2007 is off to a helluva start…

I’ve mentioned a few times, here and there, a movie I worked on called Dead Hunt. The trailer went up on YouTube recently.

It’s a Timewarp production (directed by Joe Ripple and produced by the late — and great — Don Dohler), written by my buddy, Ace, and starring some really, really great people. Gotta give props to my buddy, Mitch, as well — he’s doing the effects.

I can’t wait until it’s in Blockbuster. Oh yes. Considering all of Timewarp’s other films can be found in your local video store, I have no doubt this one will be gracing the shelves, as well.

2007 is off to a helluva start.

If the guy who wrote it was still alive, he’d deserve a punch in the face…

Well it took a couple of weeks, but tonight I put just about the last of my dvds in a database. I have a few more left, maybe 20 or so, but considering how many I own, I might as well be done.

Hands down, the best thing about this project was I touched every DVD I own. I had to put the UPC of each DVD into the database, so it was nice to see what movies I have (and I have more than a few). Surprisingly, I only have three doubles. Somehow along the way, I bought two copies of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (with Donald Sutherland) and two copies of Cabin Fever. I also have three copies of The Devil’s Advocate, but, believe it or not, that was intentional. All things considered, I was pleasantly surprised that I had so few doubles.

What I wasn’t pleasantly surprised about was how many were still in shrinkwrap or, even worse, I haven’t even watched. That’s a damn shame. But, fortunately, not only have I curbed my DVD purchase over the past few months, the program I am using has a feature that keeps track of what you watch, in addition to what you own. Believe it or not, that motivates me a little to get that “Watched” column filled up.

Tonight, I watched Rent.

Funny thing about Rent: The first time I saw the play, I liked it. But each time I saw it after that first time, I liked it a little less. By the fourth time or so, I decided I hated the characters because they were useless to society. Well not so much useless, but moreso a bunch of crying crybabies.

(Side note: Why did I see it so many times, you ask? Because the old roomie liked it, and every time she went, I went, too. I knew how much she liked it, and there was no reason for her to go alone. Also, dare I say it, I like some of the songs. Shut up.)

Moving on, I just couldn’t take the characters pissing and moaning how no one cared about them and they should live rent free and the man is bad and blah blah blah. Get a fucking job, losers. Contribute to society like the rest of us. Ug. If the guy who wrote it was still alive, he’d deserve a punch in the face for being such a Warren Whiner.

So why did I buy the DVD if I hated it so much? Two reasons: It was 5 bucks and I wanted to see if I still hated the characters.

After watching it tonight, I found I still hated the characters. Losers.

But I’ll watch it again because that damn Rosario Dawson is a hottie hot hottie.

And I would certainly light her candle.

Best of 2006.

Best BookThe Rutting Season by Brian Keene. For various reasons. Buy it.

Best CDs – Scissor Sisters’ Ta-Dah and The Black Angels’ Passover. Ta-Dah has some unbelievably catchy songs and it’s my biggest guilty pleasure of the year. Passover, on the other hand, is a completely different sound, taking it back to 60s war rock. Both fantastic CDs.

Best MovieThe Descent is the first one comes to mind, so I’m going with it. Clerks II is a close second. It was much better than I could have ever expected.

Best DVDFear of Clowns. Goddamn right. Buy it.

Best TV ShowThe Office. Nothing else comes close.

Best Vacation – My California trip. Good friends, good food, good scenery, good times. It was everything I wanted it to be, and more. A shout goes to everyone who made that awesome trip possible. It was easily one of the highlights of my year.

Here’s to hoping that 2007 is as great as 2006 was.

There seemed to be a lot more headstones than before…

When I was a young buck, I was in the boy scouts. Go on, laugh and make your jokes, I’ll wait.

Done?

Anyway, I distinctly remember my first camping trip with the scouts. My first night roughing it. Living off the land, being one with nature.

That’s how I thought it would be, anyway.

But what happened was a little bit different.

My parents dropped me off at the meeting place, a local church, early in the morning. The game plan was we were going to do some cleanup on the church property, then we were going to set up camp and be manly men.

We started off cleaning up the inside of the church. Dusting, sweeping, mopping it down. Then we moved onto the church grounds where we scoured the parking lot looking for nails and glass and picking up any debris or trash. Finally, we moved onto the cemetery, that resided on the church property, and made sure the headstones and surrounding areas were free from debris, and the old flowers were disposed of.

As morning moved to evening, I began to wonder when we were going to leave to go to the campsite. As I saw no one hurrying to get things rolling, I went to my scoutmaster.

“When do we go to the campsite?” I asked, eager to use my new camping supplies purchased for this big event.

“What do you mean?”

“Aren’t we camping out tonight?” I asked. I hoped I didn’t screw up. I had looked forward to this all week.

“We sure are.”

“Well, when do we go to the campsite?”

“We’re already here.”

I looked around the graveyard. There seemed to be a lot more headstones than before.

“Here?”

“Yeah, why?” He asked.

“But this is a graveyard.”

“We aren’t camping in the graveyard.”

I breathed a sigh of relief. “Where are we camping?”

“Over there.” He pointed to a clearing. 10 feet out of the graveyard. “You aren’t scared, are you?”

“No.” I was.

About an hour after our conversation, we set up camp.

About an hour after we set up camp, I called my mother to come pick me up.

Screw camping out in a cemetery.

Happy New Year!

I normally don’t make new year’s resolutions as I don’t see the point. If you are going to make a change in your life, you really shouldn’t have to pick one particular day to make that change.

That said, I’m going to make a better effort this year to keep this blog updated.

We’ll see how that goes.

*filed under coolness because I really don’t know where else to put it.*