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“The End of the Tour” Trailer

Oh boy. . . I’ve been waiting for this—literally checking Google every day to see if it was available.

And now it’s here.

Take a look if you care. I’m still digesting it. Jason Segel doesn’t remind me of David Foster Wallace, but I might just need some time. . . .

I don’t know.

Steven Spielberg and Chris Pratt in new Indiana Jones movie

New Indiana Jones movie with Spielberg and Pratt?

Steven Spielberg and Chris Pratt in new Indiana Jones movie

If this is so, it’s on like Donkey Kong.

I was on the fence about Chris Pratt taking up the whip and fedora, but I really like the guy and he has a good look for the character, so I’ve come around; but if Steven Spielberg continues directing these movies . . . holy shit, I’m in.

Check out this article from Deadline, which broke this rumor:

http://deadline.com/2015/02/steven-spielberg-direct-chris-pratt-indiana-jones-reboot-1201378113/

The End of the Tour - Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace

The End of the Tour: First Official Photo Released

The End of the Tour - Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace

And I’m figuratively rolling on the floor with my knees pulled against my chest, saying, “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”

2015 is going to be a banner year for movies: We’ve got Star Wars, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pan, Spectre, Ant Man, Cinderella, Mad Max, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and a new freaking Spongebob movie! That’s actually not all of the big name movies coming to theaters near you, but the one that has me the most anxious (not Star Wars) is  The End of the Tour.

For those of you unaware, The End of the Tour is a David Foster Wallace semi-bio pic that takes place in 1996 during a five-day interview he had with then Rolling Stone magazine reporter, David Lipsky. I’ve read the book-length interview two times, and I have not a damn clue as to how director James Ponsoldt will pull this movie off (or at least in a manner that is interesting to a wider audience) without bastardizing Wallace, who happens to be a literary hero of mine. I’ve found myself questioning everything about this production: the casting of Jason Segel as Wallace, Eisenberg as Lipsky, the source material, the total lack of support by the David Foster Wallace foundation, and the entire idea of portraying David Foster Wallace in a film, period. However, despite my anxiety over the film, I’m eager to see its first trailer. For now, I’ll have to live with its first official photo, which is meh.

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Hollywood thinks we only use 10% of our brains

Lucy_(2014_film)_posterI listen to internet radio. Approximately every eight minutes there is a commercial for Luc Besson’s Lucy. And in the commercial there is a line said by Morgan Freeman, “It is estimated that most human beings only use about 10% of their brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100%. . . .”

AHHHH! Is what usually follows inside my 10%.

I’m going to let the cat out of the bag right now: SPOILER ALERT!

WE ALREADY USE 100% OF OUR BRAIN!!!

Phew, now I feel better.

I’m pretty sure I was in high school (maybe college) when I learned this seemingly insignificant fact that has been turned into a myth and now serves as the plot for not only Lucy but Bradley Cooper’s Limitless (and coincidentally both films have humans accessing 100% of their brains through the help of narcotics—coincidence?), and I’ve had enough. Continue reading

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Video of Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace

While writing a blog post about Captain America, I came across this and had to comment real fast, because as a huge fan of the writer David Foster Wallace, I don’t know if I can come to terms with this. Something about it seems more Saturday Night Live than authentic-attempt-at-making-a-movie about a man who really doesn’t need a movie made about him. Do you agree? I imagine if he were alive, David Foster Wallace would be horribly embarrassed by this and would beg for this real-life nightmare to end quickly and quietly.

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In case you needed some video proof of the film, here it is:  Continue reading

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Living works of art

Alexa-MeadeFor obvious reasons, it’s not everyday that I come across an artist that is so utterly interesting and inspiring. Artist Alexa Meade makes art out of ordinary living beings. She paints directly on the surface of her living models as well as objects surrounding them in three-dimensional space, flatting them into a two dimensional painting. Amazing. According to her website, Alexa Meade’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zürich, and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

You can check out her work here: alexameade.com/artwork/

A Supposedly Fun Thing – First Edition

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do AgainIn recent years, collecting first editions of books has become a hobby/obsession of mine. I used to collect baseball cards and Star Wars toys (and for a very short period, comic books), and now I feel the same excitement when going into a used-books store or a library resale.

This Christmas, I had ordered David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and J.J. Abrams S. off of Amazon. This is the first time I have used Amazon to order a used book(s). A Supposedly Fun Thing ended up being a first edition (as advertised) but is a fourth printing, which is what I expected but hoped for better. The quality is excellent and I would probably order from Amazon again as long as I have a gift card or bonus credits.

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