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1 – State of Wonder/Ann Patchett
2 – Give Me Everything You Have/James Lasdun
3 – Run/Ann Patchett
4 – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls/David Sedaris
5 – Case Histories/Kate Atkinson
6 – Life After Life/Kate Atkinson
7 – In the Pleasure Groove/John Taylor (Duran Duran)
8 – Frankenstein/Mary Shelley
9 – The Picture of Dorian Gray/Oscar Wilde
10 – The Importance of Being Earnest/Oscar Wilde
11 – Fodor’s China
12 – Frommer’s Ireland
13 – Rick Steves’ Ireland
14 – Picture This – This is How Pictures Work/Molly Bang
15 – Hyberbole and  a Half/Allie Brosh
16 – The Book of Life/Deborah Harkness
17 – Two Weeks in the Midday Sun/Roger Ebert
18 – Bel Canto/Ann Patchett
19 – The Pot and How to Use It/Roger Ebert
20 – Wicked/Gregory Maguire
21 – The Giver/Lois Lowry
22 – Cat Sense/John Bradshaw
23 – Gathering Blue/Lois Lowry
24 – Yes Please/Amy Poehler

my movies december 2014

108 – Playtime – first Tati, effervescent
109 – Die Hard with a Vengeance – familiar, stupid fun
110 – Sleepy Hollow – inner gothic teen
111 – Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire – it’s always on
112 – Cedar Rapids – great Wire joke
113 – The Book Thief – diluted, saccharine adaptation
114 – Pride and Prejudice – all things Austen
115 – Rush – surprisingly engaging, tense
116 – Mr. Dynamite – more a love letter
117 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – please watch it
118 – Crazy Love – seriously, crazy people
119 – Wild – expected, fine, unsurprising
120 – And Then There Were None – more enjoyable Christie
121 – Obvious Child – hard-to-like, juvenile lead
122 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – campy classics continue
123 – Arsenic and Old Lace – a family favorite

my movies november 2014

99 – Gone Girl – a great gimmick
100- Birdman – weird, deep comedy
101 – Jonestown – I’d no idea
102 – Casablanca – family holiday favorite
103 – Whiplash – best of 2014 (decade?)
104 – Bad Words – excellent swearing technique
105 – Big Hero 6 – simply adorable
106 – Nebraska – Payne always delivers
107 – Hello Ladies – painfully, hilariously awkward

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91 – Gone with the Wind – saw in theater
92 – Asphalt Jungle – didn’t quite engage
93 – Red Riding 1974 – weird horror trilogy
94 – Gideon’s Army – our broken system
95 – We’re the Millers – becoming go-to background
96 – Wanderlust – stuck in Ireland
97 – Maleficent – I don’t know
98 – Toy Story – one frightening baby

my movies september 2014

84 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – humans are dumb
85 – Gates of Heaven – weirdo documentary inception
86 – Off the Charts – more endearing oddballs
87 – Guardians of the Galaxy – mega-hit delivers fun
88 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – enjoyed more in-flight
89 – Team America – still totally offensive (in a good way)
90 – 112 Weddings – a great concept

my movies august 2014

76 – 42 – better than average
77 – Snowpiercer – Swinton’s great villain
78 – Love Child – millennials scare me
79 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler – fine, not too
80 – Bye Bye Birdie – Kids, kids today!
81 – Jodorowsky’s Dune – inspired and inspirational
82 – The Sweet Hereafter – more hopeful, unexpected
83 – The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – growing on me

my movies july 2014

I was shocked – shocked – to find I had not posted since June! Jeez what have I been doing? So there will be several movie posts now.

66 – Breaker Morant – I’m history ignorant
67 – Life Itself – beloved critic tribute
68 – 22 Jump Street – this ends it
69 – Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – needs cuter boy
70 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Dawn sequel prep
71 – The Internship – leads too old
72 – The Station Agent – forgot how good
73 – Frozen – I get it
74 – Killer Joe – one fucked-up ending
75 – Blue Jasmine – surprisingly good, current

my movies june 2014When you’re on a plane to Beijing, you will watch just about anything. With the in-flight movie selection improving and number increasing this allows for fast work of a 12 hours flight.

58 – We Bought a Zoo – stop precocious kids
59 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – high hopes dashed
60 – The Wolf of Wall Street – surprising, engaging hubris
61 – Ender’s Game – over-simplified, lacks context62 – Thor – The Dark World – Norse mythological fun!
63 – Chef – sappy studio ending
64 – X-Men Days of Future Past – complicated plot success
65 – The Fault in Our Stars – sucker for Shailene

my movies may 201446 – We’re the Millers – raunchy, funny enough
47 – Neighbors – wives shallow too
48 – Iron Giant – still touching wonder
49 – The Vow – yep, dopey weeper
50 – Martha Marcy May Marlene – abrupt, disappointing ending
51 – Moonrise Kingdom – charms remain potent
52 – Enough Said – Holofcenter lightens up
53 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – dumber than expected
54 – Snake Eyes – Crazy Cage canon
55 – Lola Versus – becomes upsympathetic, unlikable
56 – Monuments Men – lacks focus, fun
57 – Anchorman 2 – not weird enough

EbertI miss Roger Ebert.

My family is a movie family. One of the great moments in my family’s history was when my parents got a VCR in 1984. Every weekend we would go to the neighborhood video store. I, my younger sister, and my parents as a couple would each pick a title. There was one more stop Read the rest of this entry »

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