Archive for: November, 2007
Sometimes, during the holiday rush, we forget the important things. Things like… Planes, Trains & Automobiles being the Best Thanksgiving Movie Ever. And Best Christmas Movie Ever? Die Hard. Drippy sentimentality comes second place to Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. It’s loaded with 80s anachronisms: Japanese corporate dominance, smoking in airports, coke snorting suits, out of place nudity, Run DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis” and, obviously, Bruce Willis.
Plus, it’s loaded with terrorism when terrorism was fun.
I’m watching it now while I get some “real work” done. Hey, it’s a pre-Carl Winslow Reginald Vel Johnson! Fuckin A! No doubt‚ÄîBest Christmas Movie Ever.
Padlock over the back, it’s a nice touch. Their “The Man” tee isn’t bad either. Still got my copies of The ‘Nam stashed away at my parents’ house.
I just got back from the 2 hour theatrical screening of Battlestar Galatica: Razor, presented by Mass Effect, Xbox 360, Sci Fi, and Zune. What, you don’t watch Battlestar? Why must you continue to deny yourself the best modern science fiction made? And to think you call yourself a fan of the genre. All those hours watching Star Trek: the Next Generation were essentially preparation for this series. You’re an adult now, and your scifi has grown up as well.
But I digress. I had a hunch Battlestar would make it to the big screen, I just never expected it to happen so soon. I am not complaining, though I do have a couple complaints. Well, maybe that’s too strong of a word. I have a couple suggestions. One, the middle of a highly immersive space scifi plot, is not the best time to try to get the audience into your supposedly highly immersive space scifi game plot, Mass Effect. Microsoft decided to inartfully insert a 60 second plug for Mass Effect smack in the middle of the Battlestar screening (chased by the same Zune commercial we saw right before the start of the show). How do you expect everyone to switch gears from the intricate, carefully crafted story arch we were just witnessing to the cheese-wiz of a story of a game… all in 60 seconds? Also, no matter how good the graphics are for your game, they are going to look like ass compared to the CG special effects and real actors we were just watching seconds ago. I felt bad for feeling this way, especially when Mass Effect looks like it shows
hot intergalactic lesbian actionso much promise. It just wasn’t the best timing, Microsoft. But I do thank you for sponsoring the event and picking up the tab, thus making it possible. I’ll be sure to buy J Allard a drink next time I see him.
While we are on the subject of making things possible, how about bringing the BSG series out on Blu-ray? Oh, don’t feign being appalled by the mere question. Does it really need to be played as pawn in your silly format war? I have a friend who is not going to buy your HD-DVD player attachment, but I really want them to start spending some quality time with one of the best series ever made.
The question has come up a couple times, “Do you have anything to do with those bird cutouts hanging from powerlines all around LA?” I know it stems from the fact I have one hanging above the projector on my fireplace mantle.
The answer is no. I only rescued the poor thing from the beating is was receiving by the traffic on Venice and Overland. I have never personally met the artist responsible for these “berds”, but I have since become Internet friends with 4eightyone (according to MySpace). Cool guy. And he asked me to let you know there is an art show tonight in Echo Park featuring another cool guy, Albert Reyes. Maybe I’ll see you there.