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Saturday, November 17, 2007

New List!: Favorite Foreign Films

Some of my favorite foreign films, in no real particular order:

The Celebration (Danish; dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Dog Days (German; dir. Ulrich Seidl)
Purple Butterfly (Chinese; dir. Ye Lou)
Red Road (Scottish; dir. Andrea Arnold)
The Dreamers (French; dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
Oldboy (Korean; dir. Chan Wook Park)
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Austian; dir. Michael Haneke)
Time of the Wolf (French; dir. Michael Haneke)
Funny Games (German; dir. Michael Haneke)
Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon (Chinese; dir. Ang Lee)
Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish; dir. Guillermo Del Toro)
Babel (Mexican; dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
City of God (Brazilian; dir. Katia Lund)
Sex & Lucia (Spanish; dir. Julio Medem)
Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese; dir. Stephen Chow)
Sleep Dealer (Mexican; dir. Alex Rivera)

Friday, November 16, 2007

New List!: Coen Brothers Films

The worst Coen Brothers film is better than most director's best work. Here's a list of their films, my favorites on down.

Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
No Country For Old Men
Big Lebowski
Barton Fink
Blood Simple
Miller's Crossing
The Man Who Wasn't There
The Hudsucker Proxy
Raising Arizona
The Ladykillers
Intolerable Cruelty

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Brilliant Idea!: Jesus Christ (c) Butter

"Try Jesus Christ (c) Butter and Praise the Lard."

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Someone Else's Idea!: Urine Testing

I don't typically pass along other people's bulletins or posts, but a friend sent me this and I agree with it for the most part.


Like a lot of folks in this country, I have a job.
I work, they pay me.

I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit.

In order to get that paycheck some employers require employees to pass a random urine test, which I have no problem with.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check, because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.

I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their ass, and buy dope and booze with my hard earned money.

Could you imagine how much money the government would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

Friday, November 2, 2007

New List!: Best Music of 2007

I haven't paid much attention to albums released this year, but here's a really small and completely non-comprehensive list of some of the albums I've been listening to recently:

Best Posthumous Album: Elliott Smith - "New Moon"
Best Return to Alt. Country: Wilco - "Sky Blue Sky"
Best Album By Cute Lesbian Canadian Twin Sisters: Tegan & Sara - "The Con"
Best Good Job Doing Something Completely Different: Iron & Wine - "The Shepherd's Dog"
Best God How I Miss the '90s Album: Smashing Pumpkins - "Zeitgeist"

Thursday, November 1, 2007

New List!: Stanley Kubrick Films

My favorite on down the line:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Paths of Glory
Full Metal Jacket
Eyes Wide Shut

The Shining
Barry Lyndon
The Killing
A Clockwork Orange
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb

Killer's Kiss

I'm pretty sure I'd ad AI toward the top of this list if he'd stayed alive along enough to finish it.