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October Entertainment Hit List

It’s that time of the month again, and October is one of my very favorite months because that’s when leaves begin to change and the air gets crisp. I can almost smell autumn.

1. Boston Book Festival – This is the festival’s 3rd year, and last year was a lot of fun. I got to see Dennis Lehane and Tom Perrotta speak about adaptations of their novels, and I picked up quite a few new books. There are tons of fun events for kids and adults, including the Writer Idol panel where anyone can get up and read what they’ve written before being judged by an expert panel. I think I’m most looking forward to the “Far Out Fiction” panel that includes Karen Russell and Gregory Maguire. October 15.

2. “In Time” – I had a hard time picking which movies I’m most excited about for the month of October. There’s a lot of great stuff coming out, like George Clooney‘s newest directorial effort “The Ides of March,” but, for some reason, I’m in a more fun mood lately. Andrew Niccol‘s sci-fi tale about a futuristic society that uses time as currency, where the poor die young and the rich can live forever. It stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and though it could end up being a mighty mess, I haven’t seen a good sci-fi since 2009’s “District 9.” October 28.


3. “The Marriage Plot” – I struggled to decide if I should put this one on the list. I read Jeffrey Eugenides‘ first novel “Middlesex” a long time ago, and I’m not even sure I understood it all. I do remember that I loved it even at a young age, so I’m going to give his newest the benefit of the doubt. The reason I have qualms about it is that it’s about three college-aged friends in the early ’80s, and any novel that deals with the angst of our time doesn’t really resonate with me as I often find the authors just stand on a soapbox and whine. Hopefully that won’t be the case with this one. October 11.


4. “Collected Stories” – My conquering of the Boston theater scene continues with the New Repertory Theatre‘s show of Donald Margulies‘ “Collected Stories.” It’s his first play that I’ve seen, and I’m headed over to Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts. I don’t see a lot of plays because they rarely hold my attention long enough. However, I decided that I can’t just go around thinking musicals are the only good theater. October 9-30.

5. “Like Crazy”Drake DoremusSundance winner was an easy pick for this list. I’ve loved the last two Sundance winners — “Precious” and “Winter’s Bone” — and “Like Crazy” got rave reviews from practically everyone who saw it at the festival. Starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, it’s a tale for our times about separated lovers and how they try to keep it together long-distance. I’ve been waiting for a good love story all year, since the closest I’ve come has been Cary Fukunaga‘s “Jane Eyre.” October 28.


6. “American Horror Story” – Fall television is winding down with most of the premieres already happening. FX has decided to roll out its new star for fall in the first week of October to build a bigger audience. It’s supposed to be a horror-thriller starring Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, and it’s about a family with issues that movies into a scary house with even more issues. I’m intrigued mostly because of Britton, and because there’s nothing like it on television. I’m wary though because of Ryan Murphy‘s involvement, and most of his television shows start out strong and then devolve into an oozy, sick pile that you can’t extricate yourself from (I’m looking at you, “Glee“). Honestly, I have no faith in his storytelling capabilities, but FX is at least a stronger television network than FOX. October 5.

7. Civil Wars concert – I don’t often go to concerts unless it’s a band that I love, so I was super psyched to hear that the “Civil Wars” were coming to the Berklee Performance Center for a special show. They are one of my favorite bands right now because their first bluegrass/country album was so fantastic. Check out the video for their biggest song “Poison and Wine” below. October 28.

Fall TV Roundup #2

Here we go again with the new shows I watched this week (and it was a busy week!) “2 Broke Girls” on CBS — Loved this. It’s up there as my favorite new show, fighting with “New Girl” for first place. I’m incredibly surprised that I like two sitcoms the best, but everything else just […]

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‘Moneyball:’ The First Oscar Contender This Year

I saw “Moneyball” last night, and it knocked my socks off. The script was incredibly tight, the drama potent and the humor palpable. It could be my favorite movie so far this year alongside Brad Pitt‘s other movie “Tree of Life.” Now I don’t care what other people are saying about the Oscars this year, […]

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‘Candide’ by Huntington Theatre Company

As I’ve said before, I’m interested in getting more involved in the Boston theater scene (seeing, not acting), and for my second play this year, I chose to see “Candide” downtown at the Boston University Theatre. This was the opening show for the Huntington Theatre Company, one of the biggest companies in Boston and one […]

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Fall TV Roundup #1

Fall television has started! And I finished all my work last weekend, so I could check out all the premieres I wanted. Don’t know if that will happen, but I’m going to try really hard… “Ringer” — I had to at least watch the first episode. I’m not drinking the Sarah Michelle Gellar Kool-Aid the […]

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Some Recommended Reads

Rather than writing about each book I read, I like to wait a little while before compiling them all into one blog post. I want to focus on the ones I really loved, rather than those I thought were mediocre and pretty boring. “The Call” by Yannick Murphy — I mentioned this one in my […]

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Thoughts on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion’

Last Friday, we saw Steven Soderbergh‘s “Contagion” on opening night. It was exciting to see so many people out on what turned out to be a slow weekend for film. I didn’t quite know what to expect going into the film — reviews were good, but claimed the film emphasized the clinical aspects rather than […]

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Top 10 Anticipated Fall Shows

I love lists. And since I won’t have as much time to watch television in law school as I did in undergrad, I’m going to have to prioritize my shows. I’ve come up with this list of which shows I’m most anticipating starting up this month and next. This is a list of shows both […]

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Role/Reboot Take 3

I’ve got a new post up at Role/Reboot about “The Good Wife” and its breaking down of gender boundaries on television. There’s some really great stuff up there, including a series about the newly-coined term “erotic capital.” Pretty neat stuff!

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