Updated Reel

I updated my reel! Enjoy!

Where I’ve Been

Hello all! I haven’t posted here for a while and maybe you’re wondering where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been doing a lot of writing, and Inna and I are also taking a year off, to travel! That’s right, a whole year: Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and of course road tripping across the United States! Maybe we’ll even get Africa in there, if we can manage it.

I started a new blog about my travel endeavors, so check it out! Otherwise, I don’t know how much I’ll be posting around here, but I’ll put up some stuff and I’ll talk to you soon!

2016 Oscar Predictions: Part Two

My 2016 Oscar predictions, continuing from part one, onto the technical categories!

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2016 Oscar Predictions

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Again, I have big shoes to fill. Last year, I predicted all of the big six and 14 out of 21 overall (not as good as two years ago but still pretty good). This year the frontrunners are not as clear so this’ll be harder, but here goes!

Best Picture

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

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Top Ten Films: 2015

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Here it is, my annual top ten films of the year!

2015 was the year of the blockbuster, with tons of franchise fare hits (The Avengers, Jurassic World, Star Wars VII, Furious 7, Minions, The Hunger Games, etc). With it, the year had a correspondingly lack of original/indie/art films, but I still saw a lot that I liked and have made what I think is a pretty solid top ten. And there’s even a franchise blockbuster in here, read below to check out which one it is!

Final note: I still have not seen Carol, Brooklyn, Creed, Bridge of Spies, Son of Saul, and probably some others that might make it onto this list once I do see them.

Without further ado, my top ten films of 2015:

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Goals: 2016

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2015 was a rough year. Those who’ve been here know that all too well.

But despite the hardship, I still got a lot done! I finished The Engaged Life (2015 goal #1) and got it into two festivals, I took two parts of a four part screenwriting workshop that completely transformed my writing, and I wrote a short (from the writing class) that I will make early next year. I also produced a short and an educational video on Hindi dance, I ADed and PAed on several projects, and I even did a podcast on the box office giants throughout Hollywood’s history.

On the writing front, in addition to the two part class I took and the shorts I wrote, I wrote lots more flash fiction and have continued to improve the 5000 word neo-noir I wrote last year. I’m now submitting it to literary publications and plan to adapt it into a feature once I finish my writing workshop.

I also did a lot outside of filmmaking and writing this year. Inna and I celebrated our one-year anniversary with a brief best-of-California trip, stopping at Big Sur, Davis, Tahoe, and Lone Pine. We took trips to Palm Springs, Newport Beach, and San Diego, and I even went on a desert camping trip as well. And last but not least is Christmas and New Years, which we’re spending in Costa Rica (blog post coming soon)!

Other cool things I did this year: I saw Florence and the Machine as well as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Nightmare Before Christmas with live music at the Hollywood Bowl, listened to an Aerosmith concert from a hotel balcony, drove on a dried up lake bed, visited the house with the top rated view in Malibu, started playing soccer again, refereed the Los Angeles city section high school soccer championship, shot a shotgun and a handgun and an AR15 and a .357 magnum, went to four weddings, took apart a school bus with only a wrench and a screwdriver, and met lots of cool, interesting, wonderful people!

Oh yeah, Inna and I also adopted the best freaking dog in the world.

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In 2016, I will:

1) Finish my writing workshop and write the big short I’ve been searching for.

2) Make said short.

Now it’s time to get it done!

Blind Spots: 2016

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I only saw three films on my Blind Spots list this year, two less than last year. However, I did see a lot of television shows that would have been on my blind spots TV list, had it existed (it does now!). That counts for something, right?

Blind Spots:

  • Ace in the Hole (Wilder, 1951) Peeping Tom (Powell, 1960) A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956)
  • Predator (McTiernan, 1987) Dancer in the Dark (von Trier, 2000) Imitation of Life (Sirk, 1959) The Host (Bong, 2006) If… (Anderson, 1968)
  • The Big Parade (Vidor, 1925)
  • Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971) The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991) No End (Kieslowski, 1985) Vanhalla Rising (Refn, 2009)
  • Solaris (Tarkovskiy, 1972) Stalker (Tarkovskiy, 1979) The Mirror (Tarkovskiy, 1975) A Bridge Too Far (Attenborough, 1977)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974) Pandora’s Box (Pabst, 1929)
  • Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982) The Frighteners (Jackson, 1996)
  • Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945) Pierrot le Fou (Godard, 1965)
  • Battle Royale (Fukasaku, 2000) Underground (Kusturica, 1995) The Tenant (Polanski, 1976)
  • Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) The Jerk (Reiner, 1979) Point Break (Bigelow, 1991) Working Girl (Nichols, 1988)
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorcese, 1988)
  • Rocco and his Brothers (Visconti, 1960)

Blind Spots TV:

  • The Sopranos (1999-2007)
  • Fargo (2014-present)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
  • The World At War (1973)
  • Roots (1977)

Top 10 On Crack

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I’m not a huge fan of lists and don’t do many on this site, but the other night I had an urge to do some and then I went crazy! All the top tens I could think of, some serious, some fun, all conveniently placed in this post for your reading pleasure. There’s a lot here, so browse around and learn about my tastes, or have even more fun and read them all!

A note before we begin: all my entries are in chronological order, although I did star the #1 entries. The rest in each category, numbers two through ten, are equal (there are too many nuances, not to mention my own changing tastes, to rank them).

Lastly, I obviously am only including movies I’ve seen. So if you’re upset about a film that is missing, I might not have seen it (recommend it to me in the comments!). These lists are current as of November 30th, 2015.

And now, without further ado: My Top 10:

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