Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 | June Favourites

Between finishing my last semester of sophomore year and moving back home to the US from Germany, June has been a crazy ride of a month. Despite the busyness I still had plenty of time to find various forms of entertainment to enjoy.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I was given a free pre-screening ticket as part of a promotional deal the studio had with a theatre in my area and I jumped at the chance to see this Sundance favourite. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the story of a high school senior named Greg who, along with his best friend Earl, befriends a sick classmate named Rachel. The two boys make parodies of classic movies and make one for their dying friend. I fully expected this to be a quirky and sad film but I was surprised at how hilarious it was as well. Though the film is not for everyone, I loved the movie and would recommend it for those who want something like The Fault in Our Stars but with more substance.

TV Show

Hannibal, Season 3
I've been impatiently waiting for the third season of my beloved show from the moment season two ended on a crushing cliffhanger. Picking up a year after the events of the second season, Hannibal is hiding in Italy while the remaining characters pick up the pieces from their destroyed lives. The first few episodes have been even more beautifully shot, set, and coloured than the previous two seasons and the show has an increasing art house vibe that gives it a pristine quality. 

Misfits, Series 1 & 2
After hearing for years about how good this series was, I knew I had to watch it as soon as I saw it listed on German Netflix. I only watched the first two seasons as after that (I've heard) it goes downhill. Misfits tells the adventures of five delinquents on community service duty after they are hit by a freak storm that gives them all superpowers. Unlike a typical superhero story, however, each character is still messed up and often has no control their power, making for a dramedy rather than an inspiring tale.


It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
After reading an interview with Addario in the New York Times a few months ago and hearing that she published a memoir of her career, I was instantly intrigued. It's What I Do briefly covers her childhood before exploring her beginnings as a photographer and the burden her career places on her personal life. Equal parts exhilarating and heartbreaking, Addario's firsthand account of her experiences as a conflict photojournalist is a must read for anyone interested in photography, journalism, or modern wars.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
June brought a continuation of my Neil Gaiman kick from May, and my top selection from June is Neverwhere, Gaiman's debut novel. Neverwhere tells of an unassuming business man named Richard and a magical young girl named Door and their adventures through London Above and London Below. It's a short, delightfully dark and whimsical book and is an enchanting addition to any book lover's collection.


How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + the Machine
Florence + the Machine's third album has been on repeat all month and after weeks of listening to it, I can safely say it's my favourite album of 2015. The inclusion of bold brass and cutting statements make for a masterful new addition to Florence's collection. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was well worth the four year wait and I'm excited to see where this release leads Florence in the future.
Favourite tracks: What Kind of Man, Queen of Peace, Long & Lost, Make Up Your Mind

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