I've Been...

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:

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?


Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

11.22.63 - I really enjoy this show, however I think so many people like me are enjoying it because we didn't read it. If I had to base it off a book I'd probably hate it. It's the nature of the beast for me, for sure. I've never READ a book and thought the movie was better -unless you count Forest Gump. The movie is WAY better and Forest is a more loveable person.

LOVE - we finished it and I LOVED it. I can't wait for more.

Have you heard of TOGETHERNESS on HBO? SO good... Amanda Pete, Mark Duplass and a few other familiar faces... such a great, realistic watch on relationships.

LOVED Deadpool! I wanted to watch it again immediately after we finished it.

And kudos to you for reading all these books, listening to music and watching these shows... we have too much TV right now that it's all I can focus on ... besides working out, life and work :)

I'm reading Life After Death by Damien Echols - so far it's great but I need peace and quiet to read and focus so that's hard to get. After watching Making a Murder we watched the HBO Documentary Paradise Lost 1-3 and I was blow away... even more so than I was on Making a Murder... and I immediately became obsessed with the stories, so I wanted to read his book. Mike read it a few years ago, and I am sucked in - it just takes me forever to find time to read :) I should really get the audio version.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was one of my favorite nonfiction books of last year. Hate List was a hard read, but a good one. I LOVE Caroline Kepnes and will read anything she writes.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do about 11-22-63. I haven't read the book yet but it's on my TBR and I want to see it also but I don't use Hulu. It's way too complicated.

We saw Deadpool the other night. I knew I was going to enjoy it but I never imagined I'd enjoy it as much as I did.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I loved Deadpool, loving the OJ show (the news that came out about OJ today--whoa!), really want to watch Love, annnd YES we watched The Overnight and it was super weird and uncomfortable. A few funny parts, but mostly WTF. We went out for drinks with friends and they brought it up and were like WE LOVED IT and I was like...well, okay? I mostly felt like I had wasted that hour and a half of my life. I'm surprised Unfriended wasn't horrible. I always assume scary movies will suck. I really need to watch some of the movies you mentioned though!

Karen Peterson said...

I don't know why, but every time you do one of these posts I always realize I have forgotten that we have very different musical tastes! :-)

I've been watching People vs. OJ Simpson, but it makes me so angry. I'll keep watching, of course, but yeah...I want to drive to that prison and punch OJ's stupid face. Even if it didn't play out the way it should have, I'm glad he's still going to die in prison.

Chris and I are going to try to see Deadpool tonight, finally. Just depends on whether he has the kids or not. Fingers crossed!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

so many things! that sucks about 11-22-63. i haven't read it, but i have seen it advertised and thought it looked okay.. but i might skip it. i really loved deadpool as well!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I won't lie. I love Fuller House. It's cheesy, but pretty funny. Like I said on Twitter, I think I'm enjoying it more because my kids love it too.

I haven't been reading at all. I finished 2015 with a bang, but haven't finished a single book in 2016. Terrible!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I have been doing nothing much at all, I rarely watch a movie, I have of course heard of Deadpool why because my grandson love Deadpool but they are far too young to see the movie.

I have of course been reading while I wait for the grandson to get out of school, but really I need to get my ass into gear and go to the library and borrow another audio book to listen to while I am driving

Kimberlee VDW said...

You've been busy! I want to see Deadpool, can't find anyone to go with :(

LOVE Sam Bee's show. So well written, WOO! I watched a few clips from Nikki's show. Love her stand-up so I need to sit down and catch up. I didn't love LOVE :/ A good article pointed out that there are better shows that balance addiction and modern relationships. I couldn't find myself cheering for them or feeling overly sympathetic towards Mickey. And yes! Fuller House was so campy haha but the original wasn't monumental television.