Books and Movies 2021


Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, Met Opera Stream

Verdi’s Requiem

Hans Christian Andersen

The Professor and the Madman (Netflix)

The Love She Sought (starring Angela Lansbury, You-Tube)

Dvorak’s opera Rusalka (Met)

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

The Dig (Netflix)

Fatima (Netflix, three children see Virgin Mary)


Ordinary People (rented)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


Loving (vs. Virginia on Netflix, ACLU lawyers Cohen and Hirschkop)

Our Souls at Night (Netflix, starring Robert Redford)


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix)

Enola Holmes (Netflix)

The Fundamentals of Caring (Netflix, starring Paul Rudd)

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (Eva with Julian and Edith in Hong Kong; extraordinary thoughts and word choice)

East Side Sushi (Netflix)

I Care a Lot (Netflix)

Audrey [Hepburn] (Netflix)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Boo (rec by Keith Collins)


My Fair Lady (Netflix)

Elizabeth and Margaret (Netflix)

Julius Cesar by Shakespeare (mediocre reading by E J Beesley)

David Copperfield (PBS series on Amazon Prime with Daniel Radcliffe)

David Copperfield (Audible)

The Zoo-Keeper’s Wife (Netflix with Mom)

Peguin Bloom (Netflix with Mom)


National Treasure (Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger)

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

Monster (Netflix)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Netflix)

Greater (Netflix about Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas Razorbacks walk-on, All-American)

The Dawn Wall (Netflix: Tommy and Kevin climb El Capitan)


Hating Peter Tratchell (gay activist, Netflix)

Master of the Senate: the Years of Lyndon Johnson III by Robert Caro (recommended by Stacy Abrams; in 2019 I read Caro’s Working about his research on Robert Moses and especially LBJ, reminded by Bill Dunbar; incredible research gave me new understanding of Senate))

The Ryan White Story (kid with Aids sues to return to school, Netflix)

All Together Now (girl, bus, mom, music, Netflix)


The Making of Amadeus

“Bridge at the Top: Behind the Screens” by Samantha Punch (interviews; BAMSA conference bridge 1st prize with Barry Balof))

The Hope Circuit by Marty Seligman (PleasureEngagementRelationshipsMeaningAccomplishment, Mandy&5, Peter Friedland)

Southside Johnny at the Music Pier with David


Lieutenant Dangerous by Jeff Danziger (TCSM cartoonist, unfinished, I agree with his sharp criticism of Vietnam, but find his sarcastic complaining disappointing)

The Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime, rec’d by Carsten Botts)

Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off (Netflix)

Indian Horse (Netflix, native children taken to assimilation homes)

Worth (Netflix, Michael Keaton handles 9/11 reparations)

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace (Lifetime movie)


The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV by Robert Caro
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I by Robert Caro


Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (rec’d by Randy; Marian and Hadley)
“The Father” (with Mom and Anthony Hopkins, Amazon Prime)
“Flipped” (Netflix)
“Grizzlies” (Netflix)
“Victoria and Abdul” (Netflix with Mom)


The Lincoln Highway (2021) by Amor Towels (Emmett, Billy, Duchess, Woolly, Sally)
“Colin [Kaepernick] in Black and White” (Netflix series on White privilege, young played by Jaden Michael)
“The Land of Steady Habits” (Netflix, again, Anders keeps Charlie’s turtle)
Lucky by Ed Jackson (Audible)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Grace, Eridian Rocky, recommended by Gates and Randy, see email to Randy)


Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Audible, recommended by Randy)
“The Shack” (Netflix)
All In by Billie Jean King
“Darkest Hour” on Winston Churchill (Netflix)
Thurgood “Marshall” (Netflix)
The Giver (Jonas Receiver of Memories, Netflix)