The ONLY Oscar Blogger, who lives in walking distance to the Kodak Theater!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The End of an Era: Farewell Hollywood

My apologies for not being around the last week. I've actually been fairly busy packing. Yes, yours truly is moving again. This is one of those posts that will be fun to write, but part of me wishes I didn't have to write it. I have this love/hate relationship with Hollywood. There is no middle ground here.

I moved here back in May 2008. I was living in Glendale and was sick of it. I knew I would have to get a studio/single, so I decided to look for somewhere closer to the city. I wanted to be in the middle of the action. West Hollywood near Sunset is a lot of fun, but it was too expensive. The beach was also too expensive. Hollywood seemed like a logical choice. It was.

Contrary to popular belief, celebrities don't live in Hollywood. Actually, most movies aren't in made in Hollywood. No studio is located in this section of the city. There are some production companies, but that's it. It dirty and at times creepy. For a kid that grew up in suburbs outside Boston and went to college in a conservative old town in Orange County, this is what I always wanted. I wanted that culture shock. And trust me, you get one here.

Here are some memories I have from the past 13 months.

The Cast of Characters:

Hollywood Superman
My neighbor happens to be the self proclaimed first character on Hollywood Blvd. He dresses up as Superman and has been doing it since the early 90s. The guy is quite the character literally.

"Rolling My Cigarettes" Spider-Man
This guy is just creepy. He takes breaks and rolls cigarettes, then takes pictures with little kid. Easily my favorite Spider-Man for that reason.

Ugly "Sexy" Cop
Someone should tell this girl that she is ugly. She wears one of those Halloween costumes. She also is great for getting pissed off if people don't tip her. I usually wouldn't complain if a girl was wearing a sexy outfit, but this girl is just not very attractive.

"Old Ass" Marilyn
Similar to the cop, this woman needs to quit. She may look like Marilyn a little, but it's still a stretch. I have no idea why anyone would want to take a picture with her considering that there are better looking Monroes hanging around Hollywood Blvd.

Elvis and His Bitch
This tag team always cracks me up. This guy dresses half ass like Elvis and his significant other just simply stands by his side and doesn't know what to do. She just wears a mask and looks confused. It's one of those things you have to see for yourself.

"Always There" Jack Sparrow
It seems like no matter what time I walked down Hollywood, I always saw this Sparrow. I think he lives in his car or something because he's always there. Sad thing is that he isn't even the best Captain Jack.

Love Jesus Man
This guy technically isn't a character, but he simply stands at the corner of Hollywood and Highland and talks to himself about how Jesus is coming. I don't think anyone listens to him, but it's funny since he will start to ask you if you are going to Heaven.

Unforgettable Scenes:

Jesus Walks Out of a Bus
This was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I was walking down Hollywood Blvd. and a bus stops. A guy dressed up as Jesus walks out of the bus and walks down the street. Only in Hollywood would you see that. It was like it happens all the time.

Taking Scientology Test
I took this test as a joke. Scientologists are an odd group of people. The girl that gave me my test insisted that I buy Dianetics and give it to my boss. She said it would help her not be a bitch. I declined.

It's not as cool as West Hollywood, but Hollywood does have an exciting scene on Halloween. A lot of people come out and dress up. It was fun to walk around and simply observe what the hell was going on.

Annoying Ass Premieres
Premieres are cool the first time you see one in action, but after the 50th one, I had seen enough. The Chinese is actually the biggest theatre for premieres in Los Angeles. There is at least one a week it seems. Some are bigger than others. Some even close the entire street down. Creates major chaos and traffic is horrible. Something I won't miss.

John Lennon Memorial
I consider Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame to be somewhat of a cemetery to the stars. It's actually really unique and I think it's one of the coolest things about Hollywood. "Touristy" or not, I enjoy it. If there is one star that always attracts attention on his birth and death, it's John Lennon. I attended his memorial on December 8th and it was worth it. A lot of people were there and it was a nice tribute. Say what you will about Lennon and The Beatles, but their influence is so strong that their fans are extremely loyal. This memorial is just more proof.

The Greatest Oscars Ever
Do I really need to explain? Next year's Oscars is going to be different in a lot of ways. I've said this multiple times, but this past's Oscars will always have a special place in my heart. Not only did I set my personal record with 22 wins, but also got to see the whole event unfold in my eyes. For an Oscar lover like myself, you can't ask for anything more.

So, why am I moving? Simply can't afford this place as I head back to school. I need a cheaper living situation. Plus, my neighbors were starting to annoy me too much. The demographic at my place is college aged kids (many attend the Music Institute). It goes in spurts, but it can get loud and unpleasant.

I don't regret living here though. Maybe not the smartest financial decision, but I'm 24. If there was a time to live here in Hollywood, this is it. I walked down Hollywood Blvd. on Saturday night for the last time, listening to my iPod in shuffle mode, and The Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want" came on. I thought this was fitting end to this era in my life.

Formerly Known as "The ONLY Oscar Blogger who lives in walking distance to the Kodak Theater!"

When I'm 24

My apologies for the lack of updates. The last week or so has been hectic. Just moved out of my apartment earlier today. I'll have a post up on that a little later. For now, feel free to wish me a happy birthday.

Yours truly turned 24 today (May 31st). Man, I'm getting old.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Belated Blog Anniversary (Again)

This is the second straight year I've done this. I always forget about my blog's anniversary. On May 18th, Spaghetti Sauce and Sweet Peas turned two. Where has all the time gone? Can't believe it.

I'm going to shy away from a complete retrospective, but it's been a fun two years. Filled with ups and downs. Actually, I started this blog as a more of a hodge-podge site. Wrote about much more than the awards season and movies. I actually didn't even call this blog "Spaghetti Sauce and Sweet Peas" until January 2008. Before I simply called it "A Day in the Life with Mikey Filmmaker".

This is actually the second blog I've ever done. I did a blog, really a diary of my college years. This has been much different and much more fun. After two years, I still don't get very many hits, but I don't plan to stop.

If people are not going to be smart enough to read what I have to say, then that's their loss. Especially, when it comes to the Oscars. I've really come into my own the last two years being an awards pundit. I may not duplicate the excitement of last year's show (yes, I'm moving away from the Kodak at the end of this month), but I'm still going to analyze the hell out of them.

For those of you who do take the time to read the blog, thank you. Let's try to make this next year my best ever.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Possible Oscar Contender?!

After watching this "trailer", I know feel relieved that my family wasn't the only one that had this book in their bathroom. For those who have never read "Everyone Poops", all I can say is that you're missing out on a literary masterpiece.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Site Nominated for 2 LAMMYs

As I wrote yesterday, the site has been nominated for two LAMMYs: Best Theme and Best Blog Name. Will I win? Who knows, but I'm going to go all out. There's a reason I was elected class president in high school. I know how to campaign. It's in my blood. My grandfather was a politician for 26 years.

Anyway, here's my new FYC Ad. Enjoy!

If you need a reason to vote for me, feel free to check out my Why I Should Win a LAMMY post.

Disclaimer: All pictures on this Ad were taken by yours truly, Mikey Filmmaker.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Back from the Dead

It took longer than expected, but my computer is fixed. Actually, I was getting worried since I had a misdiagnosis from the Apple Store geniuses. They told me I had liquid damage and the repair would not be covered by Apple. I went to get a second opinion at an authorized Apple service center and they said there was no liquid damage. Basically, I almost paid over a thousand dollars to fix something, but everything worked out. The graphics card repair was completely free. It was very frustrating and of course, the Apple Store insisted they didn't make a mistake. All I'm going to say is I am never going back to the Apple Store at the Grove in Los Angeles. The geniuses there should be renamed dumb asses.

In other news, Spaghetti Sauce and Sweet Peas did get nominated for two LAMMYs: Best Theme and Best Name. I'm actually going to write another FYC post later today and maybe make a new ad. I'm glad we at least got nominated. Both categories have six total nominees, so winning is no guarantee. Voting ends on May 31st (which is my birthday). No pressure or anything, but that would be a nice 24th birthday present.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tech Difficulties

My computer is currently being repaired by the Apple store geniuses.  The graphics card went out on my MacBook Pro, so I had no monitor.  I'm currently using my old laptop, but it's slow and frustrating.  Plus, I also have all my stuff for the blog on my MacBook.

The repair should be done in 5 days (dropped it off yesterday).  I will not be blogging until I get my computer back, so I'll see everyone (hopefully) early next week.

P.S. I lost that online short contest.  I do appreciate everyone who voted.  We ended up getting over 100 votes, yet still lost by 20 or so.  I guess you can't win them all.

Though, I did though win an iTunes gift card, which may or may not be a prize in next year's Oscar contest. I don't usually buy stuff there. I know it sounds weird, but I would rather by a CD or even vinyl record. I like hard copies.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Final Reminder: Vote

It could be argued that I'm making too big of a deal with this contest. That very well may be true. At this point, I'm just trying to pull off what seems like the impossible. I had the lead in this contest until either last Saturday or Sunday (forget which day). I trailed as many as roughly 15 votes at certain points and have closed the gap as close as 1 vote. Yet, I still haven't been able to take back the lead.

This contest doesn't really have any prizes and the worst thing I could do is place second, but I would still like to win. So, if you haven't voted yet, please do. Even if you have voted at your house, for example, you can vote at your work as well. The contest does recognize IP addresses (which is a good thing) though, so you can't stuff the ballot. I'm just trying to get as many votes as possible during the final day and go for what would now be called an upset.

Voting ends on Thursday night at midnight. Click HERE, then click KEEP.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Big LAMB on Campus

Ladies and gentlemen, I have shocked the world yet again. Add another accomplishment to my long list of achievements. I have been named this month's "Big LAMB on Campus"!

What is that? It's just a way that LAMB tracks hits coming to the site. You probably notice those banners on the right hand side of the site asking you, "Love movie blogs?" Well, that is how I did it. People clicked on it. It's a real simple concept.

I did actually finish tied for second with 65 hits, but won a tiebreaker over Sarahnomics. The actual hits leader with 87, Lightning Bug's Lair, also won last month and due to a rule that a site can't be B.L.O.C. two months in a row, I was named the recipient of the esteemed status.

Now, if I can only win a LAMMY (cough, vote for me, cough).