It’s Friday! Despite it being the best day of the week, I am ultra tired due to a touch of restlessness and taking forever to fall asleep last night. It was probably due in part to having completed a workout an hour behind beforehand, so my endorphins were like “Yeah, about going to bed right now…” So I forsee a lazy evening after work in my future. Lazy will be nice given that I have a 5k both Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday night I’ll be going to a friend’s birthday party in Dallas. Saturday I’ll be running the Vineyard Run (free wine!), and Sunday I’ll be running the Skyline 5k in Dallas (free views!). Expect a recap of those on Monday, but until then, let’s showcase a few of my favorites from this week!
- Whiplash (2014) Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Immediately after watching this last Saturday afternoon, I told Jake that this movie might be one of the best movies I have ever seen. It’s been almost a week, and while my hype has (mildly) died down, I still feel the same way. J.K. Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the band director from the deepest level of hell, Terrence Fletcher, while Miles Teller portrays Andrew Neiman, an aspiring drummer whose descent into perfection is comparable to that of Natalie Portman’s psycho ballerina in Black Swan. You will walk away from this movie forever wincing at the sight of a drumset, and unable to watch Simmons’ State Farm commercials without a nervous tick. All in all, this movie was phenomonal, and I highly reccommend it. It feels like almost forever since I’ve walked away from a film and been like “Well that was a game changer” and this movie did just that.
- Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light – By: John Baxter
After finishing that emotionally decimating Scientology book over the weekend, I figured it would be best to wash my mind of alien garbage, and pick up something lighter and with a sense of humor. I was also feeling like digging up something from the travel section, and being that Paris is one of my dream destinations, Five Nights in Paris seemed like the perfect choice! While I’m only halfway in, so far I have already laughed out loud, lusted after pastries, and learned all about the Guillotine! It’s been a very well rounded experience, and I love Baxter’s snarky, yet refreshingly not pretentious style of uncovering the touristy sides of Paris, along with the hidden gems that he deems his favorite.
- THIS IS NEWS
Hootie and the Blowfish reunited on David Letterman last night, and as someone who was forced to share a room with her older sister growing up and never had the chance to discover their own taste in music until they get their own room and stereo (not bitter about it), I am well versed when it comes to frat rock jams of the mid 90’s. I loved Hootie as much as the dude in boat shoes and a button up…all the while being a five year old girl. I am really hoping this means a reunion is in the works, because I feel like a concert where the sole demographic is anyone from 25-40 who just wants hear some lite rock jamz, would be the best. I know Darius Rucker has a solo career and yeah that’s great and whatever, but HOOOOOOOTIE!
And that wraps up the week! I hope you all have a great weekend. Go dust off your Cracked Rear View casette tape, and I’ll see you Monday with some race recaps!