Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thirsty for some good Sci-Fi? Check out 'ARK'

So I have to come clean, I have a small bias about this webseries 'ARK' that I found on Hulu. I've actually know about it for a while since it stars one of my favorite actresses, Renee O'Connor, from one of my all time favorite shows, Xena Warrior Princess,but the last I read it was looking for a place to show the episodes. Imagine my surprise when I'm browsing Hulu today and I come across the entire series!

The series was meant to be shown as online webisodes but some how landed on Hulu thanks to SyFy's interest in it. It's apparently been up for a couple of months now and it is great! It has a Alien/Dead Space feel. For an indie production it is really well made. There are only 9 episode but hopefully with more interest there might be more made. Check out the first episode below and the following eps on Hulu.

'ARK' series episodes on Hulu

Monday, July 26, 2010

'The Walking Dead' Motion Comic

Here's a great primer to the new tv show. Watching this makes me want to re-read the first 3 trade-paperbacks I own so I can refresh my memory and see what the show uses from the source material. October can't come soon enough!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

F.T.W.: Mortal Kombat live action short!

There is tons of speculation going around right now as to what this short movie is in reference to. Whether it's a prelude to a new MK video game or a possible movie reboot one thing is for sure, it's pretty bad-ass! And if that's not enough Black Dynamite is Jax and Seven of Nine is Sonya Blade..like I said BAD-ASS!!!! Check it out below!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

First Look at AMC's 'The Walking Dead'

Ever since the recent Battlestar Galactica series ended it's run on tv I haven't really been following many genre tv shows religiously (I still have to catch up several episodes of 'V' on my DVR). But one show that I have been anticipating is the upcoming series The Walking Dead on AMC. Based on the excellent graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Fank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile) on board as Executive Producer and Director of the premiere episode this looks like it's going to be a show I can sink my teeth into! (Ahhh, see what I did there!) AMC just released some awesome test photos of the zombies and a behind the scenes video. Check them out below and look for The Walking Dead to shamble onto AMC this October.

Source(s): JoBlo.com, AMC.com

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

Review: Clash of the Titans 3-D (2010)

So I was one of the last few people on the planet to catch the new Clash of the Titans film in the theaters before it left to make room for the oncoming Summer movie tidal wave. First off I'd like to bring to light a real cleaver trick my movie theater is employing to suck more money from my pocket as if they aren't doing that already. Since 'Clash' has been out for a little while they had it playing in one theater, nothing surprising here. I had heard and read that the 3-D in the film was not good so I was planning on seeing the regular version of the film and save a couple of bucks in the process. But to my dismay the theater (as well as other theaters in my area) were only showing the film in 3-D all day. So I was FORCED to pay $15 (as opposed to the usual adult price of $11) to see the lousy 3-D version. Mother. Fuckers.

Well after that delightful incident I sat down to watch the movie. Without going into the whole backstory we have some guy Perseus who is half-god but is adopted and raised by a mortal and his family. has said family taken away from him when the gods punish a band of human soldiers who claim to not worship the gods anymore. The gods want to teach mankind a lesson by threatening to release the Kraken upon the city of Argos if they do not offer the sacrifice of their princess and Perseus becomes the one who must try and save them.

To be honest, I didn't care for this remake. I was really looking forward to a fresh look at the greek mythological story but you know what? It didn't do anything for me. I didn't care much for Liam Nesson as Zeus, Fiennes was ok as Hades although it was like he was just doing Voldermort with a Ted Nugent hairdo. Sam Worthington did absolutely nothing for me. I understand he's mad about what happened to his family but I really didn't care. For all his declaration of stopping the gods as a man in the end he still had to use his godly abilities to foil Hades' plans so why the hell didn't he take advantage of his demi-god status earlier!!! In the end the god's still reigned on Mt. Olympus and man would still end up believing in them, what's the point?! And having Perseus falling in love with Io rather than Andromeda kinda doesn't make sense for his motivation for wanting to save the people of Argos so badly. In the original Perseus loved Andromeda so he was willing to do anything to save her, in the new one once he found out that he was a demi-god he really didn't need to help any of those people. His beef was with Hades, he could have technically gone on his own quest to go after Hades without the help of any of those people. He wasn't even from Argos! Oh and one more thing Calibus was WHACK!!!!!

As for the look and effects, the Kraken was cool looking but I thought the battle ended quickly, Medusa was pretty...why is this? And why the hell was Pegasus black (not that there's anything wrong with black horses...some of my closest horse friends are black) but...why? Give me Harry Hamlin and some stop motion creatures any day. Despite the dated look of the original 'Clash' and some slight cheese to the performances I felt that that film had more charm and more of a fantastical element to it than this 2010 redux. I mean it's Greek MYTHology, ham it up people! Oh yeah and the 3-D was garbage, but I knew that from reviews. It was never originally filmed with 3-D in mind and it's obvious.

Overall 'Clash' 2010 was just a 'meh' film. I was really excited to see this film but in the end I wasn't awed by it. The storyline was a little thin and the character motivations for the things they did during their adventures didn't make sense at times. I see they are setting up a couple of sequels and I hope that they improve upon this first film, but I doubt it. If there's one positive to take away from seeing 'Clash' is that it just makes me want to see a God of War movie even more.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

OBEY 'These Parties Disgust Me'

OBEY 'These Parties Disgust Me'
Originally uploaded by mulder_vixen22

Took some pictures of the new OBEY wall in NYC after watching 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'.


Getting out of the house to have some me time...going to see Banksy film, check out the @OBEY GIANT wall mural and go to the art store.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Is that John Carpenter at the yankees/angels game?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Awesome Sh!t!: RWK-I'm the batman!

I'm the batman!
Originally uploaded by chris of robotswillkill.com

I've been lovin' Robots Will Kill for a couple of years now. His version of batman is pretty sick!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Review: Spider Baby

This film was seen as a:

The only thing I knew about Spider Baby prior to watching it was that Sid Haig was in it. Other than that I didn't have much interest in seeing this film. I knew the film had a fairly decent cult following among horror fanatics but for some reason I never made the effort to watch Spider Baby. Well the other day with nothing on tv and the Final Girl Film Club deadline coming up I said "Eh, what the hell!" so I fired up the PlayStation 3 and pulled up Spider Baby on the Netfilx Instant-Stream. When the title sequence started and that kooky song played over it (sung by Lon Chaney Jr.) I knew I was in for something special and by the end I regretted not see this film earlier.

The basic jist of the story: The last surviving members of the Merrye family, watched over by devoted caretaker Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.), are about to have their inbreeding utopia disrupted but some distant relatives looking to claim the family estate. The more Bruno tries to hide the family's secrets the more exposed they become to their visitors inquisitiveness and the surviving Merrye "children's" bad habits. Suffice it to say the movie is pretty good with a surprising amount of humor in it. I'm not going to go into huge detail about the film, it's a definite recommend but I do want to put down some thoughts I had while watching the film:

-Of course we open with the usual stereotype of the goofy black character being the first one to get killed..daaamn.

-The narrator and uncle to the Merrye children, Peter (Quinn K. Redeker) is the only other character beside Bruno that is nice to the "children". His demeanor kinda reminded me of this guy: 
-Even in one of his earliest films Sig Haig can be counted on to play some fucking weirdo character!

-So on top of being a scumbag lawyer (like what other kind of lawyer is there) Schlocker is not only an asshole but what the hell is up with the Hitler 'stache?!! It was made very clear that the viewer he was not to be liked from the get go!

-Maybe it's my urban upbringing and my overall sense of distrust of everybody but I don't care what kind of inheritance I'm entitled to I would never have insisted on spending the night in that house with those people they way cousin Emily did. Oh hell-tothe-NO!

-Speaking of Emily, bad enough that she insisted on spending the night in that creepy house and was completely disgusted by the purrrr-fect dinner she retires to the bedroom to...dance around in sexy lingerie?! Her character was more weirder than the Merrye clan...ironic no?

-Big props to Ralph (Sid Haig) for laying the pipe good on that uptight bitch Emily. One minute she was screaming running away from him the next she's moaning  in ecstasy and seeking out Ralph for some more. She certainly was keeping the family tradition alive.

-Very nice nod to Lon Chaney's iconic role as The Wolfman during the dinner scene where he mentions that it was going to be a full moon that night. Very Classy.

Those are just some of my thoughts about this crazy little film. It really was a treat to watch and I may have to add it to my movie collection. A must see for horror fans! Now I have to go and find that opening song to put on my ipod. Thanks again to Final Girl Film Club for motivating me to check out this film.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What. The. Fuck.- Human Centipede

Not a lot of things bother me... But for some reason this trailer for Human Centipede makes my skin crawl. I kinda wanna see it but then again I don't. But I feel a little dirty for watching this trailer. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

FUCK. YEAH.: 'Predators' Trailer

GOD. DAMN. IT.:Platinum Dunes Producing 'Monster Squad' Remake

What the fuck man? Is no one in Hollywood making anything original?

Platinum Dunes Producing 'Monster Squad' Remake: "A brief piece of news as Bloody Disgusting has learned that Platinum Dunes is producing the remake of Monster Squad for Paramount Pictures. In Fred Dekker's 1987 original Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot arriving in theaters April 30th."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wow i almost drank from the cup of water that i was cleaning my paintbrushes in...maybe i should go to bed :-}

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Review: The House of the Devil

7/6/10: Just an addendum this review has been submitted to the Final Girl Film Club.

Synopsis: In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.
Well I bet that synopsis sounds good doesn't? And how about that poster, looks pretty bad ass right? And that trailer, it's pretty suspenseful huh? Well let me start this off by saying that the best thing about this movie was the poster. The trailer is actually better than the entire film! One of the quotes in the trailer says "Creepy as hell!" when in actuality The House of the Devil is BORING AS HELL!!!!!

**Spoilers ahead**Suffice it to say that the lead, Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), needs money for a new place to live off campus and decides to take the offer to babysit from some guy. Her friend, Megan (Greta Gerwig), doesn't like it but decides to drive her to the client's house anyway (which is in the middle of nowhere, of course) and insists that she stay and keep Sam company (There I just saved you 40 minutes of the movie). Once there we are introduced to Mr. Ullman who is creepy, but that's not saying much because the actor Tom Noonan (Manhunter) is the epitome of creepy. He informs Sam that he kinda lied and actually doesn't have a child that needs babysitting but rather his elderly mother that needs to be looked at while him and his wife go out to look at the lunar eclipse. *PERSONAL RANT* Now if it were me (or any other sane person out there) I would be saying "Fuck you, your wife and your mother I'm OUT!" but I guess that wouldn't make much of a movie.*END RANT* He convinces Sam to stay by offering $300, she tells him she'll do it for $400, he agrees and she stays. Oh and then when he says that he can't pay her friend (despite paying Sam $400) she tells Megan that she has to go and that she can come back later to pick her up...WHAT?! I know...what an idiot, she just got $400 out of this guy but she couldn't keep her friend there with her. Anyway Mr. and Mrs.Creepy leave, her friend departs pissed off (understandably) and Sam is left alone in the house. And then pretty much nothing happens for about 30-40 minutes.

We just see Sam futzing around the house looking at stuff opening some doors, turning on the tv, turning off the tv, opening her school bag to take out her books, putting her books back in her bag, ordering pizza, putting on her walkman, going around the house AGAIN while dancing....yadda yadda yadda. Oh yeah in the middle of all this her friend pulls over down the road to light a cigarette and ***SPOILER*** and get's shot in the face. That part was pretty cool but that's about it. (Ok that was about 35 minutes of the movie) Let's see...she hears a noise...there's some dead people in a room with a pentagram on the floor but she doesn't see it...she gets her pizza delivered by the guy who shot her friend but she doesn't know that...she eats a bit but it tastes funny and throws it out...she hears another noise and goes to investigate but she passes out from the spiked pizza (another 10 minutes done)...oh look she's become a part of a satanist ritual...some old woman draws a bloody pentagram on Samantha's belly and makes her drink blood (this with the lunar eclipse taking place apparently gets her pregnant)...Sam unties herself...Tom Noonan, his wife and the fake delivery guy watch while Sam gets away...she runs into her friend's faceless dead body...Sam kills the wife and her son (fake delivery guy)...somewhere she stabs Tom Noonan..she gets a gun...Noonan chases her into the cemetery..he begs her to give birth to the devil...she shoots herself in the head to keep it from happening....but she actually survives. In the end we see Sam lying in a hospital bed with a nurse assuring her that her and her baby are going to be fine (last 10 minutes).

Condensing the movie down in writing may make it sound intriguing but trust me when seeing this film in the span of 95 minutes it is excruciatingly painful to watch. This film could have easily been presented in one hour, 1hr 15 min TOPS and it could have been a decent if not a routine satanist run amok movie. There is so much exposition in there that it is unnecessary, I mean I can appreciate a slow burn in a movie but this one crosses the line into drawn out boredom. The ONE thing the director does well is recreate the 80's environment that the film takes place in, but this alone does not help this film one bit. I did not feel any sense of dread nor was I scared at the parts that were supposed to be scary. The whole satanist thing was lame the second the room with the dead bodies and bloody pentagram showed up. And with all the build up to the final scene, the payoff was lacking in the end. I keep reading on the internet about comparisons to Rosemary's Baby from fans of THotD. But where Polanski's film properly builds REAL tension and dread and keeps the viewer wondering if something sinister is really happening to Rosemary, The House of the Devil fantastically fails at attempting to conjure up any emotion other than sheer apathy.

Viewing suggestion: rent, watch on tv/cable or avoid completely.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

not chromed, spray painted! LOL!

As seen in a Target parking lot in the BX...this guy even spray painted the breaks! It was a sight to behold. Hot ghetto mess!^_^

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

For The Win (FTW): The Shining Cuckoo Clock

Holy shit!!! Now this would be a great Birthday gift...or any gift! Although it might be a bit unnerving to be woken up at 2am by the clock screaming "Here's Johnny!" followed by a shrieking yell...but then it might be soothing after a while. Well it would be soothing for me O_o

Source: /Film.com

Retail Therapy for Geeks: Recent Blu Purchases

Amazon.com was having a really good sale on Blu-ray discs over the weekend so what's an unemployed geek gal to do but spend some money! At $10 a BD it was too good to pass up so I picked up 3 pretty awesome flicks.

Overlooked when it was originally released in theaters Dark City has become a cult hit in the years following. Although I own Dark City on DVD this Director's Cut on blu is totally worth the re-buy since it has been re-mastered in high-def. There are some extra commentaries and factoid stuff just in case you need to know EVERYTHING there is to know about the film. It's a trippy movie that stars Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly,  and Kiefer Sutherland prior to him saving the world in 24 hours while pointing a gun and yelling at everybody. A worthwhile movie to own at regular price or at a discounted price (although getting it on the cheap is always great).

Before she became a high-falutin' Oscar winning director, Kathryn Bigelow directed the pretty kick-ass vamp flick Near Dark. Despite the unfortunate new cover art for this Blu-ray release, which is an obvious look-a-like to something from Twilight's marketing ads, the vampires in this film are far from sparkly! It's a nice look at the early film work of Bigelow, actor Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli in Heroes) and the bonus appearance of Aliens Bishop (Lance Henriksen), Hicks (Bill Paxton) and Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) as vampires just pushes the kick-ass factor to 11 . A dark and gritty film with even darker humor Near Dark is a must have film for lovers of REAL vampires. 

Look, much respect goes to the original 1958 The Fly with Vincent Price but there is no beating Jeff Goldblum as Brundlefly!
See what I mean?! All ickyness aside David Cronenberg's The Fly is a true horror movie in every sense of the word and one of the best to come out of the 80's. I remember seeing this as a young girl and being so grossed out but pleasantly amused (is that normal for a 9 year old?) and engaged by this science gone awry story. I'm looking forward to watching this and being grossed out once again but this time in high-def! This is my first time buying this movie on any disc format (I might have a VHS copy laying around somewhere) but I would have gladly purchased this again if I had already owned it on DVD.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Abe Lincon, our 16th President and total BAD-ASS!!!! [UPDATE]

I have never wanted to read a book more after watching this trailer! (sidenote: trailers for books, what an awesome concept!)

I haven't read author Seth Grahame-Smith's previous litierary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but it just might have to go on my wish list.

[UPDATE]: Just when I'm raving about this trailer for the book comes news that the damn book is going to be made into a movie! Not only that it's going to be produced by Tim Burton! I need to read this book asap!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Consolidating my internet bullshit

So I've decided to start this blog back up in an effort to consolidate all of my internet blogging/postings. Blogger has made some vast improvements to it's system and now that Google owns this and everything else on the web I figure I should just start trying to focus posting to one site. Since I already have YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Gmail, and Google Reader I figure I can just use this blog to post anything and everything that I feel the need to talk about. Facebook was my main posting site (after I stopped using MySpace, LiveJournal, Friendster, and MiGente O_o) but that shit is starting to annoy me now. So it's back to The Hallucinogenic Toreador for me (I forgot how fucking kick-ass the name I made for this blog was).

So what am I going to post? Well I'll throw some personal ramblings on here once in a while (I'll try to keep them short), anything interesting I read on the web, I think I'll talk about movies and games a lot. Maybe I'll even put up reviews. I'll also probably put up any progress I make with my art and possible entrepreneurial endeavors. And I'm not above putting up videos of chimps sniffing their butts.

What a wondrous thing the internet is.

So lets get this party started...later. It's after 4am and I'm tired.

An exciting thursday...

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A tree landed partialy on my car (on the left, did damage to the hood)...the other guy under the tree not so lucky.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.
Testing this out