Monday, February 22, 2016

TV 2015: Odds and Ends

SHOWS THAT ENDED
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Justified
Key and Peele
Kroll Show
Moone Boy
Mad Men
My Mad Fat Diary
Parks and Recreation
Peep Show
Strike Back

LIMITED SERIES
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Wayward Pines
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

SHOWS THAT WERE CANCELLED
Benched
Community
Hannibal
Garfunkel and Oates
In the Flesh
Looking
The Soup

SHOWS I GAVE UP ON
Togetherness
Defiance
True Detective
Teen Wolf
Masters of Sex
Why? With Hannibal Buress
Faking It
The Originals
Supernatural
Sleepy Hollow
Grimm
The Mindy Project
Girls
Peaky Blinders

SHOWS I ATTEMPTED WATCHING
The Missing (one episode)
Schitt's Creek (2 episodes)
Hindsight (2 episodes)
Man Seeking Woman (2 episodes)
Moonbeam City (episode 1, half of episode 2)
Ballers (4 episodes)
Quantico (1 episode)
The Player (2 episodes)
Blindspot (2 episodes)
Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (2 1/2 episodes)
Supergirl (3 episodes)

TV shows caught up on in 2015

Black-ish (season 1)
Witnesses (season 1)
Fresh off the Boat (season 1, episodes 1-9)
Kingdom (season 1)
The Hotwives of Orlando (season 1, 2 eps)
Survivor's Remorse (season 1)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (season 1, ep. 1-6)
Power (season 1)
You're the Worst re-watch (season 1)
Frisky Dingo (season 2)
Frisky Dingo re-watch (season 1)
Gravity Falls (season 1)
Rick and Morty re-watch (season 1)
Eagleheart (season 3)
Steven Universe (season 1)
Halt & Catch Fire (season 1)
Faking It (season 1)
The Mighty Boosh (series 1)
Adventure Time (season 5)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job (season 5)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia re-watch (season 1)
Peaky Blinders (season 1)
Happy Valley (season 1)
Broad City re-watch (season 1)
Treme (season 4)

Started watching, carrying over into 2016:
Re-Watching: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 2)
Re-Watching: Mr. Show (season 1)
Re-Watching: The X-Files (season 1)
Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 5)
Watching: Killjoys (season 1)
Watching: Raised by Wolves (season 1)
Watching: Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (season 1)
Watching: Mom (season 1)
Watching: Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth ed.)

TV 2015: Favorite Shows

Agent Carter
The Americans
Better Call Saul
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Fargo
Fortitude
Jessica Jones
Master of None
Penny Dreadful
Rectify
Review
You're the Worst

TV shows watched in 2015

The 100
Adventure Time
The Affair
Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Americans
Another Period
Archer
Arrow
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Banshee (will end with season 4)
Bates Motel
Better Call Saul
Bitten
Black-ish
Bob's Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Broadchurch
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Carmichael Show
Catastrophe
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Daredevil
Deutschland 83
Documentary Now!
Downton Abbey (ends with season 6)
Doctor Who
Drunk History
Empire
The Fall
Fargo
Fear the Walking Dead
The Flash
Fortitude
Galavant

Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Grantchester
Gravity Falls (will end with season 2)
The Grinder
Halt & Catch Fire
House of Cards
How to Get Away With Murder
Humans
iZombie
Inside Amy Schumer
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Jessica Jones
Kingdom
The Knick (season 3 uncertain)
The Last Man on Earth
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Leftovers (will end with 3rd season)
Lip Sync Battle
Louie
Luther
Master of None
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 
Mr. Robot
Nathan for You
Orange is the New Black
Orphan Black
Outlander
Penny Dreadful
Playing House
Please Like Me
Power
Rectify
The Returned
Review
Rick and Morty
RuPaul's Drag Race
Sense8
Scream Queens
Shameless
Sherlock
Silicon Valley
South Park
Steven Universe
Survivor's Remorse
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
UnReal
Veep
Vicious
Vikings 
The Walking Dead
You're the Worst

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Movies 2015

I watched 54 movies. 16 were re-watches, mostly movies I watched on Halloween. A few were movies like the Evil Dead series, which I re-watched to prepare for the TV series.

5 stars:
Spy
Mad Max: Fury Road

4 1/2 stars:
It Follows
Going Clear

4 stars:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Inside Out
The Convent
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
All Cheerleaders Die
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Man on Fire
What We Do in the Shadows
Under the Skin
Edge of Tomorrow
The Avengers: Age of Ultron

3 1/2 stars:
Starry Eyes
Neighbors
Messiah of Evil
The Heat
Flight
Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone
The Equalizer

3 stars:
The Canal
Would You Rather?
Unfriended
Fast & Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
Out of Time
Ant-Man
7 Days in Hell
Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden 

2 1/2 stars:
Hocus Pocus
American Mary
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Boy Next Door
Jupiter Ascending

2 stars:
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2 stars)

1 star:
Pacific Rim (So many people love this movie and I am baffled by it. Same with Jupiter Ascending. I really disliked this movie.)

Re-Watches:
Halloween H20
Halloween
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween 3
The Craft
House on Haunted Hill (1991)
Army of Darkness
Evil Dead II
The Evil Dead
Fast Five
Super Troopers
The Fast and the Furious
Training Day
Inside Man
Wet Hot American Summer
The Fly (Cronenberg)

Books 2015

I read a total of 107 books this year. 5 were re-reads. 

Favorites:
Americanah / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carry On / Rainbow Rowell
Furiously Happy / Jenny Lawson
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits / David Wong
Rat Queens, vol. 1 / Kurtis J. Wiebe
Rat Queens, vol. 2 / Kurtis J. Wiebe
Rubbernecker / Belinda Bauer
Shadow of Night / Deborah Harkness
Shadowshaper / Daniel Jose Older
The Book of Life / Deborah Harkness
The Cuckoo's Calling / Robert Galbraith
The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins
The Magician King / Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land / Lev Grossman
The Magicians / Lev Grossman (re-read)
The Silkworm / Robert Galbraith
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power / Ryan North, Erica Henderson
The Woman Upstairs / Claire Messud

Disappointments:
In a Dark, Dark Wood / Ruth Ware
iZombie, vol. 3 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
iZombie, vol. 4 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred (I enjoyed the first 2 volumes but the second two just fell VERY flat)
Not That Kind of Girl / Lena Dunham (there were a few really funny essays in the beginning, but then the rest, not so much)

The Rest:
A Dance with Dragons / George R.R. Martin
A Dirty Job / Christopher Moore (re-read)
A Discovery of Witches / Deborah Harkness (re-read)
A Feast for Crows / George R.R. Martin
Alive / Scott Sigler
Bones and All / Camille DeAngelis
Bred to Kill / Franck Thilliez
Chew, vol. 9 / John Layman, Rob Guillory
Daredevil: Hell to Pay (v. 1) / Ed Brubaker
Daredevil: Hell to Pay (v. 2) / Ed Brubaker
Dexter is Dead / Jeff Lindsay
Drama / Raina Telgemeier
Forever Evil: Arkham War / Peter J. Tomasi, Scot Eaton
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness / Jon Kabat-Zinn
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / Alison Bechdel
Genius, vol. 1 / Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman
Ghost House / Clare McNally (re-read)
Ghost House Revenge / Clare McNally (re-read)
Going Clear / Lawrence Wright
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers / Nick Offerman
Hark! A Vagrant / Kate Beaton
Hawkeye, vol. 1 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 2 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 3 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 4 / Mat Fraction, Francesco Francavilla
iZombie, vol. 1 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
iZombie, vol. 2 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
Lumberjanes, vol. 1 / Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes, vol. 2 / Noelle Stevenson
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1 / G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel, vol. 2 / G Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel, vol. 3 / G Willow Wilson
Murder / Sarah Pinborough
Persona / Genevieve Valentine
Positive / David Wellington
Runaways, Vol. 1 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 2 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 3 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 4 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 5 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Saga, vol. 4 / Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga, vol. 5 / Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Secondhand Souls / Christopher Moore
Sex Criminals, vol. 1 / Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Sex Criminals, vol. 2 / Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel
Texts from Jane Eyre / Mallory Ortberg
The anxiety toolkit: strategies for fine-tuning your mind and moving past your stuck points / Alice Boyes
The Girl in the Spider's Web / David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson
The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares / Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, v. 1 / Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, v. 2 / Alan Moore
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Marie Kondo
The Motherless Oven / Rob Davis
The Princess and the Pony / Kate Beaton
The queen of distraction: how women with ADHD can conquer chaos, find focus, and get more done / Terry Matlen
The Raven Boys / Maggie Stiefvater
The Reckoning / Sarah Pinborough
The Shadow Cabinet / Maureen Johnson
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances / Matthew Inman
The Walking Dead, Book 2 / Robert Kirkman (Interestingly enough, Book 1 was on my list of Disappointments last year, but for some reason I decided to give Book 2 a go and then I TORE through the rest.)
The Walking Dead, Book 3 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 4 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 5 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 6 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 7 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 8 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 9 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 19 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 20 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 21 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 22 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 23 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 24 / Robert Kirkman
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act / Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2 / Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
The Wicked Girls / Alex Marwood
The Worrier's Guide to Life / Gemma Correll
Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder / Jason Aaron
Thor, Vol. 2: Who holds the hammer? / Jason Aaron
Waistcoats and Weaponry / Gail Carriger
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life / Jon Kabat-Zinn
Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling
X / Sue Grafton

Sunday, January 11, 2015

TV 2014: Disappointments

Follow-up from last year's post: the biggie from last year was Agents of SHIELD.  I was indeed very disappointed in it and might have stopped watching if not for the fact that after the episode that followed up the events in Captain America Winter Soldier, the show suddenly got pretty good.  It's still not as good as I had initially hoped, but it's not something I dread watching.

Also, my note about Downtown Abbey from last year made me giggle a bit because after seeing The Guest, I am All About Dan Stevens.

American Horror Story: Coven and Freak Show
I initially listed this as just Freak Show, but it's really Coven that was the big disappointment.  I gave up on Freak Show a few episodes ago and don't plan to go back, but I was kind of meh on it from the beginning of the season.  But Coven!  OMG.  Witches and magic and glorious wonders!  It started out pretty good and then just sort of fell apart somewhere.  Ah, well, we'll always have season 2, Asylum. 

Gotham
I so wanted to like Gotham.  I love the Batman universe and I love comic book shows.  Plus, Donal Logue?  YES, please.  And I think if the show had adhered to the original intent, which was to focus on the Gotham PD and a young James Gordon, it would have been better.  Instead, they insisted on adding in yet another origin story for Bruce Wayne, which was unnecessary.  We know that this show will NEVER be able to actually portray a grownup Bruce Wayne as Batman, so why even have him as a character?  And some of the writing and acting was just truly atrocious.  Boo.


New Girl 
I was a huge 'shipper of Jess and Nick.  When they got together, it added a new dimension to the characters and to the show.  And when they broke up, I understood why it happened.  I have no issues with the fact that the characters didn't stay a romantic couple.  However, the reasoning behind Jess breaking up with Nick is why I can't watch the show anymore.  In reconciling the differences between the characters, it became clear that Jess was always going to be the adult who would try to compromise and not try to change Nick to fit her standards.  But Nick was always going to be the man-child who would never compromise and would just always be a man-child who expected Jess to adjust to him but would never reciprocate.  And that made me not like Nick anymore.  Which devastates me because I LOVED him so much.  I don't object to him being a silly man-child.  I object to him never trying to actually be something more, ever.

The Strain
I was so into this show when it started.  I loved the books and felt it had a good shot at translating well to being dramatized.  But there were quite a few mis-steps in the casting and writing departments.  Mostly in the casting of Ephraim and Nora.  I quite like Corey Stoll, but somehow he just did not click as Eph.  Either he wasn't right for the part or the writing did him no favors, I'm not sure which.  And Nora.  UGH.  The actress was terrible and it just kept getting worse.  And her damn mother, ugh.  I had to stop watching and doubt I'll ever go back to it.

TV 2014: Odds and Ends

SHOWS THAT ENDED
Boardwalk Empire
The Colbert Report
Sons of Anarchy
Treme
Wilfred

SHOWS THAT WERE CANCELLED
Almost Human
Dallas
Enlisted
Utopia (UK)
The Wil Wheaton Project
Witches of East End

SHOWS I GAVE UP ON
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Being Mary Jane
Black-ish
Black Jesus
The Blacklist
The Bridge
Constantine
Dominion
Elementary
Extant
Gotham
Hemlock Grove
The League
The Lottery
Manhattan
Murder in the First
New Girl
Salem
Scandal
Selfie
Sons of Anarchy
The Strain
Suits
The Tomorrow People
Trophy Wife
The Vampire Diaries

TV 2014: Favorite Shows

Okay, this is not a top 10.  I could cull it down, but why bother?  These were my favorite shows last year (in alphabetical order).  If I had to choose a number one, it would most definitely be Hannibal.

The 100
The Americans
Boardwalk Empire
Broad City
Enlisted
Fargo
Getting On 
Hannibal
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Penny Dreadful
Please Like Me
Rectify
Review with Forrest MacNeill
Rick and Morty
Shameless
Transparent
You're the Worst

TV shows watched in 2014

24: Live Another Day (limited series)
The 100
The Affair
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Almost Human
American Horror Story
The Americans
Archer
Arrow
Banshee
Bates Motel
Benched
Bitten 
Black Jesus (3 episodes watched)
Blackish (2.5 episodes watched)
The Blacklist
Boardwalk Empire
Bob's Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Broadchurch (UK)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Colbert Report
The Comeback
Community
Constantine (2 episodes watched)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Dallas
Defiance
Dominion (2 episodes watched)
Downton Abbey
Dr. Who
Drunk History
Elementary
Enlisted
The Eric Andre Show
Extant (1.5 episodes watched)
The Fall
Fargo
The Flash
Game of Thrones
Garfunkel and Oates
Getting On 
Girls
The Good Wife
Gotham (3 episodes watched)
Grimm
Hannibal
House of Cards
How to Get Away With Murder 
In the Flesh
Inside Amy Schumer
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Justified
Key and Peele
The Knick
Kroll Show
The League
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Leftovers 
Looking
The Lottery (1.25 episodes watched)
Louie
Mad Men
Manhattan (5 episodes watched)
Masters of Sex
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 
The Mindy Project
Moone Boy
Murder in the First (2 episodes watched)
Nathan for You
New Girl
Orange is the New Black
The Originals
Orphan Black
Outlander
Parks and Recreation
Penny Dreadful
Playing House
Please Like Me
Rectify
Review with Forrest MacNeill
Rick and Morty
RuPaul's Drag Race
Salem (2.5 episodes watched)
Scandal
Selfie (1.5 episodes watched)
Shameless
Silicon Valley
Sleepy Hollow
Sons of Anarchy
The Soup
South Park
The Spoils of Babylon (mini-series)
The Strain
Suits 
Supernatural
Surviving Jack
Teen Wolf
The Eric Andre Show
The Tomorrow People
Transparent
Trophy Wife
True Detective
Utopia (UK)
The Vampire Diaries
Veep
Vicious
Vikings 
The Walking Dead
The Wil Wheaton Project
Wilfred
Witches of East End
You're the Worst

Friday, January 2, 2015

TV shows I caught up on in 2014

Adventure Time (season 1-4)
Black Mirror (series 1-2)
Drunk History (season 1)
Getting On (season 1)
House of Cards (season 1)
Kroll Show (Season 1)
Moone Boy (season 1)
My Mad Fat Diary (series 1-2)
Nathan For You (season 1)
Please Like Me (season 1)
The In-Betweeners (series 1, ep. 1-3)
The Peter Serafinowicz Show
The Returned (season 1)
The Walking Dead (season 1 rewatch)
The Walking Dead (season 2-4)
Utopia (series 1)
Vikings (season 1-2)

Started watching, carrying over into 2015:
Adventure Time (season 5)
Gravity Falls (season 1)
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (series 1)
The Mighty Boosh (series 1)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job (season 5)

Re-watching, carrying over into 2015:
Animaniacs (season 1)
Broad City (season 1)

Movies 2014

I only watched 52 movies this year (including a few re-watches and comedy specials).  Movies in bold with asterisks are the ones I saw in the theater.  I actually saw one more movie in the theaters than last year!

5 stars:
Frozen
The Guest
*John Wick

4 1/2 stars:
Obvious Child

4 stars:
28 Hotel Rooms
Attack the Block
*Captain America: The Winter Soldier
*The Lego Movie
The One I Love
We Are What We Are

3 1/2 stars:
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
The Babadook
Bo Burnham: What
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats
The Conjuring
Curtains
Evil Dead
*Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Insidious: Chapter 2
John Mulaney: New in Town
Maniac (2012)   
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Non-Stop
*Veronica Mars
*X-Men: Days of Future Past

3 stars:
Blue Ruin
Brave
From Beyond
Good Hair
Jasper Redd: Jazz Talk
The Loved Ones
Lucy
MacGruber
Monkey Shines
MST3K: Touch of Satan
Ninja 2
Slugs
The Pact
The Poughkeepsie Tapes

2 1/2 stars:
The Crush
The Hunger Games
Let's Scare Jessica to Death

2 stars:
Monsters
Frances Ha

Re-watches:
American Psycho
Batman
Candyman
Cannibal: The Musical
Frozen (re-watched twice)
Friday the 13th
Ghostbusters
The Incredibles