Snowcalipse Post One

Snowcalipse came down hard and mercilessly over NYC, black ice will soon follow. Cabin fever is at an all-time high. In the coming weeks I will be posting reviews of some of the stuff I did while indoors for close to forty eight hours.

#OscarsSoWhite.

So far I’ve managed to keep my webpage politics free, because I hate politics. But yeah, Snowcalipse has nothing on the Oscars when it comes to whiteness, which brings me to the best movie I saw this year (In all fairness, I saw it on Saturday but the movie came out in 2015) the movie is a small indie flick call Tangerine.

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Shot entirely with iPhone 5S smartphones, the film is a triumph of cinema’s capacity to capture the human condition using whatever means necessary. Don’t let the medium used to film this work turn you off, I didn’t even know it was shot that way until I started doing research for this post and I was very impress because the movie looks amazing. There are some dynamically shot scenes that left me wondering how they did it. Now I know, and so do you.

Here’s the gist of the film:

It takes place on Christmas Eve, and it follows Sin-Dee (played by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (played by Mya Taylor) they’re searching for Sin-Dee’s pimp/boyfriend/fiancée. A pimp who broke Sin-Dee’s heart. They search for him through a landscape of lascivious pleasure seekers involved in all manners of sins of the flesh – all among the neon hued and piss stained sidewalks of Tinsel town.

Quote from the film:

Alexandra: “You didn’t have to Chris Brown the bitch.”

Unlike the Oscars, give this film a chance, because no matter who you are or where you stand politically, you’ll fall in love with these characters, characters that’ll move you, and make you laugh along the way. This film is to be celebrated, not only because it brings a bright shade of reality to transgender issues, but also because of the inventive nature it brings to the filmmaking medium.

A bittersweet humanistic story about friendship on the fringes of society.

Currently streaming on Netflix.

Sixty-Four Days. A short story review

SixtyFourDaysA story for those who enjoy naval / military type reads.

When you read the following… ‘A welder’s torch was used to dislodge a pair of blackened hipbones from a stainless steel toilet bowl.’ You know that you’re in for a high octane action story, and this one has it down pat. From the get-go, author Malcolm Torres places the reader on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier by letting the smells, sounds and imminent dangers jump out of the page at you. This is someone who’s been there, done that.

The Sixty-Four Days of the title refers to the amount of days that Senior Chief Brendan O’Reilly, has left for his retirement, that is if shit don’t hit the fan on account of a malfunctioning Corsair A7. They must land the plane safely or else…

I came across a free copy this 27 page short story while perusing Google + (yep that platform still around.) and I enjoyed it very much.

Get your mitts on this explosive and gripping short story.

5 out of 5

Hello From Crooklyn.

welcome2broolynMe on the phone with a potential mover;

Me, “Hey there, my name’s Verge and I’m looking to move on Monday. Can you give me an estimate?”

Potential mover, “sure thing pal, when are you moving?”

Me, “Monday”

Potential mover, “I’m sorry, can I call you right back?”

“Sure.”

CLICK.

I hate moving with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. But that’s the way life goes, always getting in the way of creativity.

After fifteen minutes of waiting for potential mover to call back I started calling other moving companies, actually scratch that, I called one other moving company and the guy on the other side of the line sounded really pleased to hear from a potential costumer.

Later, potential mover calls back, he says;

“So you wanna to move huh, where are you moving to? Buddy”

Me; “I’m sorry, I already hired somebody else to do the job. Thanks anyway.”

Potential ex-mover;

“Yeah sure no problem…”

CLICK

And just like that I said goodbye to Manhattan and said Hello! to Crooklyn (Crooklyn a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee—thanks Wikipedia—plus is the affectionate nickname I use when referring to one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods.)

Brooklyn is a different world (It seems that way to Me.) dig this: No Starbucks, Duane Reade, or even a Dunking Donuts for miles where I live now. No yuppies, no hipsters, no dreaded gentrifiers—and I fucking love it. (Okay I kinda miss Dunking Donuts.)

Remember I said I hate moving? Well here’s the thing; the moola I’ve been saving for the purpose of hiring an editor is gone, which means it’ll take a while for me to publish the short novel I’ve been working on for some time now. But do not despair my friends because it will get done. In the meantime I’ll be working on other material I’ve been wrestling with prior to my move to Crooklyn.  vergelenoir.com

That’s it, that’s what I’ve been up to these days, New Year, new home, new challenges.

Happy and Prosperous New Year my friends!

Fuhgeddaboudit.

CLICK…