Category: I Love L.A.


 

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It occurred to me today that this will (probably) be the first year in at least a decade that I don’t hit up Vegas.

Two things:

At this point, I’ve done ‘Vegas Birthday’, ‘UFC Fight Weekend in Vegas,’ ‘Hangover in Vegas’, ‘New Year’s in Vegas’… there’s not really any all new variations I haven’t experienced yet.

And two, with ten or so weeks still to go, I’ve hit up the Bay Area twice, I’ve started doing film festivals again, I’ve seen family members and frat brothers I haven’t seen in years… I could call it a year socially right now and it would already be a gigantic step forward.  And I’m not remotely done.

So, until next time, Sin City.  There will be a next time I’m sure, but for now, one of my all time favorite movie sequences came to mind to start this week.

Enjoy.

 

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Taking you into this weekend with one of my favorite scene stealing performances in recent memory…

I rewatched ‘No Country for Old Men’ last night and forgot Margaret Bowman played a motel clerk in that one.  Not a hugely memorable role, but it made me go back and look up her one scene in ‘Hell or High Water’.  I remember seeing this in the theatre in Dallas.  Even watching it over again a few times this morning: she straight up kills this scene.  Nothing but joy and character actor envy.  You get one of these over the course of a career, you’re good.

Enjoy!

 

 

Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.

One of my favorite Golden Age stories I took to heart comes from Karl Malden.  When Brando was putting his directorial debut together, he called Malden to see if he would be interested, and Karl just said ‘Yep’, without knowing what the part was, let alone seeing the script.  I’ve heard it repeated in more professional settings as well: the more the merrier obviously, but if you have a handful of people who you are aces with, you’ll be alright.

(Also realize writing it out, that’s good life advice as well.)

Point here being for me, Brittany Garms is definitely one of my ‘automatic yes’ people.  First time we worked together was ‘Natalie Portman: the Musical’, then ‘Christian Bale: the Musical’; there was a time I remember the timing was the reason I couldn’t do a project.  But we’re good.

I knew she was involved in something at Netflix, imagine my surprise to find out she’s one of the leads in this new series debuting later this month.  Many of you know how dedicated I am to supporting the people in my orbit, so not much more I need to say about this, other than, enjoy the trailer!

 

 

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Happy Birthday John.

 

 

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I think this has been forwarded me to about 20 bazillion times in 2 hours, and I still can’t get enough of it.

Can’t wait.  Can’t wait…

Have a good weekend!

 

 

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First song this week is a Hall of Famer.

A filmmaker friend is trying to recreate the sequence from ‘500 Days of Summer’ (what triggered the song in my mind).

But I’m old enough to be connected to this song to this cheesy ass video.  3 minutes of perfection here, I smile wide every time I hear this.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Quincy Jones has had a career and a life that just won’t me duplicated.

EGOT.  He opened the door for Oprah to go to the next level.  He opened the door for Will Smith to go to the next level.  Nearly any creative I know would feel like his 90th biggest accomplishment would easily be their 1st.

So it’s impressive that ‘Quincy’ does such a good job of giving an overview for how much he’s done over the years while blending in enough of a personal element to balance the story out.

I could be hear all day talking about Q’s accomplishments, so I’ll just pick a few highlights:

  • Sinatra is one of my guys, so the chapter detailing their relationship was riveting for me.  How much respect Frank had for him, how Q was right there with Sammy when Sinatra spoke up about really integrating Vegas, the album ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ (a personal favorite).  All gems.
  • Like Kendrick said, my generation was introduced to Q through MJ.  The music nerd in me was equally happy to hear him credit Rod Temperton as one of the great songwriters, but getting behind the scenes footage of their professional bonding over ‘Off the Wall’ and ‘Thriller’ was cool.
  • I should have figured as much, but Q produced the concert that opened the Smithsonian African-American Museum.  Just seeing him walk through the pop culture exhibit and realize he produced or worked with damn near every person in the music section is another shake your head ridiculous moment; but seeing this man still producing massive events in his 80s is…humbling.

The film is co-directed by his daughter Rashida (side note: I’m far too young to know of a young Peggy Lipton, but seeing her with no context, my first reaction was still, ‘Oh, that’s Rashida Jones’ mom), and it’s well worth the two hour watch if you’re any kind of pop culture nerd.

High recommend.

 

 

Still buzzed from watching an IMAX print of ‘the Dark Knight’.  Tenth anniversary and on a weeknight the place was still packed (well played Warner Brothers.)

No film is perfect of course (the ‘Heat’ and ‘Se7en’ influences feel heavier now),  but that film is still a quick 2 and a half hour ride.

  • Adapting comic book characters in a ‘realistic’ setting…
  • the villain who is actually brilliant and not simply ‘crazy’
  • practical stakes (humanity as a whole wasn’t going to end no matter who ‘won’)
  • And Heath Ledger…still…

And the hero had to lose in order to eventually win.  I said it ten years ago, I knew at some point Warners was going to reboot the IP (too much money to be made), and I’m still fine with whatever comes next.  My generation got the hero we deserved AND wanted.

Last post before the holiday, have a good one.

Back next week.

 

 

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The weekend!

A video for one of the all timers today.

Michael McDonald and probably my all time favorite misquoted lyric.

He’s not singing, ‘The White Man has the Power!’ but damn it’s funny to think he is…

See you on the other side gang!

 

 

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The comedy stuff I’ve done hasn’t really been consolidated into one piece, until now.

My buddy Jeebz likes to edit, so we tried to tone a few of the parts I’ve played over the years into a ‘comedic timing/hit the punchline’ highlight reel.

As far as the intro/outro, hand to God, as we were in the middle of it, my only thoughts were ‘Everyone is going to expect me to touch on this, let’s use it to set the tone.’

Only now as a passive observer do I see it and go, ‘Huh, I guess I can officially scratch playing this character on screen off my bucket list.  Cool.’

Anyway, enjoy!