After a really dodgy Thursday, I’m feeling much more energized today.

Perhaps it’s due to it being a long weekend here in Canada. Perhaps it’s because it’s payday. Perhaps it’s because I finally finished “Moby Dick” on Monday and was able to get that doorstop of a volume out of my messenger bag. Perhaps it’s anticipation for the final episode of Mad Men. Perhaps it’s because my summer roadtrip is growing extremely bloody nigh.

Whatever the reason, there’s a spring in my step this morning and a song in my head (“King Kunta”, for the curious).

As we now find ourselves ankle-deep in the waters of the summer movie season, I’m trying to keep an ear out for the indies I should be seeking out. The ones that will act as a refreshing tonic after weeks spent feasting on cheeseburgers. So while I know about one or two – for instance ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – I’m sadly in the dark

Are there any indies/docs/foreign films dropping in the next few months that you’re especially looking forward to? Any you’ve seen that you can recommend?

In the meantime, I am going to keep my spirits up while this workday plays out, and celebrate at the end of the day by purchasing some concert tickets.

In the words of Starship, “Nothing’s gonna stop us now”…

For your listening and reading fulfillment, I give you…

It’s been far too long since I’ve plugged the Chicks With Accents, and that’s cause for severe consequences (please don’t turn off my wi-fi!). This week they have returned with an Avengers Episode that’s well worth a listen, and celebrates the podcast’s second birthday. Give a listen and raise a glass!

I’m pretty darned stoked for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD tonight, and if I don’t love it, I blame Sasha James. Andrew Crump has a splendid review up this morning, so if you still find yourself sitting on the fence in regards to buying a ticket, go give his piece a read.

You have no idea how much I enjoy Alex Withrow’s visual essays about details of films he loves that nobody else talks about. This week, he brings us a new one: SPRING BREAKERS.

My study-buddy Missus Hardesty played curator this week. Over at Flickchart, she got introspective and culled together a few films to help endure a quarter-life crisis.

For a little while now, I’ve been wondering about the news, sights, and sounds we get on the films that await us. I’ve been wondering if we are making too big a thing over nothing, or if we’re ruining the element of surprise. As I click over to The Axis, it would appear as though I’m not the only one!

I was feeling pretty badass about the amount of reading I’d done this year…then Anna told me she’d passed my current tally of books read back in February. Serves me right. Well, since she’s such a voracious reader, it’s fitting that she compares books to the films they spawn – like this week, with STILL ALICE.

As for the Tweet of The Week, Melissa Weller did a stellar job of bringing me back to my early twenties this week…