Archive for November, 2006

Kathy Griffin rocks the Warfield (Again)

November 25, 2006

Kathy Griffin at the Warfield (November 2006)

Notes to follow

Up, down, turn around…

November 22, 2006

The view from my desk on the 19th floor

I am one of the lucky ones with a window seat at the office. The image you see above is the view I have from my desk on the 19th floor. This isn’t a side view or a tip-toe and crane-my-neck view—this is what I see when I am facing directly forward. I am truly lucky and very thankful.

Planning this blog post brought back memories of living on the west side of losAngeles. On the weekends I used to ride my RockHopper along the beach path from Marina del Rey to Redondo Beach stopping to watch when airplanes would fly low overhead. I stopped to watch every time.

Speaking of stopping to watch… Have you ever stopped to watch a construction team erect scaffoldings on a tall building? I did that for the first time this week—it was AMAZING! Across the street from the historic PG&E building, I found myself stopping to watch a vertical row of workers passing pipes and wood planks non-stop up a single-file human assembly line straight up 20+ stories. It was an awesome display of strength, precision timing and teamwork. Of all days not to have my camera!

The next morning I remembered to bring my camera hoping to shoot some video on the way to the office, but they weren’t doing the single-file vertical line gig from yesterday.  I didn’t see any workers. When I got up to our office on the 19th floor, I looked out the window and saw the entire team working at the top of the structure. From my desk, I have a distant view of the Bay Bridge and a close up view of gothic spires on the roof of the historic PG&E building across the street. I pulled out my camera and clicked a few photos and shot 60 seconds of video while the team erected the top rows of pipes and planks. Some workers had to climb up, down and around corners without safety harnesses. Others had to balance along single pipes in order to hammer in connectors and perpendicularsupports. I can’t imagine doing that job, and have so much respect for those that live it every day.

You’d think the sight of construction would ruin my view of the Bay Bridge. Just the opposite—as people in hard hats climbed up, across, over, and down, it looked less like construction and more like a team of players floating around in a 3-D video game matrix. All this with the Bay Bridge in the background—my view became more interesting, even more incredible, almost surreal. I’m thankful not only for my million dollar view, but also for my new perspective.


Background music for this photo/video montage—
New Order’s Temptation

“Up down turn around, please don’t let me hit the ground…” 

Running with Scissors (Film)

November 19, 2006

Movie stills from Running with Scissors

For me the film Running with Scissors was a very different experience from the book.

Notes to follow…


View the movie trailer above

Detailed review by Robert Urban

Pier 23

November 19, 2006

Pier 23

These are days you’ll I’ll remember—
Never before and never since (I promise) will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true, that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days you’ll remember—
When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour. You’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true, that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days—
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break. These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face. And when you do, then you’ll know how it was meant to be. See the signs and know their meaning. It’s true, then you’ll know how it was meant to be. Hear the signs and know they’re speaking to you.

[These Are Days—10,000 Maniacs unplugged]
 

Celebrity sightings at local pub

November 18, 2006

 kate O’Brien’s Irish Pub

SF hotspot: Kate O’Brien’s Irish Pub 

Celebrity sighting #1—Berkeley Chad, who is still rad, was spotted arm-in-arm-in-arm-in-arm with his extra-large entourage. He was sporting messy hair and a 10 o’clock shadow.

Celebrity sighting #2 & 3—Andy Dick and Tara Ried stormed out of the bar after two members of Porkchop Express crashed their VIP section. Collin (PCE front-man/lead singer) stood at the back bar, threw back a couple pints of Guiness, then screamed, “I’m SO wasted!” Five seconds later he was surrounded by a circle of 5 lovely ladies and 1 guy wearing a Def Leppard t-shirt. Kevin (PCE bass player) ran up and down the club pub showing off his 2-carat diamond engagement bling. At one point a messy skinhead got in Kevin’s face and yanked on his bushy sideburns. But Kevin didn’t get mad. He kinda liked it.

Celebrity sighting #4, 5 & 6—Red glittery heart stickers covering the foreheads of a group of drunk meterosexuals can only mean one thing—Cat, Danielle and Julie were in the house and on a mission. Interesting side note… Because Cat’s jugs looked so flawless, no one noticed her new haircut. Oh well.

Celebrity sighting #7—Later that night when some high-energy Latin beats came blaring from the jukebox speakers, the staff cleared the center tables to make room for an improptu Dancing with the Stars performance with special guest Big Red Mario Lopez. Did you know Mario Lopez is Russian? It’s true, he’s from St. Petersburg, Russia. I didn’t know that. All this time, with the last name Lopez, I thought he was Filipino. 

If you have any celebrity sightings of your own to report, leave a comment with all the juicy couture details.

Sasha Cohen as BORAT?

November 7, 2006

Sasha CohenBorat

When I first read about this movie, I thought… Sasha Cohen the little Olympic figure skater made a movie? Before seeing the film, I had no knowledge of Sacha Baron Cohen, his HBO show or any of his characters. My first experience was this film—Borat.

With so much pre-release hype, there was worry the film might flop just like Snakes on a Plane. So they scaled back on the number of screens they planned to show the film originally on its opening weekend. I tried seeing it Friday through Sunday without any luck. They must have double sold seats, because even with fewer screens showing this film, it grossed almost $25 million opening weekend. I finally saw it tonight—day five.

I walked into the theater with 4 friends from work with my fingers crossed that it was going to be a smart comedy. I left that theater with way more than I expected. WAY MORE. It has to be one of the smartest comedies I’ve seen in a long time. It was non-stop laughter from start to end. I don’t know who laughed louder, me or my friend Pam. At times I felt like apologizing to the people around me because of my loud uncontrollable cackling. I almost laid an egg. Cohen has a unique way of tackling inappropriate topics and cultural stereotypes—not dancing around the edges all half-ass, but committing 110%. It was definitely FULL-ASS. I believe Cohen’s commitment and absolute risks make this a truly smart and ingeniously funny film—a film I will definitely see again.

It’s not that I don’t want to write too much about the film’s content, I don’t think it’s possible. No plot synopsis or character description, regardless how well-written, would do the film justice. I recommend you just go out and experience it first hand.

Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat—thank you for LETTING ME HAVE IT!

Video #1—Official Borat movie trailer

Video #2—Ali G fans, help me out… (See note below)

Is that Cohen/Ali G at the beginning of this ghetto fabulous music video from 2000 or 2001? Check out the first 30 seconds, then let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks.

Preview—Reno 911: Miami

November 7, 2006

Of all the moview previews before the movie Borat, this is the one I am looking foward to seeing most—Reno 911: Miami

Remember School House Rock?

November 7, 2006

Remember ABC’s Saturday morning School House Rock? One day I’m going have to look up those videos and post them along with the lyrics.

Here’s a video that appeared on John Stewart’s Daily Show. In the spirit of School House Rock, this clever video focuses on this year’s mid-term election.

Election Day

November 7, 2006

Today is election day. I wanted to show you something other than a negative political campaign. Here’s something different.

Figure out what it is yet?

Here’s a a partial transcript.

Wild kind of look to the day
Opening eyes impale neon flickers
She moon she turning away
The city’s her slave but he’s cheating his mistress
She’s moody and gray
She’s mean and she’s so restless (so restless)
All over you as they say
Rumours or rivals yell at the strike force
Hi guys, by the way
Are you aware you’re being illegal
It’s making your saviour behaviour look evil
‘scuse my timing but say
How d’you fit in with this flim, flam and judy

Maximum big surprise
Your smile is something new
I pull my shirt off and pray
We’re sacred and bound together
To suffer the heatwave
Pull off my shirt and pray
We’re coming up on re-election day

It’s an extended remix of the music video Election Day by the 80’s band Arcadia.

Freedom

November 6, 2006

It’s the night before election day. Here are two different videos featuring the same George Michael song—FREEDOM. Check out both videos.

1. Original music video featuring a cast of old school supermodels

2. Political music video I found on Digg (creator uncertain)

What the F_ _ _ _ ?

November 5, 2006

A Documentary

Preview

THiNK Film delivered LOL controversy last year with Aristocrats. Now that all the poop jokes have settled, they’re serving up FUCK—a documentary—the film that dare not say its name. 

Director and producer Steven Anderson addresses the social, political, personal, historical, linguistic and artistic significance of the four letter word. He tells his story through a series of candid interviews with linguists, comedians, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, porn stars, world political leaders, and a host of well-spoken celebrities. The film also features never before seen fuck-footage, clips of American fuck-culture over the years, and fuck-animation from Oscar-award-nominated artist Bill Plympton. The film promises to be a celebrity fuck-fest. Literally.

FUCK is scheduled for limited release at Landmark theaters in losAngeles and New York on November 10, and in San Francisco on November 17th at the Lumiere theater.

Watch the movie trailer below

Oink! Oink!

November 5, 2006

Inked

What do you think of this Victoria Secret model 100% inked? Kinda edgy… Pretty hot… But if she got rid of those goofy sandals, her PIG factor would definitely go up—at least more 25 points.

Church of (Southpark) Scientology

November 5, 2006

Church of (Southpark) Scientology

Comedy Central show Southpark pushes the envelope by going where only a few hundred men have been before—inside Tom Cruise’s closet. Religious-based fans are excited to see how Tom organizes his wardrobe. Does he hang his t-shirts? Does he use wire, plastic or wood hangers? How many pairs of shoes does he own?

2005’s critically acclaimed Episode 912—Trapped in the Closet was nominated for an Emmy. Is Stan Cartman really the reincarnation of L Ron Hubbard? Guest stars include—Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta and R Kelly. Watch the episode (below) and LYAO.


Clip starring Tom Cruise (5 minutes)


Entire “Trapped in the Closet” episode  (22 minutes)

Complete list of Southpark episodes

FYI—
I recently learned that LYAO = Laugh Your Ass Off

Alanis on Nip/Tuck

November 1, 2006

Nip/Tuck, guest starring Alanis Morissette

Sean and Christian’s anesthesiologist and lesbian friend Liz finally gets some. On episode 9 of Nip/Tuck, Alanis Morissette guest stars as Poppy, Liz’s new girlfriend. Poppy says she loves Liz for who she is, but it seems all she wants to do is change our semi-butch Latina Liz into new-and-improved skinny lipstick lezbo Liz. This should be interesting. Alanis is scheduled to appear in 3 episodes total.

This 4th season of Nip/Tuck is filled with nothing less than the hottest celebrity guest stars. So far this season we’ve seen—Larry Hagman, Kathleen Turner, Brooke Shields, Mo’nique, Jacqueline Bisset, Mario Lopez, the Curch of Scientology, Rosie O’Donnell (talks of a spin-off?), and now Alanis. I can’t wait to see who pops up next.

Watch all Nip/Tuck season 4 episodes to date