My Top Most Important Reads of 2021: #4 The Mysteries of Cinema: Movies and Imagination by Peter Conrad

My Top Most Important Reads of 2021: #4 The Mysteries of Cinema: Movies and Imagination by Peter Conrad Similar to Dave Grohl in his new autobiography (highly recommended as well), where he describes his music as worship, playing shows as his spiritual experience, and the auditoriums as his cathedrals, I often cite the theater asContinue reading “My Top Most Important Reads of 2021: #4 The Mysteries of Cinema: Movies and Imagination by Peter Conrad”

My Top Most Important Reads in 2021: #521 Lessons for The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

My Top Most Important Reads in 2021: #5- 21 Lessons for The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari “In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.” This statement which opens Harari’s third book in what is a trilogy exploring the past (Sapiens), future (Homos Deus) and now the present of humanity, captures theContinue reading “My Top Most Important Reads in 2021: #521 Lessons for The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari”

2021 Retrospective: Rosebud, An Integrated Resolution Plan

A few years ago I began a New Years Resolution Plan called Rosebud. I heard about it on one of the travel podcasts that I follow. The process essentially looks like this:Step 1: List Three Roses-This is the stuff that I would consider the greatest strengths, successes or accomplishments of the past year, the stuffContinue reading “2021 Retrospective: Rosebud, An Integrated Resolution Plan”

My Top Fims of 2021 Part 2: Top 20

A word on lists before I get to my top films of 2021. First, as is often the case wrestling these films down into a list was difficult. There is an argument to made that “lists” aren’t the best way to represent a year as these numbered spots are fluid and hardly static when setContinue reading “My Top Fims of 2021 Part 2: Top 20”

My Top Films Of 2021 Part 1: The Outliers

A word on lists before I get to my top films of 2021. First, as is often the case wrestling these films down into a list was difficult. There is an argument to made that “lists” aren’t the best way to represent a year as these numbered spots are fluid and hardly static when setContinue reading “My Top Films Of 2021 Part 1: The Outliers”

2021 Retrospective: Favorite Documentaries, Animation and Horror

As I continue to give last minute considerations to my end of the year top lists in film I always enjoy giving special attention to some underserved genres. This is specifically true when it comes to documentaries as I tend to devote my top films of the year to narrative films. Thus this is anContinue reading “2021 Retrospective: Favorite Documentaries, Animation and Horror”

2021 Retrospective: The Story of a Year In Film

I always enjoy using this time of year to look back on the year that was and take stock of where I’ve developed and grown. I love locating a narative within that in order to help formulate it into a story I can live occupy and live in to as I look towards the newContinue reading “2021 Retrospective: The Story of a Year In Film”

My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #6 Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade The World by Tom Holland

Previous Entries:#10: The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shore#9: Think Again; The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant#8: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand#7 In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family FarContinue reading “My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #6 Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade The World by Tom Holland”

My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #7 In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away by Dionne Searcey

My 10 Most Important Reads in 2021 Previous Entries: #10: The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shore #9: Think Again; The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant #8: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand #7: In PursuitContinue reading “My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #7 In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away by Dionne Searcey”

My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #8 The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand

The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand The synopsis for Menands book suggest that “the Cold War was not just a contest of power. It was also about ideas, in the broadest sense – economic and political, artistic and personal.” What’s interesting about how the book arrives at thisContinue reading “My Top 10 Most Important Reads in 2021: #8 The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand”