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My favourite countries

I feel particularly drawn to the culture of these nations, so they are all on my Bucket List:

My favourite painters

All Surrealists, of course...

My favourite films

I don't watch Hollywooden trash and only rarely go to proper cinemas to watch good films like:

  1. Nostalghia (1983) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  2. Stalker (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  3. Solaris (1972) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  4. Mirror (1975) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  5. The Sacrifice (1986) by Andrei Tarkovsky
  6. Diva (1981) by Jean-Jacques Beineix - visually stunning French arthouse thriller
  7. Brazil (1985) by Terry Gilliam, starring Michael Palin, Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro and Bob Hoskins - epic dystopian satirical steampunk masterpiece
  8. Bartleby (1970) by Anthony Friedmann based on Herman Melville's 1853 bizarre story but set in London
  9. The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer (1970) - insightful political satire (gets shockingly more relevant with each passing decade!) starring (and co-written by) Peter Cook with a whole host of top British brass: John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Denholm Elliot, Ronnie Corbett and the lovely Valerie Leon
  10. The Comic Strip Presents: Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door (1987) starring Peter Cook alongside Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson entertaining Nicholas "Bloody" Parsons
  11. The Red Shoes (1948) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger was voted 5th best ever British film - I agree!
  12. Walkabout (1971) by Nicolas Roeg starring Jenny Agutter going native in the outback
  13. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) by Peter Weir - chilling mystery with yet more Australian schoolgirls
  14. Harold And Maude (1971) by Hal Ashby - a love story with a difference
  15. Wings Of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders, about a fallen angel
  16. Waking Life (2001) by Richard Linklater, about lucid dreaming
  17. Hot Fuzz (2007) written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg = hilarious!
  18. The Secret Behind The Door (1948) by Fritz Lang - don't open it...!
  19. Last Year In Marienbad (1961) by Alain Resnais - hypnotic dream of a woman and man in a mysterious French château
  20. Morgane Et Ses Nymphes (1971) by Bruno Gantillon, about a magickal lesbian castle = sign me up!
  21. Where Eagles Dare (1968) starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood - no lesbians in this castle
  22. Inception (2010) by Christopher Nolan, a surreal action movie about nested levels of dreaming
  23. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) by Robert Wise - a truly epic space voyage
  24. Space Is The Place (1975) by Sun Ra - cosmic blaxploitation movie par excellence
  25. Blue Velvet (1986) by David Lynch starring Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini - gruesome crimes in small town America (see also Twin Peaks)

Some Buñuel and Bergman films will be added here soon, once the winners have battled it out.

Cool short films & surreal animations (click links to watch online)

These next few are even stranger and more disturbing, but total genius!

Silent films

And it's not all old films which are silent. Kitchen Sink (1989) by Alison Maclean is a short but oh so chilling tale of domestic... well, not exactly bliss! Who needs dialogue anyway? Certainly not the modern master of silent erotic comedy Jos Stelling. His priceless classics The Waiting Room (1995) and The Gallery (2003) had me in hysterics! Just be patient, and careful what you wish for...! :-) Sadly The Gas Station (2000) is not online anywhere. The feature-length yet still largely dialogue-free masterpiece De Wisselwachter (The Pointsman) (1986) features only a handful of carefully considered characters who interact on a deeper level than mere words permit.

David Lynch's early angst-ridden masterpiece The Grandmother (1970) is worth seeking out (like Eraserhead meets Harold And Maude!), as is his very short (52 seconds!) Premonitions Following An Evil Deed (1996) solely for its remarkable fourth scene!

And WOW! I have just found an amazing short film I've been seeking for decades since I saw it late one night on Channel 4 on the cult arts show Ghosts In The Machine (remember that?). It is called Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (Come On Petunia), made by Gary Hill in 1984. So awesome on so many levels! OMG, the big revolves @ 14'45"! :) The slowness and weirdness of the dialogue (!!!) can be maddening but are worth it for the many zany occurrences and brain-baffling sounds. I've never been quite the same since I saw it back in the 80's. Speaking of which...

My favourite TV programmes

Fast drivin', space-age, futuristic, surreal, comic 70s/80s golden era:

I've not had a television since the 1990s when it all got too tedious (and has since become mindlessly banal). So despite being a big David Lynch fan, it wasn't until 2019 that I finally got chance to watch Twin Peaks, which naturally is amazing! And I also only recently discovered these good recent comedies with friends:

...and I got into these cult 70s programmes via the internet and/or box sets:

My favourite cars

Growing up I loved (and still do) classy 1980's cars like the Bitter SC Coupe & Sedan, Lotus Excel & Esprit, Porsche 928, Saab 900 Turbo, Audi 200 & quattro, and some vintage VWs too. I also adore exotic wedge-shaped spaceship concepts that we 70's kids imagined we'd all be driving around in now we've reached the future, like:

In our more down-to-earth reality, nowadays I drive a rather quick Volvo V70 T D5 SE, which is actually faster than many of those dream cars! If I could have any car in the world I'd upgrade to:

  1. Volvo V70 R 2nd generation (2004–2007) 6-speed manual AWD (full of instruments for performing and teaching)

If I could add a whole fantasy garage, it would contain (in order of practicality/cost):

  1. Jaguar XJ-S V12 (classy British elegance, because: Return Of The Saint)
  2. VW Transporter camper van (tourbus for trips away)
  3. Porsche 928 original version in lilac with "Pasha" seat trim (classic German sportscar)
  4. Bitter SC Sedan (luxury 4-door car for noble passengers)
  5. Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole GTB 3.2 (classic Italian sportscar)
  6. Lamborghini Aventador in purple/orange or green chrome, or 2016 Aventador Miura Homage Special Edition 50 Years (not so cheap plaything)
  7. Devel Sixty (6WD offroad survival vehicle = the only cool SUV)

>>> See also: Things that drive me mad

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