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05 January 2017 @ 11:57 am
December New Media  
TV
185. The Last Man on Earth - 3x02 - “The Wild Guess Express.”  12-3.
186. The Walking Dead - 7x06 - “Swear.”  12-4.
187. The Walking Dead - 7x07 - “Sing Me a Song.”  12-4.
188. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x09 - “The Overmining.”  12-5.
189. The Walking Dead - 7x08 - “Hearts Still Beating.”  12-11.
190. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x10 - “Captain Latvia.”  12-13.

Movies
26. Santa Conquers the Martians (1964).  12-1.
27. Arrival (2016).  12-11.
28. Captain Fantastic (2016).  12-17.
29. Rogue One (2016).  12-30.

Books
23. The Map of Chaos, Félix J. Palma.  12-31.

D. Endymion, Dan Simmons.  12-24.

A pretty dismal year, all told.  I was like, I'll keep track of books I've read that I've read before, that'll bump up my numbers a lot!  Turns out there were only four this whole year, so not so much.  I think this upcoming year is going to be better in that regard - I'm almost done with my first book of the year, and I've got a whole list of true crime I want to read - I tear through those relatively quickly (for me, anyway).

Trying to decide if I want to start keeping track of podcasts in 2017, too...
 
 
 
Martinela_loony on January 5th, 2017 06:10 pm (UTC)
How was Captain Fantastic? I was going back and forth about trying to watch it in theaters but then was too busy anyway and dropped it off my list.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 5th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
I loved it! I didn't see a ton of movies this past year, but it was probably my favorite (though I really did like Rogue One...). Viggo was just amazing; I hope he gets an Oscar nomination for it. The kids were all great, it was very funny, and it made me think. I would definitely recommend it.
Martine: Miranda/Miranda+Garyla_loony on January 5th, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, then I'll see that I catch it on Netflix or something when I get the chance :D
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Shannon: b5 delenn profilekungfuwaynewho on January 5th, 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
Me, make you, feel like a luddite? Lol, how?!

I think I would have liked Arrival a lot more had I seen it the first week or two; I think my expectations got built up too much? Plus I'd heard there was some twist so I kept waiting patiently and then I figured out that it was what I had assumed was happening all along so it kind of deflated the climax a little.

That said, I did read one review/comment that said that in any other SF movie, Amy Adams' character would have popped in for one or two scenes, had half a dozen expository lines, and that would have been that. Which, true. So it was nice to watch a more cerebral movie in that regard, without the usual Tom Cruise-esque action man protagonist. Mostly, though, I was struck by how beautifully filmed it was, and how effective the score was throughout.

I am glad I saw it on the big screen, though; I'm not sure it would have had the same impact on DVD.
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 5th, 2017 10:17 pm (UTC)
I was checking my flist for the first time in a couple weeks today, so I was hitting everyone's year-end round-ups, and someone had seen more new episodes of TV in AUGUST than I had THE ENTIRE YEAR. But it's all relative, I guess, haha.

Oh, I loved all the atmosphere, the time the movie took to set up certain shots so you could really get a good sense of scale. That the ascent took as long as it did to watch was critical, I think, in showing just how off-kilter everything was, how even these brilliant people chosen specifically because they were felt to be best equipped to deal with the situation, could not understand what they were looking at and how to approach it.

I also really, really appreciated how it never turned into a "and then we learned each other's words and talked and it was easy." That the language always stayed completely non-human was super important.