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by Christopher Grant Harris

25 July 2014

New Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Keep your hands off my lobby boy!

Keep your hands off my lobby boy!

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): ★★★½

Directed by Wes Anderson

What a glorious, weird, artificial and joyful film this is. If you’ve seen other Wes Anderson films, the style and much of the trappings will seem intimately familiar. Like The Royal Tenenbaums, this is a film about an ensemble of oddball figures orbiting around one central, lovable oddball. Like all his films, there is very deliberate and nostalgic art direction, frame composition, and camerawork. As is usual for Anderson, he creates a giddily rich visual tapestry, delving with fetishistic verve into the tiniest minutiae of his settings. More… »

Categories: Movie Reviews.

11 July 2014

For Your Weekend Viewing Pleasure: Japanese Dr. Who vs Dalekor!

Doctor... who? No, for reals, who?

Doctor… who? No, for reals, who?

A funny little something I found and thought all y’all would enjoy. It’s a parody of a particular brand of low-budget Japanese superhero Tokusatsu-style action show, crossed with Dr. Who. Go on, try it; you’ll like it:

There are many great things about this, such as the fact that Dr. Who has a transformation sequence, all the horrible jump-to-teleport special effects, and the Cyber Men as the putty-style minions of Dalekor. I particularly enjoy the “found footage” aspect of it, as if someone just randomly found this on VHS and decided to put it on Youtube.

The people who made it are obviously skilled, and seem like they have great fondness for both sources of their inspiration. Bravo!

Dalekor is fiendish indeed.

Dalekor is fiendish indeed.

Via io9.

Categories: Japan, Videos.

9 July 2014

Protect This Place with Julia Massey!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount at Columbia City Theater!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s new video, live at Columbia City Theater!

Remember back in May when Carrie & I went and saw Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount perform at Columbia City Theater?

Well, JM+FFD had one of their songs, “Protect This Place” professionally filmed by the people who are making the motion picture Winning Dad. And that’s because JM+FFD wrote the soundtrack to Winning Dad. Here is the resulting video!

A couple of neat things about this video:

  1. Carrie & I are in this video! Since we were in the crowd when it was filmed, it only makes sense. We’re kinda hard to make out, but Carrie is wearing a red glow stick like a crown and I’m wearing a purple (of course) glow stick around my neck. Look!

    Here we are!

    Here we are!

  2. This video offers a rare glimpse at bass-player Geoff B. Gibbs’s massive pedal board! Just lookit this thing:
    Feet don't fail me now!

    Feet don’t fail me now!

And also neat is the song itself! I’m excited for this movie soundtrack to come out! YIKES!

Categories: Music, Videos.

8 July 2014

Charles Reasonable is the Most Inspirational Person Ever

Let's all just be Reasonable. Charles Reasonable.

Let’s all just be Reasonable.

Here is Charles Reasonable giving an inspirational speech at last weekend’s Fools Play Improv:

Powerful words, Charles. Powerful and comprehensible words.

Categories: Fools Play, Videos.

7 July 2014

The Nerdiness of Dark Comedy: Part 2

Open Mike Eagle: On that "laugh to keep from crying" tip.

Open Mike Eagle: On that “laugh to keep from crying” tip.

Continuing last Thursday’s article, I am now going to analyze the back half of Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy” album and talk about the nerdy references of the final seven songs. What’s that? You haven’t read the first part of this article?? Well, fellows, just click here:

[PART 1]

You back? Okay, let’s continue… More… »

Categories: Articles.

4 July 2014

Happy 4th of July! Be Safe or You Might Need the Rescue Weens!

If you’re planning on doing anything with fireworks on this 4th of July, please be careful. You don’t want to accidentally start a fire. You don’t want to have the Rescue Weens come try to save you.

For some reason this makes me giggle like mad whenever I see it.

Tee-hee! Them li’l Rescue Weens! They’re so cute, maybe you do want to start a fire…

Categories: Videos.

“Of the Month” July 2014

Webseries of the Month:
Bravest Warriors Bravest Warriors
Created by Pendleton Ward, who also created a little show you might know of called Adventure Time, this webseries offers up a similar vein of creative surrealism. But being on the internet instead of a network in some ways frees Bravest Warriors up to be even more crazy than Adventure Time. Also, the shorter running time means that the craziness is packed tighter into each episode. It’s quite hilarious. And you’ll absolutely love Cat Bug. I know, I know, everybody loves Cat Bug, therefore you automatically don’t because you can’t possibly like something that the majority likes, because then your opinions would be “common.” But you’ll love Cat Bug.

Sorry, that was a weird rant, wasn’t it? Anyway, you’ll love Cat Bug.

Video Game of the Month:
Pikmin 3 Pikmin 3
The third in the Pikmin series doesn’t stray too far from its roots. You’re tiny people trapped on an alien planet (highly implied to be a post-apocalyptic Earth), and the only way you can survive is by utilizing mobs of tiny, plant-like creatures called Pikmin. You utilize them by throwing them at things. *Cough*

Yes, it is a bit of animal slavery, but not really any more than Pokémon. And it is a lot of fun. In this outing you (eventually) control three people (whom you can also throw around) who can split up to do coordinated tasks. There are some clever puzzle-solving elements, and Pikmin 3 seems to be the most epic of them all so far. I’m already about two weeks into the game (as far as in-game time goes) and I haven’t even activated all the colors of Pikmin yet. So I feel like I’ve got a long, satisfying game ahead of me.

TV Miniseries of the Month:
Cosmos Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Ah, yes, Cosmos. I was only three years old when the original Cosmos aired, but due to repeats I have vague recollections of the dandelion-shaped spaceship piloted by Carl Sagan and our imaginations. Now comes a new, updated Cosmos hosted by the charismatic Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It’s a visual wonderland of sciences, from microbiology to astrophysics. The capabilities of modern special effects dwarf anything that Sagan’s series created, visually. And yet Tyson’s version still has the same warm heart and joyful defiance of the original. It doesn’t shy away from “controversial” topics like evolution and global warming (which shouldn’t be controversial because the science for both is absolutely sound). It draws marvelous chains from history through to possible futures. And it is especially good that for even me, an agoraphobe, it made the infinite vastness of space seem wondrous rather than terrifying. An excellent miniseries that I can’t wait to show to my daughter.

Categories: Of the Month.