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Suggest Some…Stuff That Isn’t Books

February 27th, 2013 by Cobwebs

A couple of weeks ago I asked this site’s readers to suggest books that they thought other readers might enjoy. Intrepid commenter Cookie came up with several, then asked:

***Can we do movies and music too sometime? Please?!!?****

A capital idea.

Feel free to suggest either or both. Here are a few from me:

For movies, assuming that you’ve already seen the obvious ones like Poltergeist (still my single favorite horror movie) and The Exorcist (one of the few perks of living in the DC area is being close to the Exorcist steps), let me recommend The Uninvited–the 1944 version, not any of the remakes or similarly-titled dreck–a wonderfully atmospheric ghost story, Constantine (yeah, Keanu Reeves, but also Tilda Swinton), and Alien, still the classic SF/horror hybrid. Oh, and also Blade Runner, just because.

For music, I have no this-song-will-change-your-life recommendations, so I just hit Shuffle on my iPod and listed the first ten songs that came up (feel free to do the same):

Birdhouse in Your Soul (They Might Be Giants)
London Calling (The Clash)
Robots (Flight of the Conchords)
I’m Afraid of Americans (David Bowie)
Strangelove (Depeche Mode)
Code Monkey (Jonathan Coulton)
The Ghosts That Haunt Me (Crash Test Dummies)
Mowgli’s Road (Marina and the Diamonds) (Don’t judge)
The Dead Heart (Midnight Oil)
Mr. Spock (Nerf Herder)

(Bonus link: The next song that came up, Sisters of Mercy’s This Corrosion, has an unintentionally hilarious music video.)

Your turn–leave your recommendations in the comments!

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  1. Chris Says:

    Okay. The iPod shuffle – first 10 songs… and I refuse to be embarrassed by anything that may appear:

    Gone (Ben Folds)
    Mama (Spice Girls)
    Shores of California (The Dresden Dolls)
    Boy Toy (Starf*cker)
    Bright Lights Bigger City (Cee Lo Green)
    This Time I Know It’s For Real (Donna Summer)
    December (Collective Soul)
    Hot ‘N Cold (Katy Perry)
    Rhythm of Love (Plain White T’s)
    Human (Jon McLaughlin)

    Favorite movies (again, refuse to be embarrassed):

    And Then There Were None – probably the best Agatha Christie movie. Ever.
    Carrie – the ultimate teenage angst gone awry movie.
    Clue – “Madeleine Kahn”… need I say more?
    Donnie Darko – a mindbending movie that I’m still trying to unbend.
    Edward Scissorhands – Tim Burton’s triumph, IMHO.
    Fido – awesome spin on the zombie genre.
    Final Destination series – if there are movie writers out there who can come up with better ways for people to meet their maker, I challenge you now.
    Ghost Ship – ‘Cause who DOESN’T want to see a luxury liner full of passengers slaughtered?
    Jennifer’s Body – ’nuff said.
    Just Friends – I may be one of the only straight men in America who will freely admit that Ryan Reynolds is hilariously charming in this movie. Two other words: Anna Faris.
    Logan’s Run – a retro favorite. I see a remake happening in 3…2…1…
    Murder By Death – Just. Watch. It.
    Orphan – a major “Oh no she didn’t!” movie.
    Peggy Sue Got Married – charming time-travel story back when Kathleen Turner was hot.
    Scream – the movie that turned the horror genre on its ear.
    Slither – …the fat woman in the barn: wait for it…. wait for it….
    The Birds – the schoolyard scene alone is worth the price of admission.
    The Faculty – good old fashioned campy sic-fi goodness.
    The Mist – the ending… Oh God! the ending!!
    The Poseidon Adventure – In the water, I’m a very skinny lady.
    12 Monkeys – the movie that gave me a man-crush on Brad Pitt’s acting abilities

    Okay… I’ve gone on long enough… almost couldn’t stop but I want to give other blog followers a chance LOL

  2. Kaitlin Michelle Says:

    Music. 10 on shuffle
    Jimmy the Exploder by the White Stripes
    Goldtooth by Nothingface
    Nebel by Rammstein
    Ball and Biscuit by the White Stripes
    ‘Round Midnight by Amy Whinehouse
    Versus the World by Amon Amarth
    Liar by Emilie Autumn
    Daniel Cowman by Regina Spektor
    Thank You by Alanis Morissette
    So Happy by Theory of a Deadman


    The Perfect Host
    The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things (really f’ed up)
    Hounddog (equally f’d up)
    Party Monster
    Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
    Brake (has to be the lowest budget movie ever, but amazing!)
    Midnight Meat Train
    Let the Right One In
    See No Evil
    Are You Scared?

    Kudos for having Flight of the Conchords on your shuffle!

  3. pensive Says:

    I have never used shuffle, so was interested to see what would happen. dear god in heaven.

    NIN- Last
    Norah Jones- Cry, Cry, Cry (live)
    Daryl Hall & John Oates- Adult Education (I blame Chevalier for this)
    Don Henley- All She Wants To Do Is Dance
    Gwen Stefani- Hollaback Girl
    Run DMC- Christmas in Hollis
    Amy Winehouse- Tears Dry On Their Own
    Eels- What’s A Fella Gotta Do
    Garbage- Queer
    Foo Fighters- Everlong

    As for the films, I have a few I keep on near constant rotation. Music distracts me too much when I work (shut up, I know, but I can hear all the parts) yet I can keep a movie on in the background. These make the cut on a regular basis:

    The Resident Evil franchise, mostly 1 and 3.
    Trick R Treat
    Best in Show*

    a movie I actually WATCH on a regular basis is Miller’s Crossing. dialogue from this movie is shorthand for conversation around here.

    *incidentally, the scene where Parker Posey goes crazy on the hotel manager? that was every moment with me on fertility drugs. someone should have murdered me. i was awful. to this day “stupid hotel manager!” means “Stop being a jerk!”

  4. cookie Says:


    Fats Waller’s organ music Old, scratchy, makes you feel like you just made out with a stranger at a traveling carnival.

    Sleepchamber; Sex Magic Ritual
    Scary, no, horrifying. What they play in Hell to subdue the population.

    Joseph Suk; Fantastique Scherzo
    A beautiful beatiful piece. I dare you to listen to it without seeing in your mind’s eye ghosts waltzing.

    Travis Wammack; That Scratchy Guitar From Memphis
    ROCKabilly before it had a name.

    Eilert Pilarm’s Greatest Hits
    Nicknamed the Swedish Elvis he sings all of the King’s songs PHONETICALLY. Great to play at the END of a party to convince guests they’ve had a bit too much and should be getting on home.

    Gregorian Chants
    Hey You want atmosphere….?

    May I make a general suggestion here? Get yourself a radio, a GOOD radio, one that can pick-up stations that are small or very far away. College stations are a wealth of odd music that you would never run across in any other way. Last week I had the pleasure of listening to Bollywood’s version of Rap ( apparently F**k cannot be translated ) and I laughed so hard I almost lost my breakfast. There are a lot of treasures out there just waiting. Put down the ipod and go old school and be amazed, be very amazed.


    FEMALE TROUBLES A John Waters movie way before he went mainstream with hairspray but not as gross as Pink Flamingoes. The protaganist has a wonderful rant that should be memorized by any one with anti-social tendancies and if you watch it with a friend you will gain hours of pleasure commenting on people by giving each other a knowing look and saying,” She’s on the road to Mortville! “.

    Can be enjoyed even without drugs.

    Creepy, strange, induces weird dreams and will make you think twice about having children.

    A Quay brother’s animation. If you are not familiar with their work this will make you a fan. Intense and insane

    A documentary about two of the Kennedy’s clan that the “first family” would rather you didn’t know about. Strange, a bit funny and somewhat heartbreaking.

    There’s tons more but I too will be polite and limit my list.

  5. Saw Says:

    creature feature is a interesting band very different from what im used to but still good

    they have songs like “gorey demise” kinda like the ABC’s of dieing

    “buried alive” has just so many refences to edger allen poe

    “things worse then death” ect

    Cude (currently on
    kinda reminds me of SAW but has no rhyme or reson

    Midnight Movie – nothing says fun like old horror movie killers coming to life

    Dolls – movie about mean adults getting killed by dolls & then turned into dolls- and older movie but nice grapics for its time

    Demonic toys 1 – evil toys brought to life by satan who wants to be reborn-older movie & a little slow but good ( i DO NOT suggest demonic toys 2 though )

    alot of fullmoon productions are good (like killer toys? older movies? youll probly like alot of their movies

  6. Terri Says:

    Nothing life-chnahging, just my iPod on shuffle:
    Cub – My Chinchilla
    Sonic Youth – Youth Against Fascism
    Prince & the Revolution – Baby I’m a Star
    The Smiths – Shakespeare’s Sister
    Guns N Roses – Mr. Brownstone
    The Ramones – Bop ‘Til You Drop
    The B-52’s – Channel Z
    Cub – Tell Me Now
    Faith No More – Evidence
    Diana Ross – Upside Down
    As for movies, these are just ones that I love and watch over and over:
    Trading Places
    The Lost Boys
    The Little Mermaid
    Animal House
    Beauty and the Beast
    Basket Case (only the first one)

  7. Terri Says:

    Erm, “changing”, even

  8. cookie Says:

    @ Terri
    Basket Case!!! Wonderful movie, usually followed by a week of “DWANE!! DWANE!! DWANE!!” being shouted at every opportunity

  9. Holly Says:

    The Weeping Song (Nick Cave)
    Fall Back Down (Rancid)
    She’s an Angel (They Might Be Giants)
    Punk Rock Girl (Dead Milkmen)Any Cure but my favs are Catch, Just Like Heaven and Pictures of You

  10. Terri Says:

    @cookie– LOL!! It is so unintentionally hilarious. Glad to find another fan!

  11. WitchArachne Says:

    Wow I forgot about Basket Case. I need to go out and buy that and make the boyfriend watch it. I made him watch Super Troopers yesterday. He was quite grateful, and now keeps meowing during conversation.
    I’m in a serious minority here of people who liked the remake of The Haunting. I thought it was creepy when I first saw it, and I still enjoy it. There’s not a lot of creepy movies that I watch anymore, just because I can’t find the right atmosphere at home. I do like funny movies though, and peeps should check out anything by Mel Brooks (especially Men in Tights), and Shaun of the Dead is also brilliant. And for the Trekkers out there who don’t take it too seriously, watch Galaxy Quest and laugh your tits off.

    As far as music goes, I pretty much only listen to regular, mainstream stuff, because I’m boring and can’t usually listen to an album all the way through anyway. The exception is the band Ayreon. They’re weird, experimental folk/glam/metal/hard-to-define music. Each album tells an epic story, and it all sounds great. Try River of Time as a starter:

  12. Sisifo Says:

    Sweet sounds:
    The Ghost of Emma Jean, Beat Circus
    Happy Together, Filter
    Bottom of the River, Delta Rae (the music video, I love)
    Come Away to the Water, Maroon 5
    Let Me Die, The Classic Crime

    And I actually have a question about a short film, Death of a Shadow. Does anyone know how I could get my hands on it?

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