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Top 10 Whatever of 2009: Tully, Jones

Top 10 Whatever of 2009: Tully, Jones

There are a lot of lists going around about Top 10 films of the year, so I wanted to ask a bunch of film people to list their Top 10 “something else.” No movies, but their 10 favorite/best/notable things of 2009:

Michael Tully, filmmaker and editor, Hammer To Nail
(Top 10 Discoveries of 2009)

10. Mark Rabinowitz’s seafood stew

9. “David After Dentist”

8. Fiddlestixx

7. Catacombs by Cass McCombs

6. Vice Magazine interview with David Simon by Jesse Pearson

5. Mad Men Season 3 (episodes 11-13)

4. The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer

3. The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, Breece D’J Pancake

2. Micro Plush Bedding

1. Sweatpants

Doug Jones, associate director of programming, Los Angeles Film Festival
(The Top 10 Books I Found in Thrift Stores in 2009)

How to Write Short Stories (1924) by Ring W. Lardner
“Betsy is some doll when she is all fixed up and believe me she knows how to fix herself up. I don’t know what she uses but it is weather proof as I have been out in a rain storm with her and we both got drowned but her face stayed on.”

The Collected Short Stories of Ben Hecht (1945)
“Those readers who fancy what they like to call a chaste style and demand that a love story or a great adventure be told in words that would not embarrass a tomato-can label, will find me not their dish at all. For I am, and always have been, a very clever fellow with words.”

The Deadly Percheron (1946) by John Franklin Bardin
“Most abnormalities adhere closely to a few, well-established patterns. It is not often that you find a man so imaginatively insane as Jacob Blunt seemed to be.”

Shake Well Before Using (1948) by Bennett Cerf
“‘Ross,’ snarled Woollcott, ‘you are the kind of poltroon I find it hard to deal with,’ and flounced off to air his grievance to Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. He even persuaded them to cancel their subscription to the New Yorker.”

Warlock (1958) by Robert Stone
“Gannon stumbled a step forward as though someone had pushed him from behind, and his own Colt jarred in his hand. He was deafened then, but he saw Wash fall, hazed in gunsmoke. Wash fell on his back.”

Hollywood Screwballs (1962) by Leo Guild
“Once when I knew her better, I called Bette Davis ‘Bet.’ Only once I made that error. She screamed at me, and I ran and hid in my office. When Bet, I mean Bette, screamed, even the studio heads got frightened.”

Wanderer (1963) by Sterling Hayden
“‘Captain,’ the man said. I should apologize and set him straight. I’m not captain, mister, just an actor fighting to become an ex-actor, but thanks—thank you very much.”

The Cowman Says It Salty (1971) by Ramon F. Adams
“He used to ride to town ever’ chance he got to spend his wages on pies and throat-ticklin’ truck, eatin’ like a hoss balin’ bunchgrass till he developed a chronic case of bellyache, all because there’s a biscuit-shooter workin’ there that’s easy on the eyes.”

Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace 1951-1952 (2005)
“Hey, Billy! Bring over your water pistol, pea shooter and sling shot. I got a swell idea for a game!”

The Man Who Heard Voices Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale (2006) by Michael Bamberger
“Night gave Paul two notes. He had more, but he kept them to himself. He didn’t want to overwhelm his lead. He was already worried about over-rehearsing him. Night said, ‘Sometimes I don’t mind the word you decide to stutter on, but narf is a loaded word.'”

Forty Cartoon Books of Interest (2006) by Seth
“For one thing, it’s hard to feel like a connoisseur when you’re buying ten ‘Andy Capps’ from a bookish old man. I have to admit—I once bought a Tolstoy paperback just so I wouldn’t have to plunk down a lone Family Circus at the cash register. Pornography would have been less embarrassing.”

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