Monday, June 26, 2017

Movie Hype: The Bad Batch Is Just Bad Review

Neon's first film was Colossal and it was an instant classic. It's fourth out of the gate is the forgettable and unpleasing The Bad Batch. I think Neon may have just gotten it for it trying to be out there with cannibals, but cannibal can't save this film form being boring.

How a story about body-building cannibals, a female protagonist missing an arm and a leg and Keanu Reeves as a messiah/Mayor can't be entertaining is astounding. Or it would be if The Bad Batch just wasn't such a slow burn with a pay-off of zero. Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour has made a slow, uneventful dystopian movie that has all the right pieces and just wastes them. The look, the feel of her terrible unforgiving Texas where criminals are dispatched to live has so much fun possibility and that possibility drys out like a tumbleweed.

"There's a love story in here?," that's what I said in my head when the film put it self out there as part romance. There ain't no romance other than a few minutes of creepy horniness between the lead Arlen, played by Suki Waterhouse and Miami Man/ a cannibal played by Jason Momoa.

The Bad Batch doesn't even fall into the category of it's so bad it's good, it's as though the director herself got high, forgot to add plot to the movie and finished it. Avoid it and give the director a gig as a DP or some other position, because she sure can't write or direct.

Anime Expo 2017 Update: Funimation Bowling, Evangelion Merch & More

 AX's web-site still manages to be terrible this year. It doesn't properly show when the main hall is open, but we got you covered.

Main Hall Hours
  • Day 1 (July 1) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 2 (July 2) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 3 (July 3) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 4 (July 4) : 10 AM – 3 PM
 -Sadly, Artist Alley is down below again in Kentia Hall, dubbed the "parking lot', as it is an extra parking lot for the convention center when not used as a hall. Last year, there was a huge controversy over AX not turning the air conditioning up as fans and artists sweated it out down below, melting into a fine Otaku soup.

Also not fixed is sharing the room with table-top gaming. The LA Convention Center has more than enough room and there's enough places nearby that it could have been put elsewhere. It seems odd it's not with the video game section of the show anyway.

So once again artist alley looks like it'll be cramped and hot, unless AX's gets wise and cranks the AC.

-Don't forget while in town that there's a Studio Ghibli Pop-Up store at Japan LA on Melrose.

Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Shop at JapanLA
Now through July 24
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
 
-Here's the full schedule of Funimation at Anime Expo this year. This year they have a non-stop bowling party over the weekend. Destination : Funimation @ Lucky Strike 800 West Olympic Boulevard is what they're calling it and they're inviting you to go bowling and hang with them.

Destination : Funimation @ Lucky Strike 800 West Olympic Boulevard, an all-day lounge where you can see clips of what’s up & coming from Funimation! While at the lounge enjoy free bowling and refreshments, take pictures with Goku & Vegeta in our photobooth, meet some of your favorite anime YouTubers, cosplayers, and internet personalities.
We will have special guests throughout the day for meet and greets, Q&A sessions and autograph signings. (Full schedule of events coming soon.) Register* to win one of 5 anime prize packs (valued over $500) to be given away every hour, on the hour. No badge required!


The Evangelion Store is going to have special limited edition merch at AX as part of their World Tour! The special merch will be at Booths # 3700-Kinokuniya & Animate!! Evangelion Store sells merch based on the long-time fan favorite of needy problem children and robots, Evangelion with some strange and fun products. It's like a Disney store that keeps updating Mickey Mouse shirts to be relevant to the time or just products that make little sense with some plain bad Engrish.

Super NES Classic Edition Announced

Forget you little NES and fall in love with the little Super NES Classic Edition. That's right, Nintendo can only sell us on nostalgia and by G-d, they're good at it. The just announced mini system comes out Sept 29. for $79.99. It'll include 21 pre-installed games, one of which was the unreleased Star Fox 2. The only way you could get that one so far was by emulating it.

Check out the game selection below
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man® X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Wilshire Grand's Greatest Feature: The Window Urinal In The Sky


The Wilshire Grand just opened to the public last Friday,it's now the tallest building in LA and has special LED lights. But, the feature that's getting the most hits on Reddit/LA might be the window urnials on the 70th floor (unconfirmed if it's the exact floor). Right now there is an observation deck, restaurant and a bar you can travel freely to up top on The Grand. Up there, you can urinate on a clear window urinal for an experience that you probably haven't had before. Looking at the majestic LA skyline and peeing on it. A sensor connected to urinal gets rid of your you-know-what after being "used."

There's no detailsif the windows are fogged/reflective enough on the outside for anyone that high up not see you making tinkle. Our best guess is that a helicopter or anyone with a high-powered lens might be able to grab a photo of you peeing high in LA's sky.

via Reddit

Rick and Morty Live Stream June 29 Sold Out

Rick and Morty Live Stream
Thu. June 29th, 2017
21 Yrs+ | Top secret location (Los Angeles area) - address will be sent 24 hours prior to event via email
Limited seating available. Free w/ purchase of $5 voucher (good for popcorn)
Doors at 5P | Show at 6PM PST SHARP!


Be one of the lucky few to join creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon in person for a spontaneous evening of Rick and Morty. Ticket required for entry. Don't wait! They will sell out fast. Watch the action live across the world wide web at 6PM PST/9PM EST on AdultSwim.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Snowfall Pop-Up F*cked Up Marketing This Weekend

Celebrating the horrible crack epidemic the LA-faced there's a brand new fun free pop-up...oh jeez, I feel like the local news talking about a child's death and then how you can win a trip to Disneyland.

Anyway, FX's brilliant marketing team is reminding the folks of LA that we had (still have) a huge crack problem for their new show Snowfall. If you're into bad taste...and many of us are, head downtown for the Snowfall Pop-Up. It has free eats, haircuts and schwag and some music celebrating the show coming out July 5th.

The Snowfall Pop-Up
Hudson Loft, 1200 South Hope Street, Los Angeles
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free

via Laist

Friday, June 23, 2017

San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights This August

This August you can enjoy a drive-in movie theater like in the before times. This experience is very valley oriented as all the films showing take place in our very own valley, where many of us live, not like you downtown folks which we consider as the worst. San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights are four nights of films at the Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 in your cars. Each night is a film taking place in our own Valley. It's make sense as this is happening thanks to the Valley Relics Museum, which is benefiting from you buying a ticket.

The movies and dates are:

August 4

E.T. the Extraterrestrial
with The Alien Dance Band

 

August 5

Back To The Future
with The Flux Capacitors Band

August 11

The Karate Kid (1984)
with Tokyo Dance Party

August 12

La Bamba
with The Viva La Bamba Band

Each film is accompanied with music


San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights
August 4-5, 11-12 pre-Show (7:30pm) Screening (8:30pm)
Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 & XD
9201 Winnekta, Chatsworth, CA. 91311
$$

Anime Expo 2017 Updates: The US premiere for Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game, Kirby's Dream Band

Let's go over some updates on events at Anime Expo 2017 as it's rapidly approaching.


The US premiere for Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game
July 3rd, Day 3 @ 2:00PM-4:00PM
Location: The JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom/ Room Video 2

Celebrating 50 years with Lupin. This will be a screening of a TV special based on the new series airing on Toonami. Lupin has to rescue his wife(?), steal a special treasure and all while battling "The Masked Count." We're unsure if it has any relation to the Count of Caligastro. There's going to be a giveaway on-site at the screening of free exclusive T-shirts, specially designed by the character designer Hisao Yokobori.


Kirby's Dream Band at Anime Expo 2017!
Monday, July 3 at 7 PM - 8 PM
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California 90015
"KDB returns to AX for more live video game music and silly hats. Catch us on the Community Stage in the Entertainment Hall, Monday at 7pm. It's gonna be siiiiick!"










Fans attending Anime Expo show can snag an incentive cover edition of the Street Fighter Swimsuit Special 2017. Premiering early at the show, July 1-4, UDON has produced a new limited-edition cover featuring the artwork of Japanese illustrator, Tsuji Santa! Only 200 copies of this limited-edition cover will be available at Anime Expo. If you want to be one of the first to own this all-new special pinup comic, be sure to stop by UDON booth #3218!









Thursday, June 22, 2017

24-Hour Service For Metro Orange and Silver, Night Life LA & Dog Attack Goes Very Wrong

First up, news for those who don't have cars or don't like using them. We're getting 24-hour service on the Metro Orange and Silver Line starting June 25. Now you don't have to call an Uber a 2am if you're near those lines. For now, this seems like it's permanent.

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From the same people who gave us Petal Drop LA and the Griffith Park Teahouse there's Night Life LA (02). Sadly, free tickets are all gone for this special hidden event that takes place at some beach Sat June 24. The new pop-up will feature bioluminescence, when organisms give off their own light, to those lucky enough to have snagged tickets.

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The LA Times has a just horrible, horrible story about some LA deputies accidentally killing a teenager while trying to shoot his dog that was about to attack them for a second time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grand Opening For The Wilshire Grand Friday June 23

The Wilshire Grand Center opens this Friday, June 23. The Grand Opening of the tallest building in LA will feature various events throughout the day. For the public, they're going to put on a light show!

From press release:

"The day’s events will conclude with an evening light show, which will present a dazzling spectacle of the 1,100-foot-tall building’s signature, 73-story high LED light features in full force as they illuminate the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, accompanied by music. "

The light show is schedule for around 8:15pm, hopefully it'll be dark by then.

A ribbon-cutting will be taking place at 2:30pm with various LA City Council members and owners of The Grand. You may be able to see it from the street, but it's probably for press and VIPs only.

Hopefully, details on what stores, businesses and when the hotel will be opening will be going up soon.

Wilshire Grand Center
900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Anime Expo 2017 Updates Viz


As we get closer and closer to the largest anime convention in the nation, we'll be giving you updates on the latest Anime Expo news to prepare you and tell you what you can do there.

First up here's the schedule for all things VIZ, I'm looking forward to some Jojo Bizarre Adventure Panel! Also, we put in Viz's deals at their booth this year.










Details after the jump

Weekly What To Do: I Like That The Babadook Came Out Of The Closet ...To Take Your Children

Play!
Now–January 7, 2018
The Autry in Griffith Park
Admission to museum

Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition. Through more than 200 historic objects from the Autry’s diverse collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.

*Drop-in Family Fun: Let's Play
In celebration of the Autry’s new Play! exhibition, enjoy four square, hula hoops, checkers, cards, and more. Throughout the museum, explore the galleries through themed scavenger hunts, pose for photos at dress-up stations, participate in story time sessions, and discover the history of the West through hands-on carts. Fun for groups and families with children ages five and up.

2017 Last Remaining Seats
Wings (1927)
Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, downtown L.A.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, downtown L.A.
Jaws (1975)
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, downtown L.A.

Special screenings of films in downtown LA.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
Wed, June 21, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Multiple Locations
Mostly Free

All around LA you can hear a ton of musical performances, mostly free in celebration of music.

Twilight Concert Series
Jun 22 - Aug 17 (Skipping Jul 6)
Santa Monica Pier
Free

Free concert series at the Santa Monica Pier.




Fight Club With Live Score: Movie Night At The Wiltern
Thursday, Jun 22, 7:00 pm
The Wiltern
Starts at $30
18+

"Come experience Fight Club like you never have before - with a live musical score accompanying this cult classic at our historical theater!"


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The Little Hours Preview Screening
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 P.M.
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 Jeff Baena, writer/director

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

Jennifer's Body (with director Karyn Kusama in person!)
Friday, June 23, Midnight
The Cinefamily
$12

The Babadook Raises
June 23-27
Arena Cinelounge Sunset 
6464 Sunset Blvd. Lobby Level
Hollywood, Ca. 90028
Admission

The Babadook has become a LBGTQ icon thanks to Netflix messing up and putting it under that label last Summer. It's actually an Australian horror movie indie. Though the film has nothing to with the LBGTQ, its still become an icon of that community.
  • 3 FUNDRAISER SCREENINGS (6/23-6/25 9PM SHOWS) with proceeds supporting LGBTQ Awareness
  • BABASHOOK - Talk back Conversation - From Monster to Cultural Icon (Sat. 6/24 after 5PM show)
  • With David DelValle (Horror Film Historian) Camilla Jackson (Cinelounge/Blumhouse) SURPRISE GUESTS
  • BABADOOK Cosplay Karaoke Party (SAT. 6/24 9PM - Secret Location Hollywood)

Ripped Special Screening 
Friday, June 23, 7:30
Laemmle's Music Hall
$

The RIPPED cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 PM screening at the Music Hall on opening night, Friday, June 23. Synopsis: Best buds Harris (Russell Peters) and Reeves (Faizon Love) smoke top secret, CIA weed in 1986 and wake up thirty years later. Now older and fatter, the two decide to take stoner entrepreneurship to an even higher level






The Bad Batch Q&A
Saturday, June 24th after 7:30 PM show
Arclight Hollywood
$$

ArcLight is excited to announce a Q&A for the Venice Film Festival-premiered The Bad Batch. Hollywood will host a Q&A with Director Ana Lily Amirpour on Saturday, 6/24 after the 7:30 PM show. A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals. Reserve now!

The Corgi Show
June 24, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Jun 24, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Free

"Who doesn't love corgis?  Because we certainly do!  Come check out our show featuring a number of adorable art dedicated to the ever popular corgi."



An Apple And An Adventure Release Party
Saturday, June 24
2 – 4pm

Secret Headquarters
Free

"We are very excited to invite you to our party for Martin Cendreda‘s An Apple And An Adventure!This is an all ages event! Bring the whole family by for an afternoon of milk, cookies, and super fun comics.A girl, her dinosaur friends, and the alphabet. What more could you want?"

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA!
Saturday, June 24, 11 AM - 5 PM
JapanLA
7320 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
PARKING: Parking on Melrose is tricky. You can find metered spaces, but don’t let your time run out because the city will ticket you on the weekends if your meter runs out. There are spots in the residential areas, but many of those spots are only 1 or 2 hour parking.
  
"We are so excited to be hosting the First Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Shop in the U.S at JapanLA!
Come by the opening party Saturday, June 24th 2017, from 11am - 5pm for a first look at the Pop-Up Shop, exclusive JapanLA products, and to meet tons of other Ghibli fans! We will have lots of special Exclusive Official Studio Ghibli items from Japan for sale! Come early to get first pick. Visit the Pop-Up Shop at JapanLA from June 24 - July 24, 2017.
We are closed 4th of July.

ArcLight Presents Studio Ghibli Fest
Starts June 25
Multiple ArcLight Locations
$

"Beginning this June, we are proud to be taking part in ArcLight Presents… Studio Ghibli Fest. This series showcases six of Ghibli’s favorites, giving you a tour through the years of one of Japan’s most renowned animation studios."

The Floor Improv Day at Union Station 
Sunday, June 25, 2pm - 5pm
Union Station 
Free

Come experience the joy and magic of THE FLOOR IMPROV DAY when L.A.’s best artists come together at Union Station, June 25, July 23 and August 27 from 2pm - 5pm, to perform live and lead classes in diverse styles of dance, movement, and music. Each event culminates in the popular THE FLOOR IMPROV JAM!

Climate Day LA
Tuesday, June 27
The Theatre At The Ace Hotel
Free with RSVP
Evening Concert $35

The event will bring together over 1,500 Angeleno leaders, advocates, and locals to strategize, implement, and celebrate local solutions to climate change. A benefit gala will follow featuring an exclusive performance by award-winning artist, Moby, and an evening concert in the Theatre will cap off the day with internationally renowned bands and DJs, Neon Indian, Weyes Blood, Eric Wareheim (DJ set) and more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lupin III's Opening & Ending Now Suck

Wow, I'm not sure whose to blame. Toonami or Discotek Media must have screwed up the licensing rights for the opening and closing music for the brand new Lupin III Part 4 that just started airing on Toonami. The new dub has Lupin the Third back at it in Italy, trying to steal everything with the greatest of flare. The flare was reflected in both the Japanese opening and closing to the show, now missing from the Toonami broadcast.

Check out the original versions below. They're both eye-catching and it's a tragedy we get such an ugly remix for the dub.
Oh, jeez, the music got taken off of the only copy of the ending I could find on YouTube, but just look at that animation. It's a shame we don't get these here in the States.

LA Convention Center's Security For E3 Sucked

Over at Polygon they have a run down of how easy it it was to sneak in to the LA Convention Center during E3 this year. The results aren't great. It also brings to question how hard would it be for someone to bring a weapon inside as bags aren't thoroughly checked.

Most security for LA Live and the LA Convention Center is handled by third party companies. For those who have experienced security in those areas they know they're quite bad at their jobs.

With Anime Expo on the way it opens questions of safety as who anyone who has seen these security companies before in action at AX would question how good they are as they hire teenagers and very old people to stop sneaking in.

Luckily the convention center is usually swimming in real cops checking out the area.

I consider most of the security for the LA Convention Center glorified ticket takers with no skills in an emergency.