I've Been...

I’ve been listening to these CDs:

I just don't know about Justin Timberlake, you guys. He's obviously incredibly talented, handsome, and hilarious, but for some reason I can't get into his new sound. I haven't listened to the album in a few days, so I'll have to try again soon. I know that I love Pusher Love Girl, That Girl, Tunnel Vision, and Mirrors, but that's about it. What I am absolutely in love with is this fake "Unplugged" album someone created from Britney Spears tracks. It's just stripped down vocals with mellow music and I LOVE it. Wouldn't it be awesome if she did something like this for real? The new Tegan and Sara album is really poppy and catchy and I like it! I've been in love with The Lumineers song Ho Hey since last summer and it's still a song that my kids sing daily. I finally got into the entire album. blink-182's self-released EP totally took me by surprise. I've been a fan since day one and have seen them TEN times in concert, but the last album didn't do much for me. I played this EP on repeat for a month straight. It's got a bit of an old blink sound and I fell in love with Mark, Tom and Travis all over again. My Chemical Romance released ten previously recorded tracks (from 2009), two at a time, over a period of a few months. I really, really loved Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and some of these songs really remind me of that album.

I’ve been watching these music videos:

Mirrors by Justin Timberlake is such a good song! It sounds like a really basic '90s tune, but I love it. The eight minute video/mini-movie is kind of heartbreaking, telling the story of Justin's grandparents (his grandfather passed away in December). And you gotta love his dance break in the mirror maze. I've been in one of those before, but it was in the dark and totally freaked me out and made me laugh hysterically. The Bait by Electric Guest is awesome! It kind of reminds me of an old Gap commercial. I hated The Remix by NKOTB when I first heard it, but it's grown on me. The video is pretty fun! Any It's Always Sunny fans out there? Artemis plays the main character and she's amazing! Those "kids" sure do look good. Jessica shared the video of Carried Away by Passion Pit a few weeks ago and I love everything about it! It was shot by Ben Richardson, the cinematographer behind Beasts of the Southern Wild, so yeah, it's good. Also, it stars Sophia Bush, one of my all-time favorites! Can I have her hair and clothes, please?

I’ve been reading these books:

So far in 2013, I've only read nine books. I better step it up! My Innapropriate Life was pretty funny, but it took me for-ev-er to get through. Her stories are very drawn out and I had a hard time getting into each one. Warm Bodies was alright. I read it after I saw the movie and was surprised by some of the differences (the tone, the boneys, Julie's dad, R's disposition and background). I liked the movie so much more, which doesn't happen often. Drinking and Tweeting was a super quick read. I love Brandi and think it's great how open and honest she is, but she definitely had a hard time filling the pages of an already tiny book. She kept repeating stories and phrases and it got annoying.  Gone Girl was NUTS! I'm not going to get into the story because I know a lot of people haven't read it yet. If you only read one book this year, read this one. I finished it in two days because I just couldn't believe what I was reading and couldn't put it down. A lot of people really hate the ending, but it didn't bother me that much. It was kind of fitting for the crazy characters and story lines. I can't wait to see the movie adaption! I reviewed Someday, Someday, Maybe right here. I'm not super into Anthony Kiedis but heard Scar Tissue was really good and I love a celebrity autobiography. Anthony's had a tough life and he doesn't shy away from revealing it all. Some of the stories made me uncomfortable, like how inappropriate and damaging his dad was and a ton of relationships he had with underage girls. He also shares stories about his drug addiction, family, the rise and struggles of the band, travel, disease and illness. The weirdest thing is my ex-boyfriend was IN LOVE with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and told me a ton of these stories back then. How did he know? We didn't have Google, Wikipedia or TMZ when I was in high school! (I know, I'm old). Anyway, I was kind of surprised by how the book stuck with me for a long time after I read it. I felt so sorry for him. He really is a loner and has some major issues. Luckily he's drug free and super healthy now and I don't have to lose sleep over it. Everyone talks about how hilarious Jen Lancaster is, so I read Jeneration X, but couldn't get into it. I didn't laugh one time. It just feels so forced to me. Jenny McCarthy's Bad Habits was a quick and funny read, just like the rest of her books. I always enjoy them. This one was a great look at her childhood. An Abundance of Katherines was alright. I had a hard time getting into it and didn't connect to any of the characters. I also got lost in the scientific jargon, Colin's over-analyzation of everything was annoying, and I got really tired of footnotes. I love all of John Green's other books though!

I’ve been TiVoing these new shows:

I'm embarrassed to admit that I watched the three episodes of Celebrity Wife Swap that have aired so far. I watched a few episodes of the original show years and years ago, so adding pseudo celebrities (Kendra Wilkinson/Kate Gosselin, Mark McGrath/Coolio, Gilbert Gottfried/Alan Thicke aren't real celebs) makes it even more fun. I can't wait for six more episodes this summer. I've also recorded every episode of The Following but haven't yet watched any of it. I was working my way through Homeland (I only have two episodes left and I don't want it to end so I'm stretching it out) and now Jacob and I are re-watching Arrested Development, which I'm excited to say is still hilarious after all these years. I've watched the first two episodes of Bates Motel and I'm hooked. It feels like you're watching a movie. It's pretty creepy, the music is awesome, Vera Farmiga is perfect and the town is strange.

I’ve been deleting these shows:

The Carrie Diaries was kinda cute but it moved so slow and was just plain ridiculous. I only watched the first episode of The Americans. I've heard good things about it and it already got renewed for a second season, but it didn't capture my attention and I don't have time for many new shows so I deleted it.

I’ve been seeing these movies:

Jacob and I both really liked Warm Bodies. I'm glad that the movie was lighter and funnier than the book and Nicholas Hoult is just the best. Identity Thief had some funny moments, but overall it was pretty stupid. I was bummed because I love Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy so much. I really wanted to love Promised Land, bu it's like they got actors (really good ones!) to star in a predictable remake of a documentary. Even the twist wasn't that interesting to me. Safe Haven was a very typical, predictable, cheesy Nicholas Sparks movie. Josh Duhamel sure is hot. Why isn't he in more/better movies? The End of Love was so good! It felt very real, almost documentary-like, and I cried basically the whole time, but don't let that make you not want to see it. I can't imagine how hard it was for writer/director/actor Mark Webber to act so depressed along side his real life son. That kid melted my heart. I loved this movie! One of the best I've seen so far this year. Jacob is a huge L. Frank Baum fan and loves all things Wizard of Oz (I don't at all, so weird), so he was excited to see Oz The Great and Powerful. I did not like it at all in the beginning. I thought it was so cheesy, overacted, and slow, but it got better. Still slow, but more entertaining. I liked it.

And I’ve been renting these ones:

Bully was such a heartbreaking documentary and I recommend that every single person watch this movie, especially if you have kids. Hate, violence, and emotional abuse is not ok, ever, and it seems to only be getting worse. I cried through the entire thing. Of course we have to teach our kids to be tolerant and accepting, but it's also important to teach them value of differences and to always, always, always speak up! Flight was great. I wasn't really that excited to watch it, so I was pleasantly surprised. I was seriously air sick for the first part of the movie though.  The Master was alright. Joaquin Phoenix bugs me and he mumbled through the whole movie, but people think he was amazing, so what do I know? I was a little lost by the end. Or maybe the plot just wasn't very good. I don't know. Amy Adams was very good. End of Watch was really, really good. I was surprised by how much I liked this one. It was very intense and felt raw, and for once, Jake Gyllenhaal didn't overact. Wreck-It Ralph was Jacob's choice and I wasn't thrilled about watching a cartoon, but it was pretty cute and kept my attention. The Paperboy was so, so weird. And pretty trashy. I kind of couldn't look away, but I was lost most of the time, and even though there was a lot going on, it was boring. I also hated the ending. Nicole Kidman was absolutely amazing and Zac Efron was basically in underwear the entire time. That's about all I got from the movie.

The 25 Hottest Zac Efron GIFs From "The Paperboy"

The 25 Hottest Zac Efron GIFs From "The Paperboy"

The 25 Hottest Zac Efron GIFs From "The Paperboy"

The 25 Hottest Zac Efron GIFs From "The Paperboy"

What have you been watching/reading/listening to?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Oh dear, he really is always in his underwear.

Not into Justin Timberlake's new music.

Annabelle said...

I've been wanting to get the new JT album. I'm gonna have to try it out for sure!
I also saw the Great & Powerful Oz and you're right. It was a bit of a slow start but ended out being a great movie!

Karen Peterson said...

I've never really been into JT the musician, even though I love him when he does other stuff. Especially SNL. But I've heard such mixed things about the new album that it makes me want to give it a listen.

I've been reading the book PS I Love You by Celia Ahern. So, so good.

jessica renee said...

I'm not feeling the new JT album either. I've tried so hard but it's just not as good as the last one :/ Love Tegan and Sara and the Lumineers. aaaand I'm really loving Passion Pit's album ;) thanks for that shout out!

I really want to see Bully. Oh and The End of Love too but gah just looking at that picture makes me want to cry!

tara said...

i have literally been listening to mirrors on repeat for days now! i am obsessed! i haven't even given the rest of the album much of a chance. =/

Gwen said...

I'm on the fence with JT's latest. I need to listen again. I recently just listened to Pink's newest album and I really like it.

I also had recorded all of the Following and hadn't watched any of them until the past few days, in which I got completely caught up. I'm surprised I haven't had nightmares but it's creepy and twisted and really good.

Misty said...

I've been needing to put a post together like this. Maybe today...

Gone Girl pissed me off, but you're right, the ending wasn't that surprising considering the characters.

I just read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. It's similar to Gone Girl. I read it in 2 days.

Jo said...

What I've been listening to and watching:


I have a friend who totally rocks thrift store chick! So every time I hear this song it reminds me of him.

Infinity Ink 'Infinity' -- my kids got me hooked on this

I think the Justin Timberlake video Mirrors is a lovely tribute to his granddad. Speaking of Justin, I think he is the only person who could write a song about a suit and tie and turn it into a hit.
I love the Passion Pit - Carried away video ...

Would you believe I have never heard of Tegan and Sara?

Reading .... I read Girl Gone after one of my favourite bloggers (Amber) told me about it. Great book, and yes at first the ending might seem a bit strange but it suits the book perfectly.
Other than that I have been reading a lot of 'action' books: Iron House by John Hart ... really good. Act of Treason and Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn. One or two books by David Baldacci ... you get the idea

You have to start watching The Following ... it is disturbingly good. I'm also still enjoying Scandal. O and you are not alone, I've also watched all the episodes of Celebrity Wife Swap

Claire Kiefer said...

I am so out of the loop with both music and movies. Would you believe I still don't even own JT's new album? I really really want it but I'm basically on a spending restriction this month b/c we had to pay hundreds of dollars to get Matt's car fixed. :( It's depressing. :( But once the dust settles from that, I'm def gonna buy it.

As far as the movies . . . I haven't even seen any of the major movies I'm supposed to have seen, so it's no surprise that I haven't seen any of these.

Suze said...

I have soooooo much I could say here, but I gotta say that I'm really glad to hear that about Gone Girl. It's on my Kindle and I haven't gotten to it.