BOTTOM OF THE WORLD on Netflix, was OK. A mysterious disappearance of a young woman leads her boyfriend on a journey for truth and reality in this dark thriller that plays around with traditional narrative structure. Overall it felt like a David Lynch- lite film, which is to say it was trying really hard, even when it didn’t fully connect.

I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.” 
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

It’s like he’s in my head. I’m curious about everything, but sitting down to master something is a constant struggle. Because, hey, look at this cool thing over here and…

It’s been a busy Memorial Day Weekend 👇

  • Cleaned up the yard and did some planting.
  • Couple of good solid 5-mile hikes through the woods.
  • Birthday/cook out at friend’s.
  • Inaugural disc golf outing.

But now it’s time for Red Sox/Bruins double header.

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Let’s Go Bruins! #stanleycup

Like smart horror? Check out THE ASCENT on Prime- veteran detective faces off against a murderer claiming to be something more than human. Come for the chills but stay for the sharp dialogue and superb acting all with an indie budget of $15k. Punches way above its weight.

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive.”*

And I am more than a job search coach. Consider this a (re)introduction.

It is easy to be just one thing. Project Manager. Sales Executive. Job Seeker. But we’re a whole lot more than our job titles. I want to know people beyond the branding statements. Real conversation mixed among the business as usual.

I’ll go first.

I’m an English teacher and job search coach, but I also love talking about books, movies and music. For instance, I love all the hype around #EndGame, but it’s quieter stories like Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN with Scarlett Johansson that I really get into. Things that are quiet, purposefully slow, and a little unnerving are really my jam.

I have a newsletter that goes out a couple times a month where I talk about these kinds of things- along with a quick career or job search tip or two. It’s a little bit of all the things that make me, me. Teacher, job search coach, pop culture aficionado. If this sounds like your thing I’d love you to join the conversation. Link to a recent edition – if it’s your thing too, just click the subscribe button on the top left.

Your turn. What do you do, talk about, think about, when you’re not an accountant, IT manager or writer? DM me on Twitter, respond on Microblog, shoot me an email, whatever. I honestly want to know.

*Bonus points if you get the film reference.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Viktor Frankl

Aside from the NHL playoffs (Go Bruins!) I’ve also recently watched, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit; I won’t bury the lead, it was bad. But it got me thinking about his work as a whole. Some of his films, UnbreakableThe Village and of course his first break out hit,The Sixth Sense are excellent. But then there are his duds, The HappeningThe Last Airbender and now The Visit. It wasn’t until I saw something last week that I realized why his track record is so up and down.

See, I’ve been a horror film fan for a long time, but art house horror was never my thing. Now, after watching the 1977 art house film, Suspiria, I feel like a whole new cinematic world has opened up for me. Then it clicked. This is what Shyamalan really wants to be: an art house director. Unfortunately, he was cursed with the gigantic success of his first film and is now chasing the next blockbuster. His films would be consistently better if he forgot about box office and just told small, creepy, stories.

By day I’m an English teacher, by night I am a Job Search Coach, and in my leisure time I like to think about books, music and film. This newsletter is a little bit of all of that. If this sounds like your thing I’d love to have you along for the ride. I usually publish twice a month.

Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN with Scarlett Johansson is my kind of film: quiet, purposefully slow, and more than a little unnerving. A mesmerizing enigma.

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I’ve been a horror film fan for a long time, but the closest I’ve gotten to an art house horrors film was probably Kubrick’s The Shining. Now, after watching the 1977 film, Suspiria, I feel like a whole new cinematic world has opened up for me. The use of music and color alone made the film worth watching. I’m definitely looking forward to diving into some more cult classics like this.