Now that 2018 is winding down, here’s a short report for you to read. Bear in mind that not everyone will agree with this report, but that’s to be expected.
Anyway, here we go!
The movie of the year is: “Black Panther“. (No surprise there, folks!) This movie showed the world that ANYONE can be a superhero, and that’s telling something. A close second is “Avengers: Infinity War“, (also known as the most significant crossover in movie history) and that just proves that Marvel Studios is currently ruling the world. (All you haters can just learn to like Marvel, as you have no other choice!)
Honorable Mentions: Aquaman, Crazy Rich Asians, and Ant-Man & the Wasp (Marvel continues to rule over theaters)
Yet, the worst movie is: I hate to say it, but “Love Simon” was voted the #1 worst movie by Stale Grapes News readers. Not only was the movie offensive to certain groups of people, but the movie’s subject matter should not be exposed to children. I wonder who in Hollywood gave the green light for this film to be made.
The book you needed to read this year is: “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi. With a rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 stars on Goodreads and 4.9 out of 5 stars on Barnes & Nobles, this book was voted the #1 book of 2018.
Runners up include: “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson and Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
At the same time, J. R. R. Tolkien’s final novel “The Fall of Gondolin” was released this year. A true Tolkien fan will appreciate this final gift from the man who created “The Lord of the Rings”.
Yet, the book you never should have touched was: The Pisces by Melissa Broder. You mean, people actually READ that book? I’m surprised, as I’ve never heard of it until now.
And your favorite song was… “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande. (Well, we don’t blame her for that, as she’s been through a rough year. So to 2018, we say, “Thank for ruining my life. NEXT!”)
Runners up include: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”. (I must admit, it was difficult to even pick the song to be on this list, but any further suggestions are welcomed.
Top 10 Pop Culture Events:
And here’s the top 10 things that happened in the world of pop culture this year:
- Black Panther Dominates the Cinema
- The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle
- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the White House
- The Greatest Crossover Event in History (also known as “Avengers: Infinity War”)
- “Roseanne” Gets Cancelled (but the Conners move on)
- Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
- IHOP Becomes IHOb (WHY???)
- Yanny vs Laurel
- The First Female Doctor Who Debuts
Snapped to death (but they’ll be back in the sequel)
When the evil Thanos snapped his fingers in “Avengers: Infinity War”, half of our favorite Avengers (and other characters) were turned to dust, much to the world’s anguish. Of course, they’ll be back, as there’s no way we’re going to accept this snap from Thanos.
At the same time, though, some real-life celebrities who got the snap treatment were as follows:
- Stan Lee (the creator of hundreds of comic book characters at Marvel Comics as well as the king of movie cameos)
- George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara
- Stephen Hawking
- Kate Spade
- Anthony Bourdain
- Aretha Franklin
- Mac Miller
- Toys R Us stores
- The heart-shaped herbs featured in “Black Panther”. (Those poor innocent plants were “flame on”-ed to death.)
Wow. What a tragedy.
Yet the brave soldiers who gave up their lives so others can enjoy freedom can never be forgotten. Not to worry, as Stan Lee had promised before his death that the Marvel heroes will be “up and at ’em soon”.
And if Thanos is still lurking around, he’d better start running now, because Captain Marvel is coming for him…in 2019!