The other day I was watching an Instagram Story of a music group I follow. Whoever runs the account talked about how they were in an Uber and the music playing was atrocious. They identified the artist and went on to trash the music some more. It disgusted me. We all have our opinions on what we like and don’t like. There are obviously critics out there for everything who get paid to spout their opinions. But this account took time out to blast a fellow artist. There is so much negativity in the world that I don’t understand the need to act like that person did. And in the interest of that, I would like to state instead of doing my best of 2018, I am just going to do my favorites. I would also like to say that there is so much wonderfulness out there that I can’t begin to make a dent in all of it. Maybe you will like what I loved. Maybe you won’t. You can listen to your cousin’s Netflix recommendations during Christmas and try that Netflix show that is a mashup of The Office and Game of Thrones (yes, that does exist) or maybe you can watch Golden Girls again.
Incredibles 2-The mid century modern visuals, Jack-Jack and Edna’s relationship (if you don’t know who Edna was inspired by, please go Google it), and a female superhero story set in the 60s surprised the hell out of this mom who only saw this Pixar flick because her kids wanted to.
Mandy-This trippy ass horror film with Nicolas Cage made me laugh out loud while being extremely disturbed.
Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse-Isn’t it wonderful when a film lives up to the hype? Even though I am a huge Marvel fan and Spiderman is my favorite superhero, I was tired of all the reboots (no offense cutie Tom Holland). But this animated feature not only showed my kids that anybody could be a hero, it gave us Peter Porker, Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir (hello again Mr. Cage), badass Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker, and some memorable villains.
Hearts Beat Loud-A small and sweet film with Nick Offerman. It tells the story of the last summer he has with his college bound daughter and the struggles that come with letting go.
Over the Garden Wall-Yes, this mini series from Cartoon Network came out in 2014. But it is worth a viewing if you haven’t had the pleasure. It is magical darkness.
Pose-My favorite show of the year. This chosen family of men and women in the 80s in New York from Ryan Murphy shows it doesn’t matter what sexuality you identify with, family and love are what keeps us together.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel-So much fun and the costumes are deserving of all the awards.
The Haunting of Hill House-A ghost story around a family that grows up in a haunted house and the lingering damage that follows them into adulthood.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell-Christine McConnell is a true artist who can put together a perfect monster house cake, skull ornaments, and Veronica Lake like costumes. And her misfits of pets are hilarious.
Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins-I felt a connection to this author who rode his bike from Oregon to Patagonia. He takes an honest look at his life and what he wants out of it. He doesn’t hold anything back as he mulls his sexuality, religion, etc.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea-A YA Romance told from the perspective of a teen Muslim girl that deserves to be read, heard, and seen (fingers crossed for a film!).
To Kill A Mockingbird-I will always be working through classics that I should have read in high school. Atticus Finch is my new conscience.
“Home” by the cast of Pose-I can’t focus on anything but the emotions this song brings out when I hear it. This phenomenal cast (with Broadway icon Billy Porter) is perfection.
Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour: One of my favorite albums of all time.
Chvrches’ Love is Dead-lead singer Lauren Mayberry singing about failed opportunities and love still gives me shower singing material.
Happy New Year’s!