My Weekly Top 10 :: Week of 9/15/14

11311. Journey


There’s a radio station here in Los Angeles (The Sound) that does a Triple Play Thursday, and this week one of those three-song blocks was Journey, and I found myself turning it way up past “eleven” and singing-a-long with complete musical abandon. The thing is, I’ve always had a significant sized soft spot for Journey, but then along came Glee, and though yes, I liked the show in the beginning, they did hammer the over-played nails into the Journey-coffin with their endless version of Don’t Stop Believin’, that seemed to play all the time. But, you see, Glee and I went our Separate Ways and the time apart did me, and my feelings for Journey, some good, enough so that I have Open Arms (and ears) for Journey again.

Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ :: Journey
(look at that hair and that tied at the waist shirt!)

2. Fish Tank


You know when you watch a movie that gets to you so much that you just can’t shake it, so much so that you find yourself thinking about the characters, peeling back the surfaces trying to sort out what you think was deeper within, and making up next steps and stories for them in your head? Well, that’s how Fish Tank has been for me this week. I even had a dream that I was swimming with Connor (Micheal Fassbender).

3. The Killing


The Killing is my new show to binge on, well in the way I binge, which is slowly, savoring no more than two episodes a week. I want to take this in with care, giving it time to unfold and effect me, as I already feel it did when I watched the Pilot episode this week. Though I have no predictions or guesses yet, I find myself already enthralled with Sarah, and admittedly a little more than a little attracted to Holder.

Season One Trailer

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


My daughter brought home her friend’s copy of Eleanor and Park that she borrowed to read, and I picked it up after she’d gone off to sleep to re-read a few of my favorite parts, but ended up reading big chunks of it again. My heart still gets all tied up in this story, and in Eleanor, and her struggles at home, and her loneliness and fears, and love of music, and of Park. I enjoyed reliving those early moments on the bus, sharing comic books and mix tapes.

Book Trailer

5. Grantland Hollywood Prospectus Podcast

GrantlandHollywood Prospectus is one of my favorite podcasts because of their knowledge and sharp wit, and taste in television. I started listening to them over the Summer, taking in their takes on Fargo, The Leftovers, The Strain and this week, some of the Fall network dramas. They had me laughing especially when calculating the impossibility of enough Naval crimes to fill approximately 64 hours of NCIS shows per season, oh, and they also had some interesting things to say about the state of music today, and the death of the rock band.

Here’s last week’s episode for your enjoyment (or as the Grantland podcasts sign off, for your ear balls!)

6. Murdered: Soul Suspect


A different kind of “undead” game for the XBOX 360, Murdered has a mystery to solve and you are the undead who has to do the solving. You are Ronan, a detective turned ghost trying to solve your own murder while you are trapped in a limbo world called Dusk.

Game Trailer

7. All Nighter: Stealing Coins by David Hahn


Kit Bradley is a 20 year-old art student and petty criminal who knows it’s time to leave her delinquent past behind, but isn’t ready for the responsibilities of adulthood. Her social headquarters is an all night diner, and while trying to put the ‘off’ on an on-again-off-again boyfriend, she runs into an old flame, and an enigmatic loner named Martha, who alters Kit’s life forever. I just started this today, and I’m way intrigued – stay tuned for future “Top 10’s” where I might report back on how it is.

IMG1108398. Pride 

I have preview tickets to see this movie on Tuesday and I’m really excited to see it. U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. I have never heard of this story, but I love when life brings about unexpected friends and allies, and when circumstances build a bridge of connection and understanding.

The-Pride-movie-poster9. Divine Hammer (live) :: The Breeders

I love the introduction of “just a bunch of rock chicks who like to play loud guitar music“. I’ve been into 90’s female fronted, and full banded, rock bands. I love the way the Deal sisters voices sound together.

10. Top 10 Alternate Endings
via and courtesy of my husband

My husband and I have become addicted to the Top 10 lists on, even if I have issues with the fact that they did a series of decade defining actors, but have yet to do actresses (I’m still waiting, Mojo). This particular one takes on their Top 10 best movies with alternate endings. I knew about most of them, but somehow missed that there was an alternate to the Scott Pilgrim ending.