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.