Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Skip Your Tuesday Mocha

I've been frustrated lately with commercials and editorials and advice columns suggesting that I, the frugal reader, should withhold superfluous luxuries. A textbook recently told me that I could afford an $8 / month service by driving past Starbucks every Tuesday without stopping for a cappuccino. That advice irked me, and since reading that chapter, I've noticed the same style rhetoric is pretty common. I saw a commercial this evening that suggested I give my change to charity instead of throwing it on my dresser.

Here's my issue: if I go to Starbucks twice in a year, that's a lot for me - once is a splurge. As a general rule, I don't carry cash, so I have no change to throw on my dresser. On the rare occasions that I do need to use cash, I deposit my change back into my account the first chance I get.

My irritation is this: those of us who buy a drink at Starbucks every day and throw our change on our dressers are not the same people who sweat about splitting $10 a month on tools and charity. The people who are unwilling to spend $10 are people whose entire budget consists of food, shelter, and transportation, with no room left over for frivolities like health care, education, or recreation.

The target audience does not have the cash to throw forgetfully on their dressers while sipping a venti mocha they picked up in their spare time. The target audience is already skipping Starbucks and using every bit of change they can find. Like Stephen Colbert said, "Poor people have ceiling fans, dvd players, and coffee makers?! That's not fair! I don't have any of those things. I have central air, a blu-ray player, and I get my coffee at Starbucks everyday.” The disconnect is at least that real.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Fair use 50/50 poster from Wikipedia
After seeing The Fighter, I thought it would be a long time before I saw another new movie that I would consider a favorite. I was pretty wrong about that.

50/50 is exactly the kind of art that I am aiming for with all these Bad Mutha Booboisie projects. This movie really is a perfect example of my artistic goal.

Upon my first viewing of the film, I have no criticisms. Maybe after I see it again some things will stand out, but on the first time through, I was mainly just entertained and impressed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been impressing me since Treasure Planet when he was just a wee li'l lad, and I think we can agree that Seth Rogen is a funny dude. Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston are both solid leading ladies, as usual. Of all the actors, though, I was most impressed by Anna Kendrick, who I recognized from Up in the Air (and who Sarah tells me is in the Twilight saga); she was at least as impressive as Gordon-Levitt, and at least as funny as Rogen. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for more of her movies. She might become a new favorite as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Poor ScarJo

Scarlett Johansson nude cell phone photo 1 (reenactment)
Scarlett Johansson nude cell phone photo 2 (reenactment)
Poor Scarlett Johansson. Yesterday someone released two nude photos of the actress. The photos were released by someone who had hacked her cell phone and stolen the pictures. I'm sure people upload stolen nude pictures to the internet all the time, but I feel particularly bad for attractive famous people that this happens to. For most people, a stolen-and-uploaded nude photo would be a temporary source of embarrassment, and perhaps eventually a funny story. For a well-known and good-looking person like Ms. Johansson, the unintended audience is spectacularly larger than for an unknown party.

Out of respect for Scarlett's privacy, I've reenacted the photos instead of including the originals. You don't need to see them. You know what she looks like, and the poses are like what you see me doing here. Obviously curiosity got the better of me, but, in all fairness, I also looked at Anthony Weiner's stolen nude cell phone photos. I have been a fan of both of these celebrities for a long time (check the back-issues), and I feel so bad for them.

Many of us are naked for some portion of every single day. And we live in a world where cameras are increasingly ubiquitous. I am not one for censorship, but I think we may need to impose some serious penalties on distributing stolen photographs. Perhaps the wider the distribution, the stricter the penalty?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Look Who I Found!

Awhile ago, you may remember if you've been with us for awhile, we started two film projects about a couple of townie characters named Lee Fries and Bentley "Bont" Bontsworth ((We're Not) Bricks & Brass and Community Collegian, if you're curious). We had an up-and-coming musician onboard as musical director for those projects. His name is Brennan Villines, and he looks like this:
I just happened to see this headline today on a link list: "Listen Up: Brennan Villines". It's the same guy - he's currently starring in a production of Bye Bye Birdy. Check out the story at Go Memphis and see that a friend of the Booboisie can become somebody: