They were extremely successful with a Kickstarter campaign to make the 2nd season of JourneyQuest, so they have a Kickstarter campaign going for this latest endeavor as well. And this one looks like it’s going to go down to the wire: they have one week left and still need to raise about $40,000.
This sequel to Dorkness Rising is called Hands of Fate, and is about a foray into the world of Collectible Card Games. I enjoy the Dead Gentlemen’s output quite a bit, so I put in a few dollars. So can you! You can learn more about this project in this Kickstarter video of theirs:
The Dead Gentlemen are going to PAX (which is happening right now) to drum up support, so I have a feeling there’s going to be a rather large spike in support this weekend, but still every little bit helps.
Link of the Month: Unintentional Housewife
A very funny blog from a professional woman who suddenly found herself career-less and decided to make a go of this whole “housewife” thing. It manages to be personal and universal at the same time. And, bonus: I TOTALLY KNOW HER IN REAL LIFE!
DVD & Album of the Month: Daft Punk: Tron Legacy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
An incredibly effective soundtrack that is intense and strong, and moves surprisingly between the expected electronic music and traditional orchestral-style soundtrack music. It would be a bad idea to play this soundtrack while you’re driving because it really just makes you want to go. It’s very driven, and one of the best movie soundtracks since Trent Reznor’s The Social Network and Michael Giacchino’s Up.
DVD of the Month: Batman: Under the Red Hood
This is a surprisingly good Batman movie, near the very top of the list. It’s an intensely personal story about Batman’s greatest failure and some unexpected consequences. Great vocal performances by Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as the titular Red Hood, and the ubiquitous John DiMaggio (best known as Bender on Futurama) as the Joker. It’s heart-wrenching and action-packed.
Link of the Month: Sexy Witch
This is a fun and fascinating blog that is chronicling the various ways in which popular culture portrays Halloween-style witches as being sexy throughout the decades. Many images are, unsurprisingly, NSFW.
Game of the Month: Plants vs Zombies
Yes, this pseudo-tower-defense game is all the rage among geek circles now. But y’know what? Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s bad. So get off your “too cool for school” high horse and just play the damned game because, guess what? It’s really, really frikkin’ fun.
DVD of the Month: Dario Argento’s Phenomena
An insanely-packed, weirdly-conceived, and at times truly-disgusting movie from Argento’s oeuvre. This mid-80s horror/slasher movie includes such things as psychic connections with insects, maggots eating corpses (lots of that), Donald Pleasance with a Scottish brogue and in a wheelchair to boot, a monkey with a straight razor, trippy sleepwalking dream sequences, Patau syndrome, fog-filled Swiss woods, heads going through panes of glass, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly’s first starring role. It’s a complete mess, but it’s a Dario Argento mess.
Here are some interesting things I’ve found around teh intarwebs in the past few weeks that never made it into my blog here… until now (I’m pretty sure most of ’em made it onto Facebook or Twitter, though).
If you ever, ever want to know what an octopus is doing right this very second, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center has installed a camera in the tank of their resident 40-pound Pacific octopus, Deriq.
It is for some reason very enjoyable and relaxing to watch Deriq meander around in his tank.
Artist Alex Varanese has imagined what it would look like if someone from today went back in time and re-created today’s modern electronics—cell phone, laptop, hand-held video game system, mp3 player—using the design aesthetics of 1977.
This is a fascinating collection of still frames and clips of people reading newspapers in dozens of films and television shows. The exact same newspaper each time. Going back decades. It looks like this:
It’s actually kind of astonishing how wide-spread this newspaper really is.
Here are a couple of videos of aquatic awesomeness:
Link of the Month: Host-It Notes
You may know that Carrie & I, on the occasions that we do host shindigs, like to go the extra mile to really make ’em something. Host-It Notes is a fantastic aggregator blog that links to all sorts of fantastic tips, tricks, and ideas for making your next gathering or hootenanny (just a little bit of hoot and a whole lotta nanny) be a little bit more memorable. Eat your heart out, Martha.
Album of the Month: Bitter:Sweet – Drama
I’m really digging Bitter:Sweet. I don’t know exactly how to categorize this duo. Electro-lounge? Downbeat-jazz-groove? I dunno. I like it a lot because it sounds like it should be the soundtrack to an old-school spy movie, which, as you might know, is one of my favorite genres of both film and music. This 2008 album is chock-full of groovy, smoove, horn-driven, slinky, spy-sounding songs. I likes it.
DVD of the Month: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Probably my favorite of the post-JLU DC Animated films, Crisis on Two Earths is surprisingly well done and entertaining. It’s the story of an alternate-universe Earth where the analogues of the Justice League are members of the villainous Crime Syndicate. A good Lex Luthor finds his way to the Justice League’s Earth and recruits them to help free his universe from their tyrannical grip. I really appreciated the way the filmmakers just assume that if you’re watching this movie then you’re already familair with the main members of the Justice League, so there’s no need for lengthy “get-to-know” sequences for them. By far the highlight of the movie is James Woods as the completely absolutely nihilistic Batman analogue, Owlman.
This has been all over the internets the past few days, so I thought I’d add my own two cents to it.
Here’s the story: Warner Bros. acquired the Mortal Kombat franchise recently, and there has been some noise about making another live-action movie, a reboot of the franchise. So director Kevin Tancharoen (who directed the recent Fame movie) hired some actors including Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan and made this short film as a proof-of-concept to pitch his vision to Warner Bros.
And except for some awkward insertions of catch phrases from the game, I think the result is shockingly excellent:
If such a film actually gets made, I might actually want to go and see it. I do think that with all the buzz surrounding this video that Warner Bros. would be fools not to let Tancharoen helm this movie. But then again, I am talking about Hollywood executives, so…