Every now and then something will happen and it will remind you that life is short. Life is too short. If you want something, do it now. Don't wait until later because there might not be a later.
A few days ago, the Mr. Brianwash Banksy Oscar wall went up on La Brea. I wanted to go take a picture of it but never got around to it. I knew I had to do it soon, because who knows how long it would last in it's untouched condition. Well, tonight, I was taking someone who hadn't seen it to take a look. As we pulled up, we saw two people painting over the piece. Right as I put the car in park, they ran away. One of them doesn't know how to spell.
beware of billy lucas
Think of something that you've been wanting to do. Do it today.
If you like taking pictures, always take your camera with you.
Today I saw Goodfellas & Mean Streets at the New Beverly Cinema. Seeing those movies in a theater was awesome but this was extra awesome because Nicholas Pileggi and Paul Sorvino did a Q&A before Goodfellas. Their stories about working with Scorsese, Deniro and Liotta were priceless. They talked about everything Goodfellas including how Pileggi & Scorsese connected to make the film, adapting Wiseguy into Goodfellas, casting real life wiseguys, improving on the set, Scorsese's planning the soundtrack, the dinner in prison scene, how Sorvino prepped for the role, Sorvino's thoughts on acting and so much more. If you're a fan of Goodfellas and haven't read Wiseguy, I highly recommend it. Also, if you haven't seen Mean Streets, I recommend that as well.
Sorvino said a great line about Italian cooks: "If you tell an Italian restauranteur, 'Give me a bad meal or I'll blow your brains out,' the cook says, "Pull the trigger, I can't help you."
"One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect."
Another addition to my Midnight Run collection: Midnight Run Japanese program circa 1988. Yup, I really like this movie.
And since I'm Italian and not Japanese, here's an Italian Midnight Run trailer.
This reminds me of when I was in Rome, Italy with my family. It was late at night and we were all hanging out...my Dad was channel surfing and he found Midnight Run dubbed in Italian. We watched the whole thing. I love my family.
The Hangover was very, very funny. Funniest movie ever? No. Do I think it will become funnier/more quotable after a second viewing? Yes.
Up was great. I saw it in 3D and think you should too if you have the opportunity. It's one of my top three Pixar movies. I want Imaginary Foundation to make an Up shirt with balloons, the house and the sky. (Take a look at their shirts and you'll get what I'm sayin'.)
Before Up, I saw the trailer for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. This looks great - a movie about food falling from the sky. It's insired by the book with the same name...I just put a hold on the book at the library. I'm on a read (or reread) the book before I see the movie tip.
I went to see Quantum of Solace tonight and one of the previews told me to go google something. It started with a clip and it was doing its job - I was interested... until "Google Search: 2012" appeared onscreen. Get the fuck outta here. There's no way that I'm going to go google 2012. Well, there's one way - if I was going to write a blog complaining about it and I felt that I should know exactly what I'm writing about and to see if something amazing happens. Well, I googled that number and nothing amazing happened. Nothing about the movie really happened either. The only results having to do with the movie on the first page of results were for imdb, apple trailers and moviefone. The official movie site was nowhere to be found. I refreshed the results page a few times and finally got what I was refreshing for: a sponsored link to the 2012 page on SonyPictures.com. I clicked that link and got three exciting options: register for updates, watch the trailer or worldwide release dates.
matt damon accepting the award for "biggest ass kicker" in bourne.
He was right. This was taped on May 30th, the night the Celtics beat the Pistons to advance to the Finals. He talked some more Celtics talk when he got his second award of the night too. Awesome.
Ghost Dog is a great movie.
It has a great soundtrack.
It even has a great import soundtrack.
Jim Jarmusch & RZA made some magic with Ghost Dog and Forest Whitaker did a great job as Ghost Dog. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Think samurai meets Goodfellas with RZA as the house DJ.
"In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through to the other side."