Well another year is in the books. I’ve been doing this for almost 6 years now, which judging by some of the blogs I’ve encountered here on WordPress is an awfully long time to keep up a movie blog. Anyway enough patting myself on the back – time to do the usual Year in Review Post:
2017 Was a Good Year to Be
Yes, 2017 was a great year for the Star Wars franchise. Rogue One made a ridiculous amount of money. The Last Jedi has wowed critics and audiences (well except for a few cantankerous Twitter eggs), and, also, has made a ridiculous amount of money. The TV series Rebels is quite good I’m told. Sure a few directors were sacked, but that might not necessarily be a bad thing.
It’s always a good year to be an abstract concept, but the concept of narrative inertia had a top flight year. It can gather around the water cooler with all the other abstract concepts and talk a big game. What I mean by this is that two of my favorite shows, Game of Thrones and The Americans had sub par seasons, but I still watched and I’m still excited for the final season of those shows. I’m even probably going to watch the last season of House of Cards despite the fact that Season Five was a dumpster fire of epic proportions.
The “big three” (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) streaming services had a great 2017. Netflix has been doing the original programming thing for a while now, but 2017 felt exceptional. The Handmaid’s Tale won a well-deserved Emmy, and I’m currently sucked into the charming “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Good work internet people!
2017 Was a Bad Year to Be
New rule. Every year should be this bad for scumbags.
Movies for People with 401(K)’s and Mortgages
Was it just me or was nearly every movie in 2017 a comic book movie, a “tent pole” franchise movie, or a cartoon? Sure there were a few big hits like “Get Out” and “Dunkirk,” but those were few and far between. Maybe once Oscar season starts I’ll be reassured that someone is still making movies for people over 30.
Tired of an Endless Barrage of Mindless Hot Takes
Sure there have always been opinion websites, but there seem like there are far too many of them now. Everyone has to have a unique take, and it just becomes noise. Twitter, which was supposed to be bankrupt by now, is still the worst offender. I kind of just wish the internet would shut up for five seconds and think before it talks.
Scenes from the Great Ale House in the Sky
After last year I considered not doing this one anymore. Still I couldn’t help but imagine a sold out Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, and Tom Petty concert. It’s tomorrow. Tonight Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Guillaume are giving a talk on what it was like being huge televisions stars in the days before so-called “peak TV.” It’s called, “You’re Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Game of Thrones.” Since that show has actual giants, the pun is clearly intended.
Jerry Lewis stopped by. Sure, Dean Martin owns the place, but that particular beef is long squashed. Long before people talked about squashing beefs. Besides if he didn’t come by Don Rickles was going to zing him very hard.
Adam West is here, and yes he’s dressed as Batman. Roger Moore is here too, although he is not dressed like James Bond, at least not officially.
Anyway, that’s our year in review! Tune in next time for 2018!
(c) 2018 D.G. McCabe