Bad Movie Night: A Tradition

How to prep for Bad Movie Nights:

1. Plan it with your friends: if they are up to the challenge, or if they want to practice Bulimia, or if you just wanna have a silly time.
2. Plan on a place: A friend’s apartment, house, anywhere with Netflix or access to streaming movies to a big screen.
3. Plan possible movies: Movies that you hear are really bad or go to Rotten Tomato, or IMDB to check on scores. IMDB even has a bottom 100 movies. Discuss that with your Bad Movie Night members.
4. Plan a Date: Anytime everyone is free after a certain hour. We do Tuesdays or Thursdays at around 8pm.
5. Plan on what food you’ll want to eat. In my Tradition I’ll cook up some Salmon with rice and corn, with a little bit of sparkling cider.

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I remember the horrible duck puns, the cranky, sadistic duck who acted as if his tail feathers had been shoved up his butt as a magical portal whisped him off the Lucasfilm duck parody planet. For no reason mind you and he ended up in a little in an obscure town of Cleveland.  Bad Movie Night, is a time to watch awful movies, have a few laughs with your friends or family members, and if the movie is atrocious, then you can share the memories of what it is like to be preferred to be drinking molten lava, or excessively punched in the stomach.

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For my Bad Movie Night friends and I, Howard the Duck is undoubtedly and the single omnipotent worst movie ever. Of course we’ve watched other bad movies but they only ever were just so bad they were mediocre. But Howard the Duck will live in infamy in my heart, I remember it all too well. We didn’t know what to expect but it had Tim Robbins from the Shawshank Redeption and Lea Thompson from Back to the Future, and a bad score on IMDB. Yet, we hadn’t originally heard anything about it, we just happened to stumble upon it by sheer fate and we found that it would devastate our eyeballs and make us cringe, even to this day.

We quickly caught on that this movie might be special, in the way wanted it off but we had to know what came next! That’s the mystery that Bad Movie Night brings, until it pushes you too far. Howard was dropped to Earth from the phenomenon of an inexplicable act of universal proportions. There he runs around like a frightened chicken! And he winds up at a bar saving the life of Lea Thompson with his…sigh…Quackfu. He wins against these “punk” guys and wins an apartment invitation with Lea’s character. Shortly after he tells Lea’s band manager to take a hike and beats him up. Next Howard out of the blue wants to know how he got to Earth and whines and complains and hisses) fits at children in public. That’s where Tim Robbins comes in, a scientist obsessed with the universe, well, obsesses with Howard. Because he’s a duck…alien…thing. Had it not been for Tim Robbins’ performance, the character wouldn’t be as enjoyable to watch. Now we’re 45 minutes in and there is absolutely NO plot or conflict whatsoever. And we get to the point where Lea’s character is about to do the nasty with Howard because of…wait wait wait, no. A duck and a human?! I’M DONE! WHAT IS THIS?! WHAT IS MY LIFE?! YOU GOTTA DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE DUDE! YOU GOTTA MAKE A STATEMENT! YOU GOTTA ASK YOURSELF “WHAT AM I WILLING TO PUT UP WITH TODAY?” NOT THIS!

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And so before that could fill our screen, my friend rose from the couch holding eyes and ran out of the apartment, my other friend threw his hat on the ground and we soon followed, turning off the TV and leaving to go to Safeway for comfort food. On the way back I asked my friend if he wanted to spend the night at the park across the street because I didn’t want to go back. This movie made me want to run away from my life completely and no other movie has ever achieved that.

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And so, I ask you the reader; what is the worst movie you’ve ever seen? In fact, make a top ‘worst movies I’ve ever seen’ list and leave it in the comments section. Horrible movies are an experience and we all share the pain of horrible movies.

My Top Worst Movies Ever:
1. Howard the Duck (1986)
2. Mac and Me (1988)
3. Gigli (2003)
4. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
5. LOL (2012)
6. Troll 2 (1990)
7. Glitter (2001)
8. Cool as Ice (1991)
9. Little Monsters (1989)
10. Judge Dredd (1995)
11. Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo (1984)
12. Leonard Part 6 (1987)
13. Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer (2011)

Carrie Mae Weems – Louisiana Project: A Tribute (Updated and Kickin’)

There’s a morality about this certain set of pictures, as if she is trying to personify the role of women from the old Victorian era.

The roles of men and women swapped, the treatment of African-American women manifested at the time as if normal and true.

Though I couldn’t find any actual articles of Carrie Mae Weems signifying what these pictures truly mean (It’s in the eye of the beholder), I get a sense of the distortion of truth through the image and by what men wear.

I Used to be a Zebra

I used to be a Zebra

Fancy clothes and nice posture only to be shrouded by the true face.

I guess what I see behind the face is the emotional distinction behind it all.

A Shadow in Art

This is Paul. He is a full time student, has a part time job and wants to be a graphic novelist. This is no unattainable goal, yet it’s no easy road.

I would like to tell you from personal experience that being a creator that has no visuals only the written word is really hard to make my work palatable to anyone. There’s multiple reasons too; no one has the patience or the time to read a full length novel, or won’t take my work seriously, or because I’m not credible yet. Whatever the reason be, it’s frustrating and makes it all the more infuriating because writing stories is what my dream is. My friend Paul shares a similar passion only he executes his stories through visuals. The basis of this post is to tell you that you should follow your dream and if there is a struggle with everyday life then don’t forget to jump the hurdle. I would’ve liked to have found a quote to end this paragraph so instead I’ll improvise! You may question yourself whenever you can, at your most beautiful or even at your most degraded but just remember what Ernest Hemingway said; “Courage is grace under pressure.” By the end of it, I’m sure the struggle will be worth it.

Let me just start off by saying that Paul is a very busy man. Trying to meet up with him works like a doctors office, you need to make an appointment to see the doctor. With Paul you have to plan dates ahead and confirm them by showing up.

Paul’s graphic novel that he is currently in pursuit of finishing is called Bananattack. To the right is Banana’s character done with G-pen and copic markers. On the left is a rough sketch of a panel from Bananattack.

Inks, G-pens, erasers and nibs are the tools or materials for Paul to use. He prefers to make his art and comic looking spiffy.

Shuffling through papers and traveling through past mistakes and/or imperfections.

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I was unable to visit him in his artistic environment, aka his room. He tells me that artists are messy and that his room shows clutter.

Instead we settled for where we usually chat and work on art. He did what he usually does at a public table in the local mall.

FUN FACT: Banana’s have potassium.

Focus.

Paul was in the zone, his zone. He concentrated…

His concentration had him turning the paper as he cross-hatched the chin and inked over the rough sketch of his creation.

He began to ink with his copic markers, and as he got to the skin color; we were stopped and I was asked to stop taking pictures by a mall cop.

So we moved across the street outside on a stone table and benches.

His mojo had been disrupted and he had been going slower. His process was practically killed. When you take it into consideration that at anytime this happens his progress gets dented.

Disruption has no face and could happen at anytime.

But y’ can’t let distress slow you down. Paul kept going.

And this is where Paul works; the Euphrat Museum at De Anza College.

This Friday at De Anza Euphrat Museum, Joseph Rodriguez is holding his first solo art show.

“How Reality Died Today.” You should drop by on Friday or look up the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/467694986598315/

Of course, do you think it was a walk in the park for him? No, no it wasn’t. He’s been working on his graphic novel for nearly 2 years; spending time building his fan base online, taking time away to go to De Anza College, getting a job which he told me that all the life savings and pay checks were spent getting materials to make Bananattack. Even after all that, I dropped in on him at a convention in downtown San Jose taking place in the convention center in the last weekend of May. There he sold his one shot at his booth; he sold about 30 copies out of 100 he paid to print, losing money and leaving him with nervous social awkward people to gaze and shutter.

Though following this path he has gained a lot of interest on the forum he posts at.

Paul has the highest viewed one shot on the forum. If you don’t believe me: http://forum.onemanga.com/forumdisplay.php?f=157&daysprune=-1&order=desc&sort=views

If there’s anything in your life that you are passionate about pursue that dream and achieve what you thought to be impossible. Just give it time and hard work and it should be worth the struggle, it only makes you strong.

~Stay strong my friends and set your goal to the be the center stage and build around that.

Sites:

Visit Joseph’s Gallery: http://www.facebook.com/events/467694986598315/

Bananattack forum thread: http://forum.onemanga.com/showthread.php?t=101282

Help support Paul and Bananattack: http://www.facebook.com/Bananattack

And Here’s my book’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BelongOfficial