Yes there are two weeks left in the year, but who wants to do a year end list episode at the beginning of 2019? Once the new year starts I never really have too much interest in the goings on of yesteryear, so going over the bulk of what is pretty much an entire year seemed appropriate.
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While yes, I call this a "year end list episode”, we didn’t go into “top tens” or anything so arduous. A more apt term for this “year end list episode” would be “our favorite things episode”. I would say it was more in a Oprahtic (meaning in the style of Oprah, a term that I’m sure will be used my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, much like Dickensian or Socratic or Shakespearean) style then a ranking of anything.
We talked about our favorite experiences of the year, which would in some form or another include our cross country road trip, which I’ve gone on about at length already. Then we talked about things we’ve learned throughout the year, which would include the meaty topic of “loving the process” (which I believe I’ve gone on at length about in one form or another as well), as well as the idea of not being the victim of your life. Of course after some philosophical talk, we took the natural segway into our favorite movies and tv shows:
Anna’s favorite movie of the year was Annihilation, the weird semi-book-based film starring Natalie Portman. It was a hypnotizing movie for sure, but not one for mass audiences. I believe one review from a fellow in our theater was, “What the hell just happened?” And that basically sums it up. If you are predisposed to like stranger sci-fi films, then you’ll probably like this. If you’re one to think a movie like Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is too weird for you, (*cough* Mom *cough*) then stay far away.
The Haunting of Hill House has the honor of being my wife’s current TV obsession. If you see her on the street, just ask her about this show and she’ll go on about how it’s the greatest show of our generation and not since Citizen Kane has world of cinema reached such heights.
Since Anna’s not here right now, that’s about all the airtime she gets on this post. Now, it’s time for me to self-indulge with my full Year End List. That’s right, you’re getting some exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere but willmalone.com.
My Top Five Movies of 2018: