Saturday, December 31, 2011

Movies of 2011

Not as many as last year ... but eh, it's not a big deal. Pretty good count overall, I'd say.

In Theaters (in the order of viewing)
  1. Paul
  2. Taxi Driver (re-release)
  3. Source Code
  4. Thor
  5. X-Men: First Class (excellent ensemble superhero team/origin flick)
  6. Super 8
  7. Midnight In Paris (light-hearted, yet serious and very well-done)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (excellent cinematography, but that also goes for Part 1, too)
  9. Captain America (probably the best of the superhero films this year)
  10. Cowboys and Aliens
  11. Drive (one of the best films of the year)
  12. 50/50
  13. The Muppets
  14. Crazy Stupid Love (theater grand re-opening; New Year's Eve (ha-ha, coincidence?) wasn't working, so we got a vote and the majority went for Crazy Stupid Love)
  15. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (stellar action flick)
  16. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (intense, but very well done and up there on the Best Of The Year list)
  18. The Adventures of Tintin (stunning and probably up there, too)
On DVD (in the order of viewing)
  1. Amelie
  2. The Social Network
  3. Vertigo
  4. The Apartment
  5. Bellamy
  6. The Kids Are All Right
  7. Crumb
  8. American Splendor
  9. Last Night
  10. Stage Beauty
  11. The Godfather
  12. The Godfather, Part 2
  13. Children of Men
  14. Fanboys
  15. Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  16. Bridget Jones's Diary
  17. Howl
  18. Pearl Jam 20
  19. Nirvana: Live at the Paramont
  20. Despicable Me
Not counting or tallying re-watches this year, but the few I can think of include Monsters, Inc., Up, and Little Rascals.

Books of 2011

I know that close to half of these are graphic novels, but I still count them. And I know that I didn't finish three items on the list (as indicated), but two were short story collections that didn't need to be read fully and one was a novel we were told to read up to a certain point in before skimming the rest. The three were for classes. So I read them as I needed to for the class. That's that. And I'm 6 books short of last year's tally, but ... eh. Beat the Nerdfighter Challenge (50 books in a year).

  1. Just Another Judgment Day (Simon R. Green)
  2. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
  3. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (Sarah Glidden)
  4. The Passage (Justin Cronin)
  5. A Contract With God (Will Eisner)
  6. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
  7. Serenity: Those Left Behind (Joss Whedon)
  8. A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller Jr.)
  9. Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur (Nick Roche)
  10. Doctor Who: Fugitive (Tony Lee)
  11. Doctor Who: Through Time and Space (Tony Lee, et al)
  12. Fun Home (Allison Bechdel)
  13. The Sandman: A Game of You (Vol 5) (Neil Gaiman)
  14. The Sandman: World’s End (Vol 8) (“)
  15. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
  16. Children of Men (P.D. James)
  17. Buddha (Vol 1) (Osamu Tezuka)
  18. Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Vol. 1) (Joe Hill)
  19. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones (Vol 9) (Neil Gaiman)
  20. The Good, The Bad, and The Uncanny (Simon R. Green)
  21. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Man On Earth (Chris Ware)
  22. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Vol 1) (Frank Miller)
  23. Earth Abides (George R. Stewart)
  24. The Illustrated Book of Genesis (Robert Crumb)
  25. In The Shadow of No Towers (Art Spiegelman)
  26. The Postman (David Brin)
  27. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Vol 1: My Father Bleeds History) (Art Spiegelman)
  28. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Vol 2: X) (Art Spiegelman)
  29. The Lover’s Dictionary (David Levithan)
  30. One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)
  31. Understanding Comics (Scott McCloud)
  32. How to Survive in a Science Fictional World (Charles Yu)
  33. A Hard Day’s Knight (Simon R. Green)
  34. The Colour of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
  35. The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)
  36. On a Pale Horse (Piers Anthony)
  37. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  38. Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? (Vol. 1) (Brian Michael Bendis)
  39. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  40. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
  41. Pamela (Samuel Richardson) (not fully …)
  42. Selected Tales (Edgar Allan Poe) (not fully …)
  43. Selected Tales and Sketches (Nathaniel Hawthorne) (not fully …)
  44. Batman: Year One (Frank Miller)
  45. The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
  46. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
  47. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity (Hugh MacLeod)
  48. Locke and Key: Head Games Vol. 2 (Joe Hill)
  49. Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows Vol. 3 (Joe Hill)
  50. Batman: Cacophony (Kevin Smith)
  51. Batman: The Widening Gyre (Kevin Smith)
  52. The Night Eternal (Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan)
  53. The Old English Baron (Clara Reeve)
  54. A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
  55. Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life (Matt Sturgis)
  56. Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom Vol. 4 (Joe Hill)
  57. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (Kurt Vonnegut)

Monday, December 19, 2011


Hello readers! It's ... um ... been a while?
In the time that I've not been posting here, I saw Danielle twice, got a Tumblr, worked at the local day camp that I worked at last year for the summer, and started and finished my second-to-last semester of college. I've been doing some reading and some film viewing, but not as much as I would've hoped for. Let's take a look at the Summer Goals post to evaluate.
1) Read

  • This is so simple it goes without saying. I have a stack of eleven books from the library to get through, four of them being "new" books. I aim to get through all of them, including the three I have on reserve that are slowly making their way towards me. Additionally, I have a reading list (eighteen books long, including works like Moby DickRobinson Crusoe, and Sorrows of Young Werther) for two of my upcoming fall courses that I want to try to partially work my way through to get a head start on the course material. And perhaps one or two other books that I've been meaning to get to for a while. In other words, who is probably going to have close to 70 books read by the end of the year?
  • Additionally, I've had a Harry Potter re-read on the horizon for a while and this seems like an appropriate summer to do so, especially because I've talked about the idea with Danielle. And the re-read won't be a part of my book count for the year. I only count new books.
I'm to 51 books for the year, namely because I wasn't quite able to keep up with some readings for classes ... like Moby Dick. But that shall be finished ... most likely over the break. Long story short, I was slowing down with the readings, taking notes in the margins ... and things kept building up a bit, but I had the class discussions and Wikipedia and Sparknotes to keep me more or less abreast of things.
The Potter re-read? Yeeeeah ... books 1 and 2 were checks ... and then we jumped ahead to book 7, but I didn't finish the re-read of that. XD
2) Watch
  • Dexter: During the second spring break period my college had, I picked up season 1 of Dexter from the library, having read three of the five novels and always wanting to watch the show, but not being able to since we didn't get Showtime. I marathoned the season over a few days and immediately wanted more. I proceeded to check out seasons 2 and 4, watching the second season over the last week-ish, but waiting on season 4 until I could get my hands on season 3. After season 4, I aim to either wait until season 5 is on DVD, or I'll ask the glorious Internets for assistance.
  • Doctor Who: Believe it or not, I haven't seen all of Doctor Who. ... I mean New Who. I do aim to watch what I can of it and I've said it numerous times, but I have a friend with ALL of Classic Who, so yeah ... there's that. But back to New Who. I have most of series 1 to finish watching (5 to 7 episodes) and a smidge of series 2 to finish (2 to 3 episodes). And I'm so going to. Finally.
  • Movies: A bunch of classics and new films, like The GraduateApocalypse Now, and Transsiberian, among others. And perhaps some re-watches, too, like Dr. Strangelove, The Usual Suspects, and Fight Club.
 Okay ... well ... I got through season 3 of Dexter and I've now got seasons 4 and 5 on my external. As for Doctor Who, that's a check! But as for the re-watches and other DVD viewings ... that's a no. Well, I did see Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Howl ... and Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and one or two other movies. But as for in-theater viewings since then, there's been X-Men: First Class, Super 8Midnight In Paris, Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Captain America, Cowboys and AliensDrive50/50, The Muppets, Crazy, Stupid, LoveMission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
3) Reorganize
  • Bookshelf: I seriously want more space on my bookshelf for books from college and other such things. I mean, to start, I can clean out or move my collection of Rolling Stone backissues ... and do something about all those photo albums and chachkas ...
  • Wall: My wall is a jumble of postcards, ticket stubs, posters, and other miscellaneous items from the last year or two. I have a bunch more posters and things I want up there, but to do that, there needs to be some reorganization. We'll see how things fare.
  • Notes: I've been wanting to do this for a while: type up my class notes. Why? So I don't have to worry about carrying around notes for a previous class in a spiral notebook. And to save paper and whatnot. Shouldn't take too long with my typing skills ... hopefully.
Well ... could've had more progress there. Got through some of the magazines. Didn't really reorganize the wall, but I moved King Tut to behind the computer desk and put Scott Pilgrim in the center over my bed. And I got a good deal of my class notes from last semester typed up.
Otherwise ... I went to a Maureen Johnson Q&A and saw Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium over the summer and both were excellent! ^_^ And I caught Andrew Bird in October. Incredible! And Robbers on High Street in October, too!
A good amount of the later half of the year is documented on Dailybooth, so take a peek there. And Tumblr, too.
Back next week with the book and movie lists of the year!