'Stuff is Always'

An experiment in socialization, procrastination and beyond

Dear James…

Dear James Gunn,

Hey, James. I’ve got a couple of things I need to get off my chest, so I figured that a highly public forum was the best place to share them.

Here’s the short version: please, please let this movie be as good as I think/hope/dream it will be.

Full disclosure: while I’m conversational in the canon of Marvel, and have more or less enjoyed the majority of Marvel flicks that have come out so far, I’m more of a D.C. guy. Before you became attached to this flick, I had no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy were. Now, I want to make them my best friends, thanks to you.

Since “Slither,” you’ve been very high on my list of directors to pay close attention to. Hell, you’re a Troma alumn (awesome) and you said “hey” to me when you were a special guest at TromaDance at my favorite bar a couple years back (double awesome). (By the way, that festival was held on the opening weekend of “The Avengers,” and during a panel discussion you gave your condolences to anyone who was planning on “making a movie about actual people” ever again. Man, that must be awkward now.)

And, you made “Super,” which is a damned brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and kicks the ass of “Kick-Ass” seven ways to Sunday. Well done, sir. 

Then, Disney (?!) gave you the job to direct the biggest, weirdest Marvel movie yet in “Guardians.” The trailers have been great, the soundtrack is super-retro-cool, the cast is top-notch. And, following you on social media, you seen to be a genuinely good dude who’s friends with adorable animals. What’s not to love?

But, I’m scared, James. I’ve gone into movies with high hopes before, only to leave feeling foolish for having ever believed that a big, corporate spectacle could possess any sort of weird, funky magic. 

Can it be different this time? Can this movie be as awesome as I think it can be? Because that would be totally cool of you, dude.

My favorite films of 2014 (so far)

We’re half way through 2014, and here are my Top 10 favorite films from the first half of this year:

1. “Boyhood” (director: Richard Linklater)
2. “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (director: Frank Pavich)
3. “Coherence” (director: James Ward Byrkit)
4. “The Sacrament” (director: Ti West)
5. “Noah” (director: Darren Aronofsky)
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (director: Wes Anderson)
7. “Tim’s Vermeer” (director: Teller)
8. “Edge of Tomorrow” (director: Doug Liman)
9. “Maleficent” (director: Robert Stromberg)
10. “The Dance of Reality” (director: Alejandro Jodowosky)
These are my picks, so far. What are yours?

Monthly mix-tape time! Here are 20 tunes for July, dig ‘em!

(Source: Spotify)