Andrew Whipple

The most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational


Fully blatantly stolen, as a concept, from Som-Mai Nguyen, a list which I co-sign (and is probably better than this one.)

Items are not in any strict order! And these are not necessarily "favorites" lists, though there is certainly an overlap between a favorite and a thing I would recommend! Though to immediately contradict myself, generally speaking the first one or two of any list are probably my favorites of the recommendations!


  • Dead Girls (Alice Bolin)
  • Trust Exercise (Susan Choi)
  • Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  • Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • The Haunting Of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
  • Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
  • Normal People (Sally Rooney)
  • How To Do Nothing (Jenny Odell)
  • Galactic North (particular the stories "Weather" and "Nightingale") (Alastair Reynolds)
  • Carrie (Stephen King)
  • Grief Is The Thing With Feathers (Max Porter) (like I said, co-signed)


  • Ocean's Eleven (2001, Steven Soderbergh)
  • Little Women (2019, Greta Gerwig)
  • Carol (2015, Todd Haynes)
  • The Edge Of Seventeen (2016, Kelly Fremon Craig)
  • Midsommar (2019, Ari Aster)
  • Waitress (2007, Adrienne Shelly)
  • The Handmaiden (2016, Park Chan-wook)
  • Thoroughbreds (2017, Cory Finley)
  • Arrival (2016, Denis Villeneuve)
  • Dead Pigs (2018, Cathy Yan)
  • Right Now, Wrong Then (2015, Hong Sang-soo)
  • In The Mood For Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
  • The Nice Guys (2016, Shane Black)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993, Kenneth Branagh)
  • 20th Century Women (2016, Mike Mills)
  • Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019, Céline Sciamma)
  • Support The Girls (2018, Andrew Bujalski)
  • La La Land (2016, Damien Chazelle)
  • Pretend That You Love Me (2020, Joel Haver)
  • Get Out (2017, Jordan Peele)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997, Hayao Miyazaki)
  • Columbus (2017, Kogonada)

(I also said this list isn't favorites, but for the record my top 5 is, in order, Scream, Ocean's Eleven, Spirited Away, Thoroughbreds, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World)

Movies: Dumb and/or trashy and/or gnarly and/or silly and/or bad and/or about Blackpink but I love a lot, though maybe take them as ~recommendations~ with a grain of salt

  • Ready Or Not (2019, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett)
  • Ginger Snaps (2000, John Fawcett)
  • Cruella (2021, Craig Gillespie)
  • Blackpink: Light Up The Sky (2020, Caroline Suh)
  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, Jonathan Levine)
  • Bumblebee (2018, Travis Knight)
  • The Neon Demon (2016, Nicholas Winding Refn)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997, Jim Gillespie)
  • The Phantom Of The Opera (2004, Joel Schumacher)
  • Ice Princess (2005, Tim Fywell)


  • E•MO•TION (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Melodrama (Lorde)
  • Guppy (Charly Bliss)
  • The Bones Of What You Believe (CHVRCHES)
  • Air Stereo (The Damnwells)
  • Welcome Interstate Managers (Fountains Of Wayne)
  • Talon Of The Hawk (The Front Bottoms)
  • The '59 Sound/Handwritten (The Gaslight Anthem) ((bonus, Elsie (The Horrible Crowes)))
  • Art Angels (Grimes)
  • Miami Garden Club (Kitty)
  • Hands (Little Boots)
  • Dark Comedy/Anime, Trauma and Divorce (Open Mike Eagle)
  • Under The Surface (Marit Larsen)
  • Celebrasion (Sleeper Agent)
  • Future Me Hates Me (The Beths)
  • Electra Heart (Marina)
  • Pets Hounds (Pet Symmetry)
  • Sawayama (Rina Sawayama)
  • Ignorance (The Weather Station)
  • Stranger In The Alps (Pheobe Bridgers)
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West)
  • Aims (Vienna Teng)

Albums: Taylor Swift, ranked

  1. Red (2012)
  2. evermore (2020)
  3. 1989 (2014)
  4. reputation (2017)
  5. folklore (2020)
  6. Fearless (2008)
  7. Speak Now (2010)
  8. Self-titled (2006)
  9. Lover (2019)

Essays and such

(Bonus, not because it doesn't make the list, but because lol you'll probably be mad I included it: "A Personal Canon" (Som-Mai Nguyen))

((Bonus bonus, every essay in the above-mentioned Dead Girls, such as the titular essay.))


  • Blank Check
  • Holy Swift
  • Election Profit Makers
  • Song Exploder
  • Reconcilable Differences
  • Don't Get My Started (which has sadly ended)
  • The Relentless Picnic (especially the recent "Cabin" season)
  • Doughboys
  • Fighting In The War Room
  • You Must Remember This (especially the "Charles Manson's Hollywood" season)
  • The Adventure Zone (especially (slash....maybe only?) the "Balance" arc)

Videos, mostly comedic



  • The Pillowman (Martin McDonagh)
  • The Unfortunates (Jon Beavers, Ramiz Monsef, Ian Merrigan, Casey Hurt, Kristoffer Diaz)
  • The Wolves (Sarah DeLappe)
  • Stop/Kiss (Diana Son)
  • Arcadia (Tom Stoppard)
  • Hadestown (Anais Mitchell)
  • Picasso At The Lapin Agile (Steve Martin)
  • Six (Lucy Moss, Toby Marlow)
  • Equivocation (Bill Cain)
  • My Fair Lady (Frederick Lowe, Alan Lerner)
  • All The Way/The Great Society (Robert Schenkkan)
  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Anne Washburn)
  • Topdog/Underdog (Suzan-Lori Parks)
  • The Flick (Annie Baker)
  • Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman)

Plays: Shakespeare

  • Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Twelfth Night
  • King Lear
  • Henry V

Plays: Shakespeare: that are a little more off the beaten path, probably, potentially (but some of which I actually like more than some of the ones above)

  • As You Like It
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Richard II
  • Troilus & Cressida
  • Measure For Measure