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COMMENTERS: What goes in your cultural time capsule? Please chose 3 movies (1 comedy, 1 drama, 1 dumb action), 3 TV series (1 drama, 1 comedy and 1 British), 3 music albums (1 you love now, 1 you loved when you were younger, 1 you are uncertain as to why you ever loved because it’s truly terrible), and feel free to toss in some books or whatever.
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Comments (38)Movies: A Fish Called Wanda, Synecdoche New York, Die Hard
TV: The Wire, Seinfeld, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Music: Haunted (Poe), This Year’s Model (Elvis Costello), ???
Books (drama, comedy, nonfiction): House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Consider the Lobster by David Foster WallaceMovies: Life of Brian, Big Fish, True Lies
TV: Luther (though I would also accept Sherlock), The Daily Show, Doctor Who
Music: Last of the Great Pretenders (Matt Nathanson), Ride the Lighting (Metallica), Issues (Korn)
Books: The Name of the Wind (reading it now and loving it), The Phantom Tollbooth, Where the WIld Things Are (with the Blu-ray – i dont care if it’s cheating)Movies: Blazing Saddles, Taxi Driver, Commando
TV: The West Wing, Red Dwarf, House of Cards (1990)
Music: Abra Kadavar (Kadavar), Quadrophenia (The Who), N/A- I regret nothing
Books: Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein), Hitchhiker’s Guide…(Adams), Guns, Germs, and Steel (Diamond)Movies:
Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Following, Punisher: War Zone (you did say dumb)
Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Spaced
Marcus Miller – Renaissance, NOFX – White Trash Two Heebs And A Bean, Korn – Follow The Leader (I may have to listen to this today to see why I don’t listen to it any more…)Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fight Club, Marvel’s The Avengers
TV: The West Wing, Arrested Development, Downton Abbey
Music: Led Zeppelin IV, R.E.M. – Automatic for the People, ‘N Sync – No Strings Attached
Books: Sandman, American Gods, Ender’s Game, Hitchhiker’s Guide, The Hobbit/LotR
Ceri· 100 weeks agoHoh boy, this is gonna be tough…
Movies: Plan 9 From Outer Space (unintentional comedy, but hilarious and should be preserved), Once, Demolition Man
TV series: The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Doctor Who
Music albums: Florence and The Machine: Between Two Lungs, Four Non Blondes: Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, and (I can’t believe I once liked this crap) Backstreet Boys: Backstreet’s Back.
(Disclaimer: I don’t buy/listen to a lot of albums, I just have an eclectic collection of songs from all ages on permanent shuffle.)Movies: Anchorman, The Fountain, True Lies
TV: Battlestar Galactica, Better Off Ted, Sherlock
Music: Middle Cyclone – Neko Case, Boys for Pele – Tori Amos, Poe – Haunted
Books: Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley, House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski, Collected Sherlock Holmes – ACD.
doko239· 100 weeks agoMovies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Usual Suspects, Pirates of the Caribbean
TV: Firefly, South Park, Dr Who
Music: Dark Side of the Moon and that’s about it (never been a big music buff)
Books (long list): Ender’s Game, Lord of the Rings, Shogun, Necronomicon, Neuromancer, the Game of Thrones series
Andy· 100 weeks agoMovies: Super Troopers, Whats eating Gilbert Grape? and the greatest dumb action movie of all time – Demolition Man
TV: Game of Thrones, Buffy and The Young Ones
Music: Andrew W.K – I get Wet, Godzilla the Original Soundtrack and another copy of Godzilla the Original Soundtrack.
Books: The Wheel of Time series, Redwall series and a handful of Discworld books.Movies: Shaun of the Dead, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Mummy (the Brendan Fraser version – I am not ashamed)
TV: M*A*S*H, Scrubs, Doctor Who
Music: Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, Let it Go by The Clarks, Dru Hill/Sisqo (the early 2000s were a bad time)
Books (drama, comedy, nonfiction): World War Z by Max Brooks, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, On Writing by Stephen King
Bouncing Boy· 100 weeks agoMovies: The Producers(The original), Casablanca and Flash Gordon (I’d say Hot Fuzz, but that’s more a smart action movie)
TV: Does MASH count as Drama? if so, I’ll say MASH for the Drama and Gilligan’s Island for Comedy…British is a tough one but I think I’m going to have to go with Monty Python’s Flying Circus (runners up for British include Blackadder, Black Books, QI, Green Wing, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Spaced, Jeeves and Wooster, The Catherine Tate Show and A Bit of Fry and Laurie)
Music: Young Frankenstein (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Even Worse by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman! (original Broadway Cast Recording)
Books: (since you didn’t give us categories I’ll make them up) Comedy: The Myth-Adventures of Skeeve and Aahz series by Robert Lynn Asprin, Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Science Fiction: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Katie· 100 weeks agoMovies: Clue, Eternal Sunshine, Point Break
TV: Firefly, Cosby Show, Red Dwarf
Music: Bat for Lashes-Two Suns, Tori Amos-Under the Pink, Ace of Base-The Sign (I actually don’t think it’s terrible, I just wanted a fun one in there)
Books: (non-fiction) Joseph Campbell-The Power of Myth, (fiction) Kurt Vonnegut -Slaughterhouse Five, (other) Robert Frost poetry (or Emily Dickinson, can’t decide)Movies: Bedazzled, Blade Runner, Ready To Rumble
TV: Babylon 5, The Kids in the Hall, The Tomorrow People
Music: …I just can’t decide, and there’s simply nothing in the third category.
Books: The complete Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes and Girl Genius. (Hey, you didn’t say they had to be non-illustrated books…. 😉I’m crushing your head – I’m crushing your head! 😀
YoYo_lax· 100 weeks agoMovies: Young Frankenstein, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (just Two Towers if only one is allowed), DOOM
TV: Any/ All of Joss Whedon’s shows (or Battlestar Galactica), Adventure Time, Trigger Happy TV
Music: Blackwater Park (Opeth) (alternatively any Dream Theater album), Poodle Hat (Weird Al), whichever Das Racist CD has “PIzza Hut and Taco Bell” on it.
Misc: Some Terry Pratchett, D@D rulebooks, and A Song of Ice and Fire (even the not yet written ones)Movies: Clerks, Shawshank Redemption, Die Hard: With a Vengence, T.V.: NCIS, Firefly, and Doctor Who, Music: Daft Punk: Random Access Memories, Pearl Jam: Ten, Metalica: St. Anger, Books: Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonegutMovies: Shaun of the Dead, Fight Club, Die Hard
TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who
Music: Metallica–Death Magnetic (now), GnR–Appetite for Destruction (then), The Civil Wars–Barton Hollow (why?)
Books: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, all Stephen King, The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking (surprise!)
Misc.: The complete Calvin & Hobbs, DVD copies of a handful of Broadway musicals, a complete set of 12″ Army of Darkness action figures
Wes· 100 weeks agoMovies: Monty Python and The Holy Grail, The Third Man and Predator.
TV: The Wire, The Venture Bros. and Fawlty Towers
Music: The National – Trouble Will Find Me; Rush – Moving Pictures, something by the Bee GeesMovies: The Avengers, Airplane!, xXx (don’t judge me!)
TV: Star Trek (original flavor), The Red Green Show, Doctor Who (*all* of Doctor Who, from the very first adventure on)
Albums: Rush, “Grace Under Pressure”; Emerson Lake & Palmer, “Works Vol. I”; Triumvirat, “Spartacus” (seriously, why did I listen to that album so many times?)
And so many, *many* books – perhaps especially “The Way Things Work”, if only so our distant descendants can laugh at our primitive grasp of technology…Movies: The Avengers, Airplane!, xXx (don’t judge me!)Movies: “Monty Python’s Holy Grail,” “Highlander” (the first one), Lethal Weapon (the first one); TV series: Star Trek (TOS), Doctor Who (all), Saturday Night Live – original cast, and/or the Carol Burnett show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers (or was that Farty Towels?); Albums: Abbey Road (then and now), Super Taranta! (Gogol Bordello), Shaun Cassidy eponymous (I blame it on pre-teen hormones); Books: The Three Musketeers, Jhereg (Steven Brust), Nine Princes in Amber (Roger Zelazny), LOTR, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
There are actually a ton more albums, books and movies I like – the above is just what came to mind first.Actually, for favorite dumb action movies, I should have said almost all pre-Daniel Craig Bond movies – especially the Roger Moore period.
Salvador· 100 weeks agoMovies: Airplane!, Clock Work Orange, Tango and Cash. TV: West Wing, Scrubs, Red Dwarf. Music: Antifogmatic by Punch Brothers, The Wall by Pink Floyd, No Need to Argue by The Cranberries.
prkantor· 100 weeks agoMovies – (comedy) – History of the World Pt 1, (drama) – Godfather Pts 1 & 2, (action) – Die Hard
TV Series – (drama) – ST-TNG, (comedy) – South Park, (british) – Doctor Who
Music Albums – (love now) – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the moon, (loved when younger) – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, (uncertain why ever loved, cause truly terrible) – Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water
Books – LotR trilogy incl Hobbit (JRR Tolkien), Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein), Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut), The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), and a copy of the Torah
IltmanIain· 100 weeks agoFilms: Some Like It Hot, because nobody’s perfect. Kiss Me Deadly, What’s in the box? And dumb action film, Die hard 4.0 because we’ve all aged with John
Tv shows: as aBrit they will all be British so comedy; Ab Fab sweetie, drama; Dr Who of course, and finally The Avengers, the Honor Blackman years.
Music: Elephant by the White Stripes, the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack and The Kinks Collected singles
Books: Right Ho Jeeves, the Lord of The Rings, and the complete Sherlock Holmes stories
Chaucer59· 99 weeks agoHmm. Hey–uh, Joel? I’ve only just finished catching up on your webcomic. I’ve been pretty busy but I’ve spent every free minute for the past two weeks learning the ways of the Fancy Bastard. I gotta wonder, though, did something really bad happen that I missed? This was a really popular comic with a sizable following–maybe not as big as Willis or Corsetto, but big and cheerfully active. Somewhere around April of this year, the number of comments dropped considerably. This particular comic has been out for over a week, and mine is the first comment. WTF?
Also, I miss the photo comics. I thought the complainers were dead wrong on that score. In jokes or not, they were funny and provided genuine insight into webcomic artists’ mindsets.
Ali· 99 weeks agoYou’re the first comment? Lawl, what universe are you operating in? Scroll up. I count 33 before you.
yodanic· 99 weeks agoThe Ref, Serenity, Lethal Weapon 4 (drive thru – need I say more?)
Doctor Who (all of it), Coupling (British version), Sherlock (Cumberbatch), can I also have all the Star Trek series if I give up the music?Films: Blazing Saddles, Serenity….action is hard because it’s my favourite genre….RED/Die Hard/Commando/Kung Fu Hustle – the list goes on!
TV: The Wire, Firefly (there’s enough comedy to justify this!)/South Park, Green Wing/Blackadder
Music: Essential Ella – timeless, Use Your Illusion 2, Hangin Tough – I was a 14y/o girl!
Books – I would have to throw everything else out and fill the capsule with books. The Gone-Away World (seriously, READ IT), the Name of the Wind. Every. Single. Terry Pratchett. All the Douglas Adams……can I have a bigger capsule?