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The List: 2007

With the sun setting on 2007, I continue the tradition of listing films I have enjoyed over the past year.

Happy New Year!

Movies I watched on The Big Screen and enjoyed

Spiderman 3
28 Weeks Later
Breach
Garbage Warrior @ Silverdocs
Knocked Up
The Bourne Ultimatum
Once
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men
The Darjeeling Limited
Hotel Chevalier
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Muppet Christmas Carol

Movies I saw on DVD and enjoyed
State and Main
An Officer and a Gentleman
Inner Space
Howard Zinn: Hard to be neutral on a moving train
Thank You For Smoking
The Boys of Baraka
The Bourne Supremacy
Protocols of Zion
Husbands and Wives
Hard Candy
The Simpsons Movie
Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man
Inside Deep Throat
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Wordplay
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Stolen
Sir! No Sir!
Secretary
Amores Perros
Transformers
No Direction Home
Little Children
The U.S. vs John Lennon
No End In Sight
Hannibal Rising
Fracture
Shooter
The Prestige
Wet Hot American Summer
Capote

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The List: 2006 Edition

Midtown Sunset by Tanquero

The sun has just about set on the year twenty ought-six. Here are some of my favorite movies and live shows that I’ve had the fortune of taking in over the past year. I hope 2007 brings all of you love, laughter, and happy endings.

Movies in theatre

V for Vendetta
The Da Vinci Code
Cars
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Little Miss Sunshine
An Inconvenient Truth
Shortbus
The Departed
Borat
Casino Royale

DVD/Video/HBO

Walk the Line
Return to Paradise
Saw
Saw II
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Grizzly Man
Roger Dodger
The Grudge
Children of the Corn
Me and You and Everyone We Know
The Princess Bride
The House of Yes
200 Cigarettes
Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Clerks 2
Amelie
Annie Hall
Good Night, and Good Luck
Syriana
The World’s Fastest Indian

PBS Frontline (TV / Internet)

Private Warriors
The Tank Man
The Way the Music Died
Ghosts of Rwanda
The Jesus Factor

Live Shows

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra @ 9:30 Club
Dan Bern @ Jammin’ Java
The French Kicks @ The Black Cat
Gogol Bordello @ 9:30 Club

The City Has Eyes

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Have you played Second Life lately? I go back to it every few months just to see how things have changed. The depth and open-ended nature of the game is endlessly amusing to me. You can do, in the game, pretty much anything you can imagine. Go jet skiing, build an airship, fly the airship to a party, launch fireworks, go to Home Depot, start a business.

Even more amazing: I hear that there are people who have very successful in-game businesses who then make use of the currency exchanges that convert in-game money (called "Linden") back into $USD and actually can make a RL (Real Life) living through their Second Life business. Makes my head explode. Anyways, the game is hilarious and it is free to try, I highly recommend checking it out.

The Children of the Corn Subsidies: The May 10, 2006 episode of Radio Open Source featured a discussion about the federal corn subsidies in this country and how this country revolves around corn, whether we realize it or not. We are being force-fed corn products in every possible form… corn is in everything from Coca-Cola (sweetened with "High Fructose Corn Syrup") to gasoline (supplemented with corn-derived ethanol).

The Improv Everywhere folks pulled a pretty hilarious stunt at a Manhattan Best Buy.

Is the world ready for the humorously-named, yet darkly fascinating MyDeathSpace.com?

Willie Nelson uses biodiesel, you should too.

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Frank’s Wild Years

Check out my podcast debut as a guest on the 4/3/2006 episode of This Just In.

Top Gun. Is it jingoistic? You bet. Does it glorify war? Yeah, probably. But it gives you: Kenny Loggins, homoeroticism, high fives, a lead role Tom Cruise was born to play, and that damn Righteous Brothers song on a Wurlitzer. Even though it was apparently released for Christmas 2004, I recently became privy to the existence of the Special Edition Top Gun DVD. Might be worth checking out, because even though I think TBS Superstation is contractually obligated to air the edited version at least twice a day, I need to hear every "Bullshit!" and I'd rather the Cruise/McGillis/Berlin sex scene not be cut short, thank you very much.

Sex tourism is thriving in the Bible Belt.

I have a dream.