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Goals for 2019

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 10 – 11)
  • DuckTales (volume 4)
  • The Flintstones (seasons 2 – 6)
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (season 1)

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

  • Angel (season 5)
  • Mad About You (season 7)
  • NYPD Blue (seasons 5 – 9)

Have seen before:

  • NYPD Blue (seasons 1 – 4, 10 – 12)
  • Pinky and the Brain (volumes 1 – 3)

Currently airing/will air this year:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 6)
  • Arrested Development (season 5)
  • The Big Bang Theory (season 12)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 6)
  • Homeland (season 8)
  • Jessica Jones (season 3)
  • The Punisher (season 2)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (season 2)
  • Unbreakble Kimmy Schmidt (season 4)

Movies to Watch

From last year:

  • Aquaman
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Venom

From previous years, already seen or not:

  • Batman: Ninja
  • 007: Spectre
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Death of Superman
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • The Incredibles
  • Incredibles 2
  • The Journey of Natty Gann
  • Jumanji
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 3
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • 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: Solo
  • 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
  • Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Logan

New this year:

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Batman: Hush
  • Captain Marvel
  • Frozen 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Jumanji 3
  • Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
  • The New Mutants
  • Reign of the Supermen
  • Shazam!
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Toy Story 4
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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

  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • 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
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Wonder Woman

BDs/DVDs I haven’t watched since 2015 or before:

  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • Aladdin
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Bandits
  • Batman
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • Batman: Gotham Knight
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bewitched
  • Big Hero 6
  • Big Trouble
  • 007: The Living Daylights
  • 007: License to Kill
  • 007: Goldeneye
  • 007: Tomorrow Never Dies
  • 007: The World Is Not Enough
  • 007: Die Another Day
  • 007: Casino Royale
  • 007: Quantum of Solace
  • 007: Skyfall
  • A Bug’s Life
  • The Cable Guy
  • Chain Reaction
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Dinosaur
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Dumbo
  • Easy A
  • Elektra
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • 50 First Dates
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Follow That Bird
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • Ghostbusters
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hercules
  • Home on the Range
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • Hot Rod
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I Am Legend
  • I, Robot
  • The Italian Job
  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • The Jungle Book
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  • Justice League: Doom
  • Justice League: The New Frontier
  • Kermit’s Swamp Years
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Knight and Day
  • The LEGO Movie
  • The Lion King
  • The Majestic
  • Maleficent
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Animatrix
  • Les Miserables
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Muppets
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Mystery Men
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2
  • Pom Poko
  • Ponyo
  • Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Porco Rosso
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Princess Bride
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Puss in Boots
  • Ratatouille
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Salt
  • Shrek
  • Shrek 2
  • Shrek the Third
  • Shrek Forever After
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Speed Racer
  • 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
  • Superman: The Movie
  • Superman II
  • Superman III
  • All-Star Superman
  • Superman: Doomsday
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  • Superman: Unbound
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Transformers: The Movie
  • Treasure Planet
  • Up
  • WALL-E
  • Wayne’s World
  • The Wind Rises
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Video Games to Play

First-time Plays:

  • Crash Bandicoot (N-Sane Trilogy edition)
  • Crash Bandicoot 2 (N-Sane Trilogy edition)
  • Crash Bandicoot 3 (N-Sane Trilogy edition)
  • Pokemon Let’s GO! Eevee

Replays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Other

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

2018 Goals Update

How well did I do with my 2018 goals?  I’m going to say pretty terribly.  This was just kind of a crap year for that sort of thing, but I persevere with my reporting nonetheless.

Books to Read

Yeah, no.  Complete failure here.  2018 was supposed to be the year.  It was not.

TV Seasons to Watch

Haven’t seen before:

3 point something out of 5.  The Flintstones, as ever, remains unwatched, and I made it through 9 of 11 seasons of Cheers.

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

Let’s say 1.5/3.  I did Justice League Unlimited and one season of Mad About You.  I got a couple of seasons of NYPD Blue for Christmas so I’m going to try for those in 2019, along with the last season of MAY.

Have seen before:

I’ll say 3/5.  I got to show Buffy to my daughter for the first time this year, and it was so great (we also watched most of Angel).  NYPD Blue and Pinky and the Brain will be pushed back.

Currently airing/will air this year:

I got all but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  The season was split up, with the last half airing in January 2019, so I’ll watch it all then.

Movies to Watch

From last year [2017]:

1/1.  This is probably the only category where I scored 100%.

From previous years, already seen or not:

(An impressive?) 23/24, only missing The Incredibles.

New this year:

Of those that count (the two non-Deadpool X-Men entries were pushed back to 2019), 9/13.  Aquaman, Spider-Man, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Venom have to wait till 2019.

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

This category was a pretty big failure, at 7/24.  Generally I watch most of these during October, November, and December, but this year we had a) our family room not really movie-friendly for a good part of those months, as we were are redoing the flooring in it and our kitchen, and b) were mostly focused on Buffy and Angel, I only got to a few essentials, i.e. The Lord of the Rings, Scott Pilgrim, and (500) Days of Summer in December, with the Avengers movies earlier in the year before watching Infinity War.  My current plan is to watch the remaining films in January 2019, and watch the complete list again the the final months of the year.

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

Here I fared better, only missing Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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

I’m not sure if I even dare count.  There were 97 films in this category, and I watched 27, I think.  I tried to watch Ernest in the Army, but my DVD is no longer playable, apparently.  This will make for somewhat of a longer list in 2019.

Video Games to Play

First-time Plays:

I started all of these, and would consider having “finished” all but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (maybe I finished the main story? I don’t think so, though).  There’s still a lot of post-story content to do in Hyrule Warriors, and I probably have a lot of trophies left to earn in Mario Kart.  There’s some odds and ends left in Super Mario Odyssey, I’m sure, and I still need to fight the final boss in Spirit Tracks, I think.

Replays:

I definitely replayed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild once I got a Nintendo Switch.  I did just about everything, including collecting all 900 Korok seeds.  I’m itching to play it again in 2019, though I’m not sure if I will try it in Master Mode or replay normal mode (I already did Master Mode in my 3rd playthrough on Wii U, and it was hard).

Other

Yeah, right.

Stuff not from my 2018 goals

Included here, this time, are movies found in my 2018 favorites list.

TV

Hadn’t seen before:

  • Daredevil (season 3)
  • Iron Fist (season 2)
  • Luke Cage (season 2)

Had seen before:

  • Angel (seasons 1 – 4)
  • Arrested Development (seasons 1 – 4)

Daredevil was just as compelling as the first two seasons.  Iron Fist was a marked improvement over season 1.  Luke Cage was not as great.  I don’t mind its cancellation, but I would have liked to see more Iron Fist and especially Daredevil.

As I mentioned elsewhere, in 2018 I showed Buffy the Vampire Slayer to my daughter (and occasionally my sons) for the first time.  I was going to skip Angel, but she wanted the full experience (and Angel is pretty good), so I bought the DVDs and we watched them intermixed with Buffy.

I rewatched Arrested Development in anticipation of season 5.  I enjoyed the recut episodes of season 4 more than the originals.  Seasons 1 – 3 remain the best.

Movies:

Hadn’t seen before:

  • Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Batman Ninja
  • Daddy’s Home 2
  • The Death of Superman
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Logan Lucky
  • Magic Mike
  • A Quiet Place
  • Saludos Amigos
  • Se7en
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
  • The Three Caballeros

Had seen before:

  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero
  • Deadpool
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class

With a few exceptions (Funny People, Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups) I haven’t seen any of Adam Sandler’s movies that have come out since 2005.  Somewhere around that time his films just stopped looking like something I wanted to watch (of course I still love “classic” Adam Sandler films like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, etc.).  I decided to check out his new stand-up special, 100% Fresh, on Netflix.  It took 15 or 20 minutes to get going for me, but after that it was just hilarious.  The Chris Farley tribute song was very touching.

Of the new DC animated films that came out in 2018, I enjoyed Batman Ninja and The Death of Superman the most.  I’m usually a sucker for any Superman movie that isn’t Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, or Superman IV (though, faced with only those choices, I would pick Superman IV to watch any day of the week).  I want to watch Reign of the Supermen, but for some reason Netflix doesn’t have the disc, so I’ll have to wait for a potential Black Friday sale.

I saw Ingrid Goes West because I like Aubrey Plaza.  I also saw it described somewhere as a modern The Cable Guy.  I prefer the latter, but the former was a good one-time view.

I had heard about Se7en before, and finally decided to watch it one night on Netflix.  It was somewhat disturbing.

Continuing to watch movies with my daughter for the first time, we watched The Hunger Games series and began X-Men, since she loves Patrick Stewart so much after watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.  We’re both looking forward to seeing Dark Phoenix this summer.

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.”