Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Question 7

What are your top five all time favorite albums, books and movies?

I expect answers from all the MOATies ... so start thinking.


At 2:52 PM , Anonymous Sarcasmo said...

Does it count if I comment the same thing 22 times?

At 2:54 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

I'll get to work on my list, but, I want to go ahead and state, for the record, that my list is the best by far.

And anyone who does not agree with me...must surely have a better list.

At 2:55 PM , Anonymous Sarcasmo said...

Are we supposed to give you 5 3 seperate top 5 lists, or combine the three categories and give you one top 5 with movies, books, and albums?

Top 5:

The Great Divide - Semisonic
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (that's a top 5 all by itself)
The Patriot
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

At 3:00 PM , Blogger punky said...

three seperate top five lists.

now get to crackin'

At 3:06 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...

waiting on poster 21.

just sayin

At 3:11 PM , Blogger LabSpecimen said...

These are not in order.

Top five albums:
Led Zeppelin IV - LZ
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
In the Court of the Crimon King - King Crimson
Grown Backwards - David Byrne
Smile - Brian Wilson
[Bob Dylan left off because there is no way to pick less than five of his albums!]

Top five movies:
Godfather II
Office Space
The Lord of the Rings [trilogy]

Top five books:
Fletch - Gregory McDonald
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway
[What do you mean "that's seven"?]

At 3:21 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

In no particular order...

1. Ben Folds - Whatever and Ever Amen
2. Andrea Bocelli - Sentimiento
3. Beck - Guero
4. Beatles - 1
5. Bach - [violin concertos]

1. 1984 - George Orwell
2. All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
3. I Leap Over the Wall - Monica Baldwin (autobiography of a former nun)
4. reserved for future readings
5. reserved for future readings

1. You Can't Take It With You (directed by Frank Capra)
2. Shrek 2
3. The Gay Divorcee (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers)
4. reserved
5. reserved

At 3:35 PM , Blogger LabSpecimen said...

That was my first comment on Punky's blog. Thanks for not making a big deal of it or anything. *wink*

At 3:39 PM , Blogger Tamara said...


Somebody clean it up! ;)

At 3:43 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

Wow, tall order. I'll see what I can come up with in 5 minutes, including typing time. That leaves 2 minutes.

No particular order here.

1. Beatles: White Album
2. Green Day: American Idiot
3. Jeff Beck: Wired
4. Some classical Spanish guitar album I've had in my deck so long I can't remember its name or who did it.
5. Who's Next

1.P.D. Eastman: Go Dog Go
2.Brian Jacques: All of his Redwall books.
3.Crime and Punishment: Dostyevsky (I know it's misspelled)
4. I'll think of something later.
5. Later

1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Chinatown
3. The King of Comedy
4. Groundhog Day
5. Mad Hot Ballroom

At 3:51 PM , Anonymous Susan said...

Hmm...(and these are in no particular order)

1. Bad For Good-Jim Steinman
2. Marc Cohn-Marc Cohn
3. Bruce Springsteen-18 Tracks
4. Def Leppard-Vault
5. Warren Zevon-Genius-The Best of Warren Zevon

1. Time Enough For Love (or To Sail Beyond the Sunset)-Robert Heinlein
2. The Hitchhikers Trilogy-Douglas Adams
3. Onions in the Stew-Betty MacDonald
4. any one of my Calvin and Hobbes books
5. The Princess Bride

1. Bringing Up Baby
2. Blazing Saddles
3. Streets of Fire
4. Miss Congeniality
5. The Princess Bride

At 3:55 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

OOOH! I forgot Movie: The Philadelphia Story!

At 3:57 PM , Anonymous kibby F5 said...

... you really expect me to remember FIVE titles in THREE categories!?

Toilet paper dispenses over the top to provide an astetic appearance rather than a functional necessity sitting next to the toilet.

At 4:11 PM , Blogger punky said...

Top Five Albums:
1. Van Morrison ~ Moondance
2. Sarah MacLachlan ~ Fumbling ...
3. Pink Floyd ~ Dark Side ...
4. Counting Crows ~ August and ...
5. Emmylou Harris ~ Red Dirt Girl

Top Five Books:
1. Atlas Shrugged ~ Ayn Rand
2. Illusions ~ Richard Bach
3. The Red Tent ~ Anita Diamant
4. Redeeming Love ~ Francine Rivers
5. Tie: The Fountainhead or We The Living ~ Ayn Rand

Top Five Movies:
1. Out of Africa
2. American History X
3. American Beauty
4. Five Easy Pieces
5. Tie: The Princess Bride or Groundhog Day

At 4:25 PM , Anonymous southerngirl said...

Books (not necessarily in order)

1. Stephen King (probably The Stand, or the Dark Tower series)
2. Catcher in the Rye
3. Interview with the Vampire
4. A Separate Peace
5. Tricky Business and Big Trouble
(not getting paid by Dave, it just happens to be true)

Albums (not necessarily in order)

1. Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy
2. Led Zeppelin IV
3. Johnny Rivers' Greatest Hits
4. Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
5. 3 Doors Down Away from the Sun
(plus SO many more - 5 is hard!)

Movies (you know, not in order)
1. My Cousin Vinny
2. Arachnaphobia
3. The Shining, Storm of the Century, Pet Sematary
4. Forrest Gump
5. Shrek

I KNOW in a little while I'll think of others I should have added, or removed, or whatever, but c'est la vie!

At 4:26 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...


At 4:38 PM , Blogger punky said...

I recall really liking A Separate Peace ... I read in school ... junior high, I think.

At 4:53 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...

I'll just have to be happy in the fact that Punkys Pole Practice was Plenty.

ok, so I thought I had the patients, but then I'm no Dr. so there's that.


1. Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table and Dreaming
2. Counting Crows – August and Everything After
3. The Who- Who’s Next
4. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
4a. Zepplin - IV (zoso)
5. Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
Eleventy- Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

(That was my favorite list by the way)


1. Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
3. Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (actually the whole Series)
4. The Shining by Stephen King
5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding


1. High Fidelity
2. Star Wars
3. Grease 2
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. Princess Bride
5 ½ Godfather 5 ¾ Pulp Fiction

At 5:07 PM , Blogger punky said...

I could fill a top five with John Cusack movies alone ... :)

1. Better Off Dead (I want my two dollars)

2. High Fidelity (Jack Black .. nuff said)

3. Grosse Pointe Blank (you get dental with that?)

4. Say Anything (I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.)

5. Being John Malkovich (being spit out onto the NJ Turnpike is pure brilliance)

At 5:33 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...

Punky- agreed.

Also I forgot one on my books list (and I plan to read more of his)

Gold Coast - Nelson DeMille

{{ burp! }}

At 5:43 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...


I smell a lap dance. (NTTATWT)

At 5:53 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

WHoa - let me think:
1. Pillars of The Earth.
2. Hero's Die
3. Dave Barry Does Japan
4. The Man Who Never Missed
5. Please Understand Me 2 (a book that was instrumental in me understanding me.)

Movies: So hard to choose, and they have changed over time:

1. Love Actually
2. Grosse Pointe Blank
3. The Bridge over the River Kwai
4. The Blues Brothers
5. The Power of One

Albums, in no real order:
1. Phil Collins - No Jacket Required (wore it out in high school)
2. The Specials - The Specials (ska at it's best.)
3. Rancid - Out come the Wolves (for when I want to thrash about.)
4. Squeeze - Singles (to sing along to)
5. Yanni - Live at the Acropolis (don't look at me like that - it's a great album!)

At 6:05 PM , Anonymous Sarcasmo said...

Darn you Higgy!!!! You better take lots of photos/video.

At 7:05 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

WHOOOAH? I was #22! TOP NOTCH!!!

ANd I didn't even read the MOAT before posting here! WOOOT!

*breaks out the web-cam so everyone can join in*

At 7:42 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

Not my top fives, per se, but the first five that come to mind when thinking of my favorite...


The Ender's Game Series - Orson Scott Card
Mr. Was - Pete Hautman
The Hitchhiker's Guide series - Douglas Adams
The Alvin Maker Series - Orson Scott Card
The Princess Bride - William Goldman


Man on the Moon


The Blue Album - Weezer
The Hour of Bewilderbeast - Badly Drawn Boy
Straight On Till Morning - Blues Traveler
Anthologie - La Bottine Souriante
Self-titled - Third Eye Blind

At 9:34 PM , Blogger punky said...

The rules clearly state that new Daddys are not "entitled" (read: allowed) a lapdance ... but they are entitled to free babysitting for one night :) Says right here in the Upstanding Women Who Look Out For One Another (WWLOFOA) Handbook.

At 10:13 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

Drat that handbook! Always getting in my way!

Punkster - loving the blog, by the way. Keep those questions rolling. I really appreciate everyone's answers!

At 1:43 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Okay.. here's what little I've got. I'm listening to the download of DB from NPR today. I saw things in everyone else's lists that I just wanted to add to mine. Here's my (not definitive) top 5 things..

1. The Bible
2. The Bone People - Keri Hulme
3. any of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series...
4. anything by Dave Barry
5. or Lee Child (Jack Reacher is HAWT!)

1. Casablanca
2. The Princess Bride
3. When Harry Met Sally
4. A Fish Called Wanda
5. The Phantom Of The Opera

ALBUMS (more accurately Artists..)
1. Ella Fitzgerald (anything)
2. Andrea Bocelli (anything)
3. Keb Mo - anything, but definitely "Just Like You"
4. Diana Krall (anything)
5. Queen (anything)

abjwvqil - sounds like a new tranquiliser

At 6:36 AM , Blogger Slyeyes said...

My top 5 can change on any given day....but here goes


Romeo's Garage(Peter Mayer -- also a guitarist with Coral Reefer Band)
Norah Jones
The Rising (The Boss)
The White Album (Beatles)
Soundtrack to Chicago


Evergreen (Belva Plain)
Nelson DeMille (any of the John Cronyn books -- and almost anything by DeMille)
Gone With the Wind
Red Rabbit (Clancy)


An Affair to Remember
Any of the Thin Man Movies
Love Actually
It's a Mad Mad Mad World

At 8:13 AM , Blogger punky said...

Kaf ... I consider When Harry Met Sally a reference guide for my life ... I quote it all the time.

p.s. thanks higgy. I really apprecaite reading the responses as well ... and if anyone has any suggestions for questions ... you can mail them to me at


At 8:23 AM , Blogger Slyeyes said...

After I posted, I remembered a bunch of movies I like better than some of those (see, told you the list changes a lot); Amalie, The Royal Tannenbaums, When Harry Met Sally (pecan pie); Chocolate; You've Got Mail... it's difficult to limit the list to 5.

whdvkxsl -who the devil is listening to KSXL?

At 10:14 AM , Anonymous Leetie said...

It's really hard for me to name a "top" 5 of anything because I always forget stuff, but here are those that come to mind FIRST!


Blue Velvet
Pulp Fiction
Office Space
Shawshank Redemption
Interview with a Vampire (for sheer visual pleasure)


Steven King's Dark Tower Series
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
Katherine Dunne - Geek Love
Anne Rice - Vampire Lestat
Steven King - The Shining


Peter Murphy - Deep
Jellyfish - Bellybutton
Morrissey - Kill Uncle
Cake - Fashion Nugget
Queen - A Night at the Opera

PS: I finally finished A Million Little Pieces, Punky, and really liked it! Thanks for the recommendation.

bledd - what happened after I cutt myselff

At 1:19 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Punky, I don't think I was the first to mention it, but it's a great movie!!

H: A faceless man rips off your clothes and that's the sex fantasy you've been having since you were 11?
S: Well, I do vary it a bit..
H: What part?
S: What I'm wearing

I apologise if that's not a direct quote. I loaned the DVD to a friend last week, so I can't check it.

I'll have what she's having.

At 1:36 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

Semi off-topic: What does MOAT mean? I Googled it and only got links to castles and whatnot.

At 2:20 PM , Blogger punky said...


At 3:42 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

Records: Excitable Boy by W.Z
Peter Gabriel Live
Setting Sons (The Jam)
Armed Forces (Elvis Costello)
Hot Fuss (The Killers)

piece of music:Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Monty Python and the H.G.
The Who's Tommy
4 Weddings and a Funeral

Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas)
War &Peace
Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
Crying of Lot 49
(and I'm going to go totally nerd here and name a math book)
The Adventurer's Guide To Number Theory

At 5:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top 5 movies:
-High Fidelity
-Dead Poets Society
-What the bleep do we know

Top 5 albums:
-Bryter Layter, Nick Drake
-Odelay, Beck
-OK Computer, Radiohead
-Tidal, Fiona Apple
-Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me, The Cure

Top 5 books:
-Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
-Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
-The Kite Runner by ?
-The Good Times are Killing Me by Lynda Barry
-Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

At 5:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above was me... Targetgirl :)

At 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of right this second:

Books –
Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
Hitchhikers “Trilogy”
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Parliament of Whores – P.J. O’Rourke
Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

Movies –
Best in Show
Bedazzled (1967 – Cook and Moore)
Outlaw Josey Wales
Rob Roy
Much Ado About Nothing

Albums –
James Taylor – Live
Lyle Lovett – Joshua Judges Ruth
Ray Charles – Best of – Atlantic Years
Louis Armstrong – On the Road
Chicago – Movie Soundtrack


At 1:10 PM , Anonymous Eleanor said...

Heartburn, Nora Ephron
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Almost Paradise, Susan Isaacs
Nelson DeMille Books

Armageddon (laugh, I don't care)
The Right Stuff
Apollo 13

lwgkdln -gargling noise

At 7:56 PM , Blogger Leetie said...

Oh yea, I LOVE Dogma!!!

At 12:33 PM , Anonymous Shaay said...

I know I'm a little late to the party, but I enjoyed everyone else's answers so much...

The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker
Night Shift , It, Everything's Eventual, all by Stephen King
The Stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
The Bone Collector, Jeffrey Deaver
Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams
Dave Barry is Not Making This Up, Dave Barry
Lake Woebegon Days, Garrison Keillor
Bird by Bird, Annie Lamott
North of Boston, Robert Frost
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, Spider Robinson


Out of Africa
The whole Red Dwarf series (technically not a movie, I know)
Love Actually
The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy
The Harry Potter movie extravaganza


Running, Jumping, Standing Still, Spider John Koerner
The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige
All of The Fugees albums
Tanglewood Tree, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Below the Salt, Steeleye Span
everything Bob Marley recorded
Graceland, Paul Simon

At 3:30 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

Warning: I have eclectic tastes. The only connection between these items is my liking for them. That and that they're good stories, well told.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
A Mixture of Frailties by Robertson Davies
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Candy-O - The Cars
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Abba Gold
Trainspotting Soundtrack
The Four Sections: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ by Steve Reich (Yeah, I don't know how a minimalist snuck in there either.)

Gosford Park
A Christmas Story
Better Off Dead
Shaun of the Dead
Shirley Valentine

At 7:35 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Punky et al, on the one hand I'm sorry I was on the road so missed this quiz because I love lists. On the other hand, this gave me plenty of fodder to work with as many of you named books and movies and music I love, and very few things I hate (which I won't mention). And third, it is TOO HARD because though I do love lists I find it nearly impossible to narrow things down to five.

Oh well, I'll try (but assume these could change tomorrow):

The Stand, S. King
Neverwhere, N. Gaiman
Time and Again, Jack Finney (probably #1)
The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
Book of Bad Songs, D. Barry
(couldn't think of a #5)

Two for the Road
Godfather Saga
When Harry Met Sally...
Groundhog Day

Albums: (this is the impossible one)
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
Meet Me in Margaritaville, J. Buffett (one of dozens)
Pet Sounds, Beach Boys
Rubber Soul, Beatles
one of several Rolling Stones albums

At 2:05 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

To Kill a Mocking Bird
A Clearing in the Distance
The Hobbit (anything from Tolkien
Harry Potter (complete set)
Miss Manners (Judith Martin)

Auntie Mame
Gone with the Wind
Jurassic Park
Pillow Talk
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Once More with Feeling (Buffy musical)
Little Shop of Horrors
Songs You Know by Heart (Buffet)
Martini Lounge (a Pottery Barn compliation, yeah, I know)
Like a Virgin (Madonna)

At 7:05 PM , Blogger Deontologist said...

Album (acting on the notion that once named an artist cannot be repeated in the list)
Dream Theater, “Train of Thought”
Kansas, “Point of Know Return”
Within Temptation, “The Silent Force”
Liquid Tension Project
Rush, “Moving Pictures”

CS Lewis, “God in the Dock”
David Weber, “On Basilisk Station”
John Finnis, “Natural Law and Natural Right” (Punky, couple this with your Ayn Rand and you might have yourself a world view that almost matches reality) please forgive my arrogance.
Terry Pratchet, Discworld Series
Edgar Rice Burroughs
(five??? Is that all I get???)

Lord of the Rings
Terminator II
Groundhogs Day
Crouching Tiger/Kill Bill/House of flying daggers/etc. Fantastic, stunning real photography Anime.
Raiders of the Lost Ark I and III


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