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2017 Books

Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton
date: Aug 15, 2017 – Sep 14, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This was such an interesting read--essentially a travelogue about the role of music and technology around the world. My main complaint is that the author's arguments/claims changed so quickly, they often seemed contradictory with other points made in previous chapters (e.g., how is Moby so different from other DJs?). Given what a great style and voice he has, it was a shame his main points weren't more articulated. But on the whole, I definitely have more appreciation for the idea of DJ-as-music-librarian, and the fact that even places you might expect to be out-of-touch with the latest music trends might in fact be at the cutting-edge.
Moshi, Moshi by Yoshimoto
date: Jul 15, 2017 – Aug 14, 2017
where:
Air Canada
comments: I couldn't tell whether or not I was just out of the practice of getting immersed in a novel, or if the writing/translation was just really bad. Still, this book did have its moments. Or the suggestion of good moments. The ending was the best part, but mostly because it was really weird. E.g., someone saying "Let's fuck" in what could otherwise be a story for middle schoolers.
A Woman of the People by Benjamin Capps
date: Jun 15, 2017 – Jun 16, 2017 (quit)
where:
Southwest Airlines
Silence by John Cage
date: Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 28, 2017 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir
date: Mar 26, 2017 – May 16, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: The last title story was completely depressing. It upsets me even more to think about what it would have taken to write something like this. The first story, though, was completely beautiful and it felt almost uplifting to imagine what old age will be like.
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
date: Mar 21, 2017 – Apr 09, 2017 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
comments: a guess of when I started, maybe 1-2 days earlier?
Time Travel by James Gleick
date: Jan 25, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This was such a thought-provoking book, even if it was never really gripping and took me forever to finish. The main point is basically that though the idea of time travel seems like it must have been an ancient concept, in fact it is quite modern (~1890s). Even the more modern concept of time as a place through which you can travel owes itself to Einstein's relativity and the idea of a spacetime continuum. I spent most of the book convinced that time doesn't exist, and that seems to be close to the conclusion Gleick reaches as well. Time is the measure of change, time is a useful metaphor.
En Attendant Godot by Samuel Beckett
date: Jan 10, 2017 – Jan 11, 2017 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
date: Jan 08, 2017 – Jan 16, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
book-club
comments: Things I liked about this book: the foretellers; the idea that a proof of God existing or not existing would both result in the end of religion; characters who misunderstand one another; sexual tension with a hermaphroditic alien/human; metaphors through creation myths > metaphors through dreams; participating in a great journey/struggle and understanding what your role is later
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven Strogatz
date: Jan 04, 2017 – Jan 07, 2017 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramon y Cajal
date: Dec 20, 2016 – Jan 03, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This book wasn't as profound as I'd kind of hoped it would be. Mostly I found a lot of verifications of the common-sense sort of things that one picks up on in science, such as the idea that "all outstanding work...results from immense zeal applied to a great idea," and that "harm is caused...when [we] attribute great scientific conquests to genius rather than to hard work and patience." One point he emphasizes that I should definitely take more note of personally is the importance of observing facts first-hand, as opposed to just forming hypotheses. This requires mastery of experimental technique. One curiosity of this book was to learn that, in the time of Ramon-y-Cajal, the scientist also needed to be well-versed in "drawing, microphotography, [and] languages." Things have changed in that respect, at least!

2016 Books

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles by Martin Gardner
date: Dec 01, 2016 – Dec 03, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
The Meaning of It All by Richard Feynman
date: Nov 23, 2016 – Nov 30, 2016
where:
Southwest Airlines
comments: Tons of great quotes in this book, which is just a transcription of three talks Feynman gave at the University of Washington in 1963. The talks unfortunately get less good as they go on, but I think he was aware of this, at least. Here's a good one though, on the interests of a scientist: "The exceptions to any rule are most interesting...The scientist tries to find more exceptions and to determine the characteristics of the exceptions...He does not try to avoid showing that the rules are wrong; there is progress and excitement in the exact opposite. He tries to prove himself wrong as quickly as possible." And then this one is just a great riddle, one Martin Gardner might like: "A man complains to his friend that the white horses on his farm eat more than the black ones. He worries about this and cannot understand it, until his friend suggests that maybe he has more white horses than black ones."
Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
date: Nov 12, 2016 – Nov 15, 2016
where:
Southwest Airlines
tags:
book-club
comments: When I finish a book and there are no dog-eared pages, that's probably a good sign I won't have much to say about the book when I'm done. Even worse, this book doesn't even end! It's basically a "TO BE CONTINUED," which I'm pretty sure ethically binds you, as author, to title the book "Part 1" or something.
Big Kids [comic] by Michael DeForge
date: Oct 15, 2016
where:
350Pgh
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
date: Sep 13, 2016 – Oct 15, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: One of those books that I enjoyed but made absolutely no dogears, no notes to self in the margins. In an ideal world, I would read all four books in the series. Probably, I won't. Really, it doesn't feel at all like the story is complete--not even stylistically. The idea of "dissolving margins", for example, is only hinted at but never developed. One idea I did like, however, was the narrator's emphasis on the fact that Lila was a necessary component for her to get excited about things--without her, subjects lost interest for her.
Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson
date: Aug 20, 2016 – Aug 28, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Found this book in one of those "Take a book, leave a book" libraries. I really liked the forward, and indeed Robert Anton Wilson's insistence on the fact that he is, as a writer, no authority. And yet, that any attempt at unbiased reporting of any sort of conspiracy theory necessitates a sort of neutrality or agnosticism that probably just makes the author himself sound like a crackpot. Reminds me of Hesse's "The Journey to the East" right now for some reason.
To Walk the Night by William Sloane
date: Aug 14, 2016 – Aug 18, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
book-club
comments: Without a doubt: It surprised me how good it was. One of those cases that prompts someone to say "Don't judge a book by its cover." It just kept seeming to me that it was about to get corny, or lazy/pulpy, but it really never did. This does not seem like a rushed book. It's thoughtful, and smart, and always reasonable. It reminds me of Frankenstein, in that way that you expect it to be a silly monster story but in fact it's literature that happens to be about a monster.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
date: Jul 16, 2016 – Jul 23, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I don't understand why so many people rave about this book. Maybe you had to be there in the moment, I don't know. I couldn't get over the fact that the 14 year old girl character was continually described so sexually. The scenes in the sim world were pretty cool, though. I think I wish the whole story just took place there.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
date: Jun 15, 2016 – Jun 21, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: [full review here] Between the World and Me is not uplifting. And it's certainly not as entertaining or exciting as The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which I read just prior to this. Instead, Between the World and Me is solemn, unsettling, and for that reason much more realistic. It's super short, but offers an extremely powerful description of what it's like to be a black man in America. Equally powerful I think is his perspective of those Americans who can afford to live most of their lives as if racism doesn't exist--he calls them "Dreamers." I think that's probably most of us. As he puts it: "The Dreamers of today would rather live white than live free."
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
date: May 28, 2016 – Jun 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
favorite
comments: [full review here] This has to be one of the few books worthy of the quotes printed on its cover. From Spike Lee: "The most important book I'll ever read. It changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted..." I was so engrossed by Malcolm X's story that I essentially narrated each chapter of it to Jess as I read it.
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
date: May 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: My first Philip K. Dick book, and I was somewhat disappointed to find that it was more pulp than literature. I found the plot and especially the ending to be fairly nonsensical, more like a Hollywood film than a traditional novel. And few of the characters were differentiated beyond having separate names. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to read--as most pulp is--but I doubt I'll be reading more of his books anytime soon.
A Lover's Discourse by Barthes
date: May 17, 2016 – Jun 01, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
comments: These really are "fragments"--of thoughts. The writing is very nice but nothing really feels closed, or even fully articulated. Also, a few too many Freud and Oedipus references.
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
date: May 05, 2016 – May 16, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I'm not a fan of books without chapters, though I can see the use of dropping the quotation marks. Losing them makes the transitions seamless: from a story to a story-within-a-story, to a story-within-a-story-within-a-story, and so on. It makes me think of my dad's boss's stories, which I've always wished I had recorded, but how if I ever did write them down they'd be at that point thirdhand. And yet, the need to record some stories is still important--at whatever the distance. As Sebald writes: "The darkness does not lift but becomes yet heavier as I think how little we can hold in mind, how everything is constantly lapsing into oblivion with every extinguished life..." And later: "All I could think was...a sentence only appears to mean something, but in truth is at best a makeshift expedient, a kind of unhealthy growth issuing from our ignorance, something which we use...to grope blindly through the darkness enveloping us." And so the author's avoidance of quotation marks, obscuring the source of the material, reveals to some extent one of this novel's main goals, which is to tell a story so as to preserve an experience, and to delay its oblivion. I can't say I found the result that engrossing--but thinking back on it now and re-reading the few passages that I dog-eared, I can say at least that I'm glad I read it.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
date: Apr 03, 2016 – Apr 18, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng
date: Mar 25, 2016 – Mar 27, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I can't recommend this one personally, though I do admire the goal: To write clearly about specific mathematical concepts in a language accessible to people who don't think they like math. But after reading this, I think I've learned that dumbing down the language you use is often more condescending than it is simple. For an alternative role model, look at Bertrand Russell: His style is rich, beautiful even, but the reason he is a clear writer is his precision, not his simplicity. After all--and with math especially--it's not usually the English language that's complicated: it's the concepts. By dumbing down your language, you risk losing the opportunity of making the concepts seem beautiful, and often it's a rich writing style that does a lot of this work. Anyway, general lessons about educational science writing aside, there were some really nice thoughts in this book. The last section in particular, on the role of proof in mathematics, was definitely beautiful: "Mathematics is like an emotion...it's something that happens inside an individual. What we write down is merely a language for communicating those ideas to others, in the hope that they will be able to reconstruct the feeling within their own mind."
10:04 by Ben Lerner
date: Mar 14, 2016 – Mar 19, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
favorite
comments: I'm pretty sure I would hate Ben Lerner if I met him in real life. Or at least he does a really good job of making himself sound like a pretentious buffoon. But this feeling, that by reading his novels I somehow get to know him, is very much a central issue of this book. It's kind of like reading a ghost-written novel, where while reading the anecdotes you can't help but imagine the making of the story, where the celebrity tells the ghostwriter the real version, and then the ghostwriter "novelizes" it. Anyway, the point is, I spent the first half of the novel thinking about the author himself, and what was real, what was made up; he was obviously flirting with that aspect of the novel, so it was the very best climax for him to admit that the story-within-the-story he'd been writing about had at some point transformed into the novel you (I) were (was) reading. It's the kind of shapeshifting element of fiction that gets the hairs on my arm standing up. It's like I'm feeling the author materialize right next to me, only to realize that he'd been there the entire time.
McGlue by Otessa Moshfegh
date: Mar 08, 2016 – Mar 12, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I was somewhat underwhelmed by this book; my expectations were set too high by this being the winner of The Believer book award in 2014. (By the way, what happened to The Believer?! I am so sad.) Anyway, the protagonist was an extremely dark character, but I don't feel like I had much to cling on to in terms of relating to him in any way. The one part I felt like I got a glimpse into him came in the very last few pages: "I cannot sleep without having already forgotten my name, my face, my life. If I were to sit still...with some memory of myself...I would go mad."
The Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
date: Mar 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I think Hermann Hesse must be one of my favorite authors. Demian was great, Steppenwolf was also pretty good, and then this book here was also really wonderful. I'm always a sucker for a playful, mock-historian tone--it's why I like Borges so much. But this novel also has a really nice theme, which I read to be the difficulty of growing older and still seeing the beauty in life. My favorite quote: "Once in their youth the light shone for them; they saw the light and followed the star, but then reason came and the mockery of the world; then came faint-heartedness and apparent failure; then came weariness and disillusionment, and so they lost their way again, they became blind again." Reminds me of the title of that one Sam Wallman book: "Being born is goin' blind."
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
date: Mar 05, 2016 – Mar 06, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
book-club
comments: To do Hant'a's job, compacting wastepaper, you should have a divinity degree: "...Everything I see in this world, it all moves backward and forward at the same time...like everything in my press, turning into its opposite at the command of red and green buttons, and that's what makes the world go round." He lives in a world not yet committed to productivity and efficiency; he, like many others in his city, does the same thing every day and loves it: "My mind is cleared by the thought that I am not alone, that there are thousands like me...that they have live, living, life-giving thoughts running through their heads."

But life is not always so kind; he lives in a world where beauty and death coexist not unlike the warrior rats who battle for territory below in the city sewers. "Neither the heavens are humane nor is life above or below--or within me."

Other themes of this short yet dense novel include: The cyclical nature of life (controlled by green and red buttons); doing the same thing every day to the point that when you retire you want to keep doing it on the weekends; having a spiritual connection to your work; instilling your acts with beauty. Being educated by your work; feeling unworthy of your task. The morbid humor of shit (see also: Milan Kundera).
Journalism by Joe Sacco
date: Feb 21, 2016 – Feb 28, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: One of the best reasons to read Joe Sacco is that the format, comics journalism, is just unreal enough that you're spared the eventual empathy fatigue that comes with consuming most other news media. And with Journalism, which covers six distinct world crises, one of the things that stands out most clearly is just how much world crises have in common. The fears and arguments put forth by local Maltese people in response to African migrants, for example, sounds identical to what Americans were saying about Syrian refugees just months ago. The scenes of destruction in Gaza look just like the scenes in Syria.
Neural Networks and Deep Learning [ebook]
date: Feb 07, 2016 – Feb 13, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Chapter 5,6
The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
date: Jan 18, 2016 – Jan 31, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
Vision by David Marr
date: Jan 07, 2016 – Jan 08, 2016 (quit)
where:
350Pgh3
Ultramarine by Raymond Carver
date: Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 08, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: This book of Raymond Carver poems in Ultramarine isn't as good as I remember it being, but I do at least remember the sort of beauty it added to my experience of my own life: An appreciation of quiet, everyday moments. Moments that you observe but never even talk about. Thoughts that pop into your head that have nothing to do with where you are at all, and suddenly form a part of your experience anyway.

2015 Books

Lost #7 [comic] by Michael DeForge
date: Dec 29, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
Lost #6 [comic] by Michael DeForge
date: Dec 28, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I'd read this before, at Farewell. It's so good!
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
date: Dec 27, 2015
tags:
favorite
comments: I can't claim this objectively--only subjectively: This book is great, and nearly perfect. It resonates for me personally just like The Catcher in the Rye did when I was a freshman in high school. And sure, the protagonist's pervasive fraudulence is something I think I've recovered from myself, but this book is about so much more than that. A good ending seals the deal on a good book for me, and the ending of this one gave me chills. One thing I'm left wondering: Does good art require self-consciousness? Or rather, does a life without self-reflection imply a sort of inevitable (unintentional) conformity?
By Night in Chile by Bolano
date: Dec 13, 2015 – Dec 19, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
book-club
comments: A book composed of sentences that never end. And no paragraphs, let alone chapters. Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable and quick read. But without the standard stopping points I had a difficult time consolidating much of what happened. It read like scenes from a dream more than a cohesive story. This quote, describing that great feeling you can sometimes attain while reading literature, was my favorite: "...an uninhabitable space but the only one worth inhabiting, a space in which we shall cease to be but the only space in which we can be what we truly are..."
Ice by Anna Kavan
date: Dec 01, 2015 – Dec 09, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
book-club
comments: This is the kinda book I could've just sat down and read in one sitting. It had this really great sense of surreal mystery that I tend to love in books. "Suddenly I was entangled in utmost confusion, not sure which of us was which." Kavan = Kafka + Camus + ...?
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
date: Nov 15, 2015 – Nov 27, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I didn't make a single dogear while reading this book, which I think is a pretty good sign that it kinda underwhelmed me. Kindred was so amazing--I was expecting this would be even better! To be more concrete, I found the overall concept relatively standard and unexciting: post-apocalyptic world, you can't trust anyone, etc. etc. However, the most unique aspect of the book was certainly the "Earthseed" religion and its definition of God as something malleable and almost object-like, a clay to be shaped by human minds and hands. I really like this idea. Dealing with change is surely one of the most common problems in post-apocalyptic literature--in The Walking Dead, for example, the word gets thrown around in a vaguely spiritual context pretty often. But Octavia Butler does more than just reference 'change' in passing--she makes it the basis of an entire religion: "God is Pliable...God exists to be shaped. God is Change."
Ask the Dust by John Fante
date: Oct 23, 2015 – Nov 10, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
book-club
comments: Reading this book was like watching those awkward moments in movies or television when the character does something incidentally narcissistic, and you just cringe watching it all unfold. Like the British version of The Office, basically. As dark as it was, once I got over the constant feeling of embarrassment I came to really love reading this book. Definitely had me laughing out loud pretty regularly. And the protagonist's more authentic moments were even more satisfying: "No Arturo, there never was a sea. You dream and you wish, but you go on through the wasteland. You will never see the sea again. It was a myth you once believed."
The Composition of Tender is the Night by Bruccoli
date: Aug 23, 2015 – Aug 25, 2015 (quit)
where:
350Pgh2
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
date: Aug 19, 2015 – Aug 23, 2015 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
comments: Seems to focus not so much on his introduction's thesis, i.e. explaining HOW we know certain things. Instead more content to tell funny anecdotes with witty phrasings. Still so much unanswered! Like the reptile/lizard thing, how bones tell us what the whole creature looks like, etc. (e.g. p.80). But yeah, mostly this is just anecdote after anecdote about funny scientific characters. I get the idea...I'll stop here, after having read the first three parts.
Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
date: Aug 11, 2015 – Aug 15, 2015 (quit)
where:
350Pgh
This Side of Paradise by Fitzgerald
date: Jul 06, 2015 – Jul 18, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: I'd been saving this Fitzgerald novel for last; it's his first, and I'd assumed (correctly) that it would be less mature. But it was still very interesting to read! It reminded me of a Hesse novel, probably because this is more of a coming-of-age story than any of his others. That being said, I didn't connect very strongly to the main character; mostly the writing style seemed self-aware in a narcissistic way. (You could definitely call it a bit "wanky" at times.) Still, it's got a few of those classic Fitzgerald one-liners, like "It is not life that's complicated, it's the struggle to guide and control life." The most interesting idea to me was the protagonist's eventual "strong distrust of all generalities and epigrams". I don't feel like it was ever really spelled out why he distrusts them, but I suppose our inclination towards trusting epigrams says a lot about our search for meaning; in anticipating that life will provide sure answers, it can take us longer to realize all of life's more subtle truths.
Number: the Language of Science by Dantzig
date: Jun 21, 2015 – Jul 03, 2015
where:
Rob House
tags:
favorite
comments: My mind has been blown and I love this book. Beyond being a really excellent overview of the development of mathematics, this book goes deep in its philosophical discussion. One of his key points is that recognizing infinity as a number in its own right depends comes only from our intuitive, human ability to imagine a certain action occurring infinitely many times just because we have seen it applied once. Even the acceptance of irrational numbers (like sqrt(2)) as true numbers requires this leap of faith that the infinite exists. As he puts it: "The age-long struggle to create an arithmetic in the image of that reality had failed because of the vagueness of that reality. So arithmetic created a new reality in its own image." Overall, this book is like a more technical and speculative version of something Ian Stewart might write. More than anything, I wish this book's sort of historical context and philosophy was an integral part of every undergraduate mathematics education.
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
date: Jun 14, 2015 – Jun 18, 2015
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
comments: This will be the last sci-fi I read for a while, if I can help it; but it has been interesting having read so many books in the same genre to compare and contrast. Anyway, I was enjoying this book just fine until the ending: And then I loved it. Most of the sci-fis I've read have all been idea novels, with the plots being fairly unimportant, and the endings basically worthless. Here, though, the plot and conclusion were everything. Really, with the exception of a few details (a daughter who is a monkey, and reanimated corpses) it was barely a sci-fi at all. The book had a great pace, with the narrator being always on the move--it reminded me a lot of McCarthy's The Road in this way (as well as in tone). My favorite part was definitely the discussion and context of the book's title.
Understanding Media by McLuhan
date: Jun 04, 2015 – Jun 11, 2015 (quit)
comments: I read the chapters on "The Spoken Word", "The Written Word", and "Numbers"; I'd almost like to have a class on this whole book, or at least a reading group, because I feel like so much of what he's saying has a historical context that I'm completely missing. I do really like his perspective, rooting all of media's effects on society in its effect on our sensory systems, but in doing this he makes so many assumptions (e.g., that our sense of number is haptic) that I just don't see the grounds for. He has some incredibly thoughtful moments, though, and his perspectives seem to connect to so many things.
Principia Discordia by Malaclypse the Younger, Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst
date: May 31, 2015 – Jun 04, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: Did you know that God's name is Eris, and that he is a girl? Or that what you call a roach, discordians call "St. Gulik"? I've considered myself a discordian in spirit since high school, even keeping an official POPE card in my wallet, but I hadn't actually read the Principia until now. And...it's okay. Not as funny as I'd expected it to be. Some of it is just barely "okay", but the good parts made me glad to be reading it. Hail Eris! Gobble gobble.
Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder
date: May 23, 2015 – May 30, 2015
where:
Rob House
tags:
favorite
comments: I read the first chapter of this book during the Snarkmarket Seminar, and really enjoyed then how imaginative the world was. (I'm on a sci-fi binge, apparently.) I'm glad I finally read it in its entirety, because this book was incredible! At some points, actually, this book was pulp and even awful, but those moments honestly never lasted more than a paragraph. In the end, it definitely counts as one of my favorites--anything that gives me that "Holy shit!" reaction multiple times earns that title.
The Eye in the Pyramid (Illuminatus! Part 1) by Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
date: May 06, 2015 – May 18, 2015
where:
Rob House
tags:
favorite
comments: This is definitely one of my favorite books ever, without a doubt. I just wish I could understand (or: that they hadn't written) the role of sex in the book. There's so much of it, and all of it very male-centric and typical! Other than that aspect of it, I just can't stop thinking about it. Its main strength is how clearly and persuasively it feeds you so many different perspectives on politics/culture/morality through its endless list of characters: a Native-American, a lawyer fighting the system (the inspiration for Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman?), an anarchist, a priest, and so on. It seems to relate to everything right now, and that is such an amazing quality in a book. Plus, I'm a sucker for anything full of self-reference.
What If? by Munroe
date: May 05, 2015 – May 21, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: He's brilliant, and the way he takes questions into the deep end is great, but I still love reading the rejected questions sections better than anything.
The Death Ray [graphic novel] by Clowes
date: May 05, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: I really liked the style, and the colors, and the storytelling, but...not the story. Left me feeling a bit disappointed.
Neuromancer by Gibson
date: Apr 27, 2015 – May 04, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: I love this book the more I think about it. Especially how much the idea of a console jockey resonates with our actual experience of surfing the web, when we get so "inside the machine" that we are entirely immersed and unaware of other things. Because at that point, how is our consciousness not just what's going on in the machine? (We're not aware of our hands moving, say, and we're not feeling hunger--we're just aware of whatever we're reading/typing/coding on the screen.) And imagine when you log into a computer remotely, where you can move the mouse of a computer in another city or whatever, and imagine someone sitting there watching this screen, while you are completely immersed. This watcher sees the things you type, the websites you go to, and so on. If you are fully immersed, then isn't this watcher viewing your mind in some way? It's almost exactly like Case's sim-stim allowing him access to Molly's entire sensory experience (her "sensorium", as Gibson calls it). Creepy. I love it.
The Passion According to G.H. by Lispector
date: Apr 09, 2015 – Apr 20, 2015 (quit)
tags:
book-club
comments: just a waste of time, really; it's like she had one or two ideas and is now just dragging it out into absurdity. come on, lady...so goddamn boring.
Enquiry by Francis
date: Mar 31, 2015 – Apr 06, 2015
where:
American Airlines
The Woman in the Dunes by Abe
date: Feb 23, 2015 – Mar 02, 2015
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
comments: started off kinda nicely, but quickly got kinda boring and endless
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Perry
date: Feb 03, 2015 – Feb 21, 2015 (quit)
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by Wallace
date: Feb 03, 2015 – Feb 21, 2015 (quit)
Decoding the Universe by Seife
date: Jan 11, 2015 – Jan 17, 2015
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Feynman
date: Jan 05, 2015 – Jan 10, 2015
Lonesome Dove by McMurtry
date: Nov 26, 2014 – Jan 04, 2015
comments: pretty good (but sad) ending: 800 pages of loose ends to tie up, and it was done in a very depressing, fatalistic sort of way. I am happy to be done, but the book ended in a thoughtful way, which is strange because the whole rest of the book was entirely not thought-provoking.

2014 Books

Neural Networks and Deep Learning, Chapter 1 [ebook]
date: Dec 07, 2014
where:
Rob House
Dojoji [short play] by Mishima
date: Nov 30, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
Patriotism [short story] by Mishima
date: Nov 25, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
comments: wow, awesome, because the last one was kinda shit; [written after the book club:] the most interesting paradox raised for myself seems to be how dying for an idea can feel both so empty and so beautiful
The Seven Bridges [short story] by Mishima
date: Nov 22, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Sacks
date: Nov 14, 2014 – Nov 21, 2014
Consciousness Explained by Dennett
date: Oct 27, 2014 – Nov 08, 2014
comments: resuming from where I left off
In Watermelon Sugar by Brautigan
date: Oct 16, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014
tags:
book-club
comments: I liked it--nice and short and fantastical, and reminded me of Jack Handey
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte
date: Oct 07, 2014 (started)
where:
Rob House
Forming II [graphic novel] by Moynihan
date: Sep 09, 2014
where:
Farewell Books
Point Counter Point by Huxley
date: Sep 08, 2014 – Oct 06, 2014 (quit)
The Autobiography of Red by Carson
date: Sep 04, 2014 – Sep 06, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
A People's History of the United States by Zinn
date: Jul 26, 2014 – Aug 19, 2014 (quit)
Old Mortality by Porter
date: Jul 23, 2014 – Jul 24, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Porter
date: Jul 20, 2014
where:
Dancy House
tags:
book-club
Consciousness Explained by Dennett
date: Jun 21, 2014 – Jul 20, 2014 (quit)
A Pluralistic Universe by James
date: Jun 11, 2014 – Jun 24, 2014
Return from the Stars by Lem
date: May 26, 2014 – Jun 09, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera
date: May 18, 2014 – May 21, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: I don't care about this other couple at all...
White Cube [graphic novel] by Vandenbroucke
date: May 17, 2014
where:
Farewell Books
comments: so clever and simple--great
Mostly True by Daniel
date: May 01, 2014 – May 13, 2014
comments: so glad I read all of this...it's awesome.
Statistics of Extreme Values by Gumbel
date: Apr 25, 2014 (started)
where:
Farewell Books
Wise Blood by O'Connor
date: Apr 18, 2014 – Apr 30, 2014
where:
Rob House
Very Casual by Michael DeForge
date: Apr 17, 2014
where:
Farewell Books
The Invention of Morel by Casares
date: Apr 16, 2014 – Apr 17, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code by Rieke and Warland
date: Apr 03, 2014 (started)
Ghost World [comic] by Clowes
date: Mar 26, 2014 – Apr 03, 2014
where:
Rob House
Smarter Than You Think by Thompson
date: Mar 18, 2014 – Mar 24, 2014
where:
702S
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Sacks
date: Mar 17, 2014
where:
702S
comments: Jess reads me sections aloud
Crash by Ballard
date: Feb 22, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014
where:
Rob House
tags:
book-club
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by McLuhan
date: Feb 20, 2014 (started)
where:
702S
Surreal Numbers by Knuth
date: Feb 09, 2014 (started)
Man And His Symbols by Jung
date: Feb 02, 2014 – Feb 19, 2014 (quit)
where:
Rob House
comments: read Jung's part only
The Signal and the Noise by Silver
date: Dec 26, 2013 – Jan 09, 2014

2013 Books

United States [script (first draft)] by Geer
date: Dec 06, 2013
where:
702S
Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut
date: Nov 07, 2013 – Nov 12, 2013
where:
702S
Knots [poems] by Laing
date: Nov 04, 2013
where:
702S
comments: finally opening this amazing gift from Scott a long time ago
In the Frame by Francis
date: Oct 24, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013
The Red-Headed League by Holmes
date: Oct 22, 2013
where:
702S
Reflex by Francis
date: Oct 22, 2013 – Oct 23, 2013 (quit)
Story by McKee
date: Oct 14, 2013 – Oct 23, 2013 (quit)
where:
Rob House
20 Master Plots by Tobias
date: Oct 08, 2013 – Oct 10, 2013 (quit)
Kindred by Butler
date: Oct 03, 2013 – Oct 07, 2013
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Sloan
date: Sep 25, 2013 – Sep 27, 2013
The Crest of the Peacock by Joseph
date: Sep 18, 2013 (started)
where:
702S
Steppenwolf by Hesse
date: Aug 03, 2013 – Aug 29, 2013
The Saturated Self by Gergen
date: Jul 28, 2013 – Aug 13, 2013 (quit)
where:
702S
The Five Orange Pips, The Blue Carbuncle by Holmes
date: Jul 17, 2013
where:
Rob House
History of Statistics by Stigler
date: Jul 12, 2013 (started)
where:
Rob House
The War of Art by Pressfield
date: Jul 11, 2013 – Jul 31, 2013
where:
702S
comments: recc'd by David Loesch
Tall Man by Hooper
date: Jun 26, 2013
Ant Comic [comic] by Michael DeForge
date: Apr 20, 2013
The Moonstone by Collins
date: Apr 09, 2013 – Apr 25, 2013
Minima Moralia by Adorno
date: Apr 07, 2013 (started)
comments: I'm really not sure how much I'm understanding...definitely will need to take it slow to get anything at all
Touching the Rock by Hull
date: Mar 25, 2013 – Apr 06, 2013
Heads or Tails [graphic novel] by Carre
date: Mar 24, 2013
Logicomix by Doxiadis
date: Mar 23, 2013 – Mar 24, 2013 (quit)
Paying For It [graphic novel] by Brown
date: Mar 17, 2013
Goliath [graphic novel] by Gauld
date: Mar 17, 2013
The Magic Pudding by Lindsay
date: Mar 15, 2013 – Mar 19, 2013
Tender is the Night by Fitzgerald
date: Feb 10, 2013 – Feb 26, 2013
The Captain is out to lunch and the sailors have taken over the ship by Bukowski
date: Feb 06, 2013 – Feb 07, 2013

2012 Books

A Pluralistic Universe by James
date: Dec 15, 2012 – Dec 20, 2012
Amphigorey by Gorey
date: Dec 13, 2012
Complete Works: Two by Pinter
date: Dec 10, 2012 – Dec 13, 2012
The Pale King by Wallace
date: Nov 22, 2012 – Dec 10, 2012
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Theroux
date: Nov 18, 2012 – Nov 21, 2012 (quit)
Ultramarine by Carver
date: Nov 11, 2012 – Nov 18, 2012
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
date: Nov 06, 2012
Diary of a Bad Year by Coetzee
date: Oct 25, 2012 – Oct 28, 2012
41 by McSweeney
date: Oct 18, 2012 – Oct 24, 2012
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
date: Sep 15, 2012 – Oct 17, 2012
History of Western Philosophy by Russell
date: Aug 04, 2012 – Aug 21, 2012 (quit)
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy by Russell
date: Jul 28, 2012 – Aug 04, 2012 (quit)
Borges' Labyrinths
date: Jul 03, 2012 – Jul 27, 2012
The Way of All Flesh by Butler
date: Jul 01, 2012 – Jul 02, 2012 (quit)
Tubes by Blum
date: Jun 12, 2012 – Jun 27, 2012
Black Box by Egan
date: May 27, 2012 – Jun 03, 2012
The Mirage Man by Willman
date: May 13, 2012 – May 28, 2012
Sam Wallman
date: May 09, 2012
Poor White by Anderson
date: Apr 25, 2012 – May 11, 2012
Danger by Francis
date: Apr 14, 2012 – Apr 25, 2012
A Loving Scoundrel by Lindsey
date: Apr 09, 2012 – Apr 14, 2012 (quit)
Nerve by Francis
date: Mar 31, 2012 – Apr 01, 2012
The Plague by Camus
date: Feb 28, 2012 – Mar 30, 2012 (quit)
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Stein
date: Feb 05, 2012 – Feb 15, 2012 (quit)
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Lindsay
date: Jan 24, 2012 – Feb 01, 2012
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Adams
date: Jan 17, 2012 – Jan 19, 2012
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Adams
date: Jan 09, 2012 – Jan 13, 2012
Eye of the Needle by Follett
date: Dec 14, 2011 – Jan 03, 2012

2011 Books

Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
date: Nov 05, 2011 – Nov 08, 2011
To Have and Have Not by Hemingway
date: Nov 01, 2011 – Nov 04, 2011
Does God Play Dice? by Stewart
date: Oct 22, 2011 – Oct 31, 2011
The Shallows by Carr
date: Oct 18, 2011 – Oct 21, 2011
32 Stories by Tomine
date: Oct 17, 2011
The Life and Adventures of William Buckley by Buckley and Morgan
date: Oct 12, 2011 – Oct 17, 2011
Winesburg, Ohio by Anderson
date: Sep 18, 2011 – Sep 20, 2011
The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger
date: Sep 16, 2011 – Sep 17, 2011
Franny and Zooey by Salinger
date: Sep 14, 2011 – Sep 15, 2011
Whip Hand by Francis
date: Sep 12, 2011 – Sep 13, 2011
Rat Race by Francis
date: Sep 10, 2011 – Sep 11, 2011
High Stakes by Francis
date: Sep 08, 2011 – Sep 09, 2011
Watchmen by Moore and Gibbons
date: Sep 06, 2011 – Oct 12, 2011
Brave New World by Huxley
date: Sep 02, 2011 – Sep 05, 2011
The Vinland Sagas
date: Aug 28, 2011 – Aug 29, 2011
Heartbreak House [play] by Shaw
date: Aug 24, 2011 – Aug 27, 2011
Mutant Message Down Under by Morgan
date: Aug 21, 2011 – Aug 22, 2011
Buried Child [play] by Shepard
date: Aug 16, 2011
Long Day's Journey Into Night [play] by O'Neill
date: Aug 16, 2011 – Aug 17, 2011
True West [play] by Shepard
date: Aug 15, 2011
Palestine by Sacco
date: Aug 06, 2011 – Aug 09, 2011
The Fountainhead by Rand
date: Jul 12, 2011 – Aug 03, 2011
The Filter Bubble by Pariser
date: Jul 03, 2011 – Jul 11, 2011
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Joyce
date: Jun 03, 2011 – Jul 01, 2011
Pour Your Heart Into It by Schultz
date: May 22, 2011 – Jun 01, 2011
A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold by Bernstein
date: May 17, 2011 – May 19, 2011
Guns, Germs, & Steel by Diamond
date: May 12, 2011 – May 18, 2011
How Round is Your Circle? by Bryant
date: Apr 13, 2011 – Apr 16, 2011 (quit)
In Our Time [short stories] by Hemingway
date: Mar 16, 2011 – Mar 19, 2011
The Road by McCarthy
date: Mar 13, 2011 – Mar 16, 2011
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy by Russell
date: Jan 14, 2011 – Jan 25, 2011

2010 Books

The Social Contract by Rousseau
date: Sep 30, 2010 – Oct 09, 2010

2009 Books

Disgrace by Coetzee
date: Oct 31, 2009 – Nov 01, 2009

2007 Books

Life of Pi by Martel
date: Dec 23, 2007 – Dec 29, 2007
comments: start date is a guess
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig
date: Jun 02, 2007 – Jul 02, 2007
Lolita by Nabokov
date: May 10, 2007 – Jun 01, 2007
comments: just a guess--I bought the book 4/29/07

2017 Movies

Baby Driver [part]
date: Sep 13, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Relentlessly kitchy; won't finish.
John Carpenter's The Fog
date: Sep 11, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Entertaining, but pretty silly.
The Dark Knight Rises
date: Sep 09, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: The audio for Bane's voice kinda ruins this movie. (Why did they make it sound like a voice-over?!) Also, the theatrical music is just constant in this movie. It's a pretty good movie, but having already seen it before, the ending was really the only part that was genuinely thrilling. Also it was pretty fun to see Mellon Institute in the background of all of Bane's speeches.
Jumanji [part]
date: Sep 06, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Friday
date: Sep 02, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This actually had some really nice moments in it. Also some pretty great Chris Tucker faces. Reminds me of Do the Right Thing in a way too, in that it's just a day in a life of a bunch of characters on the same block.
Men in Black
date: Aug 31, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: One of the few movies where awful CGI doesn't really affect how enjoyable the movie is.
Independence Day
date: Aug 25, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I love it when old blockbuster movies aren't that bad (except for, you know, the climax). Also I miss Will Smith.
Sweaty Betty
date: Aug 24, 2017 – Aug 28, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: Really enjoyable to watch, even though there wasn't much of a story. Poor Charlotte...
La Grande Illusion
date: Aug 21, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: This seems like the sort of thing where it's only "one of the greatest movies ever" if you have some film history knowledge. I enjoyed it alright, but it didn't strike me as that interesting. There were some really cool shots though, like when the crowd stands up in sequence in the theatre.
Tim's Vermeer
date: Aug 20, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This blew me away. The persistence of some people is just incredible, and definitely admirable. Why does it seem that all the examples I have of commitment this extreme come from art, such as "outsider art"? I also really want to try the technique, just of painting while looking at a mirror. It's amazing, the inventions that had just been sitting there right in front of everyone, but no one noticed.
"American Masters" John Cage, I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It
date: Aug 19, 2017
where:
350Pgh
True Lies
date: Aug 16, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This was great. The motorcycle-horse chase scene was crazy. It might be my favorite James Cameron movie.
Eldorado XXI [part]
date: Aug 14, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: Weird documentary that is really just a podcast (but in Spanish, so we had to read subtitles) on top of a single view of miners walking up some hill in Peru, in the dark. We stopped halfway. It was interesting, but unexpectedly motionless.
Casino Royale [part]
date: Aug 12, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: As campy as most of this movie was, the ending was pretty good.
The Rendez-vous of deja-vu
date: Aug 12, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: Very lighthearted, and literally absurd most of the time. I might have gotten more of the jokes if I were French.
Fear of a Black Hat
date: Aug 09, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I had apparently totally underestimated how many times I've seen this movie, because I remembered everything--especially the songs. A lot of the jokes are pretty dumb, but there are some pretty funny bits (like Tasty Taste on why he owns a bazooka: "Well, sometimes you gotta take out stuff like a bus or a building, or a bunch of mofuckas"). But most of all, the songs are great.
My Neighbor Totoro
date: Aug 07, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
favorite
comments: This movie was beautiful, and perfect, and it made me feel very happy.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
date: Aug 01, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: A nice old man who has had the same job (making sushi) for 75 years and who kinda looks like a turtle.
Dunkirk
date: Jul 29, 2017
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: Entertaining, suspenseful, but the most straightforward Christopher Nolan film ever. There was just the slightest jitter in the timelines of the three stories, and that was pretty interesting, but still very subtle and with no real consequence. Still can't believe there was no twist.
I, Robot
date: Jul 24, 2017
where:
Air Canada
comments: I think I swore to never see this movie just because of how many times I was forced to watch trailers for it, but this movie was actually really entertaining, and not even that stupid.
John Wick: Chapter 2
date: Jul 15, 2017
where:
Air Canada
Idiocracy
date: Jul 14, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Short and fun.
Inside Man
date: Jul 05, 2017 (started)
where:
350Pgh
Die Hard
date: Jun 25, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This might be the first action movie that I've ever genuinely thought was a good movie. The writing was great, the jokes were funny, and Bruce Willis was amazing.
Speed
date: Jun 24, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I don't even know how we ended up watching this. The best part is when Keanu decides to jump the train off the tracks at the end for absolutely no reason.
Wonder Woman
date: Jun 13, 2017
where:
AMC Loews Waterfront
comments: Entertaining, but very overhyped.
The Shining [part]
date: Jun 11, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
date: May 28, 2017
where:
Row House Cinema
comments: The movie started out very coherent, and fun, and I loved it. Then it started sticking on Laura Palmer, and it turned into a sort of horror movie, with some very strange scenes mixed in. I just love the FBI agents. And David Bowie's cameo was great.
Dark City
date: May 28, 2017 – May 30, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: This movie is basically awful but there are some cool ideas in it that seem to have rubbed off on other much better movies. So strange that this movie, The Matrix, Existenz, and 12 Monkeys all came out in the same year.
Inglorious Basterds
date: May 25, 2017 – May 27, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Way better than I'd remembered. Though the climax was just as overwhelming as I'd remembered. Basically it's a movie composed of five very long scenes, very dialogue driven, and the Germans are all so terrifyingly clever!
Blazing Saddles
date: May 16, 2017 – May 17, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Not very good, but at least also not as racist as I'd remembered. Gene Wilder is good, and the sheriff is pretty fun too, but everything else is dumb as shit.
District 9
date: May 13, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: It's a really cool story, and for that reason a pretty great movie. It's just a shame to think that a) we never get to find out what happens in three years, because there's no sequel!, and b) all of his other movies suck, so we probably wouldn't want a sequel anyway.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
date: May 12, 2017
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: I was pretty excited about this movie, and really I knew I was just setting myself up to be disappointed. But it really came through! Which is amazing. But it was great. Dumb parts, corny parts for sure, but also some really good funny parts. The same amount of cleverness. My only confusion is why they had to take away his god powers when Kurt Russell died?! Totally unnecessary.
Prometheus
date: May 11, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: As Jess put it: "It didn't make any fucking sense, but I enjoyed watching it."
A Beautiful Mind
date: May 10, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Really more about schizophrenia than it is about math. But I was impressed by the explanations of Nash equilibria not being just total nonsense. A not bad movie, but not great.
Superbad
date: May 09, 2017
where:
350Pgh
The Prestige
date: May 03, 2017 – May 09, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Funny People [part]
date: May 01, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Not really worth finishing.
Mad Max: Fury Road
date: Apr 28, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I loved it this time. I remember last time being much more critical, but man is that thing thrilling. I literally kept forgetting to blink. It was crazy.
Rosemary's Baby
date: Apr 25, 2017 – Apr 27, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I really liked this movie. It was kinda slow, and very deliberate, but still really fun to watch. You just watch this very slow descent...The ending was the best. And Mia Farrow is great.
Terminator
date: Apr 22, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Total Recall
date: Apr 19, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I had no idea I would ever like an Arnold movie, but I loved this one. It's so similar to Scanners, with the absurd special effects, but it also has a surprisingly entertaining plot for what I assumed was just an action movie. I was hoping for a better twist at the very end, but the first half was essentially perfect, I'm pretty sure.
Black Swan
date: Apr 15, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: It's relentless, this movie. Not a happy moment in it. I was in constant discomfort. Goddamn body horror. Still, I feel like it's a great movie. Or at least, the discomfort I felt distracted me from noticing any major flaws.
Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue
date: Mar 30, 2017
where:
350Pgh
12 Monkeys
date: Mar 24, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: What we really want to know is, who's the old guy?
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
date: Mar 17, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I fell asleep, but seemed pretty cool. However, Jess didn't seem to understand much more than I did, and she didn't fall asleep.
Blue Streak [part]
date: Mar 12, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Get Out
date: Mar 12, 2017
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: This was very entertaining and also unsettling. I feel like it's rare that a movie can be "scary" but also smart in a way that isn't just ironic.
Lights in the Dusk
date: Mar 10, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
The Lego Movie
date: Mar 05, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: More entertaining than expected. Kinda took some getting used to, visually.
Shakespeare in Love
date: Feb 27, 2017
where:
350Pgh
The Game
date: Feb 26, 2017
where:
Delta Airlines
Oklahoma City: American Experience
date: Feb 10, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Zootopia
date: Feb 07, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: It was entertaining. That's about all I have to say though.
Arrival
date: Feb 06, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: I would say it was my favorite sci-fi since Ex Machina. It was pretty academic (mentioning but not explaining a "zero sum game", multiple uses of the word "nonlinear", a linguist as the hero), so that was fun, but my favorite part was definitely that it had such a perfect big reveal. One of those beautiful moments when watching a movie when you get chills all over because you understood something. There's nothing better a movie can achieve, in my opinion.
Hidden Figures
date: Jan 31, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: It was pretty good actually. As with most "based on a true story" movies, you essentially just have to forget about the truthiness of things and just take it. But it was moving, as it was. Also crazy to think that people called people "computers," if they were good at calculating things. Like, "I need a computer" in the way you would also say "I need a secretary."
Fences
date: Jan 29, 2017
where:
Southside Works
tags:
favorite
comments: At first it seemed like everyone was way overacting, but somewhere along the line I got completely sucked into it and I loved it. I haven't cried that much in a movie since Toy Story 3. Mostly, though, I just loved how verbal the movie was, being based on a play. Entire subplots evolve solely through dialogue about the subplots, involving characters we never even meet. Overall though, Denzel's character's psychology totally dominates the story, and his relationships with both his wife (Viola Davis) and son are equally interesting. Their end monologues were what brought me to tears. A parent's role is to give their kids the best of themselves.
Les Ogres [part]
date: Jan 25, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Death Watch
date: Jan 23, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: It's a "sci-fi" but really, today, it's not even that futuristic at all, being mostly about voyeurism and reality TV--a more realistic Truman Show, maybe. It started out kinda slow, and kinda weird, but really just built up and got better and better as it went along. My favorite scene was near the end, with the ex-husband talking about how most events in life has no significance or meaning whatsoever; that anyone who lives their lives otherwise is just "dramatizing" themselves. Dark, but probably true.
A Hard Day
date: Jan 17, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: More entertaining than I first thought it would be. Lots of really great twists! It kept me entertained, for sure.
Moonlight
date: Jan 16, 2017
where:
AMC Loews Waterfront
comments: This was amazing. I feel stronger and stronger about it the more I think about it. I was glad to have no idea what the film was about, because I think if you'd told me it was about a poor black gay kid I would have had very different expectations. One of the things that I thought was so good about this movie was how subtle it was. It really made me connect with the characters by not being overly dramatic. Also, Juan was such an interesting character and I was really sad to see him disappear to soon. And the chair scene was fantastic. My one criticism is that the whole last act felt a bit slow.
Fantasia [part]
date: Jan 13, 2017
where:
350Pgh
Caddyshack [part]
date: Jan 12, 2017
where:
350Pgh
comments: Pretty awful. It's in many ways just a movie about a girl and her boobs.
Mishen (2011)
date: Jan 09, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: Sounded interesting, but it ended up being very long, and even more confusing. Very literary, in a sense, except in a swirling, opaque way that left me having no idea what I was even supposed to feel. I had no idea where the story would go at each moment, which made it difficult to feel attached to anything. Reminded me of the one Tarkovsky movie I've seen--another (Russian) movie that was essentially impossible for me to parse.
To Be and to Have
date: Jan 05, 2017
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi

2016 Movies

Baden Baden
date: Dec 30, 2016
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: The third of the so-called "Ana Trilogy." I really love the pacing of all of the parts of this trilogy. There's just such a nice energy to them, with lots of nice silences. The characters don't talk too much. But most important is Salome Richard, the lead. Really most everything about why this movie is good has to do with her, as there's really not much of a story. But she plays such an intriguing character, and has such a great charm, that a story isn't really necessary. Overall, I just loved watching this. It put me in a trance.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
date: Dec 28, 2016
where:
350Pgh
Love Actually
date: Dec 28, 2016
where:
350Pgh
The Big Short
date: Dec 27, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: The style was all over the place, and it was hard for me to ever really get into it with all the fourth wall stuff. Characters breaking to say things like "It didn't really happen like this, of course, but..." It's a unique idea to do that, I guess, but I didn't like it. Anyway, overall I think the story was really effective. I feel totally depressed and mixed up about investing now. Do you buy in and just hope things stay relatively stable? It's all so ridiculous.
Remember the Titans
date: Dec 23, 2016
where:
Wigglesworth House
comments: Pretty overdone, no doubt, but also pretty feel-good. "Glossy," as I think someone else put it.
A Muppet Christmas Carol
date: Dec 22, 2016
where:
Wigglesworth House
comments: The most absurd Christmas movie choice which was all Jess's idea. It wasn't bad, I guess, once I accepted the fact that we'd be watching all of it. It is a pretty great story though, whatever the adaptation. And one of the first stories of time travel! I didn't mind watching it, overall.
Key of Life
date: Dec 18, 2016
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: The first 2/3 of the movie was just perfect--it was cracking me up, and everything about it was surprising. It was the perfect mix of hitman film and romantic comedy, as promised. Very bizarre. But then once the main turn happened, it kinda changed and dragged on a bit. But overall very entertaining.
Star Wars: Rogue One
date: Dec 17, 2016
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: The movie projector was off or something, because it was so dim that I really had no idea what was going on for the first 20 minutes or so. In any case, I didn't really care about any of the characters at all. I was entertained, enough, but felt nothing for them. I felt like the whole thing overall was just kinda lazy, or uninspired. Jess liked it though. I did really love the blind character and his friend. That part got me.
Hero
date: Dec 10, 2016
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: It was so beautiful, every scene really, but also the storytelling was really effective and sort of hypnotizing. My favorite scene was the one in the trees, with the bright yellow leaves, but also the whole telling-the-same-story-in-different-ways thing had never been so enjoyable for me before. I loved it all.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
date: Dec 09, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: I used to love this movie as a kid, because it was always on TV and I liked the bizarre aspects. But MAN is this a stupid movie. It's quite incredible, actually, how lazy it is.
If You Don't, I Will
date: Dec 08, 2016
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: This one was marked "comedy" but it was definitely too depressing to be considered that. A movie about an extremely depressing couple. The one part I genuinely liked, however, was the scene in the forest with the rabbits where you wonder if she's gonna try to kill one of them, but then instead she just whispers to the rabbit: "Kill yourself...Skin yourself...Cook yourself...Your wife will be fine."
A Mighty Wind
date: Dec 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: This was pretty funny. Much more subtle than Best in Show and I liked that. Also, I love Christopher Guest, the actor.
The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe
date: Dec 06, 2016
where:
350Pgh
tags:
mubi
comments: It was fun to hear some french, and the movie was also pretty entertaining. Intended to be funny, I think, but mostly just entertaining.
The Secret War [part]
date: Nov 29, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: Wow, shit. Extremely depressing.
Raising Arizona
date: Nov 26, 2016
where:
Wigglesworth House
comments: It'd been a while since I'd seen this, and I really loved it. Nicholas Cage is great, with his one-eye-half-open look, and it was fun seeing so many familiar Coen Brothers actors but in what is clearly a much older movie. It's a really sweet story, too.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
date: Nov 17, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016
where:
350Pgh
Back to the Future Part II
date: Nov 08, 2016
where:
350Pgh
Back to the Future
date: Nov 06, 2016 – Nov 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
date: Oct 30, 2016
where:
350Pgh
The Thing
date: Oct 28, 2016
where:
Matt Lociano's Apartment
comments: I love Kurt Russell--and in this movie he wasn't even goofy at all. He just had amazing hair. I'm also really surprised that "The Thing" hasn't lived on as an iconic character in the way that Alien and Predator have. It's such a cool idea! And a pretty film, too. Great sets. (But also a lot of product placement.)
Rec
date: Oct 28, 2016
where:
Matt Lociano's Apartment
Videodrome
date: Oct 26, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: It really made absolutely no sense at all. I did like the stomach-vagina though, and one of the exploding bodies. But man, it was bizarre.
Dazed and Confused
date: Oct 24, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: I don't think I'd ever actually seen this movie in its entirety. It was always on TV, but I clearly never really paid attention. Watching this made me feel pretty sentimental for high school times--it did a really good job of portraying all the types of kids without stereotyping them.
The Fly (1986)
date: Oct 23, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: IF SECOND ELEMENT IS FLY, WHAT HAPPENED TO FLY?
The Dead Zone
date: Oct 22, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: How is Christopher Walken so cool? He's just got the perfect amount of attitude, and always seems slightly foreign. Anyway, the only real sign that this movie was by Cronenberg was one scene where there was a bunch of green light. Other than that, it was a pretty traditional Stephen King movie approach. But the sets were awesome, and the story was actually really good. Also, that has to be the most accepting community of psychic powers ever portrayed in film. "Oh, you know when people are going to die? That's cool." And I love the idea of a character who has so much to offer to the world, and yet the more he uses his powers the more he destroys himself.
The Sixth Sense
date: Oct 21, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: This was still very good! Despite having never seen it before, but still knowing the twist, it was definitely worth watching. A handful of good chills-inducing moments. Also, that was Donnie Wahlberg! What the fuck.
Scanners
date: Oct 18, 2016
where:
350Pgh
comments: Jess and I had seen a good handful of his movies at this point, so we knew to expect some really visceral shit, and something involving weird brothers. Our expectations were met. But! I don't think I've ever really appreciated effects before, but for this movie I really did. That exploding head! Holy shit! The expanding veins in the climax! It was unreal. It was amazing.
Se7en
date: Sep 26, 2016 – Oct 04, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
Being There
date: Sep 13, 2016 – Sep 15, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: This had some really nice moments in it, and overall it was somewhat hypnotizing. The main character is totally invincible and I am so glad the story didn't take the predictable turn of destroying this initial invincibility just to fuck with the audience's emotions. Anyway, I especially loved the end scene, which is bizarre and out of nowhere but for some reason totally appropriate. Then the bloopers kinda ruined the feeling, unfortunately. The movie did seem unnecessarily racist at times.
Full Frontal
date: Sep 11, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: Only afterwards did I see what horrible reviews it's received, with Roeper saying that it was like the Special Features part of the DVD without the original movie. But I actually really liked it! It was fun, and not fourth wall breaking, exactly--something more like story breaking, where you're always slightly confused where the boundaries of all the nested stories end and begin. The only change I would have made would be to call Julia Roberts "Julia Roberts" and not some made up celebrity name.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
date: Sep 06, 2016 – Sep 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: Just hearing the music in the background makes it worth watching, practically. Yoko Ono describes his voice so perfectly: velvet. Very mundane ending, though, not often seen in documentaries: Man gets old, fat, and happy, leaving his former glory behind.
Liar Liar
date: Sep 03, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: It was actually pretty funny! Not too corny, but extremely sentimental at times (it's just in the music, really, but it's pretty hard to ignore). Jim Carrey had some pretty funny bits. Jess was cracking up like crazy though.
Le Samourai
date: Aug 31, 2016
where:
Elise & Harrison's House
comments: Not very samurai at all except that he dies honorably? This is one of those movies that at first seemed like it was going somewhere big, but instead ended up being only about the one murder. Entertaining enough--but man, very slow.
Oldboy (2003)
date: Aug 30, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I think I liked Joint Security Area better, but I can see why this movie would have made Park Chan-wook famous. The octopus, the teeth, the tongue! Also some really unique fight scenes.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
date: Aug 28, 2016
where:
Regent Square Theatre
comments: The movie was very thought-provoking, and filled with quotes and suggestions and moments that I wish I'd been able to jot a few notes down during the movie. The way he frames his interview subjects is also so beautiful and noticable; section V (?) with the mourning family in particular was especially striking. Holistically, though, I'd say he often got what seemed to be very off-topic, dwelling more on robots, our dependence on electricity, and the likelihood of Armageddon than he did on the Internet. Also, it was a pretty good commercial for Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon; it had me feeling pretty proud to be here, to be honest.
Joint Security Area
date: Aug 27, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: This was good enough that it kept Jess from falling asleep around her normal nap time--so that was impressive. The story was very sweet. Confusing at times, and some of the acting was not very good, but the core story felt genuine enough that when the movie ended I really wanted to see more. Great ending shot.
It's Such a Beautiful Day
date: Aug 22, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: This animated triptych by Don Hertzfeldt--the one who made the sentence "My anus is bleeding!" unforgettable--is short, sweet, and sometimes very pretty and sad. The scene in the grocery store is easily my favorite.
Grey Gardens
date: Aug 19, 2016
where:
Row House Cinema
comments: The sort of movie where you feel so bummed out and pathetic after watching that going home to your apartment sounds like becoming part of the fates of the people in the movie. God, was it weird and sad. I also felt like a voyeur, afterwards, just of my own actions. Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I just felt so lame and inept. I just can't get over how similar Big Edie was to the woman in Pink Flamingos who loves the egg man. Her name was Edie, too! Anyway, this movie had no plot and no real ending, and it was very funny at times but also nearly unbearable at other times. I couldn't stand the singing. My God, I hated the singing. The first time was funny. The later times were just horrible.
Zatoichi
date: Aug 17, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: This was extremely bizarre. I liked...aspects of it: The calmness, the absurd CGI blood in an otherwise realistic-looking movie, and then most of all: the rhythmic farming and carpentry. However, I'll probably never hear or even think about this movie again.
Fargo [part]
date: Aug 16, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: On TV, edited with a woodchipper.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
date: Aug 16, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: I had no idea that Pussy Riot were imprisoned for this long, and for something so completely trivial sounding. So strange though that not even Pussy Riot themselves ever try to make the point that simply being in a place is not "criminal." It's trespassing, sure, but not criminal. But clearly Russia has some sensitivities relating to religious disrespect.
Trust (1990)
date: Aug 13, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
tags:
mubi
comments: This was so quirky and great! Both of the protagonists were so realistically flawed but still lovable. The humor was absurd at times but perfect. There were a few bad mini-monologues, but there were also some really brilliant dialogues. A: "Let's run away, we'll get married, and you have your baby." B: "You're delirious." A: [defeated] "Okay."
Kill Bill 2
date: Aug 01, 2016 – Aug 02, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
Microcosmos
date: Jul 29, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: This movie is just so well-done, and so entertaining. It doesn't matter how staged some of the scenes may or may not be: It just makes bugs seem like such characters--without any anthropomorphizing!
Ghost Busters (2016)
date: Jul 23, 2016
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: In the end, Jess loved it. I was merely entertained, but no more than I am with any other stupid movie I watch in theatres. Lots of dumb parts, no doubt. But some genuine laughs here and there.
Kill Bill
date: Jul 10, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
The Secret Life of Pets
date: Jul 08, 2016
where:
Waterworks Cinemas
Vanilla Sky
date: Jul 04, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Overall I loved it, but it went on way too long. I can in fact say precisely where I would cut the movie to make it where I would have left off saying "That was a fascinating movie," which is right before Tom Cruise sees the Life Extension ad on TV in the prison and starts banging on the glass. In other words, cut the whole "This was all a lucid dream in a vat" stuff, the Ubik part of it all. Because everything that followed was not just way too drawn out and slow--it also had to do so much explaining in that bit of time to wrap up the plot, that it drowned out all the really nice symbolism and relationships in the whole rest of the movie! The things I would have been thinking about had the last 30 minutes not made me wish the movie was over; things like the significance of the mask, the dream vs. reality, Tom Cruise's reluctance to live in the present. All in all, I did really love the part of the movie before the ending--there were dumb, corny parts, but it also totally had me: I was invested, intellectually and emotionally. And what better actor than Tom Cruise for that role! Someone to give the character a long way to fall.
Lobster
date: Jun 24, 2016
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: The movie was totally absurd, in a way that I feel like I would have normally loved, but this one didn't quite have the spark for me that, say, Manderlay has. I haven't quite figured what I can even make of the story; a few turns seemed completely unmotivated, and unexplained, but it doesn't seem to matter much. All of the characters are just so stupid about relationships, interacting with each other like sixth graders might had they had some sort of formal relationship training. Definitely some interesting things to think about, and definitely a movie worth seeing just to experience it, but I can't say I loved it.
Malcolm X
date: Jun 21, 2016 – Jun 22, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: This movie is nothing like the book--somewhat disappointingly so. (Maybe I should make a personal rule to not watch biopics too soon after reading the book.) Too many made up moments and characters. Kinda unfortunate, really. The assassination scene was pretty much as I'd pictured it, though--it was just horrible. And yet, as with many famous deaths, it leaves one wondering whether we'd even know Malcolm X's name if it weren't for his murder. On a completely unrelated note, Denzel Washington looks so much like Malcolm X that now my mental image of both is all mixed up.
Guardians of the Galaxy
date: Jun 18, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: It's not a perfect movie, but for an action movie it's sooooo entertaining. All of the jokes seem like they should be bad but for some reason they're hilarious. And the music is so typical but somehow also perfect. I don't get how this is possible. But I like it.
Gattaca
date: Jun 14, 2016
where:
American Airlines
comments: More like a lazy romance with a sci-fi premise. Not worth seeing.
Popstar
date: Jun 08, 2016
where:
Alamo Ritz
comments: I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it, and so it took some warming up to. But by the end, I was cracking up at even non-funny parts: a sure sign that they'd got me. Not that I'm a huge Spinal Tap fan, but I feel like this is just as successful a music spoof. And the music was impressively good!
Do the Right Thing
date: Jun 07, 2016
where:
American Airlines
comments: I hadn't seen this movie since high school but I know I loved it so much more this time. It was really just a beautiful movie all the way through for me. Jess mentioned how Shakespearian this movie felt, and I definitely agree, and not just because of Samuel L Jackson narrating it. It's definitely very theatrical; it reminded us of Chi-raq with the theatricality paired with its setting. Anyway, I felt like Sal was really the only major character who seemed consistently well-intentioned and it really offended me at first that he was the one to finally tip things into chaos. But thinking back to Malcolm X, I think the message here may be that even those who seem so genuinely level-headed and color-blind are still affected by living in a racist world, and so when they flare up there's bound to be some racist shit coming to the surface. So that's fair. I haven't quite figured out how the figure-heads of Malcolm X and MLK Jr. relate to the movie beyond the "LOVE" and "HATE" brass knuckles of Radio Raheem, but I feel like this would be a promising way of analyzing more of this movie. Jess made the interesting point that the Malcolm X quote at the end, about violence being justified if it's in self-defense, leads inevitably to destruction if it always escalates the intensity of the conflict. In fact, this is exactly what happens at the end of the movie: Sal bashes radio, Raheem escalates by strangling Sal, and then the cops escalate and strange Raheem...to death. One thing I definitely do not understand about the movie is why Mookie is the one to throw the trashcan.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
date: Jun 05, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I love this movie. It's so goofy and clever, capturing the essence of the books, and I love all the actors. Jess was giggling the whole way through it. I just wish they'd made the sequel!
The Godfather Part I and II [part]
date: Jun 04, 2016
where:
Ben Cowley's House
comments: We watch it in chronological order (?), like 4 hours of it, after eating some lasagna
Star Trek Into Darkness
date: May 29, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Not really worth having an opinion on--I'm not really that into action movies. Khan was kinda cool when he was talking.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
date: May 27, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Stylistically, this movie is all over the place, kinda like it wants to be Trainspotting remade by the Coen brothers--but only occasionally. Story-wise, if this is true then it's amazing. I want to believe it.
The Running Man [part]
date: May 26, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: Elise and Jess not until later
The Dark Knight
date: May 17, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
Deadpool
date: May 08, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: A superhero movie, whatever. It was fine. Funny enough. The drink I had while watching it helped.
Room
date: May 01, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: That shit was pretty dark. It wasn't bad, or cringeworthy or anything--just very sad. The main actress was really great, and so was the kid. It was pretty well done, though in retrospect it must be so glossy compared to the true events. The true events wouldn't be watchable at all. Real life is way shittier. And that makes it even more sad.
The Invitation
date: Apr 30, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Jess and I just watched The Invitation, the movie Adrian told us all about at least three times a day when we were in Marfa. Anyway, I wholeheartedly disagree with calling that movie a "psychological thriller." The first half, sure, but no psychological thriller can end in practically everyone being murdered. That's not psychological: that's physical. And yes, the psychological thriller part was great, but once it became official that people were getting murdered, I felt like "Yeah okay, I get it, etc." I'm just not into counting bullets and knowing who was what weapon, who's still alive. Nor do I like the high anxiety I have after the movie is over. Just not into creating that feeling intentionally. But it was fun.
Beyonce's "Lemonade"
date: Apr 28, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Unbelievable. This was fucking incredible. When it was over I was (and still am) in a state of catharsis, and I can't remember the last time experiencing art has made me feel like that. I cried like four times, eventually not even bothering to wipe the tears from my face. Again: Can't remember the last time watching something has made me do that. Really, it was the emotion she communicated that got me. I found it so effective, her use of single feeling words followed by songs that expressed those feelings ("Anger", especially). It surprised me, actually, to be following along. And everything she wore...man, it was just beautiful. It helped to know just the bare fact that Jay-Z cheated on her (Jess had told me that), and to be newly familiar to all of the songs (I'd listened to the album a couple of times). But man, was it good. Definitely the best thing I've seen/heard this year.
The Ladykillers
date: Apr 21, 2016
where:
Southwest Airlines
comments: A Coen Brothers movie with Tom Hanks that's kinda like a lazy precursor to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Kinda fun though.
Full Metal Jacket
date: Apr 19, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I still wonder: If you skipped the first half of this movie and went straight to the second, would anyone really love this movie? The Gomer Pyle part is just so much better.
Requiem for the American Dream
date: Apr 03, 2016
where:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU International Film Festival
comments: This movie is just one man (Noam Chomsky) speaking for 70 minutes straight, so don't expect a thriller or anything. It was fairly good, though, with many good thoughts, and lots of pessimism about American society, but in what seemed to be a very reasonable way. One of my favorite of his perspectives was about the role of marketing in our society being the manufacturing of consumers. In economics, as he puts it, the model of the consumer is one who is perfectly informed and makes rational decisions. But if that were the case, then car commercials would be telling us just the facts. Instead, what you see is appeals to emotion: cars driving over mountains, dogs wearing sunglasses--that sort of thing. Marketing, then, is trying to create an uninformed consumer, one who makes irrational (or at least arational) choices.
A Syrian Love Story
date: Mar 25, 2016
where:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU International Film Festival
comments: Great documentary. Basically, this British guy happens to be in Syria just before the Arab Spring, and he meets this guy and his family and her wife is a political prisoner. And then the revolution happens, the wife gets freed, and everything really just goes to shit...While watching it all unfold I couldn't help but think about this article I read earlier today, about political art, art causing emotions, and whether it actually achieves anything: "Having a strong emotion is not the same thing as having an understanding, and neither is the same thing as taking an action." So what is the point of watching this film? At the very least, it gives me great sympathy for Syrians, and makes me feel appreciative for all the comforts and conveniences in my life--the fact that I don't have to see my identity as somehow at the mercy of my nationality. Will feeling these things change anything? Maybe not by me individually, but emotions felt by large groups of people can surely have nonlinear effects.
Chi-raq
date: Mar 19, 2016
where:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU International Film Festival
comments: I wish I'd known this was a comedy. For such a serious and important subject, it sure was goofy. As someone I overheard while I was walking out of the theater put it, "That was a fever dream." And as Jess put it, what's the goal of using a plot like this (based on Lysistrata, where a group of women try to stop a war by withholding sex) to tell a story about the number of black-on-black murders in Chicago? In the end, I don't know how much I got out of the film itself; the question-and-answer session beforehand with Spike Lee was almost a better way of talking about the issues in the movie.
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
date: Mar 06, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
Spotlight
date: Mar 05, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: This was way better than I'd been expecting! It's weird to choose a "based on a true story" movie as Best Picture though, I think, if only because so much of the movie's interest lies in it being based on fact. Still, it was very good, and extremely tasteful in that it avoided things that would evoke either cringing (e.g., scenes of children crying or flashbacks to them being molested) or eye rolling (e.g., the Catholic Church sending thugs to stop these crazy journalists from uncovering the truth).
Chappie [part]
date: Feb 28, 2016
where:
American Airlines
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
date: Feb 28, 2016
where:
American Airlines
comments: This is a really beautiful documentary. I had no idea that Arthur Russell was somehow associated with The Modern Lovers, Allen Ginsberg, and Philip Glass--let alone that they were intimate friends of his. But my favorite part has to be his parents. They're just an incredibly sweet old couple that clearly has nothing but love for their deceased (and now mildly famous) son.
Howard the Duck
date: Feb 12, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This must be some sort of joke. I wonder how it feels to be involved in the making of movies like this.
The Revenant
date: Feb 06, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: As others have noted, Leonardo Dicaprio's acting in this movie mostly consists of him screaming. Which he does a very good job of! Also, Tom Hardy is such an evil villain! Mindlessly evil, which is somewhat unexciting. Overall, this movie was fun to watch but totally void of mental stimulation. The themes seem to consist of dramatic words like "revenge" and "survival" and not much else.
Burn After Reading
date: Feb 05, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: The Coen Brothers always have the most twisted plots, plots so twisted that in the end it's hard to tell if there's even anything going on behind there. With this movie, as with No Country For Old Men, I really struggled to come up with anything of substance to think about. So I've been reading online...I did find one pretty fun interpretation: that each character represents a single body part (Linda's the face, Malkovich the mind, the CIA is the eyes, and so on). Also, all the characters are idiots who believe in "intelligence".
A.I. Artificial Intelligence [part]
date: Feb 05, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
The Return to Homs
date: Feb 03, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Jess and I just watched this documentary on the Syrian Civil War about this guy and his time in the besieged city of Homs. Kottke today had a video of a drone flying over the city, which I'd never heard of. Apparently Homs was the 3rd largest city in Syria (800k), but after a four war siege it's now totally destroyed. The Wikipedia page on "The Siege of Homs" pointed me to this documentary, which we then rented and watched immediately on Vimeo. All of this, after watching a Frontline documentary on the Syrian War. It's amazing that we have access to this information, to the knowledge of what it's like to be there, what atrocities are happening. And yet, as the narrator of this very documentary put it: "The world watches as we are murdered, one by one, while it remains silent as a graveyard."
No Country For Old Men
date: Jan 31, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: So much suspense. Jess seems to have gotten more out of this movie than I did. In retrospect, the movie seems to be centered conceptually on Tommy Lee Jones's character, despite him having a relatively tiny role; the other characters, though major, don't seem to have any sort of mental hang-up or dilemma. One un-answered question for me is why Tommy Lee Jones's character is spared by the demon man at the end.
The Martian
date: Jan 16, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Is this just some big joke? This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time--certainly the worst movie with this amount of reception. With 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 6 Oscar nominations, I am fairly convinced that a major portion of this movie's budget went to paying people out. The movie's review on rogerebert.com, for example, explicitly lists all of the movies major flaws while somehow concluding that these are all strengths: predictable plot turns, an unnecessarily large cast of characters that achieve absolutely nothing, and a movie that is less of a story and more of a series of momentary problems like "What do I do if my helmet cracks?" Really, all this movie had going for it was some nice visuals. And the very amusing use of the word "science" as a verb.
Equilibrium
date: Jan 09, 2016
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This movie wasn't as bad as it looked like it was going to be. Christian Bale is just a more serious Tom Cruise (in general, not just in this movie). And I never thought I'd say this about a movie, but: Fun fight scenes!
The Manchurian Candidate
date: Jan 07, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Given how much being sick lowers my standards for visual entertainment, I think it probably means something that I found many parts of this movie to be totally absurd--both in terms of the sci-fi and the plot points. Still, the concept was pretty fun, Meryl Streep was great, and Denzel Washington is always fun to watch. So it wasn't all bad.
The Matrix
date: Jan 06, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Better than I remembered. Also, wonderful at times. (Granted, I was sick while watching this.)
Anomalisa
date: Jan 04, 2016
where:
350Pgh3
comments: So many weird things about this movie. The sets were amazingly beautiful and lifelife--were those props? The breakfast scene with the voices almost makes the whole movie worth watching. Almost.

2015 Movies

Rounders
date: Dec 27, 2015
where:
5441W
comments: Being in a place with cable is weird: Sometimes you just watch movies because one just happens to be starting right at the time you're looking for one. This movie had this appeal plus an all-star cast. But it wasn't really worth dissecting or reflecting on. Its romanticization of poker players as experts in reading people's emotions was fun, but other than that, I didn't get a lot out of it.
Dead Poets Society
date: Dec 26, 2015
where:
5441W
comments: This movie was simply mediocre at times, but near the end it got corny and lazy, especially with its plot. (E.g., randomly turning the minor character of the principal guy into a bad guy just to get the movie to have a climax? Dumb.) The only scene that's really stuck with me was Robin Williams's character's first lecture on "Carpe Diem": The kids staring at all these old photos of previous students, Robin whispering about all the hopes and dreams and ambitions of these students who are now surely dead and buried. I couldn't tell if my sense of discomfort while watching this scene was due to its corniness, or if it was my discomfort at the idea itself. Probably a bit of both.
Elf
date: Dec 25, 2015
where:
5441W
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
date: Dec 19, 2015
where:
Manor Theatre
comments: I allowed myself the first 30 minutes of watching this before I allowed myself to whisper to Jess "This is good!" Meaning the kind of good that is a surprise at it not being bad. But really, it was very entertaining! And I liked a lot of the casting--meaning, a lot of the characters were very likable, and the older throw-back characters were probably the weakest part of the movie (Han and Leia) but they of course had to be there or else people probably would have been mad. (Or would they have? Only if the movie ended up being awful, probably. I don't know.)
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
date: Dec 18, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I think I've seen Star Wars too much in the last few years: It's official now. I've certainly seen it more than any other movie--perhaps because I've never fully "gotten" it but I am eager to understand why so many people love it so much. Anyway, this movie, the third one, it started out completely awfully and I was laughing at it as a bad joke. Though Jess swore it was way better in comparison to the first two. But then the ending came! And man--probably the whole last third of the movie or so, once Annakin goes bad, it got really good. Despite the fact that Annakin's turn seems incredibly abrupt and a bit overboard. I mean, come on--he kills children?! Just one scene later, as his first act for the emperor? That level of hate seems a bit unmotivated. All the same, the scene when Amidala rejects him and then Obi Wan fights him, chops him up, leaves him to burn to death...That's some pretty good shit. Extremely satisfying.
The Ides of March
date: Dec 15, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Amazingly, this movie stood up entirely on a second rewatch. This movie is great, the writing is perfect, the twists are fun...Also, turns out the play the movie's based on is also the writer of House of Cards! Makes perfect sense.
Bottle Rocket
date: Dec 12, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
The Hunger Games
date: Dec 05, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: the one where at the end they get in the plane thing
Wicker Park [part]
date: Dec 05, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: the stream stops halfway through and so we can't finish it
Pulp Fiction
date: Nov 28, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: I don't remember this movie feeling so disjointed. Also, I love Vincent Vega.
Begin Again [part]
date: Nov 26, 2015
where:
5441W
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles [part]
date: Nov 25, 2015
where:
5441W
comments: Pretty awful. The idea? "Let's make a movie about a day that just keeps getting worse." I think that's as far as the idea ever got. And the ending, which is absurd, is only good in concept.
28 Days Later [part]
date: Nov 14, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
Midnight in Paris [part]
date: Nov 14, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
Miller's Crossing
date: Oct 17, 2015
where:
350Pgh3
comments: Coen Brothers at their best. This one was very reminiscent of Barton Fink, which apparently they filmed just after this one, but wrote just before. I loved it, though. Great characters, a nice twist, and the Barton Fink "brains vs. muscle" theme. I'd watch it again.
John Wick
date: Sep 13, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This was not ridiculous enough.
In the Realms of the Unreal
date: Aug 29, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This documentary was beautiful but mostly heartbreaking. It's the true story of a man named Henry Darger who, unbeknownst to everyone around him (mostly because he had no true friends) created more than 15,000 pages of illustrated fictionover the course of his life. Despite his life as a hermit, his struggles with life seemed to be aimed at God, due to him not being granted any of his few wishes: being allowed to adopt a child, for example, or recovering a photo of a murdered girl that he cut out of the paper but then lost. Jess is still just lying in bed whispering to herself how she "just can't get over it." His story is sad. His artwork is beautiful. I would love to read the writing.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
date: Aug 23, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This movie made me cry, and it made me feel extremely angry at the world we apparently live in, and it made me understand why so many people feel so strongly about Aaron Swartz.
Tangerine
date: Aug 16, 2015
where:
Harris Theater
comments: Hard to believe this movie was shot on an iPhone! It was pretty, as well as fully entertaining. On second thought, "amusing" might be a better word given its overall lack of depth.
Welcome to Me
date: Aug 13, 2015
where:
350Pgh2
comments: This movie was completely ridiculous and very amusing in a Tim & Eric sort of way. Except this never went too far over the top, which I think was a good thing. All the absurdities were totally reasonable within the given context. The story was nearly nonexistent, but who cares?
It's My Turn
date: Jul 24, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: Started out so charmingly but ended so poorly. Still, I really loved this movie--the beginning of it at least. (And God, the title credit music! Yikes...) Really fun characters, and really fun sassy conversation. Realistic awkwardness. Story-wise, I feel like the beginning of the movie was such a great set up and I really felt like it was going perfectly, but once Michael Douglas came on the scene, as great as his beard looked, his part really just dragged on the main character's journey. And man, the protagonist, she was so lovable, she was magnetizing.
Night Train to Paris [part]
date: Jul 23, 2015
where:
Rob House
The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman
date: Jul 21, 2015
where:
Terror Tuesday, Alamo Ritz
comments: This movie was surprisingly good. The plot was incredibly consistent, even if there were a few unanswered questions. But the best by far was the vampires--every scene with them was slow motion, giggly creepy, and awesome. Almost like it inspired Picnic at Hanging Rock. Also, queso fries over popcorn at Alamo is the way to go.
Stalker [part]
date: Jul 05, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: Shit! This was upsettingly boring. The book was so exciting, and here it's been turned into nothing more than vague visual impressions! Sure, it's pretty, but this movie is definitely more "inspired by" than "based on" Roadside Picnic. I got too sleepy watching it and had to stop at the intermission.
Inside Out
date: Jul 03, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: I cried so hard at one point that my throat was aching, tears literally streaming down my face on both sides. But overall, I thought the plot could have done so much more, covered so much more time and dealt with a more general issue than just an 11 year old girl running away from home. But it was still pretty entertaining. More than anything, though, those bastards sure know how to engineer the tears out of you.
Bridesmaids
date: Jun 17, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: This way way funnier than I expected it to be. Kinda like My Idiot Brother in that I assumed it would be stupid and awful but it was actually pretty good, with no full eye-rolls.
An Affair to Remember [part]
date: Jun 13, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: Old movies can be so awkward. And Americans in this time didn't say their 'r's. Also, everyone in these old movies speaks so literarily/intellectually. I like it.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
date: Jun 10, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: This one is the best. Darth Vader's turn at the end surprises me every time; all those long shots of him earlier really pay off. But my favorites of the whole series are definitely the Ewoks ("Ooh! Akiata...") and the Emperor.
Sabrina [part]
date: May 31, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: It was a bit too "funny", but the opening scene was so reminiscent of Rushmore in the narration and tone that surely Wes Anderson must have had this movie in his mind at some point while he was writing it.
Sunset Boulevard
date: May 31, 2015
where:
Rob House
rating: 3/5
comments: We end up finding this playing on TV, broken up by infomercials on talking mirrors. The acting is so melodramatic, but the narration is awesome and makes it hard to stop watching.
En un xip Multicolor
date: May 25, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: documentary on Neil Harbisson; the grocery store scene is awesome
Mad Max: Fury Road
date: May 22, 2015
where:
Galaxy Highland 10
rating: 2/5
comments: This movie was absolutely nonstop ridiculous action. It was a bit much for me. Every time I got a break, the drama was so bad it wasn't even worth it. Cool opening scene though. Oh wait! The guitar player...! He was great.
Alien
date: May 15, 2015
where:
Rob House
rating: 2/5
comments: I was pretty disappointed. I didn't even realize I'd seen this movie before! I just remember falling asleep to it when I tried watching it in high school. Anyway, the best scene of the movie by far is when the scientist is revealed as a robot. Other than that, it was suspense with no real terror.
Ex Machina
date: Apr 23, 2015
where:
Violet Crown Cinema
comments: [full review here] fucking awesome, and so suspenseful and terrifying at moments; still trying to figure out what's up with the female-male dynamic...
The Godfather Part II
date: Apr 19, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: so long and dramatic, and confusing; I think I liked the simplicity and pace of the first one better
Die Another Day [part]
date: Apr 15, 2015
where:
5441W
comments: impressively campy and awful and empty, but kinda pleasing in a mind-numbing way
Groundhog Day [part]
date: Apr 15, 2015
where:
5441W
The Godfather
date: Apr 15, 2015
where:
Qantas
Whip It
date: Apr 12, 2015
where:
Kate & Brenton's House
comments: actually pretty fun, with good real-life Texacana
The Devil Wears Prada
date: Apr 12, 2015
where:
Kate & Brenton's House
What Women Want
date: Apr 09, 2015
where:
Kate & Brenton's House
comments: surprisingly hilarious and tense and satisfying, until the 3rd act
Pitch Perfect
date: Apr 08, 2015
where:
Kate & Brenton's House
comments: God, nearly unbearable at times
10 Things I Hate About You [part]
date: Apr 03, 2015
where:
Kate & Brenton's House
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
date: Mar 31, 2015
where:
Qantas
Lost in Translation
date: Mar 31, 2015
where:
Qantas
comments: great--I love both of them, and it ends so happily. their relationship is the one thing not lost in translation, unlike every other interaction they have with the movie with other people. They become close because they just do so much together, just having fun, no talking, and that needs no translating.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
date: Mar 27, 2015
where:
Rob House
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
date: Mar 21, 2015
where:
Rob House
Awakenings
date: Mar 20, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: pretty goofy and absurd most of the time, but fine
Beyond the Lights
date: Feb 28, 2015
where:
airplane
comments: one of the worst movies I've ever seen; also, produced by Amar'e Stoudemire? extremely strange fact
Big Hero 6
date: Feb 25, 2015
where:
airplane
eXistenZ
date: Feb 16, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: sooooo surprisingly amazing and I love it; eerily similar to Inception at times! thanks to Chris from the UW interview
Inception
date: Feb 12, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: very entertaining! pretty cool. not as confusing as i remembered it being
End of Watch
date: Feb 08, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: God, pretty awful. Definitely some good moments but just some really corny characters and very little story
The Corporation [part]
date: Jan 17, 2015
where:
Rob House
Four Rooms
date: Jan 12, 2015
where:
Rob House
Inherent Vice
date: Jan 09, 2015
where:
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter
comments: a very long and crazy movie, but Joaquin Phoenix is fucking amazing at everything, and this movie had some funny parts, but my God, so long; very Big Lebowski inspired, and maybe a bit of Wes Anderson in there too
Under the Skin
date: Jan 07, 2015
where:
Rob House
comments: agree with the review that says "visually stunning, but totally unintelligible". very much like Upstream Color to me, where there's really no way to understand anything. except this movie is just so void of clues, even, that understanding the story doesn't really seem to be even suggested

2014 Movies

Harry Potter 3 [part]
date: Dec 31, 2014
where:
Bill & Cindy's House
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
date: Dec 30, 2014
where:
Bill & Cindy's House
comments: one of the worst movies I have ever seen
Good Will Hunting
date: Dec 21, 2014
where:
5441W
comments: Harmony Korine credited as "jail consultant"
The Usual Suspects
date: Dec 13, 2014
where:
5441W
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
date: Dec 13, 2014
where:
5441W
comments: finally, jess can say "She thinks I'm cuuttte!" and I will get it; Jess loves it
Carnal Knowledge
date: Dec 06, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: watch it alone in my room on my phone, even though i meant to go to bed; very strange movie, with an amusing but upsetting start; the middle and end were kinda boring though
Interstellar
date: Dec 02, 2014
where:
Alamo Drafthouse Village
comments: pretty disappointing for a nolan film; long and tense and a little too dramatic for connecting two pieces of metal together 3 times
Rushmore
date: Nov 27, 2014
where:
5441W
Election [part]
date: Nov 27, 2014
where:
5441W
The Prestige
date: Nov 25, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: didn't realize it was christopher nolan, but makes sense. a little transparent though! but of course, too many twists to see all of them coming. pretty fucked up though, too, which was fun
Tootsie [part]
date: Nov 17, 2014
where:
Rob House
Dracula Untold
date: Nov 15, 2014
where:
The Dempster Dome
comments: strangely awesome. or, his power of turning into bats was, at least
Harvey
date: Nov 10, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: so much more slapstick than I remembered, but still so fun and sweet
Birdman
date: Nov 05, 2014
where:
Violet Crown Cinema
comments: The movie was very funny and intense and immersive and had no apparent cuts. Michael Keaton reminded me of Louis CK, Edward Norton was awesome, and the movie reminded me of Barton Fink and Jess of Black Swan.
Beetlejuice
date: Nov 01, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: wacky and fun and Jess is finally happy
The Man Who Knew Too Little
date: Oct 25, 2014
where:
The Grundy's House
comments: surprisingly hilarious--Bill Murray was so funny
Paprika
date: Oct 20, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: this movie is incredible, especially the credits music song
Gone Girl
date: Oct 18, 2014
where:
Alamo Drafthouse Village
The Shining
date: Sep 12, 2014
where:
Matt & Caitlin's House
comments: Matt comes later; beforehand: theme of the thoughts while watching the movie? Psychology theories like self-perception theory; masculine vs. feminine problem-solving approaches and pros/cons; alcoholism being "the white man's burden"; studying the development of madness in a statistical way, if that even makes sense, would be cool; studying it in any way would probably be cool; knowing madmen, or anyone with a brain disease really, would probably make all brain disease the biggest real impulse for studying the brain. Who is the philosopher whose explanations are so opaque but his vision so intense? Heidegger?
Tokyo Godfathers
date: Aug 31, 2014
where:
Rob House
The Avengers
date: Aug 30, 2014
where:
Matt & Caitlin's House
comments: fun but nowhere near as good as guardians of the galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
date: Aug 22, 2014
where:
Regal Cinemas
Good Morning, Vietnam
date: Aug 17, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: such a strange movie--basically no plot, or at least a very lazy absurd one, but Robin Williams is definitely funny enough that it's entertaining
Training Day
date: Aug 02, 2014
where:
Dancy House
comments: really fun, and Denzel is great, and movies with surprising twists where there were clues laid the whole time are the best
Boyhood
date: Jul 27, 2014
where:
Regal Arbor 8 Cinema
comments: pretty damn good, sentimental, nice; like the movie Nebraska but for Texas
Unforgiven
date: Jul 20, 2014
where:
Dancy House
comments: such a strangely soft, disappointing movie up until the twist, and then it fucking blew my mind and was the darkest shit ever in comparison to the rest of the movie; goddamn. Jess and I discuss afterwards and decide the title refers to Will's (and the red-haired madam's, and Little Bill's) belief that humanity is unforgiven by God, i.e. we've all sinned, we're all going to hell, and there's no "deserve" because life is not rational and bad shit happens regardless
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
date: Jul 17, 2014
where:
Rob House
The Truman Show
date: Jul 05, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: nowhere close to as good as I remembered it being--like reading a short story when you've already seen the movie
This is Spinal Tap!
date: Jul 03, 2014
where:
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
date: Jun 28, 2014
where:
Rob House
Cool Hand Luke
date: Jun 07, 2014
where:
Rob House
comments: such a good movie--maybe even a perfect one
Godzilla
date: May 31, 2014
where:
AMC Barton Creek
comments: just ridiculous, but the previews were fun
Holy Motors
date: May 14, 2014 – May 16, 2014
where:
Rob House
Schindler's List
date: Apr 14, 2014
where:
702S
Strangers on a Train
date: Apr 07, 2014
where:
Rob House
To Catch a Thief [part]
date: Apr 06, 2014
where:
702S
The Bad News Bears (1976) [part]
date: Apr 04, 2014
where:
702S
Grand Budapest Hotel
date: Mar 31, 2014
where:
AMC Barton Creek
comments: the first movie of wes anderson's i've ever really enjoyed; great story-nesting that really paid off, and visually beautiful, and a great first act; too much travel/chase scenes, and "part 4" kinda dragged, but still a very nice movie I thought
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser [part]
date: Mar 25, 2014
where:
702S
The Station Agent
date: Mar 23, 2014
where:
Neema & Farsiar's Apartment
comments: a recommendation from Alex at dinner; it's so quirky and great in many ways! not perfect sometimes, but very original; written/directed by the eventual co-writer of Up
Reds [part]
date: Mar 18, 2014
where:
702S
Frozen
date: Mar 04, 2014
where:
702S
comments: pretty fun, songs dumb but good beginning
The Machinist
date: Mar 03, 2014
where:
702S
comments: too deliberate...tense, but nothing special
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
date: Feb 26, 2014
where:
702S
comments: so confusing! very entertaining
The Talented Mr. Ripley
date: Feb 03, 2014
where:
702S
comments: entertaining, but entirely insane and absurd
The Phantom Lady
date: Jan 30, 2014
where:
702S
comments: pretty cool, entertaining at least
American Hustle
date: Jan 28, 2014
where:
702S
comments: like Coen bros meets Scorcese, but not that good, but pretty amusing
Martin [part]
date: Jan 24, 2014
where:
702S
comments: really awesome--wish I'd seen it all; on one of Matt's free VHS tapes
Nebraska
date: Jan 21, 2014
where:
Regal Arbor 8 Cinema
comments: can't believe this is a best picture nominee, but as my dad said, I did HAVE to see it: it was an unbelievably accurate (granted/ignoring the comically negative characters) portrait of Nebraska small-town life
Saving Private Ryan
date: Jan 14, 2014
where:
Rob House
Her
date: Jan 11, 2014
where:
Alamo Ritz
comments: amazing, the futurism is awesome and thought-provoking and hilarious...shitty story, cliched statements about love occasionally, but the futurism...so great

2013 Movies

Elysium
date: Dec 28, 2013
where:
5441W
comments: one of the worst I've seen in quite a while...Such a silly story! Dumb. Awful structure.
Inside Llewyn Davis
date: Dec 26, 2013
where:
Magnolia
comments: ehhh okay--no real arc! went on long, and story seemed kinda lazy/passionless. but good acting, at least.
A Christmas Story [part]
date: Dec 24, 2013
where:
5441W
Elf
date: Dec 24, 2013
where:
5441W
comments: not as funny as I remembered, but pretty good
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
date: Dec 18, 2013
where:
AMC, Barton Breek Mall
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
date: Dec 07, 2013
where:
Jayne's Apartment
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
date: Dec 02, 2013
where:
Alamo Ritz
comments: intense, not that good I guess, but still so entertaining
Now You See Me
date: Nov 27, 2013
where:
5441W
comments: fun but silly
Forrest Gump
date: Nov 20, 2013
where:
702S
The Ides of March
date: Nov 18, 2013
where:
Rob House
comments: perfect mechanics, a joy to watch, nothing sublime but nothing stupid, just a perfect succinct little movie
D.A.R.Y.L.
date: Nov 15, 2013
where:
702S
comments: very pretty, and nice, and cute kids, and funny baseball scene (Turtle: "Adults just like to feel like they're teaching you something"), but ultimately not at all perfect or punchy. a bit hoakey, in the end, but ambitious and pretty
Short Circuit
date: Nov 15, 2013
where:
702S
comments: soooooo funny, God, awful everything but Number 5 dancing and singing and quoting movies is just amazing and brilliant
Used Cars [part]
date: Nov 15, 2013
where:
702S
comments: ridiculous but Kurt Russell's presence makes it fun
Haanstra's Glass, McLaren's Neighbours, Haanstra's Zoo, Kernochan's Thoth
date: Nov 13, 2013
where:
Rob House
comments: all winners of Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and all amazing
Moneyball
date: Nov 11, 2013
where:
Rob House
Sorcerer
date: Nov 10, 2013
where:
Rob House
comments: had to rent a VCR with it to see it--I Luv Video made us! such a dumb start, but fucking awesome dramatic action-packed middle and end
Lars and the Real Girl
date: Nov 06, 2013
where:
702S
comments: fucking great moments, but with a bit of drag in the middle
Memento
date: Nov 05, 2013
where:
702S
comments: ending not as good as I remembered, but fucking great up until that point
The 'Burbs
date: Oct 28, 2013
where:
Rob House
Chinatown
date: Oct 27, 2013
where:
Rob House
Following
date: Oct 25, 2013
where:
702S
comments: fun start, but the twists were dumb and unnecessary I thought
The Conversation
date: Oct 23, 2013
where:
702S
comments: except for the nightmare scene, fucking unbelievable...one of the best characters ever
Gravity [in IMAX 3D]
date: Oct 14, 2013
where:
AMC, Barton Breek Mall
comments: "thrill ride" is right
Short Term 12
date: Oct 02, 2013
where:
Violet Crown Cinema
comments: well made, but a bit shallow/cliche, once we think about it afterwards--but we're biased with our first-hand knowledge of Jess's job and what it's actually like--what the cliches are
Wet Hot American Summer
date: Sep 23, 2013
where:
702S
Lust in the Dust
date: Sep 11, 2013
where:
Spiderhouse
comments: hosted by a guy from I Luv Video who gives us free rental cards because we're the only other ones there besides one random guy; and oh man was this movie bad
Best in Show
date: Sep 07, 2013
where:
Rob House
National Parks: America's Best Idea [part]
date: Sep 04, 2013
where:
702S
The Proposition
date: Aug 23, 2013
where:
I Luv Video
comments: correct date? don't remember
Jurassic Park
date: Aug 21, 2013
where:
Austin Sound and Cinema, Austin
Blade Runner
date: Aug 03, 2013
where:
Rob House
Tiny Furniture
date: Jul 28, 2013
where:
Rob House
The Night of the Comet
date: Jul 23, 2013
where:
Terror Tuesday, Alamo Ritz
comments: Terror Tuesday
V/H/S [part]
date: Jul 22, 2013
where:
702S
High Fidelity
date: Jul 21, 2013
where:
Rob House
comments: love the list-making, the record reorganizing, and the completely oblivious protagonist
Upstream Color
date: Jul 21, 2013
where:
702S
comments: weird as shit, even less followable than Primer, even if it is better produced
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
date: Jul 14, 2013
where:
702S
Movie 43
date: Jul 13, 2013
where:
Matt & Caitlin's House
comments: partly a stoner movie, and vulgar--but uniquely so, and pretty funny
Wall-E
date: Jul 11, 2013
where:
Rob House
Back to the Future Part III [part]
date: Jul 04, 2013
where:
5441W
Back to the Future Part II [part]
date: Jul 04, 2013
where:
5441W
Source Code [part]
date: Jul 03, 2013
where:
5441W
Driving Miss Daisy
date: Jun 29, 2013
where:
5441W
A Dangerous Method [part]
date: Jun 28, 2013
where:
5441W
The Man Who Knew Too Much [part]
date: Jun 28, 2013
where:
5441W
My Idiot Brother
date: Jun 27, 2013
where:
5441W
comments: surprisingly great, though at times obnoxiously heart-warming
3:10 to Yuma
date: Jun 26, 2013
where:
United Airlines
comments: holy shit that was good...Christian Bale and Russell Crowe's relationship is amazing, and the ending is unbelievably perfect. Ben Wade won't kill Bale because he's the only one dying for something honorable--he's the only who's not an animal
E2NT
date: Jun 12, 2013
where:
Deckchair Cinema, Darwin, NT
comments: a film about sustainable energy programs in the Northern Territory, the coolest one (to me) being one about setting up rural indigenous communities with solar power (the usual solution is diesel generators, which requires a lot of resources and time and maintenance)
The Queen [part]
date: Jun 08, 2013
where:
255E
Fizzy Bizness
date: May 17, 2013
where:
255E
comments: a comedy; ends up being more about weed than soda pop, and we learn it was originally released as 'The Bail,' i.e. only for DVD release did anyone even pretend it was about soda pop; also features really awful black stereotypes
The Notebook
date: May 12, 2013
where:
255E
The Place Beyond the Pines
date: May 11, 2013
where:
Nova
Selena
date: May 09, 2013
where:
255E
Picnic at Hanging Rock
date: Apr 28, 2013
where:
255E
The English Patient
date: Apr 27, 2013
where:
255E
Graphic Novels! Melbourne!
date: Apr 24, 2013
where:
State Library
Taxi Driver
date: Apr 22, 2013
where:
255E
Dirty Dancing
date: Apr 21, 2013
where:
255E
comments: amazingly triumphant, and Patrick Swayze was amazing, and I love dancing and dancers even though they're cocky, and red wine makes everything triumphant; and fuck the "I can't believe you [a male] liked it!" patronizing bull shit
Psycho
date: Apr 20, 2013
where:
Astor
comments: first time all the way through, squeezing Jess's hand in the final climax, even though I knew the ending! good suspense, however corny some of the acting was at times
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
date: Apr 10, 2013
where:
255E
Primer
date: Apr 03, 2013
where:
255E
comments: long, confused discussion follows--and amazing that the movie is basically a one-man show!
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
date: Apr 01, 2013
where:
255E
The Virgin Suicides
date: Mar 31, 2013
where:
255E
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
date: Mar 30, 2013
where:
255E
Closer
date: Mar 28, 2013
where:
255E
Rear Window
date: Mar 24, 2013
where:
255E
Moon
date: Mar 23, 2013
where:
255E
My Year Without Sex [background]
date: Mar 21, 2013
where:
255E
comments: defying the stereotype of Aussie movies being either amazing and depressing or goofy as hell, this director manages to do mildly funny but mostly mediocre
North by Northwest
date: Mar 16, 2013
where:
Astor
comments: now this is a fucking great spy movie
The Good Shepherd
date: Mar 10, 2013
where:
255E
comments: a 3-hour movie of muttering and confusion
Argo
date: Mar 04, 2013
where:
Cinema Nova
comments: Hollywood thriller--not bad, but reminded me why I don't usually see these
The NeverEnding Story
date: Feb 28, 2013
where:
255E
Once Upon a Time in the West
date: Feb 17, 2013
where:
Astor
comments: Jess likes it better than The Good, The Bad...! I thought this one was more hoakey, Jess thought it less; either way, it was great and not at all long. The intro was awesome, with the sounds, and I loved Cheyenne. Also I still want so badly to someday build my own (log) house.
Muriel's Wedding
date: Feb 09, 2013
where:
255E
comments: fun and then very, very upsetting
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
date: Feb 03, 2013
where:
255E
The Motorcycle Diaries
date: Jan 31, 2013
where:
255E
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [part]
date: Jan 29, 2013
Fugazi Repeater [part]
date: Jan 28, 2013
The Big Lebowski
date: Jan 25, 2013
where:
Astor
Silver Linings Playbook
date: Jan 17, 2013
where:
255E
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
date: Jan 14, 2013
where:
Nova
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
date: Jan 13, 2013
where:
255E
The Big Sleep
date: Jan 10, 2013
where:
Virgin Australia
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
date: Jan 10, 2013
where:
Virgin Australia
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie [part]
date: Jan 09, 2013
where:
Sam & Caelin's Apartment
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
date: Jan 09, 2013
where:
Sam & Caelin's Apartment
Tin Tin
date: Jan 09, 2013
where:
Sam & Caelin's Apartment
Freedom Writers [part]
date: Jan 02, 2013
Clue
date: Jan 01, 2013
where:
Matt & Caitlin's House

2012 Movies

Django Unchained
date: Dec 30, 2012
where:
AMC Barton Creek
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
date: Dec 27, 2012
where:
James Evans's house
Christmas Vacation
date: Dec 25, 2012
where:
5441W
Anything But Christmas [part]
date: Dec 23, 2012
where:
5441W
Drive
date: Dec 20, 2012
where:
Jake's House, New Orleans, LA
Dirty Harry
date: Dec 19, 2012
where:
5441W
Killing them softly
date: Dec 19, 2012
where:
Angelika
The Maltese Falcon
date: Dec 10, 2012
where:
Virgin Australia (SYD to LAX)
Hip Hop 4 Lyfe
date: Dec 08, 2012
where:
255E
Blues Brothers [part]
date: Dec 07, 2012
where:
255E
Grease
date: Dec 07, 2012
where:
255E
Skyfall
date: Nov 26, 2012
where:
Cinema Nova
Apocalypse Now Redux
date: Nov 12, 2012
where:
Astor
The Master
date: Nov 10, 2012
where:
Cinema Nova
Romeo + Juliet
date: Nov 04, 2012
where:
255E
The Killing
date: Nov 03, 2012
where:
255E
Halloween
date: Oct 31, 2012
where:
Title, Melbourne, VIC
The Believer
date: Oct 28, 2012
where:
255E
VCA First-year semester films
date: Oct 26, 2012
where:
VCA
Barry Lyndon
date: Oct 16, 2012
where:
255E
Catch me if you can
date: Oct 15, 2012
where:
255E
Annie Hall
date: Oct 15, 2012
where:
255E
Bernie
date: Oct 10, 2012
where:
255E
Wholphin Best of
date: Oct 06, 2012 – Oct 09, 2012
I'm Still Here
date: Sep 29, 2012
where:
255E
Princess Bride
date: Sep 23, 2012
where:
255E
Beasts of the Southern Wild
date: Sep 20, 2012
where:
Cinema Nova
Dr. Strangelove
date: Sep 02, 2012
where:
255E
Noise
date: Aug 25, 2012
where:
255E
Mildred Pierce
date: Aug 19, 2012 – Aug 23, 2012
where:
255E
Mission: Impossible
date: Aug 12, 2012
where:
255E
Almost Famous
date: Aug 05, 2012
where:
255E
The Dark Knight Rises
date: Jul 30, 2012
where:
Cinema Nova
From Russia with Love
date: Jul 29, 2012
where:
255E
Snowtown
date: Jul 28, 2012
where:
255E
The Bourne Identity
date: Jul 27, 2012
where:
255E
Animal Kingdom
date: Jul 26, 2012
where:
255E
The Dark Knight
date: Jul 22, 2012
where:
255E
Four Eyed Monsters
date: Jul 21, 2012
where:
255E
Edward Scissorhands
date: Jul 20, 2012
where:
255E
Shine
date: Jul 05, 2012
where:
255E
Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark
date: Jul 04, 2012
where:
Astor
Catfish
date: Jul 01, 2012
where:
255E
Contempt
date: Jun 30, 2012
where:
255E
Stolen Kisses
date: Jun 24, 2012
where:
255E
Portlandia
date: Jun 17, 2012
Ghostbusters
date: May 28, 2012
where:
Astor
Cries and Whispers
date: May 22, 2012
where:
255E
Bridget Jones's Diary
date: May 18, 2012
where:
255E
The King of Kong
date: May 12, 2012
where:
255E
Dead Ringer
date: May 06, 2012
where:
255E
Melancholia
date: Apr 29, 2012
where:
Astor
plasticized
date: Apr 26, 2012
where:
acmi
German Short Films
date: Apr 22, 2012
where:
Toorak
Anchorman
date: Apr 05, 2012
where:
255E
Being Elmo
date: Apr 04, 2012
where:
255E
The Hunger Games
date: Mar 25, 2012
where:
Hoyts
2001: A Space Odyssey
date: Mar 24, 2012
where:
Astor
The Artist
date: Mar 19, 2012
where:
Nova
Portlandia
date: Mar 18, 2012 (started)
Look Both Ways
date: Mar 05, 2012
where:
255E
Samson and Delilah
date: Feb 26, 2012
where:
255E
One Day
date: Feb 21, 2012
where:
255E
War Games
date: Feb 19, 2012
where:
255E
The Dark Knight
date: Feb 07, 2012
where:
Hobart, Tasmania
Batman Begins
date: Feb 04, 2012
where:
Hobart, Tasmania
Roger & Me
date: Jan 24, 2012
where:
255E
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
date: Jan 22, 2012
where:
255E
I Heart Huckabees
date: Jan 21, 2012
where:
255E
Young Adult
date: Jan 18, 2012
where:
Cinema Nova
The Full Monty
date: Jan 16, 2012
where:
255E
Midnight in Paris
date: Jan 13, 2012
where:
255E
Exit Through the Gift Shop
date: Jan 02, 2012
where:
255E
Twin Peaks
date: Nov 14, 2011 – Jan 10, 2012
where:
255E

2011 Movies

Rainman
date: Dec 30, 2011
where:
255E
Some Kind of Monster
date: Nov 12, 2011
where:
255E
Bill Cunningham New York
date: Nov 11, 2011
where:
Nova
A Farewell to Arms [1932 version]
date: Oct 28, 2011
where:
255E
Labyrinth
date: Oct 22, 2011
where:
255E
Mao's Last Dancer
date: Oct 21, 2011
where:
255E
Up
date: Oct 18, 2011
where:
255E
Les Cousins
date: Oct 16, 2011
where:
255E
The Castle
date: Oct 12, 2011
where:
255E
Dancer in the Dark
date: Oct 09, 2011
where:
255E
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
date: Oct 08, 2011
where:
Nova
Cosi
date: Oct 06, 2011
where:
255E
Mrs. Carey's Concert
date: Sep 25, 2011
where:
Qantas
Little Fockers
date: Sep 24, 2011
where:
Sam and Caelin's, LA
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
date: Sep 13, 2011
where:
5441W
Betty Boop cartoons
date: Aug 25, 2011
where:
61835
The Fountainhead
date: Aug 23, 2011
where:
Jess's apartment in Austin
The Name of the Rose
date: Aug 20, 2011
where:
Denver
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
date: Aug 14, 2011
where:
Kel's house in Austin
The Change Up
date: Aug 12, 2011
where:
Alamo South Lamar
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
date: Aug 09, 2011
where:
Matt/Caitlin's
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
date: Aug 08, 2011
where:
Jess's apartment in Austin
Anywhere, USA
date: Aug 02, 2011
where:
Jess's apartment in Austin
Waking Sleeping Beauty
date: Jul 21, 2011
where:
61835
Harry Potter 7, Part 2
date: Jul 17, 2011
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
Super 8
date: Jul 10, 2011
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
Dumb and Dumber
date: Jun 29, 2011
where:
Central Market
Barton Fink
date: Jun 27, 2011
where:
61835
Tree of Life
date: Jun 22, 2011
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
Twilight: Eclipse
date: Jun 19, 2011
where:
Wigglesworth House
Twilight
date: Jun 17, 2011
where:
airplane
Twilight: New Moon
date: Jul 30, 2011
where:
airplane
Flow (water documentary)
date: May 23, 2011
where:
61835
Betty Boop cartoons
date: May 18, 2011 (started)
where:
61835
Antichrist
date: May 16, 2011
where:
61835
Bhutto [on KLRU]
date: May 10, 2011
where:
61835
Plymptoons [dnf]
date: May 08, 2011
where:
61835
Tron
date: May 06, 2011
where:
Clarksville parking lot in Austin
La Dolce Vita
date: May 04, 2011
where:
61835
My Left Foot
date: May 02, 2011
where:
61835
There Will Be Blood
date: May 01, 2011
where:
61835
The Road
date: Apr 27, 2011
where:
61835
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
date: Apr 17, 2011
where:
61835
The Royal Tenenbaums
date: Apr 09, 2011
where:
61835
Looney Tunes [dnf]
date: Apr 19, 2011
where:
61835
The Room
date: Mar 26, 2011
where:
Alamo Village
Reservoir Dogs [dnf]
date: Mar 13, 2011
where:
61835
Young Frankenstein [dnf]
date: Apr 09, 2011
where:
61835
Winter Light
date: Mar 10, 2011
where:
61835
Breakfast at Tiffany's
date: Feb 09, 2011
where:
61835
400 Blows
date: Feb 01, 2011
where:
61835
The Birds
date: Jan 30, 2011
where:
61835
Mad Men
date: Jan 25, 2011
where:
61835
Rashomon
date: Jan 22, 2011
where:
61835
Ponyo
date: Jan 21, 2011
where:
61835
Objectified
date: Jan 17, 2011
where:
61835
Breathless
date: Jan 12, 2011
where:
61835
The King's Speech
date: Jan 10, 2011
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
TNT Jackson [dnf]
date: Jan 10, 2011
where:
61835

2010 Movies

Cool Hand Luke
date: Dec 29, 2010
where:
5441W
Black Swan
date: Dec 15, 2010
where:
Alamo Ritz
Slacker
date: Dec 06, 2010
Kung Fu Panda
date: Nov 26, 2010
where:
Dallas
Roman Holiday
date: Nov 24, 2010
where:
Dallas
Harry Potter 7, Part 1
date: Nov 20, 2010
where:
Cinemark Tinseltown, austin
The Royal Tenenbaums
date: Nov 05, 2010
where:
61835
Bottle Rocket
date: Nov 02, 2010
Freakonomics
date: Oct 19, 2010
where:
UT Union
A Passage to India
date: Oct 17, 2010
Mad Men
date: Sep 23, 2010 (started)
where:
61835
Roman Holiday
date: Sep 19, 2010
The Great pi/e Debate
date: Sep 15, 2010
where:
61835
500 Days of Summer
date: Sep 09, 2010
where:
61835
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
date: Aug 31, 2010
where:
alamo drafthouse south
Lawrence of Arabia
date: Aug 28, 2010
where:
Paramount
The Last Emperor [dnf]
date: Aug 27, 2010
where:
61835
Das Boot [dnf]
date: Aug 23, 2010
where:
61835
Civilisation (Pursuit of Happiness)
date: Aug 22, 2010 – Aug 29, 2010
where:
61835
City for Conquest
date: Aug 18, 2010
where:
Kauai
Scenes From a Marriage: Scene One [dnf]
date: Aug 13, 2010
where:
Kauai
The Corporation
date: Aug 12, 2010
where:
Kauai
Wholphin III
date: Jul 31, 2010
where:
61835
Inception
date: Jul 22, 2010
where:
Dobie
Jules and Jim
date: Jul 18, 2010
Triplets of Belleville
date: Jul 16, 2010
where:
car trip
Spirited Away
date: Jul 15, 2010
where:
car trip
Kung Fu Panda
date: Jul 10, 2010
Shakespeare in Love
date: Jul 05, 2010
Being John Malkovich
date: Jul 04, 2010
where:
Lucy's house
Casablanca
date: Jul 01, 2010
Toy Story 3
date: Jun 23, 2010
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
Vertigo
date: Jun 22, 2010
where:
61835
Shutter Island
date: Jun 15, 2010
The Hurt Locker
date: Jun 08, 2010
where:
61835
Babies
date: May 25, 2010
where:
Alamo drafthouse south
The Secret of Kells
date: May 15, 2010
where:
Dobie
2001: A Space Odyssey
date: Apr 23, 2010
Waking Life
date: Apr 11, 2010
Jungle Book
date: Apr 04, 2010
where:
The Cottage
The Birdcage
date: Mar 27, 2010
Space Jam
date: Mar 22, 2010
Fifth Element
date: Mar 15, 2010
where:
Hoff's apartment in Somerville
Everybody's Fine
date: Mar 14, 2010
where:
airplane
Raging Bull
date: Mar 13, 2010
Wholphin I
date: Jan 22, 2010 – Feb 02, 2010
Trainspotting
date: Jan 16, 2010
Avatar
date: Jan 11, 2010
where:
Houston (in theatres, in 3D)
Pan's Labyrinth
date: Jan 03, 2010

2009 Movies

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
date: Dec 26, 2009
where:
Dallas
Crumb
date: Dec 18, 2009
where:
The Cottage
Koyaanisqatsi (presented by Francis Ford Coppola)
date: Dec 06, 2009
where:
The Cottage
Brazil
date: Nov 12, 2009
where:
Royal
Intolerable Cruelty
date: Nov 08, 2009
Edgar Allen Poe movies (3)
date: Oct 26, 2009
where:
Harry Ransom Center
Disney's Robin Hood
date: Oct 25, 2009
where:
Royal
Where the Wild Things Are
date: Oct 23, 2009
where:
Dobie
Bande A Part
date: Oct 02, 2009
World's Greatest Dad
date: Sep 07, 2009
where:
Dobie
Inglourious Basterds
date: Aug 26, 2009
where:
Dobie
The Aristocrats
date: Aug 26, 2009
Zodiac
date: Aug 12, 2009
where:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Life in Ruins
date: Aug 12, 2009
where:
airplane
Barton Fink
date: Jul 24, 2009
where:
Royal
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
date: Jul 22, 2009
Rocket Science
date: Jul 19, 2009
where:
Chicago
Spiderman 2
date: Jul 19, 2009
where:
Chicago
Batman Returns
date: Jul 18, 2009
where:
Chicago
American Beauty
date: Jul 18, 2009
where:
Chicago
LOTR III, Return of the King
date: Jul 14, 2009
where:
Adrian's
LOTR II, The Two Towers
date: Jul 14, 2009
where:
Adrian's
LOTR I, Fellowship of the Ring
date: Jul 14, 2009
where:
Adrian's
The Goonies
date: Jul 12, 2009
where:
Royal
The Wrestler
date: Jul 12, 2009
Hangover
date: Jul 01, 2009
where:
Alamo Ritz
Midnight Cowboy
date: Jun 22, 2009
Five Easy Pieces
date: Jun 20, 2009
A Clockwork Orange
date: Jun 11, 2009
Full Metal Jacket
date: May 28, 2009
Cold Mountain
date: May 25, 2009
where:
Dallas
Is Anybody There?
date: May 23, 2009
where:
Angelika
Pink Flamingoes
date: Mar 02, 2009
where:
Pearl
Troll 2
date: Feb 07, 2009
where:
Pearl
Microcosmos
date: Feb 03, 2009
where:
Pearl
Alien
date: Jan 20, 2009
where:
Pearl
The Unborn
date: Jan 14, 2009
where:
Arlington, TX

2008 Movies

Slumdog Millionaire
date: Dec 28, 2008
where:
Dallas