Call me strange, but I love this year's movie list. Check it out.


Still holding!

Why not one more list while I wait for the final six contributors? My 10 favorite movies starring either Bill Murray or Peter Sellers:

1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Rushmore
3. Ghostbusters
4. Lost in Translation
5. The Royal Tenenbaums
6. Being There
7. Caddyshack
8. Lolita
9. Groundhog Day
10. Broken Flowers

And one more: my 10 favorite movies starting with the word "The":

1. The General
2. The Apartment
3. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. The Graduate
5. The Godfather, Part II
6. The Philadelphia Story
7. The Silence of the Lambs
8. The Bicycle Thief
9. The Deer Hunter
10. The Third Man

You don't think I have another one in me, do you? Try this: my 10 favorite movies with a woman's name in the title:

1. Annie Hall
2. Fantasia
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's
4. Harold and Maude
5. Sex and Lucia
6. Bonnie and Clyde
7. Rosemary's Baby
8. Belle de Jour
9. Amelie
10. All About Eve

Apologies to Norma Rae and Nell; Fantasia and Belle de Jour were pretty cheap.

I've sunk this low.


Golden Greats

Bad day yesterday, better day today. Moving on...

Since the movie list deadline has been pushed off (almost) beyond my control, I give you one more mini-list, my top ten movies before Pearl Harbor (not the release of the movie Pearl Harbor, but the attack on our base):

1. The General
2. Citizen Kane
3. It Happened One Night
4. A Night at the Opera
5. Fantasia
6. His Girl Friday
7. The Philadelphia Story
8. The Bank Dick
9 Modern Times
10. The Wizard of Oz


twins dingers open houses childhood movies

So much about which I haven't told you. Too hot to tell you about all of it. Too hot to write full sentences. Pat and Rob in Framingham for Nameburst, CD swap, Bank Dick, two games at Fenway last weekend. Open houses two Sundays in a row. No sale yet. No visitors today. Still live in Framingham.

Top 10 movies of my childhood (would call it my lifetime, but too many good movies in the last 8 years). Let's call it 1980 to 1998:

1. Cinema Paradiso
2. Silence of the Lambs
3. Life is Beautiful
4. Ghostbusters
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Waiting for Guffman
7. Resevoir Dogs
8. Roger & Me
9. Fargo
10. This is Spinal Tap



We named our fish Loretta and Lowell, after two new Red Sox Jill considers indistinguishable, and Otto Sucksworth, the autocat whose job it was to suck the scum from the aquarium. I use the past tense because today we lost three more fish, including Sucksworth and Loretta. We're down to six, and in no rush to replace them. Maybe we'll start fresh at the new house.

Speaking of new houses, this one's looking pretty good, thanks to the long hours one of the owners and I have put in over the past week and change- cleaning, staging, heavy lifting, and gardening- in hope that someone is willing to pay enough that Jill's share constitutes a downpayment on our first place.

It's because of tonight's labor- moving junk to the basement, mulching, laundry, etc. that I'm too tired to tell you everything I want to tell you about Sunday night's Radiohead concert, a gift with which Jill surprised me last week. It was my third show, and while they're starting to feel more like a nostalgia act than The Only Band That Matters, they still put on a hell of a show. Rock.


Something in the Water

Rest in peace, Pam, Herbert, Hoover, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. All four inexplicably turned upside-down yesterday, inspiring their foster mother and I to clean the filter and replace some of the water in an attempt to save Cady, Bradley, Shakira, Soy, Orlando Cabrera, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy O'Nassis. The tank needs another bottom feeder, so keep an eye out for new fishnames this weekend.

Was anyone else distraught that a Canadian nearly won our national spelling bee this week? Apparently, middle-schoolers from English-speaking countries and island have been eligible for years, but this Finola Hackett was the first canuck to make the final round. We don't have our national grammar rodeo in Canada, do we?

It's June, and that can mean several things- kids get out of school, Mark, Pat, and Rob turn 26, and we honor our fathers with neckties and scotch- but most importantly, it's movie season. This year's list won't come out for another three weeks, and I don't want to advertise too much of my unfinished list, but my movie obsession has kicked in and I'm dying to share something. So without further ado, my top ten movies from 1963 to 1976:

1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
3. The Graduate
4. The Godfather, Part II
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. Wait Until Dark
7. Chinatown
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
9. Harold and Maude
10. Network

If I added a year on either end, you'd see my #s 3 and 5 movies. I'll save that for another blog.