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2017 All Media Year End Roundup

Show Notes

It’s the twelve (eleventh?) annual iFanboy All-Media Year End Round-Up! Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and Mike Romo discuss some of what they enjoyed in media in 2017. Movies, television, podcasts, books, music, games, and comics–it’s all here!

Running Time: 03:10:00

00:01:31 – Darkest Hour
00:06:17 – Dunkirk
00:13:38 – Blade of the Immortal
00:17:19 – Wonder Woman
00:21:17 – Cars 3
00:25:54 – Blade Runner 2049
00:35:26 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
00:38:18 – T2 Trainspotting
00:42:52 – Get Out
00:48:49 – Lucky
00:50:57 – The Big Sick
00:56:48 – Wheelman
01:01:43 – Lady Bird
01:04:15 – The Founder
01:07:46 – Bad Genius

01:12:11 – This Is Us
01:13:59 – Halt and Catch Fire
01:20:23 – The Orville
01:25:45 – Big Little Lies
01:29:10 – The Vietnam War
01:32:34 – Five Came Back
01:36:03 – Riverdale
01:37:06 – The Handmaid’s Tale
01:41:28 – Star Trek: Discovery
01:47:21 – The Good Place
01:49:07 – The Deuce
01:52:06 – Genius
01:56:03 – Letterkenny
01:58:48 – Master of None
02:01:28 – The Flash

02:05:41 – Carcassonne
02:06:38 – Uncharted 4 / Uncharted: The Lost Lgacy
02:09:05 – Coup
02:10:12 – Destiny 2
02:12:24 – Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
02:14:15 – The Last of Us Remastered
02:16:30 – Heroes of the Storm
02:17:07 – Clash of Clans
02:17:26 – The Hamilton Ticket Lottery

02:18:11 – Ted Leo
02:20:24 – The Descendents
02:21:54 – Matthew Sweet
02:24:05 – Coachella
02:26:09 – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
02:28:58 – Bob Mould
02:31:00 – Silversun Pickups
02:32:53 – LCD Soundsytem

02:34:20 – “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel” by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
02:35:45 – “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William L. Shirer
02:37:27 – “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
02:39:18 – “The Force: A Novel” by Don Winslow
02:40:07 – “See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody” by Bob Mould
02:40:54 – “Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner” by Paul M. Sammon
02:42:23 – The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters
02:43:29 – “The Civil War: A Narrative” by Shelby Foote
02:44:30 – “Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince” by Mark A. Vieira
02:45:54 – “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War” by Mark Harris
02:47:15 – “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography” by Rob Lowe

02:49:14 – “The Business” with Kim Masters
02:50:16 – “Revisionist History” with Malcolm Gladwell
02:51:52 – “How I Built This” with Guy Raz
02:52:52 – “You Must Remember This” with Karina Longworth
02:53:52 – “The Trap Set” with Joe Wong
02:55:42 – “Pod Save America” with Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett, and Daniel Pfeiffer
02:56:51 – “Damn Fine Podcast” with Tom Merritt and Ron Richards
02:57:28 – “That Pedal Show” with Daniel Steinhardt and Mick Taylor
02:58:50 – “Core: A Heroes of the Storm Podcast” with Scott Johnson, Jon Jagger, and Beau Schwartz

02:59:55 – Black Hammer
03:00:35 – Black Bolt
03:01:10 – Aquaman
03:02:07 – The Flintstones
03:02:49 – The Defenders
03:03:25 – Mister Miracle
03:04:18 – Motor Girl
03:04:44 – Irons Man
03:05:47 – Batman
03:06:18 – The Old Guard
03:06:55 – Slots

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  1. Romo’s summation of Discovery was both diplomatic and quite on point.

  2. Awesome show, guys. Thank you for another year of great, thoughtful, and thought-enducing content. Truly enjoyed listening to this while wrapping presents and preparing for holidays today. Best of luck to you all!!!

  3. I’m not far in, but great show so far. As regards hearing Tom Hardy speak normally on screen, he read five bedtime stories for BBC children’s channel CBBC recently. Sweetly, he contacted the BBC and asked if he could be on the Bedtime Stories series – here’s a sample, maybe something for Josh’s young ‘uns.


    I tried the first Cars but it wasn’t for me. Is no one else distracted by the name ‘Lightning McQueen’? It sounds like a drag artist, or the actress Mercedes McCambridge of The Exorcist and camp western Johnny Guitar.

  4. Bladerunner 2049 was fantastic. I could watch it over and over again. It’s certainly not for everybody. Took my friend to it and he fell asleep in the middle. He also didn’t really get the first one. I was surprised he even agreed to see it with me. I suspect Josh is in my friend’s camp.

    I’ll be clear and say I think both are far from perfect movies, but boy do I enjoy being in that world and asking those questions. Also interestingly enough they are questions for which I prefer not to have answers. The asking is much more interesting. The only thing I didn’t like is the very end because I thought it was almost too clean and convenient an ending for what Bladerunner is, but it didn’t cast a shadow over the whole experience for me.

    Yes, they did not give you a definitive answer for the question you asked BTW. There is an explanation for it either way. For one way you definitely have to dig harder.

    • I have not seen The Darkest Hour yet. I plan to and I’m glad to hear you guys liked it. I did watch the other Churchill movie “Churchill”. Apparently it got very poor reviews. I thought it was fine. It concentrating mostly in the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy so I’m happy that The Darkest Hour seems to cover a different stretch of time. “Churchill” though concentrates heavily on the man’s mental and physical health issues. Also his opposition to the Operation Overlord amphibious assaults and failure to sell his alternative to Montgomery and Eisenhower. In that way it’s kinda of a depressing look at Chruchill rather than an inspiring one. Perhaps that’s why it did so poorly.

  5. I always look forward to this! Great recap of the year and stuff I may have missed. Great show! See you in 2018 iFanboy

  6. Welp, I didn’t really need another podcast, but I think I’m becoming addicted to You Must Remember This. I’ve already listened to the episodes on the Manson family and Marilyn Monroe. Now on to more. Thanks, Conor.

  7. Just to add my two cents to “Carcassonne”. It’s become the go to game for my family and I (along with Pathfinder and Forbidden Island). So much clever strategy and flexibility in playing. And Coup sounds great, I’ll keep an eye out for that.

    And here is hoping the servers stay stable for Destiny 2 through the holidays, or my son is going to be disappointed by his Xmas gift this year.

  8. It’s been a busy week so I haven’t had the chance to listen to the pod yet but this is one of my favorites of the year. I was wondering though what the iFanboy team thought of a couple of movies I didn’t see on the rundown:

    Baby Driver – One of my favorite movies of the year.
    Mother – The worst movie I saw this year (and maybe ever).

    And I know it’s impossible nowadays to do a full podcast about all the comic book related tv shows but has any of you jamokes had the chance to check out Punisher or Runaways? I’ve been pleasantly surprised by both. Especially Punisher. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all and I think it ended up being really good.

    • I saw BABY DRIVER which I kind of liked but didn’t love. I felt kind of disconnected from the characters. In the same genre I enjoyed WHEELMAN a lot more. Didn’t see MOTHER.

      Haven’t seen THE PUNISHER yet but I want to. I’m just not sure when I’m going to have time.

      I really liked the pilot of RUNAWAYS but really disliked the next two episodes so I don’t think I’m going to continue with it.

  9. The ridiculously high scores for Get Out baffle me. Go back through older reviews of much better movies that have lower scores (I’m talking about movies widely viewed as classics within the industry) and the praise heaped upon Get Out falls apart. The “chord”the movie struck that you referenced was race. Plain and simple. A good discussion to have, without question, but one we’ve been beaten with for multiple years now. This movie was as subtle with its subject matter as a brick to the face. It Comes at Night was a superior film, in every sense of the medium…and I can think of a list of others.

  10. Movies are different from prose. But I would urge those interested in Blade Runner, original or 2049 will probably enjoy and be impressed by Phillip Dick’s novella “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” It really brings out the theme that this world is not just about humans and androids but about humans, androids and the lack of other animal species. And much, much more.

  11. You guys should have read the Blade of the Immortal Manga…probably some of the best narrative writing and art that you guys have missed out on highlighting consistently over the years.

    Great over all podcast!….gonna check some these recommendations out for sure! 🙂

  12. I finally finished Halt and Catch Fire season 4 (the best season of the show by far!) and I have nowhere else to dump my feelings about Bos. What a man.

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