Though I don't watch shows or movies (or plays) as much as I used to, every once in a while I get hooked on a show and I just can't stop watching. Here's a list of the films and shows that I'm enjoying right now:


2017 TV/Film Listing

  1. Your Lie in April (TV): I'm not sure how to talk about this anime coherently. It might be my favorite show of all time. It might be one of the most profound pieces of art that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. And it just might have changed my life forever. For good. Seize the day, my friends. Live every moment as if it were your last, and learn to love the beauty of this small span of years we have on this Earth, and how it points to the beauty of the One who defines the concept of beauty in the first place.
  2. La La Land (Movie): This was the best film of 2016, hands down. It is arguably a perfect movie, with the plotting and execution of that plot so masterfully crafted that each moment is a masterpiece of cinema. I could go on for hours about this film, but suffice it to say that you are missing out on virtual perfection if you don't give it a chance.
  3. The Man in the High Castle (TV): This show is utterly fascinating. An alternate history set in 1960's America if the Axis Powers had won World War II, The Man in the High Castle gives us a dark and enrapturing look at a past that never was.
  4. Orange (TV): This show is what Thirteen Reasons Why should have been. It is so good, so poignant, and speaks to depression and suicide in such powerful, truthful ways. Watch this anime.
  5. Your Name (Movie): This movie was absolutely gorgeous, in every way. The animation, the music, and every little attention to detail made this movie such eyecandy. But that's not even the best part of this movie; not only are the characters endearing and relatable, but the plot is SO solid and filled with great twists and turns that had me guessing right until the very end. GO SEE THIS MOVIE.
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Movie): This was an absolutely excellent film. The characters were fun and well-developed, and it was great to be able to hang out with these characters again. The plot was fast-paced, well-foreshadowed, and just plain fun. The music was really well done and added to the movie well, and the special effects were gorgeous. More than all of that, the humor was simply "laugh-so-hard-you-cry" all the way through, and that was what I came for. Super recommended.
  7. The Expanse (TV): One of the coolest sci-fi shows I've ever had the pleasure of watching, The Expanse is hard science-fiction at its best, portraying a fascinating future where Earth and the human colony of Mars are on the brink of war, with the Belters (the mining colonies in the Asteroid Belt) caught in the middle. The cultural differences and the political machinations of this show are wonderful to watch and enjoy.
  8. The Theory of Everything (Movie): I finally got around to watching this wonderful film, and it was beautiful, depressing, and moving in all the right ways. Atheistic optimism tends to be depressing for me, and this movie played it up so well, as well as the heart-wrenching love story between the two main characters (Stephen and Jane Hawking). The acting was phenomenal on every level, from every minor character to the two leads, whose dedication and enthusiasm for their parts was astounding and moving. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were a wonder to behold.
  9. Fuuka (TV): One of the many anime I've enjoyed this year, Fuuka is a cute, deep, and fun story about a group of high schoolers who start a band. There's romance, drama, comedy, and plenty of awesome music, which I'm still listening to even now. There's a little bit of inappropriate content, as anime tends to have, but it's still a great show that I enjoyed immensely.
  10. ReLIFE (TV): A fun, quirky, and intensely enjoyable anime with interesting characters and cute yet deep relationship drama. 
  11. Noragami (TV): This anime is a bit different than the others I've been watching, in that it's not a high school romance story (haha I'm a sucker for those), but instead a dark, deep story about a minor god in the Japanese pantheon who goes around Japan righting wrongs in classic Percy Jackson-esque style. It's a great show with a good mix of humor and drama, and I've really enjoyed it so far. The worldbuilding is interesting, and the music is epic.
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road (Movie):  This film blew me away in its intensity and utter chaotic glory. It's been a while since I've been on the edge of my seat, desperately clinging to the hope that any of the people in the movie would make it through alive. The action was phenomenal, and the lack of reliance on CGI really shines through, making this movie the glorious homage to good ol' classic real-life stunts and explosions that it is. Also, there's a guy with a freaking flaming guitar. What more could you want?
  13. Edge of Tomorrow (Movie): I was entranced by this film and its mastery of foreshadowing, technique, concepts, and dedication to making a darn good story. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt at their finest, with great characterization, breakneck pacing, and a fascinating setting.
  14. Wonder Woman (Movie): The film was phenomenal. Great acting, writing, music, and cinematography. The middle was literally perfect, and though the beginning was a little clumsy, and the ending had a few thematic issues, it was a great, great movie.
  15. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Movie): This film is fantastic. Interesting moral questions, great action, deep characters (ones we know and love and ones we grow to), and epic plotting. 
  16. X-Men: Apocalypse (Movie): This movie was wonderful. I've heard mixed reviews of the movie, but I was blown away by how intense and willing to raise stakes this movie was. The themes were all great, and tied it back very nicely to what makes X-Men X-Men. Definitely recommended, and heartbreaking and hopeful in all the right ways.
  17. Beauty and the Beast (Movie): This was a gorgeous movie, inside and out. The music, the visuals, the characters, and the setting were a wonder to behold. My main problems with the movie was the pacing, which was a little off--too fast in some parts, and too awkward in others. There were a few sub-plot sorts of things that were largely irrelevant and added nothing to the story. Overall, though, I enjoyed the film tremendously and the acting was phenomenal.
  18. Teen Titans (TV): Started rewatching the series with my brother Chase and though the show starts rough, it quickly became endearing and heartwrenching as the show progressed. It's a great, fun show with interesting characters and great, if simple, storytelling.
  19. Moon (Movie): This movie was definitely a mind-trip. I originally watched it because one of my favorite composers, Clint Mansell, did the score, and I fell in love with it, this movie was definitely worth watching on its own account. The movie is about a man on a station on the moon, whose own companion is himself and an AI named GERTY. It's trippy, intense, heartbreaking, and great. Though, there is definitely a content warning on this: lots of language. There is virtually nothing else wrong with the movie except for some strong language, and it's a shame they had to throw that in, it probably cut off general access to a fantastic movie from a lot of people.
  20. The Grey (Movie): I enjoyed this film immensely. It's a simple, beautiful film with a simple, beautiful ending. And that's all it ever needed to be. But also...there's an incredible amount of language in it. Not recommended if you don't have a tolerance for that sort of thing.
  21. Fruits Basket (TV): This was such an adorable little anime series. The story of a young girl and her constant optimism slowly healing the hearts of some troubled people, Fruits Basket has a special place in my heart, and though the show is undoubtedly very strange and not for everyone, I'll always remember the boundless love and hope of Tohru Honda and her quest to learn more about the Sohma family.
  22. Masamune-kun's Revenge (TV): A fun, quirky show with a really interesting premise. A young boy who had been scorned as a child by a beautiful girl, dedicating his life to getting revenge by making her fall in love with him and then dumping her in the most brutal way possible. Despite the sort of depressing premise, it's definitely a comedy in execution, and though there is a little bit of weird inappropriateness here and there (as anime tends to have), it is a fun, cute, and interesting show that I can't wait for the continuation of.
  23. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Movie): I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. Interesting themes all around, and a very fun take on time travel (which I tend to have a big problem with in most fiction) that had me thinking all the way through the film. The characters were good, despite a rather large cast, all things considered, and were all well-acted. I really loved the build-up and the plotting of the movie, as well, and it was definitely one of those "surprising and inevitable" situations that are so satisfying in fiction.
  24. The LEGO Batman Movie (Movie): I was pleasantly and wonderfully surprised by how solid of a movie this was. A great beginning, middle, and end, and though there were a few parts that were a little weird and probably could have been executed better, the film as a whole was very well done, and cinematically gorgeous, which is real fun considering that it's a LEGO movie.
  25. Oblivion (Movie): This was an intensely interesting film. I loved the way that the mystery of the movie was so layered, and when I was immediately disappointed early on in the movie when I thought the entire mystery had been revealed, it turned out there was sooo much more to discover. The philosophical questions that are asked are interesting, the characters are fun and interesting, especially our leads, and the plot is fast-paced and suspenseful. The setting is sleek and gorgeous, and I loved being in this world. Great movie.
  26. Ant-Man (Movie): Ant-Man was a fun, quirky movie that had me caring about the characters and interested in the plot. Not the best movie in the world, by a long-shot, but definitely worth seeing and enjoying.
  27. The Martian (Movie): I very much enjoyed this movie. Matt Damon is a great actor, as usual, and I loved his character in this movie. The visuals were stunning, the plot was intense, and the dialogue was smart. I was just a tad dissapointed in the ending (it didn't feel like there was really much tension right at the end of the film, and there wasn't any sort of twist), but I enjoyed the experience overall for sure.
  28. Sons of Winter (TV): A show I recently started watching with my dad portraying the life of a family of hunters/trappers in the Canadian wilderness. More specifically, it details the exodus and isolation of two brothers of the family, in an attempt to live out on their own in the wilderness. It's a fun show with lots of interesting wilderness survival tips and tricks, and it doesn't suffer from the seeming falseness of many reality shows of its type.
  29. Passengers (Movie): Passengers is a movie that I will have to think on for a while. I'm not entirely sure if I really liked it or not. It was a well-crafted movie, I think, with good characters, good humor, and a super interesting setting, but I still have questions on if the plot was any good. Problem is, I'm not entirely sure of the theme of the movie and whether or not the climactic moment of the movie really WORKED or not. It was a blast to watch, and I really did enjoy it, but not as much as I hoped to. Definitely worth a watch, though, lots of emotion, action, mystery, and suspense.
  30. Logan (Movie): I was extremely disappointed by this movie. My quick review would be this: the people at Marvel Studios played The Last of Us and decided that they should make a movie that is that except with Wolverine--in the process forgetting everything about what makes a superhero movie good. It was so brutal, so vulgar, that it was incredibly difficult to sit through. I would not recommend it to anyone in good conscience.
  31. Transformers (TV): I started rewatching the original Generation 1 Transformers cartoon, made in 1984. It's cheesy and silly in every way, but also very endearing and a good return to my childhood.
  32. 400 Days (Movie): This was a really bad movie. There was ultimately no point to anything that happened, and we were given no satisfactory answer to the mystery. All around utterly disappointing.