You are viewing ianbrill

LiveJournal for ianbrill.

View:User Info.
View:Friends.
View:Calendar.
View:Website (Brill Building).
View:Memories.
You're looking at the latest 20 entries. Missed some entries? Then simply jump back 20 entries.

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Time:8:35 pm.
Watching Tropic Thunder on the plane to Seattle I realized it:

Ian Brill used to blog on maximumfun.org. Bill Hader blogged on maximumfun.org (one post, but it counts). Bill Hader was in a few scenes of Tropic Thunder with Tom Cruise. Therefore, I am one degree away from one of the biggest (and perhaps looniest) movie stars in the world.

Take that a step farther, Tom Cruise was in A Few Good Men with...Kevin Bacon. That's right, I'm two degrees away from Kevin Bacon!

(Actually, I'm one degree away from Kevin Bacon but this way is cooler)
Comments: Add Your Own.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Time:10:05 pm.
I've only seen the first season of Heroes and decided that was enough for me. I've heard this third season is no good. But I just a still from an episode on Hulu.com. All it had was Malcolm McDowell and Robert Forester wearing tuxes and looking slightly confused.

You can't tell me this show is all bad. At least we have an idea for a spin-off.

EDIT:

Photobucket
Comments: Add Your Own.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Time:8:37 pm.
AMERICA DOESN'T TOTALLY SUCK!!!!
Comments: Add Your Own.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Time:3:49 pm.
Hey guys, I have a comic coming out tomorrow. Zombie Tales #6. I feel I should say something here, even if I haven't been updating a lot. I have other on-line outlets for myself. I use LJ to make private notes to myself at this point. But hey, it's still useful for me. Check the book out, I hope you dig it. Toby cypress's art on my story is wonderful.
Comments: Add Your Own.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Time:2:53 pm.


My latest obsession is Roosevelt Franklin, the African-American Muppet from '70s Sesame Street. I discovered him through a Colbert Report sketch from last week. There, Roosevelt was said to be a borderline-racist embarrassment from an earlier era. But since finding his entry on the Muppets Wiki I don't think there's much credence to that. Yes, he has Buckwheat's hair and is colored, well, purple. But he was created by Matt Robinson, the first Gordon on the show. Robinson wanted images of Black Culture on the show that African-American kids could relate to and learn from. Listen to that alphabet sketch with Roosevelt and his mother. You could give a kid the regualr alphabet song or you could give them something funky and exciting. Roosevelt and his mother sound like Otis Redding and Carla Thomas there!

Here's another sketch, where Roosevelt teaches his students some African pride:



Stay strong Roose Frank!
Comments: Add Your Own.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Time:9:00 pm.
This was what I think about when I'm alone drinking:

The 1985 cast of Saturday Night Live was really weird. It was when Dennis Miller and Jon Lovitz got their start. But it also had Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Randy Quaid and Joan Cusack. The idea that Iron Man and The Critic were working everyday trying to make gold out of a show guest hosted by Ron Reagan is bizarre. But it happened.

Man, I need a girlfriend.
Comments: Add Your Own.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Time:11:40 pm.
Thoughts on Hancock, which I actually just saw:

I haven't seen a film that just abandons its selling point with such velocity. For the promotion of the film we got pictures of Will Smith passed out drunk on benches and trailers all about this crazy bum/superhero. That's about thirty minutes of the movie. Then the filmmakers just decide a few weeks in jail will clean ol' Hancock up. That leaves room for hastily written villains and an attempt at mythology that just muddles everything up.

Why did they get rid of the premise of the film? It's not like they replaced it with anything worthwhile. We're told Hancock has tons of lawsuits against him and the city hates him. Why did he never see him in court? The story could have followed the route many alcoholics and drug addicts do. In and out of jail, failed stabs at rehab, people trying to help them but giving up in frustration. Except people can't give up on this guy because he could destroy the world if he wanted to. There's your drama.

By the very end of the movie Hancock is just another version of the sassy-but-not-scary Black man that Will Smith usually plays. If anything the movie is about taking a dirty guy and just cleaning him up to be a bland superhero in the most clumsy way possible.

An important rule of storytelling, when you come up with what you think is a good idea stick with it and exploit it every way you can to tell a thorough satisfying story. Half-assed shit like Hancock isn't going to cut it.
Comments: Add Your Own.

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Time:10:28 pm.
How to entertain friends:

Molly: I'm a sucker for repitition.
repetition?
yes
fuck
your retardation is airborne
me: Yeah, the doctors warned me about that
Molly: I'm glad you at least got tested.
That's heartening.
me: Did I forget to tell you? I picked up some acting work on the side. I had a check-up for insurance reasons
Molly: Wait, what? Like porn?
me: "Jewish Poles in Asian Holes 23"
The number's really high because we're all so good at math
Sent at 10:19 PM on Saturday
Molly's new status message - " 'Jewish Poles in Asian Holes 23.' The number's really high because we're all so good at math." 10:21 PM
Molly: You're on a roll. :)
me: I've got a gift
Molly: It's a shame I never bothered to keep track of my status messages. I could make a best-of list.
You have many gifts, dear.
Sent at 10:23 PM on Saturday
me: Well, they didn't cast me in the second-highest selling Hebraic/Asian porn series for my timeliness
Molly: ha!
What the the first-highest selling?
me: Oy, Me So Horny
Comments: Read 1 or Add Your Own.

Time:3:00 pm.
Do you think we'll ever have an openly atheist president?
Comments: Read 5 or Add Your Own.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Time:9:22 pm.
Comics has now jumped the shark

My task this week is not obsess over that page. I do need to contact the overseers of that site to fix some of the mistakes there.
Comments: Add Your Own.

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Time:9:29 pm.

Your result for The Director Who Films Your Life Test...

John Waters

Your film will be 43% drag queen, 29% gore, 53% hot rock 'n' roll music, and a $ 2 million budget.

Photobucket

Wow! What a life you have led thus far! With all the depraved sex acts, murder sprees, musical and numbers and, of course, the murder sprees how could Baltimore's own John Waters NOT make a movie of your life? It's not like you're some loser who tricks out the HTML in quizzes to pretend that he isn't bored, even though he was roughly 150,042 books he's in the middle of reading. Oh and then there's the Netflix DVD that sits lonely, staring at you. But no, just sit back and waste time on The Internet and imagine you had a life as cool as the people in Female Trouble.

Take The Director Who Films Your Life Test at HelloQuizzy

Comments: Add Your Own.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Time:9:59 pm.
"Joker" sentenced to 1 day in jail

The twenty-year-old was quoted, "I just want my phone call."
Comments: Add Your Own.

Time:9:23 am.
For dafnap (who has probably seen this a ton of times already):

Robert Downey Jr. on The Dark Knight:

"My whole thing is that that I saw 'The Dark Knight'. I feel like I'm dumb because I feel like I don't get how many things that are so smart. It's like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I'm like, 'That's not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.' I loved 'The Prestige' but didn't understand 'The Dark Knight'. Didn't get it, still can't tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I'm like, 'I get it. This is so high brow and so f--king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.' You know what? F-ck DC comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from."
Comments: Read 5 or Add Your Own.

Time:7:15 am.
Billy Bob Thorton to be the new Freddy Krueger

I'm sort of hoping he plays the character the exact way he played the dude in Slingblade.
Comments: Read 2 or Add Your Own.

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Time:2:21 pm.
I don't usually believe in God or an afterlife. For right now though I hope Bernie Mac is in Heaven yelling at St. Peter "I ain't scared of you muthafucka!"
Comments: Add Your Own.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Time:10:18 pm.
Here's what standing at a booth at Comic-Con for forty-five hours, broken up by loud nights of drinking, does to you: I had a ten minute conversation with someone I know, Blog@Newsarmama's Carla Hoffman, and the entire time I thought I was talking to Entertainment Weekly's Dafna Pleban. This matter was complicated by Carla being dressed as the Tenth Doctor. I don't know what to say other than my brain just could not digest reality correctly anymore.

There have been times when, due to lack of sleep or drunkiness, I've been pretty out of it. But never before had I lost the ability to recognize faces. You'd figure once I had reached the age of three that was one skill set I had a pretty good lock on. Nope! You stay on your feet talking to enough obese bearded men who had walked up to your booth because because they mistook a wide collection of Cthulhu merchandise as obtuse iterations of tentacle porn and guess what, your brain splits in half!

Before that the strangest thing to happen at the booth was having Stephen Baldwin and Mark Waid signing at the same time. Baldwin was on "stage left" and Waid to the opposite end. On one side you had people bring out their camera phones as if unseen puppet strings were lifting their arms from their sides. On the other a healthy smattering of fans would walk up to a creator they admire, share a few kind words and got their copy of Kingdom Come signed (and hopefully buy Potter's Field). While I make no judgment calls here I still remembered to stand at the back of the booth and slowly move my eyes from one end to the other. I had the two spiritual halves of Comic-Con happening right in front of me, not even eight feet from each other. For an hour or so booth #2543 was the Harvey Dent of fandom.

Comic-Con was an endurance test but if you appreciate the strangeness it can be a fun one. I sold a Dave Johnson poster to woman in an excellent (and to be quite honest, disturbingly sexy) Joker get-up. I saw a guy who had the Captain America: Truth costume down to a fucking T while he was on his way to Kyle Baker's booth. I handed Predator a flier for our free web comics. I made sure to have Fall of Cthulhu writer and all-around gentleman Michael Alan Nelson sign copies of his book for 24 executive producer Manny Coto. In the twilight hours of the con a guy with an excellent Kermit the Frog puppet walked by. We took a picture of him with our Muppet Preview Book in Kermit's mouth. I put some good books in the hands of people I know will dig them, which is immensely satisfying.
Comments: Read 3 or Add Your Own.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Time:6:07 pm.
So...I probably shouldn't even be revealing this. What can I say, I'm exciting. I'd worry about getting in trouble at work but as you'll see, my place at BOOM! is pretty secure.

That's the news. The company is actually changing their name.

See, BOOM! is a great name. I suggested a better one, though. Did they like it? Try loved it.

Presenting, BOOM! Studios new name:



Photobucket
Comments: Read 3 or Add Your Own.

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Time:4:44 pm.
And so begins Operation: Date Perfect Girlfriend Material. I already know that I'm a few degrees away from L.A. newest and hottest Jewish bachelorette. I'll mine that connection. In the meantime I'll be checking J-Date to see if she puts a profile up there (you never know)
Comments: Add Your Own.

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Time:11:55 am.
For no reason, I give you this:

Photobucket
Comments: Add Your Own.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Time:6:01 am.
mikester, are you sure you're not going to Comic-Con this year?

7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion— From 1988 to 1999, the long-suffering captives aboard the Satellite of Love wisecracked their way through hundreds of cinema's problem children—those delirious B-movies of yesteryear created by twisted imaginations and, possibly, the need for a tax shelter. To celebrate the show's 20th Anniversary, join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens). Room 6B

I've seen Oswalt host a reunion of the Freaks & Geeks cast. He's apparently on a quest to reunite the casts of all the shows I loved as a teen. I don't know if I'll be able to catch this but it would be nice to.
Comments: Read 5 or Add Your Own.

LiveJournal for ianbrill.

View:User Info.
View:Friends.
View:Calendar.
View:Website (Brill Building).
View:Memories.
You're looking at the latest 20 entries. Missed some entries? Then simply jump back 20 entries.