Friday, May 01, 2009

Golden Ticket

The Onion AV Club has a great question up: Who do you give a lifetime pass to?
In other words, which entertainers have thrilled you so much that you'll pretty much try anything they do, turning a blind eye to anything less-than-stellar that they come up with?

To start off, I'd agree with Zack Handlen at the AV Club: The Coen Brothers get a pass. Between Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, Fargo and The Big Lebowski, any Coen Brothers movie, starring anyone, gets a look from me. And another. And another. They're hilarious and ambitious, and I love everthing they do. I'm even curious to go back and see The Ladykillers.

Alan Moore. Say what you want about the guy -- the man has created such spellbinding comics that he could spend the rest of his career writing sheet music for the pennywhistle, and I'd probably learn to play just to appreciate it.

Joe Jackson. What can I say? This is the music I was listening to when I was finding out who I was. He can make his odd (and strangely successful) side-trips into modern classical or theme-driven song cycles anytime he wants. I'll listen.

Steve Martin. For L.A. Story, for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, for "Steve Martin's Penis Beauty Creme". I'm not gonna go out and watch Cheaper by The Dozen, but they don't diminish his stature one iota in my eyes. A guy's gotta earn.

So: Who gets a lifetime pass from you?



Greg! said...

Good question. Some answers:

Jeff said...

Great question, and I'm trying to think of my answers. I'll blog them when I think of them. Thanks for the idea!

Dave said...

Many dissed The Ladykillers, but I really liked it. The soundtrack, doubly so. I'm not normally a Gospel kinda guy, but that one grabbed me.

Sharon GR said...

That's an excellent quesiton. Lemme think about it.

Andy said...

Rob loves Joe Jackson so much he will buy tickets out of a guys underwear!

Rob S. said...

I do, and I have.