Finally, it’s that time of year again, when everyone takes a step back in order to reflect on the year that was, and to look forward to the year that will come.
This year, we lost several great legends and luminaries in the entertainment industry, but among all of them, the ones that hit me the hardest were Alan Rickman’s and Carrie Fisher’s passing.
Rickman, aside from being such a sheer talent, will always be remembered by me for his roles as Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, and for portraying Alexander Dane and Dr. Lazarus in the 1999 film, “Galaxy Quest”.
Fisher will always be remembered by me for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” film franchise. Growing up, I was surrounded by Disney princess films, and I did look up to some of them as role models. However, when I discovered “Star Wars”, I was introduced to a princess who did not back down from a fight, and proved that women could be as awesome as men in a fight, while still retaining their femininity.
This year in film, for me, was quite an interesting year, both for discovering old movies and new movies alike. For old films, I discovered Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” (review over here), and the “Ocean’s” Trilogy.
I did manage to see more movies in the movie house than the past few years, however, I am sad that I was not able to catch any of the movies this season in the new and improved Metro Manila Film Festival, which was littered with more indie films than one could have hoped for. (I wanted to see “Saving Sally”, “Babae sa Septic Tank 2”, “Kabisera”, and “Sunday Beauty Queen”.) I did, however, manage to catch “Ignacio de Loyola”, a locally made film that included a foreign cast and filming locations in Spain (review over here.)
I must admit that I was not able to see all of the movies that I did want to watch this year on the big screen, but based on what I have seen this year, here are my top five favorite movies that have been released in the Philippines so far (in no particular order)- “Captain America: Civil War” (review here), “Kubo and the Two Strings”, “Moana”, “Rogue One” (review here), “Deadpool”. I am looking forward to seeing “Hacksaw Ridge”, “Live by Night”, “La La Land”, “Silence”, and “Manchester by the Sea”, all of which, I believe haven’t been released yet here in the Philippines. (Traditionally, the week right after Christmas is reserved for the Metro Manila Film Festival, so Hollywood films start screening again after New Year’s.)
It was also a pretty interesting year in television, for me, as quitting my entertainment writer job meant that I could drop the shows that I didn’t want to watch religiously, and stick to the ones, and discover new shows that I really do like. These include “12 Monkeys” (review here), “The Expanse” (review here), “Daredevil”, “Doctor Who”, “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow” (review here), “The Flash” (review here), “Legends of Tomorrow”, “Stranger Things”(review here), “Voltron: Legendary Defender” (review here), “Victoria” (review here), “Grantchester”, “The Good Place”, “The Last Ship” (review here), “Sherlock”, “Broadchurch”, and “Agents of SHIELD”.
This was also the year that I discovered “Parks and Recreation”, and the year that I went back to my sci-fi roots by discovering and loving shows such as “Doctor Who”, “Warehouse 13” (review here), “Battlestar Galactica” (review here & here), and currently, “Fringe”.
However, aside from all of that, this was also the year that I consistently blogged from March of this year until now. So, to those who read my ramblings, thoughts and musings on the things that I watch and love, thank you for being part of this amazing journey, and I look forward to your continued patronage in the coming year.
Now, let’s look forward to 2017.
Aside from movie reviews and television show reviews (which are mostly either done per season or per series, and I’m debating if I should do some by episode), and event reviews (mostly fan conventions), I am going to be adding book reviews into the mix as I go along my book list, as I have decided to do the “50 Book Challenge” in 2017.
There will also be a lot of “Throwback Films”for 2017, as I plan to review old films which I will be discovering for the first time; and films and film franchises that I am re-watching for old time’s sake.
With regards to television, aside from what I have been doing, I will also be adding some re-watches to the list, especially for television shows that I do believe I need to see again and in order to prepare for the upcoming seasons of particular shows. (Some of these will probably include re-watches of “12 Monkeys”, “Star Trek:Voyager”, and “Doctor Who”.)
I am also planning on delving deeper into the first two genres I grew up on (fantasy and science fiction), and watching more television shows and films in that particular genre. I am planning to delve into “Star Trek” again. I grew up on some episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, but have yet to watch more of it; I loved “Voyager”; and I do believe I need to give “Deep Space 9” and the films a go. “Merlin” is also cued up on my list on Netflix, as well as “Continuum”. (I would also love to actually watch “Andromeda”, “Farscape” and “Babylon 5”, but I have to find myself good copies of those before watching them).
Aside from that, I am also planning on watching shows such as “Breaking Bad”, maybe “House of Cards”, and maybe even “Orphan Black”, as I’ve mostly heard good things about them.
I have also been out of the anime game for quite a time now, so, if anyone has any good suggestions for someone who loved “Fate/Stay Night”, “Fullmetal Alchemist”, “Rurouni Kenshin”, “Detective Conan”, “Rave Master”, “XXXHolic”, “Ouran High School Host Club”,”Card Captor Sakura”, and anything that has to do with science-fiction, history and fantasy, I am all ears.
All in all, 2016 was quite an eventful and interesting year for me, and I am definitely looking forward to all the things that I have planned for 2017, and for what the year ahead has to offer.
If you have any comments and suggestions for me for what you want to see on my blog; or if you have any suggestions on tv shows, movies, books, comic books, anime; or on how I should watch “Star Trek” from “The Next Generation” onward; or if you have anything you want to ask me about; feel free to put them in the comments below!