Thursday, February 4, 2016

Watch Annie Awards Live

Nothing can possibly go wrong. Watch the Annie Awards, the awards show for animation live this Saturday. Watch'em here sometime around 7pm pst, we doubt it will start on time.

Secret LA Events: Petal Parade & Witchery

Viewers take in the rain of petals during a short preview of "Petal Drop LA (01)" held early this week. (Carolina A. Miranda / Los Angeles Times)
Petal Drop LA (01) takes place Saturday. If you guessed from the name flower petals will be dropping, supposedly all day, in the alley between the Arcade Theatre and the Cameo Theatre on Broadway (530 and 532 S. Broadway). You can also write on slips of paper memories of your thoughts of LA. This is from the same group behind the unsanctioned Griffith Park Teahouse.

The second secret event may already be full up or the site behind it is down. The new horror film, " The Witch, " is having special events for it's showings in different cities. Supposedly, as part of the premiere event on Feb 12 they'll have Satanic ritual going on in conjunction with the cycle of accepting Satan. LA is the Rebellion part of the cycle...and no, we don't know what that means.
Only details we found so far are from shocktiludrop.

Marvel Coke Super Bowl Ad

Some other lucky sites have been getting coke cans with the Avengers on them warning of a Avengers ad for the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Southbound Review Driving A Long...What Da Hell?

Southbound the road of sin goes around and heads getting dizzy. Southbound is the new anthology horror film from the people who brought us the VHS series, back when it was good. The film is tied together by the open road. And little else past some good cameos from the stories within and possibly an evil town run by demons.

Three directors and one group of directors, Radio Silence, piece together new horror stories. Each story has it's own look and motivations all intent to be creepy and leaving more questions than answers.

This is a strange concept they chose to drive down. Though the stories link up in fun ways the main concept of the open road alludes. Maybe it's just the mystery of going some place new or all those tales you hear of people traveling and things going bad. Really the theme here could've been anything or could've been stronger.

Or trip first takes us to unknown horrible flying creatures in pursuit of two men for reasons we don't know in This Way Out. The two men can't escape from a sinister town, literally. They start to crack under the pressure giving whatever is falling them a chance to catch up. 

We get stranded with an all girl rock band in Siren, they get some help with their car trouble with more trouble. Directly following Siren is The Accident which captures the struggles that come with being roadkill or the person who makes you roadkill.

After that we get pulled more into the seemingly horrible place that may be causing all the problems in Jailbreak. A brother has been looking for his sister for a long time and may not be happy to find her again.

This ends back with The Way In as a family on vacation is having a terrible time when masked men come knocking wanting something.

Southbound has great moments to gross you out or freak you out. Tying together the film is stronger in some places rather than others. Really though, each story is its own and nods and says hello like in the recent Tales of Halloween.

We won't really give too much love for the theme as it didn't play much part of the film and neither and connection. Sure, it's tighter than past anthology films with someone reading a comic or telling stories, but when you ask why it needed to be it falls flat. Some horror directors wanted to collaborate, the end, we guess.

Southbound has does great horror film moments, but lacks a story or characters to connect with at it's fast pace. Stories just end, because for some reason they do leaving more questions than answers. We believe the town near all the bad stuff going on is the home of demons...we guess. Fun for a rental, the film won't win best horror film, more of just a nice nail-biter to watch. Radio Silence's story just didn't have the same feel as their work from VHS and makes me question if we should watch the Devil's Due. 

All roads lead to Hell in Southbound and you can't look away when they do.

Out February 5th in theaters and VOD February 9th.

At Laemmle's
SOUTHBOUND directors Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence will participate in Q&A's after the following screenings: Feb. 5 – Fine Arts 7:30; Feb. 9 – NoHo 7:30; Feb. 10 – Monica Film Center 7:30; Feb. 11 – Playhouse 7:30.

Weekly What To Do: Super Bowl? No, Aliens Baked Goods and Video Games

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 pm
The Landmark Theatre, West Los Angeles
10850 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 

The Film Independent Directors Close-Up offers filmmakers and film lovers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the best indie directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft. The Directors Close-Up consists of five unique events over the course of five weeks.

February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2

Thursday, February 4, 7pm
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Join us for a 10th anniversary screening of the third film in the blockbuster Fast and Furious franchise. A bit of an outlier in the Fast and Furious series, Tokyo Drift follows a different set of characters from the previous films. Panel discussion to follow with director Justin Lin and actor Sung Kang.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 7pm-10pm
2147 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
The X-Files has 30 and more artists praising the series with an art show at iam8bit.

Opening Reception: February 5th

1200 D N Alvarado, Los Angeles, CA 90026
The Eyes Are Always There is free and open to the public Thursdays – Saturdays, 7-10pm, opening this Friday, February 5th and running through March 13th.

Machine Project presents its new show, The Eyes Are Always There, a multimedia installation that explores the subjects of UFOs and alien abduction. Led by video artist Joe Merrell and featuring work of artist and animator Johnny Woods, the installation transforms Machine Project’s Echo Park storefront gallery and underground theatre into an immersive environment with a series of works that draw inspiration and content from research into these mysterious phenomena.

February 5, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway Los Angeles 90015

Join seven-time Grammy Award-winning California rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers on February 5th for a special performance in support of Bernie Sanders' historic campaign for president. Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer are Feeling the Bern and invite you to a people-powered LA performance with special guests!

Cinema Kabuki

Saturday, February 6, 7:30pm
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 9001

Since 2005, Kabuki production company Shochiku Co. Ltd. has released Cinema Kabuki which offers English speakers the unique opportunity to experience full-scale Kabuki performances by some of Japan's biggest stars in high definition on the big screen with English subtitles.

Friday, February 5, 5pm - 10pm
The Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join us for First Fridays this season at the intersection of science and fiction. Scientists will discuss the good, the bad and the ridiculous in film – and how Hollywood continues to inspire the next frontier of science exploration.

Pixel Hearts

Opening Reception: February 5th, 7-9pm
G1988 West

100+ artists pay tribute to video games on pixel heart canvases.

Friday, Feb 5, 9:00 pm
Cafe Club Fais Do-Do

5253 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
$12.00 - $15.00

It should have been just Street Fighter themed, but whatever, video game burlesque.

"You might have seen our annual MARVELS OF BURLESQUE SHOW but we're mixing things up a bit and doing a show inspired by the long running video game series which pits our favorite MARVEL-ous heroes against characters from games like STREET FIGHTER, RESIDENT EVIL, DARKSTALKERS, MEGA-MAN and more! See it all LIVE on stage as we square off some of our favorite Marvels Of Burlesque acts against performances inspired by one of our favorite video game companies!"

Taste of Night Market
February 5-6, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm,

Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203, Santa Monica, CA, 90405-6101
Starts at $65

From the creators of 626 Night Market, the original and largest night market in the U.S., comes a new exclusive tasting event on Los Angeles' Westside. The event will feature an international pan-L.A. mix of cuisines from local chefs and rising tastemakers. Activities and performances will revolve around the theme of the Lunar New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

February 5 - February 6

1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California 92802
Admission to Disneyland
Star Wars unofficial fan event

February 5-7
5750 Wilshire Boulevard, 
Suite 100, Miracle Mile, CA 90036

From Berlin to LA addresses electronic music enthusiasts of different horizons and ages thanks to panels and workshops about DJing or digital production, projections, live and DJ sets with a new tech twist or an old-school flair showcasing Berlin-influenced electronic music ranging from electronica new beats, to house, techno and experimental. 

February 5, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Billy Wilder Theater
 In a career spanning nearly five decades, director Seijun Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries.  Suzuki first became famous when he was fired by Nikkatsu Studios in 1967 for making films that, as he put it, “made no sense and made no money.”  But it was his freewheeling approach and audacious experimentation in films such as Branded to Kill (1967) and Tokyo Drifter (1966) that gained Suzuki a cult following in Japan and abroad. 

Grand Opening: Friday, February 5, 8pm
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Over 100 artists will be drawing Snoopy and Charlie Brown, maybe the event will be more entertaining than the movie that came out. We sure it will be, because that CGI garbage sucked at being entertaining at all. 

2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025
Dodge Club Party on Wii U is a frantic multiplayer free-for-all in an impressively micro 16x16 pixel arena! Gather your friends and dodge the fireball together! Will you mischievously sabotage other players to be the last one standing? Or perhaps you can all work as a team for the highest score of the night! Once the fireball is loose, anything goes!

Operator is a training simulation for technicians specializing in operation of the Killigan Industries Extermination Satellite Console. Qualified candidates may make use of the provided telephone to contact our 24/7 customer support line.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
Saturday, February 6, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm,
320 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in a big festival setting with entertainment and good food.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
February 6-7
Los Angeles Convention Center 

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a foodie heaven for those who love creating - or simply enjoying - anything and everything in the world of sweets.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
February 6-7, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm,
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Feel Mardi Gras as it was meant to be felt in the nice weather of a SoCal beach.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
February 6-7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Whimsic Alley

By that something for the nerd in your heart. 

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
February 7, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm,

USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, California 91101


Experience how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in China, Korea and Cambodia. At this year’s Festival, celebrate with music, dance, art making, storytelling, and a host of other family-friendly entertainment that explores the arts and cultures of Asia and more. Families of all backgrounds welcome! Event is free!

Sunday, February 7th, Doors at 2:00pm, Show at 3:30 
The Silent Movie Theatre 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Free, Must RSVP

Doug Benson watches the game and you bring the food to this potluck, no really bring food. 

Sunday, February 7th,  3:30pm
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Watch the game on a movie screen.

Eater LA's best places to see the game

Mon, Feb 8, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tickets: $16 General, $12 Members.

Double Feature! Director George Miller In Person! See him before he dies!