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First Open Mic Night – FUN!

First Open Mic Night – FUN!

By pedi in Blog on October 13, 2011

We had our first invite only open mic at the Hero Club last night and some of LA’s most talented up-n-coming comedians came by to work their bits in front of their peers. A great night of fun and laughter. Went so well, we will be arranging another night soon! TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/first-open-mic-night-fun/

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying”...

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying”...

By xaraan in Blog on October 11, 2011

The latest volume of my “What Outhousers are saying” article.  If you want a little entertainment by seeing the variety of comments from everyday readers about the latest comics, check it out.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11307067772

Let Me In

Let Me In

By David Bird in Blog on October 10, 2011

Let Me In (2010)Directed by Matt Reeves, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPheeHaving watched Let The Right One In last week, and having heard a lot of positive things about the American remake, I figured I’d rent it for this week’s movie.Drawing from the same source material, the two movies do, of course, tell the same story: a lonely, bullied boy befriends a new neighbor--a girl his age who is also a vampire. The American one starts much differently. Police and ambulance are racing through a snowy night, sirens blaring. The cynic is going to think, of course, that that’s Hollywood for you, but the movie does steer clear of action sequences far more than you’d think a Hollywood production would. The movie starts with the capture of Hakan and then moves back two weeks in time in order to bring things back to this point.He’s not called Hakan in this movie--he’s simply referred to as “the father,” and that’s only one of many changes. The boy is renamed Owen and the girl Abbey. I don’t know why. Oskar and Eli (or Oscar and Ellie) aren’t that unusual. Owen is introduced wearing a Halloween mask and spying on his neighbors. Creepier than Oskar. He is also much more socially isolated. The movie seems to go out of its way to make him appear as weak and as vulnerable as possible. Though Abbey does state that she isn’t a girl, there is no indication that ‘she’ was ever a ‘he.’ Watching this movie, you’re watching the story of a little girl and a little boy, vampirism notwithstanding. It's also clear that Owen is forming a romantic attachment towards her, even taking a growing interest in his class’ assigned reading of Romeo and Juliet as their relationship grows. Abbey, on the other hand, is a little more complex. It may look like she’s reciprocating his feelings, and maybe she is, but her relationship with Hakan raises other possibilities.Now I am calling him Hakan, again. He is referred to as her “father,” though it's made clear he isn’t. In the novel Hakan is a pedophile that Eli brings into her service. She is a child, or at least in the form of a child, and she needs an adult figure to enable her to move more freely in the world. A child alone raises too many questions. In the Swedish film version he is just seen as her servant and little more. Its not much of a character at all. In the US one not only does Richard Jenkins do a fantastic job of bringing the character alive, making us feel for the guy even as he’s hunting victims, but the adaptation itself recasts the nature of their relationship altogether and raises questions about Abbey’s intentions. At one point we see a photo in her apartment of her and a little boy that looks somewhat like Owen, and somewhat like a younger version of Jenkins’ character. The implications are that he has been with her since he was Owen’s age, and that Owen himself is being groomed as a replacement. Another hint in this direction is that Owen has a sweet-tooth and is constantly humming bits of a candy jingle to himself, ‘eat one now, save one for later.’ Indeed.Another change from the original film is the introduction of the cop played by Elias Koteas. The character isn’t given a name, but he makes himself felt throughout the film while trying to figure out the nature of the killings. I haven’t read the novel, but this is something I didn’t like about the Swedish film. Surely the killings and attacks would have provoked some response from the police. If Koteas’ character is unsure of what’s going on, and really given little to work with, the actor still manages to make it work. He comes across as a character out of Homicide. One of the film’s most effecting scenes involves him, Owen, and Owen finally choosing a side. It's one of the strongest scenes in either film. Whichever of the two films you enjoy most, there no question but that the actors in this version are all very talented and are all bringing their A games, including Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz as the leads.As for problems I had with the film, there’s the wide use of CDI, including in unnecessary places like her attacks and two sequences where she climbs. Watching her jerkily climb a tree, I couldn’t help but think that a normal person climbing without effects could have made it look easier and more convincing. And the neighbors all but disappear. In part this is to boost Koteas’ role, but I think it would have helped to see the impact of these events on others in the story. I thought it was interesting to place the story during a winter in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I associate the area with desert and was surprised to see it snowing, but there are problems when it comes to reproducing an important scene. In the the other version Hakan pushes the body of someone Eli has killed under a frozen river, where it is later found by children. In the US version Jenkin’s character does the same thing, but the river really isn’t frozen. In fact, its running pretty freely. Coming from Canada north I couldn’t help but think, ‘You don’t let kids on the ice when it's that warm. It's not safe.’ Reproducing scenes is another problem with the movie. So many were shot the same way they were in the Swedish version. Yes, they’re drawing from a common source, but Reeves seems content, when he isn’t making specific changes to the story, to just re-do Alfredson’s work.All in all, though, it is a good film. I don’t really see a need to pick one version over the other, though on the whole I’d probably go with the Swedish one--ideally with Jenkins and Koteas spliced in!Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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News Roundup for Oct week 1

News Roundup for Oct week 1

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

 • DC Comics 52 relaunch pushes them into the number one spot in September. • How did DC Comics relaunch land with fans?  Check out our official  52apalooza results and get rankings for all 52 releases. • New York Comic Con starts October 13th and news is already rolling in about announcements, panels and more.  Stay up to date on the latest. • Avenging Spider-man #1 launch to offer free digital copy with purchase of hardcopy. • Barnes & Noble announces they are pulling the 100 DC Graphic Novels being offered on Kindle Fire, but not on Nook from their stores. • The Outhouse has launched an October art feature: 31 Days of Halloween. With new art updates daily. • Check out the latest Comic Reviews and also feature review columns offering rundowns and editorials on the latest books to hit the shelves:     The Idiots Guide to Comics talks Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws controversy.   This Week in Punchy reviews 18 comics from wednesday’s latest releases.   SuperReads covers the latest Fear Itself from Marvel and more in it’s huge synopsis rundown.   And if you want reviews on a book from a variety of posters check out the latest Review Group as they discuss Aquaman #1 or for fun check out What Outhousers are Saying about Comics for a rundown of quotes about the latest books. • Read the Latest interviews with Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens and Joshua Hale Fialkov. • Outside of the comic world: Xbox has make a deal to bring nearly 40 TV and entertainment providers to their LIVE service.• Will next season’s Simpsons be the last?• And Lev Grossman’s fantasy novel The Magician optioned by Fox for Television.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11194960030

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade...

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade...

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

Moment of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘Shade creates his own girlfriends’ Click here to visit The Outhouse and vote on next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11187863091

Comic of the Week for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘I,...

Comic of the Week for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘I,...

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

Comic of the Week for comics on 9/28/11 was ‘I, Vampire’ Although most were turned off by the cover, the story was surprisingly awesome. Click the pic to visit The Outhouse and vote on next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11187692110

Cover of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 is ‘The...

Cover of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 is ‘The...

By xaraan in Blog on October 8, 2011

Cover of the Week winner for comics on 9/28/11 is ‘The Last Phantom’ Click the picture to visit the Outhouse and vote on next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11187610952

My First Digital Paintings – Age 22

My First Digital Paintings – Age 22

By pedi in Blog on October 6, 2011

This old man was my very first digital painting, created with a Wacom tablet using Painter 5 on an old Mac 9500… some 13 years ago. The original was roughly 6,000 pixels large. Start to finish, roughly 6 hours.   This demon was also roughly 6000 pixels. My second digital painting. Roughly 23 hours. And this demon was my third. Roughly same pixel dimensions. Roughly 26 hours. TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/my-first-digital-paintings-age-22/

ourvaluedcustomers: After his girlfriend said that she would be...

ourvaluedcustomers: After his girlfriend said that she would be...

By xaraan in Blog on October 5, 2011

ourvaluedcustomers: After his girlfriend said that she would be nervous to meet Neil Gaiman… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11062231470

boobsdontworkthatway: dresdencodak: Why Cleavage is Bad for...

boobsdontworkthatway: dresdencodak: Why Cleavage is Bad for...

By xaraan in Blog on October 4, 2011

boobsdontworkthatway: dresdencodak: Why Cleavage is Bad for Crimefighting Don’t mind occasional cleavage, but almost all of these things have crossed my mind at some point. Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11038147413

My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a...

My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a...

By xaraan in Blog on October 4, 2011

My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a feature column.  I hope you’ll continue to check it out there: click the pic to visit the article and see what fellow comic book readers are saying about the latest comics coming out.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11012845630

Follow me

Follow me

By pedi in Blog on October 3, 2011

TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/follow-me/

Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In

By David Bird in Blog on October 3, 2011

Let The Right One In (2008)Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina LeanderssonIt’s a long Scandinavian winter in Blackeberg. Oskar lives with his mother and spends his days running a gauntlet of bullies. He spends a lot of time alone until new neighbors move in next door. A man with a girl his age. She doesn’t go to school. There’s something wrong with her. Or something different. She’s a vampire.Based on a novel by the same name, and made into an American film called Let Me In, Let The Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie with a dedicated following. Vampires are my favourite movie monster, but I haven’t really enjoyed a vampire movie in a long time. From Anne Rice’s Lestat to Joss Whedon’s Angel to Stephanie Meyer’s Edward, the last few decades have not been kind. The vampire has gone from being a menacing seducer, a devil in evening wear, to a whiny, moping annoyance.This movie touches on two themes that have been a part of the problem, the vampire as victim and focusing on the vampire’s relationship with a human, but it succeeds in skirting these tropes without losing itself in them. It succeeds with the first because the vampire, Eli, is a child and children are almost by definition dependents; even when they have been children for a very long time. What’s more Eli never expresses regret for being a vampire. It skirts the second issue by never turning the relationship into a romance. These are two lonely kids, who each need a friend. A connection. The movie is set in the 80s. Were it set today Oskar might have an active online social life, but it isn’t and he doesn’t. He suffers alone until Eli shows up.Moreover, Eli isn’t a girl. She looks like one and comes across as one, and is played by one, but when the subject comes up she tells Oskar she isn’t one. Audiences might interpret this to mean that ‘she’ isn’t human, except for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Eli’s naked groin. Where you’d expect to see genitals there is only a nasty scar. The implication being that when Eli was human, ‘she’ was a ‘he.’I enjoyed Let The Right One In. So far I’ve been very lucky in my Monday movie choices. No turkeys yet. This one shares a lot of the same ingredients of previous winners: it’s well directed, well acted, well written. It seems so simple to turn out a good movie, you have to wonder why they aren’t all winners. I’ve heard good things about the US version too. Maybe I’ll check that one out too.Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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Mimran Schur Animated Logo – 3D VFX

Mimran Schur Animated Logo – 3D VFX

By pedi in Blog on October 3, 2011

Last year, I helped Fusion CIS Studios with the look dev, texture/shader, lighting and render passes on the animated ocean for this spot… TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/mimran-schur-animated-logo-3d-vfx/

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:)

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:)

By xaraan in Blog on October 2, 2011

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:) Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10953668300

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