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Yesterday evening, before I made my way to the Viper Room to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert, I attended an opening day showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA. Without question, I loved every single second of the film and enjoyed it so thoroughly that I cannot wait to see it again:
JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter books are always so rich with detail and lush storytelling that the film versions, as good as they are, seem like watered down tales that pale in comparison to the original source material. Because the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, has been turned into 2 films, that watered down feeling didn’t feel as heavy-handed as it does for previous films. True, not everything in the first half of Deathly Hallows is included in Part 1 but we do get much more of the story than we usually get from the film adaptations … and we have an entirely new film to look forward to as well. This final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise is very dark and very scary … even for adults. No lie, I jumped out of my seat a couple of times with actual fright. There’s a lot of sexiness going on as well … Daniel Radcliffe strips down to his underwear in parts of the film and the semi-naked kissing (fantasy) scene between Harry Potter and Hermione Granger made me feel really … uncomfortable. Still, those elements are required of the story so they didn’t feel gratuitous … in fact, they added muchly to the tone of the film. I was very impressed with the animated scenes that were used for the retelling of The Tale of the Three Brothers within the film. All in all, the film impressed me greatly … I loved it entirely. I really, REALLY did not want the movie to end … and when it does, I gave an audible sigh of sadness. I fear I’ll be bawling my eyes out when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is released next Summer. I damn near bawled my eyes out this time!
I’m not sure how this film will play for folks who are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter books and/or movies but the other 98.7% of the planet should enjoy this film very much.
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Last night I was able to attend a live concert performance by American Hi-Fi who are among my fave bands of the early 00′s and who I have seen many times on tour in the Midwest back when I lived in Detroit, MI. American Hi-Fi released a new album over the Summer, Fight the Frequency, and last night’s concert at the Viper Room was their first show here in LA since that album’s release:
As you may know, Hi-Fi is fronted by Stacy Jones who was the drummer first for Letters to Cleo and then Veruca Salt (two of my all-time fave bands). There are few bands that make me as happy as American Hi-Fi does. Their brand of pop/punk/rock is loud, insanely catchy and impossible not to jump around to. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped from the show last night and watch video of the band performing LIVE their biggest hit song, Flavor of the Weak … More »
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Last night David and I met up for drinks with our friend Jordan who we haven’t seen in quite a few weeks. That boy is always so bizzy flying around the world that it’s really hard to pin him down to just one location for very long. We hooked up with him at Saint Felix in West Hollywood, CA for some drinks and conversation … and we got to share our time with the fabulous Billy Dee Williams:
Jordan then dragged us to a milkshake place so that we could indulge in horribly fattening yet absolutely delicious candy bar-filled milkshakes together. We kept it casual but fun … ’twas a nice night out on the town.
Tonight, I’ll be swinging by the movie theater to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and then later on tonight, I’ll be making my way to the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert! It’s Friday, it’s the Weekend! I hope you have a great one!!
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In an effort to get out and enjoy the cool SoCal night last night, David and I ventured out for a little shopping trip at The Grove. For the most part we did a lot of window shopping but did enjoy a casual stroll around the outdoor shopping area. We stopped in at the Whisper Lounge for a couple of drinks and a bit of convo:
All in all it was a pretty nice and quiet night. My plans for tonight got changed up a bit. I was supposed to go to a screening of Tron: Legacy but it has been moved to Saturday night instead. I think David and I are going to try and meet up with our friend Jordan who we haven’t seen in an ice age … tho, it’s possible that we will enjoy another easy, breezy night of a whole lotta nothing.
We’re just one day away from the weekend … I hope you’re having a great day!!
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Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … David has been feeling a little under the weather so we decided to just stay in. In recent weeks, I’ve been watching Wonder Woman on DVD and just recently, I got The Bionic Woman Season 1 on DVD. Last night, I spent quite a bit of time watching alternating episodes of The Bionic Woman and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman:
Both Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman Jamie Sommers) were THE templates for female beauty in the late 70′s (when I was just a wee little kid). While other folks look to the actresses of Charlie’s Angels (and primarily Farrah Fawcett) as the iconic beauties of the 70′s, for me it was Lynda and Lindsay. These women were strong superheros and I credit their TV shows with instilling in me the belief that women could be heroes to look up to and emulate. Predominantly, superheros are male dominated but growing up with these superhero women in my life made me understand that superheroes could be men and women. It’s a shame we don’t have more of these super women in our entertainment today. I think kids today would benefit greatly from the influence of a Wonder Woman, a Bionic Woman or both! Ah … the good ol’ days.
Not sure what the plan is for today but if David is feeling better, I think we’re gonna get out of the house and do something. It’s Wednesday again, Happy Hump Day!!
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Last night Josh and I made our way to the Comedy Central stage at the Hudson Theater here in Los Angeles, CA to see our good friend Tom Lenk perform his one man show Nerdgasm LIVE on stage:
Tom has been performing his show all over the WORLD lately and last night it was LA’s turn to see his amazingness live on stage. After the jump, check out a few photos that I snapped at the show last night and find out which of Tom‘s Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars and real life BFF came out to the show to lend her support … More »
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Yesterday was a fairly quiet day around here … I spent much of the day relaxing at home while David and his college BFF Diana went shopping all over town. I met up with them after they finished their little outing and we all met up with Josh and Darion for a fun dinner at Gobi Mongolian BBQ in Silverlake, CA:
While I must admit that Gobi isn’t quite as good as my beloved BD’s Mongolian BBQ back home in Detroit, it was a pretty passable runner-up. We all had a great time together.
Tonight, I’m planning to check out Tom Lenk‘s new one-man show at the Comedy Central Theater here in LA … I’m so excited!!
Happy Monday and Happy Week ahead!!
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After David and I had so much fun at the Sanrio Pop-Up Tour carnival here in LA Friday night we thought it would be fun to head on down to Anaheim, CA to spend some quality time together at Disneyland. I am still very bummed that we missed out visiting Disney during HalloweenTime this year so I wanted to make sure we made it down to see the Xmas edition of Disneyland:
We got to Disneyland at around 6:30 but it was already pitch black … nonetheless, we had an absolute blast! After the jump, check out some of the photos we snapped last night and see which BIG Disneyland star we got to meet and take a photo with … More »
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In honor of Sanrio‘s 50th Anniversary they have launched the Small Gift Pop-Up Tour here in the US in both Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA providing a FREE carnival/art exhibit … yesterday was the first night the event was open to the public so David and I decided to check it out:
David is such a good sport about amusement part stuff so we really had a great time. There was Hello Kitty-inspired artwork on display, rides and games to play, fun fair food to eat and — of course — fun stuff to buy. After the jump, check out some of the fun photos I snapped last night — including a photo of David and me that I cannot EVEN believe I am sharing with the world (hint: there are costumes involved) … More »
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David very rarely insists that we go to the movies, I’m usually the one dragging him out to the theater, but last night he really wanted to see the new indie film Monsters and I happily complied. I had heard about Monsters over the Summer and was unaware that it was even in theaters (which is the really annoying thing about indie films, there’s never any promotion) … but Monsters IS playing in select theaters right now … we saw it … and really liked it:
Monsters is like a hybrid of Cloverfield and District 9 wrapped in a beautifully shot indie film. For the most part, I really liked the film … but it moved a bit slow for me to totally love it. I really loved the hyper-action of Cloverfield and was hoping that this alien film would be more like that. Instead, the monsters are not really featured all that much in the film … and when they are, they’re not all that scary. Monsters tells the tale of a world were alien creatures came to Earth 6 years ago and have flourished in most of Mexico. The US builds a massive wall along the border to keep these illegal aliens out (get it?) and protect itself. I will say I was very impressed with the way the film looked and really liked how it ended, for the most part. But the action film fan in me wanted a bit more … oomph. Still, Monsters is a fantastic indie “horror” film that I think needs to be seen on the big screen. BUT, if you can’t get out to see Monsters in theaters (or if it’s not playing in your city) you can watch in on On Demand at home. While Monsters wasn’t the best alien film I’ve ever seen, I really enjoyed the Hell out of it.
Tonight David and I will be having a lot of fun here in LA … we will be making our way to Santa Monica, CA to attend the first night of Sanrio‘s 50th Anniversary celebration called Small Gift:
Basically, it’s a Hello Kitty Carnival! It looks like fun … and the only other event of its kind is in Miami, FL so we’re gonna check it out here while we can. Then we are going to see Skyline … which looks like the action-packed alien movie I’ve been looking for.
Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!!
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