Shana's Best of 2014 List

It may not look like it, but I've actually been consuming a lot less pop culture than usual. To the list!

 
 

Best 2014 TV Shows (and where to stream them)

  1. Hannibal
  2. TIE: The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  3. Olive Kitteridge
  4. Transparent
  5. The Americans
  6. The Honourable Woman
  7. Mad Men
  8. Orange Is The New Black
  9. Veep
  10. Jane the Virgin

And maybe Rick & Morty, if we ignore that crappy gender essentialism episode.

 
 

Favorite 2014 Movies

  1. Boyhood
  2. Snowpiercer (I know this invalidates the list for many of you! My defense is here on the Overthinking It podcast.)
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Birdman
  5. Citizenfour
  6. Whiplash
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. Force Majeure
  9. The Overnighters
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Major caveat: I haven't yet seen Inherent Vice, Selma, or Two Days, One Night. Or The Babadook, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Listen Up Philip, or Goodbye to Language. Wow, I haven't seen a lot of things.

A Podcast

THE ANDY DALY PODCAST PROJECT. Specifically episodes 1 and 4 ("The Wit and Wisdom of the West With Dalton Wilcox" and "The Travel Bug With August Lindt").

I also liked Serial. You can hear me talk about it here on the Overthinking It podcast.

 
 

Music

My Best of 2014 Spotify playlist is here.

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Non-2014 Media Consumed In 2014

  1. The Act of Killing
  2. Before Sunrise
  3. Red Dragon (book)
  4. Rosemary's Baby
  5. Enlightened
  6. Bioshock
  7. Dogtooth
  8. The Sting
  9. Windy City Heat
  10. Blue Jasmine

And, hey, you can also buy my book while you're at it.

May we create, overthink, and gorge ourselves on as much pop culture as possible in 2015. Happy New Year, everyone.

The "Nobody Asked For It But Here It Is" Best of 2013 List

It's almost 2014 and I'm feeling self-indulgent (typical). I like pop culture, I like lists, I like recommending things, and I like pretending my opinions are more valuable than anyone else's. So here is a list of my favorite pop culturey things from 2013. Maybe soon they will be your favorite things, too!

 

 Walt's sad 2013's almost over. Poor guy.

Walt's sad 2013's almost over. Poor guy.

Favorite Movies of 2013

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Tie: Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis (the "you'll never make it as an artist" double feature)
  • Stories We Tell
  • Her
  • Computer Chess

 

Non-2013 Movies Watched in 2013

  • Mulholland Drive
  • A Separation
  • Certified Copy
  • King Lear (RSC/Ian McKellen version)
  • Passing Strange

 

2013 TV Dramas

  • Breaking Bad
  • Mad Men (yeah i said it)
  • Rectify
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Tie: Broadchurch and Les Revenants (the "non-American season-long mystery set near a body of water" double feature)

Runners up in no order: Top of the Lake (the other season-long mystery set near a body of water -- h/t Alan Sepinwall), Orphan Black, The Americans

By the way, The Americans had the best opening theme of the year:

Plus that episode where they played "Games Without Frontiers" was awesome

Les Revenants had the second-best opening of the year (Mogwai!):

The whole Mogwai album is pretty sweet, actually.

 

2013 TV, Comedy Edition

  • 30 Rock if its last few episodes in January count
  • Colbert
  • Adventure Time
  • Moone Boy (the whole thing's free on Hulu. watch iiiiiit)
  • Parks & Rec

Runners up: Please Like Me, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sunny, Childrens Hospital

 

Best TV Episodes

  • Mad Men, "The Crash"
  • Breaking Bad, "Ozymandias" (and every other episode)
  • Adventure Time, "Simon & Marcy"
  • 30 Rock, "A Goon's Deed In A Weary World"
  • Broadchurch, "Episode Five"

Runners up: Richard II (The Hollow Crown), "Coming And Going" (Childrens Hospital), the Game of Thrones episode you're thinking about right now, the Futurama finale

 

Non-2013 TV Watched in 2013

  • Twin Peaks (those crappy episodes never happened)
  • The Sopranos
  • Fringe
  • Slings & Arrows
  • Peep Show

 

I'm leaving off books because, meh, too difficult. You can listen to my Favorite Music of 2013 (unordered) on this Spotify playlist. Now go forth and pop culture.

Sales, Sleepy Hollow, and Celebrity Crushes

 Annie's doing great, by the way.

Annie's doing great, by the way.

Today is Small Business Saturday, and in celebration my publisher Lee & Low Books is giving away books for 35% off. The sale ends December 2nd, so do your Christmas book shopping now!

In case you missed it, here are some other things I've written recently:

Merry Thanksgivukkah!

What Your Pop Culture Likes Say About You

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that your Facebook Likes are pretty good predictors of your intelligence, gender, race, religion, personality type, and a whole host of other things. You can read the study here, but if you don't have time take a look at the chart I made based on their findings about pop culture:

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I wrote a lot more about this study on OverthinkingIt.com, so be sure to check out my post.