tv shows of the month
Summers are always a bit slow for series, but you can always count on Suits, Masters of Sex, and True Blood to be around. I’ve been having some trouble with watching TB episodes because I don’t want it to end, something that has never happened before. Somehow whenever a show ended I was just happy or not really that invested in it; but now that the episodes are getting so good and that I’m reading all the novels, I’m so into it that it takes me a couple of days to see the newest episodes – goodbyes really do suck.
This time of the year may be weak for television, but it sure is strong on books.
I started the month with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the source novel for a film that deeply moved me. Following the kid around with his constant overthinking can get a bit tiring after a while, but in every chapter there’s a precious gem waiting to surprise the reader – whether it is a provocative thought, a lovely happening, or a shattering truth.
Then I read Under the Skin for our podcast episode on the film. This was one of the most refreshing books I’ve read so far, and a truly gripping read. The first few chapters master the art of mystery with wonderful tension, while the second half floors you with thought-provoking concepts, just before shifting to a thrilling action narrative one last time.
July was also the month I finished Lolita (finally!), and the last chapters got me wishing I had never put it down: it starts out good and ends even better, but somewhere in the middle I got lost and stopped for months. Maybe someday I’ll pick it up again and find in it a different, even stronger book. Lastly, I started The Southern Vampire Mysteries just in time for the True Blood finale. At first I was just curious to see how the books compared to the series (did all that crazy stuff come from Charlaine Harris’s mind??), but now I’m positively addicted. They’re fast-paced, funny, sexy, and have some pretty interesting notions behind them, which is what I always loved about the show – it’s a clever story in disguise. So far I’ve read Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, and Dead to the World. They’re perfect for summer reading. You check out the progress of this reading in the sidebar!
my favourite films of the month
July is quite possibly the month where I watch the biggest amount of movies: with exams almost every week, it is the best way to relax and stop thinking about the gigantic amounts of information I just gathered, without loosing too much time and rhythm. As a result, I watched a total of 26 films last month (eight of which were re-watches), and a lot of them were pretty good. My favourite new-to-me movies of July were Rocky, Locke, Le Week-End, The Bridges of Madison County, Grand Piano, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Raider’s of the Lost Ark. As for re-watches, the biggest surprise was undoubtedly the underrated 2005 film, Prime. I’ve written/talked about all of these already, so no mini-reviews this month!
wHat you might’ve missed
– A List of Shame update with thoughts on eight movies, from 1939 to 1996.
– An article on the british dark comedy miniseries from 2012, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm – as the same character!
– My entry for the Spielberg in July web event, where I write about my favourite movies from the director.
what to expect in august
– I’ll be finishing The Southern Vampire Mysteries and revisiting old True Blood episodes, but I’m not sure I’ll able to write posts about them. Either way, I’m planning of publishing an article on the series and novels as a whole on the 24th, the sunday of the finale.
– This will be the month of the Emmys, and I’m already catching up on a couple of series/miniseries I was missing on my repertoire, so when the time comes I’ll be ready to share my favourite nominees and adequately rant if they don’t win.
– Quentin Augustino is happening, and as always there will be FWeekly posts and a LoS update. Anything in between is a mystery! Shark Week…? Definitely something Cary.