Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jurassic Park

From VampireHungerStrike's deviantart.
I went to go see Jurassic Park today. Since this movie isn't like the others I've talked about, we're going to do this a bit different. I loved this movie when it came out, and contrary to popular belief, while this movie didn't start my love of dinosaurs, it definitely cemented it. FYI, Dinotopia started my obsession with dinos when I was little. Considering I've seen this movie multiple times, have had the soundtrack and novels for ages now, I'm just going to direct your attention to some neat Jurassic Park things around the Internet.

ScreenJunkies do some hilarious 'honest trailers' for new and older movies people request.

Amazing song by Patrick Dwyer about Jurassic Park.

Last video for tonight, some fans made a Jurassic Park the Musical.
Here we have the opening song, '625 Million Years Ago.' Check out Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company's youtube page for more goodness, the even have an X-Files musical.

WikiHow has a cute idea for making your own mini park here.Personally I'd make one in one of those garden window boxes with slightly appropriate looking herbs and flowers the dinos would play in.

MonsterBrand has these awesome Raptor Claw Necklaces for sale in their shop, only $20.00.

Anyone remember doing or buying those dinosaur excavating kits? I loved those and still have some of the figures I've dug up. If you have a little one into dinos, this is such a cute craft to do for them!
Linking to the Pinterest article since I can't seem to find the original site.

TrendHunter also has a top 17 Jurassic Park Themed Products list you should go check out.

With that, I'll leave you with something I'm working on.
Quick sketch from a scene in the movie, done for my Tumblr drawing a day quest, but more on that later.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Warehouse 13

Warehouse is back this month, April 29th! To celebrate, I looked online for some of the best/my favorite Warehouse 13 things. Click the image to go through to the page it's from.

First up is ComickerGirl and her amazing art. I love all her W13 pieces, but only so many can fit.
World of Warehouse 13. I would totally play this mmo.

Tee design, sad I missed out on it.

A New Hope

Instructables tutorial for making your own Farnsworth Communicator

There was a Warehouse 13 themed swap on Craftster, very nice.

You can see a sneak peek at the new episode on the SyFy and buy licensed merch there too.
I'll leave you with this image from FoxFire141, Warehouse Monster part 2, in which silliness runs wild after Pete eats so many cookies he turns into the Cookie Monster. Enjoy!

G.I.Joe: Retaliation


White House Down

Lone Ranger

Hangover 3

Fast and Furious 6

Star Trek: Into Darkness

World War Z

On to the movie.
G.I. Joe

Long story short, I went into this movie expecting explosions, sword fights, and possibly a montage. The movie gave me all that and threw in a shirtless Storm Shadow, so in all, it exceeded my expectations. I didn't see the first movie, so can't say how well they continued that story, but in the opening credits they did a quick  recap to get everyone all caught up who may not have seen the first movie, so that was another plus. There were a lot of jokes and witty one liners thrown around, another plus for me. One thing I thought was weird was one of the bad guys at one point playing Angry Birds on his phone. First I thought it was silly and would date the movie once the fad passes, but after a few moments of thinking about the game, the concept became brilliant. They were using the game as a metaphor for what was going on in the scene.
All things considered, it's a fun brainless movie to go see for mindless action.

The Croods

Any spoilers will be in white as usual.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Smurfs 2

Monsters University

Despicable Me 2



On to the movie.

I loved watching this movie. the voice acting, animation, jokes, story...yes, I even liked the story even though it's one I've seen so many times before. Teenage child acts out against parental unit(s) to be free, parent keeps reining them in for (protection), crazy hijinks ensue, as they come to an understanding parental unit sacrifices themselves to save the child before the child can verbalize love and understanding, child realizes what a dink they've been, and Reunited! Time for a partyYeah, it's a story I've been seeing often, but it's no less good and compelling here then it was in the others. So now that we know the story, moving on to other aspects. I thought the voice acting and choices for it were spot on. I went into the film knowing who voiced half the characters already, but they made me believe that they were their characters, that these cavemen would actually sound like Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. Some of the best one liners in the film were from Cage's character Grug.
The animation I also liked. In some scenes it's very colorful and vibrant, reminds me a tiny bit of the backgrounds they tried to do in Oz, but where that failed due to obvious green screening, this soared brilliantly since it was all the same animation style and the characters were actually there in the environment, and not imagining it.
This movie also came very close to making me cry because a situation made me feel sad for the characters. It takes something pretty powerful to get me there over fictional characters I haven't invested that much time in. There also *is* an after credits scene at the end of the movie. Nothing impactful though, just 3 of the elephant-mice playing their trunks like horns in a Mariachi band for a few moments. Cute, but skippable.

Loot Crate: Cosmos

Time for another Loot Crate unboxing picture post. Here we go.

I get so excited when I come home to this little box of joy.

Underside of lid and items in box as I open it.

Star Wars Pop! Bobblehead figure. Out of the possible four they had (Darth Vader, Yoda, and C3PO) I was so lucky to get this one! Boba Fett is one of my favorite characters from the series. 
Me-Awesome! I got the one I wanted!
Tayron- If you wanted one we have them at work I could have gotten you one, you know.
Me- (no offense to Loot Crate, just stating honest opinion here) I don't buy bobbleheads Tay, all I'm saying is he's the best one they could have chosen. 

Several different things here, we have the Dead Space 3 Wall Graphic, The Art of Star Wars Comics: Collectible Postcards, and a Live long and Prosper button.

Hexbug Nano Micro Robot. This thing is cool and now I don't have to swipe Tayron's to play with. First the dice, now the hexbug, you're too good to us Loot Crate.

Secret Code Wristband pictured here with the code printed on the box that you see once you've unpacked all your goodies.

Complete box picture.
Short and sweet this time around guys since I'm posting this a bit later than usual. Considering doing a cosplay unpacking next time, what do you think?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Zenkaikon 2013 Day 3

From the positive reinforcement I got the previous night as Joey, decided to end out the weekend with him. I'll be trying to make his shirt one more time, but if it fails again for the fourth time, I'm going to have to move on and not waste any more time on it when there are other characters I'd like to do.
Only attended one panel/show on Sunday since I was too busy packing then chatting with friends made this weekend and artists from the Artists Alley to randomly choose panels to attend. I did make an effort to see the Eien Strife concert, it was amazing, possible video from that coming soon to my Youtube channel.
Linkstorm time. I picked up a lot of business cards this weekend, here's the links that you can check out their work.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Zenkaikon 2013 Day 2

Saturday morning dawns, and what kind of Saturday would it be without cartoons? I donned my Max outfit again to check out 'Saturday Morning (and beyond) Cartoons of the 80's and 90's.' Panel was hosted by Kevin Bolk, artist, and was hilarious and entertaining. I don't want to spoil his panel for you to see in the future, but even if I did you should check out his panels and comics, he's very entertaining. Some of my favorites included the Super Mario Super Show, The Legend of Zelda, Fox's Peter Pan and the Pirates, and Pirates of Dark Water.
After the panel tried to get a few more pics but it didn't quite work out so I changed into plainclothes which got me a lot of compliments. I decided to wear my shirt with this design.
The artist is Karen Hallion, and I love her work. You should see some of the prints she has on sale in her Etsy shop, just beautiful.

After taking more pictures of people, went to 'Eien Strife's Stories of Adventuring' panel. Going to share a video from their Youtube channel that they showed, but seriously, go check them out, they have the songs from their album on the channel that you can listen to before buying the cd. 
The panel was comprised of q/a sessions between videos and songs. They sang some popular songs like Still Alive, the Pokemon Theme song, and one of theirs, Follow the Star. Ended out the panel with everyone there getting in a victory pose up front.

Next up was the 'Webcomics 101' panel. Hosted by T. Campbell, Scott Kurtz, Jessi and Matt, creator of Not so Magical Girl, and the creator of Friday Nights. The panel was very informative, mostly q/a, but I took lots of notes if I feel the need to go that direction in the future. You never know. 
There were a few hours between it and the next panel I promised to go to, so I decided to get changed and end the night out as Joey Wheeler.
Not going to go in depth on the last two panels of Saturday, went to 'How to Burlesque' followed by 'Beyond the Tentacle with +2 Comedy.' I'm still trying to figure out why I went to the Burlesque panel, it's not something I would normally go to, but I thought that after the conversations I had Friday night, it was time to do something crazy and out of my comfort zone. Especially since it was highly unlikely anyone would be getting undressed, I felt more comfortable deciding to sit through this. Most of it was a q/a with talking about how they got into this business, followed by a demonstration and basic dance that everyone had to get up and do. And before anyone asks, yes I danced, it wasn't any worse than anything that's happened at RHPS, and no, I'm not ever going to be going down that path, so don't worry about praying for me or things like that. 
The +2 panel was next. Now, I feel the need to put a little disclaimer here. I don't watch 'adult videos' I'm not into that kind of thing, but I said I'd go and had no previous obligations that I thought were at different times. No offense to anyone who does watch that kind of thing, I just don't feel like it's worth my time when there are so many other things clamoring for it. That being said, the videos and topics did make me a tiny bit uncomfortable with it being in a large crowd, but Noah and Will from +2 Comedy were funny and I was glad I went to that panel since I probably wouldn't have bought the dvd otherwise. Watching the dvd tomorrow before work, more on that later.

Zenkaikon Day 1 Part 2

Home again, on to updates! Friday was a fun day full of meeting new people, reconnecting with old acquaintances, and having fun attending a few panels.
So Friday I decided to wear the Mighty Max outfit.
Where's a portal when you need one?

For reference, here's part of the first episode. Love that show.

Not many people recognized me which turned out to be a good thing since it gave me the chance to take lots of pictures and just chat with people. I also decided to see random panels when I had the time, which turned out to be one of the best decisions of the weekend.
Pictures on flickr can be found here at Reitein700 Zenkaikon 2013
On a whim I chose to go see 'Eien Strife's Video Game Challenges' panel.

I'm not sure what exactly made me choose this one, but I'm so extremely glad I did. The group had people from the audience volunteer to come up and play a level in a video game while doing something silly or while something silly was going on/being done to them. It sounds weird to say this, but they were genuinely funny and completely unscripted with jokes they were shooting off between each other and with the audience. They seemed truly interesting and I went and bought their cd shortly after to hear what their music sounded like and loved it. They have videos and pictures on their website, go check them out. or on their youtube. I then proceeded to go to most of their panels and shows this weekend minus 2 because or previous engagements. More on that later
After more wandering, I headed to Uncle Yo's Stand up Comedy, where he told jokes from his newest album, Ecto-Kitt-Lorean. It was hilarious as always, not sure what else there is to say since I've said so much about him already in several past posts. For those who had heard about an interview, not going up on this blog. I'll maybe link to where it was done for in reality, but not hosted here since it wasn't actually for this blog. I did talk with this one awesome guy while waiting with my 'friend', I wish I knew your name, you gave me some great advice for the future I'll definitely be using for my video tomorrow.
Final panel of the night was 'Avatar the Last Con Panel V:BoomerAang There and Back Again.' saw this group at Zenkaikon last year, and was thrilled to see them back. New material discussed about what might happen in the coming season of The Legend of Korra with concept art, new characters and leaked video. There were also descriptions and demonstrations of the different types of martial arts that inspired the types of bending. I decided to give the trivia a try but tanked. I got the simple math problem right though, so at least I'm not a total failure. Remember what I said about who I sat next to last year? Yeah, this year it was a heckler I had the pleasure of sitting next to. Again, here is where Toph and Aang can be found.
Going through Flickr found a bunch of great photos from these people and more.
Digital Ink

Friday, March 22, 2013

Zenkaikon Day 1

It's shaping up to be an awesome convention this weekend. Connected with friends, acted a fool trying to explain how I felt about something but poorly, and saw some awesome panels. Bad news, no free wifi except in the lobby possibly, so posting from my phone right now. This means hardly any pics or videos until I get back home and can upload, but I will be getting them ready on the laptop, labelled and organized so I can get them out in several posts Sunday night to Monday morning. I'd stretch them out but I'd like to keep all the con posts in order and finished before I go see and post about the movies Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Also, not many videos going up, even if you saw me recording something, only about 10% are maybe going to be uploaded as clips or stills. I was really only taking videos so I could enjoy the panels more in real time. Last year I spent so much time writing about what was happening and didn't really enjoy it.
I'll leave you all with this one pic taken with my phone today.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Updates and news

Just a quick update on everything going on right now. I know Burt Wonderstone just came out, but because of things happening, I'll be seeing it Monday the 25th, and the Croods on Tuesday the 26th. My job has had me working weird hours until after my 'vacation' this weekend. Which brings me to my other news. I'll be going to Zenkaikon this weekend, and being sad reading all the tweets and updates about Pax. Sadness will be contained within the hotel room though, as I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and networking this weekend. I'll be a blonde, this weekened only, dressed as Joey Wheeler, or Max the Cap-Bearer. The days leading up will be full of last minute prep, both for the con and Easter and watching massive amounts of Mighty Max. Yes, I'm one of those people who when dressed as a character, I like getting the lines and way of speaking correct. Also my Joey is going to be abridged Joey, easier for me to do that accent and funnier.
I'm also hoping to be able to go to Otakon this year as well, but if I don't, there will still be the Renn Faire and other small events to go to.
Other news, some interesting things to talk about. I finally got around to watching the BBC's Sherlock, Loved it! I won't be getting The Hobbit when it comes out tomorrow, I'm waiting for the special extended edition like what I have with the LOTR dvd sets. Loved the finale of King of the Nerds. The one I was rooting for the whole time didn't win, but he's still awesome. I'm amazed it took me this long to find this movie, but I just finished watching 'Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel.' I freaking love this movie, Chris O'Dowd is great in it, and will be getting it on dvd very soon and sharing it with all my friends. Not quite sure how to put this in words, between the dialogue, references to other means and stories f time travel, and the need to be thinking about the movie while watching it, it's all just amazing. The thinking part I might have liked the most, where you had to get involved in the movie thinking about the different timelines they cross into and change. It really makes you get invested in the movie, even though it's not really interactive.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Oz the Great and Powerful

Spoiler warning. If you plan on seeing this movie, (and you should, it's awesome!) I'm not whiting out the spoilery parts. Face it, it's a prequel, you should already know how it ends, it really is the journey that makes it fantastic in this case.

After Earth


Star Trek:Into Darkness

The Croods

Lone Ranger

Iron Man 3

The Movie

I keep trying to write this post over and over again, trying to find the words to describe this movie even the slightest bit objectively, but I can't, so I am so very sorry. You're getting full on fangirl mode here. I can't help it, I'm thinking about things in the movie, and characters and it's like I'm a little kid again, reading the Oz books for the first time.
Story this time is going to be short, since this is supposedly a direct prequel to The Wizard of Oz, I didn't go in blank slate like usual. The story is basically the Wizard, a circus magician named Oscar Diggs, Oz for short, is running away from a mess he created in his hot air balloon, and accidentally ends up in a tornado. He arrives in Oz, where he meets Theodora. She takes him to the Emerald City, meeting a flying monkey along the way. Oz saves the monkey from the lion about to eat him, and Finley swears a life debt, joining the party. They make it to the palace awaiting him, the wizard of the prophecy, and he meets Evanora, Theodora's sister. Evanora tells him to get the riches he needs to kill the wicked witch who poisoned her own father, the king, to assume the throne before being chased out.
So he sets off on his quest to break the wicked witches wand and restore order. On the way, they rescue a China Girl(not named in the movie or imdb), and though Oz wants her to go the safe path back to the Emerald City, she refuses and adamantly demands to go on with him. They finally find the witch, who turns out to be the good witch Glinda. She tells him the full truth, and we find that Evanora is the real wicked witch. She turns her sister evil by twisting the truth to hurt her feelings enough to eat an enchanted apple that will wither her heart and thereby destroy all emotions. This apple also makes her green and super evil.
From here on, the story is just preparation for the upcoming battle and the battle itself between good and evil.
There are so many good things about this movie, between the references to the books and movie that came before, to the amazing scenery in the background, cameos by Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi? Come on, what's not to love? The only two things I found it lacking in, were the constant attempts on his life, it gets so suspenseful that he's going to die several times, but we all know he's not going to die, at least not in this movie. Second thing, I know it's supposed to focus on the three main witches in the original story and the movie, but I would have very much appreciated some passing comment at least on Locasta, Good Witch of the South. I suppose they just merged her with Glinda, seeing as Glinda kisses Oz on the forehead for protection before going up against the witches in the final battle. I loved that touch.
Final verdict is that this is an amazing movie, and good for anyone no matter their level of Oz fandom, only exception is young children, it does get scary several times and it is rated PG for a reason.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

So one of the things you'll start to realize is my focus on story in these thoughts on movies posts. I don't consider myself much of an expert in other fields that reviewers tear apart, but I have done CGI work and video once. It's not that easy and it takes time to create something awesome. Underneath all the pretty-ness though, is a story trying to be told. That's what I try to focus on, since without a good story foundation and dialogue, all the best CGI and effects won't mean much more than keys jangled in front of a toddler's face. With that being said, on to the previews. Changing things to show all the previews in every post now instead of linking to other posts I'd shown them in already.

Iron Man 3
What more needs to be said? Seeing this one opening weekend.

Now You See Me
I want to see this one just to find out what the twist is.

G.I. Joe:Retaliation
Not sure what can be said about this one. 

The Croods
New trailer gives us a bit more info on the movie than before, loving the sloth named belt, so cute.

Now I've said this looks like an interesting movie before, but I had a thought while watching the trailer tonight. Now, Tom Cruise is a man named Jack, and women are screaming his name as he or they are in danger. Anybody else seeing links to Legend that aren't there? I can just see the fanfics now about him being a descendant of Jack and Lily.

Pacific Rim
Tayron's dying to see this one, so I'll be seeing it too and letting you all know if it resembles Evangelion as much as the trailer hints. 

Man of Steel
I'm just saying this now, unless nothing else besides graphic horror comes out the week this does, I'm not going to go see this movie in theaters. I might see it after it comes out on DVD, that's just my opinion.

Time for our feature presentation.
Taking a moment to talk about the pretty things first, before getting to the story. The CGI on the giants was superb, we saw it in 2D, but some parts with giants grabbing the people and getting right up in the camera, I can tell it would have looked awesome in 3D. Just the insane amount of detail that went into this one giant's close-up, where you could see all the pores on his nose, just perfect. The actors....some of them stood out more than others. Nicholas Hoult did an admirable job as a noble minded farm boy who likes rescuing damsels in distress no matter what their position in life and wants to go out and have adventures far away from the life he leads now. He kind of reminds me of a cross between Aladdin and Belle. Isabelle, played by Elanor Tomlinson, is very much like Princess Jasmine, wanting to escape from her gilded cage and upcoming marriage to Roderick, played by Stanley Tucci. Roderick is very much the evil guy here, planning to use the magic seeds he ruthlessly acquired and crown he stole to rule all of the kingdoms. Moving on to Ewan McGregor. Not sure how to explain his character. He's a noble knight who seems to be prepared for everything, but it just seems to me he hams it up like he's knowingly in a bad movie and having the best time of his life. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but he's actually one of my favorite people in the movie for his take on the character. Almost like he's the secondary comic relief after the first one dies. 

Storytime. I'm going to write about some of the important-ish plot points and story lines as well as favorite lines, then do a bit of analyzing.
So the movie opens up with Jack, then his father reading to him, the story of the Giants up the beanstalk that happened hundreds of year ago. About how some mages enchanted seeds to climb up to heaven. Though instead of finding heaven they find giants that go on a rampage, and ravage the countryside. The king at the time, Eric, killed a giant and melted down his magic heart into a crown, which somehow gives him control over giants. He forces them to go back to their world in the sky before chopping down the beanstalk connecting the worlds. The story at this point switches back and forth between Jack and Isabelle as they are told this same story in different places, Jack's father telling him he can be a hero like the stories, and Isabelle's mother telling her she's the descendant of the Great King Eric, and she can be great too.
Skip forward to 10 years later, Jack's Father is dead and his uncle forces him to sell their horse and cart so they have money to fix the house and live. Going into town Jack wanders into a play happening about the Legend of the Beanstalk we heard before. (Warwick Davis the the narrator in the play. awesome!) His path crosses with Isabelle's for the first time as men harass her, so he comes to her rescue being the nice guy he is. Guards show up and he realizes she's royalty and continues on to sell his horse. Meanwhile, a monk steals the seeds from Roderick and gives them to Jack since Jack will be able to get out of the city and to the Abbey much easier than the monk. When Jack gets back to the farmhouse he lives in with his uncle, we get cuts back and forth between him and the princess, both being lectured on their place in life and what they should and should not do.
Hilarious line here, While trying to question the monk on where the seeds are, Roderick's sidekick Wicke kills him. When Roderick asks if anything was said, Wicke replies with 'No, he wouldn't spill the beans.' All of this guy's lines ate hilarious as he's meant to be the main comic relief.
So Isabelle runs away again to advance the plot and finds herself at Jack's house. They dance around the fact that they both know who she is for a bit before the beanstalk comes up through the house and carries it up to the world above. Jack isn't in the house like in all the stories however, he fell out and wake up the next morning surrounded by the king's army. A small rescue party is formed with Jack, Elmont, Roderick, Wicke and a handful of guards you know are going to die on their journey to show how hard and treacherous it is. The main characters finally get to the main keep where the giants are keeping Isabelle captive. The giants start fighting amongst themselves to get to see who eats the princess when Roderick saunters in, wearing the crown. He reveals his plan to the giants on ruling the world, and Isabelle is transferred to the kitchen to be cooked for supper along with Elmont.
Our heroes escape from the keep, Jack and Isabelle start down the beanstalk while Elmont stays behind to kill Roderick and take the crown to keep the giants from following them. 
(here there be spoilers. scroll down if you want to skip and read my final thoughts, highlight if you want to know how the story ends.)
The first part of his plan works, but General Fallon, the two headed giant voiced by Bill Nighy, gets to the crown first and wears it like a ring to rule the giants and go invade the earth below. 
While all of this is happening above, King Brahmwell gives the order to cut the stalk down to protect his people. Our heroes narrowly escape dying, and all is well with the world. Until Fallon finds the pouch of seeds Roderick took from Jack earlier, and plants them to grow down and invades the countryside. Jack, finally reunited with his horse, sees the giants coming and warns everyone shortly before the attack. They make it to the castle and fight against Fallon one last time before defeating him, and talking the crown to send the giants away once more. The movie comes full circle with Jack telling their children about how they won against the giants. 
The best part of the movie though has to be this ending scene, where the story of the Giants is told and retold like a game of whisper down the alley, with parts being changed and forgotten until it resembles the story we all know today. The visual behind this is the crown being gilded and reshaped and altered to suit each king's vanity, until it comes to be the crown jewels, now on display with schoolchildren taking a tour.
Now that you know the story, what are my thoughts on it? Well, most of it was predictable and Disney-like, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. The story was fully realized and well written, I don't feel like I wasted my money seeing it. All in all, it's a great movie to see with your family and I would recommend it to anyone into fairytale movies. It reminds me a bit of the Syfy original shows Tin Man and Alice. Very similar even though it takes place in the past and connects the real world with fantasy.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Loot Crate: Doctor

Just got another package in the mail, squee! Again not filming an unboxing, so hopefully you enjoy this pic post with both sets of my feelings as I go through the awesome prizes(as always) in this month's box. Sorry in advance for all the non-words and extreme or excess punctuation, trying to get my enthusiasm on paper as simply as possible without a ton of huge words.
Funny side story, the mailman doesn't knock when we have packages delivered. So I'm sitting here watching something with Tayron when the mail comes. I hear the outer door open and close after something is put down. I quickly open the door to see the Loot Crate box there, and the mailman, still going down the stairs, turns and semi-apologizes for not having anything else for us today. Here I'm looking at him like, 'wha-? This is all I want.'
First shot, the unopened box.
Nice new black box this month.

Open the box and you get tips for sharing your awesome prize with the internet.
Also everything is covered by a nice colored blue shirt. Whatever could the shirt be hiding? 

Eeee! The Tardis Prime shirt I've been eyeing online for a while now. Love it!!!!
Tayron holding it up for the camera, unable to look away from the television. Still loving the bowtie and sonic gun, so awesome! I'm thinking even though it's my size, Tay will be sneaking it out of my closet to wear. Shirt courtesy of GraphicLab tees.

Underneath the shirt, the first thing I saw was this beauty. Mega Man Cool Rush scented air freshener. 
Trying to figure out where to hang this, freshener from Epic Scents.

The next thing I saw was this Tetris Wall Heart, so cool!

My second reaction almost distracted me from the rest of the box, as I tried to figure out where I can put this. Graphic from Walls360.

This one had initial mixed reactions. I pick it up, and see the LootCrate side first. Turn it around, and it's a shark with a frickin' laser beam on it's head, oh my goodness and more squeeing.
Awesome Shark Drink Cooler from Loot Crate Labs themselves. Already know what I'm using this for, going to put it around the can holding my paintbrushes, so it's right in a sweet spot on my crafting table.

These next two items had me laughing so hard. 
The Bacon Lip Balm from J&D sounds delicious, as do all of their other products. I don't wear lip balms or lipstick, but I'd make an exception for this one. The Caffeinated Brain Bits from Harcos Labs struck me as hilarious and would be a neat accessory or add-on for a zombie event like cosplay, movie night or game night.

As always, in every Loot Crate is this card explaining the items, the connection and where they came from. I love the writers behind this marketing tool with their descriptions of the items and stories.

Final shot of everything.

Final thoughts? The theme is fantastic with the Doctors of Who, Light and Evil being represented and Loot Crate just keeps getting better and better with more amazing items every month. I can't say how much I love this company and the marketing behind it, this box introduced me to some new shops/sites with great products that I'll be getting in the future. If you haven't signed up already you definitely should.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

One of the things I'm starting to like about my goal for movies this year, is that I'm taking risks and chances I normally wouldn't take. The past 3 movies I've seen, would normally be ones I'd wait and catch on dvd if a friend said it was any good. This time around, I'm the one catching the good movies and it makes me happy.
On to the Trailers!
Looks like an interesting movie, on my possible see list.

World War Z
Nothing to say here that hasn't been said already.

Dark Skies
Tayron will probably end up seeing this one, I'm not so sure myself.

The Last Exorcism Part 2
Another Tayron movie. We'll have to see if he'll want to put his two cents in.

Oz the Great and Powerful
Nothing to say here, I knew I'd be going to see this the moment I saw the China girl, I knew this would be a legit movie.

The Great Gatsby

Jack the Giant Slayer
This one looks insteresting, another I'll be seeing in the theater.

Moving over to the movie now
As someone asked yesterday, this movie does seem like something right off the CW, with their lineup of teen shows, but seeing as I don't watch the CW, and don't normally watch teen flicks, I can't say if it's similar to other movies or not. Also, blank slate going into movies, remember?
If you want to know more about the story, I'd recommend reading the book like I'm doing, or you can go here
So the movie opens up with our main character Ethan providing an opening monologue about the setting they are in, Gatlin SC, and what he wants from life. He talks about dreams and dying, and at times the monologue is quite humorous. He meets up with his friend to go to school, and even though I'm not a teen anymore, I hear them talk all the time at my work and their dialogue does seem natural for two teen boys, even with them spouting more exposition. The girls talking on the other hand, is still believable for where they are and how they were raised, I just find all the Christian preaching, complaining, and yelling out prayers in the movie annoying and obnoxious.
After some hilarious dialogue with our other main character Lena, where he talks about what could have happened at the end of the Titanic movie, they go to her house. Here we meet the reclusive uncle, Macon Ravenwood. From the dialogue in the trailer, and from early dialogue here, I thought his reasons for keeping her away from him were stupid. It's like, your dark side wants to kill humanity, so let us keep you away from them, and keep you only around crazy-butt casters so you choose to stay god and protect humanity? That sounds stupid. The movie redeems itself later though, giving more info and dialogue that she shouldn't fall in love with a human based on some crazy ancestor who couldn't keep her marbles together.
And the uncle used to be a dark caster, what? So Male Casters can be in control of themselves, while Female Casters don't have control over themselves? But they are more powerful because of it? I'm a bit confused, to be honest I never read the books, just picked the first one up after the movie yesterday and reading as soon as possible, maybe it's explained more there.
Serafine is totally on the crazy train to awesomeness here, no lie, I was sure she'd 'die' in the movie, but actress Emma Thompson went all out and and was totally convincing as an insane caster who left her humanity behind long ago. Now we come to the dinner scene from the trailer, and it is amazing. The practical effects were superb, and no green screen which is impressive. I love the one relative is just sitting there eating like this happens all the time.
Another joke I loved was when Ethan has this whole big speech about how you can change your fate, and destiny doesn't control you, you control your destiny. Then they go on a date to see 'Finale Destination 6.' Most of the rest of the notes here on out get spoiler-y, so I'll end the thoughts here. All in all, it's a good movie, the few bad things I thought about it were done on purpose to prove a point like Ethan's ex-girlfriends character and how she's annoying all the time. If you have a chance, check it out in theaters, or at the very least, grab the dvd. I'd be interested in watching the sequel since there are a series of books in this line.

edit: I've finished the first book and moved on to Beautiful Darkness. I liked the book, the movie is very different at parts with some things changed to edit for time constraints, but some things were completely invented just for the movie it seems. I'm going through to try and finish all the novels in this series in case they're borrowing from other books again, like in the Hobbit.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Zelda Special

Right before Tayron and I left to go to the movies, the mailman came and gave us a nice big package containing this!

I don't have much to say on this yet, I just finished writing the post on the movie and haven't been able to do more than skim it, but here's one of my favorite pages so far.

Oracle of Ages Nayru concept art.

My love affair with the Zelda 'verse began with the Oracle of Ages. Same goes for my love of Nintendo, it all started with that game. Up until around my 15th or 16th birthday, I only really had a pc for gaming. We did have a gameboy, but it and the games we had for it were somebody else's. (It's complicated) I never had consoles to be nostalgic over these days, since the only experience I had with them were from a game here or there at a friend's house. I wasn't that interested in any of the games or consoles back then to tell the truth, I had a state of the art pc and most of the latest and coolest games for it at the time. Then the Christmas right after my birthday, I got a Gameboy Color. No games, just the system. Using some of the money I had gotten for the holiday, I went into the local EB Games store to look at games available to play. Out of all the new games there, Oracle of Ages caught my eye, looking like the most interesting game out of a seemingly boring lineup. So I bought it and took it home. About a week later I was back to buy Seasons, since I had so much fun playing through Ages. From there I moved on to other Nintendo games, getting into Pokemon as hard as Zelda, and lesser into Mario and Kirby, but still into Nintendo games.
So I'll be spending the rest of the evening reading this book and looking into it, but As a erson who loves the art of cosplay, I have to say the detail they show in the pictures is a great for helping with creating a cosplay from the Zelda universe.

On to the fun stuff. Here we have a mini collection of Zelda themed crafts and Etsy listings for your enjoyment.
First up we have a cool chess set from tomo-chi on deviantart

I love Liyolabs on Etsy, she has lots of awesome jewelry like this Legend of Zelda Ring.

I like writing ideas and thoughts in little notebooks to create things with them later, this notebook inspires me to paint one of my own. Hylian Notebook from YumeStyle.

Finally, bringing it all back together, we have a gorgeous Zelda Book Locket Necklace, featuring the Hyrule Historia, courtesy of junkstudio.