Welcome to my site, where I’ll share all my favorites in music, movies, books, and TV. No matter the medium, my taste is definitely what you’d call “eclectic” – whether it’s hip hop or pop, comedy or horror, fantasy or true-to-life, I can find something to appreciate in almost any genre. I hope you’ll share in my omnivorous enthusiasm and check back here often for new updates!
I have been a music lover ever since I can remember. When I was two or three, Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” would immediately cause me to start dancing. I received my first Walkman a few years later as a gift from my older cousin, and that opened up a whole new way to experience music. I listened to Beach Boys cassettes until the tape wore out and memorized all the lyrics to songs by the Beastie Boys. When cassettes went the way of the dinosaur, I got my first CD: the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera, starring the now-famous Sarah Brightman. TLC’s Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip was another favorite in those days, as well as the Beverly Hills 90210 soundtrack, which included early 90s gems like Paula Abdul, Color Me Badd, and Shanice. As a teen, I worshipped Nirvana, but by the time I graduated high school, my taste had mellowed out a bit and I started to appreciate pop and Top 40. Now I love everything from Iggy Azalea to Weezer to No Doubt – and lots more in between.
Besides listening to music and going to see live shows, reading has always been another of my favorite hobbies. As a kid in school, I would eagerly devour all the books my teachers assigned to me for summer reading and during the school year. More recently, the Harry Potter series had me absolutely captivated from beginning to end. I’m also inspired by J.K. Rowling’s personal story. She was almost completely broke and living off welfare benefits when she started writing the books, and because of her creativity and grit, she is now recognized as one of the most successful writers in history.
Certain movies and TV shows also have that unique power to stay with me. I love Parks and Recreation, for example; I think Amy Poehler’s work on the show is brilliant. Arrested Development is also at the top of my list. In terms of movies, I have a soft spot for classics from the 80s like The Goonies, The Little Mermaid, and E.T. But much like my taste in my music, my taste in movies has broadened over time, and now I also enjoy famous directors like Quentin Tarantino, as well as more light-hearted movies like The Lego Movie – a children’s film with an unassuming title that was surprisingly funny and well-crafted.
That’s all about me – what about you? Are you a movie lover, music fiend, voracious reader, or TV addict? Whatever you like, I hope you’ll find something on my site to amuse and entertain you – and maybe you’ll even find your next obsession! Thanks for stopping by.
- Lorde Chosen to Curate the New Hunger Games Film Soundtrack
While I’m disappointed that producers decided to split the final Hunger Games story into two films, since I won’t get to see the conclusion for another year or more, I’m excited that the first chapter is hitting theaters soon. I really thought that the filmmakers did a great job with Catching Fire, and I’m hoping that they will give the same level of care to this film.
As a huge music fan, I was very impressed with the soundtracks of the first two films. Recently, Lorde was appointed as the curator for the soundtrack of the newest film, which
- Gotham, One of FOX’s Most Intriguing New Series
I’m not the biggest fan of network television, but one new series has really caught my eye recently: Gotham on FOX. Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed all things Batman. When I was younger, I remember waking up early to catch the animated series, and the live-action films from the 80s and 90s remain among my personal favorites. I also give high marks to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, which has a much darker feel that seems to have translated to Gotham. I am really curious to compare the show’s treatment of the characters against that of other live-action Batman
- Dancer Madder Ziegler and Sia’s Video for “Chandelier”
This past summer, Sia Furler’s song “Chandelier,” from her newest solo album, 1000 Forms of Fear, became a major national and international hit, as well as one of my favorite songs of the season. In all honesty, I didn’t really know who she was when I first heard “Chandelier,” but I soon realized Sia had appeared on two other songs that I’ve really enjoyed: “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida and “Titanium” by David Guetta. With a little more research, I was surprised to learn that Sia had written for and collaborated with a wide range of my favorite artists,