Things You Will Love: Summer Wrap Up
I've done my best to organize my brain and all the stuff I was taking in this summer. This might seem exhaustive, but hear me out: I've only included the best of the best. Enjoy!
*presented in no order*
-Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, d. Jon Watts)
-Dunkirk (2017, d. Christopher Nolan)
-Okja (2017, d. Bong Joon-Ho)
-Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, d. David Lynch): I was lucky enough to catch this in a small theatre in Carcassonne, France. There was one other person in the entire theater on a musty Thursday night. It was glorious, and strange, and terrifying.
-North by Northwest (1959, d. Alfred Hitchcock)
-Blade Runner (1982, d. Ridley Scott): Prepare ye for Blade Runner 2049 with the original masterpiece. I had never seen the film and settled on the Final Cut. I was blown away by the imagery, the bionic synth score, the devastating pathos and ethical questions that still loom large in Ridley Scott. Must-see.
-California Typewriter (2016, d. Doug Nichol): I was so inspired by this documentary, I marched myself down to Gramercy and bought an old-fashioned typewriter and it's one of my favorite purchases I have ever made.
-Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017, d. Chris Moukarbel)
-Good Time (2017, d. Ben & Joshua Safdie): My favorite film I've seen this year to date, Good Time is entertaining and stings like a mother fucker. One of the best New York movies of this decade.
-Obit (2016, d. Vanessa Gould): A terrific little doc about the obituary team at The New York Times. It begs the question: how do you sum up a life?
-Wind River (2017, d. Taylor Sheridan)
-Modern Times (1936, d. Charlie Chaplin): How did he get so much right, know so much about then, predict so much about now, and do it all with the comedic panache still unmatched??!
-My Life in France by Julia Child & Alex Prud'homme: One of my new all-time favorites. Julia's life story is so vibrant and joyous and this book is romantic, comfortable, and savory. Bon apetit.
-Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: This book may very well change your life. I've never cried more, been more moved. A deeply felt collection of "advice columns" that reveal Cheryl to be the soulful voice that I will be coming back to again and again.
-What Happened by Hillary Clinton: Understanding then can help prep us for what's happening now. Full of specific detail and a vulnerability and self-aware attitude that makes what's happening now even more infuriating knowing that we could have had one of the most capable leaders of all time, and we let her down.
-The Bold Type (Freeform): Three young women navigate the world of magazine publishing in New York City and mention Nora Ephron at least once every episode, so maybe this was written for me specifically??
-Will & Grace (Hulu): Not only is my favorite show ever now back on the air, but Hulu has put up the entire series. If there is a God, maybe he's gay?
-Pod Save America: Some fantastic episodes of a fantastic podcast
- "Tweet your feelings" with Senator Cory Booker
- "Hack away China" with Jeff Mason
-HRC was featured on several podcasts as part of her press tour for her book, What Happened. Each interview is sharp and poised, qualities that our current Commander in Chief sorely lacks. Catch her on Pod Save America, Longform, and Fresh Air
-Dear Sugars Radio: I am loving every episode of this podcast, which is a spin-off of Cheryl Strayed's book Tiny, Beautiful Things. Strayed hosts the show with Steve Almond and gives on air responses to powerful letters they've received. If you're looking for a good place to start, why not try their two part episode with Oprah (yes!) on the Power of No.
-The New Washington: From Michael Barbaro and The New York Times, this series of short podcast episodes tries to reveal the people behind the public masks of high-profile Washington moguls. I particularly thought the episode with Sarah Huckabee Sanders was fascinating and their spotlight on liberal hero Nancy Pelosi.
-Popcast: "Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices."
-The Next Picture Show: Comparing and contrasting how the past comes back to haunt in David Lowery's A Ghost Story (2017) and Herk Harvey's 1962 horror classic Carnival of Souls.
-The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn: I love interviews. I love interviewers. I particularly love interviews with interviewers. (Episodes sitting down with Larry King, Audie Cornish and Katie Couric are truly remarkable.)
-Writer and illustrator Liana deals with the tricky difference between fiction and reality in her art.
-Tim Kreider warns not to fall into "The Busy Trap" (The New York Times).
-Tim Urban on Why Procrastinators Procrastinate (Wait But Why).
-The Editorial Board at The New York Times debunks the myth that more work equals more reward.
-Alexis Soloski gets real with Oscar Isaac on his mother's death and his return to the Shakespearean stage from this summer's Sam Gold-helmed production of Hamlet. (NYT)
-A beautiful piece by Miriam Johnson on the "12 Hour Goodbye That Started It All". (NYT)
-Teen Vogue's handy and bold Guide to Anal Sex (Gigi Engle).
-Something sweet for the table (and the heart): A Match Made in Baking and Blue Ribbons (Kim Severson, NYT)
-A beautiful obit for publishing legend Judith Jones (Robert D. McFadden, NYT)
-Christopher Runyon re-examines David Lynch's much-maligned masterwork Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Movie Mezzanine)
-It’s the Golden Age of TV. And Writers Are Reaping the Rewards and Paying the Toll (Alex Suskind, NYT)
-Theatre giant Nichols Hytner on his new memoir and his new theatre (Rachel Cooke, The Guardian)
-Maurice Sendak's heartbreaking interview with Terry Gross is an oldie, but a goodie.
-Deconstructing There Will Be Blood by examining the shots (Nerdwriter).
-"Icarus" by Plays Well With Others.
-Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato: In an era where pop kweens are putting out some schlock, Demi's new album is giving beats, vocals, and so much sass.
-Since seeing the film for the first time this week, I seriously cannot get enough of the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner, which features an iconic score by Vangelis.
-new.wave as rec by PCHH, is a rad re-imagining of pop songs as if they were rock rave jams.
-Rainbow, Kesha: The former vapid party girl has loved, lost, and lived. Her new album is fun, playful, and surprisingly tender.