Thursday, July 19, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
that got me here
that make me me
that make me better than the others
that make me sparkle a little on the lineup
and one of those things is
what happens is i get hella impatient and assume that just because one plus one is working out, that two plus two should be right in the pocket too
but they are mutually exclusive.
and constantly changing. see it’s not even 2 plus 2 any more it’s 3 times ten.
everythings constantly moving and spinning and growing and mutating. youre old enough to know that curveballs not gonna hit you.
and if it does youve got a helmet on.
walked through DTLA tonight alone, eating from a bag of funyuns feeling good.
maybe a little too good.
Monday, May 14, 2018
oscar levant was a concert pianist who was so beloved at one point he was the highest paid pianist in the world
he was also so funny and smart that he he wrote books and was a regular guest on all the talk shows and game shows of the time.
he had incredibly low self esteem.
George Gershwin, who was writing music at that time, said Oscar, I love you, please be my friend.
so they became friends and any time Gershwin wrote something new and handed it to Oscar
Oscar would play it in a more beautiful way than George ever imagined.
but still Oscar thought George was full of shit whenever he praised him.
im not very good, he thought to himself.
in fact im close to terrible.
so he got involved with drugs. bad drugs. the baddest drug of them all: heroin.
but it was codenamed Demerol.
and it ate at his beautiful brain.
all of his celebrity friends marveled at him, his sense of humor, his quick wit, his vocabulary and his neurosis
but they always assumed his instability was either a complicated put on
or something that he could keep in check.
he was assigned to one mental institute after another. until he finally died in one.
i think Jonah Hill would be perfect.
but maybe John Legend would be more perfect because it would be cool to have the piano playing be real and believable.
Monday, April 2, 2018
50 years ago today Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” debuted in Washington DC to mixed reviews, mostly negative ones.
A few days later at its New York premiere, people booed and walked out.
“It lacks dramatic appeal to a large degree and only conveys suspense after the halfway mark…. The plot, so-called, uses up almost two hours in exposition of scientific advances in space travel and communications, before anything happens, [including] the surprisingly dull prolog… Film ends on a confused note, never really tackling the ‘other life’ situation and evidently leaving interpretation up to the individual viewer. To many this will smack of indecision or hasty scripting.” – Variety
“A small sphere of intellectuals will feel that Kubrick has said something, simply because one expected him to say something.” – NY Daily News
“It is phony on many points, even for specialists. For a true work of art, the fake must be eliminated.” – Andrei Tarkovsky
We are here for a heartbeat. We are iPhones with no battery charger. When we die the poor will ravish us for our copper.
So while we are here we can sit around like a dolt taking orders from this one or that one
Or we can rock.
You don’t need confidence, you don’t need talent, you don’t need courage. For even a dog when he sees a cat knows to run after it at high speeds.
Life is the cat.
Run after it.
At high speeds.
Kubrick had a vision. He worked with the author Arthur C. Clarke. He built props and stages. He never used many of them. He had a vision. Were people who weren’t Stanley Kubrick in his ear telling him that he was spending too much money or that the script was lacking or the music was wrong or there weren’t any stars in the film?
Were people saying, why is half of this space movie about prehistoric monkeys who don’t say any words?
Probably. But because Stanley Kubrick was a dog he ran after what he was supposed to run after and we are all luckier because of it.
And for damn sure we should celebrate that some jackhole didn’t tie him to some tree in the backyard.
Live your life. Make your art. Make it weird and beautiful and unlike anything that anyone has ever seen.
Those of you who make art, that is actually your job.
Don’t be a thief. Be you. Be the most you you can be and if people don’t like it, good. People didn’t like the Velvet Underground or Van Gogh or GG Allin or The Replacements or Tsar or even Pinkerton when it came out.
But people sure loved Milli Vanilli. A whole bunch of them voted to give Milli Vanilli a Grammy. Where is the list of those geniuses?
Make art, not friends.
Make the artiest art you can art. If people say peeee-youuuu, kiss them on the cheek because I bet you those people are not Lou Reed and you need to give those people the kiss of death.
50 years after you have made your art, no one is going to say “Yes but I wonder what Kathy Lee and Hoda thought about it.”
They’re gonna say, Tony Pierce made that and I loved it.
And I love it even more now.
Now go catch that fucking cat.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
both my tax lady and i canceled on each other
felt like a batter who just couldnt get around on it.
but then i saw on twitter that tiger woods was trending.
second to last hole he needed to gain some ground on the leader
he smacks this huge driver.
then gets on the green from 220.
and somehow sinks a 19 foot putt uphill with a curve.
this weekend wrinkle in time was #2 in the box office behind black panther
it’s the first time two black directors were 1-2 in the box office in the usa
im starting to think we can do anything.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
i think i have, actually, many good ideas
amber is napping, charles mingus is on the bluetooth
one cat is sleeping on the floor, the other is on the bookshelf gnawing on the corner of it
i want to get this idea in the right hands
but tomorrow i have to get to sleep early because tuesday i have to be at work at 4am.
because of the oscar nominations.
which should be exciting, and we get to leave early when it’s over, after we do a few things, nothing too strenuous.
and then we can get back to sleep.
today i watched football and half of this hank williams movie.
last night we watched the Tonya Harding movie and amber cried because shes sensitive to violence.
which makes me feel like i have the blackest heart because i wasnt effected at all
except for near the end, margot robbie, as tonya was delivering this great monologue and
man it hit me.
because she was right, i had my opinion of her, based on a hand full of reports
this was all pre internet
but even today how often do we judge people without fully researching the sitch
the cat is now done with the bookshelf and sitting as close to ambers feet as possible
mingus keeps swinging
and i keep a-thinking…
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
in it is a line that has struck me
If you have a choice between
being right and being kind,
i am definitely guilty of keeping it
a little too real,
especially here on the internet.
but to live up to that quote would be quite an interesting little enterprise, let me tell you
especially here on the internet.
theres that other saying that goes,
take it easy on people bro, you dont know what they’re up against.
which this movie brings home in a special way. because some people seem like they have it one way, but behind the scenes something is completely different. just like how pictures of downtown LA make it look so beautiful.
but when you get in there…
it’s a different type of beautiful.
drove this old korean guy across town today. he sat in the front. talk talk talked with a heavy accent.
told me how he got pulled over by the cops in the 60s in LA and he admitted to the cop that he was too young to drive
and the cop said, get it together, and sent him on his way.
told me that he wants his little son to be good at piano.
i was all i would love to be good at piano.
and we got to his spot and he said,
i apologize if i spoke too much. in korean culture, a man should be quiet.
i said my man you’re in america,
let it out.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
it’s hot, it’s windy, it’s dusty
somethings going on weird and it’s made me sick twice in the same month.
today my boss sent me home cuz i was coughing and snorting and looking half dead.
so i worked a little at home and passed out on the couch thanks to the benadryl.
amber was home but then hiked to griffith as i snoozed
then she ubered to her company party as i researched for next week.
all while having Mindhunter on in the background, and now Somewhere.
is this what its all about Prince asks me from the tub
is this how you turn the corner, Michael meows from the sink.
the back door makes some noise and then amber arrives, cold cheeks, smiles, cookies tucked in her bag
“i like this movie,” she says.
“but i forget what it’s called.”
Sunday, December 17, 20171925 Seven Chances
1926 The General
1928 Steamboat Bill, Jr.
1929 The Taming of the Shrew
1930 The Blue Angel
1933 Duck Soup
1934 It Happened One Night
1935 A Night at the Opera
1936 Modern Times
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1938 Room Service
1939 The Wizard of Oz
1940 His Girl Friday
1941 Citizen Kane
1943 Stormy Weather
1944 Double Indemnity
1946 It’s a Wonderful Life
1947 Miracle on 34th Street
1948 Oliver Twist
1949 The Third Man
1950 Sunset Boulevard
1951 The African Queen
1952 Singin’ In The Rain
1953 Roman Holiday
1954 Rear Window
1955 To Catch a Thief
1956 The Ten Commandments
1957 Throne of Blood
1959 Some Like It Hot
1960 The Apartment
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
1962 The Miracle Worker
1963 The Birds
1964 Marriage Italian Style
1965 The Sound of Music
1966 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
1967 Belle de Jour
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1970 Two Mules for Sister Sara1971 A Clockwork Orange
1972 The Godfather
1973 Enter The Dragon
1974 Young Frankenstein
1975 Dog Day Afternoon
1976 The Bad News Bears
1977 Star Wars
1978 Animal House
1979 The Jerk1980 The Blues Brothers
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1984 This is Spinal Tap
1985 The Breakfast Club
1986 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
1987 Evil Dead II
1988 Coming To America
1989 Do the Right Thing
1991 Cape Fear
1992 The Player
1993 Jurrasic Park
1994 Pulp Fiction
1995 Empire Records
1996 Happy Gilmore
1998 The Truman Show
1999 Being John Malkovich
2000 Bring It On
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2002 8 Mile
2003 Old School
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2
2005 The 40 Year-Old Virgin
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
2008 The Dark Knight
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs The World
2011 The Artist
2012 Moonrise Kingdom
2013 Spring Breakers
2014 The Lego Movie
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Rogue One
2017 The Last Jedi
Saturday, December 16, 2017
i hate being spoiled. i have no idea why people love to ruin movies for others.
and yet they do which is why i go to movies the night they come out – if not sooner.
everyone at work were all jacked for the show, which got me into it so i got my tickets a few days ago
almost to see if i could
and thankfully every theatre in town was showing it all day and all night
so we got some on the left side about halfway up at the AMC Burbank 16 and i gotta say, what a great theater.
it was a big room, stadium seats, and the sound was great.
the movie was fantastic. wayyyyy better than i expected: scary, thrilling, at times funny. some lessons for one and all.
one of the lessons i learned from just watching it all was
BE BETTER THAN YOUR HEROES
im sure this director and Lucas and so many others were in awe of Kubrick’s 2001.
but for decades they sat there in that awe and made one mediocre space film after another.
but this guy, this Rian Johnson, he was all, i know this is the Star Wars universe, i know you love Chewie and R2 and the rest
but im gonna do something a little bit different here.
in a way its a bit Star Treky which is funny because Trek has found recent success being more like Wars.
but then he brings out the big guns be them ships or cannons or Walkers or bombers
and is all,
say hello to my little friend.
we all have little friends.
don’t be afraid to use em.