Special Edition Podcast

2016 All Media Year End Roundup

Show Notes

It’s the eleventh (tenth?) annual iFanboy All-Media Year End Round-Up! Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and Ron Richards discuss some of what they enjoyed in media in 2016. Movies, television, podcasts, books, music, games, and comics–it’s all here!

Running Time: 02:51:57

00:02:30 – Manchester By The SeaManchester by the Sea
00:08:25 – Arrival
00:14:09 – Green Room
00:17:51 – Hell or High Water
00:19:36 – The Nice Guys
00:24:30 – Everybody Wants Some!!
00:28:01 – 10 Cloverfield Lane
00:30:11 – Weiner
00:33:30 – Where To Invade Next
00:37:48 – Moonlight
00:40:58 – The Finest Hours
00:44:28 – American Honey
00:47:58 – The Edge of Seventeen
00:50:00 – Oasis: Supersonic
00:54:39 – Midnight Special

00:56:54 – The CrownThe Crown
01:01:20 – The Night Of
01:04:01 – Westworld
01:06:13 – black-ish
01:08:25 – Veep
01:10:57 – Horace & Pete’s
01:14:04 – Atlanta
01:15:50 – 11.22.63
01:19:02 – Timeless
01:22:45 – Ballers
01:25:55 – Catastrophe
01:28:10 – Pitch
01:31:50 – Stranger Things
01:34:36 – The Get Down
01:38:39 – Soundbreaking

01:44:06 – Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
01:45:54 – Heroes of the Storm
01:46:59 – Disney’s Magic Kingdoms
01:48:24 – Clash Royale
01:49:53 – Red Flags
01:50:56 – Ghostbusters Pinball
01:52:02 – The Big Lebowski Pinball
01:52:58 – LEGO Jurassic World

01:54:01 – Hamilton: An American Musical
01:56:22 – Beach Slang
01:57:15 – Dinosaur Jr.
02:00:10 – Vanishing Life
02:02:15 – Nothing
02:03:01 – A Tribe Called Quest
02:05:07 – The John Bunch Tribute Show
02:07:42 – Old men talk about music on YouTube

02:08:55 – “The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel” by Mark Frost
02:10:25 – “Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life” by Steve HydenCatch a Wave
02:11:26 – “Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson” by Peter Ames Carlin
02:14:49 – “The Goldfinch: A Novel” by Donna Tratt
02:16:37 – “The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters” by Greg Young and Tom Meyers
02:17:57 – “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” by James Andrew Miller
02:19:28 – “The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests” by Chris Smith

02:22:17 – “WTF” with Marc MaronThe West Wing Weekly
02:25:37 – “I Was There Too” with Matt Gourley
02:27:22 – “Backstory” with the American History Guys
02:28:27 – “You Must Remember with This” with Karina Longworth
02:30:05 – “Revisionist History” with Malcolm Gladwell
02:31:52 – “The First” with Greg Young
02:33:12 – “The West Wing Weekly” with Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway

02:34:27 – The Fade Out
02:35:13 – Star WarsThe Flintstones
02:35:55 – Darth Vader
02:36:24 – Nightwing
02:36:49 – The Flintstones
02:37:43 – Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2
02:38:17 – Power Man and Iron Fist
02:39:18 – I Hate Fairyland
02:39:54 – Spider-Woman
02:40:56 – Astro City
02:42:38 – Kill or Be Killed
02:43:26 – The Sheriff of Babylon
02:44:19 – Superman: American Alien
02:45:11 – Seven To Eternity
02:45:41 – The Vision

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  1. Everybody Wants Some is a better movie than Dazed and Confused?!?


  2. By the way? LA LA LAND?


  3. Hi all, great show; I have been reading comics since 1982 (FF#232) and have listened to your show on and off for at least 2 years. I honestly really appreciate the work and time you put into it, but I just registered this username so that I can submit this one gripe. Conor, you are speaking too fast and blurring all your words together. Put some space between your words. I’m a native English speaker and, while the other dudes suffer from this problem, you are the worst. And I am certain that this makes non-native English speakers not understand you at all. Please consider speaker more slowly and clearly.

    That is all, and thank ALL of YOU for the time and effort you have put into this gigantic and impressive iFanboy endeavor.

    • I am also more than thankful for the continued existence of this great podcast. It is a true pleasue to listen to you guys talking about the subject.

      Concerning Mr. Kilpatrick’s way of speaking. As a foreign speaker (German) I am qualified to utter my opinion here. He talks fast. Sometimes I have even checked my smartphone to see whether I had mistakenly tuned in double speed or something like that. That is true. But I nevertheless always understand what he is saying. So, I don’t see a problem there. And I guess it is not really possible to slow down one’s speed of talking over the course of one whole ifanboy show.

    • Hi Bundaberg. I could not help but notice the similarities. I too began reading comics with the same John Byrne comic and I too live in Bundaberg Qld. Love listening to this podcast. The only one I do listen to. Often whilst on the tractor or out on the farm, it is a great way to relax. They have suggested so many titles I now enjoy and collect as well as tv shows and movies. I do not always agree with everything they discuss but that’s fine we all enjoy different aspects, what is apparent is their enormous enthusiasm for comics and our shared love of pop culture. I never find the speed at which Conner talks to be a problem. I just wish he would do more Michael Caine impersonations. My daughter now attempts them after I got the bug after listening to him. Whatever makes you happy I always say. These guys put in a huge amount of effort weekly, I love the show. They make you feel like they are your old school friends and we catch up and have a laugh

    • Hi Rhymer, thanks for your comment! I agree that I can usually understand him, but sometimes (to me at least) he blurs his words together. Hmm, maybe I do the same thing also, when I have a lot to say and I’m anxious to just get it all out. Still, I wanted to provide some constructive criticism because I felt that it could make the show even better (though it is already great).

      Hi Zestysugarcane! I’m not from Bundabereg (just found the name somewhere when I wanted to create a login) but that’s an awesome bit of coincidence! I’ve actually been going back to read John Byrne’s run on FF, and filling in the issues I missed (which can be done for about $1-2 a copy on eBay, if you just want a “readers” copy and don’t care if it’s beat up).I know you can purchase the omnibus of this stuff, but I prefer to get the letters columns and even the ads included in my experience. FF was the first comic I got into and it will always be my favorite Marvel mag, and Byrne’s run will always be my favorite. When you think about it, there must have been a time at Marvel with Miller was on DD, Byrne was on FF, and Simonson was just starting Thor.. and these comics were like 50 cents each, and you could get them at the nearest store from a spinner rack. Ahh the past.

  4. I thought The Nice Guys was a bore. I would have given The Neon Demon some props.

    Hamilton and A Tribe called Quest, meh not even worth mentioning. They were “popular” but mass consumption junk.

    • Good show though & I still enjoy Brubaker.

    • Go screw.

    • Go screw? WTF? Here’s a news flash for you, Josh (and Ron). Ya’ll are on a public forum yakking about a subjective art form like comics, music, TV shows, and the arts in general. You have a fucking public section for comments from the public to voice their opinion after your podcast. WTF are we all supposed to “group” think just like you and come on here and tell you how great each of your selections are and how tremendously great you fuckers are? Go screw you bitch and the horse you rode in on.

    • Why is the new A Tribe Called Quest album mass consumption junk:? Are you just not a fan of their work in general, or did you think that it did not live up to their prior work?

    • I thought I was being playful!

      I really am fine with your opinion. I assume everyone knows when I’m being sarcastic if you listen to the show.

  5. It’s really interesting how Arrival kept being compared to Close Encounters, but for me i thought it was more like Contact. That’s not to say it’s bad because i love Contact, but a lot of people don’t.

  6. I hope you guys check out Search Party. It is the best TV comedy I’ve seen in a while. Great show, guys!

    • That show is fantastic. Reminded me of “Bored to Death” in a lot of ways, but having the single driving mystery gave the plot and the lead a lot more direction. Alia Shawkat was great of course.

  7. Great year end show.

    I started listening to iFanboy podcast in the fall of 2015. Since then it has become the #1 show I can’t wait to hear every week.

    You guys provide a funny and intelligent bright spot in this terrible year.

    I was a collector in the 80’s who drifted away from comics, except for an occasional graphic novel or trade that got such great reviews, I could not resist.

    In 2015, I started to read new comics again weekly, got a pull list at Midtown Comics, Comixology Unlimited, and am catching up on some old stuff that I missed. With so many books available, your show is crucial in deciding what to read.

    Looking forward to more in 2017.

  8. Surprised there was no mention of the Beatles documentary on Hulu, “Eight Days a Week.” Great archival footage, and you really understand why they became recluses later in the 60’s. Great show as usual!

    • I thought it was OK, but nothing I hadn’t seen before. I was very excited for it, but apparently, I’d read enough books on them already that there wasn’t anything new in it. Great footage though.

  9. I’m with Conor reading a newspaper while you guys talked about music.

  10. The Hell or Highwater themes/pitch sounds a lot like Emilio Esteves 80’s movie “Wisdom”

    because of course we’re all so nostalgic for the 80’s we’ll bring back Star Wars and bad economic policies.

  11. THE GOLDFINCH is one of those I’ve been wanting to read for a while but keep forgetting about it. Your recommendation reminded me and I read it. Not a bad novel to read right before Christmas, it turns out.

    I was just wondering, how does all the Park slope characters, neighborhood, and all around New York aspects of the book, strike you, Conor? There were times in which I can figure out if the author was aiming for verisimilitude or high-minded metaphor-I suppose it could be both.

    • Was there part of the story that took place in Park Slope? (It’s been six months and my memory is a little fuzzy.) I thought all of the New York parts were on Park Avenue and down in the village.

      I found the characters portrayed in New York — especially the high society folk — to be extremely accurate.

  12. It was Park Avenue not Park Slope- pardon the upstate yokel mistake! . It was the high society folk I wondered about specifically. I didn’t know they struck you is realistic or comically exaggerated. It is certainly an impressive book, I don’t think I liked it quite as much as it sounds like you did, but it was really good-especially as an engagement with trauma and terrorism. Thanks for recommending it.

  13. Avatar photo PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    I enjoyed watching Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots together in GREEN ROOM and FRIGHT NIGHT. Did they do any other films together?

  14. I think Hell or High Water was a perfect movie. It’s Pine’s best performance-that I know of. Definitely my favorite of the year. Loved Finest Hours too. I can’t believe it got made!

    I really dug Spidey this year. You guys mentioned it a few times on the POTW show throughout the year. That and the Avengers 0. book feel like the old Marvel comics that I miss so much.

    I highly recommend Rectify from Sundance TV–streaming on Netflix. I think Timeless is a hoot!

    Thanks again for everything you guys do. Happy New Year!

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