- ...competed in my first pun-off.
- ...hosted an Oscars party to huge success.
- ...filed my taxes completely without help for the first time.
- ...started getting proofreaders for my reviews again.
- ...received job promotions to work more hours.
- ...began a monthly (sort of) series of Christian Themes in movies.
- ...appeared on TV three times within a single month.
- ...learned about the ghost sightings at Pike Place Market.
- ...traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for my cousin's wedding.
- ...did a Bob Ross painting party for my birthday.
- ...Paddington proved how stylish pink was in prisons!
- ...Black Panther caused all awards circles and Oscar predictors to lose their minds.
- ...Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit reached unfathomable levels of annoyance.
- ...I fooled everyone by posting a positive review of Sherlock Gnomes on April Fool's Day.
- ...Steven Spielberg showed his senior-life crisis on screen by attempting to relive his glory days.
- ...Emily Blunt gave the most terrifying birth of a child the world has ever seen.
- ...Thanos ended up not being such a bad guy after all despite eradicating half the universe's population.
- ...Deadpool made baby legs fashionable.
- ...Hereditary made tongue clicking never the same again, something we now lose our heads over!
- ...Incredibles 2 continued the usual trend of Pixar and their unnecessary sequels that should never exist.
- ...we were all reminded of how special Mister Rogers thinks we are.
- ...the Academy's "Best Popular Film" category was established and eradicated, all within a few weeks.
- ...Christopher Robin affirmed to me that going back to my childhood is a bad idea.
- ...we realized in The Happytime Murders that it IS possible to make puppet sex boring.
- ...Bradley Cooper proves his directing talent while Lady Gaga proves her acting talent.
- ...Keira Knightley competed against Reese Witherspoon for the most annoying performance of 2018.
- ...we lost an influential writer who continues to inspire many comic book fans and anyone inspired by superheroes.
- ...Fantastic Beasts 2 and Mary Poppins Returns disappointed me big time.
- ...we finally saw all the Disney princesses together on the big screen.
- ...a potential Oscar host was hired and fired within a single week.
Yes, you can say, both personally and through movies, this has been a year of high emotional shifts. Sometimes I was able to enjoy things as intended, but when it came to my relationships with family and roommates, my personal moral stands had to be challenged. But I found that above all else, the only one I should seek to please is God the Father (1 Peter 5:2-4). I should not strive to please people with my opinions, I have to stand up for myself, and above all make sure my values only meet the standard of the Lord's.
Thus, looking forward to 2019, my main resolutions are to start online dating and to start posting on social media on a daily basis (since that's what the experts do). On a personal level, it's to focus on spreading positivity rather than being so critical and negative. That doesn't mean I'm just going to be nice in my reviews, but when it comes to pointing out flaws in people personally, my focus on the bad is going to be proportionately smaller than my focus on the good of another.
With that, here's my most anticipated movies of 2019:
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The top 4 are really the only ones I am actually interested in seeing. The rest were more just me filling up space, but I am intrigued by how good or bad they may be. Just as a brief breakdown, the idea that a Dora the Explorer movie directed by Michael Bay is actually happening makes me curious to see how big a failure it will be. As for Detective Pikachu, judging by the trailer and terrible CGI, I'm already convinced the movie will be atrocious, but being a huge fan of Pokemon, my inner child is overjoyed that we finally get a live action Pokemon movie. It's above all else The LEGO Movie 2 and Star Wars 9 I'm genuinely excited to see. I'm so looking forward to see how this sequel trilogy will conclude, and going back to the LEGO universe as established five years ago will be a hilariously wild ride!