As a true lover of all things entertainment, I think it is only right to round up the things that have stayed with me throughout the year. The things that perhaps made my life better and that I will continue referring to for the next year to come. That is why I want to share with you the albums, series and films that I enjoyed in 2018.
When it comes to series and films I tend to be super behind. I always watch something months, or even years after it got released. I am also the kind of person that can watch a particular series over and over again. Basically, you can always find me rewatching Gossip Girl… This time, however, I seemed to be a bit more up-to-date with the latest Netflix releases. Although I was very skeptical about the reboot of one of my favourite childhood series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina did not disappoint one bit. Mostly because they didn’t try to remake the series, what Netflix did was take the concept and create an entirely new story just with the same main characters. This reboot is definitely darker, but for someone that can’t stand horror still very watchable (during the day).
Another Netflix Original I loved is You, a love story between a stalker and an aspiring writer. In the beginning, this series was often referred to as a crossing between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars but after watching it I think this creation deserves more credit than that. Yes, I understand where the comparisons come from but the story is something completely original. We basically experience the love story from the stalkers’ perspective, which means that although the things he does are wrong, the viewer might understand where he is coming from.
Not on Netflix
Not everything I watch is on Netflix unfortunately. I have to admit that I was exactly 20 years too late with watching one of the most iconic series ever: Sex and The City. It is incredible that 20 years later, this is still so relatable. As a young, single woman in a big city some of the struggles are still relevant. I am also convinced that I am a modern day Carrie Bradshaw! Lastly, another one of my latest obsessions is Star. To my own surprise, because I normally despise when signing is part of a series. I just find it cringe-worthy most of the time, but not with Star. The music is actually really good and I find myself listening to the tracks during my commute.
Now, last year was a seriously good year music wise! So many albums were released, long awaited debuts were dropped and comebacks were made. The year was consistent as good music kept coming. The summer was all about the international rise of reggaeton, which in my opinion was about time! I am still obsessed with bangers like Sin Pijama – Becky G & Natti Natasha, X – Nicky Jam & J. Balvin and Dura – Daddy Yankee. The collaborations between the Spanish and English music worlds just keep coming, and I am so here for it!
Some of the most surprisingly good drops were debut albums by Camilla Cabello and Cardi B. In all honesty, I was never a fan of Fifth Harmony but when Camilla announced she was leaving the group all of a sudden I seemed to like their music a lot more. At the same time, Camilla seemed to have blossomed as a solo artist and kept bringing hit after hit. I am here for it! After Cardi’s hit song Bodak Yellow, I was expecting more of the same on her album. But Cardi proved to be a diverse rapper/singer that is capable of doing different genres. My personal favourite on her album is Ring, a collaboration with Kehlani. I love that she also acknowledges her heritage and throws in the occasional Spanish lyric and collaboration.
To continue with the Spanish theme we have going on, another one of my obsessions last year was Kali Uchis. This woman’s voice is smooth like butter and her tunes are so relaxing. My favourite song on her album is a collaboration with the incredible Jorja Smith. I can listen to that song over and over again, without ever getting tired of it. Jorja, also released her debut album in 2018. She has a voice like no other, it only takes a second to recognise her sound. This year, I hope to see her perform live to witness the magic myself!
Better known artists also released some amazing work last year. Drake released a killer album, which is definitely going to be another one of my all-time faves. But he seems to have some competition now that Post Malone also seems to release hit after hit. People are comparing the two more often, but I personally don’t think they are a match. Post Malone is more experimental, he branches out to tries different things and collaborates with different artists. Drake on the other hand, sticks to hip-hop and R&B. He is an established force when Post Malone is still making his way to the top.
Now, the next artist is one of the most original creative minds I have ever seen. Her music is prove that traditional and modern can go hand in hand, and that the result is beautiful. Rosalía and her second album, El Mal Querer, combines traditional Spanish Flamenco vocals and sounds with modern hip-hop influences. The album listens like a book, with each song being chapter of the story.
Like I mentioned earlier, film is not really my thing. I prefer to watch series because I tend to completely dive into that world. To me, a film is so short unless there are sequels to look forward to. However, that being said, there are three films that I loved in 2018. The first one being The Hate U Give. I can’t recommend this film enough, and I think it also deserved a lot more credit and publicity than it did. The story is about police violence and gang crime in the US. I won’t give the plot away, but one thing I will say is that I haven’t been moved like this by a film in a long long time.
On less serious notes, I was so excited about the long-awaited release of the Incredibles 2! The fact that the story got picked up right where they left it all those years ago is incredible. This film was definitely made for my generation and I just want to say that we appreciate it! Another long-awaited release was Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, second in the Harry Potter prequel. Oh my goodness was this film great!!! The references to Harry Potter’s time, the build up to a big historical event that never got explained properly in the Harry Potter books and films, it’s all so much to take in! Just thinking about it makes me all excited again and so eager to see the next one.
What were some of your faves in 2018?
Lots of love,