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Films & Shows that Help Tame My Anxiety

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So last night I was supposed to go see MIB: International had the tickets and everything. But right before we were scheduled to leave the house there was some sort of power surge, outage, blip, I don’t know we lost power for a couple of minutes and then it took a long time to come back on and the AC didn’t seem to be working correctly.

And anything like that can set off my anxiety period but then thinking about leaving the animals was just like boom! Not going to happen. Won’t be able to enjoy the movie! Would be absolutely sure something had gone wrong and the house was burning down. And we didn’t want to shut the AC down as it was 107 here yesterday so finally my roommate put me out of my misery.

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2016 Favorites

I wanted to do a wrap up of my favorite books, movies, and television in 2016 but this week has been a rough one. So I decided to keep it super simple.

TELEVISION

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I was completely hooked on this one after the ending of the third episode. This may actually be the fastest I’ve ever watched a series, even for Netflix.

I also enjoyed Daredevil Season 2 this year (but mainly for the Punisher and Jon Bernthal) and I am quite obsessed with Westworld.

I think what edged out Westworld was being on-line too much and hearing some of the theories and seeing too much stuff whereas I went into Stranger Things completely blind and managed to stay that way.

*I really need to try that more because I’ve definitely found I enjoy things unspoiled.

MOVIES

My favorite movie this year was easy to pick:

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It was definitely The Nice Guys. I ship Jackson and Holland. I love Holly. And it’s really weird for me to rewatch movies, even ones that I enjoyed, right away but I swear I’ve rewatched this one four or five times already and it still makes me laugh. I really wish this had done better because I would have loved a sequel.

Other favorites include Rogue One, Deadpool and The Shallows.

BOOKS

Oh, man when I thought about my favorites for books, television and movies I went for the ones that have stayed with me throughout the year. The ones I could pull right from the top of my head. Ones that I haven’t really been able to nitpick more as the year went on and there…

Weren’t very many of those in terms of books.

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Crooked Kingdom was one of my most awaited books this year and it didn’t disappoint. I hate the fact that it’s the end of this series but I thought it ended very well (except for the parts that made me cry). These days when I get through series, even if I enjoy them, I have this feeling of, “I’m glad it’s over. Now I can move on.”

With Crooked Kingdom (and Six of Crows) I felt like I would easily, happily continue to follow these memorable characters. Which is how all great stories should end right? Always leave them wanting more, as they say. It probably helped that I had only read Six of Crows at the beginning of the year so I really didn’t have to wait that long for the end.

Runner-up to Trick

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I don’t think this was actually published this year but I read it in 2016 so I’m included it. I stumbled upon it almost accidentally but really enjoyed this love story between a court fool and a Princess in that it also dealt with things such as disabilities, discrimination, mental health and despite being a fantastic setting actually felt very real in it’s story and consequences.

I would love to see Trick and The Six of Crows series come to the screen!

Well, I am fairly ready to say farewell to 2016! Hopefully 2017 will be a good one for all!

Movies

The Nice Guys

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The Nice Guys

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice

Grade: A

This is probably the first movie in I couldn’t tell you how long that I want to go back and see in theaters again. I enjoyed it that much.

Ryan Gosling plays a down on his luck Detective investigating the case of a dead porn star from a rather strange angle. Russell Crowe plays Jackson Healy a little less down on his luck enforcer whose looking into a client that might be in trouble. The two cross paths and when the cases collide and they’re left to investigate the truth of an ever-growing list of murders all seemingly connected to the case.

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Gosling and Crowe really make this movie. Not only do they have great chemistry but both the actors and their characters just work together and bounce off each other very nicely. These aren’t the nicest guys and Gosling’s character isn’t going to win any awards for Father of the Year but you can’t help like them even when watching them fall apart.

Seriously, I think this is the best and most charming Crowe’s been in a while.

The movie is also crazy quotable with just a lot of funny lines and some nice character touches in the delivery. It’s always nice to go to a comedy that makes you laugh repeatedly throughout the film.

I also think they did a great job with the atmosphere. Not the biggest fan of seventies things but somehow it all looks good in this movie.

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Don’t be afraid of Holly! (Angourie Rice) She pretty much steals the show as Gosling’s daughter- definitely the most together character in the movie. Actually there’s some good kid actor interplay in a couple of places. Gosling and Crowe just work well with kids.

The mystery is engrossing enough. I like that you’re a bit thrown into working it out with the characters and it provides some good background players as well. It does get a bit out there at the end but I was enjoying the movie so much by that point and rooting for these characters that didn’t even bother me.

My only nitpicks were Amelia (Margaret Qually) and Judith (Kim Basinger.) Luckily neither one is actually in the movie a lot. I did get the impression they were going for annoying and a bit over-the-top with Amelia. Which, if I’m right, good job with that! Basinger- again- it could have been the character but she just seemed so cold and unnatural. Like I said though not in it enough to bother me. It was just a bit disappointing as L.A. Confidential is one of my favorite movies I was so looking forward to a Basinger/ Crowe reunion.

Overall impression is this is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. If you get the chance and are looking for something funny and not involving superheroes give The Nice Guys a try.

Recommend: Yes.