#045 - IMDB’s Top 100 Movies List

Sunday, December 9, 2007

In order for films to be consider ‘watched’ they must have been seen all the way through but not necessarily in 1 sitting.

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
9. Casablanca (1942)
10. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
12. Star Wars (1977)
13. 12 Angry Men (1957)
14. Rear Window (1954)
15. Goodfellas (1990)
16. No Country for Old Men (2007)
17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
18. Cidade de Deus (2002)
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
20. C’era una volta il West (1968)
21. The Usual Suspects (1995)
22. Psycho (1960)
23. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
24. Citizen Kane (1941)
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. North by Northwest (1959)
27. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
28. Memento (2000)
29. Fight Club (1999)
30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
31. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
32. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
33. The Matrix (1999)
34. Taxi Driver (1976)
35. Se7en (1995)
36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
37. American Beauty (1999)
38. Vertigo (1958)
39. Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
40. Léon (1994)
41. The Departed (2006)
42. Paths of Glory (1957)
43. American History X (1998)
44. M (1931)
45. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
46. Chinatown (1974)
47. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
48. The Third Man (1949)
49. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
50. Laberinto del fauno, El (2006)
51. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
52. Alien (1979)
53. The Pianist (2002)
54. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
55. The Shining (1980)
56. Double Indemnity (1944)
57. L.A. Confidential (1997)
58. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
59. Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)
60. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
61. Untergang, Der (2004)
62. Boot, Das (1981)
63. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
64. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
65. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
66. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
67. Metropolis (1927)
68. Forrest Gump (1994)
69. Aliens (1986)
70. Raging Bull (1980)
71. Rashômon (1950)
72. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
73. Rebecca (1940)
74. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
75. Sin City (2005)
76. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
77. All About Eve (1950)
78. Modern Times (1936)
79. Some Like It Hot (1959)
80. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
81. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
82. The Great Escape (1963)
83. Amadeus (1984)
84. On the Waterfront (1954)
85. Touch of Evil (1958)
86. The Elephant Man (1980)
87. The Prestige (2006)
88. Vita è bella, La (1997)
89. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
90. Jaws (1975)
91. The Sting (1973)
92. Strangers on a Train (1951)
93. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
94. The Apartment (1960)
95. City Lights (1931)
96. Ratatouille (2007)
97. Braveheart (1995)
98. Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)
99. The Big Sleep (1946)
100. Batman Begins (2005)

38/100

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101 Goals in 1001 Days Project

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:

Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Start date is today December 4, 2007
End date will be August 31, 2010
Tasks complete: 4/101

General
001. Finish making this list. (12/4/07)

Health, Fitness + Sports
002. See a dentist.
003. Drink glass water a day.
004. Brush my teeth daily.
005. Floss daily.
006. Take a yoga or tai chi class.
007. Try out a YMCA Membership.
008. Go snowboarding.
009. Do 100 pushups.
010. Do 150 stomach crunches.
011. Eat breakfast for entire month.
012. Go one month with no Fast Food
013. Give up coffee for 1 entire month.
014. Don’t drink any pop for 2 weeks.
015. Get to my ideal goal weight of 200 lbs.
016. Train for a marathon
017. Run a marathon.

Self Improvement + Well-Being
018. Learn basic French.
019. Learn to play chess well.
020. Learn to swim.
021. Get driver’s license.
022. Get full driver’s license.
023. Learn Sign Language.
024. Learn HTML and CSS.
025. Take some marketing classes.
026. Refrain from watching TV for an entire month.
027. Read 33 books. (one book per month) (0/33)
028. Read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (and do the whole 12-week program)
029. Do not turn down any invitations to social occasions unless I have a real conflict.
030. Stop biting my nails.

Family + Relationship
031. Call Mackenna at least once a week.
032. Do something special for mom.
033. Research my ancestors, do a family tree.
034. Start/finish art project with Shannon.

Goodwill
035. Volunteer sometime for a good cause.
036. Donate $2 for each task that is not completed to charity.
037. Donate blood.

Culture + Entertainment
038. Attend a concert.
039. Go to an art gallery.
040. Visit a psychic.
041. Read at least three classic novels I haven’t read. (0/33)
042. Be a patron one year at The Toronto International Film Festival.
043. See a Toronto FC soccer game in person.
044. See a Toronto Raptor basketball game in person.
045. Watch the 100 top movies on IMDB’s top 250-movie list. (38/100)
046. Subscribe to a magazine for at least a year.

Creativity
047. Continue with DJ lessons.
048. Take a creative writing class.
049. Take an illustration or life drawing class.
050. Write a short story on anything.
051. Start a podcast.
052. Buy a new sketchbook and fill it.
053. Keep an idea journal.
054. Make a calendar or card for Christmas one year.
055. Create a custom t shirt and wear it with pride.
056. Create a custom t shirt and send it to Threadless.
057. Design a pair of sneakers.
058. Design a tattoo and get it done.
059. Draw a self portrait.
060. Design a logo for my website and blog.
061. Write or produce a song, remix or mashup and post it online.
062. Do the 26 things photo scavenger hunt.
063. Create a website for my design work.
064. Start my freelance graphic design business.

Financial, Career + Independence
065. Establish $1000 in personal emergency fund.
066. Pay off BMO MasterCard.
067. Pay off CapitalOne MasterCard.
068. Pay back taxes owed to Revenue Canada.
069. Pay off CitiFinancial consolidation loan.
070. Open RESP account for my daughter Mackenna.
071. Continue to contribute $30 per paycheck to my RSP account.
072. Go 2 weeks without buying anything new but necessities (groceries, bills, transportation cost.)
073. Save for a down payment on a house.
074. Keep a budget; write it down so I know what I’m making and what I’m saving.
075. Take a financial planning/money management course.
076. Move out of Mom’s house.
077. Get a great job that pays big bucks.
078. Do my own taxes.

Travel
079. Get my passport.
080. Visit Montreal.
081. Travel to somewhere you haven’t been before.
082. Take a road trip.
083. Go camping.

Purchases
084. Buy a new winter coat. (12/20/07)
085. Buy a set of turntables.
086. Buy a digital camera. (12/17/07)
087. Buy a Mac computer.
088. Buy a watch.
089. Buy an iPod. (12/20/07)

Cooking, Food + Dining
090. Make a meal for someone special in my life.
091. Support my local Farmers Market in season.
092. Take a cooking class.
093. Try 50 new restaurants. (0/50)
094. Try 10 new recipes. (0/10)

Misc.

095. Participate in gimme your stuff.
096. Renew my domain name.
097. Get someone else to do this 101 things in 1001 days with me.
098. Save $1 a day so that at the end of this project I will have $1001 saved.
099. Post on my blog more often at least 3 times a week.
100. Sell something on eBay.
101. Make another 101 things in 1001 days list.

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Kid Robot X Lacoste


Kid Robot and Lacoste have joined forces to release a special sneaker set. Keeping in tune with Kid Robot's background as toy makers, each pair of sneakers will also come with a special customized "PEECOL" figure, designed by eBoy and Kid Robot. If you ask me these shoes look pretty sick.

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VIDEO: Helvetica The Documentary

Sunday, December 2, 2007


A video clip from the forthcoming feature-length documentary Helvetica. http://www.helveticafilm.com

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VIDEO: Please Consider

Monday, November 12, 2007


A social commentary in an effort to educate Visual Communication Designers and those who use their services and the damaging effects caused by specular work and spec-based design contests.

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VIDEO: "Rock It" Gorillaz Style

Sunday, November 11, 2007


New stuff from Gorillaz. The video is for the track "Rock It" off their new album D-Sides. Officially out November 20th, D-Sides is a compliation of early demos and previously unreleased tracks. Single's tracks and rarities like "Bill Murray", "We Are Happy Landfill" and "Stop The Dams" all show up on this double disc, along with remixes by Soulwax, DFA, Hot Chip and Junior Senior. This should be a good album to check out.

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VIDEO: Radiohead Cover Bjork's "Unravel"


This new webcast has a nice video of Radiohead covering Bjork’s “Unravel.”

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Out On The Tiles

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Ever wonder about the design and signage of some of the subway stations here in Toronto. I found this article in this week's Now magazine about this. You can check out the article here its an interesting read.

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Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos - Superstar

Monday, November 5, 2007


Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos - Superstar
Video sent by kevinb1984
http://rnb4life.xooit.com/index.php

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Saul Williams + NiggyTardust

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Poet Saul Williams released his newest album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust. This album is produced by Trent Raznor of Nine Inch Nails. Here’s the scoop on his new project from whudat.com.


Enter poet Saul Williams: he’s decided to release his new album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggytardust” on his website for 5 bucks or absolutely nothing. Your choice.


He was encouraged to make the move by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who he collaborates with on the album.

This isn’t only about money. It’s potentially the way towards artistic freedom. An album by a poet with a message and an industrial rocker isn’t going to get much attention from the marketing department at a major label. Where’s the hook? Got a dance to go with it? The kids won’t buy it. And there’s that title, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggytardust.”

Feel what you may: Nas naming his album “Nigger” is a surface level move that some people just can’t see themselves getting past to the deeper observations that the album will have. For sure at this stage in his career, Nas isn’t about to take a drunken stumble through ignorant park.

Making that point even clearer is Saul Williams making the play on words to imply the word nigger.

The way he sees it..

“I’ve thought long and hard about all the discussion surrounding racial epithets etc. and chose this title as a means of furthering the dialogue while also showing how creativity will outlive and outshine hatred of any kind. The Niggytardust concept sets me free to do more on stage with costume, etc. than one might expect from a regular Saul Williams show. It allows me to put my theatre training to use.”

Remember to spread the word of NiggyTardust.






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Chris Rock- View on Love and Relationships

Monday, October 29, 2007

If you ever wondered why relationships are hard. Chris Rock said it all right here.

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Reflection

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's been a while since my last post on this blog. The month of October has been a very busy month for me. Mid-September, I took some well deserved time off work to visit my daughter Mackenna in New Brunswick. For those who don't know where New Brunswick is, it’s located on the East Coast of Canada (the Maritimes). If you don't know where Canada is, I can't help you there, and you need to go back to school. It’s been a while, almost a year, since I last saw Mackenna. My daughter is now 4.5 years old and has changed so much in just one year. I'm amazed at the things she does and says. It’s scary to realize she is no longer the little baby that changed my life back on March 9, 2003. I'm happy I made the time to reconnect with my little girl even though it was only for a short period of time.

Now I am back in Toronto, the city of grey skies, busy streets and culture at every footstep. I'm back at work. It’s the start of a new season at the community centre where I have worked off and on for the past eight years. As I'm writing this post I'm realizing I have worked here for a long, long time and nothing has really changed since the first time I stepped in this building back in September 1999. A number of bosses, kids, parents and staff have come and gone but I'm still here. I would think they would have promoted me or at least named the building after me, but I don’t think that is ever going to happen. Many people think the reason I have stayed here so long is because this is a cushy job and very convenient. I don't do much here and it’s very close to home, just a 20 minute walk down the street. The problem I have now is that I'm getting tired of working here and I need something more challenging, more rewarding, and better pay than what I'm getting now.

This month I am seriously ready to start my own business. I know I have said I want to do this before, but I am really serious this time around. I have had several interesting conversations about this with my friend Bruce. Bruce is a sculptor and co worker I have worked with throughout the past two years. He has given me a lot of useful insight on starting a business in a creative field. I have many things to do and think about, which I would not have been aware of if it weren’t for Bruce.

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Emil Kozak

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Emil Kozak was inspired to take on graphic design as a result of his life long passion for skateboarding. Through a commitment to cross-pollination and self-discipline, Kozak has developed a successful career and global following as a unique artist that executes brilliant ideas. Kozak's works has been exhibited around the world and his clients include VANS, Eastpak, Graniph, Element, Streetmachine, Planet Earth and Norse. Behance caught up with Emil Kozak to discuss his approach to creative work, cross-pollination, and staying organized amidst creative chaos.

Kozak strives for purposeful work over pure, aimless freethinking. He attempts a productive creative process through, "persistence, hard work and thinking before doing." He goes on to explain, "sure, spontaneous doodling and painting serve a purpose, but a lot of hours of working can be saved by having a clear concept and goal of what you want to say."

To keep an organized agenda, Kozak has found no better solution than his own personalized system. "Every month I draw a big A3 calendar that serves as my agenda. Throughout the month it gets more and more doodles, colors and coffee-stains. I have (tried) countless agendas...and i've tried various organizing software, but nothing seems to work as well as when I make them myself."

Kozak's artistic expression has been led by his own instincts. "...I have often told myself that if I find (a concept) funny or interesting, my audience will appreciate it as well. Honesty is always interesting and true feelings can't be faked.

"Kozak seeks opportunities for cross-pollination to develop his own work. "Collaborations and healthy creative dialogs with clients have pushed me into new areas I would have never explored on my own. New experiences, astonishment, and fresh feelings keep me going.

"Kozak is motivated by a simple goal that resonates throughout his work. "I hope that my work can remind us that imagination can defy gravity and bend time. It is our own responsibility to enjoy every second of the day. Nobody else can do that for us. Have fun, eat candy, do what you love, love what you do... We might get thrown off this spinning ball of iron and mantle tomorrow."

Orignal article and Kozak's artwork can be found on behance.com

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LOST & FFFFOUND

Monday, September 3, 2007

I came across this interesting site from a link someone posted on djforum a while back. Check out ffffound!, a web service that allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web. People submit some great images to this site. Enjoy!

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Where does the time go?

I can't believe it's September already. I think this is the fastest summer I've ever experienced. Everyone I talk to about this thinks the same thing. I now definitely think time flies especially when you get older.

Speaking of the end of summer, on Saturday I went to Ontario Place and The Ex with Shannon, Kiara and my brother Tunji. I had a pretty good time except for trying to find a parking spot, but that's a story for another time. If anyone knows how hard it is to park in downtown Toronto during the long weekend, you know what I'm talking about.

On another note, this month is going to be a very interesting month for me. I'm going to have quite a bit of downtime this month because of reduced hours at my current job. I am going to use the time to look for a new job, finish up unfinished projects, and just relax and figure out what I'm going to do with my life. I can't wait to see what September has in store for me.

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First post on the new blog.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Well, this is the official first post of my new blog.

This blog is going to be an extension of my portfolio site once I get that up and running. This blog is dedicated to my interests in art, music, computers, entertainment and anything else I find interesting. Stay tuned for the next post.

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