92 Films I Like in Alphabetical Order

This afternoon I wrote this list with 92 films that I like to make a short video.

01. A History of Violence
02. A Simple Plan
03. A Zed & Two Noughts
04. After Hours
05. Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
06. Arrebato
07. Back to the Future
08. Barton Fink
09. Blow-Up
10. Body Heat
11. Bubble
12. Buffalo 66
13. Cotton Club
14. Crash
15. Crimes and Misdemeanors
16. Cry Baby
17. Charade
18. Dangerous Liaisons
19. Dead Man
20. Dersu Uzala
21. Die Hard
22. Down by Law
23. Dracula
24. Drive
25. Drowning by Numbers
26. Ed Wood
27. Everyone Says I Love You
28. Exotica
29. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
30. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
31. Fight Club
32. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
33. Godfellas
34. Half Nelson
35. Heathers
36. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
37. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
38. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
39. Kick-Ass
40. L’année dernière à Marienbad
41. L’atalante
42. La pianiste
43. Lars and the Real Girl
44. Leningrad Cowboys Go America
45. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
46. Lost Highway
47. M. Butterfly
48. Manhattan Murder Mystery
49. Match Point
50. My Beautiful Laundrette
51. My Own Private Idaho
52. Mystery Train
53. Night on Earth
54. North by Northwest
55. On connaît la chanson
56. Paris, Texas
57. Peeping Tom
58. Persona
59. Point Break
60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
61. Rashomon
62. Schizopolis
63. Secretary
64. Seven
65. Sex, Lies and Videotapes
66. Simple Men
67. Singing in the Rain
68. Some Like it Hot
69. Splendor In The Grass
70. Star Wars
71. The Adjuster
72. The Age of Innocence
73. The Belly of an Architect
74. The Brown Bunny
75. The Conversation
76. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
77. The Empire Strikes Back
78. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
79. The Last Seduction
80. The Living End
81. The Matrix
82. The Moderns
83. The Pillow Book
84. The Princess Bride
85. The Social Network
86. The Usual Suspects
87. Three Colors: Red
88. Underworld
89. V for Vendetta
90. Velvet Goldmine
91. Walkabout
92. Zodiac

A haunted apparatus

“The telephone, it turns out, owes its invention to more than simply hearing-aid experiments. Alexander Bell, who grew up playing with mechanical speech devices (his father ran a school for deaf children), lost a brother in adolescence. As a result of this, he made a pact with his remaining brother: if a second one of them should die, the survivor would try to invent a device capable of receiving transmissions from beyond the grave – if such transmissions turned out to exist. Then the second brother did die; and Alexander, of course, invented the telephone. He probably would have invented it anyway, and in fact remained a sceptic and a rationalist throughout his life – but only because his brothers never called: the desire was there, wired right into the handset, which makes the phone itself a haunted apparatus.”

Technology and the novel, from Blake to Ballard
Tom McCarthy
The Guardian, Saturday 24 July 2010

Another thing to learn about tears

“I’m supposed to cry and all that junk, but I’m pretty sure I’ve cried all the tears I had out of me by now. The last time I cried was at grandma’s funeral (…) and that’s when I figured out that tears couldn’t make someone who was dead alive again. There’s another thing to learn about tears: they can’t make somebody who doesn’t love you anymore love you again. It’s the same thing with prayers, I wonder how much of their lives people waste crying and praying to God, trying to make things that happened unhappen. If you ask me, the devil makes more sense than God does, I can at least see why people would want him around: It’s good to have somebody to blame for the bad stuff they do.”

The United States of Leland

Watchings

• Arduino The Documentary (2010) [watch]

Dead Set (2008)
Charlie Brooker

Misfits, Season 2 (2010)
Howard Overman

Sherlock, Season 1 (2010)
Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat

Dexter, Season 5 (2010)

Breaking Bad, Seasons 1-3 (2008-2010)
Vince Gilligan

Sons of Anarchy, Season 3 (2010)
Kurt Sutter

How I Met Your Mother, Seasons 1-5 (2005-2010)
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas

The Big Bang Theory, Seasons 1-3 (2007-2010)
Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady

Watchings

Fringe, Seasons 1-2 (2008-2010)
J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

• Человек с киноаппаратом / Man with a Movie Camera (1929) [watch]
Dziga Vertov

• Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

• The Ghost Writer (2010)
Roman Polanski

• El Abecedario de Gilles Deleuze. A de Animal (1988) [watch]

• Some Like It Hot (1959)
Billy Wilder

• Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Sidney Lumet

Silent but deadly [or why I can’t think clearly]

—So you think that music killed these people?
—Not music per se. Could you help me with this please, my dear?
—What about this? Would that work?
—Figaro? Perfect!
—We’ve known for some time that different sounds affect the brain in different ways.
—Look at my brain waves on the monitor.
—They’re smoothing out.
—Harmonic music reduces neural activity.
—Which is why we think more clearly when we listen to it, as opposed to this… Dissonance. Look… Look at my neurons.
—We get it, Walter. Can I turn this off now?
—Oh, sorry. You see, the point is this, that with this type of auditory phenomenon, taken to its ultrasonic extreme, can be fatal, and the way it affects the brain, it could well have induced some type of vegetative trance before death.
—Which would also explain the trauma to the inner ear.
—So we’re looking for some kind of deadly music box?
—No, it’s ultrasonic, so you wouldn’t be able to hear it, the frequency’s too high.
—Silent but deadly.

Fringe, episode 2 season 3.

The four mists of chaos

The     Four     Mists     of     Chaos,
                    the     North,     the     East,
                                the     West,
                       and     the     South,
                        went     to     visit     Chaos
    himself.
  He     treated     them     all     very     kindly
                and     when     they     were     
thinking     of     leaving,
         they     consulted     among     themselves
    how     they     might     repay     his     
hospitality.
   Since     they     had     noticed     that     he
     had                  no      holes      in      his
     body,                                    as      they
     each      had                  (eyes,      nose,
     mouth,      ears,      etc.),
               they      decided                  each
     day                  to      provide      him
             with      an      opening.
                                  At      the      end
    of      seven      days,
           Kwang-tse      tells      us,
                         Chaos                    died.

Indeterminancy by John Cage

Incivility and procrastination

“Si uno empieza por permitirse un asesinato, pronto no le da importancia a robar, del robo pasa a la bebida y a la inobservacia del día del Señor, y se acaba por faltar a la buena educación y por dejar las cosas para el día siguiente”.

Del asesinato considerado como una de las bellas artes, Thomas De Quincey. Alianza editorial

“For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.”

Second Paper on Murder, Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey

Self Portrait as a Drowned Man

“This photograph, shot in 1840 and titled Self Portrait as a Drowned Man, is not of a drowned man, and if it had been it would be far less interesting or important. This humble image, so far as anyone knows, can claim all of the following honorifics- First instance of intentional photographic fakery. First photographic practical joke. First use of a photograph as propaganda / protest. And, quite possibly, a result of the world’s first reliable photographic process, direct positive or otherwise.” [read complete text at the nonist]

Watchings

• The Passing (1991)
Bill Viola

• Making of Scott Bartlett’s On/Off [watch]

• Sound of Noise: Synopsis par Jim Birmant [watch]

• Report (1967)
Bruce Conner

• N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968)
Paul Sharits

• Adoration (2008)
Atom Egoyan