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Day # 10 -- No Habla Body Language by Joe Piccirillo

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10 by Joe Piccirillo

The experts at realsimple.com have spoken: your body language is just as important as your verbal cues. 

According to the Cindi Lepers, author of the article and body language expert: "Every last gesture... tells a story.  Learn what you're telling others with your body language -- and what others are telling you with theirs."  Lepers teaches these techniques to women seeking the "right" man.

I support this wholeheartedly.  Ladies, I've applied these realsimple.com techniques to some people you may come in contact with on a daily basis to help you cut through their verbal BS.  The body doesn't lie.

What he's really thinking: 

#1. Your boss

 

According to Cindi Lepers, body language expert:

"He is standing with an "open" stance, which indicates warmth and happiness.  Now is the perfect time to ask for time off, a raise, or that overtime he keeps promising to give you."

# 2. That guy who's trying to get your attention at the bank



According to Cindi Lepers, body language expert:

"If you look closely (behind the glasses), the corners of his eyes are scrunched up, revealing his wrinkles, which is the only real way to tell if someone is genuinely smiling.  His close-handed fist around the other gentlemen reflects his fierce protectiveness.  He's a keeper.  Now is the time to make your move.  Approach confidently and ask for his number!"

# 3. The calm, cool and collected guy at a family function



According to Cindi Lepers, body language expert:

"Look at his crossed arms.  That indicates insecurity -- he's shy and won't approach you.  I suggest you move in and open strong with some playful banter like, "What brings you here?!"

Also, we're leaving NYC and heading to New Jersey.
Joe

Day # 7 - New Movie Reviews by Joe Piccirillo

Friday, January 7, 2011

Movie Reviews by Joe Piccirillo

Season of the Witch -- 1 out of 7 Golden Slacks

Synopsis(from IMDB.com): Crusader Behmen (Cage) and his comrade-in-arms Felson (Perlman) return from years of battle to find their homeland decimated by the Plague. To appease members of the church, the duo agree to transport an accused witch (Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks hope that a ritual will end the pestilence.

Joe's Take:  This movie is amazing; it contains nothing people want to watch.  It has plague, witches, and Nicholas Cage.  The only way it could be worse is if it featured a cameo by the cast of Little Fockers.  Here's the breakdown: The guys fight over the love of the witch (who is not so evil after all!).  Then, they make up and realize that the plague is probably more important than love.  Then, they all go see James Brooks' laughfest How Do You Know?  End credits.

Unexpected Scene: In order to attract more viewers, two minutes into the film, Cage's character has a vision of the future -- it's the movie Avatar, which is then shown in its entirety.

Yogi Bear -- -19990 out of 7 Golden Slacks

Synopsis (from IMDB.com): A documentary filmmaker (Faris) travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with Yogi Bear (voice of Aykroyd) and his sidekick Boo-Boo (voice of Timberlake).

Joe's Take: People talk of the future with hope in their voice, thoughts, and heart.  A time when they will be happier, fitter, better educated or better adjusted.  No one, however, has ever grabbed their loved one during a sleepless night, looked deep into their eyes and confessed that they wanted a future in which animated bears crack wise about farts.  Except for my Dad.  This is the movie I want to play in a loop at my funeral/execution so that observers and waitresses will wish they could trade places with me.

Unexpected Scene: A family tries to take a photo with Yogi, and the flash from the camera sends him into a rage.  He mauls the family and is shot dead.  Boo Boo gets caught in a bear trap and has to gnaw his own foot off to survive.  Plus, a new song When You Steal My Picnic Basket, You Steal My Heart by Justin Bieber!

 


Behind the Scenes with Pete

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blog post by Pete Jackson

             (Pictured Above: View from the hotel rooms in Newark)

In case anyone is religiously following us, we’re currently staying at a hotel in Newark, NJ that sits right by the airport. I know what you're thinking, “Newark? Why on earth would you stay in Newark?” The simple reason is that all the hotels in NYC were priced outside of our production budget and the rate here is $30 per night. But I must say, the hotel has actually proved to be quite amazing for many reasons:

First of all, the people who work here have wonderful jobs. Apparently sleeping on the job is standard and we all know that more sleep means more productivity. The only thing you need to be careful of is to not call down to the hotel attendant during his/her times of rest (between the hours of 9AM – 7AM). They can be very finicky when aroused from their slumber just because you want to know why the lights in your bathroom don’t work. And I totally get that…

The hotel is also nice enough to allow multiple guests in the same room without charging extra. Torio was allowed to have 2 bedbugs stay with him on the first night at no extra cost to the production, which was a relief. He did submit a request to change rooms after those party animals decided not to leave due to hangover – they drink a lot. Unfortunately he called down during a hotel attendant’s period of rest, so there was a mild (yet reasonable) delay.

The views are amazing, too.  You can see the skyline of New York City from the rooms facing the east and on the west you get an intimate view of the Northern State Prison. Nothing says “New Jersey Welcomes You” better than a prison with faulty barbed wire and a train station right next door. With the hope of escape a reality for these prisoners, it’s evident: everyone gets carte blanche here in Newark.

So if you’re looking for a great place to stay in Newark, NJ, look no further. ADDED BONUS: If you stay here they’ll throw in a genuine car break-in for free.

 - Pete


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