Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We Have A Cupcake ATM?

The dubbed cupcake automat can dispense cupcakes at anytime, so if your craving one head to

9635 south santa monica boulevard
beverly hills, california 90210

Update: it isn't operational yet, just went and it wasn't working check or call before going
You don't have to step inside Sprinkles and deal with hipsters, now you can be mugged outside while purchasing cupcakes. I'm definitely going to try and go their tomorrow for some video. I will also have pepper spray for the would be muggers, pepper spray mixed with acid.

via Superpunch

Weekly What To Do

Lantern Festival 2012

CAM’s11th Annual Lantern Festival celebration will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012, 12-7 PM. Free admission!
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

JuntoBox Films Pre-SXSW Digital LA Mixer

Join JuntoBox Films for a Pre-SXSW Digital LA Mixer on March 1st! Drink, nibble with the film and startup communities to get your networking started before you hit the streets of Austin. SXSW registration and/or Austin plans are not required and the drinks are free. What more do you want from a Thursday night?

2043 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)     

Look At This, Look At That: A Tribute to Dr. Seuss

oh, the places you'll see at the art gallery, near, close and far, Nucleus shines like a star

"With his iconic characters, charming narratives, and whimsical illustrations, Dr. Seuss has undoubtedly become one of the most renowned children's book writer and illustrator. His books, "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," and many others, have become timeless classics, influencing generations upon generations of young readers through their imaginative characters, whimsical narratives, and intricate rhymes. To celebrate his achievements, Nucleus is proud to present a two-level exhibition featuring over 35 artists paying homage to the visionary through their own interpretations and re-enivisionings. "

March 3, 2012 - March 24, 2012
Mar 3, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Nucleues 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Meet the Cast and Crew of Community@ PaleyFest

This is but one of 13 shows cast and crews you can meet up with at this year's PaleyFest check out the others here. Also look for Gallery 1988 posters of your favorite shows, they've teamed up with PaleyFest again with limited edition posters

Saturday, March 3, 2012
7:00 pm PT
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

In Person

Dan Harmon, Creator/Executive Producer
Russ Krasnoff, Executive Producer
Neil Goldman, Executive Producer
Garrett Donovan, Executive Producer
Joel McHale, “Jeff Winger”
Gillian Jacobs, “Britta Perry”
Yvette Nicole Brown, “Shirley Bennett”
Danny Pudi, “Abed Nadir”
Ken Jeong, “Senor Chang”
Jim Rash, “Dean Pelton”
Alison Brie, “Annie Edison”


I care little for Open Water, but the American remake of Silent House sounds like a winner. I really like the original and the concept of having one continuous shot gets you ass to the theater to see how it looks . The ending from the original gets a little out of order, but the horror elements the original director worked in were top notch thriller material. I haven't seen this remake and I wonder how odd it would be see after seeing it updated for American audiences. I think the original was Shown at Sundance and a bidding war ensued. You can see it before it hits DVD and major theaters and ruin it for your friends

"Discussion between films with directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau"

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, March 3

Where Have All The Video Stores Gone?

 Walking through an empty Blockbuster is just surreal. It's like walking through a dream. You never realize how much space they take up. I wonder if any media store will exist in LA's future. I always like science fictional ideas about owning crystals with information, but I believe that may be too much of a dream. Is there any video store near you anymore? Ponder how much longer Blu-ray will be around before they become all digital downloads.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

See The Raid and Damsels in Distress Free @ The Cinefamily

The Raid (special advance screening + afterparty!) Friday, March 8, 2012 @ 8PM The Cinefamily 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
register here

you have to register to see either for free

 Twitch film(best film site out there) hasn't shut up about this film since they saw a preview for it and that's a good thing. Just watching the trailer you can feel you blood lust rising with off the wall action and heavy use of fire arms to blow people away.

Damsels In Distress (special advance screening, Whit Stillman in person!) Sunday, March 18th, 2012 @ 8PM The Cinefamily 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
 register here

I have no idea about this movie. Seems more like a chic flic, or on par with Young Adult.

The Washing Pool of Mount Sinai

 On a sad Sunday, I recently had to visit some departed relatives at a cemetery. What stood out to me was The Washing Pool you can use as you leave. Think of it as a way to cleanse yourself of the place. A constant small waterfall of water pours down you can wash your hands with. The strangest bit has to be that someone had to design it with a hand dryer in mind, you can see it in the last picture. I was told at some point that had towels near it, but I have no idea where they would have been placed.

I still haven't traveled to the Forever Cemetery in many years, I still find it strange it allows movies to be played over the graves. At Mount Sinai there have been some break-ins of cars while people were off mourning, which makes those criminals even worse than your average dirt bags. I think the penalty should be to bury them one night among the dead.

The second odd piece of note might be that Forest Lawn is adjacent, which lets anyone get buried in it, I believe you have to be Jewish to be buried at Mount Sinai. A simple low wall that you can step over separates the two cemeteries at some points, it's just odd that religion condones where one may be buried.

BTW you can get a free Tzedakah box from Mt Sinai here. What is it, well it's a box to collect coins for charity, fill it up and then just donate the coins to the charity of your choice. I think they tell you of some on the back, but you really can just collect for any charity and then dump into their basket and go, "There I care about the community and helping others, better than you", to the person who only puts in one quarter. Wait for someone else to comes by so they look like they didn't event care. I wouldn't recommend homeless people, but the organizations that help them.

Anime Hype: Made Up Movies in Anime

                               Sket Dance has already shown it's writer's sense of humor with Transforminator 5 a combination of Terminator and Transformers. There next mash-up that has nothing to really to do with the story is Indiee and Jaws. Yes, Indian Jones and Jaws. I' m trying to spot more of these in animes I've seen there a re quite a lot.
 Here's one from an episode of My Bride is a Mermaid Lethal Honor 3 which seems to be a mash up of Die Hard and those Mel Gibson movies.

 Back to Sket Dance, is that Nabeshin! Oh, if he's working on the show it makes sense why it's so funny.
 Just some funny pics
 You finally did it cosplay Brock
 Lastly, I find it funny how the Fry's with the Alice in Wonderland theme marks it's sections.


Watch a live simulcast of the 2012 TED Conference. Admission to the event is Free.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
(All times are Pacific Standard Time)
Dowtown Independent
251 S Main St.
  Los Angeles

Session 4: The Lab (8:30 AM - 10:15 AM PST)
Henrik Schärfe, Roboticist
Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA
Jack Choi, Technologist
Marco Tempest, Techno-illusionist
Donald Sadoway, Materials engineer

Session 5: The Earth (11:00 AM - 12:45 PM PST)
Sharon Beals, Photographer
Wade Davis, Anthropologist, ethnobotanist
James Hansen, Climatologist
T. Boone Pickens, Entrepreneur, energy theorist
The Civilians Investigative Theatre Co., Theater company

Session 6: The Crowd (2:15 PM - 4:00 PM PST)
Reid Hoffman, Social entrepreneur
Lior Zoref, Crowdsourcing advocate
Reggie Watts, Vocalist, beatboxer, comedian
Frank Warren, Secret keeper
Cameron Carpenter, Organist

Session 7: TED Prize announcement – The City 2.0 (5:00 PM - 6:45 PM PST)

TEDxLive is an extension of the TEDx program, launched by TED in 2010. TEDxLive events are TEDx events built around the live webcast of TED Conferences. TEDxLive events enable TED enthusiasts all over the world to experience live sessions of the TED Conference; events can be simple viewing events, and may also host live speakers.

Justice League: Doom Review

Well, it's quality animation, just not super animation. As predicted the voice casting was great for a sub par story about taking down the Justice League using stolen contingency plans of Batman.  The plot is adapted from some different comic arcs. One from a  JLA story from the 90's with Ras Al Ghoul as the main bad guy instead of the movies Vandal Savage. The other inspiration is from two seperate Superman/Batman comic arcs. There's also one scene with Batman stolen from Kill Bill 2. The movies a fun rental, but won't ever make any top list, because of a lackluster plot and average fights.

It has it's moments like a great we are the universe seen towards the end, but everything could have just been better. Why not make a Legion of Doom with Lex Luthor and Joker? Why not have more than one major fight? Why are all the colors so subdued? Why not have a unpredictable plot like say Arkham City?

Character design of Mirro Master? What the Hell?
No scene will make you say "Whhhaaatttt?!!", out loud. It's really just made me miss Justice League Unlimited. Grab it for $15
Justice League: Doom (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Adorable Pic

What a cute picture of a mommy and ba.... ah what the Hell is that thing in the corner! It's like a fucking ghost yeti.

oh, Apartment Therapy LA, never stop showing off random people houses. This be the daddy's crib

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar Little Tokyo

If you want to try a revolving Sushi bar, trek no further to Little Tokyo. You may master the perfect place to seat to get the top choice of yummy eats. It's be open for a little while now and seemed packed a weekened ago Yelp gives it 3 and a half stars at this time, but you might want to try it out on your own. A conveyour belt has sushi passing you by and lets you pick up a plate of anything that looks good to you.


Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

333 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Batman Files Coming Up

Look at what I just got in the mail to review, The Batman Files !
I'll have a full review down, the line with a certain Time Travel Guideand video game art book.

 Don't forget Thursday has both LeetUp and the Street Fighter X Tekken Launch Party this week . March has a bunch of fun events close by to LA, not in the city, but close enough to drive, too, TTDILA will keep you posted as usual.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Game Hype: Mega Man Art

 Just some Mega Man art that grabbed I found online.

The Secret World of Arrietty Review

A tiny tale to hold your attention for an hour or so. As always Ghibli animation it top notch, but it isn't enough to make the movie great. I'm not saying the movie is bad, it just doesn't have that high stakes or proper ending like other Ghibli films like Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo suffer from. There is no real climax and the way Ponyo ended I should have expected that.

What you get is a brief look at a beautiful world from a tiny person's perspective. With tiny inventive tools made out of things we use all the time reworked for little people and stunning animation that you wish you could see more of with great perspectives based on one's relation to size. Arrietty is a brave young girl, that you get know, but her story isn't that memorable. It seems like a prelude to a bigger adventure that will never come.

I recommend it as a rental or a purchase on blu-ray, just wait for a fun little story about little theives that might be living in your house... and are watching you while you sleep.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Game Hype: How Katamari Sees The World

With the release of Katamari Touch on the way,  I got nostalgic and put in Katamari Forever and forgot how funny the item description were. I wonder if there' ever updated and who has to go through every item in the game and write something about.

                                 Oh, this one made me laugh.

                                 Your not doing well when Katamari writes something like that.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Movie Hype: Beyond The Alien President's Daughter

Beyond The Black Rainbow

I was so happy to hear Magnet/ Magnolia Films got Beyond The Black Rainbow. I can still remember the trippy look and 80's feel about a young women with psychic powers trying to escape an evil institute at AFI Fest. I was amazed when people walked out, they actually left when the movie switched it's tone considerably. I found the director to be funny with maybe saying one word before leaving, Panos Cosmatos is his name and this is his first major film. Michael Rogers as Dr. Barry Nyle played the perfect villain and I'd say he was more the star of the movie than the protagonist. I'll update you when screenings and home video offerings are upon us, most likely in Spring.

Alien Repair Guy

Alien Repair Guy has some amazing special effects and come from Norway. This short has yet to be released anywhere even though on IMDB says it's completed, maybe it will be a stepping stone for a large project, I hope it does, because it immediately takes you in on wonder what's going to happen.

MS ONE Security Maximum/Lockout

So totally cliche, but I'd definitely go see it with friends or watch on tv. The entire film scream 90's action hero. How many time will we use the president daughter in media. It instantly remind me of a short by Rob Schrab's Robot Bastard, hmm other saving President's daughter media, Resident Evil 4, Dynamite Cop, it just happens a lot.

Eat Your Art Out V - Carnival After Dark

This year’s theme will transport patrons to a 1920’s travelling carnival and art gallery

Among food-trucks, free beer, carnival games, live DJ sets by DJ Day, DJ Mahf (and more), and all the curios and wonders one would expect from a carnival, the work of over 60 A-List artists will be on display for all to see and bid on in a silent auction. All pieces have a minimum bid price, but are priced to sell this one night at much less than standard gallery prices

When: February 25, 2012 from 7-11 pm
Where: Titmouse Inc. – 1121 Seward Street, Hollywood, CA 90038

more info

Leetup: Awesomesauce

Next week is LeetUP, you can still grab tickets

Toy Hype: Lenil Yu, Groot, and Changing Cyber Robot Racer

 Looks like comic book artist Lenil Yu is doing some side work for toys in the Three Man Army Corps line. His characters seem very reminiscent of Tony Stark and Wolverine

 I don't think I've seen a t-shirt toy robot combo before, gotta love the name Changing Cyber Robot Racer.

Did you know you get and adorable little Grott planter with your Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy Action Figure Set?

Kirby's Epic Yarn Pulled My Strings

 Kirby's Epic Yarn really entangled me with it's arts and crafts platformer gimmick. I enjoyed the game so much I cosplayed last year at AX as cop version's of Kirby and Prince Fluff. They just brighten up my desk. Just some string and some eyeballs and maybe a crown and you have an awesome blue and pink duo on your desk.
I hope Prince Fluff makes it into the next Super Smash Bros.

Game|Life Tells People About Vita Hill Social Club 5 Days Before It Closes

Game|Life finally got around to telling people it existed in the two months it's been operational,

HEY ,WAIT A SECOND THEY DIDN'T HAVE MEMBERSHIP CARDS WHEN I WENT! That's a fun collectible. Possibly, only the San Fran one gets them. Anyway, Game|Life or the new Slowtaku is right to remind you you only have a few more days to suck down free awful coconut water and try the PS Vita. I've read of a possible 3DS event on the Third Street Promenade on March 1st , but nothing is confirmed yet, possibly taking the place of Vita Hill Social Club.