In The Rearview: February 2022

Today, with it being the second to last day of the month, I thought I’d look back at the month of February, in terms of what I read, (we) watched, and listened to this month. So here goes:


  • Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–And How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari
  • Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The best of the three was Stolen Focus, with the other two, okay, and I might or might not continue each series. They both were okay, but nothing I felt like I had to get the next one right now.

Not Read:

  • Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown

In progess:

  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey


  • The Afterparty (Apple)
  • Animal House (DVD)
  • CODA (Apple)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (rent)
  • Ghosts (the British version) (BBCAmerica, HBO Max)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Hulu)
  • I Love You, Man (rent)
  • Old School (rent)
  • The Righteous Gemstones (HBO Max)
  • Somebody Somewhere (HBO Max) with
  • The Seventh Seal (HBO Max, TCM)
  • Tacoma FD (HBO Max, TruTV)
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple)

All of the series, we’re in the middle of or at the beginning. The best two of the month were CODA, deservedly up for an Oscar, and I Love You, Man, which was, and is, a hidden comic gem with Jason Segel and Paul Rudd.

Not Watched:

  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Good Place

Sometimes with so many other things we want to watch, there’s just not enough time and with these two, that’s the case. Kim already has seen The Good Place and said it’s really good, as have many of you. I’m just not “feeling” it, I guess. *another shrug emoji* Same for Around the World in 80 Days (which Kim hasn’t seen yet either). Maybe some day, but not right now.

Listened To:

  • Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  • Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists

Out of the two, Summer of Soul is essential listening and is the documentary, essential viewing.

So to recap, my favorites from the month:

How was your February? What did you read, watch, and/or listen to? What were your favorites of the month?

8 thoughts on “In The Rearview: February 2022

  1. Oh no, I hope your back is feeling better, my husband has had back pain for a few months after a fall. He’s stubborn though and hasn’t gotten it checked out. Haven’t watch must television except about the sad state of affairs in Ukraine. Hope March is a good month for you.


    1. Well, first your husband should definitely get it checked out. Second, one of the other things I’ve given up for Lent (in my post from yesterday) is watching too much news. That said, I still keep a tab on what’s going on, but since there’s not anything I can do about it practically, I am watching and listening to other things more than the news.


  2. I’d love to read Stolen Focus – I am certainly suffering from that problem. What did you think of this book?

    I haven’t watched Coda and I don’t think I’ve watched I Love You, Man either. Both sound good so I’m going to add them to my watchlist for someday.

    Enjoy your week, Bryan! I’ve been off the “blog grid” for too long – hope all is well with you.


    1. Stolen Focus was good, and worth the read, but like many of these books, not a lot of answers. CODA and I Love You, Man are very different movies, but the must-watch is CODA.


  3. I watched Summer of Soul on your suggestion and enjoyed it. I really do want to see CODA as well.


    1. I think you’d like Somebody Somewhere. It’s funny and sad, sometimes all at the same time…As for The Righteous Gemstones, well, if you’ve seen Danny McBride shows before, it is what you expect: crude (e.g. full frontal nudity – male nudity, just to warn you) but also funny and, at times, dramatic. John Goodman is a nice surprise (and don’t worry, not full frontal nudity from him — at least so far 🙂 ) .


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