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2018 Roundup


Here's my incredibly long yearly wrap-up post. I always like to do these just as a good way end the year on a reflective note. And since my life is so very entertainment oriented, I may as well shoot for those. I set quite a few goals for myself, most of them some form of media. So I wanted to read 12 books and watch 150 movies I'd never seen before. Did I actually manage? Apparently I did. I don't know how but I did.

Here are just a few of the books, video games, and movies I read/played/watched this year.


Video Games

Completed Games

For those curious, I consider a sports game (completed) when I've completed a season of the full career mode. I did at least 2 in the games I played this year, so I counted them. Otherwise, how else can you really judge a sports game?
  • Telltale Batman S2
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Far Cry 5
  • Dying Light
  • Super Mario Land 3D
  • ABZU
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Spider-man
  • UFC 3
  • Madden '19
  • MLB The Show
  • Jurassic World Evolution
Favorite Video Games
  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Spider-man
  3. God of War
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. Batman: The Enemy Within

Books
  • City of Thieves
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe
  • Stephen King ...On Writing
  • The Art of War
  • Like Brothers
  • John Dies At The End
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
  • Own the Day, Own Your Life
  • Uncommon Type
  • The Outsider

Movies

This could easily change in a years time, as is the nature with favorite film's list but dammit, I'm gonna try anyway.

Favorite Films
  1. Halloween
  2. Hereditary
  3. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  4. Avengers: Infinity War
  5. Eighth Grade
  6. A Quiet Place
  7. Isle of Dogs
  8. Ant Man and the Wasp
  9. I, Tonya
  10. The Incredibles 2
Honorable Mentions: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, Ready Player One, Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse

Here are the films, released in 2018 that I watched this year.

New 2018 Films:
  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. Game Over, Man
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. Ready Player One
  5. Avengers: Infinity War
  6. Black Panther
  7. Baywatch
  8. The Clapper
  9. Game Night
  10. Deadpool 2
  11. Infinity Baby
  12. Kodachrome
  13. I, Tonya
  14. Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  15. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  16. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer
  17. Super Troopers 2
  18. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  19. Rampage
  20. Pacific Rim: Uprising
  21. Tomb Raider
  22. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  23. Red Sparrow
  24. Eighth Grade
  25. Permanent
  26. The Package
  27. Hereditary 
  28. The Strangers: Prey at Night
  29. American Animals
  30. Mayhem
  31. Terrifier 
  32. Uncle Drew
  33. Revenge
  34. Nappily Ever After
  35. Truth or Dare
  36. Apostle
  37. Malevolent
  38. Halloween ‘18
  39. Splice
  40. Summer of ‘84
  41. Incredibles 2
  42. Isle of Dogs
  43. Mandy
  44. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  45. Blockers
  46. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
  47. Hellraiser Judgment
  48. Venom
  49. Sorry To Bother You
  50. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
And then these are the films from any other year that I just happened to finally watch this year. I've made sure to bold the films that really stood out to me. (It's funny how those numbers worked out, eh?)
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
  2. Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers 
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Captain Underpants: Epic First Movie
  5. The Disaster Artist
  6. Blade Runner 2049
  7. Thor: Ragnorak
  8. Ladybugs
  9. Elysium
  10. Chappie
  11. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
  12. Lady Bird
  13. Coco
  14. Creep 2
  15. Deep Red
  16. Phenomena
  17. Just Buried
  18. Mystery Team
  19. It’s a Disaster
  20. Small Apartments
  21. Cherry
  22. Killing Gunther
  23. Fits and Starts
  24. A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
  25. Wish Upon
  26. Gamers
  27. 47 Meters Down
  28. Tragedy Girls
  29. The House
  30. Happy Death Day
  31. Hail, Caesar!
  32. Atomic Blonde
  33. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  34. Frances Ha!
  35. Sicario
  36. Geostorm
  37. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
  38. The Legend of Tarzan
  39. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  40. Free Fire
  41. Hell or High Water
  42. Three Billboards outside Ebing, Missouri
  43. Joy
  44. Dunkirk
  45. Battle of the Sexes
  46. Passengers
  47. Colossal
  48. Mother!
  49. The Darkest Hour
  50. The Love Witch
  51. The Mummy
  52. Ghost in the Shell
  53. American Made
  54. Friend Request
  55. Perks of Being a Wallflower
  56. Wanderlust
  57. Hostiles
  58. Stepfather
  59. Stepfather 2
  60. Stepfather 3
  61. The Way, Way Back
  62. Saturday the 14th
  63. Fist Fight
  64. Starry Eyes
  65. American Assassin
  66. Mom and Dad
  67. The Shallows
  68. Thoroughbreds
  69. Bone Tomahawk
  70. Please Stand By
  71. Murder on the Orient Express
  72. The Proposition
  73. Tourist Trap
  74. Deathgasm
  75. Murder Party
  76. Beyond the Gates
  77. Raw
  78. Train to Busan
  79. Society
  80. Even Lambs Have Teeth
  81. Magic
  82. Cannibal Holocaust
  83. The Void
  84. The Ritual
  85. The Devil’s Candy
  86. The Evil Within
  87. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  88. Demons
  89. Humanoids from the Deep
  90. LEGO Ninjago
  91. The Peanuts Movie
  92. Phantasm: Ravager
  93. Prancer 
  94. Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
  95. Catwoman
  96. Christmas Evil
  97. Better Watch Out
  98. Phantasm Oblivion
  99. Annie Hall
  100. The Exorcist III
But that's all 2018 stuff. What about 2019?

150 new films and 12 new books were great goals for this year. However, I think those goals have come and gone. There were times where I just felt stressed trying to finish the goal. In the end it works out to nearly 13 movies a month. That's 1 film every 2 to 3 days. It wouldn’t be prudent to do it again. So I’m giving myself something more simple. All of these would be fresh first time experiences. (Examples that I have no intention of keeping to, just ones I came up with quickly to help formulate my goal)
  • 10 Classic Films
(North by Northwest, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Snatch, Mean Streets, Gone With The Wind, LA Confidential, The Godfather 2, Spirited Away)
  • 10 Video Games
(Bioshock, Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy ??, Earthbound, Uncharted, God of War, Borderlands 2, Ori and the Blind Forest)
  • 10 TV Shows
(The Sopranos, Deadwood, Ozarks, Fargo, American Horror Story, Bojack Horseman, The Expanse, House of Cards, Vikings, The Path,)

Those are just some fun things that I think will help me evolve as a person without being too confined. Notice, there’s no books this year. That’s mainly because I think I’ll do better without that number hanging over me. I found myself avoiding comic books because they wouldn’t count towards my goal and were therefore “wasting time.” Which is stupid. I love comic books.

So another big thing about this upcoming year, as well as this end of this past year, has been my Youtube channel. Now, don't get the wrong idea, it's not this massive phenomenon. In fact, I don't advertise it at all which isn't very good for those types of things. But I hate advertising and would rather have a nice creative outlet than something that I just whore out to squeeze out a couple more eyeballs. But the plan is to release a new video every Friday for the entire year. I have no idea what will come of it post-2019 but I've made that promise to myself at least.

So this should be a fun year, albeit a busy one. I plan on continuing to do what I do career-wise and just look for advancement where I see it. The entire goal of this upcoming year is to be a happier person.

I think I'm off to a good start in my weird kind of way.

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