2019 Pop Culture Year in Review

Happy 2020! This year marks the beginning of a new decade. The 2010’s was a decade of personal growth. I developed a sense of self and started becoming comfortable with who I am as a person. I’m excited to see what the next ten years will bring for me. I wanted to recap everything I did in 2019:

Movies I saw in Theaters:

Jaws Hello Kitty Shirt

Hello Kitty store at Universal Studios in Orlando

  • Bohemian Rhapsody (this movie released in 2018, but I didn’t see it until 2019)
  • Shazam 
  • Captain Marvel 
  • Avengers Endgame 
  • Spider-Man Far From Home 
  • It Chapter #2 
  • Joker 
  • Rise of Skywalker 

My favorite movie of 2019 was Shazam. This is a biased answer as I do lean more toward DC Comics. DC Comics is not known for making great movies and Shazam was funny, not too depressingly dark and worth re-watching.

TV Shows I Watched:

Lucifer

  • Ted Bundy Interview Tapes 
  • Queer Eye Season #2 
  • Shrill 
  • Hot Date 
  • Lucifer 
  • New Girl 

My favorite TV show in 2019 was a toss up between Shrill and Lucifer. Aidy Bryant is a lovely human being. She demonstrates her experience being constantly body shamed by everyone around her, but how she still succeeds professionally. I believe Shrill’s second season releases sometime this year. Lucifer is a fun show too because it’s a Los Angeles, Law & Order show with demons flying around wrecking havoc. Lucifer’s final season 😦 premeires sometime in 2020 on Netflix.

The two TV shows I watched in 2019 that I couldn’t get into were Castle Rock and Homeland. Castle Rock has potential, but I couldn’t follow the story or get invested in the characters. Homeland had a strong start, but I lost interest halfway through the first season. Life is too short to waste time watching shows you’re not interested in.

Video Games I Played:

Rami Malek

  • The Order 1886 < I didn’t even finish playing this because it was terrible
  • Until Dawn 
  • Heavy Rain 

This was a light gaming year for me. I’m looking forward to gaming more in 2020. I’m currently playing Kingdom Hearts III and I have plans on purchasing Jedi Fallen Order sometime in the future.

My favorite video game of 2019 was for sure Until Dawn. This game got me through our polar vortex in Minneapolis. By Polar Vortex, I mean the weather was -32 degrees. -32 degrees!?!?!?!?!? I stayed inside, so I wouldn’t freeze to death and played Until Dawn. 

Gaming in 2019

Selfie

  • War of the Spark Pre-Release in April of 2019 
  • Modern Horizons Pre-Release in June of 2019 
  • Cultists & Cthulhu 
  • Star Trek Ascension 
  • Throne of Eldraine Pre-Release 

My favorite game I played in 2019 was the War of the Spark pre-release. I did really well. I didn’t win a match (winning best of three games), but I won a total of three individual games. This set was wild. There were a bunch of planeswalkers wrecking havoc in everyone’s games. I’m looking forward to the next MtG sets in 2020.

Graphic Novels + Comics I Read this Year (probably not everything I read, I may be forgetting some)

Battlecats #1 Mad Cave

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend (web comic on webtoons) 
  • Hush Batman Graphic Novel 
  • Batman Knightfall series (series I received at Convergence in 2018)
  • Watchmen
  • Midnight Task Force (Mad Cave Comics)
  • Battlecats Vol #1 Hunt for the Direbeast
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home
  • Knights of the Golden Sun Issues #1-#4
  • Hellboy Volume #1
  • Afterglow
  • Paper Girls Volume #4
  • Badass Girl 3 issues 
  • Prometheite 
  • Riri Williams #1 

My favorite graphic novel / comic I read in 2019 was. . . a toss up between Watchmen and Midnight Task Force. When I first started reading Watchmen, I thought that this series wasn’t going to be for me. When I finished the graphic novel, I was deeply surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. This novel could create a discussion on some of the political messages layered into the story. With Midnight Task Force, I fell into the environment of this futuristic Detroit and how crime is exponentially high. The series left on a cliffhanger and I’m hoping the second trade paperback will be released sometime in 2020.

2019 Pop Culture Moments

  • Rami Malek winning the Best Actor at the Oscars
  • Jussie Smollett’s “fake” hate crime

I truly believe Rami deserved the Oscar for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. Many people were upset because they believed Bradley Cooper was snubbed for A Star is Born. Keep in mind, this is the 4th? remake of this movie. It’s not anything different, unlike a biopic of Freddie Mercury who meant so much to so many people. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I’m sticking with it.

Podcast I Couldn’t Stop Listening To:

  • This Podcast Will Kill You 
  • Babes at the Table 
  • Science Rules Bill Nye’s Podcast 
  • Not Another DnD Podcast 
  • Generation Bond 
  • The Love of Comics 

Last year, I picked Anna Faris’s Unqualified podcast as my favorite podcast of 2018. Sadly, I don’t listen to this podcast anymore. Apparently there was drama between Sim and Ana who were the co-hosts. Sim isn’t on Ana’s podcast anymore which destroyed the vibe I originally liked.

My favorite podcast of 2019 has to be Not Another DnD Podcast because it got me through the extremely long drive from Minneapolis to Indianapolis to go to Gen Con. My brother enjoyed this podcast too.

Catchiest Song in 2019:

This is a toss up between any song by Lizzo and Bad Guy by Billie Eilish.

Conventions I attended in 2019:

Thursday waiting to rush the vendor hall

Gen Con 2019

I attended six conventions: Con of the North, C2E2 in Chicago, MSP Spring Con, Convergence, Gen Con and Fallcon. This increased by two conventions from 2018.

Personal Memories

Top Three Memories from 2019:

Getting Engaged! 🙂

Me and Grant

ENGAGED! 😀 

He popped the question on May 4th which happened to be Free Comic Book Day and National Star Wars Day. This is something I will never let him forget.

Getting a New Job:

Working in downtown Minneapolis has been a blessing. I get to take the bus into work on most days which has saved me so much in gas money. I like my new coworkers. The job has better benefits and pay. This wasn’t something I was prediciting to happen in 2019, but I’m really glad it did.

Universal Studios Trip in Feb. 2019

Hogwarts Selfie.jpg

SO COOLLL!!!

My Resolution for 2020?

I have no specific resolution. I wish for a safe and happy 2020.

 

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