The movie Wild deserves a 9/10 if ten is amazing and zero is horrible. By far one of the best movies I have ever seen, you do not have to be a hiker or a recovering drug addict to enjoy this film. Though being a hiker or recovering from drugs probably would help with the appreciation of Wild, I would not suggest it. The first thing to mention when speaking of this movie is how beautiful the setting is. Having grown up in Northern California, I feel as though I have always had a deep appreciation for nature. Every time I see forests, valleys, snow, wildflowers, and sunrises through the lens of an expensive camera from a unique view, nature startles me with its beauty. The PCT, or Pacific Crest Trail, is described on Google “as a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie about 100 to 150 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coast.” The movie Wild is created based on the life of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with no true hiking experience to escape and confront the demons of her past. Without a doubt, this movie contains lots of demons. Her loving mother dies from cancer, a divorce with someone she got matching tattoos with, all contribute to self-destructive behavior. Yet, ten minutes into the film, you understand that there is nothing else for the woman who had no hiking experience, too small shoes, and a large backpack, but hike nature wilder than her past.
just finished reading Not That Kind of Girl and I know I am behind the curve on praising this; however, it is SO good. A fun airplane read or when you want to zone out before bed, Not That Kind of Girl is funny, honest, and entertaining. This book is a collection of short stories from the life of Lena Dunham filled with emails, love notes, and essays. Even though Lena is known as a serious actress and feminist, this book showcases those points yet does not make a political statement so much as a personal one. Serious? No. Serious Literature? Definitely not. But a fun read? Sure. If you like funny stories told in an autobiographical sense that aren’t anything you have heard before, pick this up today! The opening of this book is “If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you,” she writes, “or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile.”From the get-go, it is clear Lena is writing to act as the cool yet crazy older friend some of us were lucky enough to have as we were growing up – and still want in our lives. Occasionally, however, the theme does feel a bit too familiar in this collection of crazy tales. Struggles to lose weight, sibling conflicts, getting a job, and going to camp all have funny stories about them, yes, but are ways to remember and recount your own relationship with each of these things throughout your own life. When reading this, please remember to not think of Lena Dunham as a person to support or be against, or as someone we all have to listen to, even if the events seem repetitive, just think of her work as “A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.”