Thursday, June 30, 2011
Yes, I know the sound quality on this is not very good. Trust me, you are not missing anything.
If that is Christopher Lee, he's not credited on IMDB or the credits. It might just be a good Lee impersonator; but, it could be him, before he got respectable.
Now, the actual movie.
I watched this movie, because Dan suggested it. I will never forgive him.
Burgess Meredith plays "The Dolphin", an acupuncturist with ties to the underworld. Don't worry too much about him, as he spends most of the movie behind the camera. Yes, Meridith directed this flick.
Jeff "Jeffery" Bridges is introduced; this is his first actual film from not-TV. He plays a douche draft-dodger, Nero Finnegan, who's fascinated with James Joyce. Look, I've got a copy of James Joyce's "Ulysses", signed by Stacy Sanchez, Playmate of the year '96, and I don't worship Joyce the way this kid does. And it's not as much that he worships him, as much as he thinks people should respect him the same way they did Joyce. Sadly, Nero has zero talent, so no one sees him as anything but an annoying white guy in Hong Kong.
James Mason plays Mr. Ying-Yang Go (or YY Go to his enemies), a half Chinese\Half Mexican crime lord. You will learn to hate both him and his dumb contact lenses before this movie is done.
YY Go manages to pick up Prof. Robert Bannister, whose plane crashed in commie China. He's played by Peter Lind Hayes, who I had seen elsewhere.
This is reason number one I hate this movie. I frickin' love "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T" and seeing Hayes try to give Jeff Bridges a blowjob in "Mr. Go" has completely ruined the "Dream Stuff" sequence for me. Thank you, Burgess Meridith, for putting a subtext on a scene that was perfectly innocent and wonderful. Rot in hell.
Anyway, Go blackmails Bannister. This would not be a big deal, but Bannister has developed the "sidewinder" laser that can destroy any air-borne missile. We'll get into that more later, when Hayes is looking more like Heino and wearing dark glasses.
Now, this is when CIA Agent Zimmerman shows up. He's played by Jack McGowran, who is a fantastic actor in his own right. He pesters Jeff Bridges, convincing him he's a literary agent. Queue some horrible James Joyce quotes and an irritating night on the town. As you can see from that clip, Jeff's girlfriend is kidnapped.
Jeff is annoyed his GF is not home waiting for him. That is because he is a douche. Zimmerman blows his cover and Jeff goes on the run.
Jeff runs to Mr. Go, and QUEUE THE BUDDHA! Yes, Christopher Lee is a deus et Masonite and Mr. Go has a flashback.
Actually, he has a montage. It's like, Yo, dawg. I heard you like montages, so I put a montage in your montage. The entire time, the soundtrack keeps playing.
I'm guessing you played those two clips I posted, right? The entire soundtrack is like that. You cannot escape it.
Mr. Go, has a terrible speech and talks about how he feels tingly and new. Seeing as how he has not just scrubbed down with some Dr. Bronner's, the extra character in that scene should be shooting everyone and jumping out of the helicopter.
Oh yeah. That scene takes place on a helicopter.
A helicopter Mr. Go has a remote control for. I don't know about you, but I've played with one of those little RC choppers and it's a royal pain in the ass to keep them in a straight line.
Jeff-Jeff has to go rescue his girlfriend from LESBIAN RAPE SCENE. Seriously, I saw that and was all, "Whiskey tango fox-trot, Burgess!" It took me completely by surprise, even though there was a still from it during the opening credits that I had utterly ignored. This was pointed out to me later, by people who pay closer attention to random bare breasts in films.
Everyone hides out in a graveyard and Jeff's GF gets kidnapped again, because she's less useful than a Dr. Who assistant. She gets whisked away to the Dolphin's shop.
Zimmerman gets chased by Japanese hipsters and is saved by The Dolphin. This movie is just old-man wish fulfillment, I swear.
Jeff's GF drinks some potent potable and has a fun little scene where she swears like something out of "Firefly" at Zimmerman. There's a fight scene and Zimmerman is shot in the stomach.
Later, as Zimmerman stumbles through town, bleeding to death, they play the MOST INAPPROPRIATE MUSIC. I hate you, movie.
Mr. Go decides to have a funeral for himself. Jeff gets to see the super-laser in action and gives it away to all the beautiful people of the earth. Jeff's GF hangs out with Mr. Go inside a Buddha-belly and she rubs her tit on him. He looks ill.
So, I have to say, I hate this movie. I could not watch it all in one go, but kept having to pause it and do other things. I cannot suggest it.
I can only warn you. SAY NO TO GO.
I watched this, so you don't have to.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I'm glad there's a retro version of this. The original never really worked for me.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
My god! What will happen to these people? It's a horror movie in the making.
I used to watch this a kid. Looking at it now, the thing that hurts the most is seeing the Twin Towers. And so it goes.
The blackout of '77 was actually very important to the entire hip-hop movement.
Many electronic stores were targeted during the looting spree and the DJ equipment stolen was soon put to good use. Back then this kind of equipment was way beyond the financial reach of most kids and, unlike now, there was no second-hand market to speak of. As Grandmaster Caz, one of the early pioneers (and one of the Cold Crush Brothers) so rightly points out: "It was like Christmas for black people. The next day there were a thousand new D.J.'s"
Remember that, as you bob yo head.
I do so love the phrase "friendly monster". I enjoy this clip for axe-action, if nothing else.
What do you want to change?
Burke started as the science reporter at the BBC. Watch as he reasonably freaks out in this clip.
Oh, here's a thing I saw in high school! (That was back in nineteen mumble-mumble.) I'll tell you, it was the first thing in my mind when I saw this story.
Burke went on to make "The Day the Universe Changed". I had always respected his willingness to view things from an off point.
And, he was willing to make concessions to those who thought differently from him.
I include this because I know that no hero above reproach. Nothing is sacred. Everything is permitted.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
My happy (self)medicated self saw this and said, "That's that for THAT!"
Personally, I love juggling. I'm not very good at it myself (I keep leading with the left hand), but I always appreciate when it's done well. It's magic. It's slight of hand. It's dance.
Yeah. That was real.
Sadly, no amen break.
It helps if they're cute.
I could watch that all night.
I'd post more of the lovely brothers, but it's getting late. You should look up their cover of "A Comedy of Errors", however. There's a great sequence with a spear.
There's a hat trick everyone should learn. I'm looking at you, steampunks.
In the end, I leave you with this. It's people having fun, doing what they do well. May a happy future come where we may all do the same.
Mad props to @PRguitarman for that first video link.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I loved this the first time I saw it, ages ago.
I'm trying to figure out if automata count as a puppet. I think they do.
Anyhoo, we're fascinated by puppets here at Anime Hell. And not in some geeky way.
ANY KIND OF PUPPET.
Is stop-action a puppet? Yes. A very slow one.
(Everything individually micced for your listening pleasure.)
Incidentally, the mechanics that make this doll work were copied for a very simple robot that caries product from one track to another where there can be no track. I can't find the video at the moment.
I still have plans to create an El Topo Gigo. Or maybe a Topo G.I.Joe?
By the way. That first video? Here's what it samples.
Blossom Dearie - "It Amazes Me"
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
That was not to be.
Not that I mind. I'm not the Hell den-mom.
The Ninjas actually scored a hotel room in the West End and I went to meet them Thursday night. We were going to walk over to the Old Spaghetti Warehouse, but went to Sushiworld instead.
"This food is perfect and you have ruined me by bringing me here," Tsuba-kun said. "This is too good that there cannot be some kind of karmic retribution later."
We discovered that retribution on Friday, when it took us four hours to get our badges. I do not blame the con for this. I know who's to blame, because things could have been handled early on and they weren't. I am not going to go into detail on that here, because it is mean gossip and that's not what this blog is about.
On Saturday, Kuba-kun, who was staying at my place, was walking down to the train station and found a trove of Betamax tapes that one of my neighbors had put out for bulk-trash pickup. Most of these tapes are industry training videos (and the masters!) and, oddly enough, I also have the manuals and scripts for these. There is so much information here that we will most likely be creating a second website for this material alone. Hell, I might write a book.
The show started on time! This was very exciting. None of the issues from last year happened this year. We even had control over the house lights.
We started with a car crash. Our audience loves pain.
Clips included the cat\dog fight from "The Cat" and In My Merry Oldsmobile. I have talked to Dan about editing out the live-action section of the Oldsmobile bit so we can keep the energy up (if they sing along and clap, that's a good sign).
Also included were "It Only Takes a Second" and "Life is for Living". Did I mention the pain thing?
We threw candy cigarettes (more popular than I thought they would be). Wonderful wonderful Kris at White Lightning Productions provided some prizes. I think the "Hard Gay" pose-off included 30 people. The "Camay" walk had a robot division (Crow won).
And, of course, the reindeer. Someone had requested it. It's almost tradition. We actually had worked with a local film student who wanted to do a documentary about Anime Hell and, invariably, everyone talked about the reindeer clip. It was even mentioned in the blurb.
Katie gave away some panties. You missed it.
At midnight, we switched over to Ninja Hell. Kogaku had a mild issue with the video input, but Katie stuck around and told a couple of stories that got us through the 15 minutes. Seriously, 15 minutes is nothing for set-up. I applaud the Ninjas for working that out so quickly.
The Ninjas did Ninja Squad. They work out scripts in advance, so they pretty much have a joke for every minute of the film.
However, there is a five minute section of the film where they can't think of anything. This is where a very clever bit of showmanship took over.
Kubu-kun wanted to do the 13 x 7 = 28 routine. I had offered the use of a whiteboard for this, but it was forgotten at the last minute. How were we going to pull it off?
Tsuba-kun suggested we just write on his back. This works, because he's got a lot of back.
However, what was done instead, they pulled a raver-girl from the audience and her belly was used for the first calculation. Her back was used for the second one. Suddenly, we're out of girl to write on.
A second audience member volunteered and let them write the final calculation on her. There is a kid from A-Kon right now, covered in 13s.
Rubbing alcohol, my dear. It will come right off.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I watch this cartoon and and think, "Do not fade, do not grow old."
But what I really think about is that new lotion that smelled just like one of these dolls and how it took me back.
Each one of these dolls had their own unique scent. My sister and I had the first six, and it was not long before we discovered that the Rose Petal clothes also fit She-Ra dolls and Strawberry Shortcake.
This was another set of toys that had a smell. I don't know why girls' toys had to have specific scents. Maybe they thought we couldn't see that well.
I can't find this one in English. "Charmkins, Charmikns, They love hangin' around." They also were scented. I think I only had three of these growing up: Morning Glory, Poison Ivy, and some weird raccoon in a dress.
A major selling point in any girls' toy is the hair. We had a pink one, a green one, and a blue one. They had an unfortunate run-in with some Magic Sand and never recovered. Mildew is not your friend.
Once again, the hair. It's all about the hair.
I do recall that those tails would pop right out if you tugged on them hard enough. It was just a metal ferrule holding everything in. And yes, you can get them back in with a rat-tail comb.
At least they didn't have hair. But you can almost hear Germany in that theme song.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Here's the not-exactly-chronological playlist:
01. Chargeman Ken - every Panel OF DOOM! this year is opening with this
02. Captain America trailer (1990)
03. Reb Brown Captain America with Christopher Lee (whose birthday was that day!)
04. Fantastic Four Cartoon – Magneto the Angry, Stoned Driver
05. Internet blogger "Koji Oe" trashes his home and burns his little anime girl figurines while screaming at his manga as though they were real people
06. An irate furry with a message to all the "haters"
07. G.I. Joe Street Fighter Commercials
08. The "Street Fighter" battle in the Jackie Chan live-action City Hunter
09. Dr. Slump commercials followed by Jackie Chan fighting while dressed up as Arale from Dr. Slump
10. "Open Your Eyes" music video featuring "Rocky" vs "ED-209" in a boxing match
11. Commercials for “Mr. Brain’s…”
12. Wild 7 – Introductory scene of the gang foiling the bank robbers
13. Miami Connection - Ninja battle across the University of Central Florida campus once home to JACO
14. Sushi TV – failed late-night anime block pitch for titles like Baoh and MD Geist
15. True My Heart vs Commando – the Arnold movie repurposed to be the peppy opening to a Japanese gal game
16. Onion News Network - Justice Shed
17. Jersey Shore Gone Wilde - reciting dialogue from Jersey Shore as if it were an Oscar Wilde play
18. Corn Pone Flicks – The Bicycle Thief
19. The Weird Al Show - Macho Man Randy Savage pays Weird Al a visit
20. Cheers Beer ads
21. Stone Cold Steve Austin Impersonates Rick Astley
22. Job-placement site advertisement featuring Kenshiro
23. My Father Is a Hero - Jet Li can't stop the bad guys until he uses a small child as a makeshift flail/yo-yo
24. Fire and Ice - Breakdancing and Skiing, Together At Last
25. Science Ninja Team Gatchaman - Professor Nambu Is a DICK (baby whales, Magma Jesus in lieu of the rapture)
26. Deadly Friend – Ma Fratelli loses her head courtesy of a basketball pass
27. Italian trailer for Lupin the Third: Secret of Mamo
28. Orson Welles for Paul Masson…followed by the drunken outtakes
29. Orson Welles taking pictures of little ballerinas using his Vivitar camera
30. Dialogue from Truck Turner dubbed over footage of Uhura from Star Trek: The Animated Series
31. Redubbed ad for Zoobooks
32. The Way of the Gun – Opening Scene
33. 1980s Astro Boy – Uran and the Creepy Old Man
34. My Lucky Stars - Bodybuilder Geisha fight
35. Kids in the Hall – Bruce is more than just “the poo guy”
36. Golgo 13 and Ashita no Joe pachinko ads
37. Cillit Bang Adverts followed by parodies
38. Nicolas Cage behaving…erratically…in Vampire’s Kiss
39. Space Battleship Yamato – the Comet Empire hates dinosaurs
40. Wild 7 – Interrogation scene culminating in surprise impalement
41. How to Comment on Youtube Videos
42. Deadly Prey aka “The Most Action-Packed Movie Of All Time”
43. Ten Tigers of Kwangtung Finale
The Animazement 2011 Hell played to a capacity crowd, who laughed, cried, and frantically waved their arms back and forth like metronomes. You can relive all the magic with the handy Animazement 2011 Hell playlist, now available over on the Animazement forums. Thanks go to this year's Hellions, Cameron Blashka and Chris Culpepper, with special thanks to David Smith for his editing assistance.
Back before I had access to a VCR I used to tape movies and TV shows on a portable 3M tape recorder. I placed the little microphone by the TV speaker and pressed both play and record at the same time and filled up a cassette tape of lo-fi mono goodness. Later I played back the cassette over and over, my way of enjoying the movies without being able to watch the movies "on demand." I quickly noticed that Movies had a richer sound then TV shows and sitcoms. This was my introduction to sound design.
Which is probably why I'm enjoying this Creative Commons Netlabel project so much.
Ergo Phizmiz has taken Albert Zugsmith's "Confessions of an Opium Eater" and edited and mastered Albert Glasser's film score, along with the movie's sound design and some choice Vincent Price monologues. That's the brilliance of this Chinstrap Music project. Going through the soundscape of public domain films and finding some great movie music. What a great idea.
Be sure to listen to "Opium" for the full bad trip seedy opium den effect.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
A sample of what got most of us rather pumped up for art school!
From the future director of THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL...
From the creator of Courage The Cowardly Dog...
From the animator behind those trippy RICHARD LINKLETTER films...
From the tree-hugging hippie behind FERN GULLY...
From the weirdo behind ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE...
From the guy who did Beavis & Butt-Head, King of the Hill Office Space and something else I forgot...
Hmmm, quite an early one for the Oscar-winning director of "Ryan"...
Probably the one reason why anyone out there remembers this show at all...
This message comes to us from JAIL!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Apparently, some kid on Twitter said that only old people wear wrist-watches. I can see where the kid is coming from, as most cell phones today have a time function of some sort. I had always used the analog clock as the screen-saver on my Nokia 1100 (don't laugh, it worked) because I thought it was funny.
Dan won't wear a wrist-watch because he is a furry monster from The North and has trouble with the straps. I think wrist-watches look like shackles, to be honest, and we discussed pocket-watches. From there, I mentioned that I don't half-mind watch broaches.
And that led to Google.
The thing about a nurse's watch is the dial is upside down so the nurse can read it. (Yes, I said dial, not face. Apparently, that is the correct term, according to a clock-maker I know.)
During this conversation, we found some very nice watches, none of which I would ever buy.
Let's go back to that first link, shall we? I got stuck looking at lots of nurse watches and we started to poke around that particular site and we found...
It does not look like much. It's just a foldable water-bottle. But then I wondered how much custom printing on it would cost and if we could get the "rules for a healthy con" printed on that with the web-site on the other side and it made a lot of sense.
The candy we throw at the shows isn't free, and we've been trying to figure out how to come out even on this. We like throwing candy, don't get me wrong.
Most of our prizes are donated by White Lightning Productions, but anything after that is cost we soak up. We can't charge admission due to the copyright status of our source material. We don't want to put ads on the site and a PayPal "donate" button seems tacky. The idea of being an Amazon partner has been bandied about; but, again, it seems tacky.
But we could sell a water-bottle. During the summer cons? Oh yeah. We could do that.