I don’t know where Titus Welliver has been up til now, but he was born for this role. He is Harry Bosch. The TV show follows Bosch, a hardened LAPD homicide detective, and is based on the series of books by Michael Connelly. In the first season, Bosch is looking for the killer of a 13-year-old boy, and features a surprisingly intense performance by Jason Gedrick. Yes, I said that name. In the second season, Bosch gets drawn into the darker side with some bad eggs in the police department, all while reestablishing his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter and ex-wife. Amazon renewed Bosch for a 3rd season, so I can’t wait to see he gets up to next!
Of course this film was all over the Oscars, but I had a picture in my mind that it was an 1800’s survivalist tale. I thought: ehh, dude movie. Well, lordy was I wrong!!! The movie is shot beautifully, only in natural light, which caused the shoot to be extremely long, over 9 months. It actually caused Tom Hardy to have to drop out of Suicide Squad (lucky for him—that movie looked terrible), and more importantly, I didn’t even know that Tom Hardy is in this movie. I thought it was the Leonardo DiCaprio show! If I was making movie trailers y’all, the world would be a much better place. Anywho, this movie is stunning. There is a horrifyingly realistic bear attack scene, as well as a Native Americans vs. the white men scene that will both force you to clutch something, anything while you watch. This movie really sucked me in and goes way beyond a survival or revenge tale. I say Leo’s Oscar is well-deserved at last, and Hardy blew me away with yet another gritty performance.
Kiss of the Damned
This was a late night Netflix movie I found after I had been drinking too much red wine, I’ll admit it. Again, if I was writing the descriptions on Netflix, the world would be a much better place. I saw Milo Ventimiglia, vampires, and it looked kinda sexy, so I gave it a shot. Here’s what I loved about this movie: vampires are supposed to be otherworldly, fashionable, strong, sexy. I like the Anne Rice vampires. That’s my jam. And Kiss of the Damned delivers that! Ventimiglia’s character sees Djuna (now that’s an appropriate vampire name!), played by the stunning Parisian actress Joséphine de La Baume, and it’s love at first sight. She bites him, hijinks ensue. It’s a beautiful movie full of beautiful people, including my girl Anna Mouglalis who is amazing in Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (watch it now)…and even, Michael Rappaport. LOL
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn’s debut novel. I reread this over the summer, and man, what a fucked up masterpiece. I love this review by Stephen King: “I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.” This is exactly how I felt the first and second time reading this book. I wanted it to stop and I didn’t want it to stop. It’s like a nasty addiction, it hurts so good, all those bad for you clichés phrases apply. Miladies: just read it.
Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry Soda
I typically buy this by the can in the cold section of Fresh Market, but I managed to find this liter bottle at Kroger. Oh, happy day! Black Cherry is my favorite, tastes of summer to me, like Hawaiian Ice.