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Saturday, April 29, 2006

I Am Legend

i am legend
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Richard Matheson writes some cool-ass horror & sci-fi stuff. He's had several stories made into movies already, like Stir of Echoes, The Incredible Shinking Man, Legend of Hell House, etc. He also wrote the Twilight Zone Movie and the awesome Amazing Stories episode, The Doll, which won John Lithgow an Emmy.

ANYWAY, My favorite story of his is I Am Legend, where a lone man is the survivor in a plague-like apocalypse that turned the people of the world into vampiric creatures. He's alone in the world and everyday he wakes up, fixes the barriers on his house, hunts around the city for sleeping vampires, stocks supplies, returns home, locks up before dark, turns the music up really loud so he can't hear them screaming and clawing to get inside and gets drunk. Everyday. Until of course the day where something changes.

It's been made into a film twice before, once with Vincent Price (The Last Man on Earth) and again with Charlton Heston (The Omega Man), which wasn't nearly as faithful to the book as the Price version. And now, once more with feeling! WB has greenlit a version that would take place in a post-apocalyptic New York, starring Will Smith and directed by the dude that did Constantine.

Rock on.

Spring Break 2007!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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Mexico here we come! Those Spring-Break-teen-luring geniuses are minutes away from signing the best bill ever into law! Here's a snippet:

"The bill says criminal charges will no longer be brought for possession of up to 25 milligrams of heroin, 5 grams of marijuana (about one-fifth of an ounce, or about four joints), or 0.5 grams of cocaine -- the equivalent of about 4 "lines," or half the standard street-sale quantity (though half-size packages are becoming more common). The bill also lays out allowable quantities for an array of other drugs, including LSD, ecstasy and amphetamines."

Boy, Spring Break is going to be the BEST EVER next year. EVER. I am so watching Spring Break on MTV. Forget body shots, man, there's gonna be people doing lines of coke off the asses of 18 year old girls. Who are completely wasted on smack. I might need a 4th TiVo to get all the coverage.

Or maybe we could just go! Anyone else in?

151 Baby!!

151 Baby
Originally uploaded by macslost.
Viva Las Vegas! It's 2AM in the Gold Coast casino and I beat my bowling record twice in a row! 137 and then 151! That's 1 more than half the possible score. I rule. Tonight we look to beat even THAT.

Friday, April 28, 2006


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So last Monday one of my many DVD packages went missing from my company's front desk. It was assumed that it simply was misplaced and a search took place to find it, but to no avail. Then our receptionist recommended looking at video footage to see who might have moved it. So I sat down and watched weekend tapes to see where it went. Lo and behold at 9:30 Sunday night, a figure opens the front door, walks right up to the front desk and takes it. Busted. I call in HR, show them the tape and the next day there's an envelope of DVDs on my chair. Not the envelope they came in AND, AND, AND all the DVDs had been opened. Deliberate theft.

Here's where the writing black ball of hate-snakes (see: System of a Down Syndrome and multiply by 100) burn from my stomach out of my face. Back to HR! "Thanks for helping out, I DID get my stuff back. But it was in fact stolen and not 'accidentally' taken. And clearly I am upset." More or less.

Anyway, long story short DO NOT TAKE MY SHIT. I don't care WHAT IT IS. DON'T FUCKING TAKE IT. Not the hat off my head, not my fries, and never, ever take my DVDs. I'm not a stingy person, either. If you know me, you know I am fairly free-flowing with the stuff I give away. I like giving people things. Just don't TAKE it. (well, you can take it when I give it to you. there doesn't need to be an awkward moment where you want to take it but know that you if do I'll go crazy and attack you or something. no, really. go ahead and take it.)

The funny thing is that while my company is kind of big (150 employees or so) word spreads FAST. Every knows that my package went missing, that I went through security tapes and got the contents back. Whether they know the name of the thief or not remains to be seen, but damn, the message was clear. DO. NOT. TAKE. MAC'S. SHIT.

Summer Awesomeness

Summer Awesomeness
Originally uploaded by macslost.
First off, it's nice to be able to say that I am pretty caught up on movies these days, minus Hard Candy and American Dreamz, but this summer is gonna be sweet on so many levels and it all starts next week with M:I 3 and I can't wait.

Anyway, one my more anticipated movies is My Super Ex-Girlfriend, where Luke Wilson dumps Uma Thurman (a super-heroine) and she uses her powers to ruin his life. Luke's solution? Get help from her arch-nemesis, Professor Bedlam. Played by Eddie Izzard.

I am so there.

Robot Uprising!

Robot Uprising
Originally uploaded by macslost.
I'm not a big reader. I don't know if it's the atttention span or what, but my reading material definitely lean towards the, ah, lean. But one of my favorite veins of books are things like the Zombie Survival Guide, How To Be A Super-Villain and thanks to LL Robot's recommendation, How To Survive a Robot Uprising.

Anyway, turns out that the awesomely fine folks of Reno 911 fame have cranked out a script for the movie and Mr. Mike Myers will play the lead character, a technical administrator who has the thankless job of sounding warnings against the growing presence of robots and researching ways to keep those robots from taking over.


Mr Robert Zombie

Mr Robert Zombie
Originally uploaded by macslost.
I love Rob Zombie. He puts on great shows and he's just a funny guy obsessed with horror flicks. Plus there's always the awesome porn and gore that plays on screens in the back. And the giant robots with laser eyes. Maybe some go-go dancers. Anyway, saw the show the other night and realized 2 things.

1. People at Rob Zombie shows are TALL. Maybe it's the big boots and heels some of the more colorful fans are wearing or maybe it's just a freak occurence, but I'm 6 feet tall and *I* couldn't see.

2. Either Rob Zombie's fans have aged a lot since we first saw White Zombie on Beavis & Butthead or LA crowds are just mellow. I don't even think there was a mosh pit, much less a lot of waving arms and devil hands.

But as I thought about it, it seems that as an older concert goer myself, I'm more concerned with other things. Greg Behrendt said it best. "I have a J-O-B, people. I need a show that lasts for ONE hour. Play the hits, a few new songs and the one from the movie so I'm home in time for Alias."

The funny thing is that Rob played EXACTLY one hour. Played the hits, a few new songs, the theme from House of a 1000 Corpses, 2 minute break, 3 hit encore, done. It was awesome. Well played, sir, well played.

Iron Man is so money.

Iron Man
Originally uploaded by macslost.
Mustaches, chicks, booze, money and of course, weaponized battle armor.

Jon Favreau of Swingers, Elf and Zathura fame is bringing the glory to us. Finally. I'm a happy man.

Unnecessary Evil. But I like it.

Hollow Man 2
Originally uploaded by macslost.
Most people hated Hollow Man. I didn't though, but as I've said before, I am a SUCKER for Sci-Fi. I don't really care what it is, I'll enjoy it, thoroughly.

Anyway, Hollow Man is considered by many to be a piece of crap. Hence, of course, a sequel. Starring Christian Slater (who is quite discerning in his film choices - Alone in the Dark, Mindhunters), who plays an invisible assassin. Awesome.

Anyway, I got Dinah the Deluxe Edition of Guys & Dolls at the same time I got Hollow Man 2 and while she was raving about how it's one of the best musicals ever or something, all I could think was "Mm-hm. Mm-hm. But when does the inivisble government assassin come into it? Cuz that would be a movie worth watching."

Mission: Impossi-Tom

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As much crap as Tom Cruise gets, he kind of deserves it. Something broke in his head last year and now he's quite mad. Like mad hatter-type mad. LOONY. But I hear M:I 3 rocks your face off and it has an amazing cast, so I'm there.

Anyway, Go Fug Yourself has some awesome internal dialogue from Tom and the rest of the cast from the M:I 3 junket in Rome. My favorite is in a more recent post. "I TRIMMED MY BANGS WITH A FLOWBIE!"

It's a good time.

Cylons. Day One.

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When you have a Sci-Fi show that rocks the balls off of your audience and they have to painstakingly re-attach them each week, what do you do? Make more!

Sci-Fi is going to make a series calls "Caprica", a Sci-Fi drama that delves into the history of the colonies and the creation of the first Cylon.

Wicked. I'm in!

Monday, April 24, 2006

The Tiki Tease

The Tiki Tease
Originally uploaded by macslost.
It's done. After 5-6 12-hour days, it's complete. And, oddly enough, I didn't injure myself. Witness the glory on May 6th. More photos will be posted AFTER that, at some point where I'm not lazing in my new backyard with a margarita and a book. (it might be a comic book, but it's still a book by definition.)

(additional note to the 'Lost' production crew. My services ARE for hire.)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
Originally uploaded by macslost.
You have about three and a half minutes before the Easter Bunny finds you and whoops your ASS. Best get running.

Friday, April 14, 2006

'Why I don't surf' by Mac McLean

Why I don't surf by Mac McLean
Originally uploaded by macslost.

Multiple Multiple Men!

Multiple Multiple Men!
Originally uploaded by macslost.
May 26 can't get here soon enough. I hear rumor that he and Wolverine get into a super-sweet fight. I can't wait.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Went to the Zoo.

Went to the Zoo.
Originally uploaded by macslost.
No caption needed.

Oh, fine, if you insist.

"NO throwing rocks, giant pieces of popcorn, letter 'c's or huge tampons at the alligator."

50% complete!

50% complete!
Originally uploaded by macslost.
No more photos will be posted until after the great unveiling! But I must say, I am DAMN proud of myself. I built a bar on wheels AND a counter for bar stools! With a foot rest, even! It's like I was a carpenter on the Gilligan's Island set in a past life. It's a sight to behold, I tell you what. Even got me some plants for it. REAL ones. So now comes the 2-week break before the final round. The round of...GLORY. (note: for those that live in the Burbank area, here's a bizarre fact about the Empire Center. On a Sunday afternoon, there is absolutely no parking whatsoever and it's a giant cluster. However, there is no one in Lowe's, Target or Staples. Assumption: Everyone is in the Olive Garden, which must be much larger on the inside than it seems. Kinda like Dr. Who's phone booth.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Construction HAS begun!!!

Construction HAS begun!!!
Originally uploaded by macslost.
Due to an unexpected patch of sunshine, construction on my new tiki bar had a nice 12-hour chunk of time dedicated to it. Floor is painted and all the aluminum bones have been carefully covered in bamboo. An order has been placed for all further bamboo/ thatch/ palm/ seagrass fixins and this weekend will see construction of the bar & counter skeletons (as in the chassis, not Halloween). Most excellent. Most excellent indeed.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A new puppy...of HORROR?!

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So we've decided that Captain Awesome needs a friend. We've been browsing around various LA rescue websites trying to find some street urchin to bring home. Possibly one from Katrina. So we found one that fit our vision of 'puppy sidekick' and I put in an inquiry to the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation.

Being an individual of an oblivious nature most of the time, I didn't put "Linda Blair" together with "Excorcist" until it was too late.. well, until I saw a photo of her on her website.

Anyway, she actually called me yesterday and talked my ear off about dog rescuing. Seriously, like an hour. There's an adoption fair at a dog park today so I'll get to meet her and do some slave shopping. Er, I mean, dog rescuing.

So maybe Captain will find a new friend today!

Happy April Fool's Day!

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I love the new version of The Office. It's really funny and the characters are fantastic. Anyway, they did some AWESOME PSAs a la the old school NBC "The More You Know" bits. It's good times.. good times..


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Ah, the time has finally come. It's an exciting day when an 80's throwback gory horror flick can come out and get a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. What a glorious day INDEED. Needless to say, this is one of those polarized films where those that know of it are either in the "Hell YES, I'm there" camp or the "Hell NO, get that thing away from me" camp. Clearly, being a person of questionable mental issues, I fall in the former category.

Here's what critics have to say, and I must say, after reading these, how could you NOT go?! That would be unsane.

"A gleefully nasty and ingeniously twisted horror-comedy."
"It's hilarious, gross, and insanely watchable! What would a Troma film look like if they had a decent script and a big budget? Like Slither!"
""A groovy gross-out with snorts, scares and sentiment, SLiTHER is thus far the must-see frightfully funny movie of the year."
"A great, goofy B-movie, a clever homage to the flicks that filled double bills in the 1950s, combining low-brow slapstick and gory scares in equal measure."
"For those who enjoy entertaining gross-out horror flicks, Slither satisfies. The squeamish should probably keep their distance."
"It's a slimy, high-energy adventure that borrows from countless previous films, yet it whips all those old ingredients into a highly entertaining new dish."
"Slither is ceaseless in its entertainment value, but it never breaks out of its tight cage and rampages across the screen, which this kind of madcap story deserves."
"a spectacularly slimy, boldly bloody monster movie that says 'yes' to every possible excess. "...Weird, wacky and gloriously gross, 'Slither' is a minor classic of its kind."
"The most sensationally scary-funny creep-out movie since Gremlins."
"What makes Slither work is how nimbly it slaloms from yucks to yuks, slip-sliding from horror to comedy and back again on its gore-slicked foundation."
"A hilarious, profane, and wonderfully gooey creature feature, Slither emerges from its slimy eggsac one of the most flat-out entertaining horror movies in years."
"When the credits roll on Slither, don't be surprised to be a little sick, frazzled and exhausted. At the same time, don't be surprised to find yourself smiling ear-to-ear."
"Gunn has made a love letter to these horror invasion flicks of the 1980s, and it's name is Slither."
"Slither is a funny, freaky, fiendishly good flick that might just find a following beyond the standard cadre of horror fanatics."
"Slither is gleeful, gooey, gory and goofy."

Construction to begin 4/8/06

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In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
Welcome to our tropical hideaway, you lucky people you!

Construction was to begin today, but stupid rain made the floor all wet. If there's no rain tomorrow, mayhaps construction can begin then, otherwise next weekend is suposed to be nice. ANYWAY, for those that have been to our nice, yet bare backyard, the shabby patio attached to the garage is about to become a 10' by 20' Tiki Lounge/bar. We're talking bamboo pillars, thatch roof, fishing nets, torches and of course, a giant parrot. Which I already have. Because it's a piggy bank. Which is sweet.

We also have new adirondack chairs and a new table/umbrella/chair set AND I bought a firepit for the large patio. Next up? Croquet and Bocce Ball sets.

Backyard BBQs everyday of summer. Hells yes.

It's all about the beer

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I can't believe it's been 9 years since the last time I was in Australia. You know how long ago that is? I had to write LETTTERS to my friends because e-mail wasn't widely used yet. How SICK is THAT? 9 years since I've seen them. Nine years since I've had a VB. OK, that's a lie. I've had people bring them back for me when they go from time to time. So I've had, like, 6 or so. Still have 2-3 left to enjoy before I return. I savor them, since I can't get them here. Sooooo good. So, right! Anyway! The trip is booked! We leave August 25th! It takes about a day and a half to get there and -10 minutes to return. We literally travel back in time. We leave there at 10:55 AM and arrive home at 10:45 AM the same day. Oooooooooooh. Such are the wonders of Qantas airlines.