Monday, March 3, 2014

It'd be a lot cooler if you did win an Oscar.

I just can't believe that two Academy Award winners starred in Dazed and Confused (you guys remember Ben Affleck, right?). Good to see Matthew McConaughey win the prize last tonight. Wooderson was just trying to keep a little money in his pocket workin' for the city, that's all. Now look at him.

Oh yeah, and Jordan Catalano won an Oscar for his work in the same movie, Dallas Buyers Club. Okay, okay, I'll put this in my Netflix queue ASAP.


Now...back to working on that screenplay and watching movies that are definitely not Oscar-worthy.

Friday, February 14, 2014

There's no limit to what he could do. He could destroy the Earth. Or give everyone hugs.

Well, it's that time of year again. Time to spread love all over the land. My lovely lady has developed a sweet Valentine's Day card for y'all based off of The Day the Earth Stood Still. This is a classic sci-fi movie that I recommend to everyone. It has many good messages, but most importantly, it lets us know that at any point we misbehave as a planet we can be annihilated by giant space robots. So spread the love, fellow humans. And remember, Klaatu barada nikto.

I would also like to point out this little diddy from The Rocky Horror Picture Show called "Science Fiction/Double Feature." My favorite version of this song is by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - found here.

"Michael Rennie was ill
The day the earth stood still
But he told us where we stand"

[Some day I will have to write more about the time I rented The Rocky Horror Picture Show with my mom when I was about 12.  We loved Tim Curry in Clue and IT, so we gave this a chance. That was an interesting afternoon. Lots of questions.]

Happy Valentine's Day!
- Dapper


Saturday, November 30, 2013

I drive truck, break arms, and blog about movies. It's what I love to do, it's what I do best.

Well, I set myself a goal to complete NaBloPoMo this month, and I can now pat myself on the back after a job well done. Just like the time that Lane and Monique fixed up that old Camaro. Just like the time Danny Larusso learned how to 'wax on, wax off.' Just like the time Frodo put that ring in Mount Doom. Okay, not quite on par with that one.

My only regret is that I wish I could make an exciting montage. If only it could be more exciting than typing on a keyboard. The good news is that December is National Spelunking Month, so I will have more exciting footage for that one probably. 

Yup, kinda like that.

One life goal accomplished, a few more to go.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mr. Boddy threatened to send those pictures to my dear old mother, the shock would've killed her. Much like moshing.

I remember looking up the movie Clue on IMDB one day just to see what everyone has been up to. Sadly, some have passed away in recent years. I always thought the guy that played Mr. Boddy (spoiler alert: he's the one who dies) was an interesting character. His name is Lee Ving. In my search I found that he was the singer and rhythm guitarist for a punk band called Fear

This band was loved by John Belushi, an SNL alum and all around crazy person. He somehow convinced the people at SNL to have Fear perform on a live show on Halloween in 1981. How did anyone think this was a good idea? As you would expect, things did not go as planned. The crazy kids started doing this newfangled thing called 'moshing' and some stuff got damaged, including an expensive camera. Moshing has been frowned up ever since that fateful day.

Here is the best video I could find of that performance:

I can just imagine my parents watching this at home with us rug-rats running around and not being able to make sense of what they were seeing. You were seeing the future, mom and dad!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

He is a rambunctious Australian, ain't he?

Did you know that Ryan Kwanten was born on this day in 1976? Do you know who Ryan Kwanten is? Well he plays Jason Stackhouse in the delectable HBO series True Blood. It was recently announced that this series was renewed for it's seventh season, which will be it's last. It's bittersweet, but I think it's time for it to end on a high note instead of dragging out to a slow death (I'm looking at you Simpson family). 

Looking through Kwanten's Wikipedia page, it appears that he's been in some interesting films, some look sort of low budget, but they look like they are right up my alley. I think I will check out Red Hill first. I'll add that to my list of movies to watch between naps during my Christmas vacation.

A professional actor in a tear-jerking scene.

Atta boy, Stackhouse.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tetsuuuo! I like your movie.

So I was just flipping through the channels, minding my business, and one of my favorite episodes of South Park was on. It's the Scientology one where Tom Cruise is in the closet. [Side note: I was so tempted to stop by their "church" when we visited my friend Chad in L.A.] I actually started thinking about the first time I saw the South Park movie in the theater. I remember seeing a mom with her, I don't know, 10 year old kid watching the movie too. Interesting choice. That movie's a definite hard 'R.' Bang up job with the parenting there.

While this is a great animated movie, my all time favorite, hands down, no question about it, is Akira. I remember watching this movie twice in a row with my friends. It was just so cool. We had to watch it again because we weren't sure what we had just seen. I don't think another movie has come along like it in the past 25 years.

You might want to get that checked out.

Those futuristic bikes are pretty cool. Maybe I'll start a gang in six years? Nah.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hail to the king, Balls.

I remember having my grunge wardrobe picked apart by my co-worker on my first day on the job when I was a college freshman. I had been at school for about five days. He wasn't brutal, but it was enough to make me wish I would have given up on flannel my last day of high school. He was an art major, so maybe that explains it. Black t-shirt and jeans. An entire wardrobe summed up with just two items.

I thought that I was pretty cool for having seen Army of Darkness in high school and was able to quote much of the film. This co-worker of mine, let's call him Balls, had also seen the movie and claimed to be a bigger fan than me. We watched it at one of his frat house parties. Now, get all of those images of Animal House out of your mind. These guys were into comic books, films, The X Files, board games...I don't think I need to continue. As you may have guessed, I was in friendly territory. Mostly. Believe me, there is still a lot of one-upmanship among film geeks. What's worse? When we sent to see Romeo + Juliet with Balls' theater geek friends. Almost unbearable.

They're not taking us to the pit...they're taking us to a lecture on iambic pentameter. 

While the flannel has disappeared, Army of Darkness still remains one of my go-to movies when I need a distraction.

- Dapper