Been crazy busy for the last few months, so I’ve fallen way behind on this (and it’s also why I’ve watched so few movies lately, but incidentally has allowed for a lot of audiobooks.) So here’s a long-delayed update for something that absolutely nobody reads because I really just do it for my own benefit.

Movies

  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Zoolander 2 (2016)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Loft (2015)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • The Voices (2015)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • After Earth (2013)
  • Odd Thomas (2013)
  • Slightly Single in L.A. (2012)
  • The Strangers (2008)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • The Cat’s Meow (2001)

Books

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (audiobook) — 4/5
  • Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari (audiobook) — 5/5
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum (audiobook) — 4/5
  • Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek #1) by Patrick Carman — 4/5
  • 14 by Peter Clines (audiobook) — 5/5
  • The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew by Cracked.com — 5/5
  • I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza (audiobook) — 5/5
  • Predator One (Joe Ledger #7) by Jonathan Maberry (audiobook) — 5/5
  • Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison — 4/5
  • Jerry Finnegan’s Sister by Jack Neary — 3/5
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare — 5/5
  • The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling (audiobook) — 5/5

Music

  • Art of Dying – “Everything”
  • Blue October – “Fear”
  • Darius Rucker – “Miss You”
  • James Bay – “Hold Back the River”
  • Keith Urban – “Somewhere In My Car”
  • Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
  • The Summer Set – “Missin’ You”
  • Take That – “These Days”
  • Thompson Square – “I Can’t Outrun You”
  • twenty one pilots – “Tear In My Heart”
  • Twin Atlantic – “Fall Into The Party”

Didn’t see a lot of movies this month, but I did rewatch a couple Disney classics that I haven’t seen since I was a kid; unfortunately, for my money neither Dumbo nor The AristoCats holds up overly well, although I actually enjoyed AristoCats a bit more.

Movies

  • The Last Five Years (2015)
  • The Revenant (2015)
  • Sisters (2015)
  • Here Comes The Boom (2012)
  • The I Inside (2003)
  • The AristoCats (1970)
  • Dumbo (1941)

Books

  • The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith (audiobook) — 4/5
  • Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin #1) by Jonathan Maberry — 4/5

Music

  • AFI – “A Deep Slow Panic”
  • Anna Kendrick – “Still Hurting” (from The Last Five Years)
  • David Bowie – “Lazarus”
  • The Dreaming – “Painkillers”
  • Halestorm – “I Am The Fire”
  • Keira Knightley – “A Step You Can’t Take Back” (from Begin Again)
  • Mumford & Sons – “Believe”
  • Natalie Imbruglia – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
  • The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”

Two movie highlights this month: The Force Awakens and Begin Again.

First, the obvious: The Force Awakens was everything I was hoping for out of a new Star Wars movie, and may have just taken the spot as my favorite of the whole series. It exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Well written, great story, awesome new characters, and superb acting all around. Daisy Ridley & John Boyega were hands down the perfect casting choices. Even BB8 was a joy to watch. This is not only the Star Wars movie that fans wanted, it’s the Star Wars movie that fans needed.

And then there was Begin Again, the movie that has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Despite just discovering it, I’ve already watched it several times and shown it to a few of my friends. It’s a modern movie musical by John Carney (writer/director of Once.) Unlike a Broadway style musical where characters randomly burst into song, the songs in Begin Again come from the fact that the characters are musicians, and these are their songs. It has a beautiful story & music, and I absolutely love Keira Knightley in this role. Great performances all around, really. Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld… all pitch perfect. The characters feel real and have wonderful story arcs. My emotions were riding high while watching this, as it’s a cathartic, heartfelt story about moving on. Highly recommend.

Movies

  • Santa’s Little Helper (2015)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Begin Again (2014)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • The Call (2013)
  • Seven Psychopaths (2012)
  • Four Brothers (2005)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
  • Trading Places (1983)

Books

Music

  • Adam Levine – “Lost Stars”
  • Begin Again Soundtrack
  • Butch Walker – “Santa’Self (F*ck Your Christmas Party)”
  • Keira Knightley – “Like A Fool”
  • The Maine – “Santa Stole My Girlfriend”
  • Relient K – “I Hate Christmas Parties”

Movies:

  • Creed (2015)
  • The Peanuts Movie (2015)
  • Two Night Stand (2014)
  • Last Night (2010)
  • Rocky (1976)

Books:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (audiobook) — 3/5

 

Movies:

  • Crimson Peak (2015)
  • The Martian (2015)
  • The Visit (2015)
  • Another Me (2014)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Mama (2013)
  • The Box (2009)
  • Dead Snow (2009)
  • Road House (1989)

Books:

  • The Fires of Calderon (Balance Keepers #1) by Lindsay Cummings – 3/5
  • You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (audiobook) – 5/5
  • World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden (audiobook) – 4/5
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – 4/5
  • Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan – 4/5
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman – 5/5
  • Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland – 3/5
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5

Music:

  • A Great Big World – This Is the New Year
  • Darling Parade – Crash & Burn
  • Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You
  • Hamilton Cast Album
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – Wait For It (from Hamilton)
  • Lindsey Stirling – Shatter Me (feat. Lzzy Hale)

Another couple of months where I didn’t get out to the movies too much, but I did do a good amount of reading. I’m taking a class on Teaching Young Adult Fiction, which has given me a good excuse to check out a lot of YA fiction.

Movies

  • American Ultra (2015)
  • The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
  • Trainwreck (2015)
  • The Maze Runner (2014)
  • Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
  • The Marine (2006)
  • Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Books

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook) — 4/5
  • The Battle of Jericho (Jericho #1) by Sharon M. Draper — 2/5
  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman — 3/5
  • Paper Towns by John Green — 5/5
  • Code Zero (Joe Ledger #6) by Jonathan Maberry (audiobook) — 5/5
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (audiobook) — 4/5
  • Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (audiobook) — 5/5

Music

  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – “Cecilia and the Satellite”
  • Halestorm – Into The Wild Life
  • James Durbin – “Parachute”
  • OneRepublic – “I Lived”
  • Panic! At the Disco – “Hallelujah”
  • Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”
  • Sixx:A.M. – “Gotta Get It Right”

Ant-Man. Seriously, how about that Ant-Man? Marvel took a character I had very little knowledge of or interest in and turned it into what’s easily one of the three most pure fun Marvel movies (alongside the original Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.) Paul Rudd was the perfect casting choice, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, & Michael Douglas do an awesome job rounding out the cast. I kinda want to go see it again.

On the book front, I was apparently on a kick of books that were turned into movies starring Shailene Woodley. Fine with me, because both Divergent & The Fault In Our Stars were pretty great.

Movies:

  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Jurassic World (2015)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015)
  • The Unwanted (2014)
  • School of Rock (2003)

Books:

  • Screw The Galaxy (Hard Luck  Hank #1) by Steven Campbell (audiobook)
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (audiobook)
  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
  • Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Music:

  • Fozzy – “S.O.S.”
  • Halestorm – “Empire State of Mind”
  • Journey – “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
  • Love and Theft – “If You Ever Get Lonely”
  • Silvertide – “Try, Try, Try”

Half of the movies I watched this month starred Anna Kendrick. This is never a bad thing.

Movies:

  • Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
  • Spy (2015)
  • Ted 2 (2015)
  • They Came Together (2014)
  • Pitch Perfect (2012)
  • Up In The Air (2009)

Books:

  • This We Believe In Action: Implementing Successful Middle Level Schools by Association for Middle Level Education
  • Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
  • Those Who Can, Teach by Kevin Ryan

Music:

  • The Rocket Summer – “200,000”
  • Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”

My movie intake this month was just movies from the last year or so, but for the most part they were good choices. Between Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, there’s been some good movies in the theaters this month. I’ve also knocked out four of the Harry Potter books this month, and I’m currently working my way through The Half-Blood Prince. I’m surprised by just how GOOD those books are, and I know I shouldn’t be given the phenomenon surrounding them, but they’re just extremely well-written and engaging, and frankly a blessing considering how many kids they’ve gotten into reading. I think one thing I really like about them is, unlike a lot of other Young Adult novels, they never talk down to the reader, which makes them just as accessible to adults.

Movies:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • Insurgent (2015)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • San Andreas (2015)
  • Tomorrowland (2015)
  • Divergent (2014)
  • Let’s Be Cops (2014)
  • Whiplash (2014)

Books:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling — in progress

Music:

  • Concert: Butch Walker at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Anberlin – “Harbinger”
  • Billy Joel – “Got to Begin Again” (an oldie, but been listening to it a lot)
  • Butch Walker – Afraid of Ghosts
  • Butch Walker – “Chrissie Hynde”
  • Butch Walker – “Sober” (another older track that’s been on repeat this month)
  • Hellyeah – “Moth”

Theatre:

  • King of Pops, The Post-Apocalyptic Musical at 7 Stages Theatre (Dad’s Garage; Atlanta, GA)

Didn’t see too many movies this month, but I did finish catching up on Game of Thrones, and I FINALLY started reading the Harry Potter books. A few years behind the times, but hey, better late than never!

Movies:

  • The Age of Adaline (2015)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • Get Hard (2015)
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
  • Ask Me Anything (2014)

Books:

  • Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (audiobook)
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (audiobook)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland