I've been listening to these albums:
Panic! at the Disco's Death of a Bachelor is really good! I'm into Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time, LA Devotee, Golden Days, and The Good, The Bad And The Dirty. The reviews for This Is Acting by Sia say the album is all over the place, and I agree, but still like it. My favorite tracks are Alive, Cheap Thrills, and House of Fire. The best tracks from Foxes's All I Need are If You Leave Me Now, Feet Don't Fail Me Now, and Wicked Love.
I've been reading these books:
Michael Ian Black is one of my favorite comedians and his book, Naval Gazing, is different than just another celebrity memior. He gets really candid getting older and family, especially his ailing mother. Besides the serious topic, it's still funny and thought-provoking. The Sound of Gravel is a heartbreaking story about a girl's life in a polygamous cult in Mexico. Her dad had 42 children! It was disturbing and unbelievable and sad, but so well written. You is a creepfest and I kinda loved it! Joe is an obsessive stalker and master manipulator and his POV is disturbing, but so hard to put down. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was also really sad and stuck with me for days after I read it. He was born in a poor neighborhood in Jersey, but went off to Yale only to have his life cut short (that's not a spoiler, it says so in the title). It was hard to read knowing something was going to happen to him, but rooting for him the whole way through. I know about Gloria Steinem's work and love and respect her for it, but I had never read one of her books. My Life on the Road was a great glimpse at her early family life to traveling the world for social justice. The chapter about voting was so spot on and I really love the last chapter about her late friend Wilma Mankiller. I want to read everything she writes now! The Hate List was an interesting look at school shootings. It's a YA book so details were a little muted and the I had a hard time feeling empathy for the main character until the end of the book, but it was still a good, easy read. War was so, so, so good, I read it in one day. I watched the documentary Restrepo years ago and had no idea the filmmaker also wrote a book about it until I read that he's releasing a follow up this year. I immediately added it (Tribe: Homecoming and Belonging) to my TBR list and devoured War. I strongly believe books about the men and women on the ground in war zones should be required reading for all Americans. The Pocket Wife was a nice departure from all the non-fiction I had been reading lately, but the thriller didn't wow me. It wasn't terrible by any means, I just feel like I've read this kind of story over and over again.
I've been watching these new shows:
I've been seeing these movies:
The People v. OJ Simpson is my favorite show right now. It's over-the-top and the foreshadowing is crazy, but the cast is so, so good, the story is riveting, and I guess because I lived through it, I'm totally hooked. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is perfection. She has always been one of my favorites and her show is hilarious and informative. I love the tone and the shade and wish it was on every single night. Not Safe with Nikki Glaser is also pretty funny. She's a stand up comic with quick wit and a sharp tongue who isn't afraid to go there. I love her. When I read 11/22/63 years ago I thought it would make an awesome movie or TV show. Turns out, I was wrong. People are really loving it though, so it must just be me. I've only seen one and a half episodes so far and don't plan to stop watching it yet, but it's cheesier than I envisioned. Love is amazing! I watched the entire series the first day it came out on Netflix. It's not fast-paced, but it still grips you. I love every single character. Full House came out when I was eight years old and I definitely tuned in every Friday night, but got too old to stick with it throughout the series. It was corny and terrible, no one can deny that. Fuller House embraces that and somehow made the exact same show mixed with nods to the past and current references, and I can definitely appreciate that. The first episode with all it's throwbacks and inside jokes was pretty fun, then it became a PG family sitcom, which I'm not generally into. I'm halfway through the series and not in much of a rush to finish it, but I will at some point.
I've been catching up on these old shows:
I watched the first two and a half seasons of Masters of Sex before my mom canceled her Showtime. I might have to add it to my Hulu account now. I love the time period and every single character, which is rare. Barton's storyline broke my heart! Scrotal Recall is a short British show on Netflix about a guy that has chlamydia and calls his exes to let them know. It's actually a lot more heartfelt than that though. I really liked it, despite it's stupid name.
I've been seeing these movies:
Concussion was great! I was aware of CTE, but not of all the details. Will Smith was good and the movie made me sick to my stomach. It seriously makes me look at football in a whole new way. Joy was ok. I had a hard time believing a compelling movie could be made about the Miracle Mop lady and I was right. It tried to be quirky, but also serious and that felt weird to me. J.Law was great though. Carol was also just ok for me too. Cate Blanchett was perfect, as usual, but I don't think she and Rooney had any chemistry. The Danish Girl was heartbreaking and of course Eddie Redmayne was amazing, but I couldn't get enough of Alicia Vikander! I'm so glad she won the Oscar. Hail, Caesar was silly, but not exactly funny. It was entertaining though. Deadpool was so much fun! It was crazy violent, made me laugh out loud, and had a great soundtrack. I loved it!
And I've been renting these ones:
Unfriended was an original take on a horror movie and I thought the cast of young unknown (to me) actors did pretty well, It wasn't great or anything, but I was entertained. The Overnight was so frickin' weird. I love the cast and I laughed a few times, but I was mostly uncomfortable, which was definitely the point. I don't know how I missed Nightingale when it aired on HBO last year, but it's really, really good. David Oyelowo is absolutely amazing in this one-man movie about an insane war vet. It's loosely based on a true story, which is even more troubling. I recommend it! Love The Coopers was depressing! I'm glad I didn't see it at Christmastime like I wanted to. It also just wasn't done very well. 99 Homes was also depressing, but important and I truly think it should have got more recognition. Michael Shannon plays the best bad guy. I know most people don't like Woody Allen movies, but I do. However, Irrational Man was not a great one. Grandma was a really refreshing dramedy about abortion, homosexuality, feminism, etc. Lily Tomlin was awesome. I thought Truth was much better than everyone gave it credit for. As usual, Cate Blanchett was perfect and the story was compelling.
What have you been up to?