Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dilute, dilute. OK!

A-Kon is coming, and with it, a thousand smells. Last year, the stench was deafening. I mean tha; it was so bad, that the olfactory section of my brain sent the data to my hearing centers, just because it didn't want to deal with it.

So, with that in mind, I'd like to remind everyone to consider their current hygienic practices and start working on that cleaning ritual today. I introduced my roomie to Dr. Bronner's after watching this (1:00 in).

Now if we could just up the frequency....

Disney 101: More Re-Education

School's almost over, but I feel we need a tad more brain fuel before class can finally dismiss!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Anime dubbing legend, Mike Reynolds!

From kings to peasants, from high-ranking generals to corrupt politicians, from monsters to mortals, from sidekicks to scoundrels, one of the greats in English-language voice dubbing of foreign cartoons!

This is why backups are important.

Always back up your work. ALWAYS.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Works of Halas & Batchelor (1941-90)



Saturday, April 21, 2012


I should've shared these yesterday, but I was out of the house doing normal things and it's Saturday so, whatever... More...

And now our feature presentation!

Friday, April 13, 2012

HELL comes to Anime Boston: IT LIVES... AGAIN!

I approached Hell with a little nervousness, because as usual, I waited until the last goddamn minute to get my stuff together. Complicating things was the fact that both of my co-hosts had other obligations-- Daryl at Sakura-con and Mike Horne at PAX EAST. I made sure to hit them up for material, so they'd both be represented and fresh in the minds of Hell-tendees when the heroic trio gets back together in 2013. And oh yeah, I spent part of my weekend at PAX, too! Crazy times.

Anyway, we started as usual with a full 300-capacity room. I actually got the room a full half hour before showtime, so I went ahead and ran a selection of Hell "classics," including Forklift Driver Klaus, Kitchen Gun, and Germs and You. Interestingly, less than five people in the room had seen Klaus, so it went over pretty damn well.

Hell was extremely fun and lively for the first 75 minutes or so, thanks to new hits like Mexican Batman, the juxtaposition of Lion Maru and Bitter Lake, and internet comedy superstar Toby Jones, whom I'm tempted to approach to record a Hell-specific segment for next year. Recent internet favorites like Nkrato also screened, and I'm pleased to report that even a very popular, recent video like It's a Snap! went over like gangbusters. With 2m+ views on youtube, I felt certain it had reached saturation point, but I asked for a show of hands and less than half of the room had seen it. You just never know!

Sprinkled amongst the playlist was some material mined from Dave's 2007 AWA Hell (the HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH "hi I'm from los angels" segment went over really well), a ton of horror trailers courtesy of Mr Horne (the crowd favorite was the brief, weird AXE, which tempts me to pair it up with one of the dumber AXE BODY SPRAY commercials at a future Hell), El Santo wrestling a mummy, El Santo wrestling a werewolf, and Phil Collins getting beat up by the Ultimate Warrior. At this point the energy was fading - partly because I ran a few choice music videos, like Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend (20th anniversary, natch!), Sly & Robbie's SUPERTHRUSTER, and the immensely disturbing (and purely, awesomely, Hell-appropriate) Molten Light. Towards the end, I kept going back to Mexican Batman (which is actually a Korean unofficial sequel to Golden Bat, dubbed in Spanish), using it as shock paddles when I felt like I was losing the crowd. Longtime AWA favorite THE CORN DOG 7 flopped, probably because the jokes are way more effective when most of the room knows that it's the convention's senior staff in the film. The biggest reactions, late in the show, were to Daryl's contributions of Terrell Breaks his Leg and a great Russian roulette scene from Killer7. We wrapped up with about 75% of the room full - not as crazy as I would have liked, but it was a good HELL overall.

At one point, I ran the famous Brony Rage; most of the crowd wasn't convinced it was really a joke, and reportedly one guy stood up and said that he was a brony, and this dude onscreen was a faggot! If I'd heard that, I would've told him to mind his manners-- in 2012, we don't call human beings that word. We only use that word to describe savory balls of liver and onions in a rich west country sauce.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

VHS HELL: Return of the King

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And I've got two VHS tapes of the Rankin/Bass Return of the King animated special. But can I find a VHS tape of Two Towers?

Monday, April 09, 2012

VHS HELL: The Fire of Field 13

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The Manitou (1978)

The Manitou is about a woman with a tumor on her neck who goes to the hospital only to discover that it's a fetus of a reborn Native American medicine man from 400 years ago. It was written by someone who knew nothing about tumors, hospitals, or Native Americans. It is also about 40 minutes too long.

I rented this not too long ago from Netflix. The disc was damaged and I couldn't watch it, but they had it on streaming. I sat down with a bottle of chardonnay, a bowl of sauerkraut chicken, and slogged through this thing. After watching it, I reported the disc as damaged on the Netflix site. When they asked if I wanted a replacement disc, I said no, thank-you.

So, let's examine this mess.

The Films of John & Faith Hubley (1957-76)


The Adventures of * (1957)

The Tender Game (1958)
Featuring music by the Oscar Peterson Trio with vocals by Ella Fitzgerald

Date With Dizzy (1958)
Featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie

Moonbird (1959)
Winner of the Academy Award

Harlem Wednesday (1959)

Children of the Sun (1960)
Produced for UNICEF

The Hole (1962)
Featuring the improvisational voices of Dizzy Gillespie and George Mathews
Academy Award Winner

Of Stars and Men (1964)
Based on the book by Harlow Shapley

The Hat (1964)
Featuring the voices and music of Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore

A Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966)
Featuring the music of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Academy Award Winner

Urbanissimo (1967)

Zuckerkandl! (1968)
Written and Spoken by Robert Maynard Hutchins

Windy Day (1968)

Of Men and Demons (1969)

Eggs (1971)

Dig (1972)

Cockaboody (1974)

Voyage To Next (1974)

People, People, People (1976)
Produced for the American Revolution Bicentennial Association

Friday, April 06, 2012

And at the sixth hour, there was darkness

Listen Jesus, do you care for your race?
Don't you see we must keep in our place?
We are occupied
Have you forgotten how put down we are?
I am frightened by the crowd
For we are getting much too loud
And they'll crush us if we go too far
If we go too far

Danno and I are in slight disagreement on this one. I prefer Jesus Christ Superstar and he prefers Godspell. Both debuted in 1971.

Yes, it's all for the.....(all your wrongs will be redressed..)
Yes, it's all for the.....(you must never be distressed....)
Yes, it's all for the.....(someone's got to be oppressed!)

Godspell is more likely to be performed at your local high-school, for obvious reasons. It's more music-hall in style and doesn't spend any time talking about prostitutes or Roman occupation.

I can't give you a precise reason I prefer JC:SS, if maybe I just like drama like that or its general counter-culture nature. Interestingly enough, of the two of us, I'm the optimist.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Yeah? Your cousin blows eggs!

This was actually a yearly task for us, blowing eggs. As disgusting as it sounds, it's not that nasty when you actually do it and makes the eggs easier for decorations that last.

I have no idea what language this fellow is speaking. It seems unnecessary for the demonstration. The egg is hollow at the end, no matter what.

VHS HELL: Gerbert Listening is Loving

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Let's get those things decorated

Patton Oswald would like to have a few words (some language on the link).