Thursday, August 31, 2006

My 10 favorite hip-hop albums of all time (no particular order). Any hip-hop fan should listen to these albums often. These days, most hip-hop is terrible. Listening to these albums will either remind you of why you used to love hip-hop as an art form, or possibly spark at least a respect for hip-hop if you have never listened to much of it.

Outkast - Aquemini

Common - Ressurection
Wu-Tang Clan - The 36 Chambers
Notorious B.I.G - Ready to Die
Common - B.E
The Roots - Do you want more?
Nas - Illmatic
Tupac- Me Against the World

Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt
Ras Kass - Soul on Ice

I love FILM. I could very well make a life for myself as a critic if I didn't dislike critics so much :) The following is a list from my wife's film professor of must see movies for all movie-heads. I think it's a pretty good list so I thought you may enjoy it too. Hopefully next time you go to the movie rental store at least you won't say you can't think of anything to watch. I'll add a list of my own soon.

Allen (Woody), Annie Hall and ZeligAntonioni, L' Avventura and Blow-up
Bergman, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Cries and Whispers
Bresson, Diary of a Country Priest and L’Argent
Bunuel, Viridiana and Los Olvidados
Camus (Marcel), Black Orpheus
Capra, It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Chabrol, Le Boucher
Chaplin, The Gold Rush and Modern Times
Cocteau, Beauty and the Beast
Coppola, The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now!
DeMille, The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur
De Sica, The Bicycle Thief and Umberto D
Disney, Pinnochio, Snow White and Fantasia
Dovzhenko, Earth
Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc
Eisenstein, Potemkin
Fellini, 8 1/2 and La Strada
Flemming, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz
Ford, Stagecoach and The Searchers
Godard, Breathless and Weekend
Griffith, D.W., The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance
Herzog, Fitzcarraldo
Hitchcock, Notorious, Vertigo, and Psycho
Huston, The Maltese Falcon
Keaton, The General
Kelly and Donen, Singing in the Rain
Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Kurosawa, The Seven Samurai and Dreams
Lang, Metropolis
Lean, Lawrence of Arabia, Passage to India and Brief Encounter
Lucas, Star Wars
Lumière brothers, The Arrival of a Train
Méliès, A Trip to the Moon
Ozu, Tokyo Story, Late Summer and Early Spring
Pudovkin, Mother
Ray, The Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparecito and The World of Apu )
Renoir, Rules of the Game and Grand Illusion
Resnais, Hiroshima, mon amour
Roeg, Walkabout
Rossellini, Open City
Scorcesi, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull
Spielberg, Jaws and Schindler’s List
Sternberg, The Blue Angel
Tarkovsky, Stalker
Truffault, The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim
Vigo, L'Atalante
Welles, Citizen Kane, A Touch of Evil
Zhang Yimou, To Live and Raise the Red Lantern