The Best Media of 2017

As I did last year, I tracked the media I consumed over the course of the year, although at the end I stopped tracking television shows individually, choosing instead to rate each season as a whole. (It got really  old having to enter in every single episode. A big enough pain that I just ditched that approach altogether.)

So here I have the best (and worst) movies, TV, and books that I experienced in 2017. I’m not going to include things I’d seen or read before. Only things that were new to me this year. They’re listed in the order I consumed them for each medium. Ready? Onward!

Movies I Gave a 10/10 to:

  • Spotlight
  • Moana
  • The Last Jedi

Movies I Gave a 9/10 to:

  • Memphis (the recording of the Broadway performance)
  • The Two and Only (recording of a Broadway performance)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Paddington
  • Beauty and the Beast (live action)
  • Little Evil

The Worst Movies I Watched (and their ratings)

  • Blue Velvet (3/10)
  • Pete’s Dragon (new version) (3/10)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (2/10)
  • Jason Bourne (3/10)
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (3/10)
  • Sicario (4/10)
  • Batman v. Superman (4/10)
  • Starcrash (The MST3K version) 3/10

I have no idea why I finished Ice Age, other than my kids wanted to watch it. A terrible film in almost every sense of the word.

Television I Gave a 10/10 to:

  • Nothing

Television I Gave a 9/10 to:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Big Little Lies
  • Game of Thrones 7
  • Stranger Things 2

The Worst Television I Watched (and its rating)

  • Nothing. I’m only rating a show if I watched the whole season, and if I didn’t like the first few episodes or so, there’s no way I stuck with it.

Books I Gave a 10/10 to:

  • Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, by George RR Martin

Books I Gave a 9/10 to:

  • Extreme Makeover, by Dan Wells
  • Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
  • Bluescreen, by Dan Wells
  • Ones and Zeroes, by Dan Wells
  • Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone
  • Two Serpents Rise, by Max Gladstone
  • Full Fathom Five, by Max Gladstone
  • The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic, by Andrew Rowe
  • Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson

Out of professional courtesy, I don’t reveal the books I really disliked. But I’ll say that I read one book that I gave a 2/10 to, and two I gave a 3/10 to, and one I gave a 4/10 to. Additionally, one book I just stopped reading altogether because I thought it was a waste of my time.

So there you have it. I’d be interested in hearing what the best things you consumed the past year were. Share away!


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