100 Impressionable Films

Movies don’t have to be amazing to have an impact. These are films that I still think about or led me to explore new ideas. Some are great, some are trashy, and some just hit me at the right time.

Foreign

  1. Irreversible
  2. Rashomon
  3. Belle du Jour
  4. Red
  5. White (Three Colors Trilogy)
  6. Blue
  7. Dancer in the Dark
  8. The Taste Of Others
  9. Earth
  10. Water
  11. Fire
  12. The Decalogue
  13. The Red Balloon
  14. Anatomy of Hell
  15. Fat Girl (The Criterion Collection)
  16. Dreams by Kurosawa
  17. Dancer in the Dark
  18. Ran
  19. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  20. Woman in the Dunes
  21. The Saddest Music in the World
  22. La Chatte à Deux Têtes (Porn Theater)
  23. C’etait un Rendezvous
  24. Pardes

C’était un rendez-vous – 1976 from LeCatalog on Vimeo.

Comedy

  1. Sordid Lives
  2. Cloudburst
  3. Repo Man
  4. Police Academy
  5. Pink Flamingos
  6. Female Trouble
  7. Rubin and Ed
  8. The General
  9. Airplane
  10. Reform School Girls
  11. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  12. Fast times at ridgemont high
  13. Shakes the Clown
  14. Midgets vs. Mascots (Unrated)
  15. Porky’s
  16. Death Race 2000
  17. Smokey and the Bandit

Horror

  1. Blair Witch Project
  2. Giant Spider Invasion – This was the first movie to give me nightmares. I discovered I could avoid nightmares by imagining monsters playing baseball and never worried about scary movies again.
  3. Return of the Living Dead
  4. Evil Dead 2
  5. Little Otik
  6. Human Centipede
  7. Hostel
  8. Martyrs
  9. Audition
  10. The Blob
  11. Halloween
  12. Friday the 13th pt. 2 – I thought the series really took off when Jason returned as an adult.
  13. Hellraiser
  14. Blood Diner – This is the best vegan, zombie Shetar film ever made. If John Waters made a horror film, it might look like Blood Diner. This scene is just the tip of the iceberg.
  15. Requiem for a Dream
  16. The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror
  17. The Shining
  18. The Hitcher While the remake wasn’t bad, you’ve got to go with the original.
  19. The Birds This was another film that I watched at too young of an age.
  20. The Exorcist I watched this at least a dozen times on TV before reading the book and watching the un-edited version. Hoo boy, skip the TV version and go for the real one. I was more than a bit surprised with what a crucifix can do.

Drama

  1. Bless the Beasts and Children – This film had a huge impact on me as a child and is probably a major reason I have no respect for people that hunt.
  2. Watership Down – Mom didn’t know what this movie was about when we saw it at the Navy base theater. We thought it would be yet another war film. This blew me away and became my favorite book to read in school. Forget Harry Potter, give me a socio-political novel based on rabbits.
  3. River’s Edge – Crispin Glover’s masterpiece
  4. The Outsiders – Stay golden pony boy
  5. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, not to be mistaken for Baby Jane?
  6. Freaks
  7. Deliverance
  8. Do the Right Thing
  9. Fight Club
  10. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
  11. The Warriors – Come out and play!
  12. Thelma and Louise
  13. Brazil
  14. Suburbia
  15. Harold and Maude
  16. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens
  17. Cherry, Harry, and Raquel
  18. Trainspotting
  19. The Pillow Book
  20. Can’t Stop the Music – My obsession with the Village People should’ve been an early sign…
  21. But I’m a Cheerleader
  22. Dazed and Confused
  23. Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer
  24. Dudes

Documentary

  1. The Gleaners and I

    Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse from WDROTV on Vimeo.

  2. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – Great introduction to to juicing, although it led to an unfortunate meeting with beet green juice.
  3. A Band Called Death
  4. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  5. The Botany of Desire – Did man cultivate these plants? Or did they manipulate man?
  6. Rivers and Tides – the art of Andy Goldsworthy
  7. Trouble the Water – Experience Katrina from the eye of the storm and surviving the flood by a New Orleans resident with a video camera. This is probably the best document of the disaster.
  8. It’s Gonna Blow – I spent many nights at the Casbah photographing and growing up with these bands, yet I still learned a lot from this documentary about San Diego’s music scene.
  9. Born into Brothels – Explore the difficult life of prostitutes in Calcutta
  10. Urgh! A Music War- Early punk and new wave documentary that introduced me to Klaos Naomi and others.

Other

  1. Blue – Derek Jarman’s film discusses his struggle with AIDS and loss of vision. The film is entirely blue with the sound of monlogues and conversations.
  2. Pink Narcissus
  3. Powell-Peralta Animal Chin DVD (1987)
  4. The Muppet Movie – I have no idea why this struck a chord with me, but I watched it repeatedly.
  5. Lovedolls Superstar: Fully Realized

Blast from the Past

Nostalgia sucks. It sucks you into a steaming pot of “oh my god I remember that site…”. Here are some of the web pages that opened my eyes to the potential of this internet thingy.

I am better than your kids

ugly drawing of a face by a kidPossibly the first and best troll on the internet. No kid’s artwork is safe from Maddox’s curatorial tongue. The page also has an appropriate URL: TheBestPageInTheUniverse.Net

I hate clowns

One of my first emails addresses was Bubba@iHateClowns.com. I had the tshirt and sticker to match. I still hate clowns.

Doodie

Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of a doodie cartoon in the morning. It smells like… Internet Gold. Doodie delivered a fresh poop-toon every morning.
drawing of man on toilet writing you're stupid on the bathroom stall in 1993. The same guy doing the same on a forum in 2013 Now they’ve expanded to non-poop cartoons.

The Steakhouse Incident

Apparently, early internet pages were filled with potty humor. The steakhouse incident is the finest example of splattering the walls.

Paris Street View

Google made street view maps famous, but Pages Jaune provided street view photos of all Paris addresses way back in the early 2000s. You can still catch a glimpse of the images in the Immersive view.

My first web site

I built my first web site in 1997 and it was a real beauty. Enjoy the awkwardness of By Business Page Maker-built web design: Ted Drake.

So Tasty!

Ah foodies and their search for the next big taste. The pursuit leads one to new locations, tastes, and aftertastes. The following stories are so tasty!

In 1979, Les Blank took a detour to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he made to Errol Morris that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if Morris ever actually made one of his films he was forever talking about. Stung to action, Morris directed Gates of Heaven and Herzog, true to his word, returned to Berkeley to consume one of his desert boots at the UC Theater. Blank’s film documents Herzog’s strongly expressed belief that people must have the gutts to attempt what they dream of.

Tasty Headlines

Ain’t I a Beauty

Fluf, a band from San Diego in the mid 1990’s, was notorious for never appearing in their press photos. The release of a new album or photo opportunity was always a joy for their fans.

Facebook, aolder pug with huge tongue web site from Mountain view that started in the mid 2000’s, required users to upload a photograph of themselves for their profile. The release of my new profile photo is reason for my adoring fans to celebrate.

Here are some of my most glamorous mug shots.

ugly dog contest winner

German shepard with crazy eye mask

bulldog drinking water from a fountain

crazy mask made of candy

cairn terrier with mouth open

electron microscope scan of microscopic critter

pug with four eyes

grey hound with sweater

comic book from movie goonies

llama screetching

Ted as an opera singing lego

pregnant guinea pig