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Friday, May 24, 2024

Horror Hype: In a Violent Nature & Return to Silent Hill?

We've been waiting on this one and hearing the hype. A slasher film that's insanely brutal, on the level of Terrifier, but also artistic and artsy, count us in. The premise is you're with the undead slasher the whole time; so from a third person point-of-view you follow him as he comes back to life and goes after a new crop of stupid teenagers.

There's no pause, you just stay with the brutal killer has he transverses nature and cinema...woah.

The hype has come from film festvals, like Sundance and critic reviews being quite positive.

And, then you have Steven Kostanski helping on the film. He's the director of some of our favorite horror films/messed-up movies like PG Psycho Goreman and The Void.

It'll be out in theaters May 31st, but then it'll be on Shudder some time later this year.

Then, the strangest news was hearing a sequel to first Silent Hill movie was being made from the original director Christophe Gans. It's based on Silent Hill 2 game. We really like the first film and like most people don't want to remember the sequel he didn't direct.

No date on when it's coming out.


Thursday, May 23, 2024

Lucha VaVoom de La Liz (LVVDLL) May 29th-30th

May 29th-30th
The Mayan Theatre (1038 S Hill St.
$45.00‒$125.00
21+ 
 
They had me with the wrestler named Dirty Sanchez.

"The wrestling lineup for the May engagement features Mexican superstar Rey Horus, Magno “The Man Mountain” Rudo, Extreme Tiger (former TNA and AAA champion), Kitsune, fan favorite Li'l Cholo, Los Crazy Chickens, the unidentified flying object and perennially airborne Jack Cartwheel, Aéreo, Vegas’ Black Swan, Lady Pink, Amazona, Paquita (the drag wrestling version of the GRAMMY®-nominated Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio), and Dirty Sanchez, the scatological master of lucha libre with his underhand dirty tricks and signature move “A Taste Of The Awful!”"

Also weird, is Drew Carey is a co-host of the event?

June Plans: Anime Riverside, Bleak Weak & New Bev Schedule


Anime Riverside, June 1st & 2nd at the Riverside Convention Center is kicking off next month and they have so many voice actors from heavy hitter animes. It might be a good chance to prep for Anime Expo in July too. 

As we've said before, we went last last year and we were impressed by how the event takes over downtown Riverside. Cosplayers, otaku and plenty of merch stretch out all over the city. And, we really liked the anime themed wrestling. 

Check out Panels here. There's quite a good amount of them.

We'll give you updates with less than weeks to go till this one starts up.

Check AR's Twitter for the latest updates on who and what's gonna be there.

There's also these two killer events on Saturday there.

Jojo Pose off Competition - 4:00 PM *Interactive/Huge Prize Competition
Naruto Panel Room A

Oh Dio, we are doing this?! Come compete against fellow attendees to become the best meme of Anime Riverside! How far can YOU lean?

Super Saiyan Scream-off Competition - 5:00 PM *Interactive
Naruto Panel Room A

We’ve all tried to go Super Saiyan, right? Do you have what it takes? Come scream and scare the Trunks off us with your mighty roars!


 


'Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair - Year 3'
Sat. Jun 1 - Fri. Jun 7, 2024
Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3
 
What's so crazy about this one is that so many directors are coming to show off their utterly depressing work. And, it's really all crammed into one week.
 
In-person guests include: Jerry Schatzberg, Al Pacino, Kenneth Lonergan, Lynne Ramsay, Charlie Kaufman, Lynne Littman, Elliott Gould, Michael Rooker, Allen Hughes, Bernard Rose, Karyn Kusama, Steve De Jarnatt, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi and Don Hertzfeldt
 
We're giving you a heads up, because we can see some of these selling out (some already have) and because, once again, we love the concept.

We say go deeper and have tissues packs with the Bleak Week logo on them. 
 
Maybe a showing of The End of Evangelion, we're not seeing much Japanese love. And, boy, do they know how to communicate messed-up sadness.

 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend Y'all

Don't forget, you might have Monday off.

May 22-27 
Free

LA Fleet Week® is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Memorial Day Weekend. Events include:
       - Active duty ship tours
      -  Military displays and equipment demonstrations
       - Live entertainment
       - Downtown San Pedro and Wilmington Welcome Parties
       - Aircraft flyovers
        -Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Army teams
        -Competitions including Dodgeball and Military Has Talent
        -Military band performances across L.A

 
 
Spring 2024 LACMA Party
Wed, May 22, 2024
6 pm - 8 pm PT
Smidt Welcome Plaza  |  LACMA
All ages
Free, RSVP required

Celebrate LACMA's current exhibitions and discover the museum after hours while enjoying sunset drinks and beats by DJ Rashida! Light bites and soft drinks will be available at LACMA Café and LACMA Marketplace while supplies last alongside cash bars.
 
"David Zwirner: 30 Years inaugurates the gallery’s new flagship building at 606 N Western Avenue in Melrose Hill, designed by Selldorf Architects, and spans the adjacent David Zwirner spaces at 612 and 616 N Western Avenue, which opened to the public in May 2023. The newly constructed three-story gallery has over 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, an outdoor terrace with views of the Hollywood Sign to the north, and a concrete staircase linking the first and second floors reminiscent of the stairs at David Zwirner’s 20th Street gallery in New York. The three adjacent gallery spaces on Western Avenue are all unified with white facades, and the parking area and roofs are designed to give the outdoor spaces an abundant amount of greenery."
 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24, 25 & 26 For Shows After 5pm!
Landmark Theatres Sunset
$$
 
Free Premium Experience Engage and be photographed with Wasteland Warriors (both biker hordes and war boys will be on hand).Enjoy complimentary tray passed bites, while supplies last! Themed cocktails or mocktails will also be available for purchase. First Come, First Served For Photos and Food. Please arrive an hour before to join the experience.

Friday May 24, 2024 7:30pm PT
Academy Museum
$10


"Perennial midnight fare at repertory theaters around the country to this day, Ōbayashi Nobuhiko’s indescribable psychedelic horror flick was first brought to the attention of the Criterion Collection, who, through their theatrical arm, Janus Films, brought it to the IFC Center in New York, where it had a sustained midnight engagement beginning in 2010 that continues to this day. House’s breakneck pacing, whiplash tone, and unpredictable plot about seven Japanese schoolgirls who visit an aunt in the countryside only to find her home infested with a supernatural presence is, as anyone who has seen it will insist, a singular cinematic experience."

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
12:00 - 6:00 pm PT
The Magic Box (Downtown Los Angeles)
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Free, Must Register
 
Dang, we were still holding out for the giant Pac-Man maze built for a 2015 Super Bowl ad . This is still cool and free!

From press release:
"PAC-MAN Shine On is a retro-futuristic reimagining of the legendary video game character, where nostalgic arcade aesthetics mix with a modern neon twist. The L.A. pop-up event will feature a life-size maze, classic PAC-MAN arcade cabinets, amusement games, aura reading photo booth, live screen printing and playable stations of the just-released furiously fast 64-multiplayer game PAC-MAN™ MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE™: CHOMP CHAMPS. The event is designed for all ages with photo ops with PAC-MAN himself, free games to play, giveaways, music including a virtual set by DJ PAC-MAN, food trucks and MORE."


Art Konbini - Giant Robot X JANM
Saturday, May 25, 2024
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Entry included in JANM Admission ($16 adults, $9 seniors/students/youth, Free for JANM Members)

Live Project with Felicia Chiao and Eric Nakamura at 2pm

Join the artists of Giant Robot and JANM for an art market at @jamuseum! Playing on the idea of the konbini, or Japanese convenience store, which stocks everything from snacks to household supplies, this Art Konbini will feature art prints, zines, pins, and more!

Improv Series X Presents: Fallout Improv
May 25 @ 10:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre: 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
$10.00 

This month’s show features improv comedy set in the world of the Fallout game series. Whether you’re regular Nuka-Cola drinker or you’ve never stepped foot in the wasteland, you’ll have a good time.

Saturday, May 25th from 6:45pm to 10:30pm (gates open at 6:45pm and the screening begins at 8:30pm)Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever
Tickets are $22 
 
"As the credits roll, the excitement continues with a breathtaking drone show, where the night will come alive with lights and colors inspired by the movie’s unforgettable moments."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 26, 2024–Jan 20, 2025
Resnick Pavilion
LACMA
$ Admission

Simone Leigh, a traveling exhibition organized by the ICA Boston and co-presented in Los Angeles by LACMA and the California African American Museum, is the first comprehensive survey of the richly layered work of this celebrated artist. LACMA’s presentation features approximately 20 years of Leigh’s production in ceramic, bronze, video, and installation, as well as works from her 2022 Venice Biennale presentation. 

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre: 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
$10.00 
 
 A gritty crime story between the Glendale Americana and Glendale Galleria – and the man who tries to climb to the top of the Evil Mall Empire.


Extra: 

May 3-27
Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768 
$
 
The 16-day event opens May 3. Don’t miss new attractions, the thrills of the carnival, musical entertainment in every corner of the fairgrounds and, of course, lots and lots of food.
 
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.
 

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

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


 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-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
 
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
 
 
Art
 
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
 
 
05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
Free
 
 “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” is the first exhibition in which Masuda, known as the “King of Kawaii,” brings together multiple artworks unravelling the concepts within the phenomena while introducing his personal story of sharing kawaii with the world. Through his collection of artifacts from the origins of the culture and dazzling immersive art installations, visitors are invited to explore the cultural context and significance of the kawaii movement and step into the colorful world to feel the aesthetic for themselves, emphasizing its role in fostering a sense of joy, innocence, and community as a tool for self-expression and representation of a worldwide tribe to which we can all belong.
 
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, chara

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Riddle of Fire Review: A Kid Action Flick That's Totally Old School

 By Jonathan Bilski

Well howdy, how are you kind folks? I'm here to tell you the tale of three naughty kids, one little witch and the quest to make a blueberry pie to play video games. Let's call the tale, the Riddle of Fire. That's the starting premise of what looks like and feels like a classic 80's/early 90's kid adventure movie. I'll, turn off my old timey story-teller voice. Move over Goonies, this is how we do it in 20's!
 
How do you like me now Spielberg?!? That might be what director Weston Razooli is saying as he's made an instant classic that should be on in the background of basic cable movie channels or randomly playing in your streaming feed. Why? Not just because of the colors that look faded and filters making it look like it's somehow a HD VHS copy of something you've already seen, but because of the charming, ridiculous story and talented young kids in the film.
 
We have two brothers Hazel (Charlie Stover) and Jodie A'Dale (Skyler Peters) and their friend Alice (Phoebe Ferro) as our leads. They're a bike gang, shooting up the town with paintballs. Eventually the crew crosses paths with another member of their quest party, a young "magical" girl Petal (Lorelei Olivia Mote). They're like the coolest gang you can think of forming as a kid with a straight up strong goal, playing video games.

The story couldn't be more important to anyone who had a childhood in the last four decades. Starting off as an action movie/heist film. Our kid bike gang "get" a brand new console. They set it up at the brother's house and have a bountiful smorgasbord before them. And, just before they can get to their gaming goodness, their dreams are dashed by a parental lock on the TV. Given a seemingly easy quest to get a blueberry pie for the two brothers sick Mom(in return the lock password), it becomes a dangerous adventure dealing with adults and the Enchanted Blade Gang. And, all over getting a special speckled egg to make the pie!
 
Kids don't talk that way. Is probably what you'll say when you hear the dialogue from these kids mouths. It's not cursing, it's the planning and the way they interact with adults that's just amazing. Con artists, criminals or just waxing poetic what comes out of their mouths is always gonna make you go, "What?'

And, that's just part of an adventure that has them trying to outsmart a real gang doing illegal hunting/taxidermy, trying to win a dance contest and not get caught doing the bad stuff they do.

You'll have a favorite scene and a favorite kid. My favorite scene might be when one of the kids gets too greedy and eats a meal he shouldn't. As smart as the kids are sometimes, they're also idiots.

This is a stand out from all the recent new movies I've been watching in 2024. I say if you're in the mood to see a classic kid adventure movie you swear you've probably seen already than this one is it.

Riddle of Fire is avaible for Streaming, multiple places online or you could get the Blu-ray from the fine folks over at Vinegar Syndrome.

Game Hype: Balatro, Jackbox Naughty Pack, Lorelei and the Laser Eyes, Game Scent P.U. & More

Last week it was Hades II, this week, we're totally into Balatro, a rouge-lite deck-building card game. It might look like Poker, but it isn't. It's a totally addictive game that has you unlocking different cards that give you more than an unfair edge to make enough bank to beat the score. And, it does look like it was made for a 16-bit console. 

Highest recommendation to get into as something to play with downtime or just get lost in.

Balatro is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

News on this came out a little while back, but it's funny to ponder what will be in the pack. Jackbox Naughty Pack is the first M rated pack from Jackbox and we wonder what will be in it. It's headed out later this year;does that mean it's taking the place of Pack 11? We're hoping it isn't just older games with a sexy sheen on them.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is out now on Switch it's from the same team who gave us Sayonara Wild Hearts. It's a totally killer looking puzzle game.


 

I tried the GameScent so you don't have to and, trust me, you don't want to

Not the greatest endorsement for the scent spewing gaming device. 

The Rogue Prince of Persia is still coming out in early access May 27th. From some of the people who made Dead Cells.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Pac-Man Pop-Up Shine On Experience May 25-26


Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
12:00 - 6:00 pm PT
The Magic Box (Downtown Los Angeles)
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Free, Must Register
 
Dang, we were still holding out for the giant Pac-Man maze built for a 2015 Super Bowl ad . This is still cool and free!

From press release:
"PAC-MAN Shine On is a retro-futuristic reimagining of the legendary video game character, where nostalgic arcade aesthetics mix with a modern neon twist. The L.A. pop-up event will feature a life-size maze, classic PAC-MAN arcade cabinets, amusement games, aura reading photo booth, live screen printing and playable stations of the just-released furiously fast 64-multiplayer game PAC-MAN™ MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE™: CHOMP CHAMPS. The event is designed for all ages with photo ops with PAC-MAN himself, free games to play, giveaways, music including a virtual set by DJ PAC-MAN, food trucks and MORE."