2008: Year of Recovery

END OF THE YEAR REPORT
2008


BEST MOVIES
(1) Milk
(2) The Wrestler
(3) Ballast
(4) Wendy & Lucy
(5) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(6) The Dark Knight
(7) Wall E
(8) Paranoid Park
(9) Quantum of Solace
10) Let The Right One In
(10) Hulk

WORST MOVIES
(1) Teeth
-low budget movies can really, really suck
(2) 10,000 BC
-very disappointing... my favorite popcorn director failed (miserably)
(3) Be Kind, Rewind
-I hate movies with no character flaws...
(4) Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of Crap
-Would of been great if I was 5
(5) Gran Torino
-based completely on the trailer... "those kids are never going to survive in this world as long as that gang is around..." Yeah, Clint, sure.

BEST TELEVISION
(1) Battlestar Galatica
(2) Lost
(3) 30 Rock / The Office
(4) Meet the Press
(5) Damages

WORST TELEVISION
(1) The New Fall Line-Up - again.

FAVORITE BOOK
(1) Easy Riders Raging Bulls
- haven't finished it but it's awesome (thus far)

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME SYSTEM
(1) Last year, I wanted a Wii... I now own a PS3 and XBox... and no Wii

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
(1) BioShock - wow
(2) Little Big Planet - wow
(3) Fallout 3 - epic

BEST ALBUM
(1) Kanye West "808s & Heartbreak"
(2) Cut Copy "In Ghost Colours"
(3) Crystal Castles "Crystal Castles"
(4) Vampire Weekend "Vampire Weekend"
(5) Sebastian Tellier "Sexuality"
(6) Gangstagrass "Gangstagrass"
(7) Gnarls Barkley "The Odd Couple"
(8) Lykke Li "Youth Novels"
(9) M83 "Saturdays = Youth"
(10) Melpo Mene "Bring the Lions Out"

BEST New SONGS (new category!)
(1) Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles
(2) Regret by Wye Oak
(3) Magic by Ladyhawke
(4) Who's Gonna Save My Soul (demo version) by Gnarls Barkley
(5) Bruises by Chairlift - yes, an iPod nano song...
(6) On the Water by The Walkmen
(7) Ion Square by Bloc Party
(8) Breaking It Up by Lykke Ki
(9) It Must Be Me by The Whitsundays
(10) Nothing Gold

I also really got into John Lennon this year. Wow.

BEST WEBSITE
(1) Talking Point Memo
(2) reddit
(3) YouTube
(4) Gorilla Vs. Bear
(5) Friend's Blogs

BEST MEALS
(1) Filet Mignon & Mashed Potatoes
(2) Plain McD's cheeseburgers
(3) Jamba Juice Smoothies
(4) Soups - all sorts
(5) Stuffing @ the holidays...

BEST IDEAS
(1) Voting for Obama
(2) **private** (self - reminder "test")
(3) Working w/ a Personal Trainer
(4) iPhone applications / XBox360 + Netflix
(5) Learning to be - older

WORST IDEAS
(1) Getting a new kitten
(2) Shooting a "feature" w/out a script
(3) Eating when I'm not hungry
(4) Letting Clint Eastwood make Gran Torino
(5) Ignoring my Website

FAVORITE MONTH
January - Sundance & a new beginning

FAVORITE DAY
Valentine's Day

FAVORITE MOMENT
The Night of Valentine's Day

WORST MONTH
March. The worst news of the year - hit me.

WORST DAY
February 28th.

WORST MOMENT
Breaking up over the phone, while in Vegas on a terrible show and feeling horrible alone. Luckily things worked out in a few weeks.

FAVORITE THINGS I DID
Making "The Adventure of Lions" - even though it seems no one really noticed.

CELEBRITY CRUSHES
Dumb category, so, it's retiring.

THEMES OF THE YEAR
(1) Building the Beginning
(2) The Importance of Mystery
(3) Dilemma!
(4) Healthy Lifestyles
(5) The Future

HOPES / GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR
(1) Finish "The Providers", "Fear Between Vultures", "Odyssey of LMNO", & a yet to be determined children's script
(2) Find someone to design my website / blog
(3) Move into my own place
(4) Pay off credit cards
(5) Take a road trip
(6) Get into Sundance again
(7) Do something creative - preferably: "Two Twenty Eight"
(8) Get a bigger bed
(9) Get new furniture
(10) The economy rises quicker than anyone expect

HOPES / GOALS FROM LAST YEAR FULFILLED!?
(1) Financing Turns Up for a Feature Film (either The Western/Fear Between Vultures)
Nope - still writing them... dilemma, dilemma, dilemma!!!!
(2) Barack Obama becomes President
Much to the fear of my parents...
(3) My Relationship Maintains
It has - but it's been a rough year.
(4) Get Paid to Direct
Yes. For a music video, that I am ashamed of.
(5) Build a Nicer Body
Definitely much more muscular - just need to lose some body fat...
(6) Pay Off Credit Cards
Ha! But - I did pay off my truck and can afford to pay 800 a month in student loans.
(7) Get an HDTV
A gift to myself in hard times, along with a PS3 and surround sound
(8) Keep a better blog
Eh... I only wrote 2 more entries than last year.
(9) Finish scripts for "Fear Between Vultures" and two other scripts.
No... dilemma, dilemma, dilemma!
(10) Travel somewhere awesome
Went to Vegas 3 times, pretty awesome.
(11) Get into Tribecca & SXSW
Got into SXSW with Sunlit Shadows, couldn't go and Tribecca I'm still virgin too...

SPECIAL THANKS
God.

SR, Sheri Fults, Scott Uhlfelder, Alison K, Mom, Dad, Holly, Tanya Passidore, Eric Ernst, David Estrada, Drew Blatman, Sheila McCormack, Rom Alejandro, Patrick Smith, Michael Lilley, Steady Work, Fans of Deadliest Catch, Original Productions, filmmakers and musicians who can make me cry, iTunes, iPhone (still) - and the alarm program, animals still protect me (even though I eat some...), and now - more than last year - my health.

I love everyone in my life and here's to 2009! (a new imaginary toast)

Hug Squeeze to you SR.