Monday, January 26, 2015

Mortdecai Jibe

Writer, K. Thor Jensen, isn't into the film.

Dead Rising: Watchtower Looks Cringe Worthy Bad


With Leprechaun: Origins under his belt director Zach Lipovsky shows us one of the worst takes on the zombie genre with his lazy, boring trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower. Crackle has decided to make Dead Rising: Watchtower the most forgettable zombie series coming out this year in a sad attempt to make money off The Walking Dead.

Dead Rising: Watchtower is based on a video game series from Capcom that makes fun of the zombie genre with jibes at the American way that only the Japanese could make. That was until Dead Rising 3, developed by a studio never associated with the game, Capcom Vancouver, and missing the series creator/producer Keiji Inafune. This game drew much disdain from long time fans of the series and need major updates upon release.


Zach Lipovsky shows no degree of competence in directing from his past work and with the footage shown in the trailer it confirms any sort of style that will have fans of the series or those into zombies even bothering to watch when there are so many better series and content available. Rob Riggle does not work as Frank West.

Adventure Time Time: Eat Pizza and Look Up Anime Girls' Skirts

Glob is dead! A Lich King comet is headed to Earth, but it's really Finn's Dad driving a spaceship! Pen Ward on Twitter is all your dreams. Adventure Time is up for an Annie, ...sure it'll win...

Welcome back to our section on Adventure Time. A many time over revisited subject on the site.

First, let's see what the creator of Adventure Time has been up to, probably eating a lot more than a regular person and beard maintenance. 

Let's take a look at Pen eating pizza and looking up anime girls' skirts. Keep being the best role model ever Pen.

Pen also will send you an e-mail saying he's sorry for his comment on gamer gate, " Gamer Gate is dumb as Hell!" Jeez, it really is, anyway he's apologizing for it if you send an e-mail to pen@buenobear.com with "Apologize To Me" in the subject line.


Pen has a lovely set of fabric designs  to pick up that he designed for curtains at his place. Get'em here.
Random Sketch by Pen

Getting into the show, wow, just wow, "Evergreen" and "Astral Plane" both extend the mythos and rich nature of Adventure Time of not just being a cartoon, but a cartoon reaching to teach and think. I was amazed at the beauty and thoughts about creation in Astral Plane. Evergreen shared insight into the darkness that is the crown on Ice King's head. Both are connected by what appeared to be a comet headed to Earth, but it appears that it wasn't the same comet, Hell it wasn't even the a comet, but Finn's Dad, the jerk, headed to Earth....what will happen?



This has been making some round on the net, The Legend of Lucky Pie, it's a fan animation from China that looks very much like Adventure Time. If you can find it online watch and gasp at how strange it is. The red horse on the side is called "Pokey" by the internet, as he resembles Gumby's horse Pokey, look up the refrence online if you don't get it. Pokey has the ability to transform into a better looking horse so that the character resembling Finn can ride him. It captures much of the style of the show and if only a fan effort, nothing to be angry about.

*Just remember Adventure Time crew, you are now easily replaceable to Cartoon Network.

Adventure Time is up for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience at the upcoming Annie Awards Jan 31, 2015. It's got some tough competition. 
  • Adventure Time
 - Cartoon Network Studios
  • Gravity Falls - 
Disney Television Animation
  • Legend of Korra - Nickelodeon Animation Studio
  • Over The Garden Wall
 - Cartoon Network Studios
  • Wander Over Yonder 
- Disney Television Animation
 Not so fast Over The Garden Wall, you were terrible. Wander Over Yonder, no so fast either.

Kirsten Lepore was teased about, doing an all stop-motion episode. Adventure Time continues to be the only cartoon series I can think of that has allowed other artists to take over the show and do their own episodes, all of which have been amazing to watch.

Goal Achievement Club's ad for The Art of Ooo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Museums Free-For-All Jan 31

Next Saturday, Jan 31, take the time to explore one or many of LA's wonderful museums for free! It's Museums Free-For-All, a day to maybe learn something or at least tell your friends and colleagues you visited a museum within a year.

Below a list of museums you can go to for free. Certain rules apply, so be sure to check out the info at each museum you want to visit to see if everything you want to see is free. Ancient art, historical literature, scientific wonders await you and all for free.

Don't forget to check out Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA,152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 900; January 30 – February 1, 2015. It's free and open to the public during the weekend as well. A wide selection of indie periodicals to peruse...and comics from not just locals, but the world.


Participating Museums:

Scream Queens @Dark Delicacies Jan 25


Scream Queens @Dark Delicacies Jan 25, 2pm
Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

 Free

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Neon Retro Arcade Soft Opening

Sat, Jan 24, 7pm-Midnight $10/hour and all games are on "free play"
Neon Retro Arcade
28 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California




Royces Arcade Warehouse
free today, Sat, Jan 24, until 4pm


Friday, January 23, 2015

So That's Why Nintendo Can Suck

There's an interview with former Nintendo Indie Dev head guy and executive Dan Adelman making its round on the net. There's a great break down by Dan of Nintendo's hierarchical structure that cripples it and causes so many problems that even fans, like us here at TTDILA, have with the company.

What isn't really mentioned is if Nintendo even knows that fans are constantly frustrated by it's long delays and old timey think when it comes to incorporating new ideas, social elements to games and just common sense.

Kotaku's breakdown

Original interview

TTDILA COMICS #46 - Club Nintendo Rewards


by ARG



click comic to expand.

Based on a true story.
As many of you might know 
Club Nintendo will get brand new prizes this February.
Don't be a Dummy like me and save your points.

Monster Hunter 4 demos is out now
Available with the used codes below.
The first two people that redeem the code below will obtain the demo.
A0703JR102MV8U83
and
A07183H5092PBQ6V


(tip highlight them)

Enjoy. 


Pitchfork Radio @ Ace Hotel DTLA

The rooftop is hosting guest DJ sets from some of LA's best record stores.
The station will broadcast weekdays Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., from Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, which will be open to the public.

Here's a few of the DJ's:


Ryan Schreiber - Pitchfork
Anenon
Hit-Boy x HS87 
Brandon Stosuy - Pitchfork
Dylan's Lunch Box w/Dylan Rupert
Zoe Camp and Molly Beauchemin - Pitchfork
Itasca
Meltdown DJ Set
Slutever Live 
Iamsound Productions DJ Set
This Magic Moment w/Liz Armstrong & Maya D'Aoust 
Permanent Records DJ Set
Powertrip
Shake Appeal w/Evan Minsker

Ryan Schreiber - Pitchfork
Anenon
Hit-Boy x HS87 
Brandon Stosuy - Pitchfork
Dylan's Lunch Box w/Dylan Rupert
Zoe Camp and Molly Beauchemin - Pitchfork
Itasca
Meltdown DJ Set
Slutever Live 
Iamsound Productions DJ Set
This Magic Moment w/Liz Armstrong & Maya D'Aoust 
Permanent Records DJ Set
Powertrip
Shake Appeal w/Evan Minsker

Starr Mazer from Motivational Growth Becoming Real



Time to combine two gaming genres that somewhat ended in the 90's and revitalize them with the newest graphics in 16 bit. Take control of Brick M. Stonewood on board the Starr Wolf to fight the evil alien race of the G'ell

Here's what we wrote about the game within the film Motivational Growth:

"Forgetting the growth, I was more into the commercial of Starr Mazer, a fictional game that's on a fictional console that combined a space shooter with an RPG that looked like it was from LucasArts, g-d rest their soul.
...

Now go make Starr Mazer."

-Motivational Growth Review

We wanted the point-n-click and shmup adventure to come out since we saw the film. Looks like so does the director of the film. Don Thacker is finally going to start moving on it with a Kickstarter.

Here's the Starr Mazzer Kickstarter, that says if $160,000 is earned by Feb 21, they'll have the game out by April 2016 (fat chance). Just saying, every indie game on Kickstarter I've followed has been late to come out.

Kill Screen has a great article explaining the entire back history of the game so far and how people were confused by it coming out from another source, due to how slow Thacker and his team were working to get the game out.

We just want to note that Thacker is the type that doesn't excel with too much freedom, his first feature film Motivational Growth was so over the place it was a train wreck. His vision needs to be grounded by either a studio or the people around him. So giving him the freedom to do whatever he wants isn't the best idea. The freedom to do whatever he wants without restraint might cause for a long, long time for the game to come out and unachievable goals.

Take Shovel Knight, a great game that took a lot more time to come out to get it perfect to play. The team didn't even get to put in everything they wanted, they had to scale it back. Just because it may look like older graphics doesn't make it easier. The team behind Shovel Knight isn't very large and neither is Starr Mazer. I'm seeing two people on programming the game, yeesh.

Starr Mazer is quite ambitious, the game is suppose to allow multiple playthroughs with different scenarios. You meet a Space Queen, she likes you. The second time around you catch her at a bad time, so she's not a good friend.


Alex Mauer is in to do the soundtrack, he's liked by fans for his chiptune sounds.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Idiots Chased By LAPD To LAPD Headquarters


"It's almost comical that it happened to end right in front of our office," Kim said. "I can see it from our window."

Three stooges tried to evade the LAPD in car chase by heading right to LAPD Headquarters.

Citizens of Earth Review I'm Gonna Get My Mom To Kick Your Butt

Citizens of Earth
Steam,Wii U, 3DS, PS4, PSVita 
$11.99 Starting Week on Steam

Officers why are you attacking me and what's with the creepy smiles? Is that a bear made of honey? When did the Earth unite under one banner? Those questions and more are never explained in Citizens of Earth.

Citizens of Earth stars you as the pompous Vice President of Earth, all of the Earth, who must collect the regular citizens of the world to fight and explore for him. He won't be going into battles in this American RPG, with heavy influence from JRPGs, especially Earthbound. No, you and whomever else he can get through side quests will join the party and find out the mysterious goings on affecting the Vice President's hometown and the world! Along the way you'll laugh, battle, and question how silly they could make the game with simple jokes and word-play. Excuse me, let me just take a sip of my coffee from Moonbucks, nothing like that cheap rip-off Starbucks.

The game starts with you awakening from your slumber after just winning the election as Vice President. Your back home, on vacation, it is the day after you won the election, and your brother and Mom are happy to see you. There also the first members in your party, and I don't mean your political party.

What starts as some, in-no-way-earned, time-off becomes a mystery of coffee aliens, strange living signs, and bizarre cybernetic deer who are part telephone, the Telefawn. After being Mom-ed by my Mom and bothered by protesters you quest the world with silly puns and goals brought up by so many older RPGs. Odd jobs and jobs that only licensed professionals should have handled were taken on by the people I elected. Strange creatures followed us at every turn, including a nerd that was part coffee, a Cappuccinerd.

As the overly egotistical, caring-only-about-them-self, Vice President, your Mom fights your battle for you. So did a Baker, and IT Nerd, Mascot and host of other regular citizens that use their normal powers of their occupation to fight bad guys.

We lose the election in this part of the game. Combat is long and tedious.When you fight Honey Bear, a bear made out of honey, you see the beast take full screen with the back of the heads of your party ready to pounce. You, the Vice President, are off to the side just giving a pep talk and chiming in every so often. Unforgivably, the battle animations are the same for the characters in your party. Though attacks are cleverly named with the profession of the citizen selected. Your Mom can use Timeout, while the Architect can use Blueprint, they all look the same on screen. I want to see some physical affects take hold or the animal I'm fighting be on fire, if I use a fire enhanced attack. The other tediousness comes from taking long times to power up powerful attacks and high level enemies that are hard to kill.

Voice work had us laughing with the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, Wendee Lee, as a crazy Cat Lady and a number of other characters. Her, alongside the rest of the great voice cast, much from the world of anime, does make the game stand out. With great moments voice acted the game becomes a much more professional level title.


That's why when combat comes in and a stronger story for the main cast is missing the game falters into living up to being the best RPG it can be. Their are plenty of side-quests to collect citizens and mysteries to figure out to keep you entertained just like any JRPG, though there's no stupid harem to collect or pop idol to save. Technically, you couls just collect cute girls for your party.

Citizens of Earth takes a skew of the modern American town and makes it an RPG. When putting it against the South Park: Stick of Truth, the last non-JRPG we can remember playing, that came out last year, it doesn't hold a candle to the level of that game. Budget and fan-base aside the game just lacks a killer difference to make it stand out.

The enemies and the strange people you meet are worth the exploration of the world. Forgetting to make combat fun...there's just no way to make that bearable.

There's a mascot spirit you have to hunt down who joins enemy parties to fight you until you can defeat it. That was a funny idea, but I wanted to see that same mascot have animations in battle.

We commend those who made it for the sense of humor and old-school RPG love. I salute you! Next time, let me see what it looks like to fight someone with baking utensils or bees. 

You do get to fight hippies, a true joy of RPGs.


Publisher provided copy of game on Steam for review.

LA Cookie Con: I Do It All For The Cookie Jan 25

Will Cookie Monster make an appearance or does he eat vegetables now like some sort of weirdo monster who doesn't understand his name? I could eat some cookies right now. Maybe I'll just go grab some... at the LA Cookie Con. Foodies of LA come out!









LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show
Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101  
Pasadena, CA 91101
$23.15, 1 free child age 12 or under per paying adult.
No tickets at the door.

Trying to stay on that New Year diet just got a lot harder. Hundreds of free samples, celebrity chef/cook book author attendees, classes and demos and many cookies to consume. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids if you want, but I'm taking their cookies. I'm so hungry right now, are you?
 

Hitoshi Matsumoto Ends January

Hitoshi Matsumoto is a funny Japanese man you've never heard of. He's a common name in Japan and a comedian whose been on TV for decades on that side of the world. You've might have seen him online in one of the man Japanese videos that make it online with pie being thrown at him or a butt farting face. In his older age, he decided to make movies. Now you can see his latest R100. For one week The Cienfamily is screening his latest film about  a lonely father getting involved with a secret BDSM society.

Friends have gotten bored with his work, his films can be a bit long and the humor hard to get, but if you do, it's magical, because his work is demented. This is one of the few chances to see his work in the US in theater. R100 will be out on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray release when the showings start. However, you won't find Symbol of Scabbard Samurai anywhere online as it's never been published in the US, legally.

Spend a few evenings in the perverted and downright insane mind of Hitoshi Matsumoto and explore a Japan with jokes both subtle to just plain dumb.

BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members. Showtimes subject to change):
————————————————————————————————–
Friday, January 23rd: 8:00pm (double feature w/ Symbol)
Saturday, January 24th: 7:30pm
Sunday, January 25th: 7:30pm (double feature w/ Big Man Japan)
Monday, January 26th 10:00pm
Tuesday, January 27th: 8:00pm (double feature w/ Scabbard Samurai)
Wednesday, January 28th: 10:00pm
Thursday, January 29th: 10:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oh, Japan: Sexy Zone Performs Bye Bye Dubai 〜See You Again

The Japanese boy band, Sexy Zone has some of strange imagery for their song Bye Bye Dubai 〜See You Again. Not the greatest country on Earth to praise.

WonderCon 2015 Bages Now On Sale

Listen, this is starting to sell out every year. You still have time, but a week before might be too late. This smaller Comic-Con actually gives you breathing room. The weekend after is going to be the Star Wars Celebration, so if you're a bigger fan, wait a weekend. We enjoy this one a lot more than the Comikaze Expo.

WonderCon 2015
April 3-5 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Anaheim Convention Center
$16-$55
Badges for WonderCon Anaheim 2015 will be available for purchase online only!

Wild Tales Free Screening Jan 29


FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Wild Tales (filmmaker Damián Szifrón in person!) 
Thursday, January 29th, 7:30pm
The Cinefamily 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free, Must RSVP

This was featured at AFI Fest, but I didn't have the time to see it. Six strange tales from the  Argentinian anthology filled with lots of violence.

Weekly What To Do: Snow Days, Cookies, Puppies and Killers

Wow, I know I'll be listing Superbowl stuff next week, however, there's plenty of places to get a cold one and eat some great snacks this weekend. Killers looks like a nice action/horror/ thriller to get lost in over the weekend. Coming from "the producers" of The Raid, which means... they... yeah, we hate when they put that on posters. Anyway, two murders, one good, one evil will duke it out.

Food & Drink

Tabañero Takeover
Thursday January 22, 4pm
The Parlor
7250 Melrose Ave

National Hot Sauce Day takes over The Parlor for hot sauce themed entries.

Snow Day at Angel City Brewery
Friday, January 23, 2pm - 10pm
Angel City Brewery
216 South Alameda Street
Free

I guess it's fake snow season because the LA Zoo had the same idea, though there's didn't involve watching The Goonies. Play in the snow then stick around to play board games, drink, eat and then listen to live music starting at 6pm.


Eagle Rock Brewery's 5 Year Anniversary
Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 pm
3056 Roswell St
$20.00
21+

Celebrate five year of them making beer with a party with beer, food and music.




LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show
Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101  
Pasadena, CA 91101
$23.15, 1 free child age 12 or under per paying adult.
No tickets at the door. 

Get tips and trick... who are we kidding, free samples of cookies!

New 


Pup-Up by The Dog Cafe
Jan 22-25 10am-7pm
838 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
$15-$20

Forget Cat Cafes, they're trying for dog cafes in LA... all through donations. Has anyone gone to a bank and just asked for a loan? 










Snow Days at the L.A. Zoo
January 24 (Saturday) – January 25 (Sunday)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LA Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive

Free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership

Some of the animal exhibits will have snow, and some places for us humans too.

First Party McFly of 2015
Sat, Jan 24, 10pm
Los Globos

3040 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
$5

Party like you have a time machine, they want you in costume.

JapanLA Detox Sale
Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25
JapanLA
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
 JapanLA Style Yard Sale.

Entertainment

Friday Jan 23, 8pm 
Rockwell Table and Stage
1714 N. Vermont Los Angeles 
$15

A musical that takes you through the long history of Disney music. All the way from Steamboat Willie to the never-ending us of Let It Go.

Killers Screenings
Jan 23-29
Arena Cinema Hollywood 
1625 North Las Palmas Avenue 
$12

Synopsis:
When a serial murderer posts his kills on the internet, a disgraced journalist finds inspiration to turn vigilante. As the posts and body count rise, a psychotic rivalry begins – and the coming showdown will paint the city in blood.

In Japanese, Assumed English Subtitles 











FleischerFest
Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Dave and Max Fleischer cartoons shown over two days.










Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard
Tuesday, January 27th, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP


Followed by a Q&A with cast & crew

Synopsis:
The rural community of Elwood is fenced off from the outside world in the wake of an apparent global plague. Humans die but keep moving & shamble the landscape looking to spread their infection in a grisly, horrific way. The community is guarded by a band of young people raised to be military combatants. Under the leadership of vet Seiler (Billy Zane), they are known by the community as “Zombie Killers.”

Art

designLAb Reception
Fri, Jan 23 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
8687 Melrose Avenue
Free
"Pacific Design Center celebrates its 40th year with a site-specific commissioned installation in the Blue Lobby by 2J (sculptor Justin Beal and painter Jesse Willenbring) that considers the history of Cesar Pelli/Gruen Associates’ groundbreaking design for the Pacific Design Center as well as the building’s function within the daily commerce of design."



Freaks & Americana: An Exploration of Big Top Culture
Opening Night, Saturday, January 24th, from 7-10PM
Ends Feb 14
8530a West Washington Boulevard

Time for some nightmare images, the theme is the circus, but they just couldn't say the circus.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

8bitLA Presents Freq.Fest.v.4.0 Jan 30-Feb 1

Chip tune beats and boops await you at the end of the month. Three days of acts all centered around the sound coming from video games will fill The Smell at Freq.Fest.v.4.0. Chip tune music is created from the sounds of old gaming system, for some it brings back a feeling of nostalgia with enticing music. Usually the music is accompanied by artistic imagery of sprites and pixels from old games changed on the fly via another artist or the ones creating the chiptune music.

Freq.Fest.v.4.0
January 30-February 1st, 2015
The Smell
247 S Main St
$10 per night at the door // $20, 3 Day Pass available here:
http://thesmell.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=189437&cart


There's quite a section of chip tune bands to listen to.



PaleyFest 2015 Arrow and Flash Featured

The PalyFest returns to LA this March with some fan favorite shows with their inner workings all on the outside for you. Shows'  stars and showrunners give you an inside view of making the show. It all takes place starting March 6 at Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Topping the list, in TTDILA's view,  is the Arrow and Flash  event.

Full schedule

·       Friday, March 6: Opening Night Presentation: Showtime’s Homeland (7:00pm)
·       Saturday, March 7: A Salute to Comedy Central featuring: Key & PeeleBroad City, Kroll Show, and Workaholics (12:00pm) & CBS Television Studios’ The Good Wife (8:00pm)
·       Sunday, March 8: HBO’s Girls (1:00pm) & ABC’s Scandal (7:00pm)
·       Wednesday, March 11: MTV’s Teen Wolf (7:00pm)
·       Thursday, March 12: STARZ’s Outlander (7:00pm)
·       Friday, March 13: FOX’s Glee (7:00pm)
·       Saturday, March 14: The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s Arrow & The Flash (4:00pm) & ABC’s Modern Family (8:00pm)
·       Sunday, March 15: The CW/CBS Television Studios/Warner Bros. Television’s Jane The Virgin (4:00pm) & Closing Night Presentation: FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show (8:00pm)

Getting tickets


 
·      Tuesday, January 20PALEYFEST Showrunner & Studio Passes presale for Paley Center Supporting & Patron Members & Citi cardmembers
·      Thursday, January 22: PALEYFEST Showrunner & Studio Passes presale for Paley Center General Members 
·      Friday, January 23PALEYFEST Showrunner & Studio Passes on sale to general public
·      Saturday, January 24: Individual event tickets on sale to Paley Center Supporting & Patron Members & Citi cardmembers 
·      Monday, January 26: Individual event tickets on sale to Paley Center General Members
·      Tuesday, January 27: Individual event tickets on sale to general public