Red Riding 1974 – weird horror trilogy
94 – Gideon’s Army – our broken system
95 – We’re the Millers – becoming go-to background
96 – Wanderlust – stuck in Ireland
97 – Maleficent – I don’t know
98 – Toy Story – one frightening baby

my movies september 2014

84 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – humans are dumb
85 – Gates of Heaven – weirdo documentary inception
86 – Off the Charts – more endearing oddballs
87 – Guardians of the Galaxy – mega-hit delivers fun
88 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – enjoyed more in-flight
89 – Team America – still totally offensive (in a good way)
90 – 112 Weddings – a great concept

my movies august 2014

76 – 42 – better than average
77 – Snowpiercer – Swinton’s great villain
78 – Love Child – millennials scare me
79 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler – fine, not too
80 – Bye Bye Birdie – Kids, kids today!
81 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – inspired and inspirational
82 – The Sweet Hereafter – more hopeful, unexpected
83 – The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – growing on me

my movies july 2014

I was shocked – shocked – to find I had not posted since June! Jeez what have I been doing? So there will be several movie posts now.

66 – Breaker Morant – I’m history ignorant
67 – Life Itself – beloved critic tribute
68 – 22 Jump Street – this ends it
69 – Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – needs cuter boy
70 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Dawn sequel prep
71 – The Internship – leads too old
72 – The Station Agent – forgot how good
73 – Frozen – I get it
74 – Killer Joe – one fucked-up ending
75 – Blue Jasmine – surprisingly good, current

my movies june 2014When you’re on a plane to Beijing, you will watch just about anything. With the in-flight movie selection improving and number increasing this allows for fast work of a 12 hours flight.

58 – We Bought a Zoo – stop precocious kids
59 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – high hopes dashed
60 – The Wolf of Wall Street – surprising, engaging hubris
61 – Ender’s Game – over-simplified, lacks context62 – Thor – The Dark World – Norse mythological fun!
63 – Chef – sappy studio ending
64 – X-Men Days of Future Past – complicated plot success
65 – The Fault in Our Stars – sucker for Shailene