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Watching stuff, 2014

1. Mystery Science Theater 3000, Manos: The Hands of Fate
2. Sherlock, "The Empty Hearse"
3. Sherlock, "A Study in Pink"*
4. Sherlock, "The Sign of Three"
5. I Give It A Year
6. Sherlock, "The Great Game"*
7. Sherlock, "A Scandal in Belgravia"*
8. Timecrimes
9. Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies
10. Sherlock, "His Last Vow"
11. Arj Barker: LYAO
12. Russian Ark
13. Frances Ha
14. Sherlock, "The Hounds of Baskerville"*
15. Captain America: The First Avenger*
16. Sherlock, "The Reichenbach Fall"*
17. Sherlock, "The Empty Hearse"*
18. Kickassia
19. Suburban Knights
20. To Boldly Flee
21. The Wolf Man (1941)
22. The Bride of Frankenstein*
23. Dead Ringers
24. Warrior (2011)
25. Mystery Science Theater 3000, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
26. Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
27. Shut Up, Little Man!
28. Lost Girl S4
29. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
30. The Dunwich Horror (1970)
31. Hot Coffee
32. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
33. Lovelace
34. John Waters: This Filthy World
35. Craig Ferguson: I'm Here to Help
36. Kingdom of Shadows
37. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
38. Tabloid
39. No Holds Barred
40. Vision
41. Mr. Angel
42. Oculus
43. A Fantastic Fear of Everything
44. Don Jon
45. Under the Skin
46. Morgan Murphy: Irish Goodbye
47. ParaNorman
48. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (S1)
49. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes*
50. How to Marry a Millionaire
51. Anatomy of a Murder
52. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild Wild World of Batwoman
53. The Grand Budapest Hotel
54. Only Lovers Left Alive
55. Orange is the New Black (S2)
56. Bomb Girls (S1-2)
57. Bletchley Circle (S1)
58. Call the Midwife (S1-2)
59. Only Lovers Left Alive*
60. Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
61. All About Eve
62. Valley of the Dolls
63. The Seven-Year Itch
64. Monkey Business
65. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War
66. Marvel's The Avengers*
67. Snowpiercer
68. Dave Foley: Relatively Well
69. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain
70. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World
71. Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either
72. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet
73. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End
74. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly
75. Supernatural (S1-2)
76. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
77. Supernatural (S3-4)
78. Guardians of the Galaxy
79. Twin Peaks S1*
80. Supernatural (S5-9)
81. Marilyn in Manhattan
82. Guardians of the Galaxy*
83. There's No Business Like Show Business
84. Bettie Page Reveals All!
85. A Long Way Down
86. The Returned (2012)
87. Are You Here
88. Doctor Who: The Mind Robber
89. Doctor Who: The Three Doctors
90. Love Actually*
91. Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
92. All Good Things
93. After Porn Ends
94. The Maze Runner
95. Hellraiser
96. Trevor Noah: African American
97. 13 Nights of Elvira: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
98. 13 Nights of Elvira: Puppetmaster
99. Lexx (S1)
100. 13 Nights of Elvira: Demonic Toys
101. 13 Nights of Elvira: The Gingerdead Man
102. 13 Nights of Elvira: Hobgoblins
103. Evil Dead 2*
104. Shaun of the Dead*
105. 13 Nights of Elvira: Trancers
106. 13 Nights of Elvira: Oblivion (1994)
107. Twin Peaks (S2)
108. Gilmore Girls (S1-4)
109. Vamp
110. Magicians
111. Nightcrawler
112. Gilmore Girls (S5)
113. The Shining (1980)*
114. Donald Glover: Weirdo
115. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
116. These Amazing Shadows: The Films That Make America
117. I Know That Voice
118. Gilmore Girls (S6)
119. The Babadook
120. Gone Girl

Blurry book haul!

book haul4?
I keep telling myself I'm going to grab fewer titles so I can keep up with my reading and feedback (when did I become such a slow reader?) and I keep ending up with about the same number of books every time the reps visit.

Probably the two most exciting things in this pile, for me, are the John Waters book, Carsick; and Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle(!!) Beeteedubs, it has a blurb from Joseph Fink! I have two... three books I should probably finish before I start it, though.

Good job, Marvel

Most of the comics I read now are DC. Which is to say... 2 out of 4. Adventure Time is published by Boom, and My Little Ponies by IDW.

But damn, I am a fan of the Marvel movie universe. Just rewatched Captain America, which is expiring off Netflix tonight (hopefully not for good, or for long) and it reminded me how excited I am for The Winter Soldier. I honestly couldn't tell you what other movies are coming out this year*, except for Guardians of the Galaxy on account of when I looked up the Marvel films on Wikipedia, I noticed that. So those are the two movies I am excited for this year.

Not all the Marvel movies have been awesome, some are just fun, but the idea of the movies is awesome. One of the fun things about the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises is the huge interlocking universe and mythology they create (it's why I still get goofy about the Star Trek reboot films, even when they are goofy); I think it's easier to feel part of the larger world of the stories when that world is so expansive. I don't know, I'm just speculating from my gut. I haven't read any serialized books in years**, because once you start, you can't stop and you never have time for anything else. But damn, I love these big movies that all fit together in the end. I'll even continue to give Agents of SHIELD a shot, even though, in the wake of watching Captain America***, I think I've pegged one of the problems of that series: it feels so small. The movies span continents and galaxies, and even when they're supposed to be going around the globe, the series feels very tiny and out of place compared to the scale of the films. That probably sounds unfair, since it is TV, but there's a lot of stuff on TV that manages a more cinematic feel, for whatever reasons (Hannibal and Sherlock, for instance). There are tricks. It's not all down to budget. There's an element of style to it.

So yeah, I am super duper excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and (particularly in the wake of the first promotional material) Guardians of the Galaxy this year. Please don't suck, okay, movies?

*This is a lie, because I do know that Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive comes out theatrically this year, and I do really want to see that. Because Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.
**The last series I read was Song of Ice and Fire, and it was technically a couple years ago, minus the fact that I didn't finish Dance with Dragons, because you can actually burn out on something that massive. I'll get back to it. Also, I'm not counting actual comic books obviously. Separate issue.
***I saw Thor: The Dark World not too long ago when it first came out, and Iron Man 3 at the end of its theatrical run, but I was less struck by the scope of those because I was watching them in an actual theatre. Captain America is the first Marvel movie I've actually watched at home (even though I own a copy of Iron Man, and I may be lying, but if so, I haven't watched it in ages) and it is greatly to its credit that it maintains its dramatic sweep on a little screen.

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I haven't done any actual posts for the new year, apart from setting up my new movie and book lists, so I figured I should finally get around to doing a stats report for 2013. I can't really think of anything else significant about last year; I'm in the same job, making slightly less money because my insurance cost went up and my hours went down; I have all the same friends, although I probably spent more time with them in 2013 (more on that shortly); I weigh a bit more, unfortunately. Really, I just did more knitting than 2012. I do hope to keep that up.

So let's start by comparing my reading habits with the previous year: In 2012, I read 49 books. In 2013, I read 45.

I'd actually thought it had gone down more than that, before I looked at the numbers. I expect the Nook helped. For my birthday, I inherited my mother's old Nook Color - she got an iPad - and she said I could read any of the books on it as long as I didn't purchase any new ones, because they'd still get charged to her, until I reregister the device. The very first book I read on the Nook was actually an HTML page from Project Gutenberg, Carmilla, the classic vampire novel. It was a bit silly. I followed it up with the "original" Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto in the same format, but finally gave up before finishing Frankenstein. I'll try again this year, but it was annoying to scroll that much.

I read five other books on the Nook before the year ended, three of which I wouldn't have otherwise read: Dark Magic, I Shall Wear Midnight, and the first three books of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series. I Shall Wear Midnight is the last book in Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, and I was pleased to finally get to it. I'm glad James Swain's Dark Magic was on the Nook, because I'd have kicked myself if I'd spent money on it: it was awful. The protagonist was a Gary Stu and many of the supporting cast were women - yet it failed the Bechdel test. All they ever talked about was the dude. The sequel is on there too. I shall not be reading it.

I probably should have read Steve Hamilton before, as he's a Michigan writer that my old boss loved, and I've even met him; but mysteries haven't really been my thing in a long time (I read three other books this year that we shelve in mystery: The Shining Girls, which has a time traveling serial killer, Red Dragon, following up on my new TV fandom, Hannibal, and Shirley Jackson's Hangsaman, in which the really mystery is "What the hell did I just read?"). But my mother bought much of the series (I'm currently reading book five) and I often recommend them to people off the strength of others' praise, so I thought I'd get around to it. They're really quite well constructed and characterized, and only thing that makes me scratch my head is how the characters managed to have such exciting, life-and-death adventures in the rural UP. Even the books say that people live there because nothing happens.

More info: Here's a list I made last year when I was going over my reading stats, so let's apply this year's numbers:

Advances: only 8
Advances that actually hadn't come out yet (at least when I started): I can't recall, but not many
Graphic novels: 6, although it occurs to me that I failed to count books 2 and 3 of Locke & Key, which I read at work without buying them. Oo, better numbers! So, 8.
Short story collections: only 1!
Nonfiction: 13
Memoirs: 6
YA: 4

I decided to drop the genre categories, since, as I said last year, I don't necessarily agree with them. Anyway, less YA and short stories in 2013, more graphic novels and nonfiction. My most enjoyable reads of the year were actually nonfiction: Mary Roach's Gulp, David Sedaris's Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half collection (I do notice that although I read fewer fiction collections, I did read more essay collections or similarly formatted memoirs). And surprisingly, a book I am a big advocate for, Greg Sestero's The Disaster Artist, the actor and model's account of meeting, befriending and working with Tommy Wiseau, creator of infamous bad movie, The Room. The book was enlightening, touching, and extremely funny, although I have yet to see the movie and sadly found far fewer people have heard of it here than I'd hoped.

That seems like a good segue into movies, etc., but this is getting TL;DR so let's cut the rest.
Movies and things of the like in 2013.Collapse )

I am already thinking of resolutions

Things have moved away from LJ. I can't entirely break free, but I am going to stop paying for my account, finally. It's stupid to pay for something I never use, and the "I'll be motivated to write more" excuse is clearly bust. To begin with, I whittled my icons down to 9; it's not the 6 I'll be left with when I stop paying for the account, but it's a start.

I really should write more - on Dreamwidth. Or Tumblr. But no one reads LJ anymore, not even my mother.

I am also resolving to cook more in 2014, and save more money.

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50 SHADES OF I'M FUCKING BORED (is this the title or just what the OP called it? Don't know. Also, I have knocked off the last Tumblr-specific question, so there's only 49 questions.)
1. What is your best friends name?
Mom. Er, um, she does have another name but that the one that's important to me.
2. What color underwear/boxers wearing now?
Navy blue
3. What are you listening to right now?
Obscurus Lupa's review of Bernard and the Genie
4. Whats your favorite number?
9
5. What was the last thing you ate?
raspberries
6. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
purple, but probably a muted, grayish purple. Not as bright as I'd like.
7. How is the weather right now?
Cold, and it may be snowing.
8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
Mom.
9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
What they're wearing, cuz I don't look at faces until I make myself.
10. Do you have a significant other?
nope
11. Favorite TV show?
The Venture Bros.
12. Siblings?
yes.
13. Height?
5'4"
14. Hair color?
brown
15. Eye Color?
grey
16. Do you wear contacts?
infrequently
17. Favorite Holiday?
Halloween
18. Month?
September
19. Have you ever cried for no reason?
all the fucking time
20. What was the last movie you watched?
Thor: The Dark World, I think
21. Favorite Day of the Year?
don't have one
22. Are you too shy to ask someone out?
hells yeah
23. Can you do a headstand (not using the wall)?
nope
24. Hugs or Kisses?
Hersheys? both
25. Chocolate or Vanilla?
both
26. Do you want your friends to respond to this?
they're not even going to read it
27. Who is most likely to respond to a text from you?
I don't text people I don't expect to hear from
37. Dogs or cats?
Cats by a narrow margin
38. Favorite flower?
Shasta daisies
39. Been caught doing something you weren't supposed to do?
surely
40. Do you have a best friend of the opposite sex?
I have some friends, yes
41. Have you ever loved someone?
These are always aimed at people way younger than me, aren't they?
42. Who would you like to see right now?
Anyone, on my laptop screen, because it would be working again
43. Are you still friends with people from kindergarten?
nope
44. Have you ever fired a gun?
nope
45. Do you like to travel by plane?
yes, but I can't afford to
46. Right-handed or Left-handed?
right
47. How many pillows do you sleep with?
three
48. Are you missing someone?
always
49. Do you have a tattoo?
this seems so shallow after the last question. Yes, a couple, but not enough.

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