Geek Apparel of the Week: The World's End "F*** off Back to Legoland" T-Shirt and Pillow

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Not much to add here, is there? Except that if you're ever invited to a party at Chris Miller and Phil Lord's place, you absolutely must show up in this.

For those concerned about such things, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have officially authorized these - and there are pillows, too. Censored versions that will presumably use asterisks or something (like my totally wimping-out headline, above) are also going to be made available so that you can cleverly confuse people who are easily offended but don't know how to spell (me, I'm just trying to avoid spam filters).

Damian Wayne Is a Real S.O.B. (Son of Batman) in New Animated Movie Clip

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

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More will be revealed at WonderCon this weekend, but for now here's a brand new scene from DC's newest DTV animated movie, Son of Batman, starring Jason O'Mara as a surprisingly Clooney-sounding Batman. But don't hold that against him.

Midlife Crisis Kermit the Frog, in Black and White, Goes Psycho

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Music, TV
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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In this animated short by RageNineteen, years of being married to a pig have driven Kermit to write and play inappropriate songs for kids like, "I'm Gonna Make the Whole World Deaf (From All Your Screams)" and "They'll Never Find Your Body." But he can still at least fake the old enthusiasm...so long as he doesn't catch anyone crying...

Blu-ray Today: Jan Svankmajer, Ben Stiller and a Bunch of Other Nuts

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Jan Svankmajer's Alice - As curiously literal as it is to Lewis Carroll's text, this stop-motion feature by Czech surrealist animator Svankmajer is as far out in its visuals. Alice goes back and forth from doll to human without much explanation, the Mad Hatter's made of metal, and the White Rabbit is a taxidermy nightmare with real fangs and googly eyes. It ought to be one of the most amazing things ever, but Svankmajer is determined to constantly point out the artifice - mostly by non-stop closeups of his lead's mouth as she follows every line of dialogue with "...said Alice," "...said the March Hare," etc. As a result, one is inherently distanced from the substance, and while the style is unique and fun, it does get extremely repetitive eventually.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Ben Stiller's latest movie about what a cool guy he really is once you get past his exterior takes the title of a James Thurber short story in vain. Having very little to do with a tale that was all about escaping into the imagination, Stiller's take sees Walter as an ex junior skateboarding champion, now a meek employee of Life magazine who embarks on a search for a daredevil photographer (Sean Penn) in order to procure a missing negative. Beautiful cinematography mixes with non-stop product placement to make a final film that, ironically enough, probably can't measure up to the daydream version you'd create in your own head.

The 7 Coolest Things About Ayumi Seto's J-POP Appearance at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Street fair season in San Francisco kicked off this this past weekend with the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It tends to focus more on traditional Japanese culture - I arrived just as a Taiko drumming performance was ending - but it's also a precursor to one of my most favorite festivals, also happening in Japantown, later this summer: the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. As the name implies, J-POP is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture - as they put it, "the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, games, anime, food, as well as" (my personal favorite) "niche subcultures" -- and we got a preview in the form of an autograph and photo session with Ayumi Seto. She's a Harajuku Kawaii model turned Aomoji-kei fashion designer, and I spoke with her about just what Aomoji-kei fashion is, as well as about the nerdy influences in her new clothing line, "Aymmy in the batty girls," which takes most of its inspiration from American pop culture. (There are aliens and zombies involved.)

X-Men: Days of Future Past Opening Battle Clip Just Went Online

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

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It's future Sentinel against Colossus, Kitty, Iceman, Bishop et al in the future. Pretty sweet.

And apparently more is coming tomorrow...

Top-Down Smackdown: The Hip-Hop Version of Bray Wyatt's Theme You've Been Waiting for

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, TV
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Consequence samples the Wyatt family theme to great effect, as he raps about them.

As always, consider this your Monday Night Raw Thread.

h/t Edwin Santos

Domino's Replaces Pizza Dough With Fried Chicken, Because 'MURICA!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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Using similar logic as KFC did when they created the Double Down (fried chicken patties for buns), Domino's is now going with the "fuck it, you're gonna kill yourself anyway" option and piling pizza toppings on top of breaded fried chicken. Also most of them have bacon on top, presumably because it's cheaper than arsenic.

Biggest winner: the Noid, whose running after Domino's all these years without actually getting any has maintained his thin figure.

Biggest loser: county fair vendors, wondering how the hell they can keep upping the stakes when supposedly legitimate chains do this.

On the other hand, Ultimate Warrior, with barely any body fat, only lived 11 years longer than 500lb-plus Viscera. So maybe, you know, screw it.

via Foodbeast

Trailer for Cyber-Seniors Is Funny Because Old People Can't Do Stuff

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Tech
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Yes, I'm being slightly facetious - frankly, this movie could have been about my parents, who are significantly younger than the seniors onscreen, and they'd be even more frustrating to watch - my father thinks he can just type his email address into the URL field, and my mother uses Google to access websites she knows the address for. At least someone who has never used a computer comes to it with some freshness...I guess?

Bless the teens who had the patience to help them. Back in my day - says this Gen-X codger - I was not a patient teen. At all. Except when waiting for my computer to print stuff out, as it did MAYBE a page a minute.

NECA's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Figures in Action

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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These are final production figures, posed in one of those display dioramas toy companies make to essentially mock you for the fact that the market does not support dioramas. It would appear that apes learn to read and write in this one, judging by the accessories.

Anybody hoping for any humans to call out these damn dirty apes for what they are, though, may be waiting forever, as there are no plans to make, say, Gary Oldman or Jason Clarke. There aren't even plans as yet for Heston in their classic line, though NECA has mentioned they'd like to do Troy McClure as Taylor in their Simpsons guest-star series.