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?


Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

Tuf VoyagingTuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Just about every other scene in the book is a simple pleasure unto itself. It was hard to put down!”

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first, I was skeptical, knowing that I never really got into historical romances. But “Outlander” managed to change my mind about not just history, but the people who lived during those historical times. I really enjoyed reading “Outlander” and I look forward to reading the sequels.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

Grimm's Fairy TalesGrimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I begin to wonder why some of the original stories never made it to the movies. Or if they were, Disney screwed them over. I found myself enjoying the original stories more than the Disneyfied versions of the stories, which says a lot about who I am and what I read. I highly recommend that you should read this book if you enjoy fantasy or classic fairy tales.

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The Judgment of Paris by Ariel Setobarko

The Judgment of Paris (Miranda)The Judgment of Paris by Ariel Setobarko

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fresh Update on a classic story

This is a great way to teach children how to read and also introduce them to Greek Mythology. In less than a few pages, I learned more about the story of Paris and the Golden Apple than plowing through an adult novel of the same nature. These kinds of books should be read to children at an early age.

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