So, I’m just going to say right at the top that I loved Terminator: Dark Fate. Where Genisys was an actual(sadly failed) attempt to do a real reboot, Dark Fate is a true sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It’s just not one you can binge watch. It needs a buffer period to make what it does resonate in a meaningful way. And for a first viewing, 28 years is about right.
If the Marvel movies are great at one thing, it’s casting. So much so that sometimes its hard to imagine their actors ever weren’t Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor and the myriad players to take the screen since. Maybe they always were and the universe just didn’t know it yet. So, with Avengers: Endgame a day away, let’s take a look at another work of the Godfather of the MCU himself, Mr. Robert Downey Jr, in 2014’s The Judge.
Last year, I saw so few movies at the theater, I just combined them with the movies I streamed or watched on disc. That was not the case this year. In 2018 I saw 15 movies, most of which fell under the action/adventure/superhero umbrella, but there were some dramas, comedies and even a documentary to round out the list.
Here are the five I enjoyed the most of all, followed by all the rest.
You know, it’s a little sad. I can kind of see where a decent movie could have come out of M:I-2. It still wouldn’t have been a Mission: Impossible movie, but it wouldn’t have been the snooze-fest that this is.
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.
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.
I might have rewritten The Wizard of Oz in half a thought at 2 a.m. while not quite napping with my cat. And as most thoughts go when you’re somewhere between asleep and awake, it was born from a strange place and took an odd journey.
Yesterday I had a rare Saturday evening off work. But did I spend it catching up on the sea of current shows I’ve fallen behind on, continuing binge watches of shows that haven’t had new episodes in years, read a book or clean my house?
No, I spend the better part of the evening trying to figure out what had gone so wrong with Netflix and why nobody else was talking about it.
I’ve long been a supporter of MTV’s Teen Wolf. Even when a lot of fans were calling it “that cheesy show they love” I didn’t see it as anything other than a good show. Now, even for me, it did eventually start to feel a little nacho-flavored, but I still liked it. And I still like it, but three episodes into season five, and I’ve realized 90 percent of the reason I like it, is because of the core actors in it.
So, I’ve decided to start a weekly post devoted to general TV chatter in the comments. Looking for a place to talk about your favorite shows? This just might be it. There are only a handful of rules:
1. Name your fandom. Are you talking about the latest Once Upon A Time? Castle? Community? Maybe the Journeyman pilot (be still, my heart)? Start your comment with the ALL CAPS title of your show (episode is helpful, but not required). If you’re replying to somebody’s comment (not the LWT post itself), you probably don’t need the label.
2. No liveblogging. If you want to liveblog on your own and then post all your livebloggy thoughts in one comment, that’s fine, but save it for the end of whatever you’re watching, rather than as 100 one-liner comments that nobody else will understand.
3. Understand the following spoiler policy. Don’t give away things you have learned about episodes that haven’t aired yet. Conversely, recognize if an episode has aired but you haven’t watched it yet, you might be spoiled if you peruse the comments.
4. Don’t be a jerk to other commenters. I really hope this needs no explanation.
I expect this to be a pretty lonely series of posts for a while, mainly because I don’t have a lot of traffic and also because shows are winding down for the winter, but you never know.