Second part of three- hope to have the third before week end!
• Watch better television- I watched a lot of TV in 2010- and although I feel pretty comfortable saying it was for the most part pretty good quality, if sometimes not the best season of a usually great series (Here’s looking at you Sons of Anarchy), I still found time to watch my fair share of Jersey Shore, Law and Order SVU, and way to many episodes of Glee before giving up on it. (And these are just the show’s I don’t feel to embarrassed to omit.) This year, I want to only focus on series I’m watching that I love and can stand behind, and catching up on a few recommendations. That said, I’ll probably still watch Jersey Shore.
Specific Commitments: I’ll be keeping up with my favorite series from last year- Mad Men, Breaking Bad, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Community, Sherlock, 30 Rock & the aforementioned Sons of Anarchy. Some recommended shows I’d like to drop into the rotation- Freaks & Geeks / Undeclared , Deadwood, West Wing, The Larry Sanders Show & The West Wing
• Start keeping up with foreign movies again- These days I’m usually multi-taking while I watch a movie or a TV show on my computer which unfortunately excludes anything with subtitles. I have missed a ton of highly praised movies because of this, and want to take the time to stop and catch up on those this year.
Specific Commitments: Since this is such a huge category, I’m just going to highlight a few movies from last year I’d like to catch up on- A Prophet, Mother, The Good The Bad and The Weird, Dogtooth, Carlos & Gammorah
• Correct Director Blind-Spots- Just as with books, there’s some major blind spots I have when it comes to film directors. I would like to watch a few films from each to get a taste of their work.
Specific Commitments: Errol Morris, John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, Pedro Almodóvar &Sidney Lumet
• Explore Westerns- I’ve always had a general like for westerns, but haven’t seen a lot of the classics of the genre, and would like to become more rounded.
Specific Commitments: The Searchers, Red River, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, Stagecoach & The Wild Bunch
As inspired by the AV club, here’s some pop-culture resolutions I’m making for 2011. Each individual resolution, will then be followed by some specific examples I’m committing to for the coming year. This is pretty much for my own gratification, as it will be interesting to revisit the list at year end, but I am sharing it because I would love to hear other peoples contributions, and or recommendations.
I’m going to do 3 parts: Books, TV/Film, Music/Misc … This is the first part.
• Read More Non-Fiction- I have a real problem sticking with with non-fiction- I often start a book, just to abandon it to read something more escapist. (Which in turn leads to me abandoning reading all together for the total escape of a blinking screen- see the next entry) I love soaking up information though, and am quick to devour it in pod-cast or article form. This year, I want to focus and complete more long-form non-fiction in a variety of subjects.
Specific Commitments: Pictures at a Revolution, Hitch 22, The Devil in the White City , Cheerful Money, The Healing of America and both Eating Animals & The Omnivores Dilemma
• Correct Author Blind-Spots- Honestly, this could just be read more in general- 2010 was pathetic for me in that department, but I also need to move out of my comfort zone, as almost everything I did read was by someone I was already familiar with. There’s a lot of authors I have passing familiarity with, that I haven’t really explored yet, or in some cases have purposely put off.
Specific Commitments: To read at least one novel from Jonathan Franzen (I’ve been meaning to read The Corrections for years, and a little silly to let the the fan fare for Freedom push me to finally check his work out… I’m certainly not immune to hype), Paul Aster, Thomas Pynchon, Ian McEwan & David Foster Wallace (He falls into the procrastination category- I’ve enjoyed essay’s but have been putting off Infinite Jest, and haven’t attempted any of his other books, because I feel like I should read it first)
• Read Books from a Variety of Time Periods- I skew hugely towards modern fiction, and rarely pursue anything more than about 30-40 years old. I would like to, if only a little bit, shake that up, and read some classics.
Specific Commitments: Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Wind in the Willows (I wont lie, if I get through the first on this list by year end I’ll be pleased )
• Give Science Fiction a chance- I have never been a science fiction fan, and have had a closed mind to it for the most part, and I know this has caused me to miss some great books. I really know too little about this genre to even list some commitments, so I’ll be going all recommendation on this one.