2016 in Review
It's been a rough year. Globally – but also personally. My home country and my adoptive country appear to be falling apart. The international uncertainty around Brexit and the election of a demagogue in the U.S. makes me wonder what 2017 has in store. Closer to home, we've had a strange year. We started and ended the year looking for jobs – and in between worked at a startup with people who I respected and enjoyed working with thoroughly.
We're starting 2017 with new jobs, in New York. It's a big move, but one we've wanted to make for a while. We're sad to be leaving San Francisco, and excited to see what New York has in store for us.
Anyway, onto my lists. I feel like we've had a bumper year in terms of film, TV, and music. It was a lot tougher picking a top three for most things I had last year – so I separated out TV and music into two categories apiece.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- The Witch
Honourable mentions: Green Room and Captain America: Civil War.
I enjoyed a lot of TV this year. So much so that I split the TV section up into two: episodes and shows. I couldn't pick a favourite episode from the shows listed.
- Battle of the Bastards (Game of Thrones, S06 E09)
- The Bicameral Mind (Westworld, S01 E10)
- Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster (X-Files, S10 E03)
- American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson
- Stranger Things
- The Crown
Again, I've been terrible with reading.
We've been spoiled this year with great albums from great artists. This list is pretty standard, but here you go.
- A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
- Lemonade – Beyoncé
- Blackstar – David Bowie
I tried to pick songs off albums not on my best-of list. Otherwise, Burn the Witch and Formation would be numbers 1 and 2.
- Ivy – Frank Ocean
- Ugo – Dead Pirates
- Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels