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Movies I Want To See and Books I Want to Read

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It’s summer, which means I have more time for watching films and reading books.  I already have lists prepared.

Movies:

In Theaters

  • The Art of Getting By- Just found out about this one. Seems like something I’ll either love or hate…  
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Tree of Life
  • I’ll probably end up seeing something superhero-related with my friend Max.

At Home

  • West Side Story
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Seven Samurai
  • Citizen Kane
  • M
  • The Prestige
  • Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
  • The New World
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

…to name a few.

As for books, I want to read:

    • Star Dust by Neil Gaiman
    • Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman
    • The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien (finally!)
    • World War Z by Max Brooks
    • The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
    • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    •  The Club of Queer Trades by G.K Chesterton (!)
    • Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan (not the director, the Irish poet)
    • Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard Feynman
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10 Things I Love: Summer Edition

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Yeah, it’s really not different from any other 10 Things I Love, but whatever! 😉

1. Watching the extended editions of LoTR with actors commentary is a really fun experience. It sounds boring, but no. It’s hilarious! I laugh every time I watch this. My friends so would do this!

2. My hair is really long. I plan to get a pixie cut, but before I do, I have to try this! It’s so adorable. It reminds me of being 5 years old.

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4. I really want to see this! It looks really fun.  And I feel bad, because I’ve never seen a Woody Allen flick. It’s weird. I’m rarely interested in “romantic” movies.

5. I recently saw Source Code. It was much, much better than I was expecting. I’m still sorting out my opinions on it, but when I get a handle on it, I’ll post a review.

6. This.

7. The poetry of Elizabeth Barret Browning. The woman was a genius! She is so inspiring. Along with Emily Dickinson, Basho, and Walt Whitman, she is probably my favorite poet. Here’s a sampling:

“Experience, like a pale musician, holds
A dulcimer of patience in his hand,
Whence harmonies, we cannot understand,
Of God; will in his worlds, the strain unfolds
In sad-perplexed minors: deathly colds
Fall on us while we hear, and countermand
Our sanguine heart back from the fancyland
With nightingales in visionary wolds.
We murmur ‘Where is any certain tune
Or measured music in such notes as these ?
But angels, leaning from the golden seat,
Are not so minded their fine ear hath won
The issue of completed cadences,
And, smiling down the stars, they whisper –
Sweet.”

“When I attain to utter forth in verse
Some inward thought, my soul throbs audibly
Along my pulses, yearning to be free”

“Each creature holds an insular point in space;
Yet what man stirs a finger, breathes a sound,
But all the multitudinous beings round
In all the countless worlds, with time and place
For their conditions, down to the central base,
Thrill, haply, in vibration and rebound,
Life answering life across the vast profound,
In full antiphony, by a common grace!”

8. This is nowhere close to my favorite Regina Spektor song, and it’s nowhere close to the most summer-y, but it’s the one that’s stuck in my head. Ne me quitte pas! ( meaning, “Don’t leave me”, for all the non-French-speaking readers!)

9. I’m really into hugs right now. It’s such a simple thing, but it can mean so much.

10.  Straight No Chaser. Amazing. Listen for yourself

Things I don’t like:

  1. Colds. It’s summer after all!
  2. World history.

On that note, have a Happy Father’s Day! I’ll see you soon!