I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

Fergie's Double Dutchess was loooong overdue, but unfortunately, it's not that great. Favorite tracks (and frankly, the only ones I like): Hungry, A Little Work, Enchanté (Carine), Tension. Wonderful Wonderful by The Killers is also a long time coming and it's different, and I like it just fine, but it's not something I instantly loved. Favorite tracks: Run For Cover, Tyson vs. Douglas, Out of My Mind. There's no doubt that Demi can sing and she stretches her pipes on Tell Me You Love Me, but sometimes it just feels like she's screaming at me. My favorite songs are her slow jams: Daddy Issues, Ruin the Friendship, Concentrate. Miley's back with Younger Now and has totally reinvented herself, again. I've always loved her voice and like that it's showcased on this album, but I could've done without so much twang. Favorite tracks: Malibu, I Would Die For You, Thinkin'.

I've been watching these music videos:

I am OBSESSED with Aly & AJ's Take Me video! The song has been on repeat for months around here and the video is such a cool and fun throwback. I can't wait to see what else they come out with. Lorde's Perfect Places is in such a magical setting! I want to go to there. It took me a minute to love Niall Horan's new tune, Too Much To Ask, but it's definitely grown on me. The video is pretty depressing, but he's so cute, even when he's sad. Find You by Nick Jonas is my jam right now. It's very chill, but so catchy and love that the video matches it's vibe. 

I've been reading these books:

Stay with Me is heartbreak after heartbreak, but it's so engaging and beautifully written. I loved the alternating POV, well-developed characters, and time period. I can't believe it's a debut novel! Are You Sleeping had an interesting plot (especially with the popularity of true crime podcasts) and it was a quick read, but not totally amazing. I've been on a TJR kick lately, and One True Loves was just what I expected from her. I thought the dialogue was really cheesy, but the message about loving and letting go and how your first (or second or third) love shapes you is spot on. What can I say about Thank You for Your Service? How many books/articles/documentaries/movies/news segments do we need before something helps our vets?! They give up their lives (whether they die or not) to protect our freedom. It's completely unacceptable. I've read a lot on this topic and this is another great book. One particular small story completely broke my heart. The Good Daughter is long, but I never wanted to put it down, so it's worth it. It captures you right from the beginning. It's definitely dark, and disturbing at times, but I loved the story and characters and drama. Great crime fiction! Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is heartbreaking, but honest and raw, which is sometimes messy and embarrassing. It's snarky and funny, too, just like Ausiello! It's a fast read that really gets you in the end, even though you know it's coming. I ugly cried. 

I've been watching these new tv shows:

I'm all about the guilty pleasure shows lately. The Murder of Laci Peterson was really well done. I was just out of college when she disappeared (like, I graduated ten days before) and didn't pay much attention to the case, so this was fun to revisit. I can't say that Scott didn't murder his wife, but I don't think there was enough evidence to convict him. The media circus and nutzo jurors were also interesting to learn about. The Vanderpump Rules spinoff, Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky, was pretty stupid, but I can't get enough of that dumb cast, so I watched every week. She puts up with way too much. American Vandal sounds so silly, but is such a perfectly executed parody! If you're into shows like Making a Murderer and podcasts like Serial, Accused, or Up and Vanished, you'll love this. I was curious enough to start it, interested after episode two, and totally invested by episode four. It says so much about teen culture, social media, documentary manipulation, etc. I loved it! Big Mouth is also really great! I wasn't sure what to expect from a cartoon about kids going through puberty, but it's funny and relatable with a few WTF moments, but also charming and clever. The characters/voices are perfection! I recommend it if you need a laugh!

I've been seeing these movies:

I liked the cast of It so much and thought it was a very well done film, but was bummed that it wasn't very scary. I don't have a fear of clowns, so I'm sure that isn't how people with coulrophobia felt, but the scary parts felt a little cartoonish to me. I wasn't sure what to expect from Wind River, but it was a great thriller! I loved the cast (Elizabeth Olsen is one of my favorites) and thought about it for days after I saw it. I understand why mother! is getting so much hate. I honestly thought I was going into a horror movie, but that wasn't the case at all. I was completely entertained, from start to finish, and it had me on edge and totally disturbed, so I didn't hate it. And I'm not sure what that says about me...? I didn't know any of the history surrounding the Battle of the Sexes, but really enjoyed the movie and was surprised by how relevant it still is. I audibly scoffed at some of the lines. Emma and Steve were amazing, as usual. American Made wasn't anything special, but it was a fun way to spend an afternoon at the movies! I like watching Tom Cruise play this kind of character. 

I've been streaming these ones:

Rough Night was rough. I did laugh out loud a few times, but it could have been so much better, especially with that talented cast. I don't hate Gaga, but I haven't really loved her since Born This Way and don't think her documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two helped. I feel as bad for her as I do any celebrity dealing with pressure and privacy, and of course because she has fibromyalgia (my mom has it), but she just felt very "on" throughout the movie and kind of annoyed me.

I've been listening to these podcasts:

Both of my new podcasts are about movies. I just started from episode one of 3 Day Rental, which has been going strong for a year and a half now. It's a recap of teen movies from the years 1995-2005. We all know was the golden age of this particular genre! I'm also listening to Karen's podcast, Citizen Dame. Four critics talk all about movies, TV, and Hollywood in general. I LOVE that it's a panel of women talking about what films mean to women.

What have you been up to?
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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Many people I know who watched the Laci/Scott thing now think he didn't do it.

I loved loved loved Stay With Me.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

American Vandal was FANTASTIC

Marie Twinliving said...

Everyone I know that watched that Laci Peterson special now are unsure if he did or not. They said it was really good show. I find it really interesting that there was not much evidence to convict but the jurors did. I'm adding all your books to my reading list. I think I will read The Hero dies first. I love a good cry.

Karen Peterson said...

Thank you so much for the shout out!!

Scott Peterson is guilty. He absolutely did it. I've never doubted it. But all the stuff surrounding that case is so weird. And I feel bad for Scott's family. This is still their entire life. Also, I can't imagine what kind of monster can yell at a mother, "I hope they fry your son!" Even if that's the result you're hoping for, how could you ever say that to someone about her child? That's so unthinkable to me.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh bummer about fergie's album. i didn't like the last few songs of hers i've heard so i didn't get the album. good to know i'm not missing out. i'm on the fence with miley, i've always been a fan but not a fan of the twang either lol. didn't know aly & aj had new music so i'll have to watch that video when i get home. i love love loved one true loves, but i am good with cheesy stuff haha. i might wait for mother! to come out on dvd because i am curious. i do want to see battle of the sexes, i didn't know anything about it but totally googled it after i saw the trailer lol.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Perfect Places is so good!

jenn said...

i'm so glad you liked wind river. i thought that movie was AMAZING. i love jeremy renner. and that movie... i was weeping watching that. i liked that it could affect me that well. i hope when oscar season rolls around, those idiots at the academy remember this movie.

Audrey Louise said...

3 Day Rental sounds interesting!
I'd be curious to hear the new Miley album. I didn't like her wild&crazy stage, but I do like her voice.

Misty said...

I need to listen to each of those albums. I've only heard singles.

I never watch music videos. The only one I've seen in forever is Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do. And I only watched it because SHE MADE ME with all of her propaganda. HA!

I've been in a very weird place with books. I've started and put down about five or six. And it's not that they've been bad. I just can't stay focused. I finally started one this week that I want to finish.

I need to watch the Gaga doc this weekend.

Misty said...

Oh, I can't forget the Laci Peterson documentary! I loved it.

I have and probably always will think Scott Peterson did it. Did they have enough evidence to convict? No. But I just can't get past his horrible behavior. He told his mistress that his wife had died, a few weeks before she disappeared. Why not just say she left you? He pretended to be in Europe while he was at her candlelight vigil. He spoke about her in the past tense when her body hadn't been found. If he's not a murderer, he's at least the worst asshole husband on the planet.

Regardless, whoever killed her, was very smart about it.