2018, the year of the dog (and who doesn’t love dogs?). There are so many things that happened in 2018, both in pop culture and in my personal life. I started a new job in PR, I went to Scotland for the first and second time and I, of course, started blogging again. In the outside world, there was a big footie tournament or something, people had beef with each other, and celebrities were, well, celebrities. Now the new year is literally around the corner, it is a perfect time to reflect on the past year and wrap up some of my favourite reads, films and albums.
Best Films of 2018
This years’ cinematic offerings were plenty, with a plethora of multi-million Hollywood productions being thrown at us left right and centre. Whilst I tend to watch older films on catch-up/ Netflix, I did frequent the cinema more often in 2018 and boy did I see some gems. The two stand out films for me, however, were Bohemian Rhapsody and Christopher Robin. Tom and I also saw Beetlejuice’s 20th anniversary showing this Hallowe’en, but I guess that can’t be counted. Sad face.
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round
I dragged my mum along (hi mum) to see Bohemian Rhapsody with me this autumn, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. My friends told me that it was great, but critics’ reviews said otherwise. What I was met with was a gorgeous biopic of legend Freddie Mercury and his rise with Queen and decline during his solo career. In all honesty, I thought Bohemian Rhapsody was going to almost be like Mamma Mia, but instead watching Mercury’s story unfold against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic and rock music scene was refreshing. If nothing else, watch this film to remember just how many Queen songs you actually love.
Doing nothing can lead to the best somethings
We first went to watch Christopher Robin for my Mum’s birthday, but Tom and I were soon back at the cinema for a second viewing of the reimagined childhood classic. Both massive fans of the lovable Winnie-the-Pooh before watching Christopher Robin (I actually suggested calling my sister Winnie the Pooh whilst my mum was pregnant with her – my mum thought Kirsten sounded nicer but that’s a matter of opinion, isn’t it?), this film properly tugged on our heartstrings. Filled with memorable quotes and adorable moments, you’ll find yourself visiting Hundred Acre Wood again and again.
Best Album of 2018
God really is a woman
Okay, so I would say my music taste is quite eclectic. You’ve probably already guessed from the name of my blog that I’m a huge Blondie fan, and I love 60s-70s women of rock (Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Patti Smith – I see you). I’m also obsessed with a fan of Enter Shikari, but this year Ariana Grande takes the cake for best album. I’ve always been a little bit embarrassed about liking her music as I never thought I was young enough to be considered part of her main demographic, but this year, despite everything 2017 (and 2018) threw at her, Grande’s Sweetener was anthem after anthem of songs about owning your success, facing anxiety and becoming a better person. She’s an absolute icon of our generation and damn, that girl is talented. Also, Thank U, Next deserves at least a shout out for being a fucking bop.
Best reads of 2018
The year of the serial killer
Netflix shows such as Evil Genius and Making a Murderer have turned us all into forensic sleuths and we’re all now a little bit obsessed with criminal cases. Personally, I’ve always been fascinated by cults and cult mentality, so when I was getting back into reading this year I chose ‘Manson’ by Jeff Guinn. Also this book was published in 2014 but it’s the only book I’ve fully read this year so shh. Following Manson from birth up until his last years in prison, Guinn has clearly done his research and allows a sliver into what was actually going on in Manson’s head during the Tate/ LaBianca murders and how he managed to gain such a mass following. The only question I’m left without an answer to is – did Manson believe the shite he spouted or was it merely a tactic to influence his ‘family’? I’m also nearly finished reading Silence of the Lambs, so I might give that one a bit of a review once I’ve finished.
Favourite new place in 2018
Comfy couches and pizza
A huge shout out goes to my father and step-mum-in-law for introducing me to Ilkley Cinema. Based in Yorkshire (which I do have to overlook, unfortunately), Ilkley Cinema has made me fall in love with going to the movies. Instead of traditional seats, the theatre is filled with clean, bloody comfortable couches and armchairs so you can relax, put your feet up and eat a pizza that is DELIVERED TO YOUR SEAT by the staff! Instead of being ripped off by extortionate food prices at chain cinemas, you know the cost of your ticket and contributions towards the food are actually helping maintain the suave, so so comfy cinema. Here, we’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, Ocean’s 8, Bohemian Rhapsody and Christopher Robin and I never want to go back to a bog-standard theatre ever again!
What I’m looking forward to in 2019
Short answer: getting married. I’ve also got some history-related stuff in the pipelines that I can’t wait to share with you all, and I’ll be writing many more blogs so buckle up and enjoy. Until then MERRY CHRISTMAS, and I hope that 2019 is magical for you all.
See ya next year x
Links and whatnot
If you want to check out (ew) any of the books, films etc I’ve mentioned then you can find them linked down below!
Watch the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer -> here
Watch the Christopher Robin trailer – > here
Listen to Ariana Grande’s Sweetener on Spotify -> here
Buy / read Jeff Guinn’s ‘Manson’ -> here
Find out more about Ilkley cinema -> here
These are not affiliate links, nor do I get any benefit from sharing them. All views expressed are my own!