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.

BEST NEW TELEVISION SHOW
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

BEST REALITY TELEVISION SHOW
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

BEST MOVIE
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

BEST THEATER
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

BEST BOOK
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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