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Thursday, 3rd January, 2019
My Cultural Year 2018
Another Stewart Leeesque list of all the culture I consumed in 2018.


Films
I saw 36 films in 2018 - falling way short of the usual target of 50. I also only managed to see one "Best Picture Film" (The Shape of Water) - hoping to resume the project to work my way through them in 2019.

Dogma (Kevin Smith, 1999)
The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)
The Wizard of lies (Barry Levinson, 2017)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017)
Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)
The Incredible Hulk (Louis Leterrier, 2008)
Captain America (Joe Johnston, 2011)
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)
The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
Jigsaw (The Spierig Brothers, 2017)
Where the wild things are (Spike Jonze, 2009)
The death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg, 2018)
Iron Man 3 (Shane Black, 2013)
Twisted Nerve (Roy Boulting, 1968)
The Guard (John Michael McDonagh, 2011)
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor, 2013)
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (Anthony Hickox, 1992)
Captain America - The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2014)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J. A. Bayona, 2018)
Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (Kevin Yagher, 1996)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018)
Delicatessan (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Car, 1991)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)
American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)
Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson, 2016)
Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn, 2004)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
Gerald's Game (Mike Flanagan, 2017)
The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017)
Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018)


Books
I only read 12 books in 2018 - mostly because Infinite Jest took up so much of my reading time (And The Emperor's New Mind was no walk in the park).

The Shining (Stephen King)
Seven Years in Tibet (Heinrich Harrer)
Different Seasons (Stephen King)
Between a rock and a hard place (Aron Ralston)
Secret Windows (Stephen King)
The tipping point (Malcolm Gladwell)
Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King)
Artemis (Andy Weir)
Everything's eventual (Stephen King)
The bazaar of bad dreams (Stephen King)
The Emperor's New Mind (Roger Penrose)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)


TV Series
Series S4 (BBC1)
The Crown S2 (Netflix)
The Grand Tour S2 (Amazon)
This is England '86, '88 & '90 (Film4)
Cunk on Britain (BBC2)
Ricky Gervais - Humanity (Netflix)
Derek S1-3 (Channel4)
Extras S1-3 (BBC2)
Madmen S5-7 (AMC)
My Name is Earl S4 (NBC)
The Wire S3 (HBO)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
Bodyguard (BBC1)
The Cry (BBC1)
Dr Who S11 (BBC1)
James Acaster - Repertoire (Netflix)


Live shows
Really no better than last year for seeing anything live.

Radio 2 Biggest Weekend (Coventry, War Memorial Park)
Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern (Royal Albert Hall)
Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables (Royal Albert Hall)
An Evening With Brian Blessed (Alban Arena)

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