Best of 2016

Here are some personal favorites from the past year. There are many more, but I tried to prune to only my top five (roughly in order with my favorite at the top). I also split TV into drama and comedy given that there are just *way* too many amazing shows these days.

Movies:
La La Land
Hell or High Water
Rogue One
Snowden
Doctor Strange

TV (Drama):
Westworld
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Better Call Saul
Black Mirror
Mr. Robot

TV (Comedy):
Silicon Valley
Baskets
Lady Dynamite
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Atlanta

Podcasts:
Trumpcast
Homecoming
Crimetown
Oh No, Ross and Carrie!
The Run-Up

Best of 2015

There were a lot of amazing movies and TV shows this year, so I thought I’d make a list of my personal favorites.

On the movies side, I’ve chosen my proper top five (in no particular order), as well as five honorable mentions (mostly big, fun movies I enjoyed).

On the TV side (what a year for TV!), I’ve chosen my proper top ten (again, in no particular order), as well as five honorable mentions.

OVERALL FAVORITE MOVIES:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hateful Eight
The Martian
Love & Mercy

HONORABLE MENTION MOVIES:

Spectre
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Jurassic World
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron

OVERALL FAVORITE TV SHOWS:

Doctor Who
Mr. Robot
The Man in The High Castle
Fargo
Silicon Valley
Downton Abbey
House of Cards
Better Call Saul
Daredevil
Halt and Catch Fire

HONORABLE MENTION TV SHOWS:

Jessica Jones (still in progress on this, but enjoying so far)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Grinder
The Flash
The Last Man on Earth

Best of 2012

Since year-end lists are so beloved (sassy wink/high five), I thought I’d take a stab at ranking my favorite theatrical releases of 2012. I’m ranking the films solely on the enjoyment they gave me (regardless of if they’re well-reviewed Oscar contenders, popular favorites or polarizing oddballs). My apologies to those I haven’t seen yet (Looper, Django Unchained, etc.). Here goes…

10. Cloud Atlas

The aforementioned polarizing oddball. I generally enjoyed it, and was blown away by its ambition. It also didn’t cause my wife to fall asleep during an evening show, which is a pretty major accomplishment.

9. Moonrise Kingdom

Another charming story from Wes Anderson.

8. Prometheus

This one also divided a lot of people, but I enjoyed it.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

A fitting end to the trilogy. Bane was/is truly menacing.

6. ParaNorman

The guys at LAIKA are rockstars. If you liked Coraline, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

5. The Avengers

It deserved all of its success. Great to see Joss Whedon hit a home run.

4. Wreck-It Ralph

The best animated film of the year. Sorry, Pixar.

3. Skyfall

What a way to return, 007. Can’t wait for the future.

2. Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis was absolutely astounding.

1. Argo

Fun, smart and stylish. Gotta give it up for Mr. Affleck.