Movies from John Green

Back to the Future

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - return to 1985.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
There's this moment near the end of the movie Back to the Future when George McFly receives finished copies of his first novel in the mail. This 5-second scene was all I knew about book publishing in my childhood--and every time I've published a book, the moment of seeing that boxful of finished books overwhelms me. In the six years since tfios was published, I've often worried I'd never have another George McFly moment, but now it has arrived, and I'm so grateful to everyone whose patience and support and generosity made this book real. Here's to George McFly.
Movies from John Green

Bo Burnham: Make Happy

Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in this stand-up special about life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Sarah and I just watched @boburnham 's Netflix show. Nuanced, brilliant analysis of internet culture and living with an audience. Also funny.
Movies from John Green

After Everything

When Elliot, a brash 23-year-old living carefree in New York City, meets the sensible Mia and receives a damning diagnosis all in the same week, his world is turned completely upside down. But as their love blossoms amidst the chaos of his treatment, they discover that Elliot's illness is not the real test of their relationship – it's everything else.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Furthermore, have you seen the movie After Everything? I loved it.
Movies from John Green

Life Itself

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I saw this film at an early screening, and like everyone there, I wept and wept (and laughed). Months later, I still feel the story's presence. Congrats to @Dan_Fogelmanand everyone who made it. Can't wait for the world to see Life Itself!
Movies from John Green

Eighth Grade

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I loved @boburnham 's movie Eighth Grade, which features a wrenchingly brilliant performance from @ElsieKFisher . The film wrestles with social media with a complexity I haven't seen on screen before.
Movies from John Green

First Man

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I saw First Man today. It left me feeling hopeful about what humans can accomplish together, and awed by human courage and compassion. What a movie.
Movies from John Green

The Hate U Give

Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I saw The Hate U Give movie a few days ago. One of the great YA novels of all time has been adapted into one of the great YA films of all time. Amandla Stenberg's performance is gutwrenching and riveting and revelatory. I cannot recommend the movie (or the book!) highly enough.
Movies from John Green

Dope

Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
All good movies, but Dope's my favorite of the bunch.
Movies from John Green

Rushmore

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max's new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I'm John Green and two of my favorite movies are Rushmore and Harvey.
Movies from John Green

Harvey

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I'm John Green and two of my favorite movies are Rushmore and Harvey.
Books from John Green

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
Books from John Green

Bossypants

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Books recommended by John Green
7 books

Books That Help -7 John Green Quarantine Reads

John Green's survival guide with books that help go through quarantine, isolation and mass disease with a bit of fun and love to life.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
John Green's survival guide with books that help go through quarantine, isolation and mass disease with a bit of fun and love to life.
Books recommended by John Green
13 books

John Green Books: 13 All-time Favorites

13 incredible books John Green swears by.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
13 incredible books John Green swears by.
Books from John Green

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I

National Book Award Winner!This deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I also often recommend to adults “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,” by M. T. Anderson.
Books from John Green

This Blinding Absence of Light

An immediate and critically acclaimed bestseller in France and winner of the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, This Blinding Absence of Light is the latest work by Tahar Ben Jelloun, the first North African winner of the Prix Goncourt and winner of the 1994 Prix Mahgreb. Ben Jelloun crafts a horrific real-life narrative into fiction to tell the appalling story of the desert concentration camps in which King Hassan II of Morocco held his political enemies under the most harrowing conditions. Not until September 1991, under international pressure, was Hassan's regime forced to open these desert hellholes. A handful of survivors--living cadavers who had shrunk by over a foot in height--emerged from the six-by-three-foot cells in which they had been held underground for decades. Working closely with one of the survivors, Ben Jelloun eschewed the traditional novel format and wrote a book in the simplest of language, reaching always for the most basic of words, the most correct descriptions. The result is a shocking novel that explores both the limitlessness of inhumanity and the impossible endurance of the human will.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
What’s your favorite book no one else has heard of? I’m not sure no one else has heard of it, but I wish I knew more people who’d read Tahar Ben Jelloun’s novel “This Blinding Absence of Light,” which follows a group of political prisoners living in total darkness.
Books from John Green

The Nickel Boys

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERLONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
What’s the last great book you read? Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys.”
Books recommended by John Green
6 books

What's on John Green Nightstand: 6 Books

The book list John Green is currently reading before falling asleep.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
The book list John Green is currently reading before falling asleep.
Books from John Green

Ulysses

Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book--although he found it sufficiently unobscene to allow its importation into the United States--and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's "cloacal obsession." None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of the final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you're willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged, and (occasionally) vexed by Joyce's sheer command of the English language.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
What is your favourite literary quote? "O Jamesy let me up out of this." from the last chapter of Ulysses.
TV Shows from John Green

Phineas and Ferb

Each day, two kindhearted suburban stepbrothers on summer vacation embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who tries to bust them. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Home with sick kid, watching Phineas and Ferb. What a great show.
TV Shows from John Green

Deadliest Catch

Forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…it's all in a day's work for these modern day prospectors. During each episode we will watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
The only reality TV show I’ve ever really watched is Deadliest Catch, which is about fishermen in Alaska. (I think I’m fascinated by the show because my dad worked for a couple years as a fisherman in Alaska.)
TV Shows from John Green

Firefly

Firefly is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I am watching Firefly for the first time. Why did no one tell me about this program? Why is it no longer on TV? Where is the second season?
TV Shows from John Green

The Americans

Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI Counterintelligence agent.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I've never loved a TV show like I love @TheAmericansFX. Best show about marriage on TV--plus spies! And wigs! And communism! And the 1980s!
TV Shows from John Green

Stranger Things

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Sarah and I trying to decide between the last episode of Stranger Things and the debate. Both terrifying, run-out-of-the-room television.
TV Shows from John Green

The Get Down

In 1977 New York City, the talented and soulful youth of the South Bronx chase dreams and breakneck beats to transform music history.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Breaking social media hiatus to say: @JusticetheSmith is so jaw-droppingly brilliant in The Get Down, on Netflix now. My favorite new show.
TV Shows from John Green

Indycar 36

With Helio Castroneves, J.R. Hildebrand, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan. Each episode focuses on a single IndyCar driver during the critical 36 hours of a race weekend. Strategies, team dynamics, accidents, personal stories, all intermingle in the cockpit as the drivers battle to the checker flag.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
The quality of the @IndyCar TV broadcast on NBCSN is SO GOOD. Huge leap forward from last year. Crazy camera angles, great reporting, and good racing too!
Music from John Green

Crush

John Green
Blogger, Writer
First day of Vidcon! Just added Tessa violet’s new song Crush to the car playlist.
Music from John Green

LeAnn Rimes

John Green
Blogger, Writer
LeAnn Rimes is great. I’m back on board. I’m going to stop apologizing for everything I love. I’m just going to love it.
Music from John Green

A Love Supreme

John Green
Blogger, Writer
I never took music theory. It’s mostly that album A Love Supreme. It feels sacred to me. I had a friend once tell me A Love Supreme is convincing evidence for the existence of God. And that’s really stuck in my head ’cause it’s a little bit true to me.
Music from John Green

Pretty Hate Machine

John Green
Blogger, Writer
I would listen to Nine Inch Nails really, really loud, and I would feel heard and powerful. And one day, my dad knocks on the door, and he’s like, “What are you listening to?” And I’m like, “It’s Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine.”
Music from John Green

R.E.M.

John Green
Blogger, Writer
Not to sound like a hipster R.E.M. fan, but as a kid I wanted to—and this is not something I’m super proud of—but a lot of times when it comes to my relationship with music, especially when I was younger, I’m trying to project something. I’m trying to say something about myself. With liking R.E.M., I was trying to say: I am a sophisticated listener of rock-and-roll music and I care about lyrics and there are lots of secrets in them.
Music from John Green

The Mess Inside

John Green
Blogger, Writer
The Mountain Goats' song "The Mess Inside" is so good that I think about it every time I see an overcast sky.
Music from John Green

The Mountain Goats

John Green
Blogger, Writer
What kind of music does John Green listen to? I listen to the early stuff from The Mountain Goats and also the more recent stuff from The Mountain Goats.
Podcasts from John Green

Men In Blazers

We discuss football. And wear blazers. Usually at the same time. Men in Blazers is driven by the belief that Soccer is America’s Sport of the Future. As it has been since 1972.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Listened to the wonderfully entertaining @meninblazers podcast through a five-hour drive. I was smiling the whole time. Fantastic stuff.
Podcasts from John Green

Cultural Manifesto

A Cultural Manifesto, with local DJ and "NUVO" columnist Kyle Long, explores the merging of a wide spectrum of global music with the more familiar American styles of music, such as soul, hip-hop and jazz. In each episode listeners can expect to hear intriguing new sounds and styles of music from all sorts of international traditions.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I also listened to the podcast Cultural Manifesto, an amazing introduction to all kinds of music.
Podcasts from John Green

Invisibilia

In this episode we look at situations where someone flips the script – does the opposite of what their natural instinct is – and in this way, transforms a situation.
John Green
Blogger, Writer
The podcast @NPRinvisibilia is SO AMAZING. Brilliant reporting on terrorism and radicalization in Europe.
Podcasts from John Green

In the Dark

Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, prosecutor Doug Evans just tries the case again. In the Dark
John Green
Blogger, Writer
Season 2 of In the Dark, hosted by @madeleinebaran , is such a brilliant and gut-wrenching podcast. Essential listening for anyone who cares about the U.S. criminal justice system.
Podcasts from John Green

Planet Money

null
John Green
Blogger, Writer
I love every Planet Money episode.