Saturday, December 31, 2016

Rented Movies in 2016

Each category is in the order of when I watched them and (method I watched them in)

 The Beyond Awesome/Fun (A for Everything):
  •  John Wick (Bought without watching)
The Award Season Awesome (A+):
  • MacBeth (AP)
The Highly Enjoyable (A-/B+):
  • The Intern (AP)
  • Creed (AP)
The Award Season Good (B):
  • Eye in the Sky (AP)
  • Finest Hours (NI)
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (NI)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Cable)
The Good (Solid B):
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (AP)
  • Trumbo (AP)
  • Jane Got a Gun (NI)
  • The Good Guys (AP) 
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • CBGB (NI)
  • I Saw the Light (Cable)
The Bad (D):
  •  High Rise (AP)
  • The Lobster (AP)
(RB) = Red Box

(NI) = Netflix Instant

(AP) = Amazon Prime
(HBO)= HBO to Go online
(Cable) = Watched it at my Mom's house 
(Friend) = Borrowed from a Friend
(Hulu) = Watched on Hulu Plus

Movies I Watched in 2016

Each category is in the order of when they came out (and/or when I watched them)…

Grand Total: 54
In Theater: 44
On Video: 10

 The Beyond Awesome/Fun (A for Everything):
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Bluray]
  • Deadpool (2x) [Bluray]
  • Zooptopia [Bluray]
  • Captain America 3: Civil War (3x) [Bluray]
  • Moana
  • Rogue One
The Award Season Awesome (A+):
  • The Accountant
  • The Arrival
The Highly Enjoyable (Solid A):
  • London Has Fallen [Bluray]
  • Money Monster
  • Finding Dory (2x) [Bluray]
  • Jason Bourne
  • Star Trek Beyond [Bluray]
  • Doctor Strange (2x)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • La La Land
The Award Season Good (A-/B+):
  • Snowden
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Fences
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • Keanu
  • Assassin's Creed
The Good (Solid B):
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Jungle Book
  • X-Men Apocolypse [Bluray]
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 
  • Demolition 
  • Jane Got A Gun 
  • Sully
  • Magnificent Seven
  • The Good Guys
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Finest Hours
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • Zoolander 2 [Bluray]
  • Now You See Me 2
The Neither Good Nor Bad (C):
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • I Saw the Light 
  • Ghostbusters
  • Suicide Squad
  • Collateral Beauty
  • Sing 
The Bad (D):
  • Love and Friendship
  • Jack Reacher 2
  • Lobster
Disappointing: 
  • High Rise 
  • Passengers
 Watched so I could complain about it and it was so much worse than I originally thought:
  • Batman and Superman

Still Want to See, but Haven't yet (25):

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Allied, The BFG, Bridget Jones' Baby, Deepwater Horizon, Eddie the Eagle, Elvis and Nixon, Florence Foster Jensen, Girl on the Train, Hell or Highwater, Independence Day 2, Infiltrator, Jackie, Light Between the Oceans, The Little Prince, Manchester by the Sea, Me Before You, Miss Slone, A Monster Calls, Pete's Dragon, Queen of Katwe, Race, Rules Don't Apply, Secret Life of Pets, and War Dogs
  
*Saw on DVD
*(DVD) = bought DVD
*(#)=Number of times seen in the theater

Television I Watched in 2016

The Awesome:
  • Bosch - Seasons 1-2
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Seasons 1-3
  • Stranger Things - Season 1 
  • Walking Dead - Season 6
  • Bletchley Circle - Season 1-2
  • Better Call Saul - Season 1 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Season 1 
  • Blacklist - Season 3
  • The Crown - Season 1 
  • Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (miniseries)
The Good:
  • Downton Abby - Season 6 (Final)
  • Game of Thrones - Season 5-6
  • Black Mirror - Season 3
  • Bates Motel - Season 3 
  • Luke Cage - Season 1
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The Guilty Pleasures:
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 2
  • Scandal - Season 5
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Season 1
The Just Okay:
  • House of Cards - Season 4
  • X-Files (mini-series run) 
  • Chance 
  • The Fall - Season 3
Shows I Quit After a Few Episodes:
  • Mad Dogs 
  • Mr. Robot
  • Designated Survivor 
  • Bloodlines - Season 2 
  • Easy 
  • Legends of Tomorrow 
 Shows I Watched the Pilot of During Free Showtime Weekend:
  • Billions
  • Master of Sex
  • The Affair
  • House of Lies
Shows I re-watched:
  • Grey's Anatomy (Season 4-11) 
  • Burn Notice (Entire Series)
  • The Wire (Seasons 1-3)
  • Justified (Seasons 1-6 with commentary tracks) 
  • Scandal (Seasons 1-3
  • Galavant (Seasons 1-2) 

Weekly on Hulu:
Castle (now cancelled), Grey's Anatomy, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter (now cancelled), Muppets (now cancelled), Galavant (now cancelled), This is Us, Notorious, Lucifer, The Good Place, Conviction

Purchased on Amazon the Moment it is Up:
Doctor Who, Sherlock

Watch When It Comes out on DVD/Netflix:
Walking Dead, Downton Abby (now cancelled), Scandal, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist, Broadchurch, Bates Motel, Supernatural, Arrow, Flash

Netflix/Amazon Original Series:
House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Fall, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Luke Cage, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, The Crown

Books I Read in 2016

My goal for 2016 was to read 70 books. I actually read 87.

Each category is in order of when I read it...

Bold means I now own it in book form. Italics means I own it in Kindle ebook form.
 
Top 10 Personal Favorites I Have Read This Year (Fiction and Non-Fiction):
  • All the Dresden Files books I've read so far - Jim Butcher
  • All the Thursday Next books I've read so far - Jasper Fforde
  • All the James Bond books I've read - Ian Fleming
  1. Room - Emma Donoghue
  2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
  3. The Wise Wan's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) - Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  5. The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) - Daniel O'Malley
  6. City on Fire - Garth Hallberg
  7. Lily and the Octopus - Steven Rowley
  8. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson
  9. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson
  10.  Arcadia - Iain Pears
Fiction Awesome:
  • Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • For Your Eyes Only (James Bond #8) - Ian Fleming
  • Thunderball (James Bond #9) - Ian Fleming
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (James Bond, #10) - Ian Fleming
  • First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5) - Jasper Fforde
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond, #11) - Ian Fleming
  • You Only Live Twice (James Bond, #12) - Ian Fleming
  • Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) - Jim Butcher
  • The Man With the Golden Gun (James Bond, #13) - Ian Fleming
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, #1) - Ian Fleming
  • Room - Emma Donoghue
  • Octopussy and the Living Daylights (James Bond, #14) - Ian Fleming
  • Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) - Jim Butcher 
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next, #6) - Jasper Fforde
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin 
  • Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) - Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Book Thief - Markus Zasak
  • The Wise Wan's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) - Patrick Rothfuss 
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy 
  • The Prince Bride - William Goldman 
  • The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) - Daniel O'Malley 
  • Working for Bigfoot (Dresden Files #15.5) - Jim Butcher 
  • Three Men in a Boat - Jerome Jerome
  • Lily and the Octopus - Steven Rowley
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)
  • City on Fire - Garth Hallberg
  • Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant #5) - Ben Aaronovitch
  • Arcadia - Iain Pears
Non-Fiction Awesome:
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive - Paula Rizzo 
  • The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It Every Time -Maria Konnikova
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson
  • The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It - Kelly McGonigal
  • But What if We're Wrong? Thinking about the Present as if it were the Past - Chuck Klosterman
Fiction Recommended:
  • The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah 
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
  • A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 
  • Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher, #2) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher, #3) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher, #4) - Kerry Greenwood 
  • The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher, #5) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher, #6) - Kerry Greenwood 
  • Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8) - Kerry Greenwood 
  • The Three Musketeers - Alexander Dumas
  • Slade House - David Mitchell
  • Fool - Christopher Moore
  • Raylan - Elmore Leonard 
  • Still Alice - Lisa Genova
  • Raisins and Almonds (Phryne Fisher, #9) - Kerry Greenwood 
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Rogues (short stories) - Multiple Authors
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next #7) - Jasper Fforde
  • Death Before Wicket (Phryne Fisher, #10) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith 
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal
  • Away with the Fairies (Phryne Fisher, #11) - Kerry Greenwood
  • Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Non-Fiction Recommended:
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard - Chip Heath
  • You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero 
  • Nerd Do Well - Simon Pegg
  • H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
Books I Re-Read
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) - J.K. Rowling 
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) - J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) - J.K. Rowling 
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) - J.K. Rowling 
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) - J.K. Rowling  
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) - J.K. Rowling
Fiction NOT Recommended:
  • Driving Heat (Nikki Heat #7) - Richard Castle
  • InterWorld - Neil Gaiman
  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff 
  • The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  • A Spool of Blue Thread - Ane Tyler 
  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  • The Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber
  • Ulysses - James Joyce
  • Germinal - Emile Zola
  • High Heat (Nikki Heat, #8) - Richard Castle
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz
Non-Fiction NOT Recommended:
  • Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello