Weekly Update 3

Jade finally finished a book!

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Things have been looking up this week! I went camping for the 4th of July and made some of the absolute best s’mores on the planet! Turns out my aunt’s husband is a regional administrator for the EPA so we had some really interesting talks about the current state of the government, but I won’t get into that because it would just become a rant and that’s not the format of this post. Anyways, I hope you all had an excellent week! Here’s what I read/watched/listened to:

GLOW

To be honest, I didn’t expect to watch this, but I saw a few clips and I was hooked. I’ve been following Alison Brie since her time on Community so I guess I would have watched it eventually. I’m glad I watched it right away! What an amazing show! I never thought I would be into wrestling, but I was all there for it. It’s funny and heartwarming and just downright entertaining. I love the 80s aesthetic and this was the pinnacle of everything amazing about the music and fashion (those bodysuits though) of the decade! I also really appreciated every single character and the close bond the women shared. My favourite character was Sheila. It’s so refreshing to see such a diverse cast of women develop close friendships with each other, especially one involving wrestling.There’s no real emphasis on romance, instead on the real relationships formed between all the characters. A real highlight for me was Bash’s friendship with Carmen. It was so incredibly sweet and heartwarming! I would highly recommend this show to anyone.

Spider-Man Homecoming

What a movie! After watching Tom Holland in Civil War, I just knew that this movie would be entertaining. He is such a great Peter Parker/Spider-Man! Also how nice it is not having to see uncle Ben  die for a third time. Origin stories get boring once you’ve seen them multiple times. Also thank god for no Green Goblin. He’s just annoying at this point. While the movie doesn’t pass the bechdel test (which I mean come on it’s 2017, women are real people who have friends and talk about important things that aren’t men) Zendaya had the most memorable scene-stealing role of the movie. Give her more lines guys! Anyways, it’s a highly entertaining superhero film that is also a good teen drama if I’ve ever seen one (I’ve seen plenty btw). It’s definitely worth a watch!

Our Dark Duet (finally)

I did it! I finished it! I came, I saw, I cried (a lot). V.E. Schwab has knack for giving me endings that I might not always want, but endings that I definitely need. I just wish she would write more stories about the rise, fall, and aftermath of Verity and the rest of the alternate United States she sets up in this duology. God do I love duologies. It almost feels weird stopping at two when most YA series can go on from trilogies to 12+ books (I’m looking at you House of Night series). It just becomes too much sometimes. Anyways, this series was very original and I’m sad to see it end. I’ve been thinking of starting Good Omens by Neil Gaiman now. I read the first few pages in the library and it’s already hilarious. We’ll see.

Songs of the Week

Trust – Half Moon Run

My Tears Are Becoming a Sea – M83

I Saw You Close Your Eyes – Local Natives

I’ll be posting my insights to S’mores soon so look for that! Have a great week!

Weekly Update 2

Guess who finally watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World!

Happy (nearly) 4th of July everyone! July is my favourite month! Summer’s in full swing, it’s finally consistently hot, and it’s my birth month. Let’s be honest, our favourite seasons and months are always the ones that were born in. Really looking forward to this month! Anyways, here is what I read/watched/listened to this week.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Don’t kill me for this one, but I watched this film for the first time ever this week. I don’t know why it took me this long to be honest, but whatever. I’ve seen it now and I love it. I mean for one thing the cast is incredible! Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Cera (and way more) all in one movie! How? Can this happen again? Soon please? I really love the style and message of the film. It was satisfying and thoroughly entertaining! If you haven’t seen it yet (I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who took this long) please do yourself a favour and put it on the top of your watch list.

The Dark Duet (shocker)

Yep that’s right. I haven’t finished it yet because I have a bad habit of being sucked into the internet for hours doing absolutely nothing. I did read a few hundred more pages though. I’m starting to get more into it, but now I have family in town and I’ve been put on babysitting duty which is exhausting and time-consuming. I barely have time to myself right now. I will persevere though and finish it by next week (I swear).

Songs of the Week

Definitely slightly obsessed with Brie Larson singing in Scott Pilgrim.

Young Folks – City of the Sun

Benine Redux – STRFKR

4th of July – The Dig

Have a great (and safe) 4th of July!

Weekly Update 1

Arrow, Victoria Schwab, Arcade Fire and more!

Hello again! After my inaugural post, I thought I would start a weekly segment about what I watched, read, and listened to this week. Like any person who does not have enough time in their everyday life to keep up with all the trends, this content will not always be new. (Just me refusing to start something new and untested, instead waiting to jump on the bandwagon when it becomes big.) Here’s what I consumed this week:

Arrow

Ok so this show has been around for 5 seasons already. I personally know a lot of people who watch it and praised it, so I started watching it last week. I am now on season 3. This is quite a feat for me, because I get so tired binge-watching 40+ minute-long shows with 20+ episodes per season. I used to live for those binge sessions, but I’m trying to spread my limited free time across multiple platforms, so I just feel bad about spending it all on one show. I couldn’t tell you why I’ve broken that rule now to watch Arrow, but I don’t really regret it. While the show is at times cheesy and some of the female characters are way too forgiving and patient with the men in this show, I am thoroughly enjoying myself watching it. My absolute favorite character is Felicity Smoak because she is the comic relief that keeps this show from taking itself too seriously. Overall, I don’t find myself overly attached to the show, but I’m entertained enough to keep coming back for more. I’m also tempted to start The Flash now, because Barry Allen is adorable!

This Dark Duet

So I met Victoria Schwab (AKA V.E. Schwab AKA my favorite author of all time) for the second time two weeks ago to get her to sign my copy of the newly-released sequel to This Savage Song, This Dark Duet. I’m about 2/3 of the way through it. Because I read the first book over a year ago, I’m not fully remembering the details of it, so I’m struggling through some references to past events and people. I am enjoying it, but it’s not my favorite story of hers. I think I still might be hung up on her last book A Conjuring of Light, which brought an end to an incredible series. I’ve also heard that the ending is heartbreaking so that might be another reason I’m dragging my feet on it, but I’ll be finished with it by the end of next week, so I’ll give a full review then! If you haven’t read any of Victoria Schwab’s books, I highly recommend doing so!

Songs of the Week

Here were the songs I played on repeat this week:

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

Writer in the Dark – Lorde

Answer – Phantogram

That’s all from me. I hope you all had a great week!

An Introduction

Hello there! Welcome to the start of something new and (hopefully) exciting! This marks the inaugural blog post under my much-used moniker Eyes On The Clock.

I get a lot of questions about the username and often feel a little embarrassed that my Instagram isn’t just a bunch of pictures of watches. To be honest, the name really just sounded cool so I ran with it. Over time though, I feel that the username has kind of taken on a new meaning to me.

I guess the name is a reminder of being hyper aware of the passage of time. Everything moves so quickly nowadays so I’m just trying to keep up and record as much of it as possible. Here is another attempt to do so.

I’ve always been interested in art and the impact it has on our society. When I mean art, I mean everything from books to film/television to graphic to paintings etc. I’ve consumed art in its many forms and I enjoy discussing art more than anything else. It is my passion and I want this to be a site where I engage with it, while also engaging with you.

I promise to publish weekly posts about the recent books/movies/tv shows/music etc. that I have consumed and maybe, if I’m lucky enough, influence you on your choice of media to consume.

I might also include some other pieces on more personal topics and maybe broach into political topics (god knows I have quite a few opinions on those). I do believe that my political opinions inform the media I consume and vice versa so it will be impossible for me to be completely unbiased.

That being said, art can bring people together as much as it can divide us. I hope that no matter what your views on the world, our shared love of pop culture can bridge some of those divides.

If you’re reading this all the way to the end, thank you. Time is a precious thing and I promise not to waste yours too much.

Much Love, Jade