August 29th, 2009 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So HBO has sponsored a free summer film series in Bryant Park, which is the park directly behind the New York Public Library (basically, the Library’s back yard). The last film in the series was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I think, maybe, that I might have seen this movie on the big screen when I was in single-digit ages, but if so, it’s (obviously) been a while, and this is one of those movies that’s a very different experience on the big screen, and with an enthusiastic crowd.

Waiting for nightfall. Free WiFi throughout the park am good.

A movie under the skyscrapers.

Looking past the screen, down 42nd Street towards Times Square.

Looking back, away from the screen, towards the library.

Steel tower and stone tower.

The only downside was the stoned East Village artist-type neo-hippie chick seated directly in front of me who continually stuck both her arms up in the air (and straight into my field of vision) in a marijuana-inspired attempt to touch the sparkly alien ships. Hey hippie – down in front!

But other than that, a great night out.

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Follow Us On Twitter!

August 28th, 2009 by Kyle

Yeah, I know… it’s been hyped up the wazoo, and you’re probably ready to shoot Leo Laporte if he mentions it one more time, but… we’re on Twitter! Follow us @gtpodcast.

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Chuck Yeager’s Secret

August 27th, 2009 by Kyle

A recent picture taken at Gen. Yeager’s house reveals some… surprises:

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Hey Buddy… Book Off!!!

August 27th, 2009 by Kyle

Kyle here;

When I was younger and foolisher, I lived in a little mountain town in Japan for a year. It was a beautiful experience, a cherished memory, yadda yadda yadda. But as an otaku, my lifeline was Book Off, a chain of used stores that are just about everywhere in Japan. It’s part of the Off House used stuff franchise, which also includes Hard Off (no, I’m not kidding) which sells used “hard”ware like stereos and computers and such. But Book Off is the place for manga, artbooks, DVDs, CDs, and games… all of which I spent far too much money on (like I said, I was foolisher).

And now, Book Off has opened one single US location, in New York City, placed to cater to the Japanese expat community (mostly businesspeople, thus the midtown location). It’s on 41st Street, just off 5th Avenue, and within sight of the New York Public Library.

Let’s have a look, shall we? Ikimashou!

Here’s the front door, on 41st Street.

Yup, it’s a Book Off. Just like my adopted home in the Fujigoko.

Cheap J-Pop, not that I was ever a huge fan.

Real Japanese DVDs, including anime.

Let’s see what’s upstairs (though, if it’s the same layout as other Book Offs, I already know).

Yup – the discount manga section. In Japan, 100 Yen. Here, $1.

Nice wall of figures. Not unreasonably priced, considering what they go for these days.

A little piece of Japan. Natsukashii, ne?

Okay Book Off, now how about opening one in San Francisco?
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Episode 11: Inglorious Avatars

August 24th, 2009 by Kyle


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Sorry, Mike…

August 23rd, 2009 by Kyle

but the GI Joe sequel is definitely happening.

“I’m sorry, kiddo. I really am. You have a good soul and I hate giving good people bad news”.
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RiffTrax Live (Except For The Zombies)

August 22nd, 2009 by Kyle

Kyle here;

“Well, at least we’re not in Ft. Worth!”

It seems like Dave, Mike, and I are on different fanboy paths this weekend. They went to Inglorious Basterds and (CENSORED), and I went to the RiffTrax Live presentation of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Fot the few who may not know what RiffTrax is, it’s the follow-on to Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike Nelson, Kevin (Tom Servo) Murphy, and Bill (Crow) Corbett return to poking fun at movies, with full-length downloadable audio commentaries in mp3 format designed so you can sync them up while playing films that range from big Hollywood blockbusters to 80s cheesefests like Roadhouse and Red Dawn.

Or, in this case, classics of campy awfulness like Plan 9, which spent almost 50 years unchallenged as the worst movie ever made – from 1959 until Tommy Wiseau released The Room.

The special event was a live riffing of Plan 9, plus a few other goodies, simulcast live from Nashville to 450 theatres around the country. I went at the AMC 16 at Garden State Plaza in lovely Paramus, New Jersey.

Here’s how it went down:

1) Coming Attractions: From Fathom Events, which does these special theater events. There was a blurb for their upcoming one might only showing of Eureka Seven on the big screen. For those of you who’ve never seen anime on a movie theater screen, it’s a totally different experience, and one that you shouldn’t miss out on if you have the chance.

2) MC Duties By Veronica Belmont: Who I know mostly from her appearances on various of the vast Leo Laporte franchise of podcasts. She did a good enough job, but seemed a little lost.

3) Short: The Flying Stewardesses: The guys riffed a short subject – a promo video on stewardesses put out by American Airlines in, I would guess, the late 40s or so. Pure brilliance. The best part of the night, and even better than the Plan 9 riff.

4) Two Fake Commercials Produced By Rich “Lowtax” Kyanka Of Something Awful: Meh. The first one was funnier than the second one, but overall… meh.

5) Three Songs By Special Guest Jonathan Coulton: Including one with Mike, Kevin, and Bill as “The Rifftones”. Coulton was entertaining as always, and I’m always glad to see him, even if I wasn’t quite sure why he was there. But hey, who cares… Jonathan Coulton is like Jell-o – it’s always a good time for him.

6) Plan 9: Marvelous. The special dig at Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen probably got the single biggest laugh of the night. Note: this was mostly the same script as the Three-Riffer Edition of Plan 9 downloadable at the RiffTrax website, but it did have a few changes and new lines. They also showed the guys in little boxes on the side of the screen delivering the lines, which was interesting to see. It’s also very different seeing something like this with a big audience instead of a couple friends around the couch. A lot of fun.

7) Free Digital Goodies: For attendees (who also have an account at RiffTrax’s website). Mike gave out a special URL and passcode that added some free stuff to your account. Mostly e-tchotchke, but getting a downloadable copy of The Flying Stewardesses for free was a big plus.

All in all, an excellent evening’s entertainment. I shall make a point of attending if and when they do another.

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Those Glorious Basterds….

August 22nd, 2009 by Kyle

Dave here,

Just got back from seeing Inglorious Basterds with Mike. And wow…awesome film. We’ll have a review of it on the next podcast, but just a few things first.

1) It’s not total non-stop action. The action scenes are amazing and so bloody, Sam Peckinpah is applauding in his grave. But there’s also a lot of the other thing that Tarintino does best, which is tense personal conflicts and conversations.

2) It’s not in any way, shape, or form historically accurate. If you actually go into this film expecting some kind of historical accuracy, well….you deserve the mind-rape you’re going to get.

All in all, great film. Loads of fun. Go see it while you can.

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So secret, we could kill you, but then we’d have to tell you

August 18th, 2009 by Kyle

Dave here,

So, we’re going to have something extra special to review on Friday and talk about on the next podcast. Besides reviewing ‘Inglorious Basterds’, I mean. What exactly is this double-secret probation item of geekery?

Maybe something good….Maybe something bad….

You’ll just have to tune in, won’t you?

Okay, so I suck at writing teasers. Seriously, though, tune in on Tuesday and see what we’re all psyched up about now.

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Sparkly is /soooo/ 2009…

August 17th, 2009 by Kyle

Dave here,

Wow, what a difference a week makes. Seriously, District 9 really answered all the issues I have with big-budget action thrillers. Intelligent, mature, and tons of awesome combat scenes. Just imagine what these guys could have done with Halo. Bungee and Microsoft really need to get on the ball and have Blomkamp & company do the Halo adaptation they were planning on making before the project got pulled and turned into D9.

I’m also in a good mood becasue of some recent vampire-related news. No, it’s not Sparkly and Mopey from Twilight canoodling on the set again. No, two big projects were anounced this week that just might bring the vampire genre back from the bedrooms of pre-teen girls.

Honestly, I didn’t mean to make it sound that etchi…

So, in one corner, we have Anne Rice deciding to give the green light to have the next installment of the Vampire Chronicles made into a film. I’m not the biggest Anne Rice fan ever, especially since the whole degeneration into emo and Twilight can be pretty much blamed on her starting it. But at least Lestat doesn’t pretent that humans are anything other than amusement and food. And Variety reports that cast as Lestat is none other than Mr. Career Resurection himself, Robert Downey Jr. I’m going to take a chance and pre-slot this into the ‘win’ category.

In the other corner, proof that you can’t keep a good bloodsucker down, we have a big screen treatment of ‘Dark Shadows’ in the works by Tim Burton. And starring as Barnabas Collins…

Seriously, if you said any other name other than Johnny Depp, you need to turn in your geek credentials right now.

Apparently, Johnny is a serious Dark Shadows fan, so this is going to be a really personal project for him. Given Mr. Depp’s acting ability and Mr. Burton’s gothic sensebility, I’m also gonna call ‘win’ on this one.

So, for a geek that’s only semi- into vampires, why am I so excited? Becasue these two projects look like they’re starting to reverse the trend of sad, emo vampires that reached it’s apex with Twilight. It looks like things are getting back to basics. And when a genre has gotten as far out of hand as vampires are now, it’s always best to go back to where things began and start over.

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