Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Flashback: TV & Music

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Top Ten Episodes of 2018

#10 "First Date to Life Mate" Nailed It

Nailed It is a baking show that lovingly embraces the capacity for failure that we all possess, and that isn't limited to the contestants completely missing the mark on complicated desserts. This episode, the very first of the series, finds its secret weapon in guest judge Sylvia Weinstock, who at one point wanders off the set into the kitchen and ends up stealing some baking supplies. It's a hilarious moment, but it's also indicative of the show's embrace of chaos. It blows up the glossy sheen of most cooking shows and gives us something messy, human, and utterly delightful.

#9 "The Queen of England" Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet is already an acquired taste, but this episode goes places with its special effects-laden grossout humor that prove it only intends on doubling down. It's a very special show and I'm glad it is planting itself firmly in its niche and living its best life.

#8 "Ready-Like" Insecure

Insecure is like settling into a warm bath, embracing you with the chillest hip hop rhythms and the awkward but delightful terrible decisions of its main cast. This episode is the closest this hangout show gets to a farce, where roiling tensions come out while the entire extended cast is gathered at a baby shower. It simultaneously deepens some side characters who've been needing some love, and gives us a lot of meaty moments with our stars, hilarious and heart-wrenching in equal measure.

#7 "The Trial of Sabrina Spellman" The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The third episode in Netflix's Sabrina reboot, "The Trial of Sabrina Spellman" lays out the show's thesis: It's going to be f**king weird. While it has its rough patches, it certainly commits to being a show unlike anything you've ever seen before, especially in this episode where it abruptly becomes a thrilling legal drama for an hour.

#6 "Time's Up for the Gang" It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's not exactly easy to spin good comedy out of the Me Too moment, but It's Always Sunny has never shied away from the taboo. And thank goodness we have them to provide some levity in this particularly dark time, because this rip-roaring episode set at a sexual harassment seminar not only provides us some unforgettable snappy dialogue and physical comedy, it doesn't let any of its characters off the hook, one of the show's best qualities.

#5 "Janet(s)" The Good Place

In this episode, for plot reasons I shan't go into, The Good Place lets its secret weapon D'Arcy Carden loose and pulls out all the stops in terms of effects, writing, and performance, three aspects of the show that were already stellar to begin with. It's definitely a showstopper, asking D'Arcy to play almost every character in the entire episode, and she pulls it off with aplomb.

#4 "I'm Not the Person I Used to Be" Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The first few episodes of the fourth and final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend seemed to be spinning its wheels a bit, putting the pieces back on the board for that last push, but this one really pulled out all the stops and made me way more confident in what's to come. It uses the recasting of a returning character as a metanarrative device that holds the entire episode together, tying in with its theme of growing up and changing as a person, and providing us with plenty of the show's patented fourth wall breaking. Plus, a hilarious song about trying to rekindle a friendship after a rough breakup that goes down so smooth.

#3 "Dark Side of the Boob/Smooch or Share" Big Mouth

I guess I like big farcical episodes that gather the entire cast in one location, but what can I say? I know what I want. This double episode of Big Mouth sees a schoolwide stargazing sleepover devolve into a hideous display of hormonal agony and ecstasy. It tosses a lot of characters together that haven't had much chance to interact before, it finally deepens the one-note Sassy Gay Guy, it does well by its female characters and their sexuality, and it's surprisingly sentimental throughout despite being unbelievably disgusting.

#2 "Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth" Barry

Barry was always adept at switching gears between high-stakes drama and belly laugh comedy, but the finale of this first season was especially stunning. Obviously I won't go into detail, but it walks the tightrope with quiet magnificence.

#1 "Mother of All Matches" GLOW

Damn it, GLOW, you got me again. This episode, which focuses on a member of the ensemble who hasn't gotten too much solo time before now, really grapples with just how exploitative and crass the show-within-a-show they're producing is. Kia Stevens shines as a woman who is torn between finding a community of women who support and uplift her, while racially debasing herself on national television. It's a stunning piece of work that insists upon being watched again and again.

Bottom Five Episodes of 2018

#5 "The Witching Hour" The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I do like Sabrina a lot, but it has a protagonist problem just like Riverdale. Towards the end of the first season, Sabrina starts to make a lot of questionable decisions that go against character and make her a dramatic dud. The finale compounds this by reversing her most important decision of the series for a reason so transparently contrived that it makes her look like a drooling idiot.

#4 "Party Monster" Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Right in the middle of an agonizingly short six-episode season, in which Kimmy Schmidt is finding itself at its most focused and hilarious, they take a detour into an entire mockumentary episode focusing on characters we've barely seen before and couldn't possibly care about. I'd probably be less upset if this wasn't taking up one precious slot in such a tiny sliver of a release, but it's still a weak one any way you slice it.

#3 "Everyone Gets Atrophy" Arrested Development

Arrested Development has finally overstayed its welcome, and this awkward attempt at a farce is too wordy, crammed with nonsense and humor that clangs right off the screen. They've made a huge mistake.

#2 "Sojourn" American Horror Story: Apocalypse

You'd think there couldn't be a worse sing than asking Billy Eichner and Evan Peters to play tech bros and put on those wigs that should be classified as a capital crime, but this episode - which is just two before the finale of the entire season - slams the brakes on the plot, which has already been happening in fits and starts to begin with. We're forced to spend an entire hour with Langdon, a character who is a completely whiny and unlikeable villain. Pro tip: If you want us to care about an episode of American Horror Story, don't sequester us from every single one of the awesome actresses who are the only reason to watch the show.

#1 "Pilot" God Friended Me

The emotional depth of this show is such that a man who had his girlfriend break up with him will immediately attempt to hurl himself in front of a train. Also, it's 2018. How are we not over "nerdy dude tells lies and puffs out his chest to impress the cute girl" humor? Cliché after cliché spills out of this bizarrely convoluted plot, treating its religious overtones with all the subtlety and earnestness of an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Best New Show: La Casa de las Flores

All of the best satires are also great examples of the genre they're poking fun at, and Casa de las Flores (AKA House of Flowers, for the gringos in the audience) is great at everything it does. I know I have a separate category for "Best Netflix Show" below, but this Netflix original is superior to anything else on TV this year. Blowing up the typical telenovela format with a modern twist including a heaping helping of well-rounded queer characters and a delightful sense of colorful melodrama that would make Almodóvar proud, La Casa de las Flores tells the story of a wealthy Mexican family whose secrets tumble out after a tragic event occurs right in their showroom. The twists and turns will snap your neck, the characters will glue you to the screen, and the style will keep you satisfied all the way through.

Worst New Show: God Friended Me

I want a show with a diverse cast and a high concept to succeed, with all my heart. But maybe just not this one. This show feels like an archeologist dug up a relic from 2008, what with its frightfully insistent focus on Facebook as the center of a young twenty-something's life, and an formulaic, almost procedural approach that does not work in today's current TV climate.

Best Netflix Show: Big Mouth

Big Mouth is basically genius. I love me a work that doesn't shy away from the truth about teen sexuality. It exists, in spades, and it's not Gossip Girl flowing curtain nonsense. It's gross, it's awkward, it's gross, it's fumbling, and did I mention it's gross? Big Mouth takes vulgarity to the next level, but it's in service of a narrative that's unabashedly true, genuine and vulnerable at the same time as being bitingly hilarious.

Worst Netflix Show: Arrested Development

I love me some Arrested Development, to the point of even sticking all the way through the mediocre fourth season, which I can still freely quote. But even though this new batch only contained eight half hour episodes, I couldn't summon the strength to trudge through this cluttered, unfunny collection of random shards of good actors flailing at green screens.

Best Dramatic Actor: Y'lan Noel, Insecure

His character Daniel got a much bigger arc this season, and he owned the hell out of it. This selection is almost entirely due to his pitch perfect performance of fumbling a potential career connection, a relatable moment that is truly crushing thanks to his vulnerability and honesty.

Best Comedic Actor: Anthony Carrigan, Barry

It's already funny that a mob henchman is such a charming, accommodating gent, but Anthony Carrigan takes what's on paper and amps it up by a dozen degrees with oddball line readings and little minute physical quirks that force you to pause the show while you are wracked with peals of laughter.

Best Dramatic Actress: Miranda Otto, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has its ups and downs, but it's always up when Aunt Zelda is onscreen. Miranda Otto takes the role of an ice cold witch bitch in her teeth and tears it to shreds, chewing through the scenery like a wood chipper. She pitches her performance to the rafters without sacrificing one ounce of credibility, earning her place in the vampy queen pantheon until the end of time.

Best Comedic Actress: Paula Newsome, Barry

Barry really gathered a tremendous ensemble, and Newsome stands out above them all by kicking you straight in the gut with line readings as simple as answering the phone with a drawn out "Hiiii," but she can spin on a dime into deep, believable emotion and she tackles her more serious moments - as well as her fair share of action scenes - with equal aplomb. Make her a superstar immediately, please and thank you.

Best SNL Sketch: "GE Big Boys"

SNL's skewering of unnecessarily gendered products is another pitch perfect commercial parody, building on the core joke and ratcheting up the absurdity every chance it gets without ever running out of delightful, almost believable ideas.

Worst SNL Sketch: "Charlie's Grandparents"

I get it. They probably had sex in the bed. But this is barely a one-liner, let alone a three minute sketch.

Best Musical Performance: Mac's Dance, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's Always Sunny has always taken risks with its formatting, but delivering a four minute interpretive dance in their season finale was not one I could say I expected. However, they thrive in the unexpected, and this dance is pretty damn superb.

Worst Musical Performance: "Gypsy", American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Stevie Nicks was a fun offbeat cameo back in season 3, but dredging her back up in this season only stalled the momentum of a season that had barely found its footing to begin with.

Best Guest Star: Stephen Merchant, The Good Place

The Good Place
 loves jokes about representing the machinations of the afterlife as mundane office work, and Stephen Merchant is nothing if not adept at mundane office humor. He plays one of the most powerful beings in the universe as a dorky accountant, and it's almost unfairly hilarious. Like, leave some humor for the rest of us.

Worst Guest Star: Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Why would you invite Angela Bassett to play in this sandbox with a bunch of actresses gnawing on over-the-top dialogue if you don't want her to do literally anything? That's literally her biggest strength!

Best Commercial: "Zelle"

Daveed Diggs is obviously a huge talent, and his charisma carries the commercial a mile, but I also love the insular universe they've created here. It's very stagebound, but in a way that reminds one of Sesame Street or Little Shop of Horrors, using its obvious famines to drive a kooky, pastel-colored narrative that strives at every corner to bring you joy.

Worst Commercial: "The Unseen | It Can Wait"

Pedantic PSAs have been pretty universally terrible since the invention of the camera, but this one is truly bizarre, spinning a texting and driving moral into a bizarre, horribly misguided Scary Story to Tell in the Dark.

Top Five Pretty Guys

#5 Mac (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

This one is so low because Rob McElhenney specifically made his body look so bangin' as a comment on male objectification (he also gained a lot of weight for a previous season, to make a similar point). While I obviously respect his decisions, I also respect how dang cut he was able to make himself. Nice work, dude.

#4 Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House)

He might be playing a strung-out wastrel, but turns out that's really working for me.

#3 Justin Hartley (commercials for This is Us)

I'm certainly not watching the show, and I'm not really convinced anybody else is, but damn he fine.

#2 The Men of Insecure

One of the benefits of being the creator-star of a show is that you get to cast every single love interest with the hottest men on the planet. Issa Rae knows exactly what she's doing, and I love her for it.

#1 The Men of Casa de las Flores

It's a telenovela, so of course everyone is attractive, but does every single character have to be a model? Yes. Yes they do.

Bonus: Wes the Assistant Director from Nailed It

Wes is a source of majestic calm in the middle of the show's chaos, with his beautiful Thor hair. Even when he forgets to bring out the trophy on time.


Top Ten Songs of 2018

#10 "Solo" Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato

I miss the time in classic rock where songs were just the thinnest possible metaphors for sex, drugs, and all kinds of delicious rock 'n roll vice. This lovely slice of electropop sends me right back there, with that gossamer veil that more or less taunts you with how explicit and obvious it is about just being a masturbation anthem. It's so unashamed that it can't really even be read as a metaphor for dancing, which I think it's trying to do, and I adore it so much for that.

#9 "Happier" Marshmello ft. Bastille

Bastille finding their place in the pop music scene means losing a lot of the texture and identity of their first album, but this song still gives me those soaring luscious vocals I crave. Even if it has a Marshmello on it, whatever that is.

#8 "Missing U" Robyn

I wish I liked Robyn's new album more than I did, but her lead single is still an excellent way to herald her long awaited return to the pop world. Those chilly Swedish beats come pouring right out of her, and it's a sterling reminder that she's the tightest, most controlled and expert queen on the scene.

#7 "I Like It" Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin

I'm still not sure if I love the song for just being a great song or because I love the original track that it samples so heavily, but it integrates the sample so heavily into the instrumentation and theme of the song that it becomes a beautiful hybrid of both old and new. So it really doesn't matter, does it? It's just great, no matter how you slice it.

#6 "Bloom" Troye Sivan

Oh hey, remember when four entries ago I was talking about songs that are secretly explicit? Well, Troye Sivan has "Solo" beat, with this trance-inducing pop gem about bottoming. It's filthy, it's queer as all hell, and it's a bop. Who could possibly want anything else from their music?

#5 "The Shape Hunts Allyson" John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, & Daniel Davies

This might be the single track I've listened to most this year, and not just because it's just barely over two minutes long. John Carpenter's scores are renowned for their pounding synthrock, but "The Shape Hunts Allyson" might be his best work yet, working in a glorious, earth-wrenching klaxon over the floating giallo-inspired melody. It's unusual, it's jarring, and it's an utterly perfect bit of film music that transcends the "Movie" category.

#4 "La Cintura" Alvaro Soler

The Spanish songbird Alvaro Soler has made a previous appearance on one of these lists, as the number one Pretty Guy on my 2015 Flashback. And while I did enjoy his music enough back then, his newest album Mar de Colores is giving me everything I've been missing from a post-"Despacito" world. His tropical EDM rhythms get the blood pumping while the chorus sweeps you up into the sky with ineffable spirit. He's more than just a pretty face, my friends!

#3 "The Middle" Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

OK, maybe I'm just too much of a white person, but I find this track completely irresistible. I wish this list was a little less bubblegum, because I feel I've shared more range on previous years, but with beautifully packaged little pop parcels like this waiting around every corner, how could I possibly resist sharing the love?

#2 "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Backstreet Boys

OK, you can't just call a song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." It's just not done. Luckily, the reunion single from the Backstreet Boys lives up to the massive shoes it attempts to fill by being literally the best single they've ever produced. It combines their former youthful exuberance and sheeny shiny pop lyrics with a more mature harmonic structure that is both glorious to behold and a delectable pop confection.

#1 "Just Thought You Should Know" Betty Who

Look, if it's a year with new Betty Who music, you know who's gonna be getting herself on the list. I loved the singles a lot more than her new EP as a whole, but God, who can complain about a single like "Just Thought You Should Know?" I love that breathy vocal that builds into a heavenly crescendo, that saucy little snap on the percussion line that tonally matches the sassy back and forth in the pre-chorus, and that glorious lyrical celebration of heartbreak and the sublimity of raw emotion that you can sing along to in the car.

Bottom Five Songs of 2018

#5 "Supernova" Ansel Elgort

Did nobody tell Ansel Elgort that Baby Driver wasn't actually a musical? I've made something of a habit of exploring celebrity attempts at musical careers (ever heard of John Corbett's rock album? It's a curio, to be sure), but this is certainly the weirdest turn I've ever seen. His growling voice and those chintzy R&B beats just do not work, but bless him for trying something new I suppose.

#4 "Sunrise Sunburn Sunset" Luke Bryan

Bro country is never many steps away from this list, and in fact this isn't even Luke Bryan's first appearance. But how could I not include a song dripping with such white privilege on the list? This cheesy-ass dude with his smug grin gets to spend a free summer at a beach house and make doe eyes with a sexy lady and I have to hear about it in an endless recycled chorus? Thank you, next.

#3 "Better Now" Post Malone

The rap scene seems evenly split between artists who are really trying their best to push the envelope and make something creatively unique, and those who groan over a canned beat and toss it to the charts. This is one of those latter ones. Post Malone is this year's primary purveyor of nasal grunting, and "Better Now" is one of his most insidiously ubiquitous tracks.

#2 "Simple" Florida Georgia Line

Boy oh boy, did you think "Sunrise Sunburn Sunset" was bad? Then you haven't heard "Simple," which is basically just a nursery rhyme with guitars. These grown men are singing about love with all the emotional complexity of three-year-olds on their fourth studio album? Why are men this way? Why won't they grow?

#1 "I Love It" Kanye West & Lil Pump ft. Adele Givens

This song is so deeply, radically offensive that I didn't even want to include a link to it. We all know that Kanye is going through something, but this track is more reductive, misogynist, and awful than the very highest heights of the genre, one with a pretty famously indecent track record for the way it treats women. Framed as a celebration of what a "hoe" their partners are, this song is utterly putrid tripe that sets the movement back decades. What movement? Any movement.

Biggest Surprise: Rita Ora Actually Released an Album

Rita Ora has spent the six years since her first studio album trying to convince me that she's a superstar, with cameos in the Fifty Shades movies and a hosting gig on America's Next Top Model despite the fact that I still had no idea who she was. But now there's actual music to go along with her surprisingly bustling career!

Biggest Disappointment: Ed Sheeran is Still Charting so Hard

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" dominated the charts last year, hitting number one for the year-end Billboard ranking, but the single still landed on the 2018 chart at 71, with another single from the same album, "Perfect," sliding all the way up to number 2 for the entire year. This is an album that's over a year old at this point! Will people never tire of listening to this ginger creep on women? 2019 will only tell.

Best Music Video: "This is America" Childish Gambino

A controversial music video if there ever was one, but the fact that an entire nation consumed a music video in the year of our lord 2018 speaks to the artistry of Childish Gambino and the music video's director Hiro Murai (who also happened to direct some of the best episodes of Barry this year). This video combines ecstatic single-take loopiness with harsh violence and an increasingly frightening rictus grin plastered over Donald Glover's face. It's the year that was, encased in amber with all its ugliness and awful reality.

Worst Music Video: "Freaky Friday" Lil Dicky (feat. Chris Brown)

Wow, another one I don't have the heart to actually give views to? This has been a rough year, my friends. This comic video about a novelty white rapper switching bodies with a famous performer could have been so so funny, so why did he pick Chris Brown? It's not funny to see him brandish a gun or relish his own talents knowing what a supremely awful person he is. Couldn't you have gotten Jason DeRülo or something? I'm sure he's available!

Best Song for a Movie: "If We Don't" Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent w/ Alison Krauss, Dumplin'

Dumplin' was a very sweet movie, but what makes it even sweeter is how inundated it is with the legacy and glory of Dolly Parton, down to this delightfully inspirational take-action anthem.

Worst Song for a Movie: "Zero" Imagine Dragons, Ralph Wrecks the Internet

The title describes exactly how much effort went into writing this daffy bubblegum pop song that's too sugary for a franchise that literally had a song in the previous entry called "Sugar Rush."

Best Guilty Pleasure: "Sweetener" Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has had quite a year, and while I've never particularly taken to this pop princess (and she's still the absolute worst at lip syncing in her music videos, a skill only I cherish apparently), she deserves recognition. And what better recognition could there be than the fact that the song "Sweetener," which I resist all the goopy sentiment of with all my heart, is a total tried and true banger.

Worst Guilty Pleasure: "Hotel Key" Old Dominion

You know I hate me some bro country, but you can't deny how freaking catchy this one is. OK maybe you can and maybe you should, but I am powerless against it.

Best Album Cover: Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe

That beautifully draped... whatever it is, would be enough to make this cover memorable, but the color palette it uses is so tremendously delectable. The pastel candy colors make it soft and inviting, and you just want to soak in every inch of it.

Worst Album Cover: Astroworld, Travis Scott

And then there's this one, where every inch of it is. Well, it's full, I guess you could say that. There is way too much going on here, and of course it treats women like literal objects, because who wouldn't want that in 2018?

Best Cover Song: "SOS" Cher

Cher going ABBA was the best thing that ever could have happened to the career of a pop icon. She's fully embracing the cartoon that is her larger than life personality, blending her iconic voice into a power-pop anthem that truly deserves it. Plus, as simple as the music video is, and as little as Cher is in it (ie. not one frame), the quiet message of female empowerment is like sinking into a warm bath full of Betty Who hugs.

Worst Cover Song: "Zombie" Bad Wolves

I love the Cranberries track "Zombie," but a grunting sludge rock band clunkily forcing in lyrics about 2018 politics are not what the song needs. The song needs to be left alone to speak for itself, because it's already doing a great job of that, thank you very much.

My Top 5 Song Discoveries

#5 "The Visitors" ABBA

If you were an act active in the 70's even a tiny bit, you had to have at least one track about aliens. This is ABBA's, and it's a six minute experimental pop anthem that terrifies with the spiky Scandinavian chill of its verses before beaming you up into the atmosphere with a pulse-pounding chorus full of gooey bubblegum goodness.

#4 "Todos Me Miran" Gloria Trevi

Do yourself a favor and don't Wikipedia Gloria Trevi. Her personal life might be detestable, but this song is a glorious bit of electropop that is exactly what Kylie Minogue would have produced if she was from Mexico.

#3 "Drive" Gretta Ray

That's right, we're going full international on this list today. My friend, horror writer Aaron Dries (check him out), exported me this Aussie jam. What I love about this song is the way that every word flows into the other like an endless waterfall of poetry, sending you on a relaxed journey down a river of music that pulls you along with the flow.

#2 "This is the Day" The The

This song was featured in two movies this year (Every Day and I Feel Pretty), so I really couldn't help but prick up my ears at the lush synths of another 80's gem.

#1 "El Chico del Apartamento 512"

I love a song that tells a story, and this one has a great punchline (the narrator is in love with the boy in the apartment next door, but when she finally drums up the courage to tell him, a woman answers - his sister!). But it's also got a tremendously fun Tejano rhythm that brings me instant joy every time I hear it. I can't thank my boyfriend Sergio enough for showing me Selena, a biopic that doesn't do a great job at the "biography" part, but gets the music totally, blissfully right.

Here's Some Stuff That I Did in 2018

Attack of the Queerwolf

By far the coolest thing I've been able to do this year is launch a brand new podcast on the Blumhouse Podcast Network! I'm producing this show, an LGBTQ perspective on popular horror films which is hosted by a trio of people I adore (writers Mark Fortin and Michael Kennedy and artist/activist Nay Never), and it's maybe the piece of work I'm proudest of in my entire life. It's a filthy fun look at a side of horror you might not think about, even if you're a member of the queer community.

Brennan Went to Film School

I've been a busy boy this year, with this month concluding my first full year as a columnist at Dread Central. Brennan Went to Film School is a highbrow look at "low" culture, talking about the deeper subtext of horror films, including self-identity in Elm Street 4, economic disparity in Night of the Comet, and Bait 3D as a metaphor for Purgatory!

Alternate Ending

Another new web site I'm writing for! It's seriously a dream come true getting to write for the web site run by my favorite movie critic Tim Brayton, along with podcasters extraordinaire Carrie and Rob Jarosinski. And it's an outlet where I don't have to write about horror movies exclusively. Who knew I had other interests? Well, if you read my stuff here you can find out!

All the Creatures Were Stirring

Now available in Walmart, Redbox, Amazon Prime, and streaming exclusively on Shudder is All the Creatures Were Stirring, a holiday horror anthology directed by Rebekah and Dave McKendry. With one segment having sound provided by yours truly! That's right, I have a credit in a movie you can actually buy in stores! Mom, I'm famous!

It me!

Podcasts I've Guested On Over the Year:

Geek KO LVL 052: Predator

I actually had to watch the Predator movies for the first time to run a round of trivia for my favorite game show podcast, which you may have noticed if you follow my reviews at all closely.

Geek KO LVL 055: Scream

Now, here's a topic I'm surprised we hadn't gotten to before, considering I've run a Halloween round on the show for at least three years now.

Geek Offensive #049: Sincere Garbage: Birdemic Shock and Terror

Another show on the Geek Say What network, I was very happy to be invited on Geek Offensive to talk bad-great films, another favorite topic of mine.

Geek Offensive #082: Brennan Klein

I was already flattered to be invited back at all, but the fact that they wanted the whole episode to be a one-on-one interview was double exciting. I was super duper sick while recording this and my throat pretty much gave in afterward, but it was definitely a blast as well.

Keep Screaming #22: GIRLS NITE OUT (1982)

OK, maybe I should have thought through my movie choice a little better, but it's a blast to talk slashers with my favorite slasher podcast nonetheless. The fact that I produce the show on my own network legitimately has nothing to do with how much I love it. Ryan and Bee are just that great.

And that's it for another year! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey, and I hope 2019 gives us all a lot better material to work with!

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