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My Favorites (2006)

Posted by Erik W on Jan 27, 2007 8:46 PM

I have sat down and finally compiled some lists I have been trying to for a long time: Favorite books, TV shows, movies, and musical artists. Not necessarily things from 2006, but just what I like at this point in life. The items in the lists are in no particular order (that would have been too hard). I hope to reevaluate these in a year and see how my tastes have changed.

My Top 15 Movies:
1) The Shawshank Redemption
2) Office Space
3) Airplane
4) Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
5) The Matrix (Trilogy)
6) The Game
7) Finding Nemo
8) The Incredibles
9) A Beautiful Mind
10) Forrest Gump
11) Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
12) Mr. and Mrs. Smith
13) Kill Bill
14) American Beauty
15) Crash

Why do I like these? Because all of them I can watch over and over again and still notice new things, still laugh, still cry, still go away thinking, and still enjoy them.

Of all the movies however, one stands out above the rest: The Shawshank Redemption. It is by far the best movie I've ever seen.

My Top 15 Books:
1) "Runaway Jury" by John Grisham
2) "Sphere" by Michael Crichton
3) "Jurassic Park" by Michael Crichton
4) "The Andromeda Strain" by Michael Crichton
5) "The Kid" by Dan Savage
6) "Disclosure" by Michael Crichton
7) "Rising Sun" by Michael Crichton
8) "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
9) "1984" by George Orwell
10) "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner
11) "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
12) "The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy
13) "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
14) "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson
15) "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift

I wish I had more time to read for fun, because I'm sure this list would be much more diverse.

Obviously you can see my favorite author is Michael Crichton. And yeah, I enjoyed some of the "classics" I was forced to read in AP English way back in High School.

My Top 15 TV Shows:
1) Queer as Folk
2) The Office
3) South Park
4) ER
5) The Daily Show
6) The Colbert Report
7) West Wing
8) Mythbusters
9) Spongebob Squarepants
10) The Fairly Odd Parents
11) Dexter
12) Avatar
13) House
14) Family Guy
15) Doug

As you can see, I'm still a kid at heart as several cartoons I can happily list as my favorite TV shows. I love really smart satire, and The Office, South Park, Daily Show, and Colbert Report give me just that. Mythbusters is definately the coolest TV show ever created... and never fails to spark my curiosity.

However what stands out most is the exceptional story telling and cinematography in both the West Wing and especially Queer as Folk.

My Top 15 Musical Artists:
1) Sufjan Stevens
2) Madonna
3) Kasabian
4) Rage Against the Machine
5) Blue Man Group
6) The Prodigy
7) Moby
8) Aceyalone
9) Eyedea & Abilities
10) Beck
11) Sweatshop Union
12) Pepe Deluxe
13) Ivy
14) Fatboy Slim
15) Peace Orchestra

This was the hardest list to compile, as I have thousands of songs that I enjoy by an insane variety of artists. But for an artist to make this list, I have to be able to pop their CD and enjoy ALL the songs, over and over again.

Out of this list, Sufjan Stevens has the most beautiful music. Hands down.

Comments? Anything you think I left out? (It's possible I entirely forgot about something I loved) Use the form to the right!

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I don't understand out generation's obsession with The Shawhank Redemption. It's good, but that's all.

Also, The Matrix *trilogy*?

Of the movie list, I'm most inclined to agree with LotR, American Beauty, and Kill Bill.

Not much to say on books, except that I'm obviously happy to see Carroll.

You never struck me as a Queer as Folk kind of guy. I watched a couple episodes from the first season, but was turned off by the soft-core porn aspect (ironically), and how the whole thing seemed to unfold like a soap opera.

I do, however, definitely share your love for Mythbusters, wholeheartedly.

Posted by Matthew on January 28, 2007 4:53 AM

i hate Michael Crichton passionately

Posted by bill on January 28, 2007 2:34 PM


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