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The Story Behind My Logo

This is an image that has been associated with me or characters I’ve played for the bulk of my career. It’s a still from the first film I produced, Death Fish, which was shot in August, 1997. One of writer/director Carlos Sanchez Lopez‘s influences was Sergio Leone, especially the film A Fistful of Dollars:

Still of Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars

When I was a kid, A Fistful of Dollars was on television a lot because westerns were still popular and Clint Eastwood was at the height of his superstardom in the 1970‘s. Also, it was only about 100 minutes long without commercials, so it fit perfectly into a two hour prime time TV slot. If Clint had a new movie out in theaters, Fistful of Dollars would be on The Million Dollar Movie all week, so I saw it a lot.

– Carlos Sanchez Lopez, writer/director
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Highlights from House of Glory: Salvation 2022

This video is a slideshow of photo highlights from the pro wrestling event Salvation, presented by House of Glory, an independent pro wrestling organization based in Queens, New York. The program is available to watch via streaming video at Fite.tv

Wrestlers featured include Mantequilla, KC Navarro, Ringleader Midas, Ken Broadway, Charles Mason, James Evander, Lo-Ki, Biff Busick, Natalia Markova, Taya Valkyrie, Arez, Penta El Zero Mierdo, Jay & Mark Briscoe.

House of Glory Salvation Photo Highlights
photos by smile from The Lower East Side
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Get tested for COVID-19

If you have yet to be tested for COVID-19, you should make every effort to do so. There are many test sites throughout the United States now offering tests at no cost. The test itself only takes a few seconds. Check out the video to see a mobile test site set up by CORE in action in The Lower East Side to get a sense of what’s involved.

If you’re in New York State, you can find a local test site here.

CORE is also providing free testing at various locales across America.

Check with your local health department for the information most relevant to your area.

Serving The Lower East Side

Some of you may know that I have been a Team Leader for New York Cares for a while. The last couple of years I’ve been leading projects with seniors and kids. When the pandemic shut everything down earlier in the year, my projects were included in those shut downs. I continued to volunteer from home, making wellness checks on seniors and vulnerable populations via telephone, and providing tech support to students who received iPads from the New York City Department of Education for home schooling. (Full disclosure: I wasn’t actually able to provide tech support to students due to technical issues, but I tried and others did). For the last few weeks, I’ve been leading a project delivering groceries and PPE go bags to tenants at The Vladeck Houses on The Lower East Side.

smile and his Team deliver go-bags and Vladecks’ Residents’ Association President Nancy Ortiz explains the project

If you watched the video, Nancy mentioned that CERT also answered the call, and you saw how we coordinated our efforts nicely. I was invited to tag along and observe a similiar operation that CERT was running on Roosevelt Island this past Saturday. I didn’t take any pictures that day, but others did, so I’ll post pictures here when I get them.

Farewell, Sarah Jane – a Doctor Who short

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, who was best known for playing Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and various spinoffs. The video below was posted today. Written by Russell T Davies, it plays like a short audio drama enhanced with visuals, telling the story of Sarah Jane’s funeral and some of her family and friends eulogizing her. It brings the feels.

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Farewell, Sarah Jane
at YouTube.

On Made In Hong Kong

Most of you know that I’m not really a film critic, but my friend who is asked my thoughts on Made In Hong Kong about a month ago, and I’m just getting around to posting them now. This isn’t really a review, just my opinion. I suppose that is a review, huh? Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it:

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MADE IN HONG KONG [OFFICIAL TRAILER]
at YouTube.

I wasn’t sure I had seen the film based on the trailer. The cast looked familiar enough and I had seen plenty of movies back then. Even though the trailer mentions that this if the first time Made In Hong Kong was released in the US, there were plenty of movies shown in Chinatown (not to metion bootleg VHS tapes and DVDs) that never had official American releases. I don’t even know the titles of many of the ones I saw back then. It also mentions that this is the first independent HK film, but I’m sure Tsui Hark would take issue with that.

Turns out, I had not seen the film before. The 4K restoration I saw looked like the movie was shot yesterday. It looked better than it would have had I seen it back in the 1990s, because in those days the 35mm prints were beat up by the time I saw them. It was actually a little disconcerting to me at first, but not everyone is going to have that issue. While it isn’t for everyone, I enjoyed the movie. Given the plot, it could have gone the extreme melodrama route like similiar gangster youth films of the era. The director chose instead to keep things grounded, focusing on the characters, their relationships to each other and the greater societies they inhabit, occasionally injecting some social commentary. I wouldn’t call Made In Hong Kong a bleak movie, but it does have that streak of fatalism prevelant in HK cinema leading up to the Handover and uncertainty about the future. It’s worth a watch, but not if you’re in need of cheering up.

I’m Fiona

Krystal & smile

My second oldest, Krystal and her partner, Matt, recently became foster parents to two young brothers. They came into Manhattan for a visit and the kids got to ride the subway for the first time. While waiting for the train, the boys each took some photos with my phone. One of the boys was trying to get a good grip on the phone because his hands were small and while he was futzing around with it, he took a couple of quick video clips.You can hear my mother shouting advice at him and Krystal gives me a compliment that’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said to me. I’m proud of my heirs, and in their own way they’re proud of me too.

First Look: What An Institution! The Story of Police Academy

Hey, you got 10 minutes? That’s about how long this sizzle reel is:

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What An Institution! The Story of Police Academy (2019) Exclusive 10-minute Preview
at YouTube.

What An Institution! The Story of Police Academy is in production now. The team is still collecting interviews, but here’s a list of confirmed participants:

  • Paul Maslansky, Executive Producer
  • Bobcat Goldthwait, “Zed
  • Michael Winslow, ” Jones
  • Leslie Easterbrook, “Sgt. Callahan
  • Shawn Weatherly, “Karen Adams
  • Marion Ramsey, “Hooks
  • Art Metrano, “Captain Mauser
  • Brant Von Hoffman, “Blankes
  • Peter Van Norden, “Schtulman
  • Tim Kazurinsky, “Sweetchuck
  • Charlie Schlatter, “Connors
  • Matt McCoy, “Nick Lassard
  • Julie Brown, “Chloe
  • G. W. Bailey, “Captain Harris
  • Brian Tochi, “Nogata
  • Donovan Scott, “Leslie Barbara
  • Scott Thomson, “Copeland
  • Lance Kinsey, “Proctor
  • Gregg Berger, “Talinsky
  • Andrew Paris, “Bud Kirkland
  • P. J. Ochlan, “Lester Shane
  • Don Lake, “Mr. Wig

The film is scheduled for release in 2019. I’ll post updates here from time to time, but if you’re on Facebook, you can follow the project here.

Winona

Winona Ryder is back with a new movie, and in New York City two theaters are marking the occasion with events. The Quad is presenting a 16 film retrospective and Alamo Drafthouse is having a 4 film marathon. It seemed fitting to make this the Song Of The Day. Winona is a track from Matthew Sweet‘s 3rd studio album, Girlfriend. The performance presented here was recorded at City Winery in NYC in July, 2014.

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ONE ON ONE: Matthew Sweet – Winona July 18, 2014 City Winery New York at YouTube.