Weekend Reads & What to Watch

You may have noticed (I’m sure you didn’t) that there wasn’t a Weekend Reads and What to Watch last weekend. I intended for there to be, but then I got kidney stones instead. It was not a good time. Thankfully, I’m all better now and have a different appreciation for the saying “this too shall pass.”

Here’s the things I’m reading/watching these days.

WHAT I’M READING

Because I have the attention span of a goldfish and so many competing interests, I am really bad about reading multiple books at once. Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Atomic Habits

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m still chipping away at Atomic Habits. I haven’t been doing an abundance of reading because I have been so busy with work during the day that I haven’t had the mental bandwidth to read a non-fiction book at night.

Am I There Yet?

I’m not sure that this counts as a book, but I stumbled across it on my bookshelf the other day and have been spending some time each day thumbing through it. I love Mari Andrews. According to a WaPo review, her NYT Bestselling book is “achingly vulnerable and completely relatable watercolor illustrations about relationships, heartbreak and the struggles of urban life” Her illustrations are wonderful and her captions are poignant and relatable.

WHAT I’M WATCHING

The Little Things

Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

I’m just going to cut to the chase—I hated this movie. I was really excited to watch this because it had an impressive cast (Denzel and Jared Leto!) and the plot seemed interesting. I was wrong. The most shocking this about this film was the fact that Jared Leto looks ugly and has a paunch.

1/10 do not recommend. Have you seen a movie about a serial killer that you enjoyed. Cherish that memory and skip this one instead.

Good Luck Chuck

Cursed since childhood, dentist Charlie Kagan (Dane Cook) cannot find the right woman. Even worse, he learns that each of his ex-girlfriends finds true love with the man she meets after her relationship with him ends. Hearing of Charlie’s reputation as a good-luck charm, women from all over line up for a quick tryst. But when Charlie meets the woman (Jessica Alba) of his dreams, he must find a way to break the curse or risk losing her to the next man she meets.

This movie came out in 2007 at the peak of my Dane Cook obsession. (If you knew me in middle school, I’m sure you are acutely aware of how much I loved him). Is this a thought-provoking, life changing movie? No. It’s a crude, knee-slapping kind of movie with loads of gratuitous nudity (including a woman with three boobs!). However, it’s funny and entertaining and does have a sweet ending.

8/10. I love terrible movies and will always have a sweet spot for Dane Cook.

Americans In Bed

Have I mentioned before that I love documentaries? This one is older, but I found it on HBO Max. Released in 2013, this film highlights ten American couples–captured in the comfort of their own beds–as they openly discuss romance, sex, trust and love in candid interviews. From young New Yorkers who have split up 26 times to spouses in their 90s who have been married 71 years, this touching, funny and often surprising film offers intimate insights into what makes or breaks a relationship.

I really loved this film and found that it invoked a lot more emotion than I was anticipating, ranging from feeling lonely seeing other people talk about intimacy on screen to being reminded why I’m not interested in dating, as coupled talked about how their partners have cheated on them.

I really loved the representation and diversity in the film and appreciated that there were straight and gay couples, as well as white couples, a black couple and a Hispanic couple.

10/10. I am nosey so I liked seeing peoples bedrooms and lives. In spite of everything, I am still extremely romantic and love love, so I liked hearing about all the messy different kind of relationships that exist.

Expecting Amy

I feel like I somewhat peripherally knew that this existed, but accidentally stumbled across it while trying to find something to watch on HBO Max.

Expecting Amy is a hilarious and raw 360-degree look at a new stage in Amy Schumer’s life. This unfiltered three-part documentary shows the struggle, strength, and ambition that have made Schumer one of the singular comic voices of all time. The docuseries takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Amy battles through an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy, while documenting the formation of her latest comedy special. From hospitalizations, to going out in front of thousands, to quiet moments at home with her family, Schumer hides nothing. With her family and friends along for the ride to support her and keep her sane and balanced, Amy does it all with perseverance, heart, and the priceless sense of humor she’s known for.

I have always loved Amy Schumer. I watched Inside Amy, Schumer bought and read her book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” and even watched her way back a million years ago on Last Comic Standing—that’s how long I’ve been an Amy Schumer fan. Basically, all that to say, I know that she isn’t everyones cup of tea, but I appreciate her humor and find her hilarious. This, however, gave me a newfound appreciation for her

This docuseries honestly gave me a newfound appreciation for Schumer. From capturing the reality of her, frankly, miserable pregnancy (she was dangerously sick with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) the entire time) to her husband’s autism diagnosis, it was so honest. I found myself crying at more than one point and openly weeping when her son Eugene was born.

I also really admired the way that she communicates with her husband, which is made increasingly difficult by the fact that he has Aspergers. You could tell that they really love and respect each other.

10/10. You don’t have to be any Amy Schumer fan to enjoy this. However, probably avoid if you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or plan on doing so any time soon.

TL;DR

Because I happened to be insanely busy with work and run into health issues simultaneously, I didn’t really do much reading, but I did quite a bit of streaming because it requires less concentration and effort lol (monkey mind has been real lately).

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