I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

I wish I could say amazing things about Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, but I couldn't handle the overuse of her baby voice on this album. Her shtick is getting old. The only songs I really enjoy are Brooklyn Baby, West Coast, and Money Power Glory. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is such a great soundtrack, both the movie version and this Broadway version with Neil Patrick Harris. It's all pretty great, but my favorite songs are The Origin of Love, Sugar Daddy, Angry Inch, and Exquisite Corpse. Slow Dancing is an EP by Betty Who and I love all five songs, especially Lovin' Start. The Aussie sounds similar to Katy Perry and it's just plain fun pop music. 

I've been watching this music video:

Just One of the Guys by Jenny Lewis is my summer jam. I was so excited to see the awesome video last week starring Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, and my favorite, Brie Larson. It's kind of hilarious! 

I've been reading these books:

I was really looking forward to The Wes Anderson Collection. The pictures were beautiful and tidbits of information were fun, but Wes didn't really talk about anything. The interviewer was also a suck up. I didn't love it. Melissa Explains It All was a pretty fun Hollywood memoir. She gossiped a little more than other celebrities, so I love her for that, but her stories weren't all that interesting. She definitely seems normal for a child star, but that's probably because she's a B List actor. Five Days At Memorial was hard to read and not just because of the content (a compilation of stories about the people at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina). I enjoyed the beginning, but there were too many subjects and stories, way too much detail, and it was very drawn out. I got bored. I wasn't in love with the first book, so I wasn't expecting to love Hollow City either. It was slow moving with not much of a plot, but the main character was more likable and the ending picked up a bit to save me from totally disliking the story. To All The Boys I Loved Before was really cute and sweet, about a teenage girl who writes letters to her crushes, but never sends them. Somehow they get out and instead of totally embarrassing her, they help her come out of her shell. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next book in the series. If I Stay was quick and easy to read and definitely sad, but not heart-wrenching like other reviews have made it seem. I'm very excited to see the movie though. I just hope the "play me like an instrument" part isn't in it. That was awkward. We Were Liars had the worst writing style I've read in a long time. I almost gave up on it because it was so annoying. I'm glad I stuck with it though. It's a quick read and I loved the story and ending. Hard Choices was a beast to get through. It took me almost three weeks to read and that was with a bit of skimming. I'm a long time fan of HRC, but unless you're seriously invested in politics, it's a lot to take in. Apple Tree Yard is about a scientist that has a sudden affair with a total stranger, which spirals out of control. The story moves back and forth through time, covering her previous life, the affair, and the trial. It's very well written and it kept me interested the entire time. 

I've been TiVoing these new shows:

The Sixties is a ten-part documentary series on CNN and is much more serious than I anticipated, but I really, really love it. Topics include television, civil rights, the assassination of JFK, the British invasion, the Vietnam war, etc. I thought I knew a lot about history, but I don't think I've ever seen so much footage before. Those were some crappy, crappy times. Undateable is a classic multi-camera sitcom. It's not hilarious, but every once in a while there's a laugh out loud moment. I really love all the characters, I just hate the laugh track. I hope it gets renewed! Ladies of London is my summer guilty pleasure. It's basically like Real Housewives, but in my favorite city in the world, with characters from the UK and the US, so there's a bit of a culture clash. Leah Remini: It's All Relative is pretty cute. I've always been a fan of hers and her family members are just as weird and funny as she is. It even touches a little bit on her exit from Scientology, which I find fascinating. 

I've been catching up on these old shows:

Ja'mie: Private School Girl was so bad and so hilarious. I felt terrible watching it, but laughed out loud so many times. Chris Lilley is amazing and you can't help but fall in love with the absolute garbage of a character he created. I think I want to rewatch it already! I've been meaning to start Louie for years. I recorded the latest season while watching the prior episodes on Netflix, so now I'm all caught up. It's dry and dark and the jokes take longer to get to than a sitcom, but it's pretty great. Some episodes are straight up funny, others are heartwarming, and some are just plain weird or uncomfortable. Jacob and I are watching Sherlock together, which means it'll take us three months to watch ten measly episodes. Jacob loves it. I like it just fine. It's fun and quick with amazing writing, acting and direction, I'm just not a detective show kind of person. And although I think Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are super talented actors and nice, funny guys, I'm not attracted to either of them, which apparently makes me a freak.

I've been deleting these shows:

Murder In The First looked promising, mostly because of Taye Diggs, but after two episodes I couldn't get into it. It was very slow and depressing. Curiosity got the best of me and I checked out the first episode of Girl Meets World. It was cute, but super cheesy and the kids were annoying. I'm obviously not their target demographic though. A few moms I know say they love watching it with their tweens. My Beverly Hills, 90210-loving heart had to check out Mystery Girls. It's so, so bad though. Again, I'm not in the correct age range, but I think it's terrible regardless. The sets are too bright, Tori, Jennie, and their stereotypical gay friend all over-act, and the story lines are really stupid. I loved the new format and judges in this season of Last Comic Standing, but now that they are into the challenges, I'm bored. No one comedian really stands out for me so I gave it up.

I've been seeing these movies:

I loved X-Men: Days of Future Past. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Don't kill me here, but Jennifer Lawrence didn't impress me much. I LOVED Evan Peters as Quicksilver though. His little part made the whole movie for me. X-Men movies are my favorite of all the comic book based movie franchises. I reviewed The Fault in Our Stars and Million Dollar Arm here. I had low expectations for 22 Jump Street. I didn't think I'd like the first, but really, really enjoyed it and was afraid that they wouldn't be able to recreate it for a sequel. I was wrong. It was hilarious! Partly because all they did was make fun of the fact that it was a sequel. I'd see any of those Jump Streets they showed during the credits too! Jersey Boys was alright. It was slow with weird angles and I feel like the end of each scene was like a soap opera, focused on the character's facial expression a little too long. It didn't really get good until Pecci and Guirdio showed up, about thirty minutes in. However, it was very similar to the musical, with the characters breaking the fourth wall, so that complaint by critics needs to be thrown out the window. Nolan is all about How to Train Your Dragon right now. He watched a few specials on Netflix, then the first season of Dragons, so he was ready for the sequel. I thought it was great, probably my favorite kid movie we've seen so far. He loved it too, though he got scared at one point and sad at another. I had to hold back tears more than once! It had heart and action.

And I've been renting these ones:

I watched Adult World because I love the cast, but this dark comedy wasn't comedic at all. It was slow and predictable and not Emma's best performance. I thought Walk of Shame looked so stupid when I first saw the trailer, but I was in the mood for something mindless and I've always loved Elizabeth Banks so I gave it a shot. It really was dumb with unbelievable hi-jinx, but it entertained me, in a stupid way. I thought R.I.P.D. had a chance, but it was super cheesy. It felt like a rip-off of Men In Black. It's not even worth watching for Ryan Reynolds. With such a great cast in Someone Marry Barry, I was hopeful, but it was terrible and incredibly unfunny. 

What have you been up to?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I felt the same about We Were Liars. I really liked the story and thankfully it was a quick read because I could not hang with that writing style for long.

Adding To All the Boys I Loved Before and Apple Tree Yard to my list.

I love HRC but do not read political books for that reason - too much! Overload.

I've been deleting Murder in the First too. It was promising but drags.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Oh man. 22 Jump Street was HILARIOUS! I'm not a Channing Tatum fan AT ALL, but he might have won me over a little bit...

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

THANK YOU for the new summer song! I love it. UGH, how great is Brie!!!?!?! I love her too! After seeing her in the League I wanted to soak up all her awesomeness!

LOVE Louie. I just love that he tells it like it is. I really want to be friends with him.

We've already discussed Sherlock - I want to watch the series over again, I'm so obsessed with it.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I loved Lana's first album and keep meaning to listen to the new one. I will definitely check out Betty Who.

I love Undateable. Tony caught it with me several times. He loves it too, and he's super picky when it comes to comedy. We've also been loving Last Comic Standing too. Joe Machi and Rod Man. The others are just ok.

I haven't seen many movies or read any books lately. I did see 22 Jump Street though. So funny!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

*We like Joe Machi and Rod Man.