Realizing we’ve completed 25% of 2014 is mildly concerning. I try to distract myself from this truth by reflecting on all the cool music, film, and books I consumed this month.
As part of my research for the 20th Anniversary art show being held in May, I decided to revisit this. I hadn’t yet read any of the comics when I first saw this and upon the second viewing I found it was almost like seeing it for the first time. I’m certainly biased towards practical effects, but when you consider that The Polar Express came out the same year, it’s easy to see the difference in shelf life.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
My sister and I watched this the other weekend and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I still don’t know any of the actual history behind the story (aside from what’s presented during its run time) so I’m really just appreciating it as a film. If anything, it got me interested in finding a solid documentary on P. L. Travers. (any suggestions?)
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
When I visit my friends and they put on a movie, I’m rarely one to put up a fight.
Something Borrowed (2011)
Who am I kidding? I love romantic comedies. Saturday mornings are really meant for two things: cartoons or rom-coms. I REGRET NOTHING!
The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed (2014)
Speaking of cartoons, my students reminded to watch this special and I finally got time to enjoy it. It’s super fun and of course Kevin Dart’s art direction is killer. If you haven’t seen it already, do yourself a favour and find it.
Greatest Hits by Spice Girls (2007)
If you can get all the way through Spice Up Your Life without swaying AT ALL then check for a pulse as you may very well be dead.
Days Are Gone by Haim (2013)
Based on my love for female vocals and an upbeat tempo, my friend made this suggestion. It’s been on heavy rotation since I bought it and it was just the right amount of optimism to get me through those wretchedly horrible days of snow earlier this month.
Battling Boy by Paul Pope (2013)
This was on practically every “Best of 2013” list I could find and now I know why! Pope’s style is so thoroughly amazing that it equally inspires me AND makes me question why I get out of bed in the morning. I can’t recommend this enough and am super excited for the next instalment.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013)
During school I find my reading time is rather limited (outside of comics) but this was one I managed to sneak in during the middle of the term. My two best friends and I swap Gaiman stories with each other and this was one I was gifted at Christmas. It was a quick read and small in scope, but no less fantastic than his other works.
Hellboy Library Edition (volumes 1–4) by Mike Mignola and Others
(2008, 2008, 2009, and 2011)
More gallery show research! I’d already read through volumes 1 & 2 but it had been a little while so a refresher was needed (and thoroughly welcome). Reading through volumes 3 & 4 were great as they continued to balance the main stories with the one-offs. I really can’t wait to pick up the last two library editions.