Saturday, September 3, 2011

Movie reviews/thoughts, now being blogged at...

I know I'd been moving from site to site with my movie posts, and made it look I was all settled back here, but it's more appropriate to me now that "Derrick Does..." is for stuff I actually do, or make, and while posting my thoughts on movies I've watched is something I do, it is focused on things other people have made--namely, movies. So my thoughts on those go to "Scattered Movie Thoughts."

So I hope that is settled once and for all.


Some of my latest, or latest to go public, productions:

(Removed; Addition of vocals--Pending) 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Common Experiences

A dedication.

It's been a roller coaster last couple of weeks, years even. I've been through a lot, but more importantly it's all about the people I've been through it with. My family, friends, fiancee...but to someone who went through more, and is now free. R.I.P. to my cousin Phillipe*. I'm grateful that I was one of your people, if only through blood, but thankfully through years.

And to all of us surviving and still living on earth--including you reading this now. Don't compromise your life. Live it. And thank you for being...with me. Let's keep going.

*More on Phil by Terri DeLima (via online obituary guestbook), who worked with him: "....Phil was a great guy to work with, hardworking, very smart.
He contributed major accomplishments to the Artificial Retina project which is helping blind people regain sight. Take pride in the fact that what he has accomplished with his life in such a short time will be helping a lot of people in the dark see light(.)
I'm a firm believer that from bad experiences something good is born from them. Look for the good(;) you may not see it now, but you will.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My thoughts on this year's NBA finals matchup.

Boston and L.A. again?


Wake me when the draft starts.

(I'm still getting my feet wet, so you might want to stay away from this blog for awhile if you want something more substantial.)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Getting my feet wet again.

Hello again blogspot. I'm home.

With that out of the way...

Iron Man 2 was a nice set-up movie. The Avengers needs to knock it out of the park. Edward Norton, please step on deck...

Robert Downey Jr.: take it easy for now. We'll need you for the playoffs.

(There's a metaphor that needs fixing up there somewhere, I know. Anyway, it's blockbuster season again. Let's see if I have more worth saying before it ends again.)

(It's good to be home.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Moving my reviews, sort of.

So, I've decided to re-activate my facebook account, and I've decided to just put up new movie/music/etc. reviews in to one of my status feeds as new comments. Granted, the medium sort of dictates that the reviews will probably be shorter than my blog entries here, but maybe I'll put longer rants here when needed. Til' then, here's the feed link, with blurbs on Rounders, The Great Buck Howard, and a little more written for 9 and The Blueprint 3.

More likely to come.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A couple of bits:

First up, passing on an article where the headline says it best: John Ostrander Needs Our Help. The fundraising event detailed there has passed, but there's a link where you should still be able to help.

Second up, and lastly really, is more movie viewing. Just off the top of my head of what I've watched in theaters since last posting, I've seen Funny People (directed by Judd Apatow), Ponyo (adapted/translated by the people at Disney), and Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino).

Funny People is Apatow's worst movie, but seeminlgy most ambitious, out of the three he's directed so far. Add that to the thud that was his own produced Year One, and this year looks like a 180 from last, where Pineapple Express and Forgetting Sarah Marshall was cream of the crop.

Maybe it's time to stay away from ambition. Take Tarantino. He's let his idea for Inglourious Basterds just chill for a decade or something, picked it back up (well, talk about it for awhile at least) then got to it. Not that this process was totally lacking ambition, it's just that there wasn't 50 projects going at once in a short time span to focus on at the same time.

So maybe Tarantino had time and space to focus that ambition. And what you get is this new flick. And I enjoyed it much, much more than Funny People. And I was looking forward to Funny People more.

I did look forward to seeing Ponyo because I think it was time for me to see something like it. I'm glad I did. Everything was really cool, and it is a cute movie. I'm not against cute, but not necessarily always down for it, but it wasn't anything that reeked of "cheese." It was more whimsical, but I'm big on humor and undercurrents of darkness for the light to play off of, and the movie came off almost balanced.

It does tip towards "happy happy" that marketing types fabricate at times to try and cash in on Happy Meals(c) and such. But Ponyo is for the children, with my blogged stamp of approval, as well as for those of you who are cool with that.

It's almost 7am as I post this, so I'm too tired to add more proper links into the above entry as I usually do. Just wanted to throw this one up. Falltime means back to "more work than is done during summer." What that means for this blog, I'm not exactly sure. We shall see.