My Top 15 Movies of Twenty 15 (+ Other Things I Loved)

top 15The year has come to an end, and frankly I couldn’t be happier to put these last twelve months in my rear view. It’s been a year of loss and change, and I realize the older I get the more this will become the norm rather than the exception.

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Serial, Screenwriting, & Science, BITCH!

…AKA rando musings from my brain…

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After obsessing over Serial for weeks, immersing myself in the world of Podcasts about Podcasts (Slate’s the Serial Spoiler Special & AV Club’s Serial Serial Podcast), and hooking its addictive grips into my friend Siobhan so I could talk with someone about it, everything boils down to one thing (for me) as the final stretch of episodes come into play…

Did Adnan do it?

I’ve struggled with this since Episode 8 “The Deal With Jay”, an episode that made me truly begin questioning the honesty of Adnan and the culpability of Jay. For myself it comes down to only one of two options, though I lean toward option #2 as of this moment (I often waver depending on the day).

#1. Adnan did it, and Jay helped him 100% along the way. Something about the way Adnan’s “You’re pathetic” statement to Jay during the trial never sat well with me, and is a statement more in line with getting ratted on rather than an innocent man being framed.

#2. Adnan was framed, and Jay did it because of some unforeseen/unknown variable with Hae, most likely Hae finding out that Jay was cheating on Stephanie and got into it with her, leading to her accidental strangling. An amazing think piece was posted on Reddit, and helps flesh out my thoughts on what could have happened.

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The biggest takeaway from Serial is the horrible truth about our justice system and the way investigators, lawyers, and judges bend a story if it helps them get a “win”. It sickens me, and has made me lost a lot of faith in the alleged good guys. (This is of course not even touching on the stories of Ferguson and Eric Garner).

YO BITCH

So Aaron Paul has made a ” Yo Bitch App”. Life isn’t so bad after all…

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With recovery from my eye surgery keeping me out of work at least through December, I decided to dust off my old files and resurrect the screenplay for Project O. It amazes me that I began working on this story six years ago (five revisions later), and that the genesis of this opus goes back even farther to 2006 when Kilgore, Doug, and I traveled the abandoned campus of UCONN (Groton) after promoting for an NCW event.

I’m far from a writer (wannabee at most), but if I want to ever be anything more I just need to keep on trying and get this thing out there. The only way to get better is to fail. So here’s to failing!

Jesus Christ stop reading this and go listen to Serial!

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My review of the last few Sons of Anarchy episodes will be up tomorrow night. I’ve doing my best to power through the last couple of episodes during my down time this weekend, by god it’s a slog to sit through.

It doesn’t help that I’ve been obsessively listening to the Serial, a weekly podcast chronicling a 15 year old Maryland murder investigation that sent Adnan Syed to prison for the murder for his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. I defer to the serialpodcast.org page for specifics.

Season One

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she’s been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators’ notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence – all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.

By the end of the first episode I was HOOKED. Sarah is an amazing narrator and immediately brought me into this world. Maybe it’s because I’m roughly the same age as Adnan, and lived in that world of 1999. It’s just all very engrossing.

Do yourself a favor and check it out, new episodes air every Thursday.