The Best Movies I Saw in 2015

I know I’ve missed some good ones that just came out, I’ll get to them in 2016!

1. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
2. BRIDGE OF SPIES
2. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
2. THE MARTIAN
2. EX MACHINA
2. THE BIG SHORT
7. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
8. KINGSMAN
9. INSIDE OUT
10. MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Honorable Mentions: ANOMALISA, IT FOLLOWS, MINIONS (KING BOB!!!!!!!)

Notes – WWDITS is the most fun I had at the theaters, and for me that will always trump supposedly “good” or “important” films because having fun is good and important! It’s easily the best comedy I’ve seen in a decade. The 2’s are all tied, I thoroughly enjoyed them all equally in their own ways and they all stand out and could be #2 to me. #7 for nostalgia/fun alone and not higher b/c original storytelling severely lacking there. #8 totally surprised me, #9 is par for their course, #10 was loads of fun.

Deal with it!

Movies I Watched in 2015

Here’s my list of movies seen this year in chronological order.

TOTAL MOVIES SEEN IN 2015: 215

I beat my previous record (set last year) of 200.

Of the 215 films, 49 of those were in cinemas (denoted by a * in this list). This falls way short of my record 88 cinema screenings in 2013.

Goal for 2016: 225 movies, 80 in a cinema. Wish me luck!

THE IMITATION GAME*
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
WAR GAMES
NIGHT AT MUSEUM 2
ENEMY OF THE STATE
2 DAYS IN NEW YORK
RAISING ARIZONA
JACK RYAN SHADOW RECRUIT
ANNIE*
A FEW GOOD MEN
IRON MAN 3
QUIZ SHOW
AMERICAN SNIPER*
BUCKAROO BANZAI
BORGMAN
MAN IN THE MOON
WILD*
BIG EYES
SELMA
THE FIRM
FURY
BOTTLE ROCKET
THE TOURIST
THE FRECH CONNECTION 
LUCY
SHORT CUTS
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
LA BAMBA
PADDINGTON*
THE PLAYER
CHEF
SNOWPIERCER
ELEPHANT MAN
MY COUSIN VINNY
A SEPARATION
AMERICAN MOVIE
ALL ABOUT EVE
WRECK IT RALPH
TOMMY BOY
TRUMAN SHOW
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…
OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
YOUNG GUNS
TOMBSTONE
THE ROVER
MOOD INDIGO
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE
KINGSMAN*
BLENDED
ALAN PARTRIDGE
21 JUMP STREET
CHAPPIE*
HOUSEBOUND
MANHUNTER
SHORT CIRCUIT
LES GAZELLES
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
2ND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL*
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS*
LOST IN LA MANCHA
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
THE SWITCH
GENTLEMEN BRONCOS
PREDATOR 2
THE PUNISHER
GROWN UPS
IT FOLLOWS*
HOME ALONE 2
PRIMER
FAST FURIOUS 7*
FAST FURIOUS 4
FAST FURIOUS 1
TROPIC THUNDER
FAST 5
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
RUSSEL BRAND MESSIAH COMPLEX
EX MACHINA*
FURIOUS 6
INTO THE STORM
TEEN BEACH MOVIE
SPANISH PRISONER
GOING CLEAR
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
LIONS: SPY IN THE DEN
AVENGERS ULTRON*
JONAH HEX
WANTED
WAXWORK
WAXWORK 2
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3
LAST VEGAS 
GHOULIES 3: COLLEGE
CHRIS D’ELIA STAND UP
MAD MAX FURY ROAD*
FRANK
BOXTROLLS
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
LA FRENCH*
BLACK SEA
WALL•E
TOY STORY 3
CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
TOMORROWLAND*
THE INTERVIEW
AMERICAN PSYCHO
THE JUDGE
NIGHTINGALE
PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS*
MAD MAX 2
THE BIRDS
JURASSIC WORLD*
MARATHON MAN
INSIDE OUT*
THE COBBLER
TROLL
TROLL 2
BEST WORST MOVIE
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
KURT COBAIN MONTAGE OF HECK
HOUSE 
MATILDA
SPY*
MINIONS*
MEAN GIRLS
BATMAN
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
FANTASTIC FOUR (1994)
LOST SOULS
SIXTH SENSE
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5*
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
FORCE MAJEURE
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY 
HOUSE 2
PEOPLE PLACES THINGS*
RISKY BUSINESS
BEETLEJUICE
THE SWEETEST THING
YOU GOT SERVED
CENTER STAGE
MAN FROM UNCLE*
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
MOBY DICK
JOHN WICK
YOUNG&PRODIGIOUS TS SPIVET*
LOOK WHO’S TALKING
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
E.T.*
MONSTER SQUAD
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE
WEDDING SINGER
IT HAPPENED TOMORROW
THE VISIT*
ALLADIN*
I.Q.
PEEWEE BIG ADVENTURE
LEGEND*
OPEN WATER
THE WALK*
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
SAN ANDREAS
THE FOUNDER
THE MARTIAN*
JERRY MCGUIRE
CRIMSON PEAK*
THE CHANGELING
GOOSEBUMPS*
SUFFRAGETTE*
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY GHOST*
STEVE JOBS*
INVADERS FROM MARS
BON VOYAGE CHARLIE BROWN
BEASTS OF NO NATION
BRIDGE OF SPIES*
BACK IN TIME
THE DEPARTED
SEXY BEAST
PEANUTS*
SPECTRE*
ANIMOLISA*
INSIDE OUT
HOME
ARMY OF DARKNESS
HEATHERS
HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY 2*
DARJEELING LIMITED
THE GOOD DINOSAUR*
KRAMPUS*
LE PETIT PRINCE
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
MINIONS
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS*
H POTTER SORCERER’S STONE
THE BIG SHORT*
BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY
LOVE ACTUALLY
MINIONS
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
BEST IN SHOW
DR HORRIBLE’S SINGALONG BLOG
THE HAUNTED MANSION
THE REWRITE
H POTTER CHAMBER OF SECRETS
H POTTER PRISONER OF AZKABAN
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE
H POTTER GOBLET OF FIRE
JOY*
HOME ALONE 2

Loney Teaser

I spent the past couple weeks learning some Toon Boom Harmony. I have a ways to go, but I love it. I have a short story I’ve wanted to animate for a long time. Check out my teaser:

Today I recorded friend of the blog Adam McCabe as the official voice of Loney and it was spectacular! (That was me just scratch recorded in the teaser). You’ll remember Adam as Detective Morocco in Detective Detective Detective, which in other news is heading to Indianapolis this weekend as part of the Gen Con Film Contest!

I have a couple more people to grab for voices before I really can take off and finish Loney — it’ll probably take a few months yet. Can’t wait to share it!

July Won

Six months have passed – 2015 is more than halfway over! Duh!

Recent top stuff of the year (so far):
Update on 2015 goals:
  • Detective Detective Detective is prob not going to Netflix unless you have $1000 for us + a connection to approve it, otherwise – YouTube and Vimeo and Torrent much? Coming in August!
  • TV pilot script is almost good to go casting with! Looking to start production end of July-ish, may take our time with this one. Been writing with Adam McCabe and gone great!
  • My new podcast will be called EXPOSITION. Episode one is written, just needs to be recorded and start the first “season” of life storybending.
  • Took wife camping for two days in Joshua Tree, loved it, great fires and cookout foods, but a bit windy and chilly desert at night. Looking to hit Big Bear woods camping later this summer.
  • Undertaken animation software lessons, bought a drawing tablet, and making progress on finishing a short animated film by end of summer, too!

April, Halftime

I used to blog a lot. But I don’t anymore. Miss me? Found some time on the train tonight, so:

Favorite stuff so far this year:
Current 2015 goals:
  • Release Detective Detective Detective on Netflix this summer
  • Shoot a TV pilot with my friends & hopefully get to co-direct with pseudomichael
  • Begin production on the first Sunrise Robot web TV series
  • Take my wife camping. She has never gone once in her entire life, but feels inspired finally after seeing Reese W. give it a go in Wild
  • Get back to France and Kenya ASAP

The Best Movies I Saw in 2014

I know I’ve missed some good ones, I’ll get to them in 2015.

The ranks are pretty fluid after the top 2, this is just based on how I feel right now. I do know for certain I had the most fun at the cinemas this year with TGBH, so that’s a solid #1, and #2 was just great, I’m a sucker for any McDonaugh brother film.

1. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
2. CALVARY
3. INTERSTELLAR
4. A MOST WANTED MAN
5. NIGHTCRAWLER
6. INTO THE WOODS
7. EDGE OF TOMORROW
8. BOYHOOD
9. BLUE JASMINE*
10. THE LEGO MOVIE

Honorable Mentions: WHIPLASH, ROSEWATER, GONE GIRL, SNOWPIERCER, BIRDMAN

* – came out in 2013, but saw in 2014

Deal with it!

Movies I Watched in 2014

Here’s my list of movies seen this year in chronological order.

TOTAL MOVIES SEEN IN 2014: 200

I beat my previous record (set last year) of 190.

Of the 200 films, 82 of those were in cinemas (denoted by a * in this list). This falls short of my record 88 cinema screenings in 2013.

Goal for 2015: 225 movies, 95 in a cinema. Wish me luck!

MI4: GHOST PROTOCOL
RUSH
CLOSED CIRCUIT
TOUCH OF SIN
THE TERROR, LIVE
HER*
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
BLACK HAWK DOWN
NOT FADE AWAY
I HEART HUCKABEES
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN*
TALENTED MR RIPLEY
BLUE JASMINE*
SHORT TERM 12
LETHAL WEAPON
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE*
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE*
THE SUM OF ALL FEARS
BLINDSIDED
HERCULES
EMPERORS NEW GROOVE
ACT OF KILLING
IT p1
IT p2
MONUMENTS MEN*
HUDSUCKER PROXY
THE HANGOVER 2
BEFORE SUNRISE*
BEFORE SUNSET*
CLOUDY WITH MEATBALLS 2
BEFORE MIDNIGHT*
ESCAPE PLAN
THE LEGO MOVIE*
THE LIFE AQUATIC*
ALADDIN
GRAND PIANO
POLTERGEIST
MR PEABODY*
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL*
TURBO
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL*
FEVER PITCH
DDD*
NOAH*
FADING GIGOLO*
HANGOVER 3
CAPT. AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER*
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT
DARKMAN
JOBS
WEIRD SCIENCE
DIVERGENT*
STAR WARS
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
TRANSCENDENCE*
RETURN OF THE JEDI
HOW I CAME TO HATE MATH*
9 MONTH STRETCH*
GOD’S POCKET*
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2*
NEIGHBORS*
AFTER EARTH
WE’RE THE MILLERS
MAN IN THE MOON
CHEF*
MILLION DOLLAR ARM*
LICENSE TO KILL
XMEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
GODZILLA*
EVIL DEAD II
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
EDGE OF TOMORROW*
22 JUMP STREET*
MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE
WAYNE’S WORLD
THE PURGE
THE CONJURING
WORLD WAR Z
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2*
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
GOOD WILL HUNTING
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
FILMQUEST SHORTS*
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF APES*
SNOWPIERCER*
THE THING
LIFE ITSELF*
BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
DAY FOR NIGHT
FIRE WALK WITH ME EXTRAS*
SLING BLADE
THE INTERNSHIP
HERCULES*
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST*
IDENTITY
LUCY*
THE DEPARTED
YVES SAINT LAUREN*
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
THREE KINGS
FARGO
THE PURGE ANARCHY*
A MOST WANTED MAN*
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY*
CALVARY*
KICKASS 2
SKLAR BROTHERS SPECIAL
BOYHOOD*
YOU’RE NEXT
THE HOBBIT
ROUNDERS
PAIN & GAIN
EMPIRE STATE
THE FAMILY
CROUPIER
ROGUE TRADER
DECEPTIVE PRACTICE
RESOLUTION
100 FOOT JOURNEY*
THE GODFATHER*
THE GODFATHER PT 2*
THE PARALLAX VIEW*
KLUTE*
THE GODFATHER PT 3
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
PARIS JE T’AIME
TALES FROM THE SCRIPT
THE HOBBIT DESOLATION SMAUG
GOD HELP THE GIRL*
12 ANGRY MEN
CADILLAC RECORDS
THE NAKED GUN
TUSK*
THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2
NAT LAMPOONS VACATION
THE VANISHING
A SEPARATION
WARM BODIES
CHEF
GONE GIRL*
MIKE BIRBIGLIA GIRLFRIEND BOYFRIEND
TRUE LIES
THE EQUALIZER*
KILL THE MESSENGER*
THE REVISIONARIES*
JOHN WICK*
NIGHTCRAWLER*
CITIZENFOUR*
WHIPLASH*
FURY*
INTERSTELLAR*
BIRDMAN*
BIG HERO 6*
INTERSTELLAR*
IN THE CUT – EDITING
ROSEWATER*
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK*
HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY 1*
GUNGA DIN*
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME*
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE
HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE
DEVIL
CHRISTMAS VACATION
PENGUINS*
PARIS TEXAS
GRAVITY
SCROOGED
WILDLIKE*
DETECTIVE DETECTIVE DETECTIVE*
ANCFF SHORT DOCS
MIRACLE ON 34th STREET
DUMB AND DUMBER TO*
THE BABADOOK
EXODUS*
THE CONVERSATION
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3*
SUNSET STRIP
FOXCATCHER*
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES*
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
A CHRISTMAS STORY
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
HOLIDAY INN
INTO THE WOODS*
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS
THE MAZE RUNNER
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES
TOP FIVE*
ANCHORMAN 2
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

DDD Trailers and Such


DDD’s rad teaser trailer!

We’re getting very close to a completed feature film! Our score is very nearly done, our ADR sessions complete, and just a few straggling VFX shots to wrap up. After that we will do a new pass on the sound mix and the color, and then the film is done. Finito. Complete. Kaput.

I still can’t believe it sometimes – we had scratch, nada, rien, last June. The notion of shooting a film didn’t even exist in our minds, and here we are, 9 months later, about to deliver one. Like a baby!

And it’s been a blast every step of the way. I really love post-production, and wish I could do it for a living. Shooting – not so much. It’s a means to an end, a necessary evil in my book. But anyways…

We launched our website for DDD this week, and have had a great response. You should check it out, and go watch our full trailer there [click pic]:

dddwebsite

PS – I realize I never posted SHOOPS here on my blog. I finished a short film and didn’t even tell you guys. I’m a great blogger.

Anyway – you should watch SHOOPS! Here you go:

The Best Movies I Saw in 2013

I know I’ve missed some other good ones. Oh well. This was based on how I happen to feel right now. The numbers don’t really matter, except for Llewyn – that is definitely #1.

1. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
2. NEBRASKA
3. MUD
4. GRAVITY
5. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
6. THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG
7. WORLD WAR Z
8. ZERO DARK THIRTY*
9. UPSTREAM COLOR
10. THE STORIES WE TELL

Honorable Mentions: THE WIND RISES, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE IMPOSSIBLE*, WOLF OF WALL STREET, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, BLIND DETECTIVE, MIELE

* – came out in 2012, but saw in 2013

Deal with it!