Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Words for Robin

I normally avoid personal posts on this site, but I had to take some time to pay tribute to Robin Williams. Like so many out there, I grew up with Robin in my life. I was a fan from early on, watching MORK & MINDY reruns with my mom, but that fandom never died. His wonderful films taught me so much about comedy, and how to infuse it with heart (of which he had so much). His work with Comic Relief and other great causes showed how comedy could be used as a force for good in the world. He influenced my sense of humor and I'm sure is one of the reasons I am trying to be a comedy writer today (I dreamed of him starring in my screenplay CRACK BABY BLUES). Watching his HBO Live on Broadway special with my dad and brother, all of us laughing, is one of those memories I have where I truly felt bonded with my family. But I was lucky enough to have a personal memory of Robin as well.

The picture above was taken on the set of TOYS. A close family friend (the wonderful Julie Pitkanen) who was working on the movie brought me there, knowing I was a big MORK AND MINDY fan, and loved Robin Williams. Getting to watch him in person did nothing to assuage that love. During the scene, Robin was just walking down a hilly room. After a few takes, out of nowhere, he produced a red clown nose and put it on just for that take. The shot couldn't be used, but he had everyone laughing. When he finally got to take a break to eat some chili, I was brought over and introduced. He was completely friendly, and seeing that I was nervous, began to speak in a creepy foreign voice "don't worry, I will not hurt you". He went on and on, making it impossible for me to keep a straight face while the picture was being taken. This memory would be a highlight of my youth, and I am so grateful for it.

I miss this man so much already. He literally brought joy to the world, and it will forever me a little darker and less whimsical without him here. #RIPRobinWilliams

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Paintings for Sale

All whomever may fall upon this page. If you like some of the work you see here, a number of these pieces are for sale on Etsy. Look up the shop called Borginality.

I have also used some of my designs on Cafepress: http://www.cafepress.com/profile/brknghstgames

Would love any and all support or suggestions of how to improve my shops.

Tucan Samuel

Monday, January 13, 2014

Seeking Human Kindness

Watercolors. Done for the AAZK's Bowling for Rhinos charity: http://www.aazkbfr.org/

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Favorites of 2013

Below are my favorite films and music of 2013:

Top 10 Films

1. Her
2. Secret Life of Walter Mitty
3. Fruitvale Station
4. The Way Way Back
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. Kings of Summer
7. Mud
8. American Hustle
9. The Wolf of Wall Street
10. Gravity

Honorable Mentions: Anchorman 2, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Short Term 12

Top 10 Albums

1. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
2. Holly Williams - The Highway
3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
4. HAIM - Days Gone By
5. Wild International - Lake Tones EP
6. Jake Bugg - Shangri La
7. Dessa - Parts of Speech
8. Bombino - Nomad
9. John Murry - The Graceless Age
10. The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanny Valley

Honorable Mentions: Lucius - Wildewoman, The Fratellis - We Need Medicine, The Nick Hexum Quintet - My Shadow Pages

Top 50 Songs of 2013:

1. Cold War Kids - Miracle Mile
2. Tegan and Sara - Now I'm All Messed Up
3. Wild International - Young Wayfarer
4. The National - Sea of Love
5. Grouplove - Ways To Go
6. Desaparecidos - The Left Is Right
7. Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
8. Deltron 3030 - City Rising From The Ashes (feat. Mike Patton)
9. Frank Turner - The Way I Tend To Be
10. HAIM - The Wire
11. The Emperors Of Wyoming - Avalanche Girl
12. Dessa - Call Off Your Ghost
13. NoNoNo - Pumpin Blood
14. Avicii - Wake Me Up
15. Royal Headache - Stand and Stare
16. Holly Williams - Railroads
17. David Bowie - (You Will) Set the World on Fire
18. Bombino - Imuhar
19. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll (feat. Elton John)
20. C2C - Down The Road
21. Jason Isbell - Traveling Alone
22. Skylar Grey - Tower (Don't Look Down)
23. Booker T. - Gently (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
24. Twenty One Pilots - Holding on to You
25. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
26. Elton John - Home Again
27. Great White Buffalo - Thanks for Nothing
28. Lucero - Texas & Tennessee
29. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege
30. Daft Punk - Contact
31. The Dismemberment Plan - Waiting
32. Editors - Honesty
33. Mavis Staples - far celestial shore
34. Anna Kendrick - Cups
35. Jake Bugg - Slumville Sunrise
36. The Fratellis - Seven Nights Seven Days
37. Bastille - Pompeii
38. The 1975 - Chocolate
39. Tony Molina - Breakin Up
40. Vieux Farka Touré - Ay Bakoy
41. Pearl Jam - Sirens
42. Paramore - Ain't It Fun
43. The Nick Hexum Quintet - A Song for Driving
44. Billy Bragg - I Ain't Got No Home
45. Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
46. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Day
47. Kings of Leon - Coming Back Again
48. The Avett Brothers - Bring Your Love To Me
49. Superchunk - Low F
50. Garland Jeffreys - Collide The Generations