Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Must be losing my mind

Okay, so I need to post something lengthy about my incredible trip to NYC. However, this is weird and I need to know if I'm losing my mind:

This new Twilight movie is called "Eclipse". I read the crappy book but I can't even recall what the hell book #3 was even about. I do know that the books got progressively shittier and the last one was perhaps the worst book I've ever made myself trudge through (I read the whole thing to punish my stupid self for even starting it in the first place). I saw the first Twilight film and I thought it was fun in a goofy way. I still haven't seen the last one that came out. However, I might need to see film number 3 cause of this (again, let me know if I'm losing it):

The film Eclipse is directed by David Slade, the guy who made Hard Candy (pretty good flick) and 30 Days of Night (I quite enjoyed that one a lot). Based upon his his other films, I would see pretty much whatever David Slade directed, or I would at least give it a chance.

Okay, now here's the super odd bit:

The soundtrack to Eclipse features the following artists: The Dead Weather, Bat for Lashes and Beck, Metric, Florence + The Machine, Sia, Vampire Weekend, UNKLE, and the Black Keys. I would have imagined that it would be far more generic tripe. I understand that the first movie featured Iron and Wine and the second had Thom Yorke, but they were still mostly awful. This soundtrack actually makes me excited (yes, yes, even if it didn't feature the Dead Weather, leave me alone).

So with a decent director and a potentially fantastic soundtrack, is it insane that I might actually want to see this movie? Plus, after seeing Kirsten Stewart in The Runaways, I kinda like her (she might even be a good actress).

Don't worry, I don't expect that the film will be any good, but I'm morbidly curious now. I must have left part of my brain in New York cause this all seems a bit wrong to me.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


My first nephew arrived yesterday, a bit late but healthy and complete. Hurray for the proud parents and grandparents- I look forward to meeting the little fellow soon. He shares a birthday with both my bandmate Mike L. and my mother. What a lovely day!

Today is Leah's birthday- happy birthday sweetheart! I get to visit her tomorrow and treat her to Massive Attack. I hope to stop by Tokyo Rebel while I'm in town, it will be my first trip to the store.

Lucie and I watched Whip It again together last night. I'm so in love with that silly movie.

The new Dead Weather album, Sea of Cowards, is out today and I can't get enough.

Is it bedtime yet? Not quite. What a shame.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This article in the Daily Press has made me sentimental.
Video Update was my very first place of employment. They opened a store right near my house when I was about 17 years old and I couldn't have been happier. I must have spent two hours walking around that place on the day they opened. I immediately applied for a job but was unable to be hired until I turned 18 thanks to their "back room" movies.
Within a week of my 18th birthday I went to apply for a job at Video Update. The staff knew me pretty well by then thanks to my movie habit. I was hired quickly and was given a red polo shirt with the Video Update logo.
Although it could be boring, Video Update was an outstanding part time job. I really loved that place. My supervisors, Penny & Vera, were cool ladies. I got along with almost every person I worked with and we generally had a good time. We got free movie rentals so the minimum wage paycheck didn't seem too shabby to me.
The worst part of the job was a duty called "moving the wall". This little joy of a chore was when you had to make room for new cassettes (yup, this was still the day of VHS cassette tapes, DVDs were just arriving for rental when I left the job) on the new release wall. I would have to scoot tapes over and make room for new videos. Sounds easy but it's a huge pain in the ass to space tapes out evenly. Usually this required moving several hundred VHS tapes over by just one or two spaces. It was a ridiculously tedious chore and my friends would stop in and make fun of me whenever they knew that I was having to move the wall.
The BEST part of the job was the "back room" movie stocking. We wouldn't receive particular titles or special requests, we would simply receive a large brown box full of random unsorted VHS tapes. Several employees would have to go through the tapes and label them and stock them. The titles were incredible (I remember such gems as "Canadian Beaver Hunt", "Ass Ventura, Crack Detective" and "Doin' the Butthole Boogie"). No, I didn't make up those names, those were 100% real movie titles. I would spend hours just crying with laughter and writing down titles to share with friends. We got to scope out all of the people renting dirty movies, including some upstanding citizens from local governments and church who were checking out interesting and questionable films.
This back room was an endless source of entertainment. Also, it's where I found "The Opening of Misty Beethoven", my favorite adult film (and one of my favorite films, period) that ended up really changing my life and the way I saw adult cinema. But that's another story.
So reading the article that the last of the Video Updates (which would later become Movie Scene) is closing its doors forever brought a little tear to my eye and made me feel sentimental. The store where I once worked shut its doors last year and that was a sad day for me. At least I have happy memories, but I'm sad knowing that my fallback job is no longer secure and that I'll be really screwed if I leave my current job as I have no video shop to return to.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Awww dangit all

I'm trying to get my obsessions under control, but then I just saw this and I think my problems are just beginning.
This is outstanding.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

idle chatter

Every time Malcolm McDowell comes up in conversation, I get a little wistful, a little fluttered and all blushed up. Sigh.


Girl in a Coma is less than one week away and I'm getting excited...

Here's the mini site for their new cover song EPs. I recommend listening to their version of Bowie's "As The World Falls Down", they really nail it.