I've inundated my friends and family for years with commentaries on everything from foreign currency transactions to the menu at Taco Bell. Some of my commentaries are funny or insightful. Some are me ranting about something I'm annoyed about. All of them come with "Frank's Blog Guarantee" - if you think I've wasted your time with a blog entry, you have the right to kick me in the shins as hard as you want.
Some nut case posted a comment on one of my YouTube videos, claiming that I would be dead in 7 days unless I re-posted that comment on 10 other videos within the next hour. I promptly deleted it as spam.
I'm not at all worried about my health or longevity.
However, if by some weird fluke, I actually do leave this world on August 7, 2007 then I ask all of my dear readers to watch The Ring in my honor.
The National Weather Service is calling for rain tomorrow in Detroit. Maybe it will happen. Maybe it won't.
The one thing that I know for certain is that Cinema D: The Detroit Film Festival will go on as planned regardless. In fact, the entire 4th Fridays with Ford program is a go - rain or shine.
We have a spacious tent reserved for tomorrow that will encompass most of the north lawn of Campus Martius Park. No matter what Mother Nature has in store for us, Cinema D will once again celebrate indie filmmaking in Detroit.
Our features this month are Human Achievement, a feature-length drama by Dan Jones that won "Best Feature" at the East Lansing Film Festival, and Selitoya, a dramatic short film by Tim Krynicki that won "Best Short" at the Moving Media Festival earlier this year.
In addition, we have free concerts from Lola Morales and Maxi Priest as well as the Black Bottom Collective. Really. How much better can it get?
I have to admit, there are moments when I didn't think it would arrive. But it's almost here. Just a couple more hours.
And then it's the weekend.
Tomorrow, I'm heading to Ann Arbor for a meeting with producer of my next film. It's also gives me a chance to grab some tacos from Tio's. (I don't know what they put in those things but their tacos are absolutely addictive.)
As for the rest of my weekend, thanks to the folks at Netflix, I'm having a Godfather marathon; watching all three of "The Godfather" movies in a row. It's something that I've always wanted to do, but never got around to.
It was almost 700 years ago, on Friday, October 13th, 1307, that King Philip IV of France ordered his royal officers to arrest every member of the Knights Templar. Henceforth, whenever the 6th day of the week (Friday) was also the 13th day of the month, it has been considered a very bad omen.
Of course, I have my own tradition for Fridays the 13th. I run out and buy a lottery ticket.
I've always had reasonably good luck on this occasion, just not good enough to win the lottery - or at least not to date since today's drawing hasn't happen.
There was so much to do this past 4th of July weekend (and what a long one it was). I made a brief appearance at Cityfest on Saturday.
For the most part, though, I just watched a lot of movies.
Jessica Alba was amazing in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. (I almost wrote that she was "fantastic" in that role, but saying that would just be too easy.) The movie really had everything you could want in a summer action flick including, well, Jessica Alba.
Thanks to Netflix, I also saw: Who Killed the Electric Car? It was a great documentary about the EV1, a battery electric car produced by GM and then abruptly pulled off the market.Whale Rider I've been meaning to see this movie for a couple of years now and I finally got a chance to. It was so good that I'm kicking myself for not renting it sooner.I also sawJohn Tucker Must Die. It's not a surprise that this one didn't pick up any Academy Award nominations, but it was still a fun movie to watch.Oh, and…
One of the great things about the web is that anyone can set up their own site. With a few million people doing it, you get a lot of stuff that's a waste of your time and some that just plain crack me up.