Saturday, January 26, 2008

project runway

so i have been watching project runway season 4 since the mid November....when the season began. My grandmother told me about how good the show was and she suggested i watch it, since i'm in to fashion and i think at the time i was trying to make a skinny black tie. i succeed a month later during christmas, with the help of mom-dukes.

Well my grandmother was right, the show is is one of the few shows that i watch and look forward to each week. So during my boredom, I looked up the people who were on the show, via bravotv, to see if they had websites and what not.

i think in part, if i didn't watch this show i probably would not have made my tie or even tried too. I can sometimes get distracted. I remember during the summer i got interested in making my own t-shirts, using stencils and/or use iron-ons. Although i have yet to make a shirt i did come up with a few ideas for t-shirts...looking back some are good, some are bad, and some are ugly, but hey its a start. here is an example...

the stencil for the shirt above was taken from the pic below...

i think this shirt would be pretty easy to make, its a simple design and contains one color, here is a "cliff notes" version of what you need to do is:
-create the stencil, here is a tutorial
-find a good sturdy shirt. (i.e american apparel, gap, uniqlo...)
-and you can paint (acrylic) it on or get some iron ons (wal-mart has them)

once you do this and put all these things together = boom you have a t-shirt with a zebra on it....

man that does sound easy...why haven't i created one....hmmm...i think that will be my next project...
lost in translation
These days which, like yourself,
Seem empty and effaced
Have avid roots that delve
To work deep in the waste.
But nothing's lost. Or else: all is translation
And every bit of us is lost in it...
And in that loss a self-effacing tree,
Color of context, imperceptibly
Rustling with its angel, turns the waste
To shade and fiber, milk and memory.
~james merrill


i remember seeing the trailer for this movie when i went to see Transformers in the theater...this short and vague trailer left everyone in the theater perplex, confused and excited. at first i thought it was a commercial for a prophylactic (condom) lol ...commercials are unnecessary, fillers and interupters of the main show. but this trailer grab your attention and kept you guessing till the end. here is the trailer...

now for the definitely lived up to the hype and expectations. just like the trailer you were confused until the end...well even after the movie was over i was still confused. they didn't give a real definitive answer to how, what, and how the monster came from. and these were the same question were asking ever since the inital trailer for the movie came out...but these were the wrong quesiton.

The movie works because it's populated by people you learn to care about. What the monster does to their lives counts more than what it looks like (although, since you asked, it looks fierce, okay?) Cloverfield deals in anxiety and The Blair Witch-y conceit of pretending the whole thing is being shot on somone's handycam is physically and emotionally unsettling.

There were a few things that I thought were kinda corny and dumb but these small blips do not ruin the story. Definitely a great movie to start the 2008 year off....hopefully the rest of the films that are coming out this year will be just as good. see ya in the theaters!

do you remeber this song/vid?

new radicals - you get what you give

Varsity Jackets

I came across this cool website wear you can customize your own Varsity'll cost ya a few $$$ here to customize your own jacket.

Monday, January 21, 2008

mlk jr. day

45 yrs ago MLK Jr. spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites among others would coexist harmoniously as equals on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to over two hundreds thousand civil rights supporters. Even today his speech still resonates in the minds and ears of hope.

a few pics of the week

movies i am looking forward to in 2008 - for J.T.

be kind rewind
Release Date: January 23rd 2008
Writer/Director: Michel Gondy (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep)
Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Melonie Diaz, Mia Farrow
The Buzz: Michel Gondry’s twisted comic tale of the magic of filmmaking. Jack Black plays Jerry, a junkyard worker who inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the movies in his friend’s (Mos Def) video rental store. In order to keep the store’s one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair re-create a long line of films, putting themselves and their townspeople into it. They become the biggest stars in their neighborhood. Rewind was originally scheduled for release in December 2007, but was pushed back to January. It is likely that the film was pushed back so that it can premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Gondry’s Science of Sleep and Human Nature also premiered at Sundance in 2002 and 2006 respectfully.


iron man
Release Date: May 2nd 2008
Director: Jon Favreau (Elf, Made)
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrance Howard, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub
The Buzz: Jon Favreau’s big screen adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book character. Robert Downey Jr. plays Weapons designer Tony Stark, who is injured by shrapnel in his heart while in Afghanistan to introduce his new missile design. His captors order him to assemble a missile for them, giving him access to a workshop. He puts his creativity to use by assembling a bulletproof set of power armor, complete with pacemaker and flamethrowers, and uses it to free himself. Back at home, he becomes Iron Man, developing a flying suit with the red and gold scheme and advanced weapon capabilities.


star trek
Release Date: December 25th 2008
Director: JJ Abrams
The Buzz: JJ Abrams restarts the Trek series at the beginning. Not much is known about the film other than it will feature a young Kirk and Spock in the early days of the Enterprise. Casting of young and comedic actors has worried long time fans, but producers have stated since the beginning that they are trying to attract a new audience to the series. Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as Spock, Eric Bana as the villain Nero, Zoe Saldana (Drumline) as Uhura, Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett) as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and possibly Chris Pine (Just My Luck) as Kirk.
Trivia: Matt Damon called J.J. Abrams when he heard rumors that he was being considered for the role of Captain Kirk. The response from Abrams was a very polite “No”, stating that Damon was “too old” for the role.


indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull

Release Date: May 22nd 2008
Director: Steven Spielberg (Raiders, Jaws, Every great movie from your childhood)
The Buzz: Steven Spielberg directs the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford is back, and so is Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood. New to the production is Cate Blanchett as the bad girl, John Hurt as ??? and Shia LaBeouf as Indy’s greaser sidekick. Not much can be said about the storyline, as it is being kept tightly under wraps. George Lucas has said that Crystal Skull is more in tone with Raiders than any other film in the series. This makes us excited. If it’s on par with The Last Crusade, than I’ll be happy.


get smart

Release Date: June 20th 2008
Writer: Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates)
Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, The Rock, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Masi Oka
The Buzz: Steve Carell stars as Maxwell Smart in the big screen adaptation of the classic Mel Brooks comic spy television series. Anne Hathaway plays Agent 99, Dwayne Johnson plays Agent 23, and Alan Arkin is the Chief. Tommy Boy helmer Peter Segal directs. We’ll try to forget that he once made Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. I saw abunh of footage from Get Smart at Comic Con, and was pleasantly surprised. I think this could be the next Austin Powers if done right.



Release Date: June 27th 2008
Director: Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo)
The Buzz: Wall-E is the film I’m most looking forward to in 2008. Yes, even over Indy 4 and Dark Knight. Andrew Stanton developed WALL-E before Toy Story was made: the original idea was, “What if mankind evacuated Earth and forgot to turn off the last remaining robot?” After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL•E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.



Release Date: July 2nd 2008
Director: Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown, Friday Night Lights)
Cast: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Johnny Galecki
The Buzz: Will Smith portrays an alcoholic superhero despised by everyone. A publicist (Bateman) helps rehabilitate him, and the superhero eventually begins an affair with the publicist’s wife (Theron).
Trivia: Vincent Ngo’s 1996 spect script originally titled “Tonight, He Comes” has been in development in Hollywood for some time with various directors attached, including Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Jonathan Mostow, and Gabriele Muccino.


hellboy 2: the golden army

Release Date: July 11th 2008
Director: Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth)
Cast: Ron Pearlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss
The Buzz: Guillermo del Toro returns with the second chapter in the big screen adaptation of the popular Dark Horse comic book hero. The story revolves around a mythical world that starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.


the dark knight

Release Date: July 18th 2008
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins) and Jonathan Nolan (Memento, The Prestige)
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Anthony Michael Hall, Aaron Eckhart
The Buzz: Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed Batman Begins. Batman (Bale) raises the stakes in his war on crime with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart). Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker (Ledger). Can not wait.


james bond 22

Release Date: November 7th 2008
Director: Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner)
Writer: Robert Wade and Paul Haggis (Casino Royale)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Goran Visnjic, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen
It’s Bond, what more can you say? Daniel Craig returns as agent 007. Not much is known about this film as of yet. All we do know is that this movie is going to be the first ever direct sequel to another official James Bond film (Casino Royale)


the changeling

Release Date: November 7th 2008
Director: Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River)
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, World War Z)
Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Riki Lindhome, Amy Ryan
The Buzz: Jolie plays a woman whose son is abducted but retrieved; she suspects, however, that the returned child is not hers. The woman must then confront corruption in the LAPD. The story is based on true events in 1920s Los Angeles. The film is being produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.


harry potter and the half-blood prince

Release Date: November 21st 2008
Director: David Yates (Order of the Phoenix)
Writer: Steve Kloves (Wonder Boys, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
The Buzz: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.


the curious case of benjamin button

Release Date: November 26th 2008
Director: David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac)
Writer: Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Elle Fanning, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas
The Buzz: Based on the 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button (Pitt) is born as a feeble old man, and ages in reverse until he becomes a baby at the end of his life. This causes complications when he falls in love with a 30-year-old woman (Blanchett). Fitzgerald has noted that “This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.” The film has a $150 million budget, and was shot back to back with Zodiac. Love him or hate him, Fincher always delivers an interesting film.


body of lies
Release Date: October 10, 2008
Director: Ridley Scott,
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
The Buzz: This film is an adaption of a novel with the same name by David Ignatius. The premise is as follows, a CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) is sent to Jordan to find a high-ranking terrorist. While in Jordan, the operative forms an uneasy alliance with the head of Jordan's covert operations. Here is Ridley Scott's brief description of the movie "It's about Islam, where we are and where we're not, and it's a very interesting, proactive, internalized view of that whole subject."


the incredible hulk
Release Date: June 13th 2008
Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter, Unleashed)
Writer: Edward Norton
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson
The Buzz: Edward Norton stars as Bruce Banner, in a non-sequel sequel to Ang Lee’s The Hulk. The Incredible Hulk is on the run, and the action is more intense in Edward Norton’s screenplay (that’s right, Norton also wrote the screenplay).

info via /Film

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Justin Bua

For over a decade, artist BUA has been making a mark on popular culture with his unique style of Distorted Urban Realism, single-handedly spearheading a new genre of art. With a body of work that has spanned across the skateboard industry, music industry, gaming industry he has created an audience that is a diverse group that ranges from street kids to former US Presidents, graffiti writers to fine art connoisseurs, rap fans to jazz aficionados. His line of poster is a best-seller in the US and Canadian college markets. For more check out him out click here.

Piano Man

Jazz Quintet

El Guitarrista
Green Street

Piano Man II

Jazz Trio

Thursday, January 17, 2008

spitting giraffe

also i have this reoccurring dream of a giraffe spitting in my face while i am at the this suppose to mean something???

here is the perpetrator

i took this pic at the Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, Japan...i swear the giraffe in my dreams looks just like this

walker texas ranger

while i was watching conan o'brien last night, i realized the drastic effect and difference that the writers strike was having on the film industry, as if it was already apparent with the golden globes. For example, while the writers were still around, conan o'brien and co. reminded us how cool Chuck Norris really was/is by showing us clips from his 8 season running, ground breaking, action-packed tv show: Walker Texas Ranger...They reflected not only his natural talent as an actor but also his undeniable legendary status as the "Coolest Muthaf*cker on Planet Earth"...

i miss the Walker Texas Ranger lever, lets end the writers strike...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Get focused MAN!!!

one of the few times when i can say that i made a mistake and it turned out good instead of bad...

fiona apple's rendition of across the universe by the beatles

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.

Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

random pics

i found james' giant peach...its in South Carolina.
this crazy "motivational speaker" chick in atl named Alexyss K. Tylor....she stresses the importance of vagina power...
g-pa's a$$ kickers...
Godfather of Soul, r.i.p.
the landlord...
cool mural in Chapel Hill, NC

tokyo, the flying dog.

one of my old roommate was stuntin' on em' hard...
this is the third moon of saturn...i was surprised that my sony cybershot 7.2 pixel camera could pick it up...go figure?!?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

some movies of 2007

Usually when i find that i am trapped in the clutches of my boredom, a good movie helps offset it...but whats out (in the theaters)...hmm? although the year has just begun, there isn' much out right now. anything worth dropping $12 on? well i guess i'll write about some of the movies that came out in 2007 that i thought was pretty good...lets see...

*Transformers - this was the "independance day" of 2007...full of action, little bit of comedy here and there (even though kind of corny), and a long (2 and 1/2 hrs). I left the movie theater feeling full and tired like i finished dinner. this movie isn't filet mignon and its not gonna win a grammy for best picture but it should definitely win one for best special fx.


*Harry Potter and The Order of The Pheonix - another movie that has great special fx's. this Potter film is the best and darkest yet. this kid gets into more trouble than john mclain...speaking of which...


*Die Hard 4.0 - Bruce Willis brings one of his signature character back to life in this movie filled with tons of action and over the top stunts, interesting storyline, plausible...hmm? great addition to the Die Hard series. ranks 3rd in the series but thats b/c die hard 1 is a classic and die hard 3 is just as good...die hard 2 = terrible.


*28 weeks later - I typically do not like scary movies but I actually enjoyed this one. The opening scene is one of the most suspenseful scenes that I have seen in a while. there were a lot of things that happened in the movie that i didn't expect and that what i liked about the movie...although you figured it would ended semi-good, there were times that i wasn't sure. I thought the first one (28 days later) was great as well...


*Talk To Me. Don Cheadle brings Petey Green, a D.C. dj, to life in this movie that focuses on a time in America when it is going through a lot of changes. The 70's is a defining time in America's history, for instance, people back then wore funny clothes, listened to good music and were socially conscious at the same time. lol...and this movie has all of that...


*Superbad...more like Supergood!


*Children of Men - This movie is gritty as it is gripping, it manages to effectively convey the paranoia and despair of a humanity that is about to be extinguished. A genuine thrill ride with a soul.


*Old Country for Old Men - Most audiences will look at the film and see only the simple plot of a fugitive and his two pursuers, but there more being said and more being asked within the wide open spaces of No Country for Old Men.The Coen Brothers deliver another film that stays with the viewer after he/she watches it. This film is a masterful display of time, place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate.


*Gone Baby Gone - With this movie I was more impressed by the effectivness of the Affleck Brothers. For Ben Affleck it was his writing/directing abilities (didn't think he had it in him) and Casey Affleck effective perfomance as a Private Investigator who is both resolved and vulnerable. Although the script has a few rough edges here and there the Affleck Brothers both emerge triumphant in this twisty, moraly ambiguous, yet satisfying thriller.

looking forward to 2008'...see ya at theaters!