March 2, 2011
To my visitors - this page is always a mess due to JS (Jiggerers' Syndrome).
Please poke around, click the links and videos - they usually all work.
good, very good and best:
Mapp and Lucia
Jeeves and Wooster
Black Adder and Thin Blue Line
Torchwood, Life on Mars
Yes, Minister /Prime Minister
Hanging Gale, Foyle's War
The Last Detective
Run Lola Run, Im Juli
la Vie en Rose
Life is Beautiful
Battle of Algiers
I'll Never Forget Whats-His-Name
De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete
8 1/2, Tin Drum, Z
Lexx, Battlestar Galactica
Flight of the Conchords
Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill
A Fish Named Wanda
Jumper, Johnny Mnemonic,
The Big Easy
Twin Peaks, Inland Empire
Casablanca and Maltese Falcon
The Bourne series
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire
Deadwood, Dexter, Rome, Extras, Shield
Charley Wilson's War
The Departed, Ironman
Heat, Thief, Manhunter, The Insider
Firefly and Serenity
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The above are not in a particular order.
And, to be honest, some make the list
simply because I found them enjoyable.
I was not, however, as entertained as I thought I should have been with:
Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chronicles of Narnia,
DiVinci Code, Mad Men, Roots,
Terminator series, War, Inc.,
Detective Linley, Payton Place, Dynasty,
Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, CSI, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
The Office (US), Friday Night Lights,
4400, Jericho, Stargate SGI, Original Startrek,
Brothers and Sisters, Top Gun, Speed,
Austin Powers, Eyes Wide Shut. (suspend disbelief, first rule)
...Not funny: Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Andrew Dice Clay,
Ben Stiller, Martin Lawrence, Chris Farley,
Rob Schneider, Bert Reynolds, Bernie Mac,
Steve Carroll, Dave Coulier,
Don Knotts, Bill Cosby.
Was Addicted to:
Eastenders, Dr Who, 24, The Shield,
Strange Luck, General Hospital, Dallas,
Northern Exposure, China Beach,
Falcon Crest, Knotts Landing,
LA Law, Quantum Leap, Commish, NYPD Blue,
Miami Vice, Star Trek TNG DSN,
Smallville, Red Green,
NCIS, NFL, Boston Legal
TED.com, Rotten Tomatoes,
Mad Money, YouTube, C-SPAN, Artnet.com & Artforum.com.
And now, Plentyoffish, OkCupid and Match.com
If I was inclined to leave stuff on my coffee table, you'd find these magazines
Great to watch:
Joe Walsh, DDR, Cupid shuffle,
Ginger Baker, Japanese street dancing, Derek Trucks,
Capoeira, Beyonce bootydance, French rap, manufacturing videos and extreme sports
Followed Every Minute:
Watergate, OJ Simpson Trial, Nanny Trial, Clinton Impeachment,
Iraq attacks, Katrina.
And of course, most presidential runs.
(favorites toward the top)
Edward Rutherford, Ken Follett
Garry Jennnings, Brian D'Amato
Bernard Cornwell, Christopher Buckley
James Clavell, James Lee Burke
Robert B Parker, Elmore Leonard, O'Henry
Dan Brown, Travanian, L Ron Hubbard, Douglas Adams
Camus, Sartre, Kafka, Dostoyevsky
Kerouac, H.S.Thompson, Mailer, Aldous Huxley
Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonegut, John Irving
Steven King, Toland
James Patterson, Eric Van Lustbadar
Gunter Grass, Tolstoy and Nietzsche
Baldacci, John Grishm
Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clark
This authors list section has gotten me brutally thumped in emails.
Who knew I'd have blog list critics?
So, I agree: a few of these authors write crap that sells and a few of them are boring.
A couple of them are now irredeemably un-pc, as well.
I get it - give me a break.
I read Atlas Shrugged in 1959. I was a kid and the story mesmerized me,
as did Tropic of Cancer and Animal Farm (all of which would hardly get more than
a condescending nod from me these days).
The existentialists above could replace Ambien,
but thirty five years ago they helped me find and form myself.
So go figure: Notwithstanding that I never read any Thomas Wolfe, Virginia Wolfe, Hemingway,
Falkner, Joyce, Proust or Fitzgerald (and never missed them),
I willingly struggled through Silmarillion, Naked and the Dead, Don Quixote, War and Peace,
The Three Musketeers and works of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and de Beauvoir:
a daunting, teetering stack of obtuse books, that at one time I thought were
important, without a bit of help from anyone. So shut up.
Despite despising Dianetics, I was bewitched by Hubbard's science fiction.
Why I must defend having enjoyed all 4000+ pages of Mission Earth eludes me.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,
it's about learning to dance in the rain!"
Available as hand-signed 25X40 poster 1991 wholesale $2,450. Amnesty International
and now the fun part.
Here's my to-dos.
(deliberately jumbled and don't require critic's acclaim to make this list)
Foyle's War season 5
Smallville season 8
Heroes season 3
Lost season 4
Prison Break season 3
Dexter season 3
NCIS season 6
24 season 8
Doctor Who season 5
Babylon Hotel season 2
Sports Night all seasons
Six Feet Under last season
Not The 9 O'Clock News
Battlestar Galactica season 4
Mad Men season 2
Weeds season 4 Finkleman's Newsroom(s)
Macloud's Daughters season 1.5
Sarah Connor Chronicles season 1
Heat of the Sun
Extras, Proof season 1
Entourage season 3
It's Always Sunny...
Nip Tuck season 2
Shameless season 1
Brotherhood season 2
Burn Notice season 3
Rescue Me season 6
Heat of the Sun
TaiChi & Qigong
Bernard and the Genie
Plunkett & Maclean
A Dog's Breakfast
The Planet Earth
Atonement, The Killing
Crystal Skull, Vibes
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Street Kings, Jekyll
The Grand, The Duchess
The Horse's Mouth
He Walked by Night
Burn After Reading
Be Kind Rewind
The Search for John Gissing
Burn After Reading
Enchanted April, The Duchess
Rent, Wall E, Vicki Christina Barcelona
Boondock Saints, Frozen River
O'Henry's Full House
Le Deuxieme Souffle
The Class (Entre les murs)
Fanny and Alexander
God Is Great, I Am Not
Safe Conduct, Pigalle
Sister My Sister, On Guard
Sensin, Geturkt, Kurz and Schmerzlos
Workaholic, Fantastic Night
Jean Renior Lionsgate set
War and Peace
Grand Illusion - Renoir
The Barbarian Invasion
Ganja & Hess
Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends
How I Won the War
(above are entertainment to-dos - below are stepping out to-dos)
Museum of Modern Art
Madison Avenue Museum
Caravan of Dreams
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Cathedral of St. John
Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Museum of Natural History
miscellaneous to-dos looking for a public library presence
Cryptonomicron, The Secret Life of Dust, If I Never Get Back, Paradise Alley, Bamboo Bed, Fool & Lamb,
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,
Eat Me, A.P. Lightroom 2..Selby, Seven Days in the Art World. The Influence of Loss.
..and finally, some bench project to-dos
Rebuilds: PAS-3, 901s with re-caped Eq and Infinity EMIT, ST 70
kits: Bottlehead Seduction, Transcendent TPP
Noguchi concrete tables, concrete sub-woofer sculpture in the style of Botero
From Paul Krasner's The Realist. A future rainy day crayon project for me.
"It's not enough to know how to ride..