Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Books I Read & The Movies I Saw in 2008

Books

Fiction
  1. Cousin Bette – Honore Balzac
  2. Modeste Mignon – Honore Balzac
  3. The Unknown Masterpiece & Gambara – Honore Balzac
  4. Room for Murder – Thomas B. Dewey
  5. My Fantoms – Theophile Gautier
  6. The Tragic Comedians – George Meredith
  7. To Siberia – Per Petterson
  8. Come Back to Sorrento – Dawn Powell
  9. Equal Danger – Leonardo Sciascia
  10. The Middle of the Journey – Lionel Trilling
  11. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  12. Burr – Gore Vidal
Non-Fiction

  1. Energies of Art – Jacques Barzun
  2. The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy and the Hundred Years’ War Over the American Dollar – H.W. Brands
  3. Landscape Into Art – Kenneth Clark
  4. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  5. Complete Works: Middle Years, Volume 10 – John Dewey
  6. Bound to Please – Michael Dirda
  7. Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents – Mikal Gilmore
  8. English Hours – Henry James
  9. Wellsprings – Mario Vargas Llosa
  10. Edwardians: London Life and Letters, 1901-1914 – John Paterson
  11. The Rest in Noise: Listening to the 20th Century – Alex Ross
  12. Defeat: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign – Philippe-Paul de Ségur
  13. Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays – William Styron
  14. The Liberal Imagination – Lionel Trilling
  15. Picked-Up Pieces – John Updike
  16. Ending in Earnest – Rebecca West
  17. A Piece of My Mind – Edmund Wilson

And here are a few (very few) of the books I never got around to finishing.


Movies

  1. Army of Shadows
  2. Audition
  3. Badlands
  4. The Big Lie
  5. Black Peter
  6. Boy Meets Girl
  7. Caesar and Cleopatra
  8. Le Cercle Rouge
  9. Claire’s Knee
  10. Comrade X
  11. Crime School
  12. The Crowd Roars
  13. The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 2
  14. Le Deuxieme Souffle
  15. Don’t Knock the Rock
  16. Le Doulos
  17. Fifth Avenue Girl
  18. The Firemen’s Ball
  19. Hard Boiled
  20. Holiday
  21. Honky Tonk
  22. Judge Dredd
  23. Kid Galahad
  24. The King of Kong
  25. The Lady Killer
  26. Late Autumn
  27. Little Miss Sunshine
  28. The Lovers
  29. Loves of a Blonde
  30. Mademoiselle Fifi
  31. Manhattan Melodrama
  32. Michael Clayton
  33. My Blueberry Nights
  34. My Night at Maud’s
  35. The Night of the Hunter
  36. Notes on a Scandal
  37. Office Space
  38. Pickup on South Street
  39. Prime Cut
  40. The Prime Minister
  41. Road House
  42. Sawdust and Tinsel
  43. Searchers 2.0
  44. Shine A Light
  45. The Simpsons Movie
  46. Sleeper
  47. Stargate
  48. Straight to Hell
  49. Strangers with Candy
  50. Taking Off
  51. Talk to Me
  52. The Tender Trap
  53. There Will Be Blood
  54. They All Kissed the Bride
  55. They Call It Sin
  56. 2 Days in Paris
  57. Two Lane Blacktop
  58. The Weather Underground
  59. Wild Man Blues
  60. Withnail & I
  61. You Can’t Get Away With Murder

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