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Monday, September 2, 2013

Woody Allen films (II)

I've finally managed to see every film Woody Allen has directed and most of the ones he's acted in (easy enough because they're usually the same). So I've decided to make a list in order of my favourite ones in the sense of watch-ability. This might not be entirely in sync with excellent film-making exactly because I like comedy more than drama hence I might be biased toward Annie Hall over Interiors but maybe some people will agree with the order. Of course, my memory is flawed so the films I saw first might be slightly forgotten but then again if they were good they're memorable, right?

Too much free time - If you have time to kill, then you go for these

19. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)


20. Everyone Says I Love You (1995)


21. Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)

22. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

23. Another Woman (1988)

24. Interiors (1978)

25. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972)


26. Take the Money and Run (1969)

27. Stardust Memories (1980)

28. What's Up Tiger Lily (1966)


Veering close to wasting time - Can't really recommend, but I suppose no worse than other time killers

29. Cassandra's Dream (2007)

30. Alice (1990)

31. Small Time Crooks (2000)

32. A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy (1980)

33. Celebrity (1998)

34. To Rome with Love (2012)


Just watch it to complete the set -When you make this much films, there's bound to be some misses

35. Anything Else (2003)

36. Hollywood Ending (2002)

37. Whatever Works (2009)

38. September (1987)

39. Scoop (2006)

40. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

41. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)




Sunday, June 23, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 1)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in the writing history, even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:



10. The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel )- 1959- Germany - German by Günter Grass



9. One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Cien años de soledad) - 1967- Colombia- Spanish by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 



8. Midnight's Children -1981- United Kingdom - English by  Salman Rushdie



7.  On the Road - 1957 - United States of America- English by Jack Kerouac 



6. Catch-22 -1961- United States of America- English by Joseph Heller



5. Lord of the Flies - 1954- United Kingdom- English  by  William Golding



4. Beloved - 1987- United States of America - English by Toni Morisson



3. Things Fall Apart - 1958 - Nigeria - English by Chinua Achebe



2. Invisible Man - 1952 - United States of America- English by Ralph Ellison



1. Lolita - 1955- France- English by Vladimir Nabokov


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 2)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in the writing history, even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:


20.  The Catcher in the Rye -1951 - United States of America - English by J.D. Salinger



19. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or  : how violence develops and where it can lead (Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann)- 1974- Germany - German by Heinrich Böll 



18. The Master and Margarita - 1967 - Soviet Union - Russian by Mikhail Bulgakov




















17. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death - 1969- United States of America- English by Kurt Vonnegut 



16. The General of the Dead Army (Gjenerali i Ushtrisë së vdekur) - 1963 - Albania - Albanian by Ismail Kadare



15.  Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West - 1985 - United States of America- English by Cormac McCarthy



14. Sophie's Choice - 1979- United States of America-English by William Styron



13. The Famished Road - 1991 - United Kingdom/Nigeria- English by Ben Okri



12.  The English Patient - 1992 - Canada/ Sri Lanka -English by Michael Ondaatje



11. Infinite Jest -1996- United States of America - English by David Foster Wallace


Friday, May 24, 2013

Seminal novels that the author could have retired on (part 3)

The logic of this post is to list some novels that the author could have published and that'd have been enough to set them up as major in writing , even if they do have lots of other great works. Like Cervantes with Don Quixote . I'm going with books published after 1950. Some of these will probably be the only good book the author really did (like  Catch 22).

In no particular order:

31. White Teeth - 2000- United Kingdom - English by Zadie Smith



30. The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier& Clay - 2000- United States of America - English by Michael Chabon



29.  A Suitable Boy - 1993 - India - English by Vikram Seth



28. True History of the Kelly Gang - 2001 - Australia - English by Peter Carey



27. To Kill a MockingBird - 1960- United States of America- English by Harper Lee



26. The Corrections --2001- United States of America - English  by Jonathan Franzen



25.  Possession: A Romance - 1990 - United Kingdom- English  by A.S. Byatt



24. The God of Small Things - 1997- India - English by Arundhati Roy



23. Life of Pi - 2001- Canada- English by Yann Martel



22. A Book of Memories (Emlékiratok könyve) - 1986 - Hungary - Hungarian by Péter Nádas 



21. Memed, My Hawk ( İnce Memed  - 1955- Turkey- Turkish by Yaşar Kemal