Just a quick note to let you guys know that we're currently looking to hire a Developer/Admin for I-Mockery's big site redesign, and most likely some ongoing work after that project is completed. You can read all the details about the jobby-job here.
In other news, I'm really happy to have finally done a piece on "Clash of the Titans". It's one of those movies that I must've watched a hundred times while I was growing up and I hope it brings back a lot o' memories for you too. Memories of severed Medusa heads, a hero with big, pouty lips and... robotic owls. Check out the article and let me know what you think.
I'd also like to remind you guys that we've just launched another forum contest in which you get to create a horrific Christmas tree for a chance to win a copy of "Black Christmas" on DVD. Snow in April? Sure, why not, as long as it's mixed with blood and horror. HORROR.
Now that we've got that stuff out of the way, I'd say it's high time we have another showdown here in the blog. Last time we had a breakfast showdown between Waffles and Pancakes and it sparked quite a debate. This time I'd like to pose the question about who would win in a fight: "Ge-Nan" from Samurai Showdown or "Blanka" from Street Fighter?
Cast your votes and be sure to back up why you think your choice would win with supporting evidence!
So the new Nine Inch Nails album came out the other day and I just picked it up. After having followed the absolutely brilliant guerilla marketing campaign / storyline behind it for weeks, I wasn't about to pass up this one. And yes, I am one of the few people who does still buy CDs apparently. I like owning the actual albums, which are often works of art in their own right. Not everything has to be digital... it's OK to own tangible things, people. I promise, owning some albums won't fuck up your feng shui.
Anyway, one of the perks about the new NIN album is that the CD changes colors and reveals things when you apply heat to it. Even touching it with the palm of your hand will do the trick. That's right, the new NIN album is HYPERCOLOR!
I'm sure you guys remember these t-shirt; who wouldn't? You could smack your friend on the back and it would leave your hand impression right on it. Fun for all, right? Well, the only problem with these shirts is they reacted to all kinds of heat... namely perspiration. If you happened to be sweating like a bastard in the summer heat, these shirts would create a vile trail of your uncleanly bodily excretions for the whole world to see. Tasty! So that's why you really don't see those shirts much anymore these days. But NIN is trying to bring the hypercolor technology back in style with their new CD:
I just couldn't help myself. There's something inherently hysterical about being able to draw a smiley face on a NIN album with my own body heat. What can I say... I work from home. These are the things I entertain myself with on a daily basis.
In unrelated news, we've got a new contest up and running in the forums for Black Christmas. All you gotta do is photoshop/design your own horrific Christmas tree and you'll be in the running to win a copy of the movie on DVD. Christmas in April? You're goddamned right. Check it out and make sure you turn in your entries before the May 15th deadline.
Also, I was at the grocery store the other day and saw that they still had a bunch of Easter shit they were trying to get rid of. Amidst the expired cookies and lame plush toys, I found something that took every ounce of restraint for me to not buy.
This Easter basket was 75% off and it came with Dinosaurs for chrissakes... DINOSAURS! It also came with some generic G.I. Joe figures and a helicopter, presumably used to help the soldiers hunt down the dinosaurs. In all honesty though, the last thing I need in the house right now is more clutter. Well that and I don't particularly have the desire to go out in public and skip to my car with an Easter basket in hand... even if it does contain dinosaurs.
Survey: What's your favorite kind of dinosaur and why? (And yes, Wacko-Saurs count because that's how all dinosaurs really looked in prehistoric times. You can't argue with science.)
On Monday, John (Dr. Boogie) and I got to attend an advance private screening of the new "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters". We were pretty excited to see the flick because we're both fans of the show - plus the screening room had some extremely nice seats that all movie theaters should be required to have these days considering how much tickets cost. For me, anything involving Carl Brutananadilewski and his daily struggles to stay alive during his neighbors' latest botched experiments is always a source of insta-chuckles. That man alone is what got me into the show and kept me hooked on it. Without spoiling anything for those of you who plan on seeing the movie, lemme give you a brief synopsis of it. It's basically an origin story that goes out of its way to NOT really tell you much at all about the origins of Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad. Unfortunately, the movie itself was a let-down. The humor just fell flat all too often and it felt like they were desperately trying to stretch it out for the full 90 minutes. John and I were both in agreement that the show works much better in the 15-minute format we've all seen on Adult Swim. They're simply able to tell a whole story and get straight to the funny stuff, and there's no time for the jokes to get old that way. That's not to say the movie is completely devoid of laughs, I'm just saying most ATHF fans will probably feel like it was too long for its own good.
The good news is that many of your favorite side-characters from past episodes are in the movie including MC Pee Pants, the Mooninites, Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, and more. I gotta say though, I was hoping to see Happy Time Harry in there, but he never showed up. Guess he was busy with his "action bills" or something.
The most surprising thing, however, is the intro before the movie. I won't spoil it for you, but it's a spoof on those old-fashioned cartoons that would play before movies telling you to grab a refreshment and not to talk during the show. Honestly, it was one of the most hilarious things I've seen in quite a while and everybody who was in the screening room was dying with laughter. So yeah, I guess it says a lot about the movie when the intro (that's not even technically a part of the movie) is the funniest thing about it.
One thing's for sure though: while I didn't care that much for the movie, I definitely need to get my hands on the poster for it.
I've never been a huge fan of Easter, it's just one of those so-called holidays that come and go without much hoopla. Actually, Easter is the only holiday that simultaneously allows you to celebrate a guy who was brutally nailed to a cross and fluffy white bunnies. That's a pretty awesome dichotomy. But hey, if nothing else, with Easter's arrival, you can always expect some tasty candies. Naturally, I horde bags upon bags of my favorite Cadbury Mini Eggs whenever Easter rolls around. But there are some other candies deserving of your attention this season.
First up is a candy that I just don't get - Palmer's Happy Easter Candy Cross. Maybe it's just me, but isn't it just a bit sacrilegious to make an edible crucifix? I mean, I don't see them making edible baby Jesus chocolates come Christmas each year... though they should. Well, all I can say is this...
Next up on the candy list is Jelly Belly's Prehistoric Egg. I'm not sure what dinosaurs really have to do with Easter, but at least they lay eggs. And Easter is ALL about the eggs, right? Right.
If you've gotta go, I supposed being fossilized in a chocolate egg isn't a bad way to go. Still, while I appreciate the novelty of the item, the combination of solid milk chocolate and a chewy dinosaur fruit snack in the middle just isn't working.
And, of course, no Easter would be complete without Marshmallow Peeps candies. Now we've all had the Marshmallows before, but there are some other Peep things on the market this year:
Lollipop rings, push-up pops and chick & bunny candy with Peeps stickers. All of these candies look nice as you would expect, but the one thing I don't understand is why they insisted on making all of them taste just like Marshmallow Peeps. I love Peeps as much as the next guy, but I'll be the first to admit that they're not exactly the tastiest things on the planet. Fact is, if you eat more than one at a time you'll probably start to feel nauseous. With all these new candies they had the opportunity to brand outside of the standard marshmallow flavor, while still maintaining the awesome Peeps style. Trust me when I say that a marshmallow-flavored lollipop is one of the strangest things you'll ever taste. Ah well, at least they all look good.
Be sure to take a stroll down I-Mockery memory lane and check out some of our old Peep-themed pieces:
And don't forget, I'm interviewed in the "The Power of the Peep" documentary that's due out next year. Can't wait for that one.
In other news, my brother gave me a copy of "Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" for the Wii to try out. So Re and I were playing it late last night when all of a sudden Link gets angry, starts twitching and turns into a wolf. A WOLF!? Granted I haven't played (read: "been interested in") a Zelda game since A Link To The Past on the SNES, but just when in the hell did the series start implementing elements to entertain people with a furry fetish? Seriously, if he doesn't turn back into the sword-slashin', slingshot-packin', creepy-eyed elf pronto, I just might have to stop playing this game forever. Keep the animality stuff with Mortal Kombat, damnit.
Furthermore, are there any more shape-shifting horrors that await me in this Zelda game? If he turns into a goddamned butterfly, I just might have to kill the world.
Yesterday, I got to catch an early showing of "Grindhouse" at one of the biggest theaters around and it did not disappoint at all. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've been so entertained by a movie. It's really hard to say which of the two movies I liked better, I'll probably have to see it again before I can make any official decision. I will say this though; Tarantino continues to impress the hell out of me. I honestly don't think anybody out there is better at writing dialogue that comes off as completely natural as his does. And Kurt Russell? Even after all these years, he is still THE MAN.
Survey: What's the craziest thing you've ever seen packaged in one of those giant store-bought Easter baskets?
Survey #2: Who saw "Grindhouse" this weekend? Which of the two movies did you like better and why? What was your favorite "fake" trailer?
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