A Look Back On The Year That Was 2019
All things considered, 2019 was a pretty good year. A few personal things occurred that made me proud and a few other things happened that cranked up the ol’ anxiety. Still, it could have been worse. Let’s take a quick glimpse at the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2019.
- There were quite a few superhero films released this year including my personal favorite, Shazam! While Joker was also a favorite of mine, it was on an entirely different level than your standard comic book film. I’ll review it in the very near future. Other superhero based films released this year included the mediocre Captain Marvel and the somewhat long-in-the-tooth ending of the MCU’s latest phase, Avengers: Endgame. In fact, toss in the very forgettable Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Marvel had three extremely successful average films released this year. Hopefully they’ll up their game in 2020.
- A two other films that I enjoyed this year were Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Brightburn (basically an evil version of Superman). I’ll mention a couple of other films later.
- Stranger Things hit the world big time with its excellent third season. With Russian scientists and assassins, Starcourt Mall, missing lifeguards, and a huge climactic finale, the season quickly became my favorite.
- Doom Patrol finished up its first season in 2019 and it quickly became the best series on DC Universe’s platform. Titans gave us their second season and introduced a few new characters as well. Swamp Thing was also released in 2019. Sadly it was shut down due to some dirty dealings with funding. Hopefully it will return.
- I attended fewer conventions this year, but I still had a great time. I got to meet Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Amy Dumas (Lita of WWE) at Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA. I also presented a panel there and at CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, LA. Later in the year I went to Beaumont Comic Con in Beaumont, TX. This was their first event, and I expect bigger and better things next year.
- I attended almost every Hurricane Pro Wrestling event this year. That company is continuing to grow and become more popular. They’ve added excellent storylines with groups such as Great Sexy Love and The New Warriors and have had a number of popular wrestlers fight in their ring like Thunder Rosa, Joey Ryan, and Priscilla Kelly.
- I attended Calcasieu Serial Fest and the Lake Charles Film Festival again this year. Both of these events are extremely important to southwestern Louisiana, as one looks at the history of cinema and the other offers up the future by showing us independent films featuring new and up-and-coming writers, actors, and directors. I also got to meet John Davey and Michael Gray from the classic 70’s show Shazam!
- My Thirty-One Days O’Horror proved to be very popular this year. Many of the posts in that series, which focused on classic Universal horror films, received likes and comments. I plan to do that series again next year but I haven’t decided on what films I’ll be focusing on for the month.
- 2019 did have a few stinkers that I had to witness. For starters, one of my favorite bands, The Amorettes, lost two of their founding members, Heather and Hannah McKay. Hannah is currently with a new band, She Burns Red, and I’m not sure what Heather is up to these days. Founding member and vocalist/lead guitarist Gill Montgomery has kept the band alive, though, blending in new members from bands such as Tequila Mockingbyrd and Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics.
- A number of popular film and television stars left us this year as well. Danny Aiello, Peter Mayhew, Rene Auberjonois, John Witherspoon, Denise Nickerson, Cameron Boyce, Rip Torn, Ashley Massaro, Peggy Lipton, Dick Dale, Luke Perry, King Kong Bundy, Katherine Helmond, Peter Tork, Jan-Michael Vincent, Frank Robinson, James Ingram, Carol Channing, and Mean Gene Okerlund are just a few of the many that we lost this year.
- Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker did more to divide the already disgruntled fanbase with its release in December. While it definitely wasn’t a great film, I still enjoyed it. What I don’t enjoy is the way fans react not only to the film, but to the actors, J.J. Abrams, Rian Davidson, and each other. I’ve always felt that fandom has a large minority of immature adults within its ranks, and its films like TROS that bring them to the surface or the geeky pond. I might have to post about immaturity in the near future.
- Oh, and the New Orleans Saints were robbed of a trip to the Super Bowl earlier this year thanks to a massive missed call near the end of their playoff game against the Rams.
There were plenty of other negative things out there, but I’d rather focus on the positive for just a few more minutes. To start, I got to attend KISS’ End Of The Road Tour this year with my son. It was his first concert and my third time to see my favorite band live. I also got to see Bumblebee and They Shall Not Grow Old on the big screen and I loved both of them. The Cybertronic Spree released Transformers 1986 and it sounds great. The National Wrestling Alliance was given new life with their web series, NWA Powerrr and I also got to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival once again!
To top it all off, I recently won tickets to the new Stadium Tour coming up in 2020. It will feature Def Leppard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Poison, and Motley Crue! I’ve seen the Crue before, but this will be the first time that I will get to see the rest of the bands live. I’ll definitely post a review of the concert once it happens (July, 2020).
This year has been pretty good to me. I appreciate each and every one of you that have taken time to read my posts, comment, or like them. Here’s hoping that you will all have a great 2020!