Switching it up a little on this Friday. Here are five things I found super exciting about this week, still all relating to my latest read this, listen to this, and watch this obsessions:
- Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All and Paula Hawkins Into the Water are both available for me to pick up at the library. I foresee some pool or beach side reading in my weekend plans (pending this rain storm passes, otherwise it’ll probably be snuggled up.)
- I re-watched About Alex for (I think) the third time, a few days ago and was reminded why I was obsessed with this film in the first place. If I ever made a movie, this is the tone, vibe, soundtrack feel, cast chemistry I’d be going for.
- This anthology video Maren Morris released:
- HOW HAVE I NOT MENTIONED IT HERE?! (But across various other social media platforms.) JOHN GREEN’s NEW BOOK! Set to release in October Turtles All the Way Down. Go ahead and pre-order your signed copy now. (Literally can’t wait!)
- Speaking of awesome things happening in October…Stranger Things SEASON TWO!
I know, it hasn’t been that long since I shared Harry Styles “From the Dining Table,” but seeing as it’s July and I’m still blasting these songs several times a week why don’t I go ahead and share another track? With lines like:
“She never saw herself as a west coaster
Moved all the way ’cause her grandma told her
“Towns, better swim before you drown” and “I met her once and wrote a song about her” – Carolina has easily been one of my favorite tracks from the beginning. Not only is it a catchy song, but it also captures are a certain sentiment. Have you ever been on a really incredible first date, or even just first meet that turns into spending hours with this new person finding out all kinds of little details of their life story? Those encounters will have you drunk on serotonin, and that new found person will be taking up all the empty spaces in your mind with their laugh, their smile, their cute little anecdotes. We all have our own interpretations, but those fun, new, flirty feelings even if they’re fleeting, are what “Carolina” reminds me of every time I listen. If you didn’t give his album a listen the first time around, definitely check it out. “Carolina” is a great place to start!
I have barely gone to the movie theater in 2017, but there was one movie I saw the trailer for several months prior to its release, I just knew I wasn’t going to miss. Gifted starring Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, and also included Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, and Lindsay Duncan in this incredible cast. I tend to go to the movies by myself, but this one I saw with my parents, and it was great to know I wasn’t the only one that went through several tissues during this drama. McKenna Grace plays Mary, a spunky, spirited, brilliant little girl being raised by her Uncle Frank (Chris Evans) in Florida. Frank unfortunately gets into a custody battle with his mother, but it’s not any usual custody battle – Evelyn wants Mary because she’s basically a child prodigy and she wants to exploit her abilities. Jenny Slate plays Bonnie, Mary’s teacher who recognizes her unmistakable talent, but also gets Frank’s desires for Mary to have as normal a childhood as possible. The film is just beautifully done. You can tell that the cast seriously bonded with one another, and the chemistry is so palpable, I forgot that all of these characters aren’t related to one another in real life. (Isn’t that the goal of a film – make the whole story undoubtedly real?) I really loved the message in this story too. Frank so badly wanted Mary to really get the chance to be a kid. I won’t ruin the story, but it explores plenty of themes – the value of family, finding balance in life, figuring out ways to acknowledge a gift but not make life ever be about only one thing. The soundtrack was amazing, the cast was astonishingly talented, the story was beautiful and it’s funny but some of the parts that made me sob in the theater weren’t even “sad” they were just so incredibly touching. I laughed, I cried, I got mad at characters, I thought about relationships and life, and the little things. I know I haven’t recommended a movie in a while, but if there’s one you’re going to add to your To Watch list, this should be it. The cast deserve some major awards for these performances!
I know I make references to the Arctic Monkeys AM album pretty frequently, but I haven’t shared a song off that one in a while. So, today it’s time because as it happens on some kind of weird cyclic rotation in life, I’ve got the album on repeat again. Basically, I’m saying just go ahead and listen to all of the songs if you haven’t, but if you need a push in a given direction listen to “Fireside.” “Maybe I was mistaken but I just cannot manage to make it through the day Without thinking of you lately” No secret, I’m a sap to the core but I think what I like about this album so much is that they spell out the range of emotions from having someone new you’re interested in, unrequited feelings, relationships that kind of fell apart and you’re looking back on them nostalgically – the whole gamut. I’m not much of a dancer, but this album always makes me want to move, and sing along.