When it comes to TV, they can’t all be winners

20 Jan

Last week I wrote about all the shows I’m still watching (or, rather, trying desperately to catch up on) from the 2016-17 season. It’s almost hard to imagine, but it could have been much longer if not for this selection of shows that I’m either no longer watching or lost interest in before they even started.

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TV Update: I am so far behind…

12 Jan

I was pretty hopeful when this season started that I’d be able to keep up with all my shows, but that hope was clearly misplaced. I fell behind pretty early, and things are just starting to come back from winter hiatuses — or in the case of Grimm, just getting going. But did I used that hiatus time to get caught up?

No. Instead I wrote some fanfic, went to work, watched a ton of Youtube videos (mostly of people skateboarding), binged on Microsoft solitaire games, had family Christmas, blogged a little and snuggled the most demanding of demanding snuggle buddies.

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This is Buster.

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2016 Media in Review: The lonely book post

6 Jan

I watch a lot of TV. I watch quite a few movies. I used to read a lot of books. You wouldn’t guess it by looking at the past few years, wherein I read one book in 2013 (and it was a book of cat cartoons), two books in 2014, and one in 2015. By those measures, this was a good year!

May I present to you, the whopping three books I read in 2016.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

5 Jan star_wars_rogue_one

I saw “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Tuesday, and it took me two days to figure out how to write about it. Short version: I liked it, and I imagine when I see it again, I’ll love it. The first half of this post is a spoiler-free review in case there’s anybody else like me who had to keep pushing this back week after week, but the second half, which will have a big giant warning label before you get to it, goes into spoilers and behind the scenes stuff I’m dying to talk about but would have hated knowing going into the theater. I don’t get a lot of comments, but should this generate any, read them at your own risk.

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2016 Media in Review: Old TV

4 Jan

2016 Media in Review is winding down. I watched a fair amount of movies last year, but for the first year in a while, I found myself too far behind on current TV shows to keep up with all of them. I ended up waiting until the seasons were over to see all of Gotham, Supernatural, and I’m only just starting to work my way through last season of Grimm. And honestly, binge-watching these older shows is mostly why.

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2016 Media in Review: All the movies

3 Jan

Yesterday I posted about all the movies I’d seen in theaters during 2016, and now it’s time for the promised numbers nerdiness as I break down all the movies I watched (and the one I couldn’t finish) in 2016. Or you can skip the math and go straight to the list.

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2016 Media in Review: Movie Roundup

2 Jan

It’s 2017, and you know what that means: It’s time to take a look at what the movie gods of 2016 left for me. For my master list this year, I combined Movies at the Theater and Movies on DVD/Streaming, since my 2015 theater count was so low. But then I actually went to the theater a lot in 2016, and those are the movies I want to talk about.

So, consider this post a roundup of the new movies I saw. Don’t worry, we’ll get nerdy with numbers and old movies next.

2016 Sure Was Super (at the movies, anyway)

I usually see about four movies at the theater each year, but the offerings this time around were so plentiful that I nearly doubled that number. Last year brought me superheroes, the supernatural, aliens and magic — and while I was harsher on some of them than others, there wasn’t a single movie that I disliked. Good job, 2016! You did one thing right!

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The Leisure Time 2017 Movie Challenge

1 Jan movieheader

While my sister was trying to decide if she wanted to do the PopSugar 2017 reading challenge or the Book Riot one, and I was trying to decide if I even wanted to bother, we stumbled upon the idea of making our own similarly styled 2017 movie challenge. In this challenge, there are 26 categories that are as simple as “A black and white movie” to as complicated as “the first movie by the director of a movie you’re really into right now.” We’re not going to drown you in rules, so any movie that fits a challenge is good, but if you want to up the ante, make all of them a movie you’ve never seen.

We collaborated to offer some suggestions, and while we have similar tastes and generally agree on things, I’m sure this list also contains movies I would never watch and movies my sister would definitely never watch, so…good luck.

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Let’s talk about: Teen Wolf

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Teen Wolf is four episodes into its sixth and final season, and I have thoughts and theories. Some of them are flat out contradictory.┬áSome of them evolved and changed as episodes progressed. But really I just want to talk more about Teen Wolf, because for everything it’s gotten right and everything it’s gotten wrong over the past five years, it’s one of the few shows I’ve never fallen behind on (unlike pretty much every other show I’m watching this season).

This post contains spoilers through last week’s 6.04 Relics and speculation for the rest of the season.

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Take 2: Terminator Genisys

7 Dec

I love going to the movies. The big screen, dark room, popcorn, and now the reclining chairs that I scoffed at when my theater was all “LOOK WHAT WE’RE GETTING!!” but are really just as great as they said. The movie theater is just one of my favorite places to be.

Of course, that theater high usually has me leaving with the impression that almost everything I see in there is great. ┬áThen I watch it again at home and no, no it’s really not. So I was a little bit worried when I pulled up Terminator Genisys for a second look last night (it’s free on Amazon Prime right now, fyi). I wrote a pretty glowing review of it last year, but I know a lot of people were really harsh on it, bashing the science and the acting and the trailer that gave away the plot twist, so I wondered if I would now see it through the lens of that negativity.

Turns out I still loved it.

I could rehash all the things I still thought worked really well (Emilia Clarke, despite the flak she caught from fans was still great, I thought), but it’s just as easy to direct you to the link above. Instead, I want to talk about the things I did see a little bit differently or didn’t mention from that first viewing.

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