Archive for January, 2017


Derek’s Top 10 Films of 2016

January 31, 2017


I watched 87 films over the course of 2015. As I stated in my post about my favorite TV shows of the year (, I intentionally watched less TV in 2016 with the purpose of watching more films. The resulting numbers bore out accordingly: I watched 144 films throughout the calendar year 2016, 98 of them were films I had never watched before and 45 of those were films that were released in 2016. There were many films that I wanted to see but didn’t have the opportunity to catch (a few of which include Jackie, Manchester by the Sea, Loving, Paterson, 20th Century Women, Fences, The Handmaiden, Elle, Toni Erdman, and Hidden Figures), but overall I feel like I covered a good breadth of the films that I was interested in watching throughout the year. These were my 10 favorites along with 5 honorable mentions and that’s without even getting to other great films like Midnight Special, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Witch, Kate Plays Christine, and Keanu. I’m glad it was a great year for film in 2016 because it felt even more needed with the goings on in the rest of the country. Here we go!

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Derek’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2016

January 13, 2017


I intentionally watched less TV in 2016 than I had the past several years. I mean, I didn’t do so for any good reason, I did it because I wanted to focus on watching more films in 2016, but as a result I quit watching a multitude of mediocre shows that I was only staying with because I had been watching them from the beginning and had some small emotional attachment. In addition, the poor internet quality in my apartment meant I was only able to keep up with *two* streaming shows despite there being many more that I really wanted to catch. All that being said, in this time of #peaktv I still found a great many shows that I liked and even some that I loved over the course of 2016. Four of my five favorite shows from 2015 didn’t return in 2016, so the top of my list looks quite different this year. And on top of that, I definitely “cheated” in making this a list of 10 by combining a few shows into the same spot, but it represents how I consumed and contemplated the things that I watched this year, so I hope you enjoy reading it at least. Let me know what you think!

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