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2017 Favorites

Hi! So 2017 is nearly over, and of course that means lots and lots of favorites lists. I’m going to do separate posts about my favorite book covers of 2017 and of course my favorite books of 2017. But I also want to talk about some of the best movies, tv-shows, albums and graphic novels I consumed this year. So that’s what we’re doing today.

TV

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Good Behavior (2016-), TNT 
Good Behavior is a dark and sexy noir about a con-woman and a hitman who’s paths cross when she overhears him with a client while stealing from his hotel-room. I love how atmospheric this show is, it’s almost a road-movie for tv with most of it’s locations being hotels, motels, diner and of course the road. It’s also, surprisingly, the most hilarious show on TV right now.

Stranger Things (2016-), Netflix
It took me a while to get into Stranger Things, but once I did – I was so hooked. It really is as good as everyone says it is. And I don’t even like the 80’s.

The 100 (2014-), The CW
This dystopian drama is full of exciting plot-twists and moral dilemmas, but what really drew me in and kept me invested is it’s characters. They’re complex and messy people who it’s hard not to root for, even when you’re really mad at them. They’ve all grown so much in 4 seasons, and I can’t wait to see where season 5 will take them.

Honorable Mentions:

Easy (2016-), Netflix
I loved the first season of this anthology series about modern love in Chicago. Something about it feel so authentic and intimate. I especially recommend watching the episode Vegan Cinderella for one of the sweetest f/f love stories I’ve seen on tv.

Tales by Light 
(2015-), National Geographic 
This documentary about photographers tells the story behind the photographs and takes the viewer to some of the earth’s most remote, dangerous and beautiful places. It’s as visually stunning as it is thrilling.

MOVIES

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Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2015), Hirokazu Kore-eda
This beautifully understated and visually pleasing film about three sisters who take in their 13 year old half-sister after the death of their father is the most fascinating coming of age story I’ve seen in a long time.

American Honey (2016), Andrea Arnold
There’s a raw and untamed quality about American Honey that had me spellbound. It’s nearly 3 hours long, but I could’ve happily watched Sasha Lane as Star for twice as long. She is a wonder. I’m really excited to see her in literally anything she’s in in 2018.

Song of the Sea (2014), Tomm Moore
By far the most aesthetically pleasing animated movie I’ve seen, Song of the Sea is also a magical and heartwarming story about family, love and selkies. I’ve watched and enjoyed a lot of children’s movies as an adult, but this is the first one to fill me with the same sense of magic and wonder I remember experiencing all the time as a child.

COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
The stunning watercolor illustrations make this graphic novel adaption of one of Neil Gaiman’s best short stories worth reading, even if you already know the story.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1. by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beaulieu and Nate Piekos
I think the best way to describe this wild and bloody ride is bubblegum gore. But it’s not all gruesome murder and pretty colors. I Hate Fairyland is also a genuinely fresh and clever take on the portal-fantasy genre.

Giant Days, vol 1. by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Whitney Cogar
This down to earth and relatable story about university life completely resparked my love for graphic novels.

MUSIC

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Sleep Well Beast, The National
Best songs: The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, Carin at the Liquor Store & Dark Side of the Gym

Run the Jewles 3, Run the Jewles
Best songs: Down & Thieves!(Screamed the Ghost)

Low Cut Connie, Dirty Pictures (Part 1)
Best songs: Revolution Rock n Roll, Montreal & Controversy

Cigarettes after Sex, Cigarettes after Sex
Best songs: Apocalypse & Sweet

SONGS

Can We Hang On by Cold War Kids
If We Were Vampires by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Pain by The War on Drugs
See You Again by Tyler, the Creator & Kali Uchis
On Hold by The xx
Drew Barrymore by SZA
Liability by Lorde

When I wrote this I realized I don’t watch enough movies, so I’d love some recommendations! And of course, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite things from 2017. 

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