Monthly Entertainment Recap

Hello! Pop culture and entertainment rule my life. I decided that it would be fun to do a little recap of all the media I consumed each month:

BOOKS!

I finished six books this month. Four of those were books with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines in honor of June being Pride month.

34964941Indecent by Corinne Sullivan – 3 stars

A student/teacher relationship set at an all-boy prep school. The character of Imogene—the teacher—was supposed to be extremely naïve, especially when it comes to boys, but I think she was a little over exaggerated. It got to a point where it was pathetic and obsessive and not in a compelling way.

 

 

 

 

 

28919058Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – 5 stars

This book was beautiful. A story of a bisexual teen, Tanner, forced to go back in the closet when his family moves to Utah, land of the Mormons, and falls for the Mormon Golden Boy, Sebastian. This book is so much more than my silly little summary—the struggle and anguish between these two boys is so captivating. Not only is this a heartbreaking romance, but the talk of religion is extremely poignant. Sebastian is experiencing these feelings that he has been trying to push away for so long and that he’s been told are wrong his entire life.

 

 

 

53325081Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – 5 stars

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR (so far)! I made a full post a few weeks ago about this wonderful and beautiful book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

32797600The Dangerous Art of Blending by Angelo Surmelis – 4 stars

Evan is lost in his life: with his strict and abusive Greek mother, quiet and aloof father, and the best friend that he’s falling in love with. What really struck me was that the abuse was coming from the mother to her son, something that you very rarely see in any type of media. The story is slow in some parts, the relationship between Evan and Henry is a great slow burn that feels really authentic.

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Release by Patrick Ness – 4 stars

This was such a great story chronically the day in the life of gay teen Adam Thorn. This day was filled with heartbreak, trauma, realizations, and love. My one problem, the reason I took off a star, was the weird fantasy subplot. Honestly, I didn’t even read those sections. The story was so strong on its own.

 

 

 

 

 

27830287It Started with Goodbye by Christina June – 3 stars

Simple re-telling of Cinderella that was a quick read. Just meh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV!

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The day before the wild Drake music video for “I’m Upset”, I decided to start a major rewatch of Degrassi: The Next Generation. All 14 seasons are on Youtube and even though the quality isn’t the best, I’m LOVING this trip down memory lane.

I was the only one of my friends that had satellite TV—and a TV in my room—meaning I had the channel The N, which later turned into Teen Nick. Degrassi was always on TV, so I slowly got into it. And then I got really into it. Let’s just say, I hid in my bed to watch the episode when J.T. died, cry my eyes out, instead of going to my high school’s football game. I was a little more than heartbroken when I went away to college. I lost touch in the storylines and the next thing I knew, they had stopped running the show on the network.

As I am only a few weeks away from 27, I know that the show is a total teen soap opera, but I still kind of love it. I’m wrapped up in the ships like no other and its taking all of my self-control not to search on Tumblr or for fanfiction. I have one more season left until my fun time is over. I thought I would only care about the original cast members because those are the stories that I grew up with, but I’m kinda obsessed with the Eli and Clare relationship. Like one step away from searching for compilation vids…

MOVIES!

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This is a documentary on Mister Rodgers, the kind man who always saw the good in people and brought so much joy to kids and adults alike. Such a sweet and interesting story about an incredible man who was so pure and authentic. The entire time watching, all I could think about was what he would think about the state of the world right now.

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Incredibles 2

I’m so embarrassed to say that I fell asleep in the movie…Anyone who knows me even for a few minutes can see my obsession with all things Disney and Pixar. Incredibles was never my favorite Pixar film, but I liked it just fine and I was pumped for the sequel. I’ve been having a lot of problems with sleeping lately but I thought I was going to be fine since it was a mid-day showing. I guess I wrong. I liked what I saw of the movie, but it’s hard to give it a proper review having missed so much.

 

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FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR (so far). Review in earlier post.

 

 

 

oceans_8_keyart1Ocean’s 8

I’m a really big fan of the George Clooney led Ocean’s 11 from 2001. This was fine. I think this cast was really fantastic and diverse. They could have used a stronger script. The writers kind of blew it the cast they had. I loved seeing the MET Gala gowns, as always. The thing that made me mad was that they totally blew one of the “twists” in the movie with just the trailer and promotional pictures. This seems to be a trend lately with movies and its ruining the whole experience of going to the movies.

 

 

July is my birthday month, so hopefully many more movies and books are in my future.

Avengers: Infinity War

I’ve had a few days to process, but I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over my feelings about Avengers: Infinity War. Let’s just say, the last 15 minutes my mouth was wide open and tears silently fell down my face. Now I’m not going to get into any spoilers because that would be mean and hurtful to the people who haven’t had the chance to see it opening weekend, but I would like to talk about a few things.

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Isle of Dogs

When I was in one of film classes and we learned about how the auteur theory—a singular person who controls every aspect of the creative work, the true author of the film. Some famous examples include: Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese. When you see a film by one of those directors, you know exactly what kind of movie it will be.  The first name that came to mind when I was in the film class was Wes Anderson. He has such a specific way of filming and storytelling that you know he directed a film without first being told. He also casts his films with many of the same people, another aspect in the auteur theory.

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Love, Simon

“I like your boots!”

AHHHHH!!! THE FEELS!!!! MY EMOTIONS, MY HEART!!!!

Okay, I got it out of my system.  I have just come home from seeing Love, Simon, the new movie based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.  I have been waiting for this movie to come out for ages.  The book is so heartwarming and hilarious, about a closeted teen who has a secret online relationship with a secret admirer.  Ugh, I suck at explaining things, here is the movie premise from Wikipedia:

Simon Spier is a closeted gay teenager attending high school in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Simon has yet to inform his family or friends about his sexual orientation and has begun communicating with an anonymous fellow closeted classmate who goes by the pseudonym “Blue” online, using his own pseudonym of “Jacques”. This email exchange is uncovered by fellow classmate Martin, who blackmails Simon by threatening to out him to the entire school unless he helps Martin get a date with one of Simon’s best friends. Simon is then forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen in love with online.

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A Little Princess: Movie vs. Book

Like last month, when choosing which classic I was going to read was fueled by a movie.  I had an urge to watch the 1995 classic, A Little Princess.  This movie was a huge part of my childhood. My sister and I have probably seen it over fifty times, but I had never read the book.  I owned this beautiful Puffin Classic edition—that so perfectly match my Little Women and Anne of Green Gables copies (thanks Anthropologie)—so I was ready to dive into this whimsical story.

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