asked my dad for a list
of films everyone should see before they die. he asked me for the same
and here's what i came up with. tried to do it off the top of my head.
here's the 100 films every
american film lover should see before they die:
paths of glory
godfather I and II
10. man with a movie
wizard of oz
i am a fugitive from
a chain gang
grapes of wrath
man who shot liberty
night of the living
north by northwest
it's a wonderful life
good, bad, ugly
it happened one night
one flew over the cuckoo's
30. duck soup
in the heat of the
cool hand luke
40. rio bravo
texas chainsaw massacre
nanook of the north
taste of cherry
50. double indemnity
to have and have not
planes, trains, automobiles
fog of war
60. master of the flying
battle of algiers
band of outsiders
bonnie and clyde
day the earth stood
70. night of the hunter
hunchback of notre
on the waterfront
crimes and misdemeanors
mr. deeds goes to town
grave of the fireflies
blair witch project
80. saving private
do the right thing
90. best years of our
willy wonka and the
a christmas story
menace II society
imitation of life
101. kanto wanderer!
love the picture and the
list. haven't seen three of them, they will enter my netlfix queue shortly.
Yauch is a founding member of the Beastie Boys. Recently he created a new
division of his company Oscilloscope Laboratories called Oscilloscope Pictures
(oscilloscopepictures.com) for the sole purpose of distributing films.
He even hired two guys from ThinkFilm to come over to his new company.
At first we were a little concerned that Adam intended to compete with
Criterion, but then we thought it over and, honestly, we have been doing
this for a long time and are not threatened by Adamís new company. The
groundbreaking DVD The Beastie Boys Video Anthology is currently available
from the Criterion Collection. So right there that proves we have the upper
TOP TEN CRITERIONS BY
1. Seven Samurai
Címon, I gotta tell
why this movie is good? You tell me!
Saw this one when I
was in junior high school and it stayed with me. Glad to see it in the
3. Nights of Cabiria
I donít know what to
write. I just love this movie.
I guess you have figured
out by now that I am really not going to review any of the films that I
But I do like the folks
up at the Criterion Collection. Those are my people up in there.
They are a really great
team thatís into some bugged-out, esoteric shit.
7. And God Created
Peter is like the bigwig.
Heís the head honcho.
8. The Harder They
Susan has her ear to
the street. She always looks for some interesting stuff to put out.
When I was hanging
out up there Heather was working on the audio. But now she switched over
to some other department.
10. The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou
Sometimes I get free
DVDs from Criterion, but not always. I wanted to get one of each, you know,
like the whole collection, but they said, ďNo, Adam, we donít do that.Ē
one of my favorite pastimes
is watching crappy infomercials. they're hilarious. they always have the
same formula: the woman, who is usually the skeptic, and the high energy
man, who is usually the salesman. of course their sales techniques are
all the same as well. the infamous "but wait, there's more" line is a classic,
but there are the old standbys like "order now and you'll get a flimsy
chinese multitool for free (you just pay shipping and handling)" and "you
would expect to pay $500 for this wonderful item that, incidentally, will
make your life easier while making you look sexy, thin, young, and virile,
but with this special tv offer you won't pay $500 or even $400 or even
$369, you'll pay just 9 easy payments of $39.95!"
of the 80 best picture
winners in the history of the academy awards i haven't seen 23, though
i've seen at least parts of 3 of those. that'll be this year's goal. shouldn't
be that tough.
i didn't take this
one. it's called the shoe tree and it's in san diego.
updated my academy
awards page again, this time with a recap. i went 17/24 which was better
than last year. i'm sure someone could come up with a computer program
that compiled the prognostication of the nation's critics and figure out
which nominees were most likely to win. you could probably get it good
enough to guess all but one or two correctly.
found a shitty house (probably
in a shitty neighborhood) which has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and 2,400
sq. feet for under $200k.
they should have a version
of habitat for humanity that, rather than building new homes for new homeowners,
works on refurbishing rundown homes in poor neighborhoods. it would work
with community members to refurbish homes with the help of the homeowners
in an effort to bring the land values of an entire neighborhood upward.
when you drive through bad neighborhoods it's sad that they don't even
care enough to take care of their homes. cheap, easy fixes like painting,
landscaping, and cleaning go undone because homeowners don't see the point
or don't have pride or don't have the expertise. i refuse to believe that
easy fixes like these are an issue of money. it's easy enough to split
costs with a neighbor on painting supplies, a shovel, a pruner, and a garden
hose. a program that goes into the streets to bring tools and expertise
to people might be enough to give them the initiative to care more about
"some democrats call him
the spoiler. will ralph nader's latest run at the white house disrupt this
year's presidential campaign?" that was the lead in to the local news tonight
at 10. if i taught a poli sci class i'd play that clip and ask the class
what was wrong with that question.
"paul pierce, 30 points.
pierce worked (the) portland (trailblazers) like a part-time job. that
jumper - wet." that quote was from some guy doing an update on espn about
the celtics/blazers game. what the hell was he saying? "working portland
like a part-time job," huh? "that jumper - wet," huh? what do those things
mean? espn tries so hard to be hip trendsetters. whatever.
updated my academy
awards page. saw atonement this afternoon.
started looking into buying
a house today. not really sure how much money you need, and i probably
don't have it anyway, but i figured it wouldn't hurt. even if i had to
go into debt a lot i think it would be worth it because of the back end
money i'd likely get and the experience it would bring as a contractor.
i've come to think that the best way to learn the trade is on your own
house where you can do whatever you want without having to have a license
to work on the place. you can work on it on your own schedule and any improvements
benefit you and no one else.
good draft year for running
backs. mendenhall, hart, stewart, forsett, rice, etc. could all be good.
i don't think much of the overhyped mcfadden, but there are a lot of good,
prototypical running backs who should have some good years in the nfl.
desean jackson is ranked highly amongst wide receivers. i think he's a
good athlete, but when i saw cal play i thought that hawkins was more consistent
and had a more nfl-ready body. the combine is fun because everyone gets
to be a talent scout.
got a new milwaukee hammer
drill and impact driver yesterday. pretty happy with the purchase. my other
drill had a bad battery and didn't have much power in general. this one
also comes with the hammer feature which will come in handy when drilling
people have said that the
presidential race right now is one of the most exciting in years. it really
isn't for me because i already know who i'm voting for and none of the
horse-race politics appeals to me. nader
is running. it's pretty exciting to be able to say that i respect and
agree with the person i'm planning on voting for. i have no qualms about
his record, on the decisions he's made and the stances he's taken. the
whole idea behind democracy is that people get to hold their representatives
accountable when they don't reflect their morals, values, etc. unfortunately,
people would rather sacrifice their values and vote for a compromise -
"the lesser of two evils" or (if you ask me) "the evil of two lessers."
nader's right: america voted for the dems to turn the country around after
6 years of bush and they failed us. congress holds the purse strings yet
they continued to fund iraq and refused to balance the budget. immunity
to corporations that aided gov't wiretapping, tax cuts for the rich, prescription
drug programs that don't make sense, a lack of a reasonable energy and
environmental policy....the green party is the party of the left, but leftists
are afraid to recognize this fact; it's actually rather depressing.
people don't fix things
anymore, they just replace them. a generalization, of course, but i think
it's accurate of our society. if something doesn't work properly or doesn't
have a desired feature we throw it away and buy one that does work or does
have what we want. barring that, we just deal with it the way it is. usually,
though, a little intelligence and effort can solve the problem and you'll
feel better about yourself in the process. i'm all about fixing things
and manipulating things to fit my needs/wants. from bigger projects like
replacing a radiator or building custom furniture to smaller projects like
shortening the length of the cord on my hooded sweatshirt (those long strings
are always in the way when i'm working). this is one of the great things
that separate humans from the rest of the animals - the ability to manipulate
our environment. of course, we've taken it too far in many ways, but i
think that the core principle is a good one.
no work until noon today.
good opportunity to catch up on chores.
eneloop rechargeable batteries
are pretty sweet.
wish i was wealthy so i
could just work on my house and travel all the time.
went on a road trip with
meryl this weekend. we visited a bunch of central california towns/cities
as well as kings canyon/sequoia national parks. it was a mixed bag overall,
but it was a good time.
started the trip on saturday
morning and drove to stockton. we both thought that the downtown had potential
(including some nice, old [mid-1800s] brick buildings), it just needs more
development. the university of pacific campus is very nice, but small.
much of the rest of the city is on the run down side. at one point we were
on the north end of town and we saw two prostitutes on the street corner
in front of a motel. it was 11 am.
after stockton we went
to modesto and merced. modesto is a fine enough city to visit. we went
to the mchenry museum which features an array of state and local history
exhibits. it was a surprisingly interesting and well-managed place. down
the block is the mchenry mansion which was closed at the time, but looking
at the exterior was good enough. it's an ornately decorated building which
makes you wonder what happened to craftsmanship.
merced wasn't much of a
stop. the primary reason for visiting the town was to see the newest addition
to the UC family. it was underwhelming because of its surprising remoteness
and small size. there are currently only 1,871 students and it's evident
when you drive up to the campus. it made us wonder about the campus experience
because it's such a small school in the middle of nowhere. with time i'm
sure that businesses will get closer to the university, but as it stands
now, there are only homes and a park nearby. the closest business that
we could locate was a 15 minute drive away on backcountry roads.
after merced we drove into
fresno. we had hoped to visit the underground gardens (it's been a long
time since i've gone, and meryl's never been...), but discovered that they
were closed until easter. we drove around fresno quite a bit, visiting
my grandmother's old home, my dad's high school, and just cruising the
town in general. fresno is like a lot of other central california towns:
sprawling. all these have potential on some level or another, but it seems
that they haven't planned growth very well and they all have poverty probably
associated with the labor force that inhabits them: largely immigrant farmers.
these towns get derided quite a bit by other californians, and there is
certainly fodder for mockery, but i don't think any of them are all that
we slept in fresno after
watching a couple movies. we slept in the car and were awoken by some asshole
kid and his friends who decided to kick the driver's side door, presumably
to wake us up. sleeping in the car is never fulfilling, but it was even
less so when i had to think about the possibility of drunks coming back
to harass us in the middle of the night. we hadn't even found a spot to
sleep until 2am (because our campsite fell through and motels were either
booked up or too expensive), so any further sleeping problems were even
less welcome than usual.
after leaving fresno we
made our way to sequoia and kings canyon national park. we bought our annual
national parks pass and visited the grove of giant sequoias which houses
general sherman - the giant sequoia which i've heard is the largest living
thing on earth, possibly ever. they say that blue whales are the largest
living animals ever, but i don't know if they have any definitive knowledge
of ancient trees and their size. at any rate, it's a big tree. in 2006
the tree's largest branch fell, which means that somewhere i have a picture
of the tree with the branch and now i have one without it.
we visited a couple other
small towns along the way back home, including hanford which is home of
superior dairy products. it's a 50s style business that specializes in
ice cream. their ice cream is good, but not amazing. their menu only has
ice cream related dishes and a few sandwiches. if i owned the place i'd
install a grill and deep fryer so burgers and fries would be an option.
on our way back home we
found an interesting spot on the map between coalinga and idria. there's
an asbestos hazard area which only has one road that goes near it. looking
at another map we noticed that idria was called new idria and the asbestos
hazard area wasn't marked. what had happened between the publishing of
the two maps? on a whim, we decided to visit it. we set out for idria as
best as we could tell from the maps we had. it was dark and it started
to get scary because of the mysterious differences in the map and lack
of markings on the road. it didn't help, either, that i chose to talk to
meryl about texas chainsaw massacre, blair witch project, deliverance,
wrong turn, and other applicable horror films. we found a BLM site along
the way that referenced the existence of asbestos, but we never found idria,
or new idria. it wasn't until today, when we checked it out online, that
we got the story.
we plan on returning because i liked the BLM site and meryl wants to do
her video project on the history of the town.
it's interesting to note
vote on immunity for corporations who assisted the government in wiretap
surveillance. obama didn't want the companies to be immune and clinton
didn't want to address the issue - she didn't vote. dodd, kerry, and biden
also voted against immunity.
sequoia national park
busy as usual.
the bug isn't idling all
that well. it wants to die if i don't give it gas. probably a tuning or
carb issue. it does need a new carb so i'll probably just deal with it
until that purchase is made. there's always something with that car.
went to the kings/warriors
basketball game yesterday. good game overall, but didn't like the outcome.
kings lost by 3. artest had a chance to tie it with a last second 3-pointer
that clanked off the rim. john salmons looked real good. brad miller looked
slow and inept. they should trade him and bibby. bibby's good and tough
to replace, but he has good trade value. could get a first round pick and
a solid bench player for him for the upcoming rebuilding.
there should be a forced
turnovers stat in basketball. i'm sure that some stat group keeps track
of this in some way, but it's not one of the established stats and it should
be. a combination of steals, blocks, and tip aways that lead to turnovers
would be a better indication of defensive ability than any of those individual
stats taken separately.
there's an eastern european
adage that explains the difference between being rich and being poor: the
rich man earns $1 and spends $.99. the poor man earns $1 and spends $1.01.
something is wrong with
the sports media when they have television coverage of high school sports
and extensive coverage of high school recruiting. today a bunch of high
schoolers signed their letter of intent for college football and that was
televised as well. the whole thing is ridiculous. give them space and don't
start the widespread hype until college. guys are always going to have
hype at a young age on the neighborhood level, but making it national,
systemic, and profitable crosses the line in my opinion. i also have to
wonder about schools like alabama and florida state that get all these
top recruits despite not being all that great. it's usually attributed
to the coach and that's who should get the credit, but not in a positive
way. guys like saban and bowden stink of corruption if you ask me. they're
the kind of guys who probably arrange blowjobs for recruits and let their
top players drive their hummer.
working early early tomorrow.
cough still lingers. going
to the doctor would set me back at least a week's salary so i won't go
down that road unless this thing sticks around for more than a couple weeks.
will work on my academy
award predictions this weekend.
next weekend we have a
there's not much in the
world as good as a great, well-built tool. a pair of solid channellocks,
for example, is positively inspiring. in a world full of cheap shit made
in china, it's nice to have a good pair of craftsman linesman pliers or
a purdy paint brush or a milwaukee sawzall.
the cold is still sticking
around, pretty lame. i'm functional, but the cough lingers.
the super bowl was
a classic. it just proves that nothing is ever as good or as bad as people
think. i still think that offense was one of the best ever, but they got
away from the run and they met a defense that learned from playing them
before. a defense that attacked and had probably the best front four in
the league. winning the battle up front gives you a lot of options and
leverage. i wanted to see the perfect season for a few reasons, but i'm
not too broken up about the outcome. seeing another manning with another
super bowl was kind of like seeing another clinton win the presidency.