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  1. Little Shop of Horrors But I feel like such a dork right now. I'm not talking about the 1986 musical version of the movie, I watched the original black & white film when I was anticipating to watch the former on VHS, and I didn't know there two different movies until right now.
  2. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
  3. It looks like everyone is done with their bottom/top ten hit songs lists, everyone except for me. Yep, just take it from me to wait on making my year-end retrospective, but can you blame me? I managed to churn out 6,600+ words worth of material for this one review, minus the bonus commentary for my #9 pick. I like music. I like reviewing it, so let’s talk about the pop scene in 2016. It wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t one of the worst year-end lists I had to skim through. No, I’m not pulling my year-end Hot 100 review for 1997 out of my butt. Was this year the worst of the decade in pop music? Well…it at least beats out 2014 and 2010. There was a decent enough amount of good stuff, but the bad stuff was definitely more than just bad. So, as usual, I’m beginning this countdown with the bad. The choices that I have for my bottom 10 is just so awful, that I’ll dread to hear any one these hit singles ever again. Let’s set it all up, beginning with some ground rules: -When it comes to my lists, there are means of eligibility. A hit single has to make my list if it debuted in the year-end charts of this year. -However, each list is limited to at least one backwash song, but only if a song, that has already appeared in last year’s top 100 list, didn’t make my top/bottom ten last year. -The pre-lists are also limited to at least one or two backwash songs (except for the bottom 10 pre-list, which features more than ten dishonorable mentions). And now, before I discuss the most rancid hit songs of this year, I’ve a long list of dishonorable mentions that’ll tell you I’m insane, and this year around, this list features 16 other hit songs that I despised but didn’t make the cut: Before the signal the start of this countdown, let me just say that my bottom 10 turned out to be a lot broader than I originally intended for it to be. I had to think carefully about my choices, and I’m proud for each one. There is some hip hop, some pop, some contemporary ballads, and there’s at least one “dancehall” song, as well as one “country” and “crossover rock” song on the list. Anyways, this is…. STEEL’S TOP 10 WORST HIT SONGS OF 2016
  4. The Zephyr Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. Thoughts on: I Love a Rainy Night The Stroke Take It on the Run For Your Eyes Only Seven Year Ache Hold on Tight
  6. Near to the Wild Heart of Life - Japandroids
  7. So, I've recently watched the most recent episode with Poof's little return.... I haven't changed my mind on what I think about season 10, but the more I decide to look into it, it becomes clearer to me of what a complete scrapyard of a mess it has become. First of all, ignore all that I've said about putting the blame on Butch for this season's sheer lack of quality. He is a talented and creative man regardless of all the problems I have with the newer seasons of FOP. The writing is the real issue here and there's no one else to blame but Butch's current writing team. I've tried so much to defend the most despised seasons of SpongeBob, but no matter how much I could try and look into season 10 of FOP, I find no reasons to defend this. I mean seriously, have you guys ever seen a post-movie SpongeBob episode that went along, in my own words and perspective, the style of this?: Let's have a boxing kangaroo that's always going to say "shrimp on the barbie!" "Are you Poof????" lol so funny. Let's have Poof talk, but we want him to impersonate any notable celebrity, so our adult audience can get a crack out if it! Gilbert Gottfried! Donald Trump! Elvis! Arnold Schwarzenegger! Al Pacino! Shrimp on the barbie! Foop is back too, and Poof also brought his other friend from Spellementary that I don't know the name of! Chloe babysits the fairies, but uh oh, Foop creates a plan to suck Cosmo and Wanda into a blackhole in disguise of a fancy restaurant! Shrimp on the barbie! Let's make Timmy's dad so stupid that he talks like a child no more than three and gets babysat by Chloe! He's also too stupid to notice there are fairies, but fairies can co-exist with humans anyway, because no one knows exactly what a fairy looks like, RIGHT? Also, Mr. Crocker is in this episode for some reason! Shrimp on the barbie! Also, Vicky is in this too and she's the real villain of the episode! Chloe and Timmy are now held captive by Vicky and are trapped by litter and brussel-sprouts! Never mess with Vicky and her own job! Now it's Chloe vs. Vicky! SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE! THE DAY HAS NOW BEEN SAVED! COSMO AND WANDA ARE BACK, AND SO IS MR. CROCKER, BUT THEIR CHROMOSOMES ARE NOW REARRANGED! S H R I M P O N T H E B A R B I E ! Yeah, this episode pretty much broke me. As of now, this is the Fairly OddParents: no Da Rules, no regulations, no limitations, no coherence, and little effort at all, just a whole bunch of randomness. SpongeBob did have some of its crazy moments, but I have never seen an episode of SB that felt so chaotic and forced into lowest common denominator style of entertainment like this episode of FOP that I just saw. If this show ever gets yet another miraculous series renewal, then I SERIOUSLY hope that the next season could give this show a moment to inhale, breathe, and exhale, unlike S10 where the show is breathing in and out so much, and it's like it's saying, "Look guys, I'm still breathing!" Maybe then, the show would feel more focused, consistent, and bring back some of its old roots, but I can only dream that it could happen. For as long as S10 may last, the only reason for me to keep watching is to see just how chaotic and aimless it would continue to be. Oh, and the show is now animated with Adobe Flash. The fact that it starts by the latter half of S10 makes it messier in general, but I can at least say that I don't mind it as much. Excuse me if this sounds like repeated commentary, but S10 is so bad enough, it's giving me more things to say.
  8. I published my first "Best of Entertainment 2016" list?
  9. Butch Hartman's newest series, officially premiering somewhere in February, featuring Lewbert as the voice of Bunsen. Like with the Fairly OddParents as of recent, it is also Butch's foray into producing/creating animated shows made in Adobe Flash. I will watch this out of my own curiosity, but I don't have any expectations for this to be anything spectacular. So far from what I've seen, I do like how varied the art style is compared to Butch Hartman's other shows.
  10. WARNING: This list mostly contains spoilers for those who haven't seen any of the shows or movies that appear on the official list or the pre-list! 2016…some major things have happened that year, and things have gotten very stressful for a lot of good people. Generally, there have been a number of sad and bad times. Donald Trump, one of the most notoriously controversial candidates, won the election and will be impeached as President, while Mike Pence will be Vice President, tomorrow. A bunch of beloved celebrities passed away, a fair number of dangerous events took place, Harambe the gorilla got shot and killed, and to some minor extents, video game movies are still doing poorly, B.o.B. revealed how much of a conspiracy nutcase he was after the events of trying to prove the Earth is flat followed, and there was just a whole bunch of assorted problems that surfaced on YouTube that I’m not going to bother going into full detail. And here I am, trying to be optimistic about the future of 2017, and that things won’t take a turn for the worst. (God forbid Mike Pence ends up becoming President, whatever happens to Trump.) However, just thinking about the future is not what I’m here for. I’m also here during my second-to-last day of my holiday vacation writing up my top 10 list for the best animated shows and movies 2016 had to offer before finishing and posting it on my first day out of holiday vacation. If there’s anything 2016 was really good for, it was for its memes……but seriously though, it did had a great batch of remarkable animated products. Some people love to make lists for music (well, including myself, but I am making a bit of a retirement from music reviews soon after I’m done with my best/worst hits list), television, and movies, but animation is my real calling right here! So what better way than to debut my entertainment lists than to do that first? Animation of 2016 in general was not as excellent as 2014 or 2015, (2016 in animated films were superb while animated television was mostly “ehhh” for me, but I might change my mind later on when I get the chance to see BoJack Horseman, Venture Bros. season 6, and some others.) You guys are probably going to be sick of reading through this preamble, but before I even begin with the pre-list, here’s something you’d never expect from a yearly top/bottom entertainment list maker until now: I’m going to lay just a few ground rules: -Take note that this isn’t a very broad list. I have not seen every animated film or show that I probably needed to see. This is unfortunately so for at least some various TV list favorites like Adventure Time, Regular Show, BoJack Horseman and South Park. Sorry folks. However, I’ll at least say there’ll be a couple of mature picks on the list. -In terms of animated television, there’s a fair balance of quality and quantity. There would have to be at least 4 or more episodes that I’ve really enjoyed so I could be willing to put it on the list since I will be listing my favorite segments from that year, because I’m not just listing my favorite shows and movies of this year on the countdown, but also what I felt highly represented this year in animation from what I’ve seen. -Animated shorts count and they are judged based on how much value I can get from them. And NOW, let’s move onto the pre-list. Here are the honorable mentions: And now I got that over with, it’s time for…. STEEL'S TOP 10 ANIMATIONS OF 2016 Anyway, next up is my music lists, and they will be arriving a lot sooner.
  11. High Enough to Carry You Over - CHVRCHES
  12. Blame - Bastille
  13. Keynote

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  15. On the plus side of things, Poof is confirmed to return for one episode, so it's safe to say that he hasn't been written off. I'm glad enough that FOP is being moved to Nicktoons for new episodes, so PLEASE let this be Death's final nail in the coffin, cuz' I really hope this is for real and we're not getting yet another series renewal blown up in our faces. For a season with little to no quality control, this show has suffered enough.
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