Take It Easy, 2021

I learned a lesson last year. I mean, I knew I should be doing this… but I didn’t put it into practice. Instead, I dreamed about the day that I could put it into practice. And then the world shut down and I was forced to do it.

“It” being slow the eff down, prioritize what makes me happy and calm, and invest in the things I want to do- not the things I should do.

I want to be a minimalist at heart, but instead I’m an extravagantist in practice. The 2020 COVID crisis did not make me a minimalist… but it did make me focus on how I spend my time, how I fill my space, and how I react to my every day situations.

Honestly, this post is getting deeper and more psychological than I meant it to…

Long story short, I enjoy reading and watching and listening to things… but I’m terrible at prioritizing entertainment. I’d sooner change the laundry over, wash a few dishes, vacuum, turn on the TV… only to leave the room and scrub the kitchen floors.

And while a clean space does bring me joy, so does Netflix and chillin’.

So I’m going to *trick* my own brain this year. I’m going to make a TV/movie/podcast to do list. Because nothing motivates ya girl to get stuff done like a checklist.

But honestly- no pressure. I’m doing it for fun. If I don’t get to everything it’s likely because I’m busy feeding a one year old or scrubbing a very dirty bathroom.

Yin and yan. Balance is essential. Yada yada. You get it.

SO without further ado- because there’s been a lot of ado in this post already- here’s my…

2021 Entertainment List

Bridgerton

The Queen’s Gambit

The Crown

Muppets Now

30 Rock

High Seas (season 3)

(finish) Schitt’s Creek

(last season of) The Good Place

(finish) Once Upon A Time

Noble Blood podcast

You Must Remember This podcast

Enola Holmes

Holidate

Jingle Jangle

Klaus

Happiest Season

(finish) Hamilton

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Molly’s Game

Easy A

Booksmart

The Greatest Showman

Crazy Stupid Love

I think that’s all I’ve got for now. Where should I start? (After I finished Bridgerton, of course.) I don’t do true crime podcasts but I looooove historic ones!

What’re you watching this year?

2019 Movies I’m Excited About!

When I started 2018 off with a list of movies I wanted to see, I had mild success. I don’t feel quite as passionately about 2019 releases, but I put together a list that looks pretty good. If I don’t get to these, it’ll be just fine.

Before we kick this off, here are a few 2018 movies I didn’t get to:

  • Molly’s Game (love Aaron Sorkin)
  • Ready Player One
  • Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Incredibles 2
  • On the Basis of Sex

Additionally, the 2017 movies I still have seen (& want to) are: Wonder Woman, Jumanji, Murder on the Orient Express, and Wonder.

Ok now that that’s taken care of, on to the new releases for 2019!

The Upside | Neil Burger | January 11
I know there’s controversy with Kevin Hart right now. I’ll weigh that before deciding how to spend my money. Promise.

What Men Want | Adam Shankman | February 8
Honestly, I probably won’t see this one in theaters but it does look like a cute comedy.

Fighting With My Family | Stephen Merchant | February 14
I have 0 interest in wrestling but I still this looks super entertaining.

Captain Marvel | Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | March 8
I don’t know if I want to see this or not. I have no vested interest, but I love the badass girl power this movie seems to radiate.

Five Feet Apart | Justin Baldoni | March 22
This one looks like it could be sad… but sometimes I’m in the mood for that. We’ll see if I watch it this year.

The Best of Enemies | Robin Bissell | April 5
I know nothing about this real life conflict but dang this looks good.

Shazam | David F. Sandberg | April 5
Um, this looks so hilarious and amazing. Glad to see DC lighten up a bit. Also, now there IS a movie called Shazam, lol. (Mandela effect, anyone?)

Little | Tina Gordon Chism | April 12
I have so many comedies on here this year. A little odd for me, but I’m feeling it.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu | Rob Letterman | May 10
When I first saw this teaser I thought it was a joke. It’s not a joke. And Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu. Obviously I’m going to see this one because I’m a 90s/00s nerd.

Aladdin | Guy Ritchie | May 24
I feel like if you’re not excited for Aladdin you might be lying 😉 Or maybe it was just me who was an obsessed child.

Dark Phoenix | Simon Kinberg | June 7
This was on my list last year. It didn’t end up coming out. Yeah, it’s a wee bit dark but it’s looks like it’s more dramatic than anything else.

*Sidenote: There are new X-Men/Mutant things coming out left and right, and they’re all SO DARK. Stop it, Marvel. I like my X-Men funny and lighthearted. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 | Chris Renaud | June 7
I loved the first movie so I’m just assuming I’ll love the second.

Men In Black International | F. Gary Grey | June 14
I never really got into the original MIB (although I’ve seen the first one). I like the twist for the new one.

Toy Story 4 | Josh Cooley | June 21
This looks cute. I finally watched Toy Story 3 last weekend! #sobfest

Ford v. Ferrari | James Mangold | June 28
I feel like this will for sure be a film K wants to see. (Enzo is named after Enzo Ferrari and K likes all things motor.)

The Lion King | Jon Favreau | July 19
I think this movie looks beautiful. And keeping James Earl Jones as Mufasa was a smart move.

Downton Abbey | Michael Engler | September 3
SQUEALLLLLL!

The Addams Family | Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon | October 18
An animated version of the most spooky family ever? Yes, please.

Frozen 2 | Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | November 22
I don’t think anything has been released regarding this film, but I love Disney & cartoons so obviously I’m still planning to see it. Haha.

There are a few films being released later on in the year so I’ll add them to my final review when they come out/I see them. Similar to my 2018 movies, I’ll do a 2019 review end cap 12 months from now.

If your new around here, you might not know that I don’t watch violent movies. So with that said, here are some films that I think look really good, but I won’t be watching:

  • Hotel Mumbai | March 22 I love Dev Patel so freaking much.
  • A Dog’s Way Home |January 11 Obviously not violent, but I avoid dog movies.
  • Greta | March 1 Looks like a good psych-thriller.

So what looks good to you?

Entertainment Tag | TBB

Every once in a while I play along with The Blended Blogger prompts. This month was a fun one so why not?

1 | Books I’ve Read Multiple Times
Honestly, I don’t like to reread books. Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter are the exceptions.

2 | Favorite Book/Author of All Time
This is tough. I love AiW & HP, but I haven’t read Rowlings other books. I also love The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer) but her other books don’t quite touch the fairytale series. So I don’t know. Ashley Weaver is another author I read religiously.

3 | Favorite TV Show to Binge
The Tudors & The West Wing

4 | Favorite New-is TV Show
I’d say The Good Place and Superstore. I don’t watch a bunch of tv but I’m all caught up on those ones!

5 | Favorite Movie of All Time
It’s a toss up between Clue and Beetlejuice. And Talladega Nights. But also add The Mummy and Fantastic Mr. Fox in there.

6 | Movie You Are Looking Forward to Watching
The new Fantastic Beasts.

7 | First Concert You Attended
Fallout Boy, From First to Last, Hawthrone Heights, All American Rejects

8 | Ultimate Concert
Let’s imagine a two-night “Rock n’ Chill” kind of set up. Night 1 The Used opens for Panic! At the Disco who opens for the headliner- Foo Fighters. Night 2 is the chill/pop portion with some Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, and Dave Matthews Band.

9 | Favorite Music Artist/Band
I don’t even know any more. It all depends on my mood. My current album rotation includes Kelly Clarkson, Old Dominion, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Ben Rector, & P!ATD.

10 | How Do You Listen?
My Spotify account is my life source.

2018 Movies I’m Excited About!

Let’s be real- I’ll never actually see these movies in the theater… *facepalm*

I try, guys. I really try! The last list I made (that I can find) was from 2016 and I did end up seeing Alice Through the Looking Glass, Bad Moms, Secret Life of Pets, The Founder, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, but the only one I saw in theaters was Fantastic Beasts… (Maybe I saw Pets in theaters? I don’t remember.) Also, how I still haven’t seen X-Men is beyond me. UGH.

But I digress. Back to movies…

Molly’s Game R | Aaron Sorkin | January 5
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
I avoid super serious movies and TV, but I love Sorkin too much to stay away. It’s rated R for language, drugs, and some violence, but I’m hoping it’s light on the latter.

Peter Rabbit | Will Gluck |February 9
Starring: James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne
The trailer for this had me cracking up. Corden’s voice lends itself beautifully to Peter’s mischievous character. I think it’s going to be a cute, funny kids movie.

A Wrinkle in Time PG | Ava DuVernay | March 9
Starring: Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Storm Reid
I read (listened to) this book this year and found it ok-ish. I really love all the actors in this film, though, so I’m hoping the movie is wonderful!

Isle of Dogs | Wes Anderson | March 23
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, all the W.A. usuals
This is my most anticipated film of 2018. Not kidding. I love Anderson, I love dogs, and I love stop-motion animation. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all time favorites. I hope the same dry and quirky comedy is tied in with this little gem.

Ready Player One | Steven Spielberg | March 30
Starring: Tye Sheridan, T.J. Miller, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg
I won’t lie- I have no idea what this movie is about, but the trailer totally sucked me in. I should definitely read the book first, right?

Ocean’s Eight | Gary Ross | June 8
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Cate Blanchette, Matt Damon
I am a die-hard Ocean’s fan. They are some of my favorite movies and I love the all male cast. I’ve seen the original, too, so don’t challenge me on this. Keeping that in mind, I am not about to entertain the misogyny that will ensue with this female-studded Ocean’s cast. They’ve done three of these films- there is no standard for this franchise. And guys, SANDRA BULLOCK is playing CLOONEY’S sister. Could anything BE more perfect?! No. Well, yes… if you add in Olivia Munn, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter. Seriously. As long as they keep the witty comedy coming, this will be a perfect addition to the Ocean family.

The Incredibles 2 | Brad Bird | June 15
Starring: Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson
The Incredibles is my favorite Pixar movie. Obviously I’m excited for its long overdue sequel. Hopefully it lives up to the first one.

Mary Queen of Scots | Josie Rourke | November 2
Starring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant
This has the potential to be boring, but I like this era so I’m crossing my fingers that it ends up being really, really good. Lol

X-Men: Dark Phoenix | Simon Kinberg | November 2
Starring: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn
I need to catch up on my X-Men, but I’m confident I will and I’ll eventually get around to seeing this film. None of the other actor/character changes have bugged me but I’m kind of sad to see Famke Janssen not playing Jean Grey. I get it, though.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney | November 9
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
I know, I know… another Grinch remake. This one looks like it has Lorax-type animation. We shall see.

Holmes & Watson | Etan Cohen | November 9
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall
I’m a sucker and I will give any movie starring Will and John a try. Talladega Nights is one of my all time favorites so my expectations are high for this one.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | David Yates | November 16
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller
I enjoyed the first one and I’m a sucker for anything HP. I’m not a fan of Dumbledore to begin with so Law can’t do anything to make me dislike his younger-version character. Ha.

Mary Poppins Returns | Rob Marshall | December 25
Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Lin-Manuel Miranda
It’s essentially a sequel to the original (good thing P.L. Travers is dead). I’m usually skeptical of sequels, but I think this cast will do it justice.

On the Basis of Sex | Mimi Leder | 2018
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
A movie about the life and struggles of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yes, please.

Movies K will want to see…

Super Troopers 2 | Jay Chandrasekhar | April 20
Starring: Rob Lowe, the original movie actors
Guys… the first one was SO dumb but my husband loves it. I guess this one will have Rob Lowe so maaaaybe I can sit through it once 😉 Also, don’t let it slip by you that its release date is 4/20 *eyeroll*

Bad Boys For Life | 2018
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
There’s pretty much nothing out about this one, but I know K will want to see it. Lol

As always, there are movies I’m not sure about:

Also, 2017 movies I still want to see include: Wonder Woman, Jumanji, Murder on the Orient Express, & Wonder

And 2019 movies that already look good are: How to Train Your Dragon 3, Captain Marvel, Toy Store 4 (still need to see #3…), Secret Life of Pets 2, The Lion King, & Frozen 2
*so essentially all the kids movies, lol

But enough about my movie picks. What are you looking forward to?

A Christmas Movie List

I was typing out the Freeform 25 Days of Christmas movie list as I obsessively do every year and I thought to myself, ‘I should make an ultimate Christmas movie list for my blog!’

This isn’t an official challenge and you don’t need to keep track or put any pressure on yourself to finish (or even start!) this list, but I thought it’d be fun. I’ll probably report my progress some time at the end of the month. (And if you watched some of these in November it totally counts. I would never restrict Christmas cheer to December!)

Feel free to play along if you want to!

Claymations:
A Year Without a Santa Claus (AV) (F)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (F)
Jack Frost (F)
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (F)
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (F)

Animated/Kids:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (N) (F)
The Polar Express (AV) (F)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (HBO go)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (AV) (ABC go)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (F)
Arthur Christmas (F)

The Classics
White Christmas (N)
It’s A Wonderful Life (AV)
Miracle on 34th Street (AV)
Holiday Inn
The Bishop’s Wife

The Contemporary Classics
Love Actually (N)
The Family Stone
The Holiday (N) (AV)
Jingle All the Way
Serendipity (N)
Trading Places

The Overly Played:
A Christmas Story (AV)
The Santa Clause [bonus points for each sequel watched] (N) (F)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation [uncensored, of course] (F -censored)
Home Alone (HBO go)
Elf (AV) (F)

Half-Hour Specials:
The Bells of Fraggle Rock
The Little Drummer Boy
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (F)
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas [animated]

BONUS: Weird Animated Movies From Our Past That We Barely Remember:
Babes in Toyland
The Nutcracker Prince
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Edit… [Find it on: (H) hulu, (N) netflix, (AV) amazon video, (F) freeform]
Some of these might not be free. And some might be incorrect. Hey, I tried.

While I didn’t include Die Hard, it can be found on Amazon Video 😉

I know I’m missing a million movies. What are some of your favorites?