Anne’s Note: The actual episode review starts in the 7th paragraph. Everything before that is an explanation of the overall project, which may or may not interest you. Paragraphs five and six are specific to The Wire, but discuss its larger legacy and why I picked it for this project rather than my personal opinions of the show. —–Hey readers! I hope you all are … Continue reading Anne Watches The Wire: S1E1
It’s finally here: the final five albums of my Top 20 albums of 2020. Here are the links where you can see the first 15: Part 1: #20-#16Part 2: #15-#11Part 3: #10-#6 In case you haven’t seen any prior posts in this series, here’s a rundown of what I looked for in albums as I was building the list: Specialness:Is the album special? Is it … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #5 -#1
Welcome back to the third installment of my Top 20 albums of 2020. You can find Part 1: #20-#16 Part 1: #20-#16 here and Part 2: #15-#11 here. Here’s a quick refresher on what I look for in albums as I’m building the list: Specialness:Is the album special? Is it making interesting choices that set it apart from other 2020 releases or music in general? … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #10-#6
Welcome back to the second installment of my Top 20 albums of 2020. If you didn’t see Part 1, I’ll link that here. If you don’t want to read all that here’s a quick refresher on what I look for in albums as I’m building the list: Specialness: Is the album special? Is it making interesting choices that set it apart from other 2020 releases … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #15-#11
One of my favorite parts of December is skimming the various “Best Of” retrospectives. I’ve never done one myself, largely because I don’t put a ton of pressure on myself to keep up with new releases. But around the beginning of November, I realized 2020 was a pretty good year for music, and so it was time to take on that challenge: a proper Best … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #20-#16
At the end of ever year, Spotify makes you a playlist with the songs you listened to the most. That’s nice of them. However, I can’t help but wonder… are the songs you listened to the most often really the same as your actual favorite songs? I know in some cases I listen to an album more if I plan on reviewing it, and I … Continue reading Spotify says these were my top 100 songs of 2020. Were they really?
Ah yes, the love triangle. It’s one of the staples of movies and television that somehow never gets old, and yet can easily feel stale if not done well. What actually separates the love triangles we get invested in from the ones that feel like lazy plot devices? That’s the question we’re going to explore today. We’ll be looking at it through the lens of … Continue reading Dawson’s Creek: A Case Study in Love Triangles
In the past, I’ve done two daily blogging projects that involved reviewing television pilots. First there was “30 Pilots in 30 Days” in August 2017, and then “100 Pilots in 100 Days” which ran from January 1st to April 10, 2020. Outside of these projects, I’ve never reviewed any of the television pilots I’ve come across in my normal day-to-day television consumption. Until now. Because … Continue reading ‘One Tree Hill’ pilot review: Why does it take 42 minutes for a kid to join a basketball team?
So I am by no means a ‘Swiftie.’ Sure, I’ve listened to every song and even written a review of every album (links to those at the end of this post). And yeah, from 1989 onwards I’ve been fairly invested in her album rollouts, listening to new songs and watching new videos almost immediately after they dropped. But I’ve also consistently had negative opinions about … Continue reading ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For
Genre: Country with tasteful dashes of pop Year: 2020Runtime: 46:54Total Number of Tracks: 12Songs you might know:– “Gaslighter”– “Sleep at Night”– “March March”– “Julianna Calm Down” My prior relationship with the album and artist: I freaking love The Chicks (still getting used to the new name). When I first got a boombox when I was 6 years old Fly was THE album I couldn’t stop playing … Continue reading Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks