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December 29, 2016-December 30, 2016 – Someone was requesting that I talk about three or four movie-related things in addition to the movie reviews I had written. These were opinions for things I hadn’t gotten a chance to see. This person gave me specific prompts for each point. I went through each of them quickly without much fuss. Everyone who was listening sounded impressed.

(NOTE: In my dreams, celebrities usually appear as conflations of themselves and the characters they play.  So if a dream takes place in a movie or TV show, then its characters are usually also the actors that play them.  There a few exceptions: animated characters generally are not counted this way, as they don’t tend to have this same conflated quality.  So, an appearance by Bob Belcher would not also count as an appearance by H. Jon Benjmain.  Also, for fictional characters that have had multiple iterations: an appearance by Batman doesn’t count as an appearance by Ben Affleck unless it is the version of Batman as played by Affleck.)

Community is my favorite show of all time, and even though it did not air any new episodes in 2016, I still dreamed about it often enough for Alison Brie to take number one on this tally (though her total wasn’t as high as in previous years). Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs were not too far behind.
As for current shows occupying my subconscious? It looks like New Girl reigns supreme, with strong showings from Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, and Hannah Simone.Griffin Newman had a good year, thanks to The Tick, Search Party, and me knowing him personally.
I have encountered Billy Eichner on the street, though not as often as I’ve encountered him in my dreams.

Alison Brie – 6 (twice as Annie Edison)
Joel McHale – 4 (three times as Jeff Winger)
Griffin Newman – 4
Zooey Deschanel – 3 (twice as Jess Day)
Billy Eichner – 3
Max Greenfield – 3 (each time as Schmidt)
Gillian Jacobs – 3 (twice as Britta Perry)
Bob Odenkirk – 3 (each time as Jimmy McGill)
Andy Richter – 3
Hannah Simone – 3 (each time as Cece Parekh)
Stephen Amell – 2 (both times as Oliver Queen)
Batman – 2
Portia Doubleday – 2 (both times as Angela Moss)
Will Forte – 2
Peter Griffin – 2
John Hodgman – 2
Rashida Jones – 2
Maya Jordan – 2
Marsai Martin – 2 (both times as Diane Johnson from black-ish)
Michael McKean – 2 (once as Chuck McGill and once as Lenny Kosnowski)
Kate McKinnon – 2
June Diane Raphael – 2
Daisy Ridley – 2 (both times as Rey)
Bob Saget – 2 (once as Danny Tanner )
Amy Schumer – 2
Bernie Sanders – 2
Superman – 2
Donald Trump – 2
Kristen Wiig – 2
Adele – 1
Dianna Agron – 1 (as Quinn Fabray)
Ben Affleck – 1 (as Daredevil)
Casey Affleck – 1 (as Lee Chandler from Manchester by the Sea)
GG Allin – 1
Anthony Anderson – 1
Eric André – 1
Aziz Ansari – 1
Will Arnett – 1
Colson “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker – 1 (as Ty from Nerve)
Alec Baldwin – 1
John Barrowman – 1 (as Malcolm Merlyn)
Jay Baruchel – 1 (as Josh Greenberg)
Samantha Bee – 1
Ed Begley, Jr. – 1 (as Clifford Main from Better Call Saul)
Drake Bell – 1
Kristen Bell – 1
Tom Berenger – 1
Craig Bierko – 1 (as Chet Wilton from UnREAL)
Paul Blackthorne – 1 (as Quentin Lance)
Wolf Blitzer – 1
Rachel Bloom – 1 (as Rebecca Bunch)
Emily Blunt – 1
Usain Bolt – 1
John Boyega – 1 (as Finn)
Miles Brown – 1 (as black-ish’s Jack Johnson)
Yvette Nicole Brown – 1 (as Shirley Bennett)
Gisele Bündchen – 1
Tituss Burgess – 1
Brennan Bushee (Jeopardy! contestant) – 1
Aidy Bryant – 1
Candace Cameron – 1 (as DJ Tanner)
Jaime Camil – 1 (as Rogelio de la Vega)
John Candy – 1
Kim Caramele – 1
Jerrod Carmichael – 1 (as “Jerrod Carmichael” )
Keith Carradine – 1
Jim Carrey – 1
Katie Cassidy – 1 (as Laurel Lance)
Johnny Castle – 1
Chevy Chase – 1 (as Pierce Hawthorne)
Louis C.K. – 1
Marcia Clark – 1
Hillary Clinton – 1
Kevin Corrigan – 1
Dave Coulier – 1 (as Joey Gladstone)
Courteney Cox – 1 (as Monica Geller)
Wes Craven – 1
Michael Cristofer – 1 (as Phillip Price from Mr. Robot)
Daredevil/Matt Murdock – 1
Chris Darden – 1
Juan Martin del Potro – 1
Adore Delano – 1
Dana Delany – 1
Julian Dennison – 1
Vin Diesel – 1
Novak Djokovic – 1
Eliza Doolittle – 1
Dr. Dre – 1
Kirsten Dunst – 1 (playing Felicity Smoak for some reason)
Eazy-E – 1
Joel Edgerton – 1
Idris Elba – 1
Elle Fanning – 1
Will Ferrell – 1 (as Ricky Bobby)
Carrie Fisher – 1 (as Leia Organa)
Harrison Ford – 1 (as Han Solo)
Micah Fowler – 1 (as JJ Dimeo from Speechless)
Chris Gethard – 1
Sean Giambrone – 1 (as Adam Goldberg)
Nikki Glaser – 1
Donald Glover – 1 (as Troy Barnes)
Jonathan Goldsmith (The Most Interesting Man in the World actor) – 1
Ryan Gosling – 1 (as Jared Vennett from The Big Short)
Draymond Green – 1
Trent Green – 1
Lois Griffin – 1
Bethany Hall – 1
Mariska Hargitay – 1
Kevin Hart – 1
Anne Hathaway – 1 (as Catwoman)
Tim Heidecker – 1
Ed Hochuli – 1
Willa Holland – 1 (as Thea Queen)
Rob Huebel – 1
William Hurt – 1
Ice Cube – 1
Alex Jacob – 1
Matt Jackson – 1
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – 1
Jake Johnson – 1 (as Nick Miller)
Leslie Jones – 1
Kato Kaelin – 1
Keegan-Michael Key – 1
Anthony Kiedis – 1
Julie Klausner – 1
Chad Kroeger – 1
Kendrick Lamar – 1
Heather Langenkamp – 1
Jennifer Lawrence – 1
Katie Ledecky – 1
Jared Leto – 1
Naysha Lopez – 1
Britt Lower – 1 (as Liz Greenberg from Man Seeking Woman)
Rami Malek – 1 (as Elliot Alderson)
Jason Mantzoukas – 1
Jesse L. Martin – 1
Melissa McCarthy – 1
Charlie McDermott – 1 (as Axl Heck)
Adam McKay – 1
Christopher Meloni – 1
Murf Meyer – 1
Lea Michele – 1 (as Rachel Berry)
McKaley Miller – 1 (as Claire from Speechless)
Garbiñe Muguruza – 1
Kumail Nanjiani – 1
Liam Neeson – 1
Graham Norton – 1
Conan O’Brien – 1
John Oliver – 1
Yoko Ono – 1
Patton Oswalt – 1
Al Pacino – 1
Jordan Peele – 1
Jay Pharoah – 1
Amy Poehler – 1
Danny Pudi – 1 (as Abed Nadir)
Glenn Quagmire – 1
Alli Rae – 1
David Ramsey – 1 (as John Diggle)
John C. Reilly – 1 (as Cal Naughton, Jr.)
Matthew Rhys – 1 (as Philip Jennings)
Emily Bett Rickards – 1 (as Felicity Smoak)
Kenny Ridwan (as Dave Kim – 1)
Julia Roberts – 1
Gina Rodriguez – 1 (as Jane Gloriana Villanueva)
Seth Rogen – 1
Tony Romo – 1
Matt Ross – 1 (as Gavin Belson)
Tracee Ellis Ross – 1
Mark Ruffalo – 1
Keri Russell – 1 (as Elizabeth Jennings)
Mark Salling – 1 (as Noah Puckerman)
Paul Scheer – 1
Marcus Scribner – 1 (as Andre Johnson, Jr. from black-ish)
Yara Shahidi – 1 (as Zoey Johnson from black-ish)
Molly Shannon – 1
Charlie Sheen – 1
Maria Sharapova – 1
Homer Simpson – 1
Jada Pinkett Smith – 1
Jaden Smith – 1
Will Smith – 1
Felicity Smoak – 1 (as played by Kirsten Dunst for some reason)
John Stamos – 1 (as Jesse Katsopolis)
Natalia Starr – 1
Harry Styles – 1
David Tennant – 1 (as Kilgrave)
Abęl Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) – 1
Maria Thayer – 1
Uma Thurman – 1
Alex Trebek – 1
Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1
Keith Urban – 1
Wayde van Niekerk – 1
Courtney B. Vance – 1
Martin Wallström – 1 (as Tyrell Wellick from Mr. Robot)
Eric Wareheim – 1 (as Arnold Baumheiser from Master of None)
Amber Stevens West – 1 (as Maxine from The Carmichael Show)
Kanye West – 1
Michelle Williams – 1 (as Randi from Manchester by the Sea)
Ashley Wilson (Jeopardy! contestant) – 1
Tommy Wiseau – 1
Andrew W.K. – 1
Breeda Wool – 1 (as Faith from UnREAL)
Wonder Woman – 1

December 27, 2016-December 28, 2016 – I was watching an early scene from Taken. It was with that pop singer, in bed with her mom and a nurse. The nurse said that it was time to clean up her arm. She said that she didn’t have to, because she was going to be wearing her “sleeves” (i.e., compression sleeves). She lifted one arm, revealing scars from heroin injections, and it was now clear what the nurse meant by “clean up.” He proceeded to inject a needle with something that would relieve the effects of the heroin.

Hotel for Friends

December 17, 2016-December 18, 2016 – I was in a hotel room watching Friends. I had begun catching up on it. I had watched a few episodes before. I was watching this episode for an article I was writing. Monica was going on about something.

November 18, 2016-November 19, 2016 – I was seeing Doctor Strange 2. I was sitting in a row that wasn’t too uncomfortably in the front, but I did have to look up a bit. There was an older female critic sitting near me. Strange was fighting off a series of small attacks. There didn’t appear to be one big bad. I wasn’t seeing this before the release, so I wasn’t writing notes for an in-depth review, but I was paying attention for a quick review.

November 15, 2016-November 16, 2016 – I was reading or watching something related to SNL. This reminded me of how Will Forte ran for Congress several years ago. I looked up on Wikipedia when that was, but I couldn’t find any mention of it. I was starting to think this never actually happened. I was thinking I may have been confusing him with his character Tim Calhoun, who was perpetually a candidate for things like Congress.

It Spreads

November 1, 2016-November 2, 2016 – I was watching a movie in which an ailment was being spread around a group of people that was causing grotesque physical symptoms. After several scenes, it cut to some guys in a doctor’s waiting room. The bottom on one guy’s jaw was loose. The guy next to him touched his face. Then his jaw fell off, his whole face fell off, and he collapsed. Some of the blood spurted onto the face of the guy next to him. The ailment was contagious, so his face fell off, too. The other two guys caught it as well. One of their faces melted off. One of them let out a horrible shriek.