I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

I've still been listening to Taylor Swift's 1989 and One Direction's FOUR since they came out because they are Milo's current favorites. I was finally able to squeeze in some new albums though. I'm pleasantly surprised by the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack. My favorite tracks are Love Me Like You Do, Salted Wound, I'm on Fire, and of course, that awesome Crazy In Love remix. Kelly Clarkson hasn't really done anything for me since My December. I liked her dark, moody, haunting side best. But because Piece By Piece has an '80s vibe, I picked it up. Unfortunately, it's just alright. My favorites are Someone, Take You High, and Run Run RunHeartbeat Song is fun and catchy, but it flat out copies The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. Boo.

I've been watching these music videos:

I really like the video for Taylor Swift's Style. It's pretty and fun to watch, I just don't think it fits the song. I expected more. Doing It by Charlie XCX and Rita Ora is my jam right now. The video is colorful and over-the-top and reminiscent of Thelma and Louise, so it's kinda fun. The Modest Mouse video for Coyotes features an actual coyote riding the light rail around Portland, which really happened in 2002. It's so frickin' cute!

I've been reading these books:

A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me was really tough to read. It's a memoir of a kid that grew up with an abusive, drug addicted, ex-con father who eventually died of AIDS. But it's even more disturbing than that and I'm shocked and relieved that he was able to rise above. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer was a book club pick last month, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. I liked it though! Novella described her backyard city farm in Oakland, complete with chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and pigs. It's not something I'd ever do, but it was interesting to read about. Single, Carefree, Mellow was alright. I have such a hard time with short stories, but this book had a lot of buzz around it so I dove in. I liked the way the shorts were written and appreciate the sense of humor and cynicism, but it didn't wow me. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was really interesting but definitely not for everyone. It's a no-hold-barred look at the funeral industry, told by a mortician. It shifted between her job experiences and the history of how different cultures and religions handle the deceased. I liked it! The companion books to Wonder are nowhere near as good as the original story, but I'll keep on reading them! Pluto was told from the point of view of Auggie's childhood friend Christopher. It was a sweet look about their friendship and Auggie's life before Beecher Prep. Dear Girls Above me explains how the popular twitter feed came to fruition. It's a pretty funny book, if you can handle the fact that he's making fun of two unknowing airheads. I'd hate to find out someone was eavesdropping on my dumb ass in my early twenties! Regardless, it was a fun, easy read and just what I needed. 

I've been watching these new shows:

I didn't have high expectations for Hindsight, but it's pretty great! I love all the '90s pop culture references, clothes, and especially the music. It's a fun trip down memory lane every week. Donnie Loves Jenny is so sweet. They are so genuinely in love and have so much fun with each other. Togetherness, on the other hand, is depressing as crap! I like it though. I'll watching anything the Duplass brothers are involved with. I watched a few episodes of Fresh of the Boat and it's pretty cute. I'm not that into family comedies though, so I don't think I'll keep watching it. I really, really want to love The Odd Couple because everyone in the cast is so great. But it's not that good. It's filled with such funny people, but I haven't laughed once in three episodes. And the laugh track is ridiculous! I'll give it a few more episodes before I delete it. The Last Man on Earth was better than I expected. I laughed a lot during the first episode, but it's also pretty depressing. Although I don't really like either character, I'm intrigued and will keep watching. 

I've been catching up on these old shows:

I rewatched every episode of Friends, in order, starting the day it arrived on Netflix. I hadn't watched reruns in years because (thanks to TiVo) I can't stand commercials. I'm happy to report I still love it so, so much. Pheobe is so much funnier this time around and Rachel is a little whinier. I felt like I was watching my son as an adult every time Ross was on screen talking about dinosaurs. I also cried like a baby throughout most of the final season. I've missed those guys. I watched nine episodes of Community on my flight home last week. It's so clever and funny and I'm sure my LOLs were bugging my fellow travelers, but I didn't care. It's a good show and officially my latest binge-watch.

I've been seeing these movies:

Still Alice was the saddest movie I've seen in a long time. I cried like a baby and thought about it long after I saw it. Julianne Moore was amazing! Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin didn't do anything for me, but that didn't take away from the movie at all. J.Lo movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine. She's not even a good actress, but I love them so much! The Boy Next Door was terrible, but so good, if you know what I mean. It was over-the-top, totally ridiculous, and made you yell at the screen in anger, but I loved it. I wasn't sure what to expect with The Last Five Years. I love musicals, but this one is sung-through and I didn't think it'd translate to the screen very well. I think it did, but I still didn't love it. I didn't think any of the music was spectacular and I hate to say it, but Anna Kendrick's voice got on my nerves. It was still good, with lots of emotion, I just really want to see it on stage instead.

And I've been renting these ones:

The Internet's Own Boy was so, so good! Aaron Swartz's story is inspiring, tragic, moving, and infuriating. I highly recommend it! Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of was pretty depressing. It wasn't a shockingly deep look into the boy band's past, but you get a good idea of all the crap they've been through. I liked it. The critics loved Dear White People, and I felt like it was a good, thought-provoking, smart movie, but it wasn't amazing. I loved the performances of Keira Knightly, Chloe Grace Moretz, and my lover, Sam Rockwell, but Laggies was just ok. The Judge really surprised me. I put the movie on and started flipping through magazines, but was totally engrossed. Robert Downey, Jr can do no wrong in my book and Robert Duvall was excellent. It was long and kind of slow, but I really liked it. Life After Beth was so, so weird. I gave it a chance because I love Aubry Plaza and the rest of the cast, but the movie was a bit of a mess. The Good Lie covers a topic most people don't know about: The Lost Boys of Sudan. Although it felt like a made-for-tv-movie at times, I loved it. The main characters were played by actual refugees, which made it that much more emotional for me. I could have done without Reese Witherspoon. She's so blah to me lately. St. Vincent was really good. The whole cast was great, but especially Billy Murray. Make sure you grab the box of tissue for this one! Before I Go To Sleep was like a dark, twisted version of 50 First Dates. It wasn't super thrilling, but I liked it, and maybe it's just because I'm PMSing, but I cried so hard at the end.

What have you been up to?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Balls, nothing from your list of books I want to add. I'm intrigued by the things that didn't kill me book but know I probably won't be able to stomach it.

I wish I could stand Jenny McCarthy because I love Donnie.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Both of those albums are great! I've been listening to Kelly for the past couple of days at work. It keeps me awake at my desk :)

I have been listening to books on my commute! It is life changing. I may add Smoke Gets in Your Eyes to my list. It sounds interesting. I highly recommend The Girl on the Train!

We watched The Last Man on Earth and ended up loving it. The first episode was not promising but the second one totally sold me. We also started Transparent last night, which I know you loved :) Community is up next after Transparent.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

The Judge was fantastic! I loved every minute of that movie. We're watching St. Vincent tonight. Foxcatcher is tomorrow.

That first book sounds like my kind of book. Putting it on the list now.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I love when you do these posts. It's fun to see what you've been up to!

Tanea said...

So many great picks here! I just want to say that I applaud you for watching Fresh Off The Boat. That show is underrated!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've been watching The Odd Couple. I like it, but don't love it. I just wish they could get it right for Matthew Perry because I LOVE HIM.

I just finished The Girl on the Train. It's crazy.

Jodi said...

Still Alice was SO so good. I really loved it depsite it making me cry. I think everyone should see it to get a better understanding of life with dementia.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Taylor has a million boyfriends. I don't get why she's so obsessed with Harry!

I made the mistake of watching Wild, Still Alice, and The Judge the month after my grandma died. BAD idea. All were so sad.