Today in random shit: Mein Herr

May 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm (Random Shit) (, , , )

A little Cabaret takes you a long way. You start off with the Judi Dench in 1968, introducing the world to Sally Bowles with ‘Don’t Tell Mama’.

The number is scrapped in the 1972 film, and replaced with ‘Mein Herr’, which is immortalized by Liza Minelli,

revisited by Jane Horrocks in the 1993 revival,

paid tribute to by Rachelle Rak in the 2001 Fosse revue,

and sauced up by Alan Cummings, for shits, in 2010.

Mile by mile by mile.

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Today in random shit: Don’t hug me I’m scared

April 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

There are some strange, disturbing videos out in YouTube-land. And then there’s this.

I was expecting one of them feel-good artistic inspirational videos. Instead, I am amused, terrified, depressed, introspective and disturbed all at once (and at the end of a work week, that’s a good feeling to have).

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Meet Joe Dredd

March 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , )

I previously knew Judge Joe Dredd primarily as ‘the guy with the helmet and gaudy shoulder pads’, who was associated with British comics and general bad-assery. Never saw the Stallone movie, but I thought the Karl Urban one was great. I knew he was The Law, and had a tendency to get violent, and that a large chunk of his continuing appeal was that he operated in the endless dystopian sprawl of Mega-City One, a setting which practically writes its own stories. And, that was all I knew.

It was with that limited knowledge that I dove into the ‘Mega-City Masters 1’ collection, which pulls together a slew of Dredd stories from 1983 to 2010. The book focuses on showcasing the various artists who have worked on Dredd over the years, like Dave Gibbons (‘Watchmen’) and Kevin O’Neill (‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’), but it also provides a snapshot of how Dredd’s evolved over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in nostalgia: Early 2000s anime openings

March 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

The anime of the early 2000s came off the wave made by titles like Great Teacher Onizuka, Cowboy Bebop, and Weiss Kreuzz. On the other hand, this generation would lead on to things like Samurai Champloo, Code Geass, and Soul Eater.

For people like me, who were in high school at the time, anime was all about how no overwhelming world-destroying force couldn’t be defeated with a steadfast heart and a ragtag group of friends (except for things like Wolf’s Rain. Because sometimes, world’s just got to end).

Gate Keepers (2000)

Vandread (2000)

Gensomaden Saiyuki (2000)

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Today in random shit: The Killing Type

February 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

There are a whole lot of Amanda Palmer songs. Sometimes I like them. Sometimes I don’t. And sometimes (as in the case of ‘In My Mind’), I listen to them over and over again until my definition of contentment at that particular point in time includes necessarily listening to that song.

‘I’m not the killing type, but I would kill to make you feel.’ This isn’t one of those songs I personally relate to, but it sinks in deep and takes root. ‘Die die die die.’

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The game I never thought I’d play

February 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm (Articles / Interviews, Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , , )

Yesterday, I came home to find this – a package from Barcelona, containing a bunch of Suikoden merchandise, most specifically an original copy of Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia. Only waited 12 years to get my hands on that.

Suikoden Day prize

It’s no secret that Suikoden II is my favoritest game in the whole wide world (one of the few things that gets me blogging regularly is gushing about Suikoden Day, or Why This Game Changed My Life). I got into Suikoden II at around 12, that age where the stories you hear just sort of stick with you forever. It was also at that age I discovered you can look shit up on this thing called the Internet. Suikosource didn’t exist yet, but there was Icy Brian and Rebel Hideout (what was once souleater.org) to go look at game art and character bios and stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in random shit: Raindance Maggie

February 12, 2013 at 10:07 am (Random Shit) (, )

Who or what is Maggie and why is she raindancing? Like Dani California, is she a sublimation of all the women Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has been in relationships with?

Wikipedia says that Maggie is a “collection of memories” that stewed at the back of Kiedis’ head til he heard the music for this song. There have apparently been two “Maggies” in his life, though who they are is anyone’s guess.

Ultimately though the true identity of Raindance Maggie is less important than the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would sing about her on a rooftop. While bopping.

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Today in nostalgia: Disney songs

January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm (Nostalgia) (, , )

I’m at the end of what’s been a rather intense work week, so in between sleeping in and watching a shitload of ‘Modern Family‘, I’ve decided to listen to some Disney songs. Say what you will about Disney and animated musicals, but these songs are buried deep in that part of my brain where happy thoughts come from.

Everyone’s got their favorite Disney songs (I have been present at many drunken renderings of ‘Part of Your World‘ and ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You‘) – these are some of mine.

‘The Gospel Truth’ (Hercules, 1997)

As a child it never occurred to me that mixing gospel music with Greek mythology was kinda weird. But what works, works.

‘Friends on the Other Side’ (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)

Does it bother anyone that at the end of the movie, Facilier is literally dragged to hell? He doesn’t die, like all them other Disney movie villains (there’s an entire CRACKED.com article about this), he is taken body and soul to some technicolor voodoo hell. Is creepy, that’s all.

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Today in random shit: Rodrigo y Gabriela

January 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm (Random Shit) (, )

Rodrigo y Gabriela playing Diablo Rojo, which I first heard in the Puss in Boots movie.

Happy first week and three days of 2013 (randomly: 2013 is the first year since 1987 which features four different numbers. Mind blown).

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Today in random shit: Pyromaniac’s playlist

December 24, 2012 at 9:31 am (Random Shit) (, , )

Because some people just want to watch the world burn, and possibly sing about it too.

fire

This Fire (Franz Ferdinand)

This fire is out of control/ I’m gunna burn this city/Burn this city

Staring At The Sun (The Offspring)

I won’t be burned by the reflection/ Of the fire in your eyes/ As you’re staring at the sun

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