February 20, 2007
I have been tagged to list my top ten favorite movies, so here goes:
-Nightmare Before Christmas
-Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
-Dirty Dancing (the anti-Antonioni)
-The Last Unicorn
-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
-A Few Good Men (it's just really well made, damn it)
-Let's Get Lost
-West Side Story
-The Dark Crystal
Runner-up honors to Sleeping Beauty, The Constant Gardner, and (most recently) Pan's Labyrinth.
Please note that I didn't think about objective issues of cultural significance; I just picked movies that I love. In no particular order. I could put less fantasy on the list, but I'd be lying.
Maybe if I'm lucky, I can coax Angela and Bernie and Don into answering this question.
While I'm spreading the media gospel, I should mention Josh Ritter and his new(ish) album, The Animal Years. He's got some nice live performances floating around on YouTube, particularly a whole set at Easy Street Records in Seattle. I recommend "Girl in the War" and "Idaho."
All that love, all those mistakes;
What else can a poor man make?
So I gave up a life of crime--
I gave it to a friend of mine.
Something else was on my mind,
The only ghost I'm haunted by,
I hear her howling down below:
Idaho, oh Idaho...
Yeah, that's right, I'm quoting lyrics at you. I will soon regress into the teeny-bopper abyss of reporting on an interview with Johnny Depp in the latest issue of SASSY magazine, and pondering the latest bangle styles at Claire's.