Pop Cultured Summer To-Do List 2014

With the regular TV season over, I miraculously have some free time. Not a lot, mind you, because there’s still other summer shows and movies to watch, but enough time that I can put towards doing things I’ve been meaning to do. Will I get everything watched/read/done before September rolls around? Maybe, maybe not (probably not) but I’m gonna sure as hell try.

TV

Because a TV addict like me doesn’t already watch enough TV, I still have other shows (past and present) that I need to catch up on.

  • Friday Night Lights: I’ll admit, I didn’t watch this show when it first aired because high school football? Not really my thing. But years later, having heard so much about it and becoming fans of a lot of the people who came from the show (Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch, Connie Britton, Michael B. Jordan, Adrianne Palicki, Minka Kelly, creator/writer Jason Katims), I figured it was about time I got around to watching it. I started watching it while I was on vacation and only continued on once all my other shows had finished for the season. Now I’m done and I admit, it was a DAMN GOOD show.
  • Firefly: A nerd like me and I never watched Firefly? Shame on me. All caught up now though and I certainly see the appeal and how it cultivated such a cult following. It was a really fun show.
  • The Americans S2: Here’s my problem with shows premiering “midseason” – I’m already set in my schedule, save for a few spots, so some shows inevitably get put on the backburner. I was a fan of the first season with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in the lead roles of undercover KGB spies in 1980s America. I really wanted to watch the new season, but with an already packed schedule, I felt it best to save it until summer.
  • Turn: Consider this a casualty of the packed Sunday nights. The show premiered in April, and I wanted to watch this in support of Nikita creator Craig Silverstein but Sundays somehow became incredibly packed. A show about the first spy ring didn’t quite have the same pull as another new show, Salem, that got my time/attention instead.

MOVIES

My insistence on reading about movies, matched with having two older siblings who lived through the 80s, well let’s just say my knowledge of movies far surpasses the number of movies I’ve actually seen. These are on the top of my to-watch list.

  • 12 Monkeys: There’s going to be a Syfy show based on this movie and starring some of my favourite people from from some of my favourite shows – Aaron Stanford (Nikita), Noah Bean (Nikita), Amanda Schull (Suits, Center Stage), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe). I’m sure it’s not completely necessary to watch the movie, but I’m one of those people who like referencing the source material first before getting into anything.
  • Seven: I’ve heard such great things about the movie and I’ve always been a fan of psychological thrillers, so it’s kind of a no-brainer for me to watch this. Plus, it’s a David Fincher-directed film!
  • Back to the Future: Over the years I’ve seen bits and pieces of the first two films in the trilogy, mainly when it aired on TV, but never saw all of it. I’m a little bit ashamed of that but I am determined to fix that.
  • Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight: Another trilogy I am determined to finally get around to watching. Sure, Before Midnight is fairly recent, having been released last year, but it’s been almost 20 years since the first film.

BOOKS

I will always be behind on my reading. There was a time when I used to read all the time and then I got wrapped up in watching too many TV series. I really have no idea how I studied/did homework, read novels, and watched the amount of TV that I did when I was in school (let’s be real honest here, I didn’t have a life and was the very definition of nerd back then). Lately, most of my reading gets done only when I’m on vacation and it’s because I don’t have TV to watch. That being said, these are the books that I am working on reading. I’m so not going to get all these read this summer (unless I do some serious camping out/lining up at SDCC and have lots of time to waste), but I’m working on it.

  • Bossypants: I’ve been actually working on reading Tina Fey’s autobiography for some time now. But for some reason or another, I haven’t finished it.
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me: What I said about Bossypants, pretty much applies here as well. From what I’ve read so far, well I just absolutely adore Mindy Kaling.
  • Suck It Wonder Woman!: C’mon, that title alone is worth checking out. I must admit I’ve been impressed with Olivia Munn over the years with her career choices.
  • The Fault In Our Stars: So what if this is a YA novel? Clearly people are responding positively to it and made a big deal about the movie that just came out starring Shailene Woodley + Ansel Elgort. I want to know what all the hype is about!
  • The Casual Vacancy: I gobbled up all those Harry Potter books when I was younger, so it’s a little surprising I didn’t immediately go pick up J.K. Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults.
  • S: It’s what you’ve come to expect from J.J. Abrams in the form of a book! I’m so intrigued by the concept of the book, sort of a story within a story.
  • The Double: I saw a movie earlier this year called Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, which is about a man who finds his doppelganger and becomes obsessed with him. After watching the film, I just had so many questions about the different themes, meanings, etc. that I had to get this book by Jose Saramago, which served as the basis of the film.

That would be everything that I’m trying to watch and read. I now turn things over to you: what pop culture-y things are you behind on and hope to catch up on during the summer downtime?

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