Sunday, May 31, 2020

Outbreak 1995 Movie Review-SPOILERS



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Another week of our Quarantine Review series, where Jason G and I pick a movie, TV show, or comic to critique. This week it's Outbreak. Released 1995, starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, and more. As of this writing, this movie can still be streamed on Netflix.

We were interested in reviewing Outbreak to spot the parallels between this film and current events with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here's a synopsis of the film. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(film) 

Like this review? Check out my new book, where I have collected several older reviews for such films as Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Rogue One, and more. Check that out here. https://amzn.to/36JFBay 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

My Conversation with Dancer Erick Jael Fuentes


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Erick Jael Fuentes is a dancer I'd see in dance classes and on my Instagram feed. One late night in 2019, we both attended a party. He impressed me with his dance vocabulary and different styles. He's Hispanic like me. In this NYC Dancehall space, Hispanic male dancers are few and far between. I was curious to speak with him. This is our conversation.

You can reach out to Erick here on his Instagram account at  https://www.instagram.com/erick_jael_fuentes/

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Monday, May 25, 2020

New Design in my Teepublic store-'Que Cerda!' (What a Pig!)

This was inspired by my co-worker.    She said this(Que Cerda!)and told me what it means.   I added the cute piggy.   It's available on t-shirts, face masks, onesies, cell phone cases, pillows, journals and more.   All in different colors.    Check it out here.






Tuesday, May 19, 2020

90s Mixtape Bay-Bay!


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During the 90s I graduated high school, had my first kiss, and was  introduced to the hospitality industry.   Where I would proceed to work till present day.

I recorded this episode on a livestream on Periscope in May 2020.   You should join me there some time.    Enjoy the mix!

Track listing:
  1. Dido-‘Thank you’
  2. Lenny Kravitz-‘It Ain’t Over ’Til it’s Over’
  3. George Micheal-‘Freedom!   ’90’
  4. Jamiroquai-‘Virtual Insanity’
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Around the World’
  6. Limp Bizkit-‘Nookie’
  7. Beastie Boys-‘Intergalactic’
  8. Neneh Cherry-‘Buffalo Stance’
  9. SNAP!-’The Power’
  10. C&C Music Factory-‘Gonna Make You Sweat’
  11. Technotronic-‘Pump Up the Jam’
  12. Reel 2 Real-‘I Like To Move It’
  13. Underground Solution-‘Luv Dancin’
  14. Hardrive-‘Deep Inside’
  15. Barbara Tucker-‘Beautiful People’
  16. River Ocean-‘Love & Happiness’
  17. Haddaway-‘What Is Love’
  18. Jennifer Lopez-‘Waiting for Tonight’
  19. Jamiroquai-‘Canned Heat’
  20. Mobb Deep-‘Right Back at You’
  21. Jay-Z-‘Dead Presidents II’
  22. Nas-‘Nastradamus’
  23. Gang Starr-‘Work’
  24. KRS-One-’Black Cop’
  25. Eric B. & Rakim-‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
  26. Jodeci-‘Come and Talk to Me’
  27. Blackstreet-‘No Diggity’
  28. Dru Hill-‘In My Bed’
  29. Santana-‘Maria, Maria’
  30. Michael Jackson-‘Remember the Time’
  31. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Under the Bridge’
  32. Alanis Morissette-‘Ironic’
  33. Extreme-‘More Than Words’
  34. Crazy Town-‘Butterfly’
  35. Ace of Base-‘The Sign’
  36. Daddy Screw-‘Kerry’
  37. Penny Irie-‘Matey’
  38. Shabba Ranks-‘Love Punany Bad’
  39. Beenie Man-‘Big Up and Trust’
  40. Lexxus-‘Full Hundred’
  41. Super Beagle-‘Dust Out A Sound Bwoy’
  42. Ninja Man-‘Murder Dom’
  43. Johnny Osbourne-‘No Ice Cream Sound’
  44. Mr. Big Man-‘Terror Fabulous’
  45. Buju Banton-‘Bogle’
  46. Tony Rebel-‘If Jah’


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Quarantine Movie Review Series-Overlord 2018


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This episode begins our quarantine movie/tv review series.   Jason G and I will take turns making suggestions.   We will watch what we've chosen and come back in a week and give our respective reviews.

JJ Abrams-produced Overlord from 2018 is our topic this week.   Click here for the film's synopsis.   

Jason found the film likable but isn't what he expected.   The trailer gave him the impression of a zombie apocalypse that took place during World War 2.   He ultimately described it as being a 70% war movie, a 30% horror movie.   He also told me the meaning behind the film's title.   

Overlord is the military's codename for the Battle of Normandy in 1944.   The Allied Forces making their move against German-occupied France.   In movie-speak, Overlord takes place the night before Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan.'   Which in the opening scene, the invasion of Omaha Beach, can be described as a horror movie.   He felt the(cast)standouts where Wyatt Russell(Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son). Bookeem Woodbine.   Who made an impact with very little screen time.   Game of Thrones Pilou Asbaek as Captain Wafner.   Especially his facials as the monster.   Finally, the main star Jovan Adepo(Boyce), walked the line between empathy and apathy.   He noted the chemistry between Boyce and Chloe(played by Mathilde Ollivier).   Saying that if circumstances had been different, they could've had an intimate relationship.  Overlord gave Jason a combination of 1985's Re-Animator, Indiana Jones, and period war piece.   He felt the movie as a whole was anti-climatic.

This is the third time I've seen this movie.   I saw it once in theaters and fell asleep in the beginning.   Seeing it now in its entirety, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Jason gives the movie a 7.5 out of 10, and I 9.5.   Overlord is currently available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Check out the Re-Animator movie Jason mentioned here https://amzn.to/3cXbEGe
  
If you enjoyed this movie review check out my new book 'There will be Spoilers.'    It's a collection of my reviews over the last few years.   Available in audiobook, ebook, paperback formats.   You can find that here https://amzn.to/2Lvmozz 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Summer Party Season May be Cancelled. Dancing Outside Doesn't Stop.


May-June usually brings awesome day parties where my dance friends and I get together and dance all afternoon into the evening. With the pandemic, it looks like that won't be happening this year๐Ÿ˜•.

Nonetheless, it does not prevent us from dancing outside.   This was shot by my friend Eli Reed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.   May 2020.

The dance style is dancehall, the song is 'Aircraft' by Adonia.



Find the some of those party videos I was talking about here.

Dancing with a Powerful Message from Raul Villacis.


Here I'm continuing my 'Dancing with a Message' series.   Where I put together choreography over a dancehall beat.   With inspirational words on top of that.    Combining three things I enjoy; self help material, dancing, and dancehall.

Find out more about Mr. Villacis here.

Thoughts?  Comments?   Do so below.

Find my previous 'Dancing with a Message' videos here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

What Video Games are you Playing During Quarantine? Part 1.


The Covid-19 Pandemic is giving us all extra time at home.   Do you play video games?   Is there anything you are currently playing?   Please comment below.   

In the video, I discuss the three I'm playing right now.   These are either on Xbox Game Pass or were available through the Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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Sonic Generations(no longer available on Xbox Live Gold..as of this writinghttps://amzn.to/2AL5ECh

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Friday, May 8, 2020

80s Mixtape-May 2020



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I recorded this mix on a rainy April evening.   I did so going live first on Linked In then finishing up on Instagram Live.    Live streaming is new for me, I was nervous.   I’m still developing my DJ technique.   The songs included in this mix I fondly remember from my childhood.   A few I discovered as an adult.   Enjoy!
Track listing
  1. Paul McCartney & Micheal Jackson ’Say Say Say’
  2. Rick James ‘Cold Blooded’
  3. Billy Ocean ‘Get Outta My Dreams’
  4. Ray Parker Jr. ‘Ghostbusters’
  5. Stevie Wonder ‘All I Do’
  6. Rick James ‘Ghetto Life’
  7. Bee Gees ‘Tragedy’
  8. Hall & Oates ‘Private Eye’
  9. Phil Collins ’Sussudio’
  10. The Jacksons ‘State of Shock’
  11. Duran Duran ‘The Reflex’
  12. Corey Hart ‘Sunglasses at Night’
  13. Yes ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’
  14. Eddie Murphy ‘Party All the Time’
  15. Michael Sembello ‘Maniac’
  16. Joe Jackson ’Steppin’ Out’
  17. Quiet Riot ‘Cum on Feel the Noise’
  18. Billy Idol ‘White Wedding pt.1’
  19. Def Leppard ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’
  20. KISS ‘Detroit Rock City’
  21. AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck
  22. AC/DC ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
  23. Johnny Cash ‘Folsom Prison Blues
  24. The Beatles ‘Get Back’
  25. Cream ‘Strange Brew’
  26. Santana ‘Black Magic Woman’
  27. ZZ Top ‘Sharp Dressed Man’
  28. The Jacksons ‘Can You Feel It’
  29. Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’
  30. The Gap Band ‘Outstanding’
  31. Diana Ross ‘It’s My House’
  32. The Blackbyrds ‘Rock Creek Park’
  33. Babe Ruth ‘The Mexican’
  34. Third World ‘Now That We’ve Found Love’
  35. Hall & Oates ‘Man-eater’
  36. Elton John ‘I’m Still Standing’
  37. Phil Collins ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’
  38. David Bowie ‘Let’s Dance’
  39. Eddy Grant ‘Electric Avenue’
  40. Rockwell ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’
  41. Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’
  42. David Bowie & Mick Jager ‘Dancing in the Streets’
  43. Laura Branigan ‘Gloria’
Thoughts? Comments? Do so on the below.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

T-Rex chases down Rey and Enfys Nest. Also the T-800 stops by. ACTION FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHY

In this first set of pictures, I have a Tyrannosaurus rex(Jurassic World)chasing down Rey(Star Wars) in her speeder.   While Rey's trying to catch Enfys Nest in her swoop bike.


I took these pictures in a park around my neighborhood.   Just wanted to say that, in case the cars and buildings in the background don't give it away.๐Ÿ˜



The lizard is giving chase!


Enfys Nest is slightly ahead.
Spring, Summer seasons will be the best time to get outside and take more of these kinds of pictures.


Rey is focused.
The figures used here can be purchased at these affiliate links:   Star Wars Black Series Rey with Speeder https://amzn.to/2zffsUg  ....Enfys Nest and Swoop Bike https://amzn.to/2YFQjgf ...Jurassic World Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex https://amzn.to/3b7WP1X 


The T-Rex is revealed!









Here I have battle damaged Terminator from T2 posing behind a tech style backdrop.    Here I'm using the NECA Power Arm T-800(affiliate link)which you can buy here https://amzn.to/3fw6mmW ...the backdrop is from the Diamond Select Beast figure which you can buy here https://ebay.to/3fry8Rl



With this new set of pictures, I will be selling particular ones as digital downloads in my Etsy shop which can be found here.   They will come in these sizes 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14" sans watermark.   Thanks for passing by.   Thoughts, comments, do so below.

                Arnold standing tall.







Dancing In Prospect Park, Brooklyn with Friends. Before the Protests. May 2020

Now is a time to protest, discuss, have conversations...here's hoping to get together with my friends in the nearby future. This took...