This Month In Media: December 2014

December was a month of sequels & Christmas movies. Mockingjay Part 1 was fantastic, as was Desolation of Smaug. I thought Battle of the Five Armies was a little too heavy on the ‘battle’ portion (and felt more like the second half of Smaug than a movie in its own right), and Anchorman 2 was made all worth it by the giant brawl sequence that was filled with cameos. As for the Christmas movies, Muppet Christmas Carol reminded me that Michael Caine is the best Scrooge of all time, I Am Santa Claus was a very interesting documentary on real-life Santa Clauses (including one of my all-time favorite wrestlers, Mick Foley,) Dear Santa was a disappointing piece of saccharine, and Christmas Bounty was silly, but proof that The Miz can make a mediocre movie worth watching.

Movies:

  • I Am Santa Claus (2014)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
  • Christmas Bounty (2013)
  • Empire State (2013)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • Red Dawn (2012)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Dear Santa (2011)
  • Moonshot (2009)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Holiday Inn (1942)

Books:

  • As Bees In Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane (play)
  • The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (audiobook)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (audiobook)
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler (audiobook)
  • Nightwing, Vol 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins (graphic novel)
  • Oleanna by David Mamet (play)

Music:

  • Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
  • Frank Turner – “The Way I Tend To Be”
  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
  • Tony Lucca – “Never Gonna Let You Go”

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