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Last night I made my way out to the Key Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA to see the amazing Digital Hardcore innovators Atari Teenage Riot live in concert for the first time since 1999. I’ve been a huge fan of ATR and Alec Empire since the mid-90′s but I only got to see them live in concert one time on their first US tour in ’99. Last night, at long last, I was able to see them live on stage again:
Digital Hardcore is electronic punk/noise and isn’t really the kind of music that most people like to listen to. I am not like most people tho and I really, really love the genre. Despite the fact that the music is mostly noisy, there are electronic beats that give the music a heart and soul … albeit a cold, aggressive yet funky soul. I’m not much of a mosh pit guy anymore but I simply had to get up close and personal with ATR last night. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped during the show … More »
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I’d like to take this opportunity to send out lots of Birthday Lurve to my homie Mark who is celebrating his … well … let’s just say a big birthday today:
Mark has a bit of a rough year but very recently made some very positive steps forward toward a happier and healthier future. I know he is celebrating back home in Detroit today but I wanted to share his Happy Day with all y’all so you too can help him celebrate his birthday.
Tonight, I’ll be making my way to the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA to see Atari Teenage Riot perform LIVE on stage for the first time since I saw them back in 1999 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI:
I’ve been a HUGE fan of Digital Hardcore music as well as its innovator Alec Empire for many years now. I’m fully prepared to have my head and ear drums blown at tonight’s show. It should be a great night.
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Last night my friend Darion and I made our way out to Grauman’s Egyptian Theater for the Hollywood premiere of the uberfun slasher flick Hatchet II. After the original film, Hatchet, got into a bit of trouble with the MPAA over its movie rating, director/writer Adam Green decided to tell the MPAA to eff off and has decided to release Hatchet II without a rating … making it the first film to be in wide release without an MPAA rating in about 25 years. As a fan of silly fun horror, I was really excited to be among the first folks to see Hatchet II:
Citizen Kane it is not … but what Hatchet II is is a bloody funfest of classic horror movie madness. The Hatchet films, which feature new horror monster star Victor Crowley, are a fun nod to the slasher flicks of the 70s and 80s and are just a good ol’ fashioned fun time at the movies. While the plot is pretty text book, the situations are kinda funny and the death scenes are over-the-top ridiculous. Most of the time, all you see is gallons of fake blood spilling onto walls, trees or the ground. Yes, there are inventive and painfully gross looking deaths but Hatchet II is more fun than disgusting. I’m telling you, I’ve learned new ways I do NOT want to die … which include belt sanders, extra long chainsaws and, of course, hatchets. This movie may not be for everyone but if you’re looking for a fun movie to see this Halloween … go see Hatchet II. If this movie does well, it could signal the end of the influence of the shadowy and totally unnecessary MPAA ratings board here in the US. Darion and I had a great time seeing this movie … so much so, we plan on paying to see it again just to make the point.
At last night’s premiere, we got to meet the film’s star Danielle Harris (who is something of a young Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis). After the jump, check out some of the fun photos we snapped last night … More »
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As I mentioned earlier, my friend Josh and I were kindly invited to attend the LA premiere of the suspense/horror remake Let Me In (based on the original Swedish film Låt Den Rätte Komma In) which we were both very excited to see:
Josh was excited because he is a fan of the original Swedish film and I was excited because I had only heard amazing things about the film. I am very pleased to say that IMHO, Let Me In lives up to the rave reviews that it has been receiving:
Unlike the plethora of other vampire stories that are so hot right now, Let Me In is a painfully beautiful and poignantly sad tale that reminds the viewer that being a vampire is a curse, not a supernatural blessing. I’m hesitant to reveal too much about the plot mainly because I knew very little about the story going in and found it very entertaining to have the story unfold before my eyes. I will say that the young lead actors, Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) are simply superb! I was totally engrossed by the relationship between Chloë‘s character Abby and Kodi‘s character Owen. Let Me In is kinda scary but more than that, it’s a beautiful love story that naturally becomes very complicated. Even from young actors, tho, the complexities of Abby and Owen‘s relationship is fully fleshed out and is just amazing to watch. I really loved Let Me In … so much so that I hope to be able to see it again when it opens this weekend … plus I deffo plan to read the original novel and see the original film this movie is based on.
After the premiere screening, Josh and I made our way to the afterparty and had a really fun time. We came home with souvenir Rubik’s Cubes (which, after you see the movie, will make more sense). Additionally, I got to meet Pink reader Scott at the afterparty so I want to send a big shout-out to him :) We had fun last night … it’s always a good time with Josh.
Tonight, Darion and I are going to another film premiere … this time, we’re seeing Hatchet II. I can’t wait to see how the sequel measures up to the original film ;)
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Last night David and I met up with Darion to see Resident Evil: Afterline in 3D at the AMC Theater at Century City. Darion and I vowed not to see the film without one another … and then he went and flew off to Japan for 10 days on opening weekend. But, at long last, we finally saw the film together last night:
It’s really no surprise that most films based on video games aren’t cinematic masterpieces and, in all honesty, there have been some pretty bad ResEvil films in the past … but I’m happy to report that Afterlife was a pretty decent, fairly entertaining movie. Milla Jovovich is such a bad ass, she really makes every film she appears in. I love her in the role of Alice. The 3D in Afterlife was pretty decent, save for a few exceptions … but a few times in the flick I couldn’t tell if I was watching Silent Hill, The Matrix or Resident Evil. And despite the fact that you could see the plot developments from a mile away, we all had a mindlessly fun time together.
Oh and I have to send out big shout-out LOVE to Pink reader Jamie who I had the pleasure to meet in Century City last night :)
Tonight, my friend Josh and I are going to an early screening of Let Me In. He has seen the original version of the film, I have not … but we are both very excited to see it so … hopefully it’ll be a fun night. It is currently 111.2° F outside right now … so I think I’ll be staying inside until the sun goes down. Happy Monday!
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Last night David and I enjoyed a nice dinner/movie date where he got to pick both the restaurant and the film. We had a great dinner at La Boheme in West Hollywood, CA and then made our way to the ArcLight Hollywood to see the Ben Affleck-directed film The Town. To be honest, I wasn’t all that looking forward to watching an Ben Affleck film but I had heard good things and David really loves these types of movies so we went … and I actually loved it:
The film opens with a voice-over by Affleck in, what I felt, was a very bad Boston accent … so, of course, I was worried that I was gonna hate the whole thing. But very quickly, I’m happy to say, the film won me over … and then, eventually, even Ben won me over as well. The lead actress Rebecca Hall is really good but the real star of the film is Jeremy Renner. He is just so good in this film. And yes, even Ben managed to not only give a strong performance in the film but his direction really proved that he’s got talent. The only person who really didn’t measure up, IMHO, was Jon Hamm. But, to be honest, he was a’ight. I will say that even Blake Lively gave a better performance than he did … which isn’t a slight, she was actually very good in the film as well. The Town is a great action-packed thriller that is not only believable but is also very entertaining story-wise. I was very pleasantly surprised and am happy to recommend it to others. It’s good, y’all.
Afterward, David and I stopped by FUBAR for a nightcap and discovered that it was “Wet Otter” night. Needless to say, the amateur entertainment was pretty subpar but we had fun anyways. It’s crazy … David and I never go out, like, ever … but managed to go out for two weekends in a row. Amazing.
Tonight I’m meeting up with Yasmin and Darion to see Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D. I promised him I’d wait to see the film until he returned home from Japan so we’re finally seeing the damn thing. I hope your Sunday is going well. Happy Weekend!
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OMG … last night was the Best.Night.Ever. After a group of friends and I had a blast at Six Flags Magic Mountain for their annual GLBT private party Out on the Mountain, we managed to cull together a bigger group of folks to come out and play on the roller coasters for this year’s event … and we had an absolute blast!
Our group of friends managed to grow larger as the night progressed but, honestly, it was really the more the merrier. We managed to ride all of the best roller coasters last night and had the best time ever. We also took a lot more photos this year — which you can check out out, after the jump … More »
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Last night my friend Darion and I made our way out to the ArcLight Hollywood to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. Much to my happy surprise, the 90ish minute long movie takes place entirely inside a coffin buried in the Iraqi desert with only Reynolds to provide the film’s entertainment … and he does an absolutely fantastic job:
There are 3 things that I learned from this film … First, if you find that you are buried in the desert and you are blessed with a working cell phone, 99.9% of the people you call for help will not believe you. Second, Iraq has THE BEST cellphone service that I have ever heard of … even when buried in the desert, your calls to various locales around the globe can successfully be made. Third, Ryan Reynolds is very, very capable of providing a film’s worth of entertainment with just a coffin and a few props (a cellphone, a pen, a flashlight and a couple of glow sticks). I’m telling you … this film is great. The only thing I did not like was the inclusion of a surprise snake in the middle of the film … I mean, I get there needs to be some elements of surprise but the snake felt like a bit too much to me. That being said, there really are no bad things to say about the film. I loved the Michigan connection of the character and I really loved how the story played itself out. For the duration of the film you are not really sure how things are going to end … I was very satisfied with the way this film ended. Both Darion and I loved this film a lot, even tho Ryan Reynolds didn’t take off one piece of clothing! He really impressed me with his acting in Buried, I think he may impress you, too.
Tonight a bunch of us are making our way up to Valencia, CA to play at Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park for their annual Out on the Mountain night!
Basically, the park shuts down for the gays so that we can run amok and ride all the rides to our collective hearts’ content. We had a blast last year so we are all very excited for another night of fun tonight!!
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Last night a group of us got together on the rooftop at The London West Hollywood so that we could celebrate, again, David’s birthday. Because we had to postpone the early celebration last Saturday, we decided to host a belated birthday get together with friends last night to make up for it …
… and we had a blast. Yes, we look like the living dead in these photos but I can promise you, we had a blast. The food was good, the drinks were great and the company was superb. I think we’re finally done celebrating David’s birthday … so I hope he had a good one this year ;)
My dear friend Darion has finally returned home safe and sound from his extended vacation in Japan and we are planning to get together tonight to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. I am really looking forward to that. Another weekend is nearly upon us, can you believe it?
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The Fall season may not officially begin until 11:09 PM ET / 8:09 PM PT tonight but The Fall, book 2 of The Strain Trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan arrived promptly at midnight September 21 in digital form on my Kindle 3:
As you may recall, I fell in crazy love last Summer (2009, that is) with The Strain by Del Toro and Hogan and have been ANXIOUSLY awaiting the second book in the series. Now, because I’m still in the middle of reading the very long yet amazingly good Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I cannot devote my full attention to The Fall … but I did read a few of the first pages and MAN, am I excited to just dive into this book. For those of you who aren’t aware, Del Toro (the director of Pan’s Labyrinth among other fantastic movies) and Hogan have come up with a new vampire tale that is ghastly and extremely scary … there is no romance here. Just a deadly virus that is turning people into blood-thirsty monsters. I loved every page of The Strain and I’m really chomping at the bit to start reading The Fall. So yeah … that’s what I did last night … I read.
Tonight, David and I will be meeting up with some friends who we were supposed to hang out with on Saturday in celebration of his birthday for a little dinner/drinks thing. In his world, it’s still his birthday ;)
But, as a reminder, the Autumnal Equinox arrives later on tonight … are y’all ready?