2007 Favorites

I watched “High Fidelity” with John Cusack the other day. One of the things I love about that movie is the ever-present top five list…Here are a few of mine from 2007.

1. The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder
2. The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
3. Compassion by Henri Nouwen
4. Torture and Eucharist by William Cavanaugh
5. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Leslie Newbigin

1. Takk // Sigur Ros
2. Come On! Feel the Illinois // Sufjan Stevens
3. A Ghost is Born // Wilco
4. Once (Music from the Motion Picture) // Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
5. acb’s // acb’s

1. Once
2. The Painted Veil
3. The Constant Gardner
4. After the Wedding
5. Stranger than Fiction

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  • Bowles

    I’m all about the top 5 lists man – a couple of comments/questions:

    1. Have you read the book High Fidelity? If you’re a fan of the movie you’ve got to read this!
    2. I also loved the Painted Veil, but I thought I was the only person to see it.
    3. What about Wilco’s latest: Sky Blue Sky?

  • Hey Jon! Nope I’ve never read the book. Isn’t it the same person who wrote “About a Boy” as well? I loved that movie too, although it was much more slick. Sadly all I have time to read right now is theology.

    Yeah, why didn’t anyone see the Painted Veil? I thought it was brilliant.

    O.K., you’ve got me on Sky Blue Sky…I’ve listened to it probably 5-6 times now and I’m just not digging it yet, even though I want to so badly.

    When I first heard “Being There,” I loved it from 1/2 way through the first song. Summerteeth was the same. Yankee Hotel foxtrot was a religious experience from the get-go. A Ghost is Born took me two or three listens before I started to love it. I’m hoping this new one just takes a few more.

    I want your top fives!

  • My top 10 movies of 07 are coming soon – I still haven’t seen all I want to see before I make my final list. Check out my blog…they’ll be there someday soon…

    Here are my favorite albums of 07:
    1. Bettye Lavette: “The Scene of the Crime” (produced by the Drive-By-Truckers…seriously, it doesn’t get better than this)
    2. Steve Earl: “Washington Square Serenade”
    3. Mavis Staples: “We’ll Never Turn Back”
    4. Wilco: “Sky Blue Sky” (I think beautifully captures the essence of an era of American pop – the era I first began “discovering” music)
    5. Traveling Wilburys: They finally released their catalogue on cd…I was waiting for this.

  • Oh yeah – and Lucinda Williams “West”