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Sunday, November 16th, 2014
7:38 pm - CHIKARA - “For Your Eyes Only” - 11.16.14 RESULTS
“For Your Eyes Only” - 11.16.14 RESULTS
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12:45 pm - CHIKARA - “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” - 11/15/2015 RESULTS
I spend time on these for the Facebook group I'm in, I may as well share them with the "world".

Here results for the CHIKARA event titled “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” from Haverhill, MA on 11/15/2015
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014
12:07 pm - Then there was that time me and Koala Bear saved the world from Devil Santa
The use of drugs have helped made me understand the film “Dude, Where's My Car?” to an even higher place then I did before I had those experiences myself or have I/they/what/dude, where did this run off sentence question go?

I have weird recollections of strange happenings while stoned, or tripping, or robo-tripping. I've done a lot of stuff (I mean types of drugs, LSD, mushrooms, AMT, DMT, Foxy, Molly) and I am comfortable admitting this. Some of the things that have happened while on them seem unbelievable just like that movie and like that movie never alone, always with a friend. We've walked 20 miles in 3 minutes and arrived back before we even left; Played poker with ghosts; Went into a restaurant not knowing what type of food they serve and ordered penguin. That's a thing isn't it?

I remember when we got kidnapped and throw in cages and had to talk to Andy Dick as he tried to have sex with us. No, I'm not talking about the movie... that happened. Seriously it did. You don't even know. Andy Dick is one crazy motherfucker man. He tried to make us eat troll dolls and then he did a dance with a sombrero on his schlong while singing “I'm a little driedel”... it wasn't even freaking Hannukah man.

I'm still trying to escape the trauma. The only way we were able to escape was by slicing the throat of all the Mexican cartel people Andy had hired for an orgy later that night and climbing over a 15 foot fence and using our jackets to swing down an electric wire. Then the guy still chased us with a monster super gigantic truck. If it wasn't for the robot dog and his motorcyle showing up we were absolute goners.

Later that night the dog brought us to some taco spot and we almost got killed again when this one dude thought we were hitting on his girl, but I just put on some high heeled shoes and did a dance on the bar and once again we were safe. Not for long though, because as we were driving down the highway a huge semi started tearing down on us. On the top were what looked like Werewolves, but more like llamas and some of them were coyotes and even a rhino. I guess they must've been Ani-Men or aliens or mutants. All I know is that the robot dog veered left, whistled and some turtles dressed like ninjas appeared and started fighting the men on the semi. The dog grabbed us and hid us inside a bunker filled with 5000 cans of spam and an Australian dude who told us he had 10,0001 recipes and he was going to have us try them all.

Surprisingly good stuff that SPAM was. We didn't have to try all the recipes though, because after two hours the bunker opened and the robot introduced us to the turtles who also were in a band. They said they needed to finish recording a rock album and wanted us as backup singers. The song was called “And the cradle will not ever stop rocking”. My ooohs and ahhs on it basically flood the track. You really need to hear it one day. Unfortunately it was for some independent label in the Andromeda Galaxy who usually just treats albums like the Holy Grail. Locked away forever unlabeled in a huge factory.

When we got home, we drank a ton of cocoa with mint juleps in it. We stared at the TV which was showing “Shaolin Monk Tiger vs. Masters of the Flying Guillotine Part 15: The Deadly Perils of Frogmen from Underground Who Like Large Breasted She-Males from Chernobyl”. I think it was actually just a porno but the fight scenes were spectacular and the special effects were amazing. We called for delivery from the Chinese place but we could never actually finish the order because the lady on the phone kept asking what else we wanted. We ended up hanging up and 20 minutes later 16 trucks showed up to our door with Lo Mein, Chop Suey, Wontons, Ribs, Mongolian Beef and more to the tune of $56,9982798. We beat the shit out of the delivery dude with some of the moves we learned from the movie and blew up the trucks.

Then we all went to sleep. This really happened.

There's more, but isn't there always more?

Written for therealljidol Week 8 - "Yes, and?"

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Monday, April 28th, 2014
6:06 pm - Who am I... really?
I have no national identity. While by birthright I am a Russian of the “Jewish” faith( and yes, I place all religious doctrine in quotes in this context). While I was barmitzvahed (sic), I hated every second of it. I was in for the money and my parents didn't pay for the ceremony and someone secretly paid for the catering afterwards, so nothing got instilled in me there. Of course I still love things like Gefilte fish, matzoh, charoset, salted egg, passover bagels, matzoh meal and all that other Passover stuff yet that is as far as it goes. I have begrudgingly been to a bat mitzvah in recent years and sat through a Passover dinner, sat shivah... all that stuff.

So if I have no national identity how can I ever tell when I am going against it. The statement No true American holds no water. What is a true American? The definition that would be prescribed by society is something I would fail immeasurably. I don't believe in the second amendment, I am not patriotic, I believe all religions should abolished, I consider most things that are taboo in American culture and that proclaim religion as their reasoning to be hypocritical and proof that no one knows what they are talking about. I have a low moral center based purely on what people say morals are, I hate baseball, football and well most American past times. Yet, there are many who would say my rebellious attitude of not giving a shit is more American than Apple Pie.

I am not Russian, nor am I British, Australian, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Danish, Scottish, Canadian. I do not know what a true one would do or not do. I can guess though.

A true Brit would never actually eat bangers & mash.
A true Aussie would never say Foster's was beer
A true Spainard would not call rice and beans food.
A true Italian would say no real Italian food is in restaurants.
A true Dane would hate Disney's The Little Mermaid.
A true Canadian proudly loves Degrassi.
A true Scottsman would know that best Macbeth was in Disney's Gargoyles.

I just made two Disney references. I identify with one identity. Nerd, super nerd, pop-culture nerd. I love media. I love music, I love movies, I love food. I am even a food nerd.

That is who I am...
No true Nerd would ever say “I am not a nerd”.

Written for therealljidol Topic - Week 7 "No True Scotsman"

(edited for a mental block error, thankfully corrected by @halfshellvenis

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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.

(written for therealljidol Week 2-Topic 2)

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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
I am officially signing up for the final seasons of LJ Idol.

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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:
Pop-Culture Spectrum
My Twitter

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.

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
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....

perfect example?

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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