Wednesday, June 29, 2005

War of The Worlds

Just back from seeing War of The Worlds. The original movie from the 50's was one of my favorite sci-fi flicks growing up. Watched it every time it came on TV. I never read the book, cause, you know reading takes like time and shit.
Love seeing movies on opening night before you hear too much and there are no surprises. The theater was packed, but totally silent during the many quiet suspenseful portions - which is the best review for any movie. So many images are quintessential Spielberg, he brings alien movies to the post 9/11 world and some shots touched on E.T and Jurassic Park. The chaos and mayhem in the film felt so real. This is how people will react if/when aliens invade. Unfortunately the plot required some "only in the movies" luck to get our hero from place to place, but what the Hell its a movie. A fun, edge-of-your-seat big time Summer spectacle of a movie.

The Ring: Swiped or Gifted?

Patriots Championship Ring #3
This morning the big local story was the Patriots owner Robert Kraft let Russia's President Putin try on his Super Bowl 39 Championship ring and that Putin them pocketed the puppy. Later Kraft released a statement saying he gave it to Putin as a gift. Now the debate rages, did it become a gift after Putin pocketed it or before. I know from personal experience not to believe those crafty Krafts and I have new found respect for Putin having the balls to walk off with the ring.
My Patriots season tickets arrived today -- so that must mean its time for my annual complaint letter to the Krafts for all the lies they told when I bought into Gillette Stadium. If I can get a spare championship ring I'll be willing to call us even.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Worlds Are Colliding!

Run for your lives! Or just look up and watch.
Starting tonight, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn will appear so close together from Earth that they will look like a new constellation or perhaps a sign of the apocalypse. The rare grouping can be viewed through Sunday night, then Monday night Mercury and Venus will be separated by such a small distance they may look like one large new star. One large new start of death! Actually this isn't terribly rare - it happens every 5 - 10 years, so no Armageddon. Yet.

The best time to view the galactic mayhem is 30 to 45 minutes after sunset (about 8:30 p.m. EDT). Look for the planets in the western sky. More details for the geeks.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Why No Posts?

My normal excuse for a lack of posting is that things are very boring and lame. But that hasn't been the case this month. So much has been going on I haven't had time to blog.

Back on June 9th I attended the Boston Filmmakers Expo with PlasticVille cohort Chuck Smith (Hey, just realized that chuckbutt bastard is already telling this story). We met with Kevin Anderton of Midnight Chimes Productions and agreed to band together on some new comedy shorts this summer.

My first feature script was completed and it has been making the rounds. Plus I'm developing a feature idea with a veteran Hollywood producer and I'm also getting involved in a feature film being shot in Vermont in August. Shaping up to be a very busy summer.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Queer Sox

The premiere of this season's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" airs tonight and features the World Champion Boston Red Sox. To be specific, it is Kevin Millar, Jason Variteck, Tim Wakefield, Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Damon who get the Fab Five treatment. Three of the Queer Eyes were at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch this past Sunday. The show airs tonight at 10pm on Bravo and will repeat endlessly through out the summer I'm sure.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hit Me Baby No More Times

Good Lord! Just saw the latest music reality show, NBC's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" where 80s bands battle each other with their one big hit in front of a live audience and one makes it through to.. to.. I don't know what. Why did I tune in to any show bringing back crap like Tiffany, Billy Ray Cyrus and Vanilla Ice? Well they also have The Knack and Flock of Seagulls - two of the very best one-hit wonders there are (My Sharona and I Ran respectively), plus - Loverboy! Yes, I'm a closet Loverboy fan. Always have, always will be. Saw them live at least six times in the 80s, they were one of the very first concerts I went to alone. Got dropped off before I had a license to see them play with some new guy called Huey Lewis opening. How did Loverboy end up in this has-been festival? They have tons of hit songs. Well, I just saw Loverboy perform and all I want to know is what sort of elephantitis has hit lead singer Mike Reno? His head and torso have ballooned to inhuman proportions. I now support a mandatory retirement age for all rock stars -- just imagine how many KISS farewell tours we would have been saved from if such a policy was in effect.