Last night my friend Darion and I made our way out to the ArcLight Hollywood to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. Much to my happy surprise, the 90ish minute long movie takes place entirely inside a coffin buried in the Iraqi desert with only Reynolds to provide the film’s entertainment … and he does an absolutely fantastic job:
There are 3 things that I learned from this film … First, if you find that you are buried in the desert and you are blessed with a working cell phone, 99.9% of the people you call for help will not believe you. Second, Iraq has THE BEST cellphone service that I have ever heard of … even when buried in the desert, your calls to various locales around the globe can successfully be made. Third, Ryan Reynolds is very, very capable of providing a film’s worth of entertainment with just a coffin and a few props (a cellphone, a pen, a flashlight and a couple of glow sticks). I’m telling you … this film is great. The only thing I did not like was the inclusion of a surprise snake in the middle of the film … I mean, I get there needs to be some elements of surprise but the snake felt like a bit too much to me. That being said, there really are no bad things to say about the film. I loved the Michigan connection of the character and I really loved how the story played itself out. For the duration of the film you are not really sure how things are going to end … I was very satisfied with the way this film ended. Both Darion and I loved this film a lot, even tho Ryan Reynolds didn’t take off one piece of clothing! He really impressed me with his acting in Buried, I think he may impress you, too.
Tonight a bunch of us are making our way up to Valencia, CA to play at Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park for their annual Out on the Mountain night!
Basically, the park shuts down for the gays so that we can run amok and ride all the rides to our collective hearts’ content. We had a blast last year so we are all very excited for another night of fun tonight!!
Last night a group of us got together on the rooftop at The London West Hollywood so that we could celebrate, again, David’s birthday. Because we had to postpone the early celebration last Saturday, we decided to host a belated birthday get together with friends last night to make up for it …
… and we had a blast. Yes, we look like the living dead in these photos but I can promise you, we had a blast. The food was good, the drinks were great and the company was superb. I think we’re finally done celebrating David’s birthday … so I hope he had a good one this year ;)
My dear friend Darion has finally returned home safe and sound from his extended vacation in Japan and we are planning to get together tonight to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. I am really looking forward to that. Another weekend is nearly upon us, can you believe it?
The Fall season may not officially begin until 11:09 PM ET / 8:09 PM PT tonight but The Fall, book 2 of The Strain Trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan arrived promptly at midnight September 21 in digital form on my Kindle 3:
As you may recall, I fell in crazy love last Summer (2009, that is) with The Strain by Del Toro and Hogan and have been ANXIOUSLY awaiting the second book in the series. Now, because I’m still in the middle of reading the very long yet amazingly good Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I cannot devote my full attention to The Fall … but I did read a few of the first pages and MAN, am I excited to just dive into this book. For those of you who aren’t aware, Del Toro (the director of Pan’s Labyrinth among other fantastic movies) and Hogan have come up with a new vampire tale that is ghastly and extremely scary … there is no romance here. Just a deadly virus that is turning people into blood-thirsty monsters. I loved every page of The Strain and I’m really chomping at the bit to start reading The Fall. So yeah … that’s what I did last night … I read.
Tonight, David and I will be meeting up with some friends who we were supposed to hang out with on Saturday in celebration of his birthday for a little dinner/drinks thing. In his world, it’s still his birthday ;)
But, as a reminder, the Autumnal Equinox arrives later on tonight … are y’all ready?
Yesterday was a very fun day for David and me as we spent most of the day hanging out here at home before we went out last night for a nice romantical dinner at The Bazaar restaurant inside the SLS Hotel. Before dinner, I presented David with his very own birthday cake and musical candle:
There were a few other surprises … and then DINNER. We’ve been talking about checking out The Bazaar for a few months now so last night was the perfect opportunity. The decor reminded us a lot of XIV, another fave restaurant of ours. The food was just fantastic … the menu is pretty much all tapas but let me tell you … they were DELICIOUS little bites of food. My faves were the gourmet “Philly Cheesesteak” and the Japanese taco … David was all about the Cotton Candy Foie Gras (which he insists was delicious, I didn’t try it because I really hate foie gras). All in all, we had a very nice yesterday … ’twas very nice indeed.
Tonight, we’ve been invited to a private concert here in LA that is supposed to be a surprise or something? I’m not sure but I’ll try and snap as many photos as possible if we end up going. Hope your Tuesday is a happy one!!
Yesterday afternoon David and I met up with our good friend Josh at Dodger Stadium to take in an afternoon baseball game together … we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather or a better vantage point. For the first time, we decided to watch the game from the bleacher seats and we had the best time ever!
I am happy to report that after trailing for the ENTIRE game, the Dodgers came back late in the game to tie up the score with the Colorado Rockies to add extra innings to the game … then the Dodgers ended up pulling out a win in the 11th inning by a score of 7-6. It was a really fantastic day.
But today is an even MORE fantastic day because it is David’s 27th birthday today!!
I hope you will join me in sending him all your BIRTHDAY LURVE today!! I have something very special planned for tonight … but I cannot reveal my plans until after David’s surprise ;) Have a great day, y’all!! Happy Monday!!
Originally the plan for yesterday afternoon was to get a bunch of folks together for a fun game of Laser Tag in early celebration of David’s birthday (which is tomorrow) … unfortch, David wasn’t feeling too well and we decided to push off the Laser Tag until next Saturday. Fortunately, tho, David was feeling up for seeing a movie last night so we met up with Emma and Josh and went to the ArcLight in Hollywood to see “the other Facebook“ movie titled Catfish:
Before seeing the movie last night, I had only seen the trailer for the film once … and it creeped me out entirely. I have to say, I think the film works best if you go in seeing it without knowing too much about the plot. Here is the trailer for Catfish so you can judge for yourselves:
I liked the film, mostly, but there were parts of the film that are still bugging me the morning after. If you’ve seen the film or don’t mind having the plotline kinda spoiled, you can read my review after the jump … More »
While I enjoyed Marina‘s last show in July, I felt it was a bit rough and I decided to reserve judgment until I could seen her on a bigger stage with her full band. I am very happy to say that Marina and the Diamonds KILLED it last night … they put on a show that was very worthy of the building hype that she has been receiving. After the jump, check out some photos from the show as well as some video from last night’s performance … More »
Last night David and I met up with our dear friend Josh to enjoy an impromptu birthday dinner with him at Hugo’s in West Hollywood, CA. Even tho Josh wasn’t all that interested in celebrating, we did manage to impose a piece of chocolate cake on him:
Josh is seriously one of my best friends and it was our pleasure to celebrate in even a small way with him last night. We had short but very sweet fun last night.
Tonight, Josh and I will be making our way to the El Rey Theater to see Marina and the Diamonds play her second LA show. I got to see her in concert back in July and I’m really curious to see her again, with a fuller band. It should be fun. Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!!
On Monday I wrote a post that reminded me of my love for the superhero character Wonder Woman from a very young age. Even before I became the huge Batman fan that I am, my first love was for Wonder Woman … in fact, at age 6 I would tell everyone that I was going to grow up and marry Wonder Woman (ie. actress Lynda Carter who played WW on TV). Since being reminded of the WW watch I loved so much as a kid, I decided to dig out my DVDs of the complete WW series and begin watching the series from the start last night:
I think some of you oldsters (like me) remember the action/adventure series from the late 70′s. The first season on ABC was titled The New Original Wonder Woman and was set in the WWII era 1940′s. The second and third seasons were titled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and were set in the present 1970′s. I can’t even tell you how much I loved WW as a kid … rewatching the original pilot episode brought back all of that love last night:
Despite the fact that Wonder Woman was “for girls”, my parents were very supportive of my love for all things WW. I’m telling you, I haven’t watched the entire WW series since I was prolly 10 years old (the show ran in re-runs for a couple years after the series went off the air) so I’m very excited to relive my youth again :) I have more vivid memories of the third season of the series, mainly because it featured more robots and aliens and was very much like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. After the jump, check out video of the opening sequence of the third season of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman to be reminded of how amazing the show was and for you young’ns, to see what you missed out on for being born too late … More »
Yesterday afternoon I became the proud owner of one of the biggest working Swatch watches in existence. Do try and hold your applause. As an avid fan of Swatch watches for many years, I’ve been well aware of the coveted and elusive Swatch MAXI wall clocks that are giant-sized Swatch watches that hang on the wall. After an unsuccessful bid on eBay a few weeks ago (that angered me to NO end), I was able to successfully procure another Swatch MAXI clock on eBay last week … and it arrived yesterday:
Trust me, I know there is nothing dorkier than blogging about a wall clock but this is a pretty sweet ass wall clock. I remember seeing these big clocks back in the 80′s and now I have one hanging in my office … see folks, dreams can come true ;) Please pardon my obsessiveness but I couldn’t help but share photos of the coolest clock I’ve ever seen in my life.
Last night, David and I went out for an extended and delicious dinner with our friend Lisa who is visiting SoCal from NYC. We don’t get to see Lisa nearly enough but we love her entirely and had a great time with her last night. We had previously planned to holiday together in Iceland but, well, that trip didn’t really work out for us … so now we’re planning to do another trip together next year … perhaps in South America. It is always such a pleasure to get to spend time with Lisa … it’s a shame she has to head back to NYC today.
Tonight I am gonna try and hook up with Jordan since I haven’t seen him in AGES. Life is good, quiet and lovely. Happy Hump Day!