Special Edition Podcast

2018 All Media Year End Roundup

Show Notes

It’s the thirteenth (twelfth?) annual iFanboy All-Media Year End Round-Up! Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and special guest Ron Richards discuss some of what they enjoyed in media in 2018. Movies, television, podcasts, books, music, games, and comics–it’s all here!

Running Time: 03:10:10

00:02:28 – A Star is Born
00:07:07 – A Quiet Place
00:09:17 – Bohemian Rhapsody
00:17:52 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
00:21:43 – Rampage
00:24:57 – Christopher Robin
00:28:56 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
00:33:16 – Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
00:35:33 – Eighth Grade
00:39:17 – The Old Man & The Gun
00:41:40 – The Death of Stalin
00:44:22 – Mid90s
00:49:05 – Crazy Rich Asians
00:51:43 – Tag
00:54:08 – Juliet, Naked

01:00:53 – Game of Thrones*
01:02:49 – A Very English Scandal
01:05:45 – The Deuce
01:09:34 – The Americans
01:10:58 – The Romanoffs
01:15:42 – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
01:18:47 – The Good Fight
01:21:10 – Godless
01:23:36 – Cobra Kai
01:29:11 – Roseanne / The Conners
01:32:59 – Queer Eye
01:36:38 – Barry
01:39:17 – Riverdale
01:41:33 – Atypical
01:44:17 – The Toys That Made Us

01:46:28 – Red Dead Redemption 2
01:49:21 – Dreadnought
01:50:54 – Assassin’s Creed: Origins
01:52:56 – Deadpool Pinball

01:53:35 – She & Him
01:56:03 – Superchunk
01:58:33 – Somerset Thrower
02:00:14 – Willie Nelson
02:01:26 – The Decemberists
02:03:34 – Jeff Rosenstock
02:06:12 – Death Cab For Cutie
02:08:39 – Hot Snakes
02:11:29 – The Messthetics
02:13:52 – Nothing My Bloody Valentine
02:14:31 – Nothing
02:15:39 – Radiohead
02:18:22 – Guided by Voices

02:19:48 – “Persepolis Rising” by James S.A. Corey
02:22:24 – “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larsen
02:24:48 – “I’m Keith Hernandez” by Keith Hernandez
02:26:36 – “The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neill’s America” by Joe Posnanski
02:29:05 – “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
02:31:07 – “Dream It! Do it! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” by Marty Sklar
02:33:49 – “Hope Never Dies” by Andrew Shaffer
02:35:52 – “Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker (33 1/3)” by Joe Gross
02:37:41 – “Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History” by Tony Rettman
02:39:33  – “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter
02:40:39 – “In the Distance” by Hernan Diaz

02:44:15 – “Serial” with Sarah Koenig
02:46:03 – “Bear Brook” with Jason Moore and New Hampshire Public Radio
02:48:06 – “You Must Remember This” with Karina Longworth
02:49:11 – “Broken Record” with Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin
02:51:27 – “The Trap Set” with Joe Wong

02:52:24 – Batman
02:53:19 – Mister Miracle
02:54:12 – Superman / Action Comics
02:54:56 – Old Man Hawkeye
02:55:55 – The Amazing Spider-Man
02:56:44 – Strangers in Paradise XXV
02:57:23 – Ms. Marvel
02:58:08 – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles
02:59:21 – Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden
03:00:36 – Moon Knight


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  1. Epic show dudes! Love these year end specials as it makes me go out and search for the media I somehow let slip through the cracks (I’m on my way to go buy that Nothing record right after I post this comment!)

    My top picks for 2018:

    Movie: Annihilation

    TV: The Haunting of Hill House

    Book: Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskytown, Alt-Country’s Brilliant Wreck

    Music: Beach House “7”

    Comic Book: Action Comics

    On a personal note: I love when the original iFanboys get together for a podcast. You guys – Conor, Josh, and Ron – have a nice rapport that you don’t find in many podcasts( or any other type of “casts” for that matter). You can hear the many years of friendship in your voices. Thanks for all the years of listening and reading enjoyment. Don’t ever quit!

  2. Thanks for another awesome year of upbeat and entertaining podcasts, yall. Appreciate all you do here. You guys are the best.

  3. One of my favorite podcasts of the year! I always enjoy the non-comic opinions and recommendations.

  4. I’m so happy you guys talked about Death Of Stalin and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Both really great movie going experiences. the only other movie I saw this year and loved but you guys didn’t talk about was First Man. I thought it was a really great movie and it’s not really getting talked about. Well at least I don’t hear people talk about it much. If anyone here hasn’t seen and it they are at least mildly enthusiastic about space travel I totally recommend it.

    • I really disliked FIRST MAN. Which was a huge bummer because I love the space program and I love Ryan Gosling and I love Damien Chazelle.

    • That is a bummer and surprising to hear. The movie just didn’t grab you or did you find something about it offensive?

    • I was SO excited for FIRST MAN. Landing on the moon is, I think, the most inspiring achievement in the history of humankind. I still get chills every time I hear Neal Armstrong’s famous line as he steps onto the surface of the moon.

      This should have been the most inspiring film of the year. Instead it was dour and sad and weird right up until the extremely bizarre final scene/shot. There was not a single moment that felt triumphant in the entire film.

      Was it accurate to Armstrong’s personality? Apparently. But to cloak the entire story in this overwhelming sense of sadness was a strange choice. It’s like the philosophical tonal opposite of APOLLO 13, which I’ve watched probably 50 times. I can’t imagine ever watching FIRST MAN again.

    • Thanks for taking the time to clarify. My impression was that the movie was about Neal more than the moon landing. That’s really where the focus was placed, and I think Chazelle was trying to get us to understand Neal and see the events through his eyes. As you said Neal had a particular personality, which is why he was chosen for the mission. Chazelle chose to blanket the movie in a tone sympathetic to Neal’s personality. The moon landing was the climax of the film, but really the emphasis was on the psychology of Neal. I think it was an interesting choice. Yeah I agree it really isn’t a triumphant movie. I can understand if you were coming in expecting Apollo 13 then it would be very disappointing. That makes sense.

    • I think the problem with that approach, and I’ve seen Chazelle talk about this, is that Armstrong was essentially unknowable. He didn’t open up to anybody. No one really knows what was going on in his head. So the result was a film with a lot of sad silence which I just was not into, unfortunately.

  5. Always look forward to this show! Lots of movies and TV to catch up on. Really glad Ron mentioned Jeff Rosenstock one of my favorite artists and Post was a great record this urart

  6. First Reformed was easily my favorite movie of the year.

  7. Question for Josh:
    I know that a few years ago you were a fan of the Lego Marvel game, as was I.
    I just picked up Lego Marvel 2 and after about 40 mins of play it seems like this game is decidedly aimed at an even younger audience than the first, with ought the same sort of fun for everyone appeal the first game had.
    Can you tell me if you have played it- is it worth sticking with in that same lane?

    • I play them with my kids, so if they’re for kids, that’s usually a bonus and I don’t notice it. It was more of the same, but with a little more complicated methods of solving problems, and not just all in NYC like the first game. It was better than the Lego Avengers game though, for Marvel fans. I liked it, but it took longer to get into I think. But also, the games tend to get repetitive anyway, so sometimes, you can just have had enough of it.

      But the villain is also Kang, so that’s a plus.

  8. Another great show. It was good to hear all three of you together again. Thanks for a great year of podcasts!

  9. Shocking how shows like Altered Carbon and Gomorra season 3 aren’t in your TV list, but crap like A Very English Scandal are….shaking my head

  10. So glad that Teen Titans Go! made the list, as I was a little surprised it didn’t get a Special Edition. This movie was such a celebration of comics and comic-dom, and not just DC. But it also perfectly retained that anarchic spirit of the show. And the meta-jokes! Like Slade having to deal with the comparisons to a certain other prominent movie “hero,” and the voice actor for Superman was super smart. It’s certainly for kids, but not “for kids.”

    Also hoping Good Place makes the list again next year. That mid-season finale was one of the best episodes of television ever, and if the actress playing Janet doesn’t get a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nod there is no justice.

  11. Just want to thank Conor, Josh and Ron for doing this (again). It really must be a lot of prep work, and – even though it’s clear you three enjoy each others’ conversation – talking with anyone for over three hours is arduous. I am always so entertained and informed by all of your podcasts, and this one didn’t disappoint. Go have wonderfully merry Christmases, each and every one of you :o)

  12. Anybody watching Titans?

    • I am. I really enjoy it.

      The first episode was rocky but it came together pretty quickly after that into a really solid, if some times wonky, show. Bryan Edward Hill and Geoff Johns both wrote episodes.

      The weirdest thing about it is that has has taken so many liberties with the core Titans characters but then the guest stars (Hawk & Dove, The Doom Patrol, Donna Troy, Jason Todd minus the costume) have pretty much been ripped straight from the comics. As much as I am enjoying it, I kind of wish they had been as faithful with the core Titans.

      The post credits scene in the season finale shows that this is less of a take on the Perez/Wolfman Titans and more of an ell-eras Titans mash-up. Which is a choice; just not the one I’d make.

    • i am enjoying it more then i thought I would. I have no frame of reference for the Perez/Wolfman stuff though. Not super happy on how the season ended or the starfire casting. I love the rest of the cast though.

  13. Thanks, guys. I always look forward to the year end roundup. Just knowing that Josh tried to watch Gilmore Girls makes this one extra special though. Happy Holidays!

  14. Josh, re: Mr. Rogers:

    You wondered whether there were two Mr. Rogers movies. Is it possible you’re thinking of one of the Mr. Rogers biographical books that came out this year alongside the documentary? I think the books weren’t as universally acclaimed as the Won’t You Be My Neighbor documentary. They’re also working on a biopic with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. And there are also the two RBG films (RBG and On the Basis of Sex), but the latter is a drama and only just started screening. It’s not getting the same praise the doc did though, which is discouraging. I thought it looked promising.

    As always a joy to listen to, guys. I missed so many of these items during the year, but I just enjoy hearing you guys harken back to what you valued over the past twelve months. Much love and happy holidays!

  15. I’ve just watched a couple of episodes of The Toys That Made Us. It’s not surprising I enjoy an episode on Star Wars, a franchise I’m invested in, but I can’t believe how engrossed I am in the history of Barbie. Thanks for recommending it (again, you’ve recommended before, but this time I listened!)

  16. Hey guys, I loved the show!

    I’m not sure if you’re still reading comments but I was just wondering if any of you had played the PS4 Spider-Man game. I don’t game much but it was the thing I was the most excited for in this year and it really delivered in my opinion. It was kinda short, but I loved every second we got!

  17. Damn you Flanagan! My morning commute routine was completely bounced this week by Bear Brook! Mainlined it all over the last few days. Good stuff, but I would suggest the producer is a tad heavy-handed in the use of dramatic pauses… Thanks and sharing.

  18. It’s an awesome first effort!

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