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Mid-Year Media Wrap-Up

I haven't done much in the way of best-of lists in the past, but it seems like a good idea, especially if I decide I want to make a more thorough list at the end of the year. It would be a lot easier to write these kinds of posts if I remembered to update Goodreads in a timely fashion. Maybe making regular list posts will get me into the habit. All releases are 2016 unless otherwise noted.

Books:


Comics:


Movies:
  • Spotlight (2015): A testament to the power of research and investigative journalism. Great acting, too.

  • Captain America: Civil War: What more for me to say? Not a perfect movie, by a long shot, but so much better than I was afraid it might be. And it gave me hope for the future of the Avengers franchise (hope that was in short supply after AoU).

  • Zootopia: A fun film, fantastically creative visuals. Worth watching for the urban design alone.

  • Selma (2014): Important, powerful, a chapter of history I need to know better.


Television:
  • Agent Carter (S2): Still so bummed that this won't be getting another season.

  • Supergirl (S1): The back half of the season was uneven, but the end was great, and I'm excited for the show's future. The CW will be a better home for this show, as long as they don't overdo it with the DC crossovers.

  • Orphan Black (S4): I haven't finished the whole season yet, but given how strong it's been overall, I expect it will hold up.

  • Top Chef (S13): Still my favorite reality show, and I found this year's batch of cheftestents to be generally talented and likable (except for smug hipster Philip).

  • Star Trek: Voyager: I had thought this was a rewatch, but once I got past the first season, almost none of the episodes were familiar. Overall, it's a stronger show than I remember, and I've enjoyed it, although I do still find myself wishing I were rewatching DS9 instead. Currently a few episodes into Season 6.


Other:
  • Solstice (videogame): The new game from the makers of Cinders is a wonderful followup. Similar to Cinders in some ways, and yet very different. I need to replay it a few more times to absorb more of the possibilities.


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