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30 days - 30 people from the giraffe

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10 days of silver screen people

Average listal rating (268 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
1. Peter Sellers
Day 01 - Your favorite actor


I grew up enjoying Sellers in the Pink Panther films (thanks Dad!), but his work with Kubrick earned my utmost respect for his ability. The first time I watched Dr. Strangelove I didn't even realize he was playing the titular character until it ended, and the fact that he could play 3 different roles in the same film speaks volumes. Few actors today come close to inhabiting the characters they play to the point you forget who's on screen, which is too bad. Sellers did it in every film of his I've seen, and that's what ranks him above the rest.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1395 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
2. Uma Thurman
Day 02 - Your favorite actress


That was my introduction to her (as Venus in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen), and between it and Pulp Fiction I've not only found her visually appealing but a great actress in her own right. She may not always make the best choices in films (The Avengers, Batman & Robin), but even when the film sucks she's great in it.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (296 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
3. Paul Thomas Anderson
Day 03 - Your favorite director


Technically not my favorite (that'd be QT), but he's a close second. Admittedly PT Anderson hasn't made many films in his career so far, but all of his films have highly impressed me (Magnolia ranks as my second favorite film of all-time).

I could also have said: the Coen Brothers, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and several others.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (411 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
4. Sam Rockwell
Day 04 - An underrated actor/actress


the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
5. Joe Spinell
Day 05 - An actor/actress you haven't seen enough movies from


An underrated character actor whom you probably recognize from the first 2 Godfather and/or Rocky films. The above is from Maniac which he wrote and played the main character in, and after seeing it I've realized I need to check out more of his films.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (115 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
6. Groucho Marx
Day 06 - A favorite classic actor


Maybe not a versatile actor, but Groucho always makes me laugh.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1502 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
7. Steve Buscemi
Day 07 - A great character actor

the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1588 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
8. Julia Roberts
Day 08 - An overrated actor/actress

As far as I can tell from the films I've seen her in she's merely OK. Why she's such a big star I've never been able to figure out.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1269 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
9. Adam Sandler
Day 09 - An actor/actress who can be great but rarely is


Too bad his dramatic roles never rack up huge profits like his comedies, or else maybe he'd do more of them. His best films are easily Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me and Spanglish (and in that order), and in each he turns out a great performance.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1598 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
10. Quentin Tarantino
Day 10 - Your favorite screenwriter


I could listen to QT's dialogue all day, and all of his films take fresh spins on pre-existing story ideas. Even when he doesn't direct his scripts are still great in my book (see True Romance, From Dusk Till Dawn and - to a lesser degree since it was altered before filming began - Natural Born Killers for proof).
the giraffe's rating:


10 days of musicians

Average listal rating (500 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
11. Nine Inch Nails
Day 11 - Music artist you relate to the most


From the moment I started listening to NIN back in 1992, I kept hearing lyrics that I swore were plucked from my head (despite Trent Reznor being about 10 years older than me). I can't even count how many NIN songs have reflected what's going on in my world and/or head at any given moment, but my relating to NIN doesn't stop there. Trent Reznor and I often have similar music tastes, as reflected by his choices of opening acts over the years and the bands he's mentioned that he listens to in interviews. Also, Trent has said that the presidency of George W. Bush changed his attitude toward politics from one of apathy to a genuine concern for it, and I could say the same.
the giraffe's rating:

Day 12 - Your favorite band/artist from wherever you live

Austin, TX

And they've been one of my favorite bands since long before I moved here.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
13. Liars
Day 13 - An underrated band


Also my favorite current band. They've released 5 albums so far and count Trent Reznor and the members of Radiohead among their fans. And yet their headlining shows are still mostly played in small clubs. Sigh.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
14. Tripping Daisy
Day 14 - A band you miss the most


I miss them because their music always made me happy. I miss them because their live shows were some of the most fun I ever attended. I miss them because I saw them so many times that we wound up becoming friends. And I miss them because the death of guitarist Wes Berggren forced them to break up long before their creativity ran out.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (542 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
15. The Doors
Day 15 - A band you wish you'd seen live


Preferably on one of the nights Jim wasn't too drunk/high to perform.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
16. Frank Zappa
Day 16 - An artist that sums up what great music should be


Genre-hopping, expectations-defying, intelligent, humorous, sincere, and challenging all describe Zappa's musical output. Zappa's work is both widely respected and influential, yet he never achieved any level of mainstream success...nor did he want to. Between his time with the Mothers of Invention and his solo career Zappa incorporated many genres into his music, and carved out his own sound that listeners either love or hate. Those of us who have taken the time to truly listen to his music and appreciate it are consistently rewarded for doing so, while those who can't find their way in probably don't deserve to. All of these things I respect about Zappa, and seek out in the other bands I listen to.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (523 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
17. Jimi Hendrix
Day 17 - Favorite dead musician


Best guitarist ever, sure, but also an underrated lyricist (see "If 6 Was 9" and "Stone Free").
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
18. Sage Francis
Day 18 - Favorite lyricist



Sample lyrics:
"Hopeless"
I played connect the dots with your beauty marks and I ended up with picture perfect sheet music.
I read your musical notes with a composer's eyes
And heard our song for the first time
My spine is still tingling.
Mental images of your fine tune is what I've been nodding my head to lately,
Every now and then you can catch me humming your nudity under my heavy breath.
I heavily suggest you resurrect your ancient neglected dust collector
If you distrust the distance in my seldom-plucked heart strings.
Sit stripped before your full length
Perform your reflection backwards.
Maybe then you will understand the rhythm in my movement
Listen when the news is sent
Extend when the rules are bent
I'll be waiting to take your leave.
Make me a victim of your two step.
Make me an apprentice of your body parts.
Teach me to dance to your beauty marks.
I'm stepping on toes here and I don't care
It's hopeless, it's hopeless,
It's hopelessness holding this openess to blow a kiss
So close your lips but don't get pissed
and throw a fist at this vocalist.
I'm not emotionless, in fact I broke my wrist
when I wrote the list of all those I miss.
THIS is my poker face, Mister Feel Nothing.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
19. Nick Cave
Day 19 - Best lyricist



Sample lyrics:
"As I Sat Sadly By Her Side"
As I sat sadly by her side
At the window, through the glass
She stroked a kitten in her lap
And we watched the world as it fell past
Softly she spoke these words to me
And with brand new eyes, open wide
We pressed our faces to the glass
As I sat sadly by her side

She said, "Father, mother, sister, brother,
Uncle, aunt, nephew, niece,
Soldier, sailor, physician, labourer,
Actor, scientist, mechanic, priest
Earth and moon and sun and stars
Planets and comets with tails blazing
All are there forever falling
Falling lovely and amazing"

Then she smiled and turned to me
And waited for me to reply
Her hair was falling down her shoulders
As I sat sadly by her side

As I sat sadly by her side
The kitten she did gently pass
Over to me and again we pressed
Our indifferent faces to the glass
"That may be very well", I said
"But watch the one falling in the street
See him gesture to his neighbours
See him trampled beneath their feet
All outward motion connects to nothing
For each is concerned with their immediate need
Witness the man reaching up from the gutter
See the other one stumbling on who can not see"

With trembling hand I turned toward her
And pushed the hair out of her eyes
The kitten jumped back to her lap
As I sat sadly by her side

Then she drew the curtains down
And said, "When will you ever learn
That what happens there beyond the glass
Is simply none of your concern?
God has given you but one heart
You are not a home for the hearts of your brothers

And God don't care for your benevolence
Anymore than he cares for the lack of it in others
Nor does he care for you to sit
At windows in judgement of the world He created
While sorrows pile up around you
Ugly, useless and over-inflated"

At which she turned her head away
Great tears leaping from her eyes
I could not wipe the smile from my face
As I sat sadly by her side
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (1306 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
20. The Beatles
Day 20 - A band you wish people would get over already


Don't get me wrong, I like The Beatles too and they made some great music (most of it while on drugs). I understand why so many people love them. But in the 41 years since they broke up there have been plenty of other bands that have made music that's vastly more interesting and worth listening to for the rest of your life. When someone tells me The Beatles are his/her favorite band, I assume that he/she is stuck in the past and has boring, middle-of-the-road taste in music. You may as well tell me you enjoy breathing or tasty food. Venture out a little, expand your horizons...I'm here to tell you it's worth the time & trouble.
the giraffe's rating:


5 days of literary people

Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
21. Tom Robbins
Day 21 - Favorite author - fiction


I've read every book he's written and they're all brilliant. He tells a great story, makes me think, and makes me laugh all in the course of each of his novels. For that he's earned my utmost respect.
"The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens -- but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it's love and love alone that really matters."
"If a person leads an ‘active’ life, as Wiggs had, if a person has goals, ideals, a cause to fight for, then that person is distracted, temporarily, from paying a whole lot of attention to the heavy scimitar that hangs by a mouse hair just about his or her head. We, each of us, have a ticket to ride, and if the trip be interesting (if it’s dull, we have only ourselves to blame), then we relish the landscape (how quickly it whizzes by!), interact with our fellow travelers, pay frequent visits to the washrooms and concession stands, and hardly ever hold up the ticket to the light where we can read its plainly stated destination: The Abyss.
Yet, ignore it though we might in our daily toss and tussle, the fact of our impending death is always there, just behind the draperies, or, more accurately, inside our sock, like a burr that we can never quite extract. If one has a religious life, one can rationalize one’s slide into the abyss; if one has a sense of humor (and a sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised), one can minimalize it through irony and wit. Ah, but the specter is there, night and day, day in and day out, coloring with its chalk of gray almost everything we do. And a lot of what we do is done, subconsciously, indirectly, to avoid the thought of death, or to make ourselves so unexpendable through our accomplishments that death will hesitate to take us, or, when the scimitar finally falls, to insure that we ‘live on’ in the memory of the lucky ones still kicking."
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (77 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
22. Hunter S. Thompson
Day 22 - Favorite author - non-fiction


For the same reasons as Tom Robbins, plus the fact that he makes all other journalism pale by comparison.
"Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio."
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
23. Saul Williams
Day 23 - Favorite poet


I came across Saul Williams when he toured with The Mars Volta performing his poetry. After that I started searching for his books. Then I found out he'd recorded an album and I tracked it down (he's now recorded 4). And all along my love for his poetry has grown. Every time I meet someone I think would appreciate it, I give them my copy of his book/poem , Said the Shotgun to the Head. And then I go out and buy another copy of it.
From the song "Surrender (A Second to Think)":
I found the spot where truth echoes
And know each beauty mark by heart
But I just can't keep her still enough
To render perfect art

'Cause the truth is ever changing
And although she loves my touch
I've had my way, but I when I pray
She kisses back too much

And it's hard to feel real gangster
When you're always getting kissed
But you jump at every pucker
'Cause your fear of getting dissed

I try not to fight the parts of me
That want to kiss her back
Egos should be illegal
Mine just don't know how to act

He tells me I don't need her
And I should walk this path alone
She's make believe, she's up my sleeve
That I'd do better with a clone

But could it be?
It seems to me that she's my other half
My inner Tarzan monkey girl
Who's raised mainly by giraffes

And besides she makes me laugh
'Cause deep down, I think she's stupid
But deeper down, I'm just a clown
Starting bar room brawls with cupid

Like, "Fuck that naked baby angel, yo
And gimme two more buttery nipples"
And God just re-invents herself
As ice-cubes in my ripples
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (60 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating
24. Bill Watterson
Day 24 - Favorite comic book/strip artist


One among many many brilliant strips he produced. I also respect him for his persistent defense of his art, which (sadly) eventually led to his early retirement because (awesomely) he didn't want to give in to the limitations that newspapers insisted on.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (124 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
25. Kurt Vonnegut
Day 25 - Author you need to read more books from


I've read Slaughterhouse Five and several of his short stories, but that's it. The fact that most of his books are sitting on my woman's bookshelves suggests I need to check out more of his work.


5 days of fictional people

Average listal rating (2207 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
26. Jim Carrey
Day 26 - Movie character you relate to the most

Joel Barrish from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Decided to go with Joel this time instead of Rob Gordon again. His journal entries/thoughts seem to have been taken from my head.
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
27. Peter Krause
Day 27 - TV character you relate to the most

Nate Fisher Jr. from Six Feet Under

I related to Nate from the start because he'd gone off trying to get away from following in his father's footsteps, but couldn't completely avoid it after all. He doesn't want to be surrounded by death and sadness, and wants to do something meaningful with his life but can't see how that fits into his father's expectations of him. Plus, as pictured above, he has a daughter (as do I).

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
28. Joe Meno
Day 28 - Fictional character (literary) you relate to the most

Dough Lunt from Tender as Hellfire

Dough is an 11-year-old boy who has been moved from his former hometown (which he loved) to a trailer park surrounded by rednecks. When I was 12, my parents moved us from Springfield, IL, (which I loved) back to Dallas, TX, where I was surrounded by suburbanite kids and some rednecks too. Our similarities run even deeper than that, but to go into them would require wandering into spoiler territory. Go read this book, then come back and ask me for more details. ;)
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (25 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
29. Warren Ellis
Day 29 - Favorite fictional villain (any area)

So many villains come to mind, so I've decided to look to comic books for this one...
Gary "The Smiler" Callahan from Transmetropolitan

Evil personified. The Smiler is a presidential candidate who proves to be solely out for power. He kills off his campaign manager to gain election votes, he takes a personal interest in the series' protagonist Spider Jerusalem and does everything in his power to cripple Spider physically and career-wise, and he's not above sacrificing innocent lives to get what he wants. Every election year I worry that one of the final candidates will turn out to be just like him.

(Those interested in my favorite comics supervillains should check out Pumpkinate's list.)
the giraffe's rating:

Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
30. Ayn Rand
Day 30 - Favorite fictional character (any area)

(Again, I could choose from many.)

John Galt from Atlas Shrugged

Galt is shrouded in mystery for most of the book, which only makes him more compelling as a character. Then when he finally emerges, he delivers a speech unlike anything I've ever heard or read before. Anyone who can read his words and not be affected I worry about. He may not be a well-rounded character, but he ranks very highly for me anyway.
From wikipedia: As the plot unfolds, Galt is acknowledged to be a creator, philosopher, and inventor who symbolizes the power and glory of the human mind. He serves as an idealistic counterpoint to the social and economic structure depicted in the novel. The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism, which the novel associates with socialistic idealism. In the novel's ideology, the industrialists of America were a metaphorical Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the Earth, whom Galt persuades to "shrug," by refusing to lend their productive genius to the regime any longer.

See also: The Flagship's review
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I don't like the versions of this list floating around Listal much, as they focus too much on appearances and not enough on talent. So here's my version...
Day 01 - Your favorite actor
Day 02 - Your favorite actress
Day 03 - Your favorite director
Day 04 - An underrated actor/actress
Day 05 - An actor/actress you haven't seen enough movies from
Day 06 - A favorite classic actor
Day 07 - A great character actor
Day 08 - An overrated actor/actress
Day 09 - An actor/actress who can be great but rarely is
Day 10 - Your favorite screenwriter
Day 11 - Music artist you relate to the most
Day 12 - Your favorite band/artist from wherever you live
Day 13 - An underrated band
Day 14 - A band you miss the most
Day 15 - A band you wish you'd seen live
Day 16 - An artist that sums up what great music should be
Day 17 - Favorite dead musician
Day 18 - Favorite lyricist
Day 19 - Best lyricist
Day 20 - A band you wish people would get over already
Day 21 - Favorite author - fiction
Day 22 - Favorite author - non-fiction
Day 23 - Favorite poet
Day 24 - Favorite comic book/strip artist
Day 25 - Author you need to read more books from
Day 26 - Movie character you relate to the most
Day 27 - TV character you relate to the most
Day 28 - Fictional character (literary) you relate to the most
Day 29 - Favorite fictional villain (any area)
Day 30 - Favorite fictional character (any area)
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 26 7:37
Awesome, dude. Those lists that focus exclusively on appearances make my head hurt each time they come on my news feed. :) PT Anderson rocks, and there's no doubt in my mind that QT is leaps and bounds the best screenwriter we currently have out there. Thurman is luminous in everything she does, and Rockwell is likely to keep giving some terrific performances in the next few years.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 27 1:30
Mine too, which is why I almost never vote for them.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 27 1:35
great list, did you make the format for it, or have other people done it as well? Completely agree with PTA by the way, probably my favorite director too.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 27 2:01
I like your Beatles comment, even though they are one of my favorite bands - LOL - I do have middle of the road tastes in music - but I started getting into music late -
My Rock & Roll epiphany came watching Live Aid -
it was like "Oh, Wow - so this is why people like this music so much" - I became an instant fan of every group who was there and a couple who weren't like Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen.

I agree completely about Julia Roberts, never got why she is so popular - her best movie was Pretty Woman and even that was just OK - Adam Sandler is hit or miss for me - he is either really good or really bad.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 27 5:00
@LWinters - I made this myself. I have no idea what exactly is in the other 30 people lists because I've never read all the way through any of them. I know most of them focus far too much on appearances (eyes, smile, other crap that doesn't actually matter), and so I completely created my own.

@phillydude - I'm fine with the Beatles being ONE of someone's favorite bands, it's just when people insist they're better than ALL other bands and nobody else compares or that every band that followed couldn't possibly have existed without their influence that I start to get annoyed. That's probably due to most of my music tastes being formed in the late 80s on throughout the first half of the 90s, long after the Beatles were done and gone. So...I like the Beatles, and love some of their songs/albums. But I love a lot of other bands more.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 28 9:03
Great choices here friend. You're Beatles comments are great indeed, and perfectly articulated in my opinion. I've gotta hurry up and read Tom Robbins already! Sadly I've never read Rand either... but I have read 5 Vonnegut books, so I guess that counts for something. (He's great by the way, though not quite one of my very favorites).

Great call on the Doors, Sage Francis, Rockwell, Roberts, Watterson, and many others. If I ever do one of these lists you do know that I'm gonna have to blatantly rip-off your format!!

Again, love the insight into your person that your lists provide. Well done!
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 29 5:50
Crazy great idea !! love some of these a lot!
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 29 17:19
it is always a pleasure to read your lists! had never heard of these lyricists before. so off to listen to those lyrics based songs! :D
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jun 30 15:16
Dude, your version is way better than the "official" one! Congrats!
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jul 3 20:35
This one would've been a so much better version. Great job!
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Nov 25 15:03
I couldn't recommend Kurt Vonnegut's books more!! That man is a genius!!
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 16 14:22
Great list, but I'll throw another actor into the mix: James Cagney.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at May 28 4:28
love this. using it ;]
Posted: 3 months, 3 weeks ago at Dec 30 0:22
Inspiring! I love the way you did this and your thoughts, too.

I like The Beatles but I know what you mean. I always become annoyed with fad-fans and the objects of their obsession; whether it's in the music industry, the movies or elsewhere. Michael Jackson comes immediately to mind...

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