Having now just finished university forever, and with my summer in LA less than a month away, I decided to kick back and do, read and watch some things that I have been wanting to do for a while. I still feel like I’m procrastinating (probably because my room needs a serious clean), but it’s finally starting to dawn on me: I can do what I want without feeling guilty. Here are some of the things I have enjoyed since packing up studying. (P.S. for those of you who like my travel articles, LA is going to give me such inspiration for posts.)
What I’m watching: Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany is so good in this sci-fi show rooted in reality.
What’s it about? Maslany’s first character Sarah sees a woman jump in front of a train and assumes her identity. I say first character because the woman who jumps in front of a train looked just like Sarah, and is also played by Maslany, and she also plays yet another character by the end of the first episode. Forced into a new life with complications wasn’t expecting, and having to accept discovery after discovery, Orphan Black quickly becomes neither what the audience nor Sarah were expecting at all. It is so addictive.
Why watch it? Maslany. Seriously, she is so good.
What I’m reading: Moneyball by Michael Lewis
You may have heard of the film starring Brad Pitt.
What’s it about? This sports book follows the story of the low-budget Oakland As, and their incredible tactics that helped to change how the baseball draft is tackled. This is all done by also documenting the formally underwhelming career of Billy Beane, general manager of the As.
Why read it? Even if you don’t know much about baseball (I don’t!) this is such an interesting read. Following how the team behind the team functions and helps to change baseball is fascinating, and understanding the system and reasoning that resulted in them making such decisions is equally interesting. Sports books aren’t my favourites: they tend to not be as intellectually stimulating as a well written novel. However, if you love baseball, or you just want a good story that teaches you a little something, this may be the book for you.
What I’ve viewed: Short Term 12
A.k.a. The film that all the critics said should have been nominated for Oscars galore last year.
What’s it about? Based in a foster centre called Short Term 12 it follows the life of the supervisor, Brie Larson’s Grace, after she finds out she is pregnant, as well as the kids she looks after.
Why see it? The story is sweet and moving, all the characters are drawn well and are believable, not caricatured foster kids. We watch the adults at the centre connect with these hurt individuals in a way that feels organic and realistic, not cheesy as is usually the case with such films. And Brie Larson is excellent as Grace, portraying someone with serious vulnerabilities trying to move on from her past.
Where I have travelled: Leeds.
… Yep, I know. My life is so glamorous.
Have you seen any of these? I’m only halfway through Moneyball and Orphan Black, so do they become truly terrible?! Let me know.