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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Another year is down the tubes. Damn! I'll post my retrospect tomorrow. I'm heading out to eat Chinese food and drink champagne.

I'll see you in 2008!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Pain and Pleasure with IMDB

Well, "Sweet Pea" is officially on imdb! There's only one problem. They forgot to add over 80% of the information I originally submitted. Some might remember me talking about imdb a couple months ago and might be wondering what the hell happened. Well, let's just say the film ran into some problems.

The biggest problem of all being that the Boston Film Festival never fully added my film to their website. So, the imdb staff kept rejecting my request due to nothing matching up. I had to have someone manually look at it, but it took forever since they have about one person checking the boards every couple days. Basically some requests take a couple weeks.

Anyway, on Christmas, the guy posted that you would put the title live. I just saw this today and got all excited. My dream has come true, but they only people credited for the film are ones that already have existing profiles. So, now I got to fix this because I'm not on the page as well as practically the whole crew.

I'll keep you updated as I continue to look into this problem.

If you do want to check it out, look no further: Sweet Pea

15 Down, 4 To Go, and Tomorrow

It could be argued that tomorrow is the biggest regular season game in not only the history of the Patriots, but the whole NFL. The Pats look to go an unprecedented 16-0. Hard to believe, really. When the season began, I didn't think it would. I hoped so, but thought it was too unrealistic. Now, in less than 24 hours, the Pats could be perfect heading into the playoffs.

The best thing I love about the Patriots and Belichick is that even if they finish to 16-0, they won't be celebrating. They'll probably barely smile. They want the world championship and want the 19-0 record. We'll see if it happens (I think it will), but tomorrow the only focus is 16-0.

As for the actual game, I actually think it will be anti-climatic. I anticipate Coughlin to play it smart and rest some of his best players. They are playing a game next week against the Bucs (Gruden has already started resting guys). Plus, winning in the playoffs is more important than a regular season game. It's the right move and I would do it, too.

It's not like the Giants are going to be the only team that has fallen to the almighty Patriots in 2007.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Time of the Season

Yeah, been real busy with the holidays quickly approaching. Don't expect too many, if any updates for the next couple days. Anyway, here are the updated charts. Enjoy!

Golden Globes Predictions 12/24
BEST PICTURE - DRAMA: "Atonement"
BEST PICTURE -COMEDY/MUSICAL: "Sweeney Todd"
BEST ACTOR - DRAMA: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA: Julie Christie, "Away from Her"
BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"
BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There" (Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone")
BEST DIRECTOR: Ethan and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"
BEST ORIGNAL SONG: "Walk Hard", "Walk Hard"
BEST ANIMATED FILM: "Ratatouille"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Updated Oscar BEST PICTURE 12/24
The Nominees:
1. (1) "Atonement"
2. (2) "No Country for Old Men"
3. (5) "Michael Clayton"
4. (4) "There Will Be Blood"
5. (3) "Sweeney Todd"
On the Bubble:
6. (8) "Into the Wild"
7. (6) "Juno"
8. (-) "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
9. (7) "American Gangster"
The Outsiders:
10. (9)"Charlie Wilson's War"
11. (10) "The Great Debaters"
ANALYSIS:
Big momentum going on with "Into the Wild" after the SAG Nominations. Don't count out that film. Weak box office from "Sweeney Todd" is somewhat of a concern, but it came out to solid reviews. I've pretty much eliminated "Charlie Wilson" and "Great Debaters", but never say never. "Blood" opens up next week, so that should be really interesting how the public reacts to it. I'm beginning to like "Michael Clayton" more and more. Still, my favorites are "Atonement" and "No Country".

Random Oscar Thoughts:

- Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) is for real after getting a SAG nomination. So is Catherine Keener ("Into the Wild").
- "Michael Clayton" is picking up more steam and George Clooney, not Johnny Depp is Daniel Day-Lewis' biggest threat.
- "Atonement" could very well not garner any acting nominations. Keira Knightley getting shafting by SAG was not a good sign.
- Best Supporting Actress is really shaping up to be "The Race" this year with Cate Blanchett vs. Amy Ryan. It's a dead heat.
- What's going to happen if the strike is still going on in February (very likely)? I can't imagine the Oscars not being televised. That would be a sad day in my life.

On a side note, I've got to see some more of these films, but I haven't been able to get out to the theater. Not making excuses, but it is the holidays.

WAR IS OVER!
IF YOU WANT IT
Happy Christmas from Mikey Filmmaker

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Reaction to the SAG Noms

It seems like every year you think you have the award season under control, things just get crazier as the Oscars approach. The SAG nominations were announced and some really big questions come out of it. First of, where is "Atonement", "Michael Clayton", and "Sweeney Todd"? No ensemble nomination? That's surprising.

You look at the five nominees: "3:10 to Yuma", "American Gangster", "Hairspray", "Into the Wild", and "No Country for Old Men". It's a bit of a joke lineup in my opinion. That's my one gripe about the SAG awards. Everyone thinks the ensemble award is a best picture category. It's not! That pisses me off more than anything. That became a common myth two years ago when "Crash" won, but it's literally an ensemble piece. The only really good thing about a nomination at the SAGs is that the actors do make up the largest branch of the Academy.

That does translate to good news for the nominees. A film like "Into the Wild" was a huge winner, but is that a "huge" surprise? Actors love Sean Penn and well, he's an actor. Why not award him for a film he's directed? "No Country" has wrapped up a nomination, but that was common knowledge before the nominations. Although, I'm not crazy about that cast. Yeah, it's a great film, but the cast did not blow me away. Does Javier's performance that much weight? We'll find out because I think it's actually the frontrunner for the SAG.

As for the other films, it's interesting. I still see all three getting shut out of best picture. I read today that "3:10" was shipping out thousands of screeners today. Okay? Every film sends out screeners, I don't buy that this film is alive and well. Yes, I haven't seen it, but I know from word of mouth that this film will probably be just a great film with no nominations. Honestly, it's not the end of the world if you don't get the recognition. The ensemble for the other two films, "American Gangster" and "Hairspray", will help it garner more support for nominations from some of its stars, notably Denzel and John Travolta respectively.

The big concern on my face was that three heavyweights had bad days. Although, it's not killer since SAG awards probably hold the least amount of weight to the Oscars compared to say the DGA awards. Let's look at the three films I mentioned earlier.

"Atonement": That film has a great ensemble cast. Add on top of that no nomination for Knightley or McAvoy. Even Saoirse Ronan and Vanessa Redgrave got left out. This film is more of a writer's piece, but it looks grim for their stars to get Oscar love if they can't get it from their own guild.

"Michael Clayton": This film is loaded with heavy hitters who have got great praise from Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson, but got left off the ensemble list. That doesn't make any sense. How can you nominate all three for individual awards, yet not as an ensemble?

"Sweeney Todd": This might have been the biggest surprise of them all. This film got no love from SAG like "Atonement". Yes, even Johnny Depp got shut out. This is the same Johnny Depp that won the SAG a couple years ago, beating out the likes of Bill Murray and Sean Penn. I also can't believe you lost the nomination out to performances from Ryan Gosling, Emile Hirsch, and Viggo Mortensen.

One other film I slightly want to touch upon is "There Will Be Blood". I'm not really worried about this film since it is a one man show film and I didn't anticipate it to do well with SAG nominations. With no nomination, Paul Dano is pretty much dead in the supporting actor race. Day-Lewis could also really use the win to cement himself as the frontrunner.

I'll have some updated Oscar predictions over the weekend. As for now, I'm going to bed.

My Dog Ate the Baseball. What?

I was actually thinking the other day about what ever happened to the World Series ball this year. Oddly enough, I just read on ESPN that Jonathan Papelbon's dog, Boss, ate the ball.

All I have to say is, "You've got to be kidding me!" How the hell does Papelbon simply leave the ball on the counter? Although, the better question is why did he not give the ball to the team. If this story is true, then shame on Papelbon for being an idiot. I still like the guy and all, but that's just stupid.

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

It won't stop snowing since I've been back. I think today is like the third storm that has happened since I've been back. If I wasn't so cold, I would make a snowman. There is that much snow.

It's safe to say it will be a white Christmas this year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Why Roger Why?

I think I share this opinion with many that Roger Clemens probably made the biggest mistake of his life today. What did he do? He denied using steroids.

Give me a break, Roger! We all know you did it. Just admit it and be a man.

Fucking liar...

A Special Dream

I seriously had one of the weirdest dreams ever the other night and I figured since I got nothing else to write about that I'll let you into my mind. Here we go...

Somehow, I've become a part of "Boogie Nights". I'm hanging around with Reed Rothchild and Todd Parker. The three of us decide to sell bad cocaine to Rahad Jackson (exactly like the movie). We decide to go to his place only we realize his place is like a huge warehouse with cement floors. It's practically Costco since people are shopping in the store.

We end of waiting for him and for some reason I got to take a piss, so I head to the bathroom. The next thing I know I'm walking out and realize we've been busted for a bad deal. I walk past a sectioned off part of the warehouse with a fence, reminded me of where Costco keeps the alcohol. I walk pass this huge guy and everyone is looking for me, but no one seems to recognize me. I see this picture of both Reed and Todd magically appear, showing how they were caught, but they look nothing like them.

Anyway, I decide to escape and leave the Costco like warehouse. I'm getting nervous, so I started running like crazy when I get out. The odd part is I don't have on the right shoes, so I can't run that fast. Somehow, I end up at the subway station. I look at the map, but most of the lines are shut down. I need to get to Jack's house for safety, but can't figure out what to do.

Another jump cut happens and I'm at Jack's house. He's telling me how they shoot on video now and like to do things different than before. I end up being in the dressing room and pull out my dick, staring in the mirror (last shot in the movie) and talking to myself. I decide though that I'm not going to put my dick back in my pants and I unbutton my shirt to be different. I walk to the set that exact way. I don't remember anything else.

Back to reality, I don't have any idea what that dream means. I just know that when I woke up I had a huge boner. What? I had to pee.

Monday, December 17, 2007

14 Down, 5 To Go

As soon as I looked out my window yesterday, I knew the game was going to be close. Let's face it the Patriots are not a cold weather team this year. They are built to play in a dome with this high octane offensive air attack. With yesterday's win against the Jets, the Patriots have secured home field advantage and only have one more away game the rest of the year, traveling to the Giants in week 17.

With two games to go, I think it's safe to say they will run the regular season table. The Giants played horrible last night and the Dolphins were lucky to win against Baltimore. The bigger question should be whether Brady will break Peyton's TD record? I don't know the weather forecast for next week, but the weather I think will dictate whether that record falls.

Yeah, Brady threw six touchdowns against the Dolphins earlier in the year, but this time it's a little different. Does the record matter that much? I don't think they will say it publicly, but deep down it does. Every record for this team matters. There is absolutely no way you could tell me this team doesn't want to win every game and finish the season perfect. It means a hell of lot.

That leaves the biggest question of them all this week: Is this team vulnerable in the playoffs? The answer is yes. In New England in January, the Patriots will need to establish the run against the Colts, Jaguars, Steelers, Chargers, and Browns. We aren't talking about the Jets and Dolphins. I think their defense is playing better, but the invincibility is gone.

Now, the real test begins with five games to go (including the playoffs). I want them to win it all, but if I'm a fan of any playoff team, I would be confident that I have a shot against the mighty Patriots. They are beatable.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reaction to the Globes Noms

Seven best picture nominees for drama? Wow, I wish I knew that last night. I would have picked more movies. Some interesting choices by the HFPA earlier today. Some I agree with. Others not so much. Here are my thoughts about the 12 best picture nominees.

BEST PICTURE - DRAMA
"American Gangster": This film is no "The Departed". Yeah, it's got Russell and Denzel with Ridley Scott directing, but you don't hear a lot about it. I don't consider it a contender in this race.
"Atonement": This film should do well at the Globes. It's a film the Hollywood Foreign Press likes with a strong European influence.
"Eastern Promises": I'm scratching my head at this film. Would have preferred "Into the Wild", but you can't always get what you want.
"The Great Debaters": If it was ten years ago, I would be saying this film could make some noise. Unfortunately, for Denzel and co., it's 2007.
"Michael Clayton": It failed to get a screenplay nomination, which surprised me, but got the two acting nominations. This film is still a threat come Oscar time.
"No Country for Old Men": If this film wins the Globe, then you have to say the Oscars should be anti-climatic. As I said last night, this film will continue to do well at the critic awards, but the Globes and Oscars are different animals. I can't see it winning here.
"There Will Be Blood": If this film wins the Globe, then the Oscars will be very suspenseful. It's definitely hurt by no director nomination, but the picture nod here was huge. The biggest question for this film will be whether voters will see it (yeah, I know they get screeners and whatnot, but still). "Blood" doesn't come out until a day after Christmas and I think it was a bad move by Paramount Vantage.

BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Across the Universe": Yeah, I liked this film, but it had no business being nominated. I actually read somewhere probably a month ago that the HFPA liked this film. Apparently, that article was onto something.
"Charlie Wilson's War": I was wrong about this film as it actually comes out of today probably the biggest winner with five nominations (Hanks, Hoffman, Roberts, and screenplay). I personally don't think it should be a comedy, but it has a chance to make a big statement if it wins. That will dictate its Oscar chances.
"Hairspray": Huge boost for this film and Travolta with two nominations. I haven't seen it, but it's time to look at it as a contender.
"Juno": This film has a really good shot to win. I consider it right outside my Oscar top five, so a win would probably move it in there. If the HFPA thinks "Sweeney" is too dark or bloody, then it will probably be the benefactor and take the award.
"Sweeney Todd": This should be their award to lose, but the blood worries me. Still, it should win and will make a claim as one of the serious Oscar contenders this year.

Golden Globes Predictions 12/14
BEST PICTURE - DRAMA: "Atonement"
BEST PICTURE -COMEDY/MUSICAL: "Sweeney Todd"
BEST ACTOR - DRAMA: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA: Julie Christie, "Away from Her"
BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"
BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
BEST DIRECTOR: Ethan and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"
BEST ORIGNAL SONG: "Walk Hard", "Walk Hard"
BEST ANIMATED FILM: "Ratatouille"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Updated Oscar BEST PICTURE 12/14
The Nominees:
1. "Atonement"
2. "No Country for Old Men"
3. "Sweeney Todd"
4. "There Will Be Blood"
5. "Michael Clayton"
On the Bubble:
6. "Juno"
7. "American Gangster"
8. "Into the Wild"
9. "Charlie Wilson's War"
10. "The Great Debaters"

Benefits of a Beard

I was just caressing my beard and I was thinking about its benefits. Really, beards have benefits just like jobs have benefits.

I actually haven't even trimmed my beard since I've been in Massachusetts and it's beginning to gain some volume (it looks bad ass). It is also assisting in keeping me warm during the current snowstorm that is going on outside my window right now.

I also believe strongly in the playoff beard and I attribute it to the success of Boston sports. The Red Sox are the champions. The Patriots are undefeated. The Celtics are 18-2. The Bruins even have 37 points (number four in the conference). Yeah, it's amazing.

I know after reading this short post you must be telling yourself, "Wow Mike is right. Beards really do have benefits."

Mitchell Report Equals Roger Clemens*

Mo Vaughn was my favorite player growing up. Roger Clemens was arguably the greatest pitcher post World War II. Miguel Tejada was an MVP. Eric Gagne was too. Andy Pettitte was a Yankee and I despise him. What do they all have in common? They were all listed in the Mitchell Report.

I've read a decent amount of the Mitchell Report today and watched all the press conferences. And, honestly I'm not that surprised at the findings. Major League Baseball is a big steroid mess. The sad part is that this wasn't even close to a cumulative report. Mitchell had no power to subpoena. His sources were only limited to a couple people. That explains the reason why the majority of people named belonged to BALCO and two personal trainers from the Yankees and Mets respectively.

That's part of the problem I have with the report. I feel like a lot of guys got off the hook today. The report was only limited to a couple sources. I hope baseball adopts a much harder testing policy. I'm talking about one strike is a one year suspension and strike two is a ban for life. I'm not one hundred percent sure of this, but I know gambling on the game is a very harsh penalty. I think it's one strike and you receive a lifetime ban (I could be wrong on this).

The big question now is what to do? After today, I hope the world realizes that Barry Bonds is not the only face of steroids. Roger Clemens is as big of a name as Bonds. Baseball has to face the fact that their best hitter and pitcher (at least awards wise) of the last twenty years have juiced. That hurts. It's still early and maybe the accusations are lies, but I believe it.

Dan Duquette said famously back in 1996 that Clemens was in "the twilight of his career". People laughed at him the years since that statement. Now, looking back at it, Duquette might have been right and for that, I apologize. Clemens was in the twilight of his "natural" career.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Awards Take New Turn Tomorrow

"As for There Will Be Blood, about which you will be reading much more in the pages of the Weekly over the coming weeks, I will say only this: There are great films (like No Country For Old Men) and then there are films that send shock waves through the very landscape of cinema, that instantly stake a claim on a place in the canon. Often, such vanguard works fail to be fully understood or appreciated at the moment they first appear, as some of the initial reviews that greeted Psycho, 2001 and Bonnie and Clyde attest. There Will Be Blood belongs in their company, and I consider myself fortunate to belong to a group with the foresight to recognize it in its own moment." - Scott Foundas, December 9, 2007

I read this on the internet the other day and I thought it was a very powerful quote. And, honestly I completely agree with Foundas. I saw this film almost a month ago and I think I'm beginning to appreciate it more and more as the days pass. I honestly can't wait to see it again in the next month. That brings us to the big question. Not only where is this film in regards to awards, but where are the other heavy hitters one day before the Golden Globes nominations.

"Atonement": This film is worrying me a little. It came out to good, not great reviews and it seems to be losing steam. People compare this to "The English Patient" and I don't necessarily think that's a good thing.

"Charlie Wilson's War": This film is going to get shut out of the best picture race. I think it's dead and will be generally viewed as a disappointment in regards to awards.

"Juno": The little film that could needs a nomination from the Globes if it wants a chance at the Oscars. I think it's a real good possibility for it and its star, Ellen Page, to receive noms tomorrow.

"Michael Clayton": This film is somewhat of a wild card for me. I've heard some really strong support for this film. Everyone loves Clooney and it supposedly is really good. I've yet to see it, but the Clooney machine should not be underestimated.

"No Country for Old Men": This film is probably in the best position going into the Globes. It has big wins in NY, DC, and Boston. Just remember this: critic awards doesn't translate to Globes or Oscars success. They are two completely different animals.

"Sweeney Todd": This film should do well at the Globes. I actually see it not only being nominated for best picture and best actor, but winning both in the musical category. "Sweeney" will benefit from the split of the drama and comedy/musical categories. If it doesn't do well, then you really have to worry about it.

"There Will Be Blood": This film is back thanks to the LA Film Critics. I think this film is going to surprise some people and I expect it to do well tomorrow at the Globes. At least it will get the best picture and best actor nominations. I'm not going to give up on this film until I completely feel it's dead.

BEST DRAMA
"Atonement"
"Into the Wild"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL
"Enchanted"
"Hairspray"
"Juno"
"Once"
"Sweeney Todd"

I'll have more in the coming days after the Golden Globe nominations have been announced.

Sick of College Coaches

I think it's safe to say that the majority of the country (save for the Deep South) are sick of recent college coaches coming to the NFL only to leave for college right away. Steve Spurrier (two seasons) started the trend. Then, Nick Saban (two seasons) followed. Although, Bobby Petrino today takes the cake. At least the other two guys lasted one full season. Petrino lasted only 13 games. What a loser!

Petrino really is a loser and everyone is letting him know it. I personally think it's pathetic. The guy got an opportunity to coach in the NFL. I don't care if people think NCAA football has more passion. The NFL is for the big boys. It's the ultimate goal and a league of men. Not a collection of "kids" playing football. Yeah, I think the college game is exciting, but I would take the NFL over it any day of the week.

The funny part for me is the fact that the three coaches I listed, all jumped ship to the SEC. I've been down to the Deep South and SEC country. Yes, SEC football is their life. And, I'm sure everyone in Arkansas is smiling, but sadly SEC football is all the Deep South has. Like Petrino, SEC football and that whole region is pathetic. So really, it's probably a blessing that someone like him is out of the NFL. The most successful league in professional sports doesn't need to deal with that shit.

All I know is I'm not even a Falcons fan and I'm mad about this. I think what makes me mad is that he couldn't finish the season and the fact that he left for Arkansas. That team is mediocre. If you're going to completely ruin your reputation, you should at least go to the class of the SEC such as LSU, Florida, or Tennessee.

Have fun in the "great" state of Arkansas, Bobby.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Buy Manny's Undies

For those who care to know, Manny Ramirez's underwear is on sale at ebay according to NESN. Yes, they are used. And, yes they are large...

15 "Raw" Years

Last night was the 15th anniversary of Monday Night Raw. And, after 15 years the show is still going strong. You really can't ask for a better wrestling show and last night was proof. I don't watch Raw like I used to for the simple reason that my living situation is much different than it was when I was growing up. During my California years, I either forget it's on or don't feel like using the television to watch wrestling since most of my roommates through the years don't enjoy it.

As for last night's show, they packed three hours with tons of special appearances and a hilarious look back at the last 15 years. It's funny to look back at some of the stuff they did. Watching guys like The Rock (sadly absent last night), Stone Cold, and DX you realize how good they all were. They rarely failed to disappoint the crowd.

As for the special appearances, it was good to see the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, Sunny (still very attractive at 35), Trish, and Lita to name a few. You also can't forget about some of the real old timers who wrestled in the gimmick battle royal such as IRS, Jim Neidhart, and the unforgettable, yet horrible Gillberg! I couldn't stop laughing when he could out to the ring.

Throughout the three hours, I came to one conclusion. The WWE and Monday Night Raw are here to stay for some time.

13 Down, 6 To Go

I think it's safe to say that the Patriots have shut up some of the doubters. After guaranteeing a victory, the Steelers got their asses kicked by the Pats on Sunday. And, with the victory, one has to think the Pats are actually going to run the table. They now have games against the Jets, Dolphins, and Giants. The only game that concerns me a little is the Giants game. The thing is that the Giants will probably choose to rest their players since their playoff position will already be determined. It really doesn't make any sense to risk injury just so they can try to beat the Pats.

The big debate in New England right now is how important is this record to the Pats? I'm getting the sense some people are worried that even if they finish 16-0, nothing is for sure when it comes to the playoffs. A game against Indy in the AFC Championship or even Dallas in the Super Bowl will still be a challenge, but lets not worried about that right now.

As for the next two weeks, they SHOULD be cakewalks, but never say never.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

"Blood" Not Drained Yet

The award season is just all over the place this year. Today was the big LA Film Critics awards and the NY Film Critics Online was also revealed tonight. And, who is the big winner? P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood". I was going to update my prediction in the next day or so omitting Anderson's film, but not anymore. I thought it was dead, but it is in great shape.

The other big film that is gaining a lot of momentum is "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", which is a foreign language film, but supposedly really good. Although, the big question is what is going on with "No Country for Old Men". Are people starting to realize this is an overrated film with too much hype because everyone loves the Coen Brothers? Granted, I think the film is great, but I think people are giving it way too much credit.

Anyway, I'll write about all these developments in the next couple days. I'm going to bed.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Number 27




Hastings was reading a magazine shortly before eleven p.m. when he heard several shots outside the office, and then the sound of shattering glass. He stiffened. He heard someone coming up the office steps. John Lennon stumbled in, a horrible confused look on his face. Yoko followed, screaming, "John's been shot." At first, Hastings thought it was a crazy joke. Lennon walked several steps, then collapsed on the floor, shattering the cassette tapes of his final session that he'd been holding in his hands.

Hastings triggered an alarm that summoned the police and he rushed to John's side. The anguished doorman gently removed Lennon's glasses, which seemed to be pushing in on his contorted face. He struggled out of his blue Dakota jacket and placed it over Lennon. Then he stripped off his tie to use as a tourniquet, but there was no place to put it. Blood streamed from Lennon's chest and mouth. His eyes were open but unfocused. He gurgled once, vomiting blood and fleshy material.

Gregory Katz, Rolling Stone, 1/22/81
Based on the account of doorman, Jay Hastings

That gives me the chills, every time I read it. For those who live in a box, John Lennon died 27 years ago. He was silenced by five shots (hit four times) in front of his apartment on a cold, December night at roughly 10:50 p.m.

This year's anniversary is somewhat significant considering it's 27, or the triple 9. John was fascinated with numerology towards the end of his life and number 9 was his number (read Robert Rosen's book for a more detailed look). Add on top of that, Lennon's killer supposedly wanted to write chapter 27 of the "Catcher in the Rye" in Lennon's blood (there are 26 chapters in Salinger's book).

For many people my age, it's difficult to fully understand John Lennon's importance. We never lived during the same time as him, but in recent years I've been determined to be more than just an average Beatles/John Lennon fan. I've read books and articles. I've watched tv programs, and documentaries, and listened to countless interviews. I've basically examined them from every angle possible. They are simply my way of life. And, when my film career fails, I do plan to turn my attention to becoming a historian.

One thing I learned very early is you can't argue that no one meant more to a generation of people than John Lennon. He was far more than just a musician in the biggest rock band in the world. I don't really think his death signified the end of the "60s dream", but it did silence a man who was never shy of his opinions through the years. Who knows what his opinion of the 80s under Reagan would have been? I know my Dad always says that.

I think Cynthia Lennon said it best in her book when she said that he reached a new status after his death. A category that he is in by himself. I don't care if you're comparing him against Beethoven or Kanye West, it's John Lennon and everybody else. He was that fucking special.

As another year comes and goes, 2008 will have an added twist to the Lennon legacy and murder. Two independent films, "Chapter 27" and "The Killing of John Lennon", will be released. Yes, it's a sore subject for many people and they want to block the release of the films. Look, just deal with it. I don't necessary like the idea myself, but I'm not going to boycott it. Honestly, when did John Lennon ever not support artistic expression during his lifetime? Also, Yoko Ono "coached" Lindsay Lohan for "Chapter 27". Yeah, the same Yoko Ono that owns the Lennon estate. I've seen "Chapter 27" and it's a horrible and poorly made film. As for the other, I have not seen it, but I probably will.

Go ahead and call me a "bad" Beatles fan . Say that I support the very reason why Lennon's killer shot him. Hate to break this to you, but newspapers, magazines, tv shows, and the radio have done that already. His name is posted all over the place. I picked up a magazine the other day and there was his name in an article about the murder of John Lennon. Any person with average Beatles knowledge can name him. Two indie films that have little to no advertising will not add more to his legend.

So with all that said, I want to leave with a small excerpt from the famous "Playboy" interview and the last words from Lennon's final diary entry courtesy of the book, "Nowhere Man".

Rest in peace, Mr. Lennon...

PLAYBOY: You disagree with Neil Young's lyric in "Rust Never Sleeps" -- "It's better to burn out than to fade away...."

LENNON: I hate it. It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison -- it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo. They're saying John Wayne conquered cancer -- he whipped it like a man. You know, I'm sorry that he died and all that -- I'm sorry for his family -- but he didn't whip cancer. It whipped him. I don't want Sean worshiping John Wayne or Sid Vicious. What do they teach you? Nothing. Death. Sid Vicious died for what? So that we might rock? I mean, it's garbage, you know. If Neil Young admires that sentiment so much, why doesn't he do it? Because he sure as hell faded away and came back many times, like all of us. No, thank you. I'll take the living and the healthy.

Playboy Magazine, January 1981

"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be."

John Lennon's diary, 12/8/80

Friday, December 7, 2007

Sad News

The AMPTP and WGA talks have broke down again. No new talks are scheduled and it is almost certain the strike will go into 2008. When it will end is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure. This strike is ruining a lot of people's lives and careers.

Myself being affected by the strike, it's an extremely disappointing time. I really don't feel like even writing about it. I've got nothing more to say.

"Public Invasion" Turns Lucky Seven

Can you believe seven years ago, my public access show, "Public Invasion" premiered? Well, believe it because seven years ago it happened at 9:00 p.m. on channel 17. I don't think myself or my partner in crime, Dave Bartlett, knew what we were getting into. 23 more episodes followed before the show ended in September 2003 with plenty of ups and downs. Oh the memories...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Effects of Strike Setting in for Average Viewer

Something funny happened earlier tonight. My Dad came home and wanted to watch "Criminal Minds", one of his favorite shows. About two minutes in, he said, "I've seen this one before." In the other room, I told him he better get used to it. Luckily, both the Bruins and Celtics played tonight, so there was other stuff to watch, but I thought it was funny.

For a couple minutes, we watched "Deal or No Deal". And, I can honestly say I fucking hate that show. I really hate all those reality shows that are purely about luck. It's annoying and stupid television.

Sadly, with the strike still going and negotiations going nowhere, the average viewer better find other ways to entertain themselves unless they want to watch reruns or shitty reality tv.

What Makes Ellsbury Above the Law?

I still can't believe how many people are so afraid of trading Red Sox outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, for Johan Santana. The same pitcher who has one two Cy Youngs, has an unbelievable changeup, and is also a lefty. At 28, Santana is en route to become one of the best left handed pitchers ever. Yet, so many people refuse to give up a young outfielder, who has never played one full year in the major leagues.

Do people complain today about the fact that Beckett acquired by giving up talented, Hanley Ramirez? That guy is unbelievable, but I don't hear anyone say, "Man, I can't believe we gave up Ramirez." Guess what, folks? Santana is even better than Beckett.

"Red Sox Nation" is full of so many bandwagon fans that I guarantee most fans will forget about Ellsbury in two years. They're more concerned about wearing as much Red Sox apparel as possible, chanting "Yankees suck" whenever possible, and explain how diehard they are. Oh, and don't forget about the pink hat. I know Ted Williams would be proud from his cryonic suspension.

Look, Jacoby has the potential to become a special player. Yet, it's purely potential. As an avid sports fan, I've seen so many players be amazing for a short period of time and everyone is bowing down to them. Then, they become stiffs. Maybe, I'll eat my words ten years from now, but how can you not complete this trade? You're getting a proven player who has consistently been in a small circle of pitchers that are considered the very best.

There was a poll the other night on a Boston sports show asking whether you were willing to give up Ellsbury. The result was an amazing 91% said "No", the other 9% said "Yes". I found that shocking, but what can one expect? I hope Theo pulls off this deal and if he gives up Ellsbury, so what? I'll applaud him for making the smart move. The right move that sets this team up for another championship.

Building a champion can't be purely about emotions. If it was, then Nomar would have played with the Sox through 2004 and they might have never won it all a couple years ago. Look at Bill Belichick. He and Scott Pioli build the Pats the same way. All I know is no one will be complaining when Santana dominates in a Red Sox uniform.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

12 Down, 7 To Go

Last night's Patriots game might have been the best regular season game I've ever watched. If you thought the Colts game was exciting, this game was fucking exciting. I still can't believe they won. They faced fourth down twice with the game on the line and survived. How? Some say luck. Some say destiny. I say a little of both.

The Ravens stopped the Pats on a fourth and one, but called a timeout. Although, I agree with Brian Billick when he said that if they didn't call timeout and the Pats got it, then everyone would have complained. Like anything in life, hindsight is 20/20. Then, there was a false start and the Pats were stopped again. It was beginning to become torture for a fan. Of course, the Pats managed a first down on the next play on a fourth and six.

Of course the next play the Ravens are complaining about is the fourth down holding penalty that led to the final touchdown. All I can say is if you hold someone after five yards, then it's a penalty. Ask Miami about that in the 2002 National Championship. It's the ref's job to throw the flag if necessary.

The big concern for any Patriots fan is if this team can go the distance without a loss. Honestly, I'd rather lose one of the next four games, then get upset in January. Being undefeated is great and all, but who cares if you can't hold up the trophy in the end. Teams are also started to play the Pats much tougher. The last two weeks, two mediocre teams gave them all they had. Two quarterbacks who started the year as backups played like pro bowlers. Defenses also realized they have to be tougher and have been beating up the Pats (something the Pats did to the Rams in SB XXXVI).

It's going to be interesting and week after week it's going to be tougher. And, if they survive the regular season, wait until the playoffs. Seven games is a long way to go.

Nowhere Man

I read Robert Rosen's book, "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon", on the plane the other day. Don't really know how to sum up this book. I highly recommend it if you consider yourself a Beatle/Lennon fan. It gives you a different perspective of Lennon's final years. One that differs greatly at many points from the "official" story told by Yoko.

The story behind this book is that Rosen was a friend of Lennon's personal assistant, Fred Seaman. He got Lennon's diaries after his death to write the real story of the former Beatle's final years. According to Rosen, Lennon told Seaman that if anything happened to him, he wanted a true biography to be published. It would show a darker side of his life. One that exposed him as a very flawed and trapped person that was at times haunted by his fame.

After finishing this book and Cynthia Lennon's book, "John", I'm beginning to believe more of this story of John Lennon's final years. Both books paint this time period in a similar tone. I know some people refuse to believe this story, but don't be blinded by the light.

It's easy to just say John Lennon was a great man who had an amazing family life, was in love with Yoko Ono, and died a happy man. That's what Ono wants you to believe. That's my big issue with her in general. I think she tries to persuade the public to think whatever she wants since she controls the Lennon estate. I'll give her credit that she is a powerful woman and I think most people are afraid to challenge her story.

Rosen paints her in a disturbing light. One that revolves her relying solely on tarot readings, horoscopes, and other mystical readings to dictate her daily life. She consulted with a psychic daily about everything. She would do readings on everything from people to real estate. She had complete control over Lennon and it was his history of being controlled by dominating women (Aunt Mimi growing up) that kept him by her side. She didn't even sleep in the same bed as Lennon and it forced him to become a compulsive wanker.

Lennon is a portrayed as a man who spent most of his days in bed, getting high, and watching television. He also spent a lot of time sleeping. It got to the point where he would be more asleep than awake. He kept a dream journal and even attempted to program his dreams (I've tried this and I don't know how he did it). He also became fascinated with numerology and it gave him a greater meaning of number 9. At times it felt like Lennon wanted to leave Ono, but was afraid of what would happen. This point was also discussed in "John".

It was interesting to see that Lennon had horrible mood swings. Depressed and trapped are two words that come to my head. He wanted fame, but hated it at the same time. He didn't want to have friends. He didn't want to be abused by other people. He also absolutely hated success for other people especially Paul McCartney and other Dakota resident, Paul Simon. He ultimately shut himself off from the world until he made his comeback in 1980.

That's when the book really heats up. 1980 was the beginning of a new chapter in his life. As the date nears December 8th, the book becomes happier, yet in your mind you know what is going to happen. My favorite part of the book was when he sailed to Bermuda. The whole crew was seasick besides him and the captain. At one point, Lennon took control of the ship and he took so much pride in the fact that the crew's lives were in his hands. Waves were crashing into him and he was yelling at the sea. That's classic Lennon.

Let me also say, I've read some stuff about the authenticity of both the books I have listed. Still, after reading both books, I've never been more intrigued by his complex and flawed life. I can't stop reading and listening about since I think it's fascinating. I don't want to be just another Beatle/Lennon fan. I want to know the whole story from every angle. I'm not content to know just the "official" story.

Really, my journey is only really beginning. Up next is Ray Coleman's definitive Lennon biography, Lennon. This 600 page magnum opus covers John's whole life.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

It's Snowed Today, Oh Boy!

It snowed today while I was out with My Mom. I was scared, but survived. It was the first snow I have seen since December 2005 if you can believe it. Granted it was only a light flurry, but it still was snow.

More to come in the near future.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Back in Mass

Tomorrow night I leave for Massachusetts, yet again. It is always good to go home, but I really wish things were different. I would much rather be working in the industry, then going home. I got very few things going for me in Massachusetts. It's a nice "vacation", but that's it. Nothing more and nothing less.

I'll probably get into Boston at around five or six in the morning on Sunday and I don't know when I will come back to California. I'm guessing it will be sometime in early to mid January. Regardless of what happens with the strike, I'm not going to stay in Mass and become a hermit.

Really when I look back on this period of my life, I consider it to be a crossroads. Even a midlife crisis, where I have no idea where I'm heading. My life lacks the direction I want and it's frustrating. The minutes, hours, and days continue to tick and here I am on the outside, looking in. Yeah, I only 22 years old, but what's to say I won't be dead by 40 or something? I have no fucking clue and that's why I'm frustrated.

I'll write about this more towards the end of the year, but as I leave for home again, I beg the question, "Can someone point me in the right direction?"

Victory!

Last night, I finally won trivia at Barney's Beanery with Brian, Julian, Kyle, and Nolan. It was actually quite "dramatic" in the fact that we won in overtime. We tied another team through seven rounds, then we were asked the final question of what year Scrabble was invented. We said 1941 and the answer was 1938. I think the other team guessed 1928, so we won.

Granted the bar was less populated than usual, but still we won and that's all that mattered. It felt good to leave trivia for a month or so on a high note.

A Little Late, but Still Remembered

I just quickly wanted to say that six years ago George Harrison passed away on November 29, 2001. Yeah, I know it's November 30th, but I've been busy all day and didn't have time to post anything earlier today. His death was not as shocking as Lennon's, but he still left the world way too young at the tender age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.

I still remember the day George died. It was a bit of a shock to me. I woke up and found out he was dead. I just watched television programs all day that nation paid tribute to the Beatle.

I will talk about this more tomorrow, but I'm dedicating my team trivia win to George. I know he helped us out during that crucial scrabble question in overtime tonight.

I miss you, buddy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

11 Down, 8 To Go

The Patriots survived a scare the other night. One I wasn't expecting, but I think it was probably one of the best things to happen to them all year. It was a wake up call that was needed. Yeah the Colts game was close, but that was expected. This was a close game that was not and that's what you need. Losing can sometimes be the best thing for a great team. It teaches them a lot about themselves. Granted the Pats won, but for a team like this, it felt like a loss. And believe me, Coach Belichick treated it like one all week in practice.

The other main concern that some may have is whether the Eagles exposed the Pats. I think other teams can take a lot from this game, but I truly believe the Pats will rectify their problems.

The one concern I do have is the loss of Rosevelt Colvin. Not only was he a very good player, but linebacker is arguably one of the Pats thinnest positions. They now have to rely on Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau much more. That might have not seemed like a bad thing, say five to ten years ago, but they are both at the end of their careers. Hell, they could be playing their last season, so it's asking a lot. Neither one of these guys is a bad player, but they have definitely lost a step or two.

With five games remaining, it's difficult to say whether this team will lose. Here are their five final opponents: Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Dolphins, and Giants. The Steelers and Giants scare me most, but as last week proved, anything can happen in the NFL. I would be scared to write off any of those teams. Actually, that's a lie. There's no way in hell, Belichick and the Pats lose to the Jets on 12/16. I will guarantee that.

Two More Movies, Two More...

I saw both "I'm Not There" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" in the last few days. Although, I just don't feel like writing "real" reviews about them right now. Not really in the mood, but here are some random thoughts.

I was not a huge fan of "I'm Not There". This film just didn't do it for me. I liked Cate's performance, but I thought it lacked the structure needed to keep your attention. Going from one character to another just wasn't working. I had no feelings for half of the "Bob Dylan" characters. I'm disappointed this film didn't work for me. I usually like these kinds of movies, but I just kept checking my watch to see if it was almost over.

As for the other film with the extremely long title. I thought it was really good. Probably the second best movie I've seen this year (number one being "There Will Be Blood"). It was slow and long, but I thought the story was interesting enough and the film was beautiful to look at. If Roger Deakins is going to win the Oscar this year, then it better be for this one. It should be an interesting battle between him and Robert Elswitt. I also thought Casey Affleck was surprisingly good in this film and I like him a lot in regards to his Oscar chances. The big negative for this film is the fact that no one saw it, so it will depend on if the word can spread enough to voters.

Early next week I will be officially debuting my Oscar picks on this blog. It will only cover the big eight categories, but I will give you what I think is the current favorites for the nomination.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

R.I.P. Sean Taylor 1983-2007

I was shocked this morning to find out that Redskins safety, Sean Taylor, had died this morning, a day after being shot in the leg at his home. Apparently, the blood loss was too much. Now, the NFL and its fans have been robbed of a great player. I'm not a Redskins fan, but I know that Taylor was a damn good player. I remember back when he was drafted, the Patriots were thinking about trading up to pick him. It didn't happen, but after that I knew I needed to keep my eye on him.

Last year, he was a pro bowler and I think I share this opinion with many when I say his career was just beginning. Sadly, his name will be added to a group of athletes whose careers ended prematurely by a tragic death.

Sean Taylor was 24 years old and a father of a one year old girl. He will be missed.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

No Country for Old Men

First of all, let me tell you my opinion on the Coen Brothers. I like "Fargo". I think "The Big Lebowski" is overrated and I can't stand "O Brother Where Art Thou?". I just saw "Old Country for Old Men" the other night and I enjoyed it. Definitely, their best film since "Fargo".

This film is intense. It revolves around a man (Josh Brolin) discovering a stash of money and a truckload of heroin from an apparent drug deal gone wrong in the middle of the desert. The rest of the film is the chase that ensues between the man and a bounty hunter (Javier Bardem) in search for the money. Meanwhile, the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) is following the pursuit, but is always a step behind.

Javier Bardem is awesome. He plays a bounty hunter to chilling perfection. His poise is haunting as he interacts with a collection of characters during the film. Every time he's on screen, you have to get a little nervous. He's that good at his role. He carries around a cattle gun and a silencer. He's simply a bad ass. There's a reason why people have been so crazy about is performance.

My big issue with this film is the ending. It was lackluster and left me disappointed. I honestly thought it ruined the whole experience for me. Here is where my comparison begins between this film and "There Will Be Blood" (that film ends with a bang, plain and simple).

Both these films have a lot in common, really. They have a similar look, feel, and themes throughout. Yet, Anderson's film left more of a mark on me. Some could argue that I'm biased, but watch both these films before you say anything. The Coen Brothers film is very good. I'm not knocking it, but it's not as good as P.T.'s latest work.

I know everyone is talking about "No Country for Old Men" being the best film of the year and some idiots are calling it the best of the decade. Let's slow down a little before we anoint this film. "No Country for Old Men" does have a great lethal combination of being both artistically brilliant and commercially acceptable, where films such as "There Will Be Blood" and "The Assassination of Jesse James..." are not. Still, I'm not sold on this movie.

I don't where this film will end up. It should be interesting. In conclusion, should you see this movie? Yes. Just do yourself a favor and see "There Will Be Blood" when it comes out in about a month.

Surviving Black Friday

Well, Black Friday was three days ago and I'm still recovering. Yeah, it was a day to remember. I don't know if you've never experienced it before, but you should once. And, I don't mean show up at the mall in the afternoon. I'm talking about being hardcore and doing it at five in the morning.

I decided not to go to sleep and stay up the night before. I just didn't feel like waking up, so I spent my night working on some stuff here and there. Simply trying to pass the time. The big problem during this time was I also somewhat out of it. Combined with being tired, I drank a little wine, smoked a little weed, and I don't even recall what happened. I've always slept off a high, so it was something new for me to not go to bed. It's an odd feeling, one I can't described.

By the time I was ready to leave, I was back to normal. Although, I was still tired. I went to Best Buy and realized there had to be at least 300 people already in line. There were news trucks out front and it was a little crazy. I waited in line and got in, did a little dvd shopping and left. Then, I headed to the real mall with this new burst of energy. When I arrived, the mall felt like it was in the afternoon or something. It's like 6:00 a.m. and people are walking around eating soft pretzels.

I did a little more browsing and buying before I called it quits. I wanted to go to Circuit City, but the line was too long and they were not letting people in very fast. I got back to the apartment around 8:00 a.m. and fell asleep. I woke up at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday and decided to head back to the mall. Why? Well, I wanted to go to Circuit City because they had really good deals. The mall was probably busier than the morning, but there was no line for Circuit City. I then proceeded to shop for the best dvd deals.

When it was all set and done, I considered the day a success. Although, I now need to get a new dvd case because I've officially run out of room.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tips for Black Friday

If you're going to shop tomorrow, you better bring your "A" game. Yes, tomorrow is Black Friday where the ocassional person can get murdered at the mall if they aren't careful. Too many times do people go shopping tomorrow and not have a plan. Here let me explain to you my strategy.

1. Get there right as the store opens. Why? You have the best selection and you get it over with. You have the whole weekend to recover. Hell, pull an all nighter. Then, I go back to bed and sleep all day.

2. You have to prioritize what you want. Hit up the stores with "must have" items right at the beginning even if it screws up your driving plan. I make a list of the items I want with the stores on the next line. Then, I plan out my day.

3. This really only works well for dvds, but buy first and think later. Even if that means buying the same dvd if it's cheaper somewhere else. You can always return the item the next week. I did that last year at Best Buy and I had no problems. I saved only two dollars with the difference, but those two dollars bought me six tacos the next Tuesday at Del Taco.

Don't know if that will help you, but that's what I'm doing tomorrow. Don't say I didn't tell you so when I'm walking out of the store with all the good movies and you're stuck buying "Norbit".

What I'm Thankful For, Pt. 2

Alright, I'm done thinking, I think. I have to admit the turkey of the year for me goes to "Un-Employment"! I know it's not really a thing, but think about it. It has given me plenty of highs and lows. On the high note, it allowed me to go to the Amoeba Records show and a meeting with P.T. Anderson. On the low note, it has cost me a lot of money and boring days at the apartment. You can't give it to anyone else.

As for being thankful, I am. I'm a bitter man, too. Things could be better, but that's life. I'm looking forward to what the future holds. Part of me was glad I got to spend Thanksgiving alone. It made me reflect while I gorged myself with a roasted chicken and Hawaiian rolls (my holiday tradition on Easter and now, Thanksgiving). You might not think it's a good meal, but it is rather fulfilling.


So, Happy Thanksgiving, my loyal readers! Hope it was a good one.

What I'm Thankful For, Pt. 1

Well, I'm spending my first Thanksgiving alone. Not really something to brag about, but holidays are different when you're living on the other side of the country from your family. Yeah, I have some family in California, but our relationship has dwindled in the past year due to a number of things. It's partially my fault, but theirs as well. It would be unfair to blame either side more than the other.

So, here's where I'm supposed to write something sincere, but I need more time to think. Let me post later in the day as I have more time to reflect on this Thanksgiving.

R.I.P. Tom Johnson 1928-2007

The last Bruins coach to lead them to a Stanley Cup died yesterday. Tom Johnson, a hockey hall of famer, served in the Bruins organization as a player, coach, and executive from the 1960s to 1998. He was not as well known as other contemporaries such as Harry Sinden or Milt Schmidt, yet he coached the team from 1970-1973 during a stretch where the team was at its best with players such as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Johnny Bucyk.

He actually has the highest win percentage in the history of the franchise at .738. capping it off with a Stanley Cup in 1972. Also, don't forget he coached the 1971 team, which ranks as one of the best teams in any sport to not win a world championship. That team shattered tons of records, but were upset in the playoffs by Montreal.

He will be missed. Tom Johnson was 79.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

P.T. Anderson in Mean Magazine

I just picked up Mean magazine today. It contains an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson. It's a really good read as he talks about all sorts of stuff from "There Will Be Blood" to some of his guilty pleasure incluing "Bad Santa". I thought that was rather interesting. I also thought it was interesting when he was asked if he still thinks "Magnolia" is the best film he has ever made. The answer was purely silence. I guess you can take that a couple different ways.

Mean magazine costs about six dollars, but I think the price is worth it especially for Anderson fans.

Van Halen Jumps Through the Staples Center's Roof

Last night I went to see Van Halen at the Staples Center in LA. Not going to lie, probably the loudest concert I've ever been to. I could literally feel the vibrations on the bass during the show. It was an odd feeling, but one that made me realize this was a concert.

As I stated yesterday, I'm not the biggest Van Halen fan. I think they have some really good songs. Although, I think their post David Lee Roth period is somewhat questionable. Luckily last night, they chose to stick to songs from the beginning to 1984 (when Diamond Dave left the band).

I did find it odd that Ziggy Marley was chosen to open the show. Considering Van Halen is hard rock, having someone who plays raggae was different. Although, I didn't mind the music and he even chose to play a couple covers of his Dad's work. Of course, I'm talking about Bob.

As for the main act, I really can't complain. The crowd was extremely hot and Van Halen came out with a bang. Right away, you could tell they were having a lot of fun on stage and it set the tone for the whole show. I was born a year after Dave left the band, so I have no recollection of the band during its heyday. I will say this though, David Lee Roth, is a damn good frontman. I was really impressed. I thought he brought the show to another level. Between his crazy outfits, karate kicks, and swinging the microphone, I was entertained. The only other show where I saw a band with a lead singer was U2 back in 2001 and I thought Diamond Dave put Bono to shame. I can only imagine what he was like back in the day.

As for the setlist, I thought it was really good. They played the best of the best from the early era. They stayed away from Sammy's stuff, which I was thankful for. My only disappointment was the fact that the show was so loud I had great difficulty hearing Dave singing. Sometimes I had to wait until halfway through the song to even realize what it was. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but I found it somewhat annoying. Maybe it was a bad mix or maybe they just wanted to showcase Eddie's guitar playing. Not really sure.

As for Eddie, damn he is good. Last night, he proved to me why he is regarded as one of the best. The only better guitar playing I've seen live is from Eric Clapton and the last time I checked, people called him God. Alex Van Halen's drumming was good and the drum solo they gave him was a nice touch. I was a little disappointed that Michael Anthony didn't go on this tour. Although, Wolfgang held his own, he was easily the weakest part of the show. He was stiff for most of the night, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. For still being in his teens, he have to give him credit to be even playing on the same stage as the only three guys.

Other random notes from the show have to be a guy taking a piss in the trash can in the bathroom at the end of the night. I'm standing in line, waiting for my turn and this guy stampedes through the line and before you know it, he's pissing. One of the weirdest things I've ever seen. Another odd site has to go to this girl who went to the show with her boyfriend. She spent the entire night, dancing in his face, shaking her ass, and taunting him. Yet, the guy stood up maybe once during the whole show and failed to even clap. I simply found that to be odd. Why waste the money and even go to the show if you have no desire to be there? These tickets are not cheap.

Overall, Van Halen did not disappoint me and made me appreciate their music a lot more. Some songs I barely knew, I know got stuck in my head. And, my ears are still recovering from the show, but I guess that's not always a bad thing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Another Fresh Start

I know I've only been on blogger since May, but I think I'm going to be leaving the server in late December/early January. Just thought I would let you know. I'm going to try to take my blogging to the next level in 2008 and I feel like I have a better chance of doing that elsewhere. I won't reveal my plans right now, but continue to expect some more changes in the near future and some random experimenting as I plan the makeover.

Films on YouTube

Check out these videos on youtube.com. They are films I made while attending Chapman University. They date from 2004 to 2006.

"Wicked Pissah"

"Snuggle"

"The Beautiful Picnic

"Intuition"

Get Ready to "Jump" Tonight

I'm heading to the Van Halen show at the Staples Center tonight in LA. I'll probably post some highlights of the show tomorrow. This should be a really good show. I've been reading a lot of good stuff about it, so I'm excited. I'm not a huge Van Halen fan, but I like them enough to see them live.

What I'm really interested in is David Lee Roth's and Eddie Van Halen's performances. That guy was a classic front man back in the day and I want to see if he still has it. In regards to Eddie, the guy recovered from cancer and was one of the best guitarists of the 1980s. The dynamic of those two I think will determine the success of the show.

So tonight, I'll find if the Van Halen ticket is really worth it. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Beginning

As you can probably tell, I have been making some changes to the look and feel of the blog. Expect more changes in the near future. I'm trying to expand my audience and readership a little more. I'll keep you updated as more stuff develops.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Revs Join "Elite" Company

Well, the New England Revolution failed to catch the vibe of New England sports. They failed to win the "coveted" MLS Cup yet again. Yes, they've have become the Buffalo Bills of soccer. They have lost three straight championship games. Including the 2002 game, that's four in the last six years. I don't have the stats on hand, but I think the Bills and the Revs might be the only teams in a major professional sport to lose three straight championship games. Not really a good club to be in.

I don't claim to be a "true" Revolution fan. I'm not like the majority of current Boston fans who claim to be diehard and think David Ortiz is the best left handed hitter in Red Sox history or Kevin Garnett is the best rebounder the Celtics have ever had. End rant. I follow them from time to time. Might check a box score every so often, but I only have minimal knowledge of the club.

Still, you have to feel a little bad for the Revs. Like the Bruins, they get no press in the papers, but have been extremely successful in the last few years. They've actually been to the conference finals six straight years. Quite an accomplishment really, but still lack the the big one. Maybe next year, maybe not. At least they're not alone.

Hit Counter

This could be even good or bad for this blog, but I have installed a hit counter. Why? Because I really want to know if there is anyone on the internet that reads this blog. I'll try my best not to unintentionally increase the hits by visiting the blog myself.

So without further ado, let the hits begins!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

There Will Be Blood and Oscars

Wow, the first, somewhat official Oscar post of the year! I know it's exciting. After watching "There Will Be Blood" the other night and thinking about it, I think was head is a little more clear. I've had a chance to read a good amount of reviews of the film. I've also started to check various Oscar sites since the award season is quickly approaching.

I read an interesting point someone made on the internet that it's foolish to think that a movie's greatness is only measured on Oscar glory. Some films are simply made to not win Oscars. Look at Kubrick, Hitchcock, and even Scorsese. They have a horrible Oscar record, but have made some of the best films ever. That person puts Anderson's newest film in that category. Here's what I will say. I somewhat agree with that philosophy.

Here's the thing with "There Will Be Blood". It is probably going to be the best made film of 2007, pound for pound. Yes, I haven't seen most of the heavy hitters yet, but his film is that good. Although, I wouldn't bet my life's fortune on it winning any major categories. This film could garner close to ten nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Original Score

Objectively speaking at this current moment in time, this film will probably lose almost every one of those categories. It's simply not a film that Academy members are going to want to sit through. Let me just say this bluntly, many Academy members refused to watch "Brokeback Mountain" a couple years ago ( costing it Best Picture) and this film I personally think is more disturbing than that. Particularly in terms of faith and family.

Right now here are my best picture nominees from what I've been reading/hearing:
Atonement
Charlie Wilson's War
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

30 Seconds with P.T. Anderson

As most of you probably know, I met Paul Thomas Anderson the other night at the "There Will Be Blood" screening in LA. It was definitely a night to remember and I briefly just want to share a couple thoughts on meeting him.

For those who don't know me very well, P.T. has been my favorite filmmaker since the late 1990s. Really the only favorite filmmaker I've ever had. It was around this time that I started to get more serious about my aspirations in film and I took an immediate liking to "Boogie Nights". Yes, the film about a "family" of pornographic filmmakers set in the late 70s/early 80s. This film dominated the airwaves of HBO and Cinemax at night in the late 90s.

I was lucky enough to have a cable box and spent my nights watching it over and over. Sometimes, I would miss the beginning. Other times I missed the end. I probably never watched a movie in parts more in my life. Considering I was only in my early teens (born in 1985), my parents probably didn't like the fact that I watched it a lot. Although, when they found out they didn't care that much.

Don't know the date, but eventually the film became my all time favorite. Of course, this was always great for conversations and job interviews when the question of favorite movie came up. I never backed away from the question and always answered truthfully. My answer every time was "Boogie Nights", which used to get mixed reactions from an assortment of people. One of my all time favorite moments was when I was in college and a professor asked something like what film influences you. I raised my hand and said "Boogie Nights" and he laughed and said I was "sick" or something.

My devotion to P.T. did not stop there. I have written papers about "Boogie Nights" for all different classes. I wrote one in high school. I wrote one in a college English class. I wrote a couple for film classes. I even gave a ten minute lecture on the opening of the film (same class with the professor who thought I was "sick").

I have t-shirts, pictures, posters, and dvds. I've tried to replicate his styles in some of my films even though many people may not realize it. Many times it is simply subtle references. I really admire him for all his work. And, I will continue to admire him for I know his amazing work will continue for many years.

Honestly, the only moment I missed that disappointed me was the "Boogie Nights" screening over the summer. I was on a film job in Mississippi and missed it. I actually didn't even know it was happening until after it occurred.

Then, there was the screening the other night. I got there at roughtly 3:25 p.m. or so and waited in line for my chance to see arguably the most anticipated movie of the year. At least for me it was. It was five years since Paul's last night. Well, I waited in line, watched the almost three hour movie, and waited for my moment.

I almost didn't even meet P.T. I waited for the huge crowd to filter out before making my move. Let me explain real quick without sounding odd. I bought an extra copy of "Boogie Nights" a while ago in case I ever met Paul. I wanted him to autograph a mint conditioned copy of the film. So, I brought this copy with me to the screening. I still had it in the shrink wrap, too. The lady at the beginning of the night said, "No photos or autographs." This was disappointing, but I started to see him signing stuff after the film was over. I knew I had to meet him since he is one of my idols. Only two people I would rather meet are named John and Paul. One is dead and the other has many bodyguards (Lennon and McCartney in case you didn't figure it out).

Anyway, I walked up to the stage and ripped off the shrink wrap exposing the dvd. He started to wave as if he was leaving and here is what happened, or at least what I somewhat remember. I yelled out his name a couple times and he looked at me. We shook hands and I asked if he could sign my dvd. He happily agreed and signed it. As he was signing the dvd, I started to talk very fast (I was nervous as you might have figured). I told him I couldn't believe I was meeting him and he's been such a big influence on my career as a filmmaker. That's all I remember before he gave me back the dvd. He kinda gave me this weird look since he probably thought I was crazy or something. I thanked him and left.

That was it. Probably lasted 30 seconds or so. He was humble and very quiet. I know some people think he has an ego or whatever, but it didn't show. You could tell it just meant a lot to him for people to want to meet him. He took time to meet with everyone who approached him at the theater, which was a class act. It was a cool moment for me that I won't forget. It felt somewhat validating that after all the years, it paid off to be a fan and admirer of his work. I'm writing this now and if I look a little to my left there is the dvd. It's in a plastic sheet for protection and "P.T. Anderson" is written across the cover.

Maybe, I'll get to meet him again, but if I don't at least I can cherish those thirty seconds.

Talks to Resume

As most people have probably heard the WGA and AMPTP have agreed to resume talks on November 26th. Should be interesting if anything even happens. Just because they agree to meet doesn't really mean anything. Case in point, the NHLPA and owners agreed to meet in a last ditch effort to salvage their season a couple years ago, but the talks collasped again thus canceling the season.

Hopefully, this will have a better result. More comments to come as more information is released...

Friday, November 16, 2007

There Will Be Blood




I saw P.T. Anderson's newest film, "There Will Be Blood", last night at a screening in North Hollywood. I got there around 3:25 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. screening, but I have no regrets. It was a good night for me in many ways. Here are some of my thoughts about the film.

This may contain spoilers for some people. Beware...

It's been five years since his last film. And, this one is worth the wait. Even though after the movie was over, my head kinda hurt. My first thought was I need to see this movie again. The film is so heavy that one viewing doesn't work. Although, this is the case for many of his movies. Honestly, if you don't intend to watch them more than once, then don't even bother in the first place.

The film begins for a good twenty minutes without dialogue, which was unbelievable for the simple reason it works. Anderson described it afterwards as he wanted to show how isolated Plainview really is. All he can hear is a pickaxe and his own breath. This stylistic choice sets the tone early for this almost three hour epic.

Daniel Day-Lewis returns in a role that makes you hate him and love him. He's actually one of the least redeeming characters I can ever remember in the history of cinema. As the film progresses he gets so dark and greedy. He simply becomes a sociopath with one goal in mind: oil! And, he stops at nothing to achieve his goals. Still, he makes you care about his character. He has moments in the film that are complete dark humor, but you laugh with him and all his madness.

His supporting cast also deserves some props. Paul Dano gives a great performance as a local prophet. Although, the big surprise may be Dillion Freasier, who plays H.W. Plainview. Particularly after a certain point in the film (don't want to spoil it), his performance is highly impressive for a 10 year old.

On the technical side, three things stick out in my mind: cinematography, score, and production design. Anderson has worked with Robert Elswit on all his films and they are at their best. Elswit captures the landscapes beautifully and wisely chooses his long takes. Paul said he wanted to shoot it simple since the script was simple and it works well. Greenwood's score is simply haunting. Anderson listened to a lot of Penderecki when he wrote this film and it shows. The score does a great job working off of Plainview's character that it becomes a character in the film. At times, the string arrangements that he chose gave me the creeps. Anderson chose to work with a new production designer for this film and it paid off. This film takes place in the middle of the desert, yet it is beautiful to look at. He really takes you back to that time period and it makes the movie feel authentic.

The film's plot may be its biggest weakness. Although, Anderson has never been known as a plot oriented writer. Most of his films are very character driven. He chose to take this film in a couple directions you might not agree with, but still works. It was just a little confusing at times. He really kept me guessing. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Then, the ending just threw me completely off. Shocked the hell out of me really. I had a "What the fuck?" reaction on my face.

This film will have some mainstream issues. I can't see it really do anything at the box office. I'll definitely see it again, but would never bring a lady friend. It's dark and disturbing that many people will probably leave the theater not feeling too good about themselves. Let me put it this way, you will never look at bowling pins and milkshakes the same way.

As for the Oscars, I really don't know. I can see it get the nominations, but wins is another story. It becomes a question whether the Academy will embrace a film like this. So dark and disturbing, yet so utterly brilliant. It's a lethal combination that has hurt many films through the years.

There is no denying "There Will Be Blood"'s greatness. It's epic in every way. A true tragedy in a sense. It deals so heavy with multiple themes such as greed, family, religion, and oil. Yes, it's set at the turn of the century, but many of the themes hit home today. Will people embrace the film for what it really is? I don't know yet, but I do know you should see this film. It's that fucking good.

After the screening, I did get a chance to meet Paul Thomas Anderson. He's been huge influence on my career as a filmmaker as many people know. I was really nervous meeting him, but he was humble. I shook his hand and he signed a mint condition dvd of "Boogie Nights" for me. It lasted only 30 seconds, but that's okay. I got to meet my filmmaking idol and that's something not everyone can say they have done.

Note: I'll post more reaction on meeting P.T. Anderson a little later. I actually blogged the whole day, but haven't had time to type it out yet. I'll try to do that over the weekend.

Note 2: The first picture was taken by someone I don't know, but I'm in the picture. I'm the guy standing in the left of the frame with a blazer. If you look closely, I'm holding my "Boogie Nights" dvd. This picture was taken right before I approached Paul. Thanks goes out to whoever took it.

Note 3: The second picture is of the autographed "Boogie Nights" dvd. My favorite movie of all time!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

There Will Be Punch-Drunk Hard Boogie Magnolia Nights

I don't know what's up with me and standing in lines for long hours, but here I am again. Tomorrow there will be a preview screening of "There Will Be Blood" with a Q & A afterwards. Like with McCartney at Amoeba, I will try to keep a detailed blog of the day. I'm probably going to head down there around two or three in the afternoon. The screening starts at 7:00 p.m.

Of the big moment of tomorrow will be the possible chance to get to meet Paul Thomas Anderson who has been my favorite filmmaker since I was about 13 or so. Really, he is my only favorite filmmaker since I really got serious into movies around the late 1990s. It's funny, really, though to get a chance to meet him. After years of people looking at me strange when I tell them "Boogie Nights" is my favorite movie, I'll finally get to see its creator.

I'd like to take some pictures tomorrow, but I'm a little nervous bringing a camera. Last thing I want is to get in trouble for having a camera even though I will have no intention to use it during the actual film. It would actually be amazing to take a quick picture with Paul, but we will have to wait and see. Honestly, I would just love to meet the guy. The rest is purely extra.

I also have to give slight props to the WGA strike. Without the strike, there is a very good chance I would be working tomorrow. This now gives me the opportunity to get to wait in line for multiple hours on the side of the street. Life can simply not get any better.

I'll post in a day or so with the detailed blog and review of the film.

P.S. I thought of that title myself. Aren't you proud of me?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Simply Odd

I was talking to my mother the other day and she told me something that really surprised me. Five years ago, my paternal grandmother died and the priest that presided over the funeral was a little odd to say the least. Flash forward five years, that same priest (David Ajemian) was recently accused of stalking Conan O'Brien. That's fucked up! I guess sometimes you never know, but what can one expect from the Catholic church?

I'm Sorry, BUT That's Lame

I was talking to a recent fellow film student grad the other day. He was telling me how the strike was such a great opportunity to network and how he was going to picket to simply "meet" writers. As I commented a few posts ago about this, it's pathetic and lame. This person will go nameless in this post, but really I find that to be very disappointing.

I told him I didn't agree during our conversation, but what I really felt like telling him is that he lost all my respect. Seriously, go fuck yourself!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Facebook Apps are Lame

Quick quesion for the facebook users of the world. Is there a worse application on facebook than "Compare People". I don't know, maybe I'm not that cool, but I hate that application. Ocassionally I will get a notification that someone ranked me or whatever. Then, I look I my stats and they are horrible.

I can't be the only person to get a little hurt by the fact that I've been passed over multiple times for "most attractive" or "more likely to sleep with". I know it's all "fun", but most people take it somewhat seriously. Granted I have no idea who I was up against or who voted, but still. Doesn't really make someone feel that great about themselves.

I know it's a dumb application, but I really think facebook needs to end all the stupid applications. I enjoy the site, but I think they need to get back to the basics. There's no reason to have thousands of applications that most serve no purpose.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Team. God. Team. Force. Strike!

After finding out about my prospective job, it did feel pretty good to go out last night and try to forget about the failures. We went back to Barney's for trivia, which is quickly becoming a weekly tradition. This was the third straight week. It was also our third straight loss, but that's okay.

After creating a ridiculous team name, Team God Team Force Strike!, we managed to be the life of the bar. Brian, Dres, Julian, Kyle, and I even won the drinking round. How do you ask? Kyle busted out his mad singing skills while the rest of us provided support. Damn, I wished I filmed that.

I guess the moral of this post is somehow it's possibly to enjoy yourself even as your professional life falls apart in front of your eyes.

Disappointing Students

I read today in Nikke Finke's blog (deadlinehollywooddaily.com) that film students were using the picket lines for networking. As a recent film school grad and someone partially affected by the strike (see previous post about my prospective employment), I think that is pathetic. Although, it doesn't surprise me that some film students would try to use the strike as a stepping stone.

Regardless of your opinion of the strike, everyone wants it to end for multiple reasons. To use it purely for individual gains is simply classless.

Let the Casualties Begin

Well, the WGA strike has claimed at least one victim. Yours truly. It looks like I had a very good chance at landing that job at Industry Entertainment, but a hiring freeze took effect on Monday. Thus, ending my hopes of employment there until the strike ends. I'm sure in the coming weeks, many more casualities in the entertainment industry will be announced.

It's too bad really because most of the people getting laid off are the ones that just started in this business. Some probably worked their asses off to even get a job (my roommate, Julian, for example who is quietly counting down his days). Working anywhere in the entertainment industry is no easy task. It's a fucking jungle out there.

It's easy to support the WGA when you're making good money like many of the high profile celebrities that have joined the picket lines. It makes it easy to forget about the little man. I guess that's what makes it difficult for me to swallow and why you will never see me honking my horn or giving a thumbs up.

I honestly don't support either side. I support a resolution.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bleeping Strike

For those who don't know, I went on an interview last week for a job with Industry Entertainment. They are a management company and the CE at Kopelson started out there, so he sent my resume over. I had a really good interview and I left there feeling good.

Then, the WGA had to strike on Monday and fucked everything up. Now, before you go crazy, I'm not saying the strike wasn't warranted, but when you're at the bottom the strike hurts you most. I'm not in the negotiating room, so I don't have all the facts, but figure something out. For the love of God and my sanity, come to an agreement!

Let me summarize the correspondence from IE and the CE at Kopelson. IE said that they were impressed with me and the recommendation carries a lot of weight. Unfortunately, we are in a hiring freeze until the strike ends. The CE told me that it kinda sucks, but looks like I'll be in good shape, post strike.

Post strike! That could be six months from now. So, the reality sets in that my life is falling apart and I'm slowly going crazy. I might have had that job. Now, I don't know what the hell I'm going to do. Any suggestions, would be appreciated...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Don Shula is an Idiot

Don Shula, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins 1972 undefeated team, has recently said if the Patriots go undefeated there should be an asterik next to their name. I'm sorry, but that pisses me off. First of all, the '72 Dolphins might have went undefeated, but a handful of NFL teams from the past would have killed them. There was nothing special about that team at all. Make an argument if you want, but I would take the best Packers team from the 60s, the best Steelers team from the 70s, the '85 Bears, the best 49ers team from the 80s, the best Cowboys team from the 90s, and the 2007 Pats over them any day of the week.

Yeah, the Pats spied on the Jets, but they killed them in that game. I don't think it would have mattered either way, so the point of the asterik is stupid. Is cheating wrong? Yeah, it is, but I'm confident many other teams have done it in the past and probably did it this year before the Pats got caught.

Shula and the rest of the Dolphins should just keep their mouths shut. Another point being the Pats still have a long way to go. I still am not even confident they will pull it off. The problem is the media won't stop talking about it, which makes it an annoying situation.

It's almost as annoying as Don Shula talking like an idiot. Instead of worrying about the Pats, Shula should be worrying about the Dolphins. They have a shot to have a perfect season (0-16) and I bet he'll be complaining about putting an asterik on that too.

That's a Wrap: One Year Later

"Sweet Pea" wrapped a year ago today. I think the last shot went off a little past midnight on November 6th. It's crazy to think it's been one year. The film is finished besides for a very minor adjustment (ending credits need to be redone). I still need to get the poster and dvd art finished, but that has been on the shelf for the moment. Don’t worry, I haven't forgotten about it. Otherwise, I'm slowly dealing with film festivals.

Shooting this film went by in a flash. I have a lot of memories from that film. Some are good and some are bad, but I think to think of it as a more positive experience. I have no idea if I'll ever direct again, so this will always been my film and nothing will ever take that away.

Yeah, the film premiered in Boston, but that was a huge disappointment. One that few people really know how much I was devastated over the whole situation. Really, it was supposed to be so good, yet was so bad. Still, part of me is still trying to get over the whole fiasco.

As for the future, I don't really know where the film is going. There's a chance it might not ever show at another festival. If true, so be it. I'm not going to live and die from film festivals. It's a foolish way to live as a filmmaker. Would I like to show at more festivals? Yeah, but after BFF, it doesn't matter. I'm not going to put myself through all that bullshit again.

I've got more important things to worry about in my life. Finding employment and love are much higher on the to do list. "Sweet Pea" was a great film. One I will never forget, but when it's the end of the day, it's still only a student short film. And, honestly, that only says so much in this business.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Fab Four Continue to Not Disappoint

For any Beatles fan that resides in southern California and has not had the chance to see Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, shame on you! I've seen them three times in the last year and they continue to impress me. Last night they played the entire Sgt. Pepper album. It might sound easy, but you could see the band sweating it out. They congratulated each other after finishing songs and really put on a good show. This was far superior to their Abbey Road show last year.

The big quesion is was it better than the Sgt. Pepper show at the Hollywood Bowl? It's tough to compare the two shows really. The styles were much different and under different circumstances. I'll call it a stalemate. If anyone has seen both and wants to give me their opinion, I'd be curious to listen.

The Fab Four are supposed to be The Beatles. They dress, talk, and act like them in every way. It's not only a concert, but a theater performance. I've seen many different Beatle cover bands and this one is the best. I've seen Liverpool, Beatle Juice, The Best of Beatlemania, 1964: A Tribute, The British Invasion, and a bunch of other amateur cover bands during a battle of the bands at the Fest for Beatle Fans in Danvers, MA about five years ago. The Fab Four is the complete package and a treat for Beatle fans.

My only complaint with the show if I really had one was that I was disappointed in the rest of the set. Yes, this album is harder to perform than Abbey Road, but their set was much more complete. This time around they only played some early songs and did the album. They couldn't even squeeze in Strawberry Fields or Penny Lane, which was the real disappointment for me. I didn't even care about the later years. I thought it would have been awesome to play those two songs for the encore.

Otherwise, I tip my hat to them. It was a really great show. That final image of them standing on the stage, replicating the album cover was awesome.

What a Game!

Wow, did you watch the Pats and Colts game today? That game really lived up to the hype. I cannot remember being so nervous during the regular season. I just really wanted the Pats to win that game. I was jumping up and down, pumping my fists, and yelling throughout the whole game. I couldn't even sit down for the whole fourth quarter.

I still actually can't believe they even won. I do think the Pats are the better team, but a lot did not go their way. They made a ton of penalties in that game. Some I didn't agree with, but it simply becomes a side point since they emerged victorious. I guarantee if they lost, the officiating would be a huge topic of conversation today. There were definitely some questionable calls in regards to pass interference.

I know everyone is writing this, but it's extremely clear after this game that there are two teams competing for the Super Bowl this year. Barring any major injuries or playoff upsets, I definitely anticipate the Colts traveling to New England for the AFC Championship in January. And, I have no doubt in my mind that it will be a great game. Luckily, the Pats were the winners this time around and hopefully they can pull it off again.

I forgot what it's like to be in a close game. The Pats first eight games have been somewhat of a joke. Although, I do think it's good for them. It's a reality check that teams in the NFL need. It keeps you grounded and that's important. Now, it will be interesting to see if this team can run the table. Still, too early, but there is a very good chance. They play three more difficult teams in the regular season (Steelers, Ravens, and Giants). I'm not willing to gamble on it yet, but I think they got a damn good shot at 19-0.

Predicting the Battle of the Unbeatens

And so tomorrow the NFL will host one of the most anticipated regular season matchups in history. The Patriots (8-0) battle the Colts (7-0) in a game that could decide home field advantage. It could also very well be the first of two meetings for this team. Hell, it's the rematch of last year's AFC Championship.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I'm still pissed about last year's heartbreaking loss in the last minute. As a Patriots fan, I want my revenge on the Colts. I just hope they show the game in southern California. I need to save money and not go to a bar tomorrow.

I do hope it's a good game, but honestly I just want to win. Don't care how we do it, I just want to kill the Colts tomorrow. And, I really think they will. I don't think some people realize how good this team really is and after tomorrow the whole world will be convinced.

Yes, I like the Patriots in this game. I'll make a bold prediction of 41-28 over the Colts in an old fashioned shootout.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Those Halloween Nights

Another year and another Halloween is upon us. In a couple hours, kids from all over the country will dress up and collect lots of candy from people for free. Damn, to only be young again. Granted, eating all the candy is never great, but sometimes you have to spoil yourselves.

What's my favorite costume? I actually have two that I always liked. In my younger years, I was Hulk Hogan and that was a great costume. I think my Mom made it for me, but I don't remember. I was probably four or five. Then, my other personal favorite was the year I was a demented hockey player. You might ask what the hell that is? Well, back in October 1994 the NHL had a lockout. So, I dressed up in a hockey jersey with a goalie mask (similar to Jason's). I carried around a very big knife and put a sign on the back of my jersey. It read, "This strike has made me gone demented!" Don't ask, I was nine.

Of course there were other years of being a zombie or henchman, but those were my best. Oh, the memories.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Guilty Pleasures of October

Am I the only person who enjoys indulging themselves into watching horror movies during the month of October? I don't really like horror movies and many people will call me a film elitist. Still, I can't help watching marathons of "Friday the 13th", "Halloween", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", or any other poorly made horror films.

I can't really explain it. I guess that's why they call it a guilty pleasure.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox on Top of the World!

Those damn Boston Red Sox won another World Series last night. Simply unbelievable. Two title in four years after no titles in 86 years.

It's hard to describe to somewhere life as a Red Sox fan before and after 2004. It's two different breeds. The Red Sox now are just another team that wins titles. They are confident and loose. They just win. The Red Sox that didn't win a title for 86 years was a team that always anticipated the worst. And, they always brought the World Series to seven games before officially losing.

I wrote in this blog a couple times that I couldn't figure out this team. I honestly didn't think they would win the whole thing either. I was wrong, which is not always a bad thing. This Red Sox team really has a great formula. They have a great mix of veterans and youngsters. They have rookies who can play. They have a well rounded rotation. Their bullpen is another mix of all ages and talents. And, to top it off they have a lights out closer (my personal pick for WS MVP, but Lowell did deserve it).

Comparing this team to 2004 is somewhat foolish. They asked that question last night during the game and it kind of pissed me off. It pissed me off even more when they said 2007 was better. I would still take the 2004 team and I still think they will always be regarded as the greatest ever in the history of the Red Sox. The big difference between the two teams is that 2004 was strictly a veteran ballclub that was really only poised to make one run at the title and probably not have a legitimate shot to repeat. This 2007 team has a great shot to repeat. If they re-sign Lowell and Schilling, then they have every right to be the favorite in 2008.

It's funny to think that 2004 and 2007 were almost identical postseasons. The Red Sox have actually won eight straight World Series games. And they have come back from a 3-0 and 3-1 deficit in the ALCS. And they have swept the ALDS 3-0 against the Angels both times. Hell, both World Series was also extremely one-sided. They never trailed in 2004 and trailed for only three or four innings in 2007.

I watched the game yesterday at a bar and really it hit me. This is the pinnacle of Boston sports. Granted I'm living out here in California, but still it's amazing. I still had goosebumps on my arms and butterflies in my stomach during the ninth inning. And, it still choked me up to win another championship. It's a magical time and it never gets old. I guess I realized how lucky I am right now. Boston has won five championships since February 2002.