My Month In Media - (January '18)

Captains Log (insert drawn-out way to write today's date that's hard to understand):...is this too nerdy? Never mind, I am just going to stop.  

Anywho, the first month of 2018 has passed already...I will let that sink in for a second. Now that we have come to that realization together, I have some fun stuff to share (the titles/cover-art are clickable links) with you about what media I dug into this month. So here it goes:

Books:

Where the Red Fern Grows  :  Yes, I am 26 and just read this book for the first time. As a way to get me back into the habit of reading I was on the lookout for a simple read from my list that had substance. This novel was just that, a fun adventure that hits all the right emotional chords. I am sure most of you know this already since it is a staple of grade school language arts classes. 

Where the Red Fern Grows:

Yes, I am 26 and just read this book for the first time. As a way to get me back into the habit of reading I was on the lookout for a simple read from my list that had substance. This novel was just that, a fun adventure that hits all the right emotional chords. I am sure most of you know this already since it is a staple of grade school language arts classes. 

Into The Wild  :   A phenomenal telling of a true story about a young man who was found deceased in Alaska after dropping his prior life completely to live on the road. A great book to put human connection and self discovery into perspective. The literary descriptions of nature in the book seem to awaken the primal itch to get out into the wild and take a hike!    Quickie Movie Review : I watched the film after reading the book and it is surprisingly good. The movie is an accurate portrayal with only a few details left-out. It is cliché in the way that the book is better, but both tell the same story well though their respected medium.

Into The Wild

A phenomenal telling of a true story about a young man who was found deceased in Alaska after dropping his prior life completely to live on the road. A great book to put human connection and self discovery into perspective. The literary descriptions of nature in the book seem to awaken the primal itch to get out into the wild and take a hike! 

Quickie Movie Review: I watched the film after reading the book and it is surprisingly good. The movie is an accurate portrayal with only a few details left-out. It is cliché in the way that the book is better, but both tell the same story well though their respected medium.

 

Movies:

Baby Driver :   Fun, entertaining and just the right amount of cartoonish. This movie is one I finally got to watch this month after missing it in theaters. It has an all-star cast that seems to have fun with their roles. Ansel Elgort is notably on his A game for this one. Aside from the acting, the sound mixing really draws you into the action or emotion on screen. The unique use of music, interesting story and aforementioned great acting put this one in my top 5 movies for the 2017.  

Baby Driver:

Fun, entertaining and just the right amount of cartoonish. This movie is one I finally got to watch this month after missing it in theaters. It has an all-star cast that seems to have fun with their roles. Ansel Elgort is notably on his A game for this one. Aside from the acting, the sound mixing really draws you into the action or emotion on screen. The unique use of music, interesting story and aforementioned great acting put this one in my top 5 movies for the 2017.  

Kingsman: The Golden Circle :   I watched this movie to continue the story from the first Kingsman movie, which I loved. This sequel doesn't live up to the quality of its predecessor, but I still enjoyed the ride. It has a unique style that is a breath of fresh air from most movies today. As whole it is a bit goofy, but the style takes the comic book adaptation seriously. A movie that worth watching if you enjoyed the first one. 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

I watched this movie to continue the story from the first Kingsman movie, which I loved. This sequel doesn't live up to the quality of its predecessor, but I still enjoyed the ride. It has a unique style that is a breath of fresh air from most movies today. As whole it is a bit goofy, but the style takes the comic book adaptation seriously. A movie that worth watching if you enjoyed the first one. 

Nerve  :  Went in with low expectations and came out with mediocre vibes. It was an interesting concept that wasn't done justice in its execution. 

Nerve:

Went in with low expectations and came out with mediocre vibes. It was an interesting concept that wasn't done justice in its execution. 

The Greatest Showman  :  A feel good film. The story beautifully displays the power of people finding inner-strength to grow in the face of adversity. The acting is top-notch and the score/soundtrack are more than enjoyable. Not many films are a better definition of the word "spectacle." Do yourself a favor and see this one in theaters if possible.

The Greatest Showman:

A feel good film. The story beautifully displays the power of people finding inner-strength to grow in the face of adversity. The acting is top-notch and the score/soundtrack are more than enjoyable. Not many films are a better definition of the word "spectacle." Do yourself a favor and see this one in theaters if possible.

Requiem For A Dream  :  As close to experiencing drugs and drug addiction as I ever care to be. This is an artistic film with some dramatic directorial choices. Those choices have an ability to draw you into the mentality, feelings and struggle of what it may be like to be addicted to drugs (or at least what I imagine it is like). Make sure you're in the right mind-set before jumping into this one.

Requiem For A Dream:

As close to experiencing drugs and drug addiction as I ever care to be. This is an artistic film with some dramatic directorial choices. Those choices have an ability to draw you into the mentality, feelings and struggle of what it may be like to be addicted to drugs (or at least what I imagine it is like). Make sure you're in the right mind-set before jumping into this one.

TV Shows:

Bloodline :   SO much potential! This is a show that has been on my Netflix list for a long time. My family ended up beating me to it and started raving. Naturally, I jumped on the bandwagon and wasn't let down...until the last season. The acting and storytelling in this family drama is phenomenal (the first season specifically). From the second season on things get a little more shaky. Story arcs get drawn out and character development takes a back seat or fully cut out for some characters. The last season is especially disappointing on almost all fronts. It seemed to me that everyone was told the show was cancelled and decided to just show up for the paycheck rather working to create a solid conclusion. Disappointing, but worth a watch. 

Bloodline:

SO much potential! This is a show that has been on my Netflix list for a long time. My family ended up beating me to it and started raving. Naturally, I jumped on the bandwagon and wasn't let down...until the last season. The acting and storytelling in this family drama is phenomenal (the first season specifically). From the second season on things get a little more shaky. Story arcs get drawn out and character development takes a back seat or fully cut out for some characters. The last season is especially disappointing on almost all fronts. It seemed to me that everyone was told the show was cancelled and decided to just show up for the paycheck rather working to create a solid conclusion. Disappointing, but worth a watch. 

Podcasts:

Disclaimer: I listen to a ton of podcasts every month, so I am only going to list one so this post isn't any longer than it needs to be.

Dynamic Banter :   This is already an all time favorite of mine and it isn't even that old. Steve Zaragoza and Mike Falzone are two comedic fellas with the exact type of social awkward humor that I am into. It is whacky and nonsensical in the best ways. Normally my go to is smart and witty humor, but these two hit my soft spot for "goof" every-time. This past month the Dynamic Banter episodes have really been a light in the doldrums of winter dreariness. 

Dynamic Banter:

This is already an all time favorite of mine and it isn't even that old. Steve Zaragoza and Mike Falzone are two comedic fellas with the exact type of social awkward humor that I am into. It is whacky and nonsensical in the best ways. Normally my go to is smart and witty humor, but these two hit my soft spot for "goof" every-time. This past month the Dynamic Banter episodes have really been a light in the doldrums of winter dreariness. 

 

YouTube:

Disclaimer (Again): I also have multiple YouTube channels I subscribe to...same situation as the podcasts.

David Dobrik :   This vlog channel is full of the most random nonsense that is both crude and hilarious to me. Normally this type of content is not my go to, but the brevity of the the videos and wittiness of some of the humor has me hooked. The "Vlog Squad" (as they are called) does a lot of mostly ill-advised pranks and stunts for the sake of entertainment, subscriptions and views. The majority of the influencers in the videos got their start on Vine which should explain a lot to those who knew of that platform. Personally, I think it is a great look at social media culture nowadays through the lens of an individual who is doing it successfully. Plus I just think it is funny. 

David Dobrik:

This vlog channel is full of the most random nonsense that is both crude and hilarious to me. Normally this type of content is not my go to, but the brevity of the the videos and wittiness of some of the humor has me hooked. The "Vlog Squad" (as they are called) does a lot of mostly ill-advised pranks and stunts for the sake of entertainment, subscriptions and views. The majority of the influencers in the videos got their start on Vine which should explain a lot to those who knew of that platform. Personally, I think it is a great look at social media culture nowadays through the lens of an individual who is doing it successfully. Plus I just think it is funny.