I've Been...

I've been listening to these albums:

It's no secret that Niall is my favorite member of 1D and I was sooo in love with Slow Hands this summer, so I couldn't wait for his full album. I was a little underwhelmed by Flicker though. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about it, but it's a lot more chill than I usually like. The first half of the album is strong, but the second is too slow. I like listening to it in the background, like right now, while blogging. Favorite tracks: On The Loose, Seeing Blind, Slow Hands, You and Me, Mirrors. I'm mixed on Taylor Swift's Reputation. I felt like 1989 was so fresh and new and flat out amazing, and maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn't fall in love with this upon my first few listens. I think a lot of the lyrics are cheesier than usual and it ruined some otherwise amazing beats for me (King Of My Heart, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things). However, the songs I love, I really, really love. Favorite tracks: Ready For It, I Did Something Bad, Don't Blame Me, So It Goes, Dancing With Our Hands Tied.

I've been watching this music video:

Kiwi by Harry Styles is so delightful! It's kids having a cupcake war, plus puppies. What's not adorable about that? It made me LOL a few times too. I love it and I haven't really loved a music video in a long time. 

I've been reading these books:

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post when I talk about all my October books and link up with Steph and Jana!

I've been watching these new tv shows:

I can hardly keep up with my regular network TV shows, let alone all the good stuff Netflix releases each Friday, but I finally got around to watching Mindhunter. Jacob is watching with me, which is rare, so I can't binge it like I want to, but we're just two episodes from the finale and it's safe to say I love it. It's slow and didn't hook me right away, but the cast is amazing (I'm constantly swooning over Jonathan Groff) and the content is disturbing, but so well done. I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman is political, but not polarizing. She's trying to understand where the other side is coming from in a silly, fun, hopeful, and sometimes vulgar way. I'm a huge fan of hers and think this show is pretty great. She's had some interesting guests so far. 

I've stopped watching these ones:

I don't have enough time to waste on tv shows I don't love. American Horror Story: Cult lost me, as usual. I made it to episode eight, but while I was watching, I thought, I just don't care anymore and deleted the season. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders started off pretty strong, but maybe eight episodes is too long for this case? I don't know, but it was too slow for me and I already know how it ends. The country loves The Good Doctor (it's the number one show on ABC and they have some hits!), and while I think it's a fine show with an amazing performance by Freddie Highmore, I just can't get into it. I'm sure it will get better over time, and I'm so happy there's a mainstream show about someone with autism, but it's too predictable and contrived for me to enjoy.    
I've been seeing these movies:

I know the critics loved Stronger and Jake did a fine job portraying Jeff Bauman, but it almost goes overboard with the inspiration. The end felt very Lifetime Original Movie to me. I didn't hate it, but I was expecting to like it more. We took the kids to see The Lego Ninjago Movie while the rain pounded Orlando. The kids liked it, Jacob and I chuckled a few times, and I loved the vocal performances, but it was just ok. A Bad Moms Christmas was just as terrible as I expected, but I was down in the dumps and didn't feel like seeing a drama, so I went. Kathryn Hahn gave me a few laughs and Jay Hernandez and Justin Hartley were nice to look at, but it was stupid. (Thank God for MoviePass.) I read Thank You For Your Service earlier this year and it enraged me. There are storylines that aren't in the book (the film is only partially adapted), so sometimes it felt a little too dramatic, but I understand why Hall needed to write them. It's a good watch and totally heartbreaking, but it could have gone so much deeper. I want people to feel outrage after hearing these kind of stories and I don't think the movie portrayed that the way the book did. 

I've been streaming these ones:

Life was really just not very good. I'm surprised Ryan and Jake signed on for this one. I totally zoned out thirty minutes into it. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was pretty terrible. I didn't really like the book so I wasn't expecting to love it, but the pace was so weird and yes, the super high-res made it hard to watch. I didn't finish it. Creep 2 is such a good sequel! It wasn't better than the first, but it didn't disappoint at all. It was just as unsettling and Mark Duplass was perfect. 

I've been listening to this podcast:

I remember the coverage of the Heaven's Gate mass suicide when I was a senior in high school, but being a typical self-absorbed teenager, I didn't pay much attention to it. This podcast dives into how the cult got started, what they believed, and the details of the three-day suicide mission. It's really well done, with Glynn Washington talking to ex-members and family and friends of those who died. I'm captivated. 


Misty said...

Love Mindhunter! I'm watching Alias Grace now. I've almost given up on network tv. Netflix shows are just so damn good.

I think Terri and I are going to see Bad Moms Christmas this weekend.

Karen Peterson said...

I couldn't get past the first episode of The Good Doctor, even though I love Freddie Highmore. It spent too much time on other doctors and their telenovela relationships.

I'm putting together a list of the movies I've seen in the past week. There are some good ones you are going to love!