30 Day Film Challenge

Rather predictably the follow up is the same list of questions but for films this time. Once again my discipline at this sort of thing is so lacking that I’ve just posted it all in one go…

Day 1 – Your Favorite Film
Grosse Pointe Blank

Day 2 – Your Least Favorite Film
Babel

Day 3 – A Film You Watch to Feel Good
Stealing Beauty

Day 4 – A Film You Watch to Feel Down
25th Hour

Day 5 – A Film That Reminds You of Someone
500 Days of Summer

Day 6 – A Film That Reminds You of Somewhere
The Quiet American

Day 7 – A Film That Reminds You of Your Past
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Day 8 – The Film You Can Quote Best
The Big Lebowski

Day 9 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Male)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Day 10 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Female)
Black Swan

Day 11 – A Film By Your Favorite Director
The Social Network

Day 12 – A Film By Your Least Favorite Director
21 Grams

Day 13 – A Guilty Pleasure
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Day 14 – The Film That No One Expected You To Like
Let The Right One In

Day 15 – The Film That Depicts Your Life
About a Boy

Day 16 – A Film You Used to Love, But Now Hate
Vanilla Sky

Day 17 – Your Favorite Drama Film
The Constant Gardener

Day 18 – Your Favorite Comedy Film
Withnail and I

Day 19 – Your Favorite Action Film
Casino Royale

Day 20 – Your Favorite Romantic Film
When Harry Met Sally

Day 21 – Your Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Fellowship of the Ring

Day 22 – Your Favorite Horror Film
Alien

Day 23 – Your Favorite Thriller/Mystery Film
Donnie Darko

Day 24 – Your Favorite Animated or Children’s Film
Spirited Away

Day 25 – Your Favorite Documentary Film
Être et avoir

Day 26 – Your Favorite Foreign Language Film
Three Colours Red

Day 27 – Your Favorite Independent Film
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai

Day 28 – The Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen
Black Cat, White Cat

Day 29 – Your Favorite Film As a Kid
Labyrinth

Day 30 – Your Favorite Film This Time Last Year
Kick-Ass

30 Day Song Challenge

Exactly what it says in the tin. This is a great little micro-blogging project as you can have a good think about what you’re going to post and why but since I lack discipline I’m going to post the whole list in one hit… I’m also extremely unlikely to ellaborate on some of these 😉

day 01 – your favorite song

“An Ending (Ascent)” – Brian Eno

day 02 – your least favorite song

“Dancing in the Moonlight” – Toploader

day 03 – a song that makes you happy

“If I Had $1000000” – Barenaked Ladies

day 04 – a song that makes you sad

“La Cienega Just Smiled” – Ryan Adams

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone

“Crazy English Summer” – Faithless

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

“Elements” – Lemon Jelly

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event

“My Lovely Horse” – The Divine Comedy

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

“Salvador” – Jamie T

day 09 – a song that you can dance to

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep

“Blue Calx” – Aphex Twin

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

“Tracey Jacks” – Blur

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

“Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

James Blunt – “Wise Men”

day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love

“Tribute” – Tenacious D

day 15 – a song that describes you

“Regret” – New Order

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

“I Predict A Riot” – Kaiser Chiefs

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

“You’ve Got the Love” – Florence + The Machine

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

“All Along The Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

“Stolen Car” – Beth Orton

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry

“Smack My Bitch Up” – The Prodigy

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

“Sunday Shining” – Finley Quaye

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad

“Walking Wounded” – Everything But The Girl

day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

“Go Daddy-O” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

“So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” – Neil Hannon

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

“Not the Sunscreen Song” – John Safran

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

“Frère Jacques” (on the piano only and not nearly as well as the person in this vid)

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play

“The Heart Asks Pleasure First” – Michael Nyman (on the piano and better than Nyman)

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid

day 29 – a song from your childhood

“The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

“Sleeping Lessons” – The Shins

My Top 50 Films of the Decade…

Always a more controversial one. Which is why I’ve NOT put these in order because somehow it’s harder to compare two films than two albums.

Please feel free to take issue and if there’s something obvious missing it might be because, for one reason or another, I haven’t seen it (I also spend my time away from my house or the cinema venturing in to the world and talking to other people).

1. 25th Hour (2002)
2. 28 Days Later (2002)
3. A History of Violence (2005)
4. About a Boy (2002)
5. Amélie (2001)
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
7. Atonement (2007)
8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
9. Casino Royale (2006)
10. City of God (2002)
11. Code 46 (2003)
12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
13. Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
14. Donnie Darko (2001)
15. Finding Nemo (2003)
16. Garden State (2004)
17. Gladiator (2000)
18. Gosford Park (2001)
19. Gran Torino (2008)
20. Grindhouse (2007)
21. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
23. High Fidelity (2000)
24. In Bruges (2008)
25. Juno (2007)
26. Layer Cake (2004)
27. Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003)
28. Let the Right One In (2008)
29. Lost in Translation (2003)
30. Minority Report (2002
31. My Summer of Love (2004)
32. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
33. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
34. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
35. Ratatouille (2007)
36. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
37. Sexy Beast (2000)
38. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
39. Sin City (2005)
40. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
41. Spirited Away (2001)
42. The Bourne Identity (2002)
43. The Constant Gardener (2005)
44. The Dark Knight (2008)
45. The Departed (2006)
46. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
47. The Proposition (2006)
48. The Quiet American (2002)
49. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
50. The Rules of Attraction (2002)

My Top 50 Albums of the Decade…

Could spend ages explaining why but can’t be bothered! Although will try to go into detail if I get requests. Yes, these are in order…

01. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
02. The Streets – Original Pirate Material (2002)
03. Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun (2000)
04. Björk – Vespertine (2001)
05. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
06. Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001)
07. Blur – Think Tank (2003)
08. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)
09. The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
10. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
11. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
12. The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
13. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
14. PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000)
15. Ryan Adams – Demolition (2000)
16. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005)
17. Tom McRae – Just Like Blood (2003)
18. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
19. Gorillaz – Demon Days (2005)
20. Röyksopp – The Understanding (2005)
21. Hot Chip – The Warning (2006)
22. Jamie T – Panic Prevention (2007)
23. Four Tet – Rounds (2003)
24. Sigur Rós – ( ) (2002)
25. Chemical Brothers – Come With Us (2002)
26. Doves – Lost Souls (2000)
27. Ryan Adams – Love Is Hell (2004)
28. Portishead – Third (2008)
29. Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons (2003)
30. The Postal Service – Give Up (2003)
31. Gorillaz – Gorillaz (2001)
32. Elbow – Asleep In The Back (2002)
33. Death Cab For Cutie – Plans (2005)
34. Elliott Smith – Figure 8 (2000)
35. Florence and the Machine – Lungs (2009)
36. Beck – Sea Change (2002)
37. Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
38. Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast (2000)
39. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (2005)
40. Josh Rouse – Under Cold Blue Stars (2002)
41. Kings Of Leon – Youth & Young Manhood (2003)
42. Kasabian – Kasabian (2004)
43. Groove Armada – Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) (2001)
44. The Killers – Hot Fuss (2005)
45. Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me (2001)
46. Rufus Wainwright – Poses (2001)
47. Turin Brakes – The Optimist L.P. (2001)
48. Muse – Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
49. Moby – Play (2000)
50. Cinematic Orchestra – Everyday (2002)

Go on then…

I really should post something decent but these are quick and easy and ease my guilt about not blogging…

Step 1: Put your iPod/iTunes on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike them when somebody gets it right.

1. You expose the film in me
2. Whether long range weapon or suicide bomber
3. Sometimes I feel like I can’t even sing
4. Down the corridor I send warmth, I send warmth
5. Lonely skies, empty minds, we walk by to the rock and rhyme
6. This boy can’t swim, he’s wearing too many skins
7. I started a joke, which started the whole world crying
8. Last night it picked me up and span me round
9. I don’t believe I went too far
10. Listen to me when I go outside
11. The fire in the sky…
12. Will there be another breakdown?
13. Beetlebum, what you done?
14. You and the land are one.
15. That’s how we groove, that’s how we sway
16. I had a friend named Ramblin’ Bob
17. Hey! Gotta, gotta payback!
18. Miles away from light at noon
19. You’re back, sitting on my doorstep, ah yeah, like nothing happened
20. There is a wall that runs right through me

Any takers?