What I’m Into ::: January 2015

Once again, I feel like blogging but not doing images and linking stuff so here goes.

I briefly thought I’d post after each book I read or movie I watched. Hahaha, let’s all LOL over that idea. So this is roughly from the month of January.

Family Movies

Heaven is for Real. I read and loved the book, but the movie was a disappointment. It really focused on the difficulties of the parents to deal with their child’s vision and the skepticism of their friends and stuff with the dad’s job and finances…. The best part of the book for me was the boy’s visions of heaven, what he said happened while he was there, and there just wasn’t enough of that in my opinion in the movie.  So I recommend the book but not the film.

Back to the Future. Walter and I thought the kids were old enough to watch this classic and boy, was that fun! I’m not sure the kids loved it (they didn’t hate it), but it was a treat for Walter and I to watch it with them!!!

Big Hero 6. The kids and I saw this in the theater. Kids loved it, of course. I liked it enough to not want to leave to use the bathroom, so that is saying something.  Warning: there are some fat jokes.  I will add that I liked the diversity of the characters, the girls in STEM, the gender roles (e.g. the girl was better at driving in a car chase than the boy). Two thumbs up.

Nanny McPhee. I’d say all 4 of us liked this one. It was fun for the grown-ups to watch Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and Angela Lansbury. Nice family film. (I didn’t understand, though, why the title character got prettier and thinner as the kids behaved better, no idea what that was about!) Sadly, her parenting tricks involved magic so I didn’t learn any bits of wisdom to take into my own life. 😉

What the grown-ups are watching

American Hustle. First I’ll tell you it took us like 5 nights to make it through this movie, so perhaps that’s why we initially liked it but by the end were bored.  Second, it didn’t make a lot of sense. Apparently a bunch of it was improvised and I think that contributed to several scenes that were basically gibberish.  Great performances, though, but maybe too long and not edited enough into a coherent story.

Deadwood. We are enjoying this HBO show from 10 years ago. I can’t even explain why. We enjoyed the first season but the second season so far is harder to follow, so we’ll see if we stick with it.  I like the history–I think they do a good job of portraying how dirty the conditions and people were.  There are many characters I really like/care about. And it’s funny–seriously, I’m starting to think it’s more of a comedy than a drama!  Bonus points, since I’ve been to Deadwood and lived for a summer in South Dakota.

Books

2015 is off to a good reading start.

All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark. This is barely a novel, more like a Christmas novella, not a full fledged romantic suspense like MHC is known for. But I loved it. It was easy to guess how it was all going to get sorted out, but it was still fun to go along for the ride.

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. When I heard about this book, I had to read it, so thank you to my parents for giving it to me for Christmas. It was a cute read but sadly I’d only read about half the books she parodied.  But that has inspired me to pick up some more classics so I can “get” the other chapters.  On the one hand, this could be a good one to get from the library since it’s a quick read; on the other hand, I’m glad I own it so I can reference it in the future as I read more classics.  I also wish she had parodied more Jane Austen books–I’d love to see a second volume.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green.  I finally got to read this book that was on everyone’s must-read list.  Like everyone else, I devoured it in under 48 hours. I liked it and I’m eager to see the movie, but time will tell if it becomes a favorite.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. I read this one in 48 hours as well.  It was a fun, easy read. I like Tina Fey a lot and this mostly affirmed my like of her, though there were moments I wanted her to be more strongly feminist.  But I didn’t love how she jumped around in time and topic (there was an entire chapter about doing a photo shoot–what?).  Since much of the beginning of the book was about being unlucky with the opposite sex, I was surprised she didn’t go into meeting, dating and marrying her husband. Seriously, she only briefly mentions she met him through Second City. It seemed like a thread she just left hanging behind and I would’ve been interested in reading about their love story. Also weird: the entire last chapter where she debates having a second child. While I could relate, having had similar “one kid or two” discussions myself (though I wasn’t balancing a fancy career), it was awkwardly personal.   This is just nitpicking–I enjoyed the book and think most liberal tv-watching women would too.

Since I’ve bothered to write all this out, Im going to link up with What I’m Into at Leigh Kramer. Leave me a comment about what I should watch or read next!

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2 responses to “What I’m Into ::: January 2015

  1. Fun stuff, Shannon! Here are my recommendations:

    I am about halfway through 12 Years a Slave and recommend it. I’m impressed with the protagonist’s faith in The Lord. I really appreciate the intelligent though sadly archaic writing style which alludes to but avoids spelling out the vulgar language.

    “Hook” makes a great family movie, enjoyed by all four of us last week. An oldie but a goodie.

    Ok, I’ve

    I’ve mentioned to you how thrilled I was to see that BBC has released to Netflix a second season of “The Paradise.” It’s getting a bit tawdry, but thankfully not explicitly so.

    Hubby and I really liked Dinesh D’Souza’s latest movie, “America: Imagine a World Without Her.” Great food for thought, whatever your political persuasion.

    Ok, there are my January favorites in your aforementioned categories!

  2. Thanks Karen!
    I hate editing posts so I’ll add here a couple things I forgot. We are watching the latest season of Downton Abbey. I’d say it’s more interesting then last seasons snooze, but not as good as in its heyday. Also I should add a warning for Deadwood, that it includes sex, nudity and violence, though it’s much tamer than Game of Thrones (and tamer than I feared it would be, what with taking place in brothels).

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