I was going to write this yesterday but ran out of time. On Friday, I started talking about the albums that have had a significant impact on how 2017 went for me, even if they didn’t come out in 2017. This is part 2 of a 2 part series talking about albums I’ve bought and listened to a lot this year.
This title is misleading because it makes it seem like all the albums that I’m going to talk about came out in 2017 (they didn’t) and/or that I actually bought all of them in 2017 (I didn’t, probably). These are albums, however, that I listened to a lot, and plenty of them I did buy or obtain as review/store play copies this year. A lot of people do end of the year lists like this, and I’m hopping on the bandwagon. Defining albums of my 2017 after the cut.
I am convinced that we keep doing the same things over and over again not because we don’t learn any lessons from doing so, but because to do anything else would take too much effort.
It’s probably no secret to anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while (or who knows me in real life) that I enjoy horror, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that, though it’s a YA book, I picked up “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” (ed. April Genevieve Tucholke).
Books of poetry, in my experience, don’t usually make the top of the “Best Sellers” list, so when one does–and stays there–there must be a significant cultural need for those poems. I picked up “milk and honey” after skimming through it at work, and I’m glad I did.
This reflection comes a few years (now) late, but even though I had meant to see “Fury,” a movie about a tank platoon/5-man-army set during WWII when it first came out, I missed the opportunity. I don’t know if that’s for better or worse.
Admittedly, I don’t have as much free time now as I did while substitute teaching at high schools–which means that I frequently start books and a long period of time passes by before I’m able to actually finish them. That said, even the beginning of “#Girlboss” was enough to get me recommending it to other people (friends, customers, etc) before I finished the book.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been steadily less and less impressed with what has come out of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Admittedly, “Cursed Child” wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed like it was going to be–though it certainly had its faults–but I had been avoiding “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” since looking at a preview of Zina’s review and probably wouldn’t have gone had it not been with friends.
So I went, and here is a review since it’s been a while since I’ve written any in a while. Spoilers under the cut.
Alright, so first thing’s first: when I first saw the trailer for “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” I didn’t actually realize it was a prequel to “Ouija” (2014), which is a movie I neglected to see because, honestly, the premise sounded stupid. It was stupid then, it’s stupid now, and I feel like I should have made a better choice. I didn’t, though, so here’s a review of “Ouija: Origin of Evil.”
There are spoilers ahead, so be warned.
“But I don’t like Westerns.”
I don’t care. “The Nice Guys” was my favorite movie of the summer, and I’m pretty sure “The Magnificent Seven” is going to wind up being my favorite movie of the fall.