Tuesday

Burnt Out as Hell


I am burnt out.

Combining film shoots with academics with work and everything- I've been running non-stop morning to night everyday for weeks.

Now, there's advantages to this - being that I am getting a lot done, but to tell you the truth it doesn't feel like it. I feel like I'm running on a treadmill and barely moving at all.

My room is a mess - I wish I had a picture to show you - to the point where I sometimes have trouble walking across it to get to bed.

I'm pretty much just banking on Spring Break coming, where I will get some much needed Rest and Relaxation and get my head back on straight.

So, for all you out there that are burnt out too - I feel you.

Keep checking back for awesome post-age!


Monday

My New Favorite Snapple


Lemonade is great. Iced Tea is alright. Snapple is wonderful.

Therefore, Snapple Lemonade Iced Tea is AMAZING.

I first begun my tango with this flavor on a fateful night of festivites, and it has since evolved into my new favorite (overcoming Peach).

Go try it.

-Danger

Sunday

A Break from Sunday Genius - NEW 500 DAYS TRAILER


Hey all,

I took a break from my Sunday Genius series to tell you that-

THERE IS A NEW TRAILER FOR "500 Days of Summer"!

Here IT is.

LOOK AT IT NOW!

-Nick

Saturday

"Strange Kid Singing"


Look at the picture. Let your imagination run wild.


You'll thank me later.

Friday

"Away We Go"


So after I began my fervor about "Where the Wild Things Are", I looked into the credits and realized that it was written by Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers. So I asked myself, who is this Dave Eggers?

So I looked him up, and he's written one other movie (well, co-written). And guess whose directing it?

SAM MENDES.

WITH JOHN KRANSINSKI (the office) and MAYA RUDOLPH (SNL).

And its completely different than everything Mendes has done (American Beauty, The Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road) and looks totally indie and amazing.

Oh, and the writing and acting looks amazingly amazing.

Oh, and it's DPed by Ellen Kuras - who did eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

Damn, I'm excited for this movie.

Check IT out!

Thursday

"Where The Wild Things Are" Trailer


Hey all,

So I'm not sure if you heard yet - but the "Where the Wild Things Are" trailer - a movie based on the awesome childrens book, and directed by SPIKE JONZE - has been released!

I've been physced for this movie for a while. I'm a huge fan of Jonze (director of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation.", among others) and when I heard he was combining eight to tweleve foot tall anamatronics with CGI - I knew it'd be awesome.

So here IT is! Let me know what you think!

Wednesday

Battle of the Bands

Hey all,

Last night my band and I played battle of the bands at Hofstra University. It was a good time.

Punk Chameleon is the name - and the band usually just is me, and whoever I can get to play at anytime; so that's how the recordings are.

So when it came to assembling the band- I called on some recording's all-stars (Sam, Thomas, Brian, Winslow) and we jammed out using a drumset made of laundry bins and stop signs, and just had a good time.

It was fun. We had fun and I think others did too.

And that's all the matters.

- I mad tired, so im going to bed, but talk to you all soon!

Tuesday

The Fray Covers Kanye's Heatless




Hey all,


I ran across this the other day, and it's pretty amazing. Normally I hate the Fray, but here they cover Kanye's "Heartless", and its badass.




Check IT out

Monday

The Economic Stimulus




Seems like the Obama's Economic Stimulus is getting a lot of heat these days - mainly because of its size ($ 787 billion) and the defecit it will put us in for a bit.

But I came across this article by Paul Krugman - a nobel prize winning economist - who argues that the stimulus isn't big enough.

Sunday

Sunday Genius: Genius #3 - Bill Gates



Bill Gates is a hell-of-a genius. He bought and sold, negoitatied and stole his way all the way to the top. He may be the only reason why our country had a federal surplus in the 1990s.

I've been obsessed with Gates and Jobs and the Personal Computer Revolution since I was very young- and this mostly has to do with a little film that little or no people have seen - called "Pirates of Silicon Valley". It's a 'docu-drama' both attempting historically actuaturate and dramatizeing the experience.

And it's one of the few movies I may have seen 50+ times, at least. And it's still awesome each time.

Where Jobs is an artist, Gates is just a genius. He sold IBM an operating system he didn't have, and used their egotism against them and kept the rights to it and liscenced it to other competitors.

Bill Gates is basically the shiz-nat.

PS, check out the movie - and tell me if you love it to. Buy it HERE. And believe me, it's worth it to just buy it.

Saturday

"The Holly Jolly Jib Jive"

Hey all,

I just wanted to let you know I've been getting my filmmaking groove on lately as well. Shooting tomorrow is a film I wrote and am currently producing called "The Holly Jolly Jib Jive". It's being directed by a good fellow named Jonathan Lauder, and its about a guys mission to get a girl in a universe where they speak in jazz speak, and where every line rhymes like a poem.
 
We've been preparing for quite a while, and not only will I be producing on set tomorrow, but I will also be taking the role of "Teacher", where I will constantly babble meaningless words.

I think we've got all the pieces in the right place, with a great director, DP and crew included. I'm pretty psyched; so wish us luck!

In the meanwhile, check out Incubus's "Make Yourself" Release of a few years back - I've been listening to it a bunch lately and it's still amazing.

God Bless!

Nick Danger

Friday

Political Science is Killing Me

Hey everyone,
   I'm sorry to say I've got no ground breaking post for today. I've spent all my recent time studying for my massive Contemporay Issues in Politics Class, and have been trying to memorize things like the Six attributes in a Perfectly Competitive Marketplace, the 5 Problems inherent in Representative Democracy, and the 5 Problems of Public Bureaucracies.

So, that's no fun. It's 10 essays, which is killer. I respect my teacher though, and even though I'm hating studying for this massive midterm I keep getting the feeling like this is what college is meant to be; a true learning experience filled with stress.

And I kinda dig it, but I also hate it.

Maybe I love to hate it.

That's probably it.

Anyway, I'll be sure to let you know how it all goes. I saw Anderson Cooper speak yesterday, so I'll be sure to be commenting on that soon.

And sorry if my posts have been a bit lame lately, Midterm Week is A-Killing Me.

Anyway, Thank you as always,

Hugs and Kisses

Nick Danger

Thursday

Why the French Language Should Be Phased Out

Everyone should learn Esperanto. Or English. Or anything but French.

I can't tell you how much I hate French. Not the French, just their damn language. I

It makes little sense, you don't pronounce half the words, and French 2 is way harder that in should be.

I know I'm running the risk of sounding ignorant right now- but I don't care. I want to take an axe to the French Language.

Wednesday

The Best Website I've been To in Years

Seriously, check this website out. It's called F my life, and its a blog of people from around the world and the horrible things that happen to them.

But really, it's funny.


Tuesday

"Get Trashed"


It's a unreleased song by the Killers, and it's either amazing, or horrible, or amazingly horrible.

Check IT out

Monday

CHE


I may or may not be a fan of Che Guevara.

From what I'v heard he's either a brilliant revolutionary that fought for the common people - or a mass murdering fraud.

So I'm not so sure.

But I am sure that I want to see CHE - the new film by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's 11 through 13) starring Benico Del Toro about Guevara.

Actually, it's two seperate 2 and 1/2 hour films called The Argentine and Guerilla; but together they form the 4 hour master-film CHE.

HERE is the trailer. I hope you are as excited as I am.

Sunday

Sunday Genius: Genius #2 - J.D Salinger


J.D Salinger is a genius for more than one reason I am sure, but for me there is but one - The Catcher in The Rye.

The book is a masterpiece. It has influnenced just about every artistic medium, and reading it for the first time recently, I was captavaited by how, well, captivated I was for a book written in the 1950s.

If you haven't read it, you should.

And even though a fair share of assassins have made it their book of choice- don't worry about it - it probably has something to do with the fact that they're outkasts and relate to Holden (the main character), and probably already had something seriously wrong with them prior to their reading. Or maybe Mel Gibson is right and its a government conspiracy. Either way, the chances are pretty slim - so you should just go ahead and read it.

Happy Sunday,

Nick Danger

Saturday

Blink 182 is Back




I'm mad excited that Blink 182 is coming back together.

For those of you that don't know, the legendary trio that helped jumpstart pop-punk in the 90s has reunited and not only played the Grammys, but also announced that they will be going on tour and writing and releasing a new album.

I don't know about you, but when I think back on the music that I now play, sometimes I can see that Blink has influenced me in someway.

Are you as psyched as I am?

Friday

"Religulous"

Recently, I've had the pleasure of watching "Religulous", a documentary film with Bill Maher directed by Larry Charles (Borat).

And it's pretty awesome.

Bill Maher basically travels the world and confronts believers of all religions and points out their flaws and basically rips on them. So it's obviously a bit one sided, but it's insanely funny. I mean, he gets a senator to call himself stupid, a pastor to say that Jesus wore fine linens and gold, and a man who calls him self the second coming of Christ to say he'd be good at being Satan too.

It's a pretty good watch, and it brings out very important questions that are rarely brought out about religion and points out the hypocrisy and flaws in them. It's pretty great though.

But note, he only really interview two very intelligent people about religion, Father George Coyne (the former director of the Vatican Observatory) and Francis Collins (Author of "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief") and those interviews only last about 2 and 1/2 minutes.

But in the end, it's one-sided-ness is outweighed by it's awesome-ness, and I'd gladly recommend the film to anyone who believes (and doesn't believe) in something.

Thursday

Forrest Gump in One Minute in One Take

This is pretty funny. Check it out. 

I can't believe someone spent so much time doing it, but that's besides the point.

-Nick

Wednesday

"Winter Passing"



Hey all,

Nothing long today- just thought I'd recommend you a movie that's been passed under the radar for sometime now.

"Winter Passing" is directed by Adam Rapp, who has numerous plays and books published and has worked with "The L Word" before the film.

The film (I believe) is loosely based on the life of J.D. Salinger (their last names are even "Holden") and tells the story of a daughter (Zooey Deschanel) coming to visit her crazed-writer father (Ed Harris) to retrieve a set of love letter between him and her late mother to sell to a publisher. Her father now lives with a ex-christian rocker (Will Ferrell) who quit is band "'cause they went all ska" and an ex-student of his (Amelia Warner).

With great performances by all the actors - especially Zooey (whom you all know I love) and Will Ferrell (who's hilarious but still has soul) - hell Ed Harris and Amelia Warner's performances are great too. It has a great storyline and it's just overall a good movie.

Pick it up, or rent it or something. It's a shame this movie hasn't been more recognized.

Tuesday

My Top (High) 5


Below, I will attempt (key word, attempt) to listen my top (or high, for the sake of being clever) 5 movies, albums and books.

This is all subject to change, but as of right now, this exact moment, this is what they are:

Top 5 Movies (In no order, except for Garden State):
1. Garden State - written and directed by Zach Braff
2. Fight Club directed by David Fincher, based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, adapted by JIm Uhls
3. Kicking and Screaming (not the Will Ferrell movie, the Noah Baumbach one) directed by Noah Baumbach
4. Being John Malkovich dir. Spike Jonze
5. The Wackness directed by Jonathan Levine

Top 5 Books (In no order):
1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
2. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
3. West of Jesus by Steven Kotler
4. Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman
5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Top 5 Albums (definitley in no order):
1. In an Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
2. God and the Devil Are Raging Inside Me - Brand New
3. I'm Wide Awake It's Morning - Bright Eyes
4. Let it Be...Naked by The Beatles
5. Exodus by Bob Marley

I'm not saying that all of these are the best ever made, just that they are my favorite and I highly suggest you all read/watch/listen to them.

-Danger

Monday

The World Corn Syrup Conspiracy


Due to the request of a fellow reader -- I will be writing about Corn Syrup. So Mikey, this goes out to you.

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Corn Syrup surrounds our lives. It's in half of our drinks, and countless things we eat. But what the hell is corn syrup? What does it do? Does it do anything? Does it make us fatter? Do we really need it?

Is there a world Corn Syrup Conspiracy?

Well, let me start this expedition into the CSC with a personal story. Much like David (at the Dentist), I at a young age had to deal with dental surgery of sorts. I had a cavity, and it needed to be taken care of.

Note, it was not a big cavity- I believe the Doctor described it as "half a cavity" - and before and since I have yet to have another. I'm pretty good (knock on wood) with my cavity control.

But before the surgery I had taken a keen interest in the ingredients in my Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew was my most favorite of drinks at that young age, and I still have an Achilles heel for it. It tastes great, and gives you way too much caffeine in the process.

But, on the back I found that Corn Syrup was an ingredient in my favorite beverage. I asked my Mom, "Mom, what is corn syrup?" And I believe her response was "I don't know. Are you ready to go in babe?" I said yes, and we quickly through the corn syrup issue to the wind and entered the world of cavity cleansing.

Now, they didn't put me on that many drugs, but they did put me on laughing gas - my first experience with such a substance. It was even cherry flavored. I didn't feel anything, and the procedure was over in no time.

BUT- I did taste something. Was it the taste of my drilled teeth? Probably. But I thought otherwise- I thought it was Corn Syrup.

And therefore started screaming:

I TASTE CORN SYRUP. 

Before being dragged out to the car and then falling asleep.

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So what does this have to do with the world Corn Syrup Conspiracy? Probably nothing. But maybe something- maybe is that at a young age I was aware that Corn Syrup was infiltrating my foods and drinks and slowly taking over our lives.

But what is it (supposedly) used for?

Wikipedia says this:

Corn Syrup is a syrup, made using cornstarch as a feedstock, and composed mainly of glucose. A series of enzymatic reactions are used to convert the corn starch to corn syrup. Its major uses in commercially-prepared foods are as a thickener, sweetener, and for its moisture-retaining (humecant) properties which keep foods moist and help to maintain freshness.

Note, there is also such thing as High-Fructose Corn Syrup, where its use is less clear and it's use is MORE BROAD!

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So it seems clear to me- Corn Syrup is trying to take over the world.

By slowly working its way into all our foods and drinks for thousands of different reasons yet unclear, it is infiltrating the bloodstream of the American Society and will soon be taking hold of it.

BUT WHY, you ask?

Probably Corporate World Domination.

Probably World Slavery.

Probably. 

At least I'm 99% sure.

Sunday

Sunday Genius: Genius #1 - Thom Yorke

Hey all,
   Since there's been such a response to the blog (which I thank you all so much for!), I decided to start posting on the one day of the week where I don't normally post, Sundays, just because I love you all so much.
   When I was thinking about what to post, I thought it'd be neat to do a Sunday series of sorts called "Sunday Genius" where each week I'd post about someone who I thought deserved the title of genius.
   And this week- it's Thom Yorke.

Thom Yorke is the leader and perhaps key songwriter for the band Radiohead. As a band they have released 7 studio albums; including landmark albums such as "OK Computer", "Kid A", "The Bends" and their latest "In Raindows". ON TOP OF THIS, Mr. Yorke has also released a solo album called "The Eraser" which is also pretty brilliant.

It's not clear if he is or isn't the key songwriter in Radiohead because all the songs are credited to the band; but through reading and listening to all the interviews I could- it pretty much seems that way.

Pushing the band to their limits, they create music that hasn't been heard before, and start the music trend years before it would of ever arrived. Coldplay's Chris Martin has even said that he "owes [coldplay's] career to [Radiohead]".

Check out their albums, and you can see what I mean. With "Pablo Honey" they changed the English music scene from Brit-pop to more grunge, with "The Bends" they created Coldplay, with "OK Computer" they set the standard for 90's rock, and with "Kid A" they created some of maybe the only truly original music created in the past decade or two.

So, Thom Yorke, I'd like to say you're "NickDangerNow.Com"s first Sunday Genius.

Congrats Thom.

Saturday

"Loose Change" - A Controversial Film About a Controversial Subject

Hey all,

I just recently finished watching the online documentary "Loose Change". It investigates 9/11, and although biased, brings up questions we should all be asking.

I want to make it clear I'm not distinctly supporting the claims said in this film; rather I'm supporting the questions being asked.

Take it at face value. It's not all going to be right. But some things they say deserve some thought.

Take a look at it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

You can check it out HERE.

Have a good weekend, and don't forget to keep asking-

Nick

Friday

"Watchmen" Remains Un-filmable


It's 3:27 AM and I just got back from seeing Watchmen.

And I thought it was okay.

Now, it wasn't bad, but it was just okay. Okay, maybe it was just good. But either way it wasn't great.

Zack Snyder takes Alan Moore fantastic world and translates it almost directly to the screen- and fills it with everything from prolonged fight scenes to prolonged sex scenes to make fan boys cheer. 

To me, it feels like something was lost in Watchmen and that to me proves that Alan Moore did in fact accomplish what he wanted - he made a graphic novel that wasn't just a storyboard for a movie.

I'd probably write more tonight, probably about how the other directors previously attached could have done a better (or at least different) job - Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Greengrass - but I'm mad tired and I've got to make it to class tomorrow.

But hey, I'll be seeing it again tomorrow night - in less than 24 hours - so maybe my opinion will change.

But until then, Goodnight and Good Morning, and thanks for stopping by.

-Nick

Thursday

WATCHMEN


Tonight, I will be seeing Watchmen at midnight.

I can't tell you how excited I am. I love the thrill of seeing a midnight showing; let alone one of a movie that I'm mad excited for.

So far I've seen Iron Man at midnight (which was amazing, and lead me to drive home and watch it again within a 24 hour period in a different state), and The Dark Knight (which I got too like 3 hours early to wait with my friend Mikey and sit and become the first in our theatre to enter). 

Both were amazing not only because of the movie, but because of the crowd. People who really want to see a movie see it at midnight, and because of that everyone in that theater is excited and wants to be there- and the energy is amazing.

So as I prepare myself for a midnight feeding of the greatest graphic novel of all time written by a snake-worshipping genius (see my first post from back in August "The Nature of Authorship... And Snake Worshipping" to see more!) to a group of fan boys (see the movie Fan Boys), I share my excitement with all of you.

Check in tomorrow to see my reaction to the film and the theater!


Wednesday

Why 90s Hip Hop is the Best (The Wackness: Part Two)


From what I hear, the 90s was the Golden Age of Hip Hop.

From what I hear, every major artist was releasing a masterpiece every week. Artists like Biggie, Tupac, and Method Man were slamming out hits like it was nothing.

Recently, after seeing The Wackness for the third time, I've been constantly listening to this kind of hip hop. Albums like Ready to Die by Notorious BIG and Black on Both Sides by Mos Def (the latter of which has already been one of my favorite albums for sometime now), and I started to think of the differences between hip-hop then and now.

Back then, hip hop was chill. It was smooth, and it was about the flow. Artists like Biggie had a chill beat and let their words flow smoothly and constantly, creating a type of poetry over rhythm.

Now a days, everything is rushed. The rappers are trying to go faster and faster, and the beats are getting louder and harder (that's what she said). People like Lil' Wayne and Kanye West are still talented, its just that they don't have the laid back vibe that hip-hop used to have.

Pick up The Wackness soundtrack while you pick up the movie, and you'll see what I mean.

Tuesday

Why Everyone Should See "The Wackness"


So, everyone should see The Wackness.

I just saw it again last night, and it reminded me how much I absolutely love it. For all I say about The Dark Knight and the Oscars, I mean just the same for The Wackness - should of been nominated for everything (and the wackness should of won best original screenplay).

Telling the story of Luke Shipiro (Josh Peck), and his summer before college in NYC 1994, there is an amazing range of characters. His shrink, Dr. Squires (SIR BEN KINGSLEY) treats him, but in payment of pot (Luke is a pot dealer, did I mention that?), and Luke falls in love with his stepdaughter Steph (Olivia Thribly), and the three interact in the hot city summer.

Shot amazingly, it takes full advantage of its use of film - and the film feels like a mixtape from 94. Jonathan Levine directs the shit out of it, with the slang never sounding more natural.

I seriously am in love with this film, so much so that it's made its way into my top 5 movies of all time.

Go get it on DVD now, you'll thank me later.

Monday

"Hallelujah"

"Love is not a victory march / It's a cold, and it's a broken Hallelujah"

Hallelujah is a song written by Leonard Cohen, released in 1984 - and it may by lyrically the most beautiful song ever written.

Covered by the young and fleeting Jeff Buckley covered the song for his 1994 album, Grace, and with this brought it on a new wave of popularity.

The song describes love and lust in ways that haven't been told before, and with it's rhyme and prose - it stands as one of the greatest works of poetry of the past century.

Below are the full lyrics to the song (as sung by Leonard Cohen), and below those are some links to the songs as well as famous covers of it by the likes of Bob Dylan and (my favorite) Jeff Buckley.

Hope you enjoy. -

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David Played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled King composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Your faith was strong, but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrow you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke you thrown, and she cut you hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, and I've walked this floor
I used to live along before I knew you

I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didnt come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Song Versions:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do-
    Nick