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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Top twenty time, y'all...20-11

20 Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass, 2002)
19 Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
18 Wrestler, The (Darren Aronofsky, 2008)
17 Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, 2002)
16 Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood, 2004)
15 Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, 2007)
14 Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003)
13 Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The (Judy Irving, 2003)
12 Girl Next Door, The (Luke Greenfield, 2004)
11 Jump Tomorrow (Joel Hopkins, 2001)

Put that in your pipe and smoke it! I'm not ashamed to say that some of these films make me cry not only like a baby, but a cranky baby with colic. Well, maybe not that ear-splitting...but you get the idea.

I'm enjoying my Sirius radio, and I think I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but yesterday, I was ready to switch over to Iceberg permanently if I have to hear the following bands again:

  • Depeche Mode
  • New Order...I'm not in my car much, especially compared to a lot of Americans, but jeez louise, I heard New Order TWICE yesterday. I was in my car for no longer than twenty minutes.
  • The Cure--If you are going to overplay The Cure, at least try to vary up the songlist. Lay off "Lovesong" mmmkay? I don't even like that song that much! And as I mentioned earlier "Just Like Heaven," too. How about playing "Jumping Someone Else's Train" instead? Some deep cuts off Pornography?
  • Duran Duran--strangely, I'm less annoyed by the Duran Duran in the heavy rotation than some of these other bands.
  • The Clash
  • REM--I liked "It's the End of the World As We Know It" the first five thousand times I heard it.

I also notice Midnight Oil is played a lot. I'm not complaining, but I learned that my husband HATES Peter Garrett's voice. Weirdo.

Just when I'm ready to abandon 1st Wave for good, they play some real oddity, like Combo Audio's "Romanticide."

Y'know how I posted a link to "Free Nelson Mandela" last time? While picking up a pre-garage sale latte on Saturday, I heard that catchy tune in Starbucks. Nice. Later, I heard Crowded House's "Weather with You" in the supermarket. Good day for muzak.


Blogger Yum-Yum said...

I should catch The Wrestler some time this month.

You probably didn't include Aronofsky's The Fountain on your list because, you know, it blows. :)

Actually, you still might still include it. Nah.

Wow, Persepolis. I don't know why, but that's one of the last films I expected to see. But then again, I haven't seen it, so what the f do I know.

I knew it was gonna be on here, but still... The Girl Next Door is a bold choice.

I can totally see Big Fish causing one to sound like a baby... with colic.

Hey, I've heard of Jump Tomorrow. That makes two of us. ;)

Are you excited about Gentlemen Broncos? I know, it's from the Napoleon Dynamite people. But it's got a bearded Jemaine.

My '80s station, apparently programmed by Gordon Deppe of Burlington, Ontario's Spoons, has a nice of mix of the standard faves and obscure oddities. Though, I wish they'd play some Front 242 or Skinny Puppy every now and then.

You got admit, Peter Garrett's voice can sound disconcerting at times. I mean, have heard the way he pronounces "bloodwood" and "desert oak"? ;)

I like "Romanticide."

I've never been inside a Starbucks (don't drink coffee), but I did just see the late Paul Hester playing drums in a video for an Aussie new wave band called Deckchairs Overboard.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

I can't imagine my life sans coffee. I've been drinking it since I was a young lass, and I'm convinced it stunted my growth.

Haven't seen The Fountain. I can say with almost 100% certainty that The Wrestler is a better film.

Yeah, I guess I generally prefer my animated films to include cute anthropomorphic critters, but Persepolis is fantastic. (pssssttt...see it!)

Yes, Big Fish is on the sob list. Films that remind me of my dad usually set off the waterworks (cf. Mr. Holland's Opus).

I really never noticed Garrett's voice. I guess I was too distracted by his bald head.

Poor Paul Hester. I get sad thinking about him. Makes me want to go watch Farewell to the World.

d. and I have talked about Gentlemen Broncos...Jemaine might sway me into the "I want to see it" camp. Plus, no Jon Heder.

I tell ya, when TV on the Radio hits it big, Jump Tomorrow will be rediscovered.

9:03 PM  

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