Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Weekly What To Do: Let's Get Some Kaiju Here In November

 It's no longer Halloween...yeah, right. It's LA. Anyway, enjoy it almost being Christmas for two month until it is and the dead zone of activities happens in LA. For now, there's plenty to do.

Nov 2-6
TCL Chinese Theatre &
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
$17 and up per film
 Woah, AFI Fest snuck up on us. Sadly, the no longer free film festival (when did that happen?) is happening Nov 2-6. You can buy tickets now. Oh, and it looks like it has a lot less movies this year, then in the past. Overall, it looks like it's been downsized. Usually, it has a big sponsor and a famous director lending their vision to the event. Not this year.
What caught our eye, was of course, the new work of Quentin Dupieux (of Rubber fame) Smoking Causes Coughing.
Here's a few more that we'd like to see.



EO-reamke of a Bleak Week film, it should be terribly depressing 



Nov 4-11
Free or $35

Our favorite game festival remains an online entity, though it may reach more people, it still isn't great that there's no in real life location to hang out with fellow game makers and fans. We miss the Culver City and USC days.

"IndieCade is pleased to feature over 40 games from around the world. These selected games cross every platform and genre and showcase up-and-coming creators and the future of the game industry."
Academy Museum

"Here, I’ve programmed films from cinema’s first 100 years to both critique and celebrate Hollywood’s depictions of the Chinese, as well as spotlight groundbreaking Chinese and Chinese American artists who have navigated an industry often ignorant of race. There are studio blockbusters curated alongside forgotten gems—some films are extraordinary, others downright abhorrent."-Arthur Dong
Godzilla Day
Thurs, Nov 3
Select Theaters
Toho is bringing us Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla from 2002, it's gonna by a schlocky ridiculous mess. There's a reason they gave up on Godzilla for more than a solid decade.


A new Godzilla causes the JSDF to construct a cyborg countermeasure from the original monster's remains. The beast's restless soul is discovered to inhabit the machine as the pilot must learn to find value in her own life. For the first time ever in US cinema's Toho Co Ltd and Fathom Events bring 2002's Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla to the silver screen in celebration of Godzilla Day! 

This limited time screening will feature content never before seen on the big screen direct from Japan along with an exclusive special message for the fans from Toho's Chief Godzilla Officer in Tokyo! 

Sat, November 5, 2022, 5:00 PM
Secret Movie Club Theater 1917 Bay Street 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90021
$14 – $48
Gamera, aka Friend of all Children, a protector who resembles a huge giant turtle (and may be inspired by the tortoise who is one of the four key symbols in Chinese constellations) was originally a Kaiju character of the 1960’s. Godzilla’s slower, if kinder, cousin.

As with so many Kaiju series, the big shelled one had seemed to run his course by the early 1980’s and disappeared from the pop culture scene. But in the mid 1990’s, the Hesei studio decided to reboot Gamera and picked filmmaker Shusuke Kaneko to re-conceptialize and direct the movie.
Opening Reception / Nov 5, 3:00PM - 6:00PM
NUCLEUS FLAGSHIP 210 East Main St Alhambra CA 91801
Nucleus is excited to welcome the creative minds behind 2017 DuckTales for an in-person / virtual Q & A and signing!Pre-ordered copies of The Art of DuckTales will be signed by Matthew Youngberg and Frank Angones, as well as additional members of the creative team.
Ground Level Studios
Sat, Nov 5, 6:30 PM
Ground Level Studios
1028 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, California 90015, United States
RETROSPEKT is a new immersive music experience set to take place on Saturday, November 5th, at Ground Level Studios in Downtown Los Angeles. RETROSPEKT will feature 360-projection mapping of art throughout the whole dance floor and multiple immersive "selfie" style rooms transforming the intimate downtown setting. In addition, illustrious installation artist Berk Visual (aka RAW RUSS) has been added to the event, providing a one-of-a-kind installation and customized stage.
Out Nov 4
Select Theaters
Another One Piece film another horrible Engrish title that doesn't make sense. 

Synopsis: Uta —the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as “otherworldly.” Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans—excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance—the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks' daughter.