Sunday, January 03, 2010

Hramblings: Favorite Movies of the Decade and Beyond

Note: Making a list of the best movies of the decade is difficult, but here's my favorites. These are movies that generated repeated discussions, memorable scenes, multiple viewings, etc. More importantly, these are movies that I would watch again in the next decade. Some are epics, some are B-movies, most are neither.

Two dozen made the cut for this decade:
  • 300 (2006)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Bourne Identity (2002)
  • District B13 (2004)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Helvetica (2007)
  • Hero (2002)
  • The Hunted (2003)
  • I Like Killing Flies (2004)
  • Kitchen Stories (2003)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Music From the Inside Out (2004)
  • Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
  • Pitch Black (2000)
  • Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001)
  • Rivers and Tides (2001)
  • Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
  • Sunshine (2007)
  • Twilight Samurai (2002)
  • Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)
And a few more to carry forward from the 90s:
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Celluloid Closet (1995)
  • Delicatessen (1991)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
  • Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • Iron & Silk (1990)
  • The Joy Luck Club (1993)
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Memphis Belle (1990)
  • Michael (1996)
  • Mindwalk (1990)
  • Rudy (1993)
  • Searching for Bobby Fisher (1993)
  • Tremors (1990)
  • Under Siege (1992)
  • Visions of Light (1992)
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
From the 80s:
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Cannery Row (1982)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Hoosiers (1986)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • Tampopo (1985)
From the 70s:
  • Alien (1979)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Circle of Iron (1978)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Logan's Run (1976)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • Star Wars (1977)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Hroad trips 2009

In defiance of local conventions, we generally leave town on football Saturdays. Grad school has also conspired to limit my travel so car trips seem to fit the schedule better.
  • Bloomington, Indiana (a surprisingly good foodie city. Farm and Restaurant Tallent were inexpensive and very good)
  • South Haven (shortest drive to pounding surf, give Tello's carbonara a try)
  • Baltimore -->Annapolis --> Centreville (substitute crab for spam in the Python bit)
  • Traverse City. The Cooks House and Patisserie Amie are great. Trattoria Stella was also very good.
  • Grand River from Brighton to East Lansing. Stopped by the Fabric Gallery in Williamston. Sadly, Mason's ice cream spot, Turtle Tom's, was closed for the season.
  • The Parshallville Cider Mill in Parshallville, MI. Our annual donuts and apples run.
  • DIA->Detroit Urban Craft Fair->Slow's BBQ
  • Napoleon Cafe -- Classic diner food and homestyle desserts in Napoleon, MI
  • Mike's Deli -- Chelsea's sandwich shop. Try a Ruebenesque or a Stingray.

Some local events kept us in town in spite of the football fans: