It seems like it’s time again for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With. I’m lacking inspiration for posts and I’m behind on my reviews, so this will have to suffice for the time being. Previous lists can be found here and here.
1. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
This indie folk duo is about as minimalist as can be, but they’re also about as awesome as can be. While the whole album is pretty great, this song is one that has been in my head for days and days. I played it at work so many times this week that I’m sure my boss was sick of hearing it drift out towards his office. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should definitely do so.
2. This series of posts about reading and blogging over at The Reading Ape: The Tyranny of Pleasure, Overusing “I”, and why we spend so much time not writing about what we read. I just stumbled across this blog this week and am really enjoying the posts. It’s smart, well-written, and very different from many of the reading and book-themed blogs I read. A lot of what is discussed on the site makes think hard about my own reading and writing habits, and while I don’t always agree with everything that the Ape writes, I always leave with something to think hard about.
3. The trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Have you seen this trailer yet? It’s got an impressive cast: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling (looking fine as hell). The trailer itself is compelling and funny, and I’ve been hearing mostly good buzz about this movie for a while now. I’ll see anything with Emma Stone in it, but this looks like one that I’ll actually really enjoy.
4. The ongoing media blitz regarding the casting of The Hunger Games
Pajiba has a great round-up of the actors that have been cast in the first Hunger Games movie. Twitter has been ablaze with casting news. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how the different actors do or do not embody the characteristics/physical attributes of their respective characters, and watching the entire drama unfold. Personally? I’m excited about the casting of Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman. The rest? Meh. We’ll see.
I had almost no interest in this show when it premiered. Then I read a positive review of it on Pajiba.com, and my interest was piqued. When the pilot was available to download for free on iTunes, I took the plunge, and I haven’t looked back since. The cast is funny, talented, and engaging. They’ve got good chemistry, the writing is strong, and each episode has at least 3 moments where I laugh out loud–hard. If you aren’t watching, you should be. It’s chock-full of pop culture references and great comedic moments. It’s seriously worth your time, folks.