Evidence I may require a pop culture intervention
Started out as a purely personal experiment to log how much pop culture I got to over the course of the year, decided I would publish it as recorded.
So, without further pre-amble:
NOTE: In alphabetical order, and divided by publisher, for convenience.
Dark Horse: Dept. H Volume 1, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story
DC: American Alien, Batgirl of Burnside Volumes 1+2, Batgirl: Stephanie Brown Volume 1, Batman: Year One, Dark Night: A True Batman Story, Gotham Academy + Second Semester Volume 1, Grayson, Johns’ Justice League Volume 6, Morrison’s Batman, New Suicide Squad Volume 4, Ostrander’s Suicide Squad Volumes 2-6, Prez: Corndog-in-Chief, Rucka’s Wonder Woman Volume 1+2, Snyder’s Batman Volume 7, Starman Omnibii 5+6, Superman: Secret Identity, The Legend of Wonder Woman
Image: Black Magick Volume 1, Casanova: Luxuria, Gula, Avaritia & Acedia, East of West Year Two and #30, Prince of Cats, Sexcastle, The Other Side
Marvel: Alias, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch, Cain’s Mockingbird, Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men until #139, Edmondson’s Black Widow, Infinity Gauntlet, Iron Man: Extremis, Remender’s Uncanny Avengers, Robinson’s Scarlet Witch, Silver Surfer: Requiem, Spurrier’s X-Men Legacy, Stephenson’s Runaways, Vaughn’s Runaways
Oni: Heartthrob Season One, Sixth Gun Deluxes 2+3, The Coldest City, The Coldest Winter
Vertigo: Morrison’s Doom Patrol, Scalped Volumes 4-5
NOTE: Always a chance I forgot to log something. Any curious omissions – feel free to ask.
Action Lab: Spencer & Locke
Archie: Riverdale (first two issues)
Black Mask: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Beautiful Canvas, Calexit, Last Song, There’s Nothing There
Boom Studios: Eugenic (first issue), Fence (first issue), Giant Days, Godshaper, Grass Kings (first arc), Hi-Fi Fight Club, Jane, Judas, Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville, Mech Cadet Yu, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers + Pink, Namesake, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern, War for the Planet of the Apes
Dark Horse: Ether, Mr Higgins Comes Home, Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
DC: Batman, Batman: Creature of the Night, Batman/Elmer Fudd, Batman/The Shadow, Batwoman, Booster Gold/The Flintstones, Black Racer Special, Bug, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye, Darkseid Special, Dark Days: The Forge + The Casting, Dark Knights: Metal (+ one-shots & tie-ins), Detective Comics, Deathstroke, Doomsday Clock, Doom Patrol, Flash (for The Button), Holiday Special, Kamandi Challenge (first four issues), Justice League (Fontana’s issue, Priest’s run) Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, JLA (until issue seven) + Assorted One-Shots, Manhunter Special, Mister Miracle, Mother Panic, Mystik U, New Gods Special, New Super-Man, New Talent Showcase, Nightwing, Nightwing: The New Order, Shade the Changing Girl, Supergirl, Supergirl: Being Super, Superman (+Action Comics for Reborn + The Oz Effect), Superwoman, Super Sons, Teen Titans, The Flintstones, The Hellblazer (from start of Seeley’s run) The Wild Storm, Titans, Trinity, Wonder Woman
Image: Afar, Angelic (first issue) Black Cloud, Black Magick, Black Monday Murders, Casanova: Acedia, Crosswind, Curse Words (first arc), East of West, Generation Gone, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game, God Country, Gravediggers Union (first issue), Green Valley, Kill or be Killed, Loose Ends, Moonstone (first issue), Motor Crush, Paper Girls (until issue fifteen), Reborn, Redlands, Rock Candy Mountain, Royal City (first arc), Savage Town, Seven to Infinity (until issue eight) Solid State, Southern Bastards, The Dying and the Dead, The Few (first two issues), The Gravediggers Union (first issue), The Old Guard, The Wicked + The Divine, Violent Love, Winnebago Graveyard
Marvel: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New Wolverine, America, Astonishing X-Men, Avengers (+.1 issues), Black Bolt, Black Panther + World of Wakanda + The Crew, Black Widow, Bullseye, Cable (first three issues of Robinson’s), Captain America, Captain America: Sam Wilson, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Champions (first six issues), Defenders, Doctor Strange, Falcon (first two issues) Gamora, Generations (one-shots), Generation X, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iceman, Infamous Iron Man, Inhumans: Once and Future Kings, Inhumans: Prime, Inhumans vs. X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Iron Fist (first two issues), Jean Grey, Jessica Jones, Karnak, Kingpin, Legacy (one-shot), Luke Cage, Man-Thing (first two issues), Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury, Old Man Logan, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Phoenix: Resurrection, Power Man and Iron-Fist, Punisher (Rosenberg’s run), Royals, Runaways, Scarlet Witch, Secret Empire, Secret Warriors, Spider-Woman, Star Wars, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Star Wars: Darth Maul, Star Wars: Darth Vader, The Mighty Captain Marvel, U.S. Avengers, Ultimates^2, Uncanny Avengers (Zub’s issues post-Secret Empire) Unworthy Thor, Unstoppable Wasp, Weapon X (first two issues), X-Men: Blue, X-Men: Gold, X-Men: Grand Design, X-Men: Prime
Oni: Kill Them All
Titan: The Death of Stalin
Valiant: Secret Weapons
NOTE: I now have a letterboxd account (https://letterboxd.com/Matt_Sibley/) , thought about signing up earlier, but wanted to start one come the new year.
Hell or High Water, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon, The Nice Guys, Whiplash, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, The Woman in the Window, Drinking Buddies, Green Room, In the Mood for Love, The Big Sleep, Happy Christmas, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street, Margaret, Permanent Vacation, Metropolis, Run Lola Run, Once, Attack the Block, Stranger than Paradise, Adventureland, Clouds of Sils Maria, M (1931), The Sixth Sense, Red Road, Everybody Wants Some, Source Code, Wiener Dog, High-Rise, Carol, Down by Law, Mystery Train, Only God Forgives, Being Again, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Night on Earth, Black Swan, Moonrise Kingdom, Dead Man, Only Lovers Left Alive, Submarine, Beginners, O.J.: Made in America, Fury (1936), Shane, Man Hunt, Rashomon, All About Eve, Life, Animated, Day of Wrath, What We Do in the Shadows, Blue Jasmine, Godzilla, The Bling Ring, A Bigger Splash, Macbeth (2015), Knight of Cups, Lost in Translation, The Graduate, Sleepless in Seattle, Carol (again), The Wrestler, Requiem For a Dream, Paterson, The Big Heat, Happiness, Her Girl Friday, Zombieland, Kill List, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, Tickled, The Battle of Midway, Hail, Caesar!, John Wick, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Mistress America, Blade Runner (Final Cut), Wonder Woman (2009), Carlos the Jackal, Drive, 13th (+ A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay), Justice League: The New Frontier, Dear White People, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Still Alice, The Raid: Redemption, Lost in Translation (again), Searching for Sugar Man, Ex Machina, Prometheus, Broken Flowers, The Raid 2: Berendal, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Amanda Knox, The Virgin Suicides, Wild, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, A Single Man, Carol again, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Three Colours: Blue, White, Red, Hell or High Water (again), Looper, Mustang, While We’re Young, Margot at the Wedding, De Palma, Marie Antoinette, Westworld, Somewhere, Heat, The Bling Ring, Side Effects, Gimme the Loot, Under the Skin, You Can Count on Me, Something Wild, Bonnie and Clyde, Anomalisa, Manhattan, The Edge of Seventeen, The Big Short, Frances Ha, Animal Kingdom, The Duke of Burgundy, O Brother, Where Art Thou, In Your Eyes, Days of Heaven, The Breakfast Club, Network, Girlhood, Fish Tank, The Great Dictator, Blue Jay, The Place Beyond the Pines, Haywire, Contagion, Interstellar, The Informant!, Behind the Candelabra, Ocean’s Eleven, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ocean’s Twelve, The Mermaid, Ocean’s Thirteen, In the Valley of Elah, Spy, Inherent Vice, Hard Eight, 50/50, The Hateful Eight, Arrival, Michael Clayton, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Brooklyn, Magic Mike, Jack Reacher, Paterson (again), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (again), Young Frankenstein, Seven Psychopaths, On the Waterfront, Edge of Tomorrow, Swiss Army Man (first forty minutes), Blue Velvet, Blue Velvet (again), Son of Saul, Mean Streets, Sully, The Dark Knight Rises, Rachel Getting Married, Magic Mike XXL, A Most Violent Year, The Big Lebowski, Nebraska, Selma, Prisoners, Cinema Paradiso, The Squid and the Whale, Captain Phillips, I, Daniel Blake, The One I Love, Listen Up Philip, Greenberg, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Ricki and the Flash, Little Miss Sunshine, Kicking and Screaming, Married to the Mob, Kill Bill: Volume 1, The Manchurian Candidate, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Pulp Fiction, The Great Beauty, Django Unchained, Alps, Modern Times, Coffee and Cigarettes, Thor: The Dark World, Hunger, Shame, Iron Man 3, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Following, Near Dark, Insomnia, Seven, Iron Man, Avengers, The Girlfriend Experience, Chinatown, A Separation, Incendies, Polytechnique, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven, Carol again, Enemy, Zodiac, Blade Runner (Final Cut [again]), Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Dumbo, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, Hell or High Water again, A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life, The Limey, Solaris (2002), Live Flesh, Thor, Thief, Panic Room, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Incredible Hulk, Julieta, The Good German, Badlands, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2, In the Loop, Captain America: The First Avenger, sex, lies, and videotape, Erin Brockovich, Results, Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Stop Making Sense, Punch-Drunk Love, Reservoir Dogs, Zero Dark Thirty, Avengers: Age of Ultron (again), Take Shelter, Inside Out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron again (for note-taking purposes), Rushmore, When Harry Met Sally, Traffic, Black Hawk Down, Paprika, There Will Be Blood, Dune, She’s Gotta Have It, The Deep Blue Sea, Waltz with Bashir, Munich, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Wild Tales, The Aviator, Frances Ha (again), Mistress America (again), The Squid and The Whale (again), Listen Up Philip (again), World of Tomorrow, Melvin and Howard, Magnolia, The Last of the Mohicans, In Bruges, Monsters, Love and Friendship, Mary and Max, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Serenity, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Man from UNCLE, Carol again (in 35mm), Spring Breakers, Room 237, American Graffiti, Miami Vice, Bridesmaids, Jurassic World, Casino Royale (from poker game on), John Wick (again)
(Weirdest Viewing Experience of the Year: Majority of the class laughing at the final moments of The Graduate. Honourable Mention: Realising that my family were enjoying the hollow nihilism of Jurassic World)
(Best Viewing Experience of the Year: seeing Carol in 35mm, my first time with the format as far as I’m aware. Honourable Mention: seeing it for the first time and realising exactly how much I adored it)
NOTE: Includes movies whose American release dates were pre-2017, but were released here this year.
La La Land, La La Land (again), Jackie, Imperial Dreams, Manchester by the Sea, 20th Century Women, Silence, The Lego Batman Movie, I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore, Moonlight, Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Personal Shopper, Elle, Diedra and Laney Rob a Train, Burning Sands, Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, Get Out, Toni Erdmann, The Most Hated Woman in America, Free Fire, Five Came Back, The Discovery, The Fits, Girlfriend’s Day, iBoy, Win it All, Tower, Certain Women, Tramps, Sand Castle, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Rodney King, Casting JonBenet, Get Me Roger Stone, Alien: Covenant, Colossal, War Machine, Wonder Woman, The Big Sick, A Ghost Story, Jackie (again), Shimmer Lake, Catfight, Oh, Hello: On Broadway, Logan (again), I Am Jane Doe, I Am Not Your Negro, The Salesman, John Wick: Chapter 2, Baby Driver, Long Strange Trip, Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press, La La Land again, The Book of Henry, Batman & Bill, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Okja, 20th Century Women (again), Lovesong, Lion, The Love Witch, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Before I Fall, Song to Song, Aquarius, War for the Planet of the Apes, Chasing Coral, The Beguiled, To the Bone, Dunkirk, The Incredible Jessica James, Free Fire (again), Hidden Figures, Icarus, Detroit, Atomic Blonde, I Called Him Morgan, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Wind River, Atomic Blonde (again), Oh Hello, On Broadway (again), Split, Logan Lucky (sans opening twenty-five), The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Lady Macbeth, What Happened to Monday, Logan Lucky (again; in full this time), Nocturama, Personal Shopper (again), First They Killed My Father, mother!, Alien: Covenant (again), David Lynch: The Art Life, The Handmaiden, Una, Valentine, Gaga: Five Foot Two, The Bad Batch (first thirty minutes), Logan Lucky again, Gerald’s Game (first twenty minutes), Our Souls at Night, Blade Runner 2049, Columbus, Ingrid Goes West, Wonderstruck, Manifesto, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Song to Song (again), Beats Per Minute, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (again), The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected [again]), The Death of Stalin, Thor: Ragnarok, Their Finest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Tokyo Project, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) again, Come Swim, Call Me By Your Name, My Life as a Courgette, It Comes at Night, Good Time, Mudbound, Justice League, City of Ghosts, Murder on the Orient Express, The Big Sick (again), The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) again (uni-work related), Paddington 2, The Lost City of Z, The Florida Project, Strong Island, A Quiet Passion, Mindhorn, Stronger, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wormwood, Atomic Blonde again, Land of Mine (first 40 minutes), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (again), Bright (first thirty minutes), Alien: Covenant again, The Red Turtle, Mr. Roosevelt, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) again, World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts.
(Unfortunately didn’t get to these releases –– Neruda, My Cousin Rachel, Girls Trip, God’s Own Country, I Am Not a Witch, Marjorie Prime, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Kedi, Beach Rats, Happy End, The Disaster Artist, Menashe, Mountains May Depart –– as a result of lack of time mostly, but some also didn’t play nearby enough for me to catch a screening)
NOTE: Unlike comics, these are in chronological order as I made sure not to try and catch up with more than one show simultaneously.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency S1, Please Like Me, The Leftovers S1-2, The Trip S1-2, O.J.: Made in America, Halt and Catch Fire S1-3, The Girlfriend Experience S1, Mr. Robot S1-2×03, Mad Men 3×13, 4×07, 7×07, Top of the Lake, One Mississippi S1, The Thick of It, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Difficult People S1+2, Freaks and Geeks 1×01-1×02, Battlestar Galactica 1×01, 3×03-3×04
Sherlock, Taboo, One Day at a Time, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars Rebels, The Good Place, Agents of Shield, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Saturday Night Live (42×11-42×21), Supergirl, Sneaky Pete, Riverdale (1×01-2×01), San Clarita Diet, Legion, Crashing, Big Little Lies, Catastrophe, Feud, The Americans, Love, Iron Fist (pilot + 25% of 1×02), Review, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (pilot), The Flash (3×16), Five Came Back, 13 Reasons Why, Rick and Morty (3×01), Samurai Gourmet, iZombie, Brockmire (1×01-1×03), Archer(8×01-8×03), Better Call Saul, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Leftovers, Fargo, Bill Nye Saves the World (first season), The Trip, Underground 2×06, The Handmaid’s Tale, Dear White People, I Love Dick, Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Twin Peaks, F is for Family (2×01-2×02), Long Strange Trip, GLOW, American Gods, Gypsy (pilot), Castlevania, Tour de Pharmacy, Friends from College (pilot), Insecure, Ozark (1×01-1×02), The Last Tycoon (pilot), Top of the Lake: China Girl, Room 104, Rick & Morty, Atypical, Comrade Detective, The Defenders, Halt and Catch Fire, The Tick, You’re the Worst, Bojack Horseman, The Deuce, One Mississippi, Better Things, American Vandal, Great News, The Last Tycoon, Transparent, Star Trek Discovery, Inhumans (1×01-02; later 03-1×08 for podcast), The Gifted, Mindhunter, Big Mouth, Stranger Things (2×01-03), Alias Grace, The Girlfriend Experience, Lady Dynamite, The Punisher (1×01), Runaways, Godless (1×01), She’s Gotta Have It, Patriot (25% of 1×01), Difficult People, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Easy (2×01-2×03), Wormwood, Black Mirror (USS Callister)
(As with cinema, there are always blindspots, primarily due to the sheer volume being released. Notable ones –– that I kept intending to get to at some point before 2018 –– The Young Pope, American Crime, The Carmichael Show, Queen Sugar)
NOTE: Still the area of the arts I’m most likely to neglect. Trying to stop doing this, likely never will; even if I try.
A Once Crowded Sky, Call Me By Your Name, Carol/The Price of Salt, One Kick, The Revolution was Televised
Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End, From a Certain Point of View, We Were Eight Years in Power
Just a peak behind the curtain at the TV-specific shortlists I kept over the course of the year. Each entry was included, not because I assumed they’d be within the end of year conversation, but because I wanted to mark them as and when they aired instead of running greater risk at glossing over something had I waited until, say November, to start thinking about these things.
Shows in Contention for Top 10: One Day at a Time, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Good Place, Agents of Shield, Legion, The Americans, Love, Big Little Lies, Review, Girls, Five Came Back, Better Call Saul, The Leftovers, Fargo, The Trip, The Handmaid’s Tale, I Love Dick, Master of None, Twin Peaks, GLOW, Insecure, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Comrade Detective, Halt and Catch Fire, The Tick, You’re the Worst, The Deuce, Better Things, America Vandal, Alias Grace, The Girlfriend Experience, Runaways, Difficult People, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Wormwood.
(As of November: Twin Peaks, The Leftovers, The Girlfriend Experience, Halt and Catch Fire, Better Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Legion, Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale)
Episodes in Contention for Top 10: The Good Place 1×13, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2×13, One Day at a Time (honestly any episode onwards from the fourth), Kristen Stewart’s SNL, Legion 1×01, Riverdale 1×03, Agents of Shield 4×15, Girls 6×03, Legion 1×04, Love 2×05, Big Little Lies 1×05, Legion 1×07, Review 3×02, Review 3×03, Big Little Lies 1×07, Feud 1×05, Girls 6×09, Underground 2×06 Leftovers 3×02, Feud 1×08, The Handmaid’s Tale 1×01, 1×03, Dear White People 1×05, Better Call Saul 3×05, iZombie 3×06 I Love Dick 1×05. 1×07, Master of None 2×04, 2×06, 2×08, Leftovers 3×06, Twin Peaks The Return Part 3, Fargo 3×06, Leftovers 3×07, Leftovers 3×08, Fargo 3×08, GLOW 1×08, Twin Peaks The Return Part 8, American Gods 1×04, iZombie 3×13, Twin Peaks The Return Part 14, Rick and Morty 3×04, Room 104 1×04, Halt and Catch Fire 4×01-4×02, Twin Peaks The Return Part 15, Insecure 2×05, The Tick 1×05, Room 104 1×05, Halt and Catch Fire 4×03, Twin Peaks The Return Parts 16-18, You’re the Worst 4×01-4×02, The Good Place 2×03, Halt and Catch Fire 4×07-10, You’re the Worst 4×06, Better Things 2×06, Big Mouth 1×08, Star Trek Discovery 1×07, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 3×06-07 Better Things 2×09-2×10, She’s Gotta Have It 1×06, Difficult People 3×02,3×08,3×10, Runaways 1×04, The Girlfriend Experience 2×09, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5×09, Search Party 2×07, Wormwood Part 4, The Girlfriend Experience 2×11, The Girlfriend Experience 2×14