My 2014 Obsessions – Part 3

This is Day 3 of me sharing my obsessions for the year and the penultimate post on this series (I love that word). If you want to know my favorite albums or my favorite tracks of the year, click on the links and it’ll take you to my kind of jam. Day 3 will focus on movies so yay!

I love watching movies and since 2011, I had a movie challenge that I always failed. Either because I watch too many TV shows or because I got so busy or because I gave all my time to reading. This 2014, I challenged myself to 120 movies (hahaha) then I rescinded that to a hundred because it felt impossible. But then, just a few days ago, I cheated and lowered the bar very very low to 50 movies. And this year, I conquered the challenge! YAY!!! Don’t call me out on cheating, it’s not your place.

Having only watched 53 movies this year, it’d be weird to choose my top 10 movies. That’s 20% of my total count. So I only chose five and 10% seems fair enough. (What are these hang-ups I have?)

If you want to check out all the movies I watched this year, you can do so HERE. I also include short reviews for each film so you can read what I thought. Without further ado, here are my top five movies of the year!

Top Five Films
(in order of watching)

On The Job (2013)

I am so happy to have a Filipino film in here. This was the first movie I watched this year and goodness, I can still vividly remember it. I am so happy to have started the year with a bang with this. My heart felt like it was shredded into pieces.

About Time (2013)

Before this film, I could never quite answer what’s my favorite film. Now I can because it is this film. Goodness.

 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Probably the only four-star movie in this list but come on, it was about the Beat Generation and it has DANE DeHAAN AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE. Love the script, love the plot, love the acting, the directing, everything. So yeah, deal with it.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Because of this film, I’m pretty much a Zoe Kazan fan for life. This movie is perfection. I don’t have any qualms about it.

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

2014 was the year I became a fan of Matthew McConaughey. I have yet to watch a lot of his films but damn, I’ve long forgotten the rom-com Matthew McConaughey. It is really the McConaissance. And please, Jared Leto. Here’s what I thought about this film right after I watched it:

Fucking A+. I didn’t even see Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto. All I saw were Ron Woodroof and Rayon. Fucking amazing acting. It definitely deserves all the awards it won.

Done! How about you? What are your favorite movies of the year?

My 2014 Obsessions – Part 2

So yay, for today, I’m sharing the tracks that I got obsessed to (read: played again and again and again for at least a week) this year. (If you want to check out my favorite albums for the year, you can do so HERE.) Here goes!

Top Fifteen Tracks I Loved This Year
(in no particular order because I want to keep my sanity)

Me and My Broken Heart by Rixton

I mean, I don’t blog much here anymore but I blogged about this song here. Seriously, guys, I played this for more than a week. This one song only for more than a week. Good thing I was wearing headphones (except when I was doing the dishes) because boy would I have been decked for listening to this repeatedly.

Somebody To You by The Vamps feat. Demi Lovato

Here’s another one. Like I said in my post here, I didn’t get addicted to this song until the second listen that happened months after the first. Then, I couldn’t sing any other song for a week. And yes, this has been the song that accompanied me in so many dishwashing duties I had. Oh, and I don’t like the album version actually. I love the music video version because Demi was more heard there. #LovaticForever

Lesson for the day: Dianne is the designated dishwasher in their household.

Ramona by Velociraptor

Damn these Aussies. Seriously. Their sound is a bit raw, well, it’s garage-rock so whadduyaexpect but heck if it ain’t catchy. And I really like the story of the lyrics. Can’t wait for more from Velociraptor!

Warning by Autre Ne Veut

Thank you, MTV and Faking It for introducing me to this song. Thank you. So catchy, so melodious, so infectious. Gah!

Tigers by The Submarines

Yeah, I pretty much get my songs from TV shows and films. So I got this one from Two Night Stand (starring Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton and a movie I enjoyed so much) and I watched the film months ago but this song is still in my roster this time of the year. Once again, love the lyrics, and I don’t really know my way around music terminologies but this is just my jam. (It appeals to that side of me that still likes some cutesy indie pop and don’t look at me like that.)

Dreaming by Smallpools

If I have to thank Spotify for one single thing for this year, it’d be for this song. Actually, no, there are two more songs in this list brought to you by Spotify. And dude, they streamed WALK THE MOON’s Talking is Hard a week early and Spotify will forever be on my nice list during Christmas. ANYWAY, as I was saying, I discovered this song and Smallpools for that matter because of Spotify. ALL HAIL SPOTIFY. This song is so in-your-face and standing-up-to-the-man and I DIG IT SO HARD.

1957 by Milo Greene

I actually have Spotify to thank again for Milo Greene but not for this song. I listened to On The Fence on Spotify and I like what I heard so I dug more of Milo Greene’s discography and BAM, THIS SONG. So soothing yet so nostalgic and I love the message. Folk pop, man. The way into my playlist is via folk pop.

There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight by Cloud Control

Love love love the religious shit this song has going on if my interpretation is correct. It’s about the Ganges River, right? I listened to this song to calm me down and to let me focus during school days and I also slept with it playing. Not exactly good for studying if it can make me sleep but man, I think this is even better than bathing in lavender-scented milk.

Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin

I shouldn’t like Gabrielle Aplin on paper because her music is not usually my thing but boy, I can’t say no to this v talented artist and her heartfelt lyrics and melancholic tunes and voice. Plus, I associate this song to one of my favorite books of the year and it’s just apt that this is here as well.

Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me by London Grammar

London Grammar. I mean, heck, I can listen to Hannah Reid sing haunting ooohhs and aaahhhs the rest of my life, okay. HER VOICE, MAN. With the disbandment of Cavalier Rose (which broke my heart even if no one knows them which broke my heart even more because damn why aren’t they big), London Grammar filled up the gap after years of me searching for that band with the haunting female lead voice. Hey Now was my first song from them but I actually like this song better, I don’t know why.

Tous Les Memes by Stromae

I have to thank Cel for this but Stromae! STROMAE! Fucking Stromae. I can’t even explain how much his music videos are such works of art (HALLO, IT’S FRENCH) and gutting his lyrics are and most of the time. Of course I read a translation, dumbass, I don’t speak French. But man, talent. Talent. *slow claps*

Riptide by Vance Joy

Thank you, Spotify! I haven’t really listened to Vance Joy’s other songs because they didn’t really stick to me at first listen. But this one did. It’s even the first song I learned to play in my ukulele. Go figure.

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? by Arctic Monkeys

I’m not really a fan of Arctic Monkeys because I haven’t really listened to their songs but thanks to Miley (yes, Miley Cyrus), I got to know this song. I remember repeating this non-stop during my first weeks at work.

Let Me In by Grouplove

While I’m not a big fan of the The Fault in Our Stars movie (and the book for that matter), I love the soundtrack immensely. Here’s one I got off of it! I remember even having the lyrics on my phone so I can memorize it and sing it a capella. Uh, yeah, I’m that person.

Boom Clap by Charli XCX

I initially hated this song and then I got over it and I love it. It’s just so damn catchy and I’m powerless to it. Plus, Charli XCX! I like Nuclear Seasons too but that’s not really a recent release and I was way more addicted to Boom Clap than that song.

So that’s it for Day 2! Tomorrow will be dedicated to movies!

My 2014 Obsessions – Part 1

You know me, I like to keep track. And you know me, I am highly obsessive and easily excited. So I’ll be sharing the albums, tracks, movies, TV shows, and books I obsessed over the past year. Because I’m usually late at watching movies and listening to songs, everything mentioned in here won’t be strictly 2014 releases.

Part 1 will be albums, 2 for tracks, 3 for movies and lastly, 4 for TV shows. If you want to check out my favorite books from 2014, I’ll be posting that in my book blog soon. So, let’s get to it!

Top Five Albums I Loved This Year
(in no particular order because I don’t need added stress)
(and by album, I mean the WHOLE album, ALL the songs)

BLUE FILM by Lo-Fang (2013)

When I discovered Lo-Fang, I thought I reached nirvana. THAT. VOICE. THAT. TALENT. He’s a classically trained musician and he plays the cello, violin, etc in his gigs. And I won’t be able to stop if we get to the LYRICS. Damn, boy, you got me hooked on you 5ever.

Favorite tracks: When We’re Fire, Confusing Happiness

HOZIER by Hozier (2014)

Then I discovered Hozier and I set it my goal to marry him. Hahaha! I am mostly kidding. He’s freakin’ 24 and Take Me To Church has already been nominated for a Grammy. Sheer talent, man. His lyrics? So freakin’ gold. I am also absolutely proud of his success story because he came from nowhere and now he’s this big. He even performed in the VS Fashion Show. GAH. Plus, his long hair and scruff. WAHAHA. But seriously, I think he’s quite the greatest artist of this generation. I love Allen Stone too but Hozierrrrr. THAT HUSKY, RAW VOICE. DAMN.

Favorite tracks: Take Me To Church, To Be Alone (Jackie and Wilson, Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene, uhm every track?)

TOWARDS by We Were Evergreen (2014)

I haven’t blogged about it here because December was such a blur of busy days after busy days but We Were Evergreen went to the Philippines and I was there in their first show. I. WAS. THERE. I’m that cool, you guys. Haha! I love how fresh their sound is and duh, Fabienne’s mad xylophone skillz is enchanting. Ugh, I should have greeted them with Enchante when I saw them. That’s French, right? Anyway, they’re madly talented and they sound so good live. I love love love We Were Evergreen and their songs and I even got the CD I bought signed because they’re SO kind and approachable and I’m getting incoherent again because it was honestly one of the highlights of my year. I’ll try to post a recap of the event but don’t hold your breath on that.

Favorite tracks: Daughters, False Start (Quicksand, Best Thing, etc)

VESSEL by twenty one pilots (2013)

I will forever be thankful for my friend Miguel for introducing me to twenty one pilots. I didn’t really heed his recommendation until I heard WALK THE MOON cover their song House of Gold. After that, I was a goner. You’ll notice that I value the song lyrics so high and twenty one pilots won me over in that facet and with the chopped-up-but-it-works-greatly sound they have. I mean, they rap, they have slow songs, they do almost everything and everything is awesome. Goodness.

Favorite tracks: Holding On To You, House of Gold (Car Radio is so sad, you guys)

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TALKING IS HARD by WALK THE MOON (2014)

And of course, this album, which is still on repeat even though a month has already passed. WALK THE MOON is just my absolute favorite band and I love all of the songs in this album and how diverse the stories the lyrics are telling and I JUST LOVE THEM, OKAY?

Favorite tracks: EVERY TRACK (but between you and me, I love Come Under The Covers most)

Yay! Tomorrow, check out my top fifteen tracks. Because I rarely listen to whole albums.

2012 in review

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How to Name Your Hypothetical Future Son

Credits to Inche Fitri

Ever since I’ve read The Godfather, I’ve been wanting to name my unborn son Vito. Thus started my obsession with finding the perfect name for my son. Having taken up residence in my mind for quite a long while (it’s been over two years), I have successfully formulated ten tips in naming him. Yes, I do believe I will have a son. But that is not the point. I am now here to share these tips for a surefire awesome boy’s name.

1. A name that is not confusing.

Example of a confusing name: Will. Just imagine how taxing it would be on a toddler’s brain when you say, “Will, will you pick this up?”. Or when he hears people say “Will you shut up?”. Oh, the hurt he’d go through! He’d think someone’s calling him when they’re just saying the word “will”. Poor, poor kid.

2. A name that won’t be bullied.

Example of a name that DEFINITELY gets bullied: Dick. Seriously, do you hate your son? If you do so and you want him to spend eternity smartassing his way over all the jokes, go, name him Dick.

3. A name apt for wherever you are in the world.

This is what I call a geographic concern. See, there’s nothing wrong with naming your son Hunter or Nolan or Donovan. They are actually pretty cool names, if you live in the right place. A great name somewhere can be weird in another.

4. A name that is not hard to spell.

An example would be Pukanokick. Or those names with a tongue click in them.

5. A name apt for his ethnicity or skin color.

I wanna name my son Vito but if he’s far from being Spanish-looking or Latino-looking, I think it’s not apt. There goes Vito. I’m sad to see you go.

6. A name that is not a pet’s name.

Max. Please, no. No offense to my friend Max and all the Max’s in the world, but I will never ever name my kid Max.

7. A name that is not that common. John. Kevin. Paolo. Josh.

John. Kevin. Paolo. What are the chances he’ll have a classmate with the same name? Big.

8. A name with a good nickname.

An example would be Raphael. Then his nickname will be Hael, which sounds sweet and close, with all the breath you’ll release every time you say it. Hael. I am honestly tempted to name my son Raphael, even if it’s far from unique, because I’d love to call him Hael. Teehee.

9. A name that will sound good with his surname.

This is especially important and you cannot prepare for this unless you know what his surname’s gonna be. For me, this is the rule which prevents me from deciding the final name of my son.

10. A name that has a good origin story to tell.

At least give him that. If you’re gonna name him something weird, make sure its story is pretty damn funny or at least entertaining. “Hey, my name is Prince Charming because my mom was obsessed with this revisioned fairytale shit show, Once Upon a Time.” See, though it breaks Rule #1. I still think people should have a good story to tell about their name.

What if my baby’s a girl? Not my problem. Well at least, not yet. I plan on having a boy first and I hope I can think of a girl’s name that will match my boy’s. Aiden and Anika. Caleb and Daphne. Am I crazy? Am I the only one who thinks of names to give their unborn children?

Cover Reveal: Veer (Clayton Falls #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy (Giveaway)

Title: Veer (Clayton Falls #2)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Expected Date of Publication: December 2012
Designed by Once Upon a Time Covers

Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.

When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

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The Byronic Man

So, I see you decided to unfollow me.  Well, that is certainly your right.  I’m sorry to see you go, but I understand.  Perhaps my blog wasn’t your style.  Perhaps I’m just not your cup of tea.  Perhaps I inadvertently offended you somehow, though I sure hope not.  Perhaps you just wanted to, in the immortal words of Thoreau, “simplify, simplify.”  Farewell, and good luck.

Sorry.  Um.  Just, really quickly though… whydid you unfollow me?  Any reason in particular?  It’s my fault isn’t it.  I wasn’t funny enough?  Got political on you too many times? Couldn’t understand why I wrote an lengthy review of Godfather III, a 20-year-old movie that not even Francis Coppola particularly cares about?  Too many Simpsons references?  It’s because occasionally I get all smartypants and use phrases like “in the immortal words of Thoreau,” isn’t it?  Aw, why do I do that?  It just happens…

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