Man, I’m rusty! I don’t know how to write these introductions anymore. Do you even read them? Probably skip right to the pictures and lists, eh? You lazy youngsters. Anyway, I’ve got some movies, tv shows and books to tell you about before the next post (which will be about the UK trip!), so let’s get right to it!
By some miracle, I’ve actually managed to watch movies this month. Real, full-length movies. Sometimes even at the theatre! And looking back, it’s easy to see how I got my cinematic mojo back, because it all started with Magic Mike XXL. I’ve been waiting all year for it. People ask me what movie I want to see this year, and I immediately reply Magic Mike XXL. And then they look at me funny. It’s your loss.
So yeah, I spent months and months anticipating stripper jokes and unapologetic dance routines, looking forward to that special kind of feeling that comes from watching a movie for women, where men are the desert. And it was crazy good.
Also got the see Southpaw, which is as dramatic as it is motivating. Whenever I need to get to work I put on Eminem’s Phenomenal and I’m set for hours. Craving a different kind of drama though, I turned to Far From the Madding Crowd, and it was… sad. Like, I can’t stop crying at how beautiful and tragic this is sad. Anyone who likes classic romance stories should watch it, it’s perfect.
Finally, just two weeks ago I caught The Martian in the cinemas, which was a surprising mood booster! Emotionally, the movie is all over the place: it’s epic, then it’s funny, then it’s scary, and then it’s tragic, and we’re back to funny again – total rollercoaster, and that’s why I loved it. Oh and bless that disco score. I don’t care what you say, you know you love it.
As for classic films, I rewatched three of my favorite mystery movies for our next podcast episode (airs this wednesday!), one of them being Hitchcock’s Vertigo, hence Novak looking flawless up there. I also saw Double Indemnity for the first time ever, which is were the title is from.
I’m not sure how this happened, but I now watch four shows a week. That’s only four. Where did all my shows go? I’m left with Scandal (holy smokes, on that last episode all my Olitz dreams came true), Once Upon a Time (kinda boring), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jane the Virgin, and The Good Wife. I did drop Supernatural right on its eleventh season premiere, though – not even I can defend it anymore.
But fear not, I can fill this television void with the brand new The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Have you seen him? What a great job he’s doing. And he has the cutest south african accent – there, I said it! He’s impossibly sweet. I might have a little crush. Anyway, he’s funny. And the writing is still on point.
Aaaand, I don’t have the energy to write about all the books I’ve read and liked since the last FWeekly post, so we’ll leave that for next time, guys.