POSTS BY ERIC

  • ALL IS CALM ON THE WESTERN FRONT

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    One of the unfortunate responsibilities I’ve tasked myself with as an adult is following the news. This has lead to sleepless night, listless days, and an overwhelming feeling of dread when I imagine the world I’m leaving to my children. Luckily, I live in the time of the 24 news cycle! If you pay attention, living as any nationality seems to be a difficult order. Every nation struggles with corruption, dishonest leaders, and a lack of compassion for the less fortunate. As an American I’ve had to read about NSA wiretaps, drone strikes, and politicians abusing power and privilege. To use the parlance of our time: It fucking sucks, bro.

    Today is the 4th of July and my wife dragged me to an Independence Day parade with our small children; don’t worry this’ll tie in to that depressing first paragraph, so hang in there. As I stood in the crowd of fellow Americans dressed like goof-balls, we watched organizations from seemingly bygone times like the Rotary Club and the Shriners march down suburban streets. The recognition shared showed me that these were friends watching, and friends marching. I was struck by the question: why bother? Why get up, find parking and stand in the summer sun to watch your neighbor, whom you probably see every day(!), walk down the street with a silly hat on?!

    Earlier in the week I was listening to NPR (#humblebrag #Imsosmart) and an Iraqi ex-patriot was interviewed regarding the invasion of ISIS and its execution of Shias. The interviewer posed the question: what would it take for the different religions to live together in peace in this new Iraq? He answered: “Tolerance. In America no matter what religion you are we all pray to the same God, whether you believe in him or not. That is what makes America a great nation.” I wish I could meet this man and shake his hand, because he gave me what years of watching the news has ground down: hope. Hope that one day we’ll all have a greater tolerance for one another, and things like drone strikes and wiretapping will be unnecessary. It’s why we gather together peacefully one day a year and watch our neighbors walk down the street in silly hats.

    Even with all of your flaws I still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Happy Birthday America!

  • HALT AND CATCH FIRE TRAILER

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    So my friends Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers wrote a writing sample script in the hopes that they’d get staffed on some TV show. Their agent read it and said he could sell it. The Chris’s laughed to themselves and thought: “What are the chances of that happening?”

    If you don’t know, those chances are incredibly small. What’s even smaller is the chance that whoever bought it would make the pilot, and what’s even smaller is the chance that it’d go to air. Well guess what mo fo… all that happened.

    I’m proud to present the trailer to my friend’s new TV show… HALT AND CATCH FIRE on AMC

    Halt and Catch Fire trailer

  • WITHNAIL & I & WILL ARNETT

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    Last night I got the opportunity to watch one of my favorite comedies on the big screen.  Its title is “Withnail & I” and if you haven’t seen it then stop reading this, go watch it, then come back and send me money.

    It is unique in the regards that there are no jokes in this “comedy” but rather there are extremely bittersweet situations that most people can identify with.  The artsy fartsy way to say it is that the protagonist and antagonist are friends in a dominate/submissive relationship and only when betrayed on the greatest of scales does the protagonist leave and in doing so takes all power away from the antagonist who just drifts off into the ether.

    The non-douche way of saying that is at some point in our lives almost all of us will be involved in a toxic relationship, and although that person was horrible the person to blame is ourselves for not recognizing it and leaving sooner.  Watching this movie we are uncomfortably laughing at our failings.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the film has an amazing score, insane characters and is populated by excellent actors.

    I can not recommend this movie enough, and I’m happy to report that another fan of this picture, Mr. Will Arnett, is well spoken, hilarious, and nice enough to take a picture with a dork like me.

    We both look better in the Chrome filter

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