Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NAMING MY MUSES

tonight i walked about the lower-east side of bryan, texas (not sure if it really is the "lower-east side" - just sounds good) with my compadre marky-mark pepe-guzman. mark carried an aluminum bat along with us, just in case we met a pit bull or a opossum. seems a big gnarly vermin of sorts has been disemboweling the douglass family chickens, which is disturbing and unnecessary even if you're not a chicken. 

at the front of our walk, mark pulls out a list of his TOP 15 FILMS. it was a colorful list, attempting to touch each genre of film, except horror because marky-mark don't rock that way. we chatted up his list and my list for a good half mile, seeing no pit bulls or opossums in the process, nor disemboweled chickens for that matter. the whole night was fine and ended with us at the douglass' kitchen table sipping ales and watching YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, which is disturbing and unnecessary if your head is up your whoo-who.

the whole film conversation got me thinking about my own favorite films. and it encouraged me to make a similar list, disturbing and unnecessary in and of itself. i nixed the TOP FIVE list over to the side, since they are givens and i talk about them a great deal to people i trap over beers and backgammon boards. so here's an additional 15 films - in no particular order - that colored, changed, or mirrored the way i view people, art, storytelling, and myself. please feel free to call bull-honky or inquire about specific titles in the comments section. also, i urge you, one and all, to submit your own lists. this could be fun. thanks to marky-mark pepe-guzman for starting such a trend.

in no particular order of greatness or preference . . . . . . 

1. SAY ANYTHING
2. MEAN GIRLS
3. ALIEN
4. ANCHORMAN
5. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
6. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
7. STAND BY ME
8. SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
9. THE RUINS
10. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
11. STEEL MAGNOLIAS
12. TEEN WOLF
13. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
14. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2
15. ALMOST FAMOUS

6 comments:

John Barber said...

I'm totally down with this fifteen, with one major exception. I saw THE RUINS. I know you loved it, but in the name of all that is cinematic, you put it above SISTERS, EMPIRE, and ALMOST FAMOUS? Dang it, you put it above TEEN WOLF?

I call bull-honky. Expect my list shortly.

the hamster said...

john - good point that you brought up there. you helped me go back and make a small change to the post, not the list. these films contain zero ordering of preference; instead, i jotted them down as they came to mind. some came to mind quickly, other came later and actually replaced titles i deleted from the list.

marky-mark's list contained the wes anderson film RUSHMORE, which i also think is top notch. however, when it came down to choosing one wes anderson film, because i honestly could have listed four of his five right here, i had to go with THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. latonya and i quote that film a great deal, particularly the scene between danny glover and gene hackman in the kitchen.

"You heard me, Coltrane."

"Did you just call me 'Coltrane'?"

"No."

we toss that around the house on a regular basis.

also, STRANGER THAN FICTION nearly made this list, but was bested out by STEEL MAGNOLIAS: a film i have dearly loved since my junior high days and that perfectly displays the environment of southern women that i grew up in down there in arkansas. i think i'll write a whole post about why i dig this film so much.

you are right, john: were this a preferential list, THE RUINS would have been near the bottom. but it ain't. i would like to see your list in such an order, if you dare.

myleswerntz said...

ack! RUSHMORE didn't make my list.

re-do.

Buck said...

Gentlemen, great blog. I've been following it for a few months now and you guys do a great job. Since you asked heres my list:

Top 5
Shawshank Redemption
Walk the Line
Good Will Hunting
The Dark Knight
Empire Strikes Back

Next 15

Tombstone
Dances with Wolves
Devil Wears Prada
The Princess Bride
Lord of the Rings
Braveheart
Band of Brothers
Dumb and Dumber
No Country for Old Men
Oceans 11
Miracle
The Matrix
Pulp Fiction
The Godfather
A Knights Tale


Buck

Buck said...

Opps. Forgot to mention but how can none of the three of you have the Godfather anywhere in your top 20?

the hamster said...

buck webb -

hello, sir. good to have you in these parts. thanks for following us for so long. it's good to know that others occasionally peek their heads in the door to see what we are up to here.

allow me to clarify one bit about my top-film list here: i tried to list films that i have seen multiple times, and will probably continue to see multiple times. there are definitely some good and glorious films that are better than most of the films on my list - (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, SCARFACE, CHRISTINE) - but i'm not going to see them over and over again. okay, wait, i have seen CHRISTINE a dozen times or more.

i think the GODFATHER falls in there, for me. seen it once, loved it, have no need to see it again. same with LORD OF THE RINGS. saw it in the theater, fell under its spell, have no desire to sit through it ever again. me and epics just don't mix that well.

also, i like seeing DANCES WITH WOLVES on your list. i really do love that little number. it gets me everytime.

please keep coming back to banter more. it's good to have more voices.