Friday, July 21, 2017

VHS Comes Back From The Dead: Slashback Video Opens Sept 9

Crawling its way from old media hell is "Slashback Video." In the vein of the Everything is Terrible having a rental store that only carried Jerry Maguire we're getting another VHS store art installation, except this time, it makes more sense. Slashback Video is celebrating picking up horror movies like in the days of yore, before Netflix and Hulu. Back in a time when you had to search the shelves and choose what to watch based on box art and recommendations from the staff.

Now, sadly, you won't really be able to rent any of the VHS copies, but you will be able to browse them. Feel the weight of videos in your hands and check out the great box art.

Now some of that box art will be brand new. Artists from all around will be getting cases to mock up as they please. So you'll have new art pieces that you can procure while looking around at what it was like to get your horror movie night on.

On top of that you'll be given an empty VHS case that you will have to drop off in the return basket, that's your ticket for entry.

Now it's starting Sept 9, but don't worry, it'll be around into October, so you'll have plenty of chances to check it out.

Slashback Video Opening Reception
Saturday, September 9 at 8 PM - 11:59 PM
Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505

Come to the opening reception of Slashback Video - an ode to the VHS days of horror that's one part pop-up shop and one part art installation. Step back in time to the 1980s when mom and pop video stores thrived and gaze upon a wide array of posters, VHS tapes, promos and more. Brought to you by Mixtape Massacre, Creepy Co., FRIGHT-RAGS, Waxwork Records and Phantom Carriage Brewery!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Teen Titans Vs Teen Titans Go @ Comic-Con

All we have so far is this image from Comic-Con at the DC Booth, but let us pray that it's more than just a comic and we'll have an animated episode where the original Teen Titans beat-up Teen Titans Go.

Backgrounds From That's You!

Here's some Wes Anderson looking backgrounds from the PS4 game That's You!, here's our review.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekly What To Do: Everyone Is At Comic-Con

Bring the Noise: Weird Science with Live Music
Thu, July 20, 7:30pm
LACMA | Bing Theater
$25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (65+); $30 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, June 22. Two ticket limit.

A part of the Bring the Noise feature of the Film Independent At @ LACMA where a movie is set up with live music. This time around we get music by Ulises Lozano, Carlos Chairez, and Gil Cerezo of Kinky, all while watching the 80's comedy sci-fi classic.

626 Night Market

July 21-23
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
Friday: $3
Saturday: $5
Sunday: $3

Back in Santa Anita's picturesque and spacious garden paddock for the remaining summer events! Check out all the amazing and unique food, merchandise, artists, crafters, attractions, and live performances. It will be one of the biggest events in the San Gabriel Valley! Be sure to arrive early to get first dibs.

FYF Fest
July 21-23
Exposition Park
One day $109-$125
*Saturday single day passes sold out

The big music fest returns with big name bands.

30 Years Later
Friday, July 21, 7pm

A celebration of the movies from 1987.

Night of the Creeps (with director Fred Dekker in person)
Friday, July 21, 10pm
The Cinefamily

"Though it was overlooked during the busy summer movie schedule of 1986, Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps has gone on to become a quintessential cult classic. A loving homage to the B movies of the 1950s, Dekker’s winningly gruesome horror comedy mashes up elements of atomic age sci-fi, Romero zombies, slashers, and 80s teen comedy, magically landing on a recipe for pure fun."

Delicious Little Tokyo 2017
July 21July 23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
 #GoLittleTokyo for a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the vast area of cuisines that the restaurants of Little Tokyo have to offer.

The festivities run from Friday (7/21) to Sunday (7/23), and feature selected Little Tokyo restaurants offering special menu items, discounts, giveaways and workshops. Come explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo with your family and friends!
Kick-off the weekend festivities with neighborhood social group, Little Tokyo Vibes, at the pre-launch party on Thursday, July 20. Then, sink your teeth into Delicious Little Tokyo weekend at Sake at First Street North, Little Tokyo”, the 11th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event hosted by the Little Tokyo Service Center on Friday, July 21, 2017.
Fri, July 21,  6 – 10 p.m.
Adults only, 18+
LA Zoo
Member Tickets $17Nonmember Tickets $20
A different kind of wildlife takes over the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights, our popular summer music series featuring live bands, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, lawn games and more.
Sat, July 22, 2017
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
Los Angeles Center Studios
450 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

The 5th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival will take place July 22nd at LA Center Studios. Featuring dozens of restaurants and bakeries, the event will play homage to all things bacon, presented in both sweet and savory dishes.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Tour
July 23, 5pm and 8pm
The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

We get two different movies to be made fun of by the current Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew in LA this July. It's part of the US Tour, the "Watch Out for Snakes!" Tour.

Whose showing up? "Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be MST3K without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) checking up on their unwilling test subjects via remote video."

For the films  "Show # 1 is the MST3K favorite “Eegah” featuring all new riffs and sketches.  Show # 2 is a “Secret Surprise Film!” It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never-before featured on MST3K and will appear only in select cities."

Night Sky Festival
Saturday, July 22
7:30 to 10:30 p.m
Thousand Oaks, CA

With the new moon that evening, the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower nearing its peak, and the total solar eclipse the next month, the National Park Service is excited to present its annual summer Night Sky Festival in the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday, July 22.

Around 15 telescopes will be directed at other planets and objects in our Milky Way Galaxy. Fun, educational children's’ activities will be available, including a chance to become a Night Sky Junior Ranger! And there will be door prizes for the first 100 visitors!

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Saturday, July 22, First race 6:30pm
Los Alamitos Race Course
4961 Katella Avenue
Admission is $3 for adults; Children 17 and under are free.

 The Wiener Nationals features all the excitement of a Quarter Horse race, with a total of 90 dachshunds showing their stuff in front of a packed house at Los Alamitos. A total of 10 trial heats will be contested at 50 yards with the winning wieners advancing to the championship race. The participants were selected based on the creativity of their entries.
Fans will be able to pick up FREE Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals program by all main track entrances. This special program will highlight all the participants and will feature the schedule of events and additional information on the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. This special program will highlight all 90 participants, features the schedule of events, and additional information on the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.
You can meet the stars of the night - the mighty wiener dogs - and their trainers/owners on the grandstand area. But remember ask the wiener's owner before petting.

Artists Alley at Earth-2 NonCon Sherman Oaks
Sat, July 22, 11 AM - 4 PM
Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Meet local CREATORS, signing and sketching!

Rob Worley (Scratch 9)
Evan Burse (Cartoon Block Academy)
J.D. Correa (Local Cartoonist)
Tobias Gebhardt (Local Cartoonist)
Frank S. Gidlewski (Fantasma Girl and Fantastic Boy)
Shequeta L. Smith (Rayven Choi)
Sat, July 22, 10 AM - 8 PM

Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson St, Torrance, California 90503

The FLOOR Improv Day #2 At Union Station
Sunday, Jul 23,  2 PM - 5 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Come experience the joy and magic of THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY when L.A.’s best artists come together at Union Station, to perform live and lead classes in diverse styles of dance, movement, and music. Each event culminates in the popular THE FLOOR IMPROV JAM!
Monday, July 24th, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Free, Must RSVP
Followed by a Q&A with Director Matt Spicer.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific Late Nights

Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific as the sun starts to almost set, I mean really it doesn't get dark until a little after 8pm during the summer here. Until early September you only have to pay $14.95 for three hours of the aquarium. 5-8pm, you'll be able to see the place with possibly less children or more children.

Discounted Late Nights

LA Links: The 14th Is Over & The Willows Continues + Rick & Morty

- The 14th Factory closes at the end of month, you only have so long to due another 200k worth of damage. Here's how our trip went.

-The Willows has some tickets up for grabs this August, check out our review of the creepy experience.

- The Rickmobile is just two weeks away! Rick and Morty's Don't Even Trip Road Trip July 28&29

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017 This September

Come September we have our first ever Los Angeles Anime Film Festival. Taking place Sept. 15-17, 2017. From Azoland Pictures, distributors of Japanese anime for the West we're getting some anime on the big screen. Details are still up in the air as the location still hasn't been revealed, but a few of the films have been announced including  “Kiki’s Delivery Service” ,“Miss Hokusai” ,“009 RE:CYBORG” (3D) and “Innocence” (35mm print) for now. 

We hope to hear about some recently released titles from Japan and some fun events to go with the festival. Simply showing anime isn't enough, it's always good to try and make your festival a spectacle or an event, to do something that really thrills fans. So we're unsure with all the titles being at least two years old, and in LA's film network, not that hard to see. Aero and the Egyptian show Ghibli films every year and so does Landmark.

 Look ArcLight has Kiki's this month
"Kiki's Delivery Service"
July 23rd at 12:55 PM (Dubbed)
July 24th at 7:00 PM (Subtitled)

Adventure Time Time: The Complete Seventh Season DVD

Out now is the Adventure Time - The Complete Seventh Season, another great case for the DVD and Blu-ray, featuring the inner layers of Princess Bubblegum. Literally, like all the DVD's before it, you open your case to look at their skull, brains and insides put on the disc and flyers inside. A cute feature that continues to make owning physical copies of the show so worth it.

What's actually on the discs inside matters the most and you're getting all of the seventh season. That includes the whole Stakes mini-arc where we learn how Marceline became the Vampire Queen and we get some vampire hunting too.

Enjoy 26 episodes for your home-viewing pleasure with a few special features in another great collection.

DVD's provided by publisher for review purposes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

That's You! Review: Immediate Friends and Family Only

First off, I want to give Sony some praise for trying with this game. Here are some of those praises. In the vein of Jackbox Party Packs you can grab your phone or table and connect to a game. There's a delightful backdrop for each area in the game and the style for each looks like a yet unreleased Wes Anderson film, so much so, that he should think about suing Sony. Friends of mine honestly wanted to visit the places showed on screen, buy products seen in the game and even purchase the backgrounds put on our phones based on the area of the game we were in. Actual game-play of choosing which friend would do what, fascinated us through multiple rounds. Taking pictures of ourselves and friends then being able to contort and make them look very weird, oh, just fun.

Y'know let's go over actual game play. That's You! is a recently released party game where you and up to five friends can play together answering questions about each other for PS4. It's part of a new PlayLink initiative that will see multiple games released on the PS4 that only require your phone or tablet as a controller. It's free with PS Plus this month, July 2017, but goes for $19.99. It requires you to download an app on your phone, doesn't matter if it's Android or an iPhone, and it becomes your controller. Then you and your friends can answer who would be the person more likely to do something of your group than the others. You do this buy choosing their photo from your phone and flicking it forward and seeing their  face put on screen of your game. The correct answer is always who the group most votes for to most likely to do something.

*You can multiply your points by sliding an extra Jester bottle cap with your answer. The more people that voted for your Jester equipped correct answer, the more points you get.

Wes Anderson called and it looks like the lawsuit could be feasible. The reason? The gorgeous backgrounds that chooses the question type. Randomly the game will jump you around ten different areas. You'll visit four areas in a four player match and seven in a 6 player match, the largest number the game can muster. So questions will be based about love if you end up in the French hotel. Questions will be about camping if you end up in a tent. All the while you be seeing Wes Anderson B-Roll.

Lighting Strikes

Who the Hell is Roscoe? A question I ask on the mind numbingly painful decision of host for the game. Oh, Roscoe isn't his name, it's his friends we keep hearing about for some unknown reason. Where the game loses praise and immediately deserves a swift kick in the arse instead is for the host. Better known as, "Shut up, you f*ck," by my friends and I.

Is the writing for him bad? Oh yeah. Like a train wreck you can't look away from, but with words. That's the faceless host of this game, who, if he did introduce himself, I don't remember his name, he sucks.

There's even an option for him to be turned off by going to Options and putting voice at 0. Which we did. But, guess what? It makes the game awkward. It's just dead silence when friends are choosing. So he has to stay there or it's just strange.

We beg Sony Europe to add a patch to the game and to just hire Jackbox's Cookie Masterston or even Striker from Burnout, because we hate the voice, we hate the voice so much.

Sony Europe made some other poor choices. Such as when playing online with a friend, only one person can play via their PS4 not a group at someone's house, like we tried. I invited a friend and found this out. The app has the option of adding questions and drawings you make to the game. The problem is it's only one question or drawing per game. Both of those problems don't exist in Jackbox Party Packs, which Sony Europe is more than likely trying to imitate.

I Don't Know You, Jack!

In possibly the biggest snafu for this game, kicking it to the a specialty area is that you have to know the people you're playing with. Somewhat intimately, I add. You see the questions asked are things you would know by having had talked or met the person. This is not a game for random people. This is a game for friends or and family...that have kept in touch. And that means everyone in the group. Not just two out of three.

We played a six player round over the weekend and two groups of friends of mine that haven't interacted that much made the game a slog, within the four player version the group enjoyed it a lot more, because we all knew each other quite well. 

The game only exists at that level; friends who know each other. Random people shouldn't play. Unlike all the models of the Jack Box Party Packs, this game has left itself in the friends only category.

So online is a bit questionable with people you may hardly know and if you're having a party with new people it in no way should be used. It's not a game where you start learning about them. You should already know! That's what the game thinks.

How this concept was allowed just blows my mind, pheww! After play-testing with random people, no one saw this problem?

This is where it hurts, I generally like parts of the game. The visuals, music, app interaction. And then you have friend only play, online for no reason and a painfully annoying host.

That's You! needed to be revised a long time before it came out to be some more inclusive to people trying to make new friends. If you want to spend a few games with some close friends and only close friends, do it. But only in person, in the same room and with no one new to the group. Maybe the the new person can be the host, because you might be wanting to turn the sound off on that turd of a voice after playing it once.

Sony Europe and Wish Studios you're on the right track, but so far this game seems like it should be part of some sort of a party pack and have better writing...hmmm what game series is like that. Not this one.

That's You!
for PS4 only $19.99

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Resident Evil 7 with TTDILA

At one point and time we actually reviewed games on the web-site and did videos. This time, some friends dragged us along in their play through of Resident Evil 7. It's the WASD Boys and the guy behind this web-site in a long overdue insane play of RE7.

Gonna try and review That's You for PS4 fairly soon, but written out.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thirsty? There's Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Recently, our favorite place to purchase soda, and a large variety of flavors at that, got on KCRW's Marketplace. You can listen to it here. As it's going to be another hot one this weekend we suggest heading over and getting some tasty sodas.

We're just a little surprised we haven't heard any word about the annual Galco's Soda Tasting, one heck of a highlight of July. We'll be sure to give you the details about it when they go up.

Galco's Soda Pop Stop
Highlights info row image
5702 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California, CA 90042

Oh, That's Priceless Or Really 200K Worth of Damage

If you remember a few months back we visited the 14th Factory, a limited time art exhibit nestled in downtown. Read more about it here. In a room devoted to strange crowns, called Hypercaine, someone was taking a selfie and managed to topple one over causing a domino effect. The incident reportedly cost 14th Factory 200k in damage. This news just got to use, but actually happened about two weeks back. The women seen in the video of it happening has not be identified and for now there's no mention if she'll be paying for her accident.

14th Factory is open until the end of July, just, y'know, be safe when taking your selfie.

via HyperAllergic

Ice Cream Sunday, Ice Cream Day LA July 16

One of my friends owes me ice cream as I had to write affidavit that he actually loves his wife cuz she's a foreigner. I'm cashing in this ice cream request this Sunday. And it's a good day to as it's National Ice Cream Day. Yes, coming from President Reagan, of all people, came the creation of Ice Cream Day. Meant to be a one-off event, the ice cream makers of America have kept it going. Technically, July is National Ice Cream Month.

As it's Ice Cream Day were going over some of our favorite shops and special events in celebration of our frozen friend.

* A little early

Crèmerie Opening
12pm – 10pm
624 South La Brea Avenue, LA

Republique is making coffee and ice cream now. Hand-made with a rotating menu of 12 flavors a day sounds very nice, but will it taste nice?

"Summer has arrived and the hot summer months have us thinking of none other than ice cream. Chef Walter and Margarita Manzke of Republique, are excited to announce the introduction of their new ice cream concept ‘Crèmerie’, which will be sold out of the Coffee and… window at Republique. Launching July 14th, the Cremerie will be open 12pm – 10pm daily.All ice cream is hand-made in house with 12 rotating flavors that will change daily."

Polar Pizza Free Sample Day 
Friday, July 14 at 12 PM - 5 PM
31 Flavors/ Baskin-Robbins

Try a free sample piece of the NEW Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat at your local Baskin-Robbins!

National Ice Cream Day Ice Cream Alley Launch
Sunday at 10 AM - 4 PM
Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Alameda & Bay St, Los Angeles, California 90021
So first off we have Smorgasburg LA opening an Ice Cream Alley, so special ice cream comes to Smorgasburg all summer.
"And what better way to celebrate than to gather all of LA's best ice cream and sweet treat purveyors in one place? Join us for the launch of our Ice Cream Alley, an all new area of Smorgasburg LA that will be open every single Sunday, all through Labor Day!

The alley will include a rotating crew of special popup vendors like:
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Nancy Silverton's Nancy's Fancy
Salt & Straw
Sweet Rose Creamery
The Tidbit Truck's rose shaped gelato
and MORE!!! ... See More"

"In honor of National Ice Cream Day, Salt & Straw will be giving away a different special treat or commemorative item to one randomly guest every hour at each of its five shops (Larchmont, West Hollywood, Arts District, Studio City, and Abbot Kinney). Prizes include ice cream scoops, flights, pints, scoopers, t-shirts, and hats; winners can choose to cash in their prize right away or be given a gift card to take with them and use in the future. Order Salt & Straw’s classic flavors, or try their limited edition flavors from the creamery’s berries-inspired series, but make sure to get it in one of their gorgeous and delicious waffle cones."
10am-9pm Sun
1526 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Fair Oaks Pharmacy is at the top for it's old school style. It feels like an ice cream parlor you've seen in movies. It doesn't hurt that they have massive portions and the have all the special ice cream dishes for you to down.
Oh, let's not forget the have the Ice Cream Eating Challenge. They call it the Kitchen Sink! If you and a friend, dos, can finish the Kitchen Sink, eight scoops of ice cream with cookies, bananas, brownies, and hot fudge and caramel in under thirty you win. Win what? Not paying the $35 for the ice cream, t-shirts saying you won the challenge and your pictures forever on the wall of fame.
It's also a candy store and sells some old-timey toys. 
*from previous review
the kitchen sink
For one hundred years the prophecy foretold of a pharmacy ... well, it is one hundred years old and still serves quite yummy ice cream. They even have an ice cream challenge, can you finish in time? This "pharmacy" is more of a restaurant with a kitschy gift shop for tourists. What this place has is a long list of desserts that had everyone gorging on around us as we only got a lousy soda drink. If you're going here, don't go for the soup of the day or a burger, you and your friends are going for delectable desserts. Here's the dessert menu, peruse and then be ready to choose. Maybe even try the ice cream challenge!

With a fun atmosphere and mouth-watering desserts head over for one of those times when you forget diets exists or being healthy is a thing. Healthy, I'll be healthy after this Banana Blitz

Little Damage
12pm-11pm All Week
700 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014 
At the time we didn't know the cone was charcoal based, it gave it a unique taste and now it didn't taste awful. We know, charcoal? It's weird, but it works.

*from a previous review
With a line around the corner... shop we had to try Little Damage this weekend. Though it was only serving two flavors: Cinnamon Chocolate Horchata and Birthday Cake Vanilla, people were waiting for a solid 30-40 minutes to show off the ice cream. The soft serve doesn't just taste good, but looks stunning. The eye-catching ice cream has everyone who buys it taking a picture.

The flavors change often, but the store doesn't seem to get any bigger. If this tiny shop is busy, expect to wait for a while, but it's worth it on a warm day in LA for the looks and the taste.
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
621 S Western Ave
Ste 208-A
We just found out the have cones in the shape of Taiyaki, those red bean or chocolate filled  fish shaped treats. The flavors look horrible like black sesame and ube, but hey, they have milk flavor? Blech, matcha. What's wrong with chocolate or vanilla?

Churro Borough
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The perfect ratio of hot to cold. The delicious taste of warm churro and ice cream, has anything ever tasted so sweet? Churro Borough, if you've never gone, you've go to get "The Original" Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. Mmmm, Ice Cream between to warm churro discs. If you have been, then you know, everything on the menu mixes well together and they have flavors worth mentioning like  Black Forest Cheesecake Sherbert and Horchata Sherbe.

Multiple Locations

Cream makes the list for simply having ice cream tacos. The Cream Taco with its free flavors and two toppings is too tasty. They do have a rather large list of flavors and options and can even accommodate vegans and people who just don't like gluten.

For us though, it's the ice cream taco.

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Multiple Locations

This place just wins us over with the classic look of an ice cream shop and delicious flavors. Now they know how to make ice cream, they've been doing it since 1949. What you get when you get a cone or a cup is an instant gratification upon the ice cream touches your tongue. Now they don't stay old school they'll make special limited flavors for you to try, so get'em while they're cold.