Friday, June 01, 2007


Today, June 1st, is the 13th anniversary of the day I moved to Los Angeles. And it happens to be a Friday. So, in a roundabout way it's Friday the 13th for me. I would say that this being my 13th year in SoCal could potentially be a bad omen, but with my string of bad luck in the realm of shitty sitcoms (shitcoms, if you will), I am of the belief that the 13th year will in fact be a lucky one. I better start buying lottery tickets. Or writing more screenplays. Same thing, really...

Thursday, May 31, 2007


On the way to a Memorial Day BBQ, I started working on a list in my head. Having recently watched "One on One" with Robby Benson, I had movie titles with numbers on the brain. There was no traffic on the 101, so I made it to my friend's house fairly quickly. I got up to 13 on my own, then opened up the topic to the group after I settled in. The only rule was that we had to use our collective brain rather than simply look up answers on the internet when we got stuck. Old school, yo.

One on One
Two for the Road
Three Amigos
Fantastic Four
Five Easy Pieces
Six Degrees of Separation
The Magnificent Seven
Eight Men Out
8 1/2
Nine to Five
9 1/2 Weeks
The Ten Commandments
Ocean's Eleven
Twelve Monkeys or Twelve Angry Men
Thirteen or Thirteen Days or Friday the 13th
Saturday the 14th
15 Minutes
Sixteen Candles
Stalag 17
18 Again!
K-19: The Widowmaker
20 Dates
21 Grams
The Number 23
24 Hour Party People
25th Hour

And that's where we hit the wall. I'm not even sure there's a mainstream movie with the number 26 in it. I've been tempted to cheat using IMDb or Google, but have thus far resisted. We came up with all kinds of movies later on down the line, such as:

28 Days Later...
29 Palms
13 Going on 30
Naked Gun 33 1/3
50 First Dates
101 Dalmatians
200 Cigarettes
The 400 Blows
Fahrenheit 451
A Thousand Acres
2001: A Space Odyssey
10,000 B.C.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

But if the list bogs down at 26 and 27, it's difficult for me to feel a sense of completion. Maybe I should just be satisfied that we reached 25. After all, everything goes downhill after 25 anyway...