Things You Will Love: February 2018
~Blow Out (1981, d. Brian de Palma): I blind-bought the Criterion Blu-Ray of this 80s political thriller and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. A seminal piece of pulp art filmmaking, and John Travolta at his absolute best. A must see.
~Paddington 2 (2018, d. Paul King): This is not a facetious joke. Paddington 2 may be one of the best films of 2018. Gentle, hilarious, and maybe even a little water-works inducing.
~Annihilation (2018, d. Alex Garland): Garland's follow up to Ex Machina is not a disappointment. Best seen on the big screen, this film creeps under your skin, lays eggs, and doesn't let you sleep for days.
~The Breadwinner (2017, d. Nora Twomey): Now available on Netflix, this imaginative story of an Afghan girl out to save her imprisoned father is gorgeous and nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards.
~Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin: This classic gay love story set against the backdrop of mid-century Paris is divine. Baldwin's lyrical prose seduces you and then revolts against you. A tragic love epic for the ages (in only 150 pages). Follow up with Colm Toibin's tribute to the novella.
~The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1): The last few episodes of this show are truly great, taking the season in interesting and refreshing directions. Rachel Brosnahan is my new deity.
~Michael Chabon's sweet and searing ode to his father, and on not becoming his father. (The New Yorker)
~With new Broadway revivals, are we reviving gender stereotypes too? (Michael Paulson, New York Times)
~Michael Ian Black sheds some light on our gun problem: toxic masculinity. (New York Times)
~You want to be an artist? Watch Groundhog's Day and remember to try, try again. (Austin Kleon, austinkleon.com)
~Jill Lepore takes you on the strange and twisted journey of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. (The New Yorker)
~Our media culture provided us with endless distractions. So much so that Michael Harris has forgotten how to read. (The Globe and Mail)
~David Thomson uncovers the ghosts that haunt Hitchcock's Rebecca. (Criterion)
~Brandi Carlile is back with her most personal album to date. Here's an interview about hear searing new work. (Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone)
~Fran Tirado lays down the 14 Rules for Dealing with Your Pretend Internet Boyfriend. (them.)
~By the Way I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile: She's back, ready to punch your gut in only the way Brandi knows how.
~The Daily: Two essential episodes of this month were on 2/2/18 (an interview with Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency) and 2/26/18 (Mona Charen's story of getting booed at CPAC for speaking out against Trump).
~Food 4 Thot: A new addition to my weekly rotation, this gay-centered podcast talks about everything from poetry to herpes, with equal parts playful and sober. I especially loved their discussion of the novel and film adaptation of Call Me By Your Name ("Call Me By Your Obscure Gay Memes").
~Still Processing: Wesley and Jenna sit down with author Ta-Nahisi Coates and discuss the surprising politics and gravity of Black Panther ("We Sink Our Claws Into 'Black Panther' with Ta-Nehisi Coates").
~How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes (Nerdwriter)