Mr. Cellophane

In a location adjacent to a place in a city of some significance, what comes out of my head is plastered on the walls of this blog.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why must there be uncertainty? Not just for one's self, but everywhere.

Some might argue that uncertainty keeps the world from plunging into chaos, but I argue that it keeps us from the things we need and want from life. If someone has impressive credentials all around, should it matter that their personality isn't what you consider to be perfect?

Uncertainty and self-doubt are tools of the devil. Life could and may be lived to the fullest and we'd know that if we didn't second-guess everything that shows up in front of us.

What kind of universe puts so many wonderful things in front of us, but also the sensibility to keep us from ever getting those things?

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not a suicide note, I promise.

As I find myself thinking about all the people younger than myself making a difference in the world by any particular means, my mind goes right to my pathetic income, my shameful living situation, my many debts, my questionable means of transportation, my lack of friends and my nonexistent prospects and I end up thinking, 'would anyone really miss me if I died tomorrow'?

It's a question I'm sure everyone has asked themselves at their lowest moments. No one should ever have to ask this, but, more and more, it seems that God isn't listening to my prayers. No one is and I really don't know how to react to that.

I really wish I knew what to do about this.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

All's fair in love and cholesterol.

I've learned something: everyone should see a movie at a drive-in and go to the fair at least once a summer.

Having already done the former (with a double feature of Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer!), I felt that I had to get the latter done, at some point.

Learning that I'd have to pay for parking (and my car only barely qualifies as drivable right now due to a mistake I made that night at the drive-in, but never mind), I instead decided to take the shuttle to the fair. It was a city bus, which I hadn't ridden in a long time. It was actually nice letting someone else do the driving while I took a nap (or saw the scenery; the ride was a flexible one).

When I got there, there were people, of course, but also animals. I saw a couple of cows being walked (and I was careful to check my shoes for any presents).

Even with the attractions, my main goal at the fair was chowing down on something - anything - deep-fried. I got that wish with one stand's 'Deep Fried Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes'. They were pretty hot, at first, so I just broke off the skin drippings and dipped that in the side of ranch dressing. Eventually, I dove into the balls. Still pretty warm, and a little loose in my hands, but damn if they weren't delicious. I really want more of that 'Deep Fried Paradise' feeling.

I planned to partake of another meal, but nothing caught my fancy; most of the stuff available wasn't all that rare. I just felt like walking around after that. There were carnival games galore, but I wasn't interested. I'd planned on riding a burlap sack down a giant slide, but that seemed to not be around. Even if I hadn't just eaten, sideshow attractions like a 29-inch woman and a half-snake, half-girl were better ignored than experienced.

I didn't turn my nose up at everything, though: a buffalo was carved (or chainsawed) by a purported 'Wizard of Wood' and there was an interesting bit of audience participation with 'Sam and the Giant Wheel'.

On my way back to the entrance, I passed through a barn housing a number of animals, both feathered (chickens, peacocks, geese) and furry (rabbits, guinea pigs). Cute though they were, I couldn't help but feel sorry for them. I certainly wouldn't want to be stuck in a cage, ripe for the gawking.

Still, like I said, going to the fair is something we should all experience once a summer. Here's hoping my life is more in order when I go back next year.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Chasing dollars.

Bad news: as I have the wrong kind of blood, I am not eligible to give plasma for money.

Good news: as something of a consolation prize, I was given a $25 check for my troubles (travel expenses).

Good(ish) news: I also registered for online surveys and it just paid its first volley: $10 added to my Paypal account.

Yay?

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

We're in the money...tem-por-ar-i-ly.

Well, it took a lot of waiting and a bit of suffering, but, between the check for my CDs to Screen Archives finally arriving and a substantive payday from the last couple weeks of work, I have a bank account in the triple digits again.

Not sure how long that's gonna last, what with the many obligations I have, but it feels pretty good to not completely be in the red, again.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Once Bitten (John DuPrez)


High-schooler Mark (Jim Carrey) is talked into playing the field by some friends and meets a vampire countess (Lauren Hutton) who needs the blood of virgins to sustain her youth. Very 80s comedy, with all the cheesy, offensive humor one would expect...but, while undistinguished, it's occasionally entertaining and Carrey shows glimmers of the star we'd come to know and love.

John DuPrez's lively score is buoyed by a delightful tango-ish main theme. Some other highlights include a driving climactic cue ("The Big Chase") and a melody that sounds like it came from an Italian horror movie ("Bite-mare").

Once Bitten
composed and conducted
by
John DuPrez

1. Main Titles 3.10
2. Bad Report 0.43
3. Mark and Countess Escape 0.26
4. Countess' Pad 0.36
5. "Make me lovely." 0.35
6. The Painting 0.24
7. Sebastian's Rose 0.33
8. Time for Bed 0.41
9. No Ice Cream 0.17
10. Cafe Dream 2.37
11. The Good Ol' Days 1.22
12. Second Bite 0.16
13. Hissy Fit/The Church 0.38
14. Bite-mare 1.26
15. Not a Costume! 1.37
16. The Visit 0.18
17. Going After Robin 1.08
18. Sneaking Around 0.50
19. Caught 0.13
20. The Unveiling 2.09
21. The Big Chase 5.13
22. Countess Undone 1.15

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Comic-Convection.

Another year, another San Diego Comic-Con that my broke ass can't go to. Well, let's do this:

Thursday:

*CW3PR's 8th Annual Behind-the-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection (10:00a - 25ABC) - Another panel of composers on shows I don't watch. Still, I might learn something.
Spotlight on Peter David (10:30a - Room 4) - A writer who's had a finger in just about every pie (film, television, novelizations, comics). No doubt he's got some stories to tell.
*The 4th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero (11:00a - Indigo Ballroom) - A far more interesting music panel. I'm especially interested in the appearance of John Ottman, who thankfully murdered that pod person what sullied his name on Days of Future Past.
Happy Happy Joy Joy (11:15a - Room 6A) - As someone who remembers watching NickToons on Sunday mornings, this look back at them should be a lot of fun.
Justice League Action Video Presentation and Q&A (12:00p - Room 25ABC) - I know nothing about this show, but it features two Batman VAs, presumably reprising their role(s), so I'm curious.
*Moana: Art of Story (12:30p - Room 6A) - Seriously, with that bit in the trailer when Maui did the People's Eyebrow, they had me.
Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition (1:30p - Horton Grand Theatre) - I cannot resist a good trivia panel. I just can't.
*DC: One-on-One with Paul Dini (2:00p - Room 6DE) - Been a fan as far back as "Tiny Toon Adventures", and I'm intrigued by his latest work, "Dark Night".
*1986: There Can Be Only One (3:00p - Room 5AB) - I'm gonna go to one of these reminiscing panels one day. I've even been watching movies from that year.
*Geek's More Greatest Movies and TV Never Made: The Threequel (4:00p - Room 23ABC) - It is truly fascinating hearing about the movies that could've been. I'd love to hear more about them.
*Ghost of Name That Movie: The Sequel (8:00p - Room 9) - I may as well be on a game show where I know I can ace the questions...

Friday:

Spotlight on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (10:00a - Room 29AB) - Another writer spotlight. Between his work on the absurdly entertaining "Afterlife with Archie" and the upcoming CW series, he is turning the town of Riverdale on its head.
*The Black Panel (10:00a - Room 5AB) - Still Black. Still a nerd. One never knows.
Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Con Man Panel (10:30a - Hall H) - I guess it's some online program. My mind went right to that awesome Bruce Campbell/Ted Raimi panel I went to at Fan Expo Canada.
Intro to TV Writing (10:30a - Room 8) - Gotta get into the biz, somehow. A lot of TV writers end up making movies, after all.
My Little Pony (10:30a - Room 6A) - Yep. Still watchin'.
*Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Return to New York (11:45a - Room 6A) - The 'Turtles...in...space!' arc was far more entertaining than the 'Walking Dead farm' arc. Can't wait to see where the show goes from here.
I'm from Another Dimension: Disney XD's Star vs. the Forces of Evil (12:00p - Room 25ABC) - Decently entertaining with some nice designs.
[adult swim]: Robot Chicken (12:15p - Indigo Ballroom) - Still hit and miss, but still pretty funny.
Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q &A (1:00p - Horton Grand Theatre) - It can't be easy writing these superhero movies. Hell, I spent the last year and a half cranking one out, myself.
*I Love That Song! Composing, Scoring and Singing Superhero Style (1:00p - Room 28DE) - Featuring the composers of Dynamic Music Partners (Google it) talking about their work.
Ice Age to Space Age Costumes: Designing for Film (1:00p - Room 23ABC) - What exactly entails designing costumes for a film?
[adult swim]: Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio (1:15p - Indigo Ballroom) - "Robot Chicken"-esque show from the creator of "China, IL". Surprisingly, the title is not an anagram. Go figure.
Hollywood Location Scouts (2:00p - Room 23ABC) - Ah, to know the thought process that leads producers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2  to one's hometown.
How It Should Have Ended (2:00p - Neil Morgan Auditorium) - I really got to get back to watching these.
*People of Earth & Powerless (2:00p - 6BCF) - Not terribly interested in "People of Earth", but I am very much looking forward to "Powerless".
[adult swim]: Rick and Morty (2:15p - Indigo Ballroom) - I discovered the show in the last year. Very much one of those 'what have I been missing?' situations.
*Bob's Burgers (4:00p - Indigo Ballroom) - One of the best shows currently airing. How much longer until the talked-about soundtrack?
Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary (4:30p - Room 5AB) - One of Disney's most cherished films, soon to be re-made in live-action, gets a retrospective.
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski (5:30p - Room 6DE) - From "The Real Ghostbusters" to "The Twilight Zone" and everything in between.
*The Writer's Journey: Maximizing Your Exposure in the Marketplace (6:00p - Room 32AB) - "This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses." God, could I use some of that.
She Made That: Nickelodeon Women in Animation (6:30p - Room 24ABC) - As a credit watcher from the 90s, it's fascinating getting to see the women who worked on my favorite shows.
*Geek & Sundry's How Geeky Are You Trivia Panel (7:30p - Room 8) - I love seemingly meaningless trivia.
*Super Geeked Up Live (9:00p - Room 29AB) - The activities planned by this geek troupe sound like loads of fun.
ScreenJunkies: Honest Trailers and Movie Fights Live (9:15 - Room 6DE) - I love Honest Trailers (the one for Dawn of Justice was a howl) and am generally indifferent to the rest of what ScreenJunkies has to offer.

Saturday:

Once Upon a Time (10:00a - Ballroom 20) - I'm pretty much watching out of obligation, by this point, but I can't help but wonder who'll get wrapped into the mythology this season.
Starting and Sustaining a Career Writing Animation (10:00a - Room 9) - Writing for cartoons. You'd be surprised how many names I recognize from credits stretching back to the 1980s. Clearly, there's a living to be made here.
We Bare Bears Panel (10:00a - Indigo Ballroom) - Uneven but entertaining Cartoon Network program.
*What Happened (10:00a - Room 6A) - From the creator of "The Death of Superman Lives" comes this panel exploring more potential blockbusters.
*Back to the 90s: Nickelodeon's All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple (11:15a - Room 6A) - Another opportunity to drown myself in nostalgia.
Blindspot Special Video Presentation and Q&A (12:00p - Indigo) - Incomprehensible though it can be, it still holds my attention.
*Cartoon Voices 1 (1:00p - Room 6BCF) - I would just love to be able to go to as many of these as I can. Who know? Maybe, someone got their hands on the script for Aliens.
Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A (1:30p - Indigo Ballroom) - Really come to like this show, with Tom Ellis's performance particularly infectious.
Inside the Writer's Room: The Pilot: Part One (1:30p - Room 24ABC) - I've had a couple ideas for TV pilots. I guess this shows how the sausage is made.
*American Dad (1:45p - Ballroom 20) - The TBS episodes have been, for the most part, pretty damn good. Can't wait to see where the show goes from here.
Spotlight on Stan Lee (1:45p - Room 6A) - Such a fascinating career the guy's had. If I was as renowned, retirement wouldn't be in the cards for me, either.
Invader ZIM Conquers San Diego Comic-Con (2:00p - Room 29AB) - The Nickelodeon cult favorite becomes a comic book.
Writing with J. Michael Straczynski (2:00p - Room 30CDE) - The nuts and bolts of writing film, TV and comics from a guy who's seen it all.
Disney XD's Pickle and Peanut & Future Worm (2:30p - Room 5AB) - Back when "Regular Show" was stuck up its own ass with relationship nonsense, "Pickle and Peanut" made for an acceptable substitute. Don't feel one way or the other about "Future Worm", though.
Vice Principals (2:30p - Horton Grand Theatre) - Based on just the first episode, I have a good feeling about this show.
Aliens: 30th Anniversary (3:15p - Hall H) - Sure to be one of the hardest to get into panels of the Con. Hope I make a movie half as good someday.
Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A (3:30p - Ballroom 20) - I still call bullshit on CBS being unwilling to pony up for another season, but I do hope that the CW season is just as entertaining.
*Bear McCreary: Creating Musical Worlds (3:30p - Room 8) - Been a fan of his as far back as Wrong Turn 2 and his work on 10 Cloverfield Lane is among the best film music of the year, so far.
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass (4:30p - Hall H) - Looks to be quite the murderers' row of genre favorites.
The Final Girls & The Future of the Midnight Movie (5:30p - Horton Grand Theatre) - Apparently, Freeform aired The Final Girls a few weeks ago. Lord knows what they edited out, so needless to say I still need to see this.
*The Last Man on Earth (6:00p - Indigo Ballroom) - The show's been getting better and I can't wait to see how they follow up on that messed up cliffhanger.
Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A (6:30p - 6BCF) - I read the pilot a while back and wow. I can't wait for the show.
Inside the Writer's Room: Pre, Production & Post, Oh, My: Part Two (6:30p - Room 24ABC) - I can't help but be curious about how a TV show comes together.
STARZ Original Series Ash vs. Evil Dead (6:45p - Room 6A) - Gruesome yet fun continuation of the Evil Dead trilogy.
Time After Time Pilot Screening and Q&A (8:20p - 6BCF) - I saw the film for the first time early this year. I liked it and I do hope that the show doesn't screw it up too much.
*Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back (8:30p - Room 24ABC) - Back in 2015, I made a resolution to get into MST3K. Sadly, I have yet to honor it.
*Season 2 World Premiere Screening of Ash vs. Evil Dead (10:00p - Room 6DE) - I just know that the 'midnight screening' feel of the panel would've enhanced the experience.

Sunday:

*Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius (10:00a - Room 29AB) - Let's face it: we're all fascinated by how those devices worked in the cartoons and the guy what created them.
*Cartoon Voices II (11:30a - Room 6A) - Again, it just wouldn't be a comic convention without a voice actor panel.
*Animaniacs Live! (3:00p - Room 6DE) - What better cap-off to an awesome con than with a hearty reminiscence of one of my favorite 90s cartoons?

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