Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Ten Favorite Films

1. The Godfather
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3. The Godfather 2
4. Predator
5. Unforgiven
6. Rushmore
7. Clockwork Orange
8. Manhattan
9. The Night of the Hunter
10. Anchorman

My Ten Favorite Musical Acts

1. The Beatles
2. Bob Dylan
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Radiohead
5. The Smashing Pumpkins
6. Nirvana
7. Bruce Springsteen
8. Belle and Sebastian
9. The Flaming Lips
10. Elliott Smith

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My 10 Favorite 90s Songs

Warren G - Regulate
Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A G Thang
Spacehog - In the Meantime
Belle & Sebastian - Judy and the Dream of Horses
Notorious BIG - Juicy
Pearl Jam - Black
Elliott Smith - Waltz #2
Modest Mouse - Trailer Trash
Daniel Johnston - Rock n Roll EGA
Yo La Tengo - Double Dare

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My 100 Favorite Bob Dylan Songs

For the sake of simplicity I'm only including individual songs once (i.e. Visions of Johanna is listed, so you won't find the acoustic version of the song, Freeze Out, elsewhere on the list). The same goes for basically-the-same-songs, like New Danville Girl and Brownsville Girl.

100. Ring Them Bells
99. Jokerman
98. Only a Pawn in Their Game
97. Too Much Of Nothin'
96. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
95. To Be Alone With You
94. Precious Angel
93. Workingman's Blues #2
92. Meet Me In the Morning
91. On A Night Like This
90. Absolutely Sweet Marie
89. Tiny Montgomery
88. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
87. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)
86. Million Dollar Bash
85. The Times They Are A Changin'
84. Hurricane
83. On the Road Again
82. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
81. I and I
80. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
79. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre
78. It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
77. New Morning
76. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
75. Forever Young
74. Mississippi
73. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
72. John Wesley Harding
71. Highlands
70. Thief on the Cross
69. Mr. Tambourine Man
68. I Shall Be Released
67. You Ain't Going Nowhere
66. Sign on the Cross
65. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window
64. Not Dark Yet
63. Thunder on the Mountain
62. All Along the Watchtower
61. Caribbean Wind
60. Ballad of a Thin Man
59. Day of the Locusts
58. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
57. Isis
56. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
55. Po' Boy
54. New Pony
53. To Ramona
52. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
51. Subterranean Homesick Blues
50. Desolation Row
49. Goin' to Acapulco
48. Maggie's Farm
47. I'm Not There
46. Simple Twist of Fate
45. If Not For You
44. Everything Is Broken
43. Blind Willie McTell
42. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
41. Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
40. Blowin' In The Wind
39. Gates Of Eden
38. Series Of Dreams
37. Masters Of War
36. She's Your Lover Now
35. With God On Our Side
34. Romance In Durango
33. It Ain't Me Babe
32. Buckets of Rain
31. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
30. Most Of The Time
29. One More Cup Of Coffee
28. Make You Feel My Love
27. Shelter From The Storm
26. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
25. She Belongs To Me
24. Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
23. Queen Jane Approximately
22. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
21. Sign On The Window
20. Every Grain Of Sand
19. Girl From The North Country
18. New Danville Girl
17. Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
16. All I Really Want To Do
15. Positively Fourth Street
14. As I Went Out One Morning
13. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
12. Talking World War III Blues
11. One Of Us Most Know (Sooner Or Later)
10. Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts
9. I Want You
8. Visions of Johanna
7. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
6. Lay Lady Lay
5. Idiot Wind
4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
3. 4th Time Around
2. Tangled Up In Blue
1. Like A Rolling Stone

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Best Of: 20 Overlooked Bob Dylan Songs

20. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
19. Every Grain of Sand
18. Most of the Time
17. Brownsville Girl (alternate: New Danville Girl)
16. Precious Angel
15. Who Killed Davey Moore?
14. Caribbean Wind
13. As I Went Out One Morning
12. Series of Dreams
11. Mississippi
10. Jokerman
9. Sign on the Cross
8. I'm Not There
7. She's Your Lover Now
6. I Wanna Be Your Lover
5. Every Grain of Sand
4. New Pony
3. To Ramona
2. The Mighty Quinn
1. I Shall Be Released

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My 100 favorite movie moments

In no particular order.

Warning: I tried to keep them to a minimum, but there are spoilers below. Can't help it.

1. Rushmore "These are my O.R. scrubs." "Oh are they?"
2. Unforgiven Delilah recites William Munny's criminal biography to him. Munny begins to drink.
3. Blowup David Hemmings rolls a quarter between his fingers while listening to two girls.
4. Rocky III Clubber Lang interrupts Rocky's statue's unveiling.
5. Jackie Brown Sam Jackson menacingly enters Max's office at night.
6. Patton George C. Scott's opening speech.
7. The Third Man Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles talk on the Ferris wheel.
8. Five Easy Pieces Jack Nicholson gets mad while ordering at a diner.
9. Don't Look Back "I don't read Time, I don't read Newsweek, I don't read any of those magazines. They just got too much to lose by printing the truth. You know that."
10. Glengarry Glen Ross Alec Baldwin's performance.
11. Black Swan Natalie Portman brags to her mother about what she was up to last night.
12. Deep Blue Sea Sam Jackson is eaten by a shark.
13. Anchorman The brawl.
14. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World "Bread makes you fat?"
15. The Odd Couple Jack Lemmon makes two British lushes feel sorry for him as Walter Matthau prepares drinks. (fun fact: I originally included the scene in Swingers in which Jon Favreau tries to call his ex-girlfriend while in the girl's trailer, until I realized it was just an homage to this.)
16. Vanilla Sky Good Vibrations plays as Tom Cruise runs around.
17. Jurassic Park The first shot of a brontosaurus.
18. Toy Story 3 The toys approach the incinerator.
19. Clockwork Orange Alex's droogs fight Billyboy's gang.
20. Full Metal Jacket Private Pyle shoots his drill sergeant.
21. The Godfather Sonny's death.
22. The Godfather II Fredo's death.
23. On the Waterfront Marlon Brando tries to fit his hands into a pair of gloves while talking to Eva Marie Saint.
24. Jerry Maguire "You had me at hello."
25. The Shining Danny sees the two girls in the hall.
26. The Last Kiss Zach Braff waits outside the front door.
27. The Virgin Suicides Peach schnapps at Homecoming.
28. Bonnie and Clyde Warren Beatty tries to charm Faye Dunaway's mother as he eats an ice cream sandwich.
29. Inglourious Basterds The stand-off in the bar.
30. True Romance The stand-off/John Woo homage.
31. Predator Billy challenges the Predator on the bridge.
32. The Wizard "I love the Power Glove. It's so... bad."
33. Reservoir Dogs Mr. Orange kills Mr. Blonde.
34. The Departed Mark Wahlberg kills Matt Damon.
35. The Warriors The montage of all the gangs coming out to look for the Warriors.
36. Once Upon a Time in the West "Did you bring a horse for me?" "Well... looks like we're... looks like we're one horse shy." "You brought two too many."
37. I <3 Huckabees Mark Wahlberg argues with his wife as she leaves him.
38. The Good the Bad and the Ugly Tuco runs through the graveyard to Ennio Morricone's The Ecstasy of Gold.
39. A Gunfight "You stay the hell away from me, you hear?"
40. Return of the Jedi Wedge blows up the Death Star.
41. Bullitt The car chase.
42. Fast Times at Ridgemont High "You know Damone, I always stick up for you. They say 'oh, Damone that loud mouth' - and they say that a lot. I say 'oh, no you just don't know Damone.' I mean when they call you an idiot, I say 'Damone's not an idiot.' Well, you know something maybe they know you pretty good."
43. Goodfellas Joe Pesci gets whacked.
44. Star Wars: A New Hope Red Leader's attack run.
45. Clerks "He's right... I love her." "So that's it; he doesn't love you."
46. Igby Goes Down Jeff Goldblum beats up Kieran Culkin.
47. Night of the Hunter The children see their uncle dead in the river.
48. Almost Famous The bus ride after William and Russell's long night before.
49. Seven Brad Pitt opens the box.
50. The Other Guys The Rock and Sam Jackson aim for the bushes.
51. Death Proof The girls kick the hell out of Kurt Russell.
52. Annie Hall Christopher Walken drives Woodie Allen and Diane Keaton to the airport.
53. Manhattan The opening.
54. Rear Window Grace Kelly climbs the wall.
55. Rosemary's Baby The baby shower.
56. The Life Aquatic Bill Murray fights back against the pirates.
57. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas "Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. A normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side. This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop heart. Make the bastard chase you. He will follow. But he won't know what to make of your blinker signal that says you are about to turn right. This is to let him know you're pulling off for a proper place to talk. It will take him a moment to realize that he's about to make a 180 degree turn at speed, but you will be ready for it."
58. Cool Hand Luke Luke eats 50 eggs.
59. The Royal Tenenbaums "Here I come!" moments before Owen Wilson crashes his car in the side of the house.
60. Paths of Glory "You can go to Hell before I apologize to you now or ever again!"
61. Oldboy The reveal.
62. Ocean's Eleven Sammy Davis Jr. sings Ee O Eleven.
63. X2: X-Men United The shape of a phoenix appears in the lake.
64. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid "Guns or knives?" "Neither?" "Pick!" "I don't want to shoot with you, Harvey."
65. Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston sees that his friend has been lobotomized.
66. The Devil's Rejects Diamond Dallas Page beats up the Firefly family.
67. Brian's Song "I love Brian Piccolo."
68. Good Will Hunting Matt Damon argues with a Harvard student at a bar.
69. The Social Network "I'm 6'5", 220, and there's two of me."
70. They Live Roddy Piper sees Reagan-alien on television.
71. Pulp Fiction The dance contest.
72. The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness realizes what he has done.
73. The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow accidentally reveals his strategy to Death while in the confessional.
74. Heathers "Football season is over, Veronica. Kurt and Ram had nothing left to offer the school except date rapes and AIDS jokes."
75. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back "I love you!" "I know."
76. Wonderboys "People don't think, James."
77. Johnny Got His Gun Joe is unable to communicate while in his hospital bed.
78. Rocky Rocky first starts to train, and gets his ass kicked.
79. Knife in the Water The young man plays a game of quickly stabbing a knife between his fingers.
80. The Graduate The opening scene as Dustin Hoffman makes his way through the airport.
81. Aguirre: The Wrath of God Monkeys overtake the boat.
82. Let the Right One In Cats attack the vampire.
83. Unbreakable The flashback montage of Sam Jackson learning the weaknesses to different buildings and trains.
84. Goldfinger "That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!"
85. The Darjeeling Limited The slow spanning shot of different passengers in their rooms.
86. North by Northwest Cary Grant is forced to drink bourbon and then drive.
87. 2001: A Space Odyssey Apes start to use weapons.
88. Dr. Strangelove The president explains the situation over the phone to the Soviet premier.
89. Lost in Translation Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Airsoft.
90. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface waves his chainsaw around in frustration at the end of the movie.
91. The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus begins to become more confident as a public speaker.
92. Spinal Tap The limo driver rants about Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. The window is rolled up on him.
93. Munich One of the Jewish Olympians has an opportunity to escape through his room but turns around, takes out a terrorist, grabs his gun, but then gets shot to death.
94. Fantastic Mr. Fox Every scene involving the animals eating food.
95. Dogma "Raining down sulphur is like an endurance trial man. Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, outside of soccer."
96. Help! The Beatles go to bed in their home.
97. Saw The ending.
98. Cruel Intentions Every time Ryan Phillippe drives his Roadster.
99. The Great Escape Steve McQueen tries to get away on motorcycle.
100. Mean Streets Harvey Keitel walks through the bar, greeting everyone he sees to the Rolling Stones' Tell Me.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My five favorite films by Ingmar Bergman

5. Through A Glass Darkly
4. Fanny and Alexander
3. Shame
2. Wild Strawberries
1. The Seventh Seal

My five favorite films by Stanley Kubrick

5. Lolita
4. Full Metal Jacket
3. Eyes Wide Shut
2. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1. Clockwork Orange

My five favorite Seattle sports seasons

5. 2009 Seattle Mariners
4. 1995 Seattle Mariners
3. 2005 Seahawks
2. 1995-1996 Sonics
1. 2000 Seattle Mariners