Favorite Films of the 00’s (10-1)

10. Let The Right One In(2008) A haunting take on the vampire/horror genre. Also a pretty good love story.

9. Inglorious Basterds(2009) One of those movies where as you watch it you really have no clue how it is going to end. The tension and dialogue in the 1st scene is possibly one of the best I have ever seen.

8.The Pianist(2002) Such a different take on WWII, great performances.

7.Wall-E(2008) This films ability to portray its story and emotions with little to no dialogue in the beginning is astounding, and something I strive to be able to pull off.

6.Spirited Away(2001)

5.The Dark Knight(2008) A superhero film that can also not be considered a superhero film. Heath Ledger truly became his role in this one, some of the best acting I’ve ever seen.

4.Shaun of the Dead(2004) A well written comedy, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright can write a solid comedy. Always a good film to watch.

3.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004) An amazingly different take on the love story.

2.28 Days Later(2002) This is the film that made me a Danny Boyle and Cillian Murphy fan. The visuals and story are so much more than a “zombie” film is usually capable of.

1. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly(2007) Easily my favorite film of all time. The story strikes very close to home for me, and reaches all the peaks and valleys needed to tell such a story. Mathieu Almaric does a spot on performance of the lead, down to the look and movement of his eye, and just…it is an amazing film, I recommend this and urge you to see it. A story of optimism and never letting any setback keep you from accomplishing your dreams.

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lircys

A day behind on this, but here are some songs. Tomorrow I will post my 10-1 favorite films. And am going to power through and finish my 1st webcomic by weds and have it up on here before I head back to Milwaukee for New Years.

  1. “Let down your hair, let down your hair, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”  Cuddle Fuddle by Passion Pit. One of my favorite songs by them.
  2. “They made a statue of us and put it on a mountaintop. Now tourists come and stare at us” Us by Regina Spektor. Her vocals are so distinct, was a great opening song for (500) Days of Summer.
  3. “Watch the sky breaking on the promise that we made” All My Days by Alexi Murdoch. Heard this in the film Away We Go, nice and relaxed folk music.
  4. “Can I kick it? (yes, you can!)  Well, Im gone (go on then!)” Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest.
  5. “She said ‘I will not listen and I won’t be told. England is mine, I will take what I want'” England by Bloc Party. One of their best songs, I recommend you read the lyrics, they were written based on a truly horrific event.

My 20 Favorite Films of the 00’s (20-11)

I have my list done completely at this point, but will split the list up into 2 parts. I’ll write more about the films this way. I’ll put up part 2 next week. Happy holidays.

20. Pirates of the Caribbean(2003)- This is one of those films that was a surprise, based on the Disney ride but somehow interesting. I won’t acknowledge the next 2 because they were no where near as good or fun as the first one. One of those films that I have a hard time getting bored by.

19.The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

18.Finding Nemo(2003)- PIXAR has never made a poor film (maybe Cars), and Finding Nemo is one of their best. The visuals and storytelling are spot on in this one.

17.The Departed(2006)

16.Garden State(2004)- Zach Braff really did an amazing job considering this was his first film. His writing, and directing work well with the overall emotions needed to make the film work. And of course the soundtrack is one of the few that truly fits and help the film flow better.

15.The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(2008)- I just saw this one a month back and really enjoyed it. It is fairly different from the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but no less brilliant. The performances are top notch in this one, Brad Pitt being a bad ass, and Cate Blanchett furthering her argument to being my favorite actress.

14. Children of Men(2006)- The one take continuous shots are more than enough to put this film on my list.

13.Wedding Crashers(2005)

12.The Bourne Trilogy(02,04,07)- One of the few solid trilogies. The action is intense, and the story is always intriguing.

11.Where The Wild Things Are(2009)- This was the film that I was most excited for in ’09. Beautiful imagery, and storytelling. Spike Jonze really captured what it feels like to be a kid, all while keeping it relatable.

i guess these are lyrics

The big goal for this blog by the middle of next week is to put up my list of the top 20 films of the last decade. I got the idea thanks to my friend Melissa(her blog is linked over to the right), who’ll be doing her top albums of the last decade. So be on the look out, oh and I’ll also be working on a webcomic over break that I will post here. Now, time for some music.

  1. “If I put my hand out would you put yours in mine? All of our answers questioned in time.” Closer to You by Young Love. This is just an incredibly catchy song.
  2. “Tear apart the part, we seem to think we are! Call off work let’s lay!  Call it Lovers Day!” Lover’s Day by TV on the Radio. One of my favorite songs by them, it reminds me of the book Narcissus and Goldmund.
  3. “Baby, our city’s on fire. Don’t you know it’s going to be alright.
    Well alright, alright, alright” On Fire by Phoenix. Sounds like a new Queen song.
  4. “I could follow you to the beginning, just to relive the start.Maybe then we’d remember to slow down, at all of our favorite parts” All I Wanted by Paramore. Now this song as a whole is alright, but at about 2.40 into the song her vocals make the whole song worth while and will blow you away. Trust me.
  5. “Meet me in outer space. We could spend the night, watch the earth come up” Stellar (acoustic) by Incubus. Always find their lyrics to be incredibly poetic and beautiful.

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I just came across a small assignment I had done earlier in the semester for my english discussion, that I thought I’d post on here for fun. We were reading Dracula at the time, and were asked to write about what we’d be like if we were a vampire in Madison. It sounded a bit childish, but was actually a great way to get a better feel for the story. So enjoy.

I have been a vampire for the past century, and have only just recently moved my lair to Madison, said lair is not a common one amongst vampires. I live at the top of an apartment complex over looking the capital and lakes. The location while very susceptible to sun light, provides me with a calm over my blood cravings, in the beauty of the area on a clear night. While I rest and once again become dead during the day hours, my windows are capable of blocking the harmful UV rays, protecting me from their harmful power. In having windows like these, I feel a bit more human, even though I never am capable of seeing the daylight in full. My sanity and cravings can be controlled if I am able to make myself feel human again, seeing things of beauty and reminding me that there is more to this life than my desires.
Before my move to this area my vampire side had plagued me for years controlling my thoughts and actions. My blood lust was much greater than I care to admit at the moment. After years of preying upon those walking alone down the city streets, and luring them out of plain view, my desire had not dwindled. The pleasure gained from attacking someone was all I wanted in this world, and all that I could think of in my waking hours. Until one night a year ago when I had put the area in such a state of fear that none would leave and be found outside at night as always happens when I remain any one area for to long. I went more than a month without the blood of a human. The blood of animals was my forced meal in that span.
I began to go insane, unable to find any humans around at night and with no desire to move until I could truly feed again I began trying new techniques. I found myself trying to lure people outside anyway I could, as well attaining the ability to get people to let me into their houses. After weeks of trying I was finally able to get in. It was a family of five that made the mistake of allowing me in. I lost complete control after getting in, unable to control my actions because of my bloodlust. Their screams and blood was a drug to me, it fed my insanity and the animal within me. Upon killing the mother I went in search of anyone I may have missed. Moving from room to room swiftly I found myself in the room of a sleeping five year old. As I saw him I was hit with a sense of guilt unlike any I had felt since I was alive. I had massacred  this boys family, leaving him an orphan. Unable to kill him, I fled the house as fast as I was possibly able to move. I left the town the next night ridden with this guilt, and the promise to myself to control myself and attain a sense of humanity I had been lacking for the previous century. One that I had not missed until that night.
I now feed upon blood attained from a local blood clinic in an attempt to not leave any others with a sense of loss like that boy must feel. My mistakes of the past are remembered while awake, but non such like the pain I feel for that boy. I have found reasons and ways to keep some level of humanity about me. However in doing this, I fight against everything my type live for. A battle that is constantly there, blood in pouches only satisfies one of my needs. I must find a way to control my desire of the hunt, or I fear that I will kill once again and lose control.

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I am currently in the library working on a paper, and some science stuff. A distraction like a playlist may be just what I need at the moment.

  1. “I’m in need of someone to take care of me tonight. As I walk into Dorian’s, can you see it in my eyes” Black Like Me by Spoon. I just discovered this song again recently, and can’t help but listen to it over and over.
  2. “I’ll take you in pieces, we can take it all apart” Basic Space by The XX. The video more than anything sold me on this song.
  3. “I ironed my shirt and I tied my own tie. I love all the trouble I’m sleeping beside” Salvation Army by Snailhouse. Just heard this one for the 1st time the other day,  its pretty interesting.
  4. “It really didn’t make sense just to leave this unresolved” Face to Face by Daft Punk. One of the best tracks found at the end of any album.
  5. “We’re Sgt peppers Lonely hearts club band, sit back and let everything go” Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. A classic, enough said.