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

I somehow wound up with a bunch of free time in March, & found myself spending a lot of it at the movie theater. I saw eight movies at the theater in the last month, which is probably a new record for me. For the most part, I made good choices. Three were great (Selma, Kingsman, It Follows), two were really good (Run All Night, Cinderella,) one was decent (Focus), and there were only two I didn’t like (Chappie, Unfinished Business.) Thank goodness for the Movie Tavern near me & their $5 matinees.

Movies:

  • Chappie (2015)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • Focus (2015)
  • It Follows (2015)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
  • Run All Night (2015)
  • Unfinished Business (2015)
  • The Interview (2014)
  • RoboCop (2014)
  • Selma (2014)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • Toki o kakeru shôjo [Time Traveler] (2010)
  • Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Music:

  • Alien Ant Farm – “Homage”
  • Kid Rock – “First Kiss”
  • Sixx:A.M. – “Gotta Get It Right”
  • Take That – “Get Ready For It”

Books:

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)
  • 20 Master Plots: And How To Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

Movies:

  • The Lazarus Effect (2015)
  • American Sniper (2014)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Knights of Badassdom (2014)
  • Premature (2014)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Bad Grandpa (2013)
  • Dead Man Down (2013)
  • Bachelorette (2012)
  • Goon (2012)
  • Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)
  • Taken 2 (2012)
  • Toki o kakeru shôjo (Time Traveller) (2010)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • Fantasia (1940)

Books:

  • The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. Horn
  • Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5) by Jonathan Maberry
  • Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin #1) by Patrick O’Brian (audiobook)

Music:

  • Butch Walker – “Still Drunk”
  • Josh Abbott Band – “I’ll Sing About Mine”
  • The Killers – Just Another Girl”
  • Neon Trees – “Sleeping With a Friend”

The movies & books that have occupied my time this month.

Movies:

  • Birdman (2014)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Snowpiercer (2014)
  • August: Osage County (2013)
  • Jack Reacher (2012)
  • Fred: The Movie (2010)
  • Hercules (1997)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Books:

  • The Prestige by Christopher Priest (audiobook)
  • Rude Tales and Glorious: A Retelling of the Arthurian Tales by Nicholas Seare

December was a month of sequels & Christmas movies. Mockingjay Part 1 was fantastic, as was Desolation of Smaug. I thought Battle of the Five Armies was a little too heavy on the ‘battle’ portion (and felt more like the second half of Smaug than a movie in its own right), and Anchorman 2 was made all worth it by the giant brawl sequence that was filled with cameos. As for the Christmas movies, Muppet Christmas Carol reminded me that Michael Caine is the best Scrooge of all time, I Am Santa Claus was a very interesting documentary on real-life Santa Clauses (including one of my all-time favorite wrestlers, Mick Foley,) Dear Santa was a disappointing piece of saccharine, and Christmas Bounty was silly, but proof that The Miz can make a mediocre movie worth watching.

Movies:

  • I Am Santa Claus (2014)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
  • Christmas Bounty (2013)
  • Empire State (2013)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • Red Dawn (2012)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Dear Santa (2011)
  • Moonshot (2009)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Holiday Inn (1942)

Books:

  • As Bees In Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane (play)
  • The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (audiobook)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (audiobook)
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler (audiobook)
  • Nightwing, Vol 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins (graphic novel)
  • Oleanna by David Mamet (play)

Music:

  • Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”
  • Frank Turner – “The Way I Tend To Be”
  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
  • Tony Lucca – “Never Gonna Let You Go”

There are a lot of good movies out there right now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have some free time this month to get out and see them. Interstellar lived up to the hype for me, but I’m a big mark for Christopher Nolan, so that’s no big surprise. I really enjoyed Big Hero 6, and was surprised when it got to the credits and I saw that Scott Adsit (Pete from 30 Rock) was the voice of Baymax. I think it was a smart move to get someone who’s a great improviser for that role, because it gave them a lot of room to play and make Baymax’s personality really stand out. Gone Girl was a great adaptation of the book; very true to both the content and tone (that’s what happens when you let the author also write the screenplay.)

Finally, John Wick was the big surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting much more than a mindless action movie, which it kinda was in the sense that the story was just a simple revenge story. But that’s really all it needed to be, because it had a great cast and some of the best action scenes I’ve seen in recent memory. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that they let you actually SEE the fight scenes, rather than hide it all behind edits.

Movies:

  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • John Wick (2014)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Books:

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

Music:

  • Butch Walker – “Battle Vs. The War”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Immortals”
  • Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
  • OneRepublic – “Something I Need”

The movies, music, books, and more that have kept me entertained this month.

Movies:

  • Houdini (2014)
  • Constantine (2005)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
  • The Frighteners (1996)

Books:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar #1) by Tad Williams (audiobook)

Music:

  • Buckcherry – “Say Fuck It”
  • Butch Walker – “End of the World (One More Time)”
  • The Killers – “Shot at the Night”

The movies, music, books, and more that have kept me entertained this month.

Movies:

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
  • Houdini (2014)
  • This Means War (2012)
  • Unstoppable (2010)
  • 1408 (2007)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Books:

  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger Files #3) by Jonathan Maberry (audiobook)
  • Assassin’s Code (Joe Ledger Files #4) by Jonathan Maberry (audiobook)

Music:

  • Amos Lee – “Chill in the Air”
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Did I Say That Out Loud?”
  • Beware of Darkness – “All Who Remain”
  • Sheppard – “Geronimo”