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A Quick Trip To Mexico

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After a quiet afternoon at home David and I went out for a walk last night to enjoy the cool Summer air and grab a quick snack at Mexico Restaurante Y Barra so that we could eat a bunch of tortilla chips and I could drink a couple of Micheladas:


While we were hangin’ at Mexico, we ran into our friend Peter who showed up for a dinner date there as well. Afterward, we continued our walk to the local Starbucks for a quick caffeine fix. I’m sure all of this sounds incredibly boring but it was really nice … David and I really enjoy our time together so it was the perfect night for us.

Tonight we’re supposed to meet up with some friends for drinks so I looking forward to another nice, relaxing evening. Happy Hump Day! Hope your Wednesday is going well :D

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Riddle Me This

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Last night I continued my quest to rewatch all of the Batman films that have been made thus far and after watching Batman and Batman Returns last week I moved on to the third Batman film Batman Forever last night:


Batman Forever, which stars Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman, was the first of 2 Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and is among my least favorite Batman films. The only other film that I like less is the next Batman film Batman and Robin. That’s not to say that I hate these films, it’s just that they are my least fave of the franchise. Schumacher was hired by Warner Bros. to make the Batman films more “family friendly” … which apparently meant they had to be hypercolor and frantic … with a soundtrack that featured all the biggest pop stars of the year, including U2:


I remember all the hoopla that was made at the time by Schumacher that he wanted the Batsuit to have nipples … that’s when I knew the franchise was going to take a turn for the worse. Rewatching the film again last night, I was reminded that Jim Carrey did a decent job as The Riddler … but Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face was just horrid. The only other acting job which is worse that TLJ‘s is Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin. While these Schumacher films hold a lot of nostalgia for me, I really wish Tim Burton had been allowed to make more Batman films in his vision. As much as I don’t love Batman and Robin, I am looking forward to watching it again … Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy is amazingly fun! And I really like Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl … I just wish she would’ve been utilized more in the film (and, by the way, where were the nipples on her Batsuit?). Ah memories …

No plans for tonight … it may end up being another quiet one for me :D

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Flashback

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Yesterday was a very nice, very nostalgic day for me. I spent much of my afternoon watching season 2 episodes of Jem and the Holograms as I lazed about the house. Season 2 of the show was when they added new characters to the series … Raya joined The Holograms and Jetta joined The Misfits. I watched up to the episode The Bands Break Up where Kimber left The Holograms and Stormer left The Misfits to start their own band:


I was in such an 80′s mood that I dug around in my closet and found one of my beloved Swatch watches to wear:


Last night I met up with my friend Adriana for dinner and a movie and on my way to see her I listened to the Top 40 Countdown from this week back in 1988 on Sirius/XM. I’m telling you, my Sunday was totally tubular.

Adriana and I met up for dinner at Mexico City in Los Feliz … where she gave me a very fun gift she procured at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con last weekend:


Then we made our way to The Vista to see Inception. Altho I had already seen it, AY had not so I decided to see it again with her. Loved the movie again but I found Leonardo DiCaprio much more annoying the second time around.

I gotta say, all in all, my Sunday was pretty rad. No plans for tonight … our place is a disaster area, I’m prolly gonna spend tonight tidying up. Can you believe it’s August already? Summer is already practically over … boo.

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‘Indiana Jones’ & The Pink Penis Cake

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David and I spent most of the day running around looking for a tuxedo for him to wear for our friend Marissa’s wedding in a couple of weeks. We hit up pretty much all the usual places and came up empty … which is worrisome for him because he’s in the wedding. The search continues for him today, so wish him luck.

Last night, we made our way to Rob and Tam’s to hang out with them as they screened the classic 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on a big screen set up in their back yard:


Temple of Doom is my fave Indiana Jones film so I had a blast. Rob and Tam always go out of their way to make their guests feel so welcome, we all had a really great time. I believe they are planning other outdoor screenings for the coming months so I’m looking forward to spending more time with them. The Turtle Party folks, headed by Ollie and Tamar, baked me a belated birthday cake … in the shape of a pink penis. Do my friends know me, or what? So as not to offend any innocent eyes, I’ve put a photo of the marginally-NSFW pastry behind the cut. If you want to see what my cake looks like, you can check it out after the jump … More »

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BFFs, BBQ & ‘Batman Returns’

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Last night David and I met up with Darion and Peter for dinner at The Smokin’ Joint for some BBQ and we pretty much ate our faces off … it was very fun. After dinner, Darion gave me a belated birthday present that I fell in love with at first sight:


Darion found me a blue trackjacket with my fave Transformers character on the back … Soundwave! Last night was really cold here in LA so I was doubly happy to have this fun new jacket.

Before bed, I managed to watch Batman Returns because as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been on a bit of a Batman kick lately:


I have to say, I think Batman Returns is my fave Batman movie of all. The story is very cool and the villains are among my fave of Batman‘s Gallery of Rogues. I always loved the fact that Max Shreck is the most evil character in the film … you feel sympathy for The Penguin and Catwoman, Shreck is just evil. I also love how Siouxsie and the Banshees co-wrote the Batman Returns theme song Face to Face with composer Danny Elfman:


There is not a single thing I don’t love about this movie. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman really makes the film … it’s a shame that she didn’t get a film of her own. While I don’t hate the Halle Berry film Catwoman as much as pretty much everyone else on Earth, I think a film starring Pfeiffer would’ve been far superior. Ah well … I guess it was never meant to be.

Tonight, David and I will be hanging out with Rob and Tam and then we’re supposed to hit up a midnight pool party in the Hills … we’ll have to wait and see how any of that actually turns out. Hope you’re having a fab weekend :)

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‘You Ever Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight’?

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This past Tuesday I posted a story about an upcoming auction which will offer the purple and orange suit that Jack Nicholson wore in the 1989 Tim Burton film Batman … and it reminded me how much I loved that movie when it came out in the Summer of ’89. I was 15 years old and I was finally going to see my favorite superhero on the big screen … I was pretty much obsessed with the film and everything related to the film all Summer long. Last night, I busted out my Batman DVD and decided to watch the film again for old time’s sake:


Obviously now, in comparison to the blockbuster films that get released almost ever week these days, Batman looks a bit dated and feels a bit slow … but when it came out, it really set the world on fire. Batman launched the big movie franchise biz and set the stage for all the superhero films that followed. I uploaded the film to my iPhone and watched the entirety of the movie in bed … which is such a marvel considering I was reminded that my friends and I had to camp out for movie tickets to see the film at midnight and then had to get to the theater early to find a good seat. If memory serves, the cineplex showed the film in 4 different theaters which were packed to the gills … there were people sitting on the floor in the aisles. I saw that movie many times in the theater that Summer and then wore out the VHS once it became available. I also LOVED the Prince soundtrack that accompanied the film, despite the fact that I always felt that Prince‘s music wasn’t really well-suited for Tim Burton‘s vision of Batman. But, yeah, Prince‘s song Batdance was my JAM!


I used to watch MTV with the VCR set to record on pause so that I could quickly record the video as soon as it began to play (I used to do the same for the Paula Abdul music videos that came out in 1989, 1990 but that’s another story for another day). I managed to upload all of the Batman films to my iPhone … yes, including the horrid ones made by Joel Schumacher. Batman Returns is prolly my all-time fave Batman film, to be honest. Until The Dark Knight came out in 2008, it was the darkest and truest version of Batman on the big screen. I’m looking forward to watching all the films again … I have a long history with Batman. I’m glad I can look back and relive that history in the palm of my hand.

Not sure what is going on today … David and I are planning to meet up with Darion for dinner … should be fun. Hope your weekend is awesome!

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‘Despicable’ 3

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Yesterday was Tracey’s last full day here in SoCal and after we spent the whole afternoon hanging out and enjoying the sun (which finally came out after hiding behind the clouds for the last week) we decided to venture out for a sushi dinner at Fat Fish before going to The Grove to see Despicable Me. I’ve been dying to see this movie for weeks now and, if you can believe it, Tracey has never seen a 3D movie before so … away we went:


While I still contend that Toy Story 3 is the best animated film released this year, Despicable Me is also very, very good. The whole story is really cute and the ending is super sweet … it’s really one of those movies that the whole family can enjoy. I will say that I didn’t really care for Steve Carell‘s supervillain accent in the film but once I got used to it it didn’t really bother me so much. I love the 3 little girl characters in the film … Agnes has to be one of the cutest little animated characters around. She really made me want to have a unicorn of my own … one that is really FLUFFFFFFFFFY! We all enjoyed the film, Tracey was blown away by the 3D effects … a great time was had by all.

After the jump, check out a few more photos I snapped last night and meet a couple of Pink readers who I got to meet at Starbucks last night … More »

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Pier Pressure

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For the past few days David and I have been hosting our dear friend Tracey who is visiting LA from Detroit. Some of you may know that Tracey is mother to my beautiful godchild Zakiya, so we were really happy that she wanted to come for a short visit. We’ve been bummin’ around all over town just relaxin’ as much as possible … and last night, we made our way to Santa Monica to do a bit of shopping on the Third Street Promenade before we walked down to the Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset:


Tracey has been on the look-out for Mr. Right but I think she would settle for Mr. Postcard in a heart beat ;) We snapped some pics, played some games and snacked all night long … ’twas fun.

I’m not sure what we’ve got planned for today … but I’m sure we’ll come up with something fun. Hope all y’all’s Tuesdays are going well :)

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All Work And No Play . . .

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Last night Tracey and I made our way to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood to see a screening of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Hands down, The Shining is one of my all-time fave films … and is deffo in my Top 5 horror films list. I’ve seen the film many times but never on the big screen … when I found out that a big screen showing was happening last night, I jumped at the chance to get tickets:


I was completely blown away … a film with such size and scope as The Shining MUST be seen on the big screen. You really haven’t experienced the film properly if you’ve only seen it on TV. I was shocked how much the booming music and sound changed my perspective of the film in the theater … to say that the effective use of sound adds to the overall effect would be an understatement. The sound and music almost make the film. Despite the fact that I had seen the film many times before, watching it on the big screen last night felt like I was watching it for the first time. I am so glad I got to see it as Kubrick intended the film to be seen. Watching the film with new eyes, I’m convinced that Jack Nicholson‘s first scene with the phantom bartender Lloyd was used as inspiration for his entire role as The Joker in the 1989 film Batman. The Shining is truly a cinematic masterpiece, I am just so glad I got to see it FINALLY on the big screen.

After the jump, check out some fun photos I took last night and meet the Pink reader that I got to meet at the theater last night … More »

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Spy Games

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As I mentioned earlier, I saw Angelina Jolie‘s new film Salt last night with a group of friends and the general consensus was that we all loved it:


For me, the film felt a bit like the Jason Bourne films — which I love — but with a kick-ass female lead. It’s about damn time Hollywood made a film franchise around a female spy who can kick all kinds of ass. I’m certain that Salt will become a very successful franchise of films. This first one was chock full of great surprises and LOTS of action scenes … plus the ending was left wide open for, hopefully, an entire series of films. The only thing I didn’t like about the film was how skinny Angelina Jolie was. I did not believe she could do all of the stuff she does in the film with such a frail-looking body. I think she needs to bulk up a bit to make her action-star role work better in a more believable way. BUT, the film is just so fun … you kinda get lost in all the action. There are so many great scenes, I deffo want to see it again.

One more thing, I wanted to give some love to Amanda Palmer who just last week released a new EP titled Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele on which, you guessed, it she performs the hits of Radiohead on her ukulele:


I’ve been kinda obsessed with this EP ever since I downloaded it from her official site last week and I’m tellin’ ya, you gotta check it out. Insanely enough, she is only charging $0.84 for the 7-track EP but I suggest y’all pay a bit more for it … it’s really worth it. You can preview and then BUY her EP HERE (there are also other ways to buy the album with a lot of fun options). Check it out, tell me what you think. I love it … I think you will to.

Tonight … I have tix to see The Shining on the big screen … another of my fave films that I’ve never seen in a theater before. I can’t wait … Red Rum … Red Rum.

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