Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Films - 2013

Here is my list for the best films of 2013.  There are still some films I have not seen that I will probably add to the list.

The Wolf of Wall Street, Dir. Martin Scorsese

American Hustle, Dir. David O. Russell

Before Midnight, Dir. Richard Linklater

Inside Llewyn Davis, Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

Ender's Game, Dir. Gavin Hood

Francis Ha, Dir. Noah Baumbach

Gravity, Dir. Alfonso Curan

Captain Phillips, Dir. Paul Greengrass

 Iron Man 3, Dir. Shane Black

Not Fade Away, Dir. David Chase

Prisoners, Dir. Denis Villeneuve

The Bling Ring, Dir. Sofia Coppola

Out of The Furnace, Dir. Scott Cooper

Mud, Dir. Jeff Nichols

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Top Books - 2013

As posted last year, my yearly list entails books from different genres and periods of time. This was my first year teaching which tremendously cut down on my reading time, so I had to mix up fiction and non-fiction just to generate a top ten list. Here is my list of great books read for 2013 - no particular order. . . .  

The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood

A Visit from the Goon Squad (2002) by Jennifer Egan

The Tommyknockers (1987) by Stephen King

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (1990) by Stephen Rebello

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde

The Ice Storm (1994) by Rick Moody

Garden State (1992) by Rick Moody

Alone Together (2011) by Sherry Turkle

Talked to Death (1987) by Stephen Singular

The Gunslinger The Dark Tower I (1992) by Stephen King