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Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween 2011: American Horror Story

American Horror Story is Premiering Oct 5th on FX Wed at 10pm

 American Horror Story is a strange step from Ryan Murphy's Nip/Tuck and Glee into horror. A step back into cast driven weird shows like Twin Peaks. (Spoilers) You"ll be meeting the Harmons who recently bought a house that seems to have a history of murders behind it. Luckily, it not in the Valley though, a joke most of America won't get.

You'll be meeting Ben, Vivien and Violet. Write away your thrust into a family falling apart trying to come back together by moving. In a predictable beginning you'll notice the problems of the Harmons in marital relations. Parenting could also be improved.

Casting somewhat is off as Connie Britton"Vivien" is noticeably older than Dylan McDermot "Ben". I mean they don't fit.Ben might be one of the dumbest characters ever as a psychiatrist he practices out of his own home with dangerous crazy people. Which let's his daughter interact with one named Tate.

Getting to the horror stuff, the episode starts with the murder and random little mysteries popping up. There are some moments that are more silly than scary like, dumb ol' Ben jacking it near a window and some mysterious person staring at him from his backyard. Yes, he was jacking off.

In fact what I felt strange is how many people kept entering the house uninvited. Weird creepy jerks, just kept popping in, only one freak was Ben's patient, but still, who hires a maid that just wonders in and says "I'm the maid"?The maid is hot, but who has a maid in LA whose actually in a maid outfit and Irish?

There's some great possibilities for the show if it gets more serious, but the outlandish, unbelievable interaction of Vivien in a LA High School almost made the show a comedy to me. She was smoking in the middle of the high school in public, not behind some building, but in public and didn't know it was wrong? Then the reaction of the popular girls? I recommend watching the show just for that scene.

There are plenty mysteries in thr house. What happened? What's going on? Whose in the sex suit? But it has to be done in a more serious tone.

China, IL

 You need to watch China, IL. Just watch it, it premieres this Sunday at midnight on Adult Swim.

 You can look forward to a time-traveling Ronald Reagan and the Apocalypse. Brad Neely's baby graces Adult Swim for 11 episodes, let's hope for more. I've previewed the first two episodes and they kick South Park in the balls and leaves Ugly Americans in a ditch with only it's own piss to drink. Great job Adult Swim, you finally got a new animated series instead of the awful live action that's been clogging the network.
BTW, Hulk Hogan is the voice of the dean.
Below you can watch a boring as Hell explanation of the show from Titmouse sucking the comedy from it. Frankly, this behind the scenes video shouldn't exist as it's nothing like the comedy behind the show. I'm also amazed at how great the show looks with Titmouse behind it, they have stepped up there game recently or maybe just got new people.

Sgt. Frog: Season Three, Part Two Review

Sgt. Frog: Season Three, Part Two $21.99

Are you ready for a little green frog with a plan to take over this planet!!!! Well, he isn't. He's kind of lazy and stupid. Way to into Gundam models. He's Sgt Keroro. He's on a mission. A mission to clean the Hinata's House, but when he's done with that he"ll...probably take a nap.

For such a lazy frog, he gets a lot done. Once again we're treated with nonsensical violence, otherworldly ideas, ninjas, aliens, robots and remakes of classic Miyazaki movies.

I'm still amazed Sgt Frog isn't picked up for Adult Swim. Oh, wait that just do live-action mostly now. Live action can suck it with Sgt Frog and the armpit platoon, a cast of outer world warriors and the sitcom-esque comedy solutions that happen within the show.

My favorite episode out of the batch of new ones has to be "Super Keroro Sixty-For..For The Whee!" Gaming is made fun of with reference and inside jokes up the 1-up. The amazing new console plan to ensare human through video games made me want to be taken over for the new console, where controllers change into guns and boxing gloves on a whim. Don't forget 3D effects, but be careful you could be pulled into one of these gaming worlds. Like a pot luck all of Sgt Frogs crew put the game together sort of like a Warioware game, except with lunatics coming up with the games.

Every episode has the Frog crew dealing with a new invasion plan, new problem because of aliens who just seem to be around the Hinata's at frequently high rate and strange takes and homages to other animes, tv shows and movies.

What this show does is bring up totally sci-fi concepts like the theory of the earth being a living being and other planets and making them silly sitcom situations with Sgt Keroro and pals resembling a I Love Lucy plot to make money or con some people. Which does happen when they try and still a portion of the Earth and send it back to Keron.

One of the best parts is that even though the dialogue has greatly changed for the American audience is the Keroro's ego stays in check as being as bloated as possible. If you pay attention Keroro is always making himself sound great in the episode introductions and is always putting down his team mates during planning sessions. The same goes for other characters, even though the dialogue is heavily changed the writers decided to make Tamama just a weirdo in love with Sgt Frog, but not gay for him, like they made Maso gay in Shin-Chan. The awkward crush Giroro has on Natsumi. Koyuki's almost lesbian crush on Natsumi. Momoka's insane love of Fuyuki. All these love triangles add up for sitcom gold, only made better with them being ninjas and aliens and insanely rich.

 Episodes are random, but do build off a continuity. A cute Keronian tadpole comes back to be Tamama's wife.Love is in the air for Tamama, love he doesn't want, with everyone of his actions to distance himself from a keronian girl from falling in love him backfiring and make her love grow. Then you'll have an epsiode where the human are changed into superheroes to defend the earth.

The pop culture quips are in full bloom as the ninja girl Koyuki sneaks behind Natsume and quickly speaks "Redrum, redrum" and disappears with ninja techniques. Or the time traveling episode referencing Back to the Future. I almost had a fit of joyous laughter when Kululu said he was a honoree time lord and started talking about The Tardis.

Pop culture and sitcom style don't make up for the flat out insane stories including a beetle alien invasion that bring back DBZ memories or the Hinata house expanding inside kind of like the before mentioned Tardis. Food space battles, superhero suits, building another bit size world, sumo fight, ninja dogs, trades that don't work out. All random, all silly, but with a hint of Gundam models.

 Lines like "Thanks so much for help saving the toilets" or "Oxygen is leaking from Natsumi's butt" , just make the series stand out as the best anime comedies to hit America this year, I haven't seen the Hetalia movie yet though, and Everyday Life doesn't come out until next year stateside.

Quality is quite good for these episodes as you have to realize there from 2005 or possibly ealier, everything is in superb quality.

It isn't brought up in many other reviews, but the friendship between Fuyuki and Sgt. Keroro is one of my favorites parts of the show. It seems aliens just are drawn to Fuyuki and his sister Natsumi. Fuyuki and Natsumi are put into a lot of insane situations, but how cool is it that Fuyuki's best friend is an alien space frog. There also booth nerds, Fuyuki might be a mystery nerd while Keroro's more of a omni-otaku . Of course this friendship is a little messed up as Sgt. Frog is trying to enslave the earth. He even kind of sold out Fuyuki to aliens in episode for soccer tickets.

I was so saddened, I have to wait for Season 4 to see what will happen with the return of Ms. Furbottom in human form. She resembles Cammy White from Street Fighter when she transforms. For a stupid little cat, I just find it ridiculous when she pops up for no reason in the show. Like the frogs will be flying away and you"ll see Ms. Furbottom on he roof smiling. It's not even the Hinata's cat, it just seems to leave nearby. The name alone of Ms. Furbottom is pure silly sauce.

Pick up Sgt Frog and his crew Part 2 and write to Adult Swim to start showing it since Fullmetal Alchemist 2 is over.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Movie Hype: Seeed - Wonderful Life

Shin Chan: Season Three, Part Two Review

Shin Chan: Season Three, Part Two $21.99

Don't say it. No, please don't say that. Okay, you've crossed the line! I can't believe you said that.

Is it the end of Shin Chan? Say it isn't so. After just getting back to knowing the charming fellow it seems so. The last episode part of the new DVD collection said it was.

Yet, if it is the last of Shin Chan there was a Hell of a lot of cursing and debauchery in season 3.

More than any other Shin Chan's you've seen. To make up for possibly being the last episodes of Shin Chan or the dubbed American version, the show will go on forever in Japan, the writers seemed to go over the top. With no airings on Adult Swim, no topic is to horrible, nothing is too dirty to say. Its silly a f*ck.

Shin Chan Part Two of Season Three pulls off some of the most heinous acts possible. Shin and crew seem dirtier that ever. One episode has Bitzi, Shin's Aunt, doing the nasty with his Grandpa. There might be nothing suitable for anyone else to stroll into the room while your watching that won't make them think your watching porn.
Shin gets naked. Shin gets naked a lot. I was already amazed by Shin pulling on his wang's foreskin, which is super stretchy, in part one. He pulls it way to far out, but part two has accidental penis touching. There's a penis touching party going down in this show. There isn't a way the new writers could have conceived that.

Once again, I feel the writers watched some movies and just pounded out dirty words, when the animation already has off beat bits to make fun of. I really wanted the writers to come back refreshed from part one, but they seem to have given up and just put in poop and pop culture insults that I hope I'll remember when I watch these episodes again. They mix pop culture with just plain dirty filth. They push the line into a dump and beat it with billy clubs, then set in on fire as it's family watches it burn.

What I just wrote about flames is similar to the the new annoying coach Shin gets and Penny falls in love with. The flames around the new P.E. coach are suppose to depict intensity, but the writers changed him early on to be a mutant who will kill the children unless they help him in the future race war. He seems to mellow out, but kills a vagrant or too in the end. Yeah, the basically ripped off the X-Men, and I can of hated these episodes the most. The writers just changed the episode way to much. Even though the coach is voiced by the same guy who does Sgt. Keroro of Sgt Frog it got annoying.

Bitzi's back, Shin's Aunt that was added this season with an addiction to brown-brown and moves on to some sort of non-lesbian relationship, but not before doing more drug jokes and being possibly the worst role model for Shin ever. Shin in a lot of the episodes doesn't even seem like the star, he's more like the constant annoyance or doom that others have to seemingly get once and a while. One episode had Shin so annoying that one of his teachers pretended to be zombie Micheal Jackson.

Poor role models award for worst person to be around might be Miss Polly who is a total sex freak. The naughty stuff she spouts this season around kids still in kindergarten are amazing. Man or woman, outside or inside, whatever you conceive Miss Polly has done it or want to do it.

The Kappa and the Panda will break your brain as suddenly they step in the show making it seem even more unreal. For some reason a small Panda encounters Shin and will give him some special Action Bastard underwear if he helps him find a mate. BTW this Panda wears underwear. After Shin's entire class and bus are in Panda suits for no reason, bigger Pandas with machine guns come for revenge. It's all very confusing, because whatever was the original plot from the Japanese cartoon is changed to Ench killing animals for his magic show back in the day. Yeah, don't try and follow all of that, just know Pandas try and hurt Shin.

Oh Mr Kappa, why don't you wear the Panda's underwear? A Kappa(Japanese water monster) befriends Shin as an attempt for the show not to be cancelled. Breaking the fourth wall a bit, this DVD set has the Kool-Aid mascot breaking through it hard, figuratively. The Kool-aid mascot isn't really in the episodes.

Shin's friends have all changes slightly with Georgie now poor and without a maid, Penny no longer gets beat by her dad who found god, but now she craves violence. Boo's still into rocks and Maso, well he touches Shin's penis, by accident.

If you want ridiculous episodes then look no further then Shin Chan babies episode which has Shin and crew being slightly younger , since there all quite young in the first place. It's weird to see even shorter forms of the Shin Chan crew. Shin at this point can only say random curse words and body parts.

I don't want Shin Chan to go, it has so many off beat stories and such a peculiar animation style. Just looking at it you"ll know what off-model means, it does however give the show a distinctive look. I just wan the writers to lay off the Netflix and just make fun with the awkward and Japanese standards of living. Shin is just the Bug Bunny are Bart Simpson of Japan

 I mean who keeps giving him these poop costumes? They can't be bought in stores. It's a different poop costume from the first part of Season 3. So Shin has multiple poop costume somewhere. Oh, Shin never change, I wonder what poop costume you"ll have next year. Here's hoping for more poop.

Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour Saturday

World Premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

On October 4,“Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour will be released on DVD and Blu-ray

Atomic Records

3812 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA  91505

A place to buy vinyl and other rare nostalgia that a DJ might want. The store has posters from great Disney rides and movie gems. You might like the wall of random art the records are housed in.

Halloween 2011: Old Haunts, New Haunts and Art Shows

Old Town Haunt

Starts this weekend

Starts September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 20-23, 26-31
Tickets : $15 goes up closer to Halloween

Your in a basement of a 107-year old building, thing might weird. Oh yeah, somethings after you as well. The oldest Halloween attraction in Pasadena is coming to get you.

Old Town Haunt
20 N. Raymond, Pasadena

Haunted Play: Delusion
Starts Oct 19-23 then pick up again on the 26- Nov 1st

Tickets: $40.00 +convenience fee of $3.19 online

A play designed by Hollywood stuntman with Hollywood stuntman designed to creep you out in a 106-year old mansion. It's a mix of a play and a hunted house, so your in for something new, like a hybrid were-wolf vampire that has more power to haunt your nightmares.

Haunted Play Venue - 2218 S. Harvard Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 90018

THIS FRIDAY (September 30th) 6-10PM at Paradigm Gallery (2020 South Street) is the opening of
Dead and Dreaming. This is one you don't want to miss folks! 20+ artists illustrating the work of H.P.Lovecraft

The people of Philadelphia get a art show based of the creepy works of H.P. Lovecraft. Oh, Cthulhu, you so dreamy.

Here's some pieces that grabbed me.

Another show not happening in LA, but close to the Halloween theme is

The Iconolcastic Dead also happening this weekend, but in Mexico. More fitting the Mexican Day of the Dead, famous icons are immortalized in the muertos style.

One of my favorites has to be this Luis Buñuel piece by

Chogrin of course chose Guillermo Del Toro

Nikola Tesla and Carl Saga, nerd out time.

Halloween 2011: Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal

Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal $21.06

Want to make an extravagant Hallowen meal? Just want to gross out the family with eating something new. Want to take a plunge into the foreign food world? Then can I offer you some brains?

Looking through these pages and these recipes might make you hungry or might take away from hunger depending on your tastes. However, all the recipes from Jennifer McLagan are easy to follow. She also took the time to add the history behind a lot of what you might think are disgusting dishes.  Segments like Inside Story-Intestines or poetry about Haggis has it's place between piggy's post-mordem recipe.

Want to know how to prepare oxtail, suck marrow, tongue and spleen. How about a heat tartare with egg. So eat like a zombie or a european and eat the rest of the animal and animals you haven't tried.

If your hungry for something yummy and odd, that doesn't fit your eating norms then try a taste of Odd Bits by Jennifer McLagan

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween 2011: The Start

11th Annual Shriekfest Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival

Fri Sep 30th-Oct 2

Thursday Sept 29th - Opening night party 8PM-midnight
B 52 Club - 1652 N Cherokee Ave. Hollywood

All Screenings At:
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave
Hollywood CA

Halloween Costume &Vintage Clothing Sale Launch Party


Friday, September 30 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Long Beach AIDS Assistance Foundation Thrift Store
2011 East 4th St
Long Beach, CA

The Visceral Company presents DEAD OF NIGHT, an anthology of six short plays based on stories by the master of horror, Stephen King.
Friday/Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm
Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 (map) Box Office 800 - 838-3006
Free street parking is readily available.

old halloween cartoons
Tuesday Oct 04, 2011 8:00 PM
The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036