HNS’s favorites in TV and Movie in 2023

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Nobody is more surprised than me that 2024 is in about two weeks. Seriously, where did this year even go? 2023 had some amazing pop culture moments in TV and movies. Without further ado, here’s my favorites in TV and movie from this year.

Barbie

Probably one of the most-talked about movie in the last decade, the “Barbie” phenomenon did not disappoint. This movie shone with girl power, nostalgia and laughs. The movie went beyond the superficialness of Barbie — providing a voice for women all over. Love to see it.

Margot Robie and Ryan Gosling embodied Ken and Barbie. I don’t think there would have been anyone better for either part. Both brought something special to their role. Plus, we can never forget the greatness that is Ken’s Mojo Dojo Casa House. I mean, that will be iconic for years to come. I laughed, I cried and I recalled my years of playing with Barbie dolls as a young girl.

The Eras Tour Movie

For all Swifties alike, this film was fun for those who didn’t get to attend the tour or who attended it and wanted to relive the magical night. As a lifelong Swiftie who did get to attend the concert during the summer, the film was just as fun. You got a front row seat to Swift’s best hits from every era of her career, save for debut.

Throughout the film, you were graced with sparkles, music, incredible set design and fabulous performances from the band, dancers, backup singers, and of course, Taylor Swift herself. This film, too, was nostalgic for those who’ve listened to Taylor Swift ever since “Picture to Burn” dropped all those years ago.

The Bear

I cannot say enough good things about season 2 of “The Bear.” While I loved the first season, the second season provided us more backstories and character development. To see into Carmy’s family was something else. And to see Richie’s past and his current character development to make something of himself was probably my favorite aspect of season 2.

We also got to see all their hard work throughout the series play out in the final episode. Each character brings something special to the show — I mean, you can’t help but love every one of them in different ways. I liked seeing Natalie have a bigger role; I enjoyed getting to know more of Carmy’s mom and brother who were a mystery for the most part. Also, don’t think I didn’t notice all those Taylor Swift references this season!

Plus, as a Chicago girl, it’s always fun to watch a show set in the Windy City. It’s given me some good tips of places to visit for future reference!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Saying goodbye to one of your favorite TV series is always bittersweet. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” unsurprisingly, went out in style. I think four seasons was enough to wrap up Midge’s story. We saw her win and lose during the last season. The last season also gave us flash forwards, which provided some insight into those never-ending questions you have when a series ends. It was fun to see her in a TV industry work setting. It was something different!

Midge and Joel’s parents once again gave the audience some of the funniest parts of the show. But I enjoyed to see Midge’s story wrap up and become the star she was always meant to see. I’m also glad Susie and her remained friends, even through the ups and downs that transpired in the last season. Overall, it ended on a happy, yet bittersweet note.

The Crown

Speaking of series coming to an end, “The Crown” just dropped their final season. The reign of Queen Elizabeth may be over, but the show will reign supreme. I loved the history the show chronicled — a lot of which I had never known. Though this last season has made me cry numerous times, I think it’s ending where it should.

Granted, I’ve only watched the first half of the season, what I have seen has been heartbreaking and moving. Any show that manages to make me cry is a good one because that means the writing and acting is out of this world.

It’s been a good year for TV and movies. I’m excited to see what 2024 will be bring! Of course, there will so many other good content released this year, but I’ll save you some reading. What TVs and movies stuck out in your mind in 2023? Comment below!

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