My neighbor Carlos asked me to take photos of him. He's a musician and is building his online presence, starting with these. He's also Brazilian, so I knew we'd have a spicy old time, and I might get some mate, so I said "yes." We connected on a deep symbiotic level due to our mutual love for and fascination with Alejandro Jodorowski and warlock culture and I think the photos reflect that. Click here.
My mom was born in Hollywood in 1943. She knows a Hollywood I'll never know. Here, she tells her story about growing up in Hollywood, what it was like living near the end of the golden age of movies, celebrity anecdotes, having show business parents, and more.
Directed by Whitney Dinneweth
Made in Hollywood in October 2018
Two Bats, aka Whitney and K, aka WD45 J Carpenter Quality Earth Dinner Sausage and K Underscore Underscore B.A.T.T. review the new film, Suspiria, which opens in wide release on November 2 2018 (in the United States).
We saw an early screening, because we live in LA and cool things like that happen here, of Suspiria at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
We provide both spoiler-free and spoiler discussion of the film by Luca Guadagnino and written by David Kajganich, based on the 1977 film directed by Dario Argento. It stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz.
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A film 28 years in the making!
In less than 15 minutes, I explain Twin Peaks better than anyone has online, as far as I’ve seen.
While I’ve read, heard, and watched theories that were interesting and entertaining, I’ve never found anything that quite broke Twin Peaks down the way that seemed possible to me after The Return.
I’ve watched Twin Peaks since the air date of the first episode of Season 1 on network television. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about Twin Peaks and it’s mysteries and, while The Return certainly adds new ones, I think it holds the key to crack open the case of the whole mythology.
I’m primarily doing this to entertain and have a sense of humor about my favorite show.
I’m secondarily doing this to explain how Twin Peaks isn’t just random nonsense, which is the criticism I’ve heard from every single person who doesn’t like it. These 15 minutes show that if you think the show is just “weird for weird’s sake,” “has no story,” “doesn’t make sense,” or “is boring,” then I made this specifically for you, to tell you why you’re an idiot.
Thirdly, I’m doing this for fans, like me, who have poured over everything related even remotely to Twin Peaks in a concerted effort to continually relive their favorite show. I thought I’d give you more content to enjoy along with all the rest.
If you disagree with any of the theories presented in my movie, David Lynch’s thoughts on product placement should summarize my response.
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Lost Highway - Renegade Cut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Snz87...
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Mr. Steve Brooks aka Sapphire Steve from the band Torche gets tattooed by MAS from the great state of Texas.
A rockin' good time!
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He explains what it's like being a tattoo artist and I discuss his body.
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My boy MAS tattooed at my birthday.
He tattooed a snake on Kirsten.
It was the biggest tattoo he'd ever done up to that point.
I filmed it.
It's common knowledge: people from San Francisco hate Los Angeles and everything about Los Angeles and everyone from Los Angeles.
But why? I'm from LA and I lived in San Francisco for ten years and I never fully understood it.
It seems like the one socially-acceptable and regionally unique form of bigotry in the country promoted by some of the most self-righteous, professed anti-bigots that exist.
It's not just a "sports-rivalry," either. It's much more virulent and personal. At least for the people in SF. In LA, not so much.
Jack Rudy, another person who's lived in SF and LA besides me, explains his take on this cultural phenomena.
You don't have to agree with it. But then, if you don't, you're wrong.
I started a solo music project.
I'm planning to do nine songs of dark cinematic mood metal.
The Panos Cosmatos film Mandy inspired it. I love that movie.
This is the first track. It's called "VHS."
In the words of David Lynch:
"I'm not a musician, but I love making music."
I took this photo of Kirsten at the Pride Parade in San Francisco in 2015.
Kirsten and I moved to LA soon after.
Kirsten worked for Levi's at the time and Levi's was marching in the parade.
I'd been hired by Levi's to shoot for them for years up to this point.
I was gonna go just to support gay rights. I wasn't working at the parade.
Someone from Levi's asked me last minute if I'd be willing to shoot the parade for them.
I gave them my rate and they said, "no," and counter-offered me one-tenth.
I was surprised. I hadn't had that happen with them before.
They triggered the dormant punk-rock side of me and I started thinking of Levi's as an evil conglomerate co-opting a grassroots movement, manipulating Pride into an opportunity solely for financial gain to them.
I never thought this way about Levi's before, with regards to their prior community-activism-cum-marketing opportunities that they'd put together and that I'd been involved with.
I didn't see this as cognitive dissonance.
I saw one specific and measurable difference on their part this time.
The difference was that Levi's never tried low-balling me before.
It's not like Levi's was strapped for cash all of a sudden.
Not only did I know that they weren't willing to pay a fair amount for this gig but that accepting the offer anyway would be setting a precedent that it was okay to low-ball every job moving forward.
It reminded me of a saying,
"You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." -Charles Bukowski
Would it be wrong for me to feel slighted if they weren't willing to save me from missing my rent for the month while working for them?
Especially when I knew enough of how the sausage was made by then to know that there was literally no reason for them to do that, other than just to be greedy assholes?
If Levi's, suddenly and out of character, decided that they wanted me at my lowest possible price, such that my fee, prorated over time, would amount to less than minimum wage, while benefitting themselves at an obscene deal greater than that, would it be wrong for me to lose some faith in their motives and intentions across the board?
Would it follow, then, that if I couldn't trust them to treat me with the respect and dignity I'd earned as a proven colleague, that it might also mean I couldn't believe in the veracity of their performative "cause," as they'd spun it, when it came to Pride?
I said, "no."
Then I showed up with my camera and shot photos.
I was happy to see so many people crowding the streets crying tears of joy. Gay marriage had just passed. It was obviously an especially celebratory occasion.
I got home, edited the photos, and put them on my Flickr account.
Days later, I heard back from the low-baller at Levi's.
They thanked me for coming to Pride, as if Levi's were in charge of the invitations.
They asked if they could see, and possibly share, some of the photos that they saw me taking that day.
They didn't offer to license the photos from me.
They didn't offer anything.
They wanted free work.
I said, "no."
Their immediate response was to act like they were doing me a favor by even talking to me at all.
They blacklisted me quickly afterwards.
No one at the company would tell me why, even when I broke the passive-aggressive code of corporate conduct and called out the unbecoming gaslighting tactics of middle aged people who should know better.
I lost a guaranteed 100,000 dollars a year by sticking with my integrity.
I held onto that and moved to LA.
I brought the best part of Levi's with me.
(See above photo.)