Dragon*Con 09 Video: Observations From The Con Floor

So this was the beginning of our weekend adventure at Dragon*Con 2009 in Atlanta. A weekend with many highs and just as many lows. Sure, some of the costumes Rob and I saw were nothing short of incredible. But for every group of “Time Travelers” (who had the most artistic costumes I’ve ever seen at one of these things) we encountered roaming the halls, there was some absurd things I should never have had to see under any circumstance, i.e the four-hundred pound woman wearing a leaf-shaped thong. Poison Ivy indeed.

Before you watch our videos, know that we had a great time. Overall, the panels were wonderful, and the convention was run brilliantly. I’m proud to say that I walked away from that Con with some pretty cool memories. I loved exchanging wits with Dirk Benedict (Face from The A-Team, Starbuck on the original BSG). That man is hilarious. And I will never forget Rob and I begging James Marsters to march across the hall with us so we could all beat up the kid from Twilight. Marsters and his manager both thought that was pretty hilarious. But all of those moments closely compete with the smell in some of the hallways (The Nerdmosphere if you will), as well as the horrific image of a quite plump and defeated woman wearing patent-leather Catwoman suit.

Check out the video here below of Rob and me roaming the halls at Dragon*Con 2009.

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DVD Review: Bring It On: In It To Win It

Bring It On: In It To Win It
Directed by Steve Rash
Starring Ashley Benson, Cassie Scerbo, Jennifer Tisdale, Michael Copon
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Available Dec. 18, 2007

To be honest, at first, I only took this assignment as a goof. I just thought I’d write a couple of silly things, maybe get a plug in, and then I’d be off into the night like a drunken phantom. That was my plan anyway. I mean, it’s a cheerleading movie, right? Keep in mind, that I am a man in his thirties who was asked in all seriousness to write about a movie that is almost exclusively targeted at young girls between the ages of nine and fourteen years old. Then it occurred to me that the things I thought were interesting even in my twenties (like that episode of 90210 when Donna shows up at a clothing factory in a belly shirt and high heels only to discover that she has wandered into a sweatshop full of underpaid immigrants) may fall right into the realm of the very same demographic. In other words, I was probably asked to do this because I may be the only man on the GoD staff who gets it.

Moving on”¦

The direct-to-DVD In It To Win It is the fourth installment of the Bring It On series. Though, unlike the Eliza Dushku id-fest that made the original such a wonderfully cheap experience, this chapter of the trilogy features a much younger cast and takes place at a cheerleading camp (Camp Cheer Thunder) rather than the scholastic settings of the previous films.

California native Carson (Ashley Benson) competes in the “Cheer Camp Nationals” and is determined to lead her squad, the West High Sharks, to ultimate victory. Brooke, a Paris Hilton look-a-like and captain of the East Coast Jets (Cassie Scerbo) is equally determined to win the competition’s most coveted “spirit stick.” However, Brooke seems just as hellbent on making Carson’s life miserable in the process as she schemes from the shadows, while wielding a paperback copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War — which can be assumed is required reading for all evil cheerleaders.

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Music Review: Bad Brains ‘Build A Nation’

Build A Nation (2007)
Megaforce Records
Produced by Adam Yauch

D.C punk/hardcore legends Bad Brains are back, after having broken up and reunited more times than an entire season of VH1’s Behind the Music.

Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) is credited with producing the first studio album by the band in over ten years. Although the production of Build A Nation is more realized than its predecessor (1995’s God Of Love), it still lacks the raw power of the group’s legendary back catalog.

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Movie Review: Spider-Man 3

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that Spider-Man 3 is a two hour and thirty-six minute juggling act that is predicated on a series of hokey coincidences that are poorly edited together. There are a lot of characters in this movie and unfortunately they ALL suffer from the dopey structure of this script.

The audience learns very little about the film’s two new villains. To add insult to injury, The Sandman character (who looks as though he was made of clumping cat litter) is even given the most used up plot device that has become inherent in most comic book films. I’m talking about “Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight” syndrome, as it is discovered that it was actually The Sandman who fired the gun that killed Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. This was of course the event that defines Spider-Man.

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‘The Warriors’ Bop to the West Coast!

The original Warriors standing on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Tony Scott (True Romance, Domino) is helming a remake of the 1979 cult classic The Warriors for MTV and Paramount Studios. Scott confirmed that none of the original characters will be featured in his updated version, with the exception of Cyrus, who is murdered in the first 10 minutes of the movie. The flamboyant look of the gangs will also be nixed for a more realistic Bloods and Crips feel and, unlike the original, which was set in a vaguely futuristic New York City, it will take place very much in the present, on the streets of Long Beach, California.

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