avatar-the-last-airbender-legend-of-korraFrom March 7th-March 22nd, Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California was the site of an art exhibition that paid tribute to the Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: Last Airbender and its followup series Legend of Korra. Now if I was smart and went on March 21st I could have sat in on a moderated panel with the creators of Avatar and Legend of Korra. Unfortunately because I didn’t really have the time to go on that day I went on the 14th instead. And while I wasn’t able to attend any panels that day I did get plenty of pictures of some of the artwork that was on display.

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Here’s a picture of 1 of the walls at Gallery Nucleus. I was kinda surprised at their setup. The front of the store is a book/art print store while the back area is the actual gallery.

Yes, There is Egg custard in These Tarts! by Sarah Arakaki

Yes, There is Egg custard in These Tarts! by Sarah Arakaki

Here’s Aang and Appa being best buddies.

Toph Nouveau by Scott Wade

Toph Nouveau by Scott Wade

Cool picture of an adult Toph as the metalbending Chief of Police.

Rookie by Pio Paula Santana

Rookie by Pio Paula Santana

Here’s Korra kicking ass as a Pro Bender.

Republic City Evening Post by Claire Hummel

Republic City Evening Post by Claire Hummel

I really liked this and kinda regret not buying this one.

Pro-Bending by Sarah Cave

Pro-Bending by Sarah Cave

It was nice to have a 8-bit style piece at the show.

Peace by Faye Skeen

Peace by Faye Skeen

A nice picture of the season 4 villain, Kuvira who was voiced by Robin Williams’s daughter, Zelda Williams. Fun fact about Zelda she is really named after Zelda from Legend of Zelda.

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Bolin as Nuktuk, Hero of the South.

Momo and the Moon Peach by Felt Mistress

Momo and the Moon Peach by Felt Mistress

The exhibition wasn’t just limited to drawings and paintings. This felt Momo statue was also part of the exhibition as well as the Pai Sho in the background.

Taking Some R&R by Lisa Hymphreys

Taking Some R&R by Lisa Hymphreys

A nice picture of Appa under what I think is a cherry blossom tree.

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Unfortunatley I couldn’t get the name of this piece or who did it. I especially like it because of its reference to how Legend of Korra ended with Korra and Asami.

(Top) Drink Cactus Juice! (Bottom) Dancing Katara. Both by Kenji Ono

(Top) Drink Cactus Juice!
(Bottom) Dancing Katara. Both by Kenji Ono

Some nice Katara/Sokka art.

Heroes of the Nations by Erik Ly

Heroes of the Nations by Erik Ly

A cool piece by Erik Ly.

Dancing Dragon by Charlene Kelley

Dancing Dragon by Charlene Kelley

Now is this the Dancing Dragon firebending form? Or is it the Fusion Dance from Dragonball Z?

(Clockwise starting top left) Opening: Korra, Opening: Aang, Opening: Kyoshi, Opening: Roku. All by Dan Matutina

(Clockwise starting top left) Opening: Korra, Opening: Aang, Opening: Kyoshi, Opening: Roku. All by Dan Matutina

A cool reimagining of the intros to both Legend of Korra and Last Airbender

Control by Fernando "Calakka" Regalado

Control by Fernando “Calakka” Regalado

I thought this was really cool

Avatar Korra by Alan Wan

Avatar Korra by Alan Wan

A nice simple pic of Korra.

Avatar Aang by Sara Kilpin

Avatar Aang by Sara Kilpin

A picture of Aang which I think is supposed to make him look older.

(Clockwise from top right) Avatar Eyes by L.H. MacMullan, Ty Lee's Amazing Performance by Sierra Holly, Aang and Zuko by Kenji Ono

(Clockwise from top right) Avatar Eyes by L.H. MacMullan, Ty Lee’s Amazing Performance by Sierra Holly, Aang and Zuko by Kenji Ono

A nice mix of pictures. I really like the “Ty Lee’s Amazing Performance” piece by Sierra Holly.

(Top) Peonies (Bottom) Water Lilies. Both by Angela Song Mueller.

(Top) Peonies (Bottom) Water Lilies. Both by Angela Song Mueller.

Some more Korra/Asami artwork.

Air by Breana Melvin

Air by Breana Melvin

A picture of an adult Aang. I kinda wish they did more on the story of adult Aang and the time between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Although I can see why they didn’t do it. I mean the focus is on Korra, not Aang.


Leprechaun Pot of Gold Collection Cover. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

When I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day morning I turned on the television with the intention of setting the DVR to record the Leprechaun series that I was so sure the SyFy channel would be playing throughout the day like they’ve done in the past. Unfortunately for me instead of playing all 6 Leprechaun movies back to back like they should have they were playing Leprechaun’s Revenge a totally unrelated movie starring Billy Zane about 3 or 4 times in a row.

Anyway, since I felt robbed I decided I should share the magic that is the Leprechaun movies with my readers. The Leprechaun movies were a horror movie series that despite it’s cheesiness (or maybe because of) would go on to become a cult classic that spawned 5 sequels and a reboot from WWE Films and starring their own Leprechaun, Dylan Postl AKA Hornswoggle. The series is your typical ’90s B horror movie filled with the usual cliche of lame one liners and it starred Warwick Davis as the titular Leprechaun. For those who don’t know who he is, he is probably one of the most famous little people in show business after Peter Dinklage and Verne Troyer. I mean the dude played Wicket, the main Ewok in Return of the Jedi and the Endor spinoff movies and he also played Professor Flitwick and a goblin bank teller in the Harry Potter movies as well as  dwarf in the Narnia movies. But enough about Mr. Davis here is a breakdown of all 6 Leprechaun movies.

Leprechaun
The movie that started it all and started it all and starred a pre-Friends (and pre-nose job) Jennifer Anniston. In this film a Mr. O’Grady returns home to his isolated farm and his wife after a trip to Ireland with the Leprechaun’s pot of gold. The Leprechaun not wanting to let this slide stows away in the dude’s luggage and murders the guy’s wife in his rampage to get his gold back. Luckily for Mr. O’Grady he manages to trap the Leprechaun in a crate with some help from a magic four-leaf clover. Unfortunately for Mr. O’Grady he has a stroke before he is able to burn the Leprechaun to death. Fast forward years later Jennifer Aniston and her Dad are making plans to move into Mr. O’Grady’s old farmhouse. Unfortunately due to one of the mentally handicapped painters they hired (who is played by that dude who played that creepy manchild/Pee-Wee Herman’s nemesis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure). The Leprechaun continues his rampage for his gold only to be defeated when they manage to shoot a four-leaf clover down his throat with a slingshot and he falls down a well which they then blow up. Like I said this is the movie that started it all and it is filled with tons of one-liners as well as a interesting death scene that involves the Leprechaun pogosticking a guy to death. Anyway check out the trailer for this film below.

And while you’re at it check out the pogostick death scene here.

Leprechaun 2
In Leprechaun 2, the Leprechaun is on a quest to find a bride. He finds a chick but it’s complicated since the chick already has a boyfriend. Things are further complicated when the boyfriend steals one of the Leprechaun’s gold coins. If I remember right they defeat the Leprechaun by stabbing him with a piece of wrought iron which I guess is the Leprechaun’s main weakness? I dunno I mean this movie is filled with all the great lines you’d come to expect but it wasn’t really that great or memorable. Although you do get to see boobs in this one so there’s a plus.

Leprechaun 3
Leprechaun 3 starts out with the Leprechaun turned into a statue by a magic amulet. The guy who turned the Leprechaun into a statue wants nothing to do with him anymore so he sells him to a pawn shop in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for the pawn shop owner he removes the Leprechaun’s necklace which brings the Leprechaun back to life who then proceeds to kill the pawn shop owner for trying to steal his gold. Meanwhile on the other side of town, a dumbass kid pickups a wannabe magician and gives her a ride to work. However instead of doing the smart thing and continuing on his way when he’s done he decides to gamble away his college fund. Down on his luck the dumbass decides to pawn his watch at the same shop the Leprechaun is at. Dumbass ends up finding 1 of the Leprechaun’s gold coins which give magical luck which allow to win back his money and then some. At this point the Leprechaun finds out one of his coins is missing and goes on another murderous rampage killing people in interesting way such as hyperinflating this one chick’s tits and her ass and also by fooling a guy into electrocuting himself by boning a TV robot, oh and he also meets a Elvis impersonator. Things are further complicated in this movie because dumbass college kid ends up being slowly transformed into Leprechaun after he gets bitten by the Leprechaun and some of the Leprechaun’s blood gets mixed into the wound (yeah it doesn’t really make sense to me either). Anyway luckily for him they manage to defeat the Leprechaun by destroying his gold with a flame thrower and dumbass college kid ends up getting turned back to normal and hooking up with the chick from the beginning.

Leprechaun 4: In Space
Basically a mix of Alien and Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 4: In Space sees the Leprechaun trying to hook up with a rich alien princess so he can get at her space-fortune. Unfortunately for the Leprechaun a team of space marines are trying to kill him. Anyway after most of the space marines are wiped out the Leprechaun is defeated by getting sucked out into space. Officially this movie is what made the series jump the shark. I mean it was cheesier than usual and it was loaded up with  crappy CGI and other lame special effects ’90s sci fi movies were known for. As a plus side it did have super MILF Debbe Dunning (the Tool Time Girl from Home Improvement) as one of the space marines.

Leprechaun in the Hood
Perhaps the only movie that doesn’t involve the Leprechaun going after people because of gold, Leprechaun in the Hood sees a trio of lame rappers trying to steal the Leprechaun’s magic flute because it has the power to hypnotize people and they want to use it to hypnotize people into thinking their actually good rappers. This movie costars Ice Cube as a rapper who is also after the Leprechaun’s flute because he plays a rap mogul who built his career on the magical flute, and features really cheesy scenes like the Leprechaun hypnotizing a bunch of strippers for his musical number.  Unfortunately I can’t find the trailer for this one on Youtube so as a consolation prize I’m giving you the clip of the Leprechaun’s musical number.

Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood
The finally installment in the Leprechaun series (before the reboot). This one sees a bunch of poor inner city kids finding the Leprechaun’s pot of gold and using it to buy whatever their heart’s desires only for the Leprechaun coming after them and killing everything in his way. This one does have some memorable scenes like the Leprechaun smoking a bong, it also has a great scene where the protagonist are trying to flee from the Leprechaun in a ’64 Impala only to find out the Leprechaun is stowing away underneath the car. Luckily for them the car is on hydraulics so they manage to shake him off by making the car bounce. In the end they end up burying the Leprechaun and his gold coins in a side walk by throwing him off a building into wet cement. All in all this is a poor note to end the series on and I only hope that Warwick Davis will dust off his green tights and Leprechaun makeup and crank out another Leprechaun film.


By now unless you either live under a rock, or don’t have internet access you’ve probably seen or at least heard of the super dark, super gritty, ultra violent and super crazy Power/Rangers fan film by Adi Shankar staring James Van Der Beek (the Dawson in Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (the blond chick from the Battlestar Galactica reboot who isn’t a robot). This fan film is a more realistic telling of Power Rangers and basically just shows what happens when they grow up and realize what they hell they were involved in. It was pulled down briefly and was under threat of legal action but it is back on the internet and so far Adi Shankar hasn’t been sued by Saban or whoever owns the rights to Power Rangers.

I must say it’s not a bad interpretation of Power Rangers. You have Bulk and Skull who instead of being bad bully archetypes from a John Hughes movie are meth-addicted wiggers, and you have the black ranger portrayed as a Billy Blank-esque late-night infomercial fitness guru/Steven Seagal in pretty much every movie Steven Seagal has ever made, while the film also pokes fun at the fact that Tommy the Green/White Ranger also had a habit of losing his Ranger powers only to regain them later on. Also this film makes references to what happened to some of the Power Rangers in real life.I mean you if you watch closely you see that the film hints that the Blue Ranger is gay which in real life the guy who played the Blue Ranger is gay. In fact supposedly the dude quit the show cause he had a nervous breakdown cause they kept teasing him for being gay. You also have a funeral scene for the Yellow Ranger which is supposed to take place way way before the film starts. This mirrors the fact that the actress who played the original Yellow Ranger died in like 2001.

Anyway if you haven’t seen the video already or just want to watch it again it’s right here for you.


Today is a sad day for Trekkies everywhere. Sci-Fi icon, Spock, Leonard Nimoy himself has died at the age of 83 in his Bel Air home from the result of what his wife is calling a “end-age chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

As such an integral part of the original Star Trek series, Nimoy’s death is especially touching to many Trekkies everywhere. I was never really into the original Star Trek series so I don’t know that much about Nimoy’s character iconic, Spock. I was more into Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. I did however see most of Star Trek 1-6 which starred the original cast. That has to count for something can’t it? Anyway, while I may not know much about Nimoy’s character Spock, I do know this: Spock was an integral character to Star Trek, Spock and his Vulcan logic were a clever foil to Shatner’s Kirk and his shirtless antics. Spock not only helped built the Star Trek franchise but it also helped establish Nimoy as a science fiction icon.

I once heard a Spock quote, “Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.” This quote makes a good epitaph but also helps describe Nimoy’s life. He didn’t waste his life. Like I said Nimoy was an pop culture icon. If it wasn’t Spock we’ll remember him by it’s something else. It’ll be him as Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie or it’ll be from his appearances on Futurama and The Simpsons. Also while this quote makes a good epitaph Buzzfeed also shows that it makes a great motivational poster

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

Anyway I close out this post with this: Spock’s Funeral scene from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan


I found this video of Cookie Monster wandering a museum and musing outloud some food-related shower/stoner thoughts.

The video is freakin’ awesome. So awesome that words cannot describe it’s awesomeness. I can only post the video and show you how awesome it is.


I found this video of a pixelated version of the Simpsons opening that was diracted and animated by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon with music by Jeremy Dower. It’s a pretty good video and it takes me back to the time when I was like 6 or 7 and my parents would bring me to the arcade and I’d pump some quarters into the Simpsons arcade game.

I don’t know whether to classify this video as 8-bit or 16-bit, I mean there are parts that look very 8-bitish but there are times when it looks smooth enough to be 16-bit.  Perhaps call it 12-bit? I don’t know, check out the video for yourself and you decide how many bits to give it.


Turbokid

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I was born in 1986 and because of this I grew up on ’80s and ’90s television and movies. Those were weird times, and movies and television could be summarized by like 3 or 4 major themes: 1/2: martial arts and extreme sports were everywhere. Don’t believe me about this? Well then here are some movies to remind you of that: Ninja Turtles, 3 Ninjas, Surf Ninjas, Sidekicks, Rad, Airborne. 3:kids were in super dangerous, super irresponsible, and super unrealistic situations? Want an example? Well have you ever heard of Iron Eagle? Or how about Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead? Finally the last thing that summarized movies of the time were that there were a crapload of post apocalyptic movies. Examples? American Cyborg, Fortress.

Hell I don’t really know why I was listing examples. As long as you were born before like ’98/’99 you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, recently I saw this crazy trailer Facebook feed about a upcoming Sundance film fest movie called Turbo Kid. Turbo Kid looks like a giant throwback to the ’80s and ’90s. Judging from this 30 second trailer it looks like the Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, humanity is forced to cruise around on BMX bikes and the protagonist looks like a 13 year old kid who has to fight against a bunch of guys cosplaying as Mad Max characters. Heck none of that is even the best part of the trailer. The best part of the trailer is when the narrator says “This is the future. This is the year 1997.”

Want to see how awesome this trailer is? Well check it out below:




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