Posts categorized “Movies”

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Little Nemo Links

On Monday Google did one of my favorite of recent Google Doodles, this one based on Little Nemo, the old-timey comic strip created by Windsor McCay. You should click this image and enjoy, then come back here for more info:

If you don’t know about Little Nemo, you really should take it upon yourself to get some educamation about him. Here’s some primers:

The Comic Strip:
Little Nemo began as a comic strip at the turn of the 20th century, in which Nemo has a series of short adventures in Slumberland that always end with him waking up in his bed. You can read a whole bunch of these amazingly-drawn strips at the Comic Strip Library here. Here’s an example of one, the famous “Walking Bed” sequence:

Little Nemo: The Walking Bed

Little Nemo: The Walking Bed, 1908

The Animé:
In 1989 there was an animé version of the charachter, Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland. It unfortunately is not exactly stellar entertainment. There’s some excellent animation, but the screenplay went through too many hands. Eventually the screenplay was co-credited to Chris Columbus, of The Goonies, Home Alone, and Harry Potter fame. The whole movie is actually on YouTube right now, but due to the dubious legality of it, you might not be able to watch it for long:

The Video Game
There was also an excellent and quite difficult NES video game that was released around the time of the movie, called “Little Nemo: The Dream Master.” In it you throw candy into various animals and then climb into them and wear them like pajamas, each one giving you a different ability (frog lets you jump high, mole lets you dig, bee lets you fly, etc.). It’s really a classic of the NES, and you can play it online at NESCafe (again, of dubious legality) right here.

Little Nemo on the NES!

The Songs:
The “Little Nemo: The Dream Master” video game, of course, inspired the opening line of The Crazy Boy Floyds song “Scrambled TV Super.” Wot’s that? You ain’t never heard that song? Well, take a listen:

Yes, that’s right: “Sometimes you crawl into a frog, and wear it like pajamas as you hop along your log.” Pretty sweet, I know.*

And then, of course, rapper Mega Ran wrote a song about the video game that samples the 8-bit music from the game! Take a listen:

It all just keeps going! Little Nemo forevah!

*Full disclosure: I wrote the music for the “Scrambled TV Super” song, so I might be a bit biased.

Categories: Comics, Links, Movies, Music, Video Games, Videos.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Kick Some Hands: “The Gamers: Hands of Fate” Kickstarter

The Gamers: Hands of Fate

These Hands Need Kickin’

Those Dead Gentlemen folks, the people responsible for The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (starring my pals the Gibbs Brothers) and the JourneyQuest webseries (starring Fran Kranz of Dollhouse and Cabin in the Woods fame), want to make a sequel to Dorkness Rising.

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.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zombieorpheus/the-gamers-hands-of-fate

Categories: Links, Movies.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Shaun of the Dead in Lego® Form

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen recently. It is a Lego® recreation of the climactic Winchester Pub from Shaun of the Dead. And it has a chance to become a reality.

If it receives 10,000 votes, it will go into the consideration pool to actually be produced as a Lego playset. For reals.

So what is all y’alls waiting for!? Go on and vote for it:

LEGO® CUUSOO | The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead.

Categories: Movies.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

“Of the Month” January 2011

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.

Categories: Links, Movies, Music, Of the Month.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

“Of the Month” October 2010

Link of the Month:
Link of the MonthSexy 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:
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:
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.

Categories: Holiday, Links, Movies, Of the Month, Video Games.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Beginning of Summer Round-up

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).

OCTOCAM

octopusIf 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.

ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME-TRAVELERS

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.

The results are absolutely fan-frikkin’-tastic.

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I was born in 1977, so I completely remember this style of design. Y’all have no idea how much I miss high technology that had a faux-woodgrain finish. Glorious.

EDWARD CULLEN TAMPON CASE

Etsy crafter and all-around awexome human being Taisha McGee made the one piece of merchandise that no Twilight fan should be without.

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The product description speaks for itself:

Bella’s most useful accessory. Case is 5.5″ by 2″ and holds two average sized tampons. Edward’s face is sparkly. Tampons not included.

RIVER TAM AND THE FIREFLIES

River Tam and the Fireflies

Holy eff but that is so freakin’ adorable. This is an actual album sleeve that artist Joebot made for a gallery show (happens on July 9th).

But the really cool thing is that you can purchase a print of this picture at his Etsy shop as a gift to send to me! Joebot has some other really cool prints as well, like ones of the Nintendo princesses (and Samus).

AT-AT DAY AFTERNOON

An absolutely adorable short film with seamless special effects animation. Very well done.

THE WORLD’S ONLY NEWSPAPER

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:

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It’s actually kind of astonishing how wide-spread this newspaper really is.

AQUATIC VIDEOS

Here are a couple of videos of aquatic awesomeness:

WATERMELON TURTLE

This extravagantly cute melon bowl is from my link-of-the month, Host-It Notes.

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There are all sorts of other darling little foodstuffs at Host-It Notes, like sheep cupcakes, mushroom radishes, and frosting bees!

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That’s about it for now.

Categories: Artists, Arts & Crafts, Computers, Cooking, Links, Movies, Pictures, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

“Of the Month” July 2010

Link of the Month:
Link of the MonthHost-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.

Categories: Links, Movies, Music, Of the Month.