I was outside a bit today and noticed how nice and fluffy the clouds were and was inspired to create this. The lettering is custom-made and all the cloud photos are mine. Hope wherever you are, the clouds are nice there too. Go out and enjoy them if you can.
When I first saw “Jacob’s Ladder” many years ago, I was most struck by the twitchy, shaking faces of the demons (or whatever they were). It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film and a lot of it’s fuzzy to me, but that image still resonates (watch a nice and creepy scene here). So the result is this photo. I guess it’s sort of reminiscent of both “Jacob’s Ladder” and the so-so Keifer Sutherland movie “Mirrors.” I work with a guy who says that one of the scariest things to him is when your reflection does something different than what you’re doing. So maybe this picture would freak him out… but no one else, I bet.
Whenever I’m in my hometown, my friend Nick and I always get together and watch movies (terrible ones, funny ones, whatever we haven’t seen since the last time we were together). Tonight, Nick, his fiancee Chelsey, and I got together to watch “Samurai Cop,” a ridiculous action flick from 1989. As part of our evening, we decided to make a meal that would accompany the film’s subject matter. So, of course, we had stir fry and donuts:
“Samurai Cop” is a tough movie to review as nothing really makes sense, much like our dinner choice. Former Sly Stallone bodyguard and one-time actor Matt Hannon plays Joe Marshall, a drug enforcement officer, who’s trying to stop a Japanese crime syndicate between trying to bed every woman he meets. This group, dubbed the Katana Gang (” ‘Katana’ means ‘Japanese sword’,” reveals our hero), is trying to kill all the other Asian gangs in the city and have absolute power. This leads to a bunch of badly-shot and badly-executed fighting and driving sequences (most of which are sped up to a hilarious extent). Massive-mugged maniac Robert Z’Dar serves as an enforcer for the Katana Gang and I dare you to not stare at his face during every scene he’s in. Seriously, his face is huge. This movie hits a lot of the bad movie touchstones, with terribly-dubbed dialogue and atrocious acting.
Also, because I’m ultra-fascinated with animated gifs today, I made a series of gifs built from clips of the film.
Here’s Joe’s partner Frank showing off his wide-range of facial expressions.
Frank sure loves to laugh.
Joe’s a bad driver.
Joe gets angry at a guy for cutting him in line.
Joe and Yamashita (Z’Dar) “face” off (Get it? Because his face is huge).
“Samurai Cop” is one of the best bad movies out there and it’s also one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. In other words, it’s awesome.
It’s been exactly one week since my last post, one week since I completed my year-long post-a-day project. A year is a long time to do anything. There were many days that I wanted to give up, which I’m sure I mentioned several times here and there, but ultimately I’m glad I made it through.
I wanted to post to update everyone on what I’ve been up to in the last week: watching movies and going to bed early. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been posting a tweet with a Movie of the Day. I don’t really comment on them other than that, so, for those of you wondering, here’re my thoughts on the movies I’ve tweeted about.
After yesterday’s back-pedaling, here we are. Day 365. To celebrate my year-long achievement (and my birthday), I had some delicious ice cream cake with my co-workers. I feel extremely fat. But it’s a good fat.
Some of you might be wondering what’s going to happen to this blog now that I’ve reached my goal. Will it end? Will it disappear? Will I ever get un-lost?
First off, the blog won’t be going anywhere. I won’t be posting daily anymore, but I will continue to post. I may take a few weeks off, but I plan to post new material at least two-three times a week. We’ll see how well I stick to that schedule. Some weeks could have more content, others less. I might pop back in and do another week-long series if inspiration strikes.
When I do post, plan to see more written pieces. I’ve got a great deal of movies that need to watched, so I might write up a few reviews and post on the blog from time to time.
I’m also going to start working on a book based on some of the material on this blog that I’ll self-publish. I’m pretty excited about it and I’ll share more as I start putting things together.
Before the month is over, I’ll be posting about my favorite pieces from the last year. Also, and this is a biggie, I’ll be putting up a poll to vote for your favorite blog header. This is something that should’ve already been done, but things came up and I dropped the ball. Working to correct this as soon as possible.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who commented and visited. When I knew people were looking at my work and enjoying it, it helped me keep going.
Overall, posting something here everyday for the last year has taught me a lot about myself and what I’m capable of in a short period of time. I’m glad I did it, but I’ll probably never do it again.
Thanks again for your support. See you soon.
That darn Day 365 does not want me to catch him.
I’m sure you’re wondering why yesterday’s post was marked Day 364 and why today’s is not marked Day 365… Well, I jumped the gun. Last year, way back on May 16, 2010, I was very anxious to get this blog thing going. I’d tweaked my blog layout (unchanged since then), posted a sample piece a week prior (just to see how it would look) and was really ready to get the show on the road… so I posted a day early. May 16, 2010 actually marked my first day of posts and ones that counted. I posted something the next day, on what was to be the official start date, but I didn’t number it, so technically, Day 2 didn’t come until May 18, and then things were back on track.
I suppose that, yes, this would be Day 365, but I said I would post from one birthday to the next and by George, I keep my word! So come back tomorrow to see the official final post for the first year of Josh is Lost. I’ll also be sharing some of my plans for the future of this blog…
A man walks into a barbershop and says to the barber, “I need to get a haircut.” The barber looks the man over and says, “Which one?”
The rest of this blog has nothing to do with barbershops and everything to do with mothers, so click below to read it.