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I googled “pop culture” and this came up. Actually this came up because I googled “entertainment”.

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I quite like both and I think I’ll be going with the “I’m feeling lucky” approach to images for the rest of the year because searching and formatting is such a huge time suck.

Last year – well it was last year. There was a huge dip in my consumption for a lot of different reasons we don’t need to get into here. In the spirit of the starting anew and clearing out the old I’m going to just list the movies and books of 2015. No reviews – otherwise this wouldn’t be happening at all. What I am going to do for 2016 is add the TV shows I’m watching/streaming because I am definitely watching a lot.

MOVIES
January

1 – Wedding Crashers
2 – The Odd Couple

March
3 – Singin’ in the Rain

April
4 – It Follows
5 – Woman in Gold

May
6 – Edge of Tomorrow
7 – Finding Vivian Maier
8 – Atari – Game Over
9 – Mad Max: Fury Road

June
10 – Best in Show
11 – Non-Stop
12 – Spy
13 – X-Files – Fight the Future

July
14 – John Wick
15 – Minions
16 – Inside Out
17 – Inside Llewyn Davis
18 – Stanley Kubrick – A Life in Pictures
19 – The Winning Season

August
20 – The Babadook
21 – Inside Man
22 – Drag Me to Hell
23 – The Giver
24 – Trainwreck
25 – Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work
26 – Man from U.N.C.L.E.

September
27 – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation
28 – The Source Family
29 – Muscle Shoals

October
30 – Who Killed the Electric Car?
31 – Black Mass

November
32 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
33 – American Sniper
34 – The Martian

December
35 – Spectre

BOOKS

May – really, I didn’t read anything until MAY, the dates are when I finished
1 – Simon vs the Homo Sapiens/Becky Albertalli
2 – Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnance
3 – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
4 – The Messenger/Lois Lowry
5 – Wonder/RJ Palacio
6 – Son/Lois Lowry
7 – Diaper Free/Ingrid Bauer
8 – Stories I Only Tell My Friends/Rob Lowe
9 – A Wrinkle in Time/Madeleine L’Engle
10 – Love Life/Rob Lowe
11 – Ready for a Brand New Beat/Mark Kurlansky
12 – A Wind int eh Door/Madeleine L’Engle
13 – Modern Romance/Aziz Ansari

Out of this whole list the only entry I didn’t remember is Non-Stop. Liam Neeson is an air marshall trapped on a plane with a forgettable story line. There you have it. One big thing I check off my to do list. Happy New Year!

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

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 »

 

April Movies

 

32 – Divergent – Four Four Four
33 – In a World – slight but cute
34 – Wanderlust – meh blah forgettable
35 – The Great Gatsby – manic 20’s works
36 – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Fiennes’ delightful cad
37 – Prisoners – killer’s mighty vengeance
38 – Pussy Riot Punk Prayer – eloquent, passionate sisterhood
39 – The Aviator – Blanchett’s grating Hepburn
40 – Rififi – heist movie provenance
41 – Kinky Boots – huge musical potential
42 – Tootsie – love the reveal
43 – Gosford Park – superior to Downton
44 – The Way Way Back – quietly endearing charmer
45 – Battleship – aliens just misunderstood?

decem ber movies

Don’t know why but this came up in my image search for december movies and my first two titles because – spoiler alert – I didn’t see Killer Joe. While I had a bit of a weak list for a few months I feel I came back strong in December with a solid close.

100 – About Time – love British sweetness
101 – The Campaign – political satire light 102 – Pitch Perfect – I’m the target
103 – 9 to 5 – Dolly! Lily! Jane!
104 – The Descendants – what’s your legacy?
105 – Bad Santa – is Thornton sexy?
106 – Red 2 – slight but fun
107 – Saving Mr. Banks – Thompson makes it
108 – All is Lost – so impressive, engrossing
109 – I am Divine – Native Love remembered
110 – Ted – not a fan
111 – 12 Years a Slave – into McQueen’s brutality
112 – The Other Guys – Marky Mark’s comedy
113 – Finding Nemo – love Pixar sweetness
114 – American Hustle – LOVE Jennifer Lawrence
115 – Queen of Versailles – documentarian hit gold
116 – To Rome with Love – mostly same Allen
117 – Love Actually – source for Garry Marshall?
118 – The Right Stuff – durable favorite, admiration
119 – Xanadu – ELO and Newton-John
120 – Galaxy Quest – Keith Mars weirdness
121 – Road House – holy crap, wow

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I know I know – why bother? Well why not?

38 – The Place Beyond the Pines – Gosling’s shark jump?
39 – King of Kong – small epic story
40 – Mommie Dearest – melodramatic, hammy, terrific
41 – Spellbound – celebrate young nerds
42 – Layer Cake – Craig’s first greatness
43 – Mud – boys grow up
44 – Mother – that’s protective ice
45 – Miss Austen Regrets – so do I
46 – Cleanflix – how’s art shared?
47 – Star Trek Into Darkness – dropped storylines, mishmash
48 – Miracle – dreams require work
49  – Valley Girl – where’s Deborah Foreman?