Music, Movies, Books

There are rules to a good Top 5 list—guidelines, if you will.

1) The best test for greatness is time. I have a two-year rule.

2) Honorable mentions are for suckers. Pick five and stick with it!

3) It’s hard enough selecting only five; the order doesn’t matter.

4) People change and so will you. I update this list yearly.


Before I start, I thought I’d make another note. After discussing the scenario of Top 5 films with a friend, it made sense to clarify: this list is for classic, best-of-all-time type movies. Films like Dumb and Dumber or Happy Gilmore I could watch over and over again; they probably deserve their own list. I wouldn’t necessarily watch these classics every day, but they are still my favorite films. Make sense?

truman_show_ver11) The Truman Show (1998)

Director: Peter Wier

Writer: Andrew Nicol

Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris

220px-A_Bronx_Tale2) A Bronx Tale (1993)

Director: Robert DeNiro

Writer: Chazz Palminteri

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato

MV5BMTgxMTI1ODYyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjQyOTI3._V1_SY317_CR8,0,214,317_3) High Fidelity (2000)

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: Nick Hornby (book); D.V. Devincentis (screenplay)

Starring: John Cusack, Jack Black, Todd Louiso

Lifeaquaticposter4) The Life Aquatic (2004)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett

Eternal_sunshine_of_the_spotless_mind_ver35) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Director: Michel Gondry

Writer: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson


Music was harder to whittle down. If I could make a Top 5 list for every genre (which, really, if I had the time I would) it would be easier. There are favorite albums of mine not on this list: Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity comes to mind. Though Clarity would make the Top 5 Alternative Rock/Indie Album list, it’s not quite Top 5 of All Time material—to me, at least.

One last note: If I ever make a Top 5 Songs list, there would be songs, probably, not from this list of albums. Which is weird. There is something about an album—as a whole—that takes it to the next level. Gnaw mean?

61CMCCFS8VL1) Are You A Dreamer? – Denison Witmer

Genre: Folk/Singer Songwriter

Released: 2005

Label: The Militia Group


2) In Rainbows – Radiohead

Genre: Radiohead (Alternative Rock)

Released: 2007

Label: Self-Released

tumblr_kvs8haXi0E1qzj4a03) London Calling – The Clash

Genre: Rock

Released: 1979

Label: Epic

41N2QQ7TY9L4) Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

Genre: Rock?

Released: 1971

Label: Polydor / Umgd

avett_brothers_main5) I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers

Genre: Folk/Rock

Released: 2009

Label: American Recordings


I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. I’d love to put some of my more recent reads on this list, (I’ve been really into Stephen King, lately), though I think it’s wise to see if my joy wears off first.

I could read these books over and over again, though they are listed here for more than just that reason. They are beautifully written—absolutely masterful. NOTE: I listed The Lord of the Rings as one trilogy instead of picking a book by itself. That might be considered cheating, but it’s my list so back off!

Through-Painted-Deserts1) Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller

Released: 2005 (sort of)

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Get it Here: AMAZON

rings_book_cover2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolken

Released: Over the course of many moons…

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Get it Here: Any thrift store

rye_catcher3) The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Released: 1951

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Get it Here: AMAZON

220px-SnowsOfKilimanjaro4) The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Ernest Hemingway

Released: A collection of short stories from the 20’s and 30’s

Publisher: Esquire, originally; Scribner, now

Get it Here: AMAZON

stand-stephen-king5) The Stand: Uncut & Expanded– Stephen King

Released: 1978 (Expanded: 1990)

Publisher: Doubleday

Get it Here: AMAZON

I’d like to hear from you! What is your Top 5?

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