March, 2015: Go watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. It’s hilarious and really original.
October 8, 2013: Still watching Downton Abbey. This new season is heartrending.
January 24, 2013: I’ve been watching Downton Abbey – catching up on old seasons and following the new one. Great characters – it pulls you in. Very compelling.
October 24, 2012: I re-watched “Malena”. Still clever, still funny yet heartbreaking. Monica Bellucci is still so goddamn beautiful you feel like she’ll kill you.
September 2, 2012: “Medicine for Melancholy”- good plot, great characters, incredible soundtrack. I recommend it.
July 30, 2012: Went to see “To Rome, With Love.” Not surprisingly, I loved it and it made me miss Rome, intensely.
July 11, 2012: It has been a long while since I’ve updated this page. I just watched “The Vicious Kind” last night – Adam Scott was fantastic and so fuzzy-faced that I just wanted to kiss his lips off.
May 29, 2012: Still in the “Friday Night Lights” zone, but I’m almost finished with all the seasons. Watched last night’s “Man Men” this morning – the Joan/Jaguar moments felt oddly familiar.
April 30, 2012: I suppose it’s time to confess I’ve been obsessively watching “Friday Night Lights”. Three weeks in and I’m in the second season already. Amazing characters, riveting plot lines. Good stuff.
April 29, 2012: Went to see an Albanian film called “The Forgiveness of Blood” at Theatre N. Interesting. Not the best movie I’ve ever seen, by a long shot, but the director did a fantastic job of harnessing the feeling of the main character’s captivity.
February 5, 2012: In preparation for my visit to Van Gogh Up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I watched “Vincent & Theo.” Loved Tim Roth as Vincent. The relationship between Vincent and his brother Theo made me wish for the millionth time that I had a sibling.
January 29, 2012: It took me four days, but I watched “Gosford Park”. Simultaneously lighthearted and dark – how very British.
January 21, 2012: This week, I finished my short-lived but torrid affair with “The United States of Tara”, finishing all three seasons in less than two weeks. Toni Collette is a fantastic actress, but beyond that it was a reality check that, no matter how messed up I think my life is, there are definitely people with bigger problems.
January 2, 2012: Bill Cunningham New York – Fantastic and moving documentary about fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Visually stunning, and the man has character like nobody’s business.
December 29, 2011: Mary and Max – Incredibly touching claymation film about a young misfit Australian girl who becomes pen pals with an Aspie in the United States. Killer ending – sobbed.
July 31, 2011: We Don’t Live Here Anymore – I felt like I was watching a John Updike book. Raw, honest, painful, desperate. How we merely tolerate the ones we purport to “love”.
July 27, 2011: Food Matters – Made me want to go back to an entirely organic diet, but honestly I don’t have the money. I certainly will continue buying organic when I can afford it.
July 25, 2011: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – A documentary about an Australian guy who went on a crazy juice fast. He lost a lot of weight, but how is that sustainable in real life? It’s not.
July 24, 2011: The Fighter: Gritty, gripping – and I love Christian Bale (although his teeth creeped me out in this movie.)
July 23, 2011: Friends with Benefits – went to see a movie with a friend, which was nice, but this severely cliched storyline needed lots of help.
July 21, 2011: Crazylove – a teacher who suffers from anxiety is placed in a psychiatric hospital. Too close for comfort.
July 20, 2011: Agata e la tempesta – A 40-something woman gets involved with a 27-year-old man. There are also some strange, but occasionally amusing, family crises, plus a few really touching moments (although they seemed to condone the Italian stereotype of the man cheating on the woman, with her knowledge). (Subtitled)
July 15 – 18: Been watching episodes of Thirtysomething. Was too young to appreciate it or care when it came out. Pretty right on.
July 11, 2011: Giorni e Nuvole – A financial crisis threatens a marriage. Some great dark moments and an overall sense of futility mixed with just a hint of optimism. Love the actress Margherita Buy. (Subtitled)
July 10, 2011: (Untitled) – I like Adam Goldberg and all, but this movie missed the mark for me. (Other than the great shtick about the gallery owner’s constantly noisy clothes.)
July 8, 2011: Maze – An artist with Tourette’s Syndrome struggles with relationships for rather obvious reasons.
July 7, 2011: P.S. – Topher Grace looking deliciously yummy as the doppelganger of Laura Linney’s dead lover.
July 2, 2011: The Scent of Green Papaya – A servant falls in love with her master. Predictably, they end up together. (Hope I didn’t spoil the ending there). (Subtitled)
July 1, 2011: Afghan Star – Fascinating documentary about a takeoff on the television program American Idol in Afghanistan. (subtitled)
June 30, 2011: Best in Show – Classic Christopher Guest. Seen it a million times and it’s still funny.
June 27, 2011: Sangre de mi Sangre – Gritty and depressing drama about stolen identity and what this life owes us, if anything. (subtitled)
June 26, 2011: Gomorrah – Gritty and depressing documentary about Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia. (subtitled)