2017 Best of Year Entertainment

2017 Best Albums2017 Best Graphic Novels2017 Best Lego Sets2017 Best Movies2017 Best of Entertainment2017 Best Songs2017 Best TV+-

I’m not sure 2017 has been a particularly vintage year, then again I have been rather preoccupied with guitar matters all year, and have spent a little less time on new music than normal. I did though start the year listening to Run the Jewels a lot, and most of my top 20 has been on pretty regular rotation since release, with the exception of the new King Krule and Kendrick Lamar albums which I came to rather late. There are some really decent consistently high quality efforts here, with Karen Dreijer’s sophomore release pipping the rest - a lot let less grungy than her debut, and more in fact along the lines of her original band ’The Knife’. American Dream was the surprise package for me - with its mix of Talking Heads, Bowie and early 80’s UK electronica influences - right up my street - and I also really enjoy the more pop-leanings of Annie Clark, and the slightly more Hip-hop Gorillaz!

20 Favourite Albums

  1. Plunge - Fever Ray
  2. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  3. Masseducation - St Vincent
  4. RTJ3 - Run The Jewels
  5. Humanz - Gorillaz
  6. Everything Now - Arcade Fire
  7. From Deewee - Soulwax
  8. Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
  9. The OOZ - King Krule
  10. Damn - Kendrick Lamar
  11. Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey
  12. Melodrama - Lorde
  13. Wonderful Wonderful - The Killers
  14. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  15. A Fever Dream - Everything Everything
  16. Home Counties - St Etienne
  17. Real High - Nite Jewel
  18. Mosaik - Cameo & Krooked
  19. Lose My Cool - Ronika
  20. Double Duchess - Fergie

Honourable mention - Total Depravity (2016) - The Veils

20 Favourite Songs

I should really take more notes throughout the year as I often forget some of the earlier stuff that caught my attention - this list covers most of the highlights though - and I really like most of what Sigrid has put out this year - so she's worthy winner - and 'Like it Ain't Nuttin' is definitely the groove of the year!:

  1. Strangers / Plot Twist / Don't Kill My Vibe - Sigrid
  2. Like it Ain't Nuttin' - Fergie
  3. Chained to the Rhythm - Katy Perry ft Skip Marley
  4. Waterfall - Stargate ft Pink and Sia
  5. Cola - Camelphat & Elderbrook (Franky Rizardo Rmx)
  6. Ciao Adios - Anne-Marie
  7. Green Light - Lorde
  8. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
  9. New Rules - Dua Lipa
  10. Lust for Life - Lana Del Ray ft The Weeknd
  11. The Man - The Killers
  12. In the Mood / Mermaids - Skott
  13. Slide - Calvin Harris ft Frank Ocean & Migos
  14. Feels - Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
  15. Lemon - NERD ft Rihanna
  16. Los Ageless - St Vincent
  17. Boys - Charli XCX
  18. Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft Justin Bieber
  19. Mi Gente - J Balvin & Willy William ft Beyoncé
  20. I Miss You - Clean Bandit ft Julia Michaels

20 Favourite Movies

My favourite film last year was American Honey, and in some ways I see 'The Florida Project' as a companion piece to that - a snapshot of colourful American fringe life - this time set in pastel hues and on the outskirts of Disney World Orlando. It does not have as good a soundtrack, but the premise, casting, acting, cinematography and direction are all first rate - a highly memorable film about childhood. Blade Runner 2049 did not disappoint either - forming a very worthy sequel to one of my all-time favourite films, and Baby Driver was an exceptional virtuoso performance in soundtrack and visual choreography by the ever inventive Director - Edgar Wright. Note that I always watch Star Wars over the Christmas holidays with most of the kids - so that's obviously not included for now - I may add a note post viewing.

  1. The Florida Project
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Baby Driver
  4. Thor Ragnarok
  5. La La Land
  6. Personal Shopper
  7. Atomic Blonde
  8. T2 Trainspotting
  9. Wonder Woman
  10. Wind River
  11. Raw
  12. Get Out
  13. Logan
  14. Kong Skull Island
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  16. John Wick 2
  17. Lost City of Z
  18. Colossal
  19. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  20. Logan Lucky

20 Favourite TV Series

Television continues to outstrip cinema in various ways, and there were some truly exceptional programmes this year. I'm not sure Game of Thrones can get more epic, even though it does drop fairly regular logic-bombs. American Gods is the best thing Amazon have ever delivered, and Twin Peaks was visceral and exciting yet not quite a match to its original in overall appeal - all were pipped by the wonderful 80's love-letter that is Stranger Things - it came up trumps for me once again - reinforcing several fond memories of childhood along the way - that series resonated with me the strongest:

  1. Stranger Things 2
  2. Game of Thrones 7
  3. American Gods 1
  4. Twin Peaks: The Return (3)
  5. Star Trek Discovery 1
  6. Ozark 1
  7. Godless (MS)
  8. Peaky Blinders 4
  9. Taboo 1
  10. Fargo 3
  11. Blue Planet II
  12. GLOW 1
  13. American Vandal 1
  14. 13 Reasons Why 1
  15. Mindhunter 1
  16. The Deuce 1
  17. Black Sails 4
  18. Line of Duty 4
  19. Into the Badlands 2
  20. The Expanse 2

20 Favourite Graphic Novels

The Comics Universe shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon - it's still the golden age as I've said many times already. And the Image imprint is still leading the charge in innovative and arresting titles. Not to say I still don't buy the occasional Marvel and DC issue - I really enjoyed Star Wars' Dr Aphra this year. By and large though - it's Image, Dark Horse and Titan which are winning out for me. I don't feel that there was any particularly significant release on Humanoids this year - certainly nothing approaching Incal or Metabaron:

  1. 4 Kids Walk into a Bank (Black Mask)
  2. Shade - the Changing Girl 1 (DC : Young Animal)
  3. Motor Crush 1 (Image)
  4. Extremity 1 (Image)
  5. Black Cloud 1 (Image)
  6. Snotgirl 1 (Image)
  7. Monstress 2 (Image)
  8. The Goddamned 1 (Image)
  9. Cursewords 1 (Image)
  10. Black Hammer 1: Secret Origins (Dark Horse)
  11. Briggs Land 1: State of Grace (Dark Horse)
  12. Chew 12 (Image)
  13. The Death of Stalin (Titan)
  14. Lazarus 5 (Image)
  15. Kingsway West (Dark Horse)
  16. Khaal (Titan)
  17. God Country (Image)
  18. Frostbite (Vertigo)
  19. Reborn (Image)
  20. King Tiger 1 (Dark Horse)

10 Favourite New Lego Sets

I have had relatively little action with Lego this year - only really the company Christmas do build-off - which featured the Mighty Dinosaurs set - I have snagged two - since both the Triceratops and T-Rex are excellent - I might still get a third to produce the Pterosaur also. Even though not actively involved - several sets caught my eye - including the biggest ever Lego set - the still to be properly released Ultimate Millennium Falcon - with no less than 7,541 pieces!:


(Ascending Price)

  1. Creator 3-in-1 Mighty Dinosaurs [174 pieces] - £13
  2. Creator 3-in-1 Robo Explorer [205 pieces] - £18
  3. Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum [744 pieces] - £65
  4. Technic Airport Rescue Vehicle [1098 pieces] - £80
  5. Creator Expert London Bus [1686 pieces] - £110
  6. Ideas Old Fishing Store [2049 pieces] - £140
  7. BOOST Creative Toolbox [847 pieces] - £150
  8. Ninjago City [4867 pieces] - £260
  9. Creator Expert Taj Mahal [5923 pieces] - £300
  10. Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon [7541 pieces] - £650
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