A lot of changes happening this month! If you haven’t noticed, our website looks way different. We used to use Big Cartel as a host for our storefront, but we have recently switched to Etsy’s new storefront hosting service. This site will automatically be synced to our Etsy Shop and you can now shop with the same confidence that you would as if you were using Etsy. Plus it’s literally 50% cheaper (which is the real reason I switched.)
The first new shirt this week is my version of the “Double Deuce” tee in “Road House.” There are several versions of this in other stores, offering different colors with different variations of the design. To me this was nonsense. I decided I needed to create one that paid true tribute to the film on the red shirt that it was meant to be on. Also, I added a special touch to the shirt by putting “Staff” on the front. Now you can be an official bad-ass like Dalton.
I was always a fan of Al Pacino, but there were always a handful of his films that I had never gotten around to watching. I remember Serpico being one of them. I also remember finishing Serpico and saying to myself, “….that was awesome.” I immediately had to design a shirt.
“The Serpico Shirt” is a great gift for any fan of Al Pacino. Be sure to copy this coupon code for when your holiday shopping begins!
When I started Super Sweet Shirts back in 2007, the first shirt I ever made was a tribute to the legendary bad-ass, Steven Seagal. I was trying to come up with a shirt idea, and it happened to be “Earth Day.” I wanted to do a shirt that was about saving the environment, but was totally awesome. I kept coming across the phrase, “Reuse, Recycle, Reduce” and I immediately thought of “Reuse, Recycle. RESPECT.” I used this phrase with a cartoon image of the great Steven Seagal, grabbing the arm of someone not respecting the environment.This shirt is one of my favorites because it is the root of The Super Sweet Shirt Company. Also featured here is my tribute to “Out for Justice,” one of Seagal’s best films.
Supersweetshirts.com has received a full makeover. Everything is now easily searchable and more organized, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out all that is new on the site. Speaking of “new,” my first order of business this week was correcting my V for Vendetta shirt. I basically hated the shirt, and I wasn’t selling any.
My wife has told me multiple times, “quotes are hard.” They are. I need to not do them. There were other glaring problems with the shirt, including the barely visible “V” in the background. Well, today that was about to change. I had an idea what I wanted to do, so I did some experimenting.
The finished product is one that I love. Check it out:
It’s been a long week but it’s finally Friday, the baby is asleep, my wife is out at the movies with a friend, and I sit here with a glass of Argentinian Cabernet and a freshly purchased rental from Amazon:
I had blogged about wanting to see this a while back, and now it’s a reality. Not only do I get to watch it, I get to see it before it’s in the theatres! As if this will ever make it to any theatre near me!
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and watched a movie for this blog. The reason for this blog’s existence was to chronicle every inspiration for the shirts at supersweetshirts.com, which is basically tech, bad movies, music, beer, and literature. Lately doing movie reviews has become almost impossible with our schedules. Tonight is the perfect night to watch this movie, and possibly get inspired to come up with a new shirt idea.
Roughly 90 Minutes later…
What a masterpiece. So here’s the deal. From what I’ve read, Dolph was inspired to tell this story because of an article he had read in the paper regarding a cargo container full of girls that died from heat exhaustion and suffocation. He pays tribute to this incident in the film when a shipment of girls arrives at a loading dock. Ron Pearlman plays Viktor Dragovic, the godfather of the sex slave industry. In the scene at the loading docks, they discover the shipment of girls was a disaster, as they were all dead and covered in flies.
This is the scene that makes Dolph’s character, Nick Cassidy, obsessed with shutting down this industry. He has a daughter of his own which further motivates him, as he can’t stand the thought of a young girl getting forced into slavery.
Everyone in this film has a terrible accent. Ron Pearlman’s Serbian accent, is one of the worst I’ve ever heard. Dolph Lundgren speaks in, what appears to be, some sort of regional American accent. It’s so bad, that I wasn’t a 100% sure.
Tony Jaa plays a cop in Thailand that is also obsessed with shutting down the industry. His English in the movie is so terrible that there must have been a discussion as to whether or not his scenes should have subtitles. I’d also argue that Ron Pearlman should have had subtitles as well.
Without getting into spoilers, Dolph ends up getting extremely wrapped up in this game, becoming a pawn in police corruption, and causing Dolph and Jaa to partake in numerous fight scenes before discovering that they share the same goal. The fight scenes are great, well choreographed, and realistic in that Jaa takes some Ivan Drago style blows which do some heavy damage.
Dolph Lundgren continues to write and participate in awesome action movies. While guys like Van Damme and Seagal struggle to make anything worth watching, Dolph remains on the cusp of breaking back into theatres.
A few non-spoiler notes that I took during the movie:
-When Tony Jaa rescues a random sex slave at the beginning of the movie, he tells her that she can go home. He then gives her a tiny stack of bills from a bag full of cash like a total cheapskate.
-When Ron Pearlman first appears in the movie, please be careful not to have liquids in your mouth while he speaks his first set of lines.
-There is a scene in the movie where Dolph is stressed out from his job and comes home to his wife. She ask’s him if he forgot something, hinting that it’s their 13th anniversary, which he missed. He tells her that when they wake up in the morning, he will go out and get her a dozen beautiful roses. She then gives him sex. I’m pretty sure this would never happen for any guy who pulled that one.
-There is a chase scene with Jaa chasing Lundgren, where Jaa is on foot running, and Lundgren is trying to escape him on numerous vehicles. Somehow, throughout the entire chase scene, Jaa remains about 15 feet behind him with no explanation other than: “He must be the fastest guy on earth.”
-There is a great scene where Dolph needs to extract information from a guy who was just shot numerous times in the chest and appeared to be dead. Dolph revives him with compression CPR…
This movie is worth watching if you want to see a fun action movie. Without giving away the ending, it’s definitely not an ending you can guess.
The movie is on Amazon for a $9.99 rental because it’s a “rental before the theatrical release.” It’s well worth it. If you decide to check it out, rent it from the Amazon link below as a small portion of that goes to me and it helps keep my sites up and running!