Best of 2016 TV: 'Poldark', 'Daredevil', 'Reign', 'Bates Motel', 'Game of Thrones' & more!

The Punisher, Poldark, Reign - Eclectic Pop's Best of 2016 TV
What everyone is saying is true. Television was at its best in 2016. Between gorgeous costume dramas, a mystifying sci-fi series, and an ambitious take on the superhero drama, these were Eclectic Pop’s picks for the best TV of 2016…

Best of 2016 Movies: 'Ip Man 3', 'The Family Fang', 'The Girl on the Train' & more!

Ip Man 3 - Movie Poster - Eclectic Pop's Best of 2016 Movies List
The good news about a bad year in movies is that the champions had an easy time setting themselves apart. Unlike years past, you will not find a winner for Best Romance, but you will find movies worthy of various other respective honors. 2016 had few standouts and these are the ones that made the cut...

Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2016

Eclectic Pop Top 10 Most-Read Posts - Game of Thrones, The Girl on The Train, Taylor Swift
In this final look back at the most-read content published on Eclectic Pop in 2016, a fascinating portrait emerges. Unlike 2015’s Top 10 list, movie-related content dominated reader interest. In fact, movie coverage accounted for 80% of the list.

Top 10 Most-Read TV Posts of 2016

Eclectic Pop's Top 10 Most-Read TV Posts - Bates Motel, Game of Thrones, Reign
The year end wrap-up continues as Eclectic Pop unveils and analyzes the Top 10 Most-Read TV related posts published on the site during 2016. In the Top 10, one theme you will immediately pick up on is the presence of the Entertainment Inquiry. The Q&A-style feature made its debut in 2016 and given its popularity, the Entertainment Inquiry will continue in 2017.

Top 10 Most-Read Movie Reviews of 2016

Eclectic Pop's Most-Read Movie Reviews 2016 - Testament of Youth, Jane Got a Gun, Far from the Madding Crowd
Another year has come and gone on Eclectic Pop. Now it is time to reflect on 2016. First up, let us take a look back at the Top 10 most-read movie reviews. When it came to the most popular movie reviews, the immediate trend that sticks out is that there really isn’t one.

Movie Review | The Shallows (2016)

The Shallows Movie Poster (2016)
“Open Water” meets “Jaws” in this exciting, if wobbly, guilty pleasure. Blake Lively plays Nancy, a grieving medical school student, mourning the recent loss of her mother. Looking to connect with her mother’s memory, Nancy journeys to her mother’s favorite spot on earth, a secluded slice of island paradise. Is there any other kind?

Best New Bets on Netflix: December 2016

Eclectic Pop's Best New Bets on Netflix: December 2016
A fresh assortment of entertainment has arrived on Netflix this December and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down your best bets. First up the Top 5 movie additions and then a TV pick. Let’s get started…

Top 10 Most-Read Posts of November 2016

Eclectic Pop's Top 10 Most-Read Posts of November 2016 - Disorder Movie Review, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir Feature and Reign
Top 10 Recap: Movie reviews’ popularity endured as new features rose up the ranks. The review for the mystery drama 'The Girl on the Train' soared to the top of the list, making its second consecutive appearance in the Most-Read’s Top 5.

It did so with much greater reader interest than it initially received, closely following its theatrical release. Despite a slow start, 'The Girl on the Train' is already one of the Most-Read reviews of the year on Eclectic Pop.

The reviews for 'White Bird in a Blizzard', 'Disorder', and 'Demolition', all repeated, along with the Top 10 Most-Read list for August/September 2016. 

New in November was the first ‘Let’s Talk About…’ feature since the beginning of the year, January 2016 to be exact. The ‘Entertainment Inquiry’ also returned with its first new entry in 2 months. Entertainment Inquiry #8 focused exclusively on The CW’s ‘Reign’, answering questions from fans of the show on Twitter about Season 4. 

Fun Stat Facts:

-The latest ‘Let’s Talk About…’ is the only article on the list to exclusively discuss sports (ice dancing).

-50% of the Top 10 is comprised of movie reviews

-As of November, the reviews for 'White Bird in a Blizzard' and 'The Girl on the Train' joined the list of Eclectic Pop’s All-Time Most-Read Posts, at the #7 and #10 spot, respectively.

-Half of the Top 10 included November’s new content.

Without further ado, here’s the complete list of the Top 10 Most-Read Posts for November…

Top 10

#9: Movie Review | It Follows (2014) – NEW in November

Content Notes for December:
-The special 'Game of Thrones' edition of the Entertainment Inquiry that was originally planned for November will hopefully materialize in December.

-The Best of 2016 lists will arrive in either late December, or early January. Based on the results of a reader poll on Twitter, the 'Best of' list will continue in its usual fashion.

-Having just recently watched BBC’s sensational 2004 miniseries 'North & South' for the first time, expect a feature on it soon. The mini is currently streaming on Netflix and it is worth the watch. It is one of the best miniseries, I have ever seen.

As always, thanks to everyone who has been reading and sharing Eclectic Pop’s content on social media. It means the world!

Happy Holidays!

[Featured Image by Mars Distribution/Boris Kasimov/The CW ]

Top 12 Modern Christmas Songs

We are all familiar with the music that traditionally comprises Christmastime playlists, from the classics “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”. While they are all amazing songs, modern music (post-1970) has been conjuring up some worthy staples of their own. 

With that in mind, Eclectic Pop has compiled a list of the Top 12 Modern Christmas songs...

Quick Hit Movie Reviews: Hallmark Channel's 'Countdown to Christmas'

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas
When it comes to spreading Christmas cheer, no other network does a better job than the Hallmark Channel. Every year, Hallmark Channel broadcasts a wealth of new original Christmas movies that are guaranteed to put viewers in the Holiday spirit, spreading joy to all who watch them.

There is no more surefire way to get in the Christmas spirit then to sit down and enjoy Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. In this special edition of the Quick Hit Movie Reviews, Eclectic Pop offers a condensed version of its reviews for last year’s new additions: “12 Gifts of Christmas”, “Christmas Detour” and “Tis the Season for Love”. Merry Christmas!

5 TV Shows Worth Being Thankful For

Eclectic Pop gives thanks for these 5 TV shows and their respective seasons.

#5 Daredevil: Season 2

In Season 2, "Daredevil" went from a good show to a great one, a qualitative uptick chiefly owed to the introduction of Jon Bernthal's Punisher.

After two feature films tried and failed to bring this fascinating character to life, "Daredevil" managed to bring him roaring to it.