I really wanted to do a post about the books that stuck with me the most last year. In case you’ve been keeping up in any capacity, at the start of 2016, I gave myself a goal to read 15 books in 2016 through the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and suffice to say, I did it! Just over a book a month may seem miniscule to some, but I think I can count on one hand the amount of books I read in 2015 (if that), so it feels nice that I went out of my way to make it happen. I used to devour books as a teen, but in the age of YouTube and Netflix, it often feels so much easier to opt for visual stimulation than picking up a book… especially when you can scroll through social media while you catch up on your favourite show.
This weekend, I went to see La La Land. And when I left the cinema, the feelings I held, I imagine, were very similar to those felt by audiences witnessing motion picture musicals for the first time back in the turn of the last millennium.
(Disclaimer: while I will indulge in fairly minor spoiler territory, I won’t be going into detail with the plot points. I loved going in to watch La La Land with fresh eyes and ears, but reading this review won’t take away the magic if you haven’t seen it yet, I promise)
We don’t know how she does it. Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life, with a her high school sweetheart husband, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. But she’s also exhausted, over-worked and over-committed. And she’s about to snap.
Anyone who reads my blog or knows me in real life probably knows that I’m obsessed with Gilmore Girls. So when I found out that one of the stars, Lauren Graham, published a book a few years ago, there’s no way I wasn’t going to pick up and have a read. I also heard on the grapevine that Lauren Graham is releasing a memoir at the end of November, which I’ll definitely be picking up when it comes out.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is Graham’s debut novel, based on a fictionalisation of her experiences as an actress in the New York in the mid-90s. Franny is an exasperated actress with just six months left on the deadline she set herself three years ago. However, all she has under her belt are commercials for laundry detergent and ugly Christmas sweaters, and a fruitless waitressing job.
Before seeing Suicide Squad on Monday, I watched a video by Jack Howard where he talked (or ranted, rather) about this film, and it worried me slightly. Sucide Squad has a lot of mixed reviews, so before I get too into this review, I’m going to say one thing: Suicide Squad is an entertaining film. It has all the good components of an actions film, good actions, a little bit of comedy, a few tears, and a killer soundtrack.