Won’t you be my neighbor?

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Jordan Peele’s quirky tip to avoid Failure in Screenwriting

There’s so much going on these days that I find I’m not much into awards shows of late, so I skipped the Oscars last night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a fancy dress party, but not feeling or spending much energy on the parties I’m not invited to, yeah? But it is still the classiest do for the professional storytelling industry, so congrats to all the hardworking, statue-winning craftsmen out there and I do hope you enjoy your accolades.

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Copy and paste lulz

Here is a screencap from some time way back, but I found it on my hard drive and every time I look at it I chuckle:

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Everybody cut, everybody cut

Location scouting for MERIT BADGES today went pretty well and the trip found some new spots with a lot of potential, so I think we can tally a notch in the ‘Progress’ column. Though it’s more of a stoplight color coding system than just a hash mark tally. But fwiw there’s way more green than red at this point anyway.
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That time the switcher’s crt blew up and vented fumes into the studio.

If there’s one thing that I gained from Cowboy Bebop, it’s the reassurance that my excessive VHS collection will again one day be tangible wealth. Whatchu know about rack mounted VCRs? Shout out to me CLTV cohorts:

Which you so nobly serve

Shout out to the ebayer who hooked me up with last minute solar viewers for a very reasonable six bucks and one-day shipping. Not least of all because they were ostensibly legit, since my retinas seem mostly intact.

Today’s eclipse also got me thinking bout all the fun SciFi disasters astronomical events have kicked off throughout cinematic history. One of the earliest movie VHS tapes I remember us getting when I was a kid was 1984’s NIGHT OF THE COMET, which had Earth passing through the tale of a comet precipitating the zombie apocalypse. Nice gimmick wagering the 1986 pass of Halley’s Comet against the 1984 box office I reckon. Also one of my earliest impressions of Valley Girls and Shopping Malls.

And speaking of astronomical phenomena as movie gimmicks, I was also reminded of 1997’s epic THE FIFTH ELEMENT, probably in part due to all the 20th anniversary press floating around out there. That film did kick things off with a triple planetary eclipse, making for 3-times the dramatic space hoodoo and subsequently turning loose the Big Bad Hershey’s Chocolate-drooling omniscient Evil. Everything about THE FIFTH ELEMENT made it one of my most favorite movies of 1997– but please, whatever you do, don’t go googling my name + THE FIFTH ELEMENT. But then, 1997 was a great year for some classic fun movies.
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