The years just keep going by faster and faster. Don’t they?
Thanks to an idea from my favorite president, Mr. Obama, I’m going to do my favorite books, songs and movies/tv shows from 2018. Let me add that not all of these are from the year 2018 (especially tv shows) but it’s what I enjoyed this year. Let’s get right down to it shall we?
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Malamente by Rosalia
Rockstar by Post Malone (feat. 21 Savage)
Losing It by FISHER
Pray For Me by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
Nice For What by Drake
Delicate by Taylor Swift
When The Curtain Falls by Greta Van Fleet
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
APESHIT by The Carters
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
BlacKkKlansman (my favorite!)
The Crown (TV)
Better Call Saul (TV)
Ray Donavan (TV)
** and one WTH movie that I saw which is turning up on Top 2018 movies – Mandy. Seriously?!?! Maybe if you’re tripping, then it would be awesome. **
And that’s it folks. 2018 is a wrap. Mwauh xxoo ~ k
What is happening this year? So many of my favorite celeb peeps are dropping out. But this latest was a stab to my heart. Carrie Fisher was a true icon to me. As Princess Leia, she showed us that girls can be strong and sexy and smart. She was a bad ass and DID rule the galaxy. I tried to rock those braids many times but never rocked them like her.
She may have been the first feminist leader for me. She certainly was the first (for me) to wear and rule the white pantsuit. HRC would do that much later.
Later, she would be a mental health advocate. She didn’t hide the fact that she was bi-polar. And could be funny about it too. She gave her dueling dispositions the nicknames Roy (“the wild ride of a mood,” she said) and Pam (“who stands on the shore and sobs”). She channeled her struggles with depression and substance abuse into fiercely comic works – “Postcards From the Edge” (one of my favorite Meryl Streep movies), “Wishful Drinking,” and her latest “The Princess Diarist“. I haven’t read them but they are all now on my wish list to read.
She was witty and brilliant, ready with a sharp comment to an inane remark. One of my favorites, when someone criticized in the latest “Star Wars” series that she hadn’t aged well; she responded with the quote below and this beauty, “Men don’t age better than women. They’re just allowed to age.” I LOVE this woman.
Ms. Fisher, you will be sorely missed. Keep on shining as our bright star in that galaxy you ruled so well. I will be buying this shirt soon and will be rocking those braids for Halloween next year. And I will leave you with another great one from her on her death.
“I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
Scenes of New York City, British accents, music! I am sold. I saw the movie Begin Again this weekend and I really liked it! It stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine – I mean seriously, can we just stop now. I love all of them. And they did not disappoint. Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered by a struggling record label executive (Ruffalo) and collaborates with him to produce an album recorded in public locations all over New York City.
If you know me at all, you know I love musicals. Plus if I love a movie or a song I will watch/listen to it over and over and over (repeat) again. And this has become my latest obsession. It was written and directed by Jim Carney, from the successful movie of Once. Which was also a fantastic movie. But I actually like this one better.
Keira, (yes, we are on a first name basis) had never sung professionally before and she took lessons with a voice coach and learned how to play the guitar. Impressive! The movie was sweet, poignant, fun and a new favorite for me. Just go watch it already.
The Shining. Halloween. Poltergeist. Seen ’em. Was kinda scared.
Scary movies are so fun. But I won’t lie, some have freaked me out quite decently. The last one was Paranormal Activity. Seriously, did you see it? My boyfriend would come into the bedroom at night after I had turned off the lights and just sway. Sooooo not funny. Plus it is still a bit difficult for me to put my feet out from the covers in fear of a demon grabbing them and dragging me away.
I googled top scary movies of the 90s and the number one was “Audition”. I’ve never heard of it. Have you? Might have to check that one out. The others were – The Ring, Seven, The Blair Witch Project (one of my favorites at that time), Scream, Silence of the Lambs. All really good movies but I feel that the 80s had more of a horror factor with The Shining, Poltergeist, Cujo, Pet Cemetery. The latter which started me on Stephen King books.
And I can never watch anything with clowns. They already freak me out without a movie to help in the dysfunction. And dolls, I don’t like those either. I have my Raggedy Anne doll from when I was young and a few weeks ago I dreamed that I would go into the room and she had changed places. It kept happening and then the last she was on the ceiling! So, NO, I don’t need any doll movies to contribute to that problem.
What are some of your favorites? HAPPY HALLOWEEN Y’ALL!
I am only a little excited about a movie coming out. You mix movies with country music and Gwyneth Paltrow (LOVE) and you got a winner. COUNTRY STRONG with tagline, It Doesn’t Matter Where You’ve Been, As Long As You Come Back Strong. This is gonna be another one of my complete head-over-heels favorites that I buy and watch over and over and over
I haven’t been this excited for a movie about a singer since George Strait in Pure Country. I cry my eyes out when Harley gets the tickets to Dusty’s show, but she doesn’t know that Dusty is really Dusty. And then he comes out on stage and sings a personal solo to Harley. J.W. is brimming with tears as Grandma Ivy just smiles at nods at her grandson. If you don’t have a tear in your eye, your heart is made of stone.
Here is Kelly Canter Gwyneth Paltrow singing Country Strong at the CMAs. And don’t forget, that is Oklahoma native and legend Vince Gill singing with her.