Friday, July 24, 2015

What I'm Watching, Reading, & Listening to #6

I've been busy enjoying nature lately, but in the last month and a half I've read some good books, seen some wonderful films, and caught up on some television.

MOVIES

Trainwreck
I'm a huge fan of Judd Apatow films, Amy Schumer, Bill Hadar and rom-com's -- so this was a must see for me. It was absolutely everything that I love about romantic comedies, but with really good writing and an all-star cast. The movie had tons of wonderful guest stars and one-liners. It might've been a little drawn out at times and a little quick paced in other parts, but overall, I loved this movie so much that I really want to see it again.

Gone Girl
I'm really bad at being current with movies which is why I'm not surprised that I missed this one. Which kind of bums me out because it was so damn good. I'm really into psychological thrillers and this was so much more than that. I don't remember the last time I was that captivated by a movie. So many perfect lines, intrigue, and poignant scenes.


TV SHOWS

Chasing Life
I really loved Greek which is where I fell in love with Scott Michael Foster. Which is why I ever started watching this relatively depressing show about two mid-twenty something characters with cancer. It's a little like A Walk To Remember without all the cliches. The main character, April, is finally coming to terms with the fact that she is dying. That her career will be one single line in her obituary and that she has so much of her life to live. The supporting characters are equally as interesting and funny as Leo (Scott Michael Foster) and April. It's smart and culturally relevant in all the ways that ABC Family shows always are. The second season just started and I recommend it if you're looking for a little bit of summertime sadness with a dose of optimism.

Jane the Virgin
I'm pretty much a sucker for anything The CW does, but I somehow completely missed this show. I was searching On-Demand for something to watch, decided to give it a shot, and fell in love. This show is absolutely hilariously well done. It's also vaguely reminiscent of Ugly Betty which I loved the earlier seasons of. The show is insanely comical with an added bonus of scandal, mystery, and what the hell's. I devoured the show in a couple days and am missing it so much. October, are you here yet?

Ink Master
My boyfriend got me into Ink Master and I'm not mad about it. It's a tattoo competition reality show. Contestants have to compete against each other on actual humans where Dave Navarro and three well known tattoo artists judge them. The idea that it happens on real people blows my mind. The contestants are total assholes probably because they have to. It feels staged most of the time, but the artists are sometimes wonderful. Plus who doesn't love a good reality show?

READING

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This book has been on my must-read list for so long and I wish I had read it a year ago. It was one of the most captivating, alluring, mysteriously funny books I have ever read. A serious topic with a healthy dose of intrigue and laughter. I devoured this book in a day and immediately wanted to read it again.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I don't care what anyone says, YA fiction is one of my favorite genres. It's not ALL good, but a lot of the time -- it really hits the mark. This novel is about a young girl that is raped by an important man's son and the subsequent murder of her friend. The story is a very powerful and in-depth look into the fear and shame that women feel in situations of rape, death, and questioning important men.

LISTENING TO
Foxing