Across The Universe by Beth Revis
You read enough of these dystopian YA novels and you begin to pick up on the pieces of plot that serve simply as cogs in the machine. Across The Universe (yes, like the Beatles song) proves that those cogs can still exist AND be entirely refreshing at the same time. Chapters trade off between Amy's and Elder's perspective--Amy being the feisty redhead from Earth and Elder being the authority-questioning future leader of the ship Godspeed. I freaking loved this decision. It kept the plot pounding forward and held suspense between viewpoints. Beth Revis also included a sense of relevancy by referencing major events in world history. There are shades of Ender's Game, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars and I mean that in a good way. (There's even a thinly veiled Firefly reference!) Although it was a tad predictable, I can't wait to see how the rest of the story plays out.
The Cricket's Orchestra by Meaghan Smith
I know Meaghan from twitter and I think she's fab. I've listened to this before, but got around to buying it last week. Sweet without being treacle-y, her voice makes me want to host an old-fashioned mocktail party just so I can play this cd in the background. Give a listen to Heartbroken and her cover of Here Comes Your Man.
Together by The New Pornographers
Ken Jennings once made a comment about how he loved The New Pornographers, but he would probably never wear one of their t-shirts because of the sketchy band name. Yeah, same, and I also listen to The Doobie Brothers and the Barenaked Ladies. Together is sharp and polished due to the band's years of experience. Plus, I can never complain about having more Neko Case in my life. Listen to Moves, the first track from the album.
So Elisabeth and I decided that we would watch this solely because Lee Pace plays Marmaduke's owner, Phil. Turns out that no matter how many times you yell at Lee Pace through the tv to take his shirt off, it just doesn't work. I mean, what else can you say about Marmaduke other than that it's a poorly conceptualized kid's movie? It was made watchable only because it humorously/blatantly ripped off The O.C. and Judy Greer plays Lee Pace's wife. (Current status: Writing those two a romantic comedy!) And, let's face it, you do get some pretty nice shots of Lee's forearms. Bonus!
30 Rock, Season 4
30 Rock? More like 30 Rocky, am I right? (High-fiving a million angels!) It's no secret that Liz Lemon and crew had a rough fourth season. Things weren't quite as clever, quite as observant, and even Alec Baldwin couldn't sell the plot where his character was in love with a woman who had the worst Boston accent EVER. (But I do love you, Julianne Moore!) Kenneth Ellen Parcell succumbed to what I like to call Klinger Syndrome--that's where a character with a defined set of quirks becomes tiring and obnoxious after a few seasons. (Dwight Schrute, I'm looking at you.) Still, they pulled it off by the end of the season, due largely to Elizabeth Banks as hardcore Avery Jessup and Liz's search for love with anybody other than her British Wesley Snipes. Settling soulmates, anyone?
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