august 2018 movies

  1. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Tense but unsatisfying remake. Denzel Washington is no hero exactly just as John Travolta doesn't convey real derangement.
  2. - The Tarnished Angels (1956). Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, and Robert Stack.

book log - feb 2018

  1. Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies - Ann Hornaday
    • "Before you write any review," David told me, "ask yourself three questions: 'What was the artist trying to achieve?' 'Did they achieve it?' And 'Was it worth doing?'"
  2. Mischka's War: A Story of Survival from War-torn-Europe to New York - Sheila Fitzpatrick
    • "Not that I'm saying he was wrong, but the judgement was axiomatic rather than derived from observation."
  3. Lauras - E.G. Vodolazkin

listening log - february 3, 2018

  1. Seth Cluett - Forms of Forgetting [2014]. 56 minutes of throbbing electro-sounds.
  2. David Lang, Maya Beiser, Kate Valik - The Day [2018]. I listened to music of text and cello.
  3. Murder Is By Beat - Classic Film Noir Themes and Scenes. Themes and scenes.
  4. The Best Collection Sound of Bali. Variety of non-soothing music.
  5. Petridisch - Clocks [2018 Metropolitan State Productions]. Including Glass Clock (Modern Love Waltz).

links - january 20, 2018

  1. A five-act dramatic structure works better for television. Vox
  2. Ex-Purdue basketball player Caleb Swanigan plays for the G-League Canton Charge and A.J. Hammons for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Hammer and Rails
  3. "What’s that old saying — if you’re explaining, you’re losing?" Balloon Juice
  4. "Want to see agencies like HHS protect rights of conscience? Don’t raise a ruckus about hookups". National Review
  5. "In her first film at Warners, “The Big Sleep,” she was cast as a bookshop clerk who is questioned by Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)." San Francisco Chronicle. Dorothy Malone died.

movies - december 2017

  1. The Far Country (1954)
    • Anthony Mann. James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Ruth Roman, Henry Morgan. Wikipedia. Filmed in Jasper National Park. 7/10
  2. The Blitz (2012).
    • Rotterdam love story admidst the pending German attack. The Amazon Prime title may not match the theatrical release. Wikipedia. 6/10
  3. Girl with Green Eyes ()
    • Peter Finch, but not as old and cranky. 6/10
  4. Sunrise (1927)
    • F. W. Murnau, George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston

book ideas - december 2017

  1. Bryan Caplan - The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. Via Tyler Cowen
  2. Jean M. Twenge - iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Via Tyler Cowen?
  3. James C. Scott - Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States . Via Tyler Cowen
  4. Judith Rich Harris  - The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
  5. Gerard Schwarz with Maxine Frost - BEHIND THE BATON: An American Icon Talks Music. Fanfare 
  6. Bruno Maçães - The Dawn of Eurasia. Tyler Cowen