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Your favorite 3 movies/books/band/songs?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by JonBonham, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. JonBonham

    JonBonham Chieftain

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    Once again I'd like to poll the interests of you off-topicers to learn from your collective experiences so as to delve some unknown troves and find new treasures (or scratch my head in confusion and move on) So what are your personal all-time favorite movies/books/bands or musical artists and songs?
     
  2. Save_Ferris

    Save_Ferris Admiring Myself

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    The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Transformers 2; The Old Man and the Sea (huge Hemingway fan), A Tale of Two Cities, Twilight; Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Black Eyed Peas; Stairway to Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tik Tok.

    Casablanca could be swapped in for Citizen Kane. They're both very close.
     
  3. madviking

    madviking north american scum

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    MOVIES!
    1a. Pulp Fiction
    1b. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3. Some Like It Hot

    BANDS/ARTISTS!
    1. The Smashing Pumpkins
    2. Aesop Rock
    3. Beck

    SONGS!
    1. "Three Days", Jane's Addiction
    2. "Fake Plastic Trees", Radiohead
    3. "Time To Pretend", MGMT
     
  4. dIZZyBlIZZy

    dIZZyBlIZZy Batteries not included

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    Hmm...

    Movies - Casablanca, 2001, One Flew Over the ****oo's Nest
    Books - The Time Machine, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Bands - Joe Satriani, America, Bob Seger
    Don't ask me to pick just 3 songs.
     
  5. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    Movies: Pulp Fiction, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Groundhog Day

    Books: Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a'Kempis, Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Bands: AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Madonna

    Songs: One Love by Bob Marley, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath, Battle Hymn of the Republic as performed by Johnny Cash

    I love ranking songs! I have a playlist on my ipod with my top 100 favorite songs ranked in order. I'm pretty organized that way for some reason.
     
  6. Skwink

    Skwink FRIIIIIIIIIITZ

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    Movies: Forrest Gump, 1984, Inception

    Books: 1984, The End, Insomnia

    Bands: Cream, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan (Not a band, but whatever)

    Songs: It's My Life, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Ballad of a Thin Man
     
  7. dIZZyBlIZZy

    dIZZyBlIZZy Batteries not included

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    @puglover - kudos on being able to do that. With songs, for me, it's always blah blah, oh wait I mean yap yap, etc. Bands and Books are much easier. My top three books have been the same for a good 15 years or so.
     
  8. bernie14

    bernie14 Filter Manipulator

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    MOVIES!
    1. Trading Places
    2. Young Frankensein (mel brooks parody)
    3. Arnold trifecta "Terminator", "Predator" and "Running Man"
    BOOKS!
    1. All's Quiet on the Western Front (COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN)
    2a Dune
    2b Animal Farm
    3. House of God

    BANDS/ARTISTS!
    1. GENESIS (before Peter left) :sad:
    2. GENESIS (aftre Peter but before ABACAB) :mad:
    3. Queen/David Bowie/Rush

    SONGS!
    1. "Suppers Ready" Genesis
    2. "Firth of Fifth" Genesis
    3. "The Prophet's Song" Queen
    __________________
     
  9. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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  10. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    movies
    #1: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    #2: Beerfest
    #3: The Godfather


    books
    #1: Ishmael
    #2: The Story of B
    #3: My Ishmael


    bands
    #1: Atreyu
    #2: Rage Against the Machine
    #3: The Dresden Dolls


    songs
    #1: "Creature" by Atreyu (or any Atreyu song, for that matter)
    #2: "Testify" - Rage Against the Machine
    #3 "Glass Slipper (Live in St. Louis)" - The Dresden Dolls
     
  11. Thedrin

    Thedrin Deity

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    Movies:
    The Truman Show
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Lost in Translation
    Honourable mentions: Sunshine (2007, Boyle), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Unbreakable (2000, Shyamalan)

    Albums:
    The Division Bell, Pink Floyd, 1993
    (), Sigur Ros, 2002
    Moon (Soundtrack from the motion picture), Clint Mancell, 2009

    I'm not that organised about book, songs, or bands. So the following is just a lot less accurate:

    Songs:
    Martha, Tom Waits
    Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd
    Memories, Clint Mancell (not a song, instrumental)

    Musical Artists
    Pink Floyd
    Sigur Ros
    The Frames/Glen Hansard

    Books:
    The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk
    Not Even Wrong, Peter Woit
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
     
  12. Azale

    Azale Deity

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    Movies! (this list fluctuates wildly)

    1. Se7en
    2. Moon
    3. Blade Runner

    Books!

    1. Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    3. The Search for Modern China by Johnathan D. Spence

    Bands!

    1. The Clash
    2. Michael Jackson
    3. Sting
    3b. Alice in Chains

    Songs!

    1. A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth
    2. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
    3. One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
     
  13. shadowplay

    shadowplay your ad here

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    movies
    #1: Dr. Strangelove
    #2: This is Spinal Tap
    #3: A Clockwork Orange

    books
    #1: Nineteen Eighty-Four
    #2: Utopia
    #3: Animal Farm

    bands
    #1: The Clash
    #2: Depeche Mode
    #3: Pink Floyd

    songs
    #1: "Tarzan Boy" -Baltimora
    #2: "Strangelove" -Depeche Mode
    #3: "No. 13 Baby" -The Pixies
     
  14. Flying Pig

    Flying Pig Utrinque Paratus

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    Books:

    F Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby
    Robert Graves; I, Claudius
    Terry Pratchett; Night Watch

    Films:

    Gran Torino
    Zulu
    Guns at Batasi

    Songs (very hard choices):

    Dire Straits; Telegraph Road
    Queen; Bohemian Rhapsody
    Don McClean; American Pie
     
  15. civver_764

    civver_764 Deity

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    These change all the time.

    Movies:

    1. Dazed and Confused
    2. Office Space
    3. Clerks

    Books:

    1. Sphere - Michael Crichton
    2. How The World Works - Noam Chomsky
    3. Dune - Frank Herbert

    Bands:

    1. Tool
    2. Neurosis
    3. Ministry

    Songs:

    1. Tool - Reflection
    2. Sublime - Garden Grove
    3. Ministry - Just One Fix
     
  16. twansalem

    twansalem Warlord

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    Coming up with my absolute favorite anything is difficult, so I'll just give 3 that are near the top for each category:

    Movies:

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart are great as usual, but Lee Marvin steals the show as the despicable Liberty Valance.

    Jurassic Park - Great movie based on an even better book. The early 90s special effects hold up extremely well almost 20 years later.

    The Wrestler - It probably takes a pro wrestling fan to truly appreciate this one, but Mickey Rourke is great here.

    Books:

    Jurassic Park - If you haven't read the book, read the book, and then re-watch the movie. I could have put any of a number of Michael Crichton books here, but JP was the first I read, so it ranks a little higher than his other books for me.

    Texas - James Michener's Texas is a loooong, loooong, book. If you tend towards the ADHD side, you might want to skip this one. However, it's a great historical novel that takes you through a few hundred years of Texas history.

    The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy - Bill Simmon's book that focuses primarily on ranking the top NBA players in history is informative and entertaining. Many of the footnotes are hilarious. The only potential problem with this book is that it will become dated pretty quickly, as Simmons is used to writing columns for ESPN, so he uses a lot of pop culture references that probably won't make sense to many readers in a few years.

    Musical Artists:

    Hank Williams Sr. - Don't like country music? Give Hank a try. If you don't like it, then you can say you don't like country music. No single person has influenced American music like Hank.

    Alan Jackson - Country music had a revival of sorts in the early 90s, Jackson was among the best. My vote for best album of all time is Jackson's "A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)."

    Miranda Lambert - In the current country music scene it may seem that all female country artists are singing weak pop country (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, etc.), but Lambert is different.
     
  17. kochman

    kochman Deity

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    Movies: Immortal Beloved, Apocalypse Now (Redux), Godfather 2
    Books: Crusader by Michael Eisner, Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice, Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
    Bands: Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Cure
    Songs: Eyes of the World (Grateful Dead), Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd), From The Edge of the Deep Green Sea (Cure)

    Honorable Mention to the Beatles... and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" from Abbey Road
     
  18. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Movies:
    1. Metropolis, Fritz Lang
    2. Apocalypse Now
    3. Tie between Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago
    Books:
    1. Dune
    2. Ringworld
    3. A Canticle for Leibowitz
    Honorable Mentions: Neuromancer and Laumer's Retief series.
    Music:
    1. Berlioz La Damnation de Faust
    2. Orff Carmina Burana
    3. Verdi Requiem
    Honorable Mentions: Tchaikovsky Marche Slav, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky, and Shostakovich Leningrad.
     
  19. NickyJ

    NickyJ Retired Narrator

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    Movies: Ben Hur, Charade, Lawrence of Arabia

    Books: Life on the Mississippi, Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes, David Copperfield

    Bands: Vince Vance and the Valients, Royal Guardsmen, The Great Eighties Eight

    Songs: White Lightning, I'm a Ramblin' Man, Don't Mess Around With Jim
     
  20. Aleksey_aka_al

    Aleksey_aka_al Smiley

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    Why only three? I could hardly restrict myself to ten :(. So those are randomly chosen of my 10-20 favourites:

    Movies: Blade Runner, Clockwork Orange, The Thing.

    Honourable mentions of movies that are lesser-known: Spoiler (very underestimated), Falling Down, Brat 2.

    Books: One Flew Over the ****oo's Nest, Lord of the Rings, Futurological Congress.

    Music: I won't even try...

    Games :) Planescape Torment, X-COM, Corridor 7.
     

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