2011 : Year of the Stall


6th ANNUAL "END OF THE YEAR REPORT" for 2011

BEST MOVIES
(1) Drive

(2) Tree of Life
(3) Moneyball
(4) Attack the Block
(5) Rango
(6) Contagion
(7) Martha Marcy May Marlene
(8) The Muppets
(9) Warrior
(10) War Horse


WORST MOVIES
(1) Jack & Jill

(2) Another Earth
(3) I Am Number Four
(4) Green Lantern
(5) Bucky Larson

BEST TELEVISION

(1) Breaking Bad
(2) Louie
(3) Boardwalk Empire
(4) The Walking Dead
(5) Community
(6) The Good Wife
(7) Fringe
(8) Happy Endings
(9) Terra Nova
(10) It's Always Sunny / Archer


* Honorable Mention to: American Horror Story, The New Girl & Children's Hospital


WORST TELEVISION
(1) Whitney
(2) 
Charlie's Angels
(3) Pan Am
(4) Every God Damn GOP Debates
(5) Everything on CBS, save for Reality, Football & The Good Wife

FAVORITE BOOK (The Only Book I Read)
(1) A Dance with Dragons



* I also read Girl With A Dragon Tattoo... but that doesn't count because it was terrible... but a great source for Mr. Fincher.

BEST VIDEO GAMES
(1) Portal 2
(2) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(3) Batman: Arkham City

(4) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(5) Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

* I did play LIMBO this year and think it's the 2nd best game I've ever played, second only to Red Dead Redemption.

BEST ALBUM
(1) M83 HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING
(2) Radiohead THE KING OF LIMBS
(3) The EPs for LANA DEL REY & WOODKID, damn I can't wait for their LPs in 2012.
(4) Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ROME
(5) Foster the People TORCHES, though it got played out real quick

(6) Jessica Lea Mayfield TELL ME
(7) Lupe Fiasco LASERS
(8) Beastie Boys HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART TWO
(9) The Strokes ANGLES
(10) The Soundtrack to DRIVE


BEST SONGS 
(1) ROLLING IN THE DEEP ADELE
(2) RACONTE-MOI HISTOIRE M83
(3) BLUE JEANS Lana Del Rey
(4) IRON Woodkid
(5) OUR HEARTS ARE WRONG Jessica Lea Mayfield
(6) HELENA BEATS Torches
(7) MONTANA The Year of the Hibernation
(8) BEAUTIFUL LASERS (2WAYS) Lupe Fiasco Ft. MDMA
(9) BLACK Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
(10) CODEX Radiohead
(11) ECHOES Washed Out
(12) THE WILHELM SCREAM James Blake
(13) KNEES Peter & Kerry
(14) BLACK MOON Wilco
(15) WHERE I'M GOING Cut Copy

HONORABLE MENTION
CAR SONG Spank Rock Ft. Santigold
BILLIE JEAN (COVER) Drew Ryniewicz

BEST WEBSITES
(1) Facebook
(2) Twitter
(3) ESPN: Fantasy Football
(4) YouTube... for featuring me this year!
(5) Huffington Post

BEST FOODS
(1) Biscuits & Gravy
(2) Kyle's Thanksgiving Pork Pie
(3) Spaghetti
(4) Tostino's Pizza
(5) Marie Callendar's Pot Pies

BEST (Personal) IDEAS
(1) Turning "2 28" into a web series
(2) Getting in Better Shape, losing 15 pounds
(3) Hiking in Griffith Park
(4) Buying Skyrim, Batman, Zelda, & Uncharted before I Ran Out of Money in November...
(5) Last Minute Stories *for Pitch

WORST (Personal) IDEAS
(1) Spending $2000 on my truck, never catching back up
(2) Buying ice cream... over and over and eating it way to fast & feeling fat & idiotic
(3) Going BACK to S*******
(4) Forgetting About My Ticket
(5) Breaking the Workout / Hiking Chain... especially after I got to FL... it's hard to get back in the zone

FAVORITE MONTH
July: Great Summer, Lots of Work, Good Money, "True Blood Summer BBQs"

FAVORITE DAY
A TIE BETWEEN:
October 18th: My video featured on YouTube.
December 15th: Seeing my Sister & Mom for the first time in 2 years.

FAVORITE MOMENT
Feeling a little depressed with no job & no new leads for my work when I receive an email to pitch a new short & possible web series to Fox.

WORST MONTH
It's never been a bad month, but the bulk of November was soured by a real lack of work and feeling as poor as I've ever felt in my life.  It wasn't all bad, as I did get to play a bunch of fantastic video games.

WORST DAY
Turning 30.  Not planning anything special and just feeling sort of lonely and lost.

WORST MOMENT
My car accident a week after putting $2000 into my truck... then not working for months afterwards.

FAVORITE THING I DID
Seeing M83.  All last minute but luck won out and I got to see one of the best concerts I've ever seen.


THIS YEAR'S THEMES
(1) Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
(2) Stop Doing What You Know Is Wrong
(3) Persevere... in All Things, Pursue & Continue
(4) Exercise & Feel Better
(5) Unpredictability

HOPES / GOALS FOR 2012
(1) Become a More Consistent Writer, Finish the Work I've Started
(2) Enter Work into Competitions... win something
(3) Win A Streamy for "2 28"
(4) Find Representation
(5) Find A Mate
(6) Lose Those Love Handles
(7) Find Steady Income
(8) Go on a Road Trip
(9) Obama is Re-Elected w/ Democratic Majorities in House & Senate
(10) Pay Off Chase Card, Have $5,000 in Savings


HOPES / GOALS FROM LAST YEAR FULFILLED?
(1) Raise funds ($275,000) for "Fear Between Vultures"
        * Nope & Not Even Close
(2) Shoot "Fear Between Vultures"
        * Nope & Not Even Close
(3) Get "2 28" into a film festival
        * Nope & Not Even Close... but it did become a film festival
(4) Get caught up on books... and start reading current releases
        * After Dance, tried to read Hunger Games... no good and then stopped
(5) Get back into the gym, with a trainer - and get healthier
        * Did This!  And without a trainer... still need to do more, but doing well
(6) Learn that food is a source of energy and not an intoxicating delicious drug
        * Kind of... but with no money, it's Tostino's Pizza
(7) Get new furniture
        * Nope & Not Even Close... no money
(8) Get financially back in good standing
        * Nope & Not Even Close.... HAHA
(9) Buy a new car for Christmas
        * Nope & Not Even Close... wait, this is a real HAHAHA
(10) Write 2 new screenplays
        * Started four different scripts: Death of Superman, The Loop, As Simple As Snow, The Fiery Roses... none are finished...

NEWS NEWS NEWS THIS YEAR
(1) Death of Osama Bin Laden
(2) Occupy Wall Street
(3) Arab Spring
(4) GOP Debates, Candidates Rising & Falling
(5) Japan Earthquake
(6) Debt Ceiling
(7) GOP Overreach... Union Busting, "No Taxes"
(8) Death of Steve Jobs
(9) End of Iraq War, War in Libya, Gadhafi's Death
(10) Gifford's AZ Shooting

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
God.  My Family.  Eric.  Scott.  Social Networks.  Music.  Video Games.  Movies.  Todd Luoto.  

This year didn't feel long, it didn't feel short.  It felt just what I year should feel like.  I didn't hate this year... I didn't love it either.  It was boring.  It was stale.  It felt like a stall.  I didn't learn much.  I got a little better at some things, while other things fell back into the old ways.  I'm glad it's over and I hope next year is exciting, new, and rewarding.

Here's to 2012... let's hope it doesn't end, let's hope Obama is re-elected, here's hoping that this is the year dreams do come true.