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My Academy Awards

February 26, 2012

Dear Jonny,

Alright, well with the Oscars happening this afternoon, I figured it was time for me to put together my own list. A few notes before I start:

This list is not a top ten, or a worst ten, or anything of that sort. Instead I mostly talk about my favorite moments from 2011 and work them into made up categories.

I didn’t see every movie in 2011. I haven’t even seen all the actual best picture nominees (Extremely Loud, Hugo, Tree of Life). My list of movies I did see is available here, but I also recently saw The Artist and The Muppets.

Finally, I hope it’s clear, that no matter how good any of these films were, they were no Scott Pilgrim.

So on the awards.

Performances: There were a lot of really fantastic performances in 2011. Here are some men that stood out.

Michael Fassbender in Shame, Joseph Godron-Levitt in 50/50, Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris, Chris Evans in Captain America, Ryan Gosling in everything, John Boyega in Attack the Block, Gary Oldman in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

And the ladies:

Ellen page in Super, Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Viola Davis in The Help

I guess if I had to pick two, I’d go with Fassbender and Page.

Music: Basement Jaxx for Attack the Block. Just listen to this song.

Screenplay: I thought about this a lot recently. I really like 50/50. I really like the Source Code. I really like Midnight in Paris. I thought Beginners was great, so was Win Win, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was impressive as hell. I think I’ll just leave it there.

Moment of Complete Joy: Life’s a Happy Song in The Muppets. I loved this movie from the first frame, but the second this song came on I was completely mush in the hands of Segal, Stoller, and Mackenzie. It just made me so damn happy.

Action Scene: Okay, here I’m torn again. This time between the slow-motion climax of Attack the Block and every minute of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Runner up: Eric Bana kicking ass in one take in Hannah.

Forgetting Everything else in the world for the entire 94 minutes this was playing: Midnight in Paris. I love this movie. I love Woody Allen. And I was completely caught up in every scene of this film, just having an absolute blast. People love to hate nowadays, and I often hear the word overrated thrown at this film. But it had Ernest Hemingway trying to box people!

Movie I had to tell all my friends to see cause it was so cool: Attack the Block. Seriously. Stop reading this and go see it.

Scene that made me cry the most: I have no problem crying during movies. But the pre-surgery scene in 50/50 pretty much knocked me out. JGL gives a great understated performance in this film and this scene is one he really shines in. Also, some great direction by Jonathan Levine.

Coolest Shot: The one take action scene in Tin-Tin. I know it’s animated, I don’t care. Spielberg is still a master.

Tensest movie watching experience: Martha Marcy May Marlene. AHHHHH. I gripped those seat cushions so hard.

Movie I am so happy I knew nothing about before seeing because holy shit it was just super cool and amazing: The Skin I Live In.

Best “first meeting” scene: Ewan Macgregor and Melanie Laurent in Beginners. They meet at a costume party. It’s adorable. Like… seriously adorable.

My Surprise Movie: Limitless. I really liked this movie. A lot. It’s definitely a really cool saturday afternoon flick.

Movie I just want to mention in this post so people see it: Submarine

Scene most like an old Jackie Chan movie: I love Jackie Chan, so this is a high honor. And it goes to the bachelor party fight scene in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Well done, Eric Oram, fight choreographer.

Sexiest Scene: The kiss from Drive was pretty sexy. So was every scene with Marion Cotillard in Midnight in Paris. Also Melanie Laurent had some sexy scenes in Beginners. Wow, the foreigners really brought it this year. But the winner goes to the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling “one night stand” in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Directing and Movie: Hmm. I have issues with choosing winners for these two. Picking a favorite movie of mine is always difficult (although last year’s Scott Pilgrim and A Prophet made it easier). I have too wide a taste to make this decision in good conscience. As for director, I feel like it’s often the directors who are invisible who are doing the best work. Unless it’s Edgar Wright. So I’m not going to pick anything here.

Alright, if you actually read all that, thank you! Make sure to watch the real Oscars today. Actually, don’t. Go outside, get some exercise.

Final Note: WordPress is kind of sucky now. I’ll probably do the rest of my blogging on my good ole Tumblr.


Movies 2011

January 29, 2012


I know we both have tumblrs (me. you.) and live together, but since you are in another state at the moment I figured I can still use this blog. I wanted to talk about all the movies I watched in 2011. All 186 of them.

See, this past year I kept a list of every movie I watched. I even wrote down what day I watched it. I figured it would be a great tool when going over what my favorite movies of the year were. Mainly I realized two things. I watch way too many movies. And I didn’t watch Scott Pilgrim nearly enough. Only once?? (Note, I actually watched it more than once. I just forgot to write those other times down. I think the grand total is 4.)

My rules for this list were that I had to watch a movie from beginning to end. I could not come in during the middle or leave early, otherwise it didn’t count. I figure I probably viewed another 20 or so movies like this that didn’t make the list. But some interesting trends developed. One, I seemed to watch a lot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling movies. You can even see a little trend in late January where I discovered who Emma Stone was, and absorbed all her films.

Also, you can see where I was out of the country for several months and my movie intake dropped considerably. But then you can see what movies I missed the most and watched immediately upon my return. AKA Indiana Jones and Edgar Wright films.

A lot of people said I should shoot for 200 films this year. I think I’m planning on doing the opposite. If each of these movies averaged 100 minutes, then I spent 310 hours watching films this year. That’s almost 13 whole days. I think if I need to absorb less content through films. Maybe I should look into reading more. Or maybe just having life experiences. Either way, it’s January 29, 2012 and I’ve only seen 4 movies this year. So I’m off to a good start. Then again, I’ve watched 25 episodes of Buffy, so maybe I’m just trading one for another.

I’m going to go through this list more over the next week and create my own personal Oscars. Like last year, it will not be a top ten list, or a worst ten list, or even a best list. Instead it will be my favorite things in cinema from 2011. I’ll even make up some cool categories, like coolest action scene. But I must go, I’m off to see Margaret at Cinefamily… damn, that’s 5.


Here is my list:

Movies I Watched in 2011


2: Odnine

3: TRON: Legacy


5: Black Swan

6: City Island

8: Anvil: The Story of Anvil

-My Favorite Year

11: Piranha

12: The Freebie

-The King’s Speech

14: Easy A


15: Tangled

-V for Vendetta

17: Blue Valentine

18: Finding Amanda

21: The Way Back

22: The Royal Tenenbaums

-Speed Racer

23: Taken

24: Magnolia

28: Paper Man

-His Girl Friday


29: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

-Ball of Fire

-The Informant

-The Rocker

30: The Invention of Lying



1: Dogtooth

4: Knight and Day

5: Animal Kingdom

6: The Crazies

8: No Strings Attached

12: The Other Guys

13: City of God

15: Let Me In

16: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

18: How to Train Your Dragon

19: The Green Hornet

20: Zathura

25: JCVD

26: Black Swan


27: Igby Goes Down


3: Brewsters Millions

-12 Monkeys

4: The Trotsky

5: The Adjustment Bureau

7: Take me Home Tonight

March 8-May 8:

-Bowling for Columbine

-Morning Glory

-Sweeney Todd

-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

-Capitalism: A love Story

-Dark City

-Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

-Hot Fuzz

-Shaun of the Dead

-Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc

-Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


-The Bourne Identity

-Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

-Bad Boys 2


-The King’s Speech

-Little Fockers

-The Cove


13: Georgy Girl

15: The Secret of the Kells

-The Pixar Story

17: Ratatouille

18: Millions

19: Fast Five

21: Amorres Perros

21: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

22: Manhattan Murder Mystery

-The Extra Man

25: Wet Hot American Summer

26: The Hangover Part 2

-Crips and Bloods: Made in America


-The Baxter

30: Transsiberian


2: The Illusionist

3: Bridesmaids

4: X-Men: First Class

5: Thor



6: X2


7: Shotgun Stories

-The Purple Rose of Cairo

11: Midnight in Paris

13: Gattaca

17: Green Lantern

19: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

-Hall Pass

20: Glory

21: Super 8

22: Lethal Weapon

-Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

29: Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon


2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

3: True Lies


4: Tangled


7: How to lose Friends and Alienate People

10: London Boulevard

12: Ceremony

13: Source Code

14: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

18: The Aviator

23: Reno 911: Miami

-Captain America: The First Avenger

-Happy Feet

24: Fanboys

-Days of Heaven

30: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

31: Limitless


1: The Godfather Part 2

-Monsters, Inc.

3: Super

4: Cedar Rapids

6: Heavy Weights

-Tucker and Dale vs Evil

9: Crazy, Stupid, Love

18: 30 Minutes or Less

22: Lincoln Lawyer

-Mystery Team

23: The Beaver

-The Winning Season

29: The Frisco Kid

30: The Bang Bang Club

31: Your Highness


4: Rio

5: Paul

6: The Help

9: Attack the Block

11: Hanna

13: Burke and Hare

16: Contagion


18: Cry-Baby


24: Moneyball

25: Bill Cunningham New York

28: Americatown

-Another Woman

29: Man on Wire


1: 50/50

4: The Man Who Knew Too Little

9: Me and You and Everyone We Know

12: Win Win

15: The Ides of March

16: Zeros and Ones

17: Scream 4

18: Norman

23: Press Pause Play

28: The Shape of Things

29: Submarine


5: Martha Marcy May Marlene

-The Skin I Live In

10: Last Action Hero

13: The Lives of Others

19: The Change Up

17: Rebel Without a Cause

23: Our Idiot Brother

30: Breakfast at Tiffany’s


3: Shame

7: Horrible Bosses

14: Friends with Benefits

17: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

18: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

-Fright Night

22: Private School

23: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

25: Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

26: The Adventures of Tin-Tin

-The Art of Getting By

28- War Horse


Halloween and Filming

November 1, 2011


I still write these entries to you even though they are mostly for my family. I hope you appreciate the gesture as we sit across from each other at a coffee shop.

More LA photos

October 27, 2011


Here are some more photos from our life here in the city of angels.


Life in LA

October 17, 2011

I recently got an iPhone. Here are some photos of my new life in LA!



September 23, 2011


I made it here! But you know that on account of we live together. But what you don’t know is I got a car. Here it is:

We gotta name her. Also, what you may not realize is that our neighborhood is loud. We are surrounded by 24/7 construction and a crying baby. It’s making my watching of Big Bang Theory very difficult.



September 11, 2011


Dear Pat,
Your moving here in four days. Ryan and i have been hard at work making sure the place is ultra rad once u get here.
The gem of the house is our bar/coffee room. Ryan and i went to the rosebowl flea market today and got some essentials to make it extra killer.
Get Stoked for Franklins
Adore and disorder,