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Ranked: The Best TV Shows of 2016 (that I actually watched)

My love for “television” started on September 22, 2004.

That’s the day that Lost premiered on ABC, and it completely changed how I watched TV. In all of those years since I started taking TV seriously, 2016 is, without question, the best year of TV watching I have experienced.

Everything was just so damn good this year, and while I was only able to give my full attention to a handful of shows out of the 400+ scripted series currently airing, I’m very happy with what I saw. Continue reading

Every movie, TV episode, and live event I saw in 2016

I did something different in 2016 – I decided to keep track of everything I watched.

Why? Who knows.

Since January 1st, 2016, I wrote down every movie, episode of television, and live event I watched in the Notes app on my iPhone.

If my count is correct, I watched 80 movies and 317 episodes of TV in 2016.

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2016: The top-10 best podcasts of the year

I can go on and on about how 2016 has been a defining year for television, but in some ways, I think 2016 has also been a defining year for podcasts. Fueled by the stranger-than-fiction presidential election, podcasts became more than just a source of entertainment, they became a constant and fully-realized source of news and news analysis. And with the election of Donald Trump, I don’t think news podcasts are going away anytime soon.

It seems that everyone listens to a podcast or two or many now, which makes sense considering there is literally a podcast for every interest. I listen to a number of them on a daily basis that range from topics as broad as “politics” to as specific as a deep dive into the show “Mr. Robot”.

Out of the many shows I listened to this year, a few stood out above the rest.

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2015 in Review: The Best of Television

As of today, I’ve watched 14 television shows this year.

Not enormously impressive, I know, but I was impressed in what I saw this year.

Some shows, like Better Call Saul, surprised me in how good they were.

Others, like True Detective, are examples of high hopes shattered into billions of pieces.

I think the best way to to commemorate my thoughts on the year in television is to rank what I have seen, and then talk about what some of my favorite TV things were in 2015.

So, without further ado… Continue reading

Ranking all the 2014 films I’ve seen

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I know, I know. It’s February. Don’t Top 10 Lists belong in December? I guess you could make that argument, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t get to see a lot of 2014 movies until January or February. And, with the Oscars this Sunday, I’d say that the 2014 movie season isn’t officially over until then. So, this is the perfect time to finally release my Top 10 list for 2014. But, instead of making it a Top 10 list, I’m going to rank ALL the movies I saw this past year from worse to best. So, without further ado, HERE WE GO! Continue reading

Oscars 2014: “Ballsy” is the name of the game

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I’m going to start by saying the 2011 Oscars were kind of lame. For those who may not recall, the best picture nominees were:

  • The Descendants
  • The Artist
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • Moneyball

Not a bad group of movies by any means (with the exception of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a film who’s Best Picture nomination still boggles my mind to this day)…they were just all made specifically for the Oscars it seems, in a year that better films were all but ignored (Drive is one of the best films of this decade). Continue reading