2016 Entertainment Review

Now that we FINALLY reached the end of this year, it’s time for the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. Star Trek Beyond
  2. Ghostbusters
  3. Independence Day: Resurgence
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  6. Finding Dory
  7. Zootopia
  8. Warcraft
  9. Deadpool
  10. Suicide Squad

Worst Movies:

  1. The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  2. Kung Fu Panda 3
  3. Ride Along 2
  4. How to Be Single
  5. Zoolander 2
  6. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  7. Sausage Party
  8. The Secret Life of Pets
  9. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  10. Ice Age: Collision Course

Best books to read:

  1. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  2. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  3. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
  4. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  6. Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  8. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  9. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  10. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Books you probably shouldn’t touch:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by John Tiffany
  2. End of Watch by Stephen King
  3. Grey by E. L. James
  4. Our Young Man by Edmund White
  5. Remember Mia, by Alexandra Burt
  6. Dark Rooms, by Lili Anolik
  7. Girls by Emma Cline
  8. When We Was Fierce by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  9. The Continent by Keira Drake
  10. The Love That Split the Universe by Emily Henry

Songs of the Year:

  1. Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker”
  2. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  3. Starboy by Weeknd Ft Daft Punk
  4. Pillowtalk by Zayn
  5. Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Ft Justin Bieber
  6. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber
  7. Sorry by Justin Bieber
  8. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) “This Is What You Came For”
  9. Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay
  10. Radiohead “Daydreaming”

2016 Pop Culture Events

And now for some very interesting things that happened this year:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix
  2. Live Musicals (Grease and Hairspray)
  3. Deadpool
  4. Pokemon Go
  5. Brexit
  6. The Michael Phelps Face meme
  7. The mannequin challenge
  8.  Beyonce’s “Lemonade”.
  9. Kylie Jenner’s lip kit
  10. Hamilton the musical
  11. Leo DiCaprio FINALLY wins an Oscar
  12. Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman (The Final Five)
  13. Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

* * * * *

They’re All in Heaven Now

Apparently, George R.R. Martin wrote 2016, because these guys are all dead:

  1. David Bowie
  2. Alan Rickman
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Gene Wilder
  5. Abe Vigoda
  6. Maurice White (of Earth, Wind, and Fire)
  7. Umberto Eco
  8. Harper Lee
  9. Patty Duke
  10. Doris Roberts
  11. Prince
  12. Chyna
  13. Anton Yelchin
  14. Christina Grimmie
  15. Pat Summitt
  16. Garry Marshall
  17. Tim LaHaye
  18. Kenny Baker (a.k.a. R2-D2)
  19. Lou Pearlman
  20. Alexis Arquette
  21. Arnold Palmer
  22. Shimon Peres
  23. Leonard Cohen
  24. Janet Reno
  25. Florence Henderson (a.k.a. Mrs. Brady)
  26. Fidel Castro
  27. John Glenn
  28. Alan Thicke
  29. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  30. Richard Adams
  31. Vesna Vulović (the woman who survived the world’s deadliest fall)
  32. George Michael
  33. Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
  34. Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother)

And as always, the brave soldiers who died defending our country and everything it stood for.

And on a sad personal note, three members of my church went to heaven (may they all R.I.P.) and Wrinkles, our family dog, was taken to doggie heaven on October 27, 2016. I’m still sad about it. Curse you, 2016!

Well, let’s hope 2017 will be better.


The Twelfth Tablet: A Short Story by Tom Harper

The Twelfth Tablet: A Short Story (eBook Original)The Twelfth Tablet: A Short Story by Tom Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very interesting thriller

Although this short story has some elements of “The Da Vinci Code”, it was nonetheless very exciting and made me want to read more about the tablets.

View all my reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter’s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.

Source: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

Review: OK, so, I’ve had my doubts about this movie. Although it’s set in the Harry Potter world, this movie beats the pants off the Harry Potter movies by a long shot. And I’m not saying that because I’m a former Harry Potter fan; it’s kind of the truth. It’s also one of the better movies I’ve seen this year… sure to please viewers with the most discerning taste.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground — and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.

my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

my review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a furiously paced, deftly plotted joy, bursting at the seams with disquieting imagery and carrying a disturbingly dark undercurrent.

Source: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

The Long-Lasting Significance Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy | The Huffington Post

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen reflect on the 15th anniversary of “Fellowship.”

Source: The Long-Lasting Significance Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy | The Huffington Post

Believe it or not, it’s been 15 years since “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” made its debut in theaters. At that time, I had recently turned 18 years old and my friends and I drove out to the theaters in Salinas to see it. Well, let’s say my mind was blown away, making me into a Tolkien fan.

(Well, I admit I haven’t read the books until 2002, but that’s a given.)

Anyway, this article talks about how “The Lord of the Rings” managed to transcend time and gain fans, people who would never consider tackling J.R.R. Tolkien’s biggest work. (Plus, there would have been no “Hobbit” movies if  “The Lord of the Rings” was never made, nor became as big as they were.)

But as the comments imply, “The Lord of the Rings” is still the best. In a world full of Harry Potters and dystopias, it’s nice to know that there’s still one movie people can return to again and again.