Jan. 29th, 2017

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 This year I decided to list all of the new albums (or old albums that I no longer or had never possessed in physical form) I have downloaded, all of the films and TV series I have watched, and all of the books I have read.

I set myself some ambitious targets: 200 albums, 250 movies, 10 TV series and 60 books, divided 40 fiction to 20 non-fiction.

I also allowed myself a December 1st start, so I really had 13 months rather than 12 (part of the reason was that I still had a strange hankering to go to Las Vegas this December coming, although this of course depends on my health, my mum's health, and the State of the Union in 10 months' time).

 Anyway, I'm two months in, and I've been going OK. 17 albums,  28 movies, 16 books, of which seven were non-fiction. Mainly as a personal record, but also public, just in case anyone is interested, here it all is.

 The 'new' albums  were:

Skeleton Crew

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

2016

Random Access Memories

Daft Punk

2013

Album

Girls

2009

Heroes

David Bowie

1977

All The Young Dudes

Mott The Hoople

1972

New World Record

ELO

1976

Alone In The Universe

Jeff Lynne's ELO

2015

In The Now

Barry Gibb

2016

Mr Wonderful

Fleetwood Mac

1968

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

1968

Puberty 2

Mitski

2016

Bury Me At Makeout Creek

Mitski

2014

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead

2016

My Woman

Angel Olsen

2016

Retired From Sad, New Career In Business

Mitski

2013

Lush

Mitski

2012

Lodger

David Bowie

1979

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

David Bowie

1980

 Of these, Mitski's third and fourth albums have probably got the most airplay (Jeff Lynne and ELO have run her close).

 The films I''ve seen are: 

Sully

 

2016

Hell or High Water

 

2016

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve

2016

Anthropoid

Sean Ellis

2016

Don't Think Twice

Mark Berbigilia

2016

Other People

Chris Kelly

2016

Arq

Tony Elliott

2016

Free State Of Jones

Gary Ross

2016

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford

2016

Denial

Mick Jackson

2016

La La Land

Damien Chazelle

2016

Resistance

Amil Gupta

2011

Safety Not Guaranteed

Colin Trevorrow

2009

Mustang

Turkey

2015

Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman

2015

Embrace Of The Serpent

 

2015

Stray Cats

 

1971

Stalingrad

Joseph Vilsmaier

1992

V/H/S

 

2013

Lesson Of The Evil

Takashi Miike

2014

Surrogates

Jonathan Mostow

2009

Bad Lieutenant

Werner Hersog

2009

Macbeth

Justin Kurzel

2015

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone

Chris Columbus

2000

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Chris Columbus

2001

Bad Timing

Nic Roeg

1980

Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Adolfo Cuaren

2004

Warm Bodies

Jonathan Levine

2013

 

Nothing a 10 out of 10, although some of these films were very good indeed. Sticking in my head as "really would like to see again" are "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Macbeth".  "Arq" is an interesting piece of low-budget science fiction. Might give that another go.

 Non-fiction was:

Title

Author

Year

The Pity Of War

Niall Ferguson

1998

Anti Fragile

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

2012

Black Box Thinking

Matthew Syed

2015

The White Nile

Alan Moorehead

1960

The Year Of Reading Dangerously

Andy Miller

2014

The Subterranean Railway

Christian Wolmar

2006

War Of The World

Niall Ferguson

2006

All of which were worth reading. Niall Ferguson is going up in my estimation. He can be deliberately contrary, but his research is sound and his writing is solid without being boring. "The Year Of Reading Dangerously" is the only "light" book, and was very enjoyable.

 Fiction was:

The Luminaries

Eleanor Cattom

2013

Deptford Trilogy Book 2

Robertson Davies

1975

Timbuktu

Paul Auster

 

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Umberto Eco

 

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

JK Rowling

1998

Deptford Trilogy Book 3

Robertson Davies

1977

The Quarry

Iain Banks

2013

Harry Potter And ThePrisoner of Azkaban

JK Rowling

1999

A Possible Life

Sebastian Faulks

2013

 

And I'll probably finish Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire tonight.

Of these "The Luminaries" is easily the strongest. The Eco was the hardest work. The Deptford Trilogy I found less engaging than some people seem to. Harry Potters' "Azkaban" is very well written.

The TV series are:

Breaking Bad Season 3

12 episodes

Westworld Series 1

10 episodes

The OA

8 episodes

Sherlock 4

3 episodes

Victoria 1

8 episodes

Fleabag 1

6 episodes

 

Westworld and The OA stand out, with the former probably sneaking it. Sherlock 4 was rather disappointing. Fleabag had its moments, but was far less "revolutionary" than the critics claimed. 

 

I'll admit, it's only when you list the things that you've read/watched that you realize how much stuff you consume. Is it "wasted" time? I don't think so. Watching "Homes Under The Hammer" or "The Great British Bake Off" or "Rip Off Britain" or "Storage Hunters" is "wasted" time (albeit not unenjoyable). 

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