December 28th, 2012


Very belated film post

Before it's time to list the movies seen in 2012, it might be nice to get last year's film viewing recorded for posterity.

  1. True Grit
  2. The Company Men
  3. Winter's Bone
  4. Vanishing on 7th Street
  5. Queen to Play
  6. Source Code
  7. The Double Hour  (La Doppia Ora)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2  (3 times)
  9. The Debt
  10. Contagion
  11. Bobby Fischer Against the World
  12. The Conquest  (La Conquete)
  13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (this was the English-language remake)
  14. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The film no one's probably heard of, and the one worth tracking down if you like creepy, unexplained, apocalyptic stories, is Vanishing on 7th Street.  As for the remakes, Dragon Tattoo was better than I thought it would be, but still not as good as the Swedish original.  And Tinker, Tailor did an excellent job of turning a complex John le Carré novel (a six-hour PBS miniseries with Alec Guinness as Smiley) into a taut film.  I still think the PBS version is the gold standard, but the remake stands on its own two feet with an outstanding cast (and it's joined my DVD library).
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2011 Reading List (Belated)

Wrapping up more loose ends.


  1. Simonson, Helen.  Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
  2. Le Carré, John.  Our Kind of Traitor.
  3. Boyd, William.  Ordinary Thunderstorms.
  4. Brand, Millen.  The Outward Room.
  5. Winterson, Jeanette (ed.)  Midsummer Nights.
  6. McCrumb, Sharyn.  Missing Susan.
  7. George, Elizabeth.  This Body of Death.
  8. King, Stephen.  Full Dark, No Stars.
  9. Brooks, Geraldine.  Year of Wonders.
  10. Rice, Luanne.  Dance With Me.
  11. Barbery, Muriel.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
  12. Nicholls, David.  One Day.
  13. Bailey, Anthony.  Major André.
  14. Watson, S. J.  Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel.
  15. Bester, Alfred.  The Demolished Man.
  16. Scott, Paul.  The Jewel in the Crown.
  17. Scott,  Paul.  The Day of the Scorpion.
  18. Scott, Paul.  The Towers of Silence.
  19. Scott, Paul.  A Division of the Spoils.
  20. Smith, Alexander McCall.  The Charming Quirks of Others.
  21. Black, Lewis.  I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas.

Non-Fiction / Memoirs:

  1. Bard, Elizabeth.  Lunch in Paris.
  2. Garcia, Nina.  The One Hundred:  A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own.  (So sue me.)
  3. Reardon, Joan (ed.).  As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.
  4. Olson, Donald.  Frommer's Best Day Trips from London:  25 Great Escapes by Train, Bus or Car.
  5. Friend, Tad.  Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor.  (Wasp = WASP)
  6. Hall, Ron & Denver Moore.  Same Kind of Different As Me
  7. Smith, Bud E.  Sams Teach Yourself iPad in 10 Minutes.  (Just curious; still don't own a tablet.)
  8. Brady, Frank.  Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness.
  9. Lebovitz, David.  The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City.
  10. Beason, Richard.  "F" in Exams.
  11. Darling, Alistair.  Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11.
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