Month: August 2012


I watched a boatload of good movies this summer and have blogged about…three of them. So in this last precious week of summer vacation before I head back to school and begrudgingly pry open a dusty yellowed copy of Plato’s Republic, I will make my best attempt to write at least a short blurb about each of the films I watched this summer. I still have to watch three more to go, but here’s an updated list of all the movies I saw.

  1. Thor
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger
  3. The Avengers
  4. ET: The Extraterrestrial
  5. Tootsie
  6. Borat
  7. Casablanca
  8. Dead Poets Society
  9. Pretty Woman
  10. The Philadelphia Story
  11. Drive
  12. Kings of Pastry
  13. Schindler’s List
  14. Annie Hall
  15. Lars and the Real Girl
  16. Vertigo
  17. Pan’s Labyrinth
  18. Despicable Me
  19. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  20. Jaws
  21. Midnight in Paris
  22. The Ides of March
  23. Unstoppable
  24. The Amazing Spiderman
  25. The Best Years of Our Lives
  26. Rebel Without a Cause
  27. Moonrise Kingdom
  28. Take the Money and Run
  29. The Dark Knight Rises
  30. Like Crazy
  31. Breaking Away
  32. The Kids Are All Right
  33. Memento
  34. The Man in the Moon
  35. Inception
  36. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  37. Taxi Driver
  38. The Descendants
  39. 21 Jump Street

And now for the books I read this summer:

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
  2. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
  3. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
  4. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
  5. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  6. Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  7. Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
  8. Persuasion Jane Austen
  9. A Tale of Two Cities (re-read) Charles Dickens
  10. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  11. 1984 George Orwell
  12. Animal Farm (re-read) George Orwell
  13. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
  14. A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
  15. Scoop (re-read) Evelyn Waugh

I still have to read Plato’s The Republic for school :/

And finally, here are my updated top fives lists:

MOVIES (way too challenging to make this list, but here’s an attempt)

  1. The Pianist Roman Polanski
  2. Singin’ in the Rain Gene Kelley
  3. Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg
  4. The Departed Martin Scorsese
  5. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan


  1. The Newsroom (HBO)
  2. Friends (NBC)
  3. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  4. Top Chef (Bravo)
  5. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

BOOKS (also extremely difficult)

  1. Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
  2. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  3. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  4. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
  5. The Decameron Boccaccio


  1. Coldplay
  2. Hillsong United
  3. Radiohead
  4. Queen
  5. Foster the People