WELL, THAT HAPPENED: The 2015 BestWursts

By on January 11, 2016

Twelve highlights, lowlights and ombres of yesteryear.

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Oh Leo, how we hope you will finally score an Oscar; need we say anything about the pumpkin head on the right? (Photo: Andrew Munz)

Jackson, WY – Nothing rings in a new year better than a deliciously nostalgic review of everything we suffered and triumphed through for the past 12 months. There’s even a few things we’re still suffering through that should have faded away by the new year, including Muslim-bashing, multicolored mermaid hair, the new Google logo, and people who fly drones at concerts (no one likes you).

Well, 2015 happened. And now, my own personal list of BestWursts.

Best TV series you gave up too soon

Some shows require a bit of patience and often times, us viewers can get so annoyed that the show didn’t explain everything and hook us immediately because, Jesus Christ, there is so much to catch up on. But the Netflix original series, “Sense8,” created by the Wachowskis (“The Matrix”) is worth your time and patience. Told over 12 intensely well-acted/written/directed episodes, it’s the one show you need to add to your Netflix list and actually watch before season two.

Best shot Leo DiCaprio has at finally winning an Oscar

He should have won for “The Aviator” or “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but fingers are crossed for his performance in “The Revenant.”  From the opening scene to the final shot, Leo devours the screen and, for me, the film is one of the best, if not the best, of the year.

Best new ongoing community event

Cabin Fever Story Slam, hosted by Teton County Library. There are some fascinating stories tucked away among Jackson’s residents. The story slam is a great way for storytellers to share them and for story lovers to enjoy them.

Best title for a Jackson Hole mystery/suspense novel

“The Burning-Down of Chinatown.” Dibs.

Best book that needs to be added to your bedside table ASAP

“Bull Mountain” by Brian Panowich. So goddamn epic, Cormac McCarthy couldn’t even write it.

Best array of WTF moments in a single Season

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Season 5

Best attempt at staying relevant

Ryan Adam’s full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Worst attempt at staying relevant

“Bitch, I’m Madonna” by Madonna. Collective groan.

Worst race-altering makeup

Tie: Rachel Dolezal (African American)/ Donald Trump (Pumpkin American)

Worst hairstyle that I’m attracted to

The Man Bun. But only if you have the bone structure and/or beard for it.

Worst self-proclaimed spokesperson for the trans community

Caitlyn Jenner

Worst country for complex flavors, fresh produce and ample spices

Sigh…Iceland. PJH

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