7. To be More Humble- Nobody is more humble and self effacing than King Leonidas and I plan to take a page from his book in the new year. He’s got 300 [Zack Snyder, 2006] good friends and a way with strangers. What’s not to love.
5. To Read More- I want to sit down and read a few of the classics. Oh, sure, sometimes a book might be a little more than I can handle, as The Ninth Gate [Roman Polanski, 1999] shows. But, if the Church wants to burn it, you know it’s got to be good.
4. To Travel- What’s the old adage? Go to interesting places, meet interesting people…and kill them. Rambo [Sylvester Stallone, 2008] may not make Myanmar seem like the most ideal vacation spot, but darn it if it doesn’t seem exciting, what with the minefields, the machineguns, and all those do-gooders with dreams you can crush.
3. To Finish My Novel- Sometimes you have to get right inside of your stories and Naked Lunch [David Cronenberg, 1991] shows you how it’s done. Anyone want to see my William Tell act?
2. To Get Some Sleep- Sometimes, you just need a break. The Machinist [Brad Anderson, 2004] is a good reminder that though life is short, you need to fill part of it with sleep. It does seem like a good way to loose weight but it might not be best for working around dangerous equipment.
1. To Date More- They say the love of a good woman can get you through a lot of life’s ups and downs. What woman could be better than Maria from Metropolis [Fritz Lang, 1927]. Sure, sometimes she seems like two different people, one day fighting for the freedom of the downtrodden and the next, tempting the city’s richest men in a hedonistic demonstration of feminine whiles. Maybe my Maria is out there somewhere.