15 20 Memorable Movie Challenges

Keith Cunningham tagged me in the 15 20 memorable movies challenge (I gave myself another 5). I am tasked with naming 15 movies in 15 minutes thay have stuck with me. It shouldn’t be thought about for long.  I likewise challenge Bryon Krueger, Mark Toriski, and David Neureuther.
20. Horse Feathers  (First Marx Brothers movie, instantly hooked)
19. Brakhage (A documentary about Stan Brakhage, made me realize that film doesn’t always have to tell a story).
18. Brother Sun Sister Moon (One of my dad’s favorite movies, and I’ll never forget watching it with him)
17. Siddhartha (great movie memory shared with my sister Elysabeth, very inspirational movie)
16. Clerks (Maybe this movie doesn’t hold up like it did when I was a kid, but it definitely changed my life)
15. Holy Grail (Christian, 14 years old, comedy nerd)
14. The Sting (One of the coolest movies about Con artists in the 1930s, classic pairing of Newman/Redford)
13. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam is a favorite, but this movie opened up my mind)
12. A Trip to the Moon (Shorts count, and this one started me on my path to filmmaking)
11. Toy Story (This movie made me wanna be an animator)
10. Burden of Dreams (This movie made me appreciate foreign film and foreign filmmakers)
9. Cinema Paradiso (This movie verified my love of movies)
8.  Mystery Train (Saw this movie in my high school creative writing class, I thought it was the coolest film I had seen to this point)
7. Shadows of a Vampire (I loved this movie, saw it twice in the theater, also my first time at the Rosebud Theater in Milwaukee.  We saw this and Nosferatu back to back as part of my high school film club).
6. Crumb (Crazy talented artist and his crazy talented family?  Sign me up.  This is by far one of the best documentaries ever)
5. Ed Wood (Changed my life, enough said)
4. Back to the Future (Duh!)
3. Reservoir Dogs (See number 5)
2. The Good the Bad and the Ugly (My grandpa made me watch this movie with him, it’s my greatest movie memory)
1. Steamboat Willie (Best Mickey short ever made, revolutionary in so many ways).

Top 10 Books, Novels, and Literature

Patrick Erdman challenged me on Facebook to my top ten books, novels, and works of literature.  I accept your challenge sir… albeit late.

10.  The Crow by James O’Barr (Thank you Corey Duncan)
9.  My Life by Bill Clinton (I listened to this on tape, does that count?)
8. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (see number 9)
7. Zappa by Barry Miles  (also one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten… )
6. The Animators Survival Guide by Richard Williams (the official bible for all wannabe animators)
5.  Watchmen by Alan Moore (The first graphic novel I ever read voluntarily)
4.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (I think I read it 3 times at least)
3.  The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson  (book is good, movie was disappointing)
2.  Around the World in 80 Days* by Jules Verne (*Only read the Illustrated Classics version, and I’m fine with that.  It’s still on my book shelf).
1.  Of Mice and Men  (I loved this book, required reading but I read it at least twice while learning about it).
Thanks for the challenge, I am now going to challenge Elysabeth Reichman, Cecilia Kocinski-Mulder, Amy Taylor, and Marc Reichman.