I've Been...

I’ve been listening to these CDs:

Inside Llewyn Davis was a really good movie and I bought the soundtrack a few minutes after I watched it. With songs by the star of the movie, Oscar Issac, plus Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford, what's not to like? I love it, especially this song. My kids know every word and it cracks me up! Girls Volume 2 is really good too. My favorites are the songs by Lily Allen, Jenny Lewis, Jake Bugg, and Vampire Weekend. Throw Wonderwall by Oasis in there and you have a hit album! I reviewed G I R L right here. I still love it!

I’ve been watching these music videos:

I love the song Our Time by Lily Allen and the video is cute. It reminds me of Ironic by Alanis Morissette. Watching Pharrell William's Happy is a daily occurrence around here. Milo can't get enough of it. He knows every word, including the little "hey" and "uh" parts! Haim's video for If I Could Change Your Mind is adorable. I need to learn their sweet dance moves.

I’ve been reading these books:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette was really, really good. It took me a long time to read because the book tells the story from many different perspectives and through letters and emails, which just isn't cohesive for me. It takes my brain too long at the beginning of each chapter to figure out who I'm listening to. I'm dumb. But I loved the crazy story and was excited to hear a movie is in development. I've read all of Tori Spelling's books. I like that she's a pretty normal mom, but has fun Hollywood/celebrity stories. Spelling It Like It Is was different for me though. It had a depressing tone since she told so much about her awful pregnancies and the illnesses that followed. I felt for her, but she was a little too dramatic at times. Everything she went through was terrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but she makes a big deal about EVERYTHING. She also name dropped a lot more than usual and for some reason it annoyed me. The Silent Wife is another book that switched perspectives with each chapter. This wasn't as hard for me to follow though, since it was just a husband and wife. People compare it to Gone Girl, but I don't really see the similarities, except that both characters aren't very likable. I liked the story though and it's another movie I'll definitely see. I love B.J. Novak and think he's smart and funny. Some of the fictitious short stories in his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories were great and made me laugh, but some were just weird and pointless. Maybe I just don't "get" him. A Long Way Down definitely isn't my favorite Nick Hornby book. I liked the story and the characters, but it was a bit redundant and just plain boring at times. Brandi Glanville is one of my favorite Housewives, but she's not a writer. Her first book was alright, but Drinking and Dating was kinda terrible. She just doesn't have many interesting stories to tell and it's a little desperate to still be talking about your ex and his new wife. Sharp Objects was gooood. I couldn't put it down so I read it in bed in one day when I was sick. Gillian Flynn sure knows how to tell a f*cked up story. I liked this book better than Dark Places, but not as much as Gone GirlWhy We Broke Up was sad and sweet at times, and definitely kept my interest, but the main character was too whiny and precocious to be likable. Do you follow Rob Delaney on Twitter? He's pretty hilarious and so is his book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. I laughed out loud so many times, even though he shared some very serious, sad stories. He discusses his childhood and family, but also gets into depression, alcoholism and death. The flow was a little disjointed, but it didn't bother me enough to put the book down.

I've been TiVoing these new shows:

The Tonight Show is just like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I'm glad nothing really changed because I've always loved it. As much as I looooove Seth Meyers, I'm not really feeling Late Night yet. He's adorable and funny, but it feels...off. He hasn't had the best guests and the furniture bugs me. The guest chair is so small! It feels like an expensive cable access set. Everything Fred Armison says is hilarious and I love when Seth gets into it with his political guests. You can tell that's what he's most interested in. I'm going to keep watching in the hopes that he finds his rhythm. True Detective was amazing! I loved everything about it. It was just the right amount of suspense and creepiness and of course, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were genius. I'm bummed that each season will have a new cast, but I'm confident it'll be just as good. Nic Pizzolatto is definitely one to watch! Cosmos is pretty cool. I didn't see the original, so I don't know why some people are complaining, but I really like it. Science is awesome and so is Neil DeGrasse Tyson! 

I've been seeing these movies:

August: Osage County was so messed up, but in an awesome way. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked and appalled! I really liked the way the play transformed into a movie and while most people hated the ending, it didn't bother me at all. The entire cast was outstanding. The Monuments Men was a lot lighter than I expected a film about World War II to be, sometimes even cheesy. There were a few very intense scenes and a few sad ones, which made the tone of the movie incoherent. The cast was pretty great, with the weakest performances from the two movie stars, Clooney and Damon. It was an enjoyable movie though. I cannot say enough great things about Veronica Mars. I downloaded it on Friday and watched it twice this weekend. It was basically a long episode, which is exactly what I wanted. The original cast members were awesome, the cameos were fun, the banter was back, and Veronica still flung around nerdy phrases. I feel like the characters were exactly how they should have been after aging ten years. I'm irritated by the casting of Bonnie DeVille (but I'm probably just being a baby) and I hate to admit it, but Piz kinda won me over, but otherwise, it was awesome. LoVe forever! 

I've been renting these ones:

Carrie was alright. Chloe Grace Moretz was a little too adorable to be scary, but she did a great job. The rest of the cast was terrible, including Julianne Moore. It felt like a made-for-TV movie. It was a little scarier than the original, but that's probably because special effects have advanced over time. I loved Enough Said! It was sweet and heartbreaking, but funny too. Such a strange combination that really, really worked. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini (RIP) were adorable. As interested as I was in Runner Runner because of Ben and Justin, I should have known that would be the same reason I didn't like it. It was pretty terrible. I think this was probably Justin's worst performance ever. All Is Lost was slow and boring at times, but suspenseful and terrifying at others. Robert Redford was awesome. It totally freaked me out. I seriously never want to go on a boat again.

What have you been up to?


Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I really need to catch up on my movie watching this summer when all of my shows are on haitus. Can't even tell you the last movie I watched. And guess what? Veronica Mars isn't showing here! I'll have to rent it as soon as I can.

Love Jimmy and record his show every night. I've only watched two of Seth's shows. Everyone seems to really love Fred Armisen. I just don't think he's funny at all. He's the reason I don't want to watch.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I am obsessed with HAIM - we purchased their album on vinyl on a whim after seeing them on SNL and I haven't regretted it a single day. I feel like they went back in time and hired Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and their cast of producers to make this record. It's so happy and amazing!

I'm still obsessing over True Detective. I need to watch it again.

I have been wanting to see The Monuments Men - I liked the idea of people saving stuff like that during war etc. And I'm a sucker for anything Bill Murray is in.

I don't know if I can watch Enough Said yet... I'm still having a hard time dealing with James being gone I loved him.

I wanted to watch Carrie but heard it was meh.

I just started watching Friday Night Lights - I had to take a break from One Tree Hill - it drags and I think because I'm not a teen I find myself not relating to the kids at all in that show ;)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I need to see Enough Said.

Jodi said...

I really want to see Inside Llewlyn DAvis. I heard the sound track was great. I don't have time to see these movies now b/c my Sun job ended. I use to kill time by going to the movies between clients!

Jo said...

Go away for 10 days and you totally fall behind in your tv watching. I just can't seem to catch up. Every night I start watching something only to fall asleep ½ way ... so I'm not watching anything at the moment :(

That said I'm loving Lily Allen at the moment and can't listen to Happy too often.

Now, let me do some work so I can go home at decent time to watch some tv. Yeah, I have my priorities all sorted.

Karen M. Peterson said...

HOW do you have time to read so many books?? I've been working on ONE since January. Of course, it's a thousand pages long, but still...

Veronica Mars was exactly what I was hoping for! I loved it! And I was so excited to see a packed house on opening night. I hope this means there will be a sequel!