2018 was a pretty good year for films. I had a hard time picking my top 10, but I didn’t have a hard time picking my top 3. They are as follows:
Top 10 Films of 2018
A Star is Born
Sorry to Bother You
Crazy Rich Asians
Bad Times at the El Royale
I read 27 books in 2018. Did not hit my goal. I’ll try to step it up for 2019. So many books so little time. Here is my Top 10.
- The Man With The Golden Arm – Nelsen Algren
- The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell
- The White Album – Joan Didion
- Never Come Morning – Nelsen Algren
- The Fall – Albert Camus
- The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy
- Paterson – William Carlos Williams
- The Other Shore – Thich Nhat Hanh
- Young Once – Patrick Modiano
- Rabbit At Rest – John Updike
“Got ya for the Greek, Lefthander. Two witnesses.”
“Knew I’d never get t’ be twenty-one anyhow.”
Have you noticed that Amsterdam’s concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? The middle-class hell, of course, peopled with bad dreams. When one comes from the outside, as one gradually goes through those circles, life – and hence its crimes – becomes denser, darker. Here we are in the last circle.
Some cats just swing that way…
“Standing amid the tan, excited post-Christmas crowd at the Southwest Florida Regional Airport, Rabbit Angstrom has a funny sudden feeling that what he has come to meet, what’s floating in unseen about to land, is not his son Nelson and daughter-in-law Pru and their two children but something more ominous and intimately his: his own death, shaped vaguely like an airplane.”
The dome of the moon rose out of the ground white and frat and membranous.
Anyone want to talk about any of these books I would be happy to discuss. Your comments are welcome. Each book was special in its own way and I would be hard pressed to say which one I like the best.
I read 34 books in 2017. Short of my goal of 50. This year I set my goal at 48 and will up my game.
Of the 34 books I read here are my top 10 favorites:
- The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy
- A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
- Across the River and into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway
- Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, by Simone de Beauvoir
- Old Path White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Sabbath’s Theater, by Philip Roth
- The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
- Shakespeare The Inventor of the Human, by Harold Bloom
- So you Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, by Patrick Modiano
The God of Small Things is by far my favorite book of the year.
What are some of yours?
Top 10 Best Movies for 2017
2017 was a pretty good year for the movies. What I liked was the movies I liked were spread out pretty evenly throughout the year. Although, I did have to play catch up at the beginning of this year (2018) to see all the movies I wanted and needed to see.
My criteria for making the top 10 list were that first of all I had to actually see the film, secondly I had to really really like the film. It had to resonate with me. From there I looked at acting, writing, directing, cinematography, originality, story, thought provoking ideas, and technical aspects.
Here, then is my list of the top 10 movies for 2017.
- Blade Runner
- The Shape of Water
- The Phantom Thread
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer
- Baby Driver
- Get Out!
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Misouri
- Atomic Blonde
Other films I liked but didn’t make the cut:
- The Darkest Hour
- I, Tonya
- The Post
- Lady Bird
For the Holiday Season
Here’s looking at you kid.
Blessed be he whose blood and judgement is so well commingled that he is not a pipe for fortune’s fingers to play what stop she pleases.
May the devil cut off the toes of our foes that we may know them by their limping.
Here’s to plain speaking and clear understanding.
He who has dined with his friends but once knows what it’s like to be Caesar!
To the constitution of the United States and confusion to its enemies.
Here’s to wives and girl friends. May they never meet!
She was only a grave digger’s daughter but you should have seen her under the sod.
May you be in Heaven fifteen minutes before the devil knows you are dead.
Cheers! Down the hatch mate!