January Roundup

Wow, I have been a horrible blogger this past month. I've had a somewhat rough transition moving back to Philadelphia. It always feels weird being home for so many weeks at a time and then to come back and be "on my own" again. I plan on getting back into a system this month. I've been writing the weekly art beat for our school's paper, starting my work early for my classes and looking for a job, which I need, desperately. Time for a little bit of organization!

Her: 7.5/10: This movie was very moving, simple, and visually pleasing. Honestly I fell in love with the art direction, cinematography and music more than anything else in this film. The story was very emotional yet simple. It showed how dangerously close we are to losing true human connection thanks to the use of technology. 

American Hustle: 8/10: The performances really made this film. Each actor involved did an incredible job portraying their character. The story line is quick and smart, and you have to keep up. Consisted of a lot of cleavage/butt shots which I usually hate but it just made sense in this movie. There were a few dull moments, but the scenes had to be put in there so that the story could all come together. Jennifer Lawrence's character was easily my favorite and the 1970's soundtrack was a lot of fun. 

Tuesdays with Morrie: 9/10: I've lost quite a few people that I love these past few months. Coming to terms with death is never an easy thing and this book makes you realize how precious life is. Morrie's lessons that he teaches Mitch are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I recommend this book to anyone, it's a good reminder on how truly blessed we are just to live our lives and meet the people who are in them. 

Beautiful Ruins: 9/10: This is one of those books where it tells everyone's story at the beginning and then they all eventually come together. Personally, those are always the types of books I prefer, it's almost like a puzzle, with all of the pieces coming together slowly but surely. I really enjoyed all of the stories told in this book, especially since some of the scenes are in the past and some are in the present, it was a fun transition. 

What did you read and see this past January?