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25 Great Movies of the 2010s

This end-of-decade list was inevitable.

Out of the 712 films I've watched in theaters over the past ten years, here are the 25 that left an impact on me as well as most of the culture. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart leap out of my chest. Since 2010, I had one helluva time at the movies.


1. Get Out (2017) - Jordan Peele's socially-conscious thriller is an instant classic, delivering frightful fan-service to genre aficionados while also crafting a resonating, philosophically rich story. The film is a definitive piece of Trump-era terror, arriving at a time when American culture started to question the status of its race relations and tapping into the primal fears of African-Americans, something rarely explored in mainstream entertainment. Star Daniel Kaluuya shines in one of the biggest breakout performances of the decade. Welcome to woke horror.


2. Weekend (2011) - One of the most heartbreaking and honest portrayals of modern romance, writer-director Andrew Haigh's inte…
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Watch Me Compete with Celebrities on a Game Show!

FYI...

Before you stuff yourselves on Thanksgiving...you can watch me attempt to charm Meredith Vieira while competing for $10,000 with a few celebrities on 25 Words or Less!

That is, if you have a DVR...or live TV...

#TBT: Working on an TV Show Hated by The Right Wing

My series of throwback blogs continues, excavated from my personal archives. These were originally sent as e-mails to friends and family back home. Life updates from Los Angeles filled with humble brags made by an insufferable twentysomething...

Subject: Paradise Wasteland
Sent: July 27, 2005

"Los Angeles is a paradise wasteland." - Me.

The least photogenic city, yet the most photographed. A city that is full of both hope and hunger. Gorgeous palms frame boulevards of rundown mini-marts and hollowed buildings a decade long dead. Pretentious pretty people hardly mix with the indie-inclined artsies, but there is a shade of gray one may discover during a late night in Silver Lake where martinis and Miller Lites stand side by side on the same bar while Gucci and Target color-coordinate in a non-discriminatory display of fashion.

When you're up, you can't help but think of the possibilities and good fortune that may come your way. When you're down, you question your pot…

Song of the Month: October 2019

This month, I'm wondering who the hell is David Hodges because he is providing the vocals on "Waking Up With You," Armin van Buuren's latest single from his upcoming album, Balance.

But that's what Google is for... Turns out Hodges is a former band member of Evanescence (among other bands) and a pretty prolific songwriter from Arkansas, which would explain the slight country twang in his voice.

Anyway, I'm digging the song, which is a sonic departure from the EDM maestro. The lyrics are hitting a little too close to home for me...and I can't get enough of it.

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Impeachment Souvenirs

I wonder how many of these I'd sell in a week... (Available in all sizes!)

Other copy includes: "Team Pelosi," "Proud Presidential Harrasser," and "Donald Dump."

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There's A Town Named After Me That I Need To Visit

The full article, about Area 51 raiders filling up a small Nevada town, can be found here.

I mean, imagine all the Instagrams I could take there!

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#TBT: Parties, Porn Stars, and Pilot Season

My series of throwback blogs continues, excavated from my personal archives. These were originally sent as e-mails to friends and family back home, life updates from Los Angeles filled with humble brags made by an insufferable twentysomething...

Subject: Diary of the Funemployed
Sent: June 8, 2005


"Don't you know the finest things in the world  are written on a empty stomach?" - Sunset Boulevard
May 2, 2005...

The Young Hollywood Awards. Again. Why oh why?

Someone should tell Lindsay Lohan that coke whore chic is so 2001.

On the other hand, Marcia Cross looked stunning. Eva Longoria is teeny (girl is a size 0). Jesse Metcalfe was a walking, talking Hollywood cliché (blazer, jeans, smirk and all). Ann Margaret looked...old (receiving a Trailblazer award). Dennis Quaid brushed against my shoulder. Chris Evans brought his posse from Boston. Gwen Stefani showed up without Gavin. Aisha Tyler was our host for a third time, but it wasn't the charm; her witty retorts while intro…