Hello, dear readers. I hope this finds you all safe and healthy. I know I’ve been quiet recently. I had all sorts of fun things planned for the past couple of weeks (including a 50th-anniversary retrospective for A Clockwork Orange, coverage of Christmas-themed films and television episodes, and a list of my favorite Steven Spielberg films in honor of his 75th birthday***). Unfortunately, a plague descended on my house, rendering all non-essential activities moot. Christmas packages went unsent. Laundry and hair went unwashed. Emails went unanswered. Blog posts went unpublished.
Christmas Eve morning, I sent my husband off to spend the holiday with his mother and went to get a COVID test; it was negative, thankfully, and I’m starting to feel like a human being again. I’m finally able to walk my dogs, eat normally, sleep through the night.
In the meantime, the pop culture world kept turning. The incomparable Joan Didion passed away. Oscar-bait films were released (Don’t Look Up features five Oscar winners – Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Mark Rylance – and two more nominees, Jonah Hill and Timothée Chalamet). Spider-Man: No Way Home became the first movie to pass the $1 billion mark since the pandemic began. Mr. Big had a heart attack on a Peloton and Twitter lost its collective mind. The Golden Globe nominations were announced.
Rather than try to play catch-up, my plan is to just move forward from this point. So stay tuned, and happy holidays!
*** For the record (in chronological order): Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can.