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Posted in TV with tags on May 19, 2010 by joeylabartunek

Borrowed from theackattack.net and craigslist (who doesnt get a link because I despise them, see waaaay earlier postings):

Out of Phase, But Back on the Path

Posted in Personal/Creative with tags , , , on November 7, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Life has been kind of strange this week.  I had my first full week of work back in the land of Morningstar since May, working on various shows and generally learning the ropes of being an assistant editor.  The sheer volume of information is a little daunting sometimes, but I figure as long as I keep scribbling my notes down, drawing diagrams, and a hell of a lot of repetition it’ll all eventually sink into my incredibly thick skull.  And if that doesn’t work, I’ll try trepanation and just cram crumbled up sticky notes filled with madly scribbled information into the carved hole.

I thought Kimbo would be cool, he said he'd be cool, but two hours and twenty beers later and the fucker attacked one of our producer's legs.

I didn’t think that bringing in that posse of Hawaiian midget cannibals to the yearly “Bring your kids to work” day had any effect on my standing here at work, but apparently the higher-ups around here were not amused and can smell the wrongness all around me and as such, banished me to the late night shift comprised of the hours stretching from 6PM until 4 AM. Which is ok, I like the quiet, the other AE’s hanging out here at night are both helpful and fond of keeping to themselves for the most part so I spend a lot of time in solitary confinement, staring at the dark walls of my Avid editing bay, watching TV (well work tapes) and when work allows,  listening to music.

Of course this schedule has completely cut me off from the rest of humanity.  I mean more than being a misanthropic caveman normally separates me from the herd.  Other than a couple of minutes this morning, where I was awakened just by the sound of other human voices in the house, I haven’t actually seen my roommates in days.  And we won’t get into everyone else who thinks I’ve abandoned them for the wolves when really, all I’ve been doing was trying to get my shit straightened out.

It’s been a pretty lonely existence, I won’t lie to you dear readers, but there are worse things in life than loneliness.  You know, things like starvation, bill collectors, and Ed Hardy shirts.

So there’s that.

So I’ve been spending my days at home in the fortress of solitude, cleaning up after the party and sleeping in terribly shitty small doses while my husk adjusts.  Today was the first day I really felt I had had enough sleep, had taken care of just about all of the pressing real-life issues requiring attention, and was just allowed to sit and relax in literally months.  And it was exhilarating.  Borrowed Joker’s hand wraps, went and beat out my aggression on the bag we set up out back.   And while I ended up doing a shitty job wrapping my hands, resulting in several of my knuckles looking like I took a cheese grater to them, was a lot of fun and helped vent some of my eternal, volcanic inner rage.  So I have a new thing to do during the day, in addition to our awesome Fontana Mexican Work-Out Patio we set up to make it feel like where we all grew up.

Who photoshopped Michael Landon out of this "Highway to Heaven" promo?

After that I had a chance to catch-up and watch ‘V’ which I thought ended up being pretty great.  With just a couple exceptions the acting was good and the special effects outstanding for a weekly TV show.  I have some issues with some of the melodrama reeking of day-time soaps, but this seems to be a recurring problem amongst this newer generation of network TV sci-fi shows.  Hell, ‘Heroes’ might as well just move to the 2PM time slot with all of it’s spaghetti plotlines and bad acting is crying for.  But I digress.  So I liked ‘V’ quite a bit, with ‘Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell really winning me over, a miracle in itself after the bad blood I had developed with her after her first couple of seasons on the Island.  Yeah, having a female FBI agent dealing with something very off the charts crazy might sound a little too close to Anna Torv’s ‘Agent Dunham’ on ‘Fringe’, but so what.  And I could be talking out of my ass, I’ve seen one episode and I should probably reserve judgment for later.  Oh, and the alien woman, Anna (Morena Baccaran) was something else – damn.

So that’s what is going down.  Arent you glad you sat through all of that?  I’m not sure even I am.

Song for this post are:

Old Fashioned Love Song – Three Dog Night (dedicated to my mom, who I talked to for the first time in months yesterday and was a favorite of hers when I was very little)
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
TV Party – Black Flag

‘Lost’ Locks Down

Posted in TV with tags on November 2, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I’m jazzed about this bit of news, as a ‘Lost’ fanatic I don’t want to know what’s coming up this season, one of my favorite parts of the show is how many times my jaw can drop and I can drool the words – “Whaaat?” in a single evening.    With it being the final season and all, I just want to revel in every silly twist and turn as they come my way.  From Dark Horizons:

Many who are keenly hanging for the final season of “Lost” will be both frustrated and happy with the news today that promotional material for the upcoming season plans to remain spoiler-free.

E! Online reports that every single shot of the first few episodes are “so revealing” that the showrunners have convinced the network to take a bold strategy – no promotion other than bare bones graphics.

That’s right – no clips, no photos, not a single frame of the new season will be shown before the season premiere in mid-January. Why? “The twists they’re planning are so good, you will WANT to be surprised.”

The teaser trailer below gives you an idea of what to expect in the way of promos over the next two months – graphics and reused old footage:

In the Void

Posted in Film, Personal/Creative with tags , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by joeylabartunek

So today marks day two of being unemployed.  It’s been fairly nice and relaxing and I’ve gotten a bit done, but that was mostly just life shit.   And life shit doesn’t really count.  So today I”m gonna dig in and spend a good deal of time writing.

Im a baaaad man, and a decent inspiration to fucked up writers everywhere.

I'm a baaaad man, and a decent inspiration to fucked up writers everywhere.

Last night, PBR started having our weekly meetings as well as the now regular weekend ones.  Lots of ideas and good scripts, it’s really starting to feel like people are loosening up and getting comfortable with each other enough for the development sessions to really spark up.  And thankfully my block is lessening on the sketch comedy department and I’ve started contributing a bit more other than just dev notes.

Had a bit of inspiration from watching the old blaxsploitation flick “Superfly” the other night, there’s something about watching a coke sniffing, super dealer in a bad-ass outfit beat people’s ass that jars the creative juices apparently.  If you haven’t seen this, go find a copy, it’s highly entertaining and that Curtis Mayfield soundtrack is so good your cool rating will instantly soar just from having heard it.

On a completely different and brief tangent, last night was the season finale of “Lost”.  Mind’s were blown, people were killed, blah blah blah.  Ok, I can’t lie, I was cheering and jeering with so much intensity during the whole 2 hours it’s amazing I didn’t wake up my neighbors.  Is Jacob and the other nameless man  dieties?  Aliens?  I don’t really care so long as the reason is sound.  Everyone seems to be afraid they will try to reboot at the beginning of next season due to the umm ending (trying not to spoil anything for people), I doubt that’s going to happen for more than an episode or three.  But I can’t wait.

Now if only I didnt have to go back to work on that miserable Heroes

"Now if only I didn't have to go back to work on that miserable 'Heroes'"

Saw the new Trek the other night with my brother and father.  Goddamn.  Yes, there were plot holes big enough to drive the Enterprise through.  Yes, it was a little silly at times.  But man, that cast was excellent, with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine really stepping up the plate and making the characters of Spock and Kirk their own.  Oh yeah, the special effects were ok too.  Ok, I lie, they were phenominal.   Great way to kick off the Summer movie season, and considering my caution about a good portion of the rest of the summer fare, I’m couldn’t have been happier that this was good. I think I’m going to go see it again in fact.

Alright, enough babbling, I’m gonna go scour the internet for interesting shiny stuff.  You’ll hear from me later, I’m sure.

It’s too early in the day for the music list, it’ll come later as it comes to me.