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I thought since it was awhile since I wrote a diary I'd try to find out who everyone's top 33 and a 1/3 were in various arts and entertainment categories....books, film, and music. I know many people will say it will be too difficult to name just three, but to those people I will say "Ayup, I know, but give it your best shot." the following categories who/what gets your vote?


In no order my top three books are....

1. The Stand by Stephen King
2. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


1. Pee Wee's Big Adventure

2. The Producers (1968)

3. Stalag 17


1. Bette Midler

2. Erasure

3. Devo

Originally posted to Thats Entertainment on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:08:14 AM PDT

  •  Top 3. (6+ / 0-)

    1. Catch-22
    2. Atlas Shrugged
    3. Huckleberry Finn

    1. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
    2. Runaway Train
    3. Casablanca

      Just Bassists (to narrow it down):
        1.  Johann Sebastian Bach
        2.  Jaco Pastorius
        3.  Tal Wilkenfeld

    This is just off the top of my head; I might want to change something later.

    Warren/3-D Print of Warren in 2016!

    by dov12348 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:15:55 AM PDT

  •  OK dammit, I'll bite ... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BFSkinner, Thomasina

    Books: Kurt Vonnegut's favorite 3
    Movies: Morgan Freeman's favorite 3
    Musicians: Pink floyd + SRV's favorite 2

    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:38:12 AM PDT

  •  books: (8+ / 0-)

    hugo- les miserables
    fuentes- terra nostra
    eliot- the four quartets

    fanny & alexander (long version, obviously)
    the samurai trilogy (consider it one long movie)
    the rules of the game

    miles davis
    julian bream
    jerry garcia

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 01:42:12 AM PDT

  •  Great topic (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jgnyc, BFSkinner, annieli, Thomasina, Aunt Pat

    Three books I most often return to:
    1. Ninety Two in The Shade by Thomas McGuane
    2. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
    3. A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelsen Algren

    Films -- (no particular order)
    Dr. Strangelove
    Il Postino
    The French Connection

    1. Joni Mitchell
    2. Lowell George
    3. Keith Richards

    Bonus category -- Television (all time)
    1) Planet Earth
    2) Fernwood 2Nite
    3) Green Acres

    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:07:00 AM PDT

  •  Ya'll are sooooo classy. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BFSkinner, aravir, Thomasina, Aunt Pat


    I realized when Hurricane Sandy hit and I was going through all my sogged out books, I have read a lot of freaking books.

    Three that stand out are:

    Bonfire of the Vanities
    Chronicles of Amber
    The Styx Complex

    Films, well.....I like action so here are a few I don't mind rewatching, but there are a lot:

    Alien series
    The Boondock Saints
    Enemy of the State

    Musicians are harder, I hardly know where to start.

    My Husband
    My Daughter
    AC/DC to start alphabetically.......then x 1000 more.

  •  I'll give it a go. (5+ / 0-)

    Frank Zappa
    Billy Taylor
    Chet Atkins

    Spinal Tap
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Shaun of the Dead

    Breakfast of Champions (Vonnegut)
    Native Tongue (Hiaasen)
    Collected works of Edgar Allan Poe (yeah its a cheat I know)

    One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

    by voroki on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:03:42 AM PDT

  •  Why not… (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eddie C, Thomasina, BFSkinner, Aunt Pat

    Les Miserables (Hugo)
    Lord Jim (Conrad)
    The Possessed (Dostoyevsky)

    High Noon
    The Man from Earth
    Galaxy Quest

    Big Time Sarah
    Roberto Pakomio

  •  Hey everybody! (first comment ever Yay) (6+ / 0-)

    OK so...


    1)Heretics of Dune
    2)Salem's Lot
    3) The Long Earth


    1)Rock 'N Rolla
    2)Super Troopers
    3)Shoot 'em Up


    1)Bad Religion

  •  OK I'll play (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eddie C, aravir, Thomasina, BFSkinner, Aunt Pat

    Finnegans Wake
    The Dispossessed

    Enemy at the Gates
    Last Year at Marienbad

    Sun Ra

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 05:12:36 AM PDT

  •  This changes constantly (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eddie C, vcmvo2, Thomasina, BFSkinner, Aunt Pat

    But, if you held a gun to my head and insisted, today the answer is as follows:


    1.  Lord of the Rings.  I still read it at least every five years.  It is the "in-between" moments that keep me coming back.
    2.  Persuasion.  I strongly identify with the sense of both loss and hope which permeates this book.
    3.  All the Strange Hours.  Loren Eiseley's memoir literally changed my life.


    1.  Wings of Desire:

    2.  Lion in Winter:

    3.  The Big Red One:


    1.  Marc Andre-Hamelin:

    2.  Maria Callas.

    3.  Sade:

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 05:24:17 AM PDT

  •  I love this (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aravir, Thomasina, BFSkinner, Aunt Pat


    The Stand by Steven King
    Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
    Shogun by James Clavell


    The Social Network


    Jimmy Page
    Robert Plant
    John Bonham
    Honorable mention - John Paul Jones

  •  OUcH I hate to think this early.... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aravir, Thomasina, BFSkinner, Aunt Pat

    But here's mine;

    - The Lord of The Rings series
    - The Mote in Gods Eye - Larry Niven
    - The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

    - Casablanca
    - Five Million Years to Earth!
    - Blade Runner

    - Donald Fagen
    - Johnny Cash
    - Chuck Berry

    All listings subject to change without notice and at a moments whim.

    "You are beautiful and angular. If you were a gas, you would be inert." - Dieter

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:20:53 AM PDT

  •  We have diametrically opposed tastes! (5+ / 0-)

    I'll confine music to popular music

    1. Beatles
    2. Chuck Berry
    3. 13th Floor Elevators


    1. Gulliver's Travels
    2. Lolita
    3. 1984


    1. City Lights
    2. Bringing Up Baby
    3. ???

    "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

    by RenMin on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:40:46 AM PDT

  •  Fun topic! (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BFSkinner, Aunt Pat, churchylafemme


    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Anne of Green Gables
    Evidence of Things Unseen


    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Edward Scissorhands


    The Beatles
    Eva Cassidy
    Over The Rhine

    You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

    by Thomasina on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:14:05 AM PDT

  •  Ok (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BFSkinner, Aunt Pat, churchylafemme


    Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
    Ran (Kurosawa)
    Casablanca (What the hell right?)

    I could easily go on all day about great films so it is likely by tomorrow I might have an entirely different three.

    Too difficult to limit to only three.  I will go with my three favorites from the past 100 years:

    2666 - Roberto Bolano
    Austerlitz - WG Sebald (though I'd could put any of his books here)
    As they Lay Dying - William Faulkner (Best one sentence chapter ever: "My mother is a fish.")

    Honorable mention:  Mrs. Dalloway, Slaughterhouse 5 or the Children's Crusade, Underworld, Wide Sargasso Sea,

    Top 3 Musicians
    Again limited to last 100 years:

    Johnny Cash
    The Beatles

    Honorable mention: Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin, Bob Marley

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:36:15 AM PDT

  •  Okay here's mine: (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, churchylafemme

    1) Treasure Island - RLS
    2) Mystery Walk -Robert McCammon
    3) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

    1) Highlander
    2) The Godfather
    3) Blade Runner

    1) Iron Fucking Maiden
    2) Slayer
    3) Trans Siberian Orchestra

    Up The Irons!

    Nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you in heaven for

    by Greatwyrm on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:27:21 AM PDT

  •  OK, this is what they are (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    today.  Tomorrow may be different.


    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    12 Angry Men


    The Handmaid's Tale
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Grapes of Wrath


    Gordon Lightfoot
    Phil Ochs
    John Prine

    TV (just for the heck of it)

    The Prisoner
    My World and Welcome To It

    You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

    by PSzymeczek on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 12:06:38 PM PDT

  •  This is today (0+ / 0-)

    Rutherford - Sarum
    Palliser - The Quincunx
    Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities


    Gary with Trent playing a mean tambourine.

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