Bryan’s Year In Review 2018

Articles | Dec 31st, 2018

Bryan's Year In Review 2018

2018 is just about over and hopefully 2019 will be a better year for movies. I felt like I had a tough time coming up with a top 10 for movies this year. I certainly had enough albums to pick from for my top 20. I felt like I had a tough time coming up with favorite concerts though. Maybe I just didn’t go as many shows this year. Either I didn’t go out to as many or there weren’t as many shows worth going to. Hopefully that will change. There was a lot of good TV but again, was a tough list to compile because certain shows weren’t on this year like Game of Thrones and Veep.

You can listen to my podcast talking about some of my choices, have a listen below:


The Maple State The Things I Heard at the Party
Top 20 Favorite Albums of 2018:

  1. The Maple State – The Things I Heard At The Party
  2. Iration – Iration
  3. The English Beat – Here We Go Love
  4. Willie Nile – Children of Paradise
  5. The Push Stars – 3 Feet In The Air
  6. Carbon Leaf – The Gathering Vol. 1
  7. The Levellers – We The Collective
  8. Charles Bradley – Black Velvet
  9. Authority Zero – Persona Non Grata
  10. The Fratellis – In Your Own Sweet Time
  11. Jr Thomas and the Volcanoes – Rockstone
  12. Reel Big Fish – Life Sucks, Let’s Dance
  13. Soft Science – Maps
  14. The Bombpops – Dear Beer
  15. Frank Turner – Be More Kind
  16. Pennywise – Never Gonna Die
  17. The Interrupters – Fight the Good Fight
  18. Culture Abuse – Bay Dream
  19. The Devil Makes Three – Chains Are Broken
  20. Slightly Stoopid – Everyday Life, Everyday People

Most Anticipated New Albums of 2019 (well ones I know that are coming out):
Chain Wallet
The Specials
Coolie Ranx
Skinny Lister
Stick Figure
Day Wave
Trapper Schoepp
Buck O Nine
Rat Boy

I Want New Music From:
The Skints
Mustard Plug
The Pietasters
The Levellers
Carbon Leaf
The Rifles

Goldfinger / Pilfers @ Rocks Off Cruise, NYC (4)
Favorite Concerts of the 2018:
Goldfinger, Pilfers @ Rocks Off Cruise, NYC
Game of Thrones Live Experience @ Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Carbon Leaf @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC
Mustard Plug, Cenzo, Sgt Scag, Thirteen Towers @ Bowery Electric, NYC
Reel Big Fish, Pietasters, Ballyhoo, We Are The Union, Backyard Superheroes @ Starland Ballroom
Mat Kearney @ Playstation Theater, NYC
Young Dubliners @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY

Best Live Band of the Year:
Ramin Djawadi and Game of Thrones Live Experience

Top 20 Songs I listened to the most (according to Spotify):

  1. The Maple State – Something In the Water
  2. The Rutles – I Must Be In Love
  3. Johan Johansson – The Mercy
  4. America – Sister Golden Hair
  5. Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)
  6. The Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost In You
  7. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally)
  8. The The – This Is the Day
  9. Strung Out – Town of Corazon
  10. Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike
  11. Charles Bradley – You Think I Don’t Know, But I Know
  12. The Maple State – Winner
  13. Stick Figure – Easy Runaway
  14. Carbon Leaf – One Day
  15. Filter – Take A Picture
  16. The Nextmen vs Gentleman’s Dub Club – Rudeboy
  17. Iration – Press Play
  18. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Clair
  19. The Spinners – The Rubberband Man
  20. Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly


Avengers: Infinity War
My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018 (that I’ve seen):

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Incredibles 2
  3. Black Panther
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  6. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  7. A Quiet Place
  8. BlacKkKlansman
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Game Night

My Top 10 Movies I Liked But Not One Of My Favorites This Year:

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  2. Blockers
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Sorry To Bother You
  5. Ready Player One
  6. American Animals
  7. Chappaquiddick
  8. Juliet, Naked
  9. The Meg
  10. Super Troopers 2

Movies I Didn’t Like in 2018:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Crimes of Grindelwald
The Death of Stalin
Ocean’s 8
Tomb Raider

Movies I Wanted To See But Haven’t Yet:
Bohemian Rhapsody
Green Book
The Star Is Born
First Man
Rude Boy documentary

Fahrenheit 11/9
Favorite Documentaries of 2018:
Fahrenheit 11/9
Dare To Be Different (though technically came out in 2017)
Tough Guy: the Bob Probert Story
Poop Talk

Top 5 Favorite Film/TV Scores:
John Powell/John Williams – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Mercy
Ludwig Goransson – Black Panther
Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Infinity War
Ramin Djawadi – Westworld: Season 2

Clapping-In-Theater moments in Movies:
Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow shows up to fight Thanos minions in Scotland – Avengers: Infinity War
Thor, Rocket and Groot show up in Wakanda in battle – Avengers: Infinity War

Cringiest, hands over mouth scene in a movie:
Nail on stairs – A Quiet Place

Movie stealing a scene from Home Alone:
A Quiet Place

Best Villain in a movie:
Thanos – Avengers: Infinity War
Killmonger – Black Panther

Out of Place Voice in a movie:
Jon Favreau as an alien pilot – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Movies That Looked Bad Just Based On the Movie Trailer:
A Wrinkle in Time
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Robin Hood
Mortal Engines

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes From The Year:

  1. “I’ll do you one better. Why is Gamora?” – Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  2. “You’re so dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC universe?” – Deadpool (Deadpool 2)
  3. “Pussy” – Venom (Venom)
  4. “Hiya, champ, how was school today?” – Hank Pym: (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  5. “Hey, Baxley! If your mom’s vagina were a video game, it’d be rated E for everyone!” – Coyle (The Predator)
  6. “Sheeeeeeee-it!” Mr. Turrentine (BlacKkKlansman)
  7. “Yeah, I speak a little. Now just listen to me you dumb Wookiee!” Han Solo (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  8. “Let’s cock-block those motherfuckers” Lisa (Blockers)
  9. “Man, glass tables are acting weird tonight.” – Kevin (Game Night)
  10. “Spider-Man doesn’t wear a cape.” Peter Parker (Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse)

Christmas Movie That Was Pretty Decent:
The Christmas Chronicles

2018 Movie Titles That Could Be Mistaken For Porn:
First Man
Crazy Rich Asians
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Juliet, Naked
Eat Me

Most Anticipated Movies of 2019:
The Avengers 4
Star Wars: Episode IX
Captain Marvel
Toy Story 4
Lion King
IT: Chapter Two
John Wick 3


Favorite TV Series of the Year:

  1. Westworld
  2. Marvel’s Daredevil
  3. Who Is America?
  4. Barry
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Billions
  7. The Deuce
  8. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
  9. Yellowstone
  10. Fear The Walking Dead
  11. Family Guy
  12. Wrecked
  13. Ballers
  14. The Walking Dead
  15. Silicon Valley

Favorite mini-series:
The Looming Tower

Favorite Political Shows of The Year:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jim Jefferies Show
Samantha Bee

Shows That Are Slipping:
The Walking Dead

Disappointing Series of the Year:
Iron Fist

Best TV Show Intro of the Year:
Barry – Charles Bradley music, can’t beat that!

Funniest Moment on TV:
Sacha Baron Cohen telling people Arizona that the biggest mosque was being built there

Favorite Late Night Talk Series:
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Graham Norton Show

Best TV Show in The UK That I Wish Aired In The US:
Travel Man with Richard Ayoade

Tv Shows That Should Have Continued On:
The Chris Gethard Show
Joel McHale Show

Random Stuff

ReadJunk Podcast
Favorite Podcasts of the Year:
The ReadJunk Podcast (haha)!
Collider Live
WTF with Marc Maron
This Was The Scene Podcast
Score: The Podcast

Favorite Web Video Series:
Schmoes Knows
Screen Junkies
Hiking with Kevin (Nealon)
Bad Lip Reading
Hot Ones

Favorite Broadway Play (Yes I Saw One):
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best Mobile Apps:

Books I Read This Year:
Does Dr Seuss and Dinosaur Train books count?

That’s all folks, see ya in 2019!


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