Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 10 Favorite Sitcom Episodes of 2016

My annual rundown of my favorite episodes of the sitcoms I watched this year. As usual for variety purposes I just chose one episode per show. Lots of new shows on my list this year :)
(Previous lists: 2015, 2014, 2013,2012)

1. Mom Season 3 Episode 7: Kreplach and a Tiny Tush
- This episode features one of my all time favorite sequence! The dinner scenewhere Bonnie and Christie hosted for Violet's visiting boyfriend and mother was so well executed with non-stop laughs from start to finish. It also manifests why the old school multicam style format still works with the right writing, acting and directing.

2. Bob's Burgers Season 6 Episode 19: Glued, Where's My Bob
- I binge watched this animated comedy this year and immediately climbed to one of my all time favorites. I initially thought this show was like Family Guy which was too racy and hyper for my taste but this show is indeed excellent. This episode where Bob find himself stuck in a toilet bowl and became a news item was so hilarious

3. Superstore Season 1 Episode 11: Strike
-  My favorite new comedy this year featuring an excellent ensemble led by Ugly Betty star America Ferrera. This workplace comedy is set in a big box store and this episode is the season 1 finale where the crew goes on strike after their manager got fired for giving a new mother vacation leave which is against corporate rules. This is the episode where the show found the right balance between comedy and real life issues.

4. The Good Place Season 1 Episode 1: Everything is Fine
- The pilot of this afterlife comedy just won me over from the first sequence alone. It's whimsical with sharp wit that showcases a pitch perfect role for Kristen Bell. I can't wait what will happen next as the show teased a potential awesome showdown with "The Bad Place" as it returns from hiatus next month.

5. The Middle Season 8 Episode 1: The Core Group
- Of course one of my all time favorite comedies is stil present and as usual I had a hard time picking one episode I loved the most this year. Anyway, I ultimately chose the Season 8 premiere as the Hecks dealt with the realities of life that they are growing older and that the "core group" will no longer be just them as the kids are now having lives of their own. As someone who watched this show started 8 years ago, it hit me big time (as it also relates in my real life).

6. Speechless Season 1 Episode 8: R-R-Raycation
- This new family comedy is about a family with a teen that has Cerebral Palsy. What I like about this show in general is that they don't make the show to be to schmaltzy and preachy. JJ (the one with the disability) is basically like your regular teen who wants to as normal as possible. This episode deals with his first heartbreak and it was so well done. It was heartwarming but not patronizing at all. 

7. American Housewife Season 1 Episode 2: The Nap
- The pilot had mixed reviews so I really had not expectation as long as it is enjoyable enough. I liked the pilot so I decided to continue but wow as early as the 2nd episode the show already found its comedic voice that made me think oh this show will be one of my favorites. This episode deals with how the mother is having a hard time just to have a simple nap because of all the errands and responsibilits she has to do. It's a very simple premise but they hit the right comedic tones that resulted to a very funny (and relatable) episode.

8. Black-ish Season 2 Episode 16: Hope
Hope-This much talked about episode of Black-ish is more serious than usual as it deals with conflicts African American face with police officers. It's a hot and potential polarizing topic but the way they handled it with the just the right amount of seriousness without going too preachy  and most importantly not forgetting the humour. 

9. Mike & Molly Season 6 Episode 13: I See Love
- The series finale of this underrated comedy is sweet and funny as Mike & Molly welcomes their child. I loved that it featured all the recurring characters as well. It also showcased the program's strength, it's strong ensemble that made this show not just about people poking fun at people, It's a romcom the eventually morphed into a family comedy. I miss this show. 

10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 Episode 13: Josh and I Go to Los Angeles
Not a 30-minute sitcom but I just love this musical comedy so much I can't leave it off the list. The songs are just so well-produced and most importantly funny! I chose this episode because it featured my favorite song and musical moment of this show so far: JAP Battle! JAP means Jewish American Princess. The song is just funny and the musical number it self was so hilarious. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2016

The 10 movies that I've seen in the theater this year (which sadly was not a lot!) that left a lasting impression! 

10. The Jungle Book
-  Wonderful production, breath taking technical achievement!

9. Moana
- The story is nothing new but the songs were fantastic and the animation was just on another level

8. Room
- Heartbreaking story with two terrific performances that will trigger all kinds of emotions from your inner being.

7. Finding Dory 
- The sequel that did not disappoint!

6. Everything About Her
- My favorite local mainstream movie. Funny, tender and heartbreaking.

5. Your Name
- My first anime film in the big screen! A very engaging movie from start to end.

4. Train to Busan
- It lived up to the hype! One of the most thrilling and entertaining theater experience this year. Reminds you the joys of watching a movie with a receptive audience.

3. Spotlight
- The current Oscar Best Picture winner! Once upon a time I dreamt of becoming a journalist and this film reminded me why.

2. Sunday Beauty Queens
- The best picture on this year's MMFF! This documentary will get you a true glimpse of how our fellow Filipinos deal and survive working and living in a foreign land. No melodrama but just real and pure emotions.

1. Zootopia
-  A film that is more than just cute animals talking! With how intolerance and misinformation are putting the society backwards these days, this animated movie couldn't be more apt.

Favorites from the past years:

My Hot 100 for 2016

My Favorite Songs for 2016

  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers feat Halsey  
  2. In The Name of  Love - Martin Garrix feat Bebe Rexha 
  3. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  4. Sila - Sud
  5. Versace on the Floor - Bruno Mars
  6. Where My Love Goes - Lawson
  7. Secret Love Song - Little Mix feat Jason DeRulo
  8. Drive It Like You Stole It - Sing Street
  9. Ambon - Barbie Almabis
  10. Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
  11. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers feat Daya
  12. Middle - DJ Snake feat Bipolar Sunshine
  13. Nobody's Better - Z feat Fetty Wap
  14. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  15. Hymn for the Weekend - Coldplay
  16. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
  17. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  18. Waste a Moment - Kings of Leon
  19. Pariwara - Ely Buendia and Itchyworms
  20. Bitter Song - Callalily feat Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 
  21. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth feat Selena Gomez
  22. Rock Bottom - Hailee Steinfeld feat DNCE
  23. Something I Need - Morisette Amon and Piolo Pascual
  24. Piece by Piece (Idol Version) - Kelly Clarkson
  25. Kids - One Republic
  26. All I Ask - Adele
  27. Cheap Thrills - Sia feat Sean Paul
  28. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
  29. When We Were Young - Adele
  30. Stitches - Shawn Mendes
  31. Jet Black Heart - 5 Seconds of Summer 
  32. Let It Go - James Bay
  33. Ambon - Stark
  34. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  35. Cold Water - Major Lazer feat Justin Bieber & Mo
  36. One Dance - Drake feat Wiz Kid and Kyla
  37. Work - Rihanna feat Drake
  38. Monumento - Kyla and Kris Lawrence
  39. Trumpets - Sak Noel & Salvi feat Sean Paul
  40. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld feat Grey and Zedd
  41. I Found a Girl - The Vamps
  42. Gold - Kiarra
  43. Good Grief - Bastille
  44. The Sound - The 1975
  45. Ride - Twenty One Pilots
  46. Close - Nick Jonas feat Tove Lo
  47. Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
  48. Starboy - The Weekend feat Daft Punk
  49. Jumpshot - Dawin
  50. Nobody But Me - Michael Buble
  51. Weird People - Little Mix
  52. Rockabye - Clean Bandit feat Sean Paul & Anne Marie
  53. Try Everything - Shakira
  54. Kiss It Better - Rihanna
  55. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
  56. Alexander Hamilton - Hamilton Cast
  57. Hiling - Mark Carpio
  58. Wag Mong Aminin - Rico Blanco
  59. Up - Sing Street
  60. Paasa (T.A.N.G.A) - Yeng Constantino
  61. How Far I'll Go - Auli'i Cravalho / Janella Salvador
  62. All We Know - The Chainsmokers feat Phoebe Ryan
  63. Bawat Daan - Ebe Dancel
  64. We Know The Way - Opetaia Foai and Lin Manuel Miranda
  65. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue
  66. My Shot - Hamilton Cast
  67. You're Welcome - Dwayne Johnson
  68. The Greatest - Sia feat Kendrick Lamar
  69. Shout Out to My Ex - Little Mix
  70. Pillowtalk - Zayn
  71. Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
  72. Water Under the Bridge - Adele
  73. i hate u, i love u - gnash feat Olivia O' Brien 
  74. Sit Still Look Pretty - Daya
  75. Dalawang Letra - Itchyworms
  76. Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
  77. Roses - The Chainsmokers feat Rosez
  78. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat Rihanna
  79. Pasensya Ka Na - Silent Sanctuary
  80. Tala - Sarah Geronimo
  81. Isang Pamilya Tayo Ngayong Pasko- Various Artists
  82. History - One Direction
  83. Just Like Fire - Pink
  84. All Night - The Vamps
  85. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmund feat Gucci Mane
  86. Youth - Troye Zivan
  87. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
  88. Oh Pag Ibig - Bailey May and Ylona Garcia
  89. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding
  90. Into You - Ariana Grande
  91. Side to Side - Ariana Grande feat Nicki Minaj
  92. Jap Battle - Crazy Ex Girlfriend Cast
  93. The Horns - DJ Katch
  94. Perfect Illusion - Lady GaGa
  95. In The Night - The Weeknd
  96. Wherever I Go - One Republic
  97. Me Too - Meghan Trainor
  98. My House - Flo Rida
  99. All In My Head - Fifth Harmony feat Fetty Wap
  100. Lagi Mong Tatandaan - Parokya ni Edgar