Key: (B) = book |(F) = film | (T) = television series (completed season) | (L) = live performance (theater, music, comedy, etc.) | (A) = album (music) | (G) = video game | (C) = stand-up comedy special | [R] = reread/rewatch
Logged during the month I completed the unit. For example, I log a full season of a TV show after watching the last episode of the season, whether I began the season that day or years earlier, I log a game or album when I complete the entire thing, etc.
Key: (B) = book | (F) = film | (T) = television series (completed season) | (L) = live performance (theater, music, comedy, etc.) | (A) = album (music) | (G) = video game | (C) = stand-up comedy special | [R] = reread/rewatch
Logged during the month I completed the unit. For example, I logged a full season of a TV show after watching the last episode of the season, whether I began the season that day or years earlier, I logged a game or album when I completed the entire thing, etc.
J A N U A R Y
Wonder Woman 1984 (F)
Ratatouille: The Musical (F?)
King of Scars (B)
Promising Young Woman (F)
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (G)
Bend It Like Beckham (F)[R]
Pride and Prejudice (2005) (F)[R]
F E B R U A R Y
Enter the Dragon (F)
The Mummy (F)[R]
The Mummy Returns (F)[R]
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (F)[R]
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (F)
History of Swear Words (T)
You’ve Got Mail (F)[R]
Coming to America (F)
Love Wedding Repeat (F)
Underworld: Evolution (F)
M A R C H
Je ne suis pas un homme facile (F)
Two Weeks Notice (F)[R]
Raya and the Last Dragon (F)
Coming 2 America (F)
Blood of Elves (B)
A P R I L
Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (B)
While You Were Sleeping (F)[R]
Warrior S1 (T)
Warrior S2 (T)
Captain America: The First Avenger (F)[R]
The Big Boss (F)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (T)
Castle Crashers (G)
Shadow and Bone S1 (T)
Life in Color with David Attenborough (T)
M A Y
When Harry Met Sally (F)
Loathe at First Sight (B)
Mortal Kombat (2021) (F)
David Attenborough’s The Great Barrier Reef (T)
Kingdom Hearts 2 (G)
Song of Achilles (B)
J U N E
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet (F)
Inside (F? C?)
Black Lady Sketch Show S2 (T)
In the Heights (F)
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal part 1 (F)
Ted Lasso S1 (T)
J U L Y
Ted Lasso S1 (T)[R]
The Time of Contempt (B)
Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth (F)
Black Widow (F)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (F)
Never Have I Ever S1 (T)[R]
Rule of Wolves (B)
Never Have I Ever S2 (T)
Project Hail Mary (B)
Crying in H-Mart (B)
Red, White, and Royal Blue (B)
A U G U S T
Demon Slayer S1 (T)
The Year Earth Changed (F)
Transcendent Kingdom (B)
In the Moon for Love (F)
Solutions and Other Problems (B)
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (F)
The Ingenuity of the Househusband (T)
God of War (G)
Invincible S1 (T)
S E P T E M B E R
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (F)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (F)
The Way of the Househusband S1 (T)
Over the Moon (F)[R]
Brittany Runs a Marathon (F)
O C T O B E R
Star Wars: Visions (T)
The Lightning Thief (B)
The Sea of Monsters (B)
The Titan’s Curse (B)
What If? S1 (T)
Ted Lasso S2 (T)
Star Wars: Visions (T)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (F)
Hocus Pocus (F)[R]
It Takes Two (G)
N O V E M B E R
The Resistance (A)[R]
Closing Down the Pattern Department (A)[R]
Kingsman: The Secret Service (F)[R]
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (F)[R]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Original Soundtrack (A)[R]
Arcane S1 (T)
Love Hard (F)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (F)[R]
John Wick (F)
D E C E M B E R
John Wick: Chapter 2 (F)
The Art of Showing Up (B)
Wicked (L) (!!)
Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (B)
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (L)
The Witcher S2 (T)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (F)
Die Hard (F)
Molly’s Game (F)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (F)[R]
Insecure S5 (T)
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (G)
That’s everything I read, watched, listened to, and played — in their entirety — this year!
Of note is that this year is the first that I actually played these video games to completion on my own. In past years, I marked a game as “complete” via backseat gaming, as in little to no actual controller-in-hands time for me. But this year, my partner encouraged me to try to play them all the way through on my own, with minimal help on some of the difficult boss fights for God of War (it was supposed to be “just give me the story” mode…) and then refusing to help me beat any of Miles Morales so that I could fully own beating AND 100%-ing that game. I have a long way to go as a gamer but I feel less like the Fake Gamer Girl™ label that I have embraced for the past several years. Not sure I’ll be able to start streaming like my partner thinks I can, but at least I can hold my own on these easier difficulties of games. (Plus, God of War taught me so much about being a father… I’ll never forget it.)
Inspired by my friend Ben Hong, who got the idea from Jen Myers, I am continuing the practice of tracking my media consumption this year. This will now be replaced with a 2021 media log, which I will update regularly on its dedicated page. Here are all the movies, shows, books, albums, games, and more that I logged this year.
This year, I was inspired by my friend Ben Hong (who himself got the idea from Jen Myers) to track nearly all of the media I consumed, as a supplement to my movies and books recap. As I’ll be resetting the Media Log page on this blog, here is what I logged in 2019.Read More »
Our shortest month of the year seemed to pass even faster than usual, didn’t it? It was also a REALLY cold month for us: record lows across the board and the coldest February we’ve had in decades, with some broken outstanding records lasting over a century before being broken this year. Here are a few things I enjoyed during this cold, short time.
You know I love TV. I was raised on television and it was getting so bad that I gave up TV for Lent last year. Because of that, I basically stopped watching most shows I had been watching every week and haven’t caught up since. (I still need to watch the last season of Legend of Korra!) Because I have this new void in my TV schedule, I decided to fill it with new shows rather than with something productive. The shows I’ve been liking with the new TV season are:
My FAVORITE new show this year, I cannot recommend it more if you like humor, action, good relationship-building between characters, Marvel, plain folk heroes (vs. superheroes), and good TV in general. The writing is great, the acting is good, and I want them to renew this show desperately. Season 1 was amazing.
Fresh Off the Boat
Basically, every Asian person and any person who knows an Asian person has been watching this show, sometimes out of guilty obligation. Don’t worry, I understand. But you know why it’s good, besides the really funny writing? Two words for you: 90s nostalgia. We are a generation with a heavy case of 90s nostalgia, and this show captures so many of the things we loved about our 90s childhoods really well.
(And also, the show is just legitimately really funny.)
Do I love Grant Gustin? Yes, yes I do. He’s a cutie. But in an age where too many studios are trying to cash in on “darker, grittier” superheroes (even though not every superhero is meant to be like Batman and in fact are not supposed to be dark or gritty), it’s nice to have a regular guy superhero with a show that just makes me happy. I’m invested in Barry Allen, I want to know what Dr. Harrison Wells’s deal is, and I care about these characters a lot. It’s really fun seeing how they write the villains every week, too.
Sometimes, though, a town like Gotham can only be portrayed for what is is: dark and gritty and broken. I have really been enjoying exploring Gotham and its inhabitants, many of whom are characters that we know from the Batman stories. (Also, I adore the young actor who plays child Bruce Wayne. He’s great.) The writing is really good in the pacing, within the episode and from one to the next.
Even though I have now lived in the DC metro area for nearly a decade now, I haven’t really visited the Smithsonian institutions properly! My first visit to the zoo didn’t even include seeing animals and I only saw the Natural History Museum for the first time on my anniversary. But then I got to see the Natural History Museum again at my first Instameet! And I visited the National Gallery of Art this weekend for a photo adventure with some of my friends from the short film I worked on a short while back.
I’m going to go back one of these days and really take in the art. I am also going to make a stronger, conscious effort to visit al these Smithsonian galleries and museums because they are FREE to visit and just such an amazing resource. I should be taking advantage of the fact that I have free access to the biggest museum system in the world.
Watching Musical Theater [at Warner Theatre]
I’ve had the chance to watch not one but TWO musicals at the Warner Theatre. Prior to this month, I had never been to this theater. I saw 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, which was a romp for sure. I also saw Anything Goes!, which is more of a traditional (and I mean traditional in the sense that Cole Porter wrote the songs) musical. I’ll be doing a write-up of that soon, but I really loved it. Being at the Warner Theatre this past month has reignited my love for musical theater and really made me miss doing choreography and singing along with a chorus.
I’ve just discovered the #igdc community on Instagram (InstaGram DC) and discoverd so many great photographers in the DC area, many of whom I was able to meet at my first ever Instameet. It’s been so nice to see these amazing photos on my Instagram feed as I slowly allow Instagram to be a social network that I use to follow more than just my friends. Plus, I’m learning so much about DC and the beauty it has to offer.
I am such a sucker for photobooths. We have them at a lot of events in the DC area and I have gotten to the point where I have some standards now. Lazy photobooths (which I’ll still do and have fun with) will consist of a hung up cloth of some sort and someone taking photos for you. MAYBE they’ll throw in some props. We have a lot of companies in the area that set up booths, have a lot of props, and the lighting in the booth is actually really nice. I saw maybe the best photobooth I’ve seen yet in DC this week. It was amazing because they had so many awesome props for our DC-themed party! I was overwhelmed by the options, so we had no choice but to duck into the booth multiple times.
Family Group Chats
My extended family + my mom are all in China, so they use WeChat religiously. (Maybe a little too much.) (Definitely a little too much.) For Chinese New Year (holla at me, fellow sheep!), they started a giant group chat to include me, my mom, my dad, my mom’s 2 sisters, their daughters, my cousin-in-law (?), and my uncle. I had to mute it because they’re so active, but it’s nice to be in touch with my family on the other side of the world.
It’s my favorite award show for a reason. I love the Oscars and I wrote a lengthy post telling you so, complete with a link to my live tweets. 2014 was a great year for movies so the Oscars are a great time to look back and kind of say “Wow, great job Hollywood”. Do they really need that affirmation? Nah. But they give it to themselves every year and we help.
This is the only game app I currently have on my phone. I don’t really like having games on my phone because I try to keep the unproductive activity to a minimum. (Since I already waste more time on my phone than I’d like.) HOWEVER I do love trivia. I used to like playing QuizUp, which was great for proving how much Disney trivia I knew. But as my friends shifted from QuizUp to Trivia Crack, and I learned very late why my brother was always asking me random trivia questions, I had to indulge my trivia nerd. I used to be on a bar trivia team but we’ve been forced into retirement because of different circumstances. (Moving, our statewide trivia league ditching the bar we went to anyway, etc.
Even though Trivia Crack madness has been winding down, I did like it a lot this past month. It has been forcing me to scrape around my brain for accurate sports knowledge, but no one is challenging me on Trivia Crack and I’m starting to feel like that friend who is always starting new games. My bad!