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Weekend Recap

WHAT I’M READING: The new Michael Koryta (How it Happened) and it is AMAZING. It’s also available now and I highly recommend it. I’m hoping the review will be up tomorrow. I’m also really excited because the new Stephen King (The Outsider) is out Tuesday and I cannot wait.

WHAT I’M WATCHING: I’m just starting to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and, after a slow start,  I think I’m starting to get into it.

Movie-wise, I saw Breaking In (very fun) and Book Club. I was very nervous about Book Club because, while the cast is perfection, the trailer made it look like it was nothing but jokes about women’s sexuality (especially the older women that are featured here). That does the movie a real disservice. I mean, yes, it’s definitely super fluffy but there’s some depth here, too. It’s really nice to see Candice Bergen, especially, and Alicia Silverstone is in it. It’s really nice to see her, too. (Also, Candice Bergen has a bobblehead of Ruth Bader Ginsberg AND her cat is named Ginsberg. I would like a spinoff focused on her character, please and thank you.)

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Weekend Update

Soooooo my reading is not going great. I’m reading The Undertaker’s Daughter by Sara Blaedel and it’s so good! But I just have little motivation to read (WHO AM I?) and it’s probably because of Hulu.

I cut the cord because I don’t watch much TV but somehow now I’m watching more than ever.

I’m in love with the shows Grown-Ish (it’s very A Different World!), Black Lightning and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and I really like 911 too (so-so story elevated by excellent cast) and of course my normal favorites (X Files, Grey’s and especially This Is Us). And there are about a billion shows I want to watch.

2017: The Movies

January:

1) Jackie (1)

2) Rogue One* (2)

3) Manchester by the Sea (3)

4) A Monster Calls (4)

5) The Edge of Seventeen (5)

6) Hidden Figures (6)

7) Bride Wars (7)

8) Bright Lights (8)

9) Detroit Rock City (9)

10) Nocturnal Animals (10)

11) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (11)

12) Wait Till Helen Comes (12)

13) How to Deal (13)

14) Blair Witch (14)

15) Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (15)

16) Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (16)

17) Legally Blonde 2 (17)

18) The Bye Bye Man* (18)

February:

1) Toy Story 3 (19)

2) Rings* (20)

3) Mr. Mom (21)

4) In Memorium (22)

5) Sabrina* (23)

6) Florence Foster Jenkins (24)

7) An Affair to Remember* (25)

8) The Mighty (26)

9) While You Were Sleeping (27)

10) The Lego Movie (28)

11) Beaches (29)

12) Beaches (30)

13) The Monster (31)

14) When Harry Met Sally (32)

15) Mixed Nuts (33)

16) Mockingbird (34)

17) Boo! A Madea Halloween (35)

18) Rocky (36)

19) Get Out* (37)

March:

1) Matilda (38)

2) Life, Animated (39)

3) Frozen (40)

4) The Last Exorcism (41)

5) Casablanca (42)

6) Jackie (43)

7) Office Christmas Party (44)

8) The Brady Bunch Movie (45)

9) Baby Mama (46)

10) The Bay (47)

11) The Omen (48)

12) Night of the Living Deb (49)

13) Ghostbusters (50)

April:

1) 21 Jump Street (51)

2) Beauty and the Beast* (52)

3) Gremlins (53)

4) Guardians of the Galaxy (54)

5) White Chicks (55)

6) Before Sunrise (56)

7) Love Story (57)

8) Split (58)

9) The Ring 2 (59)

10) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (60)

11) Psycho (61)

12) Psycho II (62)

13) Psycho III (63)

14) Psycho IV (64)

15) Knocked Up (65)

16) Unforgettable* (66)

17) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (67)

18) The Circle* (68)

May:

1) Antitrust (69)

2) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (70)

3) The Butterfly Effect 2 (71)

4) Guardians of the Galaxy 2* (72)

5) Get Out (73)

6) Ice Princess (74)

7) The Usual Suspects (75)

8) Snatched* (76)

9) Fist Fight (77)

10) Baywatch* (78)

11) The Lego Movie* (79)

12) 21 Jump Street (80)

13) 22 Jump Street (81)

June:

1) Dangerous Minds (82)

2) Wonder Woman* (83)

3) Dead Awake (84)

4) Singin’ in the Rain (85)

5) Rough Night* (86)

July:

1) Father of the Bride (87)

2) Father of the Bride 2 (88)

3) The Big Sick* (89)

4) Clueless (90)

August:

1) The Dark Tower* (91)

2) Everything Everything (92)

3) Bull Durham (93)

September:

1) Girls Trip* (94)

2) IT* (95)

3) Kidnap* (96)

4) Home Again* (97)

5) Playing By Heart (98)

6) mother!* (99)

7) Rear Window* (100)

8) American Assassin* (101)

9) Hitch (102)

10) Friend Request* (103)

11) Annabelle 2* (104)

12) 47 Meters Down (105)

13) The Hitman’s Bodyguard* (106)

14) Til Death Do We Part* (107)

15) Gerald’s Game (108)

October:

1) Flatliners* (109)

2) Cult of Chucky (110)

3) The Mountain Between Us* (111)

4) Battle of the Sexes* (112)

5) Little Evil (113)

6) The House (114)

7) Ouija 2 (115)

8) Marshall* (116)

9) Blade Runner 2049* (117)

10) Happy Death Day* (118)

11) The Autopsy of Jane Doe (119)

12) Wish Upon (120)

13) Better Watch Out (121)

14) Scream (122)

15) Geostorm* (123)

November:

1) Bad Moms (124)

2) A Bad Moms Christmas* (125)

3) Murder on the Orient Express* (126)

4) Daddy’s Home (127)

5) Overdrive (128)

6) Thor: Ragnarok* (129)

7) Wonder* (130)

8) Lady Bird* (131)

9) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri* (132)

December:

1) Home Alone (133)

2) The Godfather* (134)

3) Get Out (135)

4) Coco* (136)

5) The Disaster Artist* (137)

6) Star Wars: The Last Jedi* (138)

* = seen in theater

2017: The Books

January:

1) The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams (1)

2) The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (2)

3) The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty (3)

4) Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson (4)

5) Cinder by Marissa Meyer (5)

6) After the Fall by Kate Hart (6)

7) The Girl Before by JP Delaney (7)

8) The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (8)

9) Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (9)

10) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (10)

11) Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby (11)

12) Caraval by Stephanie Garber (12)

13) Silver Stars by Michael Grant (13)

14) Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (14)

15) By Your Side by Kasie West (15)

16) Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (16)

17) March Trilogy by John Lewis (17)

18) The Young Widower’s Handbook by Tom McAllister (18)

19) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (19)

20) Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (20)

21) Marbles by Ellen Forney (21)

22) Stitches by David Small (22)

23) Becoming Unbecoming by Una (23)

24) Ghost World by Daniel Clowes (24)

25) Black Hole by Charles Burns (25)

26) Blankets by Craig Thompson (26)

27) Kindred by Octavia Butler (27) (graphic novel)

28) Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart (28)

29) The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (29)

30) All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (30)

31) A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (31)

32) The Mothers by Brit Bennett (32)

33) All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey (33)

34) The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel (34)

35) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (35)

February:

1) #Famous by Jilly Gagnon (36)

2) A Separation by Katie Kitamura (37)

3) Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin (38)

4) Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance (39)

5) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (40)

6) On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman (41)

7) Wonder by RJ Palacio (42) (reread)

8) The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (43)

9) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (44)

10) The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (45)

11) Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (46)

12) Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (47)

13) Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (48)

14) We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (49) (2017)

15) Sophie Someone by Hayley Long (50)

16) The Book That Made Me by Judith Ridge (51)

17) Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy (52)

18) The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (53)

19) The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (54)

20) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (55)

21) The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman (56)

22) Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse (57)

23) Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf (58)

24) The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo (59)

25) Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (60)

March:

1) Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens (61)

2) I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid (62)

3) The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (63)

4) Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (64)

5) Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (65)

6) Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson (66)

7) Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (67)

8) Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail (68)

9) Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (69)

10) The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend (70)

11) See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (71)

12) Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (72)

13) You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner (73)

14) Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (74)

15) The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett (75)

16) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (76)

17) Beatdown in Bangkok by Adam Fleming and Justin Fike (77)

18) The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato (78)

19) The Secrets You Keep by Kate White (79)

20) A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell (80)

21) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (81)

22) 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent (82)

23) Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows (83)

24) All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry (84)

25) Miss You by Kate Eberlin (85)

26) The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (86)

27) Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott (87)

28) Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (88)

29) At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer (89)

30) Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott (90)

31) Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagen (91)

32) The End of Our Story by Meg Halston (92)

33) We’re All Wonders by RJ Palacio (93)

34) Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern (94)

35) Worthy by Donna Cooner (95)

36) Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (96)

April:

1) Fallout by Sara Paretsky (97)

2) Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (98)

3) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (99)

4) The Takedown by Corrie Wang (100)

5) The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day (101)

6) One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails (102)

7) Literally by Lucy Keating (103)

8) Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou (104)

9) The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (105)

10) Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura (106)

11) Fireworks by Katie Cotugno (107)

12) The Unprotected by Kelly Sokol (108)

13) Bang by Barry Lyga (109)

14) The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook (110)

15) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vezzini (111)

16) The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers (112)

17) Beartown by Fredrik Backman (113)

18) Looking For Group by Rory Harrison (114)

19) Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel (115)

20) I Found You by Lisa Jewell (116)

21) The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger (117)

22) How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (118)

23) Suspect Red by LM Elliott (119)

24) Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (120)

25) Dreamfall by Amy Plum (121)

26)  Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz (122)

27) Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson (123)

28) Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson (124)

29) The Summer of Bad Ideas by Keira Stewart (125)

30) Posted by John David Anderson (126)

May:

1) The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight (127)

2) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (128)

3) Saints and Misfits by SK Ali (129)

4) Girl out of Waterby Laura Silverman (130)

5) That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (131)

6) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (132)

7) Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher (133)

8) Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (134)

9) Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia (135)

10) Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee (136)

11) Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer (137)

12) It’s Not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura (138)

13) Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King (139)

14) Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini (140)

15) Arrowood by Laura McHugh (141)

16) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (142)

17) The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (143)

18) Keys to the City by Lisa Schroeder (144)

June:

1) It Started With Goodbye by Christina June (145)

2) What is the Bible? by Rob Bell (146)

3) Antisocial by Jillian Blake (147)

4) Max and Menna by Shauna Kelley (148)

5) From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle (149)

6) Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (150)

7) Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (151)

8) The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (152)

9) Vigilante by Kady Cross (153)

10) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (154)

11) The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green (155)

12) The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (156)

13) Necromantic Shenanigans by JA Campbell and Rebecca Mcfarland Kyle (157)

14) Fanny and Dice by Rebecca McFarland Kyle (158)

15) He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (159)

16) Geekerella by Ashley Poston (160)

17) Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (161)

18) Torn Away by Jennifer Brown (162)

19) Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (163)

July:

1) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (164)

2) After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (165)

3) Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (166)

4) Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (167)

5) It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany (168)

6) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (169)

7) The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (170)

8) My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (171)

9) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (172)

10) Off the Cliff by Becky Aikman (173)

11) Beware the Ranger by Debra Holt (174)

12) The Force by Don Winslow (175)

13) The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand (176)

14) A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain (177)

15) The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick (178)

16) The Late Show by Michael Connelly (179)

17) The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger (180)

18) The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein (181)

19) The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (182)

20) Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave (183)

21) Freefall by Joshua David Bellin (184)

22) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (185)

23) Final Girls by Riley Sager (186)

August:

1) The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam (187)

2) Morningstar by Ann Hood (188)

3) Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (189)

4) One For Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn (190)

5) Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch (191)

6) The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby (192)

7) Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (193)

8) The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (194)

9) Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari (195)

10) The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (196)

11) To Siri with Love by Judith Newman (197)

12) Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (198)

13) Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess (199)

14) Patina by Jason Reynolds (200)

15) Blood Defense by Marcia Clark (201)

16) Moral Defense by Marcia Clark (202)

17) Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark (203)

18) I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (204)

19) Blame by Jeff Abbott (205)

20) Hunger by Roxane Gay (206)

September:

1) Friend Request by Laura Marshall (207)

2) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (208)

3) Copycat by Alex Lake (209)

4) Clickd by Tamara Ireland Stone (210)

5) Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello (211)

6) What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (212)

7) In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner (213)

8) Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (214)

9) Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben (215)

10) Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (216)

11) Warcross by Marie Lu (217)

12) Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (218)

13) The Thin Line Between Good and Evil by Liza Wiemer (219) (beta read)

October:

1) There’s Someone in the House by Stephanie Perkins (220)

2) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby (221)

3) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (222)

4) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (223)

5) Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (224)

6) One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (225)

7) Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (226)

8) Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (227)

9) Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart (228)

10) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (229)

11) Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (230)

12) What Girls are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold (231)

13) The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (232)

14) In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien (233)

15) City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (234)

16) You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (235)

17) American Street by Ibi Zoboi (236)

18) Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (237)

19) Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (238)

20) Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (239)

21) All in Pieces by Suzanne Young (240)

22) I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (241)

23) The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz (242)

24) Lucky in Love by Kasie West (243)

25) A Psalm For Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl (244)

November:

1) What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (245)

2) How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore (246)

3) You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Darrow (247)

4) In a Perfect World by Trish Doller (248)

5) The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (249)

6) The Border by Steve Schafer (250)

7) The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller (251)

8) Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (252)

9) Water in May by Ismee Amiel Williams (253)

10) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (254)

11) The Museum of Broken Relationships (255)

12) Pantsuit Nation edited by Libby Chamberlain (256)

13) The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

14) Crash by Wylie Ender (258)

15) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn (259)

16) Stolen Secrets by LB Schulman (260)

17) Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork (261)

18) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (262)

19) And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin (263)

20) Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane (264)

21) Trell by Dick Lehr (265)

22) Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley (266)

23) The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith (267)

24) The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (268)

25) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (269)

26) Protected by Claire Zorn (270)

27) Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens (271)

28) Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin (272)

29) The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt (273)

30) The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan (274)

31) Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (275)

December:

1) Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield (276)

2) Truthers by Geoffrey Girard (277)

3) Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain (278)

4) 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac (279)

5) Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman (280)

6) At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (281)

7) The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common (282)

8) Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough (283)

9) A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (284)

10) Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (285)

11) A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine (286)

12) Boy by Blake Nelson (287)

13) The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron (288)

14) Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (289)

15) Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann Foley (290)

16) The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares (291)

17) Here Lies Daniel Tate by Christin Terrill (292)

18) A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (293)

19) Forks, Knives and Spoons by Leah DeCesare (294)

20) Spinning by Tillie Walden (295)

21) The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag (296)

22) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (297)

23) Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (298)

24) No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear (299)

25) Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward (300)

26) Otherworld by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller (301)

27) The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange (302)

28) Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda (303)

29) Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (304)

30) Love, Life and the List by Kasie West (305)

31) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (306)

32) Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray (307)

All the Movies, week 5

I decided to change this feature to All the Movies, because I remembered I am ALSO paying $10 a month for Netflix. :-/

I watched Cult of Chucky on Netflix, which I LOVED. It’s the seventh installment of a horror franchise, and it is about a billion times better than it has any right to be. AND it looks like we may get another sequel and YES TO THAT. I also watched Little Evil, which is a Netflix original movie. It stars Adam Scott and is directed by Eli Craig, who directed Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, which is one of my favorite horror comedies. This isn’t that great but is still really fun. (Stepdad learns his new stepson may be the antichrist.)

As far as MoviePass goes, I’ve had it for a month today! I saw The Mountain Between Us with my friend Philip and Battle of the Sexes with Philip and our friend Julia (book club outing). I didn’t know much of that story so the movie was all new to me. I loved both movies but Battle of the Sexes was excellent. These are all the movies I’ve seen since I started using MoviePass. I don’t know why one poster isn’t showing up; it’s for Til Death Do We Part. 

MoviePass, week four

I only went to the theater twice this week. 
I saw Til Death Do Us Part with Philip on Thursday (cheesy thrillers are our jam!) and it was everything I was expecting, down to the fact that I literally called jump scares before they happened. Movies like that are good for my soul. 

Saturday, I remembered that I ALSO pay for Netflix and watched Gerald’s Game! It was so good! Very dark and intense and I had to look away for one part. 

Sunday, I saw the remake of Flatliners. I will not say it’s an amazing movie, but it’s goofy fun and closer to a horror movie than its horror-adjacent source material. The cast is really good (especially Diego Luna and Ellen Page, but all five of the main characters were solid) and I liked Kiefer Sutherland’s role but I wish that he had somehow mentioned what happened when HE was a med student. (I don’t know how; that’s why I’m in the audience and not writing screenplays!)

Next week is Battle of the Sexes and maybe the new Blade Runner, if I manage to watch the original by then. 

What I’ve Been Doing Instead of Reading

Watching a lot of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (A LOT.) I had missed it when it first came out and am about halfway through the series. I love it and am excited to be caught up (though much less excited to have to wait a year for new episodes). 
Watching movies. (In the past month, I’ve seen Unforgettable, The Circle, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Snatched.) Guardians of the Galaxy was easily the best but I enjoyed all of them. 

Hanging out with friends! (Hey, social life!)
Hanging out with my dog Sam!
Working (this has been a fascinating transition). I’m having fun learning new skills and a new routine. Sam is having less fun learning how to be independent again. 

TV (The Book)

Finished TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz. I received a copy for review. 

This is exactly what you’d expect: a selection of the 100 best TV shows ever. (There is also a list in the back of shows that may be included once their runs are over.)

I’m going to admit that I am not a big TV watcher although (a) I am very passionate about what I do watch and that (b) almost literally all my favorites are listed here. (I may not watch much but I watch quality, damn it!)

I’m not sure I agree with everything (Mad Men not in the top five? THE SIMPSONS AS THE BEST SHOW EVER?!) but am willing to concede that they are experts and I am not willing to watch almost 30 years’ worth of the Simpsons to crack my knuckles and say that I KNEW it wasn’t the best. 

This will be an excellent present for both your TV-obsessed friend and for the person like me who really does mean to catch up on everything, once she gets some time. 

Recommended. 

Saw

Why I picked Saw: I’m a huge James Wan fan and I haven’t seen this in ages.  (He directed the original Saw, which is gross but is not anywhere near as gross as the latest ones got.)

Seen before? Yes

Would I watch again? Yes, but I think this is one of the movies that I can only take every few years or so.

This movie is incredibly claustrophobic.  (I actually saw on IMDB that James Wan deliberately set it up that way—there are no scenes outside.  Every scene is in a room, and there are no exterior shots.  We go from room to room to room.)

This is a horror movie, but it’s not really a slasher.  It’s more of a “What would you do if it meant that you would stay alive? Would you hurt someone? How much would you hurt yourself?”

It’s really unsettling and just…creepy.  And gross.

Caddyshack

Caddyshack is one of the AFI’s 100 funniest movies and is also one of its top 10 sports movies.

Seen before? No

Would I watch again? Maybe not the whole thing, but if I could just rewatch Bill Murray’s scenes, absolutely.

I’m not sure why Caddyshack, as a whole, gets so much love (one of the top 10 best sports movies? REALLY? But then, Jerry Maguire is #10, so maybe the point is that many sports movies are not stellar [I like Jerry Maguire, but it’s a sports movie like Pretty Woman is a prostitution movie]).  I would say 95% of Caddyshack is totally fine and 5% is actual genius.  Bill Murray’s Carl the Assistant Groundskeeper is easily the best part of the movie, and I wish he had been in it for more of the movie.