Monday, 27 January 2014

This Is How We Do

I may have originally claimed that my New Year's Resolution was to save money and pay off my credit card, but there are just too many good shows this year, and my friend is too much of an enabler, which is how I have found myself purchasing both tickets to Katy Perry and Childish Gambino on my already overly used credit card.

My queen

A year or so ago, a few of my friends and I had promised that as soon as Katy Perry would announce her next tour that we would do everything in our power to go see her live. Which is how we ended up buying seven tickets to her show in Brooklyn in July. This means that I'll be crossing off a few items at a time - Katy Perry, New York City, and hopefully Broadway. (We're trying for Hedwig and the Angry Inch - we'll see how that goes!)

The Childish Gambino concert was a very spur of the moment thing tonight, but I can assure you I've been wanting to see him for quite a while as well.

2013 may have been my year of spontaneous trips to Europe, but I think 2014 will be the year of concerts and road trips, and I am very much okay with that.

If you could see anyone live, who would it be?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Let's All Go to the Movies

Or have the movies come to you, as it worked out.

I had made a goal for myself to watch at least 3 of the AFI Top 100 Films during the Christmas holidays, and although I didn't actually succeed within that time frame, we've had a lot of storms since New Year's, so I ended up spending a lot of time at home in front of the TV (which I'm most definitely not complaining about!). The second day back from work we had a giant snowstorm (definitely the biggest I've seen since moving here 6 years ago), which ultimately shut down the entire city (no busses, no cabs, restaurants and grocery stores closed, even the cops were staying off the roads unless of major emergencies), and this weekend has brought on some really heavy rains - perfect movie watching weather!

After all was said and done, these are the AFI films I had the chance to watch over the past few weeks: 

Out of all of these, I'd say I most enjoyed Sunset Boulevard and The Godfather. I made the mistake of watching Sunset Boulevard before getting ready to go out for New Year's Eve, which, although the film was fantastic, was not exactly a smart move on my part. It's not exactly a "put you in the mood to party" type of film. 

It was a little strange watching all of these (with the exception of Sunset Boulevard) because they're already so ingrained in pop culture, that I felt like I had already seen all of them before. Hell, I had even been on the Indiana Jones ride at Disney World when I was a kid! I'm glad to finally be able to actually cross them off the list of movies I've seen, though, and get one step closer to understanding any and all pop culture references.

Have you seen any of these before? What was your favourite? Is there any big culture phenomenon type film you haven't seen yet that you really want to? Let me know!