September 2011


the title shot of Schindler's List (1993)

My Top 20:

  1. Schindler’s List
  2. The Age of Innocence
  3. In the Name of the Father
  4. Much Ado About Nothing
  5. A Perfect World
  6. The Remains of the Day
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  8. Shadowlands
  9. Three Colors: Blue
  10. In the Line of Fire
  11. Menace II Society
  12. The Wedding Banquet
  13. Short Cuts
  14. Jurassic Park
  15. Groundhog Day
  16. The Piano
  17. The Snapper
  18. Like Water for Chocolate
  19. The Fugitive
  20. The Heroic Trio

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the Dell mass market of Vonnegut's seminal book: Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

  • Author:  Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  (1922  –  2007)
  • Rank:  #31
  • Published:  1969
  • Publisher:  Delacorte
  • Pages:  215
  • First Line:  “All this happened, more or less.”
  • Last Line:  “One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, ‘Poo-tee-weet?’ “
  • Acclaim:  Modern Library Top 100 English Language Novels of the 20th Century #18; All-TIME List; Nebula nominee; Hugo nominee
  • ML Edition:  none
  • Film:  1972 (*** – dir. George Roy Hill)
  • First Read:  September, 1994 (more…)

Thomas was definitely the shortest route to Wall Drug in 2005.

It occurs to me that we never put up anything about our trip in August.  I guess several days of a child throwing up in the backseat ending with a day of torrential rain will do that to you.

Maybe not quite the shortest anymore in 2011.

Well, if you say that we saw some friends we hadn’t seen in years, saw some family, saw some very sparsely inhabited parts of Canada, Veronica had a good conference and I discovered that you can’t get phone reception at 1353 feet and finally saw a game at Wrigley as a measure of a successful trip, then we had a successful trip.

But, when you plan to come back at a leisurely pace and see some sights, but instead blow across the country in a few days again because of a sick child and tropical storms and just wanting to get home, it doesn’t feel so great by the end of it. (more…)

the Perigree mass market of Lord of the Flies that students have been reading for decades

Lord of the Flies

  • Author:  William Golding  (1911  –  1993)
  • Rank:  #32
  • Published:  1954
  • Publisher:  Faber and Faber
  • Pages:  208
  • First Line:  “The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.”
  • Last Line:  “He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance.”
  • Acclaim:  Modern Library Top 100 English Language Novels of the 20th Century #41; All-TIME List
  • ML Edition:  none
  • Film:  1963  (dir. Peter Brook – ***), 1990  (dir. Harry Hook)
  • First Read:  Fall 1994

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That look of derision in Zuckerberg's face is for all of us, not just the Winklevii.

David Fincher

  • Born:  1962
  • Rank:  #87
  • Score:  520.75
  • Awards:  BAFTA  /  BFCA  /  Golden Globe  /  NYFC  /  LAFC  /  NSFC  /  BSFC  /  2 NBR  /  CFC
  • Nominations:  2 Oscars  /  2 DGA  /  2 BAFTA  /  2 BFCA  /  2 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films:  8
  • Best:  The Social Network
  • Worst:  Se7en

Top 5 Films:

  1. The Social Network  –  2010
  2. Zodiac  –  2007
  3. Fight Club  –  1999
  4. Panic Room  –  2002
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  –  2008

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 2010  –  1st  –  The Social Network

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City of God (2002, U.S. release 2003) - a film that blew everyone away

Fernando Meirelles

  • Born: 1955
  • Rank:  #93
  • Score:  513.75
  • Nominations:  Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe
  • Feature Films:  4
  • Best:  City of God
  • Worst:  Blindness

Feature Films (ranked):

  1. City of God  –  2002
  2. The Constant Gardener  –  2005
  3. Domestícas  –  2001
  4. Blindness  –  2008

Top 10 Best Director finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 2003  –  4th  –  City of God
  • 2005  –  8th  –  The Constant Gardener (more…)

Still one of the best sight gags ever: Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Buster Keaton

  • Born:  1895
  • Died:  1966
  • Rank:  #96
  • Score:  511.60
  • Feature Films:  10
  • Best:  The General
  • Worst:  Battling Butler

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The General  –  1926
  2. Our Hospitality  –  1923
  3. Steamboat Bill, Jr.  –  1928
  4. Seven Chances  –  1925
  5. Three Ages  –  1923 (more…)

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