Jill’s Top 18 Things of 2018
I began last year’s Top 17 Things of 2017 listicle with a long sigh and a comment about how bad the year was, politically. This year was… *wince* …well, these lists I’ve been putting together annually since 2011 aren’t about devastating hurricanes and an overwhelming number of reports of human rights violations. Nay, they’re about good, positive things from the year. Here we go!
18. London’s inflatable Jeff Goldblum statue
Jeff Goldblum was everywhere this year. Why? Because he’s friggin’ fabulous, that’s why. But London really took their Goldblum love to a whole ‘nother level.
17. Thirsty teenager breaks her retainer because of shirtless Michael B. Jordan
This exchange on social media had me laughing for like a week.
Same, girl. Same.
16. Wendy’s and MoonPie
15. TIE: A Very Fatal Murder / Bubble
The two podcasts that made my list this year are both satirical. Bubble is a dystopian hipster comedy podcast about a city under a dome, protecting the city’s population from monsters outside. I blogged about it earlier this year. Meanwhile, A Very Fatal Murder, created by The Onion, is a satire of popular crime podcasts like Serial, using various aspects of what has become tropes within the crime podcast genre such as dramatic music and constant comparisons to life in “middle America.”
14. Randy Rainbow
Daaaaaaamn, this guy stayed busy in 2018! For those of you who aren’t into political showtune parodies, Randy Rainbow is one helluva singer and comedian. His videos are impressively timely, especially considering how fast things move within the White House these days.
13. Sharp Objects
My girl Amy Adams gets to show off her acting chops in this HBO series based on the 2006 Gillian Flynn novel of the same name.
12. TIE: Isle of Dogs / Deadpool 2
Behold, two great movies that would have been higher on this list if they didn’t rely so heavily on stereotypes and tropes. Deadpool 2 was hilarious and a lot of fun but “fridging” takes place very early on in the movie. Meanwhile, Isle of Dogs was another one of Wes Anderson’s charming, subtle-yet-direct films but the number of Japanese stereotypes did not go unnoticed by a lot of critics.
11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I was pretty nervous when I turned on Netflix to watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society earlier this year. I’d fallen in love with the novel a few months before and had very high expectations for the film adaptation starring costume drama darling Lily James and a host of other well-known British actors. I’m happy to say this movie is lovely. Sweet and sad and silly, I actually cried with relief. I only wish they’d filmed the damn thing in Guernsey!
10. John Mulaney – Kid Gorgeous
Pretty damn funny. John Mulaney is definitely one of the best standups working today. His brand is pure baby-faced silliness but he’s so damn clever and of-the-moment that his expressive performance is nothing less than delightful.
9. Hannah Gadsby – Nanette
Australian comic Hannah Gadsby earned a ton of well-deserved praise for her Netflix standup special, Nanette. Discussing heavy subjects like sexism, violence against queer people, rape, mental health, and—of all things—art history, Gadsby’s mold-smashing set made me spill tears of laughter and sorrow. And that is something extraordinary.
8. Bohemian Rhapsody
Can someone give Rami Malek an Oscar?
This movie went through a lot of drama to get made (lead actors getting replaced, Bryan Singer being a monster, etc.) but I’m so glad all the pieces came together because it was super fun and a brilliant tribute to an incredible man and band.
7. The Saving of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It’s hilarious, clever, heartwarming and definitely one of the most diverse casts on television. It broke a lot of hearts when Fox announced they would not be renewing Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a sixth season. NBC picked it up a few days later and fans rejoiced! Hurray!
6. Cannabis Legalization in Canada
I’ve only been high a couple times in my life but I’m pleased my country has legalized cannabis on a federal level. This allows police to focus on more significant crimes, gives people another option for chemical-induced relaxation other than alcohol, and hands our government more tax income. Side note: crime has not increased significantly since legalization. Bonus!
5. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Dr. Ford knew her life would be changed drastically after she spoke out against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a Senate committee (and millions of people watching online), recalling in detail the day Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were in high school. Even though she was considered a good witness and the committee members all agreed her testimony was truthful, Kavanaugh was made a Supreme Court judge anyway.
It’s been months since her testimony and Ford and her family are still receiving death threats. Her family has had to relocate several times to keep them safe. She was likely very aware of the risks of coming forward but felt obligated to do right by her country. Her sacrifice and bravery were appreciated by so many, women in particular.
4. The Parkland kids
These brave, outspoken teenagers have faced so much abuse online since mass shooting that left 17 Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff dead on February 14, 2018. March for Our Lives was a rallying cry for not only those affected by gun violence but people all over the country who are afraid for their lives whenever they walk into a school.
Their wisdom gives me hope for the future.
3. Black Panther
This movie was just so great. The amazing land of Wakanda, their badass technology, the powerful female characters, the fight scenes, the epicness that is Lupita Nyong’o, shirtless Michael B. Jordan…
This movie is fun and poignant, and probably one of the most feminist superhero movies to date.
2. Abortion Laws of Ireland
The pro-choice camp of Ireland worked really hard and triumphed in May, joining most other countries in the western world in letting women choose what happens to their own bodies. This is especially significant since about 80% of the Republic of Ireland are Catholic.
Abortions will happen either way—law or no law—but making them legal keeps women needing the procedure safe. Good work, Ireland!
1. 2018 US Midterm Election Results
My #1 thing of 2017 was “The Women Who Are Just Fucking Over It” and my #2 thing of 2016 was Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s loss in 2016 was devastating and it becomes even more obvious every day. The developments of the last few years inspired more women than ever to run for political office. As the results of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections show, people want to see women, people of color, and queer people having a place at the table:
- at least 100 women won seats in the House
- the U.S. elected their first Native American women to Congress
- one of those Native American women is gay, making her the first queer representative from Kansas
- the first two Muslim women were voted into congress
- the first openly gay man was elected governor of Colorado
That’s just a handful of the wins that made history at the midterms. These came from this article from CNN and they did a really good breakdown of the significant wins of the night.
What was your favorite thing about 2018?
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a freelance blogger, a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.