Category Archives: Goals

Goals for 2018

Books to Read

  • The Ender Quartet (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind)
  • The First Formic War Trilogy (Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens)
  • As many of the Discworld books as I can, particularly Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown

TV Seasons to Watch

Haven’t seen before:

  • Cheers (seasons 1 – 11)
  • The Flintstones (seasons 2 – 6)
  • Inhumans (season 1)
  • The Punisher (season 1)
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (season 1)

Have seen before, but haven’t yet watched my BDs/DVDs:

  • Justice League: Unlimited (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Mad About You (seasons 6 – 7)
  • NYPD Blue (seasons 5 – 6)

Have seen before:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1 – 7)
  • Dollhouse (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Justice League (season 2)
  • NYPD Blue (seasons 1 – 4, 7 – 12)
  • Pinky and the Brain (volumes 1 – 3)

Currently airing/will air this year:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 5)
  • The Big Bang Theory (the rest of season 11)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 5)
  • Daredevil (season 3)
  • Homeland (season 7)
  • Jessica Jones (season 2)
  • Major Crimes (season 6)
  • Star Trek Discovery (season 1)
  • Unbreakble Kimmy Schmidt (season 4)

Movies to Watch

From last year:

  • Coco

From previous years, already seen or not:

  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • The Incredibles
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Rogue One
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Thor: Ragnarok

New this year:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Mission: Impossible 6
  • The New Mutants
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
  • Tomb Raider
  • Venom
  • Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once a year:

  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Firefly
  • Serenity
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Superman Returns
  • The Truman Show

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once every other year:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Solder
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Love Actually
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

BDs/DVDs I haven’t watched since 2014 or before:

  • About a Boy
  • The Aristocats
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Bandits
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bolt
  • 007: The Living Daylights
  • 007: License to Kill
  • 007: Goldeneye
  • 007: Tomorrow Never Dies
  • 007: The World Is Not Enough
  • 007: Die Another Day
  • Brother Bear
  • Chain Reaction
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Dinosaur
  • Easy A
  • Elektra
  • Ernest Goes to Camp
  • Ernest Goes to Jail
  • Ernest in the Army
  • Ernest Riders Again
  • Ernest Scared Stupid
  • 50 First Dates
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Follow That Bird
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Hercules
  • Home on the Range
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I Am Legend
  • Inception
  • The Island
  • The Italian Job
  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kermit’s Swamp Years
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Knight and Day
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Liar Liar
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • The Lion King
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • The Lorax
  • The Majestic
  • Mary Poppins
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Les Miserables
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Muppets
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
  • Oliver & Company
  • Peter Pan
  • Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pom Poko
  • Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • The Princess Bride
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Salt
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Speed Racer
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tarzan
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Transformers: The Movie
  • Treasure Planet
  • UHF
  • The Wind Rises
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Video Games to Play

First-time Plays:

  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Replays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Other

  • More poetism commentaries
  • More “Greatest Talks, Etc.” entries

Stuff not from my 2017 goals

Not included here are movies found in my 2017 favorites list.

TV

Hadn’t seen before:

  • Breaking Bad (seasons 1 – 5)
  • The Office (UK) (series 1 – 2)
  • Sherlock (series 1 – 4)
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (season 1)

Had seen before:

  • Batman: The Animated Series (all of it)
  • Superman: The Animated Series (all of it)

One night at the beginning of August, I decided try a new show.  Vaguely remembering having heard good things, I first watched the pilot of Sons of Anarchy.  It did not engage me, so I then watched the pilot of Breaking Bad.  It did, and I watched two more episodes that night.  Then I watched the rest of the series during the remainder of the month, with a short break for The Defenders.  It was a fantastic show, though quite dark and not for everyone.  Walter White’s slow descent and then abrupt transformation into almost pure evil was something to see.  One of the things that stood out to me the most was watching Raymod Cruz play the terrifyingly crazy Tuco Salmanca, after having seen him play one of my favorite good characters for about 10 years on The Closer and Major Crimes.

Before Breaking Bad, I decided to finally become cool and watch Sherlock, which I greatly enjoyed.  Because Martin Freeman is so fantastic, I followed that with the original UK version of The Office, of which he was by far (by far) my favorite part.

Wet Hot American Summer came right after Breaking Bad, I having seen the original film and Netflix series in 2015.  It was as funny as its predecessors.

I got Justice League Unlimted on Blu-ray for Christmas two years ago, and it’s been sitting, still shrink-wrapped, awaiting me to watch it.  I wanted to finally get to it (I haven’t yet, but soon), and I used it as an excuse to rewatch Batman: TAS and Superman: TAS, the former being amazing and the latter being pretty great itself.  I then watched the first season of Justice League (the good, but weaker, of the two), and am eagerly awaiting the last episodes of season 2, because I love them.

Movies

Hadn’t seen before:

  • The Big Short
  • Burn After Reading
  • The D Train
  • The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • The House
  • Justice League Dark
  • Mean Girls
  • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
  • Underworld

Had seen before:

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Get Smart
  • Frozen
  • Hook
  • Mulan
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Superbad
  • Tropic Thunder

I remember when Mean Girls came out, and I had no interest in watching it.  Then a few years later, I learned that it had been written by Tina Fey, who is completely awesome, and I wanted to watch it, but never got around to it.  I finally watched it on Netflix a few months ago, and it was great.

The last time I saw Blazing Saddles was probably when my wife and I were dating, or first married.  It’s hard to put into words just how much of a comedic genius Mel Brooks is.

I’d seen both Dawn and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but didn’t really remember anything about them other than that I had enjoyed them, and so I rewatched them before War for the Planet of the Apes.  Both were really good.  One thing that stuck out to me, especially in Dawn, was how in a couple of shots I could see hints of Gollum in Caesar’s face.  It makes sense, since they’re both played by Andy Serkis, but it really stuck out to me because they were both motion capture performances.  My wife noticed it, too, but couldn’t put her finger on why Caeasar looked familiar, because she didn’t know Andy Serkis played him.

It had been probably since close to Superbad came out that I had seen it, and it was another one that I rewatched on Netflix in the late summer–as I recall, it was a few days before it was scheduled to leave Netflix so I made it a point to watch it while I had the chance.  (It went to Amazon Prime right afterward, which I also subscribe to, but I digress.)  I am an unapologetic fan of Michael Cera, Emma Stone is also one of my favorites, and Jonah Hill isn’t too bad, either.  It was crazy funny, and it made me a little nostalgic for the high school days, though my high school days were nothing like those depicted in the movie.

It had also been probably since Tropic Thunder came out that I had seen it, so I also rewatched it on Netflix.  So funny.  Robert Downey, Jr. just kills it.

I watched Underworld because my wife likes the film series.  I made it through the first one, and they are not my thing.

I was not a fan of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  For some reason, I decided to give it another shot, in the form of its Ultimate Edition, before re-watching Wonder Woman when it came out on Blu-ray.  I still am not fan, but for some different reasons.

  • The first time, the portrayal of Lex Luthor bugged me.  The second time, not so much.
  • I liked that Jimmy Olsen was named in the Ultimate Edition.  I didn’t like that he was unceremoniously killed off.
  • The setup for the framing of Superman in the beginning was much clearer, so that’s a plus.
  • Bruce’s nightmare was even longer and still felt out of place.
  • I disliked Batman more this time around, which makes me sad.  I get that we’re seeing a version of him that has been through a lot, but just… ugh.
  • Some of the extensions portrayed Superman a little better, like when he was shown helping victims after the explosion at the senate hearing.
  • On the flip side, how dumb are you, Superman?  What prevents you from explaining to Bruce, right off the bat, that Lex has kidnapped Martha Kent?  Just fly up a bit, or something, so he can’t reach you.  I really hated the stupid forced fight that could have been 110% avoided.
  • “Save Martha” is still completely, unfathomably awful.  Batman is not a whiny baby who freaks out when his mother’s name is mentioned.  And guess what?  It would have been completely unnecessary, had Superman just said, “Hold up for 10 seconds, Bruce, let me explain what’s going on with Lex here.”

2017 Goals Update

How accomplished am I, regarding 2017 goals?  I’m going to say, meh.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is partially to blame, and I’m not sorry for that.

Books to Read

I failed only slightly less than miserably.  I read one whole Discworld book, The Color of Magic.  I then started The Light Fantastic, and got around 60 pages in.  This is the year, though, guys.  This is the the year…

TV Seasons to Watch

Haven’t seen before:

We’ll go 4/6.  I finished all of Star Trek, plus Luke CageThe Flintstones continues not to be watched.  Maybe it can be a thing, it continually taunting me.

Have seen before, but haven’t yet watched my BDs/DVDs:

Though the math is unbalanced and doesn’t add up, I’m going with 0.75/2.  My wife and I watched the first 5 seasons of Mad About You, but I have yet to arrive at Justice League Unlimited after 2 years of owning it on Blu-ray.  I’m really close though.  Seriously, see the next section.

Have seen before:

Again, despite inadequate math, I will say 0.5/4.  I watched the first season of Justice League, preceded by the entirety of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series.  I’ll get to the remaining season of Justice League soon, so that I can finally get to Unlimited.  I may go through Batman Beyond again as well this year.

I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I wanted to rewatch it since it’s (now) been almost 5 years, but I kept not getting to it.  Then I discovered it was the 20th anniversary of the show in 2017, and so I told myself I’d watch the top 20 episodes, whatever they are, and then I kept not getting to that.  So this year I’m going to try again for Buffy, and Dollhouse with it.  And Pinky and the Brain.  That’s the problem with quality shows–you find too many and can’t find the time for everything.

Currently airing/will air this year:

These, I actually got all of.

Movies to Watch

From last year [2016]:

Watched them all.

From previous years, already seen or not:

11/23.  This has not been a good year for me and keeping up on my movies.  By my reckoning, it’s the worst ratio since 2011 or 2012.  Who am I, that I let books slide for years, TV creeps in, and now movies, too?

New this year:

Watched them all, with the exception of How to Train Your Dragon 3, which apparently is not being released until 2019.

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once a year:

This is the first year since 2012 that I have missed any from this category, those being The Matrix and its two sequels.

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once every other year:

6/8, or 75% for math that is accurate.  I didn’t watch Home Alone or Home Alone 2, though I’m pretty sure my kids did, and I’m actually wondering why and when they were added to this category.  It looks like I had a 4 year streak of watching Home Alone, and decided not to fully commit to that schedule.

BDs/DVDs I haven’t watched since 2013 or before:

Last year I said that maybe this year I would hit 100%.  Well, I almost did, if you count 36/76–less than 50%–as almost 100%.  One of these years.

Video Games to Play

First time plays:

2ish/3, though maybe it should count higher since I played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in its entirety 3 times during the year.  It’s in the running for my favorite game of ever, despite its flaws.  I played though it on Wii U, and since I got a Switch for Christmas, of course I’ll have to play it again this year.  I wouldn’t want my Special Edition to just sit there in the box, unplayed and unloved.

I also played through the main story of LEGO Avengers, and some of the post-story content.  I generally 100% the LEGO games I play, so maybe I’ll get back to it this year.

I didn’t get to The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and I’m going to try that one this year, just because it’s Zelda, and available on the Wii U virtual console.

Other

I don’t think there was even a token poetism commentary entry this past year, and only one “Greatest Talks, Etc.” entry. I think I should get try harder in the upcoming months. It would certainly be difficult to be less productive.

That last paragraph was copy-pasted from last year, and it made me realize that it’s obviously not that difficult to be less productive, because there was no “Greatest Talks, Etc.” entry this time around.

Goals for 2017

This was originally written back in February, but never actually published.  I am going to fall quite short in many categories—it’s been that kind of year, plus I am lazier than usual it seems—but I figured I ought to put it out there, since I’ve been doing these lists since 2011 and I should at least have some sort of consistency going, right?  Right…

Books to Read

  • The Ender Quartet (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind)
  • The First Formic War Trilogy (Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens)
  • As many of the Discworld books as I can, particularly Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown

TV Seasons to Watch

Haven’t seen before:

  • The Flintstones (seasons 2 – 6)
  • Luke Cage (season 1)
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (season 1)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (seasons 1 – 4)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 6 – 7)

Have seen before, but haven’t yet watched my BDs/DVDs:

  • Justice League: Unlimited (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Mad About You (seasons 1 – 7)

Have seen before:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1 – 7)
  • Dollhouse (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Justice League (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Pinky and the Brain (volumes 1 – 3)

Currently airing/will air this year:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4)
  • The Big Bang Theory (season 10)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 4)
  • The Defenders (season 1)
  • Homeland (season 6)
  • Iron Fist (season 1)
  • Major Crimes (season 5)
  • Unbreakble Kimmy Schmidt (season 3)

Movies to Watch

From last year:

  • Moana
  • Pete’s Dragon

From previous years, already seen or not:

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Despicable Me
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Minions
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Rogue One
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • The Transporter

New this year:

  • Cars 3
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Logan
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wonder Woman

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once a year:

  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Firefly
  • Serenity
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Superman Returns
  • The Truman Show

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once every other year:

  • Elf
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

BDs/DVDs I haven’t watched since 2013 or before:

  • About a Boy
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Almost Heroes
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • The Aristocats
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Billy Madison
  • The Black Cauldron
  • Bolt
  • Brother Bear
  • Chain Reaction
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Kronk’s New Groove
  • Enchanted
  • Ernest Goes to Camp
  • Ernest Goes to Jail
  • Ernest in the Army
  • Ernest Riders Again
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Ernest Scared Stupid
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • The Fugitive
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Hobbit
  • Home on the Range
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Inception
  • The Island
  • LEGO Batman: The Movie: DC Superheroes Unite
  • Liar Liar
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • The Lorax
  • The Man Who Knew too Little
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Monsters University
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Oliver & Company
  • Peter Pan
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Throw Momma from the Train
  • The Tigger Movie
  • Transporter 2
  • Treasure Planet
  • UHF
  • What About Bob?
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Video Games to Play

First-time Plays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • LEGO Avengers

Replays:

  • Final Fantasy X

Other

  • More poetism commentaries
  • More “Greatest Talks, Etc.” entries

Stuff not from my 2016 goals

Introduction mostly foregone, not included here are movies from my 2016 favorites list.

TV

Hadn’t seen before:

  • Phineas and Ferb (season 4)
  • Transporter: The Series (seasons 1-2)

I was so glad when Netflix finally added the last season of Phineas and Ferb.  It’s one of my favorite cartoons ever.  We first started watching it on Netflix in 2011 on the recommendation of my best friend, and not a single episode was a disappointment.

I love the first Transporter movie, like the second one, and watched the third one once and was unimpressed.  My wife and I decided to give the TV series a go.  The first season was pretty fun, and Inspector Tarconi is a character I never tire of.  The second season wasn’t as enjoyable; it seemed there was less actual transporting going on.

Movies

Hadn’t seen before:

  • Batman: Bad Blood
  • Creed
  • Daddy’s Home
  • Get Hard
  • Gravity
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • The Iron Giant
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters
  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  • MacGruber
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
  • The Usual Suspects

Had seen before:

  • Ant-Man
  • Batman vs. Robin
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Inside Out
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  • Justice League: War
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • Love Actually
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Robin Hood
  • The Santa Clause
  • Son of Batman
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • TMNT

There are a couple of movies that I’ve long heard were good and wanted to watch, and I finally got around to them.  The Usual Suspects was, I think, Bryan Singer’s first feature film, and I’d heard it was good and liked his X-Men films and Superman Returns (even if I’m in the minority on Superman).  It was pretty enjoyable, and I enjoyed the twist ending even though I saw it coming.

I Love You Phillip Morris was one I’d seen a trailer for a few years ago, and it looked interesting, but I just never watched it.  After finally seeing it and learning it was based on a true story, and not very exaggerated from the truth, holy cow.  To find out those events actually happened blew my mind, as the kids say.  It is probably not for the PG-13 and under crowd.

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, well… I liked Pee-Wee’s Playhouse as a kid and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, though I never warmed to Big Top Pee-Wee.  When Netflix produced a new movie after all these years I decided to give it a watch.  It was enjoyable overall, but I think my favorite part was seeing Stephanie Beatriz in a very smiley role after watching her for 3 seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Video Games

First-time plays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Mini-Mario and Friends: amiibo Challenge

Replays:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Metroid
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Pikmin 2
  • Pikmin 3
  • Super Metroid
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Final Fantasy VII is my favorite in the series (I’ve played IV through X-2).  It was the reason I bought a Playstation back in 1997, and it may end up being the reason I buy a PS4 when the remake comes out.  A couple of years ago I started replaying it, but after a few sessions I got sidetracked by other things and never made it back.  So a few months ago I decided to try again and it was just fun.  I followed it up with Final Fantasy IX the next month, which is another of my favorites (I don’t really enjoy VIII; I played it through once for the story, which was good, but the gameplay was not my thing).  This year I may replay FFX, another one of my favorites (basically my favorites are all of them except VIII).

Metroid: Other M gets a bad rep for its characterization of Samus, but it never really bothered me, and the gameplay is pretty good.  I also replayed the original for the nostaliga factor.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was released for the Wii U Virtual Console, and since I don’t have a 3DS I downloaded it and gave it a whirl.  The controls were a bit hard to translate to just using the WiiU game pad, but overall was a fun 2D Zelda title.  Spirit Tracks was also released for Wii U VC and I think I’ll try to play that one in 2017.  I also replayed Zelda II on an emulator, because even though I have it on GameCube, that game is ridiculously hard and I need save states and I’m not afraid to admit it.  I had to do some Googling on editing the save file at one point because I missed getting the winged boots before completing the palace they were in, so it was that or start over, and let me tell you, I was not going after the hammer again.

I love the Pikmin games, especially Pikmin 3, so I replayed a couple of those.  A year ago I mentioned that our family had about 30 Pikmin figures.  We’re now up to about 110.  If Pikmin 4 is announced for the Nintendo Switch, I will be helpless not to buy one.