Monday, November 06, 2006

Well, well: blogger gives you a fair amount of room, but once I start to think of movies and books, it could go on.
So why not?
Here goes:

Kinky Boots
Worlds Fastest Indian
Good Night and Good Luck
Constant Gardener
Lost in Translation
African Queen
The Great Escape
Ladies in Lavender (tame but nice)
Napoleon Dynamite
Monsieur Ibrahim
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lost in Translation
Winged Migration

Bend it like Beckham
Rabbit Proof Fence
Big Fat Greek Wedding
Real Women Have Curves
Italian for Beginners
Monsoon Wedding (almost great)
Tortilla Soup
Anniversary Party
High Fidelity
Say Anything
Pump up the Volume
( Most of this list came from working back on the Sebastiani Theater calendars. Ditto, the great list).

The first 3 Star Wars, were great at first,
now are good.
Rocky I, also, great slurping down to good
Most of the romance movies are good at best,
all the Meg Ryan things, French Kiss and so on
though 4 Weddings and Funeral and Green Card might stand up to time

My Bodyguard
Beauty and the Beast (cartoon version,
black and white Cocteu version is probably
well within the Great section,
though it has faded in memory)

Rebel movies:
Repo Man
Pump up the Volume
The Great Escape
Various martial arts fluff/breathless wonder
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
It's a Mad, Mad World
Young Frankenstein


Africa great movies:
Hotel Rwanda
The Gods Must be Crazy
Blood Diamond
The Constant Gardener

Akeelah and the Bee
Little Miss Sunshine
The King of Masks
Princess Bride
Cinderella Man
An Inconvenient Truth
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Love Actually

(whole family)
Wizard of Oz
Fly Away Home
Secret Garden
Singing in the Rain

black and white ones
To Have and to Have Not ( for Bogie and Lauren Bacall)
Beauty and Beast
Last Picture Show
Streetcar Named Desire
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mr. Hulot's Holiday
Charlie Chaplin movies
Buster Keaton
there must be more, remind me.....

Mad Hot Ballroom
Born into Brothels
Girl in the Cafe (Do not read back of DVD cover, just watch and be surprised)
Hotel Rwanda
Fahrenheit 911
Being John Malkovitch
American Beauty
The Station Agent
Whale Rider
Fly Away Home
The Truman Story
Mostly Martha
Rivers and Tides
Monster's Ball
Bread and Tulips
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen

The Tall Man with One Red Shoe
Mon Uncle D'Amerique

The Speed of Life

Heavy and "great" (i.e. good for you, but actually good, too)
Madame Bovary
Sound and Fury
Heart of Darkness (read for laughs, as well as great literature)
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

My Year of Meats
All over Creation
History of Love
In and Out of the Garbage Pail, Fritz Perls
Eva Luna
In Search of the Miraculous
Motherless Brooklyn
White Oleander
various mysteries I can't remember, say Robert Parker,
certainly Raymond Chandler, maybe one of the women detectives

Latest author binge:
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway
Room of One's Own
The Waves

Moby Dick

WWII amazing authors:
Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five
Plus his others: Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions and so on
Joseph Heller: Catch 22
plus : Good as Gold

The Russians:
War and Peace
Brother Karamazov
Anna Karena

All the Nasrudin books by Idries Shah
Plus: Tales of the Dervishes

The Ladies Detective Series, sweet and intelligent
One Hundred Years of Solitude
This Book will Save your Life

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (only book, movie great combo),
Marcovaldo (Italio Calvino)
Boyhood with Gurdjieff

A Pattern Language
Permaculture: A Designer's Manual
An Earth User's Guide to Permaculture

Moshe Feldenkrais by and about:
The Elusive Obvious
Awareness Through Movement
Awareness Heals

Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter
The Corrections
Shipping News
Cold Mountain
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Motherless in Brooklyn

Most anything by Italo Covino

Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
Prodigal Summer, ditto
Dreams of My Russian Summers
Ten Little Indians, Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues, ditto
Toughest Indian in the World, ditto

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