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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Local Hype: Los Angeles Festival of Movies, Netflix Is A Joke Fest, Chubby Curry, Pam's Coffy & More

 
The LA Times has a great article on the upcoming Los Angeles Festival of Movies happening April 4-7. You've never heard of it, because it's the first time it's happening. It has a nice break down of our lack of an official city film festival, but it's still a great time to be a cinephile in LA. I think they left out Brain Dead Studios as another place to catch films.

Also, excited as it'll be the LA premiere of I Saw the TV Glow fresh from Sundance.
 
 
Netflix Is A Joke Fest is back this May 2nd-12th. I'm sure you've already heard something about it if you listen to any podcasts. 

The line-up is very impressive with basically all known comedians at least having 1 show, except for Wanda Sykes. We mean, she's there, but who likes her?

"400+ Artists. 400+ Shows. 35+ Venues. 12 days of Comedy. Taking over LA."

We're suggesting you get tickets now, things we'll eventually sell out. And, before whatever charges are brought up against any of them in case anything happens.

This is one of the weirder ones.

Not only because that catcher shares the name of one of the most well known actors on Earth, but that it's a Dodger Stadium. And, doesn't really explain how Will Smith, the catcher, has anything to do with comedy.


 

Artists “Make LA Graffiti History” by Painting on Abandoned High-Rises from Hyperallergic

Via Superpunch

via Eater LA
 
Pam's Coffy isn't just for the coffee drinker or Tarantino lover as you can stop in, fork over $5 bucks and get a bowl of cereal to nosh. We miss the Milk Tavern (sigh) the cereal bowl bar in Korea Town.

Pam’s Coffy 
4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday.


There's also a cute new expensive Japanese dining option in Beverly Hills; a friend of the site told us about. Chubby Curry is now open at 225 S Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Looks like they accept otaku culture and any major credit card. There's some lovely NFT BS if you look through the website, I think you can show one of their NFT's instead of paying.
I still recommend Champion's Curry in Little Tokyo if you've never tried it too. If you wanna pay $5-$10 more for a dish head on over.

Weekly What To Do: Care Bears Final Forever


Back In Theaters 
Feb 21-22
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You'd think after the first movie Square Enix would learn it's lesson, the answer was no. This is a terrible but fun time waster for any Final Fantasy 7 fan. It's a dumb movie with cool fight scenes.
 
"Continuing the storyline based on the hit PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII, two years have passed since the ruins of Midgar stand as a testament to the sacrifices made in order to bring peace. However, the world will soon face a new menace. A mysterious illness is spreading fast. Old enemies are astir. And Cloud, who walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude, must step forward yet again…"
 
Starts Feb 23
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training- will allow fans to revisit the gripping finale of the Swordsmith Village Arc while getting a sneak peek at the highly anticipated Hashira Training Arc in one extra-sized blockbuster experience. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training- marks the first time fans can watch the finale from the Swordsmith Village Arc in theaters and the first-time-ever they can see the beginning of the Hashira Training Arc.
 
 
Opening Reception / Feb 24, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
February 24, 2024 - March 17, 2024
NUCLEUS FLAGSHIP
210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
Free
 
Woodcarver, embroiderer, dog lover -- the multifaceted and marvelous Misato Sano is returning to the gallery for her second solo show! Flying in all the way from Japan, Misato will arrive with a new pack of charming and adorable dog sculptures and embroideries. 
 
 
 
Care Bears Forever
OPENING RECEPTION
February 24, 2024 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free

Group exhibition featuring new works inspired by the beloved classic Care Bears characters from over 75 of the top artists in the New Contemporary art scene. Celebrating the forever-lasting influence of the Care Bears, this colorful and joyous experience will also offer attendees a special glimpse into the brand’s history with the Care Bears Forever Pop-up Shop in Gallery 2 (featuring limited-edition merchandise) and Friends Forever: The Beary Besties Gallery (featuring the original Care Bears illustrations that started it all by Elena Kucharik, as well as artwork from the original greeting card line) in Gallery 3.
 

 
 
February 24-25, 2024
Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza
943 N Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles
 $38 - $75 with discounts for participating in multiple events

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K Run/1K Kiddie & PAW’er Dog Run/Walk & 20/50-Mile Bike Ride — Celebrating 46 years and the Year of the Dragon, the L.A. Chinatown Firecracker is one of the largest and oldest running races in the U.S. with its upcoming Lunar New Year run, walk, cycling and dog walk events held over the weekend of February 24-25, 2024, at the historic Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza.



Sunday, February 25, between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Free
 
CicLAvia will celebrate its 50th car-free open streets event since 2010 of catalyzing vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia – Melrose connects Fairfax and Vermont Avenues, welcoming everyone of all ages and abilities to enjoy this 4-mile pop-up park for the day with one’s favorite people-powered way, whether that's walking, jogging, biking, roller skating, skating, or simply spectating. Always free, CicLAvia participants just show up anywhere along the route at any time to enjoy the open streets and to take the time to explore the Melrose corridor.
 
February 25, 2024
11am - 5pm
First Ave. in Downtown Arcadia between Huntington Dr. and California St.
Dragon & Lion Dance Performance
Culinary Delights
Arts and Crafts
Musical Performances
 
LACMA
Admission
 
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Korean Treasures from the Chester and Cameron Chang Collection, a selection of works drawn from the largest gift of Korean art in the museum’s history. In 2021, the museum announced the acquisition of an initial major gift of 100 works of Asian art from Dr. Chester Chang and Dr. Cameron C. Chang (MD). The collection consists primarily of Korean paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, furniture, and other works of art ranging in date from the Three Kingdoms Period (c. 57 BCE–668 CE) to the 20th century.
Rakugaki 6
 
Extra:
 
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
 


American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.

Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.


 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
 
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Coyote Vs. ACME: WB, Just Let Someone Else Release The Movie

 

Here's a good explanation on how we got here from RogerEbert.com

Why Deleting and Destroying Finished Movies Like Coyote vs Acme Should Be a Crime

Monday, February 19, 2024

Further Out: Retrovolt Arcade & Extraordinaire Arcade

~This is part of our Further Out series. So, you'll be having to step out of the confines of LA and visit the outlands for a weekend/day trip to checkout these places.


Retrovolt is everything we want in an arcade. New games and old, special models imported from Japan. And, a place not afraid to have light. Oh, and games, games, games!
 
M-Tu closed
544 Myrtlewood Dr, Calimesa CA
One Hour Standard $10
kids 10 and under  $8
Weekend All Day Pass $25
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ONLY
$15 ALL DAY
We'll say it, it's one of the nicest looking arcades we've been in and it isn't a barcade. Yo, cleanliness is a factor and this place, which isn't afraid to have the lights on or sunshine come in looks great. There's no fear of a sticky machine and I only saw one unit that wasn't working. (Should have reported it) Big colorful murals, nicely lined-up arcade machines and
a pinball section. And, it stretches with enough breathing room so it doesn't feel cramped.

The line-up, like I said, is probably the most impressive with a healthy pinball section with rare older games and newer machines like the latest Jaws pinball machine. Sterns' JAWS pinball has this great mechanic of hearing and seeing a fishing lure get pulled each time you shoot the ball on the board. HD scenes from the movie play with an amazing audio system that builds tension from the famous theme. So, newer titles are floating around.

As you enter you'll see some of the Japanese imports like the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy machine that let's you play along with songs from one of the longest running JRPG series. Ask, how to play as the game is in Japanese. Not far is a Sailor Moon side-scroller, beat-em up with the first five scouts playable and a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighter based on the Stardust Arc. Both look and sound great. When any of the Sailor Scouts use an ultimate attack their faces take over the whole screen and you'll swear you're seeing a clip from the anime. JoJo's machine also looks amazing; any fan of the series will be in awe of how good it looks. And, it makes sense, as Capcom hired series creator, Hirohiko Araki, as a consultant on the game.

More games as you go up or around. Classic and hard to find super-hero arcade machines. Now, I didn't see that hard-to-find Superman beat-em up, The Death and Return of Superman, which, online says there isn't an arcade unit, but one of us know it's real. What was real was The Punisher and it's a crazy co-up beat'em up where you can team-up with pre-Samuel Jackson Nick Fury. We must go back and complete it. These were games based on the comics before they got cartoons and movies. So, see a totally white version of Vision and other fun strange details.
 
There's something for everyone, all different genres to get into. Music, racing, rhythm, it's all there with classic favorite fighters.
 
And, even after spending an hour for $10 a person, it easily could have been more. Maybe, even a day of it with many a food option nearby.

If you're further out or along the way, give'm your money and play.

Retrovolt Arcade has been around for almost a decade and it shows with how well-maintained their arcade is.
I only hope they change up the arcade units every couple of months to have people coming back to try something new.




 
Nestled near the creepiest looking pizza sign is the Extraordinaire Arcade. This is the second arcade in San Bernadino we've been to recently in our extended travels on the outskirts of known LA civilization. Y' know, the places people go out to for a weekend on the way to Palm Springs, wine country or kind of near Disney. 
 
Oh, and don't worry about the pizza place. We wandered into Pizza House for you, even though it looks like the sign should have been updated to not look like it was made by Blumhouse. Inside it looks they make pretty good pizza and they have their own arcade too, but it's not in the best condition, it's bad. Many of the machines look broken and are collecting dust. You might want to head over to the real arcade for games, unless you want to play some skee ball.

Extraordinaire Arcade lacks the style of Retrovolt. Though, it's right next to pizza just like it. What Extraordinaire does have is many old school classic hard to find cabinets of games you won't find at any Dave & Buster's. They have Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Punch-Out with the two screens vertically and some much older racers. 
 
Just like the model of many arcades we've covered it's $10 an hour with everything on free play & $20
for an all day pass.
 
They have some of the newer shooters, but if your looking to play some older titles or any of the arcade Mortal Kombats, you come over here!

A section of newer consoles to play seems nice for younger kids, but if on a nostalgia quest or wanting to try older arcade machines you're gonna avoid that area.

Of the stranger things I saw was a wonderfully weird Episode 1 pinball machine. It sort of projects a holographic screen in the back so you kind of lose the ball when it enters it. It did so poorly being sold the company that made it, Williams, closed their pinball division.

Really, going to these types of arcades let's you look at features and controls you won't find with a keyboard and mouse or the latest console. Paperboy played with a handle bars was quite hard to handle.

And playing alongside or against a friend never gets old on titles that will take you back or have you wondering why did they make this.

And, of course they have Metal Slug.
 
 
 
M-Tu closed
2347 N Sierra Way San Bernardino, CA 92405
$10 PER HOUR PER PERSON
$20 ALL DAY PASS PER PERSON
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ONLY
$15 ALL DAY






Saturday, February 17, 2024

Fantastic Four Reveal, Madame Web Reveal Less

 Looks like fun, but we gotta wait til 2025.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Hype: Zendaya's Robot Outfit, DICE Awards Burn, Goofy in Yakuza & Upcoming Screenings

From the Dune 2 premiere.

 

 

The ‘Burbs with director Joe Dante
Tue, Feb 20 

Join Vidiots and legendary director Joe Dante as we salute the 35th Anniversary of one of the greatest dark comedies ever made – the film that gave new meaning to neighborhood watch. Tom Hanks plays Ray Peterson, a contented suburbanite who spies suspicious activity out his bedroom window from his new neighbors. Ray gets his friends involved, whipping up a storm of paranoia, and seeking out answers from these mysterious newcomers with strange nocturnal activities. So gather your neighbors and HOA for this cult classic!

Doors open at 6pm, join us for a drink at the bar!

 

 

 

Game Hype: Inkulinat 1.0, Konosuba Dress Game, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth & Ed

Inkulinati will come out of...early access this Feb 22 with a 1.0 update making the game a whole late better for everything it's already out on.

KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Love For These Clothes Of Desire! is out now, perfect for the anime coming back this year.

FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH launches February 29, 2024 on PS5 only
"Ed, the troubled protégé will prove he's no longer a pawn when he enters Fighting Ground, World Tour, and the Battle Hub on February 27." Part of Street Fighter 6 DLC.