|Monday, April 14th, 2014|
7:42 pm - Because word play is more fun than just passing by(e)
You catch flies with honey. You catch most people with money. You don't catch mice, they just get caught int their own stupidity, but first they wreck your life. Then they die or get tossed away. People are like that too and unfortunately glue traps don't work on people. Or do they? Nothing really ever works. Someone else lets the mice in and someone else lets the fly in and someone else lets the person in and the cycle begins anew.|
Not that is has to. You can try your best to never catch the mouse, by never letting it exist. Wait, back up. I don't even know what I'm saying. Maybe a Rube Goldberg will help. Light the flame, burn the rope, watch the bolwing bowl hit the pin, pins hits the glass, glass spills water in the weight. Weight rises, hits the dominoes, dominoes hit the clam, claw grabs the cat's tail, cat scratches the wall, wall falls down, hits the cage... and um... wait, what was the cage supposed to do? Sing a song?
What song does it sing? How about a brand new one? How's it go? Maybe something like this?
I was walking along a blue blue day
when I saw the pixies playing on the stage
Francis Black was saying where is my mind?
and I do not know.
I walked away and came back another day
stuck on the glue was the entire zoo
Laced with the magic and the sounds of the new
We are the aboriginal and we drive like soldiers on the zone
Baby come back and we might never ever go home
Lost in babylon with nothing on the radio
driftlless with steel in our backs
We begin the walk back
And as the song goes on I think to the wolf who bit me. Will I become a werewolf? Can werewolves catch flies? can they catch money? Can they catch people? and the cage continues.
I was born in a shot down submarine
taught life by a drunk marine
everyday he would teach me the ways of being a scream
on the scene
written for therealljidol Week 5 - "BUILD A BETTER MOUSETRAP"
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|Monday, March 31st, 2014|
7:43 pm - Another Castle Awaits You in Each world
So here's my huge video game secret; I have never played a Super Mario game, ever. I know all about them. I've seen the movies, the cartoons, the comics even and I know all the stupid meme jokes that last till this day. I have truly never played a single level though. At least as I remember because I never ever owned a Nintendo or a Nintendo 64 or a Gamecube or a Gameboy or a DS. Now I do have a Wii but I don't have any Mario games for it at all. No, growing up... I was fascinated with traveling through an entirely different world.|
This world had as much action, adventure and danger as any other, and had weird creatures, princesses, and even probably mushrooms (or least the creator did some). It had a king, a queen, a prince and yes, it had a castle. A glorious castle with flags and lion statues in front. The first time I ever saw it I was transported away. Sierra would lead to Lucasarts and most of my game world would be based on that. That isn't to say I only played adventure games, but I have played many of them and many of my favorites involved a fantasy world that had a castle or a fortress or a citadel.
Lure of the Temptress, Torin's Passage, and a slew of other games formed what I loved about the video game genre. Yet my tastes did expand and with them more castles even. The 3rd person action adventure gave way to Prince of Persia and of course Assassin's Creed where one climbs castles and temples and churches. Fighting knights and kings as you soar through the air.
Even my most recent games featured castles of a sort. In South Park: The Stick of Truth, backyards are made up to look lie fort castles. So one can truly never escape them. Space stations are like castles, so are tree houses, and prisons and even mansions.
The greatest thing about video games though after all the visuals, characters, fun and action is the GAME OVER screen or credits roll cause then... you can just start again.
this was written for the therealljidol Season 9 - Week 3.
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|Monday, March 24th, 2014|
6:17 pm - The Path to Enlightenment is Through Scars and Pains
When you make the decision to explore abandoned structures that have fallen apart or are falling apart, you understand the risks within. Urban exploring or urbex as it also known by many is not just a hobby. It is a true sport. You aren't just traipsing through something, you are going to the deep unknown. A place others have explored, but with different skill sets, different clothing, different background. It's a true adventuring person's game and not one that should ever be considered lightly.|
When I was at the peak of my years doing it I was not at my smallest weight wise. I am almost quite clumsy at times and prone to accidents. Yet I am also daring, free willed and bullheaded. I never went alone though. I was always with best friend and spiritual brother, a guy who could grab my hand, notice things I missed and make sure if I died he'd get the news out (and vice versa).
We went on so many missions over a two to three year period that the order of them is quite a blur, but they all have things in common. Graffiti, rubble, weird smells, danger, possible ghosts and lots of missing stairs. Entire stairwells were gone, the only way up to another level in one certain place was placing an unsteady piece of long wood and slowly walking up it and then leaping at the last possible moment to reach through the doorway into the next room.
This was in not just a certain location though. Many places we've been were in this crumbled state where every step we took was certain death. Yet we always continued. Especially the places where there were no steps at all or finding that one hole in the fence and that one safe place to climb or even JUMP down.
You may be curious what of structures I could be discussing and it is a really a varied assortment. Hospitals, power stations, prisons and entire factories. New Jersey has a ton of them and New York gets more all the time. Philadelphia is full of interesting abandoned structures as well as I've explored those too and they also are missing stairs and even windows and entire floors.
As I said though, that never stopped me and I look at these missing stairs the way I look at life. There are obstacles. Sometimes you'll be climbing and it seems you're stopped because there's no where to step next. There is always somewhere to step next, there's always a way to get over the gap. Yes, mind the gap, but also, ignore it... jump over it.
That dangerous path that lies ahead is fraught with scrapes and bleeding... your body will repair itself. The experience you give up for being afraid? That will never heal. Face your fears, leap the missing space, own it and move forward. What you will see, will astound you and make you believe.
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|Sunday, March 16th, 2014|
6:49 pm - LJ Idol Season 9 - Topic 1: Jayus
Tony Clifton was a personality designed to infuriate, insult, disgust and make you question yourself and everything about you. He wasn't funny, he didn't make a single good joke, he couldn't sing, he couldn't dance. Yet... by jayus he was entertaining. He knew it too. This was the entire point of the act developed by the late, great Andy Kaufman (screw the conspiracy nuts, the man passed on, it's tragic, let him be). |
Andy Kaufman's brash irreverent style of humor was all about telling bad jokes with what seemed absolutely no skill in a way that was so horrible, you just had to laugh. He was the definition of this concept. He is not the ONLY stand-up comic to use this method to elicit response. It's probably one of the most difficult things in the world to be so horrible, no one even realizes you aren't and then laugh at how bad you are, and that is exactly what you wanted to begin with.
Other stand ups to use this method, although not as successfully as many people actually just think they suck, but others laugh uproariously while saying “This dude isn't funny, why am I laughing” include Sam Kinison, Howie Mandel, Ellen Degeneres, and especially prop comedian Carrot Top. Don't believe me? Take some time out of your schedule and re-watch any clip of their's with the thought “They are trying to be so bad, it's funny” and you'll see it and actually appreciate it and them even more. I know I have.
This style of comedy is what I have brought to almost every performance I've ever done. I take the stage, grab that mic and just do what I do... and I try to have it actually be bad. That isn't always successful. Sometimes it's just... weird, crazy and strange... but it's actually good, riveting and intense.
(for those who can either not watch or see, for various reasons, firstly, here's a link:
Secondly, a description, but try not to read it... watch the video, it's way better. ( under a cutCollapse )
If you watch that or read that and not say Jayus... which I do every time I re watch it, because... Jayus... well, I have no idea anymore. Actually no... that's wrong. You have no idea...but if you do have an idea? Well, here's a playlist with some more improv performances oh... and me in Pippin at 13... which just shows I have been singing and acting like this forever.
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|Monday, March 10th, 2014|
9:19 pm - LJ Idol Season 9- Episode 0: The Introduction
The innovator of innovation is back!|
The hype man is here to take the attack..
I've done things and I've been places.
I've almost started forget them all.
I've been in the ring and done underground.
Had my camera when I took a fall.
Scarred up knees and broken hearted.
Picked myself up from off the ground.
I throws words like dice
LSD is paradise
I've loved many a time
It never stuck
but I keep on trying
Actor, writer, renaissance man
it's what it says on my business card
I can cook and I can clean
I can do the mean machine
I can mashed potato
I can do the twist
I like Teen Wolf 2 if you didn't know
I also like Buckaroo Banzai
Also, I love the Marvelous Three
Butch Walker makes me weak in the knees
Lines can be dropped more and more
So much I can say of who I am
The way this is written says a ton
Not all will be like this
I love stories and prose
A return to lyrical "poetry" was how this went
it is what you get
I am Reid Harris Cooper
Welcome back to my mind
Please stay awhile
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|Sunday, March 9th, 2014|
3:44 am - I'm officially crazy
|Friday, October 11th, 2013|
9:39 pm - Days One and Two of New York Comic Con 2013 Recaps lifted from FACEBOOK
Zoe Bell, playing THIEF at exclusive SQUARE PARTY, walking the show floor just discovering, dinner at Juniors and catching tail end of Brian Posehn's set.
From 10-2 I made a concentrated effort to truly see as much of the floor show as possible.
I got tons of free books, bumped into friends, bought special cookies (peanut butter, bacon and maple), and then Artist's Alley where I got see more friends (Peter David, Elayne Riggs, Tim Paul, Laura Lee Gulledge, Jamal Yaseem Igle, Vito Delsante, Jill Thompson and more, so many more). I tried to say hello to Mick Foley but it was a mob scene.
I had interviews with the cast and crew of BIG ASS SPIDER! so I ran to that and directly after with Breckin Meyer and Matthew Seinrich of Robot Chicken and it was fun as always hanging with John J. Galbo at that and later for BOB's BURGERS.
In between those two press I ran back down to the show floor for a bit where I got more free stuff, bought the ADVENTURE TIME Encyclopedia and said hello to Dean Haspiel and Mike Cavallaro. After BOB's BURGERS we tried to get int the Titmouse panel, but were denied from too many people. I then decided I'd try to get into Vivek J. Tiwary The Fifth Beatle panel but that was too crowded too... so I went home and am now relaxing.
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|Tuesday, August 13th, 2013|
2:16 pm - A livejournal entry to prove I'm still alive and want my LJ to still exist for prosperity!
Hey there, Hi there, Ho there....|
Everything I do that is exciting can be seen at these places:
Also find me on facebook and add me as a friend. Personally stuff is always friend's locked. The world doesn't need to know about certain things, just my movie and TV commentary.
I apologize to any friends on Livejournal who still use it primarily.
There are some people I really miss interacting with... but too many social platforms, too little time.
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|Saturday, August 11th, 2012|
12:07 pm - Casting Movies That Don't Exist: Tandem Productions (All In The Family, et.al)
The ALL IN THE FAMILY/JEFFERSONS/MAUDE universe could be pulled together for a great dramedy. On this my choice for casting though becomes a bit harder to determine. There are so many routes one could go. I'm going to come up with three different casting choices which would make different films, but would all work in their own strange way.|
Now I know that The Bunkers lived in Astoria, Queens while the best characters of The Jeffersons were in a place in Upper Manhattan, and Maude and her family were in Westchester County. In this envisioned concept the film would be formed as arching several years, showing interconnections while telling the stories of three very different but similar families who are quite related and would not exist without the other.
Archie Bunker: Rob Reiner/Steve Buscemi/Nick Nolte
Edith Bunker: Penny Marshall/Yeardly Smith/Carol Kane
Gloria Stivic: Emma Stone/Emma Watson/Ginnifer Goodwin
Michael Stivic: Sean William Scott/Kieran Culkin/Ashton Kutcher
George Jefferson: Chris Rock/Don Cheadle/Geoffrey Owens
Weezy Jefferson: Vivica Fox/Tischa Campbell/Kim Coles
Maude Findlay: Jane Lynch/Tilda Swinton/Michelle Leo
Walter Findlay: William H. Macy/Kevin Pollak/Christopher McDonald
Florence: Queen Latifah/Mo'Nique/Octavia Spencer
Paul Benedict:Rowan Atkinson/Craig Ferguson/Stephen Merchant
Lionel Jefferson: Dule Hill/Aml Amin/Doc Shaw
Dr. Harmon: Albert Brooks/Jeffrey Tambor/John Lithgow
Vivien Harmon: Lisa Kudrow/Julia Louis Dreyfuss/Tina Fey
Carol Traynor: Keira Knightley/Megan Fox/Jennifer Love Hewitt
Tom Willis: Adam Sandler/Paul Giammatti/Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Helen Willis: Gina Torres/Audra McDonald/Jada Pinkett
Jenny Willis: Aisha Tyler/Raven-Symone/Keke Palmer
There many more characters, both major and minor that need casting and which could go to an established name or a discovery, but this a good central/core cast. Now who would direct this insanity?
Well, here's a short list:
and there we go with another waste of my time until I can figure out how to become an assistant casting director or something of that ilk.
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|Thursday, August 9th, 2012|
12:35 pm - Casting Not Made Yet Movies: JUSTICE LEAGUE
William Beall supposedly is working on the current script for a Justice League of America film. No cast or characters have been announced, which means we can have fun and go crazy.|
I think the best thing for Warner Brothers to do if state that Man of Steel takes place in the Nolanverse. Nolan helped Goyer with the Superman film. Snyder has a lot of visual choices that are Nolanesque... so boom, it's a Nolan film.
Going from there, we can choose a director. He's a few people I think would be awesome, and are probably dreams at actually getting to be at the helm because of other movies or because well, they're in jail. Yes, I said jail.
DEBORAH KAPLAN and HARRY ELFONT
and the biggest pipe dream: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
I'm guessing/assuming that Beall's script will have a lot of drama, dialogue, and expansive action sequences, but will also feature a heavy dose of comedy. They'll be going for a DC Version of Avengers. If that's really the case, then DKR and MOS should really be groundwork. My dream film will also have lots of nods and curious inner jokes that only some folks will get that goes into casting as well.
SUPERMAN: Henry Cavill
NIGHTWING or maybe WATCHTOWER?: Joseph Gordon Leavitt
J'JON JONZZ/MARTIAN MANHUNTER: Doug Jones
JOHN STEWART/GREEN LANTERN: Idris Elba
BLACK CANARY: Anna Farris
THE FLASH/WALLY WEST: Michael Rosebaum
WONDER WOMAN: Elizabeth Hurley
AQUAMAN: Josh Hartnett
I also want a sequence of the original Justice League with
JAY GARRICK: John Wesley Shipp
ALAN SCOTT: William Katt
DINAH LANCE: Grey Delisle
AL PRATT: Peter Dinklage
TED GRANT: Kevin Conroy
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|Tuesday, August 7th, 2012|
11:47 am - I procrastinate
Like the subjects says.... |
I'm writing a LJ post about procrastinating. I'll tweet it and Facebook it too.
I have problems.... or do I?!
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9:13 am - In which I relay things about the life I'm trying to live or where I've been since last time
Two weekends have passed since I last wrote into LJ, but that doesn't mean life hasn't happened.|
The funeral for my friend Marcia was on last Sunday. My mom, her beau and I drove out to Great Neck because it was important to have a proper goodbye to our good friend. It was nice to hear her daughter, her daughter's boyfriend probably future husband (especially now for sure) longest friend/partner and rabbi give their speeches. Afterwards I spent the day in Forest Hills spending about $500 mentally in Barnes & Noble killing time before going to Marcia's sisters for shivah and make my final goodbyes. I'll be surprised but not shocked if I ever hear from Debbie or Brett, but it'd be nice. Our age difference isn't too large and I feel I could fit in for some fun once in a blue moon. I doubt it'll ever happen though, with Marcia gone.
Before the funeral was on that Sunday though I got out and had some crazy super fun.
On last Thursday I believe it was I headed into SoHo to check out my friend WERDS spot on Prince Street and then took a nice long walk to the otjher side of town under the Manhattan Bridge for the launch of Kingbrown Magazine #8. It was good to get out and see folks and just be out of the house.
On Friday I ended up having a seriously strange and unusual, but excellent day. In the afternoon I met up with Pam and my "nieces" at Union Square and gave Pam time to relax with my Mom while I watched my favorite girls. Then I invited my friend David to join me and the family for dinner and he ended up inviting a bunch of people, which kind of surprised me but it was okay as they were people I knew. After dinner we went back to David's and on the way bumped into another friend. After a few hours David and I headed out to a party that was kind of a wash, but I did end up in a threeway kiss at one point, but still, it was just not as vibing as I'd like. The evening got weird and I don't really want to get into details, but in the end I found myself in IHOP with a bunch of strangers trying to kill time because if it's after 3 AM, it's best to wait till 4 AM to head home so that you can catch a bus home when you really have no strength left to walk home.
On Saturday I head out to Brooklyn to spend the day at Pandemic Gallery where they had a party with BBQ, Jenga and Bloody Marys and just a lot of fun. I was there from around 1-8 PM and it was all worth it and a good way to keep my mind off things before Sunday.
This week has been kind of a wash though. I've sensed ghosts, been depressed, failed to build a bench and more. I did get rid of crap I didn't need and try to accomplish some writing and studied for a test and other stuff. Oh and Wednesday night I went out to an art show. Almost forgot, that was a fun evening at least.
Now here's some photos that captured moments:
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|Friday, July 27th, 2012|
3:52 pm - Kickstarter Roundup for July 27th, 2012
It's been awhile since I've done one of these and there's no enough stuff that holds my interested to shoot it out to you. I am not pledging all of these, actually I'm probably only pledging what I can afford, but know these are ALL things I want to be a part of.|
Cans Without Labels-A Cartoon by John K.: The creator of Ren & Stimpy and founder of Spumco Animation wants to make a very different, more personal cartoon than anything he's previously done. Still drawn and designed in his undeniable style it's the kind of work that once seen will probably be loved and enjoyed and if shown for two weeks in a real movie theater in L.A. be nominated for an academy award, but before any of that can happen he needs to be able to make the cartoon.
Detective Grimoire Adventure: The first Grimoire game was made for flash and wa sonly PC with no vocals and minimal music. This is going to be a full ledged production available on iOS, Android, PC and Mac with a hilarious story, great art and reasonably priced. There's some awesome incentives at the higher pledge tiers too. Go play the demo to get a taste.
Boxer Story - Animated Film: I love traditional short animation that attempts to tell real stories. There isn't enough of it usually so anything that comes by is good and this is exceptionally different.
I Am Big Bird: A full lentgh documentary detailing the life story of Caroll Spinney. While he recently published a memoir, a film piece fully supported by him is a different thing all together. For a man who lived most of his life on camera, it seems it's the way his life story should be preserved for everyone.
Two Headed Cop- Animated Film: As much as I love traditional animation I love funny CGI with quirky characters and ideas as well, so here's Two Headed Cop.
Sirius Black fanmade Prequel: The majority of these fanmade Harry Potter prequels, sequels, sidestories have all been high quality, their fans are truly some creative types. JK Rowling has to truly be credited for helping creative people who were stuck find their inner artist. This project is no different.
AR-K Adventure Game: Yeah two indie adventure games. You know me. I like my point n click and I like it best when its done well. While the first episode now free of this series has lpots of animation bugs, the story, characters, voice acting and puzzles are really good. Give it a go.
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|Wednesday, July 25th, 2012|
11:22 pm - For a guy who doesn't draw
I sure draw a lot. I just rarely ever show it. Had to clean out drawers a bit today and came across these "gems".|
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|Tuesday, July 24th, 2012|
11:01 pm - A look at some movies coming this week, next week and all the way till the end of the year
This took me a long time to write as I tried to consolidate my thoughts on various films coming out and what information, trailers, websites had provided in a way to actually at minimum really interest me. There are a lot of films not listed that still excite me coming soon such as TOTAL RECALL, PARANORMAN, THE MASTER, ARGO, WRECK IT RALPH, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, GREAT GATSBY, JACK REACHER, and LES MISERABLES among others. So here's others and why I might want to see them.|
Killer Joe : This will be the second time playwright Tracy Letts will have teamed with director William Friedkin to bring one one of his emotionally charged, extremely powerful productions to the “silver” screen and with it everything is amped up. As his last film was an adaptation of a confined room thriller, this is a large scope epic twist after twist crime drama. On top of having a disturbed Matthew McCouhney who has truly come into his own as a talent, the film also stars the amazingly sexy and talented Juno Temple, whom I have the hugest celebrity crush on.
The Campaign: Two completely unlikeable characters played by guys who know how to really nail that “fuck I hate that guy” in Will Ferrell and Zach Galifaniakis. The trailer is full of vitriol and bad humor, but I'm hoping that since it's a Jay Roach film and a Chris Henchy script there's way more than meets the eye. I just finally saw “The Big Year” which on paper sounded excellent, then trailers made it look so horrendous I avoided it like the plague and then I finally saw it and discovered that the it was one of the worst editing jobs on a film in forever. So yeah, this actually might have promise. Zach is playing a super flamboyant guy who might not know he's gay and Will is doing his best Mitt Romney.
The Expendables 2: The first Expendables was lacking a bit in the end. It was fun and action packed, but a lot of it was too little, too late. I get a bit of a feeling that the character development here will also be lackluster, but we are guaranteed a few things. Tons of awesome action from Chuck Norris, a Stallone vs. Van Damme fight and Arnold Schwarzenegger quipping with Bruce Willis. The trailer showed very little of Crews or Couture so I'm going out on a limb and guessing that Helmsworth and Yu replace them early in the film. That's just a guess though. There's lots of explosions, fights and whatever, so hey, it has that.
Robot and Frank: This is the first full length feature for director Paul Schreier and screenwriter Christopher Ford, but not their first work. Previously Ford worked on the puppet cop comedy Fuzz and Paul has made some great commercials. For this near future story in which a retired crook teams with a robot meant to just get him out a slump they've been able to garner quite some major talent. Frank Langella is the Frank in the title and his possible girlfriend is Susan Sarandon. It's hard to believe Sarandon is old enough to play a potential mate to Frank Langella, because she still looks fabulous. Liv Tyler and James Marsden are Frank's children and Jeremy Sisto is the cop who suspects Frank is back to his old tricks. It all looks really fun and sweet.
LAWLESS: This could be the secret best film of 2012, directed by John Hillcoat, who has proved his ability of making amazing modern westerns with The Proposition and The Road worked from an adaptation by muisician/poet/novelist Nick Cave of the “based on a true story” novel by Matt Bondurant, the ancestor of the characters in this film. It has a questionable lead in Shia Lebeouf, but with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce as costars it should be a strong period piece about moonshine, guns and gang warfare.
GANGSTER SQUAD: With L.A. Confidential, the video game L.A. Noire, the upcoming TV show L.A. Noir, the more recent Public Enemies and plenty more, films about the Mafia in L.A. Might seem old hat. What makes Gangster Squad different then? Well, for one Director Ruben Fleischer. After Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less it'll very interesting what he does with a script from a TV writer based off a seven part L.A. Times series of articles built in truth and fiction. The other major thing will be the first actor in over 20 years to tackle a major figure like Mickey Cohen will be an actor practically born for the role in Sean Penn.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY: Andrew Dominik tackled another very difficult book to translate to screen, teaming up once again with Brad Pitt to bring Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins to life. The last film based on a Higgin's film is the modern classic Friends of Eddie Coyle, so with the track record of that and Dominik's track record of CHOPPER and the very slow, but mesmerizing Assassination of Jesses James By The Coward Robert Ford. Pitt is joined by crime veterans Ray Liotta, James Galdofini, and Sam Shepard. I'm not too keen on the title change and like Gangster Squad and even Lawless these movies that grandioize crime and guns might get these films pushed back or who knows.
Soldiers of Fortune: While the director is a complete unknown and it seemed to take three unproven screenwriters to develop this, the cast and plot sell it strong. The trailer shows it to have plenty of action, a good assortment of interesting characters who might be one dimensional, but rounded enough to know who they are when they're shooting and being shot at. I don't expect much from it, but one doesn't ever expect much from self appointed action films. They're action films, they know what they are and shouldn't be criticized unless they have no good characters. That is the most important thing. Good characters and no plot holes (such as they mention no one has a gun and five scenes later they all have guns but there's no scene where they finally find guns).
LOOPER: I'm not completely sold on Joseph Gordon-Leavitt being Bruce Willis or Bruce Willis being Joseph Gordon Leavitt but espite that, the third original feature from Rian Johnson looks amazingly cool. After BRICK and THE BLOOM BROTHERS he is definitely becoming one of those type of directors who makes films you just feel like you need to see. He's also not keeping it simple in terms of choices as a director. While all three films are centered around crime, they're so different it's even more interesting what he might do after LOOPER. LOOPER also might have the best chance of having an interesting novelization done for it by someone like Tim Lebbon, Terry Bison or Alan Dean Foster. Especially since this is the rare original scripted film here.
PITCH PERFECT: This might seem like a stupid comedy with singing, but I have a feeling it will actually be much more intelligent. Much like MEAN GIRLS seemed like it'd be lame then you realized that Tina Fey wrote it and boom it was awesome, this film is written by Tina's best friend and a top writer on 30 Rock, Kay Cannon. She did base it on a real story, merging elements from college acapella competitions detailed in a book with the same name. On top of the writer though the director is Broadway's Jason Moore, who has directed Avenue Q, Shrek and even Les Miserables. Then you have the cast who are actually talented actresses and singers Brittany Snow and Anna Kendrick are the main leads, but filling out on singing is worldwide pop music phenom Ester Dean and the Australia's funny fat girl Rebel Wilson handles the stupid comedy.
(An interesting aside, Mean Girls was also based off a non-fiction book and merged concepts and elements from it to create the comedy)
Anna Karenina: In what will be in my accounting, only the fourth and in by some merits only the third full scale adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic, in terms of current standards to the past, the most talented pairing and cast (well, no one can beat Garbo, but still), director Joe Wright uses a brand new adaptation by one of the best playwrights and screenwriters of the last 45+ years Tom Stoppard. With Jude Law and Aaron Thompson in the meaty roles there's strength, so that even if Keira Knightly falters, her beauty and the talent around her will keep her up. I haven't had issue with Keira personally, but I know people do, so I played Devil's Advocate here.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: After 10 years since it was published and its author experiencing the trials and tribulations of creating a TV show, having it canceled, saved and canceled again and even get a third season in comics, the highly touted and best selling book has been adapted from a screenplay by the author who also directed. This film has the major factor of being Emma Watson's first major starring post Potter role and if the trailer is indication, she will be a force for years to come.
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3:15 pm - An escape from Reality
I spent the weekend of Domino's passing in The Rockaways. The Rockaway's plan was set in stone while the little monster was still breathing and I was already walking the beach when he passed on. I spent Saturday on the beach, in the beach house, getting high and enjoying life trying to not think about Spinner. Saturday night I went to a party down the way and drank some absinthe, smoked more, got jacked and walked the nice long walk back to house, crashing out at around 3 AM. |
I woke Sunday at 7:30 after intermittent sleep and ran straight out to the water for a swim. My mom and her new man came by later to take privilege of the house and hospitality. Nick and I hit the water a few times and we hung around just letting beauty distract us. I took a lot of photos both days but here are just two that I feel capture fun, energy, beauty and quiet solitude and so much more.
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|Monday, July 23rd, 2012|
3:09 pm - Domino Spinner (199?-2012)
On Saturday morning as I made my way to my best friend's temporary beach house, the cellphone rang. I had a feeling that it was coming sooner than later, but I had no idea when. |
Domino passed on to the next on that morning. It seems I might be wrong about his age. He might've only been 15. Still old for a dog. As I woke this morning I realized that there was no little white furry monster for me to greet and I felt the pang. I spent the weekend in the Rockaways and was both stoned and blitzed, hell I was practically faded on Saturday night and crashed out on the futon at my boy's spread, so waking on Sunday didn't hit me as I saw the sand and the ocean and then actually ran into that water for a bit. The rest of the day full of distractions like that.
Now I sit here recalling my days and realizing I need to convey them but for but a moment now, a quiet moment, this is for Domino Spinner. Wherever he is.
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|Friday, July 20th, 2012|
1:39 pm - Realizing why I abandoned LJ & sometimes consider abandoning all social networks and even the world
You pour your thoughts, ideas, feelings out into the world.|
You respond to other people's thoughts and feelings, they respond to your thoughts, but not once to they actually add to the thoughts you put up that weren't connected to what they presented.
It feels that way in the real world sometimes too, but much more on the internet.
I think sometimes that's the real reason some people snap and do something beyond, and I do not approve of anyone who takes anything to such extremes, but truly I think it's all for attention.
If one feels ignored in trying to create, then why create?
If one feels ostracized for trying to belong, then why belong?
I personally am one determined idiot who doesn't understand the meaning of the word quit and I also seem to have an extremely high tolerance for pain. At times I think this actually more of a curse than a blessing.
Yet, here I am... trying to create, trying to belong, being determined, offering of myself to an endless whisper of nothingness.
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|Thursday, July 19th, 2012|
9:29 pm - Kickstarter Updates and Suggestions
Oh I've never discussed the cool things I pledged on Kickstarter which ended up being awesome and worth it. If I had more money there's way more I'd pledge but here are the ones that have come through. Here's updates on everything that has enough to update.|
GAME OVER Anthology: Looks great and reads great, an awesome package.
CARL's LARGE STORY: I had ordered the super special editon of two books, a crocheted doll and an original piece of art. The books were awesome. I had Marcos draw Carl as Alex from the film version of A Clockwork Orange. He did an original personalized sketch in both books as well.
CURSE OF THE MERCHGIRL: The book and CD safely arrived and are excellent, totally worth it. I had only pledged $25, but Murs and Blaylock still signed my book anyway. And it's a personalized HI REID signature. So I think they wanted to acknowledge me personally for all the free PR I did.
GASTROPHOBIA VOL 2: Recieved it just before MoCCAFest, so I brought it along with me to that to be signed and got David to do an original drawing in this awesome exquisite corpse book I had made. It's way too large to put here, but here's a link to it. It has art from Laura Lee Gulledge, Pat Grant, Alex Robinson, Shelli Paroline, Joseph Remant and MANY more.
DOUBLE FINE ADVENTURE: On track here with three full length episodes of the documentary, four side episodes, plenty of design and creation posts at the forums and the shirts and posters are in the mail. I'd share something, but my shirt is still in the mail. Everything else needs to be kept secret unless you want to spend the $15 to join the adventure now, knowing it's head steam ahead.
GOD OF THE FLIES: I'd show you the movie, but out of respect for Danger Charles I will just let you know he finished it and it is awesome. The little finger puppet and stickers he sent are also awesome.
I'm still going to be waiting on the final version of Spike: A love Story Too for a bit, but the developer is hard at work and has done updates. That leaves Riddikulus, which I did at least go to a concert for, but the special compilation album is still being worked on and my Cavegirl Fudge, which I won't know anything on till September.
Here's some Kickstarters I really to jump on, but have to really think about before I do:
Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa: A stop motion film from the mind of screen writer Charlie Kaufman spearheaded by Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos
Ouya, a new kind of video game console: Exactly what it says, much like Onlive actually but better and the ability for open hacking/modding and for independent developers to work on games. It'll be bringing PC gaming to the living room without super expense and then allowing your computer to be just a computer.
Day One: New game from Pendulo Studios, ready to make something big again if they can get the backing.
Ar-k-a dark acid adventure comedy: The first chapter is free and while it lacks polish it is very promising and you can tell with more money to really get crazy these folks would make pure magic.
DUSTER: Gorgeous graphic novel about a WWII pilot, but that's putting it simply.
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3:10 pm - So more things
First things first is to get the very sad, depressing, but nothing can be done about it news out of the way.|
After almost 17 years, my buddy and pal, Domino Demon Spinner Cooper is dying. I'm actually not even sure what he's holding on for at this point. He does nothing when we go out for a walk and ends up just making when we get inside. He's practically blind, bumping into walls and such. Yet, there are other times where he gets around no problem and seems as happy and spry as ever. He's not in pain, but he's falling apart. In human years he's like 98 years old if that dog-human years science is accurate. It may sound cruel, but every night I've been petting his head nad telling him it's okay if he doesn't wake up, but he seems to be holding on. At 17 the idea of spending an extreme amount of money at a vet to either get him medicines or to put him down is ridiculous, actually it's been suggested to us to just let him keep on as long as he can and let him go silently on his own. I'm not ignoring him either, whenever I can I'm giving him love and attention.
Moving on, here's a photo shot by friend Anthony on July 4th at my BBQ Bash I held on The Rockaways at my friend's temporary home. I was pleasantly surprised by the people who came through and while it was an exciting, crazy, amazing weird time, it was as a whole, just awesome. In this photo are some of my favorite people Charles AKA Royce, Matt Dreany, Destiny Mata, Hannah AKA Fenix. There's also a friend of Destiny's whom I only met that day and also the back of Fenix's best friend Deville Dog.
And here's a shot I took on Monday of me and my god niece Breana. She's the coolest most fun girl I know next to her mother, Pam. Anytime I get to see her, her mom and her little twin sisters is a good thing. Pam is the one who made me start losing weight, because if the woman I've "crushed" on since I was 15 years old wants me to lose weight, I'm doing it. Over the years she's quickly become like the older sister I never had a chance to have, while her kids are the little cousins I do have, but unfortunately have no real relationship with, so "nieces" are better.
Yeah, I'm wearing the blue headband in both photos. I wear that for the beach to catch the sweat when I'm not in the water. The shirt I'm wearing in the photo with Breana is a shirt I got handmade when there was this cool free shirt making program at this spot in SoHo. It's a drawing by Inverna Lopez of me. I had long hair obviously. I still think it "looks" like me... it captures my essence. Even if I shaved, it'd still be "me".
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