Friday, May 28, 2021

Game & Movie Hype: The Only Animated Mario I Care About, Spiral June 1st, The FORT90 FILM CLUB & More

Rachael Moceri really captures what we all hope an animated Mario would be. Sadly, reality is Illumination is in charge of the animated Mario movie and we've seen nothing from it or know anything going on. But, yeah it's probably gonna be awful coming from Illumination.

Spiral we'll be available to rent online Tuesday, June 1st. Odd to miss Memorial weekend online, but I guess the studio thinks they can make more from theaters.

The FORT90 FILM CLUB comes from one of our favorite internet and gaming journalists and it shows some totally weird stuff over on Twitch. This Monday, we have some choice cuts of bizarre skating films. 
The FORT90 FILM CLUB Presents: 
MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 AT 6 PM PDT
In this reimagining of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, the former is a rock star and the latter is a dancer, who fall in love with each other and get married. When the Euthanasia Broadcast Network, which is run by the undead and which also zombifies their viewers, views the couple as potential ratings boosters, Eurydice is murdered and her soul is taken to the underworld. 
The Roller Blade Seven is the first example of what director Donald G Jackson, best known for Hell Comes to Frogtown, and producer/actor Scott Shaw would dub “Zen Filmmaking”, in which there are no scripts and auteur is encouraged to shoot “whatever you feel like.” 
The film is simply just a night at a LA roller rink, designed to cash in on the white-hot roller disco craze that had swept the nation. Too bad by the time of the film’s release, the entire country’s musical tastes had completely changed.


Sadly, these inappropriate Lady Dimitrescu MOMMY MILKERS are no longer for sale.

Issue 2 of A Profound Waste of Time is up for pre-order. This looks like one of the best gaming mags ever made. It's about $34 to get it here in the US.

iam8bit has a special physical release to pre-order of Mutaizone for PS4 and Switch and vinyl soundtrack.

Local Hype: Donuts, Planet Vought Hollywood, Melrose Rooftop Theatre & LA River Kayak Season


Some easy-listening love of LA from The bird and the Bee.

Some links from Eater LA
 Planet Vought Hollywood is sadly sold out. Amazon created a fake super hero restaurant pop-up  for their super violent superhero show, The Boys. It'll be open June 4th-6th and takes over at The Palladium.

It's also car based, so you've gotta bring your wheels to enjoy it.

Being added to our outdoor movie collection is Melrose Rooftop Theatre. It's not starting till July, but you can grab tickets now that come with a full meal. It's not cheap, but it is a dinner at the movie at $49 per person.

The 2021 LA River Kayak Season is starting. Yes, you can really Kayak in the LA River. You can start signing up for trips this June from L.A. River Expeditions.

Friday Poster: Last Night in Soho


Last Night in Soho from Edgar Wright looks like a fun new horror movie, sadly we gotta wait till October. It's just another film showing how scary New York is.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Swan Broads For All


Echo Park Lake Reopens May 26th
And, yes, the swan boats will be ready for you.

The Broad Reopens May 26th

Haunted Walk-Thru Theatre Attraction!
Starts May 26 Fri-Sunday Only start at 7:20pm each night
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$tart at $35 for two people
no restroom for event
Walk thru a dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us! 
May 28, 2021 6:00 PM 
Free Online, Must RSVP
Hosted by Dr. Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane from Fangoria's COLORS OF THE DARK Podcast
 A film which truly justifies the term 'unclassifiable,' and the sole feature from writer and director Christopher Thies, WINTERBEAST was shot on and off for nearly half a decade and in a mix of super 8mm and 16mm, resulting in a one of a kind piece of outsider art horror filmmaking that must be seen to be believed. Loaded with surreal dialogue, mind-blowing stop motion animation, homemade gore effects, and more than a few genuinely creepy moments.
DON'T PANIC: A bonkers tribute to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET from Mexican horror king Rubén Galindo Jr. (CEMETERY OF TERROR, GRAVE ROBBERS), DON'T PANIC is a surreal and action-packed rager that’s guaranteed to leave audiences awestruck and dumbfounded. It's Michael's (Jon Michael Bischof, who also performs the film's memorable theme song) seventeenth birthday. His friends have decided to surprise him with the ultimate gift: breaking into his house and playing with a Ouija board! DON’T PANIC is an awe-inspiring 1980s horror classic, now newly restored from the original 35mm camera negative. 
Friday 1:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday 1:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM - 8:00PM 
Anaheim Garden Walk
400 Disney Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
Taking place across the street from Disneyland at the newly renovated STC Anaheim GardenWalk, おかえり OKAERI is a celebration of Japanese Animation and Asian American Culture. With the Grand Reopening of Disneyland and the Start of Cherry Blossom Season along with Asian American Pacific Islander Month, OKAERI hopes to bring back together the community safely and responsibly. Featuring local artist, vendors and tenants, STC GardenWalk has provided a safe and unique venue with a family-friendly atmosphere. For the last two weeks of OKAERI, we are proud to announce our featured partners, Kyodo Night Market by Vinyl Labz and The Weeb Stop (Xpress Skins & Senpai Squad)

Drive-In Theaters  & Indoor Theaters


Electric Dusk Drive-In 


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Where The Hell We're The Eternals?


Now, we usually don't link to because they post headline articles with no substance or anyreal info quite often, but they brought up a great point from social media and the recent trailer for Marvel's The Eternals. Which is where were these "heroes" during the snap that wiped out half of humanity? The trailer is sort of setting them up as the pretentious jerks of the Marvel universe.
From the fan responses it looks like Marvel might have a hard sell on why these heroes matter or why we should even care about them. Other than Spider-Man No Way Home we don't care that much for this year's Marvel's slate of films.

Movie Hype: The Aero Theatre and The New Bev Reopen This June


Two favorite of LA's cinema scene are reopening this June to much rejoicing of Cinephiles. The Aero Theatre opens June 10th and The New Bev reopens June 1st.



Monday, May 24, 2021

LA Hype: Skyslide Didn't Slide Long, But Damn It, It Slid


The Skyslide up above us downtown on the US Bank Tower is gonna be removed (probably by helicopter) as some new owners just don't want to deal with it. They're giving the building a $60 million facelift and getting rid of it and will put a cafe all the way up there instead.

The slide has been closed since 2020. So, it really only operated for about 4 years. It was an overpriced tourist attraction, but a welcome one. It'll be missed.

Super Punch collected a lot of posts from a birthday party that got too big in Huntington Beach because people we're invited on TikTok.  

Army of the Dead Quick Review Maybe Just For The Couch

Straight up, see it on Netflix if you have Netflix. Don't waste your money seeing it in the theater. Zack Snyder is becoming Michael Bay and somehow has made a less fun zombie movie decades after making a great one with Dawn of the Dead. That one was written by James Gunn and this...was penned by Bay,...I mean Synder. And it shows by nowhere being as funny, dark or even having characters you might like.

Essentially, Dave Bautista plays an everyman survived the downfall of Las Vegas being overrun with zombies with a few other survivors and know is on a mission to get money from a casino vault by going back into a walled Vegas with his friends and a new crew. The premise is fun, the execution is not.

On paper a vault heist with zombie guards sounds like fun. But, idiotic plot points, sappy close-up drama so thick I thought I'd choke on it and just wasting CGI money make this film a shame. I mean, I read how the effects team digitally reconstructed Las Vegas after mapping it out. I'm not sure why, that's not a major point of the movie and I can't recall the significance of why they did it after watching it.

Just to dump more on Zack, the movie looks like it was filmed by someone new to Hollywood, like maybe it's there first film. It's totally watchable on Netflix as one of their cheap films, but this movie cost $70-$90 million to make and it's just a waste.
Dumb, dumb movie to watch when bored over a few nights or an weekend evening.

Extra thoughts
-I thought Salma Hayek should have played the part of Dave Bautista's love interest Maria Cruz. Actress Ana de la Reguera seemed like she was just pretending to be Hayek.
-One of the zombies has robot parts in their head for some reason, no explanation online other than Zack probably thought it was a funny Easter Egg.
-A lot of logic problems on time, how easy it is to locate someone in a more than a hundred-room hotel, just how normal things work.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Book Hype: Press Reset, Underexposed!: The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made, Fangs & Poison Flowers & Pandemonium

 By Jonathan Bilski
Who wasn't reading more during the pandemic? I know I grabbed everything I wanted to read off of Amazon. A few new titles just hit the shelves or are about too. And some came out you may have missed. I'm going over a few I just started reading and a few I just finished. 
Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry
by Jason Schreier
Couldn't put this one down when I first got it, learning about the insider woes about making video games for the big studios or trying to make it as an indie. I saw an excerpt on Polygon and was hooked.
Jason Schreier breaks down a person's past, tells you how they got their dream gig working on or making a big game like Bioshock Infinite or Epic Mickey and than just slams the breaks as everything crashes to an inevitable end. You feel their despair, but luckily it's not you. I've only done four chapters so far, but each goes in length of the nightmares of people just trying to get funding or dealing with the corporate side of 2k and Disney. Treating people like cogs in a machine and not like people seems like a unending trend. Can't wait to finish and read even more depressing tales of woe on how some of my favorite video games were made and their awful sequels were churned out.
by Josh Hull (Author), PosterSpy (Illustrator)
Out May 25
Bite-sized un-made movie lore is like chocolate cupcakes to a cinephile like me. And this book has a sweet taste, though I thought it was gonna be more filling like a chocolate cake. Josh sets up what sounds like some sort of another timeline universe where theses movies would have come out, but then just clacks the clapperboard and literally puts ,"CUT!" in the book. Then you find out why the film couldn't get made. The stories are all a short enough read and not sorted by genre or year, so you can really just look up anything that floats your boat. Though it doesn't delve that deep, people have written entire books online about individual films in here and what happened, you get what you need and then perhaps a frown because it sounds like a fun idea. It's probably already made me want to watch even more movies from just what I've missed. And we get the treat of never-made movie posters from the art collective PosterSpy for each film. Ugh, I'm still pissed about the un-made Alien 5 from Neill Blomkamp. Prometheus has a lot to answer for.

by Sarah Andersen

For any horror fan a book about the burgeoning relationship between a vampire girl and werewolf guy might have never been as spoopy. And that means cute scary. These two monsters of the night are kind of like a young couple, though one is more than 300 years old. It's like a beautiful sitcom that never aired with many jokes based on all we fear and make fun of these monster tropes. And this vampire chick loves her doggy woggy boyfriend when he transforms. It's a series of black and white comics that have such a cute macabre feel that you can't pass them up.
by Richard Sala R.I.P.
Not sure if this will be the last collection of Richard Sala's work or not, it was strange to see it came out earlier this month as Sala recently passed away in 2020. I know his work from multiple graphic novels releases over the years and when I was little from the pages of Nickelodeon Magazine. He loved drawing horror and sexy girls, a nice mix. His latest book is an odd mix, it's got four stories with not much in common and some I would say are just delightful gallery photos and not full fledged comics. First up is a story of a telekinetic girl and an insidious hero, turned villain with a creepy conspiracy. Second is a gallery of monster drawings with a nice little wrap-a-round story. Third is about a terrible time for some topless cave girls, which is less a comic and more a storybook. Finally, we end with a young woman fighting a stronghold of bad guys trying to get to the top. Each story shows off Sala's love for horror, sci-fi and fantasy and makes you think of how he was probably shaped by way too many genre movies and television. Here's hoping the rest of his work is collected in one final tomb.

Friday Posters: The Forever Purge, Seance, Censor & Army of the Dead


The Forever Purge looks crazier than the cheaply made predecessors and it's in theaters on July 2nd, just in time for Independence Day. 
Seance is out this Friday, May 21st.

Censor in theaters on June 11 and On Demand June 18
Army of the Dead is out this Friday, May 21st on Netflix it's already in theaters.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Jews Facing Hate Crimes As Gaming Sites Support Terrorist Actions

-LA Eater is reporting on a Pro-Palestinian group attacking Jewish diners at a local sushi restaurant. 
We also have this 

This is happening as a conflict where Palestine took terrorist actions against Israel and Israel defended itself are ongoing. Look up multiple news sources if you want a play by play of what happened. In our opinion Israel defended itself and continues too.

An article over at gaming website Kotaku bashed Israel over the current conflict but won't let comments be open to discuss it. This is unlike all other articles on the site that allow comments. Kotaku probably knows if they did open comments it be a crazy back and forth. But, site Jezebel, a sister site, who wrote a similar article in tone, at least left it's comment system open. Both articles are definitely one-sided and show no signs of real journalism, not reporting the facts, but spinning them. Jezebel's write-up on a tweet by Gal Gadot that's so luke-warm that it's completely insane to gain any support for either side with it, is some of the worst written speculative writing we've ever seen.

When web-sites like Kotaku and Jezebel both take a heavy one-sided tone and say it in the guise of  "it's about children" it can lead to empowering people to start hate crimes and supporting the wrong people. Those articles could have just been requests to get charity for children, but instead they incite people. They give a one-sided slant that doesn't go over anything that Palestine has done against Israel and the awful murders and bombings they've inflicted on the Jewish people over the decades as terrorists.

When America was attacked on 9/11, Israel had our back. When 9/11 happened, Palestine partied.

Hype: Loki's Miss Minutes, Bandai Namco Bundle & Cartoons Up WB's Ying Yang


We get the name of that animated clock from the poster of Loki, hope she becomes real and kicks some ass. Miss Minutes, what will you do?
-Gotta say this looks like the best show so far. Falcon & Wanda we're watchable once, but we would never watch them again.
-Some good deals on games you might not have already 
Woah, WB just dumped of money into cartoons again. No, idea why, but hey we're get new animated shows and projects.
Smiling Friends has been picked up for Adult Swim and after how out Internet friends wouldn't shut up about how the creators started out on Newgrounds making weird stuff it looks like it'll at least be a cult following cartoon
In Smiling Friends, Smiling Friends Inc. is there to lend a helping hand to any city inhabitant who calls their hotline with their troubling situation. No matter how absurd, the folks at Smiling Friends will send representatives cynical Charlie and star employee Pim to save the day. Smiling Friends is a quarter-hour animated series created, written and produced by Cusack and Hadel and will premiere on Adult Swim later this year.

 Royal Crackers is a half-hour animated series that follows two brothers: Stebe, a family man with a wife and child; and Theo Jr., a single, bass guitar player trying to relive his glory days. Together they live in their comatose father’s house waiting for him to die (he never does) so they can inherit his cracker company empire. Royal Crackers is created by Ruiz who also serves as executive producer along with Seth Cohen. The series is produced by Titmouse and will premiere on Adult Swim in 2022.
And Adult Swim isn't stopping there we're also getting digital shorts for things we didn't ask for.
The Vindicators drawn well, does not reflect future shorts

Aquadonk Side Pieces is the long-awaited continuation of the beloved Adult Swim animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force where fans will be bestowed with the gift of learning what happens in the later lives of various side characters and villains such as The Mooninites, The Plutonians, MC Pee Pants, The Frat Aliens, Happy Time Harry, Handbanana, and The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past.

Answer the Vindibeacon and join your old pals Supernova, Vance Maxiumus, Alan Rails, Crocubot and Noob Noob as they fight crime, avert genocides, and yuk it up without Rick and Morty. 

Donald Faison is Alabama Jackson, a smooth-talking time traveler who lands in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time, every time. If he can survive the past long enough to get back to the present, he just might find something he wasn’t looking for—himself.

Hell is eternal, and so is the beloved Emmy-nominated cult show Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell as it returns for a fifth season, this time in animated internet shorts. Cruel boss Satan (Matt Servitto), bumbling demon Gary (Henry Zebrowski), and all your other favorites return in America's beloved workplace comedy set in hell. Expect more laughs, more gore, and maybe a talking animal. Seems like it's a cartoon they should add a talking animal. Maybe a fish?
Oh, and then there's the Adult Swim movies too coming out
The power-hungry TRIBUNAL unveils their secret and deadly "Falconback Project" as the world grows in embattled chaos and the menacing Doomstar breaches the Earth’s atmosphere while the mysterious and twisted dissent of a band member threatens the future of Dethklok. Picking up directly after the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth: Can Dethklok choose between their egos and the greater good of the world to embark on a gauntlet of dangers that will try their very souls and finally write the song that will be their salvation? 

The Venture Bros.
Doc’s latest invention will either bankrupt the Ventures or launch them to new heights, as Hank searches for himself, Dean searches for Hank, The Monarch searches for answers, and a mysterious woman from their pasts threatens to bring their entire world crashing down on them. 
 Aqua Teen Hunger Force
A continuation of the hit animated series, fans will find out what happens next with Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake, who consider themselves crime fighters, but the truth is they never fight crime

Then /Film is reporting on a new Batman & separate Superman cartoon. Bruce Timm is back on helping make Batman Caped Crusader a new noir version of Bats. The Superman, My Adventures With Superman cartoon looks like Lois is gonna be a real annoying beeyotch. But, hey, she might be cute. Poor Kent.


 -Noir-Inspired Batman Animated Series From J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves Coming to HBO Max

-‘My Adventures With Superman’ Animated Series Will Focus on Young Clark Kent and Lois Lane

And here's a lovely gross-out Total Recall shirt, it's for sale this week only.

$25 pre-order


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Knott's Berry Farm Back, Hollywood Bowl Back, Nuarte Near Open & More


Other than just coming back after being closed for so long the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is doing shows there every weekend. May 21st, 2021 to September 5th every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Four shows per day.

Friday, May 21st
8947 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The little hole-in-the-wall horror themed pizza place has moved up to a new location. The grand opening is happening this Friday; let's hope it sticks out as another scary themed restaurant in the LA area. 

-This Summer the Hollywood Bowl is back with a number of shows from classical to movie concert album. Check out the full list at the link above. It's nice to hear music being played there. And your not a real LA resident until you deal with the horrible parking situation there.

Following the latest public health and reopening guidelines from Los Angeles County, the LA Phil will offer more than 50 performances, including 14 concerts with Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. From classical music to pop, reggae, jazz and film, the season showcases acclaimed artists and the return of numerous Bowl favorites.
Getty Center Reopens, Tuesday May 25. You gotta ride that monorail again!

Select dates
940 E 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

All the other LA travel sites are talking about this one.
Your ticket to Elsewhere transports you to 17,000 sq. ft. of whimsical wonders and amusing adventures. There’s moving bushes, floating furniture, underwater worlds, time warping tunnels, and magic you have to see to believe. Start packing for your vacation from reality and check-in to check out what can only be explained as: Elsewhere.



May 15–August 1, 2021
One-hour time slots offered Tuesday–Sunday
Weekdays beginning every half hour 12:30–4:00 pm
Weekends beginning every half hour 10:30 am–4:00 pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
$12 General 
Created in 2014, when the famed contemporary artist was under house arrest, the monumental display portrays activists, prisoners of conscience, and advocates of free speech from around the world. On view at the Skirball are eighty-three of the work’s original 176 portraits, each one hand-assembled from thousands of LEGO® bricks. To Ai, the portraits pay tribute to “heroes of our time,” many of them ordinary citizens who have stood up against injustice in their communities.

May 20–27

-Have to say, the selection is still going strong on drama and not celebrating the more fun films from India that people see clips from on the Internet. Maybe, it's the selection committee or maybe it's who submitting, but nothing has really driven us to go out of our way for it.

The 19th edition of the festival will be held virtually and geo-blocked to California on May 20–27. This year IFFLA features a total of 40 films, including 21 shorts, spanning 17 languages.

You can finally do the Timewarp Agaaaaaaain! The Nuarte reopens this Friday May 21st. The first film back in is The Big Lebowski.

 Fri, May 21, 2021, 7:00 PM
 $5 – $10
Your favorite sketch comedy current affairs drinking game show. 40 questions about the events of the last 7 days, while we all drink 40s.
Hosted by Dave Holmes + Scott M. Gimple!
With Very Special Guests
APARNA NANCHERLA (Corporate, The Stand Ups)
+ More!
May 22 – June 26, 2021
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Visiting Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Downtown Los Angeles' Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce their latest exhibition, featuring new series of works by five incredible artists: aica, Fafi, Kristen Liu-Wong, Messy Desk and ONEQ. Premiering Saturday, May 22nd in Gallery 2, the show’s opening will be celebrated with a livestreaming event on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery), with more details to be announced.