Things You Will Love: June 2017
-Geoffrey O'Brien's terrific intro for the Film Forum retrospective of the films of Ernst Lubitsch, "The Magician of Delight." (The New York Review of Books)
-How Cold Brew Changed the Coffee Business (Oliver Strand, The New York Times)
-So many great features on the Julius Caesar fiasco. Here is Isaac Butler (Slate) on how protester's fundamentally mistake the message of the play and Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb's comprehensive understanding of how this all came to be (NYT).
-While free speech is on the mind, here is Louis Menard on Banned Books and Blockbusters. (New Yorker)
-Every couple of months we get another indispensable write-up on Mama RuPaul. (Michael Cuby, Paste Magazine)
-A loving profile on Twitter superstar and aliebn Jonny Sun. (Jesse Lichtenstein, New York Times Magazine)
-Thomas Oppong makes the case for why great geniuses journal. (Thrive Global)
-Canada's Secret to Resisting the West's Populist Wave (Amanda Taub, NYT)
-Tim Kreider hits close to home on why we shouldn't worry about being "busy" (NYT)
-Michael Tilson Thomas on "Music and Emotion Through Time" has got me deep thinking. (TED)
-A short and informative look at the glory of 16mm. (The Film Stage)
-Trevor Noah on the death of Philando Castile (Comedy Central): Unflinchingly devastating. Worth the watch.
-Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel" music video: GOD. DAMN. (VeVo)
-Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 7: All hail David Lynch.
-Master of None, Season 1, Episode 9 "Mornings": Heartbreaking.
-Sex and the City, Season 2: As I work my way through this incredible series, I have found the show really coming into it's own. Always hilarious, always a little thoughtful, and with some real weight for the characters. It is easy to see why it had the cultural impact it did.
-Maria Callas singing the "Gualtier Maldé" aria from Verdi's Rigoletto is the sublime presence missing in your life.
-Melodrama by Lorde: Every song is your favorite until you hear the next song which becomes your new favorite until you are a human web of conflict.
I'm sorry I'm not more attractive
I'm sorry I'm not more ladylike
I'm sorry I don't shave my legs at night
I'm sorry I'm not your baby mama
I'm sorry you got karma comin' to you
Collect and soak in it right
-I started a playlist of every song I saw friends post about on Instagram story, and the line-up is incredible.
-"#534: A Not-So-Simple Majority" (This American Life): Wow.
-"When to Break Up With Television and Pop Culture Advice with Mallory Ortberg" (Pop Culture Happy Hour)
-"108 The Driver w/ Edgar Wright" (The Canon): Been doing some heavy duty prep for Wright's new film Baby Driver (out now!). Here he is defending the film that inspires his own, Walter Hill's The Driver (1978).
-Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park: Much has been written and reported about this controversial production. Much has NOT been said about the production itself, which I found both searing and tender, politically complex, and the most unforgettably thrilling night of theater perhaps I've ever endured.
-Indecent at the Cort Theater: Thanks to a producing grace of God, you can still see Rebecca Taichman's beautifully rendered staging of Paula Vogel's play. Get tickets here.
-Death Defying Acts by David Mamet, Elaine May, and Woody Allen: This collection of one-acts from this trifecta of playwrights proves both incredibly hilarious and incredibly brief.
-Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: One of my favorite Christie's I've read for the Maidens of Murder book club. Christie is best when served in exotic locales, unforgettable characters, and locked room mysteries.
I watched many, many great films in June. I had a lot of time on my hands, and an insatiable desire to make the most of my MoviePass. Here are ten you should seek out:
Dog Day Afternoon (1975, d. Sidney Lumet): Lumet. Pacino. One of the most sizzling cinematic feasts. Ever.
The Conversation (1974, d. Francis Ford Coppola)*
The Beguiled (2017, d. Sofia Coppola): Sly and restrained. Endlessly gorgeous. Fuck the patriarchy.
The Big Sick (2017, d. Michael Showalter): Laugh, cry, laugh again. One of the year's best.
Radio Days (1987, d. Woody Allen)
Duck Soup (1933, d. Leo McCarey ): One of the funniest films I have ever seen. I was guffawing out loud.
The Lady Vanishes (1938, d. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Driver (1978, d. Walter Hill)
Charade (1963, d. Stanley Donen)
Woman of the Year (1942, d. George Stevens): Tracy, Hepburn, swoon. In that order.
And a few movies I re-watched this month, that reminded me how much I loved them:
Chef (2014, d. Jon Favreau)*
Midnight in Paris (2011, d. Woody Allen)*
*Available on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Watch them now!