Another roundup of what I watched, listened to, and read last month is due. I can’t believe the month is already gone? With it brought some good entertainment though.
Earlier this month Regal was doing a buy one ticket, and get another free for the showing of Birdman. We decided to hop in on this deal, and we were glad we did. I enjoyed the movie, but my husband enjoyed it much more than I did. It’s beautifully shot and acted though, and the story is constantly moving.
An ex-movie blockbuster star is now not the big thing, and he’s looking to strike a comeback with his theatrical show on Broadway. The relationships between his daughter, lover and other coworkers threatens to take his attention away from the show though, and not only that but it seems the critics of Broadway already have it out for him anyways.
The Guest was a movie I don’t know how to define. It’s a mixture of suspense and horror that incorporated an artsy vibe as well. I didn’t expect to enjoy the movie as much as I did, and I already plan on adding to some of my favorites to check out around Halloween.
A war veteran returns home to connect with his friend’s family after he dies in battle. What makes the movie particularly thrilling is the way you never know until the end whether The Guest is a good or bad guy. Along with a cast that brings the movie to life well, it’s a movie that flows well. The music as well adds to the attitude of the movie for a feeling of leaving you on the edge of your couch watching it.
Director, Jason Reitman, is never a miss, but his movies sometimes aren’t always hits. He aims to connect with people though, and sometimes you’ll connect so strongly his movie will become a favorite, or other times you’ll feel a bit disconnected like I did with Men Women and Children.
The movie follows the lives of several teens and their parents as they learn how to connect with one another, and learn from their mistakes that are connected by the media. There are a couple of stories that ring powerfully true, but the movie suffers from some unlikable characters that detract too much from the message trying to be conveyed by their relationships, especially Jennifer Gardener as the overbearing mother.
Walk the Line was a beautiful and real movie. I like how the movie doesn’t gloss over some of the allegations of what might have been risked both Johnny Cash’s and June Carter’s careers at the time. It also doesn’t leave anyone being the clear good guy in the movie. It also makes me wonder about the more focused on love story in the movie, and how much it is played up for the movie.
Johnny Cash is a guy who is passionate about getting into the music industry even if it is crushing his marriage. When he meets June he is drawn to her kindred interests and her care for him. What plays out is a riveting movie with well adapted songs.
I checked out Focus this weekend since I was in a movie mood, and it did impress. The main reason I wanted to see it is because the people involved in this movie are supposedly involved in Crazy Stupid Love, which I loved. This movie has the same surprises and vivid storytelling it did.
A con man meets a con woman, and the story begins. Now the world is a confusion of when the other person is being real, and the development of a guy who has found one person he doesn’t want to con, but con with. It’s a very flirty and lively movie that never has a slow pace. I think the runt time of only an hour and 40 minutes keeps it hopping well too. I heard that a lot of people didn’t head out this weekend to see it, but I recommend it.
I can see why people liked The Interview and also disliked it. I was someone who had a few laughs, but ultimately it isn’t something I would watch again. I usually enjoy the movies more, especially Neighbors, but for someone this one didn’t hit my comedy bone. I will at least never listen to Katy Perry’s Fireworks the same again.
More than likely if you like Franco and Rogen humor then you’ll enjoy this. It’s not as much about trying to assassinate someone as it is a joke about news journalist, and poor reporting skills. The movie got a lot of talk that misled the ultimate idea of what it was. I liked how the movie ended up playing out, but I thin the almost 2 hour run time got to me. I can’t think of any comedy I can sit and watch that is a lengthier one.
I’m sure a lot of people were unsure whether a spin off of one of the best shows of the past decade could work? For me Better Call Saul did work, and Saul was the only character on the show it could have worked for. Choosing Bob Odenkirk’s character allowed for plenty more humor to grow, and a likable guy.
Saul is a lawyer trying to hit more popularity with potential clients. Currently, he’s only looked at as a lawyer for people perceived as criminals. Saul knows he might have to fake it till he makes it, and if there is one thing he does well it’s conning people. If you’re like me and Saul entertained you in Breaking Bad, then this show should be a must watch.
The Walking Dead kicked off the second half of season 5 this past month, and they are proving there is still plenty of story to tell. It might be the best this show has been since the crew discovered Woodberry, and potentially even better than that.
Spoilers! Since the world went to crap when the show began in 2010, we’ve been watching the crew battle zombies, survive, and more recently have to put up with some very odd people, including cannibals, gangs and cult like groups. Now the group might have to battle the biggest challenge for them all, how to not live like you’re surviving everyday. I still wonder how long this show can go on, but they are proving they have more to tell.
Twin Peaks is an odd breed of television show, and it’s understandable why it suffered cancellation in the 1990s. If only FX had been around then we might have seen more seasons. The good news is the show is being revived for HBO, which is much more suiting place for Kyle Maclachlan and the weird town.
A popular teen girl is found murdered in the small town of Twin Peaks. As the show continues it shows the dark life that Laura Palmer was leading, and just how little the town might have knew her. Agent Cooper leads the investigation into her crime, and he finds himself becoming more apart of the dark crimes of the small town.
Stephen King released two books in 2014. One Mr.Mercedes, and the other Revival. I had the chance to read Revival, and it is one of my best reading experiences I’ve had. Instantly after putting down the book I didn’t know if I liked the book or not. The story is great, but the story is also dark and disturbing. King goes to realms I don’t think I’ve read him hit before in this newest novel.
The story focuses on a man from the time he was a boy to an adult. Over the years many changes and tragedies happen to him. One constant remains, and that was the preacher he met as a kid. They go through changing moments in younger times, and as older men that will forever scar their worlds.
I’ve always heard a lot about Purity Ring, especially in Relevant magazine, but I hadn’t listened to them. From the descriptions it didn’t sound like much of what I listen to, but I wanted to check it out anyways.
Overall, the newest album, Another Eternity, has it’s highlights. The vocals are very present and moving, and the dance throttled beats keep the album moving. The songs also show range as they jump from one to the other. After a while I should have taken a break from the beats as it ran together. Still this will probably make an enjoyable one for fans.
What was your favorite book, show, movie, or album you checked out last month?