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The Top 40 Or So All-Time Movies    Presented in no particular order and without comment, except I must say that I regard The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 mob masterpiece, to be the best movie ever made, by a good margin.

bulletThe Godfather
bulletThe Shining
bulletThe Big Chill
bulletThe Wizard of Oz
bulletYoung Frankenstein
bulletConan the Barbarian
bulletOrdinary People
bulletThe Exorcist
bullet2001: A Space Odyssey
bulletApocalypse Now
bulletThe Blues Brothers
bulletDr. Strangelove
bulletGodfather II
bulletET: The Extra-Terrestrial
bulletTerms of Endearment
bulletRaiders of the Lost Ark
bulletAmerican Graffiti
bulletButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
bulletSaving Private Ryan
bulletThe Silence of the Lambs
bulletThe Sixth Sense
bulletThe Sting
bulletThe Ten Commandments
bulletStar Wars
bulletLonesome Dove (TV miniseries)
bulletPulp Fiction
bulletThe Deer Hunter
bulletClose Encounters of the Third Kind
bulletFull Metal Jacket
bulletThe Empire Strikes Back
bulletJurassic Park


A Few Good Books

bulletBarrayar (Lois McMaster-Bujold)  Buy it.  Read it this weekend.
bulletBreakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
bullet2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
bulletThe Stand (Stephen King)
bulletHyperion (Dan Simmons)
bulletGrass (Sheri S. Tepper)
bulletFoundation Trilogy (Isaac Asimov)
bulletLonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
bulletEnder's Game (Orson Scott Card)
bulletSnow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
bulletSlaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
bulletThe Vor Game (Lois McMaster-Bujold)
bulletSalem's Lot (Stephen King)
bulletContact (Carl Sagan)
bulletThe Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe)
bulletThe Dead Zone (Stephen King)
bulletThe Ciderhouse Rules (John Irving)
bulletInterview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
bulletWatership Down (Richard Adams)
bulletIt (Stephen King)
bulletThe Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein)
bulletA Canticle for Lebowitz (Walter M. Miller)
bulletConan-dot-star (Robert E. Howard)
bulletCorum: The Coming of Chaos (Michael Moorcock)
bulletMirror Dance (Lois McMaster-Bujold)
bulletDeliverance (James Dickey)
bulletBonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe)
bulletNeuromancer (William Gibson)
bulletThe Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein)
bulletRagtime (E.L. Doctorow)
bulletThe Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut)


Top n All-Time Movie Power Quotes    

In the heightened emotional state created by a good film, a strong phrase can go deep into the mind and stick there. For most of the lines below, to this day I can at least vaguely remember sitting in the theater and hearing them for the first time. It's amazing how many originated from the magnificent chasm that is James Earl Jones' voice box.  Al Pacino is another guy who can deliver a good line with the best of them.

Luke, I am your father...Search your feelings—you know it to be true.   (The Empire Strikes Back)

We're gonna need a bigger boat.  (Jaws)

I have to go now, Clarice.  I'm having an old friend for dinner.  (The Silence of the Lambs)

If you build it, they will come(Field of Dreams)

I have altered the deal.  Pray I don't alter it any further. (The Empire Strikes Back)

Go ahead, make my day. (Sudden Impact)

I've been waiting for you, Obi-wan.  We meet again at last. The circle is now complete.  When I left you, I was but the learner.  Now I am the master (Star Wars)

I'll be back.  (The Terminator)

Come with me if you want to live.  (Terminator II)

Apology accepted, Captain Needa. (The Empire Strikes Back)

Still, could be worse.  My nose could be gushing blood.   (Batman Returns)

Consider that a divorce.  (Total Recall)

That was your wife?  What a bitch! (Total Recall)

They're here. (Poltergeist)

Gort—Klaatu barata nikto. (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Taco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars. Now all restaurants are Taco Bell.  (Demolition Man)

Contemplate this on the Tree of Woe.  Crucify him.  (Conan the Barbarian)

Kevin!   (Home Alone)

Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they will learn why they fear the night. (Conan the Barbarian)

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle. (Terminator II)

I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, did he fire six shots or only five?  To tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question:  Do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk?   (Dirty Harry)

Your lack of faith disturbs me. (Star Wars)

They mostly come at night.  Mostly.  (Aliens)

We're on a mission from God.  (The Blues Brothers)

I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.  (2001: A Space Odyssey)

You've got me—who's got you?  (Superman)

Fat man, you shoot a great game of pool.  (The Hustler)

They found themselves in the cold embrace of the sea, and that's no lover's kiss.  (Jaws)

Feel the force, Luke.  (Star Wars)

Get away from her, you bitch.  (Aliens)

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.  (Aliens)

Game over, man.  (Aliens)

It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains are a warning.  It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.  (Dune)

No, I'm pretty fucking far from okay.  (Pulp Fiction)

Tell me of your home world, Usul.  (Dune)

Bugger me!  Iceberg, right ahead!  (Titanic)

My name is Bond, James Bond. (Doctor No)

Don't you fucking look at me! (Blue Velvet)

You talk the talk.  Do you walk the walk?  (Full Metal Jacket)

They're not even sure if it is a baby.  (Eraserhead)

And Senator, one last thing—love your suit.  (The Silence of the Lambs)

Me love you long time.  (Full Metal Jacket)

You talking to me? You talking to me? You talking to me? Then who the hell are... So you talking, you talking to me? Well, I'm the only one here.  (Taxi Driver)

I want more life, fucker! (Blade Runner)

A census taker once tried to test me.  I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.  (The Silence of the Lambs)

Run, boy! (Camelot)

My God, it's full of stars!  (2001: A Space Odyssey)

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.  It smells like...victory.  (Apocalypse Now)

It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.  (The Blues Brothers)

You think I'm funny? Funny how? Funny like a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I'm here to fucking amuse you?  (Goodfellas)

Behold the mighty power of the Lord!  (The Ten Commandments)

Private Pyle, do you have some kind of major malfunction? (Full Metal Jacket)

I want the truth! [and then] You can't handle the truth! (A Few Good Men)

You're out of order!  This whole trial is out of order!  (And Justice For All)

I'll have what she's having.  (When Harry Met Sally)

Say hello to my little friend.  (Scarface)

My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.  (The Godfather)

Mr. Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news immediately.  (The Godfather)

Earn this.  (Saving Private Ryan)

Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape! (Planet of the Apes)

Listen, and understand: That Terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.  (The Terminator)

50 Or So Great Pop/Rock Songs

The lyrics, the beat, the riff, the melody, the emotion, the guitar solo, the pacing--I don't know what exactly makes a great rock and roll song.  But I know one when I hear it.  They're in no particular order here, but I've been telling people for years my favorite song is Pete Townshend's magnificent anthem of political disillusionment, Won't Get Fooled Again, and every time I listen to it at high volume I remember why.  For that matter,  don't spare the volume when listening to any of these songs.

bulletWon't Get Fooled Again  (The Who)
bulletSympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones)
bulletJumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
bulletPinball Wizard  (The Who)
bulletAll Along the Watchtower  (Jimi Hendrix)
bulletKashmir  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletLayla  (Derek and the Dominos)
bulletZombie  (The Cranberries)
bulletImmigrant Song  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletBaba O' Reilly  (The Who)
bulletBorn to Run  (Bruce Springsteen)
bulletBadge  (Cream)
bulletLet it Be  (The Beatles)
bulletChina Grove  (The Doobie Brothers)
bulletEnter Sandman  (Metallica)
bulletSatisfaction  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletFernando (Abba)
bulletSunshine of Your Love (Cream)
bulletSubstitute (The Who)
bulletAmerican Pie  (Don McLean)
bulletYou Can't Always Get What You Want  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletWalk This Way  (Aerosmith)
bulletWhite Wedding  (Billy Idol)
bulletBorn to be Wild  (Steppenwolf)
bulletJumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
bulletTumbling Dice  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletFree Bird  (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
bulletGimme Shelter  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletWhite Room (Cream)
bulletVoices Carry  (Til Tuesday)
bulletLike a Rolling Stone  (Bob Dylan)
bulletGallows Pole (Led Zeppelin)
bulletYou Shook Me All Night Long  (AC/DC)
bulletHighway to Hell   (AC/DC)
bulletMaybe I'm Amazed   (Paul McCartney)
bulletShe Loves You  (The Beatles)
bulletMoney for Nothing  (Dire Straits)
bulletYou Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman  (Aretha Franklin)
bulletIronic (Alanis Morissette)
bulletUnchained Melody   (The Righteous Brothers)
bulletMaggie May (Rod Stewart)
bulletRocking in the Free World  (Neil Young)
bulletLight My Fire (The Doors)
bulletHonky Tonk Women (The Rolling Stones)
bulletOver the Hills and Far Away (Led Zeppelin)
bulletBe My Baby (The Ronettes)
bulletBabe I'm Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)
bulletFrancine (ZZ Top)
bulletCinnamon Girl (Neil Young)

Top n All-Time Rock Albums

bulletTommy  (The Who)
bulletLed Zeppelin I  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletLed Zeppelin IV  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletPhysical Graffiti  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletHouses of the Holy  (Led Zeppelin)
bulletWho's Next  (The Who)
bulletSticky Fingers  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletWhite Album  (The Beatles)
bulletSgt. Peppers  (The Beatles)
bulletBeggar's Banquet  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletExile on Main Street  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletLet It Bleed  (The Rolling Stones)
bulletEvery Picture Tells a Story  (Rod Stewart)
bulletLayla and Other Love Songs  (Derek and the Dominos)
bulletJagged Little Pill  (Alanis Morissette)
bulletRattle and Hum  (U2)
bulletTen  (Pearl Jam)
bulletNever Mind the Bullocks  (Sex Pistols)
bulletDouble Live Platinum  (Kiss)
bulletAbbey Road  (The Beatles)

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