Viewing Diary, June 2021

Film: Madonna: Truth or Dare Pink Flamingos Kissing Jessica Stein Tampopo Hard Eight The Queen (1968) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Cruising Traffic Workhorse Queen Bells Are Ringing Matt Shepherd Is a Friend of Mine The Whales of August In the Heights Hairspray (1988) Wild Things The Time Traveler’s Wife The AIDS Show Italian Studies…

Viewing Diary, May 2021

Film: Spiderman 3 Midnight at the Never Get The Sundowners Living Out Loud Gattaca The Amazing Spiderman M*A*S*H A Private Function Christmas in July State of Play The Mitchells vs. The Machines Animal Kingdom Greenberg Grease 2 CATS (2019) The Searchers The Life of Emile Zola The Woman in the Window Good Bye Lenin! Blindness…

2021 in Books (Updating)

I Remember Nothing (Nora Ephron) – 3.75/5 Birds of America (Lorrie Moore) – 3.75/5 Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh) – 4.5/5 Happy (Derren Brown) – 3.25/5 New Year, Same Trash (Samantha Irby) – 3/5 Swimming in the Dark (Tomasz Jedrowski) – 4.5/5 A Boy’s Own Story (Edmund White) – 3/5 Fear of Flying (Erica Jong)…

Viewing Diary, April 2021

Film: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jesus Christ Superstar Lust For Life Send Me No Flowers Hard Candy Eye for an Eye Shiva Baby Captain Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Follies: In Concert Camille The Subject Was Roses Doctor Strange Sunset Song An American Werewolf in London The Last Blockbuster Ben-Hur Audrey The…

Oscars 2021

Not much to say this year. The Oscars happened, I watched them. I won the office Oscar pool, second year in a row. Generally speaking I wasn’t offended by the winners. And that’s that. Onto the next. For what it’s worth thought, these were my favorite performances and directors of the year: First Tier: Aubrey…

Viewing Diary, March 2021

Film: Empire of the Sun Saint Maud Penny Serenade Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Burden of Dreams Baraka Samsara Ruby Sparks Raya and the Last Dragon The 39 Steps Cat Ballou Eden The Avengers Burrow Michael Rocks Ziegfeld Girl The Magnificent Ambersons A Face in the Crowd My Octopus Teacher The Mauritanian Silk Stockings Quo Vadis,…

Viewing Diary, February 2021

Film: Jockey My Name Is Pauli Murray Indiscreet Judas and the Black Messiah The World to Come The Grass Is Greener Flee 2046 Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir Cusp The Little Hours I’m No Angel Malcolm and Marie The Little Things Supernova The Heartbreak Kid 42nd Street Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Shangahi Express Morocco…