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Shit I’m Excited for This Week…12/07/10

7 Dec

Ah, December. The time of year when every TV show feels the need to insert holly and mistletoe and Santa Claus awkwardly into an episode just to be thematic.

But, I’ll stop being such a Scrooge. Christmas episodes are fun! (Say it enough and it’ll be true. Really.) They remind you that you have limited time to go buy people presents and they always have a sappy message that makes you want to hug whoever’s nearest. Aye, it warms me achin’ bones from the inside out, it does.

In the spirit of the holidays, Eureka and Warehouse 13 both have Christmas themed episodes airing tonight.

It’s Eureka, and that show can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, from what I’ve heard, Taggart’s going to try to prove the existence of Santa Claus. That alone will make the Eureka special worth watching.

In Warehouse 13, apparently Pete and Myka chase a “malevolent artefact-wielding Santa Claus”, which is so much fun to say and will probably be just as much fun to watch.

And, to get you all riled/caught up on the season, SyFy’s having a marathon of the two shows all day today! I approve of TV marathons, no matter what the reason, so yay for that!

Trying to Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Calories… Part 2/2

6 Dec

Sadly, it took me an entire week to read the entire “The Guild” graphic novel–picked up this weekend from my favorite comic book store in Los Angeles, Meltdown Comics–but on the plus side, I went out and socialized. Needless to say it was a good weekend–I plowed through 3 comics while waiting in line for the LUNA SEA 20th Anniversary World Tour at the Hollywood Palladium. Yeah, Japanese rock… I still listen to it.

But I digress. It’s no surprise that “The Guild” is one of my favorite series’ in the history of my life, and this graphic novel prequel is a definite must-have for all “The Guild” fans. I think it’s interesting how Day chose to leave Codex’s background unmentioned in the web series. I feel the novel actually works so well in this aspect, as loyal followers of “The Guild” can see how the characters have “changed” throughout the story in its entirety, especially with Vork’s character.

The Guild graphic novel Felicia Day

Someone needs to add this to the list of Epic Vork Quotes thread in The Guild forum

In Sean Becker’s foreword of the graphic novel, he mentions that “…Felicia would be free from the restrictions that come with the show’s web budgets and get to enjoy the creative freedom that only comics can provide”–so true, as half the novel takes place within the game. We even get to witness Codex upgrade her gear. It is pretty awesome. And sad that I can relate.

We’re introduced to Codex’s “rockstar-wannabe” ex-boyfriend, Trevor, who I want to suckerpunch. We’re also introduced to the orchestra Codex was formerly playing with–both of which helped to convince Codex to spend more time in game than IRL. I mean, if I had a terrible, washed-up, unappreciative boyfriend who made me take care of dirty laundry (not in a literal sense) and suddenly became unemployed, I’d probably want to kill things all day too. It’s less expensive than retail therapy. I wouldn’t even need to get out of bed, even. I am.. in no way encouraging anyone to do this, by the way *insert smiley face with halo here*

I don’t think I would recommend this to newcomers to “The Guild” series, even if this is a prequel. I feel as though Day wrote this for the fans, and the way the story is written (mostly how it concludes), is definitely more enjoyable to viewers of the series. It’s a quick read, and is silently cajoling me to re-watch the entire series again, which is probably a really bad idea considering I do have to go to work in 3 hours. Damn you, internet.

HP7.1

21 Nov

Harry Potter! Harry Potter! Harry Potter!

I’m still so split about that fact that they’ve split the movie into two parts. Part of me is repulsed by the overt attempt to milk as much profit from this movie franchise as they can. The cheapskate Indian part of my is unhappy that I’ll  have to pay for overpriced movie tickets twice in order to see both halves of the same story.

Then again, the Harry Potter fan in me is delighted that my beloved series is lasting for so long. This two part movie gives me two additional things to still be excited about now that the books have all been published.  For all I know, the last movie might fizzle, and all my excitement will be for nothing… but seeing the posters on the sides of buses and on billboards and ads on TV/Hulu still makes me smile and gives me this little burst of ‘happy’ until the movies prove otherwise.

The HP7.1 was awesome. I don’t know if I’d say it’s the best of the seven so far (I’m still a huge fan of the fifth because I think it’s the best movie version of a very long book) but it was good! So much better than the sixth movie, which sometimes felt like just two people talking and they’d switch out who those two people were.

7.1 has a similar feel to movie 6 and 5, in terms of colour and a bit of tone, but it’s not as dark or slow. And, overall, I think it’s a great rendition of t he book. No spoilers, so I’m not going to tell you where it ended or how it played out too much, but let’s just say that they actually managed to make the boring, camping-in-the-forest part of the book not boring.

Seeing the movie reminded me of just how much I love this series. I’m off to re-read the books again. Let’s hope that sates my HP appetite for a little bit. Probably won’t last too long though, and soon I’ll be scouring the web for snippets about HP7.2.

Disneyland, You Were the Happiest Place on Earth. But I’m Just Going to Say It Was Because of elecTRONica

16 Nov

I would like to apologize to everyone who hangs out with me from now until … oh, let’s say.. the very last day of this year–I’m apologizing for my continuous chatter about TRON. If you don’t want to endure me raving about TRON during our moment of awkward silence as we’re hanging out over coffee, maybe you don’t want to invite me out for the rest of the year. I’ll understand.

A good friend of mine went to the elecTRONica weekend event at Disney’s California Adventure 2 weeks ago, and immediately afterward, started texting me furiously about possibly making a Tron costume with me. I had mentioned that I wanted to recreate Quorra’s (Olivia Wilde) outfit a couple months ago, for next year’s Comic-Con. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what had gotten him so excited to partake in such a huge project.

I agreed to go to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure to scope out this elecTRONica thing–mind you, I am not a Disney fan. The last time I went to Disneyland was… was when Space Mountain was renovated. That was probably over a decade ago. Wow. I am old. Needless to say, I had a fantastic time at Disneyland and now everyone thinks I’ve gone soft. IF ONLY THEY KNEW HOW MANY POINTS DISNEYLAND GOT IN MY LITTLE BLACK BOOK FOR INCORPORATING THE WORLD OF TRON INTO THE WORLD OF DISNEYLAND.

Enter here for elecTRONica. Thank you Alan Ma for this awesome photo.

The elecTRONica “party” takes place in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot–you enter through a portal similar to the ones seen in the “Tron” trailer. You walk down the “street”, and there are “programs” throwing identity disc frisbees. At the end of the “street” there’s a bar serving “glojitos” and “digitinis”. The “glojitos” come with glowing, color-changing “ice” cubes, and the digitinis are served in glowing, color-changing martini glasses. I had a sip of the glojito and an entire digitini to myself, and I will admit that the digitini was very, very hard lemonade.

Glojitos

Digitini complete with glowing glass. Thanks Alan for this photo!

In the center of the “Tron” street club/party was the DJ stage. There were some people dancing around, and a whole lot of security, as there were children and teens under 21. I wasn’t paying attention to the music the entire hour I was at the stage but the DJ that night played a good mix of top 40’s and Daft Punk.

DJ booth

Near the back of the street club was the viewing room for an exclusive 15-minute sneak peak of “Tron”. I won’t say much but I can only put it this way — I’m going to need to bring extra panties for the actual movie, because 15 minutes of “Tron” pretty much blew my mind and I’m not sure how I’m going to survive the 2-hour movie, in IMAX-3D. I might actually be in Vegas the weekend of the movie, and you know what? I’m still going to go out of my way to watch it, no matter how hungover I might be.

Pretty damn cool sofas. Again, thank you Alan for this photo!

Another notable destination in the elecTRONica party is Flynn’s Arcade. I wish I had a better photo of this, but it is basically a replica of the arcade in the movie. Old school arcade games like Galaxia, Frogger and the actual Tron game are housed in Flynn’s. We got souvenir tokens and I’m still excited about how cool it is even if everyone I’ve showed it to thinks I’m a 5-year-old boy who finally upgraded to playing Legos from Duplos.

Flynn's Arcade. Thanks to Alan Ma for this photo!

Look! It's Atari!

And then there was a holy light that shone from above...

The final thing I’d like to point out about elecTRONica is the Laserman. I at first thought he employed the same technology as pop/electronica musician Little Boots, with her laser harp, but his laser show was at a completely different level. I can’t really describe a laser show on a blog; you’ll just have to go see for yourself.

Laserman performing at elecTRONica

The dance party/street party is only occurring during the weekends at the moment, but after Thanksgiving, the parties will commence nightly. Partying at Disneyland? Being buzzed at Disneyland? Both were previously incomprehensible to me. I, who, never truly enjoyed Disneyland even as a child, finally had a smashing time at the theme park, all thanks to a movie where all the characters wear glow-in-the-dark leotards.

Flynn’s Arcade–been there done that.

Flynn's Arcade token

Flynn's Arcade token from elecTRONica

Sh*t I’m Excited for this week: 11/07/10

7 Nov

Sherlock is coming out on DVD on Tuesday, November 9th!

No, not the Robert Downey Jr. movie, but the absolutely amazing British TV show with a kick-ass, modern-day Sherlock Holmes. The Menace previously blogged about it here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out! The first series is only three episodes long (British seasons are always oddly short!), but they’re 90 minutes each and thus feel quite substantive. Like little mini-movies, except with a smaller budget and more of a chance that you’ll watch more than one in a row.

Reasons Why I Love This Show:

  • For anyone who’s read the books, you’ll see so many little elements from them in the show; it references the original story without being anchored to or weighed down by it. The glib little inclusions of details from the books serve as reminders that this character is more than just awesome right now, in this show, but has been awesome for centuries.
  • The cinematography is unique and Britishly fabulous.
  • The integration of modern technology is seamless and innovative and done in such a way that it adds to the story without overwhelming it.
  • The dialogue is quick and witty.
  • The acting is superb and detailled.
  • Sherlock’s got The Doctor’s frenetic energy (understandable, because Dr. Who’s Steven Moffat was one of its creators) and a smashing fashion sense. Watson’s the perfect foil: just the right mix of helpful assistant and clueless friend.

I could keep gushing, but, luckily, with the release of these DVDs, you can see for yourself.

My Megavideo minutes run out too quickly to watch more than 1.5 episodes at a time, so these DVDs are going to be a lifesaver. Well, probably more like a life-pauser because I will probably procrastinate by watching them over and over rather than doing what I’m supposed to be doing…but it’s totally worth it.

Sh*t I’m Excited For… 10/31/10

30 Oct

HALLOWEEN. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER. WHY DON’T WE GET DAYS OFF FOR IT!!?!??!? Because if I weren’t up at 2AM trying to finish my costume the week OF, I would be drunk every single day of this week, not remembering how I woke up in a pool of glitter and fake blood. But I don’t have a social life and I haven’t finished my costume yet, so here we are–healthy distraction #5=blogging.

I usually go down to West Hollywood for my Halloween fix of outrageous costumes and scantily-clad men and women (but mostly men, knowing WeHo), but this year I don’t think I want to deal with parking 5 miles away and walking in 4″ heels to Santa Monica Blvd, only to be shoved around and molested by passerbyers. (Also, Halloween is on Sunday. What the hell.)

So, while you are, hopefully, at home, nursing your hangover, I’m kicking myself for not having taken part of these activities this year–

#1: This Star Wars Halloween Party – Where’s my invite?

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Princess Leia Cupcakes via JustJENN. Image via justjennrecipes.com

Han Solo free from the Jell-O "Carbonite"

Han Solo free from the Jell-O "Carbonite". Image via justjennrecipes.com

#2: An excuse to eat Avatar: The Last Airbender cupcakes ???

Avatar The Last Airbender cupcakes

Aang <3. Image via homeschooledyear.com

#3: CREATIVE ZOMBIE COSTUMES – I usually think of zombiefying an outfit as a cop-out for your generic costume, but this “couple” below keeps it fresh.

Zombies, Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask

Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask couldn't survive the zombie outbreak either. Image via 3000Brigade.

#4: Ghostbusters party crashers – Um. Yes, please.

Ghostbusters

The only time of the year when that group of guys dressed as the Ghostbusters are EXPECTED to crash your party. Image via adamwhite.co.uk

#5: Creative Jack-o-Lanterns. Because carving pumpkins is a skill onto itself that is only showcased once a year.

Darth Vader Jack-o-Lantern

OK no more Star Wars stuff after this I swear. Image via slipperybrick.com

Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jack-o-Lantern

I uploaded this for MegaWoman & Mighty!Marz 😀 Image via 1.bp.blogspot.com

And this Predator one is just insane.

Aliens, Predator, Jack-o-Lantern

I'm scared. Image via mentalfloss.com

I was going to write about “Walking Dead” for my flavor of the week, but Marz beat me to it–this is why we all contribute to the same blog.

Hope everyone has a SAFE Halloween and please try to remember what you did this weekend because if all goes well, I sure won’t.

Text it 2 Me, Watson

19 Oct

I love mysteries. As you may recall, my first post on this blog was about my re-entry into the world of anime via Sherlock Holmes/Detective Conan. I also mentioned that time I befriended a girl just because she cosplayed as Luke from the Professor Layton games. So yes, a portion of my heart is practically devoted to solving crime/deciphering seemingly supernatural mysteries.

You can imagine how high I leaped in my swivel chair at work when I stumbled upon this discovery–a reboot of the classic Sherlock Holmes series that has been a major hit in England, but is debuting on PBS on October 24 (as part of Masterpiece Mystery). This time, however, Holmes and Watson aren’t traveling by candlelight.

I think the timing is right for a modern-day adaptation of Holmes–he’s equipped with a smartphone and Watson blogs. Sherlock prefers to text, and just in the first episode, we see him use his smartphone to figure where the victim traveled from using a Weather app.

My “review” of this version of Sherlock Holmes would obviously not be complete without a comparison to the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes. I like Robert Downey Jr and all, but I think he was a bit too obviously far-fetched as Sherlock. Benedict Cumberpatch (now that’s a name you WON’T be forgetting anytime soon…) is expertly cast as the psychopathic master of deduction. Never have been Eros-esque curly hair, beady eyes and sharp cheekbones been so sinister. Benedict is far more dapper than Robert Downey’s haphazardly assembled Sherlock. But as we learn from Sherlock, looks are quite deceiving, and I will be sure to never hand Benedict’s Sherlock MY smartphone as he might just read my entire life story from it.

Sherlock - 2010 BBC

Benedict Cumberpatch as Sherlock, Martin Freeman as Watson. Image via metro.co.uk

Sherlock’s unlikely sidekick, John Watson, is portrayed by the versatile actor Martin Freeman, who you may fondly remember as Tim from the British version of The Office. Freeman’s Watson is perfectly capable of standing his own ground against the mercurial Holmes; part of Freeman’s effective performance is in his facial expressions. At times, I felt as though I was participating in the show through Watson, who was simply looking for a roommate and got sucked into Sherlock’s demented world.

The first episode, “A Study in Pink“, at first mention, brings to mind the story “A Study in Scarlet“, though it has absolutely nothing to do with the original. The hour-and-half long episode successfully mixes what we love most about Sherlock–his meticulous (or should I say, neurotic) attention to detail–adapted to present day. His mind is a GPS–we follow him on his mental map as he races to stop a suspicious cabbie, flashing through his knowledge of London’s construction zones, blocked roads, pedestrian walkways–shortcuts he creates in his mind. We see the SMS texts appear on the screen as they happen–though we don’t know what Sherlock is thinking. As the viewer, we are again in the same boat as Watson–amazed and frightened. Is Sherlock human? Benedict Cumberpatch keeps us guessing.

There are only 3 episodes thus far, but I can’t wait until the second season (will we be introduced to Irene Adler????). I don’t watch too much TV–hell, I don’t even own a TV. But I feel as though with the massive amounts of alcohol I’ve been consuming lately, trying to solve crimes with Sherlock, using my noodle-noggin for an hour-and-a-half, somehow neutralizes the effect of all those damn Patron shots.

Enjoy the trailer, below.

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