Whoa I can’t believe I’m actually doing this post on time. Normally this happens mid-January or even February. But I am more than ready for 2017 to be over and so it is time for my annual review of everything!
Movies I Liked
Starting with film because that’s what I did the most of this year. I only saw about 25-30ish movies of 2017 (my total for the year was around 330) but out of the ones I saw there were a few movies I really liked. I thought It was pretty good. Relied a little too heavily on jumpscares but was still decent. Logan was really good. I had some problems with the story but the movie itself was really well done. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was also great and while a lot of people liked it more than the first, I liked the first one just a little bit better. Oh also Wonder Woman was decent.
Best Movie(s) of the Year
I didn’t have one movie that I unreservedly loved (that I’ve seen, I still haven’t seen Dunkirk, Ladybird, Mother, or a ton of others that have been widely praised) but there were two movies that I liked a lot, above the rest. Those would be Get Out and Baby Driver. Both of these movies are really good and I would absolutely recommend them.
Bad Movies of the Year
Geostorm was super dumb and too boring to be fun. The new Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers movies were both horrible CGI nightmares that I thought were thoroughly bad movies. I had to watch Boss Baby with one of my clients and that movie hurt my brain. Same with LEGO Ninjago. I really didn’t like those movies and any other year either one could’ve been my pick for worst movie but this year was special.
Worst Movie(s) of the Year
Tough competition this year but two movies stood out from the rest in terms of bad. Adam Sandler’s Sandy Wexler on Netflix is probably one of the most annoying movies I’ve seen and one of the worst Sandler movies ever. Then there is The Emoji Movie which is unbelievably bad. It is shocking. I expected it to be dumb and to be just a product placement filled animated movie with some silly little laughs but it is like super not funny, it makes no sense, and the whole thing is just about how great apps are. The message is dumb and kinda evil. I rarely say that I “hate” a movie, even bad movies I kinda enjoy, but this thing… oh boy. I hated it.
Movies I Was Disappointed With
I didn’t like Thor Ragnarok very much and when that came out so many people were praising it as just the best comic book movie ever made. The new Kingsman was pretty disappointing compared to the original. Alien: Covenant and Kong Skull Island were both okay I guess but didn’t really appeal to me.
Video Games I Liked
Well this year I played a few games. I bought South Park: Fractured But Whole and it came with Stick of Truth. I enjoyed both games but you really have to be into that style of humour. I personally thought Stick of Truth was funnier, but that Fractured But Whole was a better game. I liked Battlefield 1 and Far Cry Primal was alright. I’m just now getting into Overwatch and that is a pretty great game (when you have a good team).
Top Video Game(s)
Again I gotta give it to two different ones. I got into Stardew Valley and that is such a fun little game that I was able to sink a lot of hours into and not get bored with. Playing that game is relaxing and it reminded me of the days playing games like Harvest Moon on Super Nintendo. Give it a try. My other game of the year was Final Fantasy XV. That game is ridiculously good. The story and the characters are awesome. Plus it is a lot of fun to play. I found myself in the middle of the game thinking “yeah this game is pretty good I guess” but by the end I was like “I LOVE THIS”. There were a few things that could’ve been done to make it better but overall it is so good.
Worst Video Game
Only one game I played really let me down this year and that was Mass Effect Andromeda. It has like none of the charm of the other Mass Effect games and everything about the story and the dialogue is just so stupid. The gameplay is okay most of the time, sometimes it glitches, but even when it is working 100% it isn’t fun enough to make up for all of the story and character problems.
Best Books I Read
I read 30 books or plays this year! Which… is shy of my goal of 50. I honestly thought I would’ve done more readings in my classes but oh well. I loved Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It just gets so intense at the end and I feel like it says so much about society. I also loved On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It really romanticized the drifter life and made me want to just pack up my car and drive across the country and see what happens. I think my absolute favourite might have been A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. It is a very masculine romance story. It shows the brutality and senselessness of war and has this theme of finding what you love, grabbing hold of it, and doing whatever it takes to be with it.
Books I Didn’t Like
I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and it started really well but gets kinda bogged down and is really anticlimactic. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai tries to do too many things at once and I thought the main character made way too many dumb decisions. Moby Dick by Herman Melville frustrated me a lot. It was such a chore to get through the middle of that book which is nothing but whalemen’s descriptions of whale anatomy, and the whaling lifestyle, and the philosophy of whalemen and it’s just like… give me some story already! The actual story is pretty good but I hate the way it is told (bogging it down with so much useless info).
TV I Liked
Barely watched any TV this year! I watched Rick and Morty season 3 which was okay, but not nearly as good as earlier seasons. I watched Luke Cage which I actually didn’t like. Oh and GLOW on Netflix which was pretty decent.
Music I Liked
My tastes were all over the place this year. Beginning of the year I got really into Dave Matthews Band (especially the song Crush). By the summer I got hooked on Despacito (preferably the original non-Bieber version) and then Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. After that phase ended I got big into Fleetwood Mac, The Tragically Hip, and David Bowie.
Foods I Liked
Popcorn still reigns supreme for my fav junk food though I’ve expanded a little bit. I really like that “Chicago Mix” cheese and caramel stuff. I tried Butter Chicken for the first time and really liked it. Oh and I ate just an insane amount of Taco Bell this year. 2 of my 3 different homes throughout the year were very close to KFC/Taco Bell and whenever I didn’t feel like cooking or didn’t have groceries I would go there.
Top Crushes of the Year
Jeez what a category this year. There was Work Bae, Work Bae 2.0, Hot Punk, Creepy Girl, Bowling Alley Babe, and then University Friend. I went on a couple of dates. Got threatened by one girl. Had an old lady stick her tongue in my ear (long story but it wasn’t as fun as it sounds).
Well, I think I got it all! I hope you enjoyed this and I really want to do one more kinda personal post before the end of the year talking about 2017 and how it has felt like the year that just would not end. In case that doesn’t happen, Happy New Year and peace out pals.