Listening, Watching, Reading…

Listening to…

Beyond the Screenplay and IndieWire Filmmaker Toolkit, breaking down films from the perspectives of screenwriters, directors, and editors.

Mamas Talkin’ Loud, covering the lives of mothers working in theater and fueling inspiration for a budding writing project.

Any podcast interview with Greta Gerwig I can find, with favorites including her talks with Scriptnotes and Five Things with Lynn Hirschberg.

Have watched…

Season 1 of Netflix’s Virgin River, a low-stakes ensemble drama with a healthy dose of lumberjack lust, scenery porn, and knit sweater envy.

Preview performances of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Company

Island at War, a 2004 miniseries about the residents of a fictional, German-occupied community (including Anna from Downton Abbey and Jamie from Outlander) representing the Channel Islands during World War II.

The new Married at First Sight season. before four out of five couples essentially crashed and burned when honeymoons were barely over.

1917which has camera work, visuals, and a performance by George MacKay worth the movie theater admission.

Laggies and How to Make an American Quilt, two small gems that checked off my love of whimsical coming-of-age stories and “young person spends a summer with old relatives” narratives.

Watching…

Single Parents and This Is Us, feeling that the first has only gotten sharper with time and the second continually falters before winning me over with its moving closing montages.

Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt, which I’m trying to savor and take my time with, given the nature of its cancellation.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, a Technicolored, surprisingly moving musical dramedy with a delightfully strong cast.

Have read…

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution. 

Gorgeous literary fiction like The Stationery Shop and The Dearly Beloved.

Amy Blumenfeld’s The Cast, which broke a bad reading slump.

Reading…

A slew of titles from Amazon’s Kindle Deals section, including Brea Brown’s Daydreamer, Kelsey Kingsley’s Holly Freakin’ Hughes, and Maria Murnane’s Bridges

The Lady Bird screenplay on the Weekend Read app.

Anticipating…

Viewings of Parasite, Knives Out, and Jojo Rabbit

The release of the In the Heights movie.

Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette (I am here for a 38-year-old female lead).

The Heir AffairHeather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s sequel to The Royal We. 

Curtis Sittenfeld’s newest First Lady-inspired novel, Rodham

What are you anticipating? 

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