Recently Read, Watched

The telos of this website, its abiding purpose, is a record of the things that I have read and watched. For the reasons undergirding this project see comments on cultural consumption.


6/1
Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
— NYRB on Mexican politics, The Triumph of Christendom

6/2
Code Inconnu (2000)

6/3
Drive to Survive, 6.1-2

6/4
Dead Souls, 15 pp.
Mary Queen of Scots, 5 pp.

6/5
Drive to Survive, 6.3

6/8
Stargate (1993)
— NYRB on Jill Biden and operatist Saariajo
The Longest Day (1962), 1 hour

6/9
— NYRB on The 272
— Finished Dead Souls
Drive to Survive, 6.4

6/10
Hit Man (2024)

6/11
— Ibsen, The Wild Duck, Act 1
Godzilla Minus One (2023)

6/12
The Wild Duck, Act 2

6/14
— Finished The Wild Duck

6/15
Spirit of St. Louis (1951)
Directed by Billy Wilder, written by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and Billy Wilder; starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh.

6/16
Northside 777 (1948)
The Last Jedi (2019)
Mary Queen of Scots, 5 pp.

6/17
Mary Queen of Scots, 10 pp.

6/18
Captains Courageous (1937), last 30 minutes
Directed by Victor Fleming, and written by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, and Dale Van Every, based on the 1897 novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling; starring Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore and Melvyn Douglas.
Mary Queen of Scots, 40 pp.

6/19
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
Directed by Nicholas Ray, written by A. I. Bezzerides; starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino.

6/20
Mary Queen of Scots, 10 pp.

6/21
S.W.AT. (2003)
Directed by Clark Johnson and written by David Ayer and David McKenna; starring Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner, Brian Van Holt and Olivier Martinez.

6/22
The Invisible Guardian (2017)
Directed by Fernando González Molina, written by Luiso Berdejo and Dolores Redondo; starring Marta Etura, Elvira Mínguez, Carlos Librado “Nene”, and Benn Northover.
The first of three films made from the Baztán trilogy by Redondo.

6/23
Legacy of the Bones (2019)
Directed by Fernando González Molina, written by Luiso Berdejo and Dolores Redondo; starring Marta Etura, Carlos Librado “Nene”, and Francesc Orella.
Offering to the Storm (2020)
Directed by Fernando González Molina, written by Luiso Berdejo and Dolores Redondo; starring Marta Etura, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Paco Tous.

6/24
Mary Queen of Scots, 20 p

6/25
The Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder, written by David Hayter and Alex Tse based on David Gibbons’ and Alan Moore’s graphic novel; starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson.
I contend this is the only film that I’ve yet to see that some captures the kinetic energy of the comic book. And I think I’ve seen enough of them. Most are tripe, and their inevitable translation into cinema has been a tragedy. Most strikingly, I’d say, are any and all of the X-Men films.

6/26
Mary Queen of Scots, 25 pp.
Mary marries Bothwell, because she was pregnant with his child?

6/29
Percival Everett, Erasure, 20 pp.
Started reading this back in April, when I visited Amherst. But then I had to recall it from the library. And only recently did it become available from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

6/30
— Finished Erasure

7/3
The Flash, 20 minutes
Code 8 (201?)
Mary Queen of Scots, 20 pp.
Very Short Introduction to Geology, 10 pp.