End of the Year List

Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. A list of some of the most worthy stuff from this year. According to who? Me.

BEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR ON TV

I cried when I first saw this. Seeing that a woman would be the Doctor. Something I’d hoped for ever since I was a little kid, five or six years old, watching Tom Baker as Doctor Who. And watching it just now, yeah I’m getting a bit choked up.

SECOND BEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR ON TV

Just this last Monday. I’ll admit I was crying during the whole last 15 or so minutes but hearing Peter Capaldi’s last words as the Doctor and then seeing Jodie Whittaker, that was all the feels.

BEST SUPERHERO ANYTHING OF THE YEAR/BEST MOVIE

I’d waited since I was a kid for a Wonder Woman movie. Wonder Woman was the only superhero I ever could relate to back then. Superman, Batman and the rest, those were boys, I didn’t relate to that. And ever since they announced it all I could think was “I hope they don’t screw it up”. They didn’t. It was better than anything I had ever imagined for a Wonder Woman movie. Also the “No Man’s Land” scene, is just so brilliant beyond the obvious action and word play at work.

BEST TEAM SPORTS MOMENT

England defeats India in the final of the Cricket World Cup. The actual winning moment is up with the greatest last moments of any team game I’ve ever seen. And the last 20 or so minutes of the match are as good as the end to any match ever played by men. Only a handful of men’s matches ever are on the same level. And yes I’m a cricket fan, which I’m sure I’ll write up how that came to be eventually.

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS MOMENT

Serena Williams’ match point at the Australian Open. When she won she moved ahead of Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era, with 23 (Margaret Court has 24 singles titles, but they stretch back to the pre-Open Era). And she was about to do it against her sister,  Venus. The only tennis player on Earth who knew exactly what it meant to her. And the only tennis player who could’ve kept her from getting so many titles having faced each other in 9 Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning 7 of those. Before the first serve, it’s almost as if it’s all hitting Serena. Then having won as she hugs her sister, everyone knew it was hitting her. A girl born in Saginaw, Michigan, who spent several years of her childhood in Compton, had just surpassed Steffi Graf.

 

MOST WTF MOMENT

Oh come on, what else could it be? And who could’ve at the time imagined that by year’s end, we wished this was the worst thing that happened. Watching this live was surreal, actually more than that. Like how do you fuck up the biggest award in film? It would be bad enough to screw up any Oscar award, but Best Picture? If someone had put it in a script it would’ve been rejected as totally unrealistic. Yet it happened.

MOST AWESOME DAY

The Women’s March, there’s nothing I can add and no need for me to explain how amazing it was to see women all over the country come together. I picked a clip from Chicago, cause Chicago is home.

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