Even though it is only a few weeks into the semester, I have found that getting back into the swing of things hasn’t been easy. While it isn’t always the case, one would think that watching Netflix would be a distraction. It always helps take my mind away from the stress and gives my mind a little break so I can be more productive later. When I am feeling overwhelmed, sometimes you just need a feel-good movie to put you in the right mindset.
This week, I felt like watching something obscure and light-hearted. After diving deep in the depths of the Netflix abyss, I stumbled upon Girl Most Likely. Seeing Kristen Wiig on the cover quickly grabbed my attention. Like many others, I became a Kristen Wiig fan after her appearance on SNL and later Bridesmaids. So having her face on the cover lead me to believe that I was in for a hilarious treat. Usually you can tell the quality of the movie by the actors that are in it, and the other name that popped up was Darren Criss. Now I have never been a fan of Glee, but Darren Criss is just beautiful! The only thing I could hope for is that he might actually sing in the movie because he has the voice of an angel.
I decided not to read the bio and just go for it. Sometimes it’s best not to have any expectations when watching a movie, that way there’s no room for disappointment. Now don’t worry, I won’t give away any spoilers, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The movie had a lot more elements to it than I would have imagined. There was humor, romance, and sentimentality. It definitely watched like a movie from an indie film festival; the humor was a tad dry, but not in a bad way, and there were feels galore. Plus, you get to see Darren Criss singing the Backstreet Boys.
January 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm
Go to Pinterest or Tumblr and search “books”.
As you scroll through the page, your gaze seems to stop at a beautiful room filled with books. Perfect lighting, perfectly designed book covers. That image is the dream.
January 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Welcome back to my column! We are back to usual habits at ASU and this semester is off to a busy start. This is, of course, completely contradictory to what my winter break was like. I focused hard on doing as little as possible, unless it required Netflix or couch time. I did manage to make it down to Tucson’s Rialto Theater to check out Alt-J and was far from disappointed. I’ve been mildly obsessed since.
I recently had the chance to visit Austin, Texas and was blown away by the local music scene. It’s now on my list of a city I need to go back to see more of. It’s a music lover’s heaven.
Now is the time of year when festival lineups are announced, and concert season gets into full swing. There are a few shows and fests that I’m looking forward to in 2015. Notably, and I cannot believe I’m about to say this, are Country Thunder and Taylor Swift.
January 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Listening to an old record sometimes feels like you’re bringing the past to the present. You get to look at the old cataloguesque advertisements from the label, and see original artwork. But also, an older record can remind you that the present isn’t all that different from the past.
This week’s pick up is Bob Dylan’s 1976 album Desire, which felt strangely modern and relevant today with the album’s opening protest song “Hurricane.” The ballad asserts that the eventually freed Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was wrongfully convicted for a 1966 triple murder due to his race. It’s a powerful song, worth a listen now more than ever with conversation about profiling and race having been re-sparked after last summer’s Eric Garner and Michael Brown incidents. But I digress, because I’m not here to talk about politics. Go to the political echo chamber of your choosing to do just that. Let’s talk about music.
January 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm
In any service or retail job, you’ll get at least one customer from hell. At a coffee shop, though, your customers sometimes develop these habits that are so annoying you could crush a handful of coffee beans and throw them in their face. I don’t know if this is bred simply from an “I’m paying you so give me what I want” mentality or if some customers are simply ignorant. Whatever the case, here are the five most annoying things that coffee shop patrons do.
Habit the first: Thinking that rules don’t apply to you
Believe it or not, this is a business. I’m sorry that we don’t give out free coffee or tea refills, but this product is high-quality and very expensive to procure. It doesn’t matter how regularly you visit us; unless my boss tells me that you get free coffee, you don’t get free coffee. No, those cookies are not free just because they’re sitting ever so temptingly in that shiny glass jar. You cannot just stick your hand in like a toddler and grab one. Maricopa County (and the entire nation, for that matter) has strict health standards, and bare, grimy hands contaminating entire batches of cookies make me less than amicable.
January 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm
The place: Denver Art Museum.
The exhibit: Modern Masters.
The artwork: Convergence by Jackson Pollock.
January 26, 2015 at 10:27 am