2012 Pop Culture Year In Review #pophr #HRMusicShare
by Matthew Stollak on Thursday, December 20, 2012
With 2012 coming to a close, its time to look back on the year in movies, TV, books, music, videogames, and food. Over the course of the year, I viewed 107 movies, read 55 books, watched countless hours of TV, played countless hours of Angry Birds, listened to a lot of music, and ate a lot of food. So, what tops the list in 2012?
The Best Things I Saw In 2012
- Sherlock: Season 2, Episode 1 - A Scandal in Belgravia - The most exhilarating hour and a half of viewing this year. Well-acted, great script. Well-worth your time
- Key & Peele: East/West College Bowl - I've seen it well over 30 times and it never fails to make me laugh out loud each time.
- Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention - One of the best speeches I have ever seen.
- Argo - Excellent effort from Ben Affleck
- Moonrise Kingdom - A return to form from Wes Anderson
- Cabin in the Woods - Forget "The Avengers," this was the better Joss Whedon film
- Sherlock Season 2
- Breaking Bad
- Parks and Recreation
- Mad Men
- Boardwalk Empire
- Game of Thrones
- Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - Page turner featuring two despicable people at odds in their marriage
- Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - Science Fiction/Quest novel based on video games (like Zork) and nostalgia for all things pop culture in the 1980s.
- Back in Blood - Tom Wolfe - A bounce back from the disappointing " I Am Charlotte Simmons"
- Bad Girls - M.I.A. - the best hook from 2012
- Bad Religion - Frank Ocean - his performance on Jimmy Fallon was amazing
- Under the Westway - Blur
- Speed the Collapse - Metric
- Distractions - Orbital
- Pyramids - Frank Ocean
- Beezledub - Orbital
- Flesh and Bone - The Killers
- Popular - Saint Etienne
- Gaz Coombes Presents Here Comes the Bombs - the most consistent album in 2012 from the former Supergrass lead singer
- Synthetica - Metric
- Words & Music - Saint Etienne
- Wonky - Orbital
- Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
- Charburger with Cheese at Edzos in Evanston, IL
- Wiseguy Pizza at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ
- Cheeseburger at Redamak's in New Buffalo, MI