Saturday, January 31, 2009

Shot of the Day #31: All's Right in the World.

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge. my new baby boy, sleeping happily in my arms. Got my copy of HELLBOY 2 playing the commentary in glorious Blu-Ray (hey, the kid is seeing life in 1080i...Unkie GdelT would be proud) as I bounce away into serenity.

It's all good.


PS: Name soon, promise. Kinda enjoying the suspense....

PPS; Walking Banz today, saw some kind of aftermath from "The 'Bom' Encounter" yesterday. Not that I was expecting the guy to still be there, but just seeing the lone bike against the tree, gave me a real Di Sica feeling. Hope he's OK.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Shot of the Day #30: Perspective, courtesy of "Bom".

Shot with iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Sure, you expected a gaggle of ga-ga goo-goo shots, right? Sure, there's a ton, so all in due time.

Today was a flood of emotions, good (baby and Momma are safe, happy, well, thanks!) & bad (major family medical issues, a death close to the family, etc) and with the 3 hours of sleep I've gotten, it's been like riding in the very back cart on the Cyclone going full-tilt down the first the rain. Weeeee!

So in the midst of this Dickens-esque day, I got out of the house to take Banzai, who has now become an official "Hound of Hell" a la THE OMEN (which is awesome, I love how protective and gentle she's been to the lil' guy) for a walk on our usual round-the-block route. Her for some fecal evacuation, me for a little head-clearing. Halfway through, I noticed what looked to be a body on the grass, splayed out and motionless. What the hell? This is not the neighborhood where you stumble on the random corpse, but as we got closer, the smell of Tecate beer was thick; this guy was just 3 sheets and climbing. We cautiously approached, Banz and I, and the intoxicated Mexican man looked up, glazed eyes barely locking focus, vomit pouring out of his mouth like Mia Wallace Post-OD, Pre-Heart puncture. He mumbled something as he tried to hold up a porkpie hat, and I just said "...hey man, you OK?" and he just slumped down again. He was surrounded by about 20 spent beer cans and his bike, as if he was so drunk he could just not pedal anymore and just stumbled on the softest thing he could, some suburbanite's well-landscaped lawn, and his ass wasn't going anywhere.

We walked on, but for some reason, about 50 feet on, Banzai stopped, looking at me with those eyes that said "Pops, we gotta go back". So, we walked back, and the drunk Mexican woke again, looking at us as we approached. He tried so hard to talk with me, and i stopped, and tied to decipher his slurred, messy diatribe. What I got was; His name was "Bom", and he was looking for Venice and Pacific, which I tried my damnedest to point to him, but since he repeated the question, I think the only thing sinking in was the brews. Bom then told me how he lost his job at Albertsons today and now his house was in jeopardy, and this I guess was his only way to cope, hiding under his hat and in a cloud of cerveza against this tree for as long as possible, groaning and occasionally passing out. My heart was breaking for the guy, and for some reason I was compelled to hand him some cash for his troubles (or maybe for some more beer) but he never asked and i didn't want to insult him. But he just said "Havvv a goo' night mang" and I did the same.

Walking away, it just put everything into perspective, like finding that star peg and sliding it firmly into the appropriate hole. "Bom" (if that was his name) didn't answer any questions for me, nor did I really know where Pacific off Venice was so I was no help to him either, but he sure gave me some emotional insight. Things can be great, things can be terrible, at times, they can both be in residence at once. Its how you take it all in, process it, deal with it in the best way possible. I guess that's what it's going to be like being a father. Kinda like being a director.

Sorry to be a bummer, and I promise more sunshine and happiness stat, but in a way, "Bom" helped me out, and I wish him well, and hope he makes it to wherever his destination is.

Pedal slowly, amigo.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shot of the Day #29: Hi there...

Shot with Nikon D90. Click to enlarge (the cuteness).

How's it goin'?

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and support. Love you all.

Joe & Bri

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Shot of the Day #28: Patterns.

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

Sometimes in everyday life, its nice to see a pattern. Either a particular repetition, like dropped toothpicks forming perfectly parallel lines, or noticing that your DVD collection just happens to have 4 George Clooney movies in a row that aren't OCEAN films. These curious patterns can sometimes catch yoru attention, or you can start to read into it. Kinda like the dude in Aronofsky's PI, always searching for the ultimate patterns that lead to a higher meaning. Or, just a coincidence. Both are nice.

Tonight at the final of our birthing classes, a bittersweet affair since we became close with all the expectant couples and didn't want to bid farewell to anyone, I was sitting on the floor and noticed that the couple next to me, Andrea and Michael, also had their feet crossed like mine, even down to which leg crosses the other. Seeing the particular pattern, I had to grab it. A higher, J.J. Abrams-like signifigance? Dunno, you tell me. Something about it made me take the shot, so there. Gotta go with my gut on these things.


More Videos? A.K.A.: I hate James Gunn

Full disclosure: I love Sasha Grey. Just something about her...oof. But the newest of Gunn's PG Porn now gives me enough reason to punch him in the mush next time i see him, the lucky basterd (see, Im already jumping on the Tarantino INGLORIOUS bandwagon by using the "e" instead of the "a"...see you lame-o's there).

You've been warned James.

Fight! Fight!!

I love THE WRESTLER. I love Chris Jericho (SUPER nice guy).

This is just great TV. I feel like that kid at recess circling around two knuckle-heads about to get into it hard.

Takashi Miike is The SHIT

God bless this man.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shot of the Day #27: Not what you think...

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

Im still shaking.

No, its not from seeing the above film (which I do want to see), but as I was driving home from a test screening what could be one of the best horror movies of the new year from one of my absolute cinematic heroes (I seem to have a lot of those, sue me), seeing the title on the marquee just made me giggle. What do casual commuters think of the term "Donkey Punch" when they drive to or from work? Ooh that seems like a nice, polite slice of British filmmaking? if I like Merchant/Ivory, will I love this? If anything, the title sure is a grabber...

...but if anything, that otherwise dasterdly sexual act is how I felt (in a good way) after leaving the movie I saw tonight, which I'm not really at liberty to say here, I'll just let you figure it out with thinly veiled hints and such. But going into it tonight, thanks to my good friend Scott from Philly (YOU DA MAN DOOD!) who sent me the screening invite in Burbank, I had low expectations. This was directed by a director I practically grew up with, who shaped how I saw film, created film, appreciated a camera move or a well-placed sound effect. Sure, he's gone onto HUGE blockbusters and the occasional baseball flick or noirish thriller, but he'll always be "The Man" who made some of the most exciting and visceral genre films in history. When they announced he was going back to his roots with a low budget movie, what he called a "Spook-a-blast" (love that) I was excited, but at arm's length. How many of these great filmmakers claim to "come back" only to dissapoint? Plus, I wasn't going to get excited about the film yet till I was in the theater, since they had a strict 'no camera-phone" policy and because i could get the 911 call at any moment from Bri informing me "Plissken" is about to Escape From The Womb, I NEEDED to make sure I had the phone...just in case. Luckily, I stuffed the iphone into my shoe, and passed the security wand with no problemo...THEN I was excited. As we were all sitting there, somewhat giddy, "The Man" entered to whispers from the peanut gallery...and then sat down 3 rows in front of us WITH THE AUDIENCE! Pretty exciting stuff...

...and then the movie unfolded. All I can say is....FUCK YEAH!!!!! Seriously, this was one of the best times I've had in a theater in a LONG time and even if the print we saw looked like it was bit-torrented and had piss-poor temp effects, it was fucking AWESOME, and completely restored my faith in being scared in a theater. Seriously, I must have jumped 4 different times! It was fan-fucking-tastic, and we all looked at each other after the lights came up with huge shit-eating grins on our face. As Im writing this, I still have that grin on and I have a feeling it will be still there in the morning. It was that good. So good in fact...I felt like I was gleefully DONKEY PUNCHED by an old friend. Hence...the above picture's signifigance to this ramble.

After we left the theater, "The Man" was outside, pacing a bit, looking nervous. Been there, buddy. I actually went up to him, shook his hand and told him that it was a great movie and surprise to me, he actually recognized me from a few previous encounters (he helped me in the past on a few smaller projects) so it was thrilling to tell someone who had a hand in actually instilling the passion for moviemaking how much I loved his new movie, and he seemed genuinely touched, saying "Oh, you are FUNNY! Thanks!" I walked off then, smiling like a 12 year old girl who just got splashed with Jonas Brother sweat at a concert.

Great night for cinema, me thinks. Thank you, Mr. "The Man", for teaching me that there ARE still surprises up your sleeve. The teacher has schooled the student.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Shot of the Day #26: Shades of Scott

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

Woke up at 7:08 this morning as the sun was just peeking out, and for a quiet moment, before the madness of Monday was to begin, I laid there watching the cool blue light on the shades begin to glow at points, totally organic, just enjoying the slivers of plastic slowly change color. For some reason, it reminded me of a Tony Scott movie, sans the diffusion.
Naturally, I had to grab the moment as the light began to bleed in.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shot of the Day #25: Untitled "A"

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Shot of the Day #24: Foreground Fairy

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

Out in Sherman Oaks for various tasks (pick-up shot on secret video project, birthday card for-well I'll get to that later, Sharkey's Burritos run, etc), we stopped by Psychic Eye Bookshop on Ventura for crystals....long story. But the store had everything from WICCA FOR DUMMIES to authentic Broadswords to other various medieval & Occult Bric-a-brac, which I guess I could write off as "research" (more on that later too...hint hint). Grabbed this shot of a eerily beautiful Fairy Maquette on display and noticed the totally badass skull lamp in the background, so naturally, in the name of SOTD, I had to compose the fuck out of the moment.
Pretty cool shot for pretty cool shit.

Yet...this barely made SOTD because this evening was Tobe Hooper's surprise birthday party, and arguably one of the greatest nights of my geek-infused life. To be cryptic, Ill leave you with one grainy, DOGMA 95-esque snap from the historic soiree, which I never expected would gather almost all of my cinematic heroes in one room, and not just from the horror world. I'm still euphoric from the experience.

Happy Birthday Tobe!!!!

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Shot of the Day #23: Locke and Key

Shot with an iphone. Click to enlarge.

If you know me well enough, or just went back enough in this blog, you know I'm a "constant reader", which translates into a devout deciple of the Church of King...Stephen King that is, good sirs and madams. Ever since our house got broken into when I was 6 and I passed the time while the cops filed a report by reading CHRISTINE in Hardback, Ive pretty much read every word spun by the Master of the Macabre, so much so that I kinda consider him the cool dad I never had. In many of his liner notes, introductions and final words, he would refer to his son "Joe" and secretly...I wish it was me. Stalker much? When I heard that Joe began a career in writing (under the name Joe Hill, as to not ride the wave of his famous Pop's success...wise move Joe), of course I was curious, and then was knocked on my hiney when I read his debut novel, HEART SHAPED BOX, which is a small masterpiece and just a sample of what's to come from that dark, fertile head Hill had on his shoulders. If you haven't read HSB (or his collection of short stories, 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) then don't consider yourself a Horrorhound, just a mere pedestrian. Like father, THANKFULLY, like son.

Since we've been on a comic tip, my good friend/Fresh Ink host Blair gave me the latest issue of Hill's comic title that he created last year, LOCKE & KEY, which is arguably the most accomplished work in the comic genre in a decade; its like the first time you were transfixed by Scorsese's unique film style, it just breaths life in an otherwise stale art form (at least to me). The first collection, WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT, is available as a trade paperback, and the latest chapter in the dark and twistedly engaging saga, HEAD GAMES, just unspooled it's first issue, and I actually stayed late at work to finish it...its just that fucking good. I implore you, even if you hate comics....this one is a piece of frakkin' art.

Yeah, I said Frak. I gots Galactica on the brains!!! NEW EPISODE TONIGHT BABY!!!


My Moment of Zen

CLICK HERE for the genius. I don't know why, but its been playing in the background in my office for about 2 hours now, and I am centered as a mofo.

"Eeuauaughhhuauaahh", indeed sir.


PS: If you EVER try to tell me LAST ACTION HERO sucks, I will fight you. And I will win.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Shot of the Day #21: if TV adds 15 pounds...

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge...or rather, DONT. much does an iphone camera add? Jesus. Here it is, was all proud of myself for hitting the gym for a few months and since January 5th-the last time I weighed myself-I had lost 6 pounds! So I was elated, feeling good....till now of course.

Here's "Fatty Magee", Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance and his good friend "Sanch" posing outside G4 between set-ups. Gerard, who is not only an amazing singer (their last album, THE BLACK PARADE, was my soundtrack during the promotion of WT2) but a newly accomplished comic-book writer (check out THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY series, it's pretty fantastic) so we had him in as a special guest for FRESH INK where he reveals some of his favorite "floppies" in the comic world, which was a major honor for us. Took a while to coordinate, but thanks to uber-producer extraordinaire Frank Meyer, we made it happen and here he is. As a HUGE fan of Gerard's work, I had to get a pic with him, and after Frank told me to curb my usual "Lloyd Kaufman meets a serial killer" look (wide eyes, dead stare, pursed lips, etc.) I relaxed my face...and god do I hate my visage here. So much for feeling good about my appearance, sheesh. What a goofy looking fuck.

Great to meet those guys, who were also huge horror fans-Sanch was refreshingly honest about WT2 ("Good gore, loved the Kim death, Rollins was fun...." and...that's about it. Nice! No asshole sunshine here...refreshing.)-so I was thrilled to give Gerard a copy of the movie to check out...and then they left it after they finished shooting.
Not sure if I should take that as a hint...I'm still focused on my fat mug in this shot. Ugh.


Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

PS; Rock star sighting take 2: After the doctor's apt, I took Bri to Urth Cafe and who do we happen upon but Brandon from Incubus, just chillin' with a lady friend sippin' a latte. Naturally, I had to grab a shot...and I think he caught me! Hilarious....and embarrassing. I think that dichotomy is good for the soul.

God I wish this was a S.O.T.D.

...cause if I saw this shit, I would stop traffic to get it. So fucking classic!
Not....that I would ever WANT to see this actually flashing on the 5 and there was a zombie apocalypse and all, but man would this make my day if i saw it on the road.

Find out how the dude did it HERE.

My invisible bowlers cap has been tipped to you, Mr. Awesome Hacker Who Likes Horror Movies.

WTF??: "You got a GREAT ass"

A classic clip from Andy Sidaris' Hard Ticket To Hawaii. A Movie I NEED to see. Stat.

....God I miss 80's bikinis. Thanks to Anna-Maria, the exchange student hottie in Summer School, that high-hipped look will never go out of style in my book. But this is just classic fromage. A douchebag in film school worshipped Sidaris and his bullets and babes epics, and boy should I have listened to him more when he recommended titles like HARD HUNTED, MALIBU EXPRESS & GUNS. What a moron am I, huh?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shot of the Day #21: Reflecting the 4th wall

Shot on iphone. Click to enlarge.

Here's an impromptu moment during the taping of the latest episode of THE MMO REPORT, with our esteemed host Casey Schreiner rolling though the week's latest headlines in the world of Massive Multiplayer Online games (hence...M.M.O....get it?) in the little room we call a set. An upgrade from the broom closet we previously shot the viral show, to be sure.

Shooting this show is a highlight of my week, working with Casey and the producer, Patrick, and the creative energy bouncing around the room is so infectious and cathartic, it's like a whoopie cushion for the soul.

...and then i leave the room, and it's bid'ness as usual.

Years later we'll all look back and reminisce..."At least we had The MMO Report...flutter."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shot of the Day #20: Where were you...?

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

...when Obama was sworn in? It's cultural importance in bringing a nation together to a moment is right up there with when JFK was shot, 911 & of course the release of CROSSROADS. I was in my office, rolling e-mails as Obama was sworn in.

Pretty powerful stuff, and its refreshing to know "Plissken" is coming into this world on the dawn of a new day. The Obaminator is ready to rock. Bring it.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Shot of the Day #19: The shot behind the shot.

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

It was a day on fast-forward, and even my fingers hurt typing this. Oof.

In the course of one high-speed, one-man shoot today with one of my favorite bands (where I think I pulled off about 30 setups in less than 4 hours), they paused for a few studio shots, and I got a peek behind the curtain.
Or...the studio glass. Whicheva.

Also got to work with one of my favorite Rock producers, which was a trip and back; HUGE fan of his work. Hindsight 20/20: I wish I could have paused to take it all in, between the band and the producer and swirling in the eye of their musical storm, but no time for love, Docka Jonez. We got shit to do. Back soon with the end result.


Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

PS: Due to yesterday's SOTD already being up, this shot had to suffer, but after last nights dinner at Madeline Bistro, one of our favorite eats, it needed to be witnessed. What you see is, without a trace of doubt, one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes one will ever expose their pallate to. It's name? Red Beet Tartare.


Yeah, I know, not as exciting as you expected, right? But if you ever feel compelled to reward your taste buds, this unique appetiser will give your mouth an orgasm, as this moody, BARRY LYNDON shot does it no justice, but tries damn hard. So, sure, it's not technically a "SOTD" but my appetite had to share.

Fuck I want one right now. Bye.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Shot of the Day #11: Treepestry

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

Ever just see something and it just fires your eyes so much that you have to actually stop and put the car into reverse to capture it? That's what we have here.

I was driving down the street near my house, talking to Green from Utah, getting some "news from the Sundance trenches" and stories from the GRACE premiere (which you can read about HERE & HERE amongst other places...GO SOLET!!! So proud of you man...) when I glanced up at the tree branches overhead, coveting the street like the spindly, skeletal fingers from Death himself, the light bathing the wooden digits with a glow that made me actually stop, put the car into reverse and back up to take a shot. I dunno what compelled me, maybe just to have a SOTD, but thus far, this image gives me the creeps and had to be noted. .

Then again...the suburbs in general still burrow under my skin like BLUE VELVET, which feels as relevant today as it did in '86. "Unkie Dave", you are GOOD.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Shot of the Day #17: PGNT CKS R HWT

Shot with Nikon D90. Click to...Enlarg-hey! Don't be fresh.

Need I say more?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Shot of the Day #16: Mike and Joesh...

Shot with iphone. Click to enlarge.

...actually, Joesh (left) & Mike (right). Two of the baddest muthafuckas in the G4 building. These guys make the channel look good, and clearly look good doing it, as seen here in an impromptu moment I happened on.

Also: Modest.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shot of the Day #15: To be Validated...Virally

Shot on iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Came back from a particularly ass-y meeting to find this on my seat. One of the shows I oversee and sometimes shoot, Freestyle 101, has been showered with praise and awards, yet sadly, not found much of a wide audience, which is a shame because its a fucking great show and the people I've met and shot (Ice-T, Sticky Fingaz, Supernatural, Del The Funky Homosapien,B-Real, Murs, etc) has been a trip and an honor. Still trying to crack that viral nut I guess.

But, cool, kooky statues like this one (The show has now won 4 different oddly shaped awards) keep us going I guess. Pretty neat...wish I had a bigger bathroom to put it in.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Shot of the Day #14: "Hey Hicks..."

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

"...You look just like I feel."
-Pvt. Mark Drake

Being Sick Sucks.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Shot of the Day #13:...and Leon's* getting LARGER...

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

37 weeks, 37 centimeters....das a big belly.


*No Luke, we're not giving away the sex here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Shot of the Day #12: Road of the Rat

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Caught this poor, flattened fellow on the Banz walk before; something about the light glimmering off the teeth of the separated spinal cord just stopped me in my tracks and I had to snap it. Look at the length of that tail, wowie zowie.


PS: Sue me I like this one too, thanks D90.
Shot with Nikon D90. Click to Enlarge.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Shot of the Day #11: I am a Donut Mule

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

When Bri and I shot the Black Dahlia Murder music video in Vegas back in 05, she was on a desperate hunt for ANYTHING Vegan (you'd think with 4 of the same letters in the same order, they'd be more accommodating) and stumbled on Ronald's Donuts, a little hole in the wall (pun intended) that actually offered 100% vegan donuts, and Bri was in HEAVEN. Seriously, you'd never know these things are somewhat good for you, because they are fuckable-good.

So CUT TO: 2009, and knowing I was going to be in Sin City, Bri made it VERY clear: No Ronald's Donuts...don't come home.

So, with a very detailed list ('Yes on anything jelly and custard; NO on Maple") I went to Ronald's and bought out pretty much the rest of the Vegan vittles, much to the slight Asian owner's delight. They smelled so sweet, soft and fluffy, and I knew I'd be the big winner with two boxes filled with sugary goodness. Score one for the Lyncher.

So with ALL the other equipment and luggage I was trudging through the airport, I had these two pink boxes of stomach sin like a drug mule, trying to keep the contraband on the DL so someone in the airport wouldnt give me a look saying "Um, you have TWO personal items and one carry on" and grill me in a dimly lit airport interrogation room about the two boxes of innocuous donuts which probably come off like I've stashed diamonds or crank in the dough, which means some fat, sweaty fucktards would be penetrating the confections with their meatpaws, looking for illegal booty.

Thankfully, Im writing this from home, so the "eagle has landed" so to speak, and Bri is one happy camper.

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

I also took this aerial shot as we departed tonight, cutting through the Vegas night sky, and the moon caught my eye. This was both a very difficult week, and was glad to be shooting as the door was hitting our asses on the way out. Plus, with the other similar pic i took on Tuesday, this just felt like a fitting visual bookend.

Till next time Vegas...go F yourself.

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Staying Scary,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Shot of the Day #10: "Real" good head

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

This was a tough one; walking through the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE for you "pros") there were just too many moments to choose from. However, I'd actually like for you to come back to check out the next 355 more shots, so I refrained from the snap I got from this year's most gag-inducing new Adult title, "Scary Hairy" (think about it) and went with this slightly creepy pic I snatched with a trio of "Real Doll" heads under glass and some odd, "Madball" like boobie thingies. I just loved the natural overhead lighting and those inviting lips...the smell of Silicone just gets me awf.

OK, I feel dirty now, need to shower for 2 days and do my flight checkin online. It's time to go home.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Shot of the Day #9: Interesting marketing...

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Only at CES can you witness an inflatable mushroom cloud as a marketing ploy. Enjoy.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Shot of the Day #8: Boo Ya Burgers

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Courtesy: G4's Best of the Best 2009, Las Vegas, NV.

...God bless the Whores Devores.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Shot of the Day #7: How bout that?

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

I swear to fucking Yahweh, I am not stalking celebs in eateries. I am not trying to compete with Perez Hilton (BTW, love the new hair color dude, it's bitchin). But there he was...Ludacris himself, out on the town from a hard day saying "Monster Cables are...dope." (ed. note: not confirmed quote) at a CES Press con, an entourage linked to him like a wagon circle while the entire staff of the eatery-even the chef!-came out to hobknob with the multi-hyphenate, who was just as chill as you'd expect a dude like him spending CRAZY Cheddah at a faux-fancy French bistro would be. Mad chill. Luckily I had the quick reflexes and composed the twat out of this thing, for better or worse. Well, it makes for an interesting shot at least...and look at the foreground on that fucker!

I wonder if he even saw THE SPIRIT.

Viva Las CES.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Shot of the Day #6: Vegas Approaches...

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

....flying over Vegas....them's a lot o' buried bodies down there.

Staying Scary,

PS: Ah, memories...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Shot of the Day #5: A Sad Social Epidemic...

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Found this poor, abandoned shopping cart on the walk this morning. If this dog were an Indian, she'd be shedding a solitary tear right now.

Have people no shame? Harumph.

As some form of retort, Squizz lubed the wheels' joints with some Mellow Yellow.


Words cannot describe. Wait, that's 3. Shit.


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Shot of the Day #4: Banz & The Tummynut.

So I was so revved up that I had a great S.O.T.D. (yeah, it's day 4...we're reverting to Acronyms) earlier today when we took some of the extended family to one of our favorite feed bags, Real Food Daily, which occasionally has the occasional celeb to quietly gawk at; "hey there's Mike White." or "7'O clock...drummer from Fall Out Boy" but today, we got an eyeful of Ellen DeGeneres, her "belle" Portia de Rossi and the brilliantly understated actor Wallace Langham, all in one table. Sweet!

Oh, and the Drummer from FOB was there....again.

So I had to take a shot, thinking "Wow, here's an actual juicy TMZ moment to contribute this stupid experiment." and I'd be set with my contribution to the cause, bing bang boom. Even better, after I took said shot, who walks in, but Sarah Gilbert & Ron Livingston (seperately, mind you), so it was a star studded Brunch indeed! So, this was truly a moment I felt fit the mold for this. Done and done...right?

Shot with Nikon D90. Click to Enlarge.

Well, then you get moments like these...just your typical Almond-in-Pregnant-Belly-Button-Stalked-By-Banzai situation, and I had to pull out the D-90, which has a really nice lens (gotta check it out to find the specs), and grab that intense stare...Alec Baldwin would be proud. It's downright smoldering.

Hey, this was all about stealing a slice of time, right? Well, here's a piece, enjoy. Hope you like nuts.

Staying Scary,

PS: Aw, hell...I couldn't resist! The gal on frame left (stage right) is my Sister-in-Law, Emily. She just got her herr did.

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Shot of the Day #3: The Breakfast Club '09

Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

It's 10 am on a Saturday morning and we're going over homework. Yeah.

A quick snap from the Birthing class we're attending right up until lil "Plissken" (as we've been calling him In Utero) pops. It's been a very interesting class and a few complications aside (and homework...seriously? I thought I left that shit behind!), we always walk away feeling better about the path we're taking in bringing the lil' guy into the world. The best part is relating and getting to know the other couples in the class, who are from all walks and corners of life and a really great bunch to talk stuff out and share stories with. Sure, it might dish out some "work to accomplish outside of class" (see? putting a fresh coat of spin on it helps!) and be 3 hours on a Saturday, but it's been a pretty enriching experience.

What, you wanted something movie or horror related? Sooooooory, can't be all Glamour 'N Gore EVERY day...well....

C'mon, I'm trying to fill a quota here!

Oh, and notice the date...I clearly have "Previousyearitosis", the g condition where the afflicted forgets it's the new year and habitually writes down the previous year for the first few days, weeks...hell even MONTHS (Hell, I was stuck in 1995 for most of 1996!).
It's not fatal, but I'm sure its a scourge on the banking community...more than we will ever know.

Also, notice the Keenan Ivory Wayans lookalike hovering over the date on said pic. Kept me giggling silently throughout, thanks dude!

Happy Saturday.

Staying Scary,

Please dont feed the animals

Spooky Dan pulled out a cameraman during ScreamFest2008 while we were in line for Gregg Bishop's fantastic 2nd film DANCE OF THE DEAD (which, if you haven't seen...stop reading now and add to your Netflix Queue) and this is what came of it....god this feels like years ago.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Shot of the Day #2: Magic just happened...

Shot with Nikon Coolpix D2. Click to Enlarge.

So here is a shot I took this morning after Green and I recorded a very special commentary for a very special film to both of us. Now, I thought it was gonna be kept on the DL, so i was trying to find some cool, cryptic image to hint at it a little, not let the cat out of the bag....but I guess that little furball is out and hissing, 'cause not 20 minutes after we left the recording studio in Santa Monica I got TWO random text messages from well-wishers saying "Hope you and Green kill the commentary!". Huh? Turns out Adam did a Status Update on his myspace saying "off to do the Jason commentary with Lynch!" Not that it HAD to be a big secret, but holy shit word travels fast! So yeah...we were invited to do a "fan/filmmaker commentary" for the forthcoming DVD (maybe Blu-Ray?) release of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER, which should be coming out sometime in '09. It was a complete honor to be asked to do it and major thank you's go to Daniel Farrands for recommending us for this opportunity and I hope it was as entertaining and informative as we thought it was "on the day".

Holy shit did that all just happen??? Im still in shock I think. Holy stink-nuggets, that was crazy!!! Wow. Just, wow.

(Excuse me, I need to compose....thank you.)

When Green and I walked out of the recording session, we had huge grins on our faces as we passed the baton to the next set of guest commentators (which I'll keep mum for now on, but it's gonna be pretty Rotten and Creepy...wait, too easy a hint?) and I think we were pretty proud of the recorded results. We both hold that film in very high regard, and I think fans will be happy with our somewhat in-depth look at what, to me, is the GODFATHER PART 2 (or, to the younger generation, the DARK KNIGHT) of the Jason saga and we gave it much loving lip-service...and never once spoke about LOVE, ACTUALLY. Pretty proud about that.

Can't wait to hear the final product.

Fuck, I hope I didn't say 'Fuck" too much.

Staying Scary,


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Websession: Robocop Rap

I can't stop listening to this. It's like crack...or Pac-Man Fever.

Shot(s?) of the Day #1: Happy New Year!

Hey all, this whole "One shot a day" thing is already gonna be tough. Now that I have this mode programmed into my mental/biological "hard drive", its all Im thinking about. Sure, the romance will peter out once things get really busy, but it still doesn't solve the dilemma of..."Which of these pictures is the best representative of the day at this moment that I want to share?" This morning, or at least the first twilight moments of the first day of the new year, I wobbily captured the exact moment when The Jonas Brothers, Ryan "I've looked at your AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON T-shirt in the elevator" Seacrest and a host of other IMPORTANT people count down on the TV "...2!....1!!...HAPPY NE-"

Shot with Nikon D90. Click to Enlarge.

...Not the best framing, lighting or even focus, but it was the first shot of the new year, and just felt....right. Guess that's the point of these improv-type shots and the rules I'm setting up for myself. This was a moment that certainly captured the feeling of the holiday. Bri and I are celebrating 10 years together this year (WOW! Time flies!), and its been an amazing, life-defining adventure for us both. I'm so blessed to have her in my life, especially on the dawn of an even more earth-quaking event just round the bend, that we get to do it together with smiles and laughter and this moment in time felt right to capture in a 2-D digital time capsule.

Man, that's some mushy shit up there. Mmm hmm.

It's been a banner year for my darling love and my blossoming family, and right before the ball dropped we both mentioned how this time last year, one of us said "...and who knows? We might have a bun in the oven by then!" and CUT TO: NOW... Dick Clark valliantly struggled through his frequent check-in's on the Annual telecast from Times Square (which was supposedly 2 degrees out, factoring in the wind chill....I'm actually glad to be enduring the "blistering" 50 degree winters here for once) Bri was standing next to the TV and I blurted "wait, right there!" and saw another moment, one that instantly burned a bold title card in my head:

"A Picture speaks 1000 words..."
Shot with Iphone. Click to Enlarge.

I dunno who said it and too lazy to type W-I-K-I-.-C-O-M (even though that configuration of letters and characters was more time consuming) but this moment in time to me furiously scribbled volumes. What that belly represents and what it means for both of our lives forever, or what Dick on screen for so many of us growing up and having almost 30 memories of this very moment, being together with the TV Icon and a frigid gathering of New Yorkers as they rang in the new year, and how we've all changed too. Dick gives us hope (TWSS....sorry I had to) and while it was tough to watch him post-stroke, his presence warmed us, showed us that there is a LOT of life ahead of us, and to cherish every moment. So the frame being built on these two halves, the image of the "newborn" year on the left and the symbol of the past on the right...I dunno, again, it just felt right.

I promise not to be so indecisive tomorrow (shit! What the hell am i gonna shoot tomorrow???) but with this internal struggle going on between choosing the two shots, well...I just had to share and i guess it's good I'm keeping the creative spunk squirting. Ew.

This is gonna take some getting used to...but I guess that's another discipline I need to work on with what's coming up in the next few months. Also, let me mention that I don't plan on explicating every photo when I put something up...I guess you just caught me in a very introspective moment as of this writing.

So, there you go. One day down. Feels good.

Wait...if I put two pics up today, does that mean i get to take tomorrow off?

Have a great holiday everyone and here's to a bright new day in 09!

Staying Scary,