twenty-seventeen: the year in review

I can't remember if I've ever done one of these kinds of "year in review" posts in the past, but I'm doing it this year to wrap up 2017 which was, at least in the second half, a pretty significant year for me. The biggest things that happened this year were quitting my first job out of college and moving to New York. Needless to say, there has been a lot of progression and all of the things that come with that. 

In all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of celebrating New Years. I don't know why, but it always makes me feel anxious for some reason! So, I'm keeping it light here and just going over a few of my favorite cultural things from the year:

Call Me By Your Name

So, I'm still not entirely sure how to talk about this film other than saying that it is, by far, the best movie I've ever seen. Not just in 2017, but ever. And I've seen a lot of great movies--remember when I used to watch every Best Picture nominee each year?) I actually wrote a lot in my journal about this film because it just struck me so personally and that writing ended up being around five whole handwritten pages so I'll spare you all the details.

I will say that Timothée Chalamet's performance was so transcendent, it honestly felt divine. The director, Luca Guadagnino, and cinematographer, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, both deserve all the flowers and awards. The final shot is something I think about multiple times a day still.

The film is currently in staggered release, but when it comes to your city, please go see it!

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Oh, this book! I originally talked about it in my June Book Report and can confidently say it was my favorite book of the year. It's about Alyssa's time working on Obama's White House staff and covers everything from her daily duties to her endearing relationship with President Obama. It will certainly make you nostalgic for his administration, which I think is a good thing. We should all miss Obama's White House so much that we don't accept anything less in all future elections. Okay? Thanks!

I'll discuss my top ten books of the year in a post later this month.

Good Christian Fun

So, this is a new podcast that started this year from Kevin Porter (of the Gilmore Guys podcast) and Caroline Ely. If you grew up going to church and/or wonder why so much of Christian pop culture is so terrible, this is the podcast for you. Each episode delves into a topic (Veggie Tales, Left Behind, Michael W. Smith, Jump5, etc.) of Christian pop culture. It's hilarious. They do a great job of pointing out how stupid and silly these things are without being insulting to Christianity as a whole. 

There's also a segment each week where they search for the worst Christian song and it is so funny that, on multiple occasions, it has caused me to laugh uncontrollably on the train to the point where I had to pause it because I was embarrassing myself. Cue "Cartoons" by Chris Rice. 

"Want You Back" by Haim

According to Spotify, this was my number one most played song of the year and I was not surprised one bit. This is a song I've listened to on repeat through the year, along with the rest of Haim's second album. The video is amazing, too!

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