Spending Time With Uncle Dean

Cross these questions (chosen at random from a Scientology pamphlet) to create your prompt:  (#14) Would the idea of inflicting pain on game, small animals, or fish prevent you from hunting? and (#17) Are you usually concerned with the need to protect your health?


My uncle Dean is in town again, and he’s crazy, Fucking crazy. Mom makes he hang out with him but I hate it. Hate him. He’s crazy. Kicked out of high school and also out of college. Lost his job, should have gone to jail for that last one, attacking that girl in the back alley, he said she was drunk, that she said she wanted it.

And now I get to hang out with him. Yay me. “Family,” mom says. This is not good.

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Top Ten Films: 2014 – Answers


My end of year favorite movie quote game was really popular in years past, but for some reason not so much this year. Are people over it? Was it too difficult? Or maybe people haven’t seen enough movies? If it’s the latter, lets correct it! Here are the answers, my favorite movies from 2014! I recommend them all, so see the ones you are interested in!

Before we get to the list, if you want to play the quote game, click here. And if you don’t follow the link, you should know that I still have not seen A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Leviathan, Mr. Turner, Big Hero 6, Two Days One Night, or Winter Sleep, all of which could end up on this list once I do finally see them.

Okay, here goes:

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Top Ten Films: 2014 – The Quote Game


Here it is, my annual top ten list. As before, I list a quote, you guess the movie. Enjoy!

A quick note: I still have not seen A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Leviathan, Mr. Turner, Big Hero 6, Two Days One Night, Winter Sleep, and this list will probably be different once I see them all. But it’s already the second week of January and so here’s my list as it stands right now!

As always, I list a quote, you guess the movie.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2015, Part Three: Award Season

the revenant lightbetweenoceans david-o-russell-american-hustle

silence scorcese hateful eight coen brothers hail caesar winter-sleep

Part three of my Most Anticipated Films of 2015: the award season releases.


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Most Anticipated Films of 2015, Part Two: Summer

tomorrowland inside out grimsby on set

Continuing my Most Anticipated Movies of 2015, here’s the summer releases:


Must Sees: Tomorrowland – Brad Bird is the best. I’ll see anything he makes.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2015, Part One: Winter and Spring

A-MOST-VIOLENT-YEAR-poster while were young

Here comes 2015! And with it, my most anticipated movies of the year!


Must Sees: A Most Violent Year – JC Chandor is awesome and this movie looks crazy good (technically it is being released on December 31st to be eligible for award season, another good sign)

On the Fence: Leviathan – I don’t know much about this movie other than that it is Russian, and it is supposed to be amazing. True Story – Interesting premise, even moreso because it is based on a true story. But titling it ‘True Story’? C’mon, be more creative than that! Blackhat – Michael Mann is a great filmmaker, but he’s also a hit or miss one. Not sure what this film is going to be.

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Goals: 2015


Wow, 2014 was crazy! And I know exactly where to begin!

I got married! To the most wonderful girl, she’s so amazing, the best girl imaginable. We had a great ceremony at Malibou Lake (thank you to all who came!), an awesome mini-moon up the California coast, and an even awesomer honeymoon in Uruguay and Argentina! In addition to all this, we also made it to Dana Point and San Francisco this year, we were all over the place!

On the filmmaking end, I wrote one feature (2014 goal #1, sort of), took another writing class (2014 goal #3), started on an awesome crowdfunding seminar, worked on some amazing productions (including a Louis CK comedy special), and met lots of super-talented new filmmakers (2014 goal #2). Even more importantly, I locked down the script for my next short, The Engaged Life! It’s a small piece, not as big as I was hoping, but I love the script and am excited to make it! And the big short will come later this year (see below)!

On the writing front, in addition to my feature, I joined a writing group that does flash fiction every other week, wrote lots more of my own flash fiction, and even wrote a 5500 word noir short (it’s really good too)!

Oh, I also started an etsy account (2014 goal #4). Just opened it at the end of the year, and now it’s ready to bring in lots of money!

Onto 2015, I will:

1) Make The Engaged Life.

2) Make another short film, a big one! I’ve learned so much since my last big short, I’ve grown so much as a filmmaker and met so many talented individuals, it’s time to put it all together, put everything into action!

That’s it, just the two goals this year. No excuse, let’s do this!