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Month in Review: November 2014

Movies I Watched in November


1) The Parole Officer - S'okay.  Some good moments here and there and I thought Steve Coogan was excellent.  But I was turned off by some overly-sentimental moments and it felt like the movie was trying to play it too safe.  Plus, as a rule, I have to deduct points if a non-musical film ends with the cast singing and/or dancing to a pop song over the end credits.  I don't know who thinks that's still a good idea... but you're wrong.  Knock it off already.

My Rating: 3 / 5

2) Magicians - I'm surprised to find that this one had such lukewarm reviews from critics.  I've only recently started to get into Mitchell and Webb's work (thanks to Netflix streaming what seems to be their entire catalog of work), and I thought it was a pretty solid dark comedy.  A little predictable, sure, but who cares if a comedy is predictable as long as it still has jokes?

My Rating: 4 / 5

3) The Orphanage - This is one of the most heartbreaking movies I've seen in ages, but that could just be because I watched it while my newborn daughter was in the ICU.  So... I guess if you want to get the full impact, maybe try that out.  Still, even without real-world drama tugging at my heartstrings, this was a brutal and effective horror drama.  Definitely check this out.

My Rating: 5 / 5

Total: 3 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in November


1) I Need a Job - About 6 hours of post-production work to release it in hard copy.

2) Bill Roman Is Being Oppressed - About 80 hours of writing.  Technically I did not complete this novel, but I did hit the 50,000 word mark for the month, and that's good enough for me.  Maybe I'll try to finish the rest in December, but I'm going to take a breather for a few days.

Total: 86 Hours


Children I Had in November


1) Lulabelle Josephine Chiappelli - She's about two weeks old.  Obligatory pic:



The Winner:  Minutes!


Released one book in a new format, wrote another novel (mostly), had a kid.  It was a good month.


Guess I have to come back and pay attention to my website now though, huh?