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Top 10/Bottom 3: October 2012

Oct 01 2012 Published by under Film/TV, Humor, Internet/Media, Literature, Music, Personal, Politics, Sports

Tod-Dockstader_si_01

Top 10

  1. Pye Corner Audio, Sleep Games (out Oct 19)
  2. Tod Dockstader, Electronic Vol. 1
  3. Seahawks given a gift of a win against the most popular team in the country–take that, pants!
  4. That “47%” video
  5. Charles Fishman, The Big Thirst
  6. Jered Weaver (20 game winner and no-hitter–well done!)
  7. Priory Church Film Club
  8. The Guild
  9. LA Galaxy
  10. Louie

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Paul Ryan
  3. All other Republicans running for office

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MY Sight and Sound Submission

Sep 08 2012 Published by under Film/TV, Personal

Scene from Stalker

For some reason, Sight and Sound didn’t ask me to contribute to their once-a-decade Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time survey.  Perhaps it’s because I have no real qualifications as a film reviewer or director (being neither a film reviewer or director).  Still, I forgive them.  So, in case anyone was interested, here is my list of the ten best films of all time.

  1. Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1979)
  2. Idiocracy (Judge, 2006)
  3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  4. The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1967)
  5. Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952)
  6. Come and See (Klimov, 1985)
  7. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog, 1977)
  8. Children of Men (Cuaron, 2006)
  9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou (Anderson, 2004)
  10. Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1966)

Too recent to be added but one I’m keeping my eye on: Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012)

A few thoughts about the list:

  • Critics and people who vote for awards treat comedies like crap, even though comedies are much, much harder to pull off.  I think people also don’t hand out awards to comedies because there is a perceived lack of “seriousness” to a film whose goal is to make people laugh.  But that’s just stupid.    Idiocracy is one of the bravest films ever made–a scathing critique of popular culture in America, far more serious and thought-provoking than almost every Oscar winning film from the last twenty years (and I include Schindler’s List).
  • TV is today far more powerful a medium than film.  The best TV show of all time, The Wire, is better than every film on this list (as are Mad Men, Breaking BadFirefly, Louie, The Venture Bros., Community, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock and a few others).  TV has the time to tell a great and complex story that film doesn’t, there’s almost no technical difference anymore between making TV and making film (same people routinely do both, and equipment is mostly the same), and (thanks to cable channels like HBO, Adult Swim, and FX) shows that would never have been given a green light in the past are now not only given a chance but given the time to develop an audience (if Joss Whedon had put Firefly on HBO, we’d still be watching it).

Bonus: 3 WORST films of all time (that I’ve seen, anyways)

  1. Armageddon
  2. Hiroshima, Mon Amour
  3. Mission: Impossible 2

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Top 10/Bottom 3: Posts by @Hauntedink in 2012

Me

Top 10

  1. 1,000 years from now, no one will remember me or you or Mitt Romney, but everyone will remember Neil Armstrong. RIP
  2. Can we just vote now so we don’t have to live through the next three months?
  3. Box Springs album The Signature Project: Volume One is now available for no charge at Bandcamp. Check it out now. http://goo.gl/1nQ9c 
  4. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha http://j.mp/NVbzTB 
  5. Caroline is sleepy http://instagr.am/p/KHFdmqHWVQ/ 
  6. It’s rare that music can make someone wish for blindness #Madonna #Superbowl
  7. No hitter for Jered Weaver! Awesome!
  8. If I could ask a question at the Pres debates, it would be: “Gov Romney, do you believe the garden of eden is in Missouri?”
  9. Fabulous job, #USMNT Tim Howard was on fire, and the defense was fantastic. Revenge for Gold Cup loss. Sweet!
  10. The cool Brazilian soccer players have TWO names.

 

Bottom 3

  1. I’d enjoy #thevoice more if the celebrity judges were Tom Waits, Bjork, Thom Yorke, and Marcel Marceau
  2. I’m going to stop complaining about my sore left knee now… amazing http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/09/london-2012-usa-relay-broken-leg …
  3. Are there any fat vegans?

For more (good and bad), visit @hauntedink

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Top 10/Bottom 3: August 2012

Apple TV

Top 10

  1. Apple TV
  2. Joan Vinge, The Summer Queen
  3. Watching BBC coverage of the Olympics using a proxy server (take that, NBC)
  4. Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
  5. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (still one of the greats)
  6. Popol Vuh, Affensunde
  7. Mountain Lion’s Apple TV Mirroring
  8. Mike Trout
  9. That Batman movie
  10. Sherlock (yeah, I’m behind, but I’m catching up)

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney

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Top 10/Bottom 3: July 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Top 10

  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Can, The Lost Tapes
  3. Louie
  4. The Six Million Dollar Man
  5. Vacation
  6. Diablo 3
  7. Reeder
  8. Strugatsky Brothers, Roadside Picnic
  9. Metalocalypse
  10. Angels!

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Republican donors
  3. Non billionaires who vote Republican

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Top 10/Bottom 3: June 2012

Loveless cover

Top 10

  1. My Bloody Valentine Reissues
  2. Mad Men
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Metalocalypse
  5. Legend of Korra
  6. Words with Friends
  7. Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
  8. Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic
  9. Can, The Lost Tapes
  10. JG Ballard, The Drought

Bottom 3

  1. Way too quick start to summer (112 on May 31 in my town).
  2. The Los Angeles Galaxy
  3. Charles Yu, How to Survive in a Science Fictional Universe

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Top 10/Bottom 3: May 2012

Steve Brule

Top 10

  1. Can, The Lost Tapes
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Strugatsky Bros, Roadside Picnic
  4. Mushi-Shi
  5. LA Kings
  6. Box Springs Audio Workshop
  7. Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen & The Summer Queen
  8. Check It Out w/ Dr. Steve Brule
  9. Mika Vainio, “Rasputin 3000”
  10. Metalocalpyse (with special guest Werner Herzog!)

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Summer
  3. Angels

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Top 10/Bottom 3: March 2012

Secret World of Arrietty

Top 10

  1. Spring training
  2. Pye Corner Audio, Black Mill Tapes Vol. 3
  3. The Secret Life of Arrietty
  4. Macbook Air
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel Box Set
  6. Eurorack
  7. Box Springs Audio Workshop
  8. Bleach
  9. Rachel Maddow
  10. Barak Obama

Bottom 3

  1. Rick Santorum’s attack on college
  2. Rick Santorum’s attack on the separation of church and state
  3. Mitt Romney’s comments on Michigan trees

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Top 10/Bottom 3: January 2012

Der OTO

Top 10

  1. Halos Heaven (dreaming of a great 2012 season)
  2. Faust IV
  3. Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Vols 1-4)
  4. Kraftwerk, K4 Bremen Radio 1971
  5. Can, Tago Mago (reissue)
  6. BBC Sound Effects No. 26 – Sci-Fi Sound Effects
  7. Space 1999
  8. Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky
  9. The Hobbit (can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait)
  10. Der OTO

Bottom 3

  1. Voter Suppression Efforts by Republican governors in 2011
  2. Fox News
  3. All Republicans (whether running for office or running from the law)

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Top 10/Bottom 3: November 2011

Pye Corner Audio Black Mill Tapes Vol 2
Top 10
  1. New Pye Corner Audio (single from Ghost Box coming, followed by Vol. 3 hopefully soon)
  2. Byetone, SyMeta (next best thing to having Pan Sonic back)
  3. Chardee McDennis (I can’t stop thinking about that game)
  4. Kindle Fire (am eager to check it out)
  5. Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky (follow-up to wonderful A Fire Upon the Deep)
  6. South Park (love the return of Lemmiwinks episode)
  7. King Midas Sound, Without You
  8. Occupy Wall Street going global
  9. Candy
  10. Tom Waits, Bad as Me
Bottom 3
  1. Herman Cain, Romney, Perry (they’re all the same–flaming idiots)
  2. Everything else Republican/Fox/Koch related
  3. My back (which is bugging the hell out of me)

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