Last night, I saw my hundredth movie of 2011 – Paddy Considine’s amazing directorial debut, Tyrannosaur. I know this was my hundredth because I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of all the movies I’ve watched this year, like some kind of weird, compulsive, anal-retentive nerd.

I don’t know why I started keeping a spreadsheet in the first place – it doesn’t inform my choice of movies or anything. I’ll still sit down and watch a piece of shit movie knowing it’ll end up in the spreadsheet, like a permanent black mark against my better judgement.

Anyway, some statistics:

  • 100 movies in what? 41 weeks? Averaging out to 2.44 movies per week.

  • I give six movies the highest score of ‘5’ – The Arbor, Serpico, LA Confidential, My Neighbour Totoro, Bronson, Tyrannosaur.

  • I gave seven movies the lowest score of ‘1’ – Tron Legacy, Warhammer 40k, The Black Dahlia, The Fast and the Furious, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Battle for Planet of the Apes, Conan the Barbarian (remake).

  • The average score across all one hundred movies is 2.96. Which feels a lot higher than it should be, given the amount of absolute shite I’ve been watching.

Anyway, if you’d like to see the spreadsheet, knock yourself out. But don’t you judge me. DON’T YOU JUDGE ME.


Thank You Steve


This is my favorite photo of Steve Jobs. Leaning forward to connect with his wife after his keynote presentation at the 2011 WWDC. You can almost feel the relief and accomplishment radiating from him.

When I see this photo, I see a man who bent every fiber of his will toward a goal so lofty, so seemingly unattainable that no one thought it was possible, and at the end of that race, with the task completed, he closed his eyes and rested.

Thank you Steve. I’ll miss you.

For a man who guarded his personal brand so jealously, these moments — moments where the guard drops just a little and we see the man underneath — are really striking.