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

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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.

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2015 Entertainment Review

So, in the sense that we have this review blog, I say that we’re going to review some of the things that I have put on the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
  2. The Martian
  3. Inside Out
  4. Jurassic World
  5. The Scorch Trials
  6. Kingsman: the Secret Service
  7. Furious 7
  8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  9. Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
  10. Ant-Man
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Worst Movies:

  1. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  2. Home
  3. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

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Best books to read:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
  6. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
  7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  9. The Last Anniversary by Lianne Moriarty
  10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Pop Culture

Songs of the Year

  1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  2. Take Me to Church – Hozier
  3. FourFiveSeconds – Rhianna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney
  4. Sugar – Maroon 5
  5. Fight Song – Rachael Platten

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Big Events: And some big events for all of us to NEVER forget…

  1. Back to the Future Day 2015
  2. David Letterman’s final show
  3. Zayn Malik quits One Direction
  4. Leonard Nimoy dies
  5. Brian Williams gets in trouble for lying about a helicopter crash
  6. Justin Bieber gets roasted on Comedy Central

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Yeah, we never saw this coming…

  1. Jon Snow “dies” on “Game of Thrones” (Still not over it!)
  2. Duran Duran’s new album
  3. John Stewart retires from “The Daily Show with John Stewart
  4. Charlie Sheen has AIDS (screw you, AIDS!!!)
  5. Sharknado 3 (Valar shark-goulis, George R. R. Martin!)

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And yes, we have to say goodbye to some notable people who met the Stranger this year:

  1. Leonard Nimoy
  2. Christopher Lee
  3. Terry Prachett
  4. Bobbi Kristina Brown
  5. Cynthia Lennon (first wife of John Lennon)
  6. Ben E. King
  7. B. B. King
  8. Andrew Lesnie (worked on Peter Jackson’s movies)
  9. James Horner
  10. Diana Douglass (mother of Michael Douglass)
  11. Omar Sharif
  12. E. L. Doctorow
  13. Jackie Collins
  14. Maureen O’Hara
  15. Mario Cuomo
  16. Bob Simon of 60 Minutes
  17. Fred Thompson
  18. Beau Biden
  19. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
  20. The victims of needless terror attacks in San Bernandino, California; Paris, France; Charleston, South Carolina;
  21. And as always, the brave soldiers who died defending our country and everything it stood for.

Also, one of my uncles (Granny’s brother) shook hands with the Stranger in September. RIP, Uncle Smokey 😦

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2015 is over…bring on 2016! Now that the future is here, the possibilities are endless.

2014 Entertainment Review

So, in the sense that we have this review blog, I say that we’re going to review some of the things that I have put on the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  3. Interstellar
  4. Big Hero 6
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  6. Divergent
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  9. The Maze Runner / The Giver
  10. The Fault in Our Stars

 

Worst Movies:

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  3. Lucy
  4. Godzilla
  5. Hercules
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  7. Into the Storm
  8. Noah
  9. The Muppets: Most Wanted
  10. A Million Ways to Die in The West

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Best books to read:

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  5. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  8. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
  9. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  10. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

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Pop Culture

Out of everyone, I say that these people had had a great year. They are as follows:

  1. Peter Jackson (thank you for the Hobbit movies)
  2. Kim Kardashian (thank you for breaking the Internet)
  3. Ellen Degeneres (thank you for the biggest selfie that brokeTwitter)
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Jennifer Lawrence

 

Honorable mention: Benedict Cumberbatch. (Nuff said)

 

And yet, some of us weren’t so lucky. Those on my Wall of Shame in 2014:

  • Kris Jenner: for being a world-class jerkface towards her entire family.
  • Miley Cyrus: at least she’s cleaning up her act…albeit very slowly.

For 2015, I’d like to see one of them clean up their act.

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Songs of the Year

  1. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  2. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  3. Animals by Maroon 5
  4. The Hanging Tree by James Newton Howard Featuring Jennifer Lawrence
  5. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  6. Stay With Me by Sam Smith
  7. Rude by MAGIC!
  8. Counting Stars – OneRepublic

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Big Events: And some big events for all of us to NEVER forget…

  1. 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
  2. 2014 World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Riots in my hometown of St. Louis, MO
  5. MH370 disappears
  6. Comet landing
  7. Hoverboards

And now for a list of things I just didn’t like this year:

  1. “Nae Nae” (dance)
  2. Sharknado 2 (even better than Sharknado)
  3. Submarine the Shark
  4. Bill Cosby gets Shut Down
  5. Unarmed Black Teen Shot/Killed Near St. Louis
  6. Flappy Bird (that stupid game returns)
  7. “Weird Al” returns

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Yeah, we never saw this coming…

  1. Grumpy Cat movie
  2. Barbara Walters Retires
  3. Michael Jackson’s hologram performance
  4. Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and David Letterman retire from Late Night TV
  5. Ice Water Bucket Challenge
  6. George Clooney Gets Married (FINALLY!!!)
  7. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite at the Grammy’s

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And yes, we have to say goodbye to some notable people who decided to leave us in 2014. And some of them are on this list:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. Joan Rivers
  3. James Garner
  4. Ann B. Davis
  5. Casey Kasem
  6. James Avery
  7. Russell Johnson (Professor on “Gilligan’s Island”)
  8. Ariel Sharon
  9. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  10. Mickey Rooney
  11. Maya Angelou
  12. Shirley Temple Black
  13. John Henson (son of Jim Henson)
  14. Harold Ramis (director of Ghostbusters and other films)
  15. Lauren Bacall
  16. Don Pardo (voice of SNL)
  17. Brittany Maynard (fought for right-to-die)
  18. Norman Bridwell (creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  19. And as always, the brave soldiers who died defending our country and everything it stood for.

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2014 is over…bring on 2015! (also, be on the lookout for hoverboards, hovercars, automatic lace-up sneakers, and the new Jaws movie. Back to the Future II is now.)

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Sources used:

  • Mr. PopCulture
  • Goodreads.com
  • Billboard.com

2013 Entertainment Review

So, in the sense that we have this review blog, I say that we’re going to review some of the things that I have put on the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  3. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (because if you can’t laugh at a joke about leeks, you can’t watch this movie!)
  5. Man of Steel
  6. Turbo
  7. Epic
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Iron Man 3

Worst Movies:

  1. Warm Bodies
  2. The Lone Ranger
  3. Monsters University
  4. Despicable Me 2
  5. Grown Ups 2
  6. Planes
  7. The Croods
  8. Free Birds

Best books to read:

  1. The House of Hades
  2. The Divergent Trilogy
  3. The Fault in Our Stars
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Inferno
  9. World War Z
  10. The Hunger Games Trilogy

The book written by me that I have been touting all year:

  • Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever!

Pop Culture

  1. 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who
  2. The Harlem Shake
  3. Grumpy Cat
  4. Duck Dynasty
  5. Google Glass
  6. “Selfies”
  7. “Twerking”
  8. Sharknado (don’t ask)
  9. Cool Ranch Tacos
  10. Rainbow loom bracelets

Out of everyone, I say that these people had had a great year. They are as follows:

  1. Lady Gaga: Congrats on making the fourth year on my list.
  2. Peter Jackson
  3. Pope Francis I
  4. Jennifer Lawrence
  5. Phil Robertson

Honorable mention: Ben Affleck (because he’s now the “old damn Batman”)

And yet, some of us weren’t so lucky. Those on my Wall of Shame in 2013:

  1. Miley Cyrus: Miley, we know you love to twerk, but please stop!!!
  2. Lamar Odom: How dare you break the heart of Khloe Kardashian!
  3. Paula Deen: Her racist ways cost her EVERYTHING!!

For 2014, I’d like to see some of them clean up their act.

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Songs of the Year

  1. Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines
  2. Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us – Mackemore & Ryan Lewis
  3. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  4. Justin Timberlake‘s album
  5. Reunited Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and BoyzIIMen

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Big Events: And some big events for all of us to NEVER forget…

  1. Kanye West vs. Jimmy Kimmel
  2. Argo wins an Oscar
  3. Baby Prince George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton (newest heir to the throne)
  4. Boston Marathon bombing
  5. Diana Nyad‘s swim
  6. sign up for Obamacare

And now for a list of things I just didn’t like this year:

  1. Glee (still can’t stand the show!)
  2. family friendly movies (are they even necessary anymore?)
  3. Goyte’s Somebody That I Used to Know (WORST BREAKUP SONG EVER!!!)

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Yeah, we never saw this coming…

  1. Ylvis’ What Does the Fox Say
  2. Government shut down
  3. Teen Beach Movie
  4. Jonas Brothers pull the plus on their tour
  5. 30 Rock ends snowglobe style
  6. Google Glass
  7. Ben Affleck as Batman
  8. Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug (we all knew that he was Smaug, but this was just too much!)

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And yes, we have to say goodbye to some notable people who decided to leave us in 2013. And some of them are on this list:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Film Critic Robert Ebert
  3. James Gandolfini
  4. Cory Monteith a.k.a. Finn from “Glee”
  5. Mindy McCready
  6. Annette Funicello (Mouseketteer)
  7. Richie Havens
  8. David Cassidy
  9. Tom Clancy
  10. Paul Walker
  11. Margaret Thatcher
  12. Everyone killed at the Red Wedding on “Game of Thrones
  13. People who were killed during the Boston Marathon bombing
  14. And as always, the brave soldiers who died defending our country and everything it stood for.

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2013 is over…bring on 2014!

2012 Entertainment Review

So, in the sense that we have this review blog, I say that we’re going to review some of the things that I have put on the end-of-the-year report…

Best movies:

  1. The Avengers: If 2011 was known as the year of the superhero movies, then 2012 was known as the year of the Avengers. It was all totally worth it just to wait for this movie.
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: aren’t you glad that Peter Jackson did this movie?
  3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2: It’s hard to say goodbye to the Twilight Saga, but it went out with a BANG!
  4. Snow White & the Huntsman: much better than Mirror Mirror
  5. The Hunger Games: it was OK, but it’s no Twilight
  6. The Dark Knight Rises: prefect ending to the Dark Knight Trilogy
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man: I’m actually glad this got rebooted
  8. Skyfall: who doesn’t love James Bond

Worst Movies:

  1. Mirror Mirror: Worst movie about Snow White ever!
  2. Men in Black III: was this movie even necessary?
  3. Brave: Not another Disney princess movie!
  4. Ice Age: Continental Drift: unnecessary and unneeded
  5. Battleship: how dare they!
  6. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: They should have stopped at #2

Best books to read:

  1. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
  2. The Mark of Athena
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
  4. City of Lost Souls
  5. The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
  6. The Serpent’s Shadow
  7. Cloud Atlas
  8. Life of Pi

Best books to put into the fireplace

  • The Casual Vacancy

Pop Culture

  1. Gangnam Style dance
  2. The Trololol Song
  3. saying the word “SWAG”
  4. The end of the Twilight movies
  5. Vampire love triangle (in which Kris chose Rob over Rupert)
  6. Troublemaking Prince Harry
  7. The London Olympics
  8. The Hunger Games movie
  9. 2012 Presidential Election

So now you know. Stay tuned for the 2013 Entertainment review!