So, up til 4am Thursday night/Friday morning to watch The Dark Knight. It was, without a doubt, a film so great it sits in the pantheon with the best of David Lean, Spielberg, and Kubrick. Super Hero flicks get a bad rap, but this film manages to fully understand the power and potency of the costumes and iconography and uses them to full effect. Yes, this is a summer blockbuster. Yes, the main character dresses in a bat suit and fights a sadistic clown. Yes yes yes. But underneath all the make-up is a technical and thematic masterpiece. The risks taken on the narrative structure are astounding. As someone who has studied screenwriting my whole adult life, I was floored. The acting is superb and unfortunately the amazing turn by Aaron Eckhart will be forever lost behind Heath Ledger who, all hype aside, turns in a performance that ALSO sits in that pantheon ... I'm talking the best of Brando, Day-Lewis, and pre (lets make s crappy cop movie) Pacino.
Also awesome are the Cinespia cemetery screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Basically, you show up at 5pm, get in line, meet the folks around you, and start drinking. Doors open at 7:30 and the floodof people is enormous. They lead you to the back of the cemetery, to a large headstone-free field, where you set up blankets, coolers, low chair, and listen to music until 9pm when they project a classic movie on the side of a mausoleum. It's a way to raise money for a cemetery that's always on the verge of bankruptcy.
Just, you know, on the way out, don't stop to urinate on a bush, Because even though 500 drunk people are staggering around in a haze of illegal pot smoke, having just watched A Clockwork Orange, it's much to degrading to urinate in a cemetery. Apparently I was disrespectful to the zombies.
Le Sigh ...
And now, at 7:30am on Sunday, the landlords sent the work crew to finish the rocks they are sticking to the side of our house. So, you know, there's that.
Come one, come all, to the greatest web-event since Paris Hilton's sex tape or Chocolate Rain ... hell, even that dancing banana.
Over the writer's strike, Joss Whedon (creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) sat around with his brothers and conceived this story. They they called in favors, made it for free, and now it's viewable online.
It will only be free till Sunday, after that they charge for downloads so they can start paying their crew.
Not only is this another step in the evolution of online entertainment, it's about the finniest, most charming thing I've ever seen. Enjoy.
Ok, first off, is this the best Facebook ad ever? Maybe, maybe.
In other news, I have now signed up to write for the website Suite101.com ... basically, it's Google Ad revenue share if I write ten articles every three months. They liked my writing sample and I'm in. According to the site, payment is determined to popularity, but the number $10/day was thrown out there, which would be awesome, considering that's a livable budget in three of the four countries I hope to visit this fall.
So the next couple months are shaping up to be monstrous. In addition to packing and planning my Asia trip, I need to:
- help set up my business's bank account - fix my motorcycle - edit, sound mix, color correct, and do one re-shoot for a short film - clean my garage - edit various behind the scenes blog videos for RedFence Magazine - Plan and attend various movie screenings - plan my trip and press coverage of Comic-Con 2008
All while maintaining a 50 hour per week job during the daylight hours.
This is how I spent my 4th of July ... testing my new Flip Ultra camera and teaching a dog how to swim. I bought this camera for the Asia trip, it's the size of a cell phone, weighs the same as two AA batteries, and uploads directly to your computer via a built in USB port. It's pretty amazing. They sell on Amazon for about $120.
So, a few days ago I was dreaming that my room was swarming with giant spiders. Not very surprising if you've ever done any gardening with me and seen how I react when your average garden spider decides to skitter by. But still, it was a bit dramatic and frightening, even for me.
Here's what it looked like, only with four inch legs.
And the thing is, it was one of those "real time" dreams where you lay down to sleep, actually fall asleep, but then start dreaming that you can't fall asleep ... so I was totally convinced the spiders were real. Apparently I shouted so loud that my roommate opened the bedroom door to watch my murder, and since one of the many symptoms of my narcolepsy is "lucid dreaming," I incorporated him into my dream, and all the spiders turned and swarmed towards him.
So now he's saying, "You're dreaming dude, wake up!"
And I'm like, "idiot, you're about to get sucked to death by giant spiders!" only it sounded like, "aiaghnaighaighuom!"
Needless to say, it wasn't a restful night.
Then, LAST night, I dreamt that I was having nightmares, waking up, telling folks about my nightmares, then going back to sleep, having nightmare sequels, equating these dreams to my REAL LIFE dream about the spiders, then realizing that I was actually dreaming everything, then getting confused since I was aware I was dreaming, fighting to wake up, then I actually did wake up and spent about ten minutes trying to figure out what was real.
I'm not even joking, I had a dream within a dream that had a sequel and I also referenced a different dream from a different night while trying to explain all the dreams to some fictional dream people.
There are so many levels of Meta in that, all my Lit Crit friends but be quivering like excited Chihuahuas.
"I was having sex with my wife and I saw her look into a mirror and I asked her if she was looking at my naked body and she said no, that she was looking at her own naked body, and I told her she was a lesbian and she talked back to me. Then later she walked into a door and got that black eye." - Mark Driscoll
"If you wake up in the middle of the night and climb out of your tent and see two glowing red eyes about the size of baseballs and hear a deep, gutteral rumble as if hell itself is peering at you from the trees ... don't worry about it and just go back to sleep." - Larry Dawson, former Park Ranger
"If we had better health care they could have scraped my brother's brains off the trunk of that car and saved his life." - Ted Kennedy
"Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to cheat and he'll steal that fish, crack the dude over the head with a rock, and sleep with his wife." - The Apostle Paul
"Kingdoms will be conquered, bricks will be shit." - George W. Bush
"Sometimes, when I'm alone, I tune up "Butterfly Kisses" on Pure Country 91.3 and just let myself cry." - Barack Obama
"Women are like horses, they work better with a broken spirit." - Rick Warren
"Where are my pants? They were on when I left the house this morning." - Jimmy Bussington