February 24, 2012

Best Picture Oscar Deathmatch

I have seen over 150 Best Picture Oscar nominees. But which films are my favorites, the best of the best? First, I took a list of all the Best Picture nominees and marked the ones I had seen. Starting in 1990, I have seen at least 3 of the nominees, usually 4 or 5 of them. To make the Best Picture Deathmatch slightly less grisly, I divided the competition into two: 1929-1989, and 1990-2011.
Getting those two lists down to 20 each was easy: I marked every film my wife or I had ever owned on VHS, laserdisc, or DVD. Then I added a couple titles (It's A Wonderful Life, Unforgiven), which get a bye into the finals. (What's the point in making up my own lists if I can't break my own rules?)

February 8, 2012

Enjoying Music Unironically

I try not to get caught up in what's cool and uncool in music. I was enjoying listening to "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart today, and I thought to myself "This is a good song. Could I put this song on a playlist, but not as a punchline?" I was really enjoying the song un-ironically...then the saxophone solo began. That sealed the deal. Too silly to be taken seriously.