The stack of books that I want to read keeps on growing, but I’ve been watching a lot of movies and television instead (guilty). It’s partly because I haven’t been sleeping well and partly because it’s so cold that sometimes I just want to get in bed and watch something with my arms under the covers.
At night, I’ve been falling asleep to four of my favorite movies. I have them on a rotation, haha. Moonrise Kingdom, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Intern, and Phoebe in Wonderland. I’ve watched each so many times over the years that I know them backwards and forwards and don’t care when I end up falling asleep.
But here are three recent shows/movies that I recently saw and highly recommend.
La La Land // This is the one movie that I wanted to see over the holidays while I was in Florida. It was vetoed one night, but my mom and I ended up going during the day right before I had to go home. It was everything and more. It somehow managed to balance a vintage feel with a modern vibe. (One example would be that they’d be dancing and then get interrupted by a ringing iPhone.) There are not enough amazing things to say about the film.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have the best chemistry, and John Legend was a star. Everyone needs to see it. I know this is going to be one that I end up buying to watch over and over again.
Chasing Cameron // This series was one of the recommended videos to watch on Netflix. I watched one episode and was downright hooked. It follows a group of boy Insta-stars as they tour through Europe. The star of the series is Cameron Dallas, but the whole group is adorable and lovable in their own ways.
If you’ve watched the Backstreet Boys documentary, it’s hard not to recognize the similarities. Between competition, being “on,” poor management. It’s a fascinating examination of the good and the bad (and the ugly) of social media. I think anyone with a blog should watch it, but anyone would enjoy it.
Lion // My parents and I saw this on New Year’s Eve. I remember seeing the viral video about the story a few years ago but didn’t know what I was getting myself into. My mom, dad, and I bawled throughout the entire film. It follows a man who was lost in India as a child and ultimately given up for adoption. He decides to try to find his family despite remembering very little about where he comes from. This is a tear-jerker; it’s extremely gut wrenching. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman have incredible performances in it, though. I recommend it, but I also recommend bringing a pack of tissues with it. Make that two packs of tissues.
(In addition to those, I’m almost done rewatching the Gilmore Girls in its entirety. I need a new show to watch… I’m thinking Friends or something like that, but I’m open to suggestions. Needs a ton of episodes, please!)