In honor of Man of Steel, here are my two favorite Superman related things:
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He gets a lot of shit because of many reasons, we all know why, but this man is a big part of why I love cinema, and I know we are all grateful for his work, and his legacy.
Happy Birthday Mr. Lucas
The Weinstein Co. is planning a sequel to Piranha 3D. The story goes they'll be doing an online contest to let fans vote for which celebrity they would like to see eated by angry Piranhas. I think its a good move. A good way to promote it. Anyways there hasn't been a lot of info about it lately, but i'll be voting for Justin Beiber.
What are your picks Schmoes ?
So tomorrow, friday the 13th, two movies that I would love to see (and have potential to be a big summer blockbuster) are comin' out in a theater near you. Now, you Schmoes all know that. Some of you are going to run to watch The Expendables, and others are going to see Scott Pilgrim VS the World. See there's my problem. I don't know which one I should go see. Stallone's awesomeness....or Edgar Wright's over-the-top action/comedy, both look very good if you ask me, but I still don't know which one i'm going to end up seeing tomorrow. Well I could use some help, I post this as a blog cuz it would've been a very big Status Update. The Expendables ? or Pilgrim ? hmmm....
Joey drove as fast as he could. He was almost at Sarah's. He knew Zaslsavsky and his men were going to be wating for him there. He just hoped that Sarah wasn't hurt. Or worst...
He finally arrived. There was a black SUV in the drive in.
"Fucking bullshit", Joey said. He ran inside and called Sarah's name. He ran inside the living room and there they were.
Four men, including Zaslsavsky, were sitting on Sarah's couch. Waiting for something to happen. Silence....
"Come sit 'Joey', said Zaslsavsky. "We have to talk".
Sarah was sitting on his knees. Feeling incomfortable.
"Okay", Joey was calm and seemed under control.
Zaslsavsky cleared his voice, and with a calm voice said to Joey:
"This is the last time I ask Joey. If you don't come with me, if you are not sitting in my car at the end of this meeting, there will be blood on the carpet, and a bullet in her brain, don't do this to her, she suffered enough"
"Where's Emma?", asked Sarah.
"She's fine Sarah, she's okay", answered Joey, everything is going to be just..."
"Jesus Christ !! Fuck ! Why are you telling her this ?!! You know that you are about to make the biggest mistake of your life Aleksey ! WHY LIE TO HER!? TELL ME WHY LIE TO HER!!!?", screamed out of rage Zaslsavsky. " Why don't you just stop the madness and come with me? Huh?"
"I'm not going to waste the rest of my life, doing you're dirty job you undestand?, firmly said Joey.
"What about your promise?Huh?", Zaslsavsky chuckled, "Thank you for everything papa Zaslsavsky, I will forever be in your debt...(Zaslsavsky was imitating a child's voice) never ever will I let someone hurt you papa Zaslsavsky...never", ended the angry mobster.
"It was before I realized you fucking brainwashed me with you FUCKING LIES" screamed Joey.
Once again, this cold silence, eating away the heat of the conversation.
"Lies...they were all lies. Killing, is not the only way to survive in this world. I found another way to live my life. And I won't leave everything behind for you Zaslsavsky, never again", concluded Joey.
Zaslsavsky cleared his voice, and answered:
"I don't want any blood on my tuxedo 'Joey', blood leaves very dirty stains".
Joey looked down, and said:
"I'm sorry Zaslsavsky, but there will blood tonight".
Joey looked at Sarah for a brief moment, and started shooting.
Joey knew that nothing was ever going to be the same after that shoot out. But it was impossible to avoid. People will die tonight, it was like any other night, thought Joey.
He took his two guns (the two he stole from Polkov and his henchmen) and shot two of the four men, one in the head and the other one in the chest. Zaslsavsky pushed Sarah and she fell face down to the floor. Joey was faster and shot his former mentor in the ribs. He turned to the last man standing who was holding a shotgun. The man didn't hesitated and fired away. Joey jumped behind a nearby couch and shot the last of Zaslsavsky man twice and in the head, wich left a pool of blood in the living room. Joey heard another gun shot. Zaslsavsky.
He jumped over the couch, and saw that Sarah had been shot in the back, Zaslsavsky was suffering on the carpet.
"Such a pretty carpet, now its full of my fucking blood, are you glad Aleksey?", said Zaslsavsky.
With no hesitation, Joey grabed the shotgun, and shot directly in Zaslsavsky’s face. Leaving nothing but a headless body on the living room floor. Before Joey could do anything, the cops smashed the door and entered the house. Discovering Joey in the middle of the bloodfest.
It seems the past always comes back to hunt you , thought Joey Williams.
Joey was sentenced to another eight years in jail. He could've served a bigger sentence, but it was considered that he killed Zaslsavsky's men to protect himself and Sarah. Sarah's wound was not fatal, but she lost the use of her legs, Zaslsavsky had shot her in the spine. Emma was at Joey's mother. She was later returned to her mother.
Eight years later, Joey was waiting in front of Sarah's new home in Chicago, away from any mobster. He was waiting for the door to open, when suddenly...
It was a young girl who answered the door. She was about ten, eleven years old. It was Emma. "Yes?", she said.
Joey almost cried, but answered to his daughter:
"Yeah can, can I, uh I, w-what's your name honey?"
"Aleksey?, what are you doing here?", said a woman.
"I told you to call me Joey mama", answered Joey. "Go back inside honey", said Joey's mother.
The young girl ran back inside.
"I just wanted to give her a gift ma", said Joey.
Joey’s mother took the package and asked him if he wanted to come in.
“No mama I can’t I uh…”, Joey looked behind him, where two men were waiting for him.
“Their waiting for me, I have to go home”, said Joey.
“I’m sorry this ever happen to you, if I hadn’t divorced you’re father while you were younger, none of this would’ve ever happened”, said Joey’s mother.
“Its not you’re fault mama, I made my own choices, papa was a bad man, you did the right thing”.
“But I could’ve fought harder in court, I could’ve kept you close to me”, said Joey’s mother, in tears.
“We can talk about it later on the phone mama, just give it to Emma, okay?” , said Joey.
“Yes of course”, she answered.
Joey left and entered the car.
“I’m ready to go”, he said.
The driver drove away, he was hired to keep an eye on Joey. So the mafiya wouldn’t bother him. Joey had lost all rights to talk directly to Sarah. The driver would deliver the messages to Sarah when needed.
The drive home was silent.
Silence, always silence….
Part 3: Troubles
Joey was calling Sarah, the phone was ringing, but no one was answering.
C'mon Sarah, answer....thought Joey.
"Hello ?"anwsered Sarah.
"Sarah? Glad to here you, um, I wanted to ask you somthin', can I, um, can I take Emma to the park today ?" asked Joey.
There was no answer, until:
" Well, as a matter of fact, in a way it would really help me, I have an appointment with the bank so, you can pick her up when class will be over, okay?", said Sarah.
"Yeah great, thank you Sarah".
"Don't be late Joey"
"I won't", said Joey.
Joey left work early that day, and waited for Emma.
It was four o'clock, and he saw her waiting on the sidewalk. Joey got out of his car, and took her to the car.
"Hey Emma, guess where we're goin'?" said Joey, with a childish tone.
She didn't answer, only looked straight ahead.
"We're going to the park, you'll see, we'll have fun".
Joey drove away.
Arriving at the park, Joey asked his daughter:
" So, what do you want to do ?"
Emma looked around, and walked towards the swing.
She sat and looked around. After a moment, Joey walked to the swing and, slowly pushed his daughter, to help her get a push. After awhile.
She was in the air. She was swinging so high, so high, she wanted to reach the sky. She was stretching her arms, as if she wanted to bring home a cloud. Joey coudn't see it, but Emma was laughing. She was having fun with her father.
It was now five o'clock, they were playing in the park for a hour now, and it was time to go home. Before leaving the park, Emma asked:
"What's you're name mister ?"
Joey stopped walking, he turned to Emma.His own daughter, didn't know her father's name.. He broke a tear, it was the first time she ever spoke to him. He got down to his knees, and answered to his daughter:
"My name is Joey darling, call me Joey".
Joey got home, opened the door, and what he found, was not a suprise. Polkov and and an other man Joey didn't know were sitting
on his couch.
"I wonder why my lock was broken", said Joey.
"Sorry, I can pay it back", joked Polkov.
Joey went to take a beer in his kitchen, walked back to his living room.
"So, you had fun today Aleksey ? You had a good day ? You still love you're peaceful little life ?",asked Polkov
"It ain't that peaceful no more, with you and Zaslsavsky back in the picture".
"Hmm, you're right, listen Aleksey, you made you're choice years ago. You will always remain, part of the Mafiya. You understand, you just can't quit like that because you have a family. It doesn't make any sens. So whatever happens, you'll be part of the this. T'ill you die", finished Polkov.
Joey laughed, and responded:
"Then I guess you'll have to kill me".
The three men were slient, and out of the blue, Polkov started laughing,
and so did Joey and the unknown man. They all laughed for a minute or so. Polkov slowly stopped laughing:
"You're still funny Aleksey, but I think you made you're choice".
"So you're really going to kill me huh?" asked Joey.
"I'm not going to kill you Joey, not yet, first you have to watch you're family die, it's the only way for you to come back, and pay you're debt".
There was once again, a unbreakable silence. Untill:
"You can't kill me", said Joey.
"Watch me", answered Polkov.
Everything happen very fast. First Polkov's partner took out his gun from his pocket and aimed at Joey's arm. But Joey threw his beer at the man's face. The man dropped his gun. Joey threw himself at Polkov, grabed his gun out of his pocket and shot Polkov's partner in the neck. He was heavily bleeding. Joey turned to Polkov and said:
"You forced me to do this"
"You kill me, you go back to jail boy".
With an angry look, Joey said:
"You already destroyed my life more than once, and you're going to die for this".
Without further words, he shot Polkov four times in the head. Joey stood up and took Polkov's gun.
"I'm comming Sarah", he said to himself.
Part 2 : Warning
It was 8 o'clock. Time to go to work. Joey grabed his stuff and walked out the door. Joey had a job as a shipping supervisor. Even though it was hard to realize it, things were finally getting back to normal.
Days were very long, and Joey was trying his best to look foward to the end of the day. There was nothing waiting for him home. No one to call, no one to talk to. Not even a fucking dog to take care of. Maybe I was better in jail, thought Joey.
If only Sarah would forgive him. That would never happen. But if he could see Emma more that once a week, he would feel better. But Sarah had complete custity of Emma. He always wanted to talk about it with Sarah, but things were complicated between them. It was hard to live alone, and harder to live with a heavy past on his shoulder.
When Emma will be older, all she'll know about her father was that he was a criminal. That is if Sarah would ever talk about Joey to her. Probably not. She would keep it secret obviously. Damn, I have to talk to Sarah, thought Joey.
It was Joey's lunch break.
"Yo Joey, someone is here to see you", said a workman.
Joey turned back, a man dressed in a fancy grey tuxedo was waiting at the door. Polkov was his name.
Slowly, Joey walked towards Polkov:
"Care for a ride Aleksey ?", asked Polkov.
"I don't have any other options do I ?", answered Joey.
Polkov smiled, "No, you do not".
The two man were off to have an important conversation.
"So 'Joey', what's up ?", asked Polkov.
"Zaslsavsky sent you, didn't he ?", answered Joey with a pissed off tone.
"Why did you change you're name Aleksey ? I liked you're old name better, Joey is too, american for me", said Polkov with his heavy russian accent.
"I changed my name so fuckers like you don't come look for me", said Joey.
They were riding in a black linousine.
"So, Aleksey, you love you're new life ? ", asked Polkov.
"Enough with the chitchat, I have work to do Polkov", said Joey, "now you listen to me, I have no intention on coming back in this dirty buisness. I have a life now, I don't need the Mafiya to live anymore. And I owe nothing to Zaslsavsky, you here me ?", said an angry Joey.
Polkov lit a cigaret, and stated to smoke.
"Aleksey, you don't make the rules here, in life, when you owe something to someone, it's important you respect you're word and you..."
"Fuck you Polkov ! Don't talk about rspect to me ! Because you don't have any ! I owe nothing to Zaslsavsky !, screamed Joey.
"Don't scream at me Aleksey, YOU are the one with unfinished buisness, you owe everything to that man !!", said Polkov, "you would be dead by now, you should treat him like you're fucking father Aleksey!! Show him some respect and do what he wants !
Camly, Joey answered:
"That man destroyed my life, he destroyed my life !" "Never, will I return to him, and never will I show him respect, no matter how many men Zaslsavsky will send at my house".
There was a silent pause between the two men.
"Stop the car", said Polkov.
Silently, Joey got out of the car, from behind him he heard:
"Next time, we won't send any men at you're house Aleksey, we'll send them somewhere else".
They were back at the shipping store. The car silently drove away.
Joey, ran back inside the store, and called Sarah.
Part 1 : Joey
Joey Williams was driving to his daughter's school. He was already twenty minutes late. When he got to the school, she was the only child left on the sidewalk. Joey got out of the car and apologized to her, "I'm sorry Emma, dad was late again. C'mon, I'll give you a ride home". The ride home was silent, like every Tuesday afternoon he had to pick her up from school. Joey didn't even bother asking about her day, she never answered. Silence, always silence.
Joey knocked on the door, and Sarah, his ex-wife, opened the door.
"Hi Sarah" said Joey.
"Hi", she paused, "thanks, you really helped me out today", she said.
"Always a pleasure, I um, I really miss her you know, I'll do anything
to see her more often you know". He stared at her, and as always she looked away.
"Well, okay then, see ya Joey..." she closed the door.
"Wait", Joey said, he barely knew his daughter, as him and Sarah divorced when she was eight months old.
"When I say I wan't to see her more often, it's real, I um, I , well, I'd like to take her to the park someday, when ever I have time, if you're okay with it".
She looked at him and said :
"Maybe, I mean if she wants to" said Sarah.
There was a long pause.
"You didn't really mean that," said Joey.
Sarah's expression changed.
"No I mean it ! Really I just don't know if.."
"If she'll wan't to hang out with a stranger", finished Joey.
"No I mean, I don't know, it's only been a month since you got out of jail, and I'm scared that..."
"They won't come back Sarah, they won't".
"I hope so..." said Sarah.
No further words were spoken.
Joey was incarcerated for his involvment with the russian mafia for five years. When he got out of jail, Sarah divorced him. Emma was almost five years old now, And he barely knew her. He was a stranger to her. And he desperatly wanted to know her better.
When he got home, Joey opened a can of beer, and looked outside the window. it was a beautiful night. But, something was off, there was a car parked in front of his house. A black SUV.
"Goddamn", said Joey to himself. He walked out of his house and walked towards the car. He stoped infront of the passenger seat, the window was open.
"Williams, long time no see my friend", said the man in the car.
"What the hell are you doin' here Zaslavsky", asked Joey.
"I'm here to ask you somethin', I don't even have to ask, do I?", said Zaslavsky.
"I'm not coming back man, never will" said Joey.
Zaslsavsky paused and smiled:
"Williams, who helped you out when you were in need, when you were looking for a house, when you needed money, who raised you like father when you're daddy passed away, who took care of you? I did Joey, I did".
There was a tense pause between the two men.
"You owe me a favor boy, and when I ask for somethin', you have to give me what I want, you know that don't you ?, said Zaslsavsky.
Joey paused and said:
" I don't need you anymore, I have a nice house, a new job and a peaceful life. Don't come here and destroy everything. Alright?
" But you owe me Williams, you owe me", said Zaslsavsky.
" I have killed enough people for you, I won't carry you're fucked up business again !".
Joey walked back to his house, when he heard:
"I'll come back for you Williams, you know I will. You know I won't let go, don't let it become something personal".
Joey stoped, and walked back to the car and said:
"Don't fuck with me, you hear me?!"
Zaslsavsky laughed out loud.
" You're ridiculous", added Zaslsavsky.
Joey enterd the house, and the car drove away...
End of Part 1.