This article is part of our 2019 Rewind. Follow along as we explore the best and most interesting movies, shows, performances, and more from 2019.
Not a year goes by when the world isn’t a dumpster fire, but tucked between the atrocities and despair are moments that make us smile. 2019 has been no different, and pop culture has given us plenty of moments that have helped us cope with our stress. With the year coming to an end, it’s time to look back at those heartwarming moments and say goodbye to the last 12 months on a positive note. To do this, I’ve compiled a selection of feel-good stories that will hopefully touch your feels and have you grinning from ear to ear. Please grab a box of tissues and enjoy.
We’ll never see another season of the popular sitcom Friends, but Jennifer Anniston gave us the next best thing: a group selfie of the original cast together again. For those of us who still love the show — even though some of its elements haven’t aged well — it was great seeing the actors who defined television in the ‘90s hanging out just like old times. Here’s hoping that they continue to make time for each other in the coming years.
The Salvation of Sonic the Hedgehog
When the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer was released early this year, the internet was quick to point out how awful the titular character’s design looked. Instead of releasing the movie in that form, however, the creators took the criticisms on board and went back to work, creating a new Sonic in the process while Paramount delayed the release by three months. The latest trailer with the altered Sonic is a vast improvement, and the movie actually looks pretty fun. Taking advice from the internet is a bad idea for the most part, but in this case, the feedback was productive. Like the character the film is based on, these filmmakers have jumped through hoops to complete the mission at hand. Now watch as Sonic the Hedgehog becomes one of 2020’s best movies.
Keke Palmer Became a Meme Sensation
Keke Palmer had a great year onscreen as one of the co-stars of Hustlers, but her greatest claim to fame arrived in September when she inadvertently became a meme sensation. After being shown a picture of Dick Cheney during an interview with Vanity Fair, she apologized for not knowing him. Her innocuous “sorry to this man” exclamation subsequently went viral, inspiring countless memes and online banter. These days, people use the phrase to highlight their confusion or whenever they want to dismiss someone/something. She essentially created some new lingo that will be included in the online lexicon for years to come.
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Made Amends
The video for Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” is delightful, and the song itself is one of the catchiest anti-hate anthems out there. However, Swift also showed that she was willing to put the song’s message into practice by squashing her beef with long-term rival Katy Perry. The video features a cameo appearance from Perry dressed up as a burger and hugging it out with her old friend. The balance has been restored.