Year in Review 2018

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:

  1. Black Panther Dominates the Cinema
  2. The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle
  3. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the White House
  4. The Greatest Crossover Event in History (also known as “Avengers: Infinity War”)
  5. “Roseanne” Gets Cancelled (but the Conners move on)
  6. Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
  7. Fortnite 
  8. IHOP Becomes IHOb (WHY???)
  9. Yanny vs Laurel
  10. 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:

  1. Stan Lee (the creator of hundreds of comic book characters at Marvel Comics as well as the king of movie cameos)
  2. George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara
  3. Stephen Hawking 
  4. Kate Spade
  5. Anthony Bourdain
  6. Aretha Franklin
  7. Mac Miller
  8. Toys R Us stores
  9. Kmart
  10. Sears
  11. 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!

Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle (Alexandra Quick, #1) by Inverarity

Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle (Alexandra Quick, #1)Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle by Inverarity

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those rare fanfictions that are just as enjoyable as the original series, if not more. AQatTC provides new twists on the traditional fantasy story and a fresh style of writing make for a great adventure. The book’s non-stop pacing grabs the reader’s interest and refuses to let go.

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2017 Entertainment Review

Another year is gone, so it’s time for the end-of-the-year report…


The movie of the year is…”Wonder Woman”!!! It’s no surprise that people liked the movie about everyone’s favorite female superhero. I can’t wait to see what she does in the sequel. Honorable Mentions: Beauty & the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Get Out

Yet, the worst movie is…”Despicable Me 3″. OK, I know you all saw that movie for the Minions. C’mon, y’all, let’s give the story a rest, why don’t you?


The book you needed to read this year is…OK, this was a difficult choice, but I’m going to have to choose “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins. 

Yet, the book you never should have touched was… “The End of Eddy” by Edouard Louis. OK, don’t read this book. Just don’t. Your sanity will thank you.


And your favorite song was…Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. Runners up include Imagine Dragon’s “Believer” and Charlie Puth’s “Attention”.


Top 10 Pop Culture Events:

And here’s the top 10 things that happened in the world of pop culture this year:

10. Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

9. “Envelopegate” and the Oscars (in my defense, “La La Land is so much better than “Moonlight”. I’m just saying.)

8. Get Out 

7. “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu

6. One Direction splits; all members began solo careers

5. Female Doctor Who (let’s hope she’s as good as the other doctors)

4. An out-of-this-world solar eclipse

3. Wonder Woman

2. Prince Harry gets engaged to “Suits” actress Meghan Markle

1. Season 7 of “Game of Thrones”


Dear George R.R. Martin, keep your hands off what doesn’t belong to you!!! Or the celebrities you loved who are all no longer among the living…

1. Mary Tyler Moore (a.k.a. the woman who built MTM Enterprises and the mother of Mimsie, the MTM Cat)

2. John Hurt (who famously died in many of his movies)

3. Bill Paxton

4. Chuck Berry (the man who invented rock & roll, no thanks to Marty McFly)

5. Don Rickles

6. John Warren Geils (founder of the J. Geils Band)

7. Charlie Murphy (comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy)

8. Erin Moran (a.k.a. Joanie)

9. Powers Boothe (villain of Hollywood)

10. Roger Moore (James Bond)

11. Adam West (Batman and mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on “Family Guy”) 

12. Martin Landau (prolific actor)

13. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

14. Barbara Sinatra (married to Frank Sinatra)

15. June Foray (voice of Saturday Morning Cartoons)

16. Sam Shepard (playwright; “The Right Stuff”)

17. Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge in the “Harry Potter” movies)

18. Dick Gregory (barrier-breaking comedian)

19. Jerry Lewis (comedian, actor and filmmaker)

20. Hugh Hefner (inventor of Playboy)

21. Monty Hall (“Let’s Make a Deal”)

22. Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

23. Roy Dotrice 

24. Fats Domino (famous piano player)

25. Dick Gordon (NASA astronaut)

26. Della Reese (jazz singer; “Touched by an Angel”)

27. David Cassidy (“The Partridge Family”)

28. Rose Marie (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”)

29. Sue Grafton, author of the popular Alphabet mystery series


Notable deaths:

To those whose lives ended because of gun violence, hurricanes, and the California wildfires

the soldiers who freely gave their lives in defense of our country

Rhea the Naked Birdie, who had Psittacine beak and feather disease, a viral disease that destroys a bird’s beak and feathers. Rhea was left featherless because of the disease, yet found fame on Instagram. She died on September 26, 2017.


Unfortunately, two people from my church (the nicest people you’ll ever meet) have shaken hands with the god of death, which doesn’t make me happy. Can’t you just wipe these so-called “social justice warriors” off the face of this earth and give them back, please?


Unfortunately, I already know 2018 won’t be any better, so why bother hoping for a better year?