If I get technical this is actually July through October in Review since I realized I’ve forgotten to have a review for the last four months. Sorry. I know I do this so I remember what’s happened but I like to share things I discover. In some ways forgetting to post makes me remember the real highlights of the last few months since I can barely remember anything.
The worst thing about my brain chemistry is that I am terribly forgetful. My brain remembers the weirdest things. The associations it makes are bizarre. For example, there’s a Julian Lennon song that when I hear it – I think about the comic book Elf Quest. Every time without fail – I just happen to have been reading Elf Quest when I was listening to that particular tape but only one song makes the association. I was in love with that tape so there were lots of opportunities to make other associations but no. It’s been 25 years and I can still remember my room and my feelings as I read that particular comic book. When I hear that song, I can even fully pull up what the characters look like. Even as I type this, I can make that association.
So this month and the entire summer/fall season has become one big mush in my brain. Thankfully, I have a few things that help keep me on track. I log everything I read and Netflix keeps track of what I watch (for the most part). I’ve done a lot of tv shows and right now we are watching Bones. I love that show so much that I have actually had days when I couldn’t count the number of shows on both hands (though not so many that I would need more than one set of toes). I read a lot of graphic novels as well.
So let’s break things down-
Ink by Amanda Sun – This book had a few things that grabbed me. It’s set in Japan but the main character is American and the other main character can make drawings come to life. It’s full of culture and Japanese folklore. Not sure the story is all that great because I get caught up in the world and this was one world I would love to be a part of. It’s a series and this is the first book. I actually read the excerpt for the next book because I so desperately wanted not to leave.
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal – This book still sticks with me. Again I can’t say it was the best book ever written but it’s certainly haunting. The main characters are teens with less than perfect lives but when they are taken from their homes they realize that maybe it wasn’t so bad. There’s a lot of small town realism in this book – how small towns can support and destroy you all in the same breath practically. It’s human nature in the most horrible light and yet you find yourself wanting to know what happens next. There’s a bit of a ghost story but that’s so secondary to the story of this boy’s struggle to find his place in the world.
Locke and Key by Joe Hill – I have talked about this before but I have to put it here. I love Joe Hill and am so looking forward to more of his writing.
Unwritten by Mike Carey – I’ve read most of this graphic novel series and just was so impressed by it. I love the concept of how story book characters can be real and magical.
Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – Another masterpiece. This entire series is complete so you can get them all to read.
Hopeless Maine #2 – I love these books. I know this because I nearly squealed when I saw the first one at the comic book shop just last month. I’m seriously thinking of buying it and everyone after. I usually don’t because graphic novels are quick reads and not often something we return to. This one is an absolute exception.
Movies (I’ll try to be more focused because this is already so long):
Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story – I love the Monkees and this was actually a well done docudrama. I don’t know how accurate it is but it felt close enough. I was shocked at how short their careers were and it just goes to demonstrate that sometimes getting your dreams isn’t always the best thing. They were so young when they became famous that it hurt their career more than anything else. They were following their dreams with young man goals.
The Conjuring – I’m not sure this is my favorite movie but it was a new movie we saw. We’ve been watching a lot of old movies so it was refreshing to have a horror movie that actually had a good plot. It takes a lot to scare me so this movie didn’t scare me but it was interesting. I actually spent some time yesterday reading about the Warrens and the family that was depicted in the movie. To me, that’s the more interesting part.
RIPD – I loved this movie. I know it got bad reviews and it’s cheesy but I love this kind of movie. I love Dylan Dog, Wild Wild West and a ton of other silly sort of movies that the general public say are failures. This movie was witty and action packed. It was perfect. My family loved it and mostly will become part of that bad movie collection we have. It’s definitely a Saturday night family movie for our house.
The Pact – I saw this one over this past weekend. It’s slow at the beginning but when the action starts it keeps you glued to the screen. I was shocked to see how it mixed genres. The description of the movie doesn’t give you enough to really see this movie but it’s got so many twists that I wasn’t actually expecting (a strange thing for me but then I was on baby duty and sleep deprived so don’t come back and tell me it was all obvious).
Paul Simon: Graceland – an amazing documentary on my favorite album. You don’t have to like the album to be captured by this documentary. It’s so full of music, politics and following your heart that I feel like everyone should watch it. It’s a true testament to the power of music.
Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh – I will admit that this was not the best movie I have ever seen but it has stuck with me. It’s kind of a boring horror movie but the ending leaves you wondering. And because it has a sort of twisty ending, I won’t spoil it here but I find myself still wondering what really happened. Also, the setting is so captivating. The movie is set in a house – the plot is the son comes home after the mother dies to take care of something since they never really explain what he’s there to do. The mother collected so many things that house is like a piece of art. I found myself recommending the movie just because of the house. It’s slow and not all that scary (a few jump out scenes) but the ending, I can’t forget the ending.
The Croods – I threw this in just so you don’t think horror movies are all I watch. My family loved The Croods. It’s a good silly family movie starring some of our favorite actors so that was even better.
Music is what fills most of my time. It fuels my creative energy and just fills the space for me.
Here are some songs I have become obsessed with the past few months –
Applause by Lady Gaga
Roar by Katy Perry
Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford and Sons
Rewrite by Paul Simon
Let Her Go by Passenger
True Love by Pink
Cups by Anna Kendrick
Musicians/Bands I can’t seem to get enough of –
I’m sure by now it’s all blah blah blah so I won’t take up more space by sharing my personal insights at this time. Next week, I’ll take some time to talk about how my life has changed and the creative things I have learned. I’ve been behind with my posts and I apologize. The time keeps slipping away from me but I promise (as I always do) to be better.