25 August 2005

winning friends and...i forget the rest

so roland has asked people for their film/music/lit recommendations we feel strongly about and i am looking for an excuse to procrastinate. a perfect match!

so i started to list who has influenced me on various things, and it's all pretty much a blur, plus i felt bad because i found a bunch of stuff "on my own" (or at least with the help of Netflix), so i couldn't pin most of it down. anyway, i'm not doing that.

on to the next step, what i would force people to experience if i could...


  • Sufjan Stevens, Come On! Feel the Illinoise!, Seven Swans, Greetings from Michigan
  • Wilco, a ghost is born, Yankee Hotel Foxtroi
  • Iron & Wine, Woman King, The Creek Drank the Cradle, our endless numbered days
  • Bruce Springsteen, Devils & Dust
  • Ray LaMontagne, Trouble
  • Belle & Sebastian, The Boy with the Arab Strap
  • Amos Lee, Amos Lee
  • the collected works of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Simon & Garfunkle, Woody Guthrie, and whoever I've forgotten
  • Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Play It Again Sam, Small Time Crooks
  • Ingmar Bergman: Scenes From a Marriage,
  • Jean Luc Godard: Breathless
  • F. Traffaut: the 400 Blows, Jules & Jim, the rest of the Antoine Doinel series
  • Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather I & II
  • Orson Welles: Citizen Cane, the Third Man
  • Richard Linklater: Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Tape
  • Ethan Hawke: Chelsea Walls
  • David Fincher: Fight Club
  • Doug Liman: Swingers
  • Mike Nichols: The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?
  • Krystof Kieslowski: Red, White, Blue, the Decalogue
  • Michael Curtiz: Cassablanca
  • Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Mean Streets
...ok, i'm making myself stop there...

  • Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, etc.
  • Jack Kerouac: On the Road, Dharma Bums, Visions of Gerard, the Town and the City
  • Joseph Heller: Catch-22
  • Brennan Manning: the Raggamuffin Gospel, Abba Father
  • Allen Ginsberg: Howl
  • Chuck Palahniuk: Survivor, Choke, Fight Club
  • Dan Harrington: Harrington on Hold 'Em, Vol 1 & 2
that's all i can think of off the top of my head...back to work


mattreed said...

Did you really actually like Breathless? You didn't find it was a bit tiresome?

lucas said...

a bit tiresome, but i really liked the editing.

mattreed said...

The editing was interesting, I agree.

By the way, I would recommend 'Blue Beard' as a gateway to Vonnegut.