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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Better Watch Out Special Free Screening


If you've read our review and just seen Home Alone now's the time to watch this new Christmas horror classic.

Better Watch Out
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Location: 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 Chris Peckover, Brion Hambel, and Paul Jensen
Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening leading up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night. But the night takes a turn when Ashley must defend herself and their twelve-year-old son, Luke (Levi Miller), from dangerous intruders—only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

USC Pacific Asia Museum Grand ReOpening & Free Admission Days

The USC Pacific Asia Museum reopens to the public on Friday, December 8th after being closed since 2016 for a retrofit for earthquake safety. To celebrate they're having free admission from December 8-17 to celebrate. The new exhibition starting day one of the reopening is 'Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century' as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. 

Sadly, during the retrofit they couldn't come up with a better name, like just the Pacific Asia Museum, losing the USC.



Exhibition details here: https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/




USC Pacific Asia Museum
USC PAM Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday: 11-5PM
Thursdays: 5-8PM
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Squid Girl Review Dubbed & Squidden Ready

There are so many Squid puns, so many words with ink-volved or about the ocean you have to wonder how the recording sessions went? Did voice actress Christine Marie Cabanos spit up ink recording the second season? She's the voice of Squid Girl by the way.

Squid Girl Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection
$64.99

Who is Squid Girl? Why she's trying to conquer the earth and darn it, she's super cute about it. It looks like it'll be tough though as a far as she's gotten is a beach front shack and though only thing she's captured is the family that works there. And, not captured them like in a hostage situation, more like captured their hearts sitcom situation. Let Squid Girl wrap you up in her tentacles in this new collection with the much waited second dubbed season.

Squid Girl, if you haven't seen the anime before or wondered why she was featured in Splatoon, is a conqueror from the sea. Her real name is Girl with the name Squid in front. Yeah, no one goes around giving her a "land" name and as such we have the very oddly named girl with blue hair going around trying to conquer a beach. Oh, and her blue hair is really tentacles with which she can do super amazing feats. And that's only the start of her strange abilities.

In her first attempt to conquer the world she tries to take over the Lemon Beach House, as you've guessed that's a cafe on the beach, but she was soon thwarted by the Aizawa family who runs it. In very short detail she becomes a member of the staff as a waitress and a part of the three sibling family of the older sister Chizuru, younger sister Eiko and their little brother Takeru. She's pretty much the bratty little sister of Eiko from the get go, as she fights with her the most.

Soon after Squid Girl meets all sorts of weirdos like Sanae who immediately falls in love for her for how cute she is. Sanae is a girl by the way and it seems to be over how cute Squid Girls is. Three American MIT graduated scientists and their bikini clad leader Cindy who think she's an alien out of boredom and having a bunch of alien fighting gear they can't use. Then there's the unspeakable abomination of the Squid Girl heads from another cafe. There joined by other beach-goers who all sort of have Squid Girl enter their lives.

Squid Girl makes an average day an insane day while learning about how people live on the land and of course always trying to conquer the world as though planned by a five-year-old. Things usually go hilariously wrong, but that won't stop Squid Girl's confidence in finding a way to rule us all.

Our squidding adventure has only just started as you'll laugh your tentacles off at how many "puns" are crammed into Squid Girl's mouth, when ink isn't being shot out of it. Everything she says will at some point be modified by terms about the ocean. It's ridiculous or as the anime would say, "It's Kraken me up!"

With tentacles and squid ink splattering the screen it's hard not to consider it one of our favorite comedy animes. Squiddies special abilities, mainly using here tentacles to wrap people up or basically do a bunch of crazy stuff, never stops to amaze. Be it serving multiple people at the cafe or knocking someone out with extreme velocity and force, it always amazes to see those tentacles whiz by.

This release features the second season dub. Fans have wanted this for a while, but the last company who had the rights for the anime series fumbled and didn't do the second season. As so much time has passed Sentai recast everyone but Squid Girl's voice actress for the second season. It is a bit inconvenient, but the other option was no dub. It's great to finally hear the second season dubbed.

Some choices for at least two of the dubbed episodes are a bit questionable though. We were wondering how they were going to tackle and episode where Cindy, an American scientist, teaches English as the cast in the original anime speaks Japanese. What happens is a total nonsense episode where jokes miss their mark as she teaches Squid Girl to speak with a British accent. We would suggest to just keep that episode subtitled.

Another episode we didn't understand that was re-dubbed strangely was when Squid Girl learns of early morning aerobics for kids at the beach. You see, in Japan they have programs in the morning for kids to do aerobics and you can earn prizes by coming with a stamp card. The jokes in the original episode are about the random and bizarre moves and names given to the exercises. Like, "Daddy came home late again, now cry about it." For some reason the dub team altered the episode so those dumb, but funny names don't really get called out and it just makes the episode feel weird and out of place.

The rest of the dub we've watched worked and kept the momentum of the previous season dub.

Everything else included, which adds three OVAs, is in great quality, probably the best you can watch the episodes in.

Listen humans on land! It's about time you heard these words and we aren't squidding around! If you want an anime that balances moe with a sitcom-esque style about a young lady out of the ocean trying to conquer the world one beach cafe at time then look no further! For a show that's mostly a comedy and strangely teaches lessons about family and loneliness you need to let Squid Girl conquer you.


Also out now Squid Girl Seasons 1 & 2 Premium Box Set
$129.99
  • Language: English, Japanese with English Subtitles
  • Runtime: 675 min.
  • Release Date: December 5, 2017
  • Extras: Clean Opening Animation x2; Clean Closing Animation x26; Japanese Promos x29; Mini Squid Girl Short Stories x2; Squid Girl Chat + Commentary x5 (Eps 1, 3, 8, & 12); OVAs x3; Box Set Contents: Booklet, Art Cards (Double-sided) x6, Keychain, Button Pack, 3D Lenticular Card

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7 DVD Fan Screenings January -Need To Buy DVD

I'm not exactly sure why they're making it so hard, but Game of Thrones will have special theater screenings of an episode from Season 7 for those who buy the Season 7 DVD (there is no mention if the Blu-ray is okay). So, with proof-of-purchase you can register for the free screenings at the times and dates below. You do get two tickets per DVD, but you ain't getting in without proof of buying the DVD. Oddly, if you own the DVD, why would you want to see an episode that you got for home viewing? The only comparison I can think of is when you buy a movie as its sequel comes to theaters you'd be treated to money off the new film or possibly a free ticket to the new film.

This is such a weird, but free event.

DATES

  • January 19th
  • January 20th

Location

Regal LA Live
1000 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Times

  • Fan Experience:
    Doors open 3 hours before registered screening time for fan photo opps.
  • Friday: 5-7PM & 8-10PM
  • Saturday: 2-4PM & 6-8PM

The Fires

If in the LA area you might have noticed a BBQ or ashy smell, that's because there are multiple fires taking place around the city. One of the scariest looks of one of the fires was when it got extremely close to the 405. Check out some of the videos of Twitter, they're surreal.



Check local news sites for your drives or if your homes anywhere near the locations of the fires.

Little Tokyo For The Holidays: Shogun Santa & Gudetama

Shogun Santa is coming to town! Dec 9-10 & 16-17, 11am-4pm at the Japanese Village Plaza.


Seasoned Greetings with Gudetama
Dec. 9th & 10th, and Dec. 16th & 17th
Appearance times each day: 11am-11:30am, 12pm-12:30pm and 1:00pm-1:30pm

Sanrio Japanese Village
115 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, California 90012

Package #1: Hardboiled $8
Includes a printed picture, a photo frame card, and a Gudetama paper crown

Package #2: Over Easy $15
Includes a printed picture, a photo frame card, a Gudetama paper crown, and a Gudetama ornament

Package #3: Poached $25
Includes a printed picture, a photo frame card, a Gudetama paper crown, a Gudetama ornament, and a Gudetama tote bag

Extra Photo: $5 each
Extra paper Crowns: $1 each


Weekly What To Do: Only Two Weeks Till X-Mas


The Return of Dan Mumford
Opening Friday, December 8, 7-9 PM
G1988
Free

New work from one of G1988's favorites.

An Evening With… Sam Esmail
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
$25

A screening of The Shining with the creator of Mr. Robot.

Cosplay Comedy XIII
Friday, December 8,
Geeky Teas
2120 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91506
$6.22 

Cosplay Comedy returns to Geeky Teas in Burbank! We're closing out the year with a stacked lineup including Jolly Saint Nick himself!
 Silent Night, Deadly Night 1, 3 & 5
Fri, Dec 8, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
$15

Coming from Cinematic Void, BeyondFest and Friday Night Frights are three totally f*cking insane Christmas horror films. Oh, and they'll have special guests from these utterly mind-boggling productions. The films seem to have very little in common other than murder, Christmas and being quite unbelievable.










Cocoa Concert with DC6 Singers
Friday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Union Station South Patio
Free

"Join us for a rollicking holiday sing-a-long with the multi-cultural and multi-generational DC6 Singers. The talented ensemble, representing the diverse cultural landscape of Los Angeles, will cover all the holiday favorites."


Gremlins: Rule Breakers
Dec 9-12
Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley
iPic Pasadena & Westwood
Check site for  theaters and dates for availability
$$
Special showings of the original Gremlins film with a special video from director Joe Dante. At participating theaters you'll be able to buy special Mondo merch of Gremlins including a limited edition t-shirt.









Renegade Craft Fair
December 9 + 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Free

Renegade returns to Los Angeles State Historic Park with a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade! Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable Holiday weekend of local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more.

Comic Arts L.A. 2017
Dec 9 - Dec 10, 10am-5pm
3000 Dolores St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Free

Come to the 4th annual Comic Arts LA (CALA), a festival celebrating the independent comic arts and community in Los Angeles. Over 120 artists in attendance as well as workshops and lectures.

Cauldron Ice Cream Grand Opening Glendale
Saturday, Dec 9 at 6 PM - 11 PM
204 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

The FIRST 100 PEOPLE in line at our Grand Opening Event will receive exclusive Cauldron Ice Cream Merchandise and we'll have some fun giveaways for the rest of our #PUFFLEGANG as well!



LA SantaCon
Dec 9 
Free, might need a Metro Pass
Locations will be announced day of

Dress up like like Santa and join other Santas as the walk around LA






Maria del Rey Boat Parade Celebration
Saturday, December 9th | Kicks off at 5pm
• Burton Chace Park
• Fisherman’s Village
Free

Tommy Wiseau In Person and Q&A
Sat, Dec 9, 2017
7:30pm & 10pm
The Egyptian
$15

Tommy Wiseau’s  The Room with Tommy in person.



Don's Tiki Makeke "Holiday In Tiki Paradise"
Sat, Dec 9, 10 AM - 3 PM
Don The Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California 92649
Adults $10 (cash only)
 Celebrate the Holiday's in Tiki Paradise at the“Tiki Mākeke” at Don the Beachcomber
in Huntington Beach, California on Saturday, December 9! Expect your favorite returning and new Artists/Vendors! 






Sat, December 9 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
826LA Echo Park  
1714 W. Sunset Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90026 
Free
Season’s readings! Join us for this year’s 826LA Holiday Lit Mart taking place the same day as the Echo Park Community Parade. Stop by our Echo Park Time Travel Mart for drinks + snacks while you browse our eclectic assortment of student- and locally-authored books and holiday stocking stuffers. (Check out our Time Travel Mart Tri-Dimensional Gift Guide map for a sneak peak of LA-themed goodies.)
Jaime Hernandez @ The Last Bookstore
Monday, December 11 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St (But the Main Entrance Is Around the Corner on 5th) 
Free
Love and Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez will be at The Last Bookstore on December 11th, to promote the release of his new Fantagraphics Studio Edition. He'll be joined by comics artist and editor Jordan crane to discuss the breadth of work represented in this definitive, large-scale collection.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Game Hype: Power Moon Pins

The newest collectible in Super Mario Odyssey can now be adorned to your jacket or backpack. Patti Label has made some "probably unofficial" Power Moon pins that are up for pre-order here. $8 for one or get all three for $22.

Every Holiday Film Screening in LA

Wow, Revival Hub just made the a list of all the Christmas/holiday films screening in LA. This list is huge and by the film. Dang, how many times can you watch Elf?

Every Holiday Film Screening - December 2017

Better Watch Out Review Christmas Has A New Horror Classic

We've been waiting for this Christmas gift since it was called Safe Neighborhood. Now going for an even greater connection to the snowy holiday, it's called Better Watch Out. It isn't Santa you should be afraid of though. This made in Australia film follows babysitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) and two boys going through puberty Luke (Levi Miller) and Garrett (Ed Oxenbould). Luke is the brains, Garret is like a best friend minion.  And together they have to face some extremely bad circumstances during the holiday season.

The film is a wonderful take on the home alone series, but with a much darker take on how things might happen all in the guise wrapped in wonderful Christmas present for the viewer.

It's Christmas time. The decorations are hung and the snow has left the town in a wonderful white gloss. Ashley is about to leave town for college and stop being the babysitter of Luke, who gets treated like a baby by his parents. Luke doesn't want Ashley to go and is having his best friend Garret, a true nerd kid, help him out to try and convince her that's he's actually old enough for her. He's crushing hard. Plans go astray as the night starts falling apart. Whose at the door and who wants in?

This new Christmas horror classic totally comes from a Home Alone mind set, heck, the characters Luke and Garret even give reference to the movie and the real world consequences of what would happen if you tried stuff from the films. You'll be on edge as you see plans in motion with much grimmer consequences.

Though sometimes fun to see the Australian actors pretend to talk like Americans, most of the film has some great performances, by the two leads. You'll be wondering what Luke will be thinking up next. He needs some awards for what he goes through in the film and the way he reacts. Really, just a kid, you'll always laugh when his voice cracks.

Luke and Garret have a great scene playing the game "Marry, F*ck, Kill" with the girls from Adventure Time, so the dialogue seems believable for people their age and it's pretty funny to hear them discussing tween topics while setting up traps.

There might some deaths and some mischievous fun that'll leave you a gasp as to what will happen next with the same glee you saw Kevin perfecting his trap in the Home Alone movies.

Better Watch Out is the prefect new classic for those who love horror on the holidays.

Better Watch Out is out now streaming and for purchase in a DVD/Blu-ray pack which comes a special edition greeting card.



Monday, December 4, 2017

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition Timeline







Part of the

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Tuesday - Sunday : 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday : Closed

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Art From Each Game


From the

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Tuesday - Sunday : 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday : Closed