I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

Even with all the albums I've bought since Wilder Mind came out, I can't stop listening to it. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Mumford & Sons' new sounds, but it's pretty great. My favorite tracks are The Wolf, Just Smoke, Snake Eyes, Broad Shouldered Beasts, Cold Arms... Oh, who am I kidding, I love it all! I was a big fan of Ryan Cabrera when he first came out but didn't like his last few albums. His latest EP, Wake Up Beautiful, is a lot like that older stuff. Brandon Flowers' second solo attempt is a lot better than his first one. It's upbeat and fun and my favorite songs from The Desired Effect are Can't Deny My Love, Still Want You, and Untangled Love. I'm not super into EDM, but after loving I Want You To Know, I had to check out Zedd's True Colors. Besides that single, I also enjoy Beautiful Now, Daisy, and Transmission. Peace is the Mission has some really great tracks on it and then some I don't care about at all. I really like Lean On, Powerful, Light It Up, and All My Love. I never paid attention to Jason Derulo before. I liked Wiggle and Talk Dirty to Me just fine, but he wasn't on my radar until Want To Want Me became my jam! Half of this album is great and perfect for summer, but the other half is crap. I'm into Cheyenne, Painkiller, Love Me Down, and Trade Hearts. 

I've been watching these music videos:

Pretty Girls is pretty stupid song and video, but I can't stop watching it. I really, really need someone to teach Britney how to lip-sync. NO ONE sticks their tongue out like that when they sing or talk. I wish Ariana and Miley would release a studio version of Don't Dream It's Over. It's so pretty! They both mumble when they sing, but their voices go great together and Ariana makes singing look so effortless. Paris Hilton is back! Ok, maybe she was never really here, but I was a huge fan of her album. I really like High Off My Love and hope it's a glimpse into a new album from her. The video for She's Not Me is a peek into some of Jenny's various acting gigs. There are spoofs of The Golden Girls, Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard, and Pleasantville, and it has a fun cast to go with it. 

I've been reading these books:

I've been reviewing everything I read while linking up with Steph and Jana each month. Check out the books I read in May right here. I can't believe the year isn't halfway over yet and I've already finished 61 books! What. A. Nerd.

I've been watching these new shows:

I've only seen four episodes of Grace and Frankie, but I like what I see. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are legends and real life BFFs so it's fun to watch them work together again. The rest of the cast is really great too. Wayward Pines is so odd and I like it! The cast is incredible (Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Juliette Lewis, etc.) and it feels like a little like Twilight Zone or Twin Peaks. That might get frustrating for me later, but so far I'm into it. 

I've been catching up on this old show:

I finished watching Community just in time for the final episode to air. I liked it a lot, but didn't fall totally in love it. The characters were so great and the writing was funny and witty, but some episodes were too much for me. I don't think I'm nerdy enough to appreciate them. I thought the finale was perfect and may have shed a few tears for a cast I've only known for four months.

I've been deleting these shows:

I only watched two episodes each of of these shows and gave up. I'm just not in the mood for something so heavy this summer. Aquarius sounded like it was going to be great. I was looking forward to learning more about Charles Manson and I love watching things set in the '60s, but it was cheesy and David Duchovny's character was too weird. I liked the first episode of The Whispers, but the second one was so focused on the adults and their relationships, it didn't hold my attention. There's a lot going on in this show: aliens (or whatever the strange entity is), marital drama, murderous kids, a federal data breach, a missing military pilot. And it's all being revealed slowly to keep the audience guessing. I just wasn't into it.

I've been seeing these movies:

While We're Young was pretty funny, and as a boring mom in her mid-30s, I have to admit that I related quite a bit. I don't really like Ben Stiller but he and the rest of the cast were great. Adult Beginners had such potential with such a funny cast, but it was just alright. I didn't hate it, but it didn't stand out for me. Welcome To Me was sad and charming at the same time. There was just enough comedy to prevent it from being super depressing. I liked the whole cast, but Kristen Wiig did an especially good job with her character. Mad Max: Fury Road was insane! It was non-stop, intense action and I had high blood pressure the entire time. Though it's a violent action movie, it was so beautifully done and I loved every single second of it. I was delighted by Pitch Perfect 2. I'm always wary of sequels, and though the plot was cliche, I laughed a ton and had a good time. San Andreas was so incredibly cheesy, the entire cast overacted like crazy, and I rolled my eyes constantly. But I was also thoroughly entertained by the non-stop action, so it won me over. Entourage was basically a really long episode of the show. The plot was basic and the guys haven't changed, but if you liked the show, you'll probably enjoy the movie. Everyone from the series made an appearance and there were about a hundred cameos, which were fun to point out. I thought Haley Joel Osment was a strange casting choice and Ronda Rousey was a terrible actress. Jurassic World could never be Jurassic Park to me (I've never even wanted to see The Lost World or III), so even though I was excited about it, I didn't have high expectations. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters (besides Owen Grady and those smoldering stares of his) and it was silly at times, but the special effects were perfect, it had great comic relief, and crazy dinosaur battles. Our audience cheered and clapped after one big scene, which was hilarious. I also loved the nods to the original movie. What else could you ask for in a movie about dinosaurs? Go see it on the big screen!

And I've been renting these ones:

Big Eyes was really good. The cast was awesome, the story was infuriating, and I loved the sets, hair, and costumes. Accidental Love is a movie David O. Russell made in 2008 with an all-star cast, but production problems and then David's own exit from the film delayed it's finals scenes and release. It's really quirky and kind of terrible, but I had to watch it to see what the fuss was about. No wonder he didn't want his name on it. Cake is amazing!! It's heartbreaking and Jennifer Aniston was so good! I forgot about her dramatic acting chops since she's put out so many crappy comedies lately. I felt physical pain while watching her. It's a must see! I really liked About Alex. I love movies that are set in one location or over one day or weekend and I want to hang out with this troubled group of friends. Camp X-Ray was gripping. I turned it on and sat down with a stack of magazines, but I didn't touch them the entire time. Kristen Stewart usually bugs me, but surprised me here, and Peyman Moadi stole the show. I don't even know what to say about Lost River. Ryan Gosling is a twisted storyteller. I thought it was shot really well, but that's about the only positive thing I have to say about it. Fifty Shades of Grey was pretty terrible, as I expected it to be. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have zero chemistry unless they're naked and besides the sex scenes, the movie was slow and boring. The Duff was cute. It was predictable and clearly meant for teenagers, but Mae Whitman was great in it. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast was dull. 

What have you been up to?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Cake is on my list. I love Jennifer Aniston.

I want to see the Pines show but I have the books so I want to read them first.

Karen Peterson said...

I didn't love Jurassic World at all. I was really disappointed by it because it COULD have lived up to the original if they had just made a few changes.

I am totally digging Wayward Pines. It's weird, but so, SO good.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Rory plays the Britney video all the time and dances around the living room. I've been reading a lot, but have really been slacking on my movie watching. I guess I have an excuse though. We're super busy and never home.

I don't think Jurassic World should be compared to the first. It will never live up to that one for so many of us. I did really enjoy it though. The kids loved it. It was fun and entertaining. I didn't except much more out of it. And I loved Chris Pratt!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...


We should be able to edit our blog comments. Ha!

Jana @ Jana Says said...

It's nice to hear Ariana Grande NOT oversing something and to actually understand the words coming out of her mouth.

I've been watching Wayward Pines. I'm not sure how I feel about it these last couple of episodes. I plan to read the books, too. Library is taking forever to get them to me.

Elle Sees said...

so many things i want to comment on. don't dream it's over is one of my FAVE songs of all time and i'm obsessed with that cover. ariana has the prettiest voice here.

Kimberlee VDW said...

Damn you've been up to A LOT lol

Few things... UH you liked Paris Hilton's album? Did I read that correctly? LOL you had good music taste until I read that :p jk jk

And yes Adult Beginners was blah for such an amazing cast. Still need to see Pitch Perfect 2 and Jurassic World.