Now that we FINALLY reached the end of this year, it’s time for the end-of-the-year report…
- Star Trek Beyond
- Independence Day: Resurgence
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Finding Dory
- Suicide Squad
- The Divergent Series: Allegiant
- Kung Fu Panda 3
- Ride Along 2
- How to Be Single
- Zoolander 2
- Keeping Up with the Joneses
- Sausage Party
- The Secret Life of Pets
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
- Ice Age: Collision Course
Best books to read:
- Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
- What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
- Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
- Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
- Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Books you probably shouldn’t touch:
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by John Tiffany
- End of Watch by Stephen King
- Grey by E. L. James
- Our Young Man by Edmund White
- Remember Mia, by Alexandra Burt
- Dark Rooms, by Lili Anolik
- Girls by Emma Cline
- When We Was Fierce by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
- The Continent by Keira Drake
- The Love That Split the Universe by Emily Henry
Songs of the Year:
- Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker”
- Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- Starboy by Weeknd Ft Daft Punk
- Pillowtalk by Zayn
- Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Ft Justin Bieber
- What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber
- Sorry by Justin Bieber
- Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) “This Is What You Came For”
- Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay
- Radiohead “Daydreaming”
2016 Pop Culture Events
And now for some very interesting things that happened this year:
- ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix
- Live Musicals (Grease and Hairspray)
- Pokemon Go
- The Michael Phelps Face meme
- The mannequin challenge
- Beyonce’s “Lemonade”.
- Kylie Jenner’s lip kit
- Hamilton the musical
- Leo DiCaprio FINALLY wins an Oscar
- Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman (The Final Five)
- 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:
- David Bowie
- Alan Rickman
- Muhammad Ali
- Gene Wilder
- Abe Vigoda
- Maurice White (of Earth, Wind, and Fire)
- Umberto Eco
- Harper Lee
- Patty Duke
- Doris Roberts
- Anton Yelchin
- Christina Grimmie
- Pat Summitt
- Garry Marshall
- Tim LaHaye
- Kenny Baker (a.k.a. R2-D2)
- Lou Pearlman
- Alexis Arquette
- Arnold Palmer
- Shimon Peres
- Leonard Cohen
- Janet Reno
- Florence Henderson (a.k.a. Mrs. Brady)
- Fidel Castro
- John Glenn
- Alan Thicke
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
- Richard Adams
- Vesna Vulović (the woman who survived the world’s deadliest fall)
- George Michael
- Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
- 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.
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.
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.
via Movie Legends Who Failed To Take Home Oscar Gold | askmarion.
There are movies that take home an Oscar when the movie didn’t deserve to win and there are movies that do deserve an Oscar and they don’t get didly squat. This article describes what movies didn’t get the Oscar that they deserved.
Death by Facebook by Everett Peacock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I thought it was about how Facebook affected the lives of the characters in the story, but the title was a bit misleading. Plus, I had a difficult time enjoying the story. To be fair, I’ll give this story 3 stars.
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Puss in Boots (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Name of Movie: Puss in Boots
Director: Chris Miller
Year Released: 2011
Summary: Long before he met everyone’s favorite green ogre, Puss had been a legend in his own right. And that’s saying something.
My review: Well, it was good…but barely enough to keep me entertained.
My recommendation: only for those who have seen Shrek 2, Shrek 3, and Shrek 4.
My rating: ***
Super 8 (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Name of Movie: Super 8 (2011)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Year Released: June 10, 2011
Summary:In an homage to various films such as the Goonies, Stand By Me, Cloverfield, E.T. and other films, a group of young friends filming a zombie movie witness an unusual train crash that stirs the attention of their small Ohio town. But when the truth regarding the train crash comes out and strange things start happening, the kids realize that there’s an alien in their town that just wants to go home.
My review: This was a great movie, like the movies that I saw during the 80’s. A very good movie.
My recommendation: to anyone who can recall the 80’s films such as E.T., Stand By Me, and the Goonies.
My rating: **** 1/2