MOVING PICTURES

"ALIENS"

So I binge watched and binge played everything so-called 'canon' Alien out there, and this is my conclusion:

"A few minutes is all you need to appreciate the little things in life."

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Everyone needs more clay in their life

And if you gotta start somewhere, start by checking out Lee Hardcastle's awesome slash gruesome "claysploitation" videos.

This is not your daddy's DOOM.

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RWBY

Or, as the fans call it, Monty Oum's legacy.

But let's rewind a bit first, shall we?

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100% Trippin' ballz

That's what went through my head when checking out the opening to Mob Psycho 100.

Go on, admit it.

You're intrigued, right?

Who doesn't.

Don't worry, the pilot isn't your standard anime binge-bait that's followed up by a sluggish season.

Go watch it. I'll hold.

And yes, you're right.

It IS by the same guy as One Punch Man.

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Thailand. Not just Khao San Road and a bunch of temples.

They also have someone who can squeeze together Hardcore Henry and Kung Fu Panda - with the nightmare fuel that is Teletubbies, Hello Kitty and My Little Pony - into one bloody action flick of about 11 minutes.

WARNING!!
Watch (and listen to) related material at own risk.

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i cri evrytiem

Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós
blossom by Ordet (known for Black Rock Shooter's story scenes)

More cri at Zapuni, where animation and music join hands with charity for the Tohoku / Fukushima disasters.

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Tokyo Idols

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a Japanophile. Or you haven't been paying very good attention.

But for every little thing I like about Japan, there is something that feels off.
Sometimes only slightly, sometimes so immense my eyes hurt from rolling backwards.

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One Luluco a day keeps the psychiatrist away

Do you remember that awesome moment when Goku became a Super Sayian for the first time and avenged his fallen friends, or where his son Gohan took it to the next level and fried Cell's face off?

You gone done it now.

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Gantz Geil

I don't know what it is with Gantz.

Not just leather and guns, contrary to popular belief.

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Animated music videos? OBJECTION!

I particularly like how they take 4 minutes to tell a better story than all seasons of Scooby Doo combined.

To the beat y'all.

Oh and look there's a sequel. Another musical series to keep your eyes and ears on!

Also, big up to their Phoenix Wright spoof. Gotta love that intro.

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Boogers, zits, and a healthy dose of vomit

That about sums up the mostly cringy, live-action part of Osmosis Jones, whose - quite extraordinary - animated scenes seem to have flown under my radar for a good 16 years.

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How I met your mother

As you might have realised by now, I don't only write about video games, but about related media as well, such as movies, series, comics, etc.
I usually try to link these media items with a game, just for the sake of it, but sometimes I don't.

This is one of those times I didn't.

What's that on his shou...OHMYGODKILLITWITHFIRE

Wasurenagumo, or Li'l Spider Girl if you want, is not one of those 5 to 10 minutes shorts, showing off a powerful message combined with a stroke of fine art.
No, it's about 23 minutes long, the art doesn't come off as particularly fresh or innovating, and the characters seem to follow the standard tropes at first glance.

But it's worth a watch, if not for the bizarre - and for some, frightening - concept of A FRIGGIN' LITTLE SPIDER GIRL, then for the twists and turns it takes to reach its conclusion. You won't regret it.

 

Part of the Young Animator Training Project, of which Little Witch Academia by Trigger is probably the most famous, Wasurenagumo is one of four shorts in the 2012 line-up and made by Production I.G., which we covered a bit in our All of the insanity in anime today piece.

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The giggles are strong with this one.

This is what happens when you put people from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and The Clone Wars in the same room.
Delightful, utter nonsense about the universe's oldest sci-fi epic.

Unfortunately, the series was cancelled before it even aired, but not after 39 episodes were already produced, with 62 more in the running.
Frankly, I do understand the reasoning behind it, and why this is the most sensible choice for now: You can't bombard the newer generations of cinephiles with parodies of movies and shows they were never cordially introduced to.

So let's just patiently sit here until the next Star Wars trilogy and its spinoffs have been churned out, before diving headlong into this by-then finely aged wine of a series.
Fingers crossed.

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All of the insanity in anime today

That's a title made for Hiroyuki Imaishi, who had a hand in the crazy that was Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, and Kill la Kill.

If you like non-stop action, over-the-top - that's without the twists - plot devices, and a buttload of fanservice and mechas, you'd be wise to spot this name from afar.

Get his autograph. Just do it.

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CARPENTER BRUT - TURBO KILLER

Remember that thing I posted about Furi and its awesome synthwave tunes? Let's focus on one of the artists from that soundtrack, and go from there.

Carpenter Brut, the mythical French synthwave artist, not only has his music featured on The Crew, Hotline Miami 2, Hacknetand Furi, but he gets the raddest music videos as well, courtesy of Seth Ickerman.

Watching the 'Making Of' is at least as fun as the original video itself, and yes, a 30-minute long movie is in the works, with Carpenter Brut on board.

Check out the kickstarter for BLOOD MACHINES.

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Turtle Powered Invader Zim

Or, less cryptic, the very best TMNT short ever, everywhere.

 

Thanks Jhonen Vasquez. Thanks Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. You just made my year.

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Alone in 2Dark

The Alone in the Dark game franchise is dead.

Done for.

Lights out and put on ice.

The movie franchise is booming however. Click to see how much people loved this flick.

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Music + Anime = Win

You can't go wrong with a mix of Samurai Shamploo, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Afro Samurai, and some oldskool Ultraman to top it off.

Sung by Kouichi Yamadera Spike from Cowboy BebopRyoga from Ranma ½, Doflamingo from One Piece - this short from the Japan Animator Expo can't get any more contemporary Nippon.

Please make another Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan rhythm gameReally. Right now.

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Less than meets the eye

I recently watched one of the latest episodes of Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) - not to be confused with the Japanese-made series of the same name from 2001 - and was unpleasantly surprised how little advancement was made in terms of the gray area between good and evil.

As long as the human element gives us the thumbs up.

Worse, what I saw was pretty mind-bogglingly backwards. 

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Inside Out inside out

Pixar movies are, for all intents and purposes, fun.

Their formula stays pretty much the same in every movie, Hollywood-style, but we're not looking for much more than that either.
A laugh, a tear, and a lot of stuff we can relate to, in an exaggerated, animated manner. 

 

Or spot on accurate.

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Cutey Honey riding a Teenage Mecha Ninja Turtle into battle against Optimus Prime. Sure. Okay.

And the references don't stop there, but how far down the rabbit hole are you prepared to go?

Japan Animator Expo entry #35.

Enjoy.

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I saw an okay movie the other day... - [soundbyte i]

...and It Follows that music composer Disasterpeace is awesome.

He's got a knack for providing your daily horror dose through eerie music and psychedelic sound effects, as well as making sure certain mobile, flash and indie games become more iconic than the sum of their parts. And even if you care nothing about movie or game scores, I'm sure everyone can find a tune to their liking in his evergrowing repertoire.

If you're not convinced, at least hear him out in Bandcamp's latest interview right here which came out right after I saw It Follows and when I wanted to do a [soundbyte i] piece as well as write something about Disasterpeace...Hmm...Paranoid much? Who's that behind me?

I'll leave you with one of his latest creations. Enjoy.

 

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Monster Hunter Nickelodeon

Or 4KidsEntertainment, Cartoon Network, or whatever caters to millennials with short attention spans, lots of love for the new chibi 3D trend, and a strong penchant for cutesy PG anime.

I'm one of those people who refuses to buy yet another Nintendo system just to be able to enjoy the next Monster Hunter (or Bayonetta). Even though I'm not a fan of the newest spin-off, Monster Hunter Stories falls in that same category and will sadly not grace my collection.

The anime however, might be worth a shot. Were I 20 years younger.

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I found the PERFECT CELL

and it already has Android 8

And it's already got Android 8.

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DIGITAL POCKET MONSTERS

You'd almost think I'm an avid fan of Pokemon with those recent blurbs.

Well, I'm actually not.

Let me rectify this misunderstanding with a nice wallpaper.

(Would love to credit the artist, but his id has been swallowed by the net...)

Too bad Digimon Story - Cyber Sleuth is the only recent Digimon game to hit our shores... But there are ways...

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I know a great drinking game

Step 1
Put on a Transformers movie. Take number 4 for maximum effect.

Where a US truck riding a metal dinosaur save the day by smashing Chinese monuments

Where a US truck riding a metal dinosaur saves the day by smashing Chinese monuments.

Step 2
Drink whenever...

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Game of Laughs

Are you a fan of watching British people do very British things to your gaming childhood memories?

Then Go 8 Bit will totally tickle your fancy.

Pull out the old UK VPN and go live, or take comfort in the fact that YouTube will always cater to some of your needs.

The excellent chiptune intro is made by Liam Tate, and not Anamanaguchi as I first thought. There, I saved you some googling headache.

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WAITING FOR THAT LIVE ACTION DEADPOOL / THOR TEAM-UP

Whether you're a Marvel fan or not, anyone can appreciate a good laugh. Odin's son just kicked it up a notch.

 

And yes I'm serious about that team-up. Would make for an excellent bro-op game!

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Independence Fail - Regurgitation

Rejoice, fellow shroomers!

Somewhere in the multiverse there exists a KICK ASS video game of Independence Day!

How do I know?

Simple. Every game-to-movie adaption known to man has sucked all kinds of ass, and this inversely proportionate to the source material.
Resurgence is such an affront to humankind that we're well due an annihilation or two, so there MUST BE a ridiculously epic video game circulating about, with actual plot, meaningful action, sincere drama, funny one liners, lovable characters, total lack of cliché...

The thought of this is already melting my brain.

Id4whitehouse

 

Thank you Mr Emmerich, for making me feel better about Jurassic World and X-Men Apocalypse again.

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