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Some better things recently:

- went to California Extreme, a convention of pinball and classic arcade games
- saw one of my favorite directors, Johnnie To, give a talk at SFMOMA
- randomly received free dinner and something else free/nice that I forgot
- passed a promotion interview, so now I'm Advanced Associate/Division Advisor
- visited Angel Island again. I think I really like being near/on water.
- was able to stand in the home pub of the Bay Area Gooners and watch Arsenal win the first match of the season!

would have been able to finish my short film too if the headset mic was better. Need to research and buy an actual microphone now. Also need to go through so many photos...
chrryblssmninja: (tragicradiance_jessicahyde)
her music, at least

Earlier tonight, one of Shiina Ringo’s recent side projects, the handover ceremony at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics, took place. Her songs “Chichinpuipui” and “Bouenkyou no Soto no Keshiki” were used during the ceremony.


via: Sheena Ringo now has the power to make world leaders dress up as video game characters for her entertainment. I won’t hear any other explanations.


haven't checked flist in a while but tv-wise, I'm trying to stream any good episodes of Masters of Horror before it leaves free Hulu. The Night Of and especially Mr. Robot are v v tense and frustrating TV!

slowly progressing with editing my short film.

also, the posts about Puerto Rican gold medalist Monica Puig made me tear up last Saturday
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Yeah, it's February. Still an early month in the year.

I'll mention what appeals to my odd tastes, but the links are there so you can check what appeals to you!

As mentioned in one of the movie preview links: The emphasis here, by the way, is on films that have not yet been screened for anyone anywhere. (except private and post-production screenings
Fandor's Most Promising Films of 2014. International, indies. Packed with links.
io9's sci-fi and fantasy movies to watch out for and Sundance roundup.
Indiewire's 30 Indie and Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To
Criticwire's most anticipated titles.
Berlinale 2014 competition titles and Berlinale news and reviews roundup.
Microspia's peliculas mas esperadas de 2014 - starts off with typical features, but Argentine focus at the bottom.
Sundance aquisitions 2013: post 1 post 2
Ioncinema's anticipated: counting down from #200.
Rotterdam 2014 reviews roundup.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Raid 2: Berandal
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (wide release)
War Book
What We Do in the Shadows - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement make a vampire mockumentary. Good reception at Sundance

Mockingjay Part 1, There and Back Again
Cemetery of Kings - Apichatpong Weerasethakul
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Muppets Most Wanted
Above the Clouds - by Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro)
The Rover

The Babadook
Birdman - Alejandro González Iñárritu directs Michael Keaton as an actor who used to play a superhero.
Child 44
The Cut
The Dead Lands - Maori-language action film.
Dear White People
A Girl Walks Alone at Night
The Giver
How to Catch A Monster
- Ryan Gosling directs an urban fantasy starring Christina Hendricks, Barbara Steele, Ben Mendelsohn, Iain de Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith.
Inherent Vice - I haven't read the book yet, but it's Paul Thomas Anderson directing a Thomas Pynchon adaptation.
Interstellar - Christopher Nolan and space travel.
Into the Woods - Who knows what Disney will leave in.
Jane Got a Gun
To Kill a Man
Killers - by the Mo Brothers
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: A young woman (Rinko Kikuchi) travels from Japan to Minnesota in search of fortune.
The Signal
Slow West
Stage Fright
- Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf in a horror musical.
The Two Faces of January - Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a Patricia Highsmith adaptation.
When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli.
Young Ones

2 Ways - Naomi Kawase
99 Homes - Ramin Bahrani
Aloft - Claudia Llosa
Among the Living (Aux yeux des vivants): Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury ( À l'intérieur, Livide) reunite with actress Béatrice Dalle.
The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien directing wuxia.
The Brothers Lionheart - Tomas Alfredson
The Color of Your Body’s Tears
The Duke of Burgundy - Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, Katalin Varga)
The Golden Era - Ann Hui
Like Father, Like Son - Hirokazu Kore-eda
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - Roy Andersson
Leviafan - Andrey Zvyagintsev
La prigione di Bobbio - Marco Bellochio
Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) - Dardenne Brothers.
Winter Sleep - Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Drop (formerly Animal Rescue) - Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace
Praia do futuro
- Wagner Moura
Queen and Country

IMDB: 2014 in upcoming TV series
io9's guide to sci-fi and fantasy TV
When does [insert show name here] come back in the United States?

Hannibal - February 28
Utopia - early? 2014
Les Revenants - starts filming in March, will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014, so the French premiere might be earlier.
Game of Thrones - April 6
Orphan Black - April 19
In the Flesh - TBA
Doctor Who - August

Amazon's second wave of TV pilots
Believe - this J.J. Abrams - Alfonso Cuaron co-production looks like a cheesy supernatural drama. I did see Rami Malek in the preview, though.
The Strain - July
True Detective is on its fourth episode and it's alright
Inside No. 9 premiered Wednesday with a good episode. Macabre comedy anthology from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville).
Extant - July 2 - Halle Berry as an astronaut returning home to her family. Pierce Gagnon (the kid from Looper!) is her son.
Turn - April 6. Jamie Bell as an American who recruits people for an anti-British spy ring in the years leading to the Revolutionary War
Intruders - BBC America production with John Simm as a Los Angeles detective.
Quarry - John Hillcoat (The Proposition, Lawless) directs Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) adaptation. Vietnam War sniper (Logan Marshall-Green) becomes hitman upon return to US. Co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Stellan Skarsgård, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
Gotham - fall on FOX? Ben McKenzie will play young Jim Gordon.
Battle for Heavy Water (Kampen om Tungtvannet) - Norwegian WWII series.
Sense8 - Wachowskis produce TV?
looks like there will be a Gomorra TV show but I'm not sure about Italian TV
Those Who Kill - remake of Danish series Øje for øje, del 2, with Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy hunting serial killers.
The Last Ship - TNT series where the crew of a naval destroyer left standing after a massive epidemic kills much of Earth's human population.
The Pilot's Love Song - "This story follows a former prince who lost everything to a revolution, and a girl who became the symbol for the revolution. The orphaned prince, now renamed Karueru, embarks on a one-way journey to discover the ends of the heavens." huh
Damien Molony (Being Human) is in the new cop show Suspects.
The new Mushishi series.
The Black Box: "Centers around Elizabeth Black, a famed neuroscientist, with a job at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment, struggles with mental illness and its one of the many secrets she hides from her fiancé and her family."
I'd have to hear if Penny Dreadful is any good.

The Millions' Great Book Preview
look interesting: Boy, Snow, Bird; Mount Terminus; All the Birds, Singing
io9's lists of top sci-fi and fantasy fiction releases and 2014 comics
Adler, maybe Low or Restoration or Sally of the Wasteland
Litreactor's comics to watch out for in 2014

2014 album releases
Music Go Music might put out a new album, although I'm not into “Love is All I Can Hear” or “People All Over the World
The Glitch Mob might release something on February 11?
Metronomy - March 10

2014 video game release schedule
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Feb 25
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
scattered media thoughts:

The news has been scary recently. Yet that doesn't give nearly every reporter on CNN the excuse to jump to conclusions before more information has been confirmed.

Just watching my brother play Bioshock Infinite absorbed all of my attention. Mindblowing. I have a ton of feelings on characters and theories and how the twist makes some soundtrack choices even more fitting and aaahhhh
Once I have the time to finish other games on my list, then I'll play this on my own.

I don't know if it might have an effect, but I signed this Southland petition anyway because WE NEED A FOLLOWUP ON THAT SEASON FINALE

Also watching Hannibal. I don't think it's perfect, but I like the overall presentation and themes and cast, and I hope it lasts until Red Dragon season (they said they planned it around season 4 or 5, if it was still airing then).
I'm really glad that my local station airs Elementary at 9 PM so there's no time conflict on Thursdays.

oh it's a Canadian channel. Dunno if certain violent scenes might still turn away American outlets reluctant to have controversy with a new unestablished series. What about Hulu or other online outlets, though?

Hetalia really benefitted from its studio change. And, most of the time, I can watch the subbed episode the same day on Hulu! Doing things legally is much more convenient...when possible.
chrryblssmninja: (maggiecheung)
straight to the point

for Christmas, I got

- a 4-DVD package of the first four Batman movies
uh...I liked the first one? and I like Catwoman in the second one

- Virgin mobile $10 card for my phone

- 1600 Microsoft points. So I went on my brother's Xbox Live account and got:


and The Undergarden

I've played The Undergarden so far. It's interesting and kind of trippy. I got the "drop a bomb on a musician" acheivement on the second level.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Christmas was good times with family friends.

some highlights -

- Christmas Eve at a relative's house. Gradually getting better at karaoke (apparently being loud is most important points-wise). I TOTALLY ROCKED "EDELWEISS" AND EVERYONE SANG ALONG

- Christmas morning: so I haven't had the spare cash to buy good chocolate for a long time...but today I got 3 Valhrona bars! yessssss
as well as a PC movie editing system (anything is better than Windows Movie Maker) and Brian Azzarello's Joker graphic novel. Opened the box of genmaicha (matcha -a.k.a. green tea- and brown rice) packets I bought a few days ago. That tea turned out great.
Church had a really cool Nativity scene, with a manger made of palm tree fronds. Here's a picture.
lol there are so many palm trees here, might as well make use of the greenish fronds that fall

- Christmas afternoon and evening: went to the home of some family friends, where we usually spend Christmas. Lots of good food. For a while, I had been craving good persimmons but wasn't able to buy or obtain (a building at school had a bunch free but they had gone dry) any. But someone brought a bunch of persimmons to the party, and they left a ton over so I was able to take a good amount home. score.
Also got some good stuff like movie theater certificate money.

The little girl there got a Disney princess vanity for Christmas. What was particularly interesting was that the vanity and all its accessories doubled as musical intruments. Picture here. For example, the vanity itself became a keyboard (needed batteries to play though). The eye makeup was a harmonica and the lipstick a whistle. That's so strange it's brilliant. It's nice to see that they thought they had to add something else to sell the makeup toys to girls. Broadening horizons, one cracky product at a time.

I also ended up playing with the toy train set. The older (like, 50-ish) men also played with it too while talking. Train set toys are just that classic.
I took some pictures with the little toy robot there.

I'm still not great at Halo (3), but I did get to splatter and shoot a bunch of online people with a Mongoose, so I felt accomplished.

Later, I got sucked into rewatching the entirety of Be Kind Rewind with our friend Dominic. That movie always makes me teary-eyed at the end, argh, because it's about ~the power of movies~ and that's my dream. yeah.
My brother and I later showed some of the Kick-Ass trailers and we said maybe we can see it together when he's on break from college.

After getting home and taking a 3-hour food comagas pain nap, I woke up, ate some of my chocolate, and made myself a chai latte with the powdered mix I got from Walmart a week ago. Took a look around the kitchen. We have a lot of good food around. Great food possibilities too, mwhahahahahaha

Now I really want to plan a dinner for some reason. Cook and make drinks for everyone. After this, I'm checking out the recipes I bookmarked from tumblr.
I also want to make a short movie. Probably with my stuffed animals. My photo camera's video capabilities may be limited, but at least I have something that can shoot video.

It was too much for LJ to handle, so I had to break it into two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

so now I'll check those recipes and make a little progress on my tumblr backlog before I go to sleep. Tomorrow, I guess I become British, because I'll obtain the Doctor Who "End of Time" (DO NOT SPOIL ME as well as watch a Boxing Day match wait nevermind Arsenal isn't playing? or are my streaming sites wrong?

ETA: I totally forgot - on Christmas Eve afternoon, I started randomly doing crochet after a year or two of not crocheting anything (not that I was great when I did it). I started doing random stuff and had the loose goal of making an asymetrical triangle. Instead, I made a tree. I WAS UNCONSCIOUSLY GUIDED BY THE SPIRT OF CHRISTMAS
chrryblssmninja: (peaces_icons_warnerTZ)

via io9

here, have a fan-made live-action Tekken trailer.

The DIY folks at Quantumoptic Productions whipped this up for a G4 video game trailer contest, but didn't make the deadline. "This movie will not actually be made. We have no affiliation with Bandai Namco nor do we posses any rights to the Tekken franchise," says the trailer's YouTube page. "We apologize for a lot of missing characters. Especially main characters like Heihachi. Also, the ethnicity of some of the characters."

via Kotaku

I like it when you can actually see the person performing the stunt. No cutaways here!
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
I didn't know Dostoevsky wrote a book called House of the Dead

That title. That's the video game that is in EVERY arcade and I always looked at it but rarely played it because shooting games cost more tokens than other games.

random connections.

to me, Lists of Bests is even more addictive than TV Tropes.

I have 57 lists and I check others to see if they're good. The minimum number of items for a list to interest me is 50. I prefer combing through the 100+ and 1000+ lists, though. So many things to check. I keep two library tabs open to check titles and their availability.

The thing is, you mark your progress. I keep on checking the top of each new page when I'm combing through lists, hoping that I've moved up just one more percent. I'm no completist; I only consume that what interests me. But it's nice to see the percentages go up on the lists I choose.

I tend to go with the more official-looking lists, though.

Lists that might be of interest to you:
Pratchett Discworld Novels
Wizard Magazine's Top 100 Trade Paperbacks (comic book issue collections) of all time
The Guardian's 1000 movies to see before you die
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They - The Top 1000 Greatest Films
also check out their list of 7900 Essential Films if you have the time
The Criterion Collection
World Cheese Index
Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - 2008 Version
500 Great Books By Women

I'm currently making my way through page 17 of the Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
via Kotaku:

A video-game tribute to Billy Mays.

chrryblssmninja: (karmicunderpath_deanreads)

Star Wars: The Old Republic game cinematic
whoa going for the Rome vibes is actually kind of cool

and now for the angry Star Wars fanatic rant...

am I the only one worried -no, actually a bit angry - that you can't tell what period of the Old Republic this takes place in?
why does the main Jedi look like the Ewan Skywalker hybrid it's confusing and somewhat laughable
I had to find that article to find it it's about this new event they totally made up called "the sacking of Coruscant." So that's back when the Sith still had some power, a long way away from the prequels.
I shouldn't have to get an article to find out when in the timeline this is taking place!
Hey, I didn't get angry at the prequels. They were popcorn films that happened to tell the story of Star Wars. I was fine with them, plot holes and all, save for the horrible "romantic" scenes.
But I might just be angry at this.
yeah, even considering the coolness of the action Twilek and femme Mandalorian and Rome parallels. or Blizzard should be making Knights of the Old Republic 3 for non-MMO instead!
/geek rant

more video game madness:
it senses your actions and talks to you.
The dog's presence was alluded to in a demo-concluding still image of a boy, a dog, both in silhouette, and the line: "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
I may be a bit old-fashioned, but this is creeping me out.

But hey, at least we have Conan O'Brien and his new fantastic curtain!
chrryblssmninja: (satin_sashes_leanback)
was able to go to the Milpitas Library today. Got a good stash.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - the Hamlet parallel that's got notice from the Oprah book club crowd
Bat-manga - old school Batman manga
The Art of the Video Game

Creature from the Black Lagoon - I have to see old school monster movie

Open City - what I like Italian neorealism
Sisters of the Gion - it looks pretty, it's about geisha, and I want to see more of Kenji Mizoguchi's work
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser - the story seems interesting, and I really should see a Herzog film sometime
Gaslight - dude classic. plus, they have the original British version, and I like seeing original sources
The Great Train Robbery and Other Primary Works REALLY REALLY OLD MOVIES
Le Deuxiéme Souffle - I'm still on my way to watching all the movies of Jean-Pierre Melville
The Great Match - about peeps in Mongolia, the Sahara, and the Amazon trying to watch the 2002 World Cup. like a doc version of The Cup
Two Lane Blacktop - I've always wanted to see this, but the covers of the copies in the library were too cheesy for me to take home under the eyes of my family...thank you Criterion for your classy covers
I Walked With a Zombie/The Body Snatchers - MOAR CLASSIC HORROR WOOO
Man of a Thousand Faces - Cagney as Lon Chaney what
Ace in the Hole - I really like atypical film noir, and I keep on borrowing this but never get around to watching it
Duck You, Sucker - I've heard good things about it, and lol title


haha so I need to get through this book first, Soccer in the Sun and Shade by Eduardo Galeano. It's kind of awesome. Then finish Tales of Ise and the audiobook files of Pride and Prejudice. Then I'll finally read my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Then I'll read the copy of To Say Nothing of the Dog I bought a year ago. then I'll get to the books I got today.

I also have to finish Kingdom Hearts (hahaha how many years have I been on that game). And then play Bioshock all by myself instead of just watching my brother.

I will restart the Script Frenzy challenge in June.

my possible internship at the anthropology museum starts the second week of June.

I like summer.
chrryblssmninja: (enterapathy_checkervans)
I think I'm going to give up on finishing the Script Frenzy 09 project for now. April is just a bad month to do these things in, and I'm stuck on a scene and I'm tired of writing around it. Plus, I'm only at 28 pages, excepting the random stuff I wrote on paper about events past that hard scene. grrrr
I'll probably try it again in summer, though. One of the reasons why I want to get out of college a semester early? When (or if haha) I find a job, I can probably keep work at work and have whatever free time left totally separate. agh homework and tests and reports about things I'm not too excited about.

oh, and the tentative schedule for my last! semester! ever!
(still have to wait for Phase II, in July, to get the other classes)

definitely signed up for the class:
Anthro 136I - Archaeology and the Media
This was initially a second choice for me, but I talked with the anthro advisor and she said the class shouldn't be redundant for me (I took Ethnographic Film before, and I'm currently editing footage for an archaeologist). Also, she said that the class and the professor have helped students get good jobs in the past, so yay

This class conflicted with the Japanese Horror Film class I wanted to take, but hey, being able to work on films > just watching more films.

Japanese 7A - Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
lol I'm not obsessed with Japan I just happen to like a lot of things from there. But I don't really like sushi, for some reason. -shrugs-
and I've already read The Tale of the Heike and The Tale of Genji, so I have a head start. And the class does not have a language requirement.

my Phase II first picks:
Principles of Business
okay, so this might fill up before then, but it's worth a shot

Anthro 169B - Research Theory and Methods in Socio-Cultural Anthropology
yay more cultural anthro

in unrelated awesome:

I should actually play the first game through instead of staring awestruck at the screen when watching my brother play

in other news:

Happy Earth Day!

oh, and Gossip Girl surprisingly made me happy after yesterday's tiring day.
chrryblssmninja: (dressparty_fables)
hey hey folks! Ship me with someone! and if you have a thread, drop a link here!

found via [ profile] lilychick:

supposedly, the full version has Princess Leia on vocals.

Unemployment Motivational Poster
Motivational Posters

and for the Halo fans:

aww, Thursday night comedy was good! The Office felt like Season 2 again...made me laugh and cry and gasp (and it wasn't just my hormones talking sheesh)...and 30 Rock was fun as usual.

Finally, [ profile] readywreadywit has EPIC WATCHMEN - LOST CHARACTER COMPARISONS )
anyone who can make manips for these will be awesome forever.

possibly related: Lottery-winning boy's prize: use of private tropical island
chrryblssmninja: (onsilverscreens_julietknows)
It's been raining, although there was a brief sunny spot around San Leandro and Oakland when I was on BART. The Bay Area's where you can get hail, then warm sun, then cold again, all before the sun goes down. Today, during Verse class, there was thunder and lightning (there's a window in class with blinds open). I actually said "whoa" out loud.

lol I watched the latest episode of House just because [ profile] stoney321 said Jimmi Simpson (a.k.a. Liam McPoyle from IASiP and other roles) was guest-starring there as a priest. dudes, I was bored and I have to watch the McPoyle actors.
I've only seen bits (not even whole episodes!) of Season 1 and 2 syndicated, and even then I could tell there was some magic chemistry gone from those seasons. But the overall episode was good, although the Foreteen stuff bored/annoyed me too. Interesting to find out that the piano piece at the end was Hugh Laurie's own composition. His American accent has gotten better with the seasons...I think I was the only one who thought he sounded weird in the earlier seasons- or maybe I'm just too used to him on Jeeves and Wooster/Blackadder/other Brit TV shows and movies
ETA 2: One thing I noticed - the close-ups on this show really make eyelash length noticeable. I know Greg Yaitanes (the director for this episode) from other things and I've never noticed it... maybe it was just the online viewing, or that the cast has particularly long eyelashes. But sheesh I noticed it

I'm also watching the 1976 BBC adaptation of I, Claudius. And now I find out that there's a new version slated for 2010 what?
Now if only my brother will get his homework done sometime before Friday...we've got three weeks of Battlestar Galactica to catch up on

via [ profile] cleolinda: first look at Jin Kazama in the Tekken movie.
He definitely looks the part. I WANT JIN/HWOARANG IN THIS
at least with Tekken, you know that anything based on it will be bad. As long as it's short and looks cool, it'll be okay.

interview with Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone
Is there political controversy about the film?
The reaction of the government has been to declare war to the Camorra, and they brought harm to Naples.
Because of the movie?
For the book and for the movie together, of course.

there was that garbage thing too
How amazing to have that power.
It’s such a responsibility, because I don’t know if the things will change [for the] better because a lot of Camorrists now are in jail, but I haven’t seen many politicians in jail. And the Camorrists worked with politicals. So I don’t know if … the government will be able to work, come inside, and really change something. So I’m curious to see what will change.

something for these relatively hard economic times: "Gotham Chamber Opera, the jewel of a company that has somehow emerged from this mess not only intact, but aglow."

ETA: Pride and Predator to compete with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
chrryblssmninja: (girlyb_icons_llamas)
Happy Birthday, [ profile] lessthan3stars!

I was walking to lunch a day ago and I spotted some fellow CalTV members filming. They needed people to interview. I volunteered. My mind was rushed and focused on food, so I was a little flustered, but fortunately, I had some props on hand.
see me starting at the 2:19 mark on this video

Basically, I pull an orange and a potato from my pocket and make them talk.

argh I am trying to finish application for Google summer internship

if I get the job, please do not direct complaints about company evilness to me I am lowly (possible) intern

but I hear they have the best cafeteria food, and it's all free

The commute I know already - I interned at NASA before (yeah, that NASA, haha) and that was in Mountain View too

I finally found Death Cab for Cutie's cover of "Earth Angel" from the Stubbs the Zombie video game soundtrack. I remember hearing it on the radio...I remember it being more atmospheric and haunting...or was that another indie cover of a similar '50's song...or maybe it was a live memory is fuzzy...
still, this song is now stuck in my head. Or at least battling for headspace with that Katy Perry hot/cold song that is playing everywhere...please win, Death Cab, please win
chrryblssmninja: (peaces_icons_yakkoears)
I gave up on the last song of Guitar Hero World Tour, so I decided to go back to Guitar Hero III again.



please comment with more questions for the character question meme! I want epic space westerns and mafia or something.

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