I've been listening to these albums:
I enjoyed La La Land, despite Emma Stone's weak voice, and thought the music was fun. I like the soundtrack, even though there's not much there to sing along to. I usually put it on in the background when I'm cleaning or something. Favorite tracks: Another Day Of Sun, Someone In The Crowd, City Of Stars. Sing Street, on the other hand, is definitely a sing along kind of album. It's a mix of original songs and great tunes from the '80s. Favorite tracks: The Riddle Of The Model, Drive It Like You Stole It. I was pleasantly surprised by Ed Sheeran's Divide. I've always liked him, but haven't really loved him. I really enjoy every song from this album! Critics are saying he sold out to make an album full of commercial hits, but whatever. It worked for me. Favorite tracks: Eraser, Dive, Shape of You, Perfect, Happier, Hearts Don't Break Around Here, Supermarket Flowers. Charli XCX's new mixtape Number 1 Angel is a little different then the fun pop stuff I love from her. It's slow and chill and a little '90s, but I still like it. Favorite tracks: Dreamer, 3AM (Pull Up), ILY2, Babygirl.
I've been watching these music videos:
I haven't been into Bruno's latest videos, but That's What I Like is awesome, so simple, and completely mesmerizing. My kids and I watch it all the time. It's my favorite song off his album too. I was so annoyed by Chained to the Rhythm when I first heard it, but it grew on me, and then I couldn't get it out of my head and I had to admit that I kinda love it. The video is cool to watch too. Finally! New Lorde! Green Light is such a great song and the video is pretty fun too. Ed Sheeran's Shape of You video isn't anything to write home about, but it was filmed in Seattle and directed by a friend of a friend who grew up fifteen minutes away from me, so I automatically love it.
I've been reading these books:
I've been reading a ton lately and don't want to review everything, so check me out on Goodreads! These were my favorite books from the past month though. I went back and forth from really heavy non-fiction and light, murdery fiction. Not that murder is a light topic, but these kind of books are such guilty pleasures. Hillbilly Elegy was great. It was nice to hear about one man's life instead of facts and figures about middle America. It's mostly a memoir though, and doesn't provide much social analysis as it's description leads you to believe. Everything You Want Me To Be is told from three POVs (the murder victim, the sheriff, and a high school teacher), which reconstruct a year in the life of Hattie Hoffman, the good girl who is found stabbed to death. It was twisty and fun. Guantanamo Diary had been on my list forever and when I found out Mohamedou Slahi was going to be on 60 Minutes, I bumped it up to read before I watched his first ever interview. I was blown away by the writing in this book. English is Slahi's fourth language, which he was learning as he kept this diary, and it was such a compelling, horrifying, upsetting, heartbreaking read, even with all the redaction. I just can't get over the fact that he had the strength to actually write this. Never Let You Go is a quick, easy story about a woman whose abusive ex-husband has been released from prison and her life is turned upside down. It's got a lot of twists and turns and kept me interested from start to finish.
I've been watching these new shows:
Santa Clarita Diet is weird, but fun. Besides Dylan in Charlie's Angels, I can't think of a role of Drew's I've loved more. Timothy is awesome too. They make a great pair! Riverdale is pretty stupid, but I was missing a teen drama in my life and this is doing just fine for me. It doesn't hurt that Luke Perry is playing a dad either. #ImOld. Big Little Lies is the show I most look forward to every week. I can't believe there are only two episodes left! The cast is outstanding, I love the pace, scenery and music, and I think it's better than the book. Crashing is a semi-autobiographical show about a man pursuing career in comedy. I love comedians, so it's fun to get this look into what it takes to make it. And Pete Holmes is delightful. He reminds me so much of an old friend of mine. TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-episode docuseries telling the story of Browder's imprisonment on Riker's Island without ever being convicted of a crime. I remember hearing about this after his death, which is so heartbreaking in itself, but this show is so much more than just his story. It's eye-opening and depressing and so important! Holy crap do we need criminal justice reform!!! Feud: Bette and Joan is campy and crazy, but entertaining. I don't know enough about Bette and Joan to figure out how much is true or if the performances are accurate. I'm just happy to see Kiernan Shipka back on my TV (and playing Bette's daughter so well) and I'm even more excited for season two about Charles and Diana.
I've been seeing these movies:
Get Out was good and original and refreshing. I really liked it. It wasn't as scary as much as it was just creepy and weird. Jacob and I finally saw Logan about a month after it was released. Whoa, what a great movie! I was warned that it was bloody and messy, but only a few small parts bothered me and not enough to dislike the movie at all. I even got a little teary! Beauty and the Beast was pretty cute. I could have done without the new songs and Emma Watson's singing is underwhelming (especially because is up against Broadway caliber vocalists), but she was a perfect Belle and her chemistry with Beast was great. That sounds really weird, but it's true! I enjoyed the whole cast.
And I've been streaming these ones:
I will watch every single thing Ben Affleck does. The Accountant wasn't my favorite movie of his though. Jacob liked it and a bunch of my friends did too. I'm just not super into action movies. The story of Deepwater Horizon is horrific, and it's told well, but the acting is weak from just about everyone in the cast. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore was a strange, dark, revenge movie that sort of lost it's way for me near the end. I loved Melanie Lynskey and thought Elijah Wood was awesome and hilarious. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either.
What have you been up to?