Joe’s Favorites

Books — a partial list —  in no particular order:

The Mouse and His Child
  • The Keys of the Kingdom
  • The Foundation trilogy (and the subsequent entries)
  • Entries From a Hot Pink Notebook
  • The Front Runner (and its sequels)
  • Vampires Anonymous
  • Crystal Boys
The Elegant Universe (B. Greene)
Silver Kiss
  • Time travel
 and Alternate history (e.g. works of Connie Willis and Harry Turtledove)

Stay tuned for more…

Movies — a partial list — in no particular order:

  • All About Eve
Boys in the Band (yeah, I know, some people think it’s outrageous. It’s actually a wonderful portrait of a time and place and its people. There are also things about this movie that are timeless.)
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Chinatown
Deconstructing Harry
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Fellini films
Godfather – all three (I’m a big fan of the third installment.)
  • His Secret Life
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
La Cage aux Folles, I and II (the more I see it, The Birdcage is a decent American remake)
  • LA Confidential
Lord of the Rings – all three (just wonderful)
  • The Hobbit — all three (wonderful, also)
  • The Avengers
  • Maltese Falcon
Man Who Knew Too Much
Manchurian Candidate (original version)
The Bishop’s Wife
  • Pink Panther Movies (not the Steve Martin versions. They just don’t cut it.)
The “Thin Man” films (all of ’em)
Trading Places
  • Unfaithfully Yours (original version and new version)
  • The Ritz

Stay tuned for more…


  • Bayblon 5 – the whole amazing thing; some of the finest moments in TV history and one of the best, maybe the absolute best SF series so far on TV
  • Stargate SG1
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Stargate Universe
  • Battlestar Gallactica — the new version — this is among the finest TV has to offer. Not as good as B5 but still classy
  • Falling Skies
  • Castle
  • Cold Case … every episode I’ve seen has been wonderful, but one episode, about a gay bashing, was truly a great moment in TV history.
Third Rock from the Sun
  • Alf – I love the guy
  • Elementary
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Law and Order (the years with Jerry Orbach are some of the best)
  • Major Crimes
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Teen Wolf

More to follow…


Movie soundtracks (or really, movie scores, now that they’ve taken to calling a list of songs played in the background a “Soundtrack”) would be among the types at the top of the list – it’s a crowded field. Soundtracks by John Barry, Elfman, Horner, Williams, and others. I’m a finicky collector; collecting only those movies I enjoyed or composers whose music I like even if I didn’t (or will not) see the movie.

After this I like Big Band music, classical, world music, pop and rock, the old standards (Rosemary Cluney and Peggy Lee are unsurpassed), and country.

Genres (Book, Film, TV)

  • Mystery
Alternate History
  • Science Fiction (especially time travel)
  • Gay fiction
  • Vampire literature