Tuesday, April 29, 2014

R Crumb

I ran across the video off Youtube about underground cartoonist Robert Crumb.  If you've seen the first film, Crumb by Terry Zwigoff, this makes a nice addition to that one, although they cover much of the same territory.  I have the Crumb film on the standard DVD release only, and I know that Criterion has released it as well.  It may be on Blu-ray as well, I don't have that format either.  Either way, some might want to check this out if you've not seen it before. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bladerunner

Here's  a link where you can view the Bladerunner sketchbook by Syd Mead.  I've always enjoyed that visionary film and Ridley Scott became one of my favorite film makers after seeing it.  The first Alien film helped to solidify that admiration--not that everything that he's done I've particularly enjoyed.  But those two films alone, being a SF fan, were huge watermarks. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Frankenstein

The summer blockbuster movies are nearly here.  There are a few I'm sort of looking forward to, however, I always read the reviews first before I pay at the box office.  The ones I'm most curious about are The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowskis, X-Men: Days of Future Past,  and Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise.  I'm also looking forward to How To Train Your Dragon 2, as I enjoyed the first one quite a bit, but will wait for the DVD.  Also Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which I'll probably wait for a DVD release as well, depending on reviews.  I'm also curious about that Guardians of the Galaxy film.

You can check out more about the movies above at the  i09 website

Yesterday I read the first issue to the comic book series by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night creator) and Bernie Wrightson (artist), Frankenstein Alive, Alive!  It was really pretty good and quickly captured my interest to read more from the series.  It is currently on it's third issue, which was just released recently.
 First off I've always admired Bernie Wrightson's artwork, and in this book, most of it is done in black and white, which really helps to showcase it.  Some of the panels are done in a blue monotone flourish, which also helps to make the artwork pop in panels.  The story was pretty interesting as well, starting off with the monster not being dead, yet still fatalistic and wanting its deliverance from the living.  It knows it does not fit in with life and will never fit in until it finds work at a carnival in a sideshow.  Here it finds a small, yet simple lifestyle among other freaks of natures.  The comic also has an interview between both Stiles and Wrightson on when they both discover Frankenstein as young kids, and their views on the different films in which the monster starred in from the Universal films to the Hammer ones, and also about other monster lore as well.  There is also an excerpt of the beginning of the Mary Shelley novel, for those interested in reading that.  It's a nice extra, I'll admit, particularly for those curious and have never read the classic novel, but a tad bit overkill, and really, I wanted to see more of the original comic series.  But I guess that's a positive on how well the comic drew me into it.  Anyway looking forward to more of this series.  It'll probably be collected in a graphic novel as well at some later date so you can always wait for that format as well.
After I had watched a bit of TV, I was still in a mood for more Frankenstein, so popped in the 1992 movie, Mary Shelley Frankenstein DVD.  It's directed by Kenneth Branagh, and has a pretty good  cast including, Branagh, Robert De Niro as the creature, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, and even John Cleeese as well.  I really don't remember how this was received by the critics at the time of release, but I've always enjoyed it for its atmosphere, being fairly close to the original novel and getting the right tone.  The cinematography is pretty captivating as well.  I was surprised while re-watching it that the first act of the film was pretty loaded with soundtrack music, not that I minded as there is a lot of action during these scenes so there's not much dialog, and the music worked pretty well, and again goes along with the feel of the film.  Overall I think Branagh and the screen writer, Steph Lady did a good job of capturing the story, which overall is a tragedy and also a love story.  They got the right sympathetic feeling for the monster and also for Victor Von Frankenstein. 







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Inequality For All

I watched this documentary, Inequality For All,  the other night.  I like to pepper my movie watching with a few documentaries here and there to try and stay informed.  This recent documentary addresses the current economic divide between the top 1% wealth holders of the country and the middle class.  I thought it might get a bit tedious and be a bit boring, but I was wrong on both accounts.  It's very accessible and interesting overall.

It is hosted by Robert Reich, who was President Clinton's former Labor Secretary.  He eventually resigned from that job, to spend  more time with his family.  He currently teaching at UC Berkeley, and from the small clips taken from some of his lectures at Berkeley, he would be one of those professors that you would admire and involve you to set goals and do more with your life. 

It begins with a bit of history on where Reich came from and where he grew up, and what he's currently doing.  Then it goes eventually into how the middle class is stagnating.  I also will admit that it's fairly nonpartisan, so no matter which side of politics you favor, I think the film is handled pretty evenhandedly.  I will say that although I'm not an economist, though I took a course in college (that I hated), however,  my views on how some of this inequality came about have been confirmed.  Still I learned quite a bit from it.

It explains how it appears the economy and stock market is doing well and is robust, yet it's hard for the middle class to stay ahead in this modern world.  Back in the 1950's just coming out of WWII it was a different world.  Reich says the decades  the war  the 50's 60's, and 70's were unparalleled as a good time for our economy.  The middle class was large and had  money to spend.  Most young adults could afford college, now college tuition has skyrocketed.  In the 50's and 60's the man of the house as a general rule went to work and the women stayed home and raised the kids.  Sometime in the late 60's eventually women entered the work force as well.  In the late 70's things started to slide there had to be two wage earners just keep paying their bills or one large wage earner or maybe a part time wage earner.   Our wages has stagnated over this period of time as well.  So how did it get to this point?  Check out the movie, and remain open minded.  

One of the things that ran through my mind as I watched the film was how I got my political view points?   Sure I'm aware of nature and nurture, and I realize how big an influence our parents have on our outlook on life along with the generation we're brought up in, our environment and so forth.  My parents I think were pretty middle of the road.  I think they pretty much voted for President Eisenhower coming out of WWII, and I can see why they might have done that.  For myself, I do think the Vietnam years and the late 60's influenced a lot of my outlook on life, but not just that alone.  Another thing I wonder about is where and how other people go to get informed of their views and their political views.  Let's face it, most news is biased and slanted to either the right or left.  So I tried doing a search on which news source is less biased.  The best I could come up with is PBS and NPR.  My guess is that it isn't corporate sponsored so they can be more even handed. 

Plus I'm always shocked by what some people believe, and it's hard to figure out at times whether they are just playing devil's advocate, or just being controversial or a gadfly, but let's face it, some are just out and out dumb, easily fooled, brainwashed, etc.  There's no other explanation to be had. 

I had a friend that me and my brother grew up with, and used to communicate with.  He was the youngest kid  in that family, so a bit spoiled.  He grew up with that mindset as well.  Well, he moved on and is living around Austin, Tx. now.  But anyway, he was sending me all these emails and they got stranger and stranger as they went on.  He used to be a big President Bush supporter, then sort of supported Romney (sort of), but jumped ship on that and was supporting Ron Paul.  I wondered why he'd jumped to extremes, but something was up.  I might add, he ended all credibility with me when he became a part of the  "Birther movement"--one that does not think Obama was born in the U.S. and doubts his origins. 

At any rate, his politics got weirder and weirder.  He started listening this Alex Jones conspiracy wacko stuff, and the Bilderberg Group conspiracy nonsense and the infowar and prisonplanet.com craziness.  I hate to give these nut jobs a name drop as I think they are such looney tunes.  Alex Jones has a radio show around the Austin, Tx area, so I don't know if he became aware of it from a friend or tuned in one night or whatever, but he got brainwashed pretty quickly. 

 At any rate, he would copy and paste all this wacko stuff from their web site and send it to me, and I'd dispute it.  Now this is coming from someone that went to Baylor University, and majored in computer science, yet believes in this crazy horseshit!!  I couldn't believe it, and no matter how much common sense  I'd try to argue his points, he'd still come back with more conspiracy theory.  He'd never address my questions or arguments, just throw on more conspiracy.  I don't know if he was serious, or had ulterior motives, as I knew him to be pretty good at manipulation, but either way it sort of blew both me and my brother's minds as we grew up with the guy. 

Before it was all over he was blaming President Bush for 9-11, and saying the government was building caskets and graves for everyone in the U. S., and you better start saving gold, ammo, and guns, as "It's coming."   So after a while of this nonsense, I had to tell him, I was too busy to keep up, and not interested.  You can't argue with a brick wall.  The thing about it is, he's not the only one.  I've seen on websites and forums where others have spouted off things taken from this web site, and this disillusioned line of  thinking.  I wish I could say I have an answer to it all, but I don't.  I guess the bottom line is remain open minded and optimistic and hope for the best. 




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moebius (Jean Giraud)



I found this short BBC 4 documentary on the French cartoonist known as Moebius, so I thought I'd share.  Look pretty interesting to me. I'm not sure where I first became aware of his artwork or influence, but it was back around the time I started getting back into comics in the late 80's.  Perhaps I ran into his artwork in the Marvel magazine, Epic, or some of the older Heavy Metal magazines.  But wherever it was his art stood out as something special.  He also had a short segment in the movie Heavy Metal as well. 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Recap Outer Limits


Well, I'm not totally certain where I stand with AT & T.  When I last saw one of their tech guys, he left after he called his supervisor, and basically said I wanted to cancel the service.  I believe he referred to it as a Stop & Mop 2-80 or something like that.  I'm guessing the code was for stopping the new service, and mop up, and the 2-80 probably meant, this guy's an asshole and doesn't want to play ball.  But whatever it meant,  he left after telling me my order had been canceled, and that he'd (or someone) would be back to clean things up, and we'd get to the heart of the matter.

I asked him if he could return earlier in the day on Thursday (as at this point I just wanted to get this over with), and he gave me the "look", which I can only guess meant--heck, if I know, I just work here.   Well, Thursday I goofed off as much as possible, and in the afternoon I started getting antsy, wondering if anyone was going to come over at all.  So I called their service number.  Sure enough, no one knew anything, but they said they'd put me on the date of next Tuesday for a tech guy to show up.   Since I had them on the phone, I related the fiasco, and they told me the tech guy was wrong, that the price they quoted was legit--there would be just one bill, and it would be cheaper.  The guy even gave me another number just to confirm it, which I did.

So I can only assume the voice mail, call forwarding, etc. is just a package deal, and either you can use it or not.  So who knows?   I figured I'll wait and see how this all plays out.  If I get rooked, I can always cancel this service and go with Suddenlink, which is who I have my cable with and should get me a lower price point with a bundle anyway.

 Neat artwork above by Gregg Manchess on The Outer Limits monsters.  I used to watch those on TV and still enjoy the earlier programs from that.  I never thought the newer Outer Limits series hit the same chord as the older series did, and I'm not entirely sure why.  But there's definitely a distinguishing difference.  Maybe it is the stories or it's the way they're directed (I suspect it's more the direction), but whatever it is, they never achieved the same greatness as the original run, although I missed many of the episodes of the newer series and wished someone would re-air them.

It's amazing that they could do so much with the the original series without many effects  and the stories were pretty cerebral at times too.  The above artwork comes from an art show celebrating the program and a new book that's out celebrating The Outer Limits' 50th Anniversary.  I'm always a sucker for that sort of coffee table book with nice pictures and what have you, so I might keep an eye out for it in the future.  I still don't have the original run on DVD either, although I've sort of been looking to pick up a box set. 

I enjoy most of the same episodes that most fans of the show have enjoyed as well, like The Architects of Fear, Soldier, Demon With A Glass Hand, I, Robot, and the rest.  But I think the one episode that freaked me out the most was the one called The Mice.  In that episode a prisoner has volunteered for an experimental exchange program to be transported to an alien planet, Chromo, in exchange for one of their scientist to come to earth via a teleportation-like machine.  Their selected scientist shows up and it's hideous, that alone sent fear through me just thinking how it would be to be a prisoner having to go to their planet full of these creatures.  At the same time I suspected the creature to be evil and nefarious deeds to come from it.   The story and camera follow the creature-scientist around for a while on the military compound and we discover its intentions  to be imperialistic.  At any rate, it was a great program for its time, and made me into the monster kid or adult that I am today.

By the way, I ran across the artwork off the Creature Features website, they have some other links and stuff on there that might be of interest. 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Screw You AT & T

Well, screwed by  AT & T.  I got an unsolicited call from them the other day, someone representing them, and he said I was spending X amount of dollars for my phone and internet service, and he was going to drop it by about ten bucks.  Not a huge amount, but hey, I'm all for saving a few bucks.  I asked him, okay, I keep the same thing I currently have (phone & internet service), no gimmicks, the price won't go up in a few months, etc.  He assured me that they would not that this was a no contract plan.  I said, okay, still skeptical.   I talked to his supervisor, and again, I wanted to make sure I understood this all correctly, and again he assured me my price would not go up, this was a no contract plan, but if I wanted to sign a contract for a year, he could further drop the price to about half of what I was paying to around $50. per month.  (Actually Suddenlink has a similar plan from what they advertise on TV if that ad can be believed as well--internet and phone $50. so it's not beyond believability.)  So again I said okay, and made arrangements for their tech to come over install the new router, etc. 

So tech guy comes by yesterday late, but I held my cool on that.  He goes outside to install or check out some wiring and what have you, and he tells me to get online and fill out the registration and agreement stuff, which I do, but get to a last page that says I agree to the Voice Phone package.  I don't check that, but wait for the tech to get back inside to ask about the Voice bullshit.  Indeed it's something I didn't agree too nor was even brought up over the phone.  I'm told now, I would get two separate bills: one for phone, the other for internet.  I wasn't told this either, and the voice package would indeed be more money than what I had been paying, and I don't need that extra stuff anyway.  As you might imagine, I'm starting to get angry, and steam a bit.

So we have AT & T, a large telecom corporation who has sales people AND  their managers now lying to customers over the phone!!  What the hell!!  If this isn't a scam in a half I don't know what is.  The tech guy said, "Well, word of advice, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."   Yes, thank you, I know the adage, but hell, if your sales people and representatives are going to out and out freaking lie to their customers that onus is on you and the corporation you are working for, and reflects your bad corporate policy, and your bad business practices.  So AT & T sucks. 

So now, I'm in the middle of this ordeal, and the tech is supposed to get back with me today.  I'm not sure what will happen, but I'm a pissed off  AT & T customer.   I even owned a little of their stock (T) which I'm considering selling--it this is an indication of how they are doing business, I don't want their stock or anything to do with them.   And even if they can rectify this situation to my satisfaction (good luck at this point--I don't like being lied to or deceived), I'm thinking about switching carriers to Suddenlink for the cheaper price (if indeed that's a honest deal).  So I guess I'll wait and see, what else can you do when dealing with such a deceitful plan and large corporation? 

Over the weekend they had a book sale and also a small arts festival at one of the old landmark homes in town.  I got a bit of a late start, but wanted to go to both affairs.  The arts festival was small, but okay, and it helped that we had a beautiful day going.  The artist ranged from amateur to better, more professional artist.  I did see one or two things I could appreciate, plus it was just fun to look around and talk to a few of the artist. 

I enjoyed one lady's artwork, which had an impressionistic Van Gosh quality to it.  Her name was Ellie Taylor, and she has a web site at ellieartist.com   If you're interested in seeing some of her art you can view it there.  She worked in oils, which I'm not familiar with, but would like to try it some day.   I'd really like to attend one of her workshops someday.

Time was slipping away quickly, so I headed over to the book sale.  I'd been to these sale before, they usually hold them twice a year.  But this year they were held at a different location, and it was a much better venue.  It was larger and that helped to look things over and not get bumped into by the crowd.

I found a couple of books.  I found William Shatner's Star Trek Memories, which is about his memories and recollections about making the Star Trek television series many years ago.   I've been wanting to ready that for a while now.  I also found the above book, Dawn,  by Octavia E. Butler.  It's the beginning of her Xenogenesis series.  I've already started reading both books.  Dawn is well written in a clean, concise writing style. It's about a woman, Lilith Iyapo, who is Awakened many times.  She doesn't know where she is, or what's going, on even if she is crazy or not.  She can't remember how she got where she is, and doesn't have much memory of her past.  She just has brief memories, and is  trying to put the past together.  She gets frustrated and angry.  But somehow gets put back to sleep.  One day she hears a voice asking her if she can be approached and she meets one of her captors, Jdahya, who is an Oankali alien.  She finds out she's on a spacecraft, and that Earth has been in a nuclear holocaust (caused by humans).  She and other survivors have been rescued by the Oankali.  They are gene traders, and she has been selected to participate in the reproductive plan to repopulate Earth, but first she must learn many things from the Oankali, their strange environment, their culture, and also about the ooloi, which is Jdahya's relative. 

Octavia Butler has a good imagination and way to write about a strange alien culture. There are many questions raised about these aliens.  They are gene traders, and Lilith has been chosen to have her genes altered to help repopulate Earth along with other survivors.  But what is the price, and can she totally believe her captors?  How will the human race evolve after the alteration?  What will her child be like?  And how will the Earth's dark history be forever changed by the dawn of a chillingly alien, not-quite-earthly, civilizations.  It has made for a compelling read, and I can she how this story would entice you to seek out the next books in the Xeongenesis series. 


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Thun'da comic & Frank Frazetta

I ran across this Thun'da comic and old comic site the other day while trolling the web.  You can read it for free on the site, or if you want to register over there and you can download it was well.  I have a copy already from when Dark Horse (I believe was the publisher) put out a copy a few years ago.  It's a pretty cool comics if jungle adventure appeals to you, or Frazetta art.  You can find it over at Comicbookplus.com  And there are other comics over there as well which are domain free. 

I ran across this site on old pulp magazines, which looks to have a lot of information on it, so I thought I'd post it as well.  Go to pulpmags.org.    If  you enjoy stuff like John Carter of Mars, Robert E. Howard, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and so forth, you might like to check it out.

TCM had novelist and writer of The Wire, George Pelecanos, as their guest programmer the other night. All of his picks were good ones and I enjoy his commentary as well. They started the night with the Robert Duvall, Joe Don Baker, and Karen Allen movie, The Outfit, which I'd seen not too long ago. It's basically a revenge movie where Duvall goes hunting for the mob that had killed his brother.  Sometime earlier they'd made the mistake of holding up a bank that had mob ties (the reason they killed his brother), so when Duvall finally gets out of jail, he tracks down his friend, played by Baker, to even the score.  It's one of those 70's gritty crime films that's worth tracking down, or watching on TCM whenever it comes on again. Along with the next movie they showed.


After The Outfit, they showed the films, The Seven-Ups with Roy Scheider.  Set in the 70's in New York City, and similar in tone to The French Connection (it even has a thriller car chase). It's about some cops that use unorthodox methods and violence to capture the criminals they are after.  The story has quite a few plot twists, and takes a bit to catch onto where the story is going.  I really enjoy that from these 70's films in that you have to pay attention to the film to figure out what's going on.  Finally one of the Seven-Ups officers is captured by the mob and that sends Scheider's character over the top to get his buddy back. Here's a Youtube link to the full movie, if interested. 


That was followed by Monty Wash, and I enjoy westerns, but this one took me about half the movie to get into it.  Eventually though, I enjoyed it after it ended. It had Lee Marvin and Jack Palance in it, and is sort of about the demise of the cowboy lifestyle, as they're being taken over by a corporation.  The corporation has been fencing off land, firing cowboys, and there's no where to get a job.  Palance eventually gives up the cowboy life, gets married, and starts to settle down running a dry goods store in town. This leaves Monty to his own devices and soul-searching.  He thinks maybe he might want to do the same and marry the town whore, played by Jeanne Moreau.  But Monty is unsure of  the idea and begins to drift around some more and  look into other options.   He thinks about joining a Wild West show, but decides he can't deal with all the concrete cities, changing his name, and all that might entail.  Soon men from his past present themselves, and he has to decide what to do with the situation.  Like I said, it took me a while to get into the film, as it starts out as a pretty generic western with brawling in the saloon, and cow-punching, and those type things.  But after it ended, I felt it was a really well made western. 





Thursday, April 03, 2014

Dr. Strange

        

The other night I caught Dr. Strange, a  Marvel, made-for-TV movie. It was supposedly a pilot for a proposed series.  Too bad it never made it.   I somehow missed it back in the day when it first aired, but had I have tuned into it I'm sure I would have thought it was the greatest thing since canned Spam.  It's actually pretty  fun to watch.  I was surprised that Jessica Walter that played the crazy woman in the film, Play Misty For Me, with Clint Eastwood starred as one of the villains. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Live Fast, Die Hard


 I stayed up too late last night, which is a habit I've gotten into, but I tend to be a bit of a night owl anyway, as I've mostly worked second and third shifts throughout my working life.  When I finally could hold a daylight job, it was tough getting up and getting into the groove.  I would often wonder how it would be to have a normal 8 to 5 job with weekends off.  I finally got one, and it was good while it lasted, but it didn't last too long.

At any rate, I watched my regular shows the other night, which includes the SyFy Channel's FaceOff, and now also the Jim Henson Creature Shop show.  After that I watched this biography on Phil Spector.  It was really interesting as I'd always heard about the guy, but never really knew much about him.  I  was aware of some of the earlier bands he had produced like The Crystals, The Ronettes, etc., though I'm not a huge fan of that style of music per se.  He's currently in prison for the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson.  From what the documentary said, he always had this gun fetish, and I guess, it finally got him in trouble, along with his ego.  He did seem to be an egotistical, hard to get along with type person, which may have been  his downfall.  Yet it was interesting to hear about his earlier accomplishments and yes, even some of his wackiness. 

I guess my recent movie shame this month is On The Waterfront.  I'd always seen scenes or parts of the film, but decided the other night to watch it beginning to end, and it was pretty good.  It had an all star cast with Brando playing a misfit, Rod Steiger as his brother, and Lee J. Cobb as the waterfront boss. It was also Eva Marie Saint's first picture, and won eight Oscars that year including best director for Elia Kazan, best picture, and winning Brando and Saint their first Oscars.  It was about corruption inside the union business for longshoremen who worked the docks in New York City.  I'm glad I finally made some time to see it.

I also got around to watching Dallas Buyers Club, and enjoyed it a lot as well.  McConaughey was real engaging in the film and pegged the role of Ron Woodroof  perfectly, warts and all.  And there were a lot of warts.  Ron was depicted as a rather lowlife loser, but with a good ole boy streak inside--sort of an asshole and misguided, yet friendly too.  It was a well rounded characterization.  I actually knew someone like him.  I worked for a railroad, and back when I first hired out (it's changed a lot since then), it was pretty wild and wooly, much like working in the oil patch, similar to Ron in the film.  It's a different world into itself.  At any rate, I knew a guy that we called House.  He was skinny and even had dark hair similar to the Ron Woodroof character.  He always talked tough (though I never saw him in a fight, and he was as skinny as a rail), had a streak of con artist in him, and was all about getting high, loose women, fishing, and not too much else.  I also knew House's brother, who I had met earlier.  We called him Mouse, and he played drums for a local band called Bicycle.  They were pretty good too for a local band.  Whenever they would play if I wasn't working, I'd try to make it to hear them, as it was always a good time.  I also met the guy that ran the lights for the band called Paco.

At any rate, I'm not sure where I first met House, it may have been just through the job, and I put together that he and Mouse were brothers.  Odd, but that's how small towns work.  At any rate, we'd were working the night shift, and House was acting as foreman, Paco as helper, and someone else.  I remember we did what we had to do that shift, although House could be a slough off type guy, which didn't bother me, at least he was quick and efficient.  We finally got caught up, and decided to go get coffee and take a break.  At any rate, we piled into my car, and as I drove to a 7-11 for grub, I hit a dog while driving across town.  House winced at the fact of the accident, but it was dark, I couldn't see, and it came from out of my peripheral vision, and was unavoidable.  Though at least it seemed to be a glancing blow.  We got to 7-11, and got something to drink, and played a few video games to kill a bit of time, and just to have fun.  They had a foosball game there, and we played that, and also a odd football game there so you could  pair up, like the foosball game.  Don't know why I'm remembering this, just an odd remembrance.

At any rate, House was a bit of a con artist, if not a lot.  One of my co-workers said he had a destructive personality.  He was on his second marriage, I believe, and still was messing around with other women (no matter what they looked like), and still overindulging in drugs and alcohol.  He and a friend one night had got caught stealing things from out of a boxcar.  They got fired for a bit, but amazingly got put back on.  That's one of the things about House, he had a bit of  a crazy lucky streak, until his wife caught him cheating on her.  He also got injured at work, which I always suspected  him of faking it.  He got a nice settlement, and I thought that was it for his career.  But, they actually allowed him to continue working, AND, he got hurt again.  A telling sign about his personality was one night we were talking about how hard it was to score any weed, and he confessed how he was going to start investing everything he had in cocaine.  Yes, that pretty close to what he said.  I thought, either he was deluded, crazy to say something like that, or he was dealing way more than I figured.

The amazing thing about the guy is that he even had the bosses buffaloed.  My immediate boss said something about how smart House was.  Sort of blew my mind.  He went on to relate how he had score a one hundred on a rules test.  I thought, are you kidding me--he was probably cheating his ass off.  At any rate, House finally bit the big one after his second divorce.  I guess he did care about his wife a lot, just not enough to keep his dick in his pants.  His drugging got the better of him too, and perhaps, I think there may have been something to his injury.  It's hard to say, he was such a complex individual to get a straight reading on.  He ended up killing himself sometime after his divorce.  Live fast, die hard, I guess.

At any rate, back to Dallas Buyers Club, it's a great film, check it out if you get the chance.