My Picks for June’s Best TV, Film, Books and Theater

Before Midnight

It’s July. Wow, how did that happen?

Before we embark on the second half of 2013, I thought I would take a few minutes to look at the best pop culture experiences I had last month.

There’s only been one episode so far, but the rest of summer TV is going to have a hard time competing with the creepy thrills in Under the Dome. Hopefully the other broadcast networks will see this as proof that if you put a good show on in the summer, people will watch.

READ: Summer TV Report Card — Grading the June Premieres
READ: Under the Dome is Off to a Great, Creepy Start

Big Brother hasn’t really kicked into high gear yet, and The Challenge isn’t back until next week, so I’m going to go with an old favorite — So You Think You Can Dance. Now that the audition phase is over, the real magic can begin.

READ: Review: Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini’s Shaping Sound Perform in NYC
READ: Burning Questions From the Big Brother Premiere
READ: Whodunnit? is Entertaining, But It’s No The Mole
READ: Guilty Pleasures and Coming Out as a  Big Brother Fan

This one’s easy — Before MidnightBefore MidnightBefore Midnight. I saw this film weeks ago and it still hasn’t left me. It was devastating in all of the right ways. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO!

READ: Before Midnight is Everything I Hoped it Would Be…And More
READ: Catching Up With Old Friends in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset

I saw a lot of shows this month, including some high profile disappointments (Far From Heaven, Reasons to Be Happy) and some unexpected delights (Sontag: Reborn). The most satisfying theatrical experience, however, was The Atlantic Theater’s production of Good Television. Sometimes you don’t need stars or big production values to make a show take flight.

READ: Good Television at The Atlantic is Good Theater
READ: The Creative and Personal Meet in Sontag: Reborn and Just Kids
READ: The Comedy of Errors in Central Park is a Lightweight Delight

I read three books last month — Bel Canto author Ann Patchett’s State of WonderPatti Smith’s memoir Just Kids; and Joshua Henkin’s novel Matrimony. I enjoyed each tremendously, but I think I’d give my top prize for the month to Matrimony — a deceptively simple story about two people who meet in college and spend the next twenty years growing together and apart. It was my first exposure to Henkin, and I look forward to discovering what else he has to offer when I pick up his new novel The World Without You.

READ: My Complicated Relationship with Book Clubs
READ: Summertime, and the Reading is Easy — Or Is It?

What were your favorite TV show, movie, book and play in the month of June? Let me know!

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Thoughts on TV, movies, theater, books and more from an opinionated pop culture addict
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