Best Moments of 2017, Part I

Best Moments of 2017, Part I

Kesha falling apart with laughter during the second verse of “Woman”

Kesha has had, to put it mildly, a tough run. Her career launched in about 2009, and at one point, she had the best-selling digital single of all time (“Tik Tok” had sold 16+ million units online, she’s since been passed by songs like “Uptown Funk” and “See You Again”). 

Ranking Every Movie I Saw In 2016, #21: Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Ranking Every Movie I Saw In 2016, #21: Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

This is an unusual film. I mean, first of all, it’s a Christian film and it’s good, which means it’s basically a unicorn (this year also gave us Miracles from Heaven, The Young Messiah, 90 Minutes In Heaven, and God’s Not Dead 2, so it stands out pretty sharply).

But it’s unusual in another way. A title card at the beginning of the movie announces “this film is intended as a theatrical worship experience. The filmmakers welcome your participation.” And almost immediately, we are thrust into what is essentially a Hillsong live DVD, with lyrics filling up the bottom of the screen so we can all sing along.

I don’t know what the reaction was in most screenings, but I saw this film two weeks into its release, and watched it in an almost-but-not-quite empty theater – too many people to have a quiet worship experience, too few to join in as a congregation.

Wrapping Things Up (Part One of... I'm Not Sure Yet)

Wrapping Things Up (Part One of... I'm Not Sure Yet)

So, one of my promises in last night’s drinking game was that the Oscars weren’t going to be interesting, a prediction that seemed more or less correct and then turned out to be quite emphatically wrong. A solid but unremarkable Oscars ceremony was abruptly buoyed up by its “producers rushing the stage to rip the Oscars out of the hands of the La La Land producers” finale, four hours into its runtime. Jimmy Kimmel tried to force humanity into an airless program by busing in a bunch of random tourists, but it was La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz’s gracious handing off of the trophies that provided the only real moment of the night. We just had to wait until 12:05 AM Eastern Time for it to happen.

Oscar Night Drinking Game!

Oscar Night Drinking Game!

Okay, even if the Oscars aren't interesting (and they won't be), there's still plenty of fun that can be had. A good Oscar drinking game obviously leads to plenty of drinking and light-hearted teasing, but a better one sends you down a dark voyage of self-discovery, where you come out the other side a changed person, with a scar you can't remember getting and a series of tattoos whose meaning are a mystery that will haunt you for the rest of your days. You will probably also have to do some community service.

This is the magic of the movies.