I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

Lily is my FAVORITE. Right up there with Britney and Gwen. When she announced her retirement five years ago I seriously mourned. Since then she got married, had two kids and decided to record again. I've been waiting for this album for six months! Lily has such a pretty voice, fun but calm music, and is very straightforward in her songwriting. I think it's refreshing. Sheezus is perfect. My favorite songs are Sheezus, L8 Cmmr, Life For Me, Hard Out Here, and Miserable Without Your Love. I was really looking forward to Iggy Azalea's new album, The New Classic. Unfortunately, I only like about half of it. My favorites are Fancy, New Bitch, Work, Black Widow, and Bounce. The rest of the songs I can live without. The Endless Love soundtrack is awesome! I noticed a few songs from the trailers and then after watching the movie I knew I had to check out all of the music. My favorite songs are Pumpin' Blood, Don't Find Another Love, All of Me, Crickets, and Ends of the Earth.

I've been watching these music videos:

Sheezus by Lily Allen is mesmerizing. I love the song and have watched the video at least twenty times. She's amazing. I wasn't into anything Michael Jackson did late in his career, but I really like Love Never Felt So Good! I think it's a nice tribute to Michael, but Justin makes the video. He's so happy and cute. Courtney Love is back at it! Her new song, Know My Name is great and the video is pretty and punk and reminiscent of vintage Courtney. I like it!

I've been reading these books:

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz was an easy read. It's just a biology book, talking about how to care for your body inside and out. I already knew most of it, but it was a nice little refresher in dumbed down terms and fun pictures. Nick Offerman's book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, was just alright. I'm a big fan of his as an actor and can tell he's a funny man in real life, but most of his stories just weren't that interesting. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children was cute. It was an easy YA read, but not as scary as I wanted it to be. I'm still going to continue with the series though and I can't wait for the movie by Tim Burton! I could not put down A House In The Sky! It's the true story of two travelers/amateur photographers who get kidnapped and held for ransom for fifteen months in Somalia. It's intense and not easy to read at all times, but very, very good! Rob Lowe's Love Life wasn't as good as his first book, but still entertaining. There were more stories about his family and life lessons than his career and Hollywood. The Husband's Secret was good. It's told from the perspective of three women whose lives eventually intertwine. It was slow in the middle, but the end picked up and made it worth it. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line was ok. The writers did a good job of keeping the characters and dialog true to the show, but it was kind of slow. Maybe this format only works on TV? This Is Where I Leave You was great! I loved the writing style. It's about four siblings who return home to mourn the death of their father. It kinda reminded me of The Family Stone, with an all over sad tone, but funny parts and characters you love. Except this family is A LOT more messed up. I can't wait for the movie. The cast is incredible. Most people can't stand Jenny McCarthy, but I've always liked her and thought her books were quick, entertaining reads. (I just ignored her when she went nutso about vaccines). Stirring The Pot was terrible though. She's really grasping at straws to come up with something to write about. I can't believe she's still a best-selling author.

I've been watching these new shows:

Silicon Valley is really entertaining and funny and has a great cast! I like it a lot. Bad Teacher also had a great cast and funny moments. I would have loved to see where it was going, but it's already been cancelled. Boo. I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm watching True Tori. Watching someone work through marriage problems, mental illness, addiction, and a cheating scandal shouldn't be entertainment and I know they are only doing this show because they're broke. In my opinion, they're just a step up from Heidi and Spencer. It is super depressing and makes me cry every week, but I do like it. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is the best thing on TV right now! It's so smart, hilarious, and relevant and everyone should be watching! I love him.

I've been catching up on these existing shows:

Veep is my new favorite show! I watched every episode in one day before the third season premiered. It's absolutely hilarious. They are all so stupid and funny and mean to each other and it makes me laugh out loud twenty-five times an episode. Be warned: they say "f*ck" a whole lot, which honestly, makes me love it even more. The League is also really funny. I can't believe it's almost completely ad-libbed! I don't like or understand fantasy football, but that's such a small part of the show, it doesn't even matter. I have one more season to watch, then I'll be ready for the sixth season, whenever that airs.

I've been deleting these ones:

I didn't even start this new season of Bates Motel. That probably isn't fair because it really is a good show, but last season moved too slow for me and I just wasn't interested anymore. I was really excited for The Real Housewives of NYC this season, but just two episodes in I decided I couldn't stand  it. The only person I like is Carole and she's not on there enough. I only got three episodes into this season of Pretty Little Liars and let the rest build up on my TiVo. After a month of them sitting there, I just deleted it altogether. It was getting too weird for me and I don't like Alison, so I wasn't looking forward to seeing more of her.

I've been seeing these movies:

Enemy was pretty good, but really weird and I'm not going to pretend like I understood it, especially the end scene. Jake Gyllenhaal tends to overact sometimes, but he played these roles well. The Grand Budapest Hotel was great! The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up and was a lot of fun. The cast and cameos were a treat too. Jacob thought it was Wes Anderson's best movie, but my favorite is still The Royal Tenenbaums. I would have seen Neighbors for Zac Efron alone, because of this, but I also thought it looked good. I definitely rolled my eyes a few times, but I laughed out loud a lot and related to the married couple. I love Rose Byrne and thought she was hilarious, Zac played a dumb, douchey, shirtless frat guy very well, Dave Franco was surprisingly good and adorable, and I loved Jerrod Carmichael too. Seth Rogen was Seth Rogen, as usual.

I've been renting these ones:

I've really been slacking on movie watching. Bad Grandpa was stupid and funny, just as expected. The kid was hilarious and Johnny Knoxville's sincere reactions to him were so funny. I'll always have a crush on Johnny and watch every dumb thing he makes. The Hours was a little slow and really depressing and because Paul Walker is not alive anymore, it was probably even more depressing than it should have been. I was never in a rush to see Labor Day, but I'm glad I finally did see it. It was really, really good! I guess you can't really go wrong with a Kate Winslet movie. That Awkward Moment was a lame romantic comedy, from a guy's point of view. But Zac. He was adorable and charming and kinda made the stupid movie worth watching. I also really love Michael B. Jordan. I want to love Miles Teller, but he needs to lose his midwestern accent. He's from Pennsylvania so I don't even know where he got it from, but it's distracting. 

What have you been up to?


ErinMSW said...

Miles Teller sounds like a Pennsylvanian to me! There are at least 5 distinct PA dialects, one of which sounds vaguely Midwestern. I've lived all over the state - it's hard to keep up with!


Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I'm pretty obsessed with Iggy at the moment. Especially Fancy - I might not have discovered her if that video wasn't such an awesome redo of Clueless.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I finally listened to a little bit of Iggy's album yesterday. I only got to hear about a third of the songs, so I don't have an opinion yet. I do love Fancy though. I've mostly been listening to artists through Spotify now that I have an adapter for my phone in the car. I'll have to add Lily to the list. I also want to check out Ariana Grande's album. I'm liking what I've heard so far.

So behind on all the tv shows and all the movies.

Jo said...

I am so behind on movies and tv shows it is not funny! Not to mention that I'm listening to about 20 min of radio a day so I'm pretty much out of date with music to.
Don't ask me what I have been busy with, nothing interesting.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I have so much reading to do. The Game of Thrones books are seriously throwing me off because they take SO LONG.

Bates Motel was super good this season. I can't believe you stopped watching!

I have so many movies to catch up on too. I tend to see so many movies from May to December that from January to May I hardly watch anything.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I have heard of more of these than I have seen

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw man Bates Motel and PLL got really god mid-season lol. Both finales were pretty good. Plus freakin' Michael Vartan was in half of Bates Motel's episodes <3

I thought The Hours was coming to a theater, I had no idea it was already on DVD.

I need to get the Lily album. I hope it is better than her second one. I adore her but just thought album #2 was meh. I love Iggy's song just because she says "Who Dat" and I feel like it's going to be played at Saints games this season lol!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I have new book recommendations for me now. Thank you. PLL got really good but I totally understand the build up on TiVo. I watch that show on Demand...saves me space...just a little though. haha.

So want to see Labor Day, will now for sure!!!!!