Sunday, September 3, 2017

July/August Watching/Reading/Listening



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2 seasons on Netflix): Severely emotionally damaged woman moves across the country to try to get back together with her summer camp boyfriend. LOVE this show so much that I was sad for a couple of days when I finished. I hate musicals. I thought it might be a good show to have on in the background when cleaning, but it's super addicting. (I do sometimes skip over the musical numbers.) It's crazy and stupid and so funny. I do regularly sing some of the songs I like (West Covina, Period Sex, Love Kernels, Rush to Be a Bride). Don't YouTube Rush to Be a Bride. You have to see it in the show. The transition is part of how amazing it is. THIS IS NOT A SHOW TO WATCH WITH KIDS OR YOUR PARENTS. NSFAnything really. New season on the CW starts October 13!

Friends from College (1 season Netflix show): People who would normally be okay turn into severely emotionally damaged people when they are around their college friends. And they can't stop being around each other. None of the characters are likable, but, again, I LOVE this show. It's dark, but funny. If you were super into the Wonder Years, Fred Savage in this show will make you so happy.

Life in Pieces (CBS show watched on Netflix): It's about siblings and their families. It's really funny sometimes, but sometimes it's offensive. Also, fairly unlikable and damaged characters. (Hmmmmm . . . I'm sensing a theme.)

Master of None (2 seasons Netflix show): Such a quietly good show. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's smart and weirdly sweet and feels so real.

The Incredible Jessica James (Neflix Movie): Great movie about an aspiring playwright in a transitional period. Master of None vibes.

August: Osage County: Brutal portrait of a brutal family. So emotionally damaged they made the characters from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Friends from College seem like a bunch of Mr. Rogers. Emotional torture porn. It was over the top, but I liked it.

Catastrophe (3rd season Amazon Prime): Great show about being married with kids. Also, very emotionally damaged people.

20th Century Women (Amazon Prime): Good, but forgettable. Not emotionally healthy characters, but set in the 80s, I think. (But I'm starting to wonder who is at this point.)

The Loveless (Amazon Prime): Willem Dafoe's first movie, I think. About a group of young bikers raising hell. Not bad.

The Accountant (HBO): An alright Ben Affleck movie. Kept my attention.

Fences (In-Flight Movie): I am so sick and tired of movies about trash men being redeemed . . . by nothing other than their existence. I wonder if the guys who write these movies (see also St. Vincent)/plays are also pieces of shit who think they're not and just want to show the world that they have a reason for being pieces of shit, so it's okay. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS Oh, you wanted to laugh a little? You needed some laughter, so you knocked up some 20 year old down the street? You know who else would've wanted to laugh? YOUR FUCKING LONG SUFFERING WIFE. Laugh with her, asshole. You think you're the only one that suffered or the only one whose dreams didn't come true? Nope. You fucked over your stepson, too. You did to him what society did to you. What's your excuse? Oh, you're a piece of shit. You're abusive. Oh, you were abused, too? Did you like it? No? THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING THE SAME SHIT? Just because you eventually die of old age after ruining everyone's life doesn't redeem you. I am not sad that you're dead. I wish you had died sooner. You're dead. Good. Everyone who ever knew you and loved you is finally free.

Ward-Kovalev Fight: Kovalev got too big. He wasn't used to moving all that weight around and wore himself out. (I really need to get back into watching boxing.)

Tried to watch, but couldn't get into them: Van Helsing (Netflix show); Doctor Strange; Gallowwalkers; Ozark (Netflix show); Cloud Atlas; Hands of Stone; Marvel's The Defenders (but I loved Jessica Jones!); Hell or High Water (I was so looking forward to that one, too.); Wonder Woman (terrible)


Unwind (YA Series): I finished the first two books. The first book was okay. meh

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: I made it almost halfway through before all of the opportunities I've squandered throughout my life started flashing before my eyes and then I was too sad to finish. So, so many. Whatever. All I can do is be better about any that come up in the future.

I think I also finished half an Oprah magazine. I've been very upset about my lack of reading - my lack of wanting to read and liking to read books, but I also felt like I didn't like movies/tv shows anymore - like I was broken or something. But then I found a few shows that I really liked and felt an urge to watch. So, I'm going to try to not be upset and just wait for the universe to start sending books my way again.

Looking forward to: Hunger by Roxane Gay. I loved Bad Feminist and Difficult Women by her. She is also amazing on Twitter.


Podcasts! All on NPR One: The Allusionist, Note to Self, Invisibilia (tied for second favorite), The Memory Palace, Death Sex & Money, Radiolab, Katie Couric, The Longest Shortest Time, The Sporkful, Pop Culture Happy Hour (My favorite), Why Oh Why, Modern Love, Hidden Brain (tied for second favorite), The Mash Up Americans, This American Life (duh - the gateway podcast)

Let me know if you have any recommendations!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April 2017 Read/Watched/Listened


Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison - I was riveted by the Girls Next Door. If you were, too, I recommend this book.

The Taliban Shuffle (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) - Good, but kind of sad.

My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez - If you came of age in the 90s and listened to hip-hop, I recommend it.

So, I think something is broken inside of me. I can't get into any fiction books. I even went back to my old standbys John Connolly and Walter Mosley. Nothing took. I don't even know who I am anymore.


Life in Pieces - This show is weird and I can't figure out if in a good way or bad way. Some seriously offensive jokes in the show. A couple of good characters, though.

Chewing Gum Season Two. Michaela Coel is a global treasure. May the muses always be by her side.

Lost Girl - Love this show. So upset it's only five seasons long. I love it so much, I've actually been able to parcel it out to make it last.

Life - I liked it when it came out, but I had a feeling it would get canceled, so I stopped watching. Good show to have on in the background.

GirlBoss - Made it about five minutes into episode 1. No gracias.

Frasier - Series Rewatch #726

Netflix removed Buffy. I had a rough couple of days over it.

Joshua v. Klitschko - Damn good fight.

Listened: It was an Al Green, Emmylou Harris  type of month.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 Reading/Watching

March was absolutely pathetic reading-wise. It's even sadder, because it was my birthday month and reading is my favorite thing. Probably explains my janky-ass mood lately.

Books I finished:
-Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Love her writing. Love her Twitter. Lover her. She is my Beyonce.)
-Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy (This is a graphic novel, but it counts, okay?! I put it on my Amazon wish list to remember to get it for my daughter when she's older. Husband purchased a couple of volumes for me for my birthday and I'm glad he did, because it was pretty good. I've started the second volume.)
-I re-read my favorite poem more than usual. (To You by Walt Whitman: - Get you some!)

Books I started, but didn't finish:
-Queen Sugar: A Novel by Natalie Baszile (Seemed promising, but it fizzled out. I think it's a TV show now, but I don't have cable, so . . .)
-A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (Look, I really tried. There were some good morsels in there, but wrap it up, sister.)
-The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (Um, I checked it out from the library. This was supposed to be my non-fiction for the month.)
-The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang (Too much set up. Maybe the whole book was set up? Made it about a quarter of the way through.)
-I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan (I made it a third of the way through. It didn't grab me.)
-Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild (I read the first page of the preface and it's too soon and I'm still too pissed off and I don't see a lot of the right trying to understand us, so eat me.)
-I've started re-reading the Godfather. Still great.

-Schitt's Creek (So good, just for Catherine O'Hara's accent alone.)
-One Mississippi (Dark and light and wonderful.)
-Transparent (Bummed I'm so late to this, but glad, because I was able to binge.)
-The Kettering Incident (Couldn't get into it. Kind of a cross between Top of the Lake, which I loved, and The OA, which was decent.)
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Finished the second season.)
-Moonlight (I already posted about this. I still think about this movie on the regular.)
-Logan (Brutal. Dark. Gory. And I cried harder than I've cried at the movies in a long time. I watched the X-Men cartoons as an older kid when I thought I was done with cartoons. I've loved all of the movies, except X-Men: Apocalypse. I'm going to cry just thinking about it.)
-Lost Girl (Just started and it's surprisingly good if you choose to ignore the production value and some plot holes.)
-Rewatching Buffy (I start about halfway through season 3, skip the latter half of season 5, then finish it up. My gajillionth rewatch?)

Looking forward to:
-Getting my reading mojo back. (Pray for me, y'all. Also, any fiction recommendations? Ease me in with some detective novels or beach reads.)
-More Lumberjanes!
-The second season of Chewing Gum.
-Trying to get back into boxing. My multiple Kovalev sightings MUST BE a sign to get back into it.