Most of the Oscar winners for 2014 will be showing for the first time over the next month or so (and I hope to see several of them), but here are the recent movies I’ve watched this year so far and liked.
The Great Beauty
Hava Nagila, The Movie
In A World
(Untitled), yes that’s really its title
Paul Williams Is Alive
12 Years A Slave
Inside Llewyn Davis
Cutie And The Boxer
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Like Father, Like Son
Find Me Guilty
Ernest And Celestine
Beware of Mr. Baker
The Stuey for Best Drama goes to The Great Beauty (best movie I’ve seen in years). The Stuey for Best Comedy goes to In A World. Best Documentary Stuey goes to Blackfish. Best Foreign Film Stuey goes to Ida (and yeah, I know The Great Beauty is a foreign film, too). Best American Drama Stuey goes to Boyhood. Best Animated Movie, Ernest And Celestine. Best Actor, Toni Servillo. Best Actress, Lindsay Duncan. All results tabulated by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
For any Floridians or friends of Floridians, I’ll be reading, doing a Q&A and giving figure skating instruction (it’s never too late to learn) at a few places in the days ahead.
Books & Books, Coral Gables, November 14th, 8:00 PM
Bookstore1, Sarasota, November 17th, 1:00 PM (just a quick signing of stock copies, but if someone shows I’ll have a cup of coffee with them)
Inkwood Books, Tampa, November 17th 7:00 PM
I’ll also be at the Greater Miami Cholent Cookoff in Aventura on 11/15 (as an unofficial taste tester).
Amusing and informative interview with Prof. Michael Nosonovsky at the UWM Jewish Studies center. We look like brothers. It seems like something filmed in Minsk or Kiev for Soviet television, circa 1987, except for the fact that we’re speaking in English and smiling. My mother would have loved it!
For the holiday season, I’m going to a few Bay Area stores on a regular basis and signing stock copies. Please check with the store beforehand to make sure they have a copy left. If they’ve run out, just tell them to call me and I’ll go sign some more ASAP.
In Palo Alto: Books Inc. in Town and Country Shopping Center
In SF: Booksmith on Haight Street.
In Pleasanton: Towne Center Books on Main Street
Books Inc. in Mountain View, Book Passage in Corte Madera, and Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley may also still have some signed copies available.