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Free-For-All Week! by Bryan G. Nance

Movies, Music, and Baby Names.


I need a big favor! I am up to my neck in applications (I just want to save my wrist watch!) For this entry do you mind if we don’t discuss applications? I need to switch into holiday mode and I believe that you need to do the same. As I read your responses I’m sure that if I put a piece of coal in a chair, and asked some of you to sit on it, in 2 days flat we’d have a flawless 30 karat yellow canary diamond.

I propose 3 topics of discussion: Movies, Music, and Baby Names.


Send me a list of your top 10 all time classic movies. If you need help, I suggest IMDB.

Here are the rules:

– Each movie must be at least 7 years old

– It must be available as a rental (Sorry, that excludes Valley of the Dolls)

– You must have at least one movie from the following categories:
– Westerns
– Drama
– Horror
– Sci Fi
– Comedy
– Animation
– Action

– Other categories include:
– Biography
– War
– Documentary

– No more than two movies from any one category; and sequels/trilogies count as multiple entries.


I need you list the top 5 songs and/or top 5 CD’s of all time. (You can mix and match, so long as you don’t exceed a total of 10 per genre) Here are the categories de jour:

– Hip-Hop/Old School Rap (1975 to present)
– R&B (From the late 1960’s to present)
– Classic Rock (1960’s to 1975)
– Love Songs (whenever)
– Re-Makes (whenever)


My wife is expecting a boy in the beginning of January. We are still not 100% set on a name… Here’s your chance! Name the new Nance Baby! Give me 3 good names. (Remember, this child has to live with the name, so be nice!)

Let me know what you think and I’ll post my favorites in a few days. Be prepared for vigorous and lively debate!

[Ed. note: naming Bryan’s son will not automatically get you into MIT.]

100 responses to “Free-For-All Week!”

  1. Jo says:

    1. Nathaniel Nance (hehe)
    2. Byron Nance (don’t really like first names that end with ‘n’ and then Nance.. but I DO like the name Byron.)
    3. Garrett Nance (people can call him Garrett the Ferret!)

    I love names. All other two topics are disregarded for now.

  2. Mia says:

    Favorite movies
    Drama: Funny Girl; Elizabeth
    Horror: The Exorcist
    Comedy: Clueless; Dazed and Confused
    Animation: (I’m hereby granting myself an exception from the seven-year rule!) Finding Nemo is too good
    Action/Drama: Apollo 13
    Favorite music
    Hip-Hop: anything by Missy Elliot
    R&B: “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” Lauryn Hill
    classic rock/Pop: anything by The Beatles
    Love songs: “Affirmation” (the cd) Savage Garden; “She will be loved” Maroon 5; most interesting love/hate song: “Take me or leave me” RENT; “Jimmy” Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Re-makes (also a fave love song): “Can’t take my eyes off of you” Lauryn Hill
    Baby Names (congrats!):
    1. Mikael Nance (Michael but cooler spelling!)
    2. Jeremy Nance
    3. Nicholas Nance

  3. Edward says:

    Crouching tiger: hidden dragon
    The First Star Wars
    Tom Brown: School Days
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    Mulan (my all time favorite)
    Nightmare on Elm street (warning: lame)
    A bridge too far
    The sound of Music

    I do not reall want to dicuss music but try and listen to The Chronic By Dr. Dre.

    Edward ( I like my name)

    I hope I helped alleviate even a little bit of your stress.
    Have a nice day.

  4. Clark Poland says:

    I can never list favourite movies, let alone try to fit them into categories.
    So I’ll skip down to music. I don’t like your classifications either, so I’ll just go with mine.
    (in no order)
    Led Zeppelin
    The Beatles
    Pink Floyd
    And Chopin

    That’s what I’d name my son, at least.

  5. Anthony says:

    Jules Wentworth Nance
    Felix Phineas Nance
    Algernon Alastair Nance

  6. Ben says:


    Lance Nance.

  7. Wow!

    Lots of great moves here. Timur, my man… HECK YES Blazing Saddles is a MUST SEE! who could forget lines like: “What in the wide world of sports is going on here?” or “I’m tired of being admired”. The Seventh Samurai is the basis of all Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns. That Kurosawa was a bad, bad man!

    Mia, exemption granted! Nemo is a good movie.

    Sara, great call on The Rock Horror Picture Show & Enter the Dragon. What about Pink Floyd’s The Wall?

    Edward, I too love Patton.

    It seems that everyone loves Clint Eastwood westerns. Keep em coming!

  8. MUSIC,

    Carly, big ups for Kayne, but you loose cool points with the P. Diddy thing…. Although, having Sting perform live at the Grammy’s does help your cause…slightly.

    NO MUSIC FROM TIMUR… I’m speechless…

    Mia, again, great call on Ms. Hill and Maroon 5.

    Clark, you may be on to something. Let’s remove the classifications and just go with favorite music. Chopin is a good call. I particularly like Fantasy, F minor and Funeral March, C minor. As I write this I’m listening to Stairway to Heven. It may be a bit cliche but sill my favorite Zep piece.

    Thank you to those of you BRAVE enough to post music selections. To the rest of you….. let’s see what you got!

  9. Names…

    Jo, the name Nathaniel holds much promise.

    Sarah, I love the name Brandon, but that’s my Godson’s name. DRATS!!!


    Edward, Your name also rates highly.

  10. YeSeul says:

    Okay, so there’s something really wrong with me. I don’t like movies. There are a few that have my stamp of approval and they are: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original) and Star Wars Episode IV. My friend next to me suggests Monty Python and the Holy Grail (i’ve never watched it..)

    As for your baby’s name (YOU’RE MARRIED?!), how about Nelson or something asian, like SEJONG!! (that might be problematic if u don’t know how to pronounce that…) Well, if there is something productive I CAN suggest, it is what names NOT to use: James, Daniel, Geo, Ellie, Luc, Kevin, Charles, Chris, Jordan, John, Elliot, Matt, David….cuz those were the names of my ex-boyfriends and they were all butts (HAHA! j/k~~~)

    Take care~~

  11. Timur Sahin says:

    In other news, we see that Ben’s kids are named Owns and Pwns. smile

  12. Sarah says:

    Westerns: Hang ‘Em High [yay for Clint Eastwood]
    Drama: Good Will Hunting [my favorite movie of all time]
    Drama2: The Count of Monte Cristo
    Horror: Psycho [or Mommie Dearest. Does that count?]
    Sci Fi: I don’t actually watch Sci Fi movies…
    Comedy: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Animation: Aladdin
    Animation2: Fantasia [the original]
    Action: Enter the Dragon
    Romance: Casablanca

    Baby names:

  13. Sarah says:

    For Sci Fi: Rocky Horror Picture Show

  14. nurlan says:

    for animation:final fantasy
    baby names:
    frankenstien is ok

  15. Allex says:

    western: shane
    drama: imitation of life
    horror: psycho
    sci fi: jurassic park
    comedy: airplane or clueless
    animation: lion king or mulan
    action: original terminator

    hip hop: anything by kanye or jay-z
    R&B: Toni Braxton’s first cd…she still wore clothes and had short hair or Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite
    classic rock: anything by the doors
    love song: “i love you just the way you are” by billy joel
    remake: haven’t heard one yet that’s better than the original

    baby names! congrats by the way!

  16. I think there should be another category for music for the soul. Even though they can be put in the say category as R&B some of our legendrary musicans are much better than today R&B singers. These include Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, etc………(they deserve much praise in their own category because they set the way for what we call R&B, Rap, and sometimes even rock.

  17. Favorite movies:
    Comedy- Coming to America
    Animation- Aladdin
    Sci Fi- Jurassic Park
    Drama- Pretty woman
    Horror- Frankstein
    Action- Terminator

    Favorite music:
    Hip Hop/ Old skool rap- can’t touch things (mc hammer), kanye west
    R&B- new edition(back in the day), indie arie
    classic rock-
    love songs- kci and jojo (all my life), blackstreet
    re-makes: i’ll be missing u (remade by p diddy),

    baby boy names (congratulations)

    Amiri (prince)
    Anwar (brightest)

    i hope this will be helpful in lighting up your stressful days

  18. Timur Sahin says:

    My votes:
    – Westerns: Unforgiven
    – Drama: *Shawshank Redemption
    – Horror: Silence of the Lambs
    – Sci Fi: The original Manchurian Candidate
    – Comedy: *Blazing Saddles
    – Animation: The Lion King
    – Action(/Drama): The Seven Samurai

    Want to say original Matrix for sci-fi, but that’s 1999. Nochnoy Dozor is still too fresh as well. The Hurricane is good drama, as well, but it’s also too fresh.

    – Other categories include:
    – War: *La Vita e Bella, Braveheart
    – Informational: Powers of Ten


    I don’t really feel right discussing music, I’ve never been too into it.

    1. Michael
    2. Benjamin
    3. Jemal

    Or you could just name it Tim, for MIT backwards.

  19. Jeena says:

    I only have one favorite movie:
    Kung Fu Hustle!

    I’m not very good at thinking of names…

  20. sqallyre says:

    Movies: Star Wars original trilogy (you can’t just watch Empire Strikes Back, even if it is the best), Indiana Jones, E.T., and Jaws are great movies to watch.

    Music: It’s not on your list, but film music is the ultimate best. Especially John Williams (he composed all the titles above).

    Charles Nance
    Sherman Nance
    Codey Nance

  21. Jess says:

    Nance Nance Revolution?

  22. Ben says:

    Oh that is awesome. Nance Nance Revolution. Bryan PLEASE can we rename your blog that?

  23. Victoria says:

    Top classic movies:
    Well, I don’t watch movies very often. Um…
    Lawrence of Arabia is interesting.
    A Monty Python movie has to make it in there somewhere. However, feel free to pick any of them.
    A Brief History of Time by Hawkings should be available in recorded format, but I’m not sure if it’s actually a “real movie” since I don’t believe it was ever shown in theaters. Either way, it’s interesting. (Yes, I’m a geek.)
    I’m out of good movies.
    As for music: May I recommend Bolero by Ravel (largely because I played the clarinet solo for it for band, but… it’s a good piece anyway, even if Ravel did think it was one of his worst compositions), La Donna

  24. Justin says:

    Whats with the talk about the orginal Star Wars when everyone knows that Empire Strikes Back is the best?

  25. Name: Antonio.

    Movies: A Beautiful Mind, Remember The Titans, Apollo 13. (Essentially, it’s those which were dramatizations of true stories.)

    Songs (Artists): Boyz II Men, The Temptations, Weird Al Yankovic’s “The Saga Begins”…

    For a taste of Asian pop music, check out Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese), S.H.E (Taiwanese), Zhou Jie Lun (aka Jay Chou) (Taiwanese)…

  26. Biyeun says:

    MUSIC (in no particular order, 10 songs):
    Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
    Time – Pink Floyd
    The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
    One – U2
    Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding – Elton John
    Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
    The Great Gig in the Sky – Pink Floyd
    Pinball Wizard – The Who
    Wonderwall – Oasis
    Space Oddity – David Bowie

    Western: Unforgiven
    Drama: Dead Poets Society, Regarding Henry
    Horror: Jaws
    Sci-Fi: Blade Runner, Star Wars Episode IV
    Comedy: Mrs. Doubtfire, Dr. Strangelove
    Animation: The Lion King
    Action: Raiders of the Lost Ark


  27. Shannon says:

    [1] Joshua Michael
    [2] Patrick Joseph
    [3] Andrew Matthew

    OK, I really don’t like #3; I just needed enough.

  28. Chris says:

    Since I’m old, classics are easy for me:

    Western – Magnificant Seven/Seven Samari
    Drama – The Lion in Winter
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Horror – Alien
    Sci Fi – Metropolis
    Comedy – Stranger than Paradise (great music too)
    Animation – The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Action – Bullitt
    Biography – Lawrence of Arabia
    War – Gallipoli

    Classic Rock – CD: Neil Young’s ‘Everybody Knows this is Nowhere’

    Names: Sean, Nate, Matt

  29. Timur Sahin says:

    Forgive me Nancester, for I have failed you.
    However, I wish to repent!

    R&B: Man, that’s hard. Sad to say, I’m not much of a music person, and didn’t even know the difference between R&B and Jazz until yesterday.
    classic rock: Pretzel Logic (CD) by Steely Dan
    love song: “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel.

  30. Matt,

    I think S.H.E doens’t really work with Google, coz there are tons of “S” and “H” and “E”s in the documents that they search. If you try, you’ll be able to find their discography, just that it’s coded all in traditional Chinese characters. If it’s of any help, their discography can be found by clicking on 4th link from the right-hand side of the navigation bar.

    Alternatively, you can search “SHE”. It might reveal some results about them.

    What’s on your top list of music?

  31. Justin says:

    Western- The Magnificent Seven
    Drama- The Godfather
    Horror- The Exorcist
    SciFi- The Empire Strikes Back
    Comedy- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Animation- The Lion King
    Action- The Hunt For Red October
    Biography- Patton
    War- A Bridge Too Far
    Documentary- Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination
    The Lord of the Rings should be considered since it was written more than seven years ago (Fellowship is my favorite because it is the darkest one of the three)

  32. Chris Dancy says:

    Comedy-Coming to America(JUST LET YOUR SOUL GLOWWW)
    Drama-Menace to Society/A Beautiful Mind/The Five Heartbeats(AKA My old Babysitter)(I like FH the most but I had to include the others)
    Animation-Bebe’s Kids
    Scifi-so many good ones…how can i choose?
    Action-Sin City
    Horror-SAW (I mean come on)
    War-Band of Brothers-wow surprised its not mentioned(is this doc or WAR?)

    Hip-hop: Common(his old and new stuff is good, I used to love H.E.R. smile)
    R&B-EryKah Badu-“Love of My life”
    Love-Keith Sweat-“Nobody”/Maxwell-“This Womens Work”

    Jorge smile
    Chris :D

  33. Chris Dancy says:

    Forgot to Menition Nas along with Common smile

  34. madmatt says:

    Nance, you’ve imposed way to many restrictions here, you’re cramping my style!

    Okay, names. The character name “George Michael” in “Arrested Development” makes me laugh every time I hear it. With that in mind, and knowing you’re a Star Trek fan, I propose the following name:

    Patrick Stewart Nance.

    To the rest of you: I’m glad MIT applicants have good taste in movies! Sometimes (and only sometimes) I wish we had crazy questions like “Favorite Movie” on our application like Princeton does (but overall, I think I’m glad we don’t).

    And to Eric: I have some Ayumi Hamasaki, but my google searches for “S.H.E” are running into problems (try it yourself, you’ll run into problems). Can you provide a link?

  35. Timur Sahin says:

    @Matt: I love how this year’s application has “This is not a trick question” nect to the prompt asking us about our free time. smile

  36. nehalita says:

    I third the motion. Nance Nance Revolution sounds awesome.

    Instead of going by category…
    (1) Life is Beautiful.
    (2) Back to the Future.
    (3) Duck Soup. I’ve never laughed so much in my life.
    (4) Aladdin
    (5) The Nightmare Before Christmas
    (6) Fantasia
    (7) October Sky
    (8) The Sound of Music
    (9) (Foreign/Indian) Yess Boss (cute lighthearted love story)
    (10) (Foreign/Indian) Padosan (hilarious)
    [If I could have cheated I would have included: Love Actually, A Beautiful Mind]

    Some songs [i’m big on the 90s]–
    (1) Aerosmith – Dream On
    (2) The Police – Every Breath You Take
    (3) Frank Sinatra – All the Way
    (4) Amy Grant – That’s What Love is For
    (5) Belle & Sebastian – Asleep on a Sunbeam
    (6) The Cardigans – Lovefool
    (7) Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars
    (8) The Turtles – So Happy Together
    (9) Mr. Big – Wild World
    (10) Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

    Artists I love —
    (1) Beatles
    (2) Missy Elliott
    (3) Lauryn Hill
    (4) Goo Goo Dolls
    (5) Abba
    (6) Red Hot Chili Peppers
    (7) Sixpence None the Richer
    (8) Sugar Ray
    (9) Jewel
    (10) Staind

    (note: I like salsa, merengue, flamenco, and hindi/punjabi/bhangra music a lot but I stuck to english)

    (1) Nathan
    (2) Aidan
    (3) Patrick

  37. Momchil says:

    – Westerns – haven’t watched many… Anyway, The Magnificent Seven is my coice.
    – Drama – Shawshank Redemption, Forest Gump
    – Horror – Se7en
    – Sci Fi – The Return of the Jedi
    – Comedy – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace Ventura: Nature Calls
    – Animation – Lion King is classic… smile

    Unfortunately the music categories are not exactly among the music I like most, but still,

    – Classic Rock (1960’s to 1975) – Deep Purple – Child in Time (not quite classic rock, but still a symbol of the “rock” generation LOL )

  38. Clark Poland says:

    Please take a break and see MIThenge. I think it’s really cool and something I’d like to see. Seems like a good break from reading apps.

  39. Dodd Gray says:

    Alright here’s my two cents:

    Great Movies:
    – Westerns – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  40. Dodd Gray says:

    Oops… thats supposed to say “Slackers”…hilarious movie by the way


  41. zoogies says:

    Jurassic Park (there’s like…no good scifi…no offense, of course =p)
    For a Few Dollars More (it rocks The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly’s socks)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Why, I just saw a T-shirt today at Target that proclaimed, “I fart in your general direction!”)
    Police Story (it’s Jackie Chan!)

    Three good names…hm…Antonius, or perhaps Xavier. Or something really creative, like the natural log of e, but I think your kid will never let you live it down if he has to grow up being called ln (e)…but think of the creative ways to pronounce that name!

    And someone above suggested Lance Nance. I think that’s a smashing good idea ^_^

  42. Catherine says:

    I’m not incredibly good with movies, but:
    Dances with Wolves
    Good Will Hunting
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Silence of the Lambs
    Star Wars 2… I think
    Rush Hour
    My Fair Lady
    The Lion King
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Hunt for Red October

    As for music:
    The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon and Paul Garfunkel
    Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
    Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    I can’t say much for R&B or Hip-Hop, but I do think Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back is really amusing.


  43. Mad Matt,

    welcome to the Terrordome! I am honored to be in the presence of an Omnibus! I expected to see you list REM given that you have their entire cd collection in your office! I also happen to know that you enjoy Snoop & the Dogg Pound. While I am a huge Star Trek Fan, my wife is not.

    In fact, I am the only Star Trek fan in the admissions office. What up, YO?!

  44. Catherine,

    Good call on GWH. I pass Bunker Hill Community College every day in route to MIT. (If you really like Good Will Hunting you’ll know the importance of that.)

    The Sound of Silence has some of the best lyrics ever written:

    And in the naked light I saw
    Ten thousand people maybe more
    People talking without speaking
    People hearing without listening
    People writing songs that voices never shared
    No one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence.

    That is as good as it gets.

  45. DODD,

    I’m going to pick a fight with you. I like all of your entries except for The Usual Suspects. I found the movie to be a big gimmick. A great movie lays it all out for you. There are little clues along the way that helps to give you insight. This is especially true in Hitchcock

  46. Clark,

    Thanks for mentioning the MIThenge. I will miss it today but I will definately be there in January to see it. Only at MIT… & Stone Henge!

  47. Chris,

    Band of Brothers is War and Mini-Series too. Outstanding call with Bebe’s Kids…. SMALL WORLD! We don’t die, we multiply!

  48. nehalita,

    Isn’t October Sky the offical movie of Course 16 (Aero Astro)? If that’s the case the offical movie of Course 9 (Brain and Cognitive Science) is A Beautiful Mind.

    The Cardigans – Lovefool is the best fun song of the 90’s.
    Lately I have desperately pondered,
    spent my nights awake and I wonder
    what I could have done in another way
    to make you stay.

    Finally, please tell us of your international favs in movies and music. (The world does not revolve around the US… well maybe New York City)

  49. Has anyone seen any of the following movies:

    Blood Simple
    The Killing Fields
    The Bad Lieutenant
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    Being There
    Aliens or
    In the Heat of the Night?

    Yes, No, Maybe?

  50. Joe Moore says:

    Western- Hang ‘Em High
    Drama- Shawshank Redemption
    Horror- Seven
    Sci-Fi- Stargate
    Comedy- Happy Gilmore
    Animation- Dunno, guess the Lion King was o.k.
    Action- Die Hard

    Music- Anything by the following groups
    -Lynyrd Skynyrd
    -Deep Purple
    -Bad Company
    -38 Special
    -Atlanta Rhythym Section
    -Allman Brothers Band
    -The Eagles


  51. YeSeul says:

    I hear “Birds” is a scary movie..
    Have you seen it?

  52. Edward says:

    I’ve seen The killing Fields and Aliens
    I didnt quite like the killing fields….I hate war movies where good guys die.
    Aliens, though, was quite nice but I did dislike the fact that evry1 but the chick died. I’d prefer more than two people surviving or all people getting killed-though it wont be much of a movie.
    But its just me.
    You have a nice day.

  53. Chris says:

    The Killing Fields was one of the most powerful movies I’ve seen (forgot to put it in my war movie list). It definitely doesn’t leave you in a warm, happy spot, but it does show what happened during one of the most horrific regimes in history.

    I preferred the first Alien to the sequeles. It was really an original, making the aliens parasitoids (ie. living off of and then killing their host) in the true biological sense. Aliens and Alien III, were just action flicks IMO.

    Fargo was great, full of wonderful character actors (William H. Macy, Francis McDermott, Steve ?? – the robber/murder).

    In the Heat of the Night is a classic drama of race relations in the 1960’s south. Can’t beat Rod Steiger and Sidney Portier together. It shows alot on TV these days, along with another one of my favorites, The Shawshank Redemption. I saw Crash this weekend, more of a 21st century view of race relations. It was interesting but seemed kind of gimmicky, and rather predictable once you saw where they were headed. I didn’t think it had as much depth as ITHOTN.

  54. s says:

    Congrats! Wish it were a girl (Nancy Nance, Natasha Nance) but well, I hope he’ll have ur sense of humour. smile)
    How about
    1) Alluwischius Nance
    2) Nernst Nance (third law of thermodynamics)
    3) Nitin Nance (that’s Indian)

    Westerns- The Magnificent Seven
    – Drama- Gandhi, Saransh (Indian again but real good)
    – Horror- The Birds
    – Sci Fi- The Matrix
    – Comedy- Chupke Chupke (Indian, its adorable), Mrs Doubtfire
    – Animation- Pinocchio (the really old one)
    – War- arent the newspapers enough?
    – Musical- The Sound of Music
    -Biography- Stalin

  55. Movies:
    Run Lola Run
    The Shining
    The Little Mermaid
    Dr Strangelove !!

  56. Everyone loves the Dance Macabre!
    I like Dr. Strangelove. Everyone loves Kubrick!
    S, you’re right. The newspapers and news should be enough…?
    I think Tim is a better choice than Mit.
    “So… what’s your name?”
    “Mit Nance.”
    “Hm… That’s an interesting name. Where does it come from?”
    “Well, my dad, who works at MIT, had this blog, see, and he asked people what they thought they should name me, and, well,…”
    At least you can fake one for Tim.
    …”Where does it come from?”
    “Well, my great, great, great grandfather on my maternal side was named Timothy, and, well…”
    Anyway, that’s my other cent.

  57. Yiyang Lu says:

    Ah, it feels good to be back…and at such an interesting time too! Haha.

    Congrats Bryan! I love the name “Aiden”. Then again, I am a soap junkie. smile

    But following the lead of the latest baby-naming craze, how about…”Orange County”? After all, there is already “Apple” and “Paris”…why not combine them? Eh? *insert evil laughter here*

    Ok, ok, “Orange County” may not be the best idea, but your son can shorten it to “O.C.!” Right?

    Hee. Seriously, I am evil. Okay. Down to business now…

    Music: Classical (almost) all the way!
    1) Ravel’s “Jeux d’Eau”
    2) Chopin (especially Polonaise No. 53!)
    3) Erik Satie
    4) Samuel Barber! (Listen to his “Medea”, everyone!)
    5) Chicago
    6) Moulin Rouge
    7) Philip Glass (he’s coming to Ann Arbor, MI!)
    8) Yo-Yo Ma – the cello is such a gorgeous instrument
    9) One of my favorites of all time…”Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff!

    Movies…Anything by Akira Kurosawa. Enough said. smile

    1) Julian
    2) Damien (I like this name, but I think it means sweet and harmless…)
    3) Max
    4) Darius
    5) Darren
    BONUS NAME: Kiwi-Canton smile

  58. Sophia says:

    Movie- Love and Basketbal

    Baby Names: Kahlil, Nyila

  59. Movies –
    Drama: Requiem for a Dream
    Drama: A Clockwork Orange
    Action: Fight Club – It’s a year too young, but in a month and a half…?
    Sci-Fi: Soylent Green – “Soylent Green is made of people!”
    Sci-Fi: The Omega Man

    Pink Floyd’s The Wall
    Led Zeppelin IV

    Baby Names:
    Scipio – Comes with a good nickname, “Skippy!”

  60. Your highness, the Great Emperor of the Moon,

    The name Aeneas is very interesting…if you’re on the Roman vein, might I suggest the Greek Hector?


    It would be very interesting, though, to actually meet a kid named “Aeneas”, “Tulius”, or “Gaius”.

  61. zoogies says:

    The “Greek” Hector was a Trojan Prince…that would make him more Roman than Greek, no?

    My interviewer for MIT asked me if I could be one Roman character, who would I be. I completely forgot about Scipio then, but I guess pwning Hannibal in battle is not really the ideal life.

  62. Lol. This is very fitting, seeing as I’m studying Greek and Roman Civ. in my Humanities course.

    Actually, I think Troy was a Greek city, but it was up against the rest of the Greek city states…although, what was left of the defeated Trojans “founded” Rome, if that’s what you mean. They were Greeks originally though. Haha. Confusing, I know.

    Hmm…Roman character…well, how about the (in)famous Julius Caesar? Declared himself dictator for life…and promptly got killed two days later. Ah, tragic power.

    Well, it seems like we’ve slightly gotten off the original topic so…
    1) Darien
    2) Jason
    3) Virgil (okay…maybe not smile Heehee)

    P.S. Did you know Caesar originally meant “hairy”? Lol. I beg you, please don’t look that deeply into my “Caesar-ess”! smile

  63. Catherine says:

    Ohh… not Aeneas. Aeneas was a skank. Poor Dido died on his sword because he was too chicken to oppose fate. Our first black cichlid (fish) was actually named Aeneas. The other two were Lavinia and Turnus. Ironically, we had to return Aeneas to the fish shop because our fishtank drama played out just like the history… except Aeneas was the only one without ripped up fins at the end.

    Hmmm… too many of the Greek/Roman figures died tragic deaths either by assassination or suicide. Not happy namesakes. ^^;;

  64. If I leave it to you guys my child will be named Hyperion, Themis, Venus, Homer or worse….Sisyphus or Prometheus!

  65. YeSeul says:

    Oh! Yeah. Phantom of the Opera was reallly good!

  66. And… of the many and various suggestions on the board, your son will probably be Nathaniel Nance?
    Although Hyperion isn’t too bad of a name. But people might just call him Hyper.

  67. Victoria,

    Hyperion huh? How ironic…my son would be named after the Sun.

  68. Quiver says:

    haha, I also like the Nance Nance Revolution sounds awesome.

    Instead of going by category…
    (1) Life is Beautiful.
    (2) Platoon (excellent war movie!)
    (3) Beautiful Mind
    (4) Lagaan (Bollywood movie, most rentals have that movie)
    (5) Gardenstate
    (6) Monty Pytons (the whole series but Holy Grail is the best)
    (7) October Sky
    (8) Phantom of the Opera
    (9) Love Actually

    I’ll post on that later, but all time best band in the world–The Shins!!!! Great music, go buy every CD

    (1) Haydon or Hayden (either spelling)
    (2) Jacob
    (3) Patrick
    (4) Seth

    i think i broke the rules

  69. quiver says:

    haha, I also like the Nance Nance Revolution sounds awesome.

    Instead of going by category…
    (1) Life is Beautiful.
    (2) Platoon (excellent war movie!)
    (3) Beautiful Mind
    (4) Lagaan (Bollywood movie, most rentals have that movie)
    (5) Gardenstate
    (6) Monty Pytons (the whole series but Holy Grail is the best)
    (7) October Sky
    (8) Phantom of the Opera
    (9) Love Actually

    I’ll post on that later, but all time best band in the world–The Shins!!!! Great music, go buy every CD

    (1) Haydon or Hayden (either spelling)
    (2) Jacob
    (3) Patrick
    (4) Seth

    i think i broke the rules

  70. quiver says:

    oops! sorry for the double post

  71. I think that was the point. Hyperion: the Sun and your sun. Although he might want to pick a name… Hyper isn’t precisely the best nickname. At least with Apollo, you can be called “Paul”. It makes sense.
    Phantom of the Opera is really good. The orchestration…

  72. Timur Sahin says:

    OOo, I almost forgot to mention GATTACA. I think everyone needs to see that movie.

    As for your kid, there have been weirder names than “Hyperion.” At least you’re not naming the fella “Optimus Prime” or something. wink

  73. zoogies says:

    There was a telescope ad in an astronomy magazine that said, “So you named your daughter N650415623A. So what?” Or something of that nature. And of course, there’s the father who named his son (Father’s name) 2.0…and isn’t there a kid named Google somewhere? And Apple? (Hey, Nance is a Mac user, right? =))

    “If I leave it to you guys my child will be named Hyperion, Themis, Venus, Homer or worse….Sisyphus or Prometheus!”

    Ahhh….I think Venus would be a worse name than Prometheus…I’d rather be named for He Whose Guts Are Plucked Daily But Who Also Gave Us Light than the Goddess of Love.

  74. Victoria says:

    I don’t know about GATTACA. I’ve seen it three times (mostly because of different courses: regular Bio, Genetics, and AP Bio), but I thought that it scared people too much and provides evidence for the Frankenfood people.
    Speaking of light-bringers: Prometheus is far better than Lucifer. Oh, yeah, Venus would be an awful name for a male. Female is one thing, but there are an awful lot of bad adjectives that come from Venus. Like venal…

  75. Yeseul says:

    Hey Bryan! I’m going to switch up the topic a little bit and ask..WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR THANKSIGIVNG?! I’m cooking (uh-oh!!) our family’s WHOLE Thanksgiving dinner. I’m gonna try a new recipe for brownie cheesecake, drizzled with strawberry jam!
    Gobble gobble~~


  76. Victoria says:

    Yeah, Prometheus would probably go by Theo. If he went by Prom., then you might have an issue about sixteen years later.

  77. zoogies says:

    Another name I’ve just thought of, from the coolest palindrome I’ve ever encountered (in the last ever issue of the Boston local humour newspaper, Editorial Humor [EDHU!])

    …Maharaja, part-god, sat in Pamplona and sees DNA, an ol’ “P” map, Nita’s dog trap, a jar, a ham…

    This was in April 2002 or something. Come think of it, it illegally shifts tense. Should be “sits in Pamplona”, either that or “saw DNA”

  78. Ajit says:

    I want to answer all the questions on Indian context(since I am from India and a little familiar about the western movies/songs and especially names).hope you do not mind…..
    2.Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
    I can not remember too much classics
    I can suggest you a few bollywood tracks and I can not categorise them
    1.Chal Chayan Chayan(DIL SE)
    2.Tanhai(DIL CHAHTA HAI)
    3.Suraj Hua Maddham(K3G)
    4.Dil Se(tital track of DIL SE)
    I want to name yor baby boy as –
    1.Aalok (meaning light in Hindi) or
    2.Aman (mening peace in Urdu/Hindi) or
    3.Arjun (a mythical character in MAHABHARAT)
    You can name as AJIT(meaning Never Defeatable)
    pardon me if there are any mistakes. Ajit.

  79. Catherine says:

    Haha. Tantalus and Adonis are arguably worse. =P I personally think ancient and mythological Greek/Roman figures, (not-so-every-day-sounding) biblical figures and dead philosophers ought to strictly be namesakes for pets. Mine are named Nietzsche, Sartre & Marx. I don’t think there really is a good nickname for Prometheus… perhaps Theo? Ten-to-one kids would just call him Liver-Guts or something to that nature. ^^;;

  80. Alice says:

    Animation movies:
    ~Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)- A WWII movie. SOOOOO SAD!!!!!!!!!!
    ~My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)- Cute and sad – came out as the other movie in the double feature with Grave of the Fireflies.


  81. Emi says:

    Hi! I’ve read a couple of your entries, and I think they’re pretty cool so I’m going to comment on this one.
    (1) Star Wars (old trilogy)
    (2) The Manchurian Candidate (the old version)
    (3) Beauty and the Beast
    (4) E.T.
    (5) Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa’s version of Macbeth)
    (6) Young Frankenstein
    …can’t think of any more right now over 7 years old…

    Anything by
    (1) Yo Yo Ma
    (2) Apocalyptica
    (3) John Williams
    (4) J.S. Bach
    (5) The Beatles

    – Sirius
    – Theodore
    – Hunter
    – Cedric

  82. s says:

    Relax, MIT will fill u up with the Western side of the story

    Will u guys please cut out the Nance Nance Revolution. I mean, poor kid, imagine having to live with that.

  83. anonymous says:

    I love picking out names. I name everything, even my computer…

    1. Kelvin (after William Thomson Kelvin – the British dude who came up w/the Kelvin temperature system – I think it makes a good first name)
    2. Orion (its a constellation)
    3. Landon (found it on, thought it was pretty)

  84. Joe says:

    Here are the three names I came up with
    (they aren’t ranked in order of preference):
    1. Pharus
    2. Gerald
    3. Ian

  85. I don’t really watch enough movies to make genre-based recommendations, but I’ll try. Princess Mononoke is a really good anime flick, though I’m not sure how rentable it is, and for comedy I’d go with anything by Monty Python, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Dramatically speaking, Ladyhawk is good, especially with Matthew Broderick as the comic relief. For action, I really want to say Highlander, except the movies are pretty much awful, so if you want to go that route, rent one of the later seasons; else, I’d pick up some classic Bond (kudos to Sean Connery).

    – Hip-Hop/Old School Rap (1975 to present): can’t say I listen to all that much
    – R&B (From the late 1960’s to present): see previous
    – Classic Rock (1960’s to 1975): Anything by Jethro Tull, especially “Songs from the Wood” (album and song); Also Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, someone already mentioned the Beatles, and lots of others.
    – Love Songs: …
    – Re-Makes: Eric Clapton’s version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” is pretty awesome.

    Also, they don’t really fit into your chosen genres, or any genre, really, but Morphine was an awesome band until their singer died (onstage, no less). They had an awesome sound, especially with that sax….

    And finally, the names. Honestly sir, you probably don’t want me naming your child, as I make up names with odd letter combinations that are, essentially, impossible for the average person to pronounce. That, and you have plenty of lovely reccommendations already.

  86. Rafael says:

    (1) Star Wars
    (2) Rush Hour
    (3) Kung Fu Hustle
    (4) The Rock (the music is unique!!)
    (5) Be Cool
    (6) Office Space

    (1) Touch the sky – Kanye West
    (2) Shining Light – Ash
    (3) Meantime – Futureheads
    (4) Let’s go – Olympic Hopefuls
    (5) Little House of Savages – The Walkmen
    (6) Sunny Hours – Long Beach Dub Allstars (titlesong of the Joey series. A MUST LOOK!!!)

    (1) Logan
    (2) Sebastian
    (3) Seth

  87. Zack Yang says:

    Ideas for names:

    The Tried and True Names; they’re not too creative, but they sound good:
    John (or any variation of it).

    I never realized how many male boy names end with “N,” until I started coming up with possible names.

    I hope you like the suggestions.
    -Zack Yang

  88. Chris says:

    Because I just finshed rereading “A Separate Peace”, how about Phineas? Finn (like in my favorite recent movie, The Station Agent), or Finny for short.

  89. stephanie says:

    Baby names:
    Some movies:
    Drama: Forrest Gump
    Horror: Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn “horror”…wait until the ending), Rebecca
    Comedy/Action/Horror/Drama: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (Yes, Pee-Wee may have some issues that we don’t want to discuss, but it’s hilarious)
    Comedy: Airplane
    Animation: The Lion King (or should I say Hamlet…?)
    A lot of it’s been mentioned for classic rock…Beatles, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel
    Also…Radiohead, Damien Rice, Aqualung, The Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie (or Nada Surf), The Strokes, The Shins, and I think Gorillaz are classified as “Trip-Hop,” not hip-hop, so they’re just in their own category

    Oh, by the way, how’s the weather in Boston? Here in California it’s freezing with the highs around 67 and the lows at 48. Haha…people are freaking out here…

  90. YeSeul says:

    Where art thou, Bryan?!

  91. Stevie says:

    I have to say that I’m definetly into hip-hop/old school rap so here’s my list:

    1. Blackalicious – “Blazing Arrow”
    2. Public Enemy – “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back” and “Fear of a Black Planet”
    3. De La Soul – “3 Feet High And Rising”
    4. A Tribe Called Quest – “The Low End Theory”
    5. Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique”
    6. Mos Def & Talib Kweli – “Black Star”
    7. Jurassic 5 – “Quality Control”
    8. Common – “Resurrection”
    9. OutKast – “Aquemini”
    10. Kanye West “Late Registration”

    P.S. I’m going to a Kanye West concert tonight. Can’t wait, I’m really excited.

  92. Timur Sahin says:

    This post is so close to receiving 100 comments I have to help it along. smile

  93. Justin says:

    Its what I did for the last one. (Of course by mentioning that Im contributing to the number for this post also.)

  94. Justin says:

    Double posting always increases the post count.

  95. Justin says:

    Double posting always increases the post count.

  96. Justin says:

    Or you could split up one post into multiple posts.

  97. zoogies says:

    But Justin, spam is not cool.

    By the way, I would like to emphasize a second time that “Lance Nance”, as suggested by Ben and subsequently shot down by Bryan, is the best suggestion on here. He could even be called Lancer Nance’ster.