Movie: The Circle
“When Mae is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.”
Audiobook: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker, a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself.”
Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
An offbeat romantic comedy about two individuals struggling with loss and mental health issues. Even with the somewhat heavy subject, this movie is very funny! Filmed in locations around Upper Darby and Landsdowne and includes much Eagles pride!
CD: Chris Thile – Thanks for Listening
A compilation of topical songs that Thile wrote for the “Song of the Week” segment of A Prairie Home Companion. Timely lyrics paired with Thile’s complex bluegrass/pop compositions. I recommend a few listens to let it sink in!
Movie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
One of the best Action/Romance movies! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this movie as rival hitmen that married without knowing the other’s true occupation. Chaos and romance occur when they find out the truth about each other.
CD: The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
This is the debut album of The Cranberries and has the hits “Linger” and “Dreams.” The whole album is full of great songs. The celtic influences and the late, great Dolores O’Riordan’s voice make this album a must-listen. My other favorite Cranberries album is “No Need to Argue,” which includes “Zombie” and “Daffodil Lament.”
Movie: One-Eyed Jacks
In 1880 Rio (Marlon Brando) and Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) rob a Mexican bank but are cornered on a mesa by the Rurales. Dad takes their only horse, promising to return, but he doesn’t and Rio spends years in a hellish prison. Vowing vengeance, he escapes and finds Dad a respectable family man and sheriff of Monterey, California. Revenge remains on Rio’s mind, and like virtually every character in the film he dishes out and becomes a victim of lies. Marlon Brando took over from Stanley Kubrick and others to direct this 1961 minimally-flawed western masterpiece restored for the Criterion Collection.
Audiobook: Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters
Founder (1971) of the now iconic Chez Panisse, Waters traces her life from her youth in New Jersey to her Eureka! moment discovering French cuisine on the ground in France and dreaming of duplicating the experience back home in Berkeley, California, hotbed of the Free Speech Movement and liberal causes brought to a head by the Vietnam war. Waters succeeded. Her locally grown, organic products and preparation attracted a broad clientele, including such film directors as Coppola, Rossellini and Godard. Like Julia Child’s books, Coming to My Senses creates a desire to eat and drink the French, or here, the California way.
TV Series: Poldark
BBC drama at its best. Fall in love with great characters and breathtaking scenery of Cornwall, England.
CD: Enya – Only Time: The Collection
Mesmerizing music from Irish vocalist, Enya. Her first album, which includes “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings movie.
Movie: Cool Runnings
“The comedy hit inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.”
CD: Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
The Dum Dum Girls’ second album featuring a more polished sound than their first. Contains themes of heartbreak and loss. Tim Sendra of AllMusic writes, “Dee Dee had to change, the change was good, and it led to a fine, grown-up guitar pop record.”
Quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org.