I’ve Been…

I've been listening to these CDs:

The Hunger Games Soundtrack has a really good mix of music, but I like the mellow songs more. Eyes Open by Taylor Swift is my favorite, but I also love Safe & Sound as well as the songs by Arcade Fire, Jayme Dee and The Secret Sisters.  I bought Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton after seeing him in concert. I don't like all of his music (Hillbilly Bone, Kiss My Country Ass), but his slow songs are definitely sweet. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells is very good, but I can't listen to it all the time. It gives me a headache. I'm old. I'm a big fan of Lana Del Rey and her album Born to Die. There are some duds in there, most of the songs sound sad and depressing, and some of the lyrics are really dumb, but I like her style. The music is good and her voice is cool. Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall is amazing because it sounds almost identical to her studio albums. She's that good, people! I love her. I know I'm late jumping on the Robyn bandwagon, but after falling in love with this video and song, I had to know more, so I bought her latest album, Body Talk. I love it! I don't know why I was so hesitant to listen.  

I've been watching these music videos:

Madonna's video for Girl Gone Wild feels like an update on '90s Madonna. It's sexy and weird and it's a trip when she dances on the walls. I like this song so much more than her first one! Lana Del Rey's Blue Jeans video is so pretty. I love the light, the reflection of water, the calm, slow tone and the super creepy alligators. It's a little depressing though. Time to Dance by The Shoes features my boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. (I talked about it before right here). I've watched this mini movie like eight times. He does such a great job playing a crazed serial killer. It's disturbing, but a little hot. (Don't hate. You know you love Dexter!) I wish he'd do dark movies.

I’ve been reading these books:

Whateverland had some funny moments, but mostly it was just trying too hard. I'm not a huge Martha fan, but they were just rude. The authors didn't offer much advice and they both seemed so full of themselves. Lord of the Flies was disturbing and sad, but I liked it. It was a little slow in spots, but easy to read and I enjoyed it. I want to watch one of the movies now. Dollhouse was so ridiculous. I mean, I already knew that it would be, but it was really, really stupid. There are too many characters to follow (all with first names starting with a K), it was outrageous, but predictable at the same time. I can assure you that the Kardashian sisters had nothing to do with writing it, even though it was so bad. I finished it, because I can't ever just stop a book, but I don't recommend it.

I’ve been TiVoing these new shows:

I love love love Smash! I'm such a Broadway nerd, so it's right up my alley and I really like the entire cast. The singing and dancing is good, the drama is fun and that affair is sooo hot, when it's not sad, of course. I'm not sold on GCB, but I'm not giving up on it yet. It's like the new Desperate Housewives with a southern twist. I love Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb! Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis is just ok so far. I don't think they show enough of Jeff, and watching couples bicker about home decorating is so annoying, but I love Jeff so much, I'll keep watching.

I’ve been deleting these shows:

I finally gave up on 90210. I can't stand most of the cast and the storylines were really boring. I'll miss the hot guys and Silver/Jessica Stroup. I have a major girl crush on her! I couldn't get into The River at all. I probably didn't give it a fair chance, but I've got too much on my TiVo and after two episodes it just didn't interest me. I deleted Fashion Star right after the first episode. It was weird. There was too much going on, the mentors didn't have much to say, the constant applause during each fashion show was so annoying and it felt like a big marketing ploy. Do the designers even sew their own clothes? I feel like they are just creating something boring to sell immediately, rather than being artistic and using their talent. Are any of you watching? Did it get better? 

I’ve been seeing these movies:

The Iron Lady was interesting. I loved learning more about Margaret Thatcher and Meryl did a great job, but her flashbacks in the movie were just kind of silly. The Descendants was sad, but so good. I’m a huge fan of Shailene Woodley now. She was pretty amazing. And George? Well, he played George, as usual, but I still love him. The Woman In Black was actually scary without being all blood and guts. I still kind of felt like I was watching Harry Potter back in time, solving a mystery and looking for a ghost. Wanderlust was a pretty stupid movie, with lots and lots of funny parts. I hate when that happens. We laughed out loud quite a bit, but overall, the movie was very predictable. The Lorax was so cute. It was Nolan's first time at the movies and he did so well. He knows the book inside and out, so I think that helped keep his attention. I just wish we could SEE Zac, not hear him. The Hunger Games was awesome! You’ve all seen it, you know. But here is my review if you are curious. Jacob and I both loved it and thought it stayed very true to the books.

And I’ve been Netflixing these ones:

Fireflies in the Garden was really sad, but good. I didn't even hate Julia Roberts like I usually do. Ryan was worth watching it! Beginners was so slow. I wanted to like this movie because I love Ewan, but it was just boring. What’s Your Number? was stupid and predictable like all romantic comedies, but I didn’t hate it. I love Anna Faris. 50/50 was so good. I loved everything about it. I laughed a lot more than I thought I would and I cried too. I love JGL even more now and Anna Kendrick was perfect! Apollo 18 was freaky. A lot of people hated this movie because of the crappy footage and lack of explanation, but I felt like it made it scarier that way. I love suspenseful horror movies that aren’t all blood and gore. I Melt With You was totally depressing. Some of it was really interesting to watch and the cast was great, but for the most part I didn’t like it. Moneyball was awesome! I like all sports movies, but wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did. I really loved Brad and Jonah. I also didn’t think I’d like Footloose considering how I felt about them remaking it, but I liked it. A lot. It was kind of weird that a lot of scenes were word for word from the original and I thought Ren’s Boston accent was terrible (and kept disappearing) but otherwise, it was a fun and fresh take on the original. The dancing was hot and the cast was fun. In Time was a cool movie. Justin Timberlake wasn’t terrible, except in his crying scene. Seriously, I laughed out loud and it totally took away from how sad that scene should have been. My Week With Marilyn was just ok in my opinion. Michelle Williams really did do well. However, I kinda wanted to smack her (Marilyn, not Michelle) the entire movie. I know she was a very sad and vulnerable woman, but she was portrayed as such a brat. The Skin I Live In was totally creepy, totally disturbing and totally original. It was pretty to look at, it had me glued to the screen and Antonio Banderas was one hot psychopath. It is a foreign film, so there are subtitles, but not many. There wasn’t much dialogue but it was still a fantastic movie. I thought Carnage was pretty hilarious. The entire cast was amazing and totally unlikeable. It doesn’t sound fun to watch people you hate, but it really was a good movie!

As always, you can click the tabs at the top of the screen to see what I’ve been up to.
What have you been up to?


Krystal said...

robyn is my favorite!

Lori said...

Adele Live at Albert Hall is the BOMB! Love it. Love her!

I'm still weary over the Footloose remake though I have heard great things about it. I may have to red box it this weekend and check it out.

hotpants™ said...

I can't stop listening to the HG soundtrack. I love Lana Del Rey's cd. I need to see The Descendents. I loved Moneyball too.

Karen Peterson said...

I haven't gotten the HG soundtrack yet, but I plan to.

I really liked The Descendants and want to see it again.

I'm still watching The River, but totally agree about 90210. I'm over it.