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Title: Recommendations!
Post by: est on 20 Oct 2005, 20:37
here is a general thread for people to recommend books, shows and movies to others.

the catch though is that any posts without a decent explanation of why the thing in question is being recommended will be deleted.

go!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: 1patheticloser on 20 Oct 2005, 21:19
My suggestion, to all those who have yet to, watch Joss Whedon's Firefly. I myself was not a fan of his earlier works, Buffy and Angel, but the combination of science fiction and western genres, with the bonus of great characters and smart-as-a-whip dialogue make this show one of the best I've seen in years. It was unfortunately cancelled before it even finished a season due to high budget and the inability of Fox to find a proper time slot for the show. It lives on in both the DVD box set of the collected episodes, and the new feature film, Serenity (http://imdb.com/title/tt0379786/combined)[/i]. The DVD set is regularly available at a relatively low cost (around 40 dollars US in these parts).

Links:
Buy it from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AQS0F/103-4988159-1616657?v=glance&n=130&n=507846&s=dvd&v=glance)
imdb.com info (http://imdb.com/title/tt0303461/combined)
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Switchblade on 21 Oct 2005, 00:32
What he said.

My own particular book recommendation Is "Ilium" by Dan Simmons, and its sequel, "Olympos".

Aside from being a genuinely interesting concept - taking the plot of Homer's Iliad and then weaving it in with two or three other completely original storylines - it's a fine example of writing, and the underlying explanations for all the interweaving plots and characters is pretty cunning.

I'll let Dan Simmons sell the book, actually. This is the opening passage of text, taken from the very beginning of the first book:

Quote
Rage.

     Sing, O Muse, of the rage of Achilles, of Peleus' son, murderous, man-killer, fated to die, sing of the rage that cost the Achaeans so many good men and sent so many vital, hearty souls down to the dreary House of Death. And while you're at it, O Muse, sing of the rage of the gods themselves, so petulant and powerful here on their new Olympos, and of the rage of the post-humans, dead and gone though they might be, and of the rage of those few true umans left, self-absorbed and useless though they have become. While you are singin, O Muse, sing also of the rage of those thoughtful, sentent, serious but not-so-close-to-human beings out there dreaming under the ice of Europa, dying in the sulfur-ash of Io, and being born in hte cold folds of Ganymede.

     Oh, and sing of me, O Muse, poor born-again-against his will Hockenberry - poor dead Thomas Hockenberry, Ph.D., Hockenbush to his friends, to friends long since turned to dust on a world long since left behind. Sing of my rage, yes, of my rage, O Muse, small and insignificant thought that rage may be when measured against the anger of the immortal gods, or when compared to the wrath of the god-killer, Achilles.

     On second thought, O Muse, sing of nothing to me. I know you. I have been bound and servant to you, O Muse, you incomparable bitch. And I do not trust you, O Muse. Not one little bit.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 21 Oct 2005, 00:54
Movies for Halloween:

Man Bites Dog - It will educate you because it is Belgum and so you get to read the subtitles, and it is very funny.

Man With the Screaming Brain - It is also very silly, and by Bruce Cambell, great for Halloween! Dazzling make up and special effects! Drama! Robots!

Any short films that were in the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - They do Cthulhu right. Plus there are awesome scary films that will make you shiver and giggle at the same time. Also if you are in portland next year in early october, go t the hollywood theater.

Chumscrubber - It was trying to be like Donnie Darko, but it didn't quite make it. If you like dolphins, this movie is for you!

The Uninvited - It's got ghosts!

Old Dark House - Boris Karloff is in there, plus romance (not with boris karloff) and potatos (not related to the romance)

Do not forget the old traditions of Great Pumpikn, Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus, because they're traditional.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Schmendrick on 21 Oct 2005, 14:55
I recently watched Closer. It is an incredibly well done movie about two couples who become intertwined. I would not watch this movie if you are stimulated more by visuals. Closer was originally a play and therefore relies heavily on the screenplay which is brilliantly worded.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: noise_wave on 21 Oct 2005, 17:05
Alexandre Dumas' "The Man In The Iron Mask"

Do not mistake this for the Leonardo Dicaprio movie. The book is about a kazillion times better. It combines the conflict between the finest sword fighters of France (Musketeers for those of you who don't know what I am talking about) with some suprisingly colourful history. It is a tale that is flamboyant, daring, and beautifully adventurous.

And on top of that, it is Alexandre Dumas, who is a brilliant writer to say the least.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 21 Oct 2005, 17:31
The 5th Muskateer - Okay first, where the hell did the 4th come from? This movie is actually pretty annoying, it's okay though! Even though the movie is rated PG, they show one of the lady's breasts 3 times. The actress had to have done it on purpose, there's no way it was in the script. She just said to her self "Well, I'm in this crappy movie, my voice is terribly irritating, and this dress makes my butt 5 feet wide. I guess I'll have to show everyone my tits."

I guess the guy who plays the prince/5th muskateer is pretty ammusing. So anyways, go check that movie out from your local public library.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: *insert silly name here* on 21 Oct 2005, 19:10
Movies:
Blade Runner
 Think like, old Film Noir, set in the world of star wars, not make it rain a bunch and add some Androids with moratlity issues and you've got blade runner.

Dr. Strangelove...
...or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.  Ever see fail safe? yeah well, This movie is kind of like that (Nuclear attact accidentaly ordered against USSR, no way to recall it), except everyone is played by peter sellers, and Slim Pickins rodeo's and atomic bomb straight to hell


Books,
Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
I must say, I'm not a big romance novel reader, but this one isnt a typical romance novel (The main characters are a princess from a nonexistant kingdom and an international terrorist with an effinity for dynamite).  It explores teh hidden meaning of a pack of camel cigarretes, the moon, and the problem of redheads.

The Song of Roland, Unknown
This magically appeared on my Bookshelf, so I natrually had to read it, Its a poem (like the Oddesy) from 11th century france, the author is unknown, but its a beauitfully written peice of medieval literature.  Much battle and funtimes.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: est on 21 Oct 2005, 20:39
i've already deleted two posts in here where people give recommendations without any kind of reasoning.  an unexplained recommendation is totally useless.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: McTaggart on 22 Oct 2005, 07:22
Both The Collector by John Fowles (which you probably read for english in school) and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon made me think. I think they helped me appreciate other people's opinions more, definately a lesson people should learn. They're also both written differently to a lot of what I've read. I love it when that happens.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 22 Oct 2005, 07:59
One of my absolute favourite books is The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings.  It's an autobiographical, or at least lightly fictionalised, account of the time he spent in a French prison-camp during World War I, after he was arrested for, well, basically behaving in a cheekily e. e. cummings-like manner (he was an ambulance driver on the Western Front).  The thing that's so wonderful about the book is that where just about anybody else would write a really grim, miserable, and painfully "worthy" book, cummings absolutely rejoices in the situation in which he finds himself, especially the people with whom he's imprisoned: people who most of us would hate to be locked up with, but who cummings regards as the salt of the earth.  The Enormous Room is the ultimate feel-good book, and not in a superficial way: it will leave you with a huge grin on your face, in part because it's bloody funny and cummings has a wonderful turn of phrase, but also and more significantly because it's just so wonderfully human, rejoicing and embracing humans and all their flaws.  It's beautifully non-judgmental.

If you can, snap up the Penguin edition from a few years back, which has a glossary in the back translating the frequent (typically idiosyncratic) foreign-language phrases that appear throughout the book.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Thalia on 23 Oct 2005, 15:44
I just went to see Stay last night...I must say, I was VERY impressed, which doesn't happen easily when it comes to movies and me. For anyone who enjoyed Eternal Sunshine, you'll LOVE this...not only is the cinematography and transitions done beautifully, but the story is FANTASTIC!

If you enjoy using your brain and don't mind films where you're going, "eh?" a few times until you get closer towards the end, then this is a definite must see!!!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Bunnyman on 25 Oct 2005, 02:39
BOOKS
First Contract by Greg Costikyan.  The premise: The aliens arrive, offering impossibly advanced technology for reasonable prices, and earth's economy collapses overnight.  We follow one high-tech executive as his company fails, and his trek though California, meeting jew-hating bums, aging hippies, and a gun-happy Earth Uber Alles sci-fi writer who has become an overnight galactic success.  Fantastic satire.

MOVIES
Man Bites Dog(elaboration on the above): Warning, only for the truly hardcore, as it contains soem of the blackest comedy put to celluloid.  A camera crew follows the daily routine of a serial killer, filming an ultra-low-budget documentary picture.  The crew gets more nad more embroiled in the crimes until they are doing the killing themselves.  Brilliant stuff, because it taunts its audience mercilessly, making them laugh at rape, murder, and a very charismatic serial killer.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Garcin on 25 Oct 2005, 22:44
If on a winter's night a traveler, by Italo Calvino.

You, The Reader, pursue 10 morsels of stories in 10 different genres in libraries, bookstores, and totalitarian governmental archives around the world, fall and love with the Other Reader, and uncover a fiendish plot by Apocryphers to replace true texts with false.  

This is one of the key sources of inspiration for modern day bibliophile fabulism in the spirity of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.  It's a sibling to Borge's Ficciones and Nabakov's Pale Fire.  Definitely one of my most enjoyable reading experiences.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: practicality on 26 Oct 2005, 19:24
I recommend Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. It's a science narrative about the evolution of life forms, and then more specifically, the evolution of humans and close relatives. It's extremely interesting and well written. Go borrow or buy it.

Now.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Kelamin on 27 Oct 2005, 17:53
The house of leaves by mark z danielewski.

I don't really know how to describe this book. It's kind of horror but not really. But basically it's a manuscript about a house and all the interactions with it by people and a commentary on the manuscript.

hard to explain but a very good read if u can keep track of several storylines at once.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: IronOxide on 28 Oct 2005, 19:19
Movie: Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo
A brilliant story by the classic screenwriter/director. The way that Sanjuro behaves is brilliant, and just makes for a really good story. Also, there's some kickass fights.

Book: A study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Another classic. It's much more the sad story of a man who gets screwed over than a  detective fiction.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Darius of Tresserhorn on 29 Oct 2005, 00:07
Series

Cowboy Bebop

The rant:

I know it's Anime, but lets be honest. You know you watch it. Stop hiding the DVD's under your couch when your friends come over to drink. Loud and proud, baba`y. Best soundtrack in an anime? Check. Best english dub in an anime? Check. Amazing plot, high quality animation, stand alone episodes that tie into each other well, and great combinations of action and comedy? Check.

For me, it was an absolutely great series, blew my mind, and I reccomend it to non-anime watchers all the time.

The tagline:

The denizens of Earth have mostly moved on to inhabit the rest of the terraformed and mechanically evolved solar system. Travel takes place using sublight engines on (relatively common) spaceships, and a series of gates within the solar system.

The main characters are a pair of bounty hunters working together to catch fugitives throughout the system, barely scraping by, but managing. Several other characters join the cast as members of the crew, and good doses of comedy action and drama are littered throughout.

Firefly

`nuff said already, it's amazing. It's everything a series should be. Must watch.

Books

"Heraldmage Vanyel" Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

The rant:

I read this trilogy on the reccomendation of my fiance, who is a big Lackey fan. It had decent pacing considering the lack of action or plot progression in the beginning, and kept me interested. I cried at several points in the series, the characterization was absolutely excellent, but that may also be because I will listen to anything once or twice, and my fiance insisted I hear the filk that goes with the series, which was actually quite good (Heather Alexander), and really brought out the emotion from the written word better than I was getting it myself.

Overall, pretty good, reccomend to those that like fantasy, perhaps those that are cross-genre readers, don't reccomend to the close-minded, but they can go to hell anyways.

Also, damn good ending to the trilogy.

The tagline:

A page who is the son of a lord is stuck, misunderstood, mistreated, and with no friends, in his fathers remote castle. As time goes on, he gets very "lucky" (in his mind) and is reassigned to become a herald at a distant city, somewhat against his fathers desires.

Lets just say he goes on to be romantically involved, grow out of his inner shell, and becomes somewhat of a figure of power.

Movies

Evil Dead 2

The rant:

This movie was absolutely insane. I read about this after having seen Army of Darkness, and loving the over the top acting of Bruce Campbell. For me, I was actually supposed to be doing a final exam on a director, and choosing three films they directed to use as canon for the paper, discussing their style, etc.

I was woken up in the middle of class (heh) and forced to make a decision on a director. Went something like the following:

Teacher: *prod*
Me: ZZZzzzz... Yarglehuhagha?
Teacher: What director are you doing?
Me: Uh... agh... snarf...
Teacher: ...?
Me: Uh... Coppola?
Teacher: Already taken.
Me: Mmm... David Lean?
Teacher: Already taken.
Me: ...wtf?
Teacher: Come on, you're the last one. Pick one, or I'll have you do Rob Cohen.
Me: *shudders* Uh... crap... Sam Raimi.
Teacher: ...I trust that's a real director, so okay.

I rented Evil Dead 2, Evil Dead 1, and Army of Darkness the next day. Good god.

Evil Dead 2 is crazy, because it's fairly low budget, it's a B movie, and it still managed to creep me out, make me laugh, and give me memorable quotes, all in the same sitting. I've almost no idea how it achieved this, but if nothing else, it's a B-movie classic.

Besides, it's banned in Norway/Finland/Iceland. That's a good sign, people.

The tagline:

A man takes a vacation in the woods with his girlfriend to a cabin, there they discover a professor had been trying to decode the legendary "Book of the Dead" in the very room they are standing in.

Horror/Hilarity ensues.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Merkava on 29 Oct 2005, 12:54
Quote from: 1patheticloser
My suggestion, to all those who have yet to, watch Joss Whedon's Firefly. I myself was not a fan of his earlier works, Buffy and Angel, but the combination of science fiction and western genres, with the bonus of great characters and smart-as-a-whip dialogue make this show one of the best I've seen in years. It was unfortunately cancelled before it even finished a season due to high budget and the inability of Fox to find a proper time slot for the show. It lives on in both the DVD box set of the collected episodes, and the new feature film, Serenity (http://imdb.com/title/tt0379786/combined)[/i]. The DVD set is regularly available at a relatively low cost (around 40 dollars US in these parts).

Links:
Buy it from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AQS0F/103-4988159-1616657?v=glance&n=130&n=507846&s=dvd&v=glance)
imdb.com info (http://imdb.com/title/tt0303461/combined)


Now Buffy, I hated.

Angel and Firefly own, most definently.

Might as well be a fanboy and recommend the former as well. XP

Angel is just brilliant. Unlike Buffy, who's angst was all about "how do I live a normal life with these uber powers *wine*", Angel is about redemption and dealing with what you've done in the past. While Buffy's characters were all self-involved, Angel was about family. While Buffy tries to ape the feelings of the old Scooby Doo shows and horror movies, Angel is all about the film noir, and has a dark atmosphere to suppliment it. It mixes humor and drama perfectly, having you laughing one moment and gasping/tearing up the next. The acting is pretty much superb all-around and the writing is really sharp (especially with Lorne, who comes in on the second season and becomes a major character after the 3rd or 4th season.


Besides, Wesley has one of the most brilliant character shifts ever.

The first few seasons have become cheaper over the years, and I'd recommend starting with the first season. You have to become attached to the characters for most of the plot twists/story arcs to make sense.

You can also pick up seasons 1-4 on Amazon as a bundle for $140, which is pretty nice, since buying them all seperately would empty your wallets to the tune of $200.

www.amazon.com
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Giantandre on 01 Nov 2005, 13:47
2 Books I Love

James Frey's -- A Million Little Pieces - The best book Ive read dealing with Drugs/Alcohol but, it's much more than that, It deals with redemption and moving forward in a real way. The book itself is the very definition of "harrowing"....(Be forwarned this is the new pick of The Oprah Book Club, I read it in 04 and I still recomend ... in fact I CANT BELIEVE THE OPRAH Army can handle this book)

Douglas Coupland's --- Hey Nostradamus! - Coupland's work can be hit or miss (Gen X, Microserfs, and Life after God are Great) (Shampoo Planet Miss Wyoming, and All Families... and so very average) HN is darkly comic yet disturbing and haunting....Takes a look at Alienation, Spirtuality, and Family Dysfuction.....and Acceptance  

2 books I read in one sitting
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: MilkmanDan on 06 Nov 2005, 07:13
So, everyone is plugging Cowboy Bebop, huh? Well, it would seem that I'll have to be a lone voice of dissent. Yes, the music is kickass, the dubbing is great and the animation is good, but it was really dull. I watched the whole thing, because I borrowed the DVDs off my friend. I got all the way to the supposedly mind-blowing final episode and honestly couldn't give a shit if some stupidly named guy with a raven killed some other idiot's ex-girlfriend. Or whatever.
Actually, I think my problem with the whole series is that I didn't like anyone in it, and therefore didn't care what happened to them. It just never engaged me.

I hadn't intended to go off on such a rant about Cowboy Bebop, but there you have it. On to my recommendation.

Twin Peaks - TV Series.
It's pretty old these days, as it was actually on TV around 1990. I was too young to watch it then, but through the magic of video (and now DVD), I have watched it since.
A truly bizarre plot starts simply enough with the murder of a local girl and the arrival of an FBI agent to investigate. Before you know it, there are dwarves, women speaking to logs, incredibly wierd dream sequences, conspiracies and damn fine cherry pies.
It was made by David Lynch, which should give you an idea of its style. It manages to make sense on its own terms, just about, which is basically his trademark.
So, yeah. If you want wierd, you should check it out.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: kitsunefire on 07 Nov 2005, 23:50
Crash, its new like this year...Its all about how you affect everybody you come into contact with and how events set of chain reactions...very good movie, heavy on rasism (in SEVERAL nationalities) and just a really great...well go watch it! :)

great book I'd have to say "the Giver" byLois Lowry, It'd take a fast reader maybe a few hours to read as its one of those "young adult" novels, but well worth it, Jonas lives with his family in a town without color, with out music, without emotion. At the cerimony of Elevens he is chosen to be the towns next "Giver" the person in charge of keeping all the memories in the town...thats all I'm going to say...but its well worth the few hours to read it. Very neat concepts.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Sideways on 08 Nov 2005, 09:07
The Shroud of the Thwacker.

Chris Elliott's first book.

This is Chris Elliott (http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/dimension_films/scary_movie_2/chris_elliott/scarypre.jpg).  You may remember him from 'There's Something About Mary'.

This is his movie/T.V. bio (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0254402/)

The book debut from the Get a Life and Cabin Boy star is billed as a parody, but this murder mystery wrapped in laughter is simply straight-up enjoyable. Jack the Jolly Thwacker is leaving dead bodies all over 1882 New York City. Chris Elliott, a modern-day researcher, is tracking the serial killer through time. Elliott's wry humor fastens on the burgeoning, Boss Tweedified city, giving it a hilarious and vividly imagined set of anachronistic technologies and accoutrements (New York's Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, who has mysteriously disappeared, has a navel piercing). The narrative leaps back and forth in time, as 1882 police chief Caleb Spencer chases the Thwacker through the streets, and Elliott, convinced the killer is from the 21st century, chases him through time. Elliott's ability to time travel is facilitated by Yoko Ono (don't ask) and a willing suspension of disbelief, but the results are very amusing (if often infantile in the style of There's Something About Mary), with asides on every page that bring in everyone and everything from Typhoid Mary to Skyy Vodka. If Shroud feels like an extended, Americanized Monty Python skit, it's also a rousing good yarn.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Meh. Whatever you say... on 10 Nov 2005, 18:23
Hmmm...

I think I'll recommend The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.

His writing technique is amazing, he has humor, sadness, adorability (did I just make that wrod up?), and everything else you could want in a book.

It's from the perspective of twenty different people, and they all have their own ways of 'writing' it. One girl writes in song form, on guy writes in poems, so on, so forth.

It's just an amazing book, and you should go out to the nearest book store and read it.

So there.

</3 Kerry
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 12 Nov 2005, 17:18
Movie recommendation:

Forbidden Planet

It's got romance, science, mystery and charm! Dazzling special effects, exciting space!  And recently remastered to DVD format for your convenience!

Really folks, it's a classic. How often do you get to see a flying saucer, a pretty lady, a friendly whiskey-making robot, and a chilling Freudian psychology monster in the same movie? Not that often! It's in color! There's a tiger! And lasers! Oh dear!



Zzzzp. Pchew pchew!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Sh8k3zu1a on 17 Nov 2005, 18:54
Books:
Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books mostly because they give you a much more complete story than the movies + he is an awesome author.

Isaac Asimov's Acension Factor, The Jesus incident, and The Lazarus effect.

those are all fiction works that are very interesting and i enjoyed them very much its hard to reccomend just a few (he has written over 300 published books) so i did 3.
It is a very strange trilogy but nevertheless i ahve never read a Asimov work that disappointed me.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Kthak on 18 Nov 2005, 05:09
Quote from: Sh8k3zu1a
Books:
Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books mostly because they give you a much more complete story than the movies + he is an awesome author.

Isaac Asimov's Acension Factor, The Jesus incident, and The Lazarus effect.

those are all fiction works that are very interesting and i enjoyed them very much its hard to reccomend just a few (he has written over 300 published books) so i did 3.
It is a very strange trilogy but nevertheless i ahve never read a Asimov work that disappointed me.


I'll have to second the recommendation for the Jurassic Park books, both the original and The Lost World. I first read Jurassic Park in 4th or 5th grade after seeing the movie in theatres. It completely changed how I thought about literature, and I've been addicted to Crichton ever since. The Lost World was possibly better than the original, even if the movie sucked.

Books that should be read include Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, a period piece written shortly after the period. The character development is simply amazing and the story is fairly easy to follow. The book is one of the best satires I've read, up there with Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal and L Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.

A modern equivalent to this would be Richard Russo's Empire Falls. Possibly the best novel I've read in the past few years. It's the story of a small town in New England, and was turned into an HBO two part film.

Anything by David Sedaris is worth reading, no explanation needed for this one. You need to read every book he has ever written.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 18 Nov 2005, 07:43
Personally, I recommend Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Why? 'Cause it made me cry. Same deal with Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle, 'cept that made me cry even harder.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: neomang5 on 18 Nov 2005, 19:34
Well, since I havent seen it anywhere, I'll reccomend Eragon by Christoper Paolini, as well as its sequel Eldest. Theyre essentially the tale of a boy and his dragon, being one of the last of its race. While it sounds fairly stereotypical, one of the main draws is the fact that unlike most, Paolini really makes you feel like the world he portrays is real, rather than some average fake sci-fi land.

Also, it has dragons. Go. Read.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 19 Nov 2005, 11:23
I have 5 words for everyone here.

READ BOOKS BY TOM ROBBINS.

I can't emphasize this enough.  If one person goes out and picks up a Tom Robbins book because of this post, I ... will be a very, very happy person.

Oh, right, explanation.

Tom Robbins is the best author operating today, in my opinion.  He's got 9 books out, including 8 novels and a collection of short nonfiction writing.  His writing style is incomparable just because it's so goddamn quirky ... he's got a way with thoughts the way normally "good" writers have a way with words.  I'm finding it hard to give an acceptable explanation of why he's so good ... you'd really have to read something, I think.  If you buy a book by him, and you read it all the way through and you don't like it, I'll personally send you the price of the book (the scary part is that I'm considering being serious here).  Look for ...

Wild Ducks Flying Backwards (short writings, good for an introduction to his style but not necessarily his ideas)
Jitterbug Perfume (my favorite book of all time, it will convince you to live forever)
Skinny Legs and All (I think I learned more about life from this book than any other book ever, a good first novel)
Another Roadside Attraction (Body of Christ found in Vatican basement?  Read it.)
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (the only book I've ever seen written entirely in the *second* person)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (his most famous, and the only one I haven't finished ... big in the feminist movement, actually)
Still Life With Woodpecker (possibly the best love story ever told)
Villa Incognito (shortest, most recent novel, not his best but still stunning)
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates (it's not even fair how good this book is.  Read it.)

Tom Robbins is really, really funny.  He teaches you things that reading fiction doesn't usually teach.  He doesn't inspire you to write or make music or anything, he inspires you to LIVE.  It's ... like I said, hard to explain.  I mean, look at me, I'm spouting gibberish about being inspired to live.  Just read the books, you'll understand.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: ayePod on 27 Nov 2005, 19:30
Three words.

THE MIGHTY BOOSH.

When a shows major influence is Keenan And Kel and each episode has atleast 5 seperate pop culture/movie refrences I am a happy beaver.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: ayePod on 27 Nov 2005, 19:30
Three words.

THE MIGHTY BOOSH.

When a shows major influence is Keenan And Kel and each episode has atleast 5 seperate pop culture/movie refrences I am a happy beaver.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Rawr and Stuff on 27 Nov 2005, 19:38
For those of you who loved the series, the Complete Calvin and Hobbes freaking rocks. Brings everything together so nicely with some really cool extras. That and Calvin and Hobbes just rock so much anyways.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Mikintosh on 29 Nov 2005, 10:30
For DVDs, purchase The Work of Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and/or Mark Romanek (there are other ones, but these are the ones I own). The music videos in them are all extremely well-done (good music too), and you get a lot of insight into filmmaking for that kind of medium. They also come with little books by the directors, which are cool and informative as well.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Oli on 29 Nov 2005, 11:42
Quote from: onewheelwizzard


Oh, right, explanation.

Tom Robbins is the best author operating today, in my opinion.  He's got 9 books out, including 8 novels and a collection of short nonfiction writing.  His writing style is incomparable just because it's so goddamn quirky ... he's got a way with thoughts the way normally "good" writers have a way with words.  I'm finding it hard to give an acceptable explanation of why he's so good ... you'd really have to read something, I think.  If you buy a book by him, and you read it all the way through and you don't like it, I'll personally send you the price of the book (the scary part is that I'm considering being serious here).


If we do get a book and pretend not to enjoy it will you still send us the money?!?

I might check him out if his stuff is sold in the UK :-)

My reccomendation goes to Bill Bryson.

Some seriously funny travel writing. It's hard to describe why it's so funny, but basically it's tasteful sarcasm wit and irony mixed with hindsight while he's telling you about travelling in some country. HILARIOUS stuff.

He has loadsa books out too.

A good one to look for is "Notes from a big country" which is basically some short essays he wrote for a British newspaper on American life. Seriously funny stuff (well at least I think so) and you shouldn't be disapointed.

Also if you like Bill Bryson check out a book by Tony Hawk (Not the skateboarder...) called "Round Ireland with a fridge" a drunken bet for £100 leads to him hitch-hiking round Ireland with a fridge. 'Nuff said eh.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: cacahuate on 29 Nov 2005, 15:43
Scrubs = TV greatness. Starting a-fresh in January.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 29 Nov 2005, 17:16
If there's one good thing about the summer non-ratings period, it's that the commercial T.V. channels screen in wholesale quantities all the stuff that inexplicably doesn't rate during the rest of the year.  Which translates as Channel 7 showing a solid hour of Scrubs from 11:00 a.m. every weekday!  Working from home rocks.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Bunnyman on 29 Nov 2005, 23:12
The film Wild Zero is worth seeking out, not only because it stars Japanese rock band Guitar Wolf, but because it's a movie that, like Versus, exists only to be "cool."  In this case, what is cool?  How about...

Leather jackets, obsessive hair-combing, an alien invasion, zombies, stuff shooting flames, stuff exploding, heads exploding, an unceasing rock-and-roll soundtrack, and the affirmation that "Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders."

It also continues the proud Japanese tradition of having a stunning first ten minutes (in the same vein as Miike's Dead or Alive).

In other words, see it.  You won't be dissappointed.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Paper Beats Rock on 03 Dec 2005, 17:21
Quote from: ayePod
Three words.

THE MIGHTY BOOSH.

When a shows major influence is Keenan And Kel and each episode has atleast 5 seperate pop culture/movie refrences I am a happy beaver.


Oh come on!  If we're recommending Brit-TV it has to be the one and only Peep Show!

Filmed entirely in the first person perspective of two flatmates, Mark and Jez, an odd-couple type pairing.  There's so many good things about it.  Anyone who like the cringe-worthy comedy of The Office will love this.  The dead-pan delivery is outstanding and when you're seeing through one of the character's eyes you can hear what they're thinking which gives rise to some great 'what they're thinking'/'what they say' comedy moments.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 04 Dec 2005, 06:17
Kenan and Kel was awesome. Admit it.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KharBevNor on 04 Dec 2005, 08:39
Quote from: Nolaw_Nocrime

A good one to look for is "Notes from a big country" which is basically some short essays he wrote for a British newspaper on American life. Seriously funny stuff (well at least I think so) and you shouldn't be disapointed.


FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A FINE OF $100,000,000,000 AND AN UNPROVOKED NUCLEAR ATTACK ON A SMALL NEUTRAL COUNTRY!

(You'll understand when you read it).

I'll make some recs myself. Just a few movies to start with:

Gosford Park

An all-star cast of fantastic English actors star in this delightful country-house murder-mystery that both manages to pay homage to and subtly mock the cliches of both Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse whilst providing an intirguing examination of the pre-war British class system. Wonderfully written.

Magnus

This wonderful Icelandic black comedy has it all: Betrayal, attempted suicide, cancer, despair, faceless beuraucracy and really, really cute ponies. Overall, like a lot of Icelandic cinema, it is essentially absurdist, turning human suffering into a farce. Life is futile, but who gives a shit? And the ponies are seriously cute. Subtitles.

Reykjavik 101

Another UTTERLY brilliant Icelandic black comedy. Life is going swimmingly for Hlynur, a 30 year old man who still lives in his mothers apartment, creaming off the Icelandic welfare state (most Icelanders are extremely hardworking), drinking, smoking and surfing the net for porn, troubled only by his inability to keep a girlfriend and the haunting spectre of his drunkard father. However, when Hlynur accidentally ends up getting his mothers lesbian lover pregnant after a particularly drunken New Years...well, things start getting awkward. I really cannot stress how incredible and life-affirming this film is. Shot in realistic language, half subtitled Icelandic, half English (for reasons that become apparent when you GO SEE IT.) No ponies, but there are sex, drugs and iguanas. Also, it is entirely possible that this is the only film ever with a lesbian sex scene AND a decent plot.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Paper Beats Rock on 10 Dec 2005, 15:08
Hey KharBevNor, just watched Gosford Park and 101 Reykjavik and they were both pretty damn good.  

Gosford Park was shot really well and there was some great performances in there.  Showed the whole class divide very well.

101 Reykjavik was pretty funny, it really was a good life-affirming story.  I particularly liked his comparison with the different species of birds towards the end.

I guess you'll have seen Noi Albinoi?  Another good Icelandic film that you'll probably like.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Paper Beats Rock on 10 Dec 2005, 15:19
Quote from: Mikintosh
For DVDs, purchase The Work of Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and/or Mark Romanek (there are other ones, but these are the ones I own). The music videos in them are all extremely well-done (good music too), and you get a lot of insight into filmmaking for that kind of medium. They also come with little books by the directors, which are cool and informative as well.


Oh my god, you bastard, I'm short enough on money as it is and now I have to go and buy the Mike Romanek DVD!  How long has this been out?  I got the Gondry, Jonze and Cunningham ones and I thought that was it.

EDIT:  Shit, there's more than one that I don't have, you double bastard!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Cobra Kai on 10 Dec 2005, 16:26
Evil Dead Trap 1 and 2.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167147/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203132/


Tetsuo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096251/

Must see for any horror movie buffs
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Trampo on 11 Dec 2005, 11:21
Movie:- Hercules in New York, sheer poetry. If you ever want to see Arnie in his natural habitat watch this, you'll either love it or hate it, I love it.

Series:- Spaced, always a classic from Simon Pegg, only two series but both are gold.

Books:- I second the motionon on Jurassic park, excellent book, although if you like Shakespeare try King Lear its a fave of mine.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: zmeiat_joro on 11 Dec 2005, 15:06
Twin Peaks, Forbidden Planet and fucking _Spaced_. YEAH

Blade Runner, the book and film, and Dr. Strangelove... too, but... it there anyone who _hasn't_ seen them?!

I will recommend anything by Samuel Delany. He is among the top five authors of the twentieth century in my personal library. You need to have read a lot of science fiction in order to properly appreciate much of his work, but not all of it. Some of his later authobiographical work is accesible to anyone with serious literary interests. Granted, some poeple do hate his books, but even if you are one of these people, I think you will learn something about yourself from that Smile
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 11 Dec 2005, 15:23
Best movie ever? "The Right Stuff". "Road to Perdition" is an amazing film as well. Very good lighting, which is something I don't notice very often.
Title: Books!!
Post by: thetruthisunhappy on 26 Dec 2005, 15:00
Two books that I recommend:

Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey (actually this is part of a trilogy): These books are awesome. I am a fan of fantasy books in general and my friend basically said OMG read this!! Do it!! It’s very well written and gripping story, it is somewhat of a romance, which normally I hate, but I didn’t mind in here. There’s lots of irony and it’s also thought provoking.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: This is a very interesting and strange book. One review that describes it better then I could have says:
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As unsettling as it is exhilarating, American Gods is a dark and kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an America, at once eerily familiar and utterly alien.
Also thought provoking and has funny parts. Read an excerpt here: http://www.neilgaiman.com/books/americangods_pb.asp#excerpt
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Mnementh on 26 Dec 2005, 15:42
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.  Absolutely hysterical.  Fairly irreverent.  It's a humourous story about Jesus and his buddy biff during the years not covered in the bible.

I read it through yesterday and I was chuckling all afternoon.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: zerofiftysix on 27 Dec 2005, 23:23
I recommend reading some Haruki Murakami.  I don't know why I am in love with Murakami but I am.  I've read all of his stories that have been translated into the English and I even own one of his books in the original Japanese.  Here are some of my favorite books by him:

Title: Recommendations!
Post by: surefunk on 28 Dec 2005, 07:53
i finally finished reading "on beauty" by zadie smith.  i absolutely recommend it.  she is the best i've ever read at just removing the author from the equation, like just so good that you forget someone is telling you this story- you are just in it.  amazing dialogue, in that there are dozens of characters and each has their own voice and there is never a line where you think "that doesn't sound like howard," or "jerome would never use that word."  
a great story, but really an amazing piece of fiction writing where the craft is even more impressive than the work.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Excecior on 03 Jan 2006, 05:38
Movies-
    Boondock Saints- 2 irish men think they have been called to kill mobsters,professional killers, pimps, ETC.

    Snatch- awesome movie, starts with a heist where they steal a diamond and the movie is about the resulting interactions between russian mobsters, illegal bookies, pawn shop owners, cab drivers,illegal boxers,

  Pulp Fiction- just go and watch it!! NOW!!!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 03 Jan 2006, 06:29
Starship Troopers by Heinlein. Just because it's awesome. Even the most hardassed critic cannot deny that soldiers in robot suits with mininukes are AWESOME.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: NitroNic on 05 Jan 2006, 12:04
One book series I recommend to many people is Steven Erikson's "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series, starting with 'Gardens of the Moon'. (Fantasy Series)

Steven Erikson, an anthropologist and archeologist, writes very believable and dynamic characters.  I love his character development, and it's VERY easy to get attached emotionally to a person.  Also with the way he writes, you might hate a character one book, but then realize later that the hated character is SUPER COOL!  There are few two dimensional characters in this series, and the "Good vs Evil" is very subjective (just as, if not more subjective than George R.R. Martin's books).  The archeology degree helps him build a vast and beautiful universe.  The cultures vary and are as different and as unusual as the ones that live on our very planet!  The world and factors are large as the imagination, and he puts in many very orginal ideas.  An absolutely fantastic read, I love it all.

And for the cons.  If I were to say this book was perfect for everyone, I'd be lying.  When you first start the book, you hit the ground running, so to say.  There's nothing to explain the world, or how it works, you just have to pick it up as you go. (I love it, makes you feel like you're a part of the world and learning about it as you go).  But it's tough for some people to pick up on how it works.  Reading the first book twice, just to get a feel for how the world works, is recommended.  That and there alot of info to know.  Just who is what (I find it easy to remember such colourful characters though), and what is where and who did what and the sort.  So, with a Big imagination and a Big memory, this book is the best thing you can get.

The plot lines, some massive, some small, are all intracately woven, all effecting the world.  Sometimes the smallest characters, who are not special at all, become the center of the web of plot and twists the whole thing into a fantastic story.  It is just so freaking HUGE that I'm sure Steven Erikson has to have post-it notes EVERYWHERE to keep track of all the plots he has going on.  Try to not let it intimidate you, I believe they are fantastic books.

To sum it up:

Steven Erikson's "Malazan Book of the Fallen"
-Good character depth
-Good world depth
-Fantastic plot
-Very large
-No introduction to the scheme of things ("hit the ground running")

I give five stars!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 02 Feb 2006, 23:29
Belle et la Bête


-It's by Jean Cocteau. Is that enough?

-Oh well.

-  Really awesome special effects for the time it was made, it wouldn't be better with modern technology. (I.e. Disembodied arms a la Queen Cat, talking doors, roller-skate floating, moving statues, magic glove of transportation, smoke, romantic flying!)

-The beast is dressed up to look like David Bowie from Labryinth.

-Hilarious acting, terribly cheesy lines, I bruised my knee on a coffee table making fun of it.

-Avenant and his sidekick look just like Gaston and Lefou.

-You can be all intectual and analize the themes.

-Really good use of light and moods.

-Pretty horsey!

-Go see this film!



Have you seen Dark City? I bet you have. See it again. If you haven't you can see it the first time and not know what happens in the end.

There are lots of men with hats, and one really short person with a hat, and they control the world with their foreheads and dramatic orchestra music.

It is also for distopia if you like that sort of thing.

Forehead: WOOOOooooOOO.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 07 Feb 2006, 01:55
I would like you to reccomend to me movies that I might like that I have not seen. They should be on the dvd and be either thought provoking in some way, or whimsey. +2000 bonus points for whimsy. I do not think enough people are reccomending movies.

Please do not recomend anything that you think would give me nightmares too bad, because I am easily startled and taunted by terrors and I do not like watching gore. Unfortunatly I will watch ANYTHING someone reccomends as good, and I always tell myself I like horror movies! I do not like them unless the blood is very obviously chocolate syrup, the body parts are made of rubber or Anthony Hopkins stars. I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THAT ALL RECOMENDATIONS HAVE NIGHTMARE WARNINGS IF THEY ARE EVER SCARY? That would be nice.

I am also irrationally afraid of ghosts, try not to reccomed movies with ghosts, except for Casper.

Also try not to reccomend things from the last 5 years that are mainstream unless you really think I haven't seen them. I see a lot of movies.
Also continue to reccomend good movies for other people and your books and stuff. Especially if the library at my university has them, but the library is really creepy to me - there are flickering lights, so I do not know. Heebie jeebies and all.



Speaking of Anthony Hopkins, I think you should watch Hearts in Atlantis, it has lots of whimsy and my very favorite cars. It is one of my favorite stories ever and it always makes me smile. It is probably a lot sappy for some people's tastes though. If so, you can just watch it for the cars.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KharBevNor on 09 Feb 2006, 16:38
Thought provoking? Whimsey.

I'm just gonna repeat Magnus and Reykjavik 101. Both might be a little hard to get hold of, but both are wonderful. Magnus has horseys.


Widdle Icelandic horseys.

How up are you with classic black and white monster movies? They're not scary, just awesome. If you're rushed, skip them all except for Bride of Frankenstein, which is the campest they got whilst still being serious films. Also, nowadays, Bride of Frankenstein is a 15 because it promotes smoking! Egad!

And you've seen my favourite film, Nosferatu, right?
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 09 Feb 2006, 18:56
I am actually awful proud of my black and white horror movie collection, it does include Nosferatu. That one made me laugh. Night of the living dead gave me nightmares though, okay? It is that bad.

Thanks for Maguns and and R....y...j... somthing 101. I wrote them on the library request forms for what to buy in the way of DVD's next month, other suggestions I found in the box were "Mo' Porn" and "More documentries involving fuzzy bears and ducks pleas!" That one  included a lovely fuzzy bear illustration. I also asked them for Dark Crystal, because they do not have it.

You wuv widdle horseys too!?

Okay... Recomendation... Today I reccomend Tod Browning's "Freaks." It was banned in the UK for 30 years, and some of the laws banning it in the US were never officially repealed, but the film was very well done. I think it was originally supposed to shock people, but now it's more one of those "monstrosity is on the inside" type deals, since our generation (hopefully) has been sucessfuly conditioned not to have a gut negetive reaction to people with corporeal differences. Gooble Goble! It is on dvd now.

EDIT: Also as an added bonus, you will now understand countless South Park refrences, especially Butter's Very Own Episode, and other little ones.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Bunnyman on 10 Feb 2006, 03:07
Red Dawn.  Any movie that opens with Soviet Paratroopers landing on the football field of a Rural Colorado high school is fine by me.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: zmeiat_joro on 10 Feb 2006, 05:04
Seconded, it's a hilarious film. George Ganchev plays a Soviet soldier, speaks in something that vaguely resembles Russian, and gets shot in the ass with an arrow. More than enough reason to see it.

*he's a Bulgarian politician and twice world champion in fencing; a comedy show dug up that film a few years ago. He's definitely a cool guy, though.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: octozombie on 11 Feb 2006, 03:59
Quote from: Duchess Tapioca
Belle et la Bête

YES.
Best version of that story, er... general beast vs. beauty theme (example: phantom of the opera) EVER. I agree with everything you said. Oh, and you know the guy that plays the beast? He was Cocteau's lover in real life. ZOMG I LOVE IT. :D
yeah, as you said, people neeeed to see it.


Oh, and I believe everyone needs to also see these movies:
Pulp Fiction [THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL]
Garden State
Thumbsucker
Ghost World
((and, because his work kicks ass, go get the dvd for Chris Cunningham's music videos [director's label]. He is amazingly awesome.))
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KharBevNor on 13 Feb 2006, 07:54
This isn't a film, but by goodness, pick up a copy of a TV series called 'Ultraviolet', and do it now. It's AWESOME. Kinda like every vampire story set in modern times, except it actually takes place in the real world (The vampires run FUTURES SCAMS for fucks sake!), it has good writing, lots of science (but no real science-fiction) and some really ace moral ambiguity. Although it's coming more on our side by where I am now (just finished episode four of six) for at least the first three episodes (and especially after the conclusion of three) you really aren't sure if the vampires or the exterminators are the more evil. After episode four though, the exterminators come out in a slightly better light.

It's just the damn subtlety of it. Four episodes into a vampire series and I haven't seen a fucking fang yet.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Vlishgnath on 13 Feb 2006, 09:21
Quote from: KharBevNor
This isn't a film, but by goodness, pick up a copy of a TV series called 'Ultraviolet', and do it now.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370032/

Same thing?
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KharBevNor on 13 Feb 2006, 11:04
Nope.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169501/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_%28TV_miniseries%29

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A590843

http://dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=5021

http://www.beyondhollywood.com/reviews/ultraviolet.htm

'tis AWESOME.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Verergoca on 13 Feb 2006, 13:51
Well, the book that is my favorite, was one recommended by my girlfriend.

The Magus, by John Fowles.

It is the best book I have ever read! Deals with loads of psychology and stuff. Im not going to say more, not to give away the ending, however, the end is rather shocking....
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Duchess Tapioca on 19 Feb 2006, 02:20
Anyways, the library has not listened to all of my requests yet, but to the person who wrote "More documentries about fuzzy bears" They ordered "Grizzy Man" and to "Mo' porn." They ordered "Kinsey."

Todays reccomendations are:

Mimic
If you want to see 6 foot bug people eat regular people and also see sewer explosions, then you can see Mimic. There aren't really that many other merits. There's a boy who likes shoes. I guess you can contemplate the morality of genetics study and introducing non native species in to the delecate subway ecosystem. See it anyways.

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
This one should not need explination. See it for Byron, it was dedicated to Byron. Also, the cast includes: Mel Gibson with a mullet, Tina Turner in chain mail, and a monkey. What more do you want? Camels? It is your lucky day, there are camels too.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Running For Home on 19 Feb 2006, 09:03
Generation X by Douglas Coupland
- Required reading for the disaffected, disenfranchised, and disillusioned.  Coupland's biting wit, and tragic storytelling is enough to make you question which is better; Sell out, or burn out?

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- DO NOT SEE THE FILM.  See a PROFESSIONAL theatre company do it, complete with period costumes, sets, and all the other details.  It's a wonderful bit of late Victorian fluff.  Wilde is the archtype for male wits, and has yet to be outclassed.

Emma by Jane Austen
- Jane Austen is at the same time, one of the most underappreciated, and overrated authors in the western canon.  She manages this trick by getting every fourteen year old girl in the world to read Pride and Prejudice when the new film adaptation comes out.  They lovingly fawn over her work, without actually understanding her command of language.  Not that this is a bad thing however.  Better Jane Austen than Babysitter's Club.  In any event, Emma is regarded as one of her most perfect works, and is worthy of the time necessary to read and comprehend it.

Addendum: If, as a male, you find yourself insecure, and afraid of being branded a nancy for reading Austen; bear in mind, that after a few drinks, being able to discuss Austen at length, can be a real panty-peeler.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Luke C on 19 Feb 2006, 11:29
As Ive mentioned in other threads:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Simply fantastic book, full of emotion and soul. Moved me so much when I read it.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Ravenbomb on 13 Mar 2006, 23:32
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. Don't be put off by the fact that Bach wrote the horrible Johnathan Livingston Seagull as well, this book is amazing. Like I said in the "books that changed your life" thread, most of the time (like 90%) I keep this book with me. Great, great book.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KibBen on 29 Mar 2006, 14:11
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover. So amazing. It's one of those books that at times makes you laugh out loud, and at others makes you feel like the word is all crap, and then makes you feel like the world is great anyway. I loved it so much.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: tetsuotheironboy on 14 Apr 2006, 11:28
Just had to endorse the guy who recommended the mighty boosh aswell as the person who reccommended peep show. They're the two best new british comedies since the golden era of spaced/black books

top peep show quotes...

Mark Corrigan: Yeah, so, er, Jeremy tells me you two watched a porno together. You know, I'd be into...
Toni: No, that was "The English Patient".

Jeremy Osborne: [masturbating while looking at a "Fantasy Figure Modeller" magazine]
[thinks]
Jeremy Osborne: I'm a dirty hobbit and she's a sexy elf so she might be... "Oh! You dirty hobbit. Take off my bodkin and my jerkin." "Oh, yeah... pixie ears. But that sword." What if she was a hobbit slayer? I'd just use my enchanted amulet. "Yeah. Yield to me, hobbit-slayer. You will touch my magic cock."

Mark Corrigan: [thinks] If he hangs himself over this I can stick an orange in his mouth and call it a fatal wanking accident.

Mark Corrigan: I've made a psycho call to the woman I love, kicked a dog to death, and I'm about to pepper spray an acquaintance... I mean, what's happened to me?

Super Hans: Tell you what, that crack is really more-ish.



Can't think of any better way to promote it than quoting some of the script.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 16 Apr 2006, 22:13
Quote from: Moiche
If on a winter's night a traveler, by Italo Calvino.

<3 <3 <3

I love that book. It's incredibly beautiful.

And I'm not sure if anyone recommended it yet - if so, this is a second - but Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov is not only a compelling story, but basically Nabakov's love letter to the English language. If you like the syllables written on this forum, you'll love to see what Nabakov does with 'em.

EDIT.
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Movie: Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo
A brilliant story by the classic screenwriter/director. The way that Sanjuro behaves is brilliant, and just makes for a really good story. Also, there's some kickass fights.

Is that the one where the one guy has a gun? And there's an old guy, and two warring gangs, and is Sanjuro the drifter caught in the middle?
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: redbeardjim on 17 Apr 2006, 03:28
I would recommend Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman because it is, quite possibly, the funniest book I have ever read. I was laughing out loud by the time I got to "APOCALYPTIC HORSEPERSONS" in the "Dramatis Personae" section at the beginning and rarely stopped after that.

Angels, demons, the Antichrist and his small lopeared Hellhound, Witchfinders, prophecies, DEATH, and the end of the world. And a small English village where everything is really kind of neat, and stays that way.

Funny stuff.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: strawberrybumfluff on 18 Apr 2006, 17:16
Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas:

It is, without doubt, my favourite book of all time. For those of you who aren't familiar with Reinaldo Arenas (I can't say that I'm overly familiar with him either), he was a homosexual Cuban poet and writer during Castro's early reign. Being both homosexual and a "counter-revolutionary" poet, he wasn't exactly on Castro's Christmas list. Before Night Falls is his memoirs, written toward the end of his battle with AIDS. I can't really say much more without regurgitating the whole thing, but I promise you, there's something in it for everyone. If you haven't heard of Arenas, or know nothing about the situation in Cuba, don't let that put you off. I only bought the book because I didn't understand the film, but was intruiged by the subject matter, and I knew nothing about Cuba. If you've seen the film, and completely understood it, I will say this; though the film is great, it is not an accurate portrayal of how Arenas accounted his life in his memoirs, so I'd give it a bash if I were you.

If you've read it already, or if you are going to read it, feel free to PM me. I'm really interested as to what other people think of it. Because of the subject matter and content of it, I couldn't really have a serious conversation about it with any of my peers, so save me from repression!!

Yes... *cough*
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Alegis on 22 Apr 2006, 16:10
a year or two ago I got introduced to a marvellous movie from Akira Kurosawa, and owe around ~10 dvds of his movies right now.

Shichinin no samurai (seven samurai)
Amazing, my favorite film. It may seem to be a slow movie as its +3h but not a second in the movie feels 'stretched' or boring. The characters and movement from some is funny but fits it. The story is that a vilage of farmers is about to become plundered by bandits, and they seek the help of samurai in the city to aid em in battle. The hungry samurai prepare the villagers for battle ...

Ikiru
Ikiru is about an old bureaucrat that at the end of his life rethins his job. He cares about the citizens and, while he is ill, oversees the development of a playground to replace a muddy lake. It's a touching story about what to do with your life, great acting.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Hat on 23 Apr 2006, 07:08
Quote from: redbeardjim
I would recommend Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman because it is, quite possibly, the funniest book I have ever read. I was laughing out loud by the time I got to "APOCALYPTIC HORSEPERSONS" in the "Dramatis Personae" section at the beginning and rarely stopped after that.


I mean seriously. Even if you have never read Terry Pratchett before, this is pretty much the perfect place to jump on, otherwise there will be all these gothic nerds getting there before you. THEY WILL KNOW ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF RELIGIOUS METAPHOR BEFORE YOU WILL, THAT IS PRETTY UNACCEPTABLE, HUH!?!?

ALSO, THEY WILL KNOW ABOUT DEATHS OBESSION WITH PUB-HOUSE TRIVIA, DESPITE THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, DEATH IS KIND OF, DEAD, YOU KNOW.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: moderately brie on 29 May 2006, 08:21
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And I'm not sure if anyone recommended it yet - if so, this is a second - but Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov is not only a compelling story, but basically Nabakov's love letter to the English language. If you like the syllables written on this forum, you'll love to see what Nabakov does with 'em.


Amen!  Lolita was inspiring.  Well, not enough to go off with my step father, but...yeah.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Ghostwriter on 29 May 2006, 10:11
The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.

Definitely my favorite books of all time.  This is the kind of stuff that stays with you forever once you've read it.  It's an incredibly epic trilogy, yet also very intelligently written and well-paced.  The characters and settings are unforgettable.  The story absolutely spoke to me on a level like no other book or movie or anything ever has before.  Read them for enjoyment, read them for a life-changing experience.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Slick on 29 May 2006, 11:41
Brick. Just saw this movie this past weekend, and it was amazing.
I saw it described as 'a 1930's detective movie set in a high-school', and though I don't quite like that description, it fits.
Dark, well shot, excellent scenes, great dialog (I love their dialect), and an entrancing plot.
Follows a guy trying to figure out the story behind his ex-girlfriends murder, with all the twisted paths that entails. Though it's set in a high school, the key characters act in an eerily, believably adult manner. It really comes together and leaves you thinking. Each character has a depth and a history of their own, and the entire thing is well thought out and well written.

Just really good.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: DeadPanDan on 29 May 2006, 19:01
The White Countess
Proof
(highbrow stuff)
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Valrus on 29 May 2006, 20:28
Motherfucking Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. What an amazing book.

I also second the His Dark Materials trilogy.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Bunnyman on 04 Jun 2006, 21:45
Quote from: Duchess Tapioca
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
This one should not need explination. See it for Byron, it was dedicated to Byron. Also, the cast includes: Mel Gibson with a mullet, Tina Turner in chain mail, and a monkey. What more do you want? Camels? It is your lucky day, there are camels too.


Just saw it.  I can vouch for its awesomeness up until around 47 minutes, at which point it turns into a post-nuke (I guess it's no longer world-wide-riot as the cause of the apocalypse?) version of Hook.  Let it be known: Tina Turner makes a terrible Dustin Hoffman.  And with such an awesome setup as two guys bouncing around on bungees trying to kill each other with hanging spears, why did they forget about it after one fight?


everyone must see Bonnie and Clyde.  There's a reason it's considered an American classic.  And, considering one of the leads is impotent, remarkably sexy.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: ruyi on 04 Jun 2006, 22:29
(yay for serenity and la belle et la bete!)

osama (http://www.osamamovie.com/)

beautifully made movie. lots of images that will haunt you for days after.

basically it centers around this young girl in an afghanistan under the taliban's control. her family has no men in the household, and the women are not allowed to leave the household unescorted. they are forced to disguise the young osama as a boy, shaving her head and dressing her in boy's clothes, in order to allow her to find work.

i liked how this was simultaneously emotionally powerful, having an important message pertaining to the real world, and it was also had very beautiful/artistic images.

the cranes are flying (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=146&eid=218&section=essay&page=1)

an old russian b&w classic.

in some way's it's pretty typical; a tale of a love story between a man and a woman, but then the man has to leave as a soldier.

the execution is great though. i would recommend that you see this with your lady or your man, except it's also kind of tragic, so it may not be a good hang-out-at-home-and-cuddle type movie. but personally i think this is so much better than all the romance movies out there today.

kurt vonnegut

any books by him are amazing. once you read him, all other novels will seem boring in comparison.

he's incredibly easy to understand and his books are fun. at the same time, they do make you think and they do cover deep issues. this guy is a genius.

if you'd like, you can start with breakfast of champions. it includes felt tip drawings on about every other page. includes drawings of an anus (two drawings, actually), panties, cows and beef...it's just a ridiculously awesome book.

carl rogers

...so i posted a thread on him but i suppose most of you may not have heard of him before. no matter, i have only first heard of him this year d: anyways he was one of the key figures of the humanist force in psychology. he made a lot of revolutions in therapy. i'm going to try to sum up the gist of his ideas -

YOU know best about yourself and what direction your life should go.
therapists (who are really just people) don't evaluate your behavior or tell you what you are doing is "wrong", or prescribe for you a new way you "ought" to behave...instead, they facilitate your own personal development so that you may be enabled to be the one who starts trusting your own feelings and making the right decisions and ultimately, fulfilling your potential.

left out some, but eh. anyways like vonnegut he's incredibly easy to read, and i think his ideas are incredibly important. his most famous work imo is "on becoming a person" (http://www.wayneandtamara.com/onbecoming.htm) (excerpt here (http://www.panarchy.org/rogers/person.html)) and i think every person should read it. seriously. it's a bit long-ish though, so if you want to get a feel for his ideas (as well as read on what may be a more interesting topic for you) you could get started with "on becoming partners: marriage and its alternatives". it's an easy, enjoyable, fun read. basically he just interviews ordinary people in relationships. some of the information is a bit dated - like his chapters on communes and predictions for the year...2000 i think - but nevertheless still fascinating. i learned so much from this book.

farewell my concubine (http://www.time.com/time/2005/100movies/0,23220,farewell_my_concubine,00.html)

chinese film centering around a boy raised in the discipline of chinese opera. he was trained specifically in a female role, and he grows up a homosexual. love triangle involved. this is kind of a creepy movie, but also very tragic. like the other movies i recommended, this film is cool 'cause it gives you a nice little slice of the time period and culture and whatnot. also contains a really nice performance by the late leslie chung. and the incredibly hot gong li. (sorry. i have unconventional tastes, yes. i'm the kind of person who finds nancy kwan to be incredibly hot back in the day.)

s'bout all i can think of! anyone seen/read these before?
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Kaytea on 07 Jun 2006, 15:20
Has to be Poseidon, if you're bored.  It is the ripoff of Titanic that it looks, and they blatantly didn't research, or they would have known that waves out at sea ain't that shape, but it's still an ace movie, even with the annoying gratituous (sp?) leg/panties shots.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: IntermittentEvil on 22 Jun 2006, 22:55
hmm...
Movies:
Four Rooms - A Tarantino-connected film about four different stories in four different hotel rooms, all connected somehow, and with a bellboy playing various roles for each room.  It is funny and outrageous, very Tarantino, but the homages and the characters are what make the film.

Onibaba - Still don't know much about this historically, but it was an incredible film and one of the few to really disturb me at the end.  Lots of extremes of human behavior push toward their clash in the finale.

Invitation to a Suicide - I shouldn't push a movie that I haven't seen, but I will because I've seen the trailer and heard the music.  Also, it's one of the most brilliant plots I've ever seen in a movie.  Boy gets in trouble with the mob.  Boy's father is threatened if he doesn't pay mobster.  Boy raises money by selling tickets to his own suicide.  The whole neighborhood supports this venture.  I will buy this as soon as it hits DVD. http://www.invitationtoasuicide.com/

Pi - A twisted film with a message that doesn't show up often enough, from the director of Requiem for a Dream.  Also, I'm a nerd and I like the numerology and mathematics involved in the plot.

Books:
Jules Verne's books I've only recently come back to, but they are great adventure books (the first adventure books, arguably) and a lot of fun to read; don't let detailed sections bog you down though, which was my problem the first time through.

Umberto Eco - Foucault's Pendulum - You could write an encyclopedia of the occult just trying to follow all of his references.  Seriously.  Because that's basically what the book is about anyway.  But once I got past worrying over details, the plot and the imagery and all of his ideas and such really grabbed me, and they still haven't let go.

the Legend of Gilgamesh - (trans. Stephen Mitchell) - My favorite "epic poem" (technically not, for you classics majors), a recent reinterpretation of the poem takes the literal translation and turns it into the closest the English language could get to reproducing the feel of such a yarn in its original form, making actual translations feel clunky and uninspired (heh).

One last book- I read an essay by a fellow named Michel Houellebecq on his early experiences with H.P. Lovecraft (who I also recommend), and it is one oddly intriguing piece of work.  This one you'll just have to read to see what I mean, even if you haven't read Lovecraft.  If nothing else, it provides a study of an oft-ignored iconoclast through analysis of his work.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: kadie on 25 Jun 2006, 11:33
Books:

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book has it all - humor, romance, sadness, beauty. Quite possibly the most beautiful book I've ever read. Foer writes with such amazing voice...just a great read overall.


Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
This is a pretty intense book, and Palahniuk is a pretty intense writer. This book shows an interesting view on human nature, but just a warning: do not read if squirmish.

Movies:

Vertigo
Probably one of the best movies I've seen ever. It's got an interesting plot, and great performances by the actors. It's a movie that's hard to get over.

Amelie
My favorite movie. A really beautiful, funny, interesting movie about a girl who tries to help others...plus it's got amazing cinematography.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Atrocity Exhibition on 26 Jun 2006, 02:26
while it is by no means one of my favorites, i'm going to have to reccomend Rambo: First Blood.

don't get ahead of me, please. I'm going somewhere with this.

I bought it the other day in a two for one deal with American History X, because one of my friends had been making several references to the movie, and I was going to see him anyway.  When we began watching it, I was slightly surprised by the fact that it was more tactical action bullshit than "HURRR RAMBO SHOOT HURR", which was what I was expecting.  The basic plot, not to spoil too much, is that John Rambo is an ex-vietnam POW, who is picked up for vagrancy in a small town, and begins to have flashbacks as the officers try to lock him up. blah blah blah, cops die, etc.  however, in the last scene, he is speaking with his ex-commander, who is trying to talk him out of his pointless one man war, and he actually brings forth some insight into the pain of the post-vietnam veterans, who felt useless and out of place when returning to modern society, only to be alienated and spat upon.  When he was delivering his speech, I kid you not, I almost cried.

I almost cried during RAMBO.

anyway, I was suprised by the slight depth which it showed; although Taxi Driver tackled the same societal issue, and in a much better way.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: elcapitan on 01 Jul 2006, 09:57
Quote from: Verergoca
The Magus, by John Fowles.

It is the best book I have ever read! Deals with loads of psychology and stuff. Im not going to say more, not to give away the ending, however, the end is rather shocking....


Good book, all in all. I got a little sick of the psychobabble, but the sheer fun of the games that Conchis plays with the protagonist make it worthwhile. The ending didn't really work, I thought - it wasn't bad per se, it just felt like Fowles was trying to stuff everything back into Pandora's box. If nothing else, it feels authentically like it was written when it was - and that's not a bad thing at all!

My recommendation for today:

The Kraken Wakes, by John Wyndham. Although he's most well known for the classic The Day of the Triffids, Wyndham wrote a whole bunch of excellent sci-fi (including The Midwich Cuckoos, which is also great). This is one of the slightly-lesser-known novels, and the plot can be summed up simply: aliens attack earth, starting from the deepest parts of the oceans and working upwards. Well, it's a bit more subtle than that, but still... If you enjoy British sci-fi in general, you owe it to yourself to read this.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: KharBevNor on 06 Jul 2006, 11:53
I always really liked The Chrysalids, for Wyndham. Though of course, Day of the Triffids has a place in my heart because it's partly set on the Isle of Wight.

For those who've already slugged through the awesome Focaults Pendulum, pick up a copy of Illuminatus! by Robert Shea and Robert Wilson.

Like now, seriously, it will actually blow your mind.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Music_Monkey&Me on 31 Jul 2006, 13:32
Last couple of movies I've seen: Hidden, OLDBOY, Lady Vengence  and Machinist

Hidden was fantastic; a thriller that I'm still trying to figure out. Very well put together and very french. Gives your brain a work out.

OLDBOY. . . you just need it. Dark and stylish and then wham! Great plot. After that get Lady Vengence, basically OLDBOY redux but a completely different animal, also very very bleak and the first movie I've had to tlook away from in a long long long time.

Finally, Machinist; another sort of lo-fi movie. Easier on the brain but not by much. Christian Bale goes all out for his role.

hope I've been helpful. . . and I'm off.weeeeee!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Jyan on 03 Aug 2006, 23:23
Movie

Abres Les Ojos (Open Your Eyes)

After an accident, a man who was formally known for his beautiful looks and elegant lifestyle finds every turned upside down after he is horribly disfigured. He later finds himself in jail for a crime he never remembered comitting, and it haunted by strange dreams. Things become stranger and stranger, as people begin disappearing and he loses track of what is dream and what is reality. The American film Vanilla Sky was based upon it, so if you've seen that, do yourself a favor and see it how it was supposed to be done.

Series

Freaks and Geeks

Kind of self explanatory. A series that was too shortlived, even though it was pure brilliance. Revolves around a group of geeks and a group of freaks as they experience the angst or high school life. Stars Spiderman's James Franco and 40-Year-Old Virgin's Seth Rogen in some of their earliest work.

Book

Some Things Are Better Left Unplugged

This is a strange little book. A very, very strange little book. A man comes into a strange world and really strange stuff happens. Giant albino penguins, battling pocket watches, etc. It is really difficult to describe this book. For people who want to step into the world of Bizarro fiction but don't want to dig through all the violence, sex and grossness, this is the book to go with. It carries the strangess of the bizarro fiction without all the gratuitous elements.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 07 Aug 2006, 17:10
I have just seen, twice in one week, the film Dead Man's Shoes directed by Shane Meadows.

It really is a stunning film, one of the best I have ever seen. Beautiful and touching yet dark and horrific. It's set in a bleak Derbyshite wasteland where a gang of drug dealers run their village. They are big fish in a small pond and their lives are destroyed when an old acquaintance, played by Paddy Considine, returns from the army intent on revenge for what they did to his brother 8 years previously.

Truly a masterpiece, it has elements of the western, of a slasher flick, of a supernatural horror, and of a Shakespearian tragedy. Paddy Considine is a chilling and powerful force throughout, giving off waves of pure unadulterated menace and cold anger as a man who is pushed into performing horrific acts by brotherly love. The rest of the cast is made up mostly of local actors found through workshops and local auditions but they manage to give such a sense of realism that you may dream about them and their bleak lives in this wasteland for many weeks to come.

The soundtrack is amazing - it includes Aphex Twin, Smog, Calexico, Cul de Sac and M.Ward and adds tremendous atmosphere and emotional resonance to a film already brimming with both.

Really, I cannot recommend this film highly enough. It is a disturbing and moving experience but one well worth having.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: dizzy on 26 Aug 2006, 09:22
Master and Margarita,(written by mikhail bulgakov) one of the best modern novels ever written.
in the master and the margarita, the devil comes to contemporary moscow and causes havoc in the communist state.
Kokoro By Soseki Natsume, marvellous even a translated version is great
about the life and reclusiveness of one man, if i was to say anything else i would ruin it for you.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Will on 26 Aug 2006, 09:32
I highly recommend the book Plainsong by Kent Haruf.  It's just this very simple narrative that takes several diferent characters from a fictional small town in the midwest and weaves their storylines together over and over again.  It's not anything heavy handed, but it does have some subtle social commentary to it...it's pretty uplifting, but not in the kind of cheap-feel-good fluff way that a lot of stories can be.  I'm impressed with how delicately the author treated each character in the story...

sorry, I'm starting to sound pretentious so I'll shut up now.  If anyone reads this book, let me know how you liked it!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: gingersnaps on 30 Aug 2006, 18:38
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand.

Holy shit.

Not only are felafels nutriciously delicious, but the style of the movie (and book) was just what I was looking for. The story deals with the convoluted lives of a group of renters in sunny Australia. From the likes of a psycho-bitch bulimic drama queen, to a heroin addict and a borderline depressed writer. The characters in their small vignettes are intensely gripping and I recomend that you check out this quirky, and humourous romp.

and of course a quote to end this rant!  

Danny: "Why is 3 o'clock in the morning always the hour of choice to put on Nick Cave, get depressed and kill yourself? What's wrong with the middle of the day when everyone's awake and ready to call an ambulance?"
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 14 Sep 2006, 05:22
So, I guess I'll take a crack at this whole reccomendations thing.

Recently, I saw Little Miss Sunshine in theaters, and I don't really recall a point where the laughing stopped, outside of the points where it was meant to.  Steve Carrell solidifies my adoration of his work with this film and The 40-Year Old Virgin, which I reccomend for the same reason.  Also in the non-stop-laughs-only-kinda-not category is the absolutely hysterical Clerks II, which just might be Kevin Smith's greatest work to date.  They're all classics, don't get me wrong, but this one had me in the aisle on several occasions.

Going back a little ways, I would also like to point out The Sting.  My dad introduced me to this one, it's one of his favorites.  The story of some grafters during Prohibition, the men are trying to put a Sting on the gangster who had their old partner killed.  This movie replicates the Prohibition era so well, I thought it was actually made in like the '40s or '50s.  Somehow, I ignored the color, and it came off that way.  It's just so well done.

And finally, into the world of books, I turn you all to the young adult spectacles that are Youth in Revolt and it's follow-up, Revolting Youth, both by C.D. Payne.  Payne creates such a cult icon in 14-year-old Nick Twisp that even some adults could relate their childhoods to.  I particularly enjoyed this one.  I especially like that, even though Payne graduated college 20-some years before he wrote this one, he still comes off as writing from the brain of a 14-year-old.  The books are presented in the format of journal entries of said Mr. Twisp,  and even though it's hard to do to me, this book kept me laughing the whole time I read it.



So, there you are.  End rant, end reccomendation.  Time for me to wrap this up before class ends xD
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Swisside on 19 Sep 2006, 14:39
Books:

All the classics from all old cultures (Homer, Ovid, Sei Shonagon etc.) just because with this alone one can probably spend ten years of excellent reading :-)

For the girls and guys with a fortified sexuality :-):

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights --> this is like a Jane Austen novel fornicating with a Edgar Allan Poe story, really worth the read

Something German:

Patrick Süsskind, The Perfume (das Parfüm) --> one of the only modern German novels I could wholeheartedly recommend

Shakespeare:

The Taming of the Shrew --> very controversial play, especially in our times, but see for yourselves

From Japan:

Haruki Murakami (I know, he was mentioned already, but not), Hardboiled Wonderland --> this is the Donnie Darko of literature, very strange!

From Switzerland:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the Promise (das Versprechen) --> it is a detective story and probably one of the first books dealing with child abuse

From France:

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses --> if you liked Cruel Intentions, you should read the original

From the automaton author:

Stephen King, Dark Tower series (he finally finished it, this will become a very important work of literature in the future when all the King-snubbing critics in High Schools and University are on the Pet Sematary), Hearts in Atlantis (if you like Murakami, you are going to love this. It captures the spirit of the 60' in a astonishing way)

TV-Series:

The Gargoyles --> one of the last decent (am I kidding? fecking ingenious) animated series drawing from Shakespeare, folklore and every other possible source and puts it together in something very deep and excellent

Stargate SG1 and Atlantis --> taking ScienceFiction on a completely new level. I recommend watching episodes 100 and 200!

Star Trek Deep Space Nine --> this is my absolute favourite Star Trek series. Great actors, superb story-arc, baldest captain ever!

The League of Gentlemen --> if you like the Monthy Pythons, this will be the thing for you! It's the 90' equivalent to the Pythons

Movies:

Donnie Darko --> boy was I happy that I didn't watch that movie on drugs. It can really mess with your mind

The Big Lebowski --> Coen-brotherly genius, the addition of dude to my vocabulary and kampflesbian artists flying through the air, what else need there be? Well, maybe Autobahn...

The Graduate --> I watched that like half a year ago for the first time. Watching the Graduate will open to you a whole dimension of allusions in other movies. And seeing Michael Douglas in the old school scuba diver suit is just precious

Almost Famous --> apart from Kate Hudson being hot, I love the movie for the cool 70's groove. I am the Golden God!

Hope that was helpful, cheers
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Meimei on 19 Sep 2006, 23:20
Quote from: Swisside
guys with a fortified sexuality :-)

Oh, man, what a turn of phrase! /salute!

Meanwhile, classics are good - they're usually classics for a reason.  

Ghibl (pronounced Ji-bli :)) is your man/studio/animation thingy - go back to My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service for whimsy (the more recent and mainstream Spirited Away too), and Grave of the Fireflys for thought-provoking (despite being animated, this is a *very serious* movie. You have been warned).  Read Ursula le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea series in preparation for their new one.  (Hell - read everything you can - that lady's a genius - The Dispossessed rocked hard).

Anything by Neal Stephenson is going to be stimulating science or science-fiction.  Diamond age is the best ass-whooping delivered by a girl anywhere (come-on, who doesn't want their own martial-arts army!?), along with snow-crash for pure, distilled, Sci-fi joy.  Alternatively, Cyptonomicon is a kinda semi-fictional semi-historical treatment of Cpytographys importance in WWII, but told in an interesting novel format, and Zodiac is more of the present-day sciency stories.

Dostoyevsky can cram more depressed fucked-upedness into each of his several books than you'd believe.  I have particularly good memories of The Idiot and Crime and Punishment from my angstier days.

Here's a neat one:
Allow me to recommend "1001 Movies to see Before you die".  A book of movie recommendations :) I am yet to see a movie from that list and not be moved.
you can see the list at http://www.listology.com/content_show.cfm/content_id.20751 , but in keeping in line with this threads rules, the book form comes with info on why each movie is listed.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Swisside on 20 Sep 2006, 00:26
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Ghibl (pronounced Ji-bli Smile) is your man/studio/animation thingy - go back to My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service for whimsy (the more recent and mainstream Spirited Away too), and Grave of the Fireflys for thought-provoking (despite being animated, this is a *very serious* movie. You have been warned).


Actually, those were all main stream movies in Japan :-) . You forgot to mention:

Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausikaä, Valley of the Winds) --> people who liked Dune will also like this one. Unfortunately, it is only part of the story. The whole thing can be read as a Manga

Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (Raputa, Castle in the Sky) --> Even though the animation of this one seems somewhat simple to nowadays audience's eyes, it is a nice movie

Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) --> This movie kicks ass! If you want some Samurai-splatter action and really are into fantasy, then you should watch this!!!
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Meimei on 21 Sep 2006, 19:50
Quote from: Swisside
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Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausikaä, Valley of the Winds) --> people who liked Dune will also like this one. Unfortunately, it is only part of the story. The whole thing can be read as a Manga

Yeah, Nausicaa One of my favourites - did you hear about the lunatics actually building one of those flying wings?

Since this is still the recommendation thread:

Check out the original *book* of The Neverending Story.  The first movie sucked so bad I stopped watching them, but the book is more interesting, more fantastic, and has a lot more humanity in it.  The book starts really starts when Bastian crosses over, and starts making wishes to rebuild the place, but every wish costs him memories, until he is facing the consequences of his wishes with very little idea who he really is...

Also the Invader Zim cartoon series if you haven't.  You'll love it or hate it.  A lot.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 21 Sep 2006, 21:17
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime was a book I managed to read this summer. It is magnificent, and you all ought to read it.
Title: Recommendations!
Post by: Alarra on 21 Sep 2006, 22:48
I could recommend books forever, but for now, let's go with some of my favorites:

Kushiel's Legacy (series) - Jaqueline Carey: I have never felt so immersed in a single characters life and world as this series.

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult: Really interesting and realistic, fantanstic legal and moral quandry.

Thursday Next (series) - Jasper Pforde: really funny and witty.

A Song of Ice and Fire (series) - George RR Martin: the benchmark for fantasy today

The Areas of My Expertise - John Hodgeman: just finished this...hilarious.

Dry - Augustan Burroghs: Never has alcoholism been to poignant, witty, and humorous.

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville: Interesting, intense, thought provoking.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 29 Sep 2006, 07:39
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

Christ, where do you start talking about the Wire?!

I guess the logical place would be pre-history: some of you may remember a cop show from the 1990s called Homicide: Life on the Street.  It was a brilliant show, truly a cop show like no other: no shoot-outs, no car chases, just fascinating characters wracking their brains to try and solve one murder after another from within the Baltimore Police Department.  The show was inspired by, and in the first couple of seasons directly based upon, book which was a brilliant piece of true-crime journalism, called Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets.

That book was written by a then-reporter from the Baltimore Sun named David Simon.  He also became involved in the later seasons of the T.V. show.  In 1998 Simon, along with Ed Burns, a cop he'd met while writing the book Homicide, came out with another book, the Corner, which detailed a year in the life of a family caught up in the drug trade in West Baltimore.  That book, too, had a television adaptation: this time in the form of an H.B.O. miniseries.

Which brings us to the Wire.  After the Corner, Simon (again with Burns) returned to H.B.O. - this time with the idea for a fully-fledged series.  That series was, and is, the Wire - and if Homicide was a cop show like no other, then the Wire almost defies categorisation.  Yes, it's a cop show - but it's so much more.  Like any great art, the surface pretence is merely a vantage point from which to examine in greater detail an entire world - in this case, the city of Baltimore, but by extension any large city with a chronic drug problem.  It does this by what seems a simple device: by giving as much screen time, and even more importantly as much humanity, to the criminals depicted in the show, as to the police who are pursuing them.  So as well as seeing the day-to-day struggles of the police to operate effectively within their sometimes highly compromised institution, so do we see the drug dealers trying to cope within their own version of the exact same thing.

But this is not the most impressive elelment of the Wire.  What makes the Wire so unlike anything else on T.V. - not just any other cop show, but any other show, full stop - is the fact that each season of thirteen or fourteen episodes covers a single, sprawling, police investigation.  I don't mean like in some shows, where there are themes that run through an entire season while each episode has its own self-contained stories: I mean that each episode is just a small part of the greater whole.  (Australians might recall at this stage the A.B.C. cop show Phoenix, which had the same idea.)  There's no point watching one or two episodes of the Wire: you have to commit to the whole season.

But it's worth it.  It's so worth it.  If the effort you have to put into watching the show is, say, three-fold over a normal cop show, then the rewards at the end of each season are ten-fold at least.  The Wire may as well be the reason why D.V.D.s were invented: this is a show that rewards repeat viewing.  I've just finished watching the magnificent second season for the third or fourth time - and it gets better with each viewing.  The Wire is the ultimate in long-haul T.V.: the first season looked at a drug empire in the housing estates of East Baltimore, and the poice detail that was trying to catch the key players in that empire.  The second season had the detail looking this time at smuggling on the docks - but it also continued the story of the drug-dealer characters from the first season.  The third season - incredibly - resolved storylines from the first season, two years earlier, while bringing up fascinating issues of drug law enforcement and policing strategies and how they might be changed for the better - and why they probably never will be.  Yes, the Wire is an unashamedly political show (in fact, season 3 introduced a fascinating new strata in city life: local politics), but it's all the more forceful because of that.  Season 4, just started, is looking at the education system - but also, more broadly, the theme of "education" in general: from the cops, to the politicians, to the drug dealers (now a bunch of up-and-comers, some new faces and some not), and lastly but most importantly the children who are on the verge of getting caught up in the drug trade, but who might yet escape that fate.  It's only four episodes in, and it's looking like being a cracker of a season.

But I'd recommend you watch the first three seasons first.  Not just because they're all brilliant in their own right, but because the storyllines of each build upon each other to create the most complete and fascinating portrait of urban life yet seen on television.  So, that's 37 hours of T.V. to watch in order to get up to speed.  Does that sound like a chore?  Well it's anything but.  While the themes of the Wire may sound grim and depressing on paper: urban decay, drug dealing and drug dependency, corruption, moral compromise - the delivery is anything but.  Yes, bad things happen in the Wire: people get killed when all they wanted to do was escape; cases hit the wall because they're not politically convenient; characters put their ambition first when the viewer desperately wants to see the big pay-off instead; but most of all, the Wire is about life itself.  And like the Blues, if you cut beneath the veneer of misery you'll hit a rich, deep vein of humour, love, and even warmth.  The Wire is too smart a show not to know (unlike, say, the Shield) that life doesn't throw up the odd moment of light relief.  "You're not just a regular asshole" one detective tells his colleague and good friend, a smile on his face, "you're a special kind of asshole."  It's just one example of the Wire's consistently brilliant writing and acting - but you could paraphrase it and apply it to the show itself: not just a regular show, a special kind of show.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Will on 29 Sep 2006, 08:41
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime was a book I managed to read this summer. It is magnificent, and you all ought to read it.

I'll second that.  I read this about a year ago, and loved it.  The author also has a new book out recently, but I haven't read it...I can't even remember what it's called
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: supersheep on 30 Sep 2006, 04:41
Man, it seems like everything I like has been recommended already. Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, His Dark Materials (only book ever to make me cry)...

This one is especially aimed at anyone who has children - preferably in the seven-to-ten age bracket - but that doesn't mean adults will not LOVE it.

The Princess Bride. Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good Men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions. Miracles.
The ultimate adventure story. Funny, sad, sweet, crazy, stirring... One of my favouritest books ever and no mistake. I WILL read this to my children, you have no doubt.

Also, Tank Girl. Crazy and stupid, but still fun. Can't wait to see it again - only four or so hours to go...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: esp10nage on 01 Oct 2006, 19:08
Show: The Prisoner.  You've probably seen the box set a store at some point.  Its very worth a see.
Movies: Dr. Strangelove, City of God. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Kyle Voltti on 02 Oct 2006, 08:06
well for Books.....

Make Love*
*the bruce campbell way
by Bruce Campbell is the honest to god completly truely utterly false story of on cult movie stars attempt to make it into the big leagues and how he teaches the A-list the ways of the B-list. Since the story is completely false this makes it at least 200% more honest then any other Hollywood story.


TV

ROME
by HBO
This series is epic. I'm a big fan of this period of Roman history and this series does nothing to clean it up. it is grotty and messy and dark and carnal.

Deadwood
by HBO
Same reason as Rome but in the old west

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: OHsmeat on 02 Oct 2006, 22:40
I was gonna recommend the Wind Up Bird Chronicles but I think ^^^ did a good job of why you should read it and so I'm not wasting anyones time : 

Recently I've been freaking obsessed with Jason Forrests album Shamelessly Exciting , he was previously known as donna summer for anyone into electronic music.
The album is like he took all the best parts of prog rock then added a sprinkle of breaks and distilled an exuberant happiness that makes the start of my day jump in the air awesome a la a mentos commercial. At least check out the first track "The Walls of the City Shake"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 07 Oct 2006, 12:50
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

From what I've heard this is one of the best shows on TV, and everyone is ashamed that it has to struggle each year to get renewed.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 07 Oct 2006, 18:56
"One of"?  Seriously, if you like T.V. dramas then it leaves everything else in the shade.  Yes, even Deadwood and the Sopranos.  The good news is that H.B.O. is smart enough to recognise that, and has renewed it for a fifth and final season next year (David Simon always had a 5-year run in mind).  Also, the D.V.D.s sell pretty well.  The Wire might not have many fans, but we're all fanatics!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 08 Oct 2006, 01:59
Did people cuss in the old west as much as they do in Deadwood?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 08 Oct 2006, 07:51
Books

- The Farseer trilogy, The Liveship Trader trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy all by Robin Hobb (you have to read them in that order or you won't get it)
- Why has no one recommended anything by Douglas Adams? possibly because everyone's read it all already, still, I just read The Salmon of Doubt, a collection of his writings, speechs, articles, random scribblings and the first 11 chapters of the new Dirk Gently Book he never finished. It is truly awesome and will make you mourn the loss of one of humanity's most gifted minds all the more.
- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson. Awesome fantasy books with a hero that's extemely unlikeable but oddly compelling.

Movies


- Memento. directed by Chris Nolan (Batman Begins and I think Reign of Fire). really surreal but really well acted and the story is just amazingly intense
- The Dark Crystal. directed by the late Jim Henson, concept art/design of pretty much everything by Brian Froud. A true classic with no humans appearing on screen. Ever. One of the best films ever made. It even inspired the tattoo I got last week and that's saying something!
- All of the Marx Brothers films. They are just classics. You are not a whole person if you haven't seen at least one of these films.

TV Series

- Farscape didn't really take off in Australia, which is a shame as it was one of the best sci-fi series I ever saw. The aliens and creatures look great (all done by the Jim Henson Creature Workshop) and the acting is pretty good, if a little melodramatic at times. Audiences outside of Australia probably won't notice the HUGE amount of Aussie stars and starlets making the oddest guest appearences but still, it's great.
- Black Books some of the best British comedy I've seen in a long time. One-liners galore in this show!!! Warning: has very little to do with the actual stand up of Dylan Moran and/or Bill Bailey
- The Fast Show. English sketch comedy at its finest. Hugely Memorable characters and more quotes than you could poke a stick at. "Ooh, suit you, sir!"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Will on 08 Oct 2006, 12:20
Memento is excellent...also, if you like that, check out Chris Nolan's first movie, "Following."

And do we really need to mention Douglas Adams?  I'm pretty sure that he's one that it goes without saying is awesome.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Alarra on 08 Oct 2006, 13:06
Yeah, I'll second the recommendation for the farseer trilogy, it's very good, although I've not read the next two series yet. And hmm...Thomas Convenant...*reminds self that I got the first book about a year ago and haven't started it, I should do that*... Also "Wind Up Bird Chronicle" is fantastic.

So it 'Kitchen' by Banana Yoshimoto
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 08 Oct 2006, 13:49
- Farscape didn't really take off in Australia, which is a shame as it was one of the best sci-fi series I ever saw. The aliens and creatures look great (all done by the Jim Henson Creature Workshop) and the acting is pretty good, if a little melodramatic at times. Audiences outside of Australia probably won't notice the HUGE amount of Aussie stars and starlets making the oddest guest appearences but still, it's great.

Farscape was brilliant. Basically it was a joy to watch.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 08 Oct 2006, 17:22
Memento was okay, but it had one major glaring flaw: after painstakingly setting up throughout the movie just how short his memory-span is, suddenly in the final climactic scene it stretches to something like three times as long!  That smacks to me of lazy writing, like they couldn't figure out how to resolve the film properly within its own internal logic, so they just fudged it and hoped nobody would notice.  That kind of thing annoys me.

Did people cuss in the old west as much as they do in Deadwood?

I don't know, but I'm keeping the dream alive.  My friend who put me on to the show gets a strange urge to call everyone "cocksucker" every time he watches it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Alarra on 08 Oct 2006, 17:27
I always wanted to watch Deadwood. I should sometime. The whole, living practically in Deadwood, kinda makes the show interesting me. Granted, I don't now. But the first 23 years of my life anyway.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 08 Oct 2006, 20:11
Quote
And do we really need to mention Douglas Adams?  I'm pretty sure that he's one that it goes without saying is awesome.

I'm pretty sure you always need to mention Douglas Adams. Even when it's not in context...No wait, especially when it's not in context!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheGrinder on 15 Oct 2006, 23:57
Heroes anyone? It's a tv show by the way. I have gotten addicted to this show, thank god I have TiVo.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thepugs on 18 Oct 2006, 13:03
Seriously, guys.  Seriously.  Heroes.  Seriously.
I missed this Monday's episode, so I am getting it NOW.
HEROES GUYS.  NOW.
</omgz>

I second the recommendation for Heroes.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 19 Oct 2006, 02:59
Books 1 through 9 of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (So Interview with the Vampire to Memnoch the Devil) are pretty good, after that it kind of really gets into the homoerotica side of things more than vampires. Still well written just not as interesting.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Moo Cakes on 25 Oct 2006, 06:56
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is wonderful. Go read it now... I hear lots of complaints about things like, "It's too long!" and "How boring!" or "What the heck is a francais?", but it's truly great. It's exciting and beautifully written. The author gives so much detail it's almost like you're in France, fighting alongside Napoleon at Waterloo or Enjrolas at the barricade on the Rue de Montour.

The plot basically follows an ex-convict, Jean ValJean, and the people he encounters while trying to lead a normal life after prison and not get sent back to the galleys.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: alonelyargonaut on 26 Oct 2006, 23:59
American Gods-Neil Gaiman

if you can get it on audio book, do it! one of the best readers ever, and i usually hate audio books!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 27 Oct 2006, 01:11
Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin is bloody brilliant.  He's a thinking man's comic: a more vulgar Jerry Seinfeld, if you will.

I'm only working my way through the first season on DVD, but LOST is also bloody brilliant.  The fact that Meriadoc Brandybuck is a heroin-addicted bassist/guitarist is enough to get you to watch the show.  If either of those pieces of information become major plot points later in the series than where I am now, don't be angry.  I'm unaware as well.

Oh, and how many times can I back up a reccommendation for Hitchhiker's without getting arrested?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Hardcore on 27 Oct 2006, 23:30
Books:

Alot of what I like has been mentioned but i'll state it for emphasis.

Anything by Neil Gaiman is awesome, Neverwhere and American Gods are the ones i would recommend the most.
Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin definately warrants a second mention, it is by far the best fantasy series I have read.
Trinity by Leon Uris, it is really a quality story that is very well written.
The Asian Saga by James Clavell including Shogun, Tai-Pan, and Noble House.

TV:

Scrubs
The Office
The Shield
Doctor Who
Heroes (of course)
Rescue Me

Movies:

The Usual Suspects
Layer Cake
7 Samurai
Rashoman
Anything by Kurosawa actually
12 Angry Men (Favorite B&W movie ever)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Surf Ninjas (Disagree!!! I DARE YOU!!!)

Well thats what I got. Also I am gonna be taking some of these recommendations especially on the books, alot of them look good.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Gridgm on 31 Oct 2006, 03:17
Anything by Neil Gaiman is awesome, Neverwhere and American Gods are the ones i would recommend the most.

seriously, mentioning neil gaiman without mentioning his comic/graphic novels is travesty, you have not truly experienced neil gaiman until you have read sandman

not that i'm saying you shouldn't read his books
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Nettle on 31 Oct 2006, 08:55
I would like to recommend anything Fry and Laurie. Ie, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. So many people love 'House' but most don't even know that Hugh is british, and that he has often played characters in drag, or that he's often been part of his comedy duo, that they had lots of really really funny sketches... Look up Fry and Laurie on youtube, there's masses of skits available. They were really really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 31 Oct 2006, 16:33
Nettle, do you know season 1 of A Bit of Fry and Laurie was released in Australia on D.V.D. a couple of months ago?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Nettle on 01 Nov 2006, 12:37
ooo really??! No, I did not know that! :-D I'll try and find it, or put it on my christmas list or something!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: supersheep on 01 Nov 2006, 15:30
I only found out last night that Hugh Laurie was House... On that note, I heartily recommend Blackadder for laughters. Especially the last series, which was my favourite.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 02 Nov 2006, 07:47
As far as TV shows go, Entourage is flippin' sweet.  I'm honestly not sure why, but I absolutely love this show.  If I think about it, I can't see the appeal, but then I watch it.  Nothing has to occur to me: my eyes get wide and I just say to myslef "Ohhhh, that's why."  Amazing stuff.  Also in TV are any and all of the "Best Of ____" Saturday Night Live DVDs.  My brother owns Will Ferrell and Chris Farley, and we bought John Belushi's for my dad for his birthday.  All are highly reccommended, and I can't imagine Dana Carvey's, Mike Myers', and Adam Sandler's not being funny.

In movies, Ray is absolutely amazing.  Jamie Foxx at his finest, no doubt.  The movie actually got me into Ray Charles' music.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Anna Banana on 07 Nov 2006, 03:04
princess mononoke, all tim burton movies (except planet of the apes) like nightmare before christmas, sleepy hollow, edward scissorhands, beetlejuice, corpse bride, batman... spiderman, star wars & lord of the rings movies.

for tv shows, futurama, lois & clark, house, friends...

and for books, garth nix, jrr tolkien, ta barron, clive barker, jane lindskold... basically anything 700 pages long with dragons in it =P
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thetruthisunhappy on 11 Nov 2006, 07:04
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA!! - Scott Lynch
This book is very well written and really funny.
It is about a boy who is really smart and messes with 'the system' in a sort of down to earth fantasy.

edit: as a side note this was the authors first novel published and was already signed on 7 books and a movie. Yes it is that good.
(ok, this is not the reason that I recommend this book... in fact I didn't know until after I finished it, but having read it I can't say that I'm surprised)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Abattur on 29 Nov 2006, 13:43
Movie:
Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning

This is a finnish Star Trek/Babylon 5 parody that is absolutely hilariuous.
It is very well done (Seeing that it had a core group of 5 people that made it), AND it is completely free.
Also it has gotten alot of critical acclaim, and if you like it, you can go and download the earlier parts.
Oh, it's also spoken in finnish, but there is english subtitle available.

http://www.starwreck.com/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472566/

Go download it now.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 30 Nov 2006, 02:56
On a similar note, with another Star Wars/Star Trek-type parody, I bring you all StarCrash:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0079946/

Even if it's only to see David Hasselhoff, it's hilariously bad.  Or is it badly hilarious? YOU DECIDE!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: wesfanemt333 on 04 Dec 2006, 03:32
For Books, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman definitely tops the list.  It's the end of days, and they've misplaced the antiChrist. 

Kingdom Hospital was a terrific tv series from Stephen King.  A haunted hospital built on uneasy ground.  It's available for rent on DVD, at least here in the states. 

Current tv favorites are Prison Break, 24, and Supernatural.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KaosPilot on 05 Dec 2006, 08:38
Books
'Lanark' by Alasdair Gray - this was required reading for a University course I was doing, but I ended up falling in love with it. Required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in Scottish fiction.

'The Sopranos' by Alan Warner - another Scottish writer, this has to be one of the most human, touching and downright hilarious novels I have EVER read. About an all girls choir from a school in Oban who go to compete in a contest in Edinburgh. It almost writes itself, but Warner's sterling touch just makes it much more than the sum of its parts. Seriously, please, please read this. Warner also wrote 'Morvern Callar' which i also recommend, but i didn't enjoy the film that much.

Television

The L Word - i like it. even though all the lesbians are pretty much stunning which just isn't true in real life, it's still funny/touching/gripping television.

Spaced - Classic. It's been recommended already, I'm just seconding it. You can pick up both seasons in a box set for about ?20 now. NO EXCUSES!!!

Black Books - Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tasmin Grieg. There was no way this couldn't have worked. Again, cheap on DVD. PICK IT UP!!

Movies

The Long Goodbye - my favourite Altman based on what I've seen. Eliot Gould is fantastic as a slacker-esque Marlowe. Wonderful.
Wing Chun - yeah it's a bit naff in places, but I love watching Michelle Yeoh kick ass.
Casablanca - my favourite ''classic'' movie.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thelightguy on 08 Dec 2006, 10:10
Well, if you don't mind, I'd like some movie reccomendations in the vein of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "American Beauty" or "American History X" (Three very different films, I know...)

In exchange, I am prepared to reccomend any book by Terry Prachett, the Colbert Report, and Scrubs.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 11 Dec 2006, 17:33
Kingdom Hospital was a terrific tv series from Stephen King.

Gah! 'Twas but a tawdry remake of a magnificently bizarre original series by Lars von Trier!!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: CaptainLorax on 14 Dec 2006, 00:20
books haven't read this one but I want it (its a part of a trilogy)
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movies
my favorite miyazaki films are Naussica and Porco Rosso
- The Clint Eastwood Gift Set (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
- The original Omen and Omen 2
- Suspiria (horor classic) - Dario Argento (I wanna see more of his films)
- Alien series
- Land of the Dead
- I'm drawing a blank

TV
My Name is Earl, House, How I Met Your Mother
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Platao on 14 Dec 2006, 04:05
i'm surprised i didn't see the Triplets of Belville.  It's French animation at its best... I guess... I haven't seen much other French animation... but it's funny and warm and all hand drawn...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Zappanale on 14 Dec 2006, 04:09
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

Christ, where do you start talking about the Wire?!

I guess the logical place would be pre-history: some of you may remember a cop show from the 1990s called Homicide: Life on the Street.  It was a brilliant show, truly a cop show like no other: no shoot-outs, no car chases, just fascinating characters wracking their brains to try and solve one murder after another from within the Baltimore Police Department.  The show was inspired by, and in the first couple of seasons directly based upon, book which was a brilliant piece of true-crime journalism, called Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets.

That book was written by a then-reporter from the Baltimore Sun named David Simon.  He also became involved in the later seasons of the T.V. show.  In 1998 Simon, along with Ed Burns, a cop he'd met while writing the book Homicide, came out with another book, the Corner, which detailed a year in the life of a family caught up in the drug trade in West Baltimore.  That book, too, had a television adaptation: this time in the form of an H.B.O. miniseries.

Which brings us to the Wire.  After the Corner, Simon (again with Burns) returned to H.B.O. - this time with the idea for a fully-fledged series.  That series was, and is, the Wire - and if Homicide was a cop show like no other, then the Wire almost defies categorisation.  Yes, it's a cop show - but it's so much more.  Like any great art, the surface pretence is merely a vantage point from which to examine in greater detail an entire world - in this case, the city of Baltimore, but by extension any large city with a chronic drug problem.  It does this by what seems a simple device: by giving as much screen time, and even more importantly as much humanity, to the criminals depicted in the show, as to the police who are pursuing them.  So as well as seeing the day-to-day struggles of the police to operate effectively within their sometimes highly compromised institution, so do we see the drug dealers trying to cope within their own version of the exact same thing.

But this is not the most impressive elelment of the Wire.  What makes the Wire so unlike anything else on T.V. - not just any other cop show, but any other show, full stop - is the fact that each season of thirteen or fourteen episodes covers a single, sprawling, police investigation.  I don't mean like in some shows, where there are themes that run through an entire season while each episode has its own self-contained stories: I mean that each episode is just a small part of the greater whole.  (Australians might recall at this stage the A.B.C. cop show Phoenix, which had the same idea.)  There's no point watching one or two episodes of the Wire: you have to commit to the whole season.

But it's worth it.  It's so worth it.  If the effort you have to put into watching the show is, say, three-fold over a normal cop show, then the rewards at the end of each season are ten-fold at least.  The Wire may as well be the reason why D.V.D.s were invented: this is a show that rewards repeat viewing.  I've just finished watching the magnificent second season for the third or fourth time - and it gets better with each viewing.  The Wire is the ultimate in long-haul T.V.: the first season looked at a drug empire in the housing estates of East Baltimore, and the poice detail that was trying to catch the key players in that empire.  The second season had the detail looking this time at smuggling on the docks - but it also continued the story of the drug-dealer characters from the first season.  The third season - incredibly - resolved storylines from the first season, two years earlier, while bringing up fascinating issues of drug law enforcement and policing strategies and how they might be changed for the better - and why they probably never will be.  Yes, the Wire is an unashamedly political show (in fact, season 3 introduced a fascinating new strata in city life: local politics), but it's all the more forceful because of that.  Season 4, just started, is looking at the education system - but also, more broadly, the theme of "education" in general: from the cops, to the politicians, to the drug dealers (now a bunch of up-and-comers, some new faces and some not), and lastly but most importantly the children who are on the verge of getting caught up in the drug trade, but who might yet escape that fate.  It's only four episodes in, and it's looking like being a cracker of a season.

But I'd recommend you watch the first three seasons first.  Not just because they're all brilliant in their own right, but because the storyllines of each build upon each other to create the most complete and fascinating portrait of urban life yet seen on television.  So, that's 37 hours of T.V. to watch in order to get up to speed.  Does that sound like a chore?  Well it's anything but.  While the themes of the Wire may sound grim and depressing on paper: urban decay, drug dealing and drug dependency, corruption, moral compromise - the delivery is anything but.  Yes, bad things happen in the Wire: people get killed when all they wanted to do was escape; cases hit the wall because they're not politically convenient; characters put their ambition first when the viewer desperately wants to see the big pay-off instead; but most of all, the Wire is about life itself.  And like the Blues, if you cut beneath the veneer of misery you'll hit a rich, deep vein of humour, love, and even warmth.  The Wire is too smart a show not to know (unlike, say, the Shield) that life doesn't throw up the odd moment of light relief.  "You're not just a regular asshole" one detective tells his colleague and good friend, a smile on his face, "you're a special kind of asshole."  It's just one example of the Wire's consistently brilliant writing and acting - but you could paraphrase it and apply it to the show itself: not just a regular show, a special kind of show.

Man, The Wire is great.  I've been watching the first part of this year's--last year's?--season on DVR and it's goddamn spectacular.
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Post by: Inlander on 17 Dec 2006, 17:39
Hoorah!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: the_tard on 20 Dec 2006, 06:01
"Inside Out" by Nick Mason is a really interesting book for any Floyd fans out there. It gives and interesting perspective given that it is written by a band member (who is a surprisingly good writer) and not by a roadie or journalist. It covers the whole of his Pink Floyd career and then also goes over their (Mason, Wright and Gilmour) post-Floyd music careers and albums. It also stops about every 150 pages and has a picture session from that particular era, like backstage behind the set for "The Wall" blowing up their huge inflatable thingies and other interesting stuff.

In a nutshelll, if you like Pink Floyd and are curious about their history, this is a great book for you.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Runs_With_Scissors on 23 Dec 2006, 00:52
'Little Miss Sunshine' for movies. I absoluely loved this movie. The last 1/2 hour had my whole family cracking up. You can't go wrong with the variety of characters in that movie. The senile heroin addict grandpa, the 15 year old boy who has taken a vow of silence, the suicidal gay uncle, the dad and his '9 steps' to not become a loser, the mom (no need to explain), all packed in an old yellow VW bus going to the 7 year old daughters beuty pageant. It was probably the best movie I've seen in a while :-D(sorry if someones already posted about it). I was a bit skeptical about it when I first started watching it, but I'm glad I watched it. I would recomend it to everyone.
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Post by: SilentJ on 23 Dec 2006, 09:36
Don't forget that the 15 year old took his vow of silence because he read Friedrich Nietzche  :lol:
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Utopian on 27 Dec 2006, 04:24
The Mighty Boosh has already been mentioned, but I want to reiterate how fantastic it is. The first series is better, in my opinion, than the second, although the episode about Milky Joe is probably the best one of all. The radio series is magnificent - I listen to it on a weekly basis - and when I get the chance I will definitely see them live. I find the mix of music, surrealism, poor sets and costumes and very funny jokes hugely appealing.

As for novels, I'm sure my favourites have already been mentioned so I'll recommend some non-fiction:

The Airloom Gang (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Air-Loom-Gang-Mike-Jay/dp/0553814850/sr=8-3/qid=1167174158/ref=sr_1_3/026-5667547-6375656?ie=UTF8&s=books) tells the tale of an early case of what we would today recognise as schizophrenia. It starts of simply enough - James Tilly Matthews, is mad. He believes politcal events are being manipulated by a giant "Air Loom" operated by French Revolutionaries and is sent to Bedlam at the end of the 18th Century. However, the story of what may have driven him to that state and the clashes he has with John Haslam, the apothecary at Bedlam, and the scandals he causes, not to mention modern diagnoses of his condition and what we have learnt from such a landmark case are very interesting. I took Psychology A-Level and already have an interest in learning about schizophrenia but this book reads like a thriller, is full of political intrigues and ultimately is tons of fun.

Savage Girls and Wild Boys (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Savage-Girls-Wild-Boys-Children/dp/0571214606/sr=1-1/qid=1167174455/ref=sr_1_1/026-5667547-6375656?ie=UTF8&s=books) describes several cases of feral children spanning several centuries. It's like the science and psychology behind Mowgli - awesome! Although going by these accounts Mowgli would never have made it in the human village :( In  many ways it's really quite depressing.

Oooh! I cried with laughter at Little Miss Sunshine. It was a very moving film too but the tears were all from laughing. My personal favourite "watch it and all your problems go away" film is I <3 Huckabees. There's also a short, claymation film I was given as a gift called Harvie Krumpet (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harvie-Krumpet-Geoffrey-Rush/dp/B0002ISGT2/sr=8-1/qid=1167174758/ref=pd_ka_1/026-5667547-6375656?ie=UTF8&s=dvd). None of my friends had heard of it but it looked cute. It was more than cute - it was truly life affirming in a very funny way.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Asorae on 27 Dec 2006, 12:30
My personal favorite book ever is Sabriel, by Garth Nix. I've read it probably five+ times, and the two following books (Lirael and Abhorsen) a few times as well.

As for movies, Donnie Darko is fantastic, though kind of confusing. It's almost necessary to watch it more than once to really understand it. Another great one is Spirited Away. I beg that nobody judge it on the fact that it's animated, because it really is wonderful.
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Post by: SilentJ on 27 Dec 2006, 13:52
the Donnie Darko soundtrack has Duran Duran on it, so it gets my automatic approval :lol:
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Post by: Asorae on 27 Dec 2006, 15:10
Haha yeah, it has a lot of 80's music, as I *think* it is set in that decade. Go watch it. :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 29 Dec 2006, 03:01
I'm pretty sure I haven't plugged them before, so UBER NERD IS BEGIN.

The Halo book series, by Eric Nylund and William C. Dietz are a very entertaining read.  Dietz has only done The Flood (story of the actual Halo game) so far, and it may be my least favorite, but it is still hell of awesome.  Nylund has done The Fall of Reach (everything up to Halo 1), First Strike (flashbacks to Reach and a lot of stiff after Halo), and Ghosts of Onyx (completely unrelated in any way, but probably my favorite so far).  I'm gonna try to avoid spoilers as much as possible here.  Pretty much they have a very big taste of the Halo-esque fantasy to them, but both authors like to be a bit technical.  For example, very rarely are they referred to as just a "pistol," "assault rifle," or "sniper rifle," but rather, an "M6D" or a sidearm (pistol), an "MA5B" (assault rifle) and "SRS99C-S2 AM" (sniper rifle).  This doesn't take away from the plot or the characters at all, but it gets really fuckin' annoying after like 4 books.  Still, highly recommended.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DangerouslyRandom on 29 Dec 2006, 03:59
Books:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon. Already saw someone else had mentioned this, but I simply had to. I really like this book, it's certainly different, and even though I had to read it for english, I enjoyed it A LOT! Makes you think about what autistic people go through sometimes.

How I paid for college: A novel of sex, theft, friendship and musical threatre. By Marc Acito. This is just about my favourite book of all time. It touches almost every subject, from embezzlement, to homosexual feelings. My friend read it, and got a bunch of copies and gave to everyone, and I try to tell everyone I know about this book. It's awesome, quite basically.

Movies:

After reading all the first page, I'm not sure if this was suggested buuuuttt!

Pieces of April: Kinda low budget, I think. It has Katie Holmes in it, but very good nonetheless. It's about a poor girl trying to cook (i'm supposing) her first turkey, for her family whose coming down. She wants everything to be perfect, but her oven is broke. Luckily... some of her neighbors in the apartment are nice!

Empire Records: Romance, and humour, along with music. It's a very excellent movie. There's not much I can without  giving away a lot of the movie, so I'm just going to say you'll probably like it, and quite possibly get the idea to glue quarters to the floor at your work, as part of your "art" (I know I have thought about it >.o; )

Saved!: Generic comedy of a "perfect" christian girl who gets knocked up, while she's trying to save her boyfriend from being gay. It's funny, romantic, and has Calkin in a wheelchair, courting a jewish girl. It's a very quoteable movie, and I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy it.


I think that's it. I'll add more as I think about them!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: the_tard on 29 Dec 2006, 04:08
the Donnie Darko soundtrack has Duran Duran on it, so it gets my automatic approval :lol:

Man, Donnie Darko was a strange-ass movie. Took me about two days to figure out what actually happened, but I finally understand. Just finished downloading 26 episodes of radio hitch hiker GttG off soulseek. That should keep me entertaind for 12 and a half hours.
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Post by: SilentJ on 29 Dec 2006, 13:27
Ooh, ooh, I totally forgot earlier.  In books, Lessons by Kim Pritekel just came out recently.  It's really a very entertaining read, but just to save anybody interested a couple bucks:

http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/k/kimpritekel_lessons1.html (http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/k/kimpritekel_lessons1.html) <- chapter one, just click "continue" to keep reading.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: magdalena on 30 Dec 2006, 13:14
the prydain chronicles by lloyd alexander.

a lot of people are all 'it rips off the lord of the rings' and dismiss it out of hand.  but you really should give it a chance.  i read them in middle school, and just fell in love with the characters.  especiallly taran, who starts out as an orphan who takes care of an oracular pig, then events are set in motion that make him a very important person in his land.  he grows so much from the first book, and it really is beautifully done.
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Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 30 Dec 2006, 21:52
not sure if this has been mentioned but neal stephenson's 3000 page "Baroque Cycle" triology is frickin unbelievable. it's easily up there with the best historical fiction i've ever read, full of fascinating characters and lotsa action and tons of stuff on everything from politics to economics to science to religion to cryptography. all 3 are fantastic books and well worth the time it takes to read them.
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Post by: tehseal on 31 Dec 2006, 08:05
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Mature reading in case you are sensetive to such things.

Oh and I agree with SilentJ about the Halo books except that I hated The Flood.  The other 3 are completely awesome.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DangerouslyRandom on 31 Dec 2006, 08:15
Mmm, not sure if someone has said this or not:

The Sovereign Stone Triology, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (The first book is "Well of Darkness", followed by "Guardians of the Lost" and "Journeying into the Void")

I believe it to be a very good read. When I picked it up, and read the inner flap, I was like, "Oooo!" and bought it. It's fantasy, so I guess it depends on what you like, but when I started reading it, I didn't stop until I reached the last page.
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Post by: SilentJ on 31 Dec 2006, 17:36
and read the inner flap

I totally read that as "inner fap"

mmmm, Zen of masturbating.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KnnOs on 03 Jan 2007, 11:52
Kushiel's Dart
    Ok, it was mentioned previously but I had to add my own two cents, seriously, this is a well written series. I picked it up at first on the recommendation of a friend, largely because of the overt sexiness he mentioned. Anyone approaching these on that one level will find themselves delightfully surprised. The world of Terre D'Ange is filled with characters of every shape and description, but unlike those terribly dry Russian novels you had to read in High School, they are actually characterized... WELL! You find yourself caring about characters very minor to the story, just because they are so richly drawn. You may also find yourself understanding parts of yourself you never did before.
   The plot itself is intricate but drawn very logically from the characters that give it shape. Phedre was abandoned as a young girl into the care of one of the foremost houses of "The Night Court". She considers herself no more than a "whore's unwanted get" until Anafiel Delaunay sees her, and recognizes the flaw in her eye, a tiny mote of red floating in the darkness, as Kushiel's Dart, the mark of a god's hand. Under his training she becomes one of the most cleverly placed spies in the land. There are cleverer forces at work in the world, however, and Phedre will have to match all of her talents with her own brand of defiant spirit to preserve everything she holds dear. It's one of those series I try to convince all my friends to read.

Hustle
  Another example of excellent storytelling based strongly around character, Hustle is a BBC production which you can catch unreliably on AMC television. I got into it when they were shown regularly but now it's kind of hard to run into. However, Season 1 is out on DVD and Season 2 is out next month, they're 20 dollar DVDs that I strongly recommend.
   The show centers around a small group of professional con men. Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) is an older con man but no less sharp for it. He plays the role of the roper, meeting the marks, sparking their interest. He introduces them to the inside man, Michael Stone, a.k.a. Mickey Bricks. Under the tutelage of Stroller, Stone has become the premier long con player, and he plays his game with this sort of freewheeling charm that makes it hard not to like him. Ashley "Ash" Morgan is the chainsmoking "fixer." Need an alarm reprogrammed, retinal data replaced, or a company "created" overnight? Ash is your man. There is a long-standing axiom which tells us that a woman may get into many places a man finds barred to him, but dismissing Stacy Monroe as just another pretty face is a mistake that's left many victims bleeding from the bank account. Finally, there's the newbie, Danny Blue. Already an experienced short-con player, Danny forces his way into a con and eventually makes of himself a valuable, if volatile, member of the team.
   These aren't the modern con men, "robbing old ladies of their pensions" but rather the gentlemen con artists of old, holding themselves to the maxim that "You can't cheat an honest man." Every mark is left an out, a place where they can walk away by doing the right thing. As you might suspect, almost no one takes that route. The show is strangely moral, funny, dramatic and overwhelmingly charming.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mqarcus on 05 Jan 2007, 18:37
Everyone should see Lost In Translation, read something by Nietzsche and listen to The Flaming Lips.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: elcapitan on 06 Jan 2007, 17:59
Following that, they should look up the definition of the word "cliche". :P

I recommend Milan Kundera's The Incredible Lightness Of Being.
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Post by: Misereatur on 06 Jan 2007, 21:26
Seconded.

Amazing book.
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Post by: Caspian on 08 Jan 2007, 19:26
Well, I don't read a lot of real intellectual stuff, but I am reading the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is this really awesome Fantasy series. It's the whole epic fantasy thing, but it's not all that cliched. I would highly recommend that to anyone who enjoys fantasy, or even people who don't. Stephen Donaldson is the Author, btw.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 10 Jan 2007, 17:45
I recommend Milan Kundera's The Incredible Lightness Of Being.

. . . Is that the sequel to The Unbearable Lightness of Being??
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Post by: Utopian on 12 Jan 2007, 17:35
Everyone should see Lost In Translation, read something by Nietzsche and listen to The Flaming Lips.
Agree, disagree, agree. :)

Everyone should read some David Hume. I love his sort of "philosophy is just philosophy, you can't necessarily live your life by it" approach! Although being the sceptic he is I suppose he needs it or he'd have walked off a cliff.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mqarcus on 12 Jan 2007, 21:40
Nothing wrong with Nietzsche, his books has helped me through rough times.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scytale on 13 Jan 2007, 15:58
I think Nietzsche's works are amazing, especially Zarathusta and Beyond Good and Evil. They definately changed my life.

I'd reccomend reading Jean Paul Satre's Nausea.

A less existential reccomendation would be Neil Gaiman's American Gods, which I read over christmas and thoroughly enjoyed.

I
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Post by: Utopian on 13 Jan 2007, 19:47
Nietzsche is very interesting, yes, but David Hume is my favourite philosopher.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Sythe on 15 Jan 2007, 06:14
My own particular book recommendation Is "Ilium" by Dan Simmons, and its sequel, "Olympos".

I actually just picked up both books on the merit of Dan Simmons' Hyperion trilogy.

Speaking of which, Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion were all kickass reads.

Simmons has a neat style of storytelling in which the threads of the story don't come together as much as branch out. At times, its difficult to put the book down and come back to it a few days later, as every few pages the narrative can jump hundreds of lightyears.

Edit: Whattheshit, I knew the OP was old, but damn.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 15 Jan 2007, 12:24
Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley is a dark, captivating retelling of the Noah's Ark story. It's about as far from a traditional version of the tale as you can get. I might post a paragraph or two later to get you used to the idea. Then you should go read it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: tomselleck69 on 17 Jan 2007, 04:37
I recommend Milan Kundera's The Incredible Lightness Of Being.

. . . Is that the sequel to The Unbearable Lightness of Being??

no, that was "Unbearable Lightness of Being Reloaded"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Locke on 17 Jan 2007, 15:37
High Fidelity, the book and the movie.  They're both wonderful.  John Cusack in his best role, Jack Black before he became totally overused.

In movies, Almost Famous is a great one, and home to the best music from a non-real band ever!  It even has Chasing Amy's Jason Lee in it!

Igby Goes Down is a personal favorite, sort of a modernized Catcher in the Rye, very good film.  If you liked movies like Ghost World and Little Miss Sunshine, you'll like Igby.  Also see the first two Wes Anderson films, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.

And watch my movie, "Possibilities" when its... done.  It'll be good, seriously!

In books, I reccommend "The Areas Of My Expertise" By John Hodgman.  He's the guy who appears on The Daily Show sometimes and plays the PC in the Mac vs PC commercials.  The book is brilliant.  It even comes with a blurb from the high priest of the church of Satan on it!

Also, read God's Debris by Scott Adams (Its available as a free ebook, just google it) and if you really like it, the sequel The Religion War.  Great thinking books.

Techies would do well to read Steal This Computer Book 4.0, which is a wonderful tome on the seamy underbelly of the internets.

Fans of Kevin Smith should check out Silent Bob Speaks, a collection of his writings over his career in various forms.  Very funny stuff.  Similarly, comic book geeks should read Men of Tomorrow.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 18 Jan 2007, 02:36

Also see the first two Wes Anderson films, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.


*sigh*
almost buddy. almost.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 18 Jan 2007, 13:01
BOTTLE ROCKET = WIN

The bit where Owen Wilson comes in and the dude who plays Pagoda isn't opening the safe? Classic.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 19 Jan 2007, 03:57
No! You never had it!

...I really need to see this movie.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 19 Jan 2007, 04:02
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (the guy who direct amelie) "delicatessen" is so damn good. not only it is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic movies, it's one one my favorite movies altogether. darkly funny, it's about an apartment building run by a butcher who hires ppl to do odd jobs and then kills them, selling thier meat as food to the knowing tenants. any movie full of cannabilism, secret ogranizations of men living in the sewers who wear shiny black jumpsuits, a guy who lives in a room ankle deep with water full of snails and frogs, and two men who spend all day making sheep sound voice boxes is gold in my book. any fan of amazingly good surreal stuff should check this out.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 19 Jan 2007, 06:34
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

Dude, I just found out that my uncle got a bit part in a season two episode.  He played some bumbling security guard, I believe.  Later tonight, if not sometime tomorrow, I'ma find out which episode he's in and let you know.
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Post by: Runs_With_Scissors on 19 Jan 2007, 14:32
The book 'nature girl' by carl hiiason (sp?) was good. I got it for my dad for x-mas, so of course I read it before he did :D
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Post by: Inlander on 20 Jan 2007, 16:20
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

Dude, I just found out that my uncle got a bit part in a season two episode.  He played some bumbling security guard, I believe.  Later tonight, if not sometime tomorrow, I'ma find out which episode he's in and let you know.

Awesome!

Hmm . . . "bumbling security guard" . . . Sounds like [checks D.V.D.s] episode 12, when Bunk and Freamon go to Philadelphia.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Doctor Awesome on 21 Jan 2007, 02:32
Good Omens was by Neil Gaiman as well as Prattchett? Sweet.
Also, a hearty second for Illuminatus!, Hustle and Donnie Darko (i've though about it, it cannot make sense without contradicting itself)
Iluminatus! is one of those books that you want to know nothing about. If anyone even mentions it to you before you finish, hit them. Hard. In the nuts. Read the whole trilogy at once, and then walk out into a new world.

Series of Unfortunate Events Its aimed at about 12-14 year olds, but mein gott its incredible. It IS 13 books, which will set you back about a fiver each (British fiver) but its well worth it. I'm seriously considering buying the entire series and re-reading them all over about a week (each book is pretty short, i finished The End in one sitting) Its completely nuerotic and will play with your head for quite some while.

Stephen King's Dark Tower Series Sheer bloody genius. Incredibly strange, but amazing. I would also recommend It and The Strand (Stand? Strand? can't remember) as they have interlinking themes. Whether you read these two before, after or inbetween the series will definately change your perception of it. Lovin' it loads.
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Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 23 Jan 2007, 05:06
i'm sure most of you had read it, but Catch 22 remains one of my all time favorite books to this day. it's so incredibly funny. i was rereading it today in midterms after i finished my test and i had to stop b/c i kept laughing and the proctor kept telling me to stop. it's tough for a book to make me laugh out loud but that one does it consistently. i'd argue it's funnier (and all around better) than a confederacy of dunces (brilliant as that book is). if you somehow haven't read catch 22 do so. right now.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 23 Jan 2007, 18:18
The Wire (http://www.hbo.com/thewire).

Dude, I just found out that my uncle got a bit part in a season two episode.  He played some bumbling security guard, I believe.  Later tonight, if not sometime tomorrow, I'ma find out which episode he's in and let you know.

Awesome!

Hmm . . . "bumbling security guard" . . . Sounds like [checks D.V.D.s] episode 12, when Bunk and Freamon go to Philadelphia.

I think that might be the episode, I just remember that these two peoples (one guy, one girl) were in some residential tower lookin' for another dude, and they found out he lives/went to the 6th floor.

S'all I got, sorry.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Shiney_Gothique on 24 Jan 2007, 07:12
Movies: Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2. These must be watched back to back. Good for a rainy bad when your feeling a little glum. Nothing like a bit of slaughter to pep you up.

TV Shows: HBO's Carnivale. They did cut the show after only 2 seasons but it really was genius. HBO is just gay that's all.

Books: The Axis Trilogy (BattleAxe, Enchanter, StarMan)  and The Wayfarer Redemption (Sinner, Pilgrim, Crusader) both be Sara Douglass. These are just fantastically writen fantasy novels. They are so compelling. I loved every second of them. (In America the 2 trilogies were printed as one 6 book series called The Wayfarer Redemption. Kinda confusing eh?
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Post by: Evil_Lathander on 25 Jan 2007, 20:21
I recommend "The Wheel of Time" series to anybody who likes good fantasy books with a coherent world
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Post by: Utopian on 28 Jan 2007, 16:03
The Wheel of Time, related games and forums and the other forums it led me to is responsible for about 80% of my social life. Even if they were crap I'd have to be grateful for that! I love them though - I really care about a lot of the characters.

I just read Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I'm already really into the Sandman graphic novels but haven't read many of his other novels.

A nice short novel I just thought of is Hackenfeller's Ape by Brigid Brophy. It's a very sweet look at humans and animals and how we treat eachother, plus how people think in general. I should reread it - it's been a while.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 01 Feb 2007, 13:44
HBO is just gay that's all.

Really? The entire organisation's staffed by homosexuals?

I guess society's come a long way after all!
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Post by: SilentJ on 01 Feb 2007, 20:48
I think I respect them now!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scytale on 02 Feb 2007, 01:02


I just read Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I'm already really into the Sandman graphic novels but haven't read many of his other novels.


American Gods is the only thing of hr's I've read, it's really good I'd definately reccomend it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Takeru on 02 Feb 2007, 10:07
Koreeda Hirokazu's Nobody Knows is a fantastic movie if you're into art cinema.  The camera work is spectacular, yet not unexpected if you're familiar with Koreeda.  The pace is slow, yet sporadic, and in a sense it seems as if there's an attempt to capture the world from the perspective of children, who are the main actors within the plot.  Taken over the span of a year, you also get to see character development that's mostly natural rather than directed, which is a unique twist since the movie adjusts for the actors rather than the opposite.  If you're looking for commercial entertainment, this film isn't probably going to appeal much.  However, if you're out for something new and into the more art/indie end of films, Nobody Knows won't be disappointing.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 02 Feb 2007, 13:42


I just read Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I'm already really into the Sandman graphic novels but haven't read many of his other novels.


American Gods is the only thing of hr's I've read, it's really good I'd definately reccomend it.

i second neverwhere and american gods. they're definetly among the better fantasty novels with contemporary/real world settings that i've read. great stories and lots of very interesting characters abound. well worth looking at if you like the genre. i haven't read much of sandman so i can't really compare that to his novels at all...
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Post by: Johnny C on 02 Feb 2007, 22:17
That movie with Will Ferrell in it, Stranger Than Fiction? It's good, guys. Like, really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 06 Feb 2007, 18:36
I've been wanting to see that for a while now.

Is that like just coming out in theaters, or is it on DVD yet?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jeppo on 12 Feb 2007, 16:11
comic/graphic novels-
Daisy Kutter: the last train - nicely drawn, great story, best for teens to young adult but great for anyone really
flight, vol 1,2+3 - a collection of shorts by alternative graphic novelists
Blankets - by craig thompson. after you read it, you'll force your friends to read it, then read it again. its about relationships. doo de doo
calvin & hobbes - by bill watterson
anything by chris ware
lone wolf and cub - classic adventure story about a wondering samurai and his son (they made some 'not that good' films about it, called babycart)

movies-
life aquatic - bill murray film, so so good. about a documentry maker and his possible son, go to find a shark that killed his best friend.
me and you and everyone we know - great film about a guy and his two kids. its sad, funny + interesting.
dead leaves - really really intense bright strange colourful crazy excentric mad weird animation.
oldboy - a man is imprisoned for 15 years. then released. not really a who'dunnit. its a why'dunnit.

Series-
Invader Zim - great cartoon by jhonen vasques (JTHM + Squee, they're comics :wink:) makes me LAUGH everytime i see it. also has a cute robot...
Black Books - a british comedy about a book shop. its got dylan moran and bill bailey. its ummm.. reccomendable..
downtown - short lived mtv production. about a bunch of young adults livin downtown. download it somewhere if you manage to find it.


if you like these reccomendations, ill try to think of others :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Utopian on 14 Feb 2007, 07:05
I saw Oldboy without knowing a thing about it, it was just the next film starting when I went to the cinema one day. I think it's one of those films I can say truly blew my mind.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: GruntyBalboa on 15 Feb 2007, 21:17
Read World War Z by Max Brooks. It's an incredibly well done book. I was expecting a poorly done joke book, but it wound up being incredibly well thought out.
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Post by: Jed on 05 Mar 2007, 10:56
Movie: The 9th Company

The 9th Company is a russian war film about the young men who fought and died at the mountains of Afghanistan during Soviet Unions war in Afghanistan. Okay, it seems at first glance just like any other war film you've seen. But the story develops quite rapidly and it has lot of good action. I'd recommend this to everyone just for the lack of russian films in international market. This movie kicks ass... Watch it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ampersandwitch on 05 Mar 2007, 19:09
That movie with Will Ferrell in it, Stranger Than Fiction? It's OKAY, guys. Like, really OKAY.

FIXD
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 05 Mar 2007, 20:36
To read: Anything and everything by William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, and Ursula K LeGuin. If I had to pick just one from each, I'd go with Pattern Recognition by Gibson (just because it's the most stand-alone...All Tomorrow's Parties might be his best writing); Neverwhere by Gaiman (I think I enjoyed it more than American Gods, though that may be his most significant); and...hmm...The Left Hand of Darkness by LeGuin (she doesn't hit the mark with every book, but when she's on, she can leave everyone else in the dust).
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Post by: Liz on 07 Mar 2007, 19:17
Read: Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

Watch: The Last King of Scotland

Listen: Blu Sanders
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: brunel cog on 15 Mar 2007, 09:12
Books: If you like science fiction, you might want to read some of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels.  Why?  They contain some very original and interesting concepts.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Johnny C on 16 Mar 2007, 08:22
That movie with Will Ferrell in it, Stranger Than Fiction? It's good, guys. Like, really good.

KICK ME
Fix'd.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uncle Fisty on 17 Mar 2007, 09:31
Well, I don't read a lot of real intellectual stuff, but I am reading the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is this really awesome Fantasy series. It's the whole epic fantasy thing, but it's not all that cliched. I would highly recommend that to anyone who enjoys fantasy, or even people who don't. Stephen Donaldson is the Author, btw.
I'd definitely have to agree with this, anyone who likes fantasy should read it.  Very original concept, having a leper for the main character.

As far as fantasy novels go, if you like Thomas Covenant novels, you'll love The Chronicles of Amber.  Ten books, available in an omnibus edition.  Another very original story, incredible "magic" system, great character depth.

Also, The Malazan Book of the Fallen series, by Steven Erikson.  Fantasy, but from a very military point of view.  Characters are fleshed out very well, and the typical fantasy "mysteriousness" is cleared up at the end of each part of the series.  Very few cliff hangers, so each book individually is great.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Lines on 26 Mar 2007, 14:42
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill is a pretty darn good book. It's about this death metal singer who buys a ghost online and how it tries to kill him.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Nisstyre on 31 Mar 2007, 00:57
As far as books go, If you haven't read the novel 1984 by George Orwell, I would suggest you do so as soon as possible. As far as quality of writing goes, It has a very interesting plot, you will be guessing throughout the whole novel right to the last page. The characters are all great as well. But the real gem of this book is the piles and piles of symbolism. You could re-read this book dozens of times and find more symbolism each time. It covers so many issues, from philosophical ones, such as the nature of reality, and political ones, like war and propaganda.

For a really fun read, I'm going to recommend The Stand by Stephen King. If you love books with epic plots and wide arrays of characters, and good vs. evil, then you will love The Stand.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 06 Apr 2007, 09:03
If you read The Stand, make sure it's not that pansy ass abridged version. The real thing, hard covered sized, around 1,100 pages, is how King originally intended it to be. The edited version cut out something like 100,000 words and, as a result, a whole heck of a lot of material. Even if you've read the abridged version already it's worth plowing through the real thing.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Zoe_Gurl on 13 Apr 2007, 09:03
Hhmmm, for some light fantasy reading i would sujest either Phillup Pullmans "His Dark Materials" trilogy or Garth Nix's "Abhorsen" trilogy. Both are easy reading, but the stories are beautifully written. His dark materials perticually has some interesting and thought provoking ideas about the church and religeion, life after death etc.
For something a little more epic like, try Ian Irvines "The well of echoes". I think there are four books in the series. They were an awesome read, although a bit of a slog at times. And Irvine has left the ending open for sequeals, which concidering the end of the last book, i probably wont be reading. heh.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aimless on 14 Apr 2007, 08:58
the prydain chronicles by lloyd alexander.

a lot of people are all 'it rips off the lord of the rings' and dismiss it out of hand.  but you really should give it a chance.  i read them in middle school, and just fell in love with the characters.  especiallly taran, who starts out as an orphan who takes care of an oracular pig, then events are set in motion that make him a very important person in his land.  he grows so much from the first book, and it really is beautifully done.

I absolutely ADORED those books. They were so damn'... charming. In a way almost no fantasy is these days. It's light reading, but still very rewarding :) other light but rewarding fantasy novels I'd recommend are Archer's Goon and The Lives of Christopher Chant, by Diana Wynne Jones (also seconding the Pullman recommendation, that trilogy was sweet, and I hope the movie adaptation of the first book will be good).

I second the Erikson recommendation--his Malazan books are some of the most awesome fantasy novels ever written, and I'm using that word very deliberately. The world is HUGE. I didn't really know what the term "epic" in a fantasy context meant until I read Erikson, and I grew up with Wheel of Time :o

Thanks to some Erikson fans, I discovered The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, and it's quite possibly the most entertaining and cool fantasy I've ever read. It's kinda like a con-film in a fantasy novel :) they're going to make a movie based on it, and it'll ROCK I tell you.

I'd like to recommend "The Gospel According to Biff, Buddy of Christ" for being the best novel ever written, but I haven't read it yet...

EDIT: Looks like someone's already recommended it!

Oh, I dunno if anyone's suggested any standups yet, but I'd like to recommend Eddie Murphy's "Raw" and Robin Williams, "Live on Broadway". Best seen with dudes or in mixed dude-like company =) Would recommend Chris Rock for his "Niggaz vs. Black People" stuff, and for his idea about bullet-control, but he can be a bit too screechy so whateva :o
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: RJHertz on 16 Apr 2007, 14:26
Has anyone ever read any of Joe Meno's work?
I really liked Hairstyles of the Damned, and I loved his most recent The Boy Detective Fails.  It's a sweet, sad, funny story about Billy Argo, a former boy detective (now 30), recently released from a prolonged stay at a mental hospital that followed his sister's death.  It dosen't take long before he is back to his sleuthing ways, helping the kids across the street, and crossing paths with old (and aging) associates.  Meno creates a real world that is somewhat worn and faded, and populated with characters who are equally faded, yet trying to hold on to their past glory and vitality.  Plus, there are coded messages for the reader to solve!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: MadOvid on 19 Apr 2007, 03:04
Recent books that I've enjoyed lately are Alice Munro's Runaway and Margaret Atwoods Oryx and Crake. I highly recommend both of them. They have metaphor and everything.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Legendaryratboy on 20 Apr 2007, 21:08
the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer is extremley good and manages to mix Irish fables of fairies and other magical creatures with ultra futuristic technology and criminal masterminds, nad also, the main character is 12 years old and smarter than most adults of any species in the book... talk about creepy.
Other works by Eoin Colfer are also highly recomended, they offer a fresh outlook on many old themes and add his own personal twist of mixing old school Tolkien type fantasy with innoviative science fiction, defiently a good read if youre looking for something refreshing.
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Post by: confusedcious on 13 May 2007, 20:33
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is definitely worth a read. It does paranormal investigation without excessive relationship angsting and the character is not the best.... or the only.... or the last... anything, except that he is the only wizard in the chicago phone book - but I think that I can give him that. As the series goes in it just gets better and better.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aimless on 15 May 2007, 10:14
"The Game", by Neil Strauss, one of the most accomplished pickup-artists in the world. It was a very fun--and surprisingly involving--read! Warmly recommended to men and women alike.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SilentJ on 15 May 2007, 14:46
Okay, I'm ashamed to admit it took me this long to get into anything by him, but...

I recently started reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and it is fucking brilliant.  It's just a shame I don't have anything else by him to read once I finish this.

Ah, well.  So it goes.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: UncleMax on 08 Jun 2007, 19:39
I apologize in advance if any of these have already been mentioned... but...

DUNE -book
   I honestly cannot belive that I haven't seen Dune mentioned here at alll...  It is an amazing story of life on a planet covered entirely of desert, and a tribal culture that actually thrives there.  Not to mention it's quoted often in QC.

The Gods Themselves -also book
   Seriously.  There are three main parts.  Their titles are: 1) Against Stupidity... 2)...The Gods Themselves... 3)...Contend in Vain?  Anything with that title will get my vote, but its also a friggin awesome book.  Some refreshingly original alien life is involved, and some really cool physics, too.

Anything Written by Terry Pratchett -a whole lotta boks
   Terry Pratchett is basically Douglass Adams, except even more cynical and sarcastic.  And, instead of sci-fi, its a fantasy world that's actually just our world, with golems and magic and semi-medieval time period (I swear, those books eeringly remind me of the world we live in today, right down to a controlling entrepeneur who buys a company, runs it to the ground, and sells it off with a profit.  Remind you of anything?)

Calvin and Hobbes -comics
   One of the main influences to QC, as present in the style of dialog in Jeph's strips, and Jeph also confessed to it in one of his newspots.  This kid has major problems.  Calvin's smarter and more philisophical than Sigmund Freud when he's on his red wagon, but when asked "What is the significance of the Eerie Canal?" Calvin answered, "In the cosmic sense, probably nil."  That makes my point.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: hihowareyou on 21 Jun 2007, 13:13
Is everything too simple? Does your place in the universe make just make too much sense to you?

Read Ishmael, My Ishmael, the Story of B or ANYTHING by Daniel Quinn. Things just won't be the same for you afterwards.

Also Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins if you trust the U.S. government.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 25 Jun 2007, 21:35
In agreement with some post above, everyone should read Calvin and Hobbes. Everyone, And by read I mean every single comic because it is well worth the time commitment. Also, 100 Years of Solitude is a novel everyone should read. It is one of the best written pieces of literature I have ever encountered. It's brilliant in every sense and you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read it.
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Post by: Ishotdanieljohnston on 27 Jun 2007, 19:00
I saw Mysterious Skin last night. I'm still not quite sure what I think of it. Really fucked up, but I think it's all necesary- the director carefully never took it to far, but he certainly went FAR ENOUGH. While I was watching it I thought "what a disgusting piece of shit", but the ending deffinitely redeemed it and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Which I guess was the intention, so it was a success on that front. See it if you're not to sensitive, and deffinitely don't see it with some one else (i.e. your mother, father or girlfriend).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: HellPuppi on 01 Jul 2007, 23:58
Umm well, I have odd tastes in everything, but I got6ta put in my 2 cents anyway:
Yeah, I put it into sections, I have a tendency to ramble, you can just read what your interested in, I 'spose.

Books:
Stephen King. Yeah he's kinda puply, but the more you read, the more you love! The first of his that I read was The Stand (unabridged), and shortly after that was introduced to his Gunslinger series by my wonderful uncle. Well actually it's the Dark Tower series, but it's a series made of PURE AWESOME. Words cannot describe the greatness, nor the weirdness. Also once you read this you realize almost all of his other books are related TO the Dark Tower series. Freakin' epic, s'what it is.
That and your realize SK has probably written everything, ever.

His Dark Materials. I think this was done by Phillip Pullman, but I could be wrong. There's actually going to be a movie out (the first book, Golden Compass) pretty soon, and hopefully it won't suck. There's some pretty serious stuff going on in this series (3 books: Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass), and I can't recommend it to everyone...but hey it's got talking polar bears in armor. And Daemons. And angels. Witches...alternate universes....okay stopping now.

Dragonlance. If your a nerd. this is pretty much recommended reading. There's 80 million+ books out, but read the original series if you're into fantasy.

Movies:
 
If your like me and no movie is complete without a monster/someone dying, then: Sleepy Hollow and  Brotherhood of the Wolf (Indian Ninja!). Also Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Lock stock and two smoking barrels, Boondock Saints. I'm not a big movie critic =P.

TV Shows:

Firefly, Scrubs, Cowboy BeBop, Hellsing, Home Movies (better in later seasons), Family Guy....and star trek TNG......


*slaps self* I forgot Dune! Yeah it's recommended.






Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Bunnyman on 18 Jul 2007, 05:17
Books: If you like science fiction, you might want to read some of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels.  Why?  They contain some very original and interesting concepts.

F*cking yes.  It's embarrassing how much the 4X genre has stolen from this series.

Recommendation: anything by Bruce Sterling.  Current list: The Difference Engine (+William Gibson), Islands in the Net, Zeitgeist.  Islands is hardcore cyberpunk done right - without it devolving into gunfights like Gibson always does for some reason (no beef with WG or anything, but...verisimilitude, man); Zeitgeist is essentially the Spice Girls from the manager's perspective in a totally punk attitude - when the soundman buys military vacuum tubes for his rig from the Russian mob, you have something special.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Alarra on 18 Jul 2007, 12:42
Okay, I'm ashamed to admit it took me this long to get into anything by him, but...

I recently started reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and it is fucking brilliant.  It's just a shame I don't have anything else by him to read once I finish this.

Ah, well.  So it goes.

I had this same realization when I read this book last year. I mean, I swear I'd been meaning to pick up something by Vonnegut for years, I regret now that I hadn't.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StaedlerMars on 25 Jul 2007, 10:42
I'm suggesting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

It's good guys. It's really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Lyrics on 26 Jul 2007, 19:50
Jennifer Government by Maxx Barry is an amazing book.  Deals with the growth of corporations and what happens to a world run by the dollar.  I only read this book after playing NationStates for a number of months.  Which, if you don't know, is a game based around the book.
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Post by: Bunnyman on 26 Jul 2007, 22:28
Heh, I totally bought Jennifer Government after playing NationStates too.  Worth every penny.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Noct on 27 Jul 2007, 00:46
Just picked up Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis and have nearly finished it, very quick read.  All I can say is that it is vintage Ellis, and one of the more amazing things I've read.  The man is able to weave the most perverse and absurd situations into a form that makes you genuinely care, as well as fall over laughing.  There's also some genuine poignant moments in there too.  He reads like Vonnegut if he was a insomniac sex freak.  If there are any other Warren Ellis fans out there, I don't need to say any more.  Buy this book. 

Warning to those unfamiliar with his work though, he seems to have a fascination with the more fringe, bizzare, and fetishist elements of society, and this book is not for the faint of heart.  However, if you are adventurous, he is definitely worth picking up.  Also, see some of his previous comic work such as Transmetropolitan or Nextwave or really anything with his name on it.   
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thenosebleedkid on 31 Jul 2007, 01:51
As far as books go I ahve a few recomendations!

Jennifer Fallon - Killer, cant put it down fantasy, original, brilliant!

The phantom tollbooth - an excellent read about how the english langauge is manipulated, hillarious!

Raymond E Feist - Gonna assume hes been recommended a few times - excellent works of fantasy with just enough philosophy and randomness!

TV shows

Cowboy bebop - Bounty hunter, mars, spaceships, excellent music, drugs, need I saw more

Movies

Neone genesis movies - your not sure what you saw, your not sure what it meant but god damn it changes your life!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Kosh on 01 Aug 2007, 05:58
I watched Sherry Baby last weekend, and I found it fantastic. It's about a young woman who is let out on bail after spending some time in jail for drug offences. Basically it's about her going back to the real world, coping with looking after her daughter as well as dealing with her family and her own habits. Quite bleak, but it has superb performances by a very low-key cast. It's not Hollywoodised at all, I loved it. It is also beautifully shot.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 04 Aug 2007, 20:03
I'm looking for movies similar to Oldboy, if anyone knows of any.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 05 Aug 2007, 21:31
Everyone should watch "Mulholland Drive" b/c everyone deserves to be utterly confused once in a while. Plus it's a really well made movie. And it has lesbianism (the good kind).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: tomselleck69 on 09 Aug 2007, 01:48
which kind is the bad kind again?



uhhhh... recommendations... read blood meridian.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: clarerose on 10 Aug 2007, 14:34
I'm looking for movies similar to Oldboy, if anyone knows of any.

that movie scared the crap out of me.

Naked Lunch is the only thing i can think of thats comparable.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ishotdanieljohnston on 13 Aug 2007, 23:13

I'm looking for movies similar to Oldboy, if anyone knows of any.

Well I can certainly reccoment the prequal, Sympathy for mr. vengeance, which i thought was alot better...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Caiphana on 14 Aug 2007, 00:16
Great book: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It's a sort of science fiction, but it's not crazy alien sci fi, it's set in the near-future US... it's written in an odd style, and if you can get over that, it's a great read. It's funny, has some action, has a little sex, has stuff that makes you think... it's basically the whole kit and caboodle.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: tomselleck69 on 14 Aug 2007, 04:50
I'm looking for movies similar to Oldboy, if anyone knows of any.
you might like 13 Tzameti
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 14 Aug 2007, 19:01
Kickass zombie/dark comedy flick from 1993 starring Rupert Everett.  My new favorite movie that has anything to do with zombies.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DirtyHippie on 19 Aug 2007, 13:47
Books:    If you haven't read Dune you need to.
             The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind.
             Glory Road By Robert Heinlein.
             The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer.
             
             


Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TimA on 22 Aug 2007, 11:18
Books that I've read recently that I'm comfortable recommending to total strangers:

Sun of Suns, by Kurt Schroeder - Hard to describe without giving too much away, but it's some of the best world-building I've ever seen.

The Etched City, by KJ Bishop - This is everything people say China Mieville is. It's beautiful, it's poetic, it's extravagent...just an amazing read.

Crystal Rain, by Tobias Buckell - Romp.

Spook Country, by William Gibson - If only for the phrase "Cold Civil War"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: charcoal on 24 Aug 2007, 06:49
For those who vaguely hinted at wanting to read more Kurt Vonnegut, I much preferred Cat's Cradle to Slaughterhouse 5. It's of a different timbre (so to speak) to the latter, but still in a similar style and well worth reading.

For those who like short stories, absolutely definitely make sure you read Nine Stories by JD Salinger. Catcher in the Rye's lovely and all that, but Salinger is at his best in his short stories, both creatively and stylistically. They're mostly focused on one scene, covering trivial happenings, but each has a strong emotional undercurrent, and at its conclusion leaves you feeling that what just happened was profoundly significant in the broader context.
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Post by: KvP on 26 Aug 2007, 19:22
I recently read Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union, an alternate-timeline noir homage in which the state of Israel collapses shortly after it was created, and the Jews are given a haven in Alaska. The book takes place in the present day, a few months before the land is reverted to Alaskan control. A fine, complex little novel.
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Post by: The Mighty Mopdecai on 05 Sep 2007, 02:49
My friend sent me this the other day its some funny clips of a classic children's game show called Knightmare. My favourite Tv show when I was a kid. Where kids had to guide a blind adventurer across three levels of puzzles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmUe4VrTzvk

The thing that is unbelieveable about Knightmare was how difficult it was I can't see it being remade because I can't see anyone now making a program when kids fail
It was ahead of its time in special effects on TV. Its look a bit creaky now through.
I believe its still being shown on Challenge TV in the UK
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Post by: gytaar on 05 Sep 2007, 13:27
monkey warfare!! gotta see it gotta love it...

and has anyone seen "urchin"..probably the worst movie ever made except from the scene with the captain hunter with the funny accent...

vanishing point..classic...
"This radio station was named kowalski,
In honour of the last american hero to whom
Speed means freedom of the soul.
The question is not when hes gonna stop,
But who is gonna stop him"

everything you always wanted to know about sex but were to afraid to ask, really great woody allen film

the cook the thief his wife and her lover..bizarre :-D




Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: carnivoracious on 14 Sep 2007, 12:06
I second the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule is the first in the set in case you were wondering.

For anyone that likes The Wheel of Time (by Robert Jordan), try David Eddings' Belgariad and Malloreon series.  Plot is along the same lines as Jordan's series, but Eddings' series has a smaller cast than Jordan's, which is good in my opinion because you don't forget everyones' names (furthermore, Eddings' series are finished, Jordan's isn't).  Both sets are pretty funny though.

For more funny, read Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck! by Christopher Moore. Aspiring writer moves to San Fransico and becomes the boyfriend of a beautiful redhead.  She happens to be a fledgling vampire.  Hilarity ensues.  Actually, Moore's Fluke; or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is also hilarious.  Humpback whale researchers in Laihana (Hawaii) make a startling discovery after seeing a whale with BITE ME written on its flukes (tail).

On a more serious (though no less strange) note; nearly anything by Jonathan Letham is good.  I tend to like his earlier work, specifically Gun, With Occasional Music and Amnesia Moon.  The first is a more cyberpunk/dystopia/detective novel in which the main character must investigate a murder in a world where questions are taboo, coke is a way of life, animals talk (and involve themselves in organized crime), and the man is out to get you, all while making sure he has enough karma (one's indicator of standing within the legal system) to keep from getting locked away.  The second novel is a surreal journey across a possibly post-apocolyptic American Southwest where your dreams are often more real to others than they are to you.

Both of these novels lack the chutzpah that makes Lethem's later work (Mother Brooklyn, I think, and You Don't Love Me Yet) so critically acclaimed, but they are far and away some of the strangest, most entertaining things I've read.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Garmr on 14 Sep 2007, 20:11
I agree with pretty much everyone who has made a comment on Kurt Vonnegut, Akira Kurosawa, Firefly/Serenity, J.R.R. Tolkien, or any combination thereof.  All of those are pretty much win in their own individual right.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: carnivoracious on 14 Sep 2007, 23:02
Forgot to mention;

Michelle Sagara'a Caste in Shadow and it's sequals.  Excellent fantasy/detective series.  The thing that gets me with this series is how all the races interact with one another.  It's also delightfully lacking in cliche, the only race that behaves the same as they do in other fantasy novels are the humans.  Great for fans of fantasy looking for a breath of fresh air.

Also, fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods will like pretty much anything by Charles de Lint.  Modern day fantasy steeped in the Faerie traditions of both Europe and America.  Moonheart, Trader, and the collection Jack of Kinrowan were my favorites.

Fans of this type of fantasy (or fans of historical fiction) might wish to read Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel.  There's a better description of the novel  here.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Strange_%26_Mr_Norrell)  The book is incredibly long, but you don't want to put it down, even when you're finished.
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Post by: 3Z3VH on 15 Sep 2007, 01:52
Also, fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods will like pretty much anything by Charles de Lint.  Modern day fantasy steeped in the Faerie traditions of both Europe and America.  Moonheart, Trader, and the collection Jack of Kinrowan were my favorites.

Now THAT is a damned fine suggestion.  If only I could force myself to sit down and read a book once in a while.
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Post by: Border Reiver on 16 Sep 2007, 19:49
Movies:  The Blues Brothers - awesome music (yes they are doing their own singing and dancing) and quite frankly, the best car chase in the history of celluloid;
Dog Soldiers - because it is probably the best werewolf movie/remake of Zulu ever done, and the one liners at the end of the flick are absolutely priceless.
The Dirty Dozen - Come on!  It is the ultimate guys movie.

Books:

The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser - historical fiction that is both meticulously researched, eminently readable and incredibly funny.
Guns of Normandy, guns of Victory and Where the Hell are the Guns by George Blackburn - George Blackburn, a former journalist tells the story of the 2nd Field Battery from the weeks preceeding WWII to VE Day.  Stories that can only be told by someone who was there and told in that matter of fact manner that lets you know that he was there and that these events really happened (the turkey neck incident, etc)
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Post by: supersheep on 17 Sep 2007, 14:16
KNIGHTMARE FUCK ME
You, sir, have just made my day.
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Post by: teh pwn queen on 04 Oct 2007, 14:55
Books: (I love reading **le sigh**)
I agree with everyone that says you should read 1984 by George Orwell, it's important that you think while reading it
The Dragonlance Trilogy (Dragons of Autumn Twilight, -Winter Night, and -Spring Dawning) yes, it's based off the D&D game but it's still an endearing story.
Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy  Anne McCaffrey created a fantastic world that uniquely mixed science fiction with fantasy.
Every single The Far Side collection you can get your hands on... a very smart comic that still should be active but isn't... love Gary Larson!!!! why did you retire?!?!?!

Movies:
V for Vendetta don't get me wrong, the graphic novel was excellent, but Natalie Portman was great and I love Hugo Weaving's voice.  Therefore movie version=win!
Super Troopers -- it's hilarious, some excellent one-liners and it let's you forget about everything that's happening around you, though it starts to slack when it starts to form a plot... oh well, still great!
Donnie Darko a beautifully made movie, very smart, the kind that you have to watch over and over to find all the tiny details
Waiting a day in the life of disgruntled waiters and cooks at the local bar and grill, random funniness ensues!!!!!

TV shows:
House -- the only doctor-type show I can watch, plus Hugh Laurie is great, I can't believe his skill in creating an american accent, amazing!
Wondershowzen -- I'm not sure if it's still playing, but if you love insanely crude humor, this is definately the show for you (my personal favorite is it's Q&A segments, hilarious what they can get those kids to say!)
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Post by: leave for no raisin on 04 Oct 2007, 20:34
Books:
1.  I really like Daniel Handler's novels (The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs).  If you've never heard of him, you might know him better as Lemony Snicket.  If you don't like the Snicket books, DON'T let that discourage you from reading his novels.  They are clever, full of dark humor, and nothing like A Series of Unfortunate Events (but still good even if you do like Snicket). 
2.  Suicide Casanova by Arthur Nersesian.  It's a self-proclaimed "psychosexual thriller."  It reminded me a little of American Psycho, which you should also read if you haven't already.  It's not the Great American Novel or anything, but it's an entertaining read.
3.  My Life in Heavy Metal by Steve Almond.  This is a book of short stories.  Some are really good, and some are kind of meh, but it's worth reading if you want something good that you can read sporadically.  My favorite story is probably the first, which has the same title as the book.
4.  The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan.  It's like Lord of the Flies, only more fucked up.

TV:
1.  Arrested Development.  This show is hilarious and I'm sad that it didn't survive.
2.  Neon Genesis Evangelion.  Half fighting robots, half existential mind trip.
3.  Alias.  I'm a sucker for shows about girls who kick ass, but this one is cooler than most because it's about spies.
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Post by: Madartistgirl on 07 Oct 2007, 04:07
 Everyone's already mentioned most of my favourite books, but I have to say this: Catch 22. Quite possibly one of the funniest books in existence. A Series of Unfortunate Events. Ditto.
 Also, I'm not sure if anyone's said this but I loved The Killing Joke by Anthony Horrowitz.
 Douglas Adams goes without saying but I have to say it anyway.
 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is excellent too.
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Post by: Ishotdanieljohnston on 07 Oct 2007, 05:00
i've just started reading motherless brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and while it's not the best book i've ever read (so far) it's a really good read- witty, orignal, interesting and not to heavy. Kind of a paul Auster, Chuck Palahniuk thing... about an orphan with tourettes tryin to find the killer of his mentor... currently being made into a film by Ed Norton.
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Post by: Stwonga on 07 Oct 2007, 11:56
I recommend Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh


The pathos/action/style is very entertaining, and in general its an awesome book.
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Post by: Nettle on 08 Oct 2007, 02:20
I recommend The Adventures of Lano and Woodley. It's an Australian comedy show, 13 episodes, slapstick stuff.
http://video.google.pl/videoplay?docid=4420242976661739832 here's one episode.
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Post by: carnivoracious on 08 Oct 2007, 23:53
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

A new take on the Dracula mythos (no, really).  Written in much the same style as the Bram Stoker novel that started Dracula's literary career, the story is told equally in first person narrative and letters from the characters themselves.  The Historian is the tale of a quest for the historical Vlad III.  It's difficult to put into words how incredible this novel is.  I was awed as much by the emotional impact of the characters as the locations (and the history of those locations!)  This is one of those books that makes you wonder about the importance of what you (or anyone else) is doing.  With so much history in front of me, it's hard not to feel insignificant.  It's almost as if the Dark Prince's presence reaches foreward through history to intimidate the reader...
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Post by: The Cloaked Stranger on 09 Oct 2007, 08:23
If you read science fiction at all, I recommend the Sparrow and it's sequel Children of God. They are written by Maria Doria Russel, and are incredible.  They have very well planned stories, with fantastically detailed settings and characters.  It covers a wide range of interesting topics:  encountering other cultures, scientific discoveries, faith and philosophy, humour and adventure.  Excellent reads.

I didn't really see a thread for online novels, but I think they sort of count as books -- there's Tales of MU, a very interesting fantasy world where humans, elves, nymphs and demons go to a magic university.  http://www.talesofmu.com/story/  Mature themes, so keep that in mind!

Another new online story is No Man an Island.  It's just getting started, but seems interesting.  http://www.nomananisland.wordpress.com

Like QC, these sites are free, and on Tales of MU the author has a similar goal to Jeph's, she's hoping to be able to quit her day job in January to write full time.  Her writing is so good I'm telling people it's worth checking out.
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Post by: Runs_With_Scissors on 06 Nov 2007, 19:41
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Oh. My. Goodnessgracious. Awesome book. It was also the only book that has put me in tears. I'm not a very emotional person, so that's pretty amazing. The emotion of the story, and how each chapter was told by a different family member (it circulates around the family, the lawyer, and other important characters).

Quote
In My Sister's Keeper, Anna Fitzgerald was conceived and born so that she could provide genetically compatible body fluids and parts for her older sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. When Kate is 16 and Anna is 13, Kate needs a kidney transplant and Anna balks at giving up one of hers. She hires a lawyer to petition for medical emancipation from her parents, so that she alone can make decisions about her body. It's a decision that threatens to tear the family apart, from her mother who gave up a law practice to be a stay-at-home mom, an older brother who feels left out, and her father who wavers between choosing sides. Jodi Picoult's novel examines the inner workings of a family struggling to find love, and life, within all their relationships. My Sister's Keeper has received strong reviews with the San Jose Mercury News saying, "My Sister's Keeper is a terrific book, right down to the final surprise."

(I had to steal a review, to tired to write one out myself)
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Post by: carnivoracious on 09 Nov 2007, 13:26
Back with more recommendations! (aren't you excited?)

I discovered a new webcomic (due in no small part to a lady that works at the bookstore I frequent) called Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com).  A gaslamp fantasy (victorian era costumes, airships, but with more fantasy elements than steampunk) where a girl with oddly manifested mechanical aptitude is abducted from Transylvania Polygnostic University.  Adventure, romance, and mad science ensue (that's actually the comic's tagline).  The entire comic is free online, but you can get dead tree versions at excellent booksellers if you so desire.

I also second Karl Schroeder's Sun of Suns.  Excellent steampunk worldbuilding.  The main character is caught between enacting vengeance upon an airship captain that was responsible for the death of his parents, or saving the nation that conquered his own from more sinister enemies.  Oh, and the whole world is a giant bubble of air with multiple fusion engines (suns) inside.  The sequel, Queen of Candesce is now out in hardcover.

Can you tell I'm jonezin' for this type of stuff?  If anyone can recommend good gaslamp or steampunk anything (not just books, I'm open minded) please do so!

Holy Hell!  I just hit 100!

In commemoration of this event, I recommend Liz Jensen's My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time.  Almost gaslamp I think.  A Danish prostitute is hired as a maid for an eccentric old scientist and discovers his time machine.  The adventure and romance are par for the course, but the humor is what hooked me!  Excellent stuff.
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Post by: Worldbeing on 22 Nov 2007, 12:08
First, the book I'm reading at the moment:
Dune, by Frank Herbert
A must for any sci-fi fan, it's even been referenced as a geek in-joke in QC! Amazing story that deals with classic sci-fi concepts, politics, personal stories, world-changing ideas... and if you like it, there's about five more books to read.

And some I read recently, Twilight by Stephanie Meyers, and it's sequel New Moon.
Although they're targeted at a young audience, they are well written and fascinating love stories with a fantasy/supernatural element as well. Good for a quick read.
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Post by: Tom on 23 Nov 2007, 15:35
Dune = Awesome.

I recommend the Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, rewardingly spooky and requires no explanation, the man was a twisted genius.
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Post by: pistachio_love on 25 Nov 2007, 08:50
I completely agree with you, 1pathetic loser. Firefly is an awesome series.

I would suggest checking out Freaks and Geeks. I've developed a fem-crush for Cardellini. Terrible, huh...
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Post by: PatentAbsurdity on 27 Nov 2007, 16:29
I've noticed that quite a few people have Neil Gaiman, which shows that all is right with the world because he is excellent.

But not a single person has even mentioned Stardust. I'm shocked by this. Profoundly shocked. Gaiman's Stardust is elaborately crafted and completely lovely. It is a fizzy, shining piece of fantasy and a wonderful story with a beautifully wrought setting and a plot that twists like a lightning struck tree. Completely huge fan of all his stuff, don't get me wrong, Smoke and Mirrors is a glorious, bizarre anthology, Good Omens is hilarious, but Stardust is probably my favorite of his work. The new illustrated version is the stuff dreams are made from.
The movie does not do it justice, which was disappointing after the terrific acid wonderland brilliance of MirrorMask.

And Stardust is the result of a bet Neil and Diana Wynne Jones made about John Donne, which is great. I always like hearing that all the authors I like are actually good friends.
Diana wrote Howl's Moving Castle for her part. The book is a whimsical delight with really likable characters, and the Miyazaki film version has droolworthy animation. Check 'em out.
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Post by: Tom on 29 Nov 2007, 11:29
every time I go to buy Stardust, "Sorry we're out"
"Can I order a copy?"
"Yeah sure"
I then order it and it never comes in. Last week they finally got a copy in but someone bought it before i did.
My local library doesn't have any Gaiman.

I found out yesterday that no one in my religion class, which has a lot of people who are in advanced English class, has read Jane Eyre.
Please, if you haven't read it, read it. It's the greatest piece 19th century gothic literature.
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Post by: pistachio_love on 29 Nov 2007, 16:08
I've just started reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer; I'm only a few chapters in, and I've fallen in love.

Alex Perchov is a gem; "I am a premium person." ^^
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Post by: Liz on 30 Nov 2007, 17:31
For those that want to read more Neil Gaiman, we had a user on the forums a couple months back that created a QC Forums Gmail account and filled it full of some great e-books, including a ton of stuff by Gaiman. Just go to www.gmail.com, enter the username as 'qcforums' and password as 'pintsize' to reveal the glory. Then put 'Neil Gaiman' into the search bar and enjoy!
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Post by: Tom on 30 Nov 2007, 20:54
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Post by: Liz on 30 Nov 2007, 23:25
Glad to be of service.
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Post by: Wayfaring Stranger on 03 Dec 2007, 14:38
I'm going to highly recommend that everyone read The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.

It's really great historical fiction, taking place at the beginning of the Mexican revolution.  The writing is simply beautiful and Urrea is seriously witty, without ever becoming trite or silly.  It was researched over an almost twenty-year span, which is pretty apparent in its level of detail.  Fantastic book.
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Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 04 Dec 2007, 10:24
I found out yesterday that no one in my religion class, which has a lot of people who are in advanced English class, has read Jane Eyre.
Please, if you haven't read it, read it. It's the greatest piece 19th century gothic literature.

You, sir, are cruel. You're trying to trick poor, unsuspecting souls into reading that book. It just isn't nice of you.
My recommendation is: Primo Levi's "If Not Now, When?" It's a brilliant and bleak novel about a band of Jewish partisans fighting across Eastern Europe at the end of World War II with the ultimate goal of reaching Palestine through Italy. It's a dark, violent story but it is beautifully written and wholly engrossing. Check it out.
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Post by: Wayfaring Stranger on 04 Dec 2007, 21:58
Yeah, I don't know if the praise is warranted or not, but you would expect advanced English students to have read it at least.
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Post by: PatentAbsurdity on 05 Dec 2007, 13:34
I just finished reading Eric Flint's Philosophical Strangler.

That's not a typo. This is an excellently interesting book. Philosophy, violence, lesbians, quite a few laughs.
It may or may not be a sequel to something. I cannot figure this out. Flint keeps referencing backwards, but I can't tell if he's just being weird, or if this is the second book in a series. I hope it is. I'd love a sequel. It's a really entertaining book. Parodies and punning for Aspirin fans, if anyone is. This is a perfect book for Asprin fans/

Also, if there are any other Diana Wynne Jones fans out there, I've finished the new Chrestomanci book, and it's definitely worth reading, especially if you are interested in the way religion effects things.
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Post by: dr.sangaygupta on 13 Dec 2007, 18:05
I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan
absolutely witty and absolutly chock-full of bitter sarcasm.
all from Satan's point of view.
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Post by: Tom on 16 Dec 2007, 23:15
If you after a good laugh try the subtle unintentional humour of Go Ask Alice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Ask_Alice

Although "Anonymous" the mormon youth councilor, Beatrice Sparks, spins a pleasingly vapid tale of teenage drug addiction in affluent post war sub/urban America.
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Post by: Inlander on 30 Dec 2007, 20:13
Season 5 of the Wire is due to start any day now. It will be the last season of the Wire. All four previous seasons are readily available on D.V.D. I will not give you people another chance.
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Post by: ledhendrix on 03 Jan 2008, 01:28
Good book to read is Perfume by Suskind, it's probably my favorite, the movie wasn't great though.

Good movie would be Dead Mans Shoes.
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Post by: SevenPinkerton on 03 Jan 2008, 10:33
I'd recommend Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig to anyone who can read. Also, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

I just recently got into fiction books for the first time in my life (I'm 23) and I came into contact with a few young adult series that I adore. I love all of Diana Wynne Jones books. And most of all - The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer for all you pirate and sailor and history lovers out there!
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Post by: FUBAR on 03 Jan 2008, 15:42
Double Eagle
Dan Abnett


I realize it's in the Warhammer 40K universe, but it's actually a very good read.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 04 Jan 2008, 08:52
Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell By Susanna Clarke
I'm really, really surprised with many people here's taste for well-written fantasy stories that no one has recommended this book.  An alternate history/fantasy novel, it imagine a past in which magicians shaped the course of English history for hundreds of years, then disapeared until one shows up in the midst of the Napoleanic Wars...and then another one joins him, and there you have the title characters.  Probably the best treatment of magic, fairies and other creepyness that I've read in...a long time, maybe since I read Charles Williams and George MacDonald.  Really solid characterization, funny bits, etc., plus often amusing (Lord Byron), sometimes disturbing (Mad King George III) cameos by historical figures.

Master and Commander By Patrick O'Brian and all the subsequent books, including Post Captain, Desolation Island and The Surgeon's Mate

Sure, you probably saw the movie.  Which was a good movie, all things considered, but it doesn't hold a candle to the novels.  While I though that the movie's best point was  how visceral the action scenes looked and felt and how prettily shot everything was, the novel's greatest strength are their characters, particularly Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the two leads.  The first novel isn't the best one, but it's a very good book in its own right, and it introduces the reader to the characters and their foibles, like Jack's sailorly weakness for loose women and Maturin's passion for natural philosophy.  One of the greatest pleasures of the series is seeing how the characters evolve over the years, as Jack becomes less boistrous and more dignified and reserved and Maturin becomes more cynical and more of an unlikely badass, so reading every novel you can get your hands on is heartily recomended.  High points are the introduction of the women in Jack and Stephen's lives, Sophie and Diana, in Post Captain, a voyage where nothing goes right in Desolation Island and an exciting prison break, as well as Stephen's affections for Diana coming to a head, in The Surgeon's Mate.  The movie was an odd mash-up of various novels, including Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World and bits from Desolation Island.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 04 Jan 2008, 21:09

I'm looking for movies similar to Oldboy, if anyone knows of any.

Well I can certainly reccoment the prequal, Sympathy for mr. vengeance, which i thought was alot better...


With some christmas money I went and bought this and the sequel, Lady Vengeance.  Between the three, in order of best to worst, it's Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.  That's not to say any of them are bad, in fact, all 3 movies are in my top 10.  But I was really looking for something with similar cinematography, pacing, etc. 

Also, I noticed that I never mentioned the name of the zombie movie I was talking about.  It's Dellamorte Dellamore, more commonly known as The Cemetary Man.  It's damn good, any fan of zombie movies should check it out.
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Post by: PretentiousYoungSuitors on 05 Jan 2008, 23:35
Also, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

Ultra-agree, as well the sequels, The Story of B and My Ishmael.

I'm working on Lolita by Nabokov right now, and its very, very good.  Don't know if that's been recommended yet.
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Post by: thehollow on 07 Jan 2008, 12:03
I watched The Host last night, and I really liked it. It's a south korean monster flick about some weird mutated fish monster thing that attacks some city in south korea, and, for good measure, carries a deadly virus that infects everyone. By korean standards it's a really big-budget film ($11 million), but by US standards it's not, making the CGI and special effects of the monster that much more impressive, especially because it's seen very clearly and in broad daylight. If you're a monster movie person, you'd probably enjoy it.
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Post by: ledhendrix on 07 Jan 2008, 13:15
Just watched the Machinist last night and i really enjoyed it, the plot is great and the twist at the end is amazing, i had no idea what was coming most of the way through.
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Post by: Fidel Fanst on 09 Jan 2008, 00:22
The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin is very good. So's the Belgariad and Malloreon by Davind Eddings. GO READ THEM NOW!
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Post by: Paav on 09 Jan 2008, 07:50
I second the Eddings recommendation. Both those series are a lot of fun. Each series is five books but the pacing keeps up the action. There are lots of characters and they are very distiinct. I enjoy watching them grow and change through out the story.

Also I'd like to recommend the Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. It's a book about memories and words and concepts and how all of these intersect to create who a person is and the world they inhabit.
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Post by: SonofZ3 on 10 Jan 2008, 19:19
Even if you're not at all interested in the art of Origami as a hobby, check out the book Folding the Universe: Origami from Angelfish to Zen by Peter Engel, if your local library has it.The introduction is a great study of the philosophy and Art behind Origami. It lead me to a lot of pleasing realizations about various types of art and the relationship between things.
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Post by: AsteriskEnye3 on 12 Jan 2008, 00:58
Dexter, a series on Showtime, is probably one of the most interesting and original shows I've ever seen. The basic premise is this: Dexter Morgan is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami PD, has a sister on the force, and has a girlfriend. He's also a serial killer, whose prey consists of fellow killers, those who have done it, maybe multiple times, and are likely to do it again. These methods were taught to him by his adoptive father, also an officer in the Miami PD. While it sounds like a cheesy vigilante justice thriller on paper, it is clear that Dexter's "code" is ingrained from his father's training, and not a personal preference. As much as it seems like his victims deserve their fate, you still have to remember who is finishing them off. And that's why Dexter is so damned good.
There's also a shit-ton of black humor relating to killing people. So you have to have a stomach for that, too.
If you don't have Showtime, just go on iTunes and buy an episode every once in a while. They're close to an hour solid apiece, which makes them a lot more cost-efficient as, say, an Office episode.
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Post by: october1983 on 12 Jan 2008, 09:18
I'd like to recommend the film Black Cat, White Cat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Cat%2C_White_Cat) to you all. Based around the lives of a struggling Romani smuggler and his son living on the banks of the Danube in eastern Serbia, it is perhaps one of the funniest films I've seen in recent years. It's the perfect blend of absurd comedy that blends a mixture of brilliant wit, ingenious visual punchlines and perfectly executed slapstick with a cast of compelling and convincing characters. I might watch it again now, actually.
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Post by: SilentJ on 14 Jan 2008, 04:46
Season 5 of the Wire is due to start any day now. It will be the last season of the Wire. All four previous seasons are readily available on D.V.D. I will not give you people another chance.

You know what's awesome?  I found out recently that The Wire is written by the same guy who wrote both The Corner and Homicide: Life on the Street.

You know what else is awesome?  They all take place in a city (Baltimore) that's like fifteen minutes away from me.  Every time I've ever watched Homicide I look at the places they go to (Pimlico, Lexington Market, etc.) and I'm like "holy jesusfuck I know these places!"

Sadly I have not seen The Wire yet, which is why a torrent of season 1 is currently downloading.

OH MAN OH MAN I just remembered.  Quite possibly the awesomest of all: my uncle has a cameo in one episode!  Since I haven't seen the show at all I don't know if you'll be able to find it from my description, but in one episode two detectives are trying to get into somebody's apartment, but the door manager to the apartment building is just like "I'm sorry, I don't really have the authority to let you in, it's not part of my jurisdiction..." or something.

The door manager's my uncle.
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Post by: OrigNES on 14 Jan 2008, 05:25
Nightwatch and Daywatch - Russian fantasy action films

They are based on a series of fantasy novels by Sergei Lukyanenko, both the books and the films have the balance of light and dark, and what happens when one becomes a bit greater than the other. The stories definately build up the characters and draw you in. Only downside to the films are they don't contain as much as the novels.
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Post by: Trillian on 14 Jan 2008, 21:51
For those that want to read more Neil Gaiman, we had a user on the forums a couple months back that created a QC Forums Gmail account and filled it full of some great e-books, including a ton of stuff by Gaiman. Just go to www.gmail.com, enter the username as 'qcforums' and password as 'pintsize' to reveal the glory. Then put 'Neil Gaiman' into the search bar and enjoy!
...that is so fantastic.  By the way, I agree with everyone that recommended Neil Gaiman.  I am in love with that man. 

My recommendation is for:
(http://www.thisnext.com/media/230x230/The-Wind-Up-Bird-Chronicle-A_7A727909.jpg)

Quote from: Inside Flap Description
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat.  Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo.  As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

This book is quite post-modern in structure.  The plot design seems disjointed and can be confusing at times, but I really think that is what makes Murakami a genius.  He gives you all of the pieces of the puzzle in a mixed up order but eloquently ties them all together to paint a beautiful portrait.  The book is rather long, but, at least in my opinion, it is well worth it. 
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Post by: thehollow on 17 Jan 2008, 22:23
I'm aware that I'm incredibly late in hopping on the bandwagon, butafter watching all the episodes as well as the movie today, I need to add my recommendation for Firefly/Serenity. I've never been a fan of Whedon's other stuff,  I thought Buffy was pretty lame, but this show is really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Trillian on 17 Jan 2008, 23:47
I second that.  I adore Firefly and am very upset that they cut the show before they could finish the entire series.  At least we got Serenity!  Unfortunately it just skipped half of the story.  :P  I heartily recommend it though.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: UnidentifiedFlyingCupcake on 18 Jan 2008, 12:48
This thread is overstimulating. So... many... things... to read... My brain can't decide whether to marvel at the amazingness of a world with so many good books and movies, or to be depressed by the fact that I will never get through them all.

I am right now reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and it is phenomenal. I had read some of his short stories and so decided to start on the novels, beginning with this one, which I am reading for my senior research/analysis paper. It is seriously mind-boggling. Magic realism... it makes me say "what the hell? What the hell! What the hell?! ... ... ... OOOOHHHHH... Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhhh... oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness." In a very positive way, to be sure.

Then, too, there is this beautiful little book called Finding Lilly, the true story of a woman who accompanies a friend to China to adopt a baby girl and ends up adopting the girl herself when the friend bails. It sounds sentimental, and in some ways it is, but it is also gorgeous, dreamy writing and a fascinating story.

Lastly, The Portable Dorothy Parker should be required reading for everyone at least in the Western world. I don't know how well it would work to translate everything into other languages, but hey, it's worth it for the absolute brilliance.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: peonyandocean on 18 Jan 2008, 19:23
I'm going to recommend "Journey by Moonlight" by Szerb Antal.
It's about Mihaly, who while on his honeymoon in Venice, starts remembering things from his adolescence and tries to go and solve the mysteries in order to fully let go of his past. I make it sound horrible, but really, it's not. It's great; beautiful imagery and the like.

Also, "I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere" by Anna Gavalda.
Short bittersweet stories about everyday happenings in life and the impact they have. One of my favorite reads, ever.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Lien. on 23 Jan 2008, 14:50
I am right now reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and it is phenomenal. I had read some of his short stories and so decided to start on the novels, beginning with this one, which I am reading for my senior research/analysis paper. It is seriously mind-boggling. Magic realism... it makes me say "what the hell? What the hell! What the hell?! ... ... ... OOOOHHHHH... Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhhh... oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness." In a very positive way, to be sure.
Ahh, I love G.G. Marquez...! One Hundred Years of Solitude is so awesome, and I loved Chronicle of a Death Foretold and La Hojarasca (I don't know what the English title is, I read it in Dutch) as well! I should read some more of his work...

I'm currently reading:

All Men are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir. She is more known for her writings in feminist theory (The Second Sex etc), but her novels are such a treat... This one is about an Italian gentleman, Fosca, who drinks an immortality potion to have enough time to achieve all his goals. When we meet him we're in the 20th century and he has been alive since the 13th. He tells his story, which is truly sad and bitter, since he always loses everyone he grows to love, but it's also a journey through history, because well... he has seen it all. It's wonderfully written and it makes you realise it is actually not a burden to have your life come to an end... because life is pointless if you can live forever.

Very much recommended!


Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: cmalberg on 24 Jan 2008, 13:07
Movies for Halloween:

Man Bites Dog - It will educate you because it is Belgum and so you get to read the subtitles, and it is very funny.

Man With the Screaming Brain - It is also very silly, and by Bruce Cambell, great for Halloween! Dazzling make up and special effects! Drama! Robots!

Any short films that were in the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - They do Cthulhu right. Plus there are awesome scary films that will make you shiver and giggle at the same time. Also if you are in portland next year in early october, go t the hollywood theater.

Chumscrubber - It was trying to be like Donnie Darko, but it didn't quite make it. If you like dolphins, this movie is for you!

The Uninvited - It's got ghosts!

Old Dark House - Boris Karloff is in there, plus romance (not with boris karloff) and potatos (not related to the romance)

Do not forget the old traditions of Great Pumpikn, Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus, because they're traditional.

So a little late for this, but add "Mae" to this list. One of the most interesting and easy to watch gore films while still making your skin crawl. One of the most creepy endings of all time.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: singeivoire on 25 Jan 2008, 13:06
Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell By Susanna Clarke

I agree! This book is a brick -  but I thought it was excellent. Honestly, I was derailed about halfway through my first reading of it, but recently picked it back up and powered through the last 500 pages in a single weekend. The book invents its own genre - a blend of fantastic literature, novel of manners, and faux-academic textbook. The footnotes in and of themselves are charming little bunny trails that keep the narrative dense and richly layered. Loved it, bought it, will read it again.

I also would highly recommend the Gentelman Bastard Sequence from Scott Lynch - the two books out so far are just plain fun. The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies may not be the deepest, most life-changing reads out there, but they are still worth owning, in my opinion. They are chock full of great characters, heists, pirates, revenge, magic, etc. If violence or profanity bother you, these may not be your bag. They are great "popcorn books", though - energetic and entertaining.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Saiokuo on 27 Jan 2008, 22:20
Ok, I know a few of these have been mentioned so I won't state reasons for them as the other contributors have already done that but:

Books
His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
Ishmael (Daniel Quinn)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
   "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again" - Rebecca is a romance novel twisted in lies and murder. Sound good yet? The story is set in first person of an author never given a first name who tells the story of how she went from being a poor companion girl to marrying a wealthy Englishmen and then to the small hotel from where she recounts the story. A very good read for any girls with an inferiority complex this is a must read as you have to watch Mrs. De Winters struggle with her own and how others manipulate her with it.
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
   I think this book should be required for all girls in high school. This too is a romance of sorts but not your typical damsel in distress. Jane is a witty and sharp young girl which gets her into trouble until she becomes a governess for a man almost as sharp and witty as herself. Almost. But this is not a Disney story and there is no perfect marriage and happily ever after leaving Jane to find her own strength and choose what is best for herself.
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
   Another girl book but one that the boys might enjoy as well. Speak is the delightfully dark tale of a freshmen raped at a summer party and her coping with what happened and being a social outcast. I can't recall if it's in first person or not but you do get insight into Melinda's mind which is full of wonderful dark sarcasm. Its a fun read, rape aside, and for me personally alot easier to stomach than it's sister "Catalyst" by Anderson as well.

Shows
Fullmetal Alchemist
   Fullmetal Alchemist starts out looking like an amusing and adorable series with action and a hint of tragedy. But once it starts up you realise just how wrong you are. The comic relief and cute scenes stay active throughout the series but more to break the growing tensions as brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric struggle to make sense of the world they're growing up in. Again and again they are forced into situations that open their eyes to the naivity of their beliefs until that point. A wonderful series to the end. Also, I have yet to see the movie that accompanies the series but I have heard it to be very good.
Deathnote
   Ok, so for anyone whose read the graphic novel and feels they don't need to watch it they're probably right. Its the same basic thing, no major plot changes, and you have to deal with Misa's voice. It could break windows, I swear. But that aside, Deathnote is a psychological cat and mouse game between killer and detective as Light Yagami is given the power to kill with a notebook and decides to use it to cast judgement on the criminals of the world. A trully amazing series, either in book or animation form.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ad0wrc on 31 Jan 2008, 09:41
i've just started reading motherless brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and while it's not the best book i've ever read (so far) it's a really good read- witty, orignal, interesting and not to heavy. Kind of a paul Auster, Chuck Palahniuk thing... about an orphan with tourettes tryin to find the killer of his mentor... currently being made into a film by Ed Norton.


I agree, solid read, very original voice. Is the movie going forward? I heard the same thing when the book came out, but then nothing.


My recommendation would have to be Agyar, by Steven Brust. Great anti-hero, dark stuff, and absolutely Brust's best work. He's probably better known in sci-fi/fantasy circles for the Taltos books, but Agyar just blew me away. I've recommended it to a lot of people, and without fail they've enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 03 Feb 2008, 22:24
If you want to read something that's about as subtle, uneventful, beautiful and profound as life itself, only contained in 800 pages, I'd reccomend Middlemarch by George Eliot.  This novel single-handedly convinced my pompous ass that 19th century literature in English has something to offer on par with its Russian contemporaries.  Is it slow?  Yes.  But the characters are among the best drawn you'll ever see, the novel is incredibly philosophical without being preachy or digressive and towards the end it actually gets pretty engrossing for a novel where nearly nothing happens. 

If you want a shorter read, Benito Cereno by Herman Melville is around 50 or so pages of condensed awesome (and it can be found here-- http://www.esp.org/books/melville/piazza/contents/cereno.html (http://www.esp.org/books/melville/piazza/contents/cereno.html)).  The contrast between the titular Spaniard (BC) and the American Amasso Dellano (AD) alone offers up plenty of possible interpretations, including old vs. new world, ancient versus modern, etc etc.  Plus few stories probe as openly the connection between liberty for oneself and domination over others.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: cmalberg on 05 Feb 2008, 10:51
I've just started reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer; I'm only a few chapters in, and I've fallen in love.

Alex Perchov is a gem; "I am a premium person." ^^

absolutely wonderful book, although it does get a little dull at times (mostly in the history of Tchechimbrod.) the writing style is enthralling with the letters from alex between the history of the safran. if you haven't yet had the chance, watch the movie as well. different as it only follows the "very rigid search" and not the history, but good none the less. that film has one of the most depressing scenes of all time in it. not going to go into details for those who haven't had the chance to see it yet.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: RobbieOC on 11 Feb 2008, 00:15
*ahem*

I'm going to stick to books, because I feel more qualified to talk about those.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon. The story of a Jewish escape artist smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague in the same crate as the Golem and traveling his way to NYC where he and his cousin become the creators of The Escapist, greatest superhero of his time. It roughly tells the story of all those old comic book creators and how a lot of them got screwed over in the early days. But Chabon's writing style is amazing. Also, Dark Horse has published some comics about The Escapist, written by Chabon himself, if this book doesn't give you enough, and the graphic novel The Escapists, written by Brian K. Vaughan is set in the same cosmology. I will recommend basically anything of Chabon's, including his earlier novels (including Wonderboys, which was made into a movie starring Tobey Macguire and Kirk Douglas) and his newer stuff like Gentlemen of the Road. Oh, this one also won the Pulitzer, which you may have heard of...

Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski. He's most well known for his poetry, but his prose is amazing also. This book is more or less a memoir telling about his life from childhood until he finally moves out of his parents house and starts earning his own keep. It's all about growing up in LA during the depression and the characters he writes and the stories he tells are just incredibly interesting. I haven't read any of his other novels, but I can't wait to now that I've read this one.

The Life of David - Robert Pinsky. This is, as the title implies, the story of the life of David, King of the Jews. It's really well researched and tells the story from a perspective not often told. It's way different than the David you'll hear about from Christians and Jews, and it's beautifully written. I had a chance to read this book and then listen to Pinsky talk about it when he visited my school (I was actually asked to give a presentation over the book at a luncheon, and there are very few things more distressing than analyzing a book with the author eating pie only ten feet away from you) and Pinsky is not only a great writer but a great speaker and just a really engaging personality.

Gilead - Marilynne Robinson. Another author I was able to meet, Robinson has only put out two novels, the other is titled Housekeeping, but they are both exceptional. Gilead is the story of a preacher in Gilead, Iowa and is told as if you are reading a series of notes he has left to his son, who he had late in his life and hasn't had the chance to get to know as well as he would like. It's a really good story of family and faith and the struggles that people go through. A lot of people like her other book more, but Gilead won the Pulitzer, so I recommended it... neither is a bad choice.

Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn. This isn't exactly high-literature, but if you want something fun and easy to read, this follow-up to the Star Wars movies is about as good as it gets. Zahn is incredibly good at what he does, and his writing is fun and unpretentious. It's Star Wars, so there's a certain amount of cheese that comes with it, but as far as Star Wars books go, you can't go wrong with Zahn. Only real complaint: not enough Lando.

Other authors: Raymond Chandler, Cormac McCarthy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ursula K LeGuin, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Heller

Edit: Typos aplenty!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Shreazla on 18 Feb 2008, 15:06
Ok, here's some completely random, and, by most people, unheard of series that are quite good.

Series: Anne of Green Gables - A good read for someone who just wants to read a story; no particular genre here, no sex-filled fantasys, or bloddy duels to the death, but rather a simple story-teller weaving an amazing story of the life of an orphan girl as she grows up from a wide-eyed inquisitve child into a mature lady - I have never been captivated by a story like I have been with these, and I can't put my finger on the reason why, but it's still good.

Series: Misty of Chincotuge (spellcheck) - Another one of those series where it's just a good overall read; story is about two kids growing up who end up getting a horse from the annual Chincotuge run  of horses, and growing up with her - once again, just a series to read, though there's no particular plot.

Series: The Sword of Shannara; Terry Brooks - A great fantasy series, part J.R.R. Tolkien, part C.S. Lewis, and part original; a great mix.  The series is huge now, numbering well over 20 books, I believe.  It chronicles the history of the Shannara lineage, as they fight to save the land from evil - he's also tied in another series as of late, but I shall not ruin that part for you.... however, Brooks also has two other series which are quite good as well - Magical kingdom of Landover, and Knight of the Word.

Book: Pride and Prejudice - Yes, I am a male, and Yes, I am recommending this book; this book is a classic, even though it's not a book a guy would typically pick up - the main male protagonist is the epitome of what every guy should attempt to be - a complete jerk on the surface, yet a true gentleman - he pulls it off perfectly, and, if for no other reason, the insults that are bandied around in the book are more than enough reason to read it - a perfect lesson in how to completely offend a gorgeous and perfect woman, only to pick her up afterwards ;)

So many more that I'll think of later... I'll leave the mainstream stuff for you guys to advise.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 18 Feb 2008, 16:08
Ok, here's some completely random, and, by most people, unheard of series that are quite good.

Series: Anne of Green Gables
Book: Pride and Prejudice

Unheard of!  Are you for real?

I challenge you to find a girl who hasn't read Anne of Green Gables.  I think thats a requirment for puberty.
And Pride and Prejudice?  Honestly.   Pride and fucking Prejudice is unheard of.  You have got to be shitting me.

Well then I got some great "unheard" of books for you:

Sense and Sensibility
A Tale of Two Cities
The Illiad
The Bible

And I appoligize if I sound rude and boorish but to hear two great works of English Literature insulted by having someone imply that they arn't staples of any gradeschoolers education is insulting to me and anyone else who actually graduated from their 6th grade English Class.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thehollow on 18 Feb 2008, 17:07
Series: Misty of Chincotuge (spellcheck)

It's chincoteague. And pretty much all of that is rather mainstream.


So I know I'm very behind the times in saying this, but I recently watched the first 4 seasons of The Wire, and it's goddamn amazing. Easily one of the best shows I've ever seen.

In book-related news, I just finished reading Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns%2C_Germs_and_Steel). It was an incredibly interesting read, offering a lot of insight into the history of human development. His arguments aren't void of criticism, but one has to admire him for even attempting to address an issue with the scale of this one. Definitely one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 21 Feb 2008, 14:50
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Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 21 Feb 2008, 16:22
After waterworld I promised myself no more post-apocoliptic Costner... But i caught this movie and i must say it was better then I would have even given it credit for.  Maybe not a masterpiece plot or dialogue wise, but still a decent movie with great cinematography.
Title: So .. What are you reading, or what do you recommend to others to read?
Post by: AndrewDB on 21 Feb 2008, 16:43
I'm a huge fan of fantasy books in general, and I'm waiting for the next Xanth book to come out in paper back, so while I wait, I'm currently starting another series:

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As far as recommended reading, I've already mentioned the Xanth series (read them in order!), I'll also recommend the Incarnations of Immortality (read them in order as well!) series, as well as Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

So.. What about you?

What are you reading, or what do you recommend to others to read?
Title: Re: So .. What are you reading, or what do you recommend to others to read?
Post by: calenlass on 21 Feb 2008, 16:44
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Title: Re: So .. What are you reading, or what do you recommend to others to read?
Post by: AndrewDB on 21 Feb 2008, 16:49
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Oops.  :-(

Maybe I can get a mod to move this.   :|

b) I just finished reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. And I got a gift card for being an excellent employee today for about 93$, usable in a book store, so I will probably try to pick up Anansi Boys and/or American Gods tomorrow! I am much looking forward to getting hold of new books. I think I need a Gaiman break for a bit though (re-read Sandman in its entirety a few days ago), so I'm open for suggestions.


Try the Incarnations series:

On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein, Wielding a Red Sword, Being a Green Mother For Love of Evil, And Eternity Morrow, I haven't read the latest one, Under a Velvet Cloak, because I didn't know it'd released (I feel pretty sad about that because Piers Anthony is my favorite author), but I'll probably pick it up in the next few days.

They're amazing reads.
Title: Re: So .. What are you reading, or what do you recommend to others to read?
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 21 Feb 2008, 18:56


b) I just finished reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. And I got a gift card for being an excellent employee today for about 93$, usable in a book store, so I will probably try to pick up Anansi Boys and/or American Gods tomorrow!

I found American Gods to be the better book of the two. It's one of my favorite contemporary fantasy novels. It's wonderfully inventive and has lots of awesome characters. I'd say go with this one.

I also recommend to anyone picking up the penguin deluxe edition of The Collected Short Stories of Borges. Quite possibly my favorite book of short stories ever. Truly brilliant.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: RKDelpiero on 22 Feb 2008, 02:45
I can recommend Don Quixote. I've read it about 5 times now and it's still a great read. Even it's glaring digressions and it's breaking of the fourth wall go down well. The Histories is a good read if you're into that sort of thing.

I haven't read any contemporary literature lately, and I don't plan to. I'm okay with the classics, even if sometimes it can be trying to feng shui a ball of tangled string.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 22 Feb 2008, 07:50
Ok, here's some completely random, and, by most people, unheard of series that are quite good.

Series: Anne of Green Gables
Book: Pride and Prejudice

Unheard of!  Are you for real?

I challenge you to find a girl who hasn't read Anne of Green Gables.  I think thats a requirment for puberty.
And Pride and Prejudice?  Honestly.   Pride and fucking Prejudice is unheard of.  You have got to be shitting me.

And I appoligize if I sound rude and boorish but to hear two great works of English Literature insulted by having someone imply that they arn't staples of any gradeschoolers education is insulting to me and anyone else who actually graduated from their 6th grade English Class.

There are one of three things going on here.  One, they're being sarcastic.  Two, they're not in the same school system as you are.  I never had to read either of those books for any of my english classes, although I have heard of them.  They were both 'summer reading' books and since Pride and Prejudice is one of the longer ones, barely anybody chose to read it the one summer it was on the list.  Three, Shreazla may still be in high school and possibly not realized how much of an impact Pride and Prejudice had since most of his classmates didn't read it.  I think option two is the most realistic.

Just take it easy, man.  Not everybody on these forums went to the same school.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 23 Feb 2008, 14:13
I've got a reasonably large library and film collection so:

Books

Peacekeeper - The Road to Sarajevo - Lewis MacKenzie ; The true to life adventures and misadaventures of Canada's best known general, and the man who lead and/or participated in a very large number of UN peacekeeping missions up to and including the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.  Funny, sad and filled with descriptions of people trying to do their best in very trying circumstances  for a lot of people that just don't care.

Shake Hands with the Devil - Susan Orm, writing for Romeo Dallaire.  Now a movie, this is a disturbing look at the UN peacekeeping system and its failure in Rwanda and the effect on this man.  I've spoken with both Generals Dallaire and MacKenzie, both are excellent speakers and writers.  Peacekeeper is much more light hearted, and Shake Hands will leave you very disturbed.

The Flashman Series by George MacDonald Fraser - Ever suspect that the heroes of yesteryear weren't quite as snow white or heroic as they are protrayed in the history texts?  This impeccably researched bit of historical fiction confirms your suspicions, as Victorian England's hero, Sir Harry Flashman rogers, weedles and toadies his way through most of the major campaigns of the 19th century, but only because he's too much of a coward to face the scandal of being found out.  If you can read these and not laugh you have no sense of irony.

The Gaunt's Ghosts series of novels by Dan Abnett.  Nice, light sci fi set in the worlds of Warhammer 40K - requires no knowledge of the game to understand.  Excellent characterizations and tightly written.  Good books to read while on the bus.

Movies

Casablanca - seriously one of the best movies ever.  Well acted, tight script, excellent characterizations.  There is a reason this movies tends to make everybody's Top 100 list...

The Dirty Dozen, Kelly's Heroes 2 of the best war movies of all time.  One quite serious (and also a decent book), but so chock full of so much action you'll just keep watching.  (bonus points if you can tell where Donald Duck is)

Horror of Dracula Somewhat dated (1958) but extremely well acted by the ever popular Christopher Lee, and the underated Peter Cushing.  The final death sscene for Drac in this movie is quite intense.

Evil of Frankenstein - forget any sympathy for the doctor, he's a real cold hearted bastard in this one.  As an aside, the monster's makeup was considered so horrifying in 1957 when this movie came out that no one would eat with the actor during lunch....

Tremors - its just a damn fun movie, especially if you'd ever seen the TV series Family Ties

The Blues Brothers - my favourite film of all time.  Its got everything - car chases, damn fine musical numbers, comedy, gun fire and two guys making sure that the Illionois Nazis get what's coming to them.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 23 Feb 2008, 15:05

There are one of three things going on here.  One, they're being sarcastic.  Two, they're not in the same school system as you are.  I never had to read either of those books for any of my english classes, although I have heard of them.  They were both 'summer reading' books and since Pride and Prejudice is one of the longer ones, barely anybody chose to read it the one summer it was on the list.  Three, Shreazla may still be in high school and possibly not realized how much of an impact Pride and Prejudice had since most of his classmates didn't read it.  I think option two is the most realistic.

Just take it easy, man.  Not everybody on these forums went to the same school.
Going to the same school has nothing to do with it.  I just used it as an example of how widely known those books are and how often they are used in High School Curriculums. If u went to ANY middle/high school in a english speaking country you would have heard of them.  And don't worry, I was taking it quite easy. All I did was introduce him to my friend Mr Sarcasm in the hopes that he would perhaps see the error in this ways.  If I hadnt been taking it easy I would have used my buddy Mr Insult and perhaps his wife Mrs Ethnic Slur.  I think I showed amazing personal fortitude refraining from such tactics in the face of such blatent stupidity.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Liz on 23 Feb 2008, 16:41
I challenge you to find a girl who hasn't read Anne of Green Gables.  I think thats a requirment for puberty.
And Pride and Prejudice?  Honestly.   Pride and fucking Prejudice is unheard of.  You have got to be shitting me.

I have not read Anne of Green Gables.

Looks like you lose this one.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Spluff on 23 Feb 2008, 16:45
I've never heard of the first one, and I go to a "middle/high school in an English speaking country". And I've never read Pride and Prejudice because, honestly, it sounds like a terrible book.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 23 Feb 2008, 17:25
Anne of Green Gables , Written by Lucy Maude Montgomery, is an icon of Cdn literature, and is quite popular here in the Great White North, and also in Japan. 

I never had to read it in school, but many of my female classmates did.  At the time they discovered Anne, I discovered The Hobbit....

It was also a long running TV series on CBC with its sequel - Return to Avonlea.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: AnthroMV on 23 Feb 2008, 20:09
"A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore"

    I read it a little while ago and I loved it! The main character Charlie Asher is kind of a pushover until he's recruited as the position of "Death" everywhere he goes people are dying and strange voices whisper to him from the gutters.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 23 Feb 2008, 20:17
Really?  I have cousins in PA who didn't know there was a book when they saw the movie.  One's a senior in high school, the other's a sophomore.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 24 Feb 2008, 09:52
Looks like you lose this one.

I think the only real loser is the public education system in the United States.  What ever happened to reading quality literature.  Maybe some of you kids would read this stuff if they made a manga about it. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 24 Feb 2008, 11:09
Fuck mangas.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Gridgm on 25 Feb 2008, 01:56
Fuck mangas.
qft
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Valekraft on 25 Feb 2008, 03:06
My suggestions.....

Movies:
Equilibrium (little campy but still amazing.. Stars Christian Bale)
American Psycho (also starring Bale)
Sin City  (Frank Miller is a genious)
300  (see above)
Black Hawk Down  (true story, way fucking better than that garbage Saving Private Ryan)
Tears of the Sun (Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci)
The Entire works of Kevin Smith (only watch the first hour of Chasing Amy trust me)
Shoot 'em Up (Campy as hell. I've never seen actors chew scenery like this before, but its still really good)
3:10 to Yuma (For and Australian and a Welshman the main actors put out the greatest western in a long time)

Television:
Bleach (its the only anime I can bring myself to watch.)
Jericho (Skeet Ulrich and crew make a damn good post apocalyptic show)
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Post by: idiolect on 25 Feb 2008, 10:50
Well then I got some great "unheard" of books for you:

Sense and Sensibility
A Tale of Two Cities
The Illiad
The Bible


For whatever it's worth, I really did laugh aloud upon reading this.  Oh man.  Other totally obscure works you might enjoy include Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, and if you're really ambitious, Green Eggs and Ham.

Anyway, you guys should go read some Rilke.  No, not "Letters," I mean his actual poetry.  Start with the amazing Duino Elegies.*

*I prefer the Edward Snow translation from North Point Press -- it's a good translation, and it has facing-page original German.
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Post by: Liz on 25 Feb 2008, 10:52
I think the only real loser is the public education system in the United States.  What ever happened to reading quality literature.  Maybe some of you kids would read this stuff if they made a manga about it. 

No.

Fuck mangas.

Yes.
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Post by: mrjoegangles on 25 Feb 2008, 12:28
For whatever it's worth, I really did laugh aloud upon reading this.  Oh man.  Other totally obscure works you might enjoy include Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, and if you're really ambitious, Green Eggs and Ham.

I'm glad someone got the joke.  And touché with the green eggs and ham.. Wish I had thought of it.
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Post by: Gridgm on 25 Feb 2008, 14:59
My suggestions.....

Movies:
Equilibrium (little campy but still amazing.. Stars Christian Bale)
American Psycho (also starring Bale)
Sin City  (Frank Miller is a genious)
300  (see above)
Black Hawk Down  (true story, way fucking better than that garbage Saving Private Ryan)
Tears of the Sun (Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci)
The Entire works of Kevin Smith (only watch the first hour of Chasing Amy trust me)
Shoot 'em Up (Campy as hell. I've never seen actors chew scenery like this before, but its still really good)
3:10 to Yuma (For and Australian and a Welshman the main actors put out the greatest western in a long time)

Television:
Bleach (its the only anime I can bring myself to watch.)
Jericho (Skeet Ulrich and crew make a damn good post apocalyptic show)

i really thought american psycho was done ridiculously poorly in comparison the book...it seemed to loose the whole psychological aspect which stephen king books have habit of loosing when made into movies
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Post by: pinkpiche on 26 Feb 2008, 01:04
It's a good thing it's not a Stephen King novel then.
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Post by: Valekraft on 26 Feb 2008, 03:13
i really thought american psycho was done ridiculously poorly in comparison the book...it seemed to loose the whole psychological aspect which stephen king books have habit of loosing when made into movies

It was trash compared to the book but I still think it captured a lot of the character involved. Sure its a little campy because of the poor transition but comparing it to a Stephen King movie... Thats just coldhearted and mean spirited...
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Post by: Gridgm on 26 Feb 2008, 03:57
i compare it that wasy becasue it was the only thing i could think of off the top of my head that get's fucked by american simplicity so often...outside prehaps comic book movies but that could be going further
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Post by: Muskrat121 on 26 Feb 2008, 12:27
Nightwatch and Daywatch - Russian fantasy action films

They are based on a series of fantasy novels by Sergei Lukyanenko, both the books and the films have the balance of light and dark, and what happens when one becomes a bit greater than the other. The stories definately build up the characters and draw you in. Only downside to the films are they don't contain as much as the novels.

I'm just finishing reading Day Watch now.  I HIGHLY recomend that whether or not you see the movies to read the books.  Each book is actually broken into three stories, the movies are based on the first and second stories of Night Watch (the book).

There are two others, Twilight Watch and Final Watch.  It's a great series and I recomend it to anyone that likes a more modern type of fantasy.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 27 Feb 2008, 09:50
Movies: "Ran"--Akira Kurosawa does Lear, with the inevitable Samurai.  Slow, emotionally draining but masterful.

"The Seventh Seal"--terrifying, emotionally gripping, quite funny and playful as well, this is a masterpiece.

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Post by: pinkpiche on 27 Feb 2008, 13:06
I'd like to recommend

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
An absolutely excellent book about a boy that's stranded on a raft with a tiger, zebra and an orangutang, that lands on a small island filled with voracious killer trees that swallow people and make fruit out of their teeth.. Well.. You have to read it to understand.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Emily on 28 Feb 2008, 01:40
Apparently Budge Wilson wrote a prequel to Anne of Green Gables that's been OK'd by Montgomery's heirs. I heard about this months back and was horrified and afraid. My mother mailed me a clipping from a Canadian newspaper with excerpts, and it looks alright, but it's definitely not LMM's style of writing, which might make it hard for me to accept. Plus the idea in general doesn't appeal to me--I've never cared to find anything lovable in Anne's life before she came to Green Gables and Avonlea. Wasn't the idea supposed to be that it was all harsh life/unwanted/unloved child etc.. to kind of set up her fragile mental and emotional state so that she can truly blossom in the Cuthbert's care?

Anyhow.

The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox. I bought it in the airport the other day and haven't been able to look at another book since.

On the topic of Casablanca--a friend of mine once pointed out that if you made that movie today with the same script, cast, and director, it probably wouldn't be received very well by critics. I'm not a fan of the dialogue, myself. It's...awkward.
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Post by: taphos on 29 Feb 2008, 20:17
Apparently Budge Wilson wrote a prequel to Anne of Green Gables that's been OK'd by Montgomery's heirs. I heard about this months back and was horrified
I didn't want to know about this. Horrified is right.

I recommend Bug. Yes, the movie that came out last year and was almost universally hated.

I loved it. I thought Ashley Judd was brilliant. I thought the movie did an excellent job in blurring the lines between insanity and paranoia and truth(?) Bug was marketed as horror and it is the best kind of horror movie. It explores obsession, need, guilt, paranoia. We are never sure what is real and what is delusion.

I know I'm in the minority, but this film is something to see. Even if you end up hating it.
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Post by: Surgoshan on 29 Feb 2008, 23:24
I'd like to recommend

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
An absolutely excellent book about a boy that's stranded on a raft with a tiger, zebra and an orangutang, that lands on a small island filled with voracious killer trees that swallow people and make fruit out of their teeth.. Well.. You have to read it to understand.

Yes.  Second.  A thousand times.  I love this book.

A boy travels across the pacific in a life boat with a tiger; what's not to love?
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Post by: pinkpiche on 03 Mar 2008, 13:05
Also:

Douglas Coupland - Girlfriend In A Coma
He writes so beautifully pretentiously futuristicly and manifesticly that you wish you came up with the idea


And ANYTHING by Joyce Carol Oates.
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Post by: Beast on 04 Mar 2008, 21:18
Tim Dorsey.
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Post by: Fletch on 05 Mar 2008, 03:06
Books:
Monster Blood Tattoo: Bio-punk (It's not really steam and/or punk, but I'm trying to fit it somewhere) story about a world filled with monsters & genocidal humans, following a boy and his job as a lamp-lighter. I'm a sucker for the background...
Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe (Volume One: Shadow and Claw, Volume Two: Sword and Citadel): Previously four books, the Book of the New Sun focuses on the life of an exiled Seeker of Truth & Penitence. (aka, torturer) Possibly not something to read if you don't want to think ... I lent it to someone in my family; they promptly forgot about it & then threw it out. :cry:
Followed by The Urth of the New Sun, I think the first book is the better read.
Latro in the Mist, Gene Wolfe: Amnesiac soldier in ancient Greece, I don't really want to give away parts of the story ... the unreliable narrator Wolfe will later use in New Sun sharpens his sword here.

Movies:
Cemetery Man (aka Delamorte Delamore): Zombie movie about a man, his lover & his efforts 'killing' the 'recently deceased'. 8-)
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Post by: Gridgm on 05 Mar 2008, 03:23

Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe (Volume One: Shadow and Claw, Volume Two: Sword and Citadel): Previously four books, the Book of the New Sun focuses on the life of an exiled Seeker of Truth & Penitence. (aka, torturer) Possibly not something to read if you don't want to think ... I lent it to someone in my family; they promptly forgot about it & then threw it out. :cry:

i'm currently in the middle of citadel of the autarch when in my local book shop i saw a book named severan the tortuer, picking it up thinking it might be a sequel to this excelent book i discovered it was in fact all 4 books in one but not called book of the new sun (i vote to kill the publisher who most probably had the idea) anyway it's a more simple thing to pick up than two books so i just put this here for reference
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 07 Mar 2008, 03:45
Holy crap, I am actually posting in the books, TV and movies forum! Too bad for movies and TV though.

I have not read Anne of Green Gables.

I've seen the movie version. You're not exactly missing much, if the film is accurate.

Currently reading Hatrack River by Orson Scott Card. You may know him as the author of Ender's Game. I'm barely even halfway through the book and it's already way up on my top 10 list.

Damn thing's falling apart, though. Stupid poorly-bound book, I own paperbacks that have lasted longer than this.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 11 Mar 2008, 14:41
Anne of Green Gables in film is not really very great. My copy has an appallingly screwy beginning which doesn't help, but even so it's hardly memorable. But the book is quite sweet.

If you like Everything is Illuminated, then you'd probably like If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. It's not really the same style of writing but something about it makes me connect the two (and Amazon agrees with me, they suggest the one if you like the other).

I recently bought A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. It's not an easy read but it's thought-provoking.

Ooh, and also We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Sadly most of these books now live at my dad's rather than here, so I need to remember to pick them up when I go back.
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Post by: Emily on 12 Mar 2008, 13:42
Anne of Green Gables is rather light reading in itself, but if you finish the entire series (8 books,) it gets more and more satisfying. The storytelling gets better, as does the drama. Anne grows up, gets married, has the marriage problems everyone has, has kids, has the kid problems everyone has, and then World War One happens and her daughter goes through some seriously heavy shit and grows up despite herself. The three Emily of New Moon books are, IMO, on par with the entire Anne series because they cover the same kind of emotional complexity in a shorter time period, and with better writing.
Kevin Sullivan should be dragged out and shot for making The Continuing Story. The only reason he waited so damn long to make it with noticibly aged actors was so the copyright could expire and he could mess with LMM's characters for any purpose he wanted. Like collapsing 20 years or so into some kind of black hole and having Anne as a young woman going through World War One even though it ought to be her teenaged youngest daughter going through all that.
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Post by: waterloosunset on 13 Mar 2008, 10:14
an interesting non-fiction book is Ishmael Beah's  ,,A Long Way Gone'', about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 13 Mar 2008, 21:59
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky.  Holy fuck this is an awesome book, but then again it's about what I'd expect from Dostoevsky.  More conventional and less fevered in narrative voice than Crime and Punishment, let alone Notes from Underground, which I recall feeling like what I always imagined a bad trip would be like.  Get the Pevear and what's her-name translation.  And if you can't take on the Brothers K read Notes instead, since it is also awesome and quite short by Russian Novel (or any novel) standards.
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Post by: doombilly on 14 Mar 2008, 11:47
books-
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon.
Also, V; and Vineland. same auth

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 16 Mar 2008, 17:52
Don't read Pynchon's 'Vineland' as suggested above. 'Gravity's Rainbow' is superb but 'V', 'Mason and Dixon' and 'The Crying of Lot 49' are all actually a lot better than 'Vineland' on many levels are much worthier of the time it takes to muddle through a Pynchon book.

This is a somewhat unorthodox recommendation but it's timely I guess. "The Body in Pain" by Elaine Scarry is a psychological examination of torture from the point of the view of the perpetrator and the victim. The book becomes far more than just a philosophical treatise. It emerges as a poignant social critique as well. It is a work that clearly took a lot of exhaustive research and before it ends it goes on to present examples of artistic and cultural creation that work against pain and the debased uses that are made of it. It's a fairly tough book and not for the weak of stomach in many cases but it's really fascinating and is made even more so considering the political climate of the day.
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Post by: doombilly on 17 Mar 2008, 10:02
Don't read Pynchon's 'Vineland' as suggested above. 'Gravity's Rainbow' is superb but 'V', 'Mason and Dixon' and 'The Crying of Lot 49' are all actually a lot better than 'Vineland' on many levels are much worthier of the time it takes to muddle through a Pynchon book.
Whaevoh. I stand by what I said. And also I could not, not, not get into Mason & Dixon. And I thought Lot 49 was just a glimpse at what is to come. Vineland while pretty weak compared to GR and V, was still worth it to me. M&D, i cannot explain why i could not get into caring about this book. I thought for a long time it was the period. But i just finished Stephenson's Quicksilver and that went pretty quick for a book of that size.
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Post by: 0bsessions on 18 Mar 2008, 15:01
Leaked script for the newest Dexter:

Quote
Dexter: I'm lost alone in the dark, black depths of my black dark soul.

Dexter's Sister: Blah blah stupid blah blah why don't I get respect blah blah acts awkward

Token Black Guy: GRAR SMASH PUNY DEXTER

Dexter: Blood dark black black blood crimson.

Everyone else: Oh, Dexter! You're so dreamy!

Dexter: Darkness

(Dexter broods for forty-two minutes)

To be continued...

Seriously. Fuck that show. It's like if someone got drunk and decided to have James O'Barr write an episode of Monk.
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Post by: pen on 18 Mar 2008, 15:04
Fuck you.  I love Dexter.  You are the only person who I know of that has seen it and was bored by it.
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Post by: Inlander on 18 Mar 2008, 17:08
Dexter's okay, but it's a bit over-written at times.

But really, the Wire's ruined me for cop shows.
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Post by: Patrick on 18 Mar 2008, 17:15
The only TV cops I've ever liked are the ones on Law and Order.

Same goes for TV lawyers, actually.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 18 Mar 2008, 19:49
i just finished Stephenson's Quicksilver and that went pretty quick for a book of that size.

Here is an absolutely excellent suggestion. Everyone should read this book (and the two that follow it in the trilogy). It's truly phenomenal. Even if it does clock in at around 3000 pages, it's so brilliant that I can't imagine the length being an issue.
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Post by: KvP on 18 Mar 2008, 19:59
Dexter's okay, but it's a bit over-written at times.

But really, the Wire's ruined me for cop shows.
Surely you still love Homicide.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 18 Mar 2008, 20:09
True story: When I was in 3rd grade, I was in a theatre production of Peter Pan (playing Michael), and the guy who played Smee was in Homicide.  I think it was supposed to scare me that he was in Homicide, but it wasn't.  I think he's the middle black guy in the photo for the wikipedia article.  I'll try to find some pictures, I know my mom took like 200 photos of the whole thing.
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Post by: 0bsessions on 18 Mar 2008, 20:12
Surely you still love Homicide.

Man, Harry is all about homicide.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 19 Mar 2008, 03:19
Surely you still love Homicide.

The complete series box set and the copy of David Simon's book Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets sitting on my shelf say "Yes".
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 19 Mar 2008, 05:48
Here's the only quote from Johnny Borrell worth ever repeating,
Quote
TV's are for appearing on, not watching.
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Post by: Patrick on 19 Mar 2008, 16:42
This is why I don't pay attention to Johnny Borrell (I don't even know who that is [nor do I know anybody else, for that matter]) and just watch John Wayne.

I saw "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" for the first time today and it was so goddamn good I will have to watch it again sometime. John Wayne is the Jesus of Hollywood.
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Post by: doombilly on 20 Mar 2008, 06:09
Yeah, Borrell: self-important ponce from Razorlight.
John Wayne war glorifying, service evading pansy.
Funny though, Stallone was a conscientious objector when it came time to serve, but not when he wanted to play dress up (Rambo).
If you think about it, they are both kind of like the WAR PREZNIT. Except like John Wayne wanted to establish a few separate states to send the black folk to.
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Post by: Patrick on 20 Mar 2008, 07:26
A friend of mine served in 'Nam in '69. He got both his legs blown off by a landmine and contracted Hepatitis C from a transfusion.

I honestly cannot blame the guys. John Wayne remains my favourite actor of all time.
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Post by: doombilly on 20 Mar 2008, 09:16
A friend of mine served in 'Nam in '69. He got both his legs blown off by a landmine and contracted Hepatitis C from a transfusion.

I honestly cannot blame the guys. John Wayne remains my favourite actor of all time.
I don't blame them for not going. I blame them for making a career out of being an advertisement for other people like your friend to go. Also he is a pretty well documented bigot. But to each his own.
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Post by: Border Reiver on 20 Mar 2008, 10:34
If you're going to watch TV, and not shows like Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, or Mythbusters - the best program out there is probably Battlestar Galactica - excellent acting, decent special effects, compelling storylines - what else do you need?
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Post by: Ikrik on 23 Mar 2008, 15:55
If you're going to watch TV, and not shows like Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, or Mythbusters - the best program out there is probably Battlestar Galactica - excellent acting, decent special effects, compelling storylines - what else do you need?

Incessant fanboys who go "OMG DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT EPISODE OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA LAST NIGHT!? SCORE IT WAS AMAZING" and then me going "I've heard it's kind of like Star Trek...that true?"  I've never had a more condescending look in my life.  But seriously, I should probably get into that show...but seriously, is it really, really worth it?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pinkpiche on 24 Mar 2008, 11:34
It is really, really, really worth it. Awesome show, and (if you're not a fanboy) ridiculous amounts better than Star Trek!

If I'm going to start reading classic american litterature, what should I start up with?
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Post by: peacetokengy on 24 Mar 2008, 11:58
Books: Kurt Vonnegut books are always good! And also Mein Kampf, A clockwork Orange, uh....I am America (and so can you).
my recommended movies: Eraserhead, Gummo, Repo Man, and A clockwork Orange.
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Post by: duallain on 24 Mar 2008, 14:39
I stand by Dexter. Although I do, at times, agree with people that Deborah is a pain in the ass. However, her faults are nowhere near enough to turn me off the show. You can have your opinion but I continue to be dazzled by Michael C Hall :D

My favorite part of dexter is that there is a fucking reason that he goes out and takes care of the criminals himself.  CSI has people in his same role out there interviewing witnesses which is absolutely crazy.  Also the blood splatter stuff is much less obviously BAD science than CSI.  That being said I like Law and Order but I'm burnt out.  That plus I love the Fred Thompson Episodes, and they were off the air during his candidacy.
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Post by: StreetSpirit on 28 Mar 2008, 12:21
TV Recommendations:
The new Doctor Who
The Wire
Rome
Deadwood
obviously part of Lost is pretty spectacular
Torchwood has it's moments
the new Battlestar Galatica
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: absurdabsurd on 04 Apr 2008, 09:42
If I'm going to start reading classic american litterature, what should I start up with?

I really enjoyed Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, though it's a love-it-or-hate-it thing. As in, if you're not into it by the end of the first few pages, don't bother with the rest. If you like the first few pages, you will love the hell out of everything that follows. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is obviously also a must-read. It's one of those books that will stay with you for ever. I think it taught me more when I read it at 12/13 than any other book has since (except maybe reading Joseph Heller's Catch-22 at around 16).

----

As far as my personal recommendation-of-the-moment goes...

I've just finished Friction by Joe Stretch.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted or easily offended; there is a lot of sex, a lot of uncompromising looks at society.... etc etc. It's a bleak and desolate look at today's oversated culture, told from the point of view of a narrator in a future society that is basically the result of everything before being taken too far. The characters are not entirely believable, and more stand-in symbols for exaggerated personality traits we'll recognize in a lot of people we know, but it works in the context of the story. The entire thing is peppered with a lot of surprisingly deep observations on the state of the world, and the writing is of the highest standards; words used as weapons but we can't help but notice how nicely they shine when they're about to deliver their fatal blow (to use overblown literary language). I'm not sure how culturally relevant it is for someone not of the 18-28 age range, and its impact may even be geographically limited to the UK in some way, but I do think it is definitely worth a read.

Also, author Joe Stretch is a member of the band (We Are) Performance ( http://www.myspace.com/weareperformance (http://www.myspace.com/weareperformance) ), who are ok-but-not-great (with potential for getting better as they go along).

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KvP on 05 Apr 2008, 21:07
These days all I really watch is The Daily Show / The Colbert Report. I am in love with John Oliver (http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=165516&title=britains-fallen-soldiers).
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Post by: Dimmukane on 05 Apr 2008, 21:22
I like the new guy with the thick neck.

Wait, that didn't come out right.

I like the new guy with the thick neck.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KvP on 05 Apr 2008, 22:12
Who, Rob Riggle? Like many DS correspondents past, he is an SNL "featuring" also-ran. He's actually my least favorite correspondent, although the new lady bombed her first segment. I actually really like Aasif Mandvi.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 05 Apr 2008, 22:18
Yeah, but he turned the Republican race into a rip-your-head-off-and-piss-down-your-throat deathmatch.

That's really all.

John Oliver is better, but that stood out.
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Post by: KvP on 05 Apr 2008, 22:26
I'll admit his recent segments have been pretty great. His reporting on the Berkeley snafu was as such, mostly because he was a marine himself.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 06 Apr 2008, 10:58
Classic American lit?  I myself had some pretty big issues with the Grapes of Wrath, though the narrative is quite strong in places, I'm still more on the 'hate it' side of the equation (at least partly because I found Casey to be an incredibly tedious character- "look at me I'm a transcendentalist Christ figure!" Whup-de-fucking-do)

See my writeup of "Benito Cereno" above.  It's Melville, but it's really short (ie a novella/long short story) and it is really good.  Note that it rewards a close reading--very few of the many issues raised by the novel, such as freedom's relationship to mastery, are discussed explicitly by the characters or the narrator.  Babo, who might be described as the villain, is one of the coolest characters ever, probably.  This is a story about Ideas, though it doesn't beat you over the head with them by any means.

Hucklebury Fucking Finn (not to be confused with Fucklebury Finn, which is probably a porn).  It's as good as people have said it is.  On just about every level.  Huck and Jim are one of the greatest pairs in literature, up there with Sancho Panza and Don Quixote.  Sure, the ending is a deus ex machina but frankly so are the endings to Philoctetes and As You Like It, and they're both great as well.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor is fucking intense and bears close reading.
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Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 06 Apr 2008, 15:47
If I'm going to start reading classic american litterature, what should I start up with?
(Joseph Heller's Catch-22).

This is a great recomendation. It's absolutely insane and completely irreverent. Definitely among the top American novels.
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Post by: Z2. on 06 Apr 2008, 17:59
Taking the risk of having my post deleted, I am going to propose 2 authors that I luuurvve:

David Weber and David Feintuch (and not because they both are called David!)

For anyone who enjoyed the whole Horatio Hornblower thing as kids, but also enjoy a little speculative Space opera stuff - this is for you - big time!

Weber takes the female side through Honor Harrington, and builds a phenomenal universe spanning many different systems, of which the Solar is the oldest (and obviously the progenitor of all human worlds), he builds a huge story over almost a dozen books that will leave you very tired in the morning and swearing at the damn Z2 guy for getting you addicted!

Feintuch is a little closer to our time line, humanity has just started discovering habitable planets, and his Earth has experienced a lot of the nasty stuff that people are currently warning us of (rampant overpopulation and gang warfare etc...) Feintuch follows (and explains) the life of a young Midshipman as he climbs up through the ranks, and how a rather vicious amoeba looking alien "melt the spacesuit off you and eat your brains out" civilisation is found, and the hell that ensues - prepare for more late nights...

And just because you have read this far, I give you Kim Stanley Robinson - Start with Antarctica, then go through Red, Green then Blue Mars, we might just be there in 50 years, but more importantly is how Robinson unfolds the humanity of his characters (and sometimes the in-humanity of his characters).
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Post by: thehollow on 06 Apr 2008, 19:17
although the new lady bombed her first segment.

Do you mean Kristen Schaal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Schaal)? I had heard she was a new correspondent, but I haven't seen any of her segments yet. I'm willing to hold off judgment though, because she's absolutely hilarious on Flight of the Conchords.
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Post by: pinkpiche on 07 Apr 2008, 14:41
Reading William Faulkner by the way is a bitch
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Post by: Patrick on 07 Apr 2008, 15:16
Hey am I the only one who wishes Dickens were still alive so I could LIGHT HIM ON FIRE?
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Post by: absurdabsurd on 07 Apr 2008, 16:29
That depends on what Dickens you're reading.

It's rare that an author has gotten such differing reactions from me between works -  A Tale of Two Cities is still one of my favourite books, but I've never managed to get through any of his others.

But I mean dude, Sydney Carton. Me at 12/13 had such a massive crush on that character from the very first page he graced, non-chalantly and arrogantly lounging about in that court-room... HE COULD HAVE BEEN A ROCK STAR!

To be fair, I haven't re-read it since then, so maybe I am romanticizing things in my memory.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 08 Apr 2008, 04:42
I've read some Dickens, and the man is a product of his time.  But if alive today he would be writing about social problems in a way that the general public would find entertaining and thought provoking as a means of trying to get us to change how we treat out fellow humans.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: CursedMortivore on 08 Apr 2008, 08:57
Fahrenheit 451. Read this in 10th grade literature class. Book blew my mind right onto the wall. And other stuff like Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. Mucho enjoyable all of them. Though it has been a while since I read them, so my opinion might be colored.

Books I've read recently that I've loved: American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (I know I may sound like a goth-wannabe teenage girl by saying that, but damn the dude can write books like no one's business)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 08 Apr 2008, 22:01
People need to read more poetry (and not write so much). Start with Emily Dickinson (that is, all the stuff you haven't read fifty bazillion times in anthologies, and take the edition with the most dashes). Wallace Stevens. e. e. cummings. Pablo Neruda. Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Like it should be read: in books, not anthologies (keep a few on hand, though, for when you need ideas of where to look next).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 09 Apr 2008, 22:14
Ooooohhh...Poetry!
I really like TS Eliot.  Still first in my heart as far as lyric poetry is concerned.  Also good are John Donne, George Herbert and, for a poet that is still alive and is really, really good, Derek Walcott.  Donne and Herbert are Jacobean, writing immediately after Shakespeare, but considerably more 'artful' and self-conscious in the poetry, and Donne at least ranges over a greater array of subjects.  Walcott is very grounded in traditional literature for a contemporary poet--he obviously grew up reading Shakespeare and the King James Bible, but his verse is somehow peculiarly caribean in its rhythm, which is generally kind of languid and very beautiful.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: absurdabsurd on 10 Apr 2008, 02:32
I fell morbidly in love with Wilfred Owen's war poetry a few years ago. Those were words that sent chills straight through me. Yeah, a bit more recent, a bit less elaborate language-wise, but evocative nonetheless.

Also, Rainer Maria Rilke's Panther remains one of the most striking poems I have ever read. All the translations I've ever seen lose the pacing, tense rhythm of the original German, but not the beauty of the image.

Robert Frost is cool as well. For some reason, he always brings up pictures in my head that could be taken from the pages of some magical storybook.

What do people think of Sylvia Plath? I've had times when I've read her poems and hated them for how purposefully obtuse she attempts to be, and then other times I've found lines that almost had me in tears and I still can't decide if I like her or not. Also, years and years ago a boy handed me a book of Sylvia Plath poems with an inscription next to Moonrise, saying that was the poem that symbolized me to him. I still don't know what to make of that.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 10 Apr 2008, 07:18
I too have really liked what I've read of Wilfred Owen.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 10 Apr 2008, 08:30
I really like TS Eliot.

Eliot's poetry is just too perfect for my liking. I prefer my art to have a few more rough edges - to be a bit more human and a bit less robotic. I love William Carlos Williams, for instance.

If people like Wilfred Owen's war poems, they should read Siegfried Sassoon's as well.

One of my favourite poets is John Clare. He wrote at the beginning of the industrial revolution in England, and he was something of an "outsider" poet, as he lived and was raised in the countryside (by illiterate parents, if I'm not mistaken) rather than coming from the literary set in London. He was very popular for a while, and his poetry was generally very simple: incredibly minutely observed vignettes of rural life, or of animals, or nature scenes, and also a lot of beautiful love poems. Tragically, the industrial revolution pretty much killed off the rural way of life he'd grown up with and loved, and a lot of the formerly public land became private and fenced off (he wrote an amazing poem about this called "the Lament of Swordy Well" (http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~broglio/1102/swordywell.html)). Whether as a consequence of all this or because it was just always in him, he ended up going mad and was institutionalised: he became delusional, adopting various personae at different times and believing that he was married to a woman he'd been in love with as a young man (when, in fact, they'd been forced apart and he had married somebody else). But the incredible thing about Clare is that even through this period he not only continued to write poetry, but that poetry was the most extraordinarily gentle and tender poetry you could imagine. His poetry is a wonderful and amazing example of the power of art to pierce through the darkest times in a person's life, and to provide just a little bit of hope in life.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 10 Apr 2008, 19:22
Books: Kurt Vonnegut books are always good! And also Mein Kampf, A clockwork Orange, uh....I am America (and so can you).
my recommended movies: Eraserhead, Gummo, Repo Man, and A clockwork Orange.

Oh dude...you did NOT just recommend Mein Kampf.  I am the only person I know who owns and has read through the book.  Trust me, it's not worth it.  The writing itself is only ok, the ideas aren't....well-developed.  There's nothing insightful in it, he wrote it before he became the Fuhrer....and it's really....bad. 

ANYTHING by John Steinbeck is amazing.  Read Of Mice and Men or Cannery Row before you start Grapes of Wrath.  They're quite short so if you enjoy the writing style then you'll love Grapes of Wrath.  Don Quioxite is exquisite, I'm about 300 pages in, it's something that you just have to plow through and read for a couple of months.  Instead of recommending Lolita I'll recommend Pale Fire by Nabakov.  The Road, No Country for Old Men, All The Pretty Horses are all by Cormac McCarthy and are ALL amazing, depending on if you like his style.  If you want to get Vonnegut I'd recommend Timequake, Slaughterhouse Five, and Galapagos  My final recommendation will be my favourite book in a long time.  Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.  Oh..pick up some Kakfa too.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 10 Apr 2008, 19:49
I second the Kafka.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Patrick on 10 Apr 2008, 21:34
Oh dude...you did NOT just recommend Mein Kampf.  I am the only person I know who owns and has read through the book.  Trust me, it's not worth it.  The writing itself is only ok, the ideas aren't....well-developed.  There's nothing insightful in it, he wrote it before he became the Fuhrer....and it's really....bad.

I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark here and guess that nobody reads Mein Kampf for the literary or philosophical value.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 11 Apr 2008, 04:49
And it certainily isn't for the inspiring story line.  I have my grandfather's copy, purchased in the early 1930s and I've managed to get through it - barely. But man, turgid prose, really bad philosophy that is disturbing in its unreasoning hate and a view of history that was discredited before this book was even written.  It is a hateful book, but for all that it is a useful tool to understand what happened and why.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 11 Apr 2008, 12:00
Siegrfried Sassoon is also really good.  Anyone ever read Isaac Rosenberg?  Bit more abstract that Owen or Sassoon.

William Carlos Williams is one of those poets that I need to read more of.
-Wilhelm
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 11 Apr 2008, 20:45
On the subject of poets, I've been reading quite a bit more contemporary poetry. Since  John Ashbery, Michael Ives and Robert Kelley teach in the poetry dept. here, and since I'm taking classes in that department, I decided to check out their stuff and found all of it to my liking. Ashbery in particular is really excellent although the prose poetry of Michael Ives is very much to my liking. One of the best living poets is, in my opinion, Charles Simic. He writes in both prose and verse and he's utterly brilliant.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Just One More... on 12 Apr 2008, 16:09
I'd go for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson. He's a pretty good author, and if you're in for a short read, I'd suggest his book Feed.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aminal on 12 Apr 2008, 17:53
Midnight Cowboy, 1969.  The only X-rated film ever to win an Oscar!  Of course back then X-rating wasn't associated as heavily with porno, but still.  There's some T&A.  But what I really like is the way they use pictures to tell a story and express feelings, and even portray events that have happened in the past.

Guys.  Guys?  I really like it.  It's like Of Mice and Men, but with manwhores.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Liz on 12 Apr 2008, 18:15
On the subject of poets, I've been reading quite a bit more contemporary poetry.

I recommend Mark Strand. He is my favorite poet, contemporary or not. You can read a selection of his poems here (http://plagiarist.com/poetry/poets/72/)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 12 Apr 2008, 20:42
Death at a Funeral.  Hands down the funniest movie I've seen in my entire life.  I don't even know where to start.  I'll just say that this had me actually falling off the sofa from the violent laughing spasms I was having.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 13 Apr 2008, 11:31
On a classic note these are fablulous movies for completely different reasons:  Alien (one of the great horror flicks) and Aliens (a really good war/action movie).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thehollow on 20 Apr 2008, 17:20
I've been watching a bunch of 30 Rock over the last week or so. It's amazing. I never thought Tina Fey was all that spectacular on SNL, but she's great on this show and the writing is superb. The supporting cast is awesome as well- Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin (who ever thought he could do comedy?) are great and Kenneth is one of the best characters to ever be on TV. The guest stars are also really well placed in the stories as well(Carrie Fisher was great, and David Schwimmer as Greenzo was the funniest moment of the current season). The entire second season is on nbc.com . Watch it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 20 Apr 2008, 20:19
Undead or Alive, it's a zombie movie with CHRIS KATTAN.  'Nuff said.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Shreazla on 22 Apr 2008, 12:33

There are one of three things going on here.  One, they're being sarcastic.  Two, they're not in the same school system as you are.  I never had to read either of those books for any of my english classes, although I have heard of them.  They were both 'summer reading' books and since Pride and Prejudice is one of the longer ones, barely anybody chose to read it the one summer it was on the list.  Three, Shreazla may still be in high school and possibly not realized how much of an impact Pride and Prejudice had since most of his classmates didn't read it.  I think option two is the most realistic.

Just take it easy, man.  Not everybody on these forums went to the same school.
Going to the same school has nothing to do with it.  I just used it as an example of how widely known those books are and how often they are used in High School Curriculums. If u went to ANY middle/high school in a english speaking country you would have heard of them.  And don't worry, I was taking it quite easy. All I did was introduce him to my friend Mr Sarcasm in the hopes that he would perhaps see the error in this ways.  If I hadnt been taking it easy I would have used my buddy Mr Insult and perhaps his wife Mrs Ethnic Slur.  I think I showed amazing personal fortitude refraining from such tactics in the face of such blatent stupidity.

Well spoken sir - I will admit to a definite need to clarify my basis for my statements here. First off, I am not in High School, nor do I have any idea what the 'normal/average' literature for a High School reading program is, as I have been in college for some time, and was homeschooled throughout most of my grade school years.  When I said that not many people had heard of them, I was drawing on my rural, apalachian background, which, being the redneck, backwoods area that it is, would make my statement true - I did not mean to imply that they were unheard of series everywhere.  I was full well aware of the fact that the books of L.M. Montgomery have reached a near cult-popularity in Japan, and are quite well known in Canada.  However, even among the intellectuals that I know, most people have not heard of the series.

As to Pride and Prejudice, I admit to being in full error.  I know that it is a well known book, and, as a result, deserved every bit of sarcasm which was directed towards me (I actually foundd it quite amusing, and, had I been readin anyone elses post, would have probably made the same comments to them).  However, once again, in my defence, while many people have HEARD of Pride and Prejudice, and may have even watched the movie, when compared to the amount of people who have actually READ the book, the number drops significantly.

Anyway, once again, my apologies for not clarifying what I truely meant to say - my prowess as a typist will most likely get me nowhere in the real world, as I tend to say what I'm thinking in my head without actually thinking through what I'm really typing, and, as a result, it doesn't make as much sense I as previously thought it should have, lol.

btw, the book version of the Princess Bride is a quite amusing sarcastic read, for those of you who like light, but humorous reading.

And, for those among you who like heavy reading, religion, technology, videogames, J.R.R. Tolkien, D&D history, history in general, theology, and random facts, the book "Techgnosis" is a Highly advised read of mine.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 22 Apr 2008, 13:26
There you go.  I can agree with you on the Princess Bride.  As it is the greatest single satire since Swift.  The story within the story is what makes the book so much better then the movie could ever hope to be.

Not that the movie was cute and great in its own way.

P.S.  I was just joshing you when I wrote that reply.  I was writing a satirical response and thought a good joke could be had by all.
Never even imagined so many people would take it so seriously.  Honestly, its just some gentle ribbing, no need for everyone to blow it all out of proportion.

At least you have developed a sense of humor.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Shreazla on 22 Apr 2008, 13:44
I full well agree with your first statement!  I personally have a fond spot in my heart for satire, and "A modest proposal" has to be one of the best works ever written...(btw, on a side note, if you ever take a speech/communications class, give your persuasive speech based upon the concepts in "Modest Propsal" - the people who have read it will love you, the people who haven't run out of the room screaming and crying, calling you a freak of nature, fights break out - In general, you'll have a lovely time; I know form experience, lol)

As far as humor goes, one needs a slightly developed sense of humor to maintain ones sanity when they go to college in WV, and live in the heart of the Bible belt ;)     

And, to keep on topic, I do have one last recommendation, that being "The Scarlet Pimpernell" - Yes, it's a classic, but I just finished re-reading it a week ago, and loved it just as much as the first time I read it.

Anyway, I digress, as my reccommendations for good literature have been exausted for the moment.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: littlelove on 22 Apr 2008, 19:17
I highly recommend, book-wise, and movie-wise, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
...I watched the movie first, then decided to read the book because the movie was so good, and reading the book only made it event better. I thought both of them were very fantastic, and I just finished the book on Sunday :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 22 Apr 2008, 20:18
There you go.  I can agree with you on the Princess Bride.  As it is the greatest single satire since Swift.  The story within the story is what makes the book so much better then the movie could ever hope to be.

Not that the movie was cute and great in its own way.

P.S.  I was just joshing you when I wrote that reply.  I was writing a satirical response and thought a good joke could be had by all.
Never even imagined so many people would take it so seriously.  Honestly, its just some gentle ribbing, no need for everyone to blow it all out of proportion.

At least you have developed a sense of humor.

If there's one consistent law about the internet, it's that sarcasm doesn't carry well.  Something like that can easily be misconstrued.

And The Princess Bride is totally an awesome movie. 

To stay on topic, I finally got around to watching The Seven Samurai.  It's pretty damn good, and I can see how it influenced so many other movies.  If you've got 3 and a half hours, it's definitely time well spent.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KvP on 23 Apr 2008, 03:45
I recently started watching Homicide: Life on the Street again. It's even better than I remember, and I remember it being fucking excellent. If you like cop shows, they've never been done better than this.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 23 Apr 2008, 22:43
I don't know if I understand how the Princess Bride is satire (parody perhaps).  And wonderful though it is, I don't think that it can beat out Huckleberry Finn for the best satire since Swift.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Shreazla on 24 Apr 2008, 14:14
I hope I'm not straying to far off-topic here by replying to this -

The Princess Bride is an overblown, out-of-proportion film (the book is even more satirical, but the satiric nature of the book did not translate as well to film) - The character cast is filled with overused stereo types -

The tall, dark, hansome protagonist is a man who dresses completely in Black.
There is a dairy-maid-turned-princess, who is helpless until the protaganist comes to save her
You have the hulking, but stupid fighter giant.
The diminutive, but intellectual Sicilian.
The villan with the memorable feature (the six fingered man)
A tale of "true love"

Blah, blah blah - Anyway, you get the idea - Goldman uses these archetypes to poke fun at traditional fairy tales and fantasy books, and continues even further in the book, and uses racial stereo-types to poke fun of society and people in general... there's a lot more to the book, and I didn't go into nearly as much depth as would be needed to describe the book or the films satirical elements completely, but oh well "c'est la vie".

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aminal on 24 Apr 2008, 21:52
YOU FORGOT INIGO MONTOYA
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 25 Apr 2008, 05:41
PREPARE TO DIE
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pinkpiche on 25 Apr 2008, 11:37
People should be checking out short story writers like Nick Ostdick, Amiee Bender (The Rememberer, especially), Ben Tanzer and Sumanth Prabhaker.

www.identitytheory.com, also!

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StaedlerMars on 25 Apr 2008, 12:29
I did a forum search and I saw that no one had talken about "Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten".

It's a biography of Joe Strummer using several voice snatches of his.
Not only do I think that the movie was well made, but I think his life story is pretty inspirational, and the movie tells it really well. It's definitly a movie everyone should watch, if all you get from it is a massive dose of 'gee, i want to do things with my life'
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: thehollow on 05 May 2008, 21:42
While initially very pissed off that I was unable to convince my friends to see Iron Man on Saturday, I had forgotten about it altogether by the end of the first scene of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Absolutely hilarious movie, and definitely one of, if not the best (I still really love 40 year old virgin and superbad) to come from the Judd Apatow crew. Jason Segal is perfect for the role, and the supporting actors was well-cast too. Definitely recommended, although I imagine most of you'll end up spending your movie budget on iron man anyways.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 06 May 2008, 09:40
What usually happen with situations like this is I go to the ones I've been invited too, and rent the other ones I meant to see later.  So far I've only been invited to see Iron Man.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 07 May 2008, 17:51
I don't know if I understand how the Princess Bride is satire (parody perhaps).  And wonderful though it is, I don't think that it can beat out Huckleberry Finn for the best satire since Swift.

That's because you didn't read the book.  He spends almost half the book trying to convince you that he didn't write it, that Morgenstern really exists, Florin and Guilder are real places, and that he is just writing an abridged version of "Morgenstern's" classic Satire of European royalty's.

Its also in its own way a Satire of the folly of its own readers.  At one point Goldman talks about a reuinon scene that he wrote for the book and wanted to add to Mogerstern's Monstrosity, but was shut down by the editors.... But not to worry cause you can send him a letter and he will mail you a free copy of the chapter.  Instead countless fans got letters talking about he legal battle he and Mogenstern's estate went through and how he is not able to publish the reunion scene because of this.

Now, just for those of you that werent paying attention earlier....   Its his own book.  There is no Morgenstern.  Basically he just wanted to see how many fans were stupid enough to write a letter for a scene that he could have put in himself cause he's the actual author.  And his excuse is just another joke to play on those same hundreds of fans who can't understand that its all a joke.

He also used the same excuse for the delays in "adapting"  Buttercup's Baby, the second book which may never get released.... Or which may just be yet another prank he is pulling on his fans.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: rofflesaurusrex on 16 May 2008, 11:14
trainspotting was a gnarly movie. It showed a group of scottish kids struggle on an of heroin addictions. Overdosing, Freebasing, Buying, SelLiNg, InteNse baby DEaths. ITs a Must see
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Post by: Ikrik on 16 May 2008, 22:16
Trainspotting the novel was incredible.....and by that I mean it was incredibly hard to read.  But still an amazing book, highly rewarding to get through fourty or fifty pages.

I'm thinking of getting into some Grindhouse movies.....can anyone suggest some good (relatively) ones?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 17 May 2008, 08:56
The novel is interesting b/c it's written with a Scottish dialect which does indeed make it hard to read/understand a lot of the slang but it's also really cool. For the literary theoreticians amongst you, allow me to suggest Franco Moretti's "Atlas of the European Novel." It's a great book, incredibly well written, which explores fictionalized geographies in 19th century literature (London according to Dickens, Paris according to Balzac) and also looks at novels of exploration/colonialism, the picaresque and Russian literature. The overall result is Moretti suggesting that physical space may well be the hero and main determinant of cultural history. This could be a subject approached with an air of tiresome academia but Moretti is a very funny, charming and insightful author, making this not only really interesting but something very enjoyable to read as well.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 17 May 2008, 08:58
I'm still unsure as to what you mean by Grindhouse, so I'm just going to assume you mean bad horror movies of the 70's and 80's.  Bruno Mattei is a solid bet.  He had this one movie, Hell of the Living Dead (Virus here in the states), that had about 5 minutes comprised of just nature footage spliced with zombies because he figured he might as well use it since he paid for it.  They even borrowed Goblin and redid the Dawn of the Dead soundtrack.
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Post by: Ikrik on 17 May 2008, 17:25
Yeah, I'm talking about the REALLY cheesy hardcore films from the 60's-80's or whenever the franchise kind of stopeed.  My friend recommended to me Assassin of Youth in which kids smoke pot and kill themselves and each other.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: plumbob78 on 18 May 2008, 08:28
If anyone is into Spaghetti Westerns, I recommend watching Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Because A Fistfull of Dollars is just Yojimbo transplanted from feudal Japan to Mexico. Same plot: nameless drifter shows up in a town being ruined by two rival gangs and plays the two sides off of each other. Even one of the scenes is identical in both movies, just just with swords instead of guns. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 18 May 2008, 08:36
If anyone is into Spaghetti Westerns, I recommend watching Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Because A Fistfull of Dollars is just Yojimbo transplanted from feudal Japan to Mexico. Same plot: nameless drifter shows up in a town being ruined by two rival gangs and plays the two sides off of each other. Even one of the scenes is identical in both movies, just just with swords instead of guns. Good stuff.

You forgot to mention that Toshiro Mifune is totally badass.
"The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of film to get across an impression; Mifune needed only three." -Akira Kurosawa
That quote is no exaggeration....and there's pretty much not a single better person for it to come from.  Mifune acted in over 170 movies in a course of approximately 40 years.  In Yojimbo he makes scratching himself into an interesting character trait....the guy is amazing. And Yojimbo was heavily inspired by a book called Red Harvest (so said by many critics) but Kurosawa stated that a movie called The Glass Key inspired and was basically adapted for Yojimbo.

And if you like Yojimbo......check out the rest of Kurosawa's work, he is truly the god of Japanese cinema.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 18 May 2008, 09:22
Incidentally, both Red Harvest and The Glass Key were books written in the 1930s by Dashiell Hammett, one of the original, not to mention one of the greatest, authors of hard-boiled detective fiction ever. He was also a Pinkerton for a while, which makes him kind of of a jerk probably but he's a great writer.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Static on 25 May 2008, 22:44
6 sick hipsters by Rayo Casablanca.  The characters are wonderfully fucked up and the plot is amazing.  take QC, add a decade and some very serious neuroses, a serial killer, stir well, and serve frothy.  I was glued to this book all weekend.
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Post by: itsrabid on 26 May 2008, 17:09
World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, both by Max Brooks. They provide excellent and accurate advice regarding survival [though the disaster is fictional], and are written so matter-of-factly that one almost believes that zombies exist. The stories and accounts in WWZ are just amazing. They offer insight into how disasters affect people worldwide, and how people act accordingly. A definite must-read.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 26 May 2008, 17:19
Zombie Survival Guide is in my room and it was honestly a let-down.  It takes itself WAY too seriously and the parts that should have been beefed up aren't.  The weapons section was too thin for my taste.  He also made up a whole bunch of "real zombie instances" which he throws in the back which weren't funny.  Seriously, just get a group of your friends together and start talking about how to prepare for a zombie invasion.....you'll have a MUCH better time.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 30 May 2008, 10:17

And if you like Yojimbo......check out the rest of Kurosawa's work, he is truly the god of Japanese cinema.


And also Sukiyaki Western Django, by Takashi Miike.  It's a take-off on Django, which is a take-off on Fistful of Dollars, which was a take-off of Yojmbo.  So, essentially Yojimbo.  All the actors speak in English, which at first is jarring because of how bad their accents are, but eventually you kinda forget about it.  Quentin Tarantino's part in the first 5 minutes is probably the only part I didn't like.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Surgoshan on 30 May 2008, 10:48
Shoot 'Em Up.  I was expecting a comedy of violence and that's exactly what I got.  It's made of hilarious and awesome and win in equal parts.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 30 May 2008, 17:08
The first, second, third, and fourth time I saw Shoot 'Em Up on the big screen I felt like I had just watched the single best movie in the world ever, ever.  Clive Owen is truly the new action star of our generation (I hope).  Did you guys remember when people were talking about how it was the battle between Vin Diesel and The Rock?  However, watching Shoot 'Em Up on the small screen is really dissapointing and the film just seems a lot slower.  I'd recommend Children of Men as something to watch over Shoot 'Em Up unless your TV is pretty huge.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Surgoshan on 30 May 2008, 17:10
Hmm... this TV was pretty huge...
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Post by: jimbunny on 05 Jun 2008, 11:40
I've gotten hooked on How I Met Your Mother, recently... like, hooked. As on crack. Honestly a really great TV series.
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Post by: Inlander on 06 Jun 2008, 00:30
The problem with that show is that in the beginning it seemed to be just like any other sitcom, instantly disposable and easily replaceable with any of the other millions of variations on "bunch of twenty- or thirty-something friends hanging around obsessing about sex and relationships" comedies we're subjected to every year. By the time it becomes apparent to the casual or occasional viewer that the writers actually have the show's core concept really well figured and planned out, it's too late, because you haven't bothered watching more than half-a-dozen of the previous episodes.

I mean, I guess you could go back and watch them all on D.V.D., but you're not ready for that kind of commitment just yet.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 06 Jun 2008, 16:55
You are when it's summer and they're your housemates' DVDs!

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Post by: Tom on 09 Jun 2008, 00:49
HIMYM is so ridiculously good, the AV Club got me into it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Emikins on 16 Jun 2008, 02:32
Oh. Love this post. Now when i'm searching for something to read/watch, I can just come here and check this out.

So, my recommendation?

The Saga of Darren Shan - books one to twelve.

It's a kids book, and therefore a little cliched and juvenile. Also, at times it can be a little bit predictible. But it's a nice, easy read, by a great writer who now also writes fantasy for adults too. It puts an interesting spin on the old, and sometimes tired, vampire mythology, adding new dimensions to the myths, while also exploring human nature and morality. It is an easy read, and was incredibly fun to go through, taking only a few days for a moderate speed reader like me. But it is also addictive. And I enjoyed it immensely.  Finally, I wouldn't go as far as openly recommending it upon a website instead of just to my friends, if it was not for the ending. The ending was a surprise for a children's book (though so was the amount of violence within the text) and was an extremely welcome change from the norm. Also, a brilliant commentary on the importance of literature in society.

Heh. I hope someone does read it and enjoys it as much as I did. Also, the movie of the first two books is due out next year - Cirque Du Freak.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 21 Jun 2008, 23:50
While I was very briefly without work, I read a bunch of Allan Moore comics--The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Top Ten.  The first needs little introduction, since it's basic premise (19th century pulp heroes as superheroe team ala the justice league working for Conan Doyle characters) is like the movie, only, you know, good.  Though the League is very good, I honestly prefer Top Ten, which is a police procedural set in a city where everyone has superpowers.  There were two trade paperback collections of that, plus a graphic novel prequel.  Neither Top Ten nor Gentlemen are as ambitious as Watchmen--mostly they are good stories well told, with solid characterization and everything else you'd expect from Allan Moore.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StreetSpirit on 25 Jun 2008, 22:49
It might be a good time to go back and re-watch Twin Peaks.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 26 Jun 2008, 11:13
Sang Sattawat (aka Syndrome and a Century).

I just watched this a couple days ago, and it's almost like a dream.  There's one plot that repeats itself twice, through the use of different scenes and camera angles.  The first half takes place in what looks like rural Thailand, while the second half seems to be in a much more modern area.  All the shots are beautifully composed, with special mention going to a scene near the end involving a haze-filled room of machines.  It's not very good in the pacing department, yet I feel it was intentional.  Looking up other reviews, it seems like most people walked out of the theatre in a reverie, including myself.  Watching it certainly seems to evoke a summery mood.  Inexplicably, I was smiling the entire time I was watching this film. 



That came off as a bit review-y.  Point is, if you're looking for an interesting movie, this is a pretty good bet.


Edit:  Here[\url] is the scene I was talking about.  If you never see this movie, at least watch this scene, as it's probably going to stick with you for a while. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3yV2Zv1evA&feature=related)
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Post by: thehollow on 29 Jun 2008, 23:48
So I've been watching a bunch of How I Met Your Mother, as per this thread. I just finished up season 1 and started the second, and it's not bad. It was pretty hard to get into at first, the first 6 episodes or so were pretty bad. I gotta say the hardest thing to get used to was the laugh track. After years of watching basically nothing but comedies like My Name is Earl, Arrested Development, Scrubs, etc, I came pretty close to giving up on the show altogether just because of that. But it's a lot better now, and I do like it. I'll keep watching, and we'll see how it turns out.
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Post by: Cartilage Head on 30 Jun 2008, 02:02
 There are too many pages to bother looking at, so sorry if theis have already been recommended.

 Paprika

 A really trippy and actually pretty awesome anime movie about, basically, a research psychologist that enters people's dreams. It goes much deeper than that, but that is the most basic way to describe it. It has all kinds of insane imagery and plays on really clever ideas. To me, it is a groundbreaking surreal-drama piece.

 Plus it was directed by Satoshi Kon, the creator of Paranoia Agent. I think that is enough reason to see it.
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Post by: idiosyncratic on 02 Jul 2008, 10:23
I would recommend Ishmael and, the sequel, My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.  I just finished these two books and I thought they were both terribly interesting. 
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Post by: Ludovician on 03 Jul 2008, 01:45
I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend a book called The Raw Shark Texts by Stephen Hall. It's a psychological shitstorm of a great book masquerading as a thrilling page-turner. Basically, a man wakes up in his own house with total amnesia and an apologetic note from himself with a few simple instructions on how to get started on his path to regain his memory. It might seem like it's just going to be one cliche after another, but I highly recommend it to any Readers who take pride in their status as Reader.

And while I'm here, I suppose I'll recommend a few more of my favorite titles.

Books:
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (One of the first stories of cyberspace, and probably the closest thing to great literature with a story about a video game)
American Gods and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Dark fantasy in a modern setting)
Nearly any book by Stephen King - don't knock him if you haven't read him. He's amazingly popular, so he must be trash, right? Wrong. Firestarter's a good classic, Bag of Bones is a terrible title for a terrific story, and every one of his short story/novella collections is amazing - try his most recent, Everything's Eventual for some truly scary reading.

Movies:
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Robert Downey Jr. (as in Iron Man) and Val Kilmer (as in Doc Holliday in Tombstone) are dark and funny.
Oldboy. A man is imprisoned for 15 years and suddenly released. He's given five days to find the man responsible, to discover his reasons, and to take his revenge. If you can deal with the fact that it's got English subtitles because it's a Korean film, and if you've got a strong stomach and an open mind for controversial subject matter, if not so much actual violence, SEE THIS MOVIE.
Leon: The Professional. Jean Reno's noble assassin versus Gary Oldman's psychotic dirty cop, both in the greatest roles of their careers, and for Oldman, that IS saying something.

TV Shows:
Dexter. A serial killer kills serial killers. Serially. Sounds like it might just be a morbid gorefest, and while it's morbid as hell, there's nearly zero gore. It's mostly about Dexter's carefully constructed life and relationships, and I could honestly recommend this to ANYONE.
Arrested Development. I heartily recommend this to people who enjoy laughing.

This is my first post on these forums, by the way.
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Post by: Inlander on 03 Jul 2008, 04:48
Dexter . . . there's nearly zero gore.

You're . . . you're kidding, right? Do you, perhaps, work in an abattoir? Or some other situation which would lead you to regard excessively mutilated bodies, frequent scenes of on-site blood splatter analysis, not to mention, in one episode, a room covered ceiling-to-floor in blood, as "nearly zero gore"?
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Post by: Dimmukane on 03 Jul 2008, 06:18
Oldboy has already been mentioned several times.  By me.  If it hasn't gotten anyone to watch it by now, they're probably not going to watch it. 

Anyway, I just watched Solaris.  Solaris.  The only thing I didn't like was the pacing in the first half hour of the movie.  But the rest is fantastic.
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Post by: Inlander on 03 Jul 2008, 07:08
Tarkovsky or Soderbergh?
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Post by: Dimmukane on 03 Jul 2008, 07:30
Tarkovsky, correct.  I've read somewhere that the car ride scene was intentionally long because he wanted to justify going to Tokyo to film it.  I just think they could've lopped off half of it and it would've had the same effect.

I'm gonna watch Stalker either today or over the weekend...on the off chance you've seen it, is the pacing a little better?
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Post by: Dimmukane on 03 Jul 2008, 08:17
I thought the pacing was perfect throughout except for the end of the scenes at the cabin and the car scene.  Basically, I'm wondering if there are any scenes that perhaps drag on for very long periods of time with little or no dialog/angle changing, like the car scene.  Not that it'll detract from my overall opinion, I just would like to know ahead of time.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 03 Jul 2008, 13:09
That's a bit better than Solaris.  The car scene must've taken at least 10 minutes.  I'll still probably love the hell out of it, anyway.

Alright, so I put off Stalker again.  If I don't watch it tonight, it'll probably be sometime over the weekend.  I can, however, recommend Zombies Anonymous (aka The Last Rites of the Dead).  It's shot with what looks like a cheap camcorder, but it looks like every penny went to special effects (blood).  Seriously.  There's some laughably bad acting, but it's actually pretty good.  It's kinda like American History X, only with zombies.  Of course, it helps I was a bit fried, but for a movie that was shot with a camera that bad, it's pretty good.

I also watched Brazil again.

Brazil
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 06 Jul 2008, 17:38
(http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk208/still_life_moves/00000295.jpg)
Life on a String

Here's (http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=3688) the most in-depth English review I could find. It's an early film by Chinese directer Chen Kaige (see Farewell My Concubine).
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Post by: idiosyncratic on 07 Jul 2008, 08:39
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v256/kalilnoe/duelist.jpg)

Duelist

I just saw this movie last night, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone that enjoys sort of surrealist and abstract story lines.  There are a lot of mixed reviews about this movie.  It is a period piece, but it incorporates a lot of modern aspects as well as mashing together a hodgepodge of genres, so a lot of people think that it lacks focus.   I disagree with this viewpoint, however, and I think that overall this movie is satisfying (although I will say that it is a wtc? moment for about the first thirty minutes).  Even if you don't watch it for anything else, watch it for the cinematography because it is absolutely gorgeous. 
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Post by: MarkTBSc on 12 Jul 2008, 10:02
I'm with Z2. David Weber's Honor Harrington books are awesome, as are his Mutineers Moon books, Path of the Fury, Apocalypse Troll (Basically just Terminator - but really really good).

Now, if you're a republican American then I'd also reccomend everything by John Ringo. You may have heard the plaintive cry "Oh John Ringo no!", that's because some of his stuff is severely Non-PC. His Legacy of the Aldenata books are good, ranging up to great. The Empire of Man books with Weber are Awesome and the Paladin of Shadows books? Scary, but good. (Scary as in "I can't believe what the hero just did to that hooker!")

Also, anything that involves Miles Vorkosigan.
"Like killing flies with a laser cannon - the aim's a bit tricky but it sure takes care of the flies."
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: RedLion on 14 Jul 2008, 17:19
I'm sure I've done this before, but I'm just going to recommend everything written by Thomas Pynchon, excluding The Crying of Lot 49.

Also, if you have any interest in history, espionage, the CIA...this will sound overblown and even cliche, but if you care about what this country has done and its current state, you need to read Legacy of Ashes, the first truly substantive history of the CIA. The author had access to tons of files that had been blacked out or classified for over 50 years in some cases. What they reveal is infuriating in many regards and bewildering in others.
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Post by: jimbunny on 14 Jul 2008, 22:29
I've been catching more and more of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on the Travel Channel. You forget just how interesting these kinds of shows can be.
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Post by: Ikrik on 14 Jul 2008, 23:21


Also, if you have any interest in history, espionage, the CIA...this will sound overblown and even cliche, but if you care about what this country has done and its current state, you need to read Legacy of Ashes, the first truly substantive history of the CIA. The author had access to tons of files that had been blacked out or classified for over 50 years in some cases. What they reveal is infuriating in many regards and bewildering in others.

Oh wow, this totally and completely catches my eye....I will definitely pick it up if I can see it.

I recommend Stalin and Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore (I believe that's his name) They are both expertly researched and are written in an absolutely engaging and amazing style.
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Post by: StreetSpirit on 17 Jul 2008, 21:32
Long live Rose Tyler ...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 22 Jul 2008, 19:54
Spoiler warning? (Sigh... "spoilers")
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Meg on 24 Jul 2008, 16:01
(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/5315/cashback2006kj5.jpg)

(http://blog.tapuz.co.il/diana1/images/42997_46.jpg)


A movie and a book.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 26 Jul 2008, 22:37
So, way earlier in the thread, Khar mentioned Delicatessen.  I watched it not 5 minutes ago, it's thoroughly entertaining.  I particularly love how every resident of the building has some kind of peculiar trait except for Julie.  They're all part of a circus, and Louison came from one...it's definitely a visual film, as well.  It was done by Jeunet and Caro, after all...and it really shows in the color palette.
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Post by: Nim on 30 Jul 2008, 18:26
Sunset Boulevard and The Third Man - the quintessential noir experiences. At least for me. I know my cinematic diet is lacking in good noir. >>;
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Post by: ViolentDove on 30 Jul 2008, 21:11
So, way earlier in the thread, Khar mentioned Delicatessen.  I watched it not 5 minutes ago, it's thoroughly entertaining.  I particularly love how every resident of the building has some kind of peculiar trait except for Julie.  They're all part of a circus, and Louison came from one...it's definitely a visual film, as well.  It was done by Jeunet and Caro, after all...and it really shows in the color palette.

Delicatessen is brilliant!

City of Lost Children is pretty good as well, by the same guys.

Everything Is Illuminated

I loved that book. The movie wasn't bad either- it has the lead singer from Gogol Bordello playing the Ukrainian lead, of all people. Unfortunately, the movie pretty much cuts out almost all of the trachinbrod story, and focuses more on the present.
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Post by: Nim on 30 Jul 2008, 22:08
Sunset Boulevard and The Third Man - the quintessential noir experiences. At least for me. I know my cinematic diet is lacking in good noir. >>;

The Third Man is amazing-- if you like Orson Welles definitely try "The Lady From Shanghai", its Welles' directorial triumph and he stars in it as well (with a handsome irish brogue!). Also starring, his beautiful and talented wife (at the time) Rita Hayworth (Who I think is the perfect image of classic film beauty). It's a bit different from your typical noir, but I think that makes it even better!
Speaking of Rita Hayworth-- another great noir is "Gilda". Hayworth is in every way a performer. She steals the show.
...and last but not least, if you like Humphrey Bogart try he Maltese Falcon!
Ok I'm done spewing Noir titles now.
Cool, cool. Thanks for that.
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Post by: jimbunny on 31 Jul 2008, 00:31
Re: Everything... I can't get completely behind the book (or the movie, since I haven't seen it). I feel like it was movingly written, but inconsistent, and a little too disconnected from itself for what I think it was intending. I feel like if it had been in the hands of a more mature author it would have been a really great book.
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Post by: KvP on 31 Jul 2008, 15:36
The Criterion edition of High and Low was just released, so go watch it you cunts.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 31 Jul 2008, 21:11
I just watched Russian Ark, a movie famous for being filmed in a 95ish-minute single take.  If you have any interest in Russian history or culture, and enough interest in cinema to be able to appreciate it, you will love this movie to death.  What is supposedly even more fascinating are the extra features on the DVD chronicling the making of the film, which I have yet to get my hands on.
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Post by: Uber Ritter on 02 Aug 2008, 22:52
"The Straight Story" is very good if you like slow stories, beautiful camerawork, small-town America and Old people.  I'm a fan of all four.
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Post by: est on 03 Aug 2008, 20:23
If you read science fiction at all, I recommend the Sparrow and it's sequel Children of God. They are written by Maria Doria Russel, and are incredible.  They have very well planned stories, with fantastically detailed settings and characters.  It covers a wide range of interesting topics:  encountering other cultures, scientific discoveries, faith and philosophy, humour and adventure.  Excellent reads.

I was about to come in here and say close to the exact same thing, so I'll just quote this instead to re-iterate how excellent these two books are.
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Post by: wespeakinmidi on 06 Aug 2008, 14:44
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/The_Rum_Diary.jpg/386px-The_Rum_Diary.jpg)

a must read.

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The Rum Diary is an early novel by American writer Hunter S. Thompson that was written in the early 1960s but was not published until 1998.
The story involves a journalist named Paul Kemp, who moves from New York to work for a small newspaper, The Daily News, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set in the late 1950s, the novel encompasses a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery and violent alcoholic lust among the American expatriates who staff the newspaper.
Thompson himself traveled from New York to San Juan in 1960 to write for an ill-fated sports newspaper on the island. Thompson had unsuccessfully applied to work at the larger English-language daily called the San Juan Star while novelist William J. Kennedy was the editor. While in Puerto Rico, Thompson befriended many of the writers at the Star, providing the context for The Rum Diary's fictional storyline.
Although Thompson was only 22 when he wrote the story, it deals extensively with a fear of “going over the hill” and growing old. The prominent characters are typical of Thompson's work; violent, maniacal and alcoholic, stumbling through life. It is written in a highly paced and rather exciting style, also typical of his work.
Thompson told PBS talk show host Charlie Rose in 1999 that he had given up the novel because it had originally "bounced about seven times - I got the standard list of rejection letters - and I came back from South America and I got into the politics of the 60s and 70s, and it was a full time job." He then said that he revisited the book because "it's got a romantic notion...that and money.. and I was faced with the fact of having to dig out my 40-year old story...I can't change it, like, 'ye gods, this is me, this is the world I lived in'...so I approached it as a writer...it's a good story."

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Post by: ellemnop on 13 Aug 2008, 03:27
The movie "Supertroopers" because it is one of those pointless movies you can rent out on a weekend and watch without having to think too hard! is has hilarious actors and an amusing storyline and is just an all-round funny movie to watch if you have nothing better to do!
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Post by: dalconnsuch on 14 Aug 2008, 12:34
i'm a kurt vonnegut nerd so i have to recommend a kurt vonnegut book obviouisly

THE SIRENS of TITAN

review brought to you by common sense media, don't want to read it don't read it


"It was all so sad. But it was all so beautiful, too."

The late Kurt Vonnegut was perhaps best known for his bestselling novel, Slaughterhouse-five, later made into a movie. But many would argue that THE SIRENS OF TITAN was the better book, and his greatest work. It has all the elements we've come to expect from a Vonnegut novel: biting satire, bizarre imagination, dry comedy, plus rich layering of commentary on philosophy, religion, humanity, and more. But this book adds an emotional depth, a wry warmth and kindness, and a fondness for his characters that is often lacking in his other works. It is satire with heart and soul.

Vonnegut had a knack for doing sweetly melancholy humor better than just about anyone, and he gives it free play here. Forget that it's science fiction, and forget the strange synopsis -- this story will draw you, from the first page, into a lovely and poignant rumination on the meaning of existence. If you were to cross Mark Twain in his bitter old age with Harper Lee you might get something like this -- biting humor and cynicism crossed with loving wisdom, delivered with the gentlest, most understanding, touch

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Post by: Surgoshan on 14 Aug 2008, 19:28
Because when you laugh during a nap, you don't remember why.

Super Troopers is hilarious.  Broken Lizard peaked with that film, which is a shame because they've made more since.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 14 Aug 2008, 21:36
Yeah, most comedies that don't make you think too hard aren't all that good.  Super Troopers was pretty awesome for being a somewhat simple film.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: allison on 15 Aug 2008, 08:07
The movie "Supertroopers" because it is one of those pointless movies you can rent out on a weekend and watch without having to think too hard! is has hilarious actors and an amusing storyline and is just an all-round funny movie to watch if you have nothing better to do!

"You mean Shenanigans?"
"Ooooooooh!"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Spluff on 17 Aug 2008, 03:59
This sounds to me exactly like the reasons why you should not watch a movie. If you're just watching a movie to pass the time, why not take a nap instead?

That's pretty much the only reason I ever watch a movie - to pass the time! Also, taking naps during the middle of the day would send my body clock crazy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jennDawgg on 18 Aug 2008, 11:36
Does anyone have book suggestions for a person who likes to read:
Lester Bangs articles
Nick Hornby
Douglas Coupland (Life After God is amazing.)
Jane Austen (favourite is Mansfield Park.)
Chuck Palahnuik (I can read Survivor: A Novel over and over.)

Thank-you! :-)
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Post by: mat_mantra on 26 Aug 2008, 12:55
Just finished "When You Are Engulfed In Flames" by David Sedaris.  Excellent book.  I know it's been said once before in here, but read his collections.  Very good stuff
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Coward on 26 Aug 2008, 15:45
If you like hard-boiled detective stories, along with a fair dash of sci-fi, you can't go too far wrong with Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan. The narrating detective, who dies in the prologue, is hired by a wealthy businessman to find out who murdered him six weeks ago, on a different planet no less. This may sound a little convuluted, but it does all make sense in the novel.

If nothing else, read it for the torture scene. A thoroughly good read.

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Post by: Wasteroo on 28 Aug 2008, 18:54
Oh man, I literally just saw The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

(http://i33.tinypic.com/2cgxx0j.jpg)

It is a good thing, if you can put up with the fact that it is a silent movie.
It's not particularly scary (it is a horror movie from 1919, after all), but the atmosphere of dread that persists throughout the film is worth the price of admission alone.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Harun on 29 Aug 2008, 16:48
if you don't mind tons and TONS of gore, this is one of the best slashers I've ever seen:

(http://www.releaseinfo.net/ri/cover/new_velka/1206884572-frontieres.jpg)

Synopsis: A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by cannibalistic neo-Nazis
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 03 Sep 2008, 22:06
This is England.


The movie American History X would've been if Edward Norton didn't fuck it up.  Easily one of the best movies to be released in the last 10 years.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 04 Sep 2008, 07:34
I felt that Norton kind of dropped the ball in the second half, but I was actually referring to how he asked the studio to give him permission to edit it how he saw fit.  The director has since tried to distance himself from the movie, because it's not how he wanted it to turn out.

Edit: Just saw The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.  Such an incredible movie.  A lot of the shots remind me of old daguerrotypes.  Definitely one of the best films that I've seen in the last 10 years.  Absolutely stunning.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BrilliantEraser on 14 Sep 2008, 18:09
Movie: J'eux D'enfants (English title: Love Me If You Dare)

One of the most fun and light films I have seen in the past few years; it remains childish and playful even as the entire story descends into gloom.

Music: Chris Trapper / The Push Stars
You may have a bit of trouble finding anything by these guys, but they are fantastic. The Push Stars was a three-man group fronted by Chris Trapper that broke up a few years ago. Chris has since begun working on solo albums and touring as a one-man show. All of his albums show a great deal of depth and imagination, ranging from forlorn and acoustic (Songs From The Middle Of The World) to fun and upbeat, with a full jazz band behind him (Gone Again). Well worth the listen.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: geffyb on 25 Sep 2008, 07:47
the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer is extremley good and manages to mix Irish fables of fairies and other magical creatures with ultra futuristic technology and criminal masterminds, nad also, the main character is 12 years old and smarter than most adults of any species in the book... talk about creepy.
Other works by Eoin Colfer are also highly recomended, they offer a fresh outlook on many old themes and add his own personal twist of mixing old school Tolkien type fantasy with innoviative science fiction, defiently a good read if youre looking for something refreshing.

Seconding Artemis Fowl, this book series gets insane in it's later parts. Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf that digs tunnels by unhinging his jaw and eating and then expelling the dirt, is one of the greatest characters I have ever read. Highly recommended even if the reading level is below you.

Also would recommend:

Gravity by Tess Gerrisen

A great work of Scifi involving the Internationally space station and a mysterious contaminent.

Timeline by MIchael Chrighton

[Not the shitty movie!] The greatest Medieval/Timetravel story I have ever read.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: geffyb on 25 Sep 2008, 08:29
Trainspotting the novel was incredible.....and by that I mean it was incredibly hard to read.  But still an amazing book, highly rewarding to get through fourty or fifty pages.

I'm thinking of getting into some Grindhouse movies.....can anyone suggest some good (relatively) ones?

Braindead or Dead Alive(U.S. title)

Peter Jackson+Lawnmower+Zombies=Awesome
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Kaeldra1 on 26 Sep 2008, 20:01
I just watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang last night, and it skyrocketed up to one of my all time favorite movies.  It's a really dark comedy, absolutely quotable, and has the kind of twisted plot that just keeps you going WTF?!?! while laughing your ass off at the same time.
Besides, Robert Downy Jr.   8-) nuff said.
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Post by: Inlander on 27 Sep 2008, 00:40
Not to mention Val Kilmer giving the performance of his life. I mean how many actors out there could steal scene after scene from the aforementioned Mr. Downey?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Kaeldra1 on 27 Sep 2008, 05:41
That's true, Val Kilmer was hilarious!  I love him, I just am a bigger fan of Robert Downy Jr.  But together?  Wow.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 27 Sep 2008, 08:53
Werckmeister Harmonies.  If anyone here's enjoyed Tarkovsky's movies, they'll like this one.  To me, though, it was something different entirely.  It exists out of the normal definition of movies


Edit: I should add, this film had the single most powerful sequence I have ever seen.  Jens, I know you'd like this one.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: De_El on 28 Sep 2008, 16:39
Brick was good film. At the beginning, the extent to which it re-appropriates all the trappings of film noir borders on silly, but it becomes less over the top as it goes on.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Nora Zehetner, the film's femme fatale, are both fantastic.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: -Karamazov- on 08 Oct 2008, 11:21
I recently finished Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy.  I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys Western novels, though it goes against many conventional themes of Westerns.  It can be very bleak at times, to the point where I had to put the  book down for a week or so before continuing.

My only criticism toward it is the lack of incite into the main character.  I felt like I was denied access to his conscience almost entirely.  This made it hard to understand the reasoning behind his actions.

Additionally, I hate McCarthy's minimal writing style.  I need my quotation marks and apostrophes.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Hljómalind on 18 Oct 2008, 10:41
Our book group did The Road by McCarthy. Captivating and freaky.

I have a couple of recommendations:

Fiction - S/He by Minnie Bruce Pratt, interesting and varyingly poignant and humorous short fiction collection that challenges conventional approaches to gender, sex and sexuality

Non-fiction - Fences and Windows by Naomi Klein, collection of vignettes, essays and op-eds that summarises the left anti-corporate globalisation
Title: Body of Lies - DiCaprio & Crowe
Post by: Sese on 20 Oct 2008, 07:45
I went to see DiCaprio's movie of this week - Body of Lies - and I like it! Mainly because DiCaprio and Crowe made such great pair to spice up this combustible spy thriller, which acted as a timely theme about the power shifts in the spy world since 911. Russell Crowe gained 50 pounds to his gladiator frame to play this Uncle Sam who revealed the moral rot behind the facade of homeland security. And Leonardo DiCaprio, a CIA agent, is the pawn in his chess. (but DiCaprio is still the main role in his top form!)

All these elements kept my excitement level high throughout the movie, especially the shooting scene in Morocco, and the changes of some subordinary plots from the novel also gave me some romantic surprises. It is a good movie and a pretty much mind-bender, I have to say.

Trailer  Here  (http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/18257290/review/23356373/body_of_lies)

(http://i.realone.com/assets/rn/img/7/6/4/6/21896467-21896471-large.jpg)

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Coffee_Kaioken on 04 Nov 2008, 18:14
TV-show wise, I'd suggest Kyle XY. Amongst all the other popular shows like House, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, The Office, Supernatural, and whatever, they've really underrated this one.

It may start out boring at first (what got me into it was when I sat down to see what it was like, and I saw the 6th episode of the first season and was fascinated), but it picks up and it's actually a really good show when you get into it - it grows on you. A lot of people are turned off because they think "omg, the way he's just always staring at the screen in the commercials is just creepy, and his eyes... omg... and the way everyone's like, 'HE HAS NO BELLY BUTTON', it's... ugh", but there are actually interesting elements incorporated - it's about a boy who basically started his life as a 16 year old, and the way he looks at everything is just interesting to observe. He questions a lot of human nature, and it's interesting to see such a fresh perspective, an innocent one if you will.

Like I said, it just has to grow on you.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dozyrozy on 14 Nov 2008, 03:08
I'm reading A Home At The End Of The World at the moment and (insert McDonalds tune here...) I'm loving it. I have to read it for class, but it's the one I've enjoyed most this term.

So... has anyone seen the film? I'm considering buying it, but it's had pretty bad reviews on the internet. I'm not expecting it to be as good as the book as films rarely are, but can something with Colin Farrell in it be that bad?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Alex C on 14 Nov 2008, 21:33
Yes, a film with Colin Farrell in it can be bad. It could be so bad in fact, that your post inspired me to go check his IMDB to see if he was involved in anything decent (besides Tigerland) when I wasn't looking.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dozyrozy on 15 Nov 2008, 02:13
I was thinking more about the fact that he's beautiful than his acting skills. I haven't actually seen him in anything for a while but I've fallen in love with his picture on the front of the book. Actually... I went to IMDb too and I think the only thing I've seen him in at all recently in Phone Booth, and that came out in 2002. Maybe I have bad judgement, but I liked it.

But anyway... anyone seen it? (A Home At The End Of The World not Phone Booth)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 17 Nov 2008, 07:18
Here's a book I read some time ago and my wife just read based on my recommendation:
William Styron's - The Confessions of Nat Turner. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Confessions_of_Nat_Turner_(1967))

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: AanAllein on 19 Nov 2008, 16:39
Yes, a film with Colin Farrell in it can be bad. It could be so bad in fact, that your post inspired me to go check his IMDB to see if he was involved in anything decent (besides Tigerland) when I wasn't looking.

The New World?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 19 Nov 2008, 18:53
In Bruges?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: andtakingnames on 20 Nov 2008, 20:23
I liked In Bruges, it was a fun indie film, a little heavy handed with the main theme but other than that well done and entertaining. I was going to recommend it when all the Farrell talk started but someone beat me to it
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 21 Nov 2008, 06:39
I liked it mostly because of the allusions it made to that one Heironymous Bosch painting that they looked at in the movie (not an Art History major, forgive me for not knowing it's name, but it's the most famous one he did).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Usopp on 25 Nov 2008, 09:34
Sin City, both books and movie(and movies to come :D)
Great style of coloring, i really enjoyed that, kinda jumps around a lil w/ the stories, but otherwise a great movie
The Count of Monte Cristo(book)
Great book, I found it to be a page turner. Somewhere nigh on THE representative of classical romantic fiction(THIS romantic(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_(genre)), not this romantic(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_novel))
A Song of Ice and Fire series
EXCELLENT, especially if you are into the mideval version of Realpolitik mixed with a smattering of fantasy and two heaping spoonfulls of whoop-ass
The Princess Bride(book and movie)
I enjoyed the book, very interesting perspectives in it. The movie is kinda B-movie-ish, but still great for all that.
JOHN ADAMS. JOHN F*CKING ADAMS.
This makes history BADASS. A great look into this rather unpopular president's tenure and life as the "Colossus of the Revolution."
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 27 Nov 2008, 11:51
2001, A Space Odyssey.  I want to recommend this to anyone who watches film.  I want to also tell people to not watch A Clockwork Orange, I barely lasted 10 minutes before turning the thing off.  It might have been good once...but now it's just...eugh. 

Can someone explain 2001 to me?  Like...the entire thing.  Or is it something that I have to see 3-4 more times to start understanding it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 27 Nov 2008, 12:07
Read the book.

And finish watching "A Clockwork Orange".  And then read that book.  Or read the book first.  But do both.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Gilead on 30 Nov 2008, 05:14
The graphic novel Epileptic by David B. is without hyperbole one of the greatest uses of the comic medium I have ever read, it is the author's autobiographical record of growing up with a brother suffering from epilepsy in a time before anyone really knew what it was or how to treat it, not only is it fantastically written but it has the most beautiful black and white art, it is one of my biggest inspirations as a writer, an artist and a former epileptic.
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b171/CatFishEnFuego/epileptic.jpg)
Seriously, it's really fucking good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 30 Nov 2008, 11:45
Read the book.

And finish watching "A Clockwork Orange".  And then read that book.  Or read the book first.  But do both.

I read the book, thought it was complete trash and just absolutely overrated....I guess it's just not for me.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Tom on 01 Dec 2008, 01:12
Any good books released this year?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 04 Dec 2008, 16:07
Philip Roth's Indignation.  But that's not a surprise, he's as wonderful a writer as exists at the moment.

I've heard mixed things about John Updike's new one, but I'll probably check it out at some point.

If you want a book with pictures, Shaun Tan's tales from outer suburbia is superb.

For non-fiction, Nicholson Baker's Human Smoke is a captivating, humane, and beautifully researched look at WWII.

I'm sure there's more.  The NYTimes 100 notable books list is full of things by some wonderful authors, but I've spent this year catching up on old books, not really looking at the new.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StreetSpirit on 05 Dec 2008, 00:26
So I just recently found a DVD copy of one of my favorite movies and can't help but recommend it to everyone: 'The Warriors'. It is like the Outsiders meets the Westside Story were you to add some more New York gritty, yet stylized gang action. It may have a dash of cheese on top of the bad ass toppings, but it is still a tasty sandwich of a movie. GO!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mrjoegangles on 05 Dec 2008, 13:22
Waaaaaaaaariors.  Come out to plaaaaaaaaaaaay-aaaaaaaay.

Freaken rad movie right there.  One of the few remakes they are talking about that doesn't have me worried. (Ones that do:  Short Circuit, Top Gun, Red Dawn, Masters of the Universe, Karate Kid)

First: cause its Tony Scott (man knows action/drama)
Second: cause apparently they are planning on using alot of gang members like they did with the first one.  Only this time they are gonna be in more starring roles.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 06 Dec 2008, 00:03
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK.

It's by Chan-Wook Park.

Take the way Oldboy makes you feel by the end of the movie, and reverse it.  That's how this movie makes you feel. 


Extremely visual, too.

I'm tired.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: De_El on 06 Dec 2008, 17:30
That's out? I wanted to see that a long time ago but I don't think it was domestically released at the time. Cool!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 06 Dec 2008, 18:26
No, it's not out here.  I TORrent'd it.  I'm definitely going to buy it when I get my Christmas bonus, though.  I think that might be my new favorite Park Chan-Wook (I think this is the correct way to spell it, damn info pages listing last names first) film, to be honest.  Take One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Last Life in the Universe, and throw in PCW's crazy visual directing style and that's what this movie is.  It's definitely more of a character film than anything else he's done, that's for sure.

To quote someone on IMDB, it's the best romantic comedy I've seen.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: foodstapler on 09 Dec 2008, 13:48
my favourite TV shows wich I strongly recommend:

How I Met Your Mother
The Big Bang Theory
Scrubs
Black Books
Red Dwarf
The Brittas Empire gives me a chuckle (chris barrie is just major lol)
Entourage is just great
The IT Crowd, oh god its good.
Quantum Leap
Stargate SG-1
Blackadder

Ohhh I can name so much

Movies:
A Clockwork Orange
One Flew over the cookoo's nest
Infernal Affairs trilogy
The Shining
Ravenous
A Dogs Breakfast
DR Strangelove
Hot Fuzz
Shaun of the Dead
Run Fatboy Run
Clerks


Ohhh soo many recommendations.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: AanAllein on 09 Dec 2008, 17:55
The idea is generally to recommend things people are unlikely to have heard of/seen yet, I believe.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 09 Dec 2008, 20:25
Any good books released this year?

2666 by Roberto Bolano and Unaccustomed Earth, a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. Both are truly amazing.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jimbunny on 10 Dec 2008, 21:28
I put forth that The Big Bang Theory is a terrible, terrible show.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Spluff on 12 Dec 2008, 22:14
Seconded.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: KvP on 17 Dec 2008, 22:03
Oddly enough I know some defenders of that show. Once you get past the stupid nerd caricatures it's a fairly rote sitcom, and there are people who really enjoy that sort of thing. The AV Club keeps a blog abreast of it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 21 Dec 2008, 19:17
Amelie.  That has got to be the happiest movie I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Gilead on 22 Dec 2008, 09:28
Oh anyone who hasn't seen it watch cinema paradiso.

If you are not incredibly moved at the end of that film you are literally a soulless husk of a human being.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mishy on 24 Dec 2008, 08:48
did a search, no one's mentioned these ladies yet. i'd like to recommend two authors.

my favourite book evar is Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (sometimes just Nina Hoffman). it's about a young woman coming into powers in a magical family. they don't specifically say "witch" or "magician" or anything specific to the magic system. it's a stand-alone book, something which is so hard to come by these days in any fantasy genre. i've been greedily scooping up all her other books, which is difficult since most are not in print anymore. anyway, she does an interesting spin on interpersonal relationships, and on self-discovery. for the psych-minded of you who are interested in the genre, i highly recommend it.

the other author i'd like to mention is Kelley Armstrong. she writes in the dark fantasy genre: werewolves, witches, sorcerers, half-demons, necromancers. you'll find it in the horror section of Chapters, but it's not really scary so much as suspenseful. the author has the fine art of page-turning figured out: she ends every chapter with something that makes you HAVE to read the start of the next chapter, which just keeps you going. all her main characters are strong females, and all her books are related (except one, in the crime genre) but i started in the middle of the series and it didn't impact my enjoyment of the book i read (i just got the sense that there was this big event that happened before that i could know more about), but she has announced a new book coming out with stories from the men in her books' POVs. they are funny, exciting, and there's usually one (or a few) steamy sex scenes in them, too.

is it just me? :oops: i feel so awkward and self-conscious when i'm reading a steamy scene in a public area, like on a bus or in a waiting room. i start looking around me like everyone can just tell what i'm reading... maybe it's just me.  :|
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pen on 24 Dec 2008, 08:55
Not just you.  I read a lot of smut, usually on my way to work, and it always seems like someone is reading over my shoulder, thinking "Oh, my word!" or something. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mishy on 24 Dec 2008, 09:00
glad it's not just me!
i'll bet there's some weird people out there who get a kick out of reading sexual fantasies in public. kind of like public masterbation, but mental and not illegal.
i should probably tap into that potentially lucrative niche market and write some steamy stuff for them...  :wink:
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Runs_With_Scissors on 24 Dec 2008, 17:26
Beautiful Boy. Forgot the author, but I know he writes for the New York Times. His son was a meth addict, and it's a book about the affect it had on his family and everything. It's one of those books that makes your really appreciate the life you have. And it's also really informative, but not in a shove it down your throat sort of way.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Lines on 27 Dec 2008, 06:49
Doubt and Frost/Nixon. Go see them, they're really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 29 Dec 2008, 10:37
Go see MILK.
www.milkthemovie.com
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: RedLion on 30 Dec 2008, 00:24
Doubt and Frost/Nixon. Go see them, they're really good.

Further, read Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. It's a pretty damned long tome (near 800 pages) but every page is absorbing and captivating. The book is built around the idea that Nixon rose to power by exploiting the feelings of resentment by the "common man" (or, as Nixonland calls them, the orthogonians) against the changing society of America during the 60's and that this has led, ever since, to the ideological dividing of America straight down the middle. That, in and of itself, is not really a novel concept, bu the way in which the book expounds upon it offers more insight into the state of American society and politics, both past and present, than anything else I've read on similar topics.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Cicero on 31 Dec 2008, 07:46
Mein Kampf was a real winner.   Loved that book.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 31 Dec 2008, 14:21
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 :-D
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Harun on 02 Jan 2009, 16:17
The Wrestler (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1125849/) - featuring Mickey Rourke, Marissa Tomei, and Evan Rachael Wood. Directed by Darren "I Directed Requiem For a Dream and The Fountain" Aronofsky. Score by Clint Mansell. Theatrical release soon, but there are DVD screeners flying around the interwebs...
 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dancarter on 08 Jan 2009, 08:10
Let the Right One In.  Drop everything you're doing if you can see this movie and track it down.  And for more genre(though slightly more silly), if you're lucky enough to catch a screening in your area, see Repo: The Genetic Opera.  It's a gas.

Bookwise, geez...ife you like Warren Ellis, his first novel was quite good, though a bit of a hassle to track down in my home town.  It's called Crooked Little Vein.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 08 Jan 2009, 08:55
So apparently there are movies staring Bruce Lee after his death.  As in, they do it Ed Wood style and have a body double (who becomes the main character halfway through the movie) stand in, and borrow scenes, costumes and locations from previous movies he's done.  And use images from his actual funeral in the movie for when his character dies.  They were called Game of Death 1 & 2, and they're fun as hell to watch inebriated.  The fighting is actually pretty good, but everything else about it is just so hilariously bad.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SayWhat on 10 Jan 2009, 09:26
I only saw the play version of Frost/Nixon, and I'm hesitant to go see the movie because the play was just...wonderfully captivating and thought provoking (I thought ti was very well done too, but I'm not a big theater-scene person, so my opinion prob'ly isn't worth much) and I'm afraid the movie won't live up to what I expect.

 I'm the type of person who, every time I hear a rumor that someone is making a movie of Ender's Game, I cringe.

I'm sure someone's already suggested the Terry Pratchett Discworld books, because they're really just that fantastic. I'd also say try the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, they are excellently done, sort of a fantasy-meets-modern-life thing, but without all the sex and sadomasochism that the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamillton has. I haven't read Butcher's other series, the Codex Alera, but I hear it's good if you're into the 'fantasy-epic-quest-kingdom-adventure' sort of thing.

I'd also say the Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. I read it in I think 5th grade, and I re-read it every year, because it's one of those books that you always see new things, or learn something from, when you go back over it.

I haven't got much on movies, I'm not really a movie sort of person. Seven Pounds was a good movie, although I found parts of it just too convenient to be believable. Other good ones are the Fifth Element, and I liked Death Race (it has that british actor, whose name I can't remember...). More action movie than i really like, but it was fun to watch.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheDozarian on 14 Jan 2009, 08:49
For movies, I'd have to recommend the following:

Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
This is one of the quintessential classics that has really transcended the B&W format.  It has also spawned several spinoffs and remakes.  Even if you're not interested in the whole samurai/feudal Japan trappings, the story can stand on its own.

Firefly/Serenity - Joss Whedon
I got into the whole Firefly scene way late.  But this movie put me on the bandwagon.  I'm not a huge Whedon fan, by any stretch.  But I really got into the characters and the storytelling.  It was far better than any of the new Star Wars movies.  If you have any inkling of liking sci fi, you should really consider checking out the movie, if not the entire series...

For books, I've been a little light recently...  But here are some memorable ones:

Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
The story of an agent and her dealings with a government agency for cyber crimes.  The story is a great example of telling a story about something very complex without beating you over the head with all the details.  Even if you're not computer savvy, you should still be able to enjoy the intrigue and excitement in this book...

The Elenium Trilogy - David Eddings
A three part series with great, memorable characters on an epic quest.  The story kept me entangled the entire time.  I'm not usually one for fantasy stories but I picked up the first book and less than a month later I'd read the entire trilogy.  Great story, great characters.  Definitely a great series.

These are just my opinions... Have fun with them...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 14 Jan 2009, 21:02
I just saw Man on Wire. 




Man on Wire.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 15 Jan 2009, 14:26
Man On Wire is probably my favourite film of 2008.  Really excellent, and I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Quote from: Dark Flame on PRF
I saw an incredible documentary tonight, Man On Wire.  It's about Philippe Petit, a wirewalker who in 1974 walked between the WTC towers while they were only partially complete, walking back and forth for 45 minutes while cops tried to talk him off.

(http://www.laemmle.com/movieimages/3972thumb.jpg)

Really satisfying, joyful, and exhilarating.  Some sad undertones though, when the friends who pulled it off together reflect upon the times, and it seems quite clear that they haven't kept up much since.

Beautiful film.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: kgbisouttogetme on 15 Jan 2009, 21:57
its not new..... but PREY by Crichton was a pretty great book.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jack Faros on 15 Jan 2009, 22:54
I'd recommend the book World War Z to anyone who likes the Zombie Apocalypse genre, and even to people who have no real interest in it.  The stories in it are so well written that I had to remind myself on several occasions that there was never actually a world-wide war against the walking dead.  I think it has something to do with the fact that Zombies aren't really in the forefront of it all.  It's all about the victims.  You could substitute the zombies in most of the stories (But not all of them.  Some of them only make sense with zombies.) with any army on the planet and I'd think you'd still get the same effect.

Would anyone here recommend The Unborn?  I wanted to see it opening day, but was short on cash and didn't bother.  The advertisements make it seem like it's an actual horror movie, and that has me really excited.  (When I say "actual horror movie," I mean as opposed to movies like Hostile and Saw that have been so prevalent over the last decade.  The ones that really on blood and guts for cheap shock value instead of actually trying to scare the audience.)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 16 Jan 2009, 06:16
What?  What's that you say?  I can't read it, it's all orange and shit.

(Using colored text is discouraged)


Also, I don't know about The Unborn.  I haven't trusted a single American remake in a pretty long time.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jack Faros on 16 Jan 2009, 08:25
What?  What's that you say?  I can't read it, it's all orange and shit.

(Using colored text is discouraged)
I checked these threads (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,19706.0.html) before posting.  No where is there any mention of the use of colored text.


Also, I don't know about The Unborn.  I haven't trusted a single American remake in a pretty long time.
It's a remake of a foreign film?  I wasn't aware of that.  What country made the original?  How old is it?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 16 Jan 2009, 09:18
Thailand, I believe...I'm pretty sure it's less than 10 years old...unfortunately a lot of lower-budget Thai movies use grainy cameras so it's hard to judge just how old. 

As far as colored text goes, that kind of falls under the 'tactics' bit of Fatty's rules.  It's alright from time to time, for comedic emphasis, but as normal posting behaviour it gets kind of annoying.  It's just easier to read the default.  I don't know how lax they are about this in the comic discussion, but in the boards that fall under 'Other Fun Stuff' you will probably catch some flak for it.  I don't personally care, I'm just giving you a heads up.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SayWhat on 16 Jan 2009, 09:57
Gah. I wouldn't go see Unborn if someone payed me, just because it looks like it'll scare the shite outta me.

Anyone know if Mall Cop is at all good? Our school is taking the MAP 4 students to see it for a 'Congratulations!' field trip, and I'm wondering if I should go or not.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 16 Jan 2009, 11:20
Did a quick check, it's based on an older made for TV movie from 1991.  Kind of.  There are three movies with that title, and all of them have to do with dead babies, but I think the new one iis the only one dealing with twins.  The Thai one is when a drugged up girl wakes up in a hospital, pregnant and having hallucinations.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jack Faros on 16 Jan 2009, 19:47
Just got back from seeing it.  Not as scary as I'd hoped, but still a good watch. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Naira on 23 Jan 2009, 10:55
I mentioned this in the Oscar Nomination thread...but "Water" by Dheepa Mehta is absolutely excellent.

It is set in India, in the years before Gandhi was assassinated. It tells the story of a newly widowed girl and her new status (or complete lack) in society and the older friends she makes in a widows' commune. If you watch it and think "no, things couldn't have been that bad", you'd be (sadly) wrong.

It's not a movie to watch without a box of tissues handy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 26 Jan 2009, 22:18
Fuck yes, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. Holy dicks is that ever a good movie. Seconded.

Really late, but I am thirding this.  Just saw it.



Did anyone else see the penis near the end?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dujek on 27 Jan 2009, 04:01
As far as TV shows go, Being Human looks like it good be a very good show indeed. The first episode was excellent.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Uber Ritter on 06 Feb 2009, 15:20
Can I join the "The Wire" bandwagon?  This show is amazing.  All the praise it gets is not hype (including, perhaps, the greatest American TV drama ever).

No on told me that it was funny, though.  I mean, sure, it's bleak and dark and unsentimental and stuff, but it can also be -fucking hilarious- on occasion.  Not in a 'we need a joke here' sitcom kinda way, but kinda like, you know, life.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 06 Feb 2009, 16:17
That reminds me, I've got to retrieve the Wire thread from the depths . . .
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DrPhibes on 10 Feb 2009, 02:13
I'd like to recommed watching and buting FLight of the Conchords!  They have a TV show!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: data damage on 14 Feb 2009, 13:18
I have to recommend Dollhouse, which premiered last night.  Of course, I am a semi-rabid Joss Whedon fanboy, so there you go  :roll:
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 20 Feb 2009, 09:27
So there's this movie that kind of flew under everyone's radar called Outlander.  Supposedly this is because Harvey Weinstein cut the budget by more than half and decided to not spend any money on advertising, meaning it was only in theaters for a couple weeks. 

It's not really fascinating or anything, but it's probably one of the better fantasy movies to come out in the last couple years.  It's essentially a retelling of Beowulf with a sci-fi twist.  There are a few plot holes and things left unexplained, but this is primarily due to Weinstein's insistence that it run 2 hours at the most. 

What is cool is that it is one of the most accurate depictions of Vikings to come out of Hollywood.  It also makes pretty good use of special effects considering how low the budget was.  In all honesty, the Moorven (a kind of bio-luminescent dragon/bear) is probably one of my top 5 favorite movie monsters.  There's a totally badass sword (made from spaceship metal by the Vikings in about 36 hours (there was a sizable amount of footage cut for the theatrical version)), Ron Perlman as a totally massive Viking wielding 2 hammers, John Hurt as a Viking warlord, things on fire, etc. 

The best way it could be described would be that it is Braveheart meets Predator.  It's directed by the guy who is most likely going to be directing the new Conan movie, Howard McCain.  Basically I'm recommending this because I want to see what this guy would do with complete control over his own project, and also because the monster is really freakin' cool.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dyly on 22 Feb 2009, 13:26
I hope someone already recommended him but...


Chuck PalahnIuk is an amazing writer. He wrote Fight Club and Choke. Both were made into movies. I think Choke, Lulubye, Rant and Fight Club are pretty much must reads.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: data damage on 25 Feb 2009, 18:58
My favorite Chuck is Survivor.  I'm not really sure why.  It just came across as awesome to me.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: PapaFrita on 26 Feb 2009, 13:17
100 Years of Solitude- Fantastic book with an epic sotryline about a family's history and the town they founded. García Márquez is an amazing storyteller in general.

Also, has anyone seen the Terminator 2 director's cut? It's got a lot of deleted scenes put back in that add a startling amount of character development to what is otherwise a pretty straight action movie.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 02 Mar 2009, 06:26
holy shit Slumdog Millionaire
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Post by: Weaselon on 02 Mar 2009, 20:04
As far as TV shows go, Being Human looks like it good be a very good show indeed. The first episode was excellent.
I've got to second this recommendation, seen all 5 episodes so far and it's great. Supernatural goodness.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dujek on 03 Mar 2009, 03:22
100 Years of Solitude- Fantastic book with an epic sotryline about a family's history and the town they founded. García Márquez is an amazing storyteller in general.

I love that book. Love In The Time of Cholera is another great book, once I pick either of them up I have to read them straight through.
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Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 04 Mar 2009, 15:19
Just pick up anything by Garcia Marquez. Most people have read those two but neglect a lot of his other stuff, especially his shorter fiction (stories and novellas) all of which are brilliant. "Leaf Storm" is one of my favorite things he's written and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is really masterful. His "Collected Stories" come in a nice volume and are almost all quite worthwhile as well.
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Post by: PapaFrita on 05 Mar 2009, 09:33
Just pick up anything by Garcia Marquez. Most people have read those two but neglect a lot of his other stuff, especially his shorter fiction (stories and novellas) all of which are brilliant. "Leaf Storm" is one of my favorite things he's written and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is really masterful. His "Collected Stories" come in a nice volume and are almost all quite worthwhile as well.
I know I've read at least one short story by him (something about a wounded angel, I don't remember the name) that was good, but I'll try to find some more.
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Post by: ADRIAN WOODHOUSE on 07 Mar 2009, 09:29
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
(http://buriedplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/let_the_right_one_in_poster.jpg)


warning!the trailer really shows too much.

TRAILER: http://www.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/lettherightonein/

great movie. about childhood, friendship and vampires.





Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ford Prefect on 15 Mar 2009, 05:01
I hope someone already recommended him but...


Chuck PalahnIuk is an amazing writer. He wrote Fight Club and Choke. Both were made into movies. I think Choke, Lulubye, Rant and Fight Club are pretty much must reads.

I agree that he has written some incredible books, but the quality of his stories has consistently gone downhill. Fight Club, and Survivor were stupendous, and kept you guessing the whole time. Invisible Monsters was very good, but I feel like he threw in a few twists too many. Choke didn't really have any resolution, and after that - caveat emptor. (I didn't read Rant or Haunted - They might be good).

Chuck is aware of this. I went to a reading he gave many years ago, when Lullaby was released. He signed several books for me, and on the inside of Lullaby he wrote, "Sorry about Lullaby."

My favorite Chuck is Survivor.  I'm not really sure why.  It just came across as awesome to me.

Survivor is my favorite as well. I think this may also be because it is the first book of his that I read. I find that with any author I really enjoy, I always love my first read the most. As soon as it became clear that Fight Club was a cult hit, they began to make Survivor as a motion picture. Their production start date? The beginning of September, 2001. After 9/11 the movie was shelved, seeing as the whole thing is told from the perspective of a guy on a plane which has been taken hostage.
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Post by: The Joker on 16 Mar 2009, 12:06
Anyone know if Mall Cop is at all good? Our school is taking the MAP 4 students to see it for a 'Congratulations!' field trip, and I'm wondering if I should go or not.

I saw it and liked it.  It wasn't genius, like Airplane! or Monty Python, but it was genuinely funny and didn't resort to cheap laughs.  Also: semi-subtle parodies are awesome.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 16 Mar 2009, 12:14
genius, like Airplane!

I am having a really hard time seeing the connection here.  Every time I see bits of it on TV I feel like I've been hit in the head with a blunt object.
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Post by: Avec on 19 Mar 2009, 11:49
Let the Right One In was fantastic, rather confusing ending though; abrupt and kind of stagnant.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Mar 2009, 02:38
I don't know whether this is the right place for this, if not, well, sorry ...

http://www.beleefdelente.nl/

Dutch site, yes, but with webcams focused on the nests of birds. So you can watch birds do bird-like things. It's quite relaxing and it re-affirms my total belief in Spring.

Nature can be nice.
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Post by: J-cob9000 on 04 Apr 2009, 19:00
Man On Wire
Agreed. I loved this movie so much.

And it's a documentary.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Noff on 09 Apr 2009, 16:40
Just pick up anything by Garcia Marquez. Most people have read those two but neglect a lot of his other stuff, especially his shorter fiction (stories and novellas) all of which are brilliant. "Leaf Storm" is one of my favorite things he's written and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is really masterful. His "Collected Stories" come in a nice volume and are almost all quite worthwhile as well.
I know I've read at least one short story by him (something about a wounded angel, I don't remember the name) that was good, but I'll try to find some more.

"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" from the aforementioned Leaf Storm.  I actually had to read that in a high school class but I remember it standing out quite a bit, so I should really pick up the whole collection of these days...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 13 Apr 2009, 11:10
Just to clarify, 'Leaf Storm' is its own separate piece. It's a novella, around 100 pages or so, and comes in a volume with a few other stories. It's an awesome place to start for anyone interested in the less immediately popular Garcia Marquez books.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 13 Apr 2009, 11:39
I just watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang again recently.  I forgot how fucking awesome that movie is.  Gay Perry is probably one of the greatest homosexual characters ever.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JD on 13 Apr 2009, 17:55
I'm reading The Professor and The Madman (http://books.google.com/books?id=aq4kwjS8_g0C&dq=the+professor+the+madman&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=9t7jSdSEFoGxmAfokp21DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4) right now. It is excellent so far and I'm about halfway through
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Post by: doombilly on 14 Apr 2009, 16:13
http://freemusicarchive.org/genre/Old-Time__Historic/
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 14 Apr 2009, 16:33
*stuff about Chuck Palahniuk*
(I didn't read Rant or Haunted - They might be good).
*more stuff*

you absolutely must read both of these. not to mention his latest "Snuff"
all three are awesome (though Snuff is the weakest of the three, i think), and Rant is probably my new favorite of his.

his writing's actually gotten better with time. alot of his earlier books sort of blend together because they are all sort of similar in style and meaning so after reading them all within a short span of time and never re-reading them i'd have a hard time remembering which was which (besides the ones that became movies).

so yeah...read his newer stuff because it is really good (espescially Rant and Haunted; Snuff was good but not great).
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Post by: Ford Prefect on 17 Apr 2009, 19:55
*stuff about Chuck Palahniuk*
(I didn't read Rant or Haunted - They might be good).
*more stuff*

you absolutely must read both of these. not to mention his latest "Snuff"
all three are awesome (though Snuff is the weakest of the three, i think), and Rant is probably my new favorite of his.

his writing's actually gotten better with time. alot of his earlier books sort of blend together because they are all sort of similar in style and meaning so after reading them all within a short span of time and never re-reading them i'd have a hard time remembering which was which (besides the ones that became movies).

so yeah...read his newer stuff because it is really good (espescially Rant and Haunted; Snuff was good but not great).

Fair enough. I'll give him another shot. He deserves it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Skibas_clavicle on 09 May 2009, 11:05
I'm sure plenty of people have seen this movie, but I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night with a couple friends and that movie is phenomenal! It's a lot of fun and generally hilarious. My friends and I were talking and now I am going to try really hard to get it screened at this local theatre so it can be like a Rocky Horror Picture Show type event, where people would sing along to the songs and stuff. It just seems like that would be an incredibly fun thing to do! Highly, highly recommended.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: The_Bartender on 10 May 2009, 05:59
Alright, I read through most of this thread; my apologies for any that have already been promoted multiple times:

Books:
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.  A review or blurb I read at some point called Gaiman a "modern fantasy writer" in that he writes fantasy in modern settings.  Good summary.  Neverwhere is a great introduction to his works.  What if fairies and trolls and witches and such did exist, but the mundanes never noticed them because they were too busy with their normal lives?  Good story, a number of plot twists and a couple of points to make you think.

Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.  If you haven't read even a shred of this, you're missing out on one of the best comedy sci-fi adventures ever.  The series is one continous riot of non-sequitors, dry British humor, outrageous situations and a lot of surprisingly complex obvious and underlying moral and social topics.  SKip the rather chopped up movie, go for the books or the BBC radio broadcast tapes.

Movies:
Lots have already been mentioned, but one of my favorite "niche" movies is OUTLAND.  Sean Connery plays a "space marshal" come to one of Staurns moons to take over the local law enforcement.  However, it's not a bright shiny sci-fi future, this is wroking class industrail sci-fi, more in the Blade Runner tone.  Plus, no one in the movie is the perfect hero OR villain.  All the characters have flaws, and the science part of the sci-fi is pretty accurate.  The story line is a fairly basic crime drama, but it's well played and well cast.
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Post by: Trauco on 28 May 2009, 19:49
Strings (2004)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374248/

A movie made with marionettes, and the story of the movie builds around this concept, it's beautiful, i wish i was 10 when i saw it, in fact, i'm buying it in dvd so when i have children i can see it with them.

The "acting" is better than most of what you see on the big screen these days, and they are friggin wood carved dolls, see it and you wont believe it. In fact, when i rented it, i was convinced that i was up for a CG fest, but oh boy i was wrong, and the good kind of wrong.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Harun on 05 Jun 2009, 11:14
I bet hardly any of y'all read sports fiction, so here is something different that I encourage anyone to read:

The Rider, by Tim Krabbe (http://www.amazon.com/Rider-Tim-Krabbe/dp/1582342903)

Quote from: Amazon cuz I'm lazy
I'm not a cyclist by any stretch of the imagination, and am only a moderate fan of the sport in general. But Krabbé's novella, originally published in the Netherlands 25 years ago, has got to best one of the best fictional treatments of any sport. The book follows an competitive amateur rider through a half-day, 150 kilometer race over the very real Mont Aigoual in France. Krabbé is himself an avid amateur cyclist, and his ability to capture both the mental and physical aspects of the sport is uncanny. Although I've never raced a bike, I did run cross-country competitively, and many of the elements carry over-mainly the twin battle each individual faces with their brain and their body (There's one excellent moment when the rider wills his bike to get a flat so he can withdraw with honor.).

The stripped-down prose style (common to all Krabbé's work), works especially well in the context of a race where the long distances can lead to almost a trance-like state. The mind wanders all over the place, and that is captured brilliantly in the rider's musings-for example, one part describes how he tries to invent words to keep himself amused during long, boring training rides. At the same time, the race itself is very tense, and Krabbé does quite well at describing the various tactical gambits employed along the way. The main competitors emerge as distinct figures-allies and foes in both a psychological and physical sense (I especially liked the unknown in the blue Cycles Goff jersey). Interwoven with it all are tidbits of cycling history, which are intermittently interesting to the non-racer.

It's not a reach to call this a masterpiece of sports literature. The story does a remarkable job at conveying the tension and flow of a race to the outsider. At the same time, the insights into the psychology of the athlete are so acute as to be universally recognizable across cultures and sports.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Llewellian on 10 Jun 2009, 14:51
Currently reading: ISBN 1591026997 - Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald.

Boohyaaah. Wow. Ian McDonald is getting more and more my favourite SciFi Writer. I was amazed by his Book "Desolation Road", but Cyberabad Days just outmatches that by far. Thats how SciFi has to be. He starts where William Gibson ended. The future, in the streets. Among normal, mortal men. In the dirt and rain, under Smog and swirling dust. Gibson showed us the West. Ian McDonald shows us the East. The future among the river Ganges. Mingles Artificial Intelligence a la Neuromancer with Safran-Roti and a hint of curry. Stories spawning from the Mountains of Himalaya down to the coasts of Kerala. Shows the problems of "Everyday People" caught between eon old culture and the glittering towers of light in the Cyberspace.

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Post by: StaedlerMars on 12 Jun 2009, 15:00
Guys, recommend me some good dystopian future authors.

The likes of Philip K. Dick really.
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 12 Jun 2009, 15:20
"The Road" by Cormac McArthy is always the first thing i recommend when someone wants something dystopian. also "World War Z" is another good one though it's not totally dystopian. it's close enough though and it has zombies.
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Post by: De_El on 12 Jun 2009, 15:51
Hey you fucks, see Wild Strawberries.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Llewellian on 13 Jun 2009, 02:52
If you can get your hands on one of the rare english translations of the Book "Yin" from the german-turkish author Akif Pirinçci (in the US mostly known for "Felidae"). Thats one crazy dystopian rollercoaster on 900 pages.

Story is about a virus that docks to the Y-Chromosome and kills over months and years all male men. The whole story spans 30, 40 years and how the last surviving women first accomplish the task of surviving, holding up the civilisation and then bringing theirself and all rest of civilisation nearly to extinction in wars for the last functioning sperm banks.



Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JD on 14 Jun 2009, 13:00
Read Good Omens you cunts, it is a fantastic book that will make you laugh.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: chowburger on 16 Jun 2009, 12:19
Y'all should read The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I read it last summer, and I haven't loved a book as much since then. Don't be put off by how chick lit-y it sounds (or the insipid looking film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu8lYr0kf7g) that's coming out sometime soon), it's a really excellent story.

Nicked from the Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Traveler%27s_Wife):
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It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships. The tale's central relationship came to her in a flash one day and subsequently became the novel's title. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 24 Jun 2009, 08:11
Now everyone, please let's be nice to the new person.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Reed on 24 Jun 2009, 08:30
But being nice isn't fun!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 24 Jun 2009, 09:13
It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Llewellian on 24 Jun 2009, 14:07
Currently rereading (for the umptenth time):

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (ISBN: 0465026567)

God, i wish i had  Mr. Hofstadter as Math-Teacher back in my study days at my U. If his lessons are only a tenth that fascinating like the way he writes... it would have been sooooo cool. But well, unfortunately for me he is prof at Indiana University in Bloomington - and not in Germany.

About the book, a short quote from the authors description of topics covered:

Quote
J.S. Bach, M.C. Escher, Kurt Gödel: biographical information and work, artificial intelligence (AI) history and theories, strange loops and tangled hierarchies, formal and informal systems, number theory, form in mathematics, figure and ground, consistency, completeness, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, recursive structures, theories of meaning, propositional calculus, typographical number theory, Zen and mathematics, levels of description and computers; theory of mind: neurons, minds and thoughts; undecidability; self-reference and self-representation; Turing test for machine intelligence.

Why i like the book?

Well... hard to describe. The book is a travel through your mind, through music, philosophy, painted art and math. Fictional characters (A turtle, the greek hero Achilles, a Crab and an Anteater) discussing mathematical problems of Kurt Goedel, Zen, the art of painting of M.C.Escher and the musical works of Bach and what they have in common. And no wonder that Hofstadter won the Pulitzer Price for it - i mean: Writing complete dialogues exactly the way like works of BACH, with even the first letters on the beginning of each sentence fitting to the musical notes of the discussed canons and fugues... totally insane.

It is wonderful to read, sometimes the author talks to the reader directly and asks him to do certain things - its like he sits just over the table discussing his work with you.

By the way: It is something even really good accessible for TOTAL Math-Dummies. The first chapters are cool for that - discussing math and why it works, what the rules behind math are and how you can play with axiomatic systems and how that changes the way in setting up a calculation. What is Logic?... And from there, he takes you down the rabbit hole - from why 2+2=4 to what the works of Escher, Bach and Goedel have to do with theories behind A.I programming and neuronal computing.  A 900 pages thick page-turner.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 26 Jun 2009, 20:45
So, I just saw The Wicker Man (the original 1973 film with Christopher Lee).  It's quite odd...in that it's billed as a horror film but is never actually scary at any point.  It's downright amusing, actually, given the amount of musical numbers that are weaved into an otherwise serious film.  I'm strangely attracted to it, though.  If Frederico Fellini made Zardoz, this would be the result, I think.  Worth checking out on a rainy day.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Be My Head on 26 Jun 2009, 20:58
I've wanted to check it out ever since hearing Agalloch's "The White" EP.

I saw the remake, sucked bad, betting it would suck even more if I had seen the original. I mean, Christopher fucking Lee, you can't beat that.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Thomas Edison on 01 Jul 2009, 01:40
So, I just saw The Wicker Man (the original 1973 film with Christopher Lee).  It's quite odd...in that it's billed as a horror film but is never actually scary at any point.  It's downright amusing, actually, given the amount of musical numbers that are weaved into an otherwise serious film.  I'm strangely attracted to it, though.  If Frederico Fellini made Zardoz, this would be the result, I think.  Worth checking out on a rainy day.

Watch the new one! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo)

It's sooooo much better than the original...
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: scarred on 01 Jul 2009, 01:42
God I love that video.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JimmyJazz on 07 Jul 2009, 17:50
Guys I'm halfway through Please Kill Me and I know most of you have probably read it but man is it fucking awesome! Anyone who has any interest in punk rock at all should pick it up.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: tania on 07 Jul 2009, 20:20
i watched the documentary "dear zachary: a letter to a son about his father" last night. the cover looks like this:

(http://sachem.suffolk.lib.ny.us/Reel_Rebels/images/dear%20zachary.jpg)

exhausting, gut-wrenching, and absolutely heartbreaking. i don't think a film has ever in my life affected me emotionally as much as this one did. by the time it was over and i had finally finished sobbing i felt like i had been hit in the chest with a fucking sledgehammer. i actually did that thing where you go lie down and just stare at the ceiling/walls for a really long time until you calm down and figure out how to do normal everyday things again. honestly knocked the wind right out of me.

although the editing was a little too fast paced and over the top for my liking, it's an incredibly tragic but beautiful story, well worth watching if only because of the strength and dedication involved in finishing it given the events that took place while it was being produced. i won't reveal any of the plot here, but if you're really sensitive to sad stories you might want to look up in advance what happens before you watch it or it might be too unbearable. also, watch it only when you have the day off because you're probably going to need several hours and a good night's sleep to recover.
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Post by: Mr. Doctor on 12 Jul 2009, 09:33
Everything that Kubrick did is brilliant in my book. 2001 is such a groundbreaking movie and it was waaaaay ahead of its time

I also want to recommend Fantasia, the reason to why I love music so much lies in this film. THE masterpiece by Disney

And also for the fans of gorish or B-movies... watch some old stuff by Peter Jackson. Lord Of The Rings? No way dude, watch "Meet The Feebles", "Brain Dead" and "Bad Taste" THOSE are his masterpieces imho.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Gridgm on 12 Jul 2009, 19:20
brain dead is amusing if only becasue it holds the record for the most amount of fake blood used in a single film

*reminices about the lawn mower scene*
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 13 Jul 2009, 04:12
brain dead is amusing if only becasue it holds the record for the most amount of fake blood used in a single film

*reminices about the lawn mower scene*

Nothing better than fake blood... specially if it's a low quality one. Those movies  need more respect tbh. There's nothing more brilliant than "The Sodomy Song"
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: satsugaikaze on 13 Jul 2009, 05:23
Hey guys, I've been thinking about getting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I've read a few pages while I was hanging around at a Dymocks, but can anyone tell me if it's worth a buy?

It looks like comic gold, is all.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 13 Jul 2009, 09:17
No.

Buy the original Pride and Prejudice.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: satsugaikaze on 13 Jul 2009, 19:23
No.

Buy the original Pride and Prejudice.

I already have that, child, that's why I was interested in what exactly Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had to offer. =P
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 14 Jul 2009, 02:03
Absolutely terrible writing about zombies thrown in amongst the beautiful masterpiece.

It is low concept, and a very, very low result.

Maybe I'm just a prude, but I have trouble seeing it as anything other than stupid.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: satsugaikaze on 14 Jul 2009, 22:31
Fair enough.

From what I've read of it now, the putting in of the ninjas and the samurai concept seemed more important than the zombies themselves. The author tried to justify his work by explaining how Elizabeth's personality is forged by her kung-fu teaching and her attempts to "avenge honour" at every opportunity parallels her hot temper in the original book.

But I think the zombies themselves were a distraction. They were useful at some points, eg. Charlotte getting infected while no-one seems to notice, but apart from that I think the zombies were just a tool to get people to read the real story hidden behind the setting.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Will on 15 Jul 2009, 06:40
Hmm...I haven't been into this thread in ages.

I've been into a stretch of Christopher Moore books lately - Moore's best-known work is probably "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff" which is a hilarious, not-quite blasphemous, and often times quite moving fake gospel - and I just finished a second reading of his newest book, Fool. Basically, it's a really freaking funny retelling of King Lear, through the eyes of the court jester Pocket and his assistant Drool. The most irrereverent adaptation of Shakespeare ever, and heinous fuckery most foul.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 24 Jul 2009, 17:52
I'll recommend this. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo)

Now, this is a series of three books, which are excellent, very exciting mysteries and characters and very well written. Currently films are being produced and I have recently seen the first one and that too I can wholeheartedly recommend. It was awesome. Go see.

(http://banankompaniet.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/man-som-hatar-kvinnor-affisch1.jpg)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 24 Jul 2009, 18:03
Jjajajaj that film trully have some success here in Sweden! Good movie :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: variable_star on 25 Jul 2009, 13:18
Hey you fucks, see Wild Strawberries.

Definitely among my favorite Ingmar Bergman films, though I'll watch anything he had a hand in.

On a(n) (un)related note, I'll watch anything Ingrid Bergman was in too.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: nurgles_herald on 28 Jul 2009, 04:50
The Fall.

Great movie.

For that matter, so is The Downfall.  Very different movies.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 28 Jul 2009, 04:54
Is every movie implying a fast downward movement a good movie?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: nurgles_herald on 28 Jul 2009, 07:36
Fast Downward Momentum is a magnum opus.  It's just a mashup of a bunch of items having cameras slapped on them and then being thrown out of a space elevator.

That movie is also fictional.  It breaks my heart to admit it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dimmukane on 20 Aug 2009, 20:59
So I just saw this old Belgian student flick called Man Bites Dog.  It's a fake documentary of a serial killer, and the film crew gets caught up in the violence.  Probably one of the blackest comedies I've ever seen.  Not that that's a bad thing.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes clever movies about hitmen (I realize this is a pretty small niche of film).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: rc2429 on 21 Aug 2009, 09:22
all the president mans is a nice book
Thanks
RC
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 22 Aug 2009, 19:20
So I just saw this old Belgian student flick called Man Bites Dog.  It's a fake documentary of a serial killer, and the film crew gets caught up in the violence.  Probably one of the blackest comedies I've ever seen.  Not that that's a bad thing.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes clever movies about hitmen (I realize this is a pretty small niche of film).

It's pretty brutal.  There are definitely some cringe worthy stuff in there.  But it's fantastic and very smartly done.  If you like that you might also like a movie called Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.  Where a news crew documents this slasher as he gets set to return and avenge his death.  It's set in a world where Michael Myers, Freddie Kreuger, and Jason are all real people.  It's really, really good and the casting is absolutely perfect. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: A Shoggoth on the Roof on 22 Aug 2009, 22:58
I dunno if anyone's mentioned it but primer (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390384/) is pretty bangin'. confusing as hell and I'm not entirely sure I liked a few bits of the mechanics of the time travel machine but whatever, so far it's easily the best serious time travel thing I've seen.

also let the right one in (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/) was fantasticcc, It's probably my favorite vampire movie.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 14 Sep 2009, 10:08
The Fall.

Great movie.

If nothing else, the scenery porn and light epic fantasy makes it worth watching.

Plus I like watching Lee Pace.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 25 Sep 2009, 16:20
The Fall is a masterpiece, a real visual wonder. I even enjoy the look of his first film, The Cell...Vince Vaughn, not so much.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 30 Sep 2009, 07:41
Hey to whomever said "Please Kill Me" above. Here are some others you may find enjoyable...

Totally Wired : Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews (reading this now; see also Rip It Up & Start Again)
John Peel: margrave of the marshes
Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division
Kids in the Riot: High and Low with the "Libertines"
OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected Resurrection of the Kings of Power Pop
Freaky Dancin': Me and the Mondays
Go Now
Patti Smith : An Unauthorized Biography
Godlike
Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town
Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee "Scratch" Perry
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
Hey Ho Let's Go: The Story of the Ramones
On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 30 Sep 2009, 20:26
Great list. I'd also add Johnny Rogan's Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 01 Oct 2009, 10:34
Great list. I'd also add Johnny Rogan's Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance.
NOTED. Thnx. I'll have to look for that.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: smack that isaiah on 04 Oct 2009, 20:17
I'm wondering if anyone here can recommend a good movie for me to watch with my girlfriend.  She likes these movies with altered time lines and stuff where you have to think about it after watching, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Donnie Darko, or to a lesser extent The Butterfly Effect. 

Also, any good psychological thriller would be appreciated.  Or one of those weird movies that's still good (as in, not too over the top weird) and aesthetically pleasing is often pretty pivotal (this was one of the big drawbacks I had with Leolo). 

Any good movies like those you can recommend to me for this Friday's Chinese-food-and-(weird)-movie date night?

--
Also, while I'm here, I'm gonna recommend a few books which may or may not have been recommended earlier in this thread (I was skimming) **Edit, some of these were recommended already.  I'm now reiterating these recommendations:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (I bet most people here have read at least something by him)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (and the rest of the books in this series)
Ilium by Dan Simmons (particularly if you ever read The Iliad and loved it (also if you ever read any Shakespeare and loved it, esp his poems))
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (recommended to me on a dif't forum, very good)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JD on 04 Oct 2009, 21:09
Maybe she would like Once? I dunno

American Psycho is the best psychological thriller though
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 04 Oct 2009, 23:03
Darren Aronofsky's Pi
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 05 Oct 2009, 02:00
True, you can't go wrong with a film that lists an "ant wrangler" in the end credits.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: smack that isaiah on 05 Oct 2009, 05:47
Pi looks awesome.  I remember seeing it in a dvd shop (packaged in a 2-for-1 dvd with something else), but never looked into the movie.  Definitely renting that one.  Thanks

American Psycho looks sweet (my sister's recommended it to me before, she's in love with Christian Bale (anyone seen The Machinist?)), but I doubt my girlfriend'd be too into it (violence-wise)

Once looks more like my kind of movie, and less like something she'd be into

Anyone else have any good suggestions?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 05 Oct 2009, 16:34
(anyone seen The Machinist?)
I love this movie. Your sister is right to love Christian Bale, how could anyone not?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JD on 05 Oct 2009, 17:09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvMTv_r8sA&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvMTv_r8sA&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 05 Oct 2009, 17:24
If anything, that makes me love him more.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: smack that isaiah on 05 Oct 2009, 17:53
I've actually read stuff about that rant, and a lot of other actors and people say everything Bale said was in the right and the other guy was wrong for taking a professional actor (and a character actor at that) out of his place during a scene (even if it is just by moving around.  One person's commentary on it said that they do call for all still on the set when shooting starts, yet that guy moved around, was scolded by the director, yet continued to walk around during later takes).  Either way, after the scene was successfully shot, Bale apologized to him in private, and after the tape got out and it became a big thing, he apologized to him publicly.  *

*all according to stuff I read about this rant in the weeks after it came out, my mind may have mixed up some things in the weeks since I first read all this stuff, so don't sue me if I was inaccurate in certain parts of the above :D
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 06 Oct 2009, 09:33
I love this movie. Your sister is right to love Christian Bale, how could anyone not?

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm reading the Book "American Psycho"... Damn, it just sooooo awesome. And I've seen some scenes from the movie and I can agree with you, his performance is exellent.
_______

I don't think a lot of you guys enjoy some good Gore movies, but if you do I totally recommend the classic/cult masterpiece that is Cannibal Holocaust ... The effects are so well done that it's not a surprise that the director went to jail 10 days after the movie got premiered. And the history is pretty good for being a gore movie.
Well, I think it's a great movie and feel proud of having a 4 000 limited edition with extra material.  :-D
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 07 Oct 2009, 07:59
(anyone seen The Machinist?)
I love this movie. Your sister is right to love Christian Bale, how could anyone not?
I love this movie too, and Christian Bale is fucking awesome.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 08 Oct 2009, 15:26
Man, I was so disappointed when I saw Cannibal Holocaust. It'd been hyped up since I can remember as being one of the most intense, realistic horror experience put to film..and then I finally saw it, and it was sloppy and dated to the nth degree. I agree that the effects are uniformly pretty good, but the acting is so awful I can't believe anyone thought it was a documentary. Ah, well.

And if you're a fan of gore-horror, I can think of two names that should be very well-known to you: Lucio Fulci and Herschell Gordon Lewis. Not everything they did was great, but most of it is fascinating.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 09 Oct 2009, 05:30
but the acting is so awful I can't believe anyone thought it was a documentary.

Since when people really care about the acting in a GORE movie? It blows mymind tbh, because it's irrelevant. I save that for drama, thriller and well... all the others except gore. I think everyone who has ever seen the movie agree with you but don't really take it as a big deal. Since the most important thing in a gore movie [in my opinion of course] is that the effects are good enough. And the ones in CH are very very good. That's all that matters to me, that's why I overlooked the lack of good acting, it was even funny at times when I heared some dudes talking in spanish.
The actors were pretty bad, at least the dudes who were doing the "documental" but the savages did a great job imo, although I would like them to scream less since they seemed too retard at times and I'm sure that people that live like that are not stupid.

Thanks for the recommendations btw!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pogonrudie on 09 Oct 2009, 14:18
Respectfully disagree. You seem to have skimmed over where I also called the film "sloppy and dated", because it totally is. The effects themselves were fine enough, but they were handled so haphazardly that they didn't really have an impact on me. Another way of saying it, is I saw latex not viscera. I could be being too critical here, and I haven't seen the flick in years...but as it stands, it did nothing for me.

As I stated before, if I want to see gore I'll watch something like The Beyond or Zombi 2...which as I'm sure you'd point out, also have terrible, terrible acting. But in my opinion, the violence has a much more visceral impact. You can say that gore movies are mainly about the gore (which I agree with, to a point) but I think another large thing that makes them work is an intensity and take-no-prisoners attitude...they seem dangerous in a way, you know? Cannibal Holocaust just seemed lightweight.

By the way, sorry to everyone else for turning this into the horror thread. Haha.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 09 Oct 2009, 16:57
it did nothing for me.

Gore doesn't make me feel a thing, it's just plain amusing to me. Thank god I have something to laugh at because I hate the usual comedy movies.   :-P  So I can't really give an opinion about "some movies in this genre have this dangerous atmosphere and stuff" because it's never there, I just laugh at the dude/girl/furry who got "pwn3d". It's always the same to me.
But I understand your point and respectfully disagree as well  :-)

And also... The thing was quiet cheap and limited to 4 000 copies, and since I love to collect stuff, it was a must in everyway possible even if the movie was just for the lulz.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: smack that isaiah on 11 Oct 2009, 10:23
Darren Aronofsky's Pi

This was freaking insane (I'm still trying to wrap my head around the end).  Thanks for that recommendation.  We're gonna check out his Requiem for a Dream next time we feel like a movie date night. 
Meanwhile, if anyone else has any nice crazy/psychological/warped/weird films for me and my girlfriend to watch, we'd love the recommendations.

----
Also, for people who loved Pi, there's a book by Dan Simmons called "The Hollow Man" that has a lot of mathematical talk about the human mind and life being mapped by a mathematical wave form and stuff, all placed along a story of a man (with an odd ability to read other people's minds... he explains this power/mutation with math.  it's a bit complicated) who's lost love.  I liked it a lot and would recommend it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: JD on 12 Oct 2009, 01:33
Twilight is a great comedy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: gospel on 13 Oct 2009, 21:38
Saw a few movies I would recommend. Not all were groundbreaking or life-affirming, but they were worth a shot.

TV:
Mad Men - I know it's popular and all that, but the first few seasons are quite good.
Deadwood- Easily one of my favorite shows ever aired. The dialogue is sorta dense, but it's very worth it. Jesus, Ian McShane is worth alone.
Spaced - I've hear dit described as if QC was British and made into a sit-com. The humor is very British-dry, and it's filled with tons of movie (rare and popular) allusions.

Movies:
Cashback - Guy gets dumped, works at a grocery store due to his inability to sleep, re-established his artistic gaze, romantic stuff, etc.
3 Iron - A Korean film with almost no dialogue. Namely, the main character goes to peoples' houses when they are on vacation or out, uses the palce a bit, cleans it, and fixes stuff. He  eventually meets a girl whom is treated poorly by her husband. The two have a small excursion; things get complicated.
Broken Flowers - Bill Murray is always good for a laugh or smirk. Easily Jarmusch's more accessible of films. If you haven't heard of Jarmush--which I doubt--I'd give Dead Man a go.
Deadgirl - A strange, indie twist on the psyche-horror. Two adolescent, outcasted boys come across what is essentially a zombie girl. Morality is pondered if it is acceptable to screw her, and things escolate from there.
Reign Over Me - I was really, really surprised by this film. I'm not a huge fan of Adam Sandler, and I thought Punch Drunk Love was okay (tried a bit hard). Nonetheless, Don Cheadle coupled with numerous recommendations made me see it. I have to say, it was really good, especially considering it was a 9/11 (sorta) based movie. I haven't seen United 93, but I hear it's actually not as bad as it looks.
Visioneers - An entertaining, lightly-scathing "indie" comedy. it's worth a shot if you're in the mood for a not-quite laugh-out-loud comedy.
The Fall - It's fantastic. I think enough has been said here to affirm that.


Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 20 Oct 2009, 07:46
Movies:
Reign Over Me - I was really, really surprised by this film. I'm not a huge fan of Adam Sandler, and I thought Punch Drunk Love was okay (tried a bit hard). Nonetheless, Don Cheadle coupled with numerous recommendations made me see it. I have to say, it was really good, especially considering it was a 9/11 (sorta) based movie. I haven't seen United 93, but I hear it's actually not as bad as it looks.
The Fall - It's fantastic. I think enough has been said here to affirm that.

Speaking of United 93, it was an excellent movie, but I couldn't take it as seriously as intended because one of the actors playing a hijacker looked exactly like one of my high school teachers.

Also, regardless of story, The Fall is worth it just for the visuals.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 20 Oct 2009, 13:18
Add "Dance of Days" to that list. Washington DC hardcore punk history. Reading this book will basically explain to you why punk is awesome and why you should have an altar dedicated to Ian Mackaye in your house.

Cool deal, thanks.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 28 Oct 2009, 17:48
The Fall is worth it just for the visuals.

I would pay $100 just to watch the intro to The Fall in an IMAX theater or something like it. Naturally, i would be super stoned and it would blow my mind so thoroughly that i would never be the same again.

the movie, as a whole, is good (not great) but holy shit the intro is fucking....fucking....uh....SPECTACULICIOUS
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 31 Oct 2009, 10:39
The Fall is worth it just for the visuals.

I would pay $100 just to watch the intro to The Fall in an IMAX theater or something like it. Naturally, i would be super stoned and it would blow my mind so thoroughly that i would never be the same again.

the movie, as a whole, is good (not great) but holy shit the intro is fucking....fucking....uh....SPECTACULICIOUS

Also, the wedding scene is good for this.

I would pay $5 to see the surgery scene while stoned in IMAX, though.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StreetSpirit on 08 Dec 2009, 15:16
John From Cincinnati - easily some of the most entertaining and witty dialogue as well as a wonderfully vague and yet very potent story.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pilsner on 17 Dec 2009, 21:21
Please take your friends who are Twilight fans to see Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_the_Right_One_In).  This is an especially good idea if you never want them to talk to you again.

If you do rent this try to get the Canadian DVD distributed by Mongrel or the 2009 American DVD.  Do not get the 2008 American DVD distributed by Magnolia, apparently the subtitles are completely fucked (http://www.rowthree.com/2009/03/26/let-the-right-one-in-bad-subtitles/).  Alternatively, look for the proper subtitles online, if you are watching this on a compy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: scarred on 17 Dec 2009, 21:23
oh my fucking god that is such a good movie no seriously
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pilsner on 18 Dec 2009, 03:26
Apparently the message Oskar taps into the box at the end is "puss" (Swedish for "kiss" according to Google Translate), and it was the actor's idea to do that.  Woah.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: scarred on 18 Dec 2009, 04:21
They also dubbed over the Eli's voice with the voice of a boy. What.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: pilsner on 18 Dec 2009, 14:27
Uhhh... there's a reason for that.  It will become apparent if you read the book.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: TheFuriousWombat on 13 Jan 2010, 09:47
So am I the only person that thought that movie was actually pretty bad?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: StreetSpirit on 14 Jan 2010, 10:13
Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ViolentDove on 14 Jan 2010, 23:43
New China Mieville book, The City & The City is really good. Different vibe to the Bas Lag novels, more of a existential murder mystery a la Paul Auster or something.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aurjay on 26 Jan 2010, 06:54
I watched "let the right one in" when it was on Sundance ppv and still try to persuade my friends to give it a chance. By far one of the best vampire flicks ive ever seen and just completely different in every good way. ***spolier***

there was a topic thread on IMDB about the gender of the vampire. I've heard the book says its a boy thats been mutilated but the movie seems to make strong suggestions of it being a girl or even both. Either way still a great movie.

**edit** i lied i saw it on the internet not Sundance. There was a previous thread just about this movie.
http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,21799.msg748828.html#msg748828 had to go to that thread to refresh my memory :/
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: sean on 26 Jan 2010, 09:08
i nabbed a torrent of it to check it out when i was home two weekends ago. i was fairly unimpressed, it was kind of whatever. i think the rip i had though also had the shitty subtitles which really didn't help (the english was kind of whacked out). i feel that better subtitles wouldn't have improved the film significantly though.

edit: wait i just checked my copy and compared it to the link pilsner posted my subtitles were good. weird. maybe sweedish just translates oddly to english? i dunno doesn't change the fact i didn't care much for the film.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 05 Feb 2010, 20:41
Some great movies recently, some of them documentaries. 

Right now I'm watching Control Room, which is about how Al Jazeera has portrayed the Iraqi war.  It's incredibly powerful the way they interview this one American whose beliefs are completely questioned.  It is really amazing, even if it's a little old and they talk about Bush and Rumsfeld a lot.

S21: The Killing Squad of the Khmer Rouge.  Or something to that affect.  It's these two survivors of this horrible prison camp who go back and look through stuff and one of them even talks to some of the guards there.  He tries to get them to see themselves not as victims but as the instigators of some of the horrible things they did, the guards, predictably, keep saying they were also victims.  It's another incredibly powerful documentary even if there is no conclusion.

Thirst is not a documentary but it is another absolutely incredible film from Chan-Wook Park, director of Oldboy.  If you like any of his other films this is something you need to see right now.  This and Let the Right One In are incredible vampire films. 
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Post by: Dimmukane on 05 Feb 2010, 21:13
Thirst is not a documentary but it is another absolutely incredible film from Chan-Wook Park, director of Oldboy.  If you like any of his other films this is something you need to see right now. 

Saw this, I concur.  While I was a huge fan of his visual flair in the Vengeance trilogy and I'm Not A Robot But That's OK, he still makes this movie distinctly his own without the flashiness of his previous films. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Daft pun on 07 Feb 2010, 03:58
The Trotsky (http://www.filmsnmovies.com/video/10248/the_trotsky_trailer/)

The best, well, most entertaining anyway, film I saw at this year's IFFR. The main character is a 17 year old kid who's convinced he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, hilarity ensues.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: syrupykeyboard on 13 Mar 2010, 18:44
I don't know if this has already been recommended, because holy crap 14 pages, but;
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

I've liked all of his stuff that I've read, but nothing is as epic as this series. Some of the main ideas in the books are things I was thinking about when I was a little kid.
There's just such a sense of truth about it, and I can really get inside Roland's head.
It's a good series. I hope I have given a good enough reason why I think it is.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 16 Mar 2010, 09:53
Only recommend that series if you still liked it at the end of Book 7. I've heard the epilogue is pretty polarizing.

Also, "The Dark Tower VIII: Money out of the Asshole" is on it's way.

(No seriously "The Wind Though the Keyhole" is a thing, people)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 16 Mar 2010, 10:28
Coincidentally, I'm about to finish The Dark Tower series for the second time. Good stuff, not quite as amazing as it was the first time I read it, but I still like it.


Speaking of Stephan King: I highly recommened the movie 1408. It's one of my favorite movies, and getting really stoned and watching it last night completely reaffirmed that. For starters, it's actually scary, something most horror movies have not been able to be for the last 15 or 20 years.

Also, it has some of the most amazing cinematography for a horror/thriller movie. They use some of the most ridiculous camera angles (from inside keyholes and refrigerators, for example). The music is fantastic, John Cusack is amazing, Sam Jackson is good, and the dialogue is witty and smooth.

The color pallette is amazing as well, it's an incredibly vibrant and varied-looking movie.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: yellowfoliage on 29 Mar 2010, 16:24
(http://thingsthatarerectangles.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/theroommovie.jpg)

If The Room plays anywhere that is a reasonable drive from where you live, it is totally worth checking out. It's a unique theatrical experience, augmented greatly by an entusiastic audience. Check out the audience participation rituals on the internet, bring lots of plastic spoons, and prepare to have your mind blown.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 30 Mar 2010, 08:35
Oh, hi Mark!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: HiFranc on 10 Jun 2010, 02:06
I would recommend the following:

Film:

Minority Report: Sci-fi and action, and the film also poses moral, legal and philosphical questions.

Sliding Doors: An interesting concept, well executed. The film has an emotional heart whilst explaining the butterfly effect well.

In My Country: Based on an autobiography, the film takes us on an emotional journey whilst looking that issues raised by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Lives of Others: A drama that looks at the way the East German dictatorship functioned.

Sophie Scholl -- The Last Days: A film about a [real] member of the White Rose Alliance (a group of Germans that tried, through peaceful means, to bring an end to Hitler's dictatorship). Worth watching to get an idea what it was like in the German resistance.

The Killing Fields: Based on a true story. The film shows us the hardships experienced by people under the Khmer Rouge. A powerful film that gives an idea of the Pohl Pott regime.

Timeline: Time travel and romance. OK, I'm softy at heart.

Shiri: Korean action film. Notable because it successfully combines action, drama and romance.  Most films usually only manage 2.

Contact: A realistic look at how a First Contact situation with an Extra Terrestrial Intelligence may play out.


Book:

Society of the Mind by Eric L Harry: A book that looks at some of the debates around AI.

Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett: Another good take on the AI debate and has a few laughs as well.

{edit}

Documentary:

Five Steps to Tyranny (http://www.documentary-film.net/search/video-listings.php?e=237) (2000): Uses the results of psychological experiments to show how easy it is to turn a democracy into a dictatorship.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 26 Jun 2010, 02:51
I'll definitely scrap the recommendation for Shiri, for a South Korean action film it was decent when it came out but has definitely not stood the test of time well at all.

This movie recommendation list is going to be kind of really long:

3-Iron is a fantastic sorta-romantic Korean drama about this guy who breaks into people's homes and lives in them.  He develops a relationship with an abused housewife.  It's really amazing because neither of them ever really speak and it's really interesting to see how the director handled it.

Dear Zachary.  If you want to bawl your eyes out like a baby, then this movie is for you.  I have never shed a tear for a movie in my life, ever.  This movie had me bawling around 3 times in it's duration.  This filmmaker's friend was brutally murdered and so the guy decided to make a movie for this guy's son about the man his father was.  Absolutely heart-wrenching.

OSS 117.  Either Lost in Rio or Cairo, Nest of Spies.  They're basically French James Bond spoofs and are both absolutely hilarious.  Have you tried watching the early Bond films lately and see how racist, sexist, and utterly moronic Bond is (especially Moore).  These films basically crank those up to extremes and the guy playing OSS 117 is utterly fantastic in the role.

I watched Misery a couple nights ago and it was terrifying.  It's based off a Stephen King short story where this author crashes his car in a snow storm and is saved by his "biggest fan." He can't walk and he ends up being nursed by her at her house but it turns out that she's absolutely psycho.  Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance, and she's probably one of the only actresses who has won an Oscar for a horror film.

Detroit Metal City is a Japanese comedy movie about this really awkward guy who wants to be a pop-singer and instead finds himself the lead singer and guitarist of a black metal band.  Absolutely hilarious if you like zany Japanese movies.  And if you like this you might want to watch Cutie Honey which is also kind of weird and kooky.

And finally

Hansel and Gretel.  It's a Korean horror-fantasy film that has been compared continuously to Pan's Labyrinth.  In a way the comparison hurts and helps it because the movie is an adult fairy tale and does get quite dark.  However, near the end it gets a little stupid and they explain a major part of the movie and it kind of loses it's mystery which is kind of sad.  But if you can ignore that part the rest of the film is fantastic and is worth checking out.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Earl_of_slander on 28 Jun 2010, 08:58
I don't know how many of you can take some gore and gruesome visuals, but i'd recommend a dark comedy called 'Taxidermia' by the Hungarian director Gyorgi Palfi. The movie doesn't really have any plot. The tagline of the movie is 'Three stories. Three generations. Three men. One bizarre and shocking universe.' The movie begins at a Hungarian farmhouse during the World War 2. There's a soldier who humps his lieutenant's wife in a bathtub which has a pig carcass in it. The wife bears a baby boy born with a little pig tail, which the lieutenant snips as soon as he sees it. This boy grows up to be a big (heavy) speed eater. Then the movie traces what happens in the speed eater's life. The son of this speed eater becomes a taxidermist. A word of caution though- the movie is quite disturbing.

I'd recommend the book 'A canticle for Leibowitz'. It's a post-apocalyptic novel. It tells the story of how the civilization is wiped out, but tries to re-build itself again. People have developed a hatred for books and all things scholarly. Almost all the books and scholarly documents have been destroyed, save for a little cache in a monetary in a desert. The monks in the monastery have been guarding the books for generations. The book has loads of dark humor in it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: SaskiWhiteflower on 15 Jul 2010, 14:46
I'd like to recommend a book (i didnt watch the movie so i cant recommend it) "Along came a Spider" by James Patterson. And why you ask?  :-o . Because its the best thriller i've read so far. It's a real pageturner. You will read it, think about it, and then read it again.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 17 Jul 2010, 07:17
This was really good...
http://www.hulu.com/watch/62945/before-the-music-dies
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 29 Jul 2010, 12:36
watched The Babysitters last night and it sort of blew my mind. I had never heard of it and had no idea what to expect. Suffice it to say that shit gets real.


I was going to write a brief summary of it here, but I think it's better if you know nothing about it before seeing it. All I'm gonna say is that it definitely has John Leguizamo in it, and it's definitely availble on Netflix Instant queue.

I'm like 60% certain that you won't regret watching it
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DavidGrohl on 01 Sep 2010, 13:43
I don't know if this has already been recommended, because holy crap 14 pages, but;
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

I've liked all of his stuff that I've read, but nothing is as epic as this series. Some of the main ideas in the books are things I was thinking about when I was a little kid.
There's just such a sense of truth about it, and I can really get inside Roland's head.
It's a good series. I hope I have given a good enough reason why I think it is.

Currently on book 5.  Enjoying it so far.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: HiFranc on 02 Sep 2010, 23:15
My other half and I recently listened to the audiobook version of Marley and Me: Funny, touching and sweet.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Theriandros on 24 Sep 2010, 14:10
New China Mieville book, The City & The City is really good. Different vibe to the Bas Lag novels, more of a existential murder mystery a la Paul Auster or something.

Is it just me, or is China Mieville really overrated? I read Perdido Street Station and it struck me as a massive mish-mash of cool steampunk-esque ideas that were thrown together to cover the fact that the plot is horribly thin, like brain-popcorn.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 29 Sep 2010, 22:33
I haven't read any of his stuff yet, but for what it's worth after hearing him talk at the recent Melbourne Writers Festival I'm pretty certain he's a Fucking Awesome Dude.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Tom on 21 Oct 2010, 16:16
Is it just me, or is China Mieville really overrated?

In his own words:

Quote
I’m not a leftist trying to smuggle in my evil message by the nefarious means of fantasy novels. I’m a science fiction and fantasy geek. I love this stuff. And when I write my novels, I’m not writing them to make political points. I’m writing them because I passionately love monsters and the weird and horror stories and strange situations and surrealism, and what I want to do is communicate that. But, because I come at this with a political perspective, the world that I’m creating is embedded with many of the concerns that I have... I’m trying to say I’ve invented this world that I think is really cool and I have these really big stories to tell in it and one of the ways that I find to make that interesting is to think about it politically. If you want to do that too, that’s fantastic. But if not, isn’t this a cool monster?

tl:dr? It's just you, buddy.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 21 Oct 2010, 20:59
That doesn't answer the question of whether he's a good writer, though. I'm in the middle of the City and the City at the moment, and I'm enjoying it well enough, but it's not rocking my world and there are some sentences that I think should obviously have been rewritten. On the other hand, when I heard him speak at the recent Melbourne Writers Festival as part of a panel about politics in fiction, he was absolutely outstanding and inspiring and exciting.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Tom on 21 Oct 2010, 21:35
Post was directed a little more at our Libertarian in residence, Harry.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: jackmort on 25 Oct 2010, 02:30

Speaking of Stephan King: I highly recommend the movie 1408 .... For starters, it's actually scary, something most horror movies have not been able to be for the last 15 or 20 years .... John Cusack is amazing

My favourite thing about the film is the way john cusack reacts to what's going on, because most people, when faced with a malevolent spirit, would shit hard, but cusack basically calls the ghost a dick and tries to kick its face :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: hannahsaurusrex on 06 Nov 2010, 08:38
Television:
Anything with Bryan Fuller is pretty amazing
Dead Like Me- 18 year old girl becomes a Grim Reaper, awesome ideas about death and it's nature, plus razor sharp Inigo Montoya.
The Amazing Screw-On Head: Based on Mike Mignola's one shot comic, was piloted but never took off. Art is incredible and David Hyde Pierce voices EMPEROR ZOMBIE
Wonderfalls- Disaffected 20 something has inanimate objects with animal faces talk to her ("Fireflied" after 4 episodes), more girly, but nevertheless great
Tim Minear is also fantastic, they worked together on Wonderfalls
Most things Tim Minear or Bryan Fuller touch is great (First season of Heroes ring a bell?)

Film:
Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, dir. Claude Berri. One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, period.  The frailty of humans, the dark places in people's minds, in the backdrop of the French countryside. This movie is a poem.
Cinema Paradiso: One of the best films about the effects of film.
Truly, Madly, Deeply: A movie about dealing with loss done with love.
Brick: Film Noir modernized splendidly.
Mr. Deeds goes to Town: Not the insipid Adam Sandler version, the real one with Gary Cooper making you feel real feelings.
Singing in the Rain: I dare you not to love this movie
Speed Racer: This one gets a lot of flack, possibly because people have no sense of joy. This movie is Saturday Morning Cartoon in all of it's glory. The CGI is masterful, the races are exciting, and the movie is FUN. All the negative reviews forget that you really shouldn't take a movie that HAS A MONKEY IN THE ENSEMBLE probably isn't 12 Angry Men. (Which is also a good movie).
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: I am really sad that Michael Cera is associated with one of my favorite films of all time, but it really doesn't matter. It's just so damn great.
Hard Candy & Sleuth (Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier): If you ever thought acting was easy, watch either of these.

Books:
Stone Butch Blues Growing up stone butch before and after Stonewall, makes you realize how terrifying our past was
Cannery Row Loneliness at its most accessible, and it's Steinbeck <3
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer A man with super-smell in 18th century France. Hatred never smelled so sweet.

I could churn them out, but I figured that's good for now.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: smack that isaiah on 06 Nov 2010, 09:11
I noticed in your Bryan Fuller love you didn't mention Pushing Daisies.  Do you not know of that amazing series?  Or did you not prefer it?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: hannahsaurusrex on 06 Nov 2010, 13:51
I know of Pushing Daisies, I've seen a couple of episodes, but I honestly can't recommend something I haven't followed through with.

Also, with the episodes I was annoyed with the females in the cast.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Vuk on 25 Nov 2010, 10:28
Pushing Daisies is awesome and fun as hell, but it was cancelled at the worst possible time. Cutest show ever, though.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: doombilly on 27 Nov 2010, 12:42
http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Just-Kids-Patti-Smith/?isbn=9780066211312
Patti Smith biog, early days with Mapplethorpe.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 Dec 2010, 04:45
Just worked my way through the first TPB of Elephantmen (Starkings/Moritat/Others). I'll admit that I originally bought it for the Hippo but have really loved it. It's a Bladerunner style human morality tale but worked on a far broader scale.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ozymandias on 05 Dec 2010, 22:10
To be fair, that is a recommendation.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Nodaisho on 06 Dec 2010, 04:40
Is it just me, or is there no way to report a post on this forum? I have looked the past couple times I saw a spambot ad, but I couldn't find it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 06 Dec 2010, 04:53
I can tell you that my email is being flooded daily with a gazillion reported posts.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 06 Dec 2010, 04:53
Well, I mean, like, 6-12 a day maybe.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 06 Dec 2010, 04:55
If anyone's wondering what I'm talking about at the dawn of this new page - it's ocelots, of course. Always ocelots. 6-12 ocelots a day do I spy down by the Merri Creek.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Nodaisho on 07 Dec 2010, 07:36
Well then where is the report button? I seriously don't see it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 07 Dec 2010, 17:18
It's not a button as such, it's a little link at the bottom right of every post that says "Report to moderator".
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Joseph on 07 Dec 2010, 20:29
Yeah, I don't have that option.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Jimor on 07 Dec 2010, 20:39
Yeah, it seems to be missing in this sub-forum, and in at least one other as well.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: benji on 08 Dec 2010, 09:02
it's missing from here, DRAW, and MAKE.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 08 Dec 2010, 19:47
I see it everywhere I turn. Maybe I've got some special ModView thing going on - but why would I have a special option to report a post to myself? That doesn't make sense!

Maybe your computers are just broken. Maybe your internet is broken.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 09 Dec 2010, 05:45
My interwebs are just fine and I don't have one either. I am lowly new scum though. Screenprint of it not being there available on request.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: LeeC on 11 Dec 2010, 19:24
watched the princess and the frog, was way better than the proposal.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Buttfranklin on 11 Dec 2010, 19:33
I've heard The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is most excellent.  Without spoiler details, anyone else think so?  It just looks like another thriller/mystery best seller to me.  I'm referring to the book, btw.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Inlander on 11 Dec 2010, 19:42
It's pretty much just another thriller/mystery best seller.

We did a whole thread about how average it is here: http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24708.0.html
 (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24708.0.html)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Buttfranklin on 11 Dec 2010, 19:53
Thanks!  I'll look that over.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 13 Dec 2010, 05:43
I'm quite enjoying Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger.

I'm just wondering if anyone has seen the film of The Time Traveller's Wife and whether it is a) a good film and b) comparable to the book?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: horsefish on 22 Jan 2011, 09:09
I'm just wondering if anyone has seen the film of The Time Traveller's Wife and whether it is a) a good film and b) comparable to the book?

I loved the book; I liked the movie.  Like any movie from a book, lots of stuff gets left out.  I'm not sure if the movie would have made any sense at all had I not read the book; I had the same feeling about The Lovely Bones
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: venicebeach on 23 Jan 2011, 15:50
I reommend books from Charles Bukowski and (The Alchemist from Paulo Coehlo)

Great writers, great books!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Ikrik on 12 Feb 2011, 21:53
I am going to make a recommendation.  Do not watch Faster, that movie with The Rock in it.  It's garbage and I am filled with vitriol against it.  It was a waste of an hour and a half of my life.  I can't say a single good thing about this film, everything about it is either stupid, absurd, or incompetent. 

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Stephquiem on 16 Feb 2011, 09:18
I'm quite enjoying Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger.

I'm just wondering if anyone has seen the film of The Time Traveller's Wife and whether it is a) a good film and b) comparable to the book?

I agree with horsefish. The book was great. I really hated the movie, though. That might be because I enjoyed the book so much, but I do think they left too much out of the movie. A big part of what I enjoyed about the book were the secondary characters--most of whom were left out. I thought it lost a lot without them. Also, some of their casting choices were... strange, I thought.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: horsefish on 16 Feb 2011, 21:20
Gomez (in the book) was one of the most entertaining characters I had come across in years.  I was really happy to see Ron Livingston cast in the role, being a fan of Office Space (who isn't?), but when I saw the movie, Gomez was kind of meh.  Maybe not enough screen time.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: typoguy on 28 Apr 2011, 00:59
Onl yon the third episode so far but Game of Thrones on HBO is quickly becoming my new favorite shows.  Pretty much it about grabs for power between 7 fictional kingdomes.  Much like meieval England, but with better characters.  and it may or may not contain dragons later.  And as we all know everything is better when you add dragons.  Well except for Beowulf that movie was a shit factory, the only good thing about that movie was the theatre had really good popcorn
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Border Reiver on 02 May 2011, 11:02
But the legend of Beowulf was excellent - and it had dragons.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Thiefree on 26 May 2011, 16:52
Onl yon the third episode so far but Game of Thrones on HBO is quickly becoming my new favorite shows.  Pretty much it about grabs for power between 7 fictional kingdomes.  Much like meieval England, but with better characters.  and it may or may not contain dragons later.  And as we all know everything is better when you add dragons.  Well except for Beowulf that movie was a shit factory, the only good thing about that movie was the theatre had really good popcorn

Ah, I'll lend my support to this recommendation. Game of Thrones has been truly excellent thus far! Sean Bean kicks ass (because that's what Sean Bean does; I mean in LotR he was a human pincushion and still fuckin' going), and there are dire wolves, gripping plots, fascinating characters, lots o' boobage, and a couple of characters who take a level in badass every damn time we see them.

Check it the hell out.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: You Are Brahman! on 07 Jun 2011, 12:59
But the legend of Beowulf was excellent - and it had dragons.
I just finished Tolkien's The Silmarillion and it also had dragons and was pretty darn epic.  If you like dragons and want to get involved in an entire new cosmology, I recommend The often underappreciated Silmarillion.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: IMMANotListening on 12 Jul 2011, 05:27
When you tie in altogether the Silmarillion with the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings, you realize that there aren't many authors like Tolkien who would put even half the amount of effort and heart he did for his work.

I highly recommend that if you liked the ASOIAF/Game of Thrones, you would really like The Once and Future King. It is an Arthurian fantasy novel but it really is T.H White's medium to show his own personal view of the ideal society. But don't let that deter you. It does not have the same romanticism of Arthurian tales but it is absolutely smashing and is a fantastic read.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: dr. nervioso on 17 Oct 2011, 17:24
Does anyone have a good suspense/drama novel to recommend to me? The book I got about zombies and unicorns isn't as awesome as I thought it would be
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: LTK on 02 Nov 2011, 10:00
Free ebooks, yay: I've been reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I thought I knew what it meant to have an ideology, but oh how I was wrong.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mister D Nomms on 20 Jan 2012, 22:07
i don't think you can be wrong about something so personal.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: LTK on 24 Jan 2012, 04:11
Oh, but you can. I didn't think there was much of a difference between an ideology and a set of opinions, but there is. Everyone has opinions, but I think few people have an ideology.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mister D Nomms on 24 Jan 2012, 10:03
I was wrong.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 24 Jan 2012, 12:11
I reommend books from Charles Bukowski

Bukowski is my favorite writer atm.... I'm actually reading a book with lots of short stories.
Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness

It's awesome... I really like the guy. It's down to earth stuff, like if I was just talking to him in a bar. It's incredibly filthy though, I can understand if some people don't dig that but I just love it.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Welu on 03 Feb 2012, 04:24
Repo! The Genetic Opera. Well, watch this first (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdH3SLNx-s). You like that clip, watch the film. Don't be put off because Paris Hilton's in it, she only has a small part. Repo! has kickass music and just looks gorgeous.

Multiple edits. Can't write today.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: DrPhibes on 06 Mar 2012, 14:42
The flashbulb.
Before you go look it up, it has new album out with 25 songs, 75 minutes by which you can make a Air, Olafur arnalds and an electronic IDM EP.

If you are not convinced by the following album promo video, I don't know what will. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu2Rplh2I_w

Songs here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsAc9zjsI9g
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: riccostar on 12 Nov 2012, 18:23
This may seem pop teenagery but I enjoyed reading John Green's works.  For being written in such straight prose I believe they were well written and touching.  I read both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars after having them recommended to me by friends. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Molosus on 21 Nov 2012, 14:26
Stella B and the Busted League is a web series on youtube about life in fandom and relationships... seems likely that a person who is a fan of QC would also dig that.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Welu on 26 Nov 2012, 04:29
Wanted to show this but wasn't sure where so its going here. Found this while doing research on advertising. The trailer for Psycho:

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Bev on 02 Dec 2012, 19:48
Nothing.

It's a little hard to find but it's a great comedy from the director of Cube and Splice. Basically it's about 2 guys whose lives are so shit they basically wish everything away. All that is left is them, thier house and an endless white void. What they do with this is the really funny part as they fuck around, explore and tear thier friendship apart. It's great :)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: riccostar on 04 Dec 2012, 14:54
Wanted to show this but wasn't sure where so its going here. Found this while doing research on advertising. The trailer for Psycho:

I really want to watch the movie now, they way he executed that spiked my curiosity stupendously.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Carl-E on 31 Dec 2012, 16:08
YOU HAVEN'T SEEN PSYCHO?!?


0_o

o_0



Do so.  Don't put it off.  Make it a new year's resolution. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Pilchard123 on 01 Jan 2013, 03:16
Don't put it off, but do make it a new year's resolution? Isn't that kind of an oxymoron?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Carl-E on 01 Jan 2013, 07:03
Oh, yeah.  Sorry. 

Just watch it, m'kay?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Welu on 01 Jan 2013, 15:46
I haven't seen it either but I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas. Gonna get watched.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Carl-E on 01 Jan 2013, 16:26
So I just rewatched the trailer posted up there.  Forgot how funny it was.  That man was a genius. 

By the way, the little thing at the end of the trailer's true - during the first run of the movie, latecomers wouldn't be seated. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Carl-E on 12 Jan 2013, 00:03
So, I followed a very old link from a very old page to a webcomic that's been finished for about 6 years, called Bruno.  It ran from 1996(!) to 2007, eleven years, six days a week.

I read the first year that evening.  I've read three more in the two days since then.  I'm not getting any work done...

The artwork is fantastic, right from the beginning.  Some of the characters are (artistically) caricatures, but they are all witty, mostly likeable people that remind you of someone you know.  The central figure, despite the name, is a young woman - very intelligent, full of angst, and from what I've seen so far, probably bipolar.  The comic revolves around her, her experiences, and the people she meets/lives with/loves/misses over the years.  It also is a real-time comic, so every halloween there's a costume party, the seasons change, etc. 

If you like smart banter (this is the QC forum, isn't it?) You'll love Bruno. 

The two links I'm providing are the original homepage (http://www.baldwinpage.com/bruno.html), from which you can access the main archives, and another page I found is where the author (Chris Baldwin) is re-running the strip (http://brunostrip.com/).  He's about 2 1/2 years into it, so there's another good 8 years or so to go... one advantage is that he's cleaning up the images as he goes along. 

More people should know about this.  Give it a look! 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Emmyisnotcool on 01 Feb 2013, 19:06
So I recently played "Spec Ops: The Line" and it really fucked with my head. But in a good way that shows that the medium is maybe maturing just a little bit.

Without spoiling the whole thing, it was basically advertised as another Call of Duty clone but it ended up being so much more than that. It's very reminiscent of "Apocolypse Now," only there is an extra, major layer of satire of military COD-type games, but also of gaming in general and what the culture thinks of as "heroism."

The gameplay is really nothing to write home about, but that ends up playing into the game's narrative. The actual gameplay isn't bad per se, it's just nothing special. But that's not really the reason that you keep playing. It's the way that the story subverts stereotypes and gamer expectations.

It is also very disturbing and even though I was sure that I would be too jaded for the game to have an impact on me, it did really mess with my head and it stayed in my head for a long time after I played it. Without spoiling it, it gets very meta about half way into the game.

I can't really adequately talk about the game without spoiling it because what makes it great are the narrative elements of it. But it is definitely worth playing if you want to see something new and innovative in how games handle story telling.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ackblom12 on 02 Feb 2013, 01:52
Spec Ops is a fantastic deconstruction and satire of the genre and our culture of hero worship. You should definitely come join us in CLICK!. Join the NERDS.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Apr 2013, 20:01
Spec Ops is a fantastic deconstruction and satire of the genre and our culture of hero worship. You should definitely come join us in CLICK!. Join the NERDS.

OR you could just read Heart of Darkness, or watch Apocalypse Now, cause it's the same thing. Not saying it's not good, just throwing that out there.

Recommendation of the now: Bodacious Space Pirates, winner of my prestigious 2012 "Anime that Badly Needs a Rename" award is a fairly awesome anime about space, and pirates. Really if you need much more then that you're beyond help. Also the OP features the unholy merging of an idol group and a former guitarist from Megadeth which is really worth a listen just for the spectacle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZmNRLvycNQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZmNRLvycNQ).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ackblom12 on 03 Apr 2013, 02:24
Yes, because every form of media is the exact same and doesn't present things in different context that appeals to different kinds of people and appeals to different tastes due to any number of reasons such as generational and experience differences while consuming the media.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: mtmerrick on 03 Apr 2013, 02:33
One of my favorite book series of all time is The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Funny as hell, all with a detailed, awesome, and surprisingly serious storyline. Go read it.

(before you start, keep in mind it's set in its own world. It's not actually at in ours, like it may seem for a decent amount of the first book.)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Apr 2013, 11:59
Aww, you just took away the fun of realization. 
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: LeeC on 29 Apr 2013, 20:01
so the Bureau: XCOM declassified has me intrigued.  Any good 50s era x-files/Men in black kind of books?  Or should I attempt my life long dream of writing a novel?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: blacksinow on 21 Dec 2013, 04:26
If you love 80's-syled anime, then you MUST watch Streets of Fire. It was instrumental in effecting the way anime such as Bubblegum Crisis (not 2040) and Megazone 23 came to be.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Wervelf on 07 Mar 2014, 23:45
I will suggest watching Orange is the New Black : Its based on prison life of women. How they live their everyday life and what problems they have to go through. By they way i have put it it may sound boring as i am not that good in explaining but try watching a trailer of this series its really good.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Welu on 13 May 2014, 10:04
The Kimberly Story (https://soundcloud.com/karissa-sorensen/the-kimberly-story) A school teacher telling a really interesting, creepy and "supposedly true" story.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 May 2014, 16:28
I would suggest reading Orange is the New Black, as it is the memoir of a woman who actually was in prison rather than a dramatised series inspired by that memoir. The show is entertaining and not outrageously far off in my limited experience of USA prisons, but the book is far better. I actually gave my copy to a girl on the train who was expressing rather ill-informed views of prison, so I need to buy a new one.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Blue Kitty on 15 Jun 2014, 16:31
Not sure if this has been posted yet
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Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: D-alx on 13 Jul 2014, 10:31
Not sure if this has been posted yet
(http://static03.mediaite.com/themarysue/uploads/2011/10/SFSignalNPR100Flowchart.jpeg)

Man, I've finished a whole bunch of the fiction and sci-fi books. (Feist, Salvatore, Eddings, George Martin, Heinlein, LeGuinn

Still can't believe they missed out L.E. Modesitt - his books are abstract but good, I keep learning something new everytime I re-read his books.

Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Jul 2014, 05:37
Hello!

I'd like some recommendations for children's books in english, for a tiny person how is three, soon to be four. He's also dutch. He's interested.

Seriously, we're not pushing him.

Anyway, anyone know any good titles?
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Thrillho on 22 Jul 2014, 06:19
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Have You Seen My Hat? (I think it's called)

Joke answer:
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Jul 2014, 07:53
Don't need that last item. He sleeps just fine, thank you very much. Thank you for the others. I'll check.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Welu on 22 Jul 2014, 12:28
I have nostalgia for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Eric-Carle/dp/0140569324) and Don't Forget The Bacon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Forget-Bacon-Red-classics/dp/0099413981).
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: hedgie on 22 Jul 2014, 14:06
Hmm, there's always "Amphigorey", which is a collection of 15 of Edward Gorey's children's books.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: ev4n on 29 Jul 2014, 06:26
Hello!

I'd like some recommendations for children's books in english, for a tiny person how is three, soon to be four. He's also dutch. He's interested.

Seriously, we're not pushing him.

Anyway, anyone know any good titles?

Poems by Shel Silverstein come highly recommended.  My kids always loved Smart (though knowing american coinage helps) and Mr Moody
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 Jul 2014, 07:37
Written down and appreciated!
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 07 Aug 2014, 12:27
I'm sure I've recommended this before but I can't help but think it's worth mentioning again.

Utopia

If you miss that bit of Game of Thrones where the life expectancy of any character simply isn't guaranteed, Utopia
If you miss that bit of Game of Thrones that has Ygritte in it, Utopia
If you enjoy a well crafted bit of conspiracy theory, Utopia
If you like slowly emerging character development without too much a distracting amount of exposition, Utopia
If you are entertained by brilliant, experimental and unfettered British Drama, Utopia

Basically watch this, it's awesome and the theme music is a little addictive too.

Utopia
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Aziraphale on 22 Oct 2014, 20:26
Hello!

I'd like some recommendations for children's books in english, for a tiny person how is three, soon to be four. He's also dutch. He's interested.

Seriously, we're not pushing him.

Anyway, anyone know any good titles?

Two by Quint Buchholz: "Sleep Well, Little Bear," and "The Collector of Moments." The stories (especially the latter) are great, and the illustrations (again, especially the latter) are amazing. Anything by William Joyce, but especially his older stuff. Raymond Briggs ("The Man" is a personal favorite). David Wiesner's stuff is also fun -- some of it, like "Tuesday" and "Sector 7," is wordless, which lets you and your little person decide where the story goes.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: Dalillama on 16 Feb 2015, 14:03


Anyway, anyone know any good titles?
Daniel Pinkwater's Tooth Gnasher Superflash, The Big Orange Splot, The Wuggie Norple Story, and pretty much anything else.  A lot of his books are a little older than the kid (mostly aimed at ~7-12 year olds), but those ones are younger.
Title: Re: Recommendations!
Post by: tywren on 12 Mar 2015, 19:54
I've found this fun little animated web series, and thought i'd share it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trfB_0ycTp0&list=PL_9VobYoMHhBjLjSxq5vzNW_9b00VUxiE

The creator has taken Native America, and Mesoamerican mythos, as well as early American folk tales, mixed them together, and come up with a unique story. There is also a heavy musical influence to the series, though admittedly very different music to that associated with QC.

Anyway, give it watch, and i hope you enjoy.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 20 Jun 2015, 07:43
Yesterday we saw Tennant and Tate in Much Ado About Nothing. Find it. It's hilarious.
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Post by: Emoroffle on 19 Mar 2016, 20:32
For those that are into manga and anime I highly recommend Wandering Son (Horou Musuko) it's is probably the single best piece in anime/manga with a positively represented trans character. For non-LGBT focused work with a well represented trans character I'd say watch Moyashimon. Kei starts transition during the first season of the anime but it's really just a side plot since she is not the main character.
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Post by: powermta on 24 Aug 2017, 09:16
My recommendation will be Gattaca, is a pretty good movie that no much people haven't seen yet
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Post by: Is it cold in here? on 06 Oct 2017, 18:21
"San Junipero", an episode from Season 4 of "Black Mirror". Not a remarkable plot but meticulously crafted and emotionally affecting.
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Post by: dutchrvl on 18 Dec 2017, 14:27
"San Junipero", an episode from Season 4 of "Black Mirror". Not a remarkable plot but meticulously crafted and emotionally affecting.

Black Mirror as a whole is such a great show, with almost perfect handling of contemporary issues.

Anyway, I highly recommend 2 Netflix shows: Mindhunter and Dark.
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Post by: Clovis Man on 14 Mar 2018, 23:51
I need to dig out my copy of the 2010 BBC4 version of Macbeth, starring Sit Patrick Stewart. It's faithful to the original, and fits surprisingly well into a early 1950s Stalinist Soviet Union setting.

Along this line, I'd also recommend Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jō), the 1957 adaptation by Akira Kurosawa.
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Post by: Is it cold in here? on 16 Mar 2018, 18:45
A Wrinkle in Time.
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Post by: Meadomancer on 18 May 2018, 22:41
Kill Six Billion Demons (https://killsixbilliondemons.com)

The best description I can come up with is a pandimensional wuxia-styled adventure influenced by heavy metal and hard drugs.  Currently on an interlude as the author works on a huge update. 
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Post by: sitnspin on 19 May 2018, 08:48
"The Abyss Surrounds Us" Lesbian pirate, a girl who trains and controls giant sea monsters, naval battles, monster fights, burgeoning love between queer ladies. It's a quick paced, fun, and engaging story with rich, complex, layered characters, exciting action, tense emotions, and a healthy discussion of consent.
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Post by: Thrillho on 19 May 2018, 09:37
Is that a book or what? Sounds great.
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Post by: sitnspin on 19 May 2018, 13:34
It is a book, yes. The author's name is Emily Skrutskie.
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Post by: heyjames4 on 23 Aug 2018, 19:00
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (https://www.amazon.com/Is-Mature-Love-as-Difficult/dp/B07C3WL3VP/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1535075802&sr=1-1&keywords=wotakoi)
A romance comedy anime/manga. I enjoyed it and think that other fans of QC might enjoy it too.

It's about some twenty-something nerds with office jobs being in romances, having misunderstandings and troubles, and addressing those troubles by talking about their feelings with each other.

The last few arcs in QC (Sam's workplace injury, Claire's anxiety) have been in similar spaces. Where the troubles of everyday life can be overcome, if you put in the emotional work.
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Post by: BenRG on 21 Sep 2018, 05:31
Miss Melee (http://miss-melee.com/comic/1-0/) - An indie superhero comic.
Basically, it's the story of Janice 'Jan' Jones, a white-collar suburban professional, wife and mother who somehow manages to lead an amazing double-life as a costumed crime-fighter. However, as the story progresses, it becomes ever clearer that the two sides of Jan's life are slowly beginning to merge!
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Post by: dutchrvl on 01 Mar 2019, 07:27
I would recommend "Umbrella academy" on Netflix. Based on a limited comic series, it's basically about a dysfunctional family of 7 adopted children with possible superpowers.

WIthout giving away anything, one of the best things about it is that it's not much about their powers, but really about the family dynamics and personal struggles. Yet, there are some fascinating sci-fi/fantasy ideas strewn in as well. While not perfect by any means, it has enough going for it, including a some strong performances, mainly by Ellen Page and 15-year old Aidan Callagher.