Thursday, January 17, 2019

My Favorite Songs of 2019



Man, the moviemaking memes have been spot on lately.

Anyway, this list isn't really in any sort of order. These are my favorite songs that I listened to the most in 2019.

This is for sure #1--this is by a guy named Ollie Wride. He's the main singer for one of the best, if not THE best, synth groups out there right now, FM84. If he sounds familiar, you probably recognize his voice from "Running in the Night" on FM84. Great song.

This is from what appears to be a solo album coming out, and nobody's doing 80's synth revival better than this guy:


https://www.youtube.com/embed/FXjV9m6QV-k

This is another favorite from that same album. As they say, take my fucking money.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GGRe0Zv9boY


This is Jake Shears, lead singer of Sister Scissors. I love their stuff, so have been bummed the group sort of split up. Then I get surprised that Jake has a new solo album, and it's really good. This is probably my favorite track.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/EfPXokHna2M

BUT...this is neck and neck. Got that funky Sisters beat I love.


https://www.youtube.com/embed/u-kXW2cngM4


This was a joke song for one of those bad lip sync segments for Stranger Things, and it turns out the song is hugely addictive. Has a sort of funky Prince vibe to the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mokhz53Dbo

This was a fun summertime song. Catchy as shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG1RDounZ8w

This is an oddly catchy song, like something a more pop Trent Reznor would come up with.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qr1-WpWOUk8?start=10

This next one is crazy...this guy has been making music for DECADES. Like, since at least the 80's(I remember his big big hit "Cars"), and here he is still killing it. I feel like Bellware will like this video--has a very post-apocalyptic vibe to it.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/lHomCiPFknY

This next one has got to have one of the catchiest choruses that I've ever heard. Whole thing starts off slow and then bam...that bass...then they add to the chorus on the second time...so simple, but so great...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fpap3RTKjS8

Okay, I heard this one on the Island show me and the missus love during the summer. As soon as I heard it, the hook got stuck in my head. I went to look for it. I'm not sure how this is not a huge hit...like, all of the youtube videos of it have under 10,000 views...?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?A9uvr187gMs

Also this one, same thing--this has under 20K views? Huh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?O9SspPDnq-k


Damn, I think I'm getting too high to post the rest of these. So this is a good start.

Honorary mention:
Like the 80's and metal music? Go watch this video, and afterward check out their others. But as much as you're going to swear this is an actual 80's video made by an 80's band, keep in mind that they're Swedish and were formed in 2002.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k2PT_lFWoQ


Monday, January 14, 2019

Back


Just got back from L.A., a relatively okay trip. It's exhausting, as always, but it's over. Only thing left to do is collect a big check.

The auction went okay, and the banquet video went well. A couple of people, including Luke's brother, thought it was the best video we've ever done. That is crazy sauce, because THIS is the best video we ever did:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqQ8IhvxM1A

Sure, part of it is the fact that I forced Luke to go out in the snow and do some ridiculous stuff. But there's some funny shit in there, and I think we got the gist of the "Cops" feel down, plus I'm still sort of surprised I got the logo that close to the actual logo.

Out in LA, we made a stop at the weed store--completely legal out there, and got some fun stuff. Weird thing is, that meant I got plenty of sleep every night, but every day I STILL felt exhausted for some reason. I'm guessing jet lag and stress.

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Back here now, and I'm nearly ready to let slip a secret I've been keeping. It's not a nice one. It could be a VERY bad one--still waiting for confirmation.

On another front, I'm still mulling over my next move, movie wise. Am I done? Do I have the ability to QUIT? I'm not sure I do.

Which means I do one of two things:
1) That experimental thing which is just a hodgepodge of stuff that I've written since I was in college--I just go out and shoot them all whenever I get a chance, and put 'em all together. It will have segments that are 30 seconds long, some that are like 15 minutes long, just a bunch of random mostly-horror shit. I can shoot 3 or 4 of the short ones in a weekend, and the longer ones will take full weekends.

Just do it as a I can, and it's done when it's done. Mostly nobody gets paid, so I'll be using actors who I'm pretty good friends with who will work for nothing but food and the incredible honor of working with me. :)

2) I'd had an idea last Halloween when I spontaneously came up with my costume--remember that S&M clown? I had thought, given the reaction by EVERYBODY I came in contact with, that this was a frightening thing to people.

And recently I've been thinking...perhaps I go the "Terrifier" route. That movie basically has no plot. That clown follows two random girls, killing everybody in the way to get to them. Period. Has a ton of gore. It was a big hit for them.

If I could come up with something a little like that--I can't do no-plot movies, but maybe I can do a VERY light plot--that's basically chock full of cool gore, and keep that budget to like $2K...(how do I do that? Not sure)

These are the things I'm going to mull over.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Too Busy


That there is one of the greatest memes ever. Sad and true.

Anyway, been busy finishing all the videos for the big auction this weekend. The lady in charge really went overboard on how many showcase videos she wanted. It ended up being nearly 90 minutes of edited video.

And then I finished up the banquet video.

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Watched a pretty good werewolf movie on A-zon. It's called Howl, and has a premise I love--a train gets stranded in the middle of nowhere, and werewolves attack.

Saw Wreck It Ralph 2. Not bad. Not as good as the first though, but still fun.

Anyway, am off to L.A. on Thursday, back on Monday. I'm sure I'll have stories.



Tuesday, January 01, 2019

New Years Over Too


2018 went out the way it came in, like a big steaming bucket o' shit.

See, our toilet kept running so I popped the top open to see what was up. The flange that keeps the water from going down into the toilet has broken off the pole. This flange is probably--no joke--30 years old. It's amazing it lasted this long.

Problem is, they don't sell this kind of flange any more. All of the ones you buy at Lowe's or Home Depot come with their own poles--so I'd have to take the whole top off of the toilet, remove the old pole(which is metal--that's old) and put the new stuff on.

I wasn't too enthused about that, so I called my dad for his advice. He came over and took a look. His advice--buy a new toilet completely. Awesome, more money. The only thing that sold me on it was that the interior pieces were already attached, so less work for me.

Bought the new toilet and put it in. What's weird is how much less water it uses than this old tank. Our old tank had a ton of water in it--this one uses 1.28 gallons per flush. I hope it's enough water to flush my kid's enormous horse-sized dumps he likes to take.

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Then, if that wasn't enough, our heat stopped working on New Year's Eve. AGAIN. I am ready to blow up my entire house and start over again.

We think we know what the problem is, so we ordered another part. Every goddamn part on this furnace is under 5 years old except for the shell of it, so I don't know how it keeps going bad.

Part won't come in for a couple of days, so no heat for a while. Luckily it's not THAT cold out, considering it's January.

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BEST OF LISTS

Okay, not in an order, because I don't have time for that.

Movies:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ready Player One
Deadpool 2
Overlord
A Quiet Place
Upgrade
Calibre

Haven't seen but might make list if I had, from what I hear:
Creed 2, Apostle, Spider-man Into Spiderverse, Bohemian Rhapsody, Searching, Bird Box

I saw Aquaman the other day with my kid.  It wasn't terrible. It was like 25 minutes too long, but had some decent stuff. As far as DC movies, it's a step in the right direction.

Watched Cam on Netflix. Pretty decent watch, even if it falls apart toward the end.

Television:
Haunting of Hill House
Daredevil Season 3
Better Call Saul Season 4
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Season 3
Ozark Season 2
Counterpart Season 1
Man In the High Castle season 3
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Cobra Kai season 1
The Americans Season 6

Television has some very strong stuff. I just finished The Bodyguard on Netflix, a UK show. A show you can blaze through, because it's compulsively-watchable. Not sure it would make my best of though.

I could make a worst of, but the one that pops out to me is Mandy. I cannot understand how people made it through that movie, much less the near-universal accolades it's getting. It's SO fucking boring. As in, nothing happens, at least through minute 35 when some dude yanks out his dick and continues the long speech he's been spouting.

That's when we were all like, enough. It's bad enough you're going to bore me with a dude talking forever, but he's gonna whip out his tiny dick and talk MORE?

Nah.

I'll do some best of music next post. I heard some good songs this summer that I'll share.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Xmas Over.



Good week of watching movies. Not only did I get the Die Hard in, but the wife wanted to watch another Xmas movie, so I didn't take requests--put in the perfect compliment to Die Hard: Lethal Weapon.

And it's weird what I never noticed until this viewing of the movies back to back. Namely, the commonalities:

  • Michael Kamen did the music for each. This is a guy that doesn't get much lip service, but he scored these(as well as many more): Die Hard 1&2, Lethal Weapon 1&2, Highlander, Adventures In Babysitting, Roadhouse, The Last Boy Scout, Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight, Event Horizon, and X-men. But I digress.

  • Mary Ellen Trainor is in both of these movies, as well as actors Al Leong(an Asian guy you'd recognize from 100 other movies), and Grand L. Bush(who played the black FBI Agent Johnson).

There may be even more, but I either forgot about them or didn't notice.

Then tonight, Xmas night, after we got home the wife wanted to watch another Xmas movie. She wanted to watch Christmas vacation, and I'm always up for that. As always, a fun movie.

Okay, anyway, the best of list is coming for sure. Been working the past couple of days on the banquet video. It's coming in long, so I'm gonna have to do some cutting. I'm used to this though...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas. A Big So What, Again.


This month has flown by, even faster than the entire year. It's two days from Christmas already, for fuck sake.

Been working hard on a new dvd to give to the in-laws for Xmas. They really like seeing videos of old photos, animated to zoom in or out and whatnot. So I scanned nearly 1000 photos that my wife had buried in the back room, as well as some slides and negatives that I'm pretty sure nobody's seen in 30+ years.

Took a lot of time, but finally got it done. It'll be the last one I ever do, because it would be a lot less work to just buy them something.

Also, my hand and forearm are really hurting. My thumb especially.

Doesn't help that I'm also editing the January banquet video. It's not as effects-intensive as the past few years, but still is a lot of work. More photoshop stuff than After Effects.

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Watched The Bodyguard series on Netflix. It's only 6 episodes, cuz it's UK. It's pretty good. I also really love the show Can't Pay We'll Take It Away, a UK reality show where they follow guys from the "high court" as they either evict people or go extort(legally) money from people who owe--if they don't pay, the guys start seizing stuff on the property.

The wife wanted to watch a Xmas movie, and when I laughed, she's like "What?" I tell her, "What Xmas movie do you think I'm going to have down here?" because she's looking for a non-horror flick. I have some Xmas horrors...

She then suggested Die Hard. Said she hadn't seen it in like 15 years. You don't have to ask me twice whether I want to watch that flick.

Also watched that Netflix Xmas movie with Snake Plissken as Santa. Decent enough, but worth the price of admission alone cuz of Kurt, and he even gets to sing again(I still remember him as Elvis).

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Am reading the Snowman, the book that movie was based on. I heard the movie is dogshit--and that they didn't have a finished script when they shot it. I can't figure that out, because YOU HAVE A FUCKING BOOK IT'S BASED ON...how do you not finish that screenplay?

But I'll admit, I don't get why this book is universally loved. In the same way I don't understand how anybody finished that shitty Mandy movie, much less that they rave about it as one of the best movies of the year.

Oddly, I started this whole post to put up my best of 2018 movie list, but I guess I'll save it for the next post, since I've only posted twice this month(counting this one).

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Slacking On The Blog Again...


I know, I'm really slacking on posting but it's that dilemma again...

If all I'm gonna post is the shitty things happening to me in life, do you REALLY wanna read about that? Do I really wanna put that out there constantly?

I mean, I'm sitting here in my house and the furnace broke again. We have no heat. Last night was 20 degrees outside, and inside it got cold as fuck. So cold I actually woke up because the air was too cold on my face(everything else was under covers).

We know what the problem is--I ordered the part, but the fastest it's getting here is Tuesday. (and no guarantees on that)

The heater guy wanted to charge $800 to replace it. The part costs $140 shipped, and it's EASY to put in. (we've replaced it before, like 10 years ago) So that kind of mark up is gonna push me to do it myself.

We have some space heaters tonight, so hopefully it will be okay. I can also do some dangerous stuff to make the furnace work, but then I have to deal with the possibility of dying of carbon monoxide poisoning--which, at this point, doesn't sound like a bad way to go.

We'll see, eh?

I shaved my hair off. Completely. It was coming time. The hair's been leaving pretty hard core for the past year anyway, so gotta see what I'm gonna look like.

I have no idea what to make of it. I startle myself every time I walk by a mirror, because I've forgotten I did it. Wanna see the before and after?


I mean, you live with the same look more or less for 48 years, you get used to it. I clearly have to go back on the diet, cuz my face is too fast for no hair.

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Made a video of creepy vintage pics just to put up and help advertise our web link for our movies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaKZeBYTO7k&feature=youtu.be

Ttory 2 is going down fast now that it's December. We did almost the same amount in minutes in November that we did in October, which is crazy.

I'm hoping against hope that we get SOME bonus, because otherwise I'm going to be down roughly 5K on the flick.

Rewatching Deadwood again. Such a great show, with great writing and performances. I gotta finish all the crap on my Azon watchlist since I'm letting it go in January. Their price hike there is too much to justify--I don't order that much shit for the shipping, and I don't watch that much shit of theirs so I'm done with it.

Anyway, sooner or later I'm hoping something good happens in my life. It's been a while.