In an ideal world, I should be the editor of Cheese Magazine--cheese as in cheesy, but hopefully this title would also get me many free samples of gourmet cheeses. Or, if Tom Scharpling decided to make a magazine themed around his term Awfulsome, I would ideally be a writer on their staff.
On the cheesy and awfulsome note, BFF/commenter Meanie T made my week by introducing me to the Utah filmmaker Stephen Groo. Some of you know of my obsession with Tommy Wiseau of The Room fame. But tragically Tommy has only made one full film and one totally bizarro trailer for a TV show. Groo is much more prolific, with more than 100 works under his belt. According to Meanie T, these films are dead serious, not ironic, and they often utilize fresh-faced local Mormons as actors, including numerous Mom-jeaned wholesome younger women.
I've only scratched the surface of the collection, available here on the website, with categories like Drama, Sci-Fi, and Horror, but here's some brief notes on a few I have watched. Some of these works are music videos, such as "The Boys of Summer," which when it says "nobody on the road" depicts nobody on the road, and ditto for the lyric "nobody on the beach." Now, I haven't been to music video school, but I would guess that literal translation of lyrics might be the first thing they tell you not to do. I'm not saying I don't break rules here and there...just saying Groo is a risk-taker. And although there's a comedic thread through other films, there's only one entry in the Comedy category, the perplexing work labeled on the site as "Gardners," which has a minute-long scene depicting Groo inhaling helium. Turns out when you inhale helium, your voice gets all high and weird! Oh, you've known that since you were five? Just sit tight, because the clip then becomes a campus-wide singalong to "She's Got the Look." That's comedy!
There are even parallels in a few movies to my main man Tommy Wiseau: Dialogue from the trailer for Challenge of Faith: "I got a promotion." "What's your new position?" "President." Only it looks like things don't turn out quite as expected...!
Anyway, welcome to a magical wonderland of time-wasting amusement. Thank Meanie T! Her sister went to school with that guy.
Speaking of BFFs, and acronyms, ecs turns 30 this weekend! Happy Bday to the coolest young lady in whatever hemisphere she's in. Read about her recent explorations doing pretty much the same thing I'm doing, but in Australia.
Recently the fiance and I checked out the newish downtown pizza
place, Schlitz n Giggles. It's adjacent to two popular bars (same
owners), and should be a no-brainer: Drunk people eat pizza. Their
tagline is, "Silly name, serious pizza." Our number-one issue was, if
they're so serious about pizza, why do they employ the Domino's method
of conveyor belt pizza-grilling instead of using pizza ovens? And why
do they then charge $20+ a pie to do so? And as much as I feel like an
a-hole paying $2 for a can of crap beer (the titular Schlitz) in NYC, I
feel even more so doing this in Baton Rouge. Shouldn't we be able to
get a case of Schlitz for $2 here?
So, In case there is any confusion: Domino's is not pizza. Papa
John's is not pizza. If it's like you're eating a flattened old pillow
with cheese on top, it's not pizza. All that being said, the stuff at
this place tasted more like pizza then what you find at those chains.
But there's no reason to pay $20+ for a pie again.
In the new Abandoned Baton Rouge, we visit an old sugar processing plant with scary results.
Another preview from the live Gossip DVD, out the 15th: Yr. Mangled Heart
Looking out my back door, here's a gecko like, mating with the deck or something:
I'm out. I'm either going to V-Day V to the Tenth in New Orleans this weekend, or to a crawfish boil. I suspect that unless an assignment to cover V-Day comes up, laziness will win again and I'll find myself face to face with one of these insectile water creatures. Ew.