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I will be moving to Orlando, Florida this fall to take part in the Disney College Program. This is an introduction video to give you a bit of an explanation of what this “paid internship” entails. So watch below to hear about how I will be “Living, Learning & Earning” soon. This is also just a good way to see me smiling and happy because I’m not always like that. This is very exciting!

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4 out of 5

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Johnny Cash
The Life
by Robert Hilburn
published by: Little, Brown and Company
released on: 10/29/2013
provided by: NetGalley

This is an incredibly in depth, well researched biography of Johnny Cash. Instead of just inferring events as some biographers do, Robert Hilburn has went out of his way to exhaustively research Cash’s life. My qualms with this book are few and are massively outweighed by the knowledge I gleamed from it on JR. In case you are wondering though, they are as follows: it’s hefty at 688 pages but in truth I relished in reading this book for an extended period of time, it can be slightly dry at times due to the author’s thoroughness (but as I said, I appreciate that) and sometimes when events are laid out Cash is presented in a more favorable light than what is listed to have actually happened. I totally understand this though as it’s a book about him and you’re most likely reading it because you are a fan of Cash. As you can see, these are barely quibbles, as they make sense and are helpful at times.

Despite watching Walk the Line a few times, listening to a variety of Cash albums and seeing some of his specials I realized quite quickly into this book that I actually knew very little about the Man in Black.

It turns out that Cash himself did release a couple of autobiographies during his lifetime but he was a known exaggerator. The author was able to use his autobiographies, family autobiographies, actual interviews with Cash and a myriad of news clippings on him to give us a well rounded look at Cash’s life.

From his youth, to his time in the service, his first marriage and then his later marriage to the beautiful June Carter Cash we definitely get to learn about his personal life. The scandalous tales of drugs and car wrecks are also included.

What I highly appreciated though is the information regarding how Cash crafted his songs. I can write a lot of things but lyrics are not one of them. It was so interesting to delve into his process. From his early acclaimed work, through some experimental tunes to his later revival, info on all of it is right here, in one book! Cash has been gone for a while now so the end of the book focuses on how he balanced a myriad of health problems with his work. It is tear jerking. I literally cried several times and I’m no softy.

The author is even completely honest in his opinion on Cash’s work. In the index he gives you a list of his recommended Johnny Cash albums. I found this incredibly helpful while looking for more Cash to listen to.

While casual Cash fans may not be able to get through such a lengthy book this is ideal for those of use who have admired his work for years. It would also make a great gift for any friend or family member who is into both Cash and literature. Snag this masterpiece today!

(Note this is an affiliate link.) You can purchase this book here from Amazon.

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3 out of 5

Note: This a review of the deluxe version. Some of these tracks are not included on the standard album. If you will be buying it I recommend spending the couple of extra bucks but hey, I am a completist.

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1. Alien
2. Work Bitch
3. Perfume
4. It Should Be Easy (featuring
5. Tik Tik Boom (featuring T.I.)
6. Body Ache
7. Til It’s Gone
8. Passenger
9. Chillin’ with You (featuring Jamie Lynn)
10. Don’t Cry
(deluxe tracks are as follows)
11. Brightest Morning Star
12. Hold on Tight
13. Now That I Found You
14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)

Work Bitch 1

Work Bitch 2

Britney Jean is the 8th original album (not including the best of or compilation discs) from Britney Spears. I went into this baby with high hopes. After all, the first single is Work Bitch. That song is just fuckin’ fun. Fun to listen to and dance to, whether it be at home or in the club. Unfortunately I feel as though the album itself is a let down. At first I thought I was being too hard on it. Then I took a trip through many of her videos on Vimeo and realized how amazing even some of her lesser tracks from other albums are in comparison to those on “Britney Jean”.

I became a casual fan of Brit with her first single “Baby One More Time” all the way back in ’99. I own all of her albums so, yes I did eventually become an avid fan. Her first two were a bit sappy for me. I think my real obsession began when “I’m a Slave 4 U” came out in ’01 on her third album “Britney”. Even though I still don’t rank “Britney” up there with her best albums it got her going in more interesting directions. Her next album, “In The Zone”, was on repeat for me once I got it. Since then I’ve felt just as strongly about every album of hers: “Blackout” (my absolute favorite), “Circus” and “Femme Fatale” (well almost as strongly about this one).

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Don’t get me wrong, “Britney Jean” isn’t bad. It’s just not amazing, which is what I’ve come to expect. As a Spears addict any new songs from her are greatly appreciated. I remember when she scrapped an album a few years back and there was a Brit drought. Yes, I heard the bootlegs (some were surprisingly good). Back when that happened though it certainly made sense for her not to release her best work. I’m not sure if someone is editing her as well as they should be at this point.

If you don’t have to have everything by Brit then I truly believe that you need only buy the singles “Work Bitch” and “Perfume” from this album. “Work Bitch” isn’t deep but it’s a necessity.

perfume video still

“Perfume” on the other hand is so freakin moving. I mean it’s about not feeling secure in a relationship. Basically she feels like her boyfriend is still seeing his ex. You also just get that overall sense of anxiety that comes with many relationships, “I wait for you to call, I try to act natural”, this could describe so many calls I’ve waited for.

There are some other songs that are enjoyable if you don’t put too much pressure on them. “Alien” and “Now That I Found You” are sweet. “Alien” is also very catchy. “Tik Tik Boom” is hot. “Body Ache” is a good dance tune.

“Chillin With You” is a decent, easy going tune. The lyrics (ex. “I drank some red wine and now I’m walking on the sky”) combined with the fact that her sister guests on the song reminds me of my sister and puts me in a good mood.

“It Should Be Easy” is one you may catch yourself singing along too but it’s really not that great and wreaks of too much auto tune. “Til It’s Gone” has an angry vibe and also falls into the just okay category.

I honestly have nothing to say about the other four tracks (“Passenger”, “Don’t Cry”, “Brightest Morning Star” and “Hold On Tight”), as they are that bland and forgettable. Hmm, maybe that’s why two of them are only bonus tracks.

Do you want this album? That’s up to you, considering how much of a fan you are. Do you need it? Probably not.

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This poster is completely accurate. He distracted me into watching this.

This poster is completely accurate. He distracted me into watching this.

Upon seeing I Give It A Year listed on Netflix I almost bypassed it. Unfortunately, I did not. I spotted the deliciousness of Simon Baker and my hormones added it to my queue.

I then proceeded to watch it despite my intense hatred of Rose Byrne. She’s a bad actress. I’m sorry, she just is. It’s true that I never noticed her until Adam and some think that I’m basing my dislike on that character but no, that’s not it. I’ve seen her in so many good or great films and she is always a blight on the picture. Okay, she was funny in Bridesmaids but I attribute that to the writing.

i give it a year movie poster

So what we have here is a romantic comedy about a couple who meet and marry quickly despite reservations from their friends. Byrne stars as Nat opposite Josh (Rafe Spall) who is so awkward that he’d make me seem debonair in comparison.

Anna Faris plays Chloe, Josh’s best friend, which was what kept me watching until the end of the film, to be honest. I’m a huge fan of Faris. Here I got to see her in a more insecure, less silly role. She was fantastic, as usual. If you are also a big fan of hers you probably have to watch this even if it’s just to see her funny threeway scene. Guy (Simon Baker) meets Nat at work and falls for her. I wanted to see more of him in the film but I understand that it’s not his movie. Minnie Driver has a supporting role. At first I thought her character was funny but I quickly changed my mind. I mainly just got excited about seeing her as an actress.

The couple see a marriage counselor and decide to give their marriage a year before calling it quits. During this time both find each other more and more annoying and become more drawn to the objects of their attraction. At one point the main couple set up the two people that they are attracted to and basically order them to date. The whole thing just seems like a huge waste of four people’s year.

I did get a few laughs out of this but, no, save yourself. I’m sure you have better things to do or watch for an hour and a half.

Don’t give your time over to “I Give It a Year”.

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2 out of 5

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is yet another film that I only discovered through semi-frequent visits to The main thing that drew me to the film was that it stars both Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. I’ve been a fan of Affleck since To Die For. Mara made quite the impression on me with her recent portrayals in the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and then Side Effects. Shortly after the start of the movie, I also spotted Ben Foster. Score, I thought. He’s never failed to blow me away (in the past).

This romantic crime drama is set in the 1970’s in the West. It’s about a man who wants to be reunited with his family after being imprisoned. That is the sum total of what I knew going in. I didn’t even watch the trailer. If I had viewed it, I’d know everything there is to know about the flick. Affleck somewhat heroically goes to prison and starts serving a long ass sentence. While there he pines for his woman as their child starts to grow up. At an hour and a half this movie drags, painfully. I was so bored. I was ready to give up.

It seems that this movie was sold on the basis of nice cinematography and a decent amount of chemistry between Affleck and Mara. However, cinematography doesn’t make a movie for me if the movie is empty. That’s how this film felt, empty. Chemistry is also not that big of a selling point to me when the leads are spending the majority of the movie apart.

Aw shucks pretty lady, I'm such a good guy, but I'm as dull as paint and about as bright too.

Aw shucks pretty lady, I’m such a good guy, but I’m as dull as paint and about as bright too.

I can’t believe that I’ve now finally seen a movie that has wasted Ben Foster. I mean wasted him. I’ve seen Casey Affleck wasted before (although he usually seems to punch up a flailing movie) but never Foster. I did not watch this alone. I watched it with someone who enjoys movies in this type of genre far more than I do and they felt almost the same amount of boredom. That’s bad news, folks.

So, I can not recommend this unless you are a super huge fan of Affleck, Foster or Mara and must see all of their work. I’d probably give this a lower score if it weren’t for the fact that Affleck really tried to get me to root for him in this.

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