Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Three lists

Wherein just killing pixels

movies
All That Jazz
Blues Brothers
Brazil
Breaking Away
Devil in a Blue Dress
Dr. Strangelove
Jaws
Local Hero
Shane
Wings of Desire
Honorable mentions: Gregory's Girl, South Park, Bliss, Breaker Morant, Stranger than Fiction, About a Boy

Television
30 Rock
Connections
Coupling (BBC version)
Cupid
Fawlty Towers
Firefly
Lost
Northern Exposure
St. Elsewhere
WKRP in Cincinnati
Honorable mentions: Action!, Arrested Development, Mythbusters, Fanzone soccer replay

Books
Black Like You, John Strausbaugh
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
Interface, Stephen Bury
Memoir From Antproof Case, Mark Helprin
Moo, Jane Smiley
Out of Control, Kevin Kelley
Road Fever, Tim Cahill
Stalky & Co., Rudyard Kipling
Where the Suckers Moon, Randall Rothenberg
Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
Honorable mentions: the rest of Neal Stephenson; And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts; Milagro Beanfield war, John Nichol; Confess Fletch, Gregory McDonald; Hackers, Steven Levy; Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.

3 Comments:

Blogger XWL said...

My friend filmed a short in my house, and the woman who played the mom was one of the dancers in All That Jazz.

Also, he tried to get Heather Graham for the lead, but she declined (this was before Swingers had come out, so she wasn't famous yet)

Just thought I'd share.

1/09/2008 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I'm impressed.

1/09/2008 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

It wasn't a very good short, it was rejected by Sundance (back when Sundance was smaller and more truly 'indie').

It was set at Christmastime, about a teenage kid tasked with babysitting his older, hot, mentally challenged cousin.

Hijinks ensue, they may or may not screw (left intentionally ambiguous, plus the actress he did get didn't want to do nudity, judging from Graham's output over the years, would have been no problem for her), and the parents remain clueless as to what may or may not have happened.

He tripped the circuit breaker in my house (this was early 90s, shot on B&W film which requires really, really bright lights), spent about $20,000 of his own money, and got it shown at a few minor festivals to little notice.

But the cast party was fun. And in the end, that's what really matters, and the make-up artist was a really, really cute Japanese woman, so that was a big bonus, too.

1/09/2008 04:34:00 PM  

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