Read. Watch. Listen. (02.02.15)

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What to read, watch, and listen to this week.

READ: theSkimm

Subscribe to theSkimm. Read theSkimm. Soon you'll love theSkimm.

"theSkimm" is starting to look weird to me now from typing it so much. Anyhoo, theSkimm is a daily email newsletter which quite literally skims the news for you. It summarizes all major current events in politics, sports, pop culture, etc. into a short and sweet email. Essentially it gives you enough information to stay informed and sound smart at the dinner table, without being overwhelmed.

Oprah also backs it, so I'll just leave the link here.

WATCH: American Sniper

In case you live under a rock, American Sniper is Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated military film starring Bradley Cooper. It's currently in theatres and is raking in money at the box office like crazy. I'm not sure whether it's because people genuinely want to see this movie, or because it's been quite controversial for a million reasons from Seth Rogen's alleged comparisons to the fact that they use a "fake baby" in the movie.

I always try to watch all of the movies nominated for Best Picture before the Academy Awards, and typically fail to do it, but here I am trying to watch them all again. American Sniper is based on the true story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, and stirs up all of the emotions involved in enlisting, the unfortunate long-term effects on soldiers after they return home, and the Iraq War itself. The movie's a little long but it's definitely worth watching. In short, it will give you something to talk about.

LISTEN: Cover of "Wildest Dreams" by Alice Kristiansen 
Alice Kristiansen covers a variety of popular songs acoustically using her guitar or her piano. This video received over 10,000 views within the first 24 hours it was posted, and it deserves every one of them. It's hands-down the best cover of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" that I've heard to date.

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