Other side of the camera.

I was in front of the camera on Thursday at a Delicate Cutters photo shoot for B-Metro magazine. It was pretty fancy–I wore a shirt with a collar, and we posed in front of this cool old house not far from where I live. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot I grabbed of Janet and Kevin…

Janet and Kevin

Liesa Cole was behind the camera, and she was a pleasure to work with. I look forward to seeing how it all came out.

In other Cutters news, a song from our forthcoming Some Creatures album was used as “bump” music on NPR on Thursday. I managed to make a bad recording of it with my iPhone…

(If that embed doesn’t work, try listening at Soundcloud.com.)

Watched on June 3…

Tenure: middle-of-the-road comedy featuring Luke Wilson, maybe the most middle-of-the-road actor working today.

Watched on June 6…

The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made: this documentary offers up clips from bad movies (fun) but little in the way of insight (not fun).

Watched on June 10…

I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I tell you that Super 8 is basically a mash-up of E.T. and The Thing. Those two movies famously competed for box office dollars in 1982 (guess which won), they both feature an extra-terrestrial, and… well, that’s about all they have in common. Oh–they’re both better than Super 8. Not that Super 8 is bad, it’s just clunky. Another polish of the screenplay would have helped, but the movie’s basic story is too tonally inconsistent to make for a great movie.

Watched on June 11…

The Edge is a man-versus-nature movie written by David Mamet. It stars Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, and a huge Kodiak bear. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the music. If those bits of information don’t make you want to watch The Edge right now, then I don’t know what will.

X-Men: First Class gets off to a rough start. The movie opens with a near shot-for-shot recreation of the first scene of the original X-Men movie. Then it moves to a heavy dramatic scene that doesn’t quite work because of a bad performance from a child actor.

Thankfully, First Class finds its footing after that and delivers a cheeky and swinging (the movie is set in the 1960s) good time–for the most part. You just have to look past the prequel thing (it includes a few ham-fisted references to “the future”) and the frequently crappy effects work (especially noticeable after seeing the good-looking Super 8 the night before).

Paycheck…

There’s a good interview with Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams in this week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine. I don’t like every movie they make, but they seem like nice enough guys. There is one bit (not in the online version) I find troubling, though. Spielberg mentions that he always wanted to direct a James Bond movie but could never get the Bond producers to hire him in his younger days. Then he says, “…and now, sadly, they can’t afford me.”

I don’t get this. I mean, it’s not like the producers of a James Bond movie are going to ask a director to work for free. I’m sure they’d throw him one or two million bucks. At this point, how much money does Spielberg need?

Also…

Did you know you can create custom instrument samples for GarageBand? (via Stu)

The nerdiest thing I’ve seen in a while: Tom Hanks and Simon Pegg talk about their love of Star Trek on a BBC talk show.

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