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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Presents Starts With Fire & Ancient Chinese Wizards

The Alamo Drafthouse is yet to open in LA, but that's not stopping it from showing some films. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Presents is a series of movie nights that are happening in LA and the first one is gonna be hot. Firestarter starts of the films with Drew Barrymore as a fireman's greatest fear, an eight-year-old with pyrokinesis. It's followed the next day by Big Trouble In Little China with a special Mondo T-shirt release that you can only get there.

There's sure to be more special screenings after them and we'll spread the good word about them when more info is out.

Tue, March 27, 2018
9:00 PM – 11:59 PM PDT
Los Feliz Theater
1822 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Meltdown Comics Is Dead

 by Jonathan Bilski

Yes, the beloved comic book store is closing down with its last day being April 1st. Until it closes it's 50% off everything in the store, so if you want to pay your final respects and grab a comic or pop culture t-shirt, now is the time.

I've been a fan of the store since I was able to drive to it. It was probably the largest comic book store I had ever been too when I first wandered in and was in awe of it.

Over the years, I've covered so many numerous events from in that store. Signings, special events, art shows, comedy shows. Heck, I even won a video game themed show in the back. Watched a grown man so fat his chair broke laughing at The Simpsons in a Stonecutter's meeting. See it change over time with so many bad ideas that didn't work like taking up floor space for podcasting. Or that other time  buying the building next door, cutting into that wall from that building, so that DJ's could play tunes from next door, then boarding up that wall when it didn't work out. Man, it was poorly run with ideas, but the staff and look of the place was so cool.

Nerdmelt Theater is also done with a few remaining shows you can see, list here. It was probably one of the worst places physically to watch anything, but still it brought in the comedians.

In a letter to fans of the store, three reasons with no clue as to what were given, but looking online you can see the city of LA basically kicking out the business on the street so it can be turned into mixed use shops and housing.

Screw that, we could have kept or funky comic shop.

Good-bye Meltdown, thanks for all the memories and comics! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cat Nation Trailer & The Gentle Barn Frustration

The trailer above seems like it was made for a different audience, an audience of young girls or lonely women who are into cats. The real content of the movie, that is obvious to the viewer of the trailer from the start, is that a British man on tour of Japan's many cat related restaurants and cat-centric areas finds it stupid and novel.

What I'm trying to say is Cat Nation has a stupid trailer, a trailer filled with cute graphics and a voice over that doesn't fit it. I'm quite sure the publisher of it is just trying to get the person-obsessed-with-cats market instead of going after those seeking a story of a bitter British man having to a doc on cats in Japan.

It's a frustrating as my time at The Gentle Barn (not a farm). The Gentle Barn is an overpriced petting zoo in Santa Clarita that sells itself as poorly as the Cat Nation trailer.

To cut to the chase for those reading as parents. If you're a parent, is it worth taking your child to? No. Go to a petting zoo or a real farm, so they can learn about animals.

Everyone else trying to spend a Sunday getting to know animals forget this boring place unless you want to hear sad story after sad story many of which are about of blind animals and then meet those blind animals.

Other than the robbery that is admission and the robbery on awful food inside, vegan dogs cost $6 bucks and you can only by vegan dogs, there is hippie propaganda. If you want to visit the upper barn area, ooooh, upper barn area, the staff makes you list to their speech about animal inclusiveness and how all animals are just like us, even the insects, except they aren't and you don't learn anything about how a farm works.

Learning about agriculture as an adult or as a child is not as fun as a theme park, but at least your learning or existing. As an adult I thought I was going to pet animals and learn about the inner workings of a farm. Something I could tell stories about to others. Maybe learn about what I'm eating and how far tech has come with farming or how far it hasn't. Those were stupid ideas to have. I learned nothing!

There's some utterly bizarre promotion for the movie Ferdinand. While I was there, they put a plaque above a tiny barn and put cut-outs of the characters from the movie. I wonder what kind of money the non-profit got to promote some dumb 20th Century Fox film.

This hippie cult of saving animals who were meant to be food, just tells stories of how sad each cow or chicken's life was, but guess what, they were meant to be food. There are some horses there too and I agree with the law that anyone abusing an animals should be punished, but that is the only aspect about the animals they teach, they reveal nothing else about animals, just their awful backstories. All of them have such awful backstories they could be Batman.

It's a petting zoo full of Batman. And it's boring. There's a line to hug cows. A line.

The mix of boredom and the idiotic mentality make this place a pain. If the guy or gal you're dating want to go, suck it up and suffer if you want to get laid, but don't go there for fun. Don't go there for any reason, it's a mediocre attraction and an even worse place for any sort of semblance of an education.

The Gentle Barn needs to be a little bit more rough or just a farm.

Movie Hype: Under the Silver Lake & Rooftop Cinema Club

by Jonathan Bilski

Oh, I think I'm in love with the trailer for Under the Silver Lake from the director of It Follows. It's set in LA, baby and boy does it take up some great shots of the town. I think I spotted The Last Bookstore in the trailer. Spot anything else? This neo-noir mystery looks like it'll be an insta-classic for LA. We've got to wait until this Summer for its release.

Rooftop Cinema Club is back starting April 4th, though that's not a great thing with it raining, while I'm writing this. You have two place to cathc movie in Hollywood and Dowtown and the have quite the selection of new and old films to go through. Check out all the dates and films here.

Adventure Time Time: Come Along With Me

Adventure Time is nearing its end. The final four episodes, yet-to-air of the show, were teased with  a trailer with no release date. I'm gonna guess that the show will air its final episodes in April on the same day it started, April 5. That's all the way back in 2010!

It has been wonderful watching Adventure Time over the years and writing about it here. As the show ends, so will this section of the site and I will miss it.

Pen Ward, creator of the show will no doubt push forward into VR, creating some utterly weird game for us to enjoy. The rest of his crew is already working on their own cartoon shows.

Other than some short bits of news from a few years back there has been no talk of the Adventure Time movie with no release date. I'm going to assume that it never went into production or we would have heard bits of it through social media by now. So, this looks like the final end of the series, but with Adventure Time there's always a brand new adventure.

We would have loved a finale panel at WonderCon, but I think Cartoon Network's policy is to promote shows still in production. Sadly, Adventure Time finished being produced months ago. It still would have been nice to get to say good-bye and thank the great cast and crew. And if they some how read this, "Thanks for everything!"

We'll give you details of when the show is airing its final episodes when the info is released.

Until then, keep adventuring.

Weekly What To Do: WonderCon Weekend 2018

Easter Eggs -2 by Kevin M. Wilson / Ape Meets Girl &Vance Kelly
Opening Reception - Wednesday, March 21st, 7-9pm
Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd.
Studio D, LA, CA 90034
(Best parking to the south on Hillsboro)

Art show with hidden content in the art, artist in person on opening reception.

Thursday, March 22 at 5 PM - 8 PM
Globe Theatre
740 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014

1,000 Drawings combines art, charity and a night on the town. Your $30 ticket gets you in the door to see donated doodles, paintings and drawings. Every attendee goes home with a drawing or doodle! Award-winning musicians entertain. Bid on the Silent Auction. All proceeds bring the arts to downtown Los Angeles school kids.

The Mermaid Museum
March 22- 23 from 3 to 9 p.m.,
March 24- 25 from noon to 6 p.m.
Goya Studios, 1541 N Cahuenga Blvd.
*all reserved spots are taken as of writing this

A pop-up for a new TV show on Freeform called Siren about mermaids.

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 - Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
"Burt Reynolds joins us in person for discussions following THE LAST MOVIE STAR, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT and GATOR."

Blazing Saddles
Fri, March 23, 7:30 pm 
Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

Mel Brooks makes fun of the old west, you'll love it or a least laugh your ass off.
March 23-25
Anaheim Convention Center
$tarts at $20, $75 for three day pass
*Saturday pass is sold out
Parking sucks nearby, give yourself extra time

The schedule is up for you to choose what line you're going to stand in. Really though, it's a huge fan convention for comics, movies, television and more. This is always a big one for the area, we would say it's the next closes fan gathering to Anime Expo in size. Great ready for days to devoted to catching up with some of your favorite shows, writers and artists with a lot of cosplaying action. Here's some of our top picks for the event.
Los Angeles County Air Show
March 24March 25
4555 W Avenue G, Lancaster, California 93535
Parking 12.54
"Los Angeles County Air Show presented by Lockheed Martin featuring military jets, aerobatics, warbirds, skydivers, largest Kids STEM Exhibition, History Panels and more" 

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
March 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center proudly presents the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. 

Saturday March 24 at 2pm and 8PM
Sunday, March  25 at 2pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203 
$20.00 - $90.00
Remember the 90's in song and not just the music, but the shows and movies? 
Waffles and Beer Festival
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 12:00 PMPershing Square
532 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
$7 per person at the door, must have wristband to enter.
All ages welcome, kids 3 and under free

Waffle Day is celebrated on March 25 every year, per the Swedish Tradition. We're bringing the fun, food and good times to Downtown Los Angeles! Join us on March 24th & 25th for beer, mimosas, live music and all the best Waffles in LA, from savory to sweet, you won't want to miss this epic food and beer festival!
The 10 Hour Bach Marathon
Saturday, Mar 24, 9:00 am
Union Station
The marathon returns to celebrate with free pop-up performances of the German composer's music by 240+ artists from age 7 to infinity of various backgrounds who represent the beautiful diversity of our vibrant city.

City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan
March 25, 2018–July 15, 2018
Resnick Pavilion

"City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan presents recent findings from Mexican national and international archaeological projects excavating at Teotihuacan's three main pyramids—the Sun, Moon, and the Feathered Serpent—and major residential compounds. These discoveries have fundamentally changed our understanding of the city’s history. "

Mar 25-26 & Mar 28
Select Theaters

From the legendary Studio Ghibli take a look at their weird take on The Little Mermaid, it's nothing like it, but it just has great animation.
Torrance Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

March 25, Sunday at 11 AM - 4 PM
Columbia Park, City of Torrance, CA
The free festival includes performances from artists representing Asia, including Japan, Philippines, India, and Korea. The Torrance Craftsmen's Guild invites artists and crafters to display and sell their work; and there are activities like learning to make origami and face painting. Bring your friends, pack a blanket, and delight in the blossoming cherry trees!